Restoring An Italianate Beauty in The Heart of Downtown Orangeville
Aug27

Restoring An Italianate Beauty in The Heart of Downtown Orangeville

Restoring a historic Italianate style home can be a daunting task, with many complications and challenges to be found along the way. When Thomas and Susan Kydd purchased 12 York Street in historic downtown Orangeville back in the spring of 2017, they sought to find a professional contractor/builder who would have the vision and ability to help them to realize their goal of a complete renovation that would honour the original...

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1973 Chevy Vega – Transforming The Family Car Into A Mean Machine!
Aug27

1973 Chevy Vega – Transforming The Family Car Into A Mean Machine!

Classic Cars. Most of these beautiful machines have stood the test of time, and can represent the best in automotive history. Their allure is not only one of nostalgia, but also requires a lot of time, passion, and more often than not, a few extra dollars to restore the best these classics have to offer. This 1973 Chevy Vega has the perfect owner, a man who has an eye for both style and design, but made the choice to work closely with...

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A Little Bit of Fun on the Patio!
Aug27

A Little Bit of Fun on the Patio!

While it is understandable why summer is at the top of many people’s favourite time of year, I personally believe that there is no better time in Canada than fall; it’s when the sweltering summer humidity finally evens out to a beautiful warm evening, and the colours of nature become the most vibrant. If you ask around, I think you’ll find that I’m not the only one who thinks this – after all, was it not our most famous redhead, Anne...

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A Landscape Design for Both Night and Day
Aug27

A Landscape Design for Both Night and Day

Our Landscape Design Expert is back, and this time, we’re talking about landscape lighting, a perfect way to enjoy your outdoor space into the evening hours. Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture, shares with us some of his design schemes that take on two very different looks; each incorporating mixtures of beauty, elegance, and detail, regardless of the time of day. “Lighting can be a very simple addition to your...

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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 ARTIST: Karen Dodds Rodd
Feb25

FEATURED ARTIST: Karen Dodds Rodd

Walking Art What does one always look for when it comes to our clothes, accessories, hairstyles, and everything else we have or convey in our every day lives? We search for uniqueness and individuality. We crave something colourful, bright, exciting, something which is inviting and creates a vibe that is ours, and ours alone. Sure, we can pop into a big box store and come out with something nice but it doesn’t compare to the...

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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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FEATURE HOME: Aqorpions Villa
Sep03

FEATURE HOME: Aqorpions Villa

Situated in Dorcas Bay, near Tobermory Ontario, where crystal blue waters meet the rugged Lake Huron shoreline, is a vacation home unlike anything else in the area. The Aqorpions Villa is a luxury retreat and vacation home with unforgettable views of the Lake, and interior finishes that could compare to any of the finest residences in Muskoka. The name “Aqorpions” itself, is a true reflection of the unique nature of this property. It...

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RESTAURANT FEATURE: The Edge Restaurant + Bar
Sep03

RESTAURANT FEATURE: The Edge Restaurant + Bar

The Edge Restaurant. located above the Headwaters Fitness and Racquet Club, is a refreshing departure from the ordinary restaurant fare in Orangeville’s growing West End. The vibe is Intimate and friendly, with a fresh, modern flare, and the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. But, perhaps the most striking point of differentiation is the enthusiasm of the owners/staff who are working hard to successfully establish the EDGE as a...

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Designing the Perfect Kitchen for You!
Sep03

Designing the Perfect Kitchen for You!

They say home is where the heart is, but we say the heart of any home is in the kitchen. This is where you create memories with loved ones that last a lifetime. Prepping Christmas dinner, baking cookies for a bake sale and passing down family recipes are easier when it’s in a kitchen you love. It’s a gathering place for family and friends but can’t happen if you don’t have a kitchen personalized to your taste. The Orangeville Home...

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