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Bedroom decor, pink and grey pillows. Photo: Jenna Dunlop

What’s new for 2022

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The year of living cozily East Coast designers break down the trends that will shape homes in 2022 Due to COVID-19, 2021 was a year where homeowners started to rethink their spaces, leaving 2022 open to an array of new and old ideas. It’s expected looks will take a cozier, softer approach, emphasizing warm colours… Read More»

Dartmouth, N.S. resident Megan Brydon loves the idea of a locally owned bespoke book club. Photo: Bruce Murray, Visionfire Studios

Perfect pairings

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During the pandemic, an East Coast bibliophile found the perfect way to bring the book-club experience home — with books, wine, and chocolate The pandemic changed the way we connect, and in many ways, sparked new ideas and opportunities to bond. While stowed away in Dartmouth during quarantine, avid reader and wine lover Emma Bent… Read More»

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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»

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»

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»

Quirky & colourful

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Natasha Daurie’s textile designs are hand stamped and feature animals that walk through her backyard in the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.

Light the way

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Light up your patio this season with string lights to create a cozy atmosphere for warm summer nights.

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