Breathe New Life Into That Old Family Friend
Mar13

Breathe New Life Into That Old Family Friend

Sometimes, a piece of furniture takes on a life of its own. That living room sofa has endured your rambunctious kids bouncing on its cushions, provided a comfortable settee for important visitors and served as an impromptu bed when you came home from an exhausting outing and needed a nap. Its springs, legs, arms and backrest have absorbed a lifetime of household history to the point where it’s a family member in its own right. Yet,...

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Customer Service & Community Pride
Mar13

Customer Service & Community Pride

Headwaters Home Improvement Centre is really a one-stop shop for everything “home improvement”, serving people from Orangeville to Guelph. It is the brainchild of Chris Naraysingh, who opened it four years ago after spending 30 years in materials handling and manufacturing. His objective is to provide a local home improvement centre emphasizing quality products, service and exceptional prices. No Matter What Your Need, They Have It...

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As the Saying Goes; “Your Home is Your Castle”
Mar13

As the Saying Goes; “Your Home is Your Castle”

It comes as no surprise that people might wish to beautify the grounds of their special abode. Maybe you’ll see vine-covered pergolas functioning as portals to a backyard oasis filled with colourful and meticulously-kept gardens; a place where shutters and awnings compliment the landscape to create that perfect touch. In this, the 21st century, the ancient practice of residential beautification can blend with cyber age technology in...

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Beauty and Warmth for a Newly Built Home
Mar13

Beauty and Warmth for a Newly Built Home

We’ve been very fortunate here at LivingSpaces & Lifestyles to have had “inside access” to some of the most beautiful homes in our region. And one thing that all these beautiful homes have in common is having used and enjoyed the services of many of the talented retailers and contractors in our area. Cover-Ups Carpet and Flooring, with locations in both Arthur and Fergus, is one such talented business, as this team has all your...

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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...

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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...

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Family Home Kitchen Renovation
Mar13

Family Home Kitchen Renovation

Picture this; Audrey Hepburn and Dean Martin design a kitchen together. Elegant, warm, inviting, and dare I say, a little sexy. So, with Lorie Martin-Pessot, the owner of kitchENvision working her magic, this kitchen renovation is both stunning to look at, and a joy to be in. This renovation began in the kitchen and incorporates the front entrance, enhancing the flow of the entire main floor. Our homeowners just happened to have...

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Kitchen Perfection and Beauty
Mar12

Kitchen Perfection and Beauty

Let me tell you a story about a mid-century kitchen brought breathtakingly into the 21st century! Built originally in Guelph in 1964, this house had already been renovated once in the 1980’s. When Matt Gowan and his wife Vicky Weiler bought the house in the fall of 2017, they found the kitchen unsuitable for their family. Having been the “dream kitchen” in its day; it was obvious that the fluorescent lighting panels and the dropped...

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More Than Just a Classy Place to Park Your Car
Mar11

More Than Just a Classy Place to Park Your Car

Visualize pulling into the driveway of one of the many homes in our area. Then think of what the single most dominant feature of that home would be when you look at it. In most cases, it will be the garage and, more specifically, the garage door. From both an aesthetic and operational viewpoint, it is vital that garage door systems function at optimum efficiency. The industry is acutely aware of homeowners and their individual tastes...

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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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