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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»

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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»

Cute stuff for cute people

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Artist combines a love of animals and art to create whimsical pieces After working as a veterinarian in Newfoundland for many years, Kimberly Clarke decided to pursue her love of art. She enrolled in an art-and-craft-based textiles program at the College of the North Atlantic in 2016. “I’ve always made art, mostly illustrations,” says Clarke.… Read More»

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»

Combining history and home

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Campobello cottage reno celebrates island’s past Two flags fly proudly on Dennis and Margaret Haire’s cottage property. One is Canadian, the other American. They symbolize both the story of their summer home on New Brunswick’s Campobello Island, and the couple themselves. When the Haire’s, who are from Evansville, Indiana, first visited the Canadian island back… Read More»

Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

Planning a much-needed girls’ weekend?

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From yoga to guided hikes, it’s time to think outside the box As I placed the last linen napkin on my outdoor table, I smiled. In just a few short hours I would be surrounded by my girlfriends, in what felt like a long overdue reunion. It had been pre-pandemic since I’d seen a few… Read More»

Piece by Melissa Yale. Photo: Bruce Murray/VisionFire

From rustic grunge to coastal chic

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Discover the simple — and economical — joys of upcycling furniture With a bit of sandpaper, a few coats of paint and some grit, a Kijiji or yard-sale bargain can become a timeless treasure.  Known as upcycling, the increasingly popular trend can make an interior feel more lived in, personal and special, not to mention… Read More»

Artist Elise Dufour follows the practice of wabi-sabi, a philosophy that embraces the celebration of perfect imperfections, where the “art of the accident” is seen as a creative opportunity. Photo: Submitted

Perfectly Imperfect

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For artist Elise Dufour, ceramics parallel life with lessons on the ‘art of the accident’ Opening oneself to the universe can have a domino effect, in art and in life. Just ask Elise Dufour, a ceramic artist who recently moved to old town Lunenburg, N.S., where she practices her craft from a 150-year-old sea captain’s… Read More»

Janna Wilton, watercolour artist. Photo: Submitted

Look, observe and understand

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Whimsical watercolours reflect P.E.I. and Nova Scotia architecture During the COVID-19 pandemic, Janna Wilton needed an outlet to destress from the everyday world, including her career as a registered nurse. Born on P.E.I., the long-time Nova Scotia resident found her passion in painting. When she began working with watercolours, she felt a connection: a way… Read More»

A sound experience. Photo: Submitted

A sound experience

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Wired or wireless, create a plan that will bring music to your ears   Kevin Sawler is explaining the advantages of wired-in sound systems when my cellphone drops the call. I phone him back and apologize. “See?” Sawler says. “Wireless.” According to Sawler, who owns Glubes Audio Video in Dartmouth, “There are brands that do… Read More»

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