Home & Garden
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. More
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. More
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. 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..
A Family affair
A Family affair
The massive Scrabble board on the balustrade-legged coffee table sets the tone the moment you arrive at 115 Ellis Rd. in The Blue Mountains. This 4,200-square-foot chalet, with waterfront views on one side and the Georgian Peaks Ski Resort on the opposite, is a dwelling where fun and togetherness are number one priorities. Read More..
A Cut Above in Snow Valley
A Cut Above in Snow Valley
“When I designed this house, we did it based on what we like,” says cutting-edge designer, Madison Taylor. “I have four dogs, a three year old and a husband who never removes his shoes so when picking everything I wanted no fuss and high durability. I prefer a simple, clean look.” Read More..
Fore-Ward Living
Fore-Ward Living
Gulls take wing along the shoreline of Georgian Bay, banking across emerald green fairways of a championship calibre golf course. This is Lora Bay, an upscale planned golf community and four-season playground that Steve Garrow now calls home. “I can see the water from my laneway,” says Garrow, who was seeking a refuge when he built this exquisite home on Landry Lane in 2011. “We had a house on the east side and the road noise was terrible. We didn't want to leave Lora Bay but we wanted a quieter spot. So I bought the lot and we built for ourselves. Now, instead of staring out at a roadway, we have long visual sightlines of uninterrupted green space and someone else is cutting the grass.” Read More..