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Each Mindful Maple Leaf is a uniquely carved labradorite stone produced at the Great Caribou Studio, a Nunatsiavut-based workshop that adheres to the Indigenous principles of artists and craftspeople. Photo: submitted

Rock of Ages

A unique art project aims to bring healing and share First Nations heritage The colours are spectacular.  Shades of blue and green are the most popular, but hold a piece of labradorite and look for traces of yellow, red, and gold. Iridescent and shimmering, the gemstone is said to reflect the aurora borealis trapped within.… Read More»

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Alex Rice

Spirits, sodas, suds, cider and… wine

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How did Alex Rice’s cup get so full? If Alex Rice was to write the origin story of the Nova Scotia Spirit Company, he might begin with a conversation that happened over beers with a buddy in Burnaby B.C., or he could begin to spin a tale that involves an old laundromat, a couple of… Read More»

Un-beet-able spring recipes by Chef Andrew Farrell. Photo: Bruce Murray, Visionfire Studios

Rooting for flavour: Un-beet-able spring recipes

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Halifax chef Andrew Farrell shares his latest recipes made with everyone’s favourite red vegetable Beets, such a wonderful treat! These vegetal gems are great for all kinds of creative dishes, from a depression-era inspired red velvet cake to a creamy vinaigrette. Discover the many uses and flavours of beet in these unique recipes. Note: All… Read More»

Painter Brenda Palmer

Bathing beauties and strong women

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Friends and family inspire two East Coast artists Painter Brenda Palmer, born and raised in Moncton, divides her time between Fort Myers, Fla., and Shediac, N.B. She comes home every summer for six months to reunite with friends and family, and spend time in her studio. “I love the wonderful artists and art in this… Read More»

Style influencer Brett Meech. Photo: Steve Smith, Visionfire Studios

Calm, curated and collected

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The “talked about” style trends for spring 2022 are speaking my language If ever there was a time where antiques were “trending,” it would be now. Coming into spring 2022 we are seeing things finally return to normal after a global crisis. As humans, we have been and will continue to seek comfort in the… Read More»

Roadside trees hwy 10. Photo by Jodi DeLong

Fabulous fall foliages

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Not all trees and shrubs are created equal when it comes to autumn colour If April is the cruellest month, as T.S. Eliot wrote, then surely October is the most glorious, at least in nature. Beyond the harvests and holidays, many of us turn to a fascinating pastime known as “leaf-peeping” where we go for… Read More»

Danny Le mixes up one of his Harvest cocktails. Photo by Tobias Romaniuk

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»

Little girl with Quilt

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»

Colour and textured panels on a living room wall.

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»

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