Come for the Coffee Stay for the Botany
Jun03

Come for the Coffee Stay for the Botany

The smell of fresh coffee is typically not associated with a flower shop, but Suzanne Gardner Flowers is anything but a typical flower shop. The shop itself contains no remnants of the former sandwich shop previously located in the space. Suzanne Gardner and her husband have consciously preserved the 200-year-old building, mixing exposed brick with oversized furniture; creating   an industrial look that is both chic and welcoming....

Read More
TRAVEL FEATURE: Meanderings & Wanderings in the Highlands of Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Jun03

TRAVEL FEATURE: Meanderings & Wanderings in the Highlands of Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Be it the historical battles for supremacy, the allure of its people, the exhilaration of its mountain scenery or the romance of its castles, Scotland will embrace you in its magic of curiosity, intrigue and wonder. To accurately appreciate the breadth of Scotland’s history, let’s start back when its oldest habitation, a place known as Skara Brae, was discovered around 1850, on the shores of the Bay of Skaill, Orkney Islands. When...

Read More
Creating a Cohesive and Accessible Space
Jun03

Creating a Cohesive and Accessible Space

Tumber Landscape Design & Build is a landscape company founded in 1976. Since its beginning, Tumber has prided itself on uncompromising dedication to its craft and clients’ needs. Recently they took on a project that allowed them to demonstrate their creativity while at the same time conceptualizing and constructing a space that met the needs and wants of their client. The property was an old, beautiful, Victorian farm with a...

Read More
Living Off The Grid: Peaceful, Sustainable and Smart!
Jun03

Living Off The Grid: Peaceful, Sustainable and Smart!

“Sustainable Living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the earth’s natural resources, and of one’s personal resources. Its practitioners often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.” Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is. We’ve recently had the pleasure of sitting...

Read More
When Friendship Gets Down to Business
Mar13

When Friendship Gets Down to Business

What do you get when you pair home owners who are in the construction business with a talented designer who just happen to be friends? An incredible home renovation, that is beautiful, functional, and filled with love. Paula Coffey, owner of The Plumber’s Wife in Arthur Ontario, is well known throughout the area for her design expertise, and appealing decorative style. Not to mention her beautiful retail storefront and showroom, with...

Read More
Iceland: A nation of extreme contrasts, moulded by fire and ice.
Mar13

Iceland: A nation of extreme contrasts, moulded by fire and ice.

It’s no wonder Iceland’s unique otherworldly environment is used for filming fantasy movies. This isolated island, straddling the Arctic Circle has an allure of dramatic landscapes, abrupt headlands, massive glaciers and gigantic waterfalls that are humbling in size. The Icelandic peoples, originally Viking (since mid 9th c.) and northern Scandinavian descent, have been influenced by Denmark since the early 1400s....

Read More
A Home for a Lovely Family; Delivered by a Talented Family
Mar13

A Home for a Lovely Family; Delivered by a Talented Family

You have plans to build your dream home. You want a home to share and entertain with family, friends, and loved ones, building memories, and enjoying life. You also need a home that requires some special attention to functionality, to meet the needs of everyone who lives and visits there. It requires an area dedicated to professional space that, while providing privacy, still flows with the entire design. To meet the demands of this...

Read More
Staycation! Why Leave Home?
Mar13

Staycation! Why Leave Home?

A new term entered the English lexicon a decade or so ago and its most common use occurs in residential landscaping circles. The term is “staycation” and it mostly deals with homeowners’ desires to have the benefits of a vacation without leaving the house. To achieve this, they often have a backyard pool surrounded by exquisite rockeries, foliage arrangements and other accoutrements; a veritable oasis on their own property. The jaded...

Read More