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The hotel look at home

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The hotel look at home

Even though travel may be limited, you can still have the look and feel of your favourite hotel bathroom at home. Hibou Design & Co. shows you how

One of the best parts of travelling is the stay at a chic hotel, but you shouldn’t have to leave home in order to feel pampered. Travel can lend some great inspiration for your own sumptuous retreat right at home, and since you start and finish each day in your bathroom, it only makes sense to show this room a little extra love. Aside from kitchen renovations, bathroom renos also give you the best return on your investment, so your payoff will be two-fold.

Here are some of our favourite tips:

Indulge a little… Ok, a lot

Bathrooms have taken on new meaning in the modern home, and even more so with people spending more time at home these days. These once-utilitarian rooms have evolved with exotic finishes and exceptional details that make them as unique as their owners. Allow yourself to splurge. You use your bathroom multiple times, so thoughtful upgrades will be well worth it.

Inspired Design:

Choose a theme and run with it. In this space, we opted for a hotel-chic theme featuring a classic black and white penny-tile floor with a custom motif that literally greets you every morning, en Francais. The matte black faucets and hardware provide punctuation to this crisp white palette. This high-contrast colour scheme is warmed up with a natural wood cabinet-style vanity. Modern-industrial lighting rounds out this cool look.

If you’re a shower person, consider expanding the shower enclosure if space allows, or upgrade to a steam shower. If you’re partial to baths, treat yourself to that sculptural freestanding tub you’ve been admiring in the showroom window. Heated floors and towel racks, a make-up counter or mani-pedi bar, meditation zone, mini fridge… this space is all about you. If you’re renovating, this is an opportune time to build some custom elements right into the design.

Get smart

Our quest to stay connected transcends every room – yes, even the bathroom. Connected and voice-activated technologies have disrupted interiors as much as they have our daily lives, and they have become an essential luxury by all accounts. Commanding your Google Assistant or Alexa to hit the lights, turn on the tap and deliver the news of the day is only one benefit. Hands-free technology is also touted as the cleaner, germ-free option for these traditionally high-touch surfaces – and less scrubbing means more time to relax and enjoy it all.

Aside from convenience, technology also allows for a level of customization that even the most luxurious hotels can’t match (unless they are accompanied by a butler). Your smart tech can learn your behaviours and preferences, from the perfect lighting levels, to just the right speaker volume, and the perfect bathwater temperature, right down to the degree. It won’t be long before your every whim is being accommodated, even before you get the chance to ask.

For all to love

When it comes to finishes, think “mass appeal” and opt for a minimal aesthetic and neutral choices. Hotel designers aim to appeal to wide range of users, and since bathroom renovations can be pricey, those neutral choices will prove to be money well-spent.

Neutral choices also tend to promote rest and relaxation. The look is clean, crisp and fresh, not to mention very versatile – which bodes well for those pricey elements such as tile and fixtures that won’t soon be replaced.

Make it memorable

As we well know in the interiors industry, good design is all in the details. Collectively, it’s all those seemingly small things that make all the difference to the overall look and feel of a space. Regardless of the room you’re renovating, you want it to make the right impression on you and your guests.

We often look to the world’s hotels in search of some well-placed interior inspiration, but our homes need to be so much more than a few luxurious nights between 800-threadcount sheets. Our homes have to pamper us while delivering on our functional needs and aesthetic desires. Working with a design professional can bring all your dreams to life.

Designers Eugenia Triandos and Korina Khamis, are co-founders for Hibou Design & Co. The company provides complete bespoke residential design services throughout Canada and North America. hiboudesignco.com

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Burke Condos

Burke at Sherbourne & Bloor, a condo, a community, a culture

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Burke at Sherbourne & Bloor, a condo, a community, a culture

If you have ever wanted to live the quintessential downtown Toronto lifestyle, steps from the subway and everything the city has to offer, the opportunity has now arrived at Sherbourne and Bloor – Burke. These elegant residences reflect the finest urban sophistication, with a level of polish that suits your urban lifestyle. Combined with a well-rounded amenity package and the experience of one of Canada’s most esteemed developers, Concert Properties, Burke represents a not-to-be-missed real estate opportunity.

