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

Calm, curated and collected

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»

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Stained glass scene Photo: SGO Designer Glass

A thousand years of beauty

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Bring the timeless elegance of stained-glass into your home In much of its 1,000-year history, stained glass has been associated with churches and religion. More recently, it became noteworthy due to the famous lamps created by Louis Comfort Tiffany. These days, your home décor can showcase the elegant beauty and whimsy of this ancient artform.… Read More»

A window inspired by the Flower of Life. Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire Studios

The power of the circle

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A window inspired by the Flower of Life brings positive energy into a South End Halifax reno A circle. A simple curved line in an endless loop, the foundational shape of life. Stained glass window artist Lynette Richards sees the circle as primal, featuring it prominently in her work. When she was engaged to create… Read More»

Brandy and Mike Williams welcome winter with a fresh white pallete warmed up with touches of brass. Prior to the renovation the kitchen lacked function. A custom range hood floats over shimmering subway tile. Photo: Rod Stears Photography

A reno by the river

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Brandy and Mike Williams welcome winter with a fresh white kitchen and a view of the Kennebecasis River in Rothesay, N.B. I played competitive basketball growing up. As a young girl, I remember looking around at my teammates and opponents, thinking: “I wonder what we’ll all be doing as grown-ups? Who will get married and… 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»

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


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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»

Travel Treasure Transformation

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A rug from Morocco spices up a dining room design Think back to a day when travel wasn’t quite so limited. You are walking around the quiet shops in the vibrant city of Marrakesh in Morocco. The textiles, pottery and rugs are unlike anything you’ve seen back home, and one rug in particular is calling… Read More»

Holiday Decorating Tips From Stil James

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Make your home a haven of light, joy and comfort East Coast decorator Natalie Owens, founder of Halifax boutique Stil James, has the answers to relaxed seasonal style that will make every room in your house your favorite space to be in this holiday season. How do you transition to winter from summer décor in… Read More»

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