Ghost Towns of Dufferin County, Melancthon
Dec03

Ghost Towns of Dufferin County, Melancthon

James Beachell, a native of Yorkshire, England, first arrived in Melancthon around 1848. He literally landed with nothing around, but he was certain to change that! Having worked the railways in France, he knew there was a great opportunity awaiting the area. Hence the tavern-hotel named “Beachell Hotel” which was the beginning of a larger endeavour. Soon Beachell opened a post office, and a sawmill creating a small enterprise....

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Warming the Body and Soul
Dec03

Warming the Body and Soul

The home fireplace is a fixture that serves a dual purpose.  It can give the home a warm ambience. In addition, a well-functioning unit will offset those ever-increasing home heating costs. A professionally installed, quality stove unit—whether it is wood, gas or electric—can certainly accomplish the combined goals of both emotional and physical warmth. Al Thompson of Hearth & Leisure, a fireplace solutions provider with...

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Custom Build: A-Frame Design
Dec03

Custom Build: A-Frame Design

I’ve said it before, but I truly believe we are very fortunate to live in the community and surrounding areas we do. All throughout Dufferin and Wellington County and beyond, we have beautiful scenery, storied history, and proud heritage, hard to find anywhere else. So when we received our project sheets for this edition’s feature home, we were thrilled to find out we would be experiencing a custom-build from Scott Hoegy and his team....

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Let The Games Begin!
Dec03

Let The Games Begin!

We live in an age where our social lives, recreational pursuits and base communications are crammed into cell phones and placed in our purses and pockets. It is, indeed, a convenient, virtual universe. Unfortunately, it also causes us to fold into ourselves and have less and less real-time social interaction. There is a time-proven axiom: “The family that plays together, stays together.” What better way to accommodate this truth, than...

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Winterizing in Style
Dec03

Winterizing in Style

As we begin to feel the “chill of winter”, and the desire to have a roast in the crockpot, the fireplace burning, and a warm wool blanket to curl up on the couch with, the tulips in the vase, and then there are the bare walls all around you …well, they need a little warming up as well! We went to the experts when it comes to interior home designed decor, Paula Coffey and her team at “The Plumber’s Wife” in Arthur, ON, to see what they...

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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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