With an 87 Walk Score and 89 Transit Score, Burke’s interconnected location in St. James Town puts you at the crossroads of so many diverse experiences. Stroll west on Bloor Street and explore the city’s most vibrant shopping, A-list restaurants and premier exhibits. Head the opposite direction and find yourself on Danforth savouring truly authentic Greek food. Head south to Cabbagetown and explore the area’s quaint stores and unique character. Or perhaps escape from city life and connect with nature in the nearby Rosedale Ravine. In every direction, there is always something new.

Standing 53 storeys, this sleek, contemporary tower carves a striking silhouette in the skyline and offers stunning city and treetop views. Far from just another skyscraper, Burke is thoughtfully designed at the ground level and features the integration of rich heritage homes as well as a dynamic and colourful pathway with benches, landscaping and architectural lighting. This is all part of an impressive senses of arrival that leads to an abundance of amenities spanning three floors and just about everything you and your guests could desire.

Complete with chef’s kitchen, private dining room and expansive fireside terrace, the second floor is where you will entertain friends and family over a meal, movie or game of pool. The 27th floor is split between a state-of-the-art fitness centre that will have you cancelling your gym membership, and co-working and meeting spaces that make working from home seamless.

At Burke, you can choose from a diverse selection of homes ranging from junior one- to three-bedroom. Whatever your choice, each home has been elevated by sophisticated design and a timeless palette of natural tones. Featuring a German-engineered Bosch appliance package, quartz countertops and thoughtful layouts, the modern kitchens have been designed to inspire your inner gourmet. Begin and wind down each day in your bathroom sanctuary – featuring impressive, large-format marble-patterned porcelain tile floor and accent wall in striking contrast with matte black hardware.

Peace of mind is also a standard feature at Burke. More than 30 years and 12,000 homes developed across Ontario and British Columbia, Concert has garnered more than 100 industry awards. This means you can buy with confidence knowing that Concert is an experienced developer with a well-earned reputation for quality and homebuyer satisfaction.

Burke is arriving soon. Visit burkebyconcert.com to register your interest.


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Georgian has created a modern eco-friendly twist on classic designs

Georgian has created a modern eco-friendly twist on classic designs

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Georgian has created a modern eco-friendly twist on classic designs

When Georgian Communities brought Braestone to Oro-Medonte, the company’s vision brought to life the design of the classic farmhouses of this region reimagined. Georgian created a modern, eco-friendly twist on these classic designs that blends perfectly with the region’s rich history, rolling fields and lush woodlands. This is a dream come to life, where the serenity of country living meets sophistication and community. These stunning farmhouse estates sell from the $800,000s, with designs ranging from bungalows and two-storey homes to optional finished coach houses, offering versatility to each and every homeowner.

Windfall is a place unlike any other. This story began with the breathtaking landscape of Blue Mountain and the natural history of the region, and developed into a celebration of the classic architecture of the Georgian Bay cottage. A close-knit neighbourhood in spirit, yet with plenty of space to stretch out, Windfall is a dynamic blend of nature and neighbours. Rustic design recalls the simplicity of our past, with warm gas porch lanterns creating a glowing welcome, and diverse architecture making streetscapes as varied as each of our homeowners. Singles and semi-detached homes at Windfall are selling from the $500,000s, with options to make these homes truly unique. This is a tribute to nature and community as timeless as the mountains.

Georgian’s newest of three communities is an addition to the spectacular Windfall neighbourhood at Blue Mountain. This new chapter is called Mountain House, and one look will have you falling in love. Rustic, chalet-inspired architecture with wood and stone accents belong here, with ski hills framing the skyline. Everything you love about a chalet and a condo community are refined here, whether it’s cosying up to a fireplace or enjoying the four-season spa with both hot and cold outdoor pools and a sauna. Wellness has a new meaning at Mountain House, where modern condos from the $300,000s live in harmony with the beauty of Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay.

These communities are more than brick and mortar. Within their beautiful natural locations and distinctive architecture is the true secret of a Georgian community – lifestyle. True to their locations, each of these communities features amenities that mirror the landscapes and elevate your lifestyle. Georgian calls them “Remarkables”: an apiary, a sugar shack, orchards, a pumpkin patch, a Christmas tree farm, spa, bike repair stations and outdoor wood burning fireplaces. These are features that create a highly emotional impact on communities and the lifestyles they nurture. Simplistic, sophisticated and utterly remarkable.

