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Peacock Blue Colour Inspires Interior Designer

The living room’s peacock coloured couch provides glamourous seating while adding a bold boost to the room’s patterns. (Lisa Petrole Photography, www.lisapetrole.com)
The living room’s peacock coloured couch provides glamourous seating while adding a bold boost to the room’s patterns. (Lisa Petrole Photography, www.lisapetrole.com)

Interior designer/builder Isabelle Boba knew her just-purchased home in Toronto had good bones, but perhaps a few too many. “There were just too many walls...




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    Small-Space Secrets

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    Design Tips For Building the Perfect Ma’am or Man Cave

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  • The family room’s fireplace is casual and functional, with storage on both sides. (Lisa Petrole Photography, www.lisapetrole.com)

    Elegant Contemporary Design Adds Warmth and Comfort to Family Home

    Designer Evelyn Eshun’s well-curated contemporary design pays homage to the well-established homes of Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood. By emphasizing gracious simplicity, the designer focuses attention on... Read more

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    Vancouver Real Estate Market Keeps Surging

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  • This photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows "House T," designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects/Tokyo, in Tokyo. (The Monacelli Press via AP)

    Book Explores Innovations of Modern Japanese Home Design

    Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space, and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have... Read more

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    Children’s Learning Styles

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

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    Design Lessons to Transform Your Space

    The Camera Doesn’t Lie: A smart way to begin is to take a photo of your space to help evaluate what’s currently working and what’s... Read more

  • A rooftop patio is decorated to maximize its functionality for entertaining. (To the Point Media)

    Walking on Sunshine

    Tessa Moul and her partner Chris, both financial services professionals, wanted an updated design for their loft’s penthouse rooftop patio. “The rooftop patio was outdated... Read more

  • One of the most common mistakes in lawn care is over-fertilizing which can burn the plant roots and contaminate area water supplies. A good time to fertilize is just ahead of a soaking rain. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

    Lawn-Care Basics: How Much to Cut, Irrigate, Fertilize

    Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawnmower and buzzing around the yard. There’s cutting at the right height, irrigating with the... Read more

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    7 Trash-Bound Things You Never Thought of Keeping but Should

    Did you know that there are plenty of things we toss out every day that are actually completely reusable? Of course, a burnt out lightbulb... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, this living room by the designer Flynn demonstrates his use of scale and proportion to create a successful space plan. (Rustic White Photography/Brian Patrick Flynn via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Coming Up With a Furniture Plan That Works

    Sometimes the way to improve a room isn’t to buy new furniture: It’s to rearrange pieces you already own. Interior designers can spend hours creating... Read more

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    Homeownership Losing Role as Lynchpin of the American Dream

    June is National Homeownership Month. Realtors, home builders, lenders and governmental officials have celebrated it since 2003, when former President George W Bush designated June... Read more

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    With the school year ending, it’s time to appreciate our co-parents. By that, I of course mean our children’s teachers. Aside from you, no one... Read more

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    Backyard Hangouts: Sheds are Used as Pubs, Studios, Retreats, and More

    When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools. The... Read more

  • Whitewash dark wood walls, floors and trim for a casual, bright look. (eieihome.com)

    7 Tips to Summer Cottage Perfection

    Your summer cottage should serve two main purposes: relaxation and family time. No formal decor allowed—you want furniture and fixings that make it feel like... Read more

  • The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm. (Berg | C.F. møller Architects)

    The Skyscrapers of the Future Will Be Made of Wood

    Vancouver-based architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that... Read more


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