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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A Guide to Countertop Surfaces | Part 1

How do you choose the right countertop surface for your kitchen and other areas of your home? There’s a lot to choose from today and before you dive into a large purchase, check out your options below so you can find the best and right material to use for your home spaces.  Quartz Countertops Known…
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A Guide to Countertop Surfaces | Part 2

Find the best and right material to use for your home spaces in Part 2 of our Guide to Countertop Surfaces. If you missed Part I, you can view here. Tile Countertops Offering a wide range of looks for craftsman-styled homes to contemporary ones, tile is a versatile and attractive, inexpensive countertop material. Tiles come…
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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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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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Why The Direction Your Home Faces Matters

When you buy a home, you have many factors to consider from the size of the home to its layout, amenities, neighbourhood, accessibility and more. One aspect you may want to move to the top of that list is home orientation or the direction in which your home faces. Why does the direction your home…
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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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Tesla Solar Shingles: The Future of Roofs

Current solar panel owners are required to sell their solar energy back to the grid in Canada, entering long-term agreements with solar panel companies that install their equipment. Tesla’s Solar Roof may soon disrupt this, allowing owners control over their own solar shingles. There’s been a flurry of activity around solar energy and electric vehicles in the…
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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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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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