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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»

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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»

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»

Wooden Bowl made by P.E.I. woodworking hobbyist John Havenga. Photo: Todd Lockhart, VisionFire Studios

Hand-picked

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Favourite finds from summer with a purpose It was finally time to hit the road this summer. Time to go back to the places that make summer feel like summer. Favourite places like the pages in my favourite book, dog-eared and so good you just have to go back again. There was also a mission… Read More»

East Coast eco-chic

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Living simply is the path to a more sustainable life, and the new mantra for many Atlantic Canadian design gurus  Where design meets simplicity, you’ll find Kelly Anderson.  She worked corporate jobs for 20 years before she decided to give up her day job on the West Coast and move home to New Brunswick. Six… Read More»

Simple beginnings

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A wedding that really plans for the future When you already embrace a sustainable lifestyle, chances are your wedding day will reflect those values. Married two years ago, Franny Rutchinski and Zakary Miller didn’t plan an eco-conscious wedding. They married in Blomidon, N.S. in June 2019.  With some help from wedding planner Sarah Anderson, owner… Read More»

Scrap the wood

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Is it time to consider alternative decking materials? “They don’t make wood like they used to,” says my neighbour, a retired hardware store owner whose sense of humor is drier than summer kindling, as he surveys my chipped, gouged, bleached, and blanched backyard deck. “You can always tell people that you like it that way… Read More»

Set your sites on good design

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When the synthesis of nature and building is part of the plan There are important factors to consider when building a home in Atlantic Canada. Newfoundland architect Chris Woodford says being able to open the front door and not having the dog blow away is one of them. In 2013, Woodford moved back to his… Read More»

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