Hot Spring Colours for 2018
Mar23

Hot Spring Colours for 2018

There are so many things to love about spring! Once the warm weather begins, the sweet smells of spring begin to rise, and the colours begin to burst! We had the chance to ask our in-house design consultant Brittney Pasqualini, owner, Silver Birch Design, what the latest “must have” colours are, colours that we can add to the interior and exterior of our homes, our wardrobes, and even the accessories, to help us get in the groove of...

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FEATURED RESTAURANT: Brewed Awakenings by Daniel
Feb12

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Brewed Awakenings by Daniel

I’m always amazed by the many places in our area that there are to enjoy a wonderful meal. This little unassuming cafe and eatery, located in downtown Grand Valley, certainly fits in to the “must visit” category, when you’re looking to enjoy the best of what local culinary skills and ingredients are all about. I sat down with chef and owner Daniel Bonello of Brewed Awakenings Cafe and Eatery, to find out why this popular spot is...

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The Benefits of Investing in New Windows
Feb08

The Benefits of Investing in New Windows

My husband and I moved to the Orangeville area a few years ago, and fell in love with our home. It’s simple, the perfect size, and as the previous owners had taken such good care of it, any maintenance required would be minimal. The house itself was built in the mid-eighties, and despite many upgrades still had its’ original windows, and they were definitely starting to show their age. The interesting thing is that while they still...

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Outdoor Culinary Dreams Come True
Feb07

Outdoor Culinary Dreams Come True

When it comes to a chef’s dream working environment, most would think of a “state of the art” kitchen, and they would likely be right. With that in mind, owner Zach Koolen, along with his team at Cedarcroft Landscape & Design, have provided that dream, creating the outdoor version, and with so much more than the client could have ever imagined. For this featured project, Zach pointed out that the first meeting between he and his...

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Water Features: Beautiful, and good for the soul!
Feb07

Water Features: Beautiful, and good for the soul!

You find the home of your dreams. You love it, but you’re not so much in love with the steep hill that makes up the majority of your back yard. One particular client of Dutch Touch Landscaping had just this issue to deal with, and so Maarten Randeraad and his team came up with a fabulous solution! This particular project was an interesting one for Maarten and his team, as the client wanted a flat-surfaced backyard so there would be no...

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Ensuite Bathroom Renovation
Feb07

Ensuite Bathroom Renovation

There’s nothing like the luxury of having a master bedroom ensuite. It’s so easy and accessible to use, whether it’s on cold, crisp mornings, or when there are two of you, and the space needs to house “two” of everything. There is also nothing like having a master bedroom ensuite renovation designed by Paula Coffey, from The Plumber’s Wife in Arthur, On. Our clients needed to update their “builder’s grade” ensuite not only up to the...

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Downtown Fergus – Beauty, Business and Bridges!
Feb07

Downtown Fergus – Beauty, Business and Bridges!

FERGUS ONTARIO. In a word, beautiful. When you enter this charming little town, it’s almost as if you’ve been transported to another time and place. I suppose the obvious correlation would be that you have entered a small Scottish village, rich in character, history, and natural charm. If you’ve not had the pleasure of visiting Fergus, it’s a trip that’s definitely worth making. If you have been lucky enough to spend time amongst its...

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Client and Contractor … some advice for a great fit!!
Feb07

Client and Contractor … some advice for a great fit!!

In a perfect world, one could decide an upgrade is needed on the house. A reliable building contractor is found the next day, plans are put into motion within a week and the project is completed, to everyone’s utmost satisfaction, within a month or two. In the real world, that is highly unlikely to happen. Home renovations and/or additions are meticulous undertakings with many factors to take into consideration. As well, communication...

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Abandoned Spaces: Maplehurst, Mono, Ontario
Feb06

Abandoned Spaces: Maplehurst, Mono, Ontario

A beautiful old red brick farmhouse, nestled not too far off a country sideroad in Mono, Ontario, is this edition’s pick for our Abandoned Spaces series. While the home itself still has an owner, currently a construction corporation, it sits empty, waiting for someone to restore it back to its original beauty, and continue its rich tradition as part of Mono’s history. Known as Maplehurst, the home is unique in many ways, not the least...

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Gardens and Parties And Fun … Oh My!!
Feb06

Gardens and Parties And Fun … Oh My!!

It’s that beautiful time of year, when thoughts of warm sunshine, budding flowers, bright colours, and plans for the summer, all begin to fill our minds. It also just happens to be the popular season for bridal and baby showers, graduation parties, and other special celebrations that this lovely time of year brings. Yes, it’s finally Spring! The Spring season brings new life, new colour, and of course, new themes for...

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Perspective on Your Spring Garden
Feb06

Perspective on Your Spring Garden

If you are anything like me, you started gardening by first imagining all the beautiful flowers you could plant, then you bought them, and finally you planted each and every one to create the garden of your dreams. But, by midsummer, your dreams were being dashed by those lovingly chosen seedlings not behaving as you had anticipated – or even dying. By hard-earned experience you learned some were shade or sun loving, some...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert-The Planning Process-Part Two
Feb05

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert-The Planning Process-Part Two

PART TWO: the Budget Stage of the Process When we began the “Ask the Expert” series with award-winning landscape architect Paul Brydges, we knew that it would be a smart idea, but what I didn’t realize was how much I was going to continue to learn from him; and the landscape profession as a whole. For “Part Two” of this series, which is also the second piece of the landscape project process, we talk about everyone’s favourite topic …...

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Creating a New Lifestyle for a New Life Experience
Feb01

Creating a New Lifestyle for a New Life Experience

How does a couple celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary? So many options to consider, and certainly a milestone that deserves a special celebration. After spending 30 years together raising a family of three boys, and remaining active in the community through sports, the local church, changes of career, and of course all of life’s ups and downs, the decision on how to celebrate was quite clear for Anne and Barry Kozluk; a kitchen...

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FOR SALE: What Can We Expect in 2018″
Feb01

FOR SALE: What Can We Expect in 2018″

Suggesting today’s real estate market is heating up is an understatement. It would be appropriate to say the market has been on fire for the last few years, and new government measures hope to bring the blaze under control. There are those in the mortgage industry, however, who feel a harmful impact of these measures will be a reduction in the purchasing power of potential home buyers. In October, 2017, the federal Office of the...

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Abandoned Spaces: a House Close to Home …
Nov01

Abandoned Spaces: a House Close to Home …

We began our series of “Abandoned Spaces” as an entire team. We’ve already been on some adventures, getting our share of “creepy” moments along with some very “funny” ones! Little did we know while planning our research, that our very own Elaine Stone, Owner / Publisher of Living Spaces & Life Styles Magazine, had her own abandoned space, one that ran deep into her very own family history. Enter Aunt Mary. Elaine’s Aunt...

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