life in the garden

The beautiful brick house on Case Street – a stone’s throw from the intersection of busy Barton Street East and Sherman Avenue North – has been in the Debbie Diligente family for over 100 years. But his front and back gardens haven’t seen as much change as in the past three years. It started, in … Read more

Home renovation created a modern beach house in Toronto

When you live in a 126-year-old home that has been moderately updated over the years, you learn to live with some inconveniences. For Shelley and Paul Williams, this meant warning guests not to wear extra layers in the winter because their Toronto beach house was completely uninsulated. Navigating the gaps between hardwood floors that suffer … Read more

Home renovation created a modern beach house in Toronto

When you live in a 126-year-old home that has been moderately updated over the years, you learn to live with some inconveniences. For Shelley and Paul Williams, this meant warning guests not to wear extra layers in the winter because their Toronto beach house was completely uninsulated. Navigating the gaps between hardwood floors that suffer … Read more

The hillside cabin in the San Juan Islands is truly outstanding

The narrow, steep property with stunning water views was the architects first building block for a space-sensitive modern home. The result is Back Mountain Cabin, a residence perched on the edge of a rocky basalt hill surrounded by forest on Orcas Island, Washington State’s largest San Juan Islands, and across the Channel and Salish Bays … Read more

Modern Renault with “Mad Men” taste in Etobicoke

Trish Karskaden was suspicious. Redesigning the side split of her family of four in the 1950s was one thing. But going to mid-century modern? “I was nervous. I thought it might sound like ‘Mad Men’ or something,” she recalls, referring to the 1960s TV series. But designer/restorer Gord Shearn, who was recommended by a friend, … Read more

The hillside cabin in the San Juan Islands is truly outstanding

The narrow, steep property with stunning water views was the architects first building block for a space-sensitive modern home. The result is Back Mountain Cabin, a residence perched on the edge of a rocky basalt hill surrounded by forest on Orcas Island, Washington State’s largest San Juan Islands, and across the Channel and Salish Bays … Read more

The hillside cabin in the San Juan Islands is truly outstanding

The narrow, steep property with stunning water views was the architects first building block for a space-sensitive modern home. The result is Back Mountain Cabin, a residence perched on the edge of a rocky basalt hill surrounded by forest on Orcas Island, Washington State’s largest San Juan Islands, and across the Channel and Salish Bays … Read more

Collect what you like and create an affectionate home, says Cynthia Zamaria

Cynthia Zamaria has a passion for reviving forgotten homes and gardens. The Toronto-based home and garden creator advocates a non-modern approach to home décor that embraces vintage, pre-loved pieces with a story. Whether it’s a milk glass jug found at a vintage market or a handcrafted heirloom from family or friends, timeless doesn’t mean boredom, … Read more

Collect what you like and create an affectionate home, says Cynthia Zamaria

Cynthia Zamaria has a passion for reviving forgotten homes and gardens. The Toronto-based home and garden creator advocates a non-modern approach to home décor that embraces vintage, pre-loved pieces with a story. Whether it’s a milk glass jug found at a vintage market or a handcrafted heirloom from family or friends, timeless doesn’t mean boredom, … Read more

Lean Little Pinwheel House meets the sign in Portland, Oregon.

It’s too small. she’s perfect. And the design of the little house in the backyard to meet the constraints of city building would have frightened those less determined. However, architect Scott Mooney and his wife Lauren Shoemaker, a construction engineer, were up to the challenge of creating their family’s home — called Pinwheel House — … Read more

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