A Unique Renovation Which Required “Out of the Box” Thinking
Feb25

A Unique Renovation Which Required “Out of the Box” Thinking

When Tom and Donna began looking for a new place to call home back in 2017, they knew they were looking for something special and unique. Donna had relocated to the Elora area from the city in 2010, and she had fallen in love with the natural beauty and small-town atmosphere that Wellington County offers all who visit and stay. She enjoys the challenge of the renovation and design process, and she had already purchased and renovated...

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CLASSIC CARS: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC: one of Ferrari’s finest
Feb25

CLASSIC CARS: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC: one of Ferrari’s finest

A penny a worm. That’s the going rate when you’re a 16-year-old boy, working in the dark pre-dawn hours with flashlight in hand, picking and loading nightcrawlers into your bucket in order to save up enough to buy your first car. Fast-forward a few decades, and by maintaining his “you get what you work for” approach, this same entrepreneur has over the years managed to buy, sell, and accumulate a coveted collection of rare and classic...

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Creating a Beautiful Home Spa Space
Feb25

Creating a Beautiful Home Spa Space

Having a space to call your own is becoming essential in our ever-growing quest for self-preservation, self-thought, and the need to simply have a private space to relax and recharge. Usually once a year, I’ll treat myself to a day at the spa for a little self-care, and to be able to “shut out the noise”. It remains an annual luxury because for me it’s a personal indulgence, and not an investment I can enjoy on a more frequent basis....

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LANDSCAPE FEATURE: Create Your Own Paradise
Feb25

LANDSCAPE FEATURE: Create Your Own Paradise

When Michael Haunton, Owner and President of Let’s Landscape Together (based in Waterdown, ON) went on vacation with his family 8 years ago, he returned with a new vision and plenty of inspiration. His goal – to recreate the “resort lifestyle” in his own backyard.  “I could not help but think that I could do this better”, says Mike, who set to work on planning and preparation shortly after returning home. “I wanted to experience...

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Unique Home with a Coastal Vibe
Nov27

Unique Home with a Coastal Vibe

Ferguson Fine Homes has a long-standing tradition of designing and building quality homes in Dufferin County and the surrounding area, so it is not surprising to find that the construction of their own home was no exception. Although Chad and Marrie Ferguson had owned their lovely property on the 6th line for more than 10 years, only recently did they complete construction on this gorgeous, 2800 square foot open-concept bungalow. Just...

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McLaren Automotive – Speed, Style, and Hard Work
Nov27

McLaren Automotive – Speed, Style, and Hard Work

June 2nd, 1970. It was a hazy, muggy Tuesday afternoon when 33-year-old Bruce McLaren, racer, constructor, winner of 4 Formula One grand prix, and champion of the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, raced around the Sussex countryside on the famous Goodwood racetrack, testing his new Can-Am competitor, the model M8D. Leaving the pitlane after having made some final adjustments, McLaren roared back out on to the track. Cornering through the...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert: Planting Through The Pandemic
Nov27

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert: Planting Through The Pandemic

Let’s face it. We’re all tired. The very fundamental way in which we live our lives has altered, and our future will be forever changed as a result. We are now having to learn new ways to continue to thrive physically, financially, socially, and emotionally. We are proud once again to have teamed up with the very talented Paul Brydges of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc., to explore the many benefits of returning to a “grass roots”...

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All Things Beautiful For the Holidays
Nov27

All Things Beautiful For the Holidays

Well, here we are again! That time of year when family, friends, and communities come together to “deck the halls” by creating warm, beautiful, and personal spaces. And we’re certainly in luck, as some of the most fabulous winter and holiday decor can be found right in the village of Arthur, ON, at a lovely store called “The Plumber’s Wife”. “We absolutely love this time of year here at the store,” says owner Paula. “The boxes...

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FEATURED HOME: A Forever Home
Feb25

FEATURED HOME: A Forever Home

Moving from your home is one of life’s most significant events, and it can prove to be a stressful and emotional undertaking. Embarking on a new adventure in a new home can be exciting and scary all at once. It can spark inspiration for new possibilities, while at the same time make us wistful and sentimental as we say goodbye to the place where many fond memories were created. When John and Judy Rietkerk began their latest new home...

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TRAVEL FEATURE: The Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Feb25

TRAVEL FEATURE: The Daintree Rainforest, Australia

Paradise & Peril In Australia’s Ancient Daintree Rainforest In my quest to discover unique wilderness habitats, upon visiting Australia’s biologically alluring Daintree rainforest I am fascinated with its unusual foliage and terrifying creatures. Located in Queensland, north of Cairns, this narrow belt of land, about 1200 km in size, is mostly inaccessible as it’s hemmed in by the steep Great Dividing Ridge to the west and blue...

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FEATURED RESTAURANT: Top Hat Tea Room
Feb25

FEATURED RESTAURANT: Top Hat Tea Room

A Place in Time It’s not often I get to spend time with a lovely family, one who’s roots tie-in closely with my own. Having said that, spend just a short time with this mother, daughter, and son business-owner trio, and you’ll feel like an old friend, and you’ll definitely be treated like family. The Top Hat Tea Room, located in beautiful downtown Orangeville, is like walking into a space where time stands still. Comfort food is...

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Victorian Century Home
Dec02

Victorian Century Home

Written by: Tanya Bottomley | Photography: Paul Spears Minto is a small township, located at the western most point of westbound Highway 9, on the Maitland River in Wellington County. This charming town was officially established in 1999, and is named after its founder Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 4th Earl of Minto; 8th Governor General of Canada. Known for its sweeping farmlands, rolling open space, and friendly residents,...

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ARTIST FEATURE: Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist
Dec02

ARTIST FEATURE: Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist

Labour of Love: Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist Written by: Jillian Kent | Photography: Cory Bruyea Ann Randeraad, Clay Artist Clay Artistry is a fluid thing – it’s kinesthetic and engaging, drawing the artist in and demanding their full investment. It’s about diving into the clay and really getting your hands dirty as you try to find the shape that it was meant to take – dare I say, the story it’s going to tell. In fact, it’s...

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FEATURE RESTAURANT: Trattoria Semplice, Orangeville
Dec02

FEATURE RESTAURANT: Trattoria Semplice, Orangeville

Written by: Tanya Bottomley | Photography: Cory Bruyea TRATTORIA SEMPLICE can be loosely translated as “simple restaurant”. The surroundings and cuisine at Trattoria Semplice are reflective of their name, but certainly don’t do it justice. The atmosphere is casual and family friendly, boasting large windows and a modern, welcoming environment that you can feel from the minute you walk in the door. Charmingly rustic...

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Holiday Decor Ideas
Dec02

Holiday Decor Ideas

A HINT OF MINT A few of my favourite things ….. this tree was trimmed in silver, gold and white with mint accents. One of my favourite things to do at Christmas, is decorate our tree; quick tip: the bigger the tree, the larger the ornaments should be, giving the tree a grand effect in the room. A Hint of Mint theme your tree:  wildlife, birds, snowmen, bows, colour,  etc.for safety, use unbreakable ornaments when toddlers...

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