Georgian is excited to remind you of its upcoming new releases at both Braestone and Windfall coming this year. Families have flocked to these neighbourhoods seeking the reprieve from city life and finding the Georgian lifestyle instead, which means that all communities have been selling fast. These new releases bring new opportunities to find a haven from urban life and discover the next chapter of your life.

Georgian Communities is here to bring you a life one with nature. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming releases at Braestone and Windfall by checking the website at georgiancommunities.ca, and discover life as it’s meant to be lived.

LOCATION
Oro-Medonte
Town of Blue Mountains

DEVELOPER
Georgian Communities

DEVELOPMENT
Braestone Estates
Windfall at Blue
Mountain House at Windfall

HOME TYPE
Condos
Semi-Detached
Single

WEBSITES
braestone.ca
windfallatblue.com
mountainhousewindfall.ca

CONTACT
85 Bayfield St., Ste. 500, Barrie

705.730.5900

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LeftBank by Broccolini

Welcome to LeftBank – one of Toronto’s most buzzworthy developments in the emerging River District

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Welcome to LeftBank – one of Toronto’s most buzzworthy developments in the emerging River District

If location is (still) everything, then Toronto’s Downtown East is a pocket unlike anywhere else in the city. Surrounded by stunning greenspaces and an award-winning trail system, the River District offers new one-of-a-kind cafes and restaurants and a transit connection that makes the downtown and other key destinations across the GTA easily accessible.

This prime blend of neighbourhood characteristics is the inspiration behind LeftBank, the newest development by Broccolini, the company’s second project in Downtown East. The River District – named for the stunning topography and naturalized spaces in the area – is undergoing an incredible revitalization, marking a thrilling new chapter and identity for the neighbourhood.

“When you step into the Downtown East, there’s a really tangible energy that we were captivated by immediately,” says Anthony Broccolini, COO, Broccolini. “It was this incredible spirit and transformation that we aimed to capture through LeftBank – from the building’s presence in the east end skyline, to our investment into smart technologies and amenities that make sense for life today. This is the place and time to be in this part of Toronto.”

LeftBank is located off of River Street, directly above the Don River, and will stand at 34-storeys once complete. The third project in a collaborative trilogy with the renowned architects at IBI Group, LeftBank doesn’t shy away from using bold form, colour palettes or materials, resulting in a strong, sleek and confident design that needs no introduction. The black and white exterior features an iconic sail-like mast with a tapered architectural element that intersects with the building, sure to be a staple in Toronto’s east end skyline for decades to come.

There’s an abundant green ribbon already wrapping the River District, and LeftBank is incorporated into and enhances this existing system, recognizing the importance of greenspaces for the human spirit. A new linear park on the south side of LeftBank extends the area’s park series and connects to the Don River and the nearby ravine network of walking trails, where you can head up to Evergreen Brick Works, beloved for its sustainability programming and farmers’ market.

Retail spaces will be included at grade for new boutique shops or cafes, and widened sidewalks with newly planted trees will make for an enjoyable pedestrian experience. As the area continues to transform, the upcoming East Harbour transit hub will increase the connectivity in the already easily accessible neighbourhood and will create upwards of 70,000 jobs alongside new entertainment, dining and cultural options.

While LeftBank’s location is unmatched anywhere else in the city, the interiors by Patton Design rise to the challenge of embodying the essence of the River District. Drawing inspiration from mid-century, quirky design out of Milan and the industrial, raw qualities from the neighbourhood’s history, interiors feature sleek metals in contrast with softer muted pink and orange pastels. Walking into the lobby, residents will be immediately taken by the monolithic feel, high ceilings, bronze and charcoal clad columns, warm lighting and oversized porcelain tiles. The reception desk uses stone with lavender veining for an unexpected pop of colour. Across from the desk, three built-in banquettes offer individual seating with a pod-like effect.

“We wanted to do something different in our design for LeftBank and lean into some of the raw qualities of the neighbourhood along with the tech-savvy nature of the building,” says Sean Swayze of Patton Design. “It’s bold and it’s sleek and it’s also unexpected. These qualities combine for a really spectacular final look and feel as soon as you walk into the lobby and arrive home.”

There’s something for everyone at LeftBank, with suites offered in studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, two- and three-bedroom layouts, making this an ideal home for families, young couples, singles and downsizers alike. The suites extend the lobby’s language of design, featuring colour-blocking in the kitchen with wood tones, and a geometric ceramic backsplash continuing the retro-Italian inspired vibe. Urban bathrooms continue the use of wood tones and include oversized porcelain tiles with a custom vanity wall for sleek impact.

