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Nature's Art Gallery
Bronze tinted glass is the solution to privacy when you live in a house full of windows. The bronze creates a reflective surface that allows residents to enjoy ravine views from inside the home without being observed by prying eyes from the outside. It's just one of the finer details that owners of high-end properties demand, according to builder Patrick B. Coulter. “We work at the top of the market,” says Coulter. “The client makes every decision and we fulfill their wish list.” More
Living the Dream
Many indulge in the romantic notion of one day living in a log cabin in the woods. The dream is often dashed however by the reality of the seclusion of remote locations. 4072 Second Line in Schomberg is neither ‘a cabin,' nor is it remote. This handcrafted executive log home possesses all the benefits of a private forested property but in a prime locale close to every amenity. More
Wildly Civilized
It's midday and a pair of wild turkeys struts across Glenhuron Drive without a care in the world. They disappear into the woods of the Carson Ridge Estates in Midhurst, a small enclave of fine homes they have made their nesting grounds. This is the perfect habitat for wildlife. Spacious lots, quiet forested properties and only a short distance to farmer's fields means there's plenty of room to roam unprovoked. More
Local Design Shops That Answer the Call
Local Design Shops That Answer the Call
Looking for rare gifts and home accessories that you won't find at every big box store? Then Red Fox Kitsune is your next port of call. Directly across from Barrie's City Hall on Collier Street, this hidden little gem is the perfect afternoon browse following your Saturday morning visit to the Farmer's Market at Barrie City Hall. Read More..
The Makings of a Mudroom
The Makings of a Mudroom
The mudroom. Such a plain old, dirty name of a room, but, done right, it's a space that can transform chaos into organized bliss. Mudrooms come in every size — from small entries with a few strategic hooks to large, dedicated rooms complete with lockers, laundry and pantry storage. But they share a common goal: to organize, centralize, simplify and declutter. Here are a few tips and tricks to create a functional and practical mudroom or entryway for your home. Read More..
Equestrian Élan
Equestrian Élan
Luxury residential developments have dotted golf courses for decades, but a groundbreaking new trend embracing the farm-to-fork movement is shaking up the housing industry. They're called agrihoods – planned communities built around a working farm – and they are redefining neighbourhoods. Read More..
Furniture Brings Trees Back to Life
Furniture Brings Trees Back to Life
Graphic artist Melanie Steadman had commuted to work in the advertising industry in Toronto for years when, leafing through a magazine, she saw a photo of a table whose edge was shaped like a tree. Read More..
Around the Bend
Around the Bend
Cannon fire once rang out on the shores of the property Michelle and Rick Seip call home. At a gentle bend in the Nottawasaga River, overlooking the Nancy Island Historical Site, a significant battle in the War of 1812 was fought. Read More..
Aging family home gets a facelift
Aging family home gets a facelift
When Aubrey and Gail moved into their home 19 years ago, they did a few minor updates, but were content to stick with the builder finishes while they focused on raising their two young sons. But with their children grown and no desire to move from the neighbourhood they love for its proximity to shops, services and close friends, they decided it was time for an upgrade. Read More..
THE  LEISURE  CLASS
THE LEISURE CLASS
Enter the foyer and the tone is instantly set by the sidelights in the door, designed by Matthews herself, the etched glass portrays rustic bare tree branches. Read More..
Clean and Classic
Clean and Classic
A modern family bathroom to fit an historic Aurora home. Read More..
‘Tis the Season for Green
‘Tis the Season for Green
Tips for spectacular outdoor containers Read More..
Centre Stage: Create a memorable table for your holiday dinner
Centre Stage: Create a memorable table for your holiday dinner
GoodLife asked four York Region experts in design and decoration to provide tablescapes inspired by a favourite holiday song. Read More..
The Warmth of Wood
The Warmth of Wood
The comforting aroma of piñon fills your senses as you enter the prestigious timber-built lodge of April and Mike Cummins. This stunning equestrian estate is situated on nearly 18 scenic acres in prime recreational country right along the Georgian Trail, where hiking, biking, snowmobiling and horseback riding are the prevailing activities. Read More..
Artful Living
Artful Living
As all fine artists know, a fundamental element of art is negative space. That which is not there, directs focus to that which is. This use of negative space brings balance to a composition and conveys a deeper significance to the positive elements of the work. Hence the maxim,“less is more.” Read More..
Morning glory: Family room gets a redo  in this farmhouse chic space
Morning glory: Family room gets a redo in this farmhouse chic space
At night, a deep red family room can be a cosy spot to unwind. But when the space flows from the kitchen, it just doesn't seem like the perfect place to start the day. And while the owners of this Stouffville home liked the room and lived with it for several years after moving in, eventually they decided it was time to create a space more reflective of their needs and tastes. Read More..
Serene comfort: Ravine provides backdrop for elegant family home
Serene comfort: Ravine provides backdrop for elegant family home
Nestled along the Macmillan Nature Reserve and backing onto 123 acres of protected natural forest is Madison Homes' Thornhill Ravines community. The Parkwood model, Madison principal Nelly Zagdanski explains, balances an open concept and a traditional floor plan. It functions well for entertaining and comfortable real living. Read More..
Practical elegance: High-end finishes meet family living in old Unionville
Practical elegance: High-end finishes meet family living in old Unionville
When Peter and Christine Schmidt found the large lot in old Unionville, a neighbourhood they'd long admired, they thought they could remodel the existing house to suit the needs of their family. But the scope of their wish list made tearing down the old to build the new a better option. They hired Toronto-based Merlin Family Home for the design and build and Lee Brown of LRB Interiors in Newmarket for the interior design. Read More..