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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»

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New spin on a classic look

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Modern farmhouse graces Fredericton’s West Hills neighbourhood Laurie Cole had just started her home staging business when Tim Kelly, a Fredericton police officer and part-time builder, hired her. They worked so well together they decided to join forces. In 2010, they launched New View Designs, a one-stop-shop design and building service. They’ve since completed projects… Read More»

"Convergence" by Peter Powning. Photo: Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

Makers of Muir

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Art, culture and nods to the East Coast are highlights of Halifax’s Muir hotel A hotel? Making me feel proud to be Nova Scotian? Just hours into my stay at Muir, I feel a strange, but welcome, sensation of pride. It washes over me as I start to understand the story the artists are telling. … Read More»

Amanda and Adam Langley in their home in Halifax. Photo: Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

Living the ‘salt + sea lifestyle’ on and off the water

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Home renovation celebrates East Coast charm Eleven years ago, Amanda and Adam Langley bought a home in their dream location in Halifax. The street had beautiful mature trees and was close to great schools and amenities. Although the house was almost 100 years old and in need of updates, it had just the kind of… Read More»

Odd Fellows Lodge. Photo: Luke Adams, Beach Glass Photography

Beachy vintage

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Nova Scotia reno embraces and preserves local history When you walk in the front door of Kara Gourley’s renovated, two-unit lodge in Malagash, N.S., you’re met with yet another door. This one was once a ticket booth with a small peep hole at its centre. “It was used to screen people before they entered,” says… Read More»

Krista Wells. Photo: Submitted

The DIY Queen of Georgestown

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Krista Wells chronicles her styling journey as she creates something unique in every room of her St. John’s home When you set foot into the porch of Krista Wells’s home, you immediately get a sense of her unique style. She believes it’s the rich colour she painted the room that makes it one of her… Read More»

Nina and Matthew Elliott and their two young children, Ambrose (3.5) and Lulu (18 months). Photo: Alyssa Gillingham

Small home, big charm

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Twillingate homeowners get creative with their space On the northeastern shore of Newfoundland, in a small town called Twillingate, Nina Elliott is relaxing and enjoying her newly renovated home. The house blends the charms of the original structure with a modern design, plus some ingenious storage spaces for her young family’s needs. The first thing… Read More»

In Europe, the centuries old tradition of seaweed thatching is now being utilized by the building industry as a sustainable material for insulating. Could it make a comeback here? Kathryn Larsen an architectural technologist in Denmark is changing the perceptions about seaweed insulation. She shared her images of the Seaweed Pavilion she designed where people can take a seat and think about the rot and flame resistant properties of the eco-friendly material. Photo: Kelly Hudson

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»

Burnett built the curio cabinet of walnut to house the client’s replica weapon and memorabilia collection. It has a grid structure to mount the swords on lucite dowels and magnets giving the appearance they’re floating in the cabinet. Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire Studios

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»

Fourth-year millwright apprentices Della Ryan, Casandra Whalen and Amanda Reese are getting the support from programming offered by the Office to Advance Women Apprentices. With offices in all four Atlantic provinces, the organizations mission is to identify the barriers and track and measure the success of skilled construction tradeswomen in the region. Photo: Kassondra Barry Photography

Breaking down barriers

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Meet the women building the East Coast When it comes to careers with a hammer, voltmeter, and other tools of the construction industry, women are woefully underrepresented.  But their success and mentorship is key as Atlantic Canada and the rest of the country face a looming labour shortage, with tens of thousands of Baby Boomers… Read More»

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