LeftBank marks Broccolini’s investment into the Downtown East and into smart technologies. Using the Home by Broccolini system via a suite wall pad or smart phone app, residents can access a series of features designed to simplify everyday living. Select features include granting guests’ entry, enabling alarms, accessing private amenity spaces and receiving parcel notifications. Home by Broccolini also offers a digital door lock, a leak detector, and upgrade features such as lighting and blind control. The entire building (suites, common and amenity areas) will be outfitted with high-speed internet.

The world has been a tumultuous place lately, and there’s no place like home – so LeftBank’s amenity program is extremely forward-thinking, giving residents everything they need. Seeking time and space for reprieve? The terrace with waterfront views is an option, or there’s the yoga studio with juice bar, meditation room and Zen garden to help silence the mind. Online shopping getting you through a rough week? The parcel locker room means your package will arrive safely and securely and will be stored carefully, keeping your items in pristine condition.

Starting or maintaining a health journey? Step into the fully-equipped fitness studio and exceed your personal goals. Working at home and finding it tough? There’s a co-working lounge so you can maintain boundaries in the workplace, and a kids’ zone where your children can play and make new friends. Finally tackling the to-do list? Head on down to the tool annex, where you can make all your DIY dreams come true… or just fine-tune your bicycle. Hosting or just looking for some leisure time? Enjoy the private theatre, gaming lounge or speakeasy. Let’s not forget the dog spa, where all of the doggies are welcome to enjoy some pooch pampering.

At a glance, LeftBank has it all. Location, architecture and design, smart tech convenience and expertly planned amenities create a multifaceted property that has something for everyone. Beyond these superb features, the family-owned developer’s legacy and track-record of success speak for themselves.

“We put our name on everything we build, and that means a lot to us. When you buy in a Broccolini building, you can rest assured in the quality of the product from start to finish,” says Anthony Broccolini.

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Branthaven Homes has unveiled The Grimsby Collection

Branthaven Homes has unveiled The Grimsby Collection

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Branthaven Homes has unveiled The Grimsby Collection

Branthaven Homes has unveiled The Grimsby Collection, a curated collection of custom-inspired detached homes in historic Grimsby. Tucked in from Main St. E., The Grimsby Collection is a masterfully planned, perfectly scaled enclave nestled at the foot of the Escarpment.

“Branthaven is very excited to be able to offer this collection of homes curated specifically for this remarkable setting,” says Steve Stipsits, president of Branthaven. “With just 56 generously-sized, distinctive lots and the magnificent Niagara Escarpment as your backdrop, this is an exceptional new home opportunity that buyers won’t want to miss. There’s plenty of home styles and lot sizes to choose from – 36- and 40-ft. two-storey designs, 37-ft. rear lane homes, 38-ft. bungalofts, unique corner lot designs and wide 45- and 50-ft. home sites.”

Branthaven draws on its custom homebuilding heritage with The Grimsby Collection. The company’s reputation for beautiful homes, attention to architectural detail, coordinated colour palettes and enduring curb appeal are evident in the new collection. “To ensure the enclave will have a distinctive and elevated look, we have introduced three classic and complementary residential styles – all artfully curated for varied and custom streetscape,” adds Stipsits.

The Contemporary Craftsman elevations pay homage to the coveted Art & Crafts “Cottages” of the Niagara Region. Richly detailed with authentic architecture, earthy colour palette, full of character and curb appeal, these homes boast the distinctive hallmarks of the style – gables, shaker details, decorative trusses and paired porch columns set on stone piers.

Inspired by classic Ontario heritage homesteads, The Grimsby Collections’ Modern Farmhouse series is a simple yet striking contemporary interpretation that’s always in style. The laid-back look of the welcoming porches, peaked roofline, genuine board and batten look and crisp lines of the modern black windows have a timeless appeal.

Old world elegance meets modern sensibility in the third elevation style on offer. The New Traditional elevations in the Grimsby Collection showcase the rich masonry, tumbled stone skirting and sophisticated stucco that come together in a perfect fusion of timeless materiality and new modern lines.

While The Grimsby Collections’ elevations may be heritage-inspired, the interiors are thoroughly modern. Interiors are light-filled, open and contemporary layouts that are a pleasure to live in. “We are renowned for our smart, open-concept and functional floorplans,” says Stipsits. “Our thoughtful interiors reflect what today’s homebuyers really want – smart and stylish, design forward and flexible living spaces.”

The Grimsby Collection features an abundance of bespoke design details and plenty of layout options for homebuyers to tailor a plan to their lifestyle needs. From open-concept sightlines to formal coffered dining rooms and dens, smart work-from-home offices, flexible lofts, mudroom entries, butler’s serveries, pantries, family-friendly shared baths, luxury master retreat spa baths and feature-filled kitchens, these three-, four- and five-bedroom plans have everything covered.

Branthaven’s signature Fresh Thinking features are included at no extra cost. Homebuyers will choose from an offering of premium quality, designer selected counters and cabinets, tiles, flooring and more. Also included is Branthaven’s Smarter Home Technology bundle of integrated tech features such as handy mobile app, video doorbell, thermostat, leak sensor and home network hub for your peace-of-mind at home and away.

Discover custom inspired living and remarkable luxury from the low $700,000s. Register online today for exclusive information and updates.


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Masterpiece Penthouse Collection at Gallery Condos + Lofts

Masterpiece Penthouse Collection at Gallery Condos + Lofts

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Masterpiece Penthouse Collection at Gallery Condos + Lofts

Unique and exclusive, The Masterpiece Penthouse Collection at Gallery Condos + Lofts elevates living with exceptional design and expansive views of the world. A luxurious lifestyle awaits in the heart of downtown Burlington. Each of the penthouse suites features upscale contemporary finishes, soaring 10- ft. ceilings, expansive windows and custom designed signature features that await your indulgence. Embrace an environment designed by award-winning Tomas Pearce for the ultimate in comfort, style and sophistication. The open-concept layouts invite a natural cadence to modern living, that is perfect for entertaining, while the expansive outdoor spaces create a natural refuge in the sky.

The extra-large private terraces/balconies provide infinite possibilities for elevated outdoor living from luxurious lounging, and lavish entertaining to enjoying magnificent sunrises or sunsets from every vantage point. This is the height of indulgence, nestled away, high above the din of the world, with more than 275 ft. of private outdoor living space with gas barbecue connection.

The details

The impressive eight-ft. entry door welcomes you and the light filled and clean elegant lines of the penthouse suites offer uncompromising beauty. Ranging in size from 1,400 to more than 2,400 sq. ft., for two- and three-bedroom suites many with dens and all with private balconies/ terraces and two parking spaces. Prices range from $1.35 million to $2.8 million for these exceptional designs.

“The luxury market and discerning buyer can be completely confident in the attention to detail that Carriage Gate Homes brings to its condos,” says Linda Davies of Davies Condos, Broker of Record for Gallery Condos + Lofts.

Gourmet kitchens

The gourmet kitchens in the penthouse suites feature a host of distinctive elements such as European-style kitchen cabinetry, sleek polished quartz countertops with matching full height backsplash, most with oversized islands and pantries, and contemporary high-end appliances.

The master escape

The master bath ensuite is richly appointed with custom-designed vanity and countertop, deep soaker tub as per plan, modern tiles with matching mosaic accent feature wall and luxurious heated floors.

What makes Burlington so special?

Burlington may just be the best place to live in Canada, according to Maclean’s Magazine, with a location between Oakville and Hamilton and a lifestyle that is hard to beat. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city includes a wide range of natural environment, perhaps the largest park system in Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment Biological Reserve. Located directly across from Burlington City Hall, now under construction Gallery Condos + Lofts are within walking distance to everything you could imagine.

Perfectly positioned at Brant and James Streets, the building adds to the colourful palette of the downtown core with its pedestrian friendly location. The area’s lushly landscaped piazza-style environment features patios, and convenient street-level retail, which are a natural place to gather and enjoy the surroundings.

When it comes to lifestyle, you don’t have to venture far from your home. The amenities will be a five-star experience, with a breath-taking lobby where residents can meet and mingle, and a grand 10,000-sq.-ft. second floor amenity space with tranquil indoor pool, gym, yoga room, party room, private dining space and a games room. On a warm summer evening, the lushly landscaped rooftop terrace is perfect to dine al fresco, while enjoying the captivating views of Lake Ontario and downtown Burlington.

Homeowners will be able to enjoy music, dance and theatre performances at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, take in the exhibits at the