French Country Design

French country design evokes images of rustic, old world charm reminiscent of old chateaux and inviting, spacious country homes, against the backdrop of lavender fields and bright sunshine. The French are known for living well and creating charming country homes that are both aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. They design both elegance and simplicity in a…
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Top Golf Courses Within an Hour of Kitchener

Ontario is home to some of the most highly regarded golf courses in North America. Stunning courses that capture that diverse landscape of SW Ontario surround the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We have outlined some of the province’s top ranking courses within an hours drive of the city. Westmount Golf & Country Club 50 Inverness Drive, Kitchener…
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Organic Farms from Stratford to Kitchener

Organic farms in Southwestern Ontario are gearing up for their summer growing season. There are so many compelling reasons to eat organic – including fewer pesticides & heavy metals, more healthy fats, and more antioxidants. In addition to the health benefits – eating local organic food benefits neighbourhood farmers. In Southwestern Ontario there is no shortage…
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The Best Ice Cream Parlours from Stratford to Kitchener

Summertime in Southwestern Ontario means it’s time to visit your favourite ice cream parlour. Here are some of our picks for the top ice cream shops in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Stratford area. Four All Ice Cream Factory 141 Whitney Place #105, Kitchener We start our ice cream with fresh, all-natural, local Guernsey cow milk from Eby Manor…
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25 Ways To Make Your Home More Efficient

Energy efficiency allows you to use less energy while achieving the same end results. Technology and modern inventions have improved the quality of life for many people around the world. Many of the products we use on a daily basis in the home consume significant energy. Making energy efficient choices can help you reduce your…
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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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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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Notable and Record-Breaking Real Estate Sales of 2018

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The most expensive house in Australia; two trophy estates in the star-studded enclave of Beverly Hills, including the former homes of Gone with the Wind actress Ann Rutherford, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman; and a Central Park West penthouse designed by…
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Grand Designs: 7 Homes with Signature Staircases

This article was originally published on Christie’s International Real Estate’s lifestyle blog, Luxury Defined. The stairway has always been the architect’s obsession. The ziggurats of ancient Mesopotamia are the first examples of ceremonial stairs that put worshippers closer to the gods. The Romans invented the spiral, or helical stairway, later adapted as a tactical defense…
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Spectacular Indoor and Outdoor Showers

Whether you like to shower indoors or out, there are countless ways to create spectacular indoor and outdoor showers that you may never want to leave. Indoor showers offer countless ways to add luxury. Starting with size, the bigger, the better. Gone are the days when a standard tub insert will do. To make a…
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