At Home With Cari MacLean

By Anneliese Lawton Red Deer native Cari MacLean spends her Saturday nights like many Canadians do — gathered around a television, glued to Canada’s game. She’s always had a love for the sport. As a young girl, MacLean cheered on the Boston Bruins, watching hockey legends Bobby Orr and Phil …

Backyard Oasis — inspirations for your outdoor living

By Rebecca Fitzsimmons Modern Muskoka A cottage atmosphere minus the commute was the desire for this family and what Cedar Springs Landscape Group delivered. The swimming pool and water feature functions as the centerpiece of the backyard. The client also wanted a covered sitting area. A rough sawn Douglas fir …

A Manor of Style

By Rebecca Fitzsimmons Entering into the foray of having a home custom built, or a place with good bones remodeled right down to the studs is an exciting undertaking, but what’s trending these days for architectural design elements? From the outdoor living space to party-central kitchens, builders and architects are …

At Home With Shelley Alexanian

By Anneliese Lawton Alexanian’s is a true rugs to riches story. The flooring empire launched into business in 1925 at the hands of Aris Alexanian, a noted world traveller and businessman. It has since thrived, growing from one storefront on King Street in Hamilton, to 18 stores across the province. …

The Healing Power of Essential Oils

By Kristy Elik Have you ever walked into a room and felt immediately transported to another space and time because you detect a certain fragrance in the air? It could be a perfume or soap, a cleaning product or freshly mown grass… there’s just something about our olfactory capabilities that …

The Art of Renovation

By Kelly Putter Imagine 40 people milling around your bathroom. The operative word is imagine because who, quite frankly, can picture four let alone 40 people? But that scenario did occur in Burlington recently when Toronto-based contractor Gord Baron lead 40 curious participants in a guided tour of a house …

Home by design: Designer focuses her talent on her own home

By Rebecca Fitzsimmons When Chelsea Cobb and her husband Martin found the perfect lot in Oakville, they found the ideal match in luxury home and estate builder Project Construction Management (PCM), to help them build their dream home. Carlos Jardino, owner of PCM, can innately orchestrate his trades, says Chelsea, …

POINT OF VIEW

REDESIGNING A HOME AT NATURE'S WINDOW: The striking modern bungalow sits on the north shore of Lake Ontario ““ perfectly situated to gain the best panoramic views of the lake and nature's glory.

Carefree outdoor living

Client goal? Maximize entertaining space while minimizing maintenance. Result? Mission accomplished. After in-depth consultation and design development, Gerald Grieve Landscape Group Limited installed a two-tiered composite deck with tread lighting, which resolved the elevated access from the interior of the home. Glass railings provide an unobstructed view of the ravine …