Meet Canada’s Sought-After Furniture Maker

In a life-altering change of direction, Christopher Solar swapped software design for working with hardwood, and has never looked back This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. Embarking on a complete change of career is a risky move, and the odds of forging a prosperous new path are…
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Let There Be Light: How Architects Create Bright Homes

As humans are naturally programmed to crave daylight, architects have developed new tricks to ensure that our homes are illuminated in the best possible way This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. Pity the villagers of Rjukan in Norway and Viganella in Italy, who until recently lived half…
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The Joy of Bespoke Stationery for the Holiday Season

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s blog Luxury Defined. Bespoke stationers understand the importance of the personalized, and how the perfect event begins with the perfect invitation—Luxury Defined looks at where to go when only the best stationery will do. When the holiday season comes around and a beautiful invitation or letter…
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Project Restoration: How to Restore Historic Properties and Features

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The desire to own a genuine piece of history is a noble one, but navigating restorations can be a daunting task—but one that can be made easier if you have the help of an expert in the field Buying a property with…
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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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The Top Ten Eco-Friendly Features for Today’s Luxury Homes

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. In honor of Earth Day, we discover that for the world’s most innovative designers and architects, green is the new black A home can be luxurious, historic, glamorous, commodious, even fun. But can it also be sustainably designed and eco-friendly green? It can…
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What’s Your Story? An Insight into Selling in the Luxury Residential Market

Selling your luxury real estate home involves care and personalization to properly present the property well to potential qualified, interested buyers. The best thing you can do as a seller is to see your property in the eyes of a buyer. How does the property speak to you? Do you feel a connection and kinship…
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Lake Simcoe Waterfront Report: 2019 1st Quarter

MARKET REVIEW The first quarter of 2019 is showing a positive start to the year for waterfront sales.  There was a total of 17 sales which, is an increase of 31% since 2018 within the areas that we have been reporting for the past 10 years which include: Georgina Innisfil Oro-Medonte Orillia Ramara Beaverton (NOTE: …
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Creating Your Own Luxury Home Gym

Design your own space that makes you want to work out. Having a home gym offers convenience, privacy, greater hygiene and immediate access to your  personalized workout options right from the comfort of your own home. When it is your own space, you can design it the way you want to have an appealing aesthetic…
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The Art of the Modern Luxury Bathroom

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. No longer a merely functional space, today’s bathroom is part spa, part sanctuary, and part recharge station—and more lavishly designed than ever before On the upper floors of 551 West 21st Street, the 19-story condominium designed by Sir Norman Foster in New…
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