For the Love of: Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens are a home design trend that has been growing across Canada for years and is currently experiencing unprecedented attention. It’s no wonder as an outdoor kitchen extends your living space and beautifully complements outdoor living areas that most homeowners already enjoy. When designing your outdoor kitchen there are a number of factors that…
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Which Side of Lake Simcoe is Best?

For years there’s been a friendly rivalry going on amongst Lake Simcoe dwellers. It passionately engages homeowners from the north, south, east and west sides of the lake in a tempting challenge for which side of the lake out-shines the others. Here Are The Arguments: On the north side residents and cottagers get full day…
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Vintage Tin Ceilings

Tin ceilings were introduced to North Americans in the mid-nineteenth century as an affordable alternative to the exquisite plasterwork used in many European homes. This is when mass produced sheets of thinly rolled tinplate became available and by the 1890s it was a design trend that everyone had to have. Now, vintage tin ceilings can offer…
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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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In-Floor Heating Options

As long as there have been floors, homeowners have loved them to be warm. Today, in-floor heating options are plentiful and have gained popularity once again. Radiant or in-floor heating, warms the floor to help heat the home rather than heating the air the way a furnace does. Available in three options, hydronic, electric and…
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Heritage Home Design in Canada

One of the great things about exploring cities and towns in Canada is seeing the vast variety of architectural styles. Some of the most sought after home styles include Colonial, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Old Ontario, and Georgian architecture. We dive into the rich history of these builds to discover the unique features that…
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Unique Bathroom Mirror Ideas

Your bathroom mirror is a necessity but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Whether you’re hanging it above a single or double vanity, there are many unique bathroom mirror ideas to choose from. The top trend in bathroom mirrors is unique framing. Whether that’s heavy reclaimed wood for a rustic look or an…
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Give Your Fireplace A Facelift

A fireplace is often the focal point of a room. If yours is outdated and tired looking, there are plenty of fireplace facelifts that can be made. The first and easiest is to paint the brick of your fireplace. Be mindful that you’ll need to prepare the brick and grout for painting by thoroughly cleaning…
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Cubic Architecture: Hip To Be Square

Cubic architecture is a modern-era architectural style that was commonly used at the end of the ‘90s and into the early 2000s, but has a history that dates to the ‘70s in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Pictured below, the 38 innovative cube houses were built on Overblaak Street above the Blaak Subway Station by architect Piet…
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For the love of stone surfaces: Stone flooring

Stone flooring offers a timeless elegance in any room in any home. Long chosen for it’s beauty, not to mention it’s durability, stone floors, like stone countertops, have been used for that durability factor since floors were first constructed. Today, stone flooring, including marble, slate and travertine, comes in the form of stone tiles that…
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