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Thursday
Dec112014

Holiday decorating at a minimum

I often think most Christmas decorations are cheesy, but this home has the perfect minimal amount of non-Christmas-y decorating. This is the bright and bohemian 850 sq ft Toronto rowhouse of Jeannette Seymour who, with help from her sister - stylist and cookbook author Sasha Seymour, decked her halls for the holidays in a very non-traditional way. Via Style At Home, photos by Donna Griffith.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Janis Nicolay

Vancouver photographer Janis Nicolay has been shooting spaces for all of my favourite magazines for years, and I've been a fan since the beginning. Enjoy these photos of hers of some pretty special spaces, and when you're done, you can check out more on her blog Pinecone Camp

(of course the first thing I noticed was the book on the coffee table)

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Tuesday
Nov182014

Old and new

Respectfully reinventing an exterior. In keeping with the theme of my previous post, Toronto's Drew Mandel Architects did a wonderful job here. 

Wednesday
Nov122014

An infill project in Toronto

I have always been intrigued by infill projects (especially over the past couple of years when I thought I was going to take on my own infill build). To see what an architect can come up with - does it blend with neighbouring homes, does it stick out like a sore thumb? And how does it make use of the typically small parcel of land it inhabits? In this case it is a much more modern residence than the surrounding 1920s homes, but it works. The exterior brick and the peaked rook mimics the homes on either side. And a simple yet brilliant idea to have a strip of different flooring material on the ground floor to give the impression of a corridor. Kudos to Drew Mandel Architects on this one. 

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Tuesday
Nov112014

The Farm

On 100 acres with a view of Lake Ontario sits The Farm. Architect Cindy Renderly's clients wanted something modern but appropriate for the country. A gabled roof line is in keeping with a typical barn structure, but inside it's minimalist and not-so-farm-like. Cindy used Douglas fir plywood on the ceilings to add warmth, and it's a beautiful choice. An artist's studio is an added bonus, separated from the main house by a courtyard. Despite being a tad bleak looking in the winter, this must be such a peaceful retreat, especially in summer. 

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