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Art reflecting life

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Newfoundland artist’s work causes people to do a double take — is it a photo or a painting? It was the spring of 2018 and Natalie Esther Higdon was a month away from finishing her bachelor of science in psychology when she had an epiphany. Rather than become a therapist, the Memorial University graduate decided… Read More»

Winter warmer

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Get cozy this season with this unique hot toddy recipe Historians think the hot toddy originated in India as a quasi-cure to the common cold. Whisky doesn’t heal you, but combined with honey, lemon and hot water, it soothes your throat, allowing you to momentarily forget your cold symptoms.   But you don’t have to be… Read More»

Art reimagined

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Nova Scotian artist creates computer-generated images with hand-painted elements Computers fascinated Nova Scotian visual artist Alex Sutcliffe, 24, when he was a child. “It’s like a magic box when you’re a little kid,” he says. Typical of Gen Z, he spent hours playing computer games like Pinball Wizard.  His artist mother and arts-loving father encouraged… Read More»

Wild and wooly

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The masterpieces of Alexandria Masse  The giant spider that Alexandria Masse crocheted, which now adorns a wall in a downtown Toronto outlet of John Fluevog Shoes, is about three metres wide in all its fully splayed, multi-coloured splendour. But when the burgeoning textile artist was creating it last summer, she sometimes stuffed its unfinished parts… Read More»

Building with stone

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The timeless appeal of the classic fireplace Susan MacDonald knew she achieved the look she wanted when her custom river-stone fireplace led a visitor to believe her newly built cottage was from a much earlier era.  “He apologized. He didn’t understand my elation with his comment,” she says. “This was a bare piece of land… Read More»

Classic and modern

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Contemporary new home offers the best of country and city living In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt. But Mike Ungar and Paula Mullen looked at their unexpected time at home as an opportunity. The couple had talked about building a new house, but with Ungar’s busy schedule as the… Read More»

Heritage home meets Nordic chic

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Susan Drover’s carefully curated home bucks style trends I’m not personally a trend follower, I’m more of an observer of things I love,” says Susan Drover from her heritage home in downtown St. John’s, N.L. Drover has turned her historic 129-year-old house into what she calls a “Nordic chic” refuge, with design values she hopes… Read More»

Retro, country charm

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Historic Acadian home becomes picture-perfect for the holidays When Guy Surette’s grandfather built the family homestead in 1900, it had the warm atmosphereof a comfortable, Acadian home. Today, it has that same feel, but with fun, retro décor (and modern amenities). The house is uniquely special at Christmastime, when Guy and his wife Patsy turn… Read More»

That’s a wrap

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Our final issue for 2022 offers holiday inspiration, fabulous East Coast art and delicious local flavours I love decorating for Christmas. My holiday style isn’t extravagant. We put up a few outdoor lights and a wreath on the door. Inside, in addition to our tree, you’ll find splashes of red and greenery here and there, and… Read More»

Add some PUNCH to your holiday celebration

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Punch is making a comeback this holiday season. And we don’t mean the bright red syrup with floating foreign objects that triggers college flashbacks. We’re talking real punch, made with artisanal Atlantic-crafted spirits and local seasonal ingredients. East Coast Living partnered with four Atlantic distilleries to bring you the best holiday gin punch. Punch dates… Read More»

Get on board

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A beautiful charcuterie display makes the ideal centrepiece for holiday sharing East Coast Living has planned an all-local charcuterie and cheese board that’s perfect for your holiday gathering. By showcasing the best Maritime ingredients — including something a little salty, a little sweet, a little crunchy and a little creamy — everything can be displayed… Read More»

Life is sweet (and savoury)

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Tatamagouche Ice Creamery offers flavours beyond traditional When Daniel Curren thinks of ice cream, he sees a blank canvas, imagining potential flavours far beyond the traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry of his youth. Want to try a scoop of Ocean Playground Sea Salted Caramel? Or perhaps a Bourbon Coffee ice cream? What about something spicy,… Read More»

Soul Food East Coast Style

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Chef Collin Stone shares how Black history and culinary traditions can feed everyone’s soul

A cut above

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Brianna Hagell wants to help people better understand their food and get more bang for their buck. Capicola, Toro, Bavette and Little Pear are not your average supermarket cuts of meat. They’re cuts that require the art of a butcher’s handicraft — that’s one of the reasons why Brianna Hagell started Vessel Meats. The old-school… Read More»