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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»

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»

Suite soak

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A timelessly elegant reno brings a long-awaited luxury bathroom to a Newfoundland bungalow It’s the end of a long day.  All you can think about is a cup of tea and a soak in the tub. Then you open the doors to your new ensuite and feel as if you were transported to a luxury… Read More»

A tiny room with a perfect view

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Global pandemic got you down? Joe Gillivan can’t say enough about the soothing powers of a good home sauna. Increasingly, he’s not alone When Joe Gillivan squeezes all 6’4” of himself into the one-seater sauna that sits in the corner of his home gym, his world doesn’t shrink. It gets bigger. “I don’t care if… Read More»

Tune up your bike for summer

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It’s finally time to get back on your bike after winter’s long freeze. Before you do, there are a few simple tasks that will make your ride road ready. We asked several local bike shops which maintenance you can preform at home and when to take it to an expert. Start with a clean slate… Read More»

DIY: Make a fabric mask

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A simple sewing pattern that requires only basic machine skills

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