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Monday June 23rd, 2014

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Making the Most of Small Town Living

Two dogs, one cat, a 7-month-old baby, two adults and a business all share this 1930s farmhouse in the town of Nelson in British Columbia, Canada. Nadine Boyd and Jeremy Kelly moved to tiny Nelson from Vancouver just a year ago when Nadine was eight months pregnant. Jeremy actually traveled to the town a few months…

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Monday June 9th, 2014

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A School Bus Turned Vacation Home

A couple of weeks ago we featured the Victoria, British Columbia home of Marco Khalil and Caroline West, and the couple mentioned that they had transformed a school bus into a camper – and we just had to see inside. The couple bought the bus in 2012 after returning from an Oregon buying trip with…

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Tuesday May 27th, 2014

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A True Cabinet of Curiosities in Canada

Marco Khalil and Caroline West have created a veritable Kunstkammer in their apartment in Victoria, British Columbia. Marco is a nautical captain and Caroline is a magazine art director, and together they have a passion for collecting. So when it came time to find an apartment, having enough space to display their collections was of paramount…

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Monday February 3rd, 2014

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Minimalist Style in a Vancouver Home

Although a hair stylist and make-up artist by trade, Danielle Valentine says she has a passion for all things interior design and would one day love to try her hand at it professionally. Her keen sense of style is evident throughout her Vancouver home. She shares this 1000 square-foot space with her husband and three…

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Monday December 16th, 2013

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In Winnipeg, an Inspired Home Inside and Out

When design duo Tyler and Jessie bought this 1000 square foot bungalow in 2007 in Winnipeg, Canada, they thought they would only live there for 2 or 3 years max. Six years later, with a few home improvement projects under their belt, they have transformed the house into a home and workspace that they love….

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Monday November 25th, 2013

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Colorful Minimalism in a Canadian Townhouse

Just six months ago, Jag Nagra and Agata Matyszczuk moved into this brand new townhouse in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver. They both love color so they decided to leave the walls bright white and add pops of color through several second hand pieces they have collected over the years. Most of…

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Monday November 4th, 2013

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A Jewelry Designer’s Canadian Sublet

I’ve been all over the leather clutch trend that is popping up on fashion blogs and while I have a few clutch favorites, I don’t really trust myself not to lose anything that’s not attached to me in some way, which is why I love Scout & Catalogue’s clutches that combine the best of both…

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Monday November 5th, 2012

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Sneak Peek: Bev Hisey

Textile designer Bev Hisey and Dan MacKenzie have lived in this Toronto home for 15 years. For the first 13 years, they were renters, then after years of asking their landlord to sell, they finally had the opportunity to buy it. Once the couple became homeowners, they knew exactly what needed to be changed. They…

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Monday July 16th, 2012

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sneak peek: michael mavian and victoria rumi

When Michael Mavian and Victoria Rumi first moved into their Toronto apartment, every wall was a different color, which they found a bit chaotic. They decided the best solution was to paint the walls white, providing a clean backdrop for their collection of well-worn objects and art. Michael is a graphic designer and fine artist with…

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Monday June 18th, 2012

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sneak peek: jamie lawson and jacqui oakley

As a married couple operating separate design and illustration practices across the hall from each other at home, Jamie Lawson and Jacqui Oakley feel it’s important to have a comfortable living space that lends itself to creative work. The apartment, located on the second floor of a Victorian home in Hamilton, Ontario — just outside…

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Monday April 9th, 2012

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sneak peek: carolyn gavin

Carolyn Gavin and her husband, Derek, were almost instantly charmed by this 1892 Victorian home’s 10-foot-high ceilings and narrow footprint — it’s only 13 feet wide. In the 14 years that the couple has lived in this Toronto, Canada, home, they have completely gutted, renovated and transformed it from the basement to the third floor….

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Monday January 30th, 2012

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sneak peek: amanda happé

It’s not every day that I get to present a sneak peek full of logs, but this one made me smile, as each log has its own story. When painter and senior designer at Bruce Mau Design, Amanda Happé, moved into this Brockton Village, Toronto, apartment six months ago, the only furniture she brought was her kitchen table,…

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Monday January 16th, 2012

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sneak peek: sarah foelske and james milward

Sarah Foelske is an associate creative director at Bruce Mau Design, and James Milward owns a digital agency called Secret Location. After dating long distance for a year, Sarah packed up and moved from New York to Toronto, Canada. She moved into James’ place, and with some trepidation about mixing James’ clean and modern tastes…

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Wednesday January 4th, 2012

Monday December 12th, 2011

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sneak peek: nerissa and peter of the new domestic

Nerissa and Peter live in a little seaside village outside of Vancouver, Canada, surrounded by trees, and the beach is just a couple blocks away. In the wintery months, it’s as if they live in the North Pole, while in the summer, chirping birds fill the beach air. Nerissa is a graphic designer who works…

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Monday August 22nd, 2011

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sneak peek: amanda + dave from gus*

When Amanda Schuler and Dave Podsiadlo of Gus* chose Mimico, an old neighborhood in the West End of Toronto, as the perfect spot to raise a family, they were attracted to its proximity to downtown, the lakefront and the growing new group of professionals revitalizing the area. (Fun fact: The name Mimico is derived from…

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Monday June 6th, 2011

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sneak peek: shaun moore & todd caldwell

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Just last week, Shaun Moore of MADE and Todd Caldwell celebrated ten years in their 1875 Victorian townhouse located in Toronto, Canada. They purchased the house during Shaun’s final term in design school, and it was pretty much a total wreck. The couple loved the building’s original architectural detailing, and they’ve been sure to keep…

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Monday May 16th, 2011

Monday April 4th, 2011

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sneak peek: jess loraas

sneak peek: jess loraas

Photographer Jess Lorass grew up on the Canadian prairies before relocating to Calgary. She moved into this apartment in 2009, after completing a gut renovation to create a more open and seamless flow between the spaces. She hadn’t considered high-rise living before, but the apartment’s location bordering Calgary’s Mission District and the city views sold…

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sneak peek: raymond biesinger and elizabeth hudson

sneak peek: raymond biesinger and elizabeth hudson

Illustrator Raymond Biesinger and his clothing/accessories-designer wife, Elizabeth Hudson, recently moved across country from Edmonton to Montreal, Canada. Towing only what they wanted in a U-Haul, the move was a good excuse for a fresh start with their furniture. While Raymond’s style takes the path of least resistance — utilitarianism, minimalism and efficiency — Elizabeth…

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