Love Your Space
May22

Love Your Space

Countless pages of this magazine have been dedicated to the importance of a trusting bond between client and contractor, when it comes to home design and renovations. There are the usual aspects that need to be agreed upon; price, work and payment schedules, and contractual guarantees. Beneath the surface, however, there should be an understanding that the contractor shares the spirit of a project, as well as possessing the ability to...

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Learn About the Ontario GreenON Program
May17

Learn About the Ontario GreenON Program

You do not have to be a real estate genius to understand the benefits of having new windows installed in your home. They add instant value to the house’s resale value, immediately improve its aesthetics and are constructed to retain heat in the winter and coolness in the summer; thus lowering the hydro bill. A potential drawback would be that the homeowner may not have the financial resources to manage such a project. A provincial...

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Business Profile: Kamelyan Window Coverings
May17

Business Profile: Kamelyan Window Coverings

When you hear that a business is celebrating its 40th anniversary, you can be assured of several factors contributing to its longevity. Some clichés come to mind; such as having a sound business model, proactive management and a keen eye on market niches. Yet, there is one factor that just might supersede all the aforementioned. A company prospers for four decades because that company is passionate about its product and its craft....

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Abandoned But Not Forgotten – Guelph Correctional Centre
May16

Abandoned But Not Forgotten – Guelph Correctional Centre

The next stop in our Abandoned Spaces series is one steeped not only in history, but includes progressive influences, and political ownership. We introduce you to the “Ontario Reformatory”, or as most now know it, the “Guelph Correctional Centre”. It all began with a progressive idea from Ontario’s Provincial Secretary, William Hanna. Hanna believed that society would benefit from certain prisoners being...

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Character is What Solid Wood Furniture is All About
May16

Character is What Solid Wood Furniture is All About

There is an intrinsic value in a piece of custom-made, solid wood furniture that cannot be measured in mere dollars. That custom dining room set you just purchased may be brand new, but it is somehow already a family legacy. Those who crafted it did not only produce a well-functioning furnishing, they also manufactured history. Mike Taylor, co-proprietor of Great Canadian Solid Wood Furniture in Orangeville, has been in the business...

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So Much To See! The Plumber’s Wife New Design Centre
May09

So Much To See! The Plumber’s Wife New Design Centre

Celebrating 10 years in business is quite a milestone. While this lovely store in Arthur, ON always had many products and services to offer, as they reached their 10 year anniversary, owner Paula Coffey figured out a way to make it even better! Expanding her existing space into the back portion of the building was a big undertaking as well as an exciting vision, but one that has now come to fruition and it’s been well worth the wait....

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Getting a Beautiful Start on a Lifetime of Happiness and Memories
May09

Getting a Beautiful Start on a Lifetime of Happiness and Memories

What does a young successful entrepreneurial couple do, when not only do they run a business or two, but are also planning a wedding? Well, they design and build their very first home together, and do so from the ground up, of course! It was the dream for this young couple, to create a home where they could begin their new life together in a simple, elegant manner, and also make for an inviting space for family and friends! It’s a...

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What’s New in Kitchen & Bathroom Design?
May08

What’s New in Kitchen & Bathroom Design?

When it comes to redesigning, (and, in fact, redefining) a room, homeowners often need help envisioning the new setting. There are so many styles and ideas that could suit a client perfectly, but she/he may not have thought of them. In fact, there are existing renovation and design solutions that a client might not even be aware of. To overcome this, professionals in the field have found that a showroom is a great way to open people’s...

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