Work Life Balance: How to Design a Home Fit for an Artist

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. All artists need somewhere to make their art, where creative urges can be explored and energies expended — these inspiring spaces reside happily within domestic interiors, proving that it is possible to combine home with work successfully. Many of us work from…
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10 Tips Before Buying A Historic Home

As a prospective owner of a historic residential property, here are ten things to know that can help you in your decision-making process. Historic homes are homes that are considered architecturally significant or representative of a local region’s history in some way. This includes homes that are in neighbourhoods designate as historic districts. Many historic…
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Five Must-Haves When Hosting a Gourmet Dinner Party

“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.” – Ina Garten, famous and beloved cook Hosting a gourmet dinner party allows you to socialize with friends, family…
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GTA vintage lighting retailers

There is no better way to show off our personalities in our homes than through décor. While it’s fun to change some aspects of our home’s décor from season to season, or year to year, there are many pieces that we will invest in and will live in the space for the duration of our…
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Luxury property ownership made easily and affordably

We’ve all seen the shows on TV, showcasing luxury property ownership made easily and affordably, but is it really possible? Sure, you can go the route of a beachfront bargain hunt, or vacation property for free, but there are other options that not only provide the ability to own a second home, but add the…
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Christie’s Int’l 2015 Luxury White Paper

Christie’s Int’l 2015 Luxury White Paper Excerpt from the 31-page report: What qualifies as “luxury” in the residential property sector differs significantly from market to market, both in terms of price and characteristics of a home. In this year’s Luxury Defined report, we frame the global luxury real estate sector, not only by examining the…
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See your home in a vintage light

When form meets function you end up with the best interior design. When decorating your home, I highly recommend that you take care to select investment pieces that will not only last, but appeal, for years to come. We have a number of vintage light fixtures in our home including a wonderful vintage Degas chandelier…
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Choosing Your Home’s ‘Scent of Style’

They say scent is the sense that triggers the most prominent memories. According to Tracy Pepe, a perfumer and founder of Nose Knows Designs, “scent is the key to an experience, the aroma allows people to connect with emotion.” And that is why it is so important to scent your home, your personal space, the…
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Atriums for luxury and design

Whether you’re connecting buildings or adding a luxurious element of design, an atrium can be the perfect way to create outdoor-like spaces that can be used year-round. Not to be confused with a Florida room, which features slanted glass panes, atriums are typically large open spaces within a building, adding light with either a glazed…
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Coach houses add character, charm and functional space

Originally built to house horse-drawn carriages and related equipment, coach or carriage houses are a feature in homes that I just adore. Over the years I’ve helped many of my clients buy and sell estate homes with these fantastic, functional spaces that can come in a myriad of structures. Within the city, carriage houses were…
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