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Soul Food East Coast Style

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

Building change, building on tradition

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When I was in junior high, I wish that I had made more noise about transferring out of the home economics class that was pre-determined for the girls. I would have enjoyed the boys’ option, what they then called industrial arts.  I remember sitting at my desk wearing my yellow and white checked apron that… Read More»

Cheers! Fall’s here!

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St. John’s bartender Danny Le shares the ethos behind his new harvest cocktails “Chinched” is Newfoundland slang for full, and Chinched Restaurant and Deli in St. John’s earns the name. Over the past 11 years, the restaurant has become well-known for its locally sourced ingredients and nose-to-tail approach to dining. Michelle LeBlanc and Shaun Hussey… Read More»

Worth their weight

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Weight blankets—do they offer hype or the promise of a good night’s sleep? Traditional weighted blankets are filled with tiny plastic or glass beads and range from lightweight to as much as 15 kg. They’re meant to provide a sense of comfort like swaddling or a hug. It’s recommended to use a blanket about 10%… Read More»

Layer up

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Texture trends to transcend the seasons Clean, white, blank canvases were the norm for a good part of the decade, but 2021 has shifted interior wall design towards texture, moving from traditional minimalist interiors to full-on maximalist.  Texture can be visual like patterns and colours, or it can be tactile, such as fabric and mouldings.… Read More»

Trending for fall

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10 tips from two East Coast designers 1. Colours Colour is slowly making its way back into the design world-but keep it warm and rich.  Virginia Ward “Neutral tones in our home were a major focal point in design for so long, but now we’re shifting into warmer, richer colour schemes. Deborah Nicholson “We’re moving… Read More»

Seaweed in the walls

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Could an old practice be the future of home insulation?  Patrick Crabbe, a housing specialist who works in Bedford, N.S., is trying to be patient. “Like I said, I don’t think that’s actually a thing,” he says. I persist. “But it was … you know … once upon a time. I mean not too long… Read More»

Containing the season’s enthusiasm

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Keeping the planter colour and interest going well into winter Autumn sneaks up on us.  The days get shorter, the sun rises later and sets earlier. The air is gloriously warm most days, and cooler at night. The vegetable garden has been profuse, and we’ve canned, frozen, dehydrated, and enjoyed its bounty. There’s still some… Read More»

The sands of time (and stories)

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Bespoke jewelry by P.E.I. artist Jeanette Walker In the 1980s, Jeanette Walker made white go-go dresses with fluorescent colours for her friends to wear when clubbing in Toronto. When the blue lights shined, the colours of the dresses would show up.  Realizing something was missing, Walker used the same fluorescent paint to create unique polymer… Read More»

It’s in her nature

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A Nova Scotian cabinetmaker opens the door to custom design The natural world inspires cabinetmaker Carole Burnett. Working out of her home studio in Boutlier’s Point, N.S., she catches glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean through a wall of green trees in the summer. In winter, the view opens to capture the islands of St. Margaret’s… Read More»

The rhythm of a heartbeat

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Textile artist Megan Samms on weaving and the reciprocity of the natural world Megan Samms married her partner in a sheltered cove yellow with daffodils. The textile artist returns often to that field planted by her great-great-great grandmother, on occasion tenderly retrieving bulbs for her own garden.  “Yesterday, I moved three bulbs,” the Indigenous artist,… Read More»