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Anqi Yang playing the Guzheng at the Halifax Chinese New Year Gala in 2018. Contributed photo

Time for the tiger

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Atlantic Canadians welcome the Chinese New Year with a roar The celebration starts with the new moon and ends with a traditional lantern festival. In the Chinese zodiac, 2022 is the year of the Tiger. If you were born in 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, or 1932, you are a tiger, believed to have… Read More»

Wrapped presents Photo: Steve Smith, VisionFire Studios

Bubble wrap

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The bubble has burst but the ties are still strong.  Give your gifts a little East Coast flair with tartan trimmings woven with the fabric of our landscapes and the places we hold dear  Hints of gold An interweaving of gold, a symbol of potential wealth, forest green for the lumbering; meadow green for agriculture,… Read More»

Curating memories

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Full disclosure: I love Christmas trees. We have five trees that go up in our home every year — yes, I am one of those people. But our Christmas trees have evolved with us as our family grew over the years. The ornaments had an annual multiplier, and it didn’t take long to amass a… 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»

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»

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»

Nico Paulo in front of her studio Photo: Greg Locke

The longing of the sea

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A move east reveals spiritual links and transatlantic ties for singer-songwriter Nico Paulo Portuguese singer-songwriter Nico Paulo moved to Newfoundland with her partner Tim Baker, former front man of Hey Rosetta!, to make music. They ended up setting up a design studio on Duckworth Street.  The pandemic prompted their initial relocation from Toronto in 2020.… Read More»

It was love at first sight for Karen Lee the first time she laid eyes on the vintage Lady Scotia stove. Photo: Bruce Murray, VisionFire Studios

A very vintage Christmas

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A former antique dealer puts a festive spin on her restored farmhouse in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley When Karen Lee started collecting holiday ornaments to deck out her little farmhouse in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, she didn’t walk the aisles of big box stores or order from the online giants. She put on… Read More»

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