Sit. Stay. Fetch.
May16

Sit. Stay. Fetch.

A clear perk of my job here at the magazine is that there are so many incredible stories that I have the privilege to share. This particular story represents a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that I was thrilled to take part in, not only because the subject matter is so close to my heart, but also due to the strong sense of pride there is in knowing that an internationally acclaimed dog training facility just happens to be...

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Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard
May16

Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard

Picture yourself luxuriating in the pool at an exotic resort. The soothing water permeates through your flesh as it melodiously courses through exquisite rock formations illuminated by an array of sparkling lights. When it’s finally time to leave this Shangri-La, there is no need to pack up your bags, go through the checkout procedures and make your way to the airport. Instead, you simply hop out of the pool, open the back door and...

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Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington
May16

Featured Artist: Rich Burnett – At Home in Music in Centre Wellington

On a Sunday morning you might find him at the Elora Brewing Company picking 40’s country for the Honky Tonk Brunch. Or playing early American blues on a Saturday night with Waterloo groups Frog & Henry, and the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band. On a weekday, he’s often tutoring students at his home studio on the guitar, ukulele, or lap steel. Over the last 8 years, Rich Burnett has spent much of his career expanding and transforming his...

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Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process
May16

Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process

When we last spent time with Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc, the topic of discussion focused on budget, and was part two of our four-part series “Ask the Expert”. As we enter “Part Three: The Tendering Process”, Paul teaches us that both timing and economics are key essential outcomes when making some crucial decisions. “The beauty of working with a landscape designer is that they act as a support contact...

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Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental
May10

Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental

In the construction and renovations business, acquiring and maintaining the proper tools and equipment is a huge capital investment. Not only can the machinery be costly, it may not be used enough to justify purchasing it. Therefore, it often makes sense to rent tools and equipment, rather than buy them. First of all, the initial purchase costs are avoided when one opts to rent. As well, depreciation in the machine’s value is not a...

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Lessons From the Reading Room
May10

Lessons From the Reading Room

When you are an empath, you tend to feel everything. That sense when you walk into a room and you can just “feel” the energy, and then are instantly shifted into the energy itself. Well, I recently had the wonderful opportunity to walk through the office doors of “The Hazel Tree”, in Mono, ON, and sure enough, I felt instantly at peace. I couldn’t quite tell what felt so special about this place, and then when she walked in, instantly...

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Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle
May10

Ask The Health Expert – Golden Spice Miracle

Turmeric (curcuma longa) has long been known in China, Asia, India and Indonesia as one of the most powerful healing plants in nature. It is a cousin to ginger and is used in India as one of the primary curry spices. Turmeric has always been a wonder crop and used traditionally for curing diseases and conditions such as, bites, cuts, eczema, skin conditions, as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and...

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Walking In Good Health
May09

Walking In Good Health

When I asked my local Chiropodist, why May is “Foot Health Month”?, the answer was an obvious one! May is the month where we all transition our footwear from winter boots and closed shoes to summer flip flops and sandals. About 70 per cent of us suffer from some sort of foot problem, and women can suffer four times as much as men. “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” said Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, a...

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African Safari Precious Moments on Tanzania’s Arid Savannah
May09

African Safari Precious Moments on Tanzania’s Arid Savannah

Even with my outdoors upbringing in Canada, it was impossible to prepare for what awaited me in Africa. Nothing comes close to the authentic experiences with the multitude of wildlife one can see and be amongst, who thrive in this unique isolation from civilization. Arriving at night at the Kilimanjaro airport I am struck by the absolute darkness all around us. As we disembark and walk across the tarmac, the small airport has the...

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Thinking of Investing in a Pool this Summer?
May09

Thinking of Investing in a Pool this Summer?

Ask a residential pool owner why he or she has one, and chances are you will hear a lot of different reasons. Some will say the backyard pool is the perfect spot for family recreation and bonding. Others will point out that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise there is. Then there will be people who find it more practical to take the thirty steps to get to their landscaped pool area, rather than drive hundreds of miles to a...

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Creating Winter Interest. Work with Mother Nature.
May09

Creating Winter Interest. Work with Mother Nature.

So, it’s summer, and just why are we talking about planning for a winter landscape? Simple – we have to think about it now! When else are you going to do those plantings and move that earth than in the next few months! Think back to gardening magazines or books you may have read on stately English homes, those that you envy or admire. Many of them feature beautiful outdoor vistas with attractively arranged plant and garden features,...

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So Much To See! The Plumber’s Wife New Design Centre
May09

So Much To See! The Plumber’s Wife New Design Centre

Celebrating 10 years in business is quite a milestone. While this lovely store in Arthur, ON always had many products and services to offer, as they reached their 10 year anniversary, owner Paula Coffey figured out a way to make it even better! Expanding her existing space into the back portion of the building was a big undertaking as well as an exciting vision, but one that has now come to fruition and it’s been well worth the wait....

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Getting a Beautiful Start on a Lifetime of Happiness and Memories
May09

Getting a Beautiful Start on a Lifetime of Happiness and Memories

What does a young successful entrepreneurial couple do, when not only do they run a business or two, but are also planning a wedding? Well, they design and build their very first home together, and do so from the ground up, of course! It was the dream for this young couple, to create a home where they could begin their new life together in a simple, elegant manner, and also make for an inviting space for family and friends! It’s a...

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What’s New in Kitchen & Bathroom Design?
May08

What’s New in Kitchen & Bathroom Design?

When it comes to redesigning, (and, in fact, redefining) a room, homeowners often need help envisioning the new setting. There are so many styles and ideas that could suit a client perfectly, but she/he may not have thought of them. In fact, there are existing renovation and design solutions that a client might not even be aware of. To overcome this, professionals in the field have found that a showroom is a great way to open people’s...

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Restaurant Feature: Son of a Chef, Orangeville
May08

Restaurant Feature: Son of a Chef, Orangeville

A Sweet Little Place I had never tried a cabbage roll. I’m of Irish decent, love meat, love cabbage, love most foods actually, but for some reason it has taken me 45 years to have an opportunity to enjoy this very popular “comfort food”. So, when the restaurant feature for this edition’s article was to profile “Son of a Chef”, I began to research what this eatery had to offer, and I knew then that I was going to get my chance… and boy...

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A Stunning Entertaining Space
May08

A Stunning Entertaining Space

In this digital age of marketing and advertising, a business can choose from many media vehicles to promote their company. But for Ryan VanGerven and his team at New Stone Landscaping, their best strategy to bring in new business is the one that has worked for them for years…word of mouth. When you see one of New Stone’s landscape transformations, it’s easy to see why so many of their projects come from clients who have experienced...

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Summer Entertaining
May08

Summer Entertaining

We think it’s safe to say that the team here at LivingSpaces and LifeStyles Magazine enjoy many aspects of entertaining. There are just so many things to celebrate, and the upcoming summer season is no exception! The lazy days of summer should be just that; laid-back and stress-free. So, we’ve come up with a few ideas to make your summertime parties, simple, easy and fun. The great thing about backyard parties is that your natural...

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Healthy Cravings, Shelburne
Mar22

Healthy Cravings, Shelburne

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K9 Teaser
Mar22

K9 Teaser

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