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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»

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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»

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»

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»

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»

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