Put a Feather in Your Hat!
Aug21

Put a Feather in Your Hat!

The only sure thing in life is change, they say, and that can certainly be said about hats! Hats have certainly had an up and down, and up again, history. They have been worn for practical, fashionable, social and other reasons. And fortunately today offers up so many choices to wear one and make it fun. A “Hatted” History The earliest known documented hats were from just before 3000 BC in Egypt. However, “Otzi” the “Iceman” found...

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A Store Like No Other
Aug21

A Store Like No Other

When it comes to gift giving, even if that gift is to yourself, a “must stop” shopping experience while on your travels should be Arthur Cash and Carry, located in lovely Arthur, Ontario. This amazing retail store boasts 4,000 square feet of beautiful and unique home furnishings, lighting, linens, cookware, and just about everything else you can think of, that you just won’t find anywhere else. Fran Turnbull, owner of Arthur Cash and...

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The Beauty of Stained Glass
Aug21

The Beauty of Stained Glass

When I receive my assignments, I never know quite what to expect. Which means I’m always in for an incredible new experience with each and every one. For some of my interviews I have the honour of hearing some personal stories, and it’s from there I draw much of my inspiration for the way in which I deliver my words to you, the reader. One such story revolved around a stained-glass piece of artwork that had been created for a family...

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Business Profile: Janssen Design / JDC Custom Homes Inc
Aug21

Business Profile: Janssen Design / JDC Custom Homes Inc

Starting a successful family business is one of the most difficult things a person can do. And keeping that business successful over the generations is even more challenging.  A successful business must develop their capabilities in communication, business finance and planning, as well as leadership development and training. We recently had the distinct pleasure to sit down with Paul and Margaret Janssen, owners of JDC Custom Homes...

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Downsizing in Style
Aug21

Downsizing in Style

Downsizing, purging, changing area codes, and building a home from the ground up, sounds a little daunting.  However, when you pair an incredible couple, with Kevin Vanleeuwen, Owner of Exact Construction Ltd. in Fergus, Ontario, what you get is a stunning, loft  bungalow, cleverly designed, and beautifully decorated. The couple who paired with Kevin, to design this home, wanted a space, closer to their grandchildren, and smaller than...

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A New Showroom
Aug21

A New Showroom

Things are buzzing in the home renovations market, these days. An indicator of the vibrancy in the business is the new showroom NAK Cabinetry will soon open to the public located on C-Line in Orangeville. Customers can currently visit by appointment.  Proprietor Oliver Muhs calls the showroom “a work in progress that is almost finished.” Nevertheless, there is a significant offering for people entering the premises in search of...

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A Long Way From Home
Aug21

A Long Way From Home

Life is such an interesting journey. We’re all faced with ups and downs, and sometimes with life changing situations where some difficult decisions need to be made. Difficult decisions are not always the result of something negative, but they can divide our hearts and heads, and ultimately become eventful life experiences. For this renovation/revitalization project, we were thrilled to meet homeowners who have made a major life change...

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Patio Dining in the Perfect Setting
Aug21

Patio Dining in the Perfect Setting

We are so very fortunate here in Ontario that the weather has been providing us with an extended bout of warm weather, which in recent years has often lingered on through to October. Fall is no longer a time to get ready to hibernate, as the extended warm patio season means we can continue to enjoy special events, great food, and lazy afternoons in beautiful settings! A Taste of Freedom Country Inn, in the quaint town of Tottenham,...

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Exploring the Pillars of Education and Training
Aug21

Exploring the Pillars of Education and Training

Knowledge is power. And the power of education can be instrumental at any age, and at any stage of life. With an ever-growing presence within the region, both from an educational and community standpoint, Humber College continues to foster relationships with our region in order to contribute by offering education and training that’s geared to enrich our community and beyond. Once again we had the pleasure to speak with Joe Andrews,...

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Elegant, Bright…Perfection!
Aug21

Elegant, Bright…Perfection!

For this particular kitchen renovation, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Diane Smith, owner of KitchenArt, the boutique countertop and cabinet design showroom, to have her share a recent project where she had the privilege of applying her beautiful design. This project was part of a larger “top to bottom” renovation of a Victorian home in Orangeville, ON. The entire home was gutted, reframed, insulated, and the floors were...

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Wedding Dress Preservation
Aug21

Wedding Dress Preservation

One of the biggest decisions a bride has to make is the dress she’s going to wear on her big day. Women can spend months searching and trying on every dress possible, until one day she finds the perfect one, and she is stunning. The cost itself really doesn’t matter when it comes to the perfect dress; it’s really about how she feels in it, which only adds to the biggest day of the bride’s life. This is why it’s so important to...

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Giving Thanks to Those We Love
Aug21

Giving Thanks to Those We Love

For the past few years I’ve had so much to be thankful for. We moved to the beautiful town of Orangeville, began a whole new life, and most importantly, we’ve met new friends who have become family. That sentiment very much includes my team here at LivingSpaces & Lifestyles Magazine. Each issue, our team brainstorms on our “Entertaining” section, and comes up with lots of ideas to make some of your favourite holidays even more...

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Orangeville Theatre – Robin Hood and More!
Aug16

Orangeville Theatre – Robin Hood and More!

“They say the neon lights are bright, on Broadway…” Well, they may not be neon, but the lights that light up the beautiful historic Opera House on Broadway in downtown Orangeville certainly showcase the wealth of talent that lies within its thick stone walls. Theatre Orangeville is a true jewel in our community, a place that celebrates the arts through stage productions, concerts, and programs focused on developing youth involvement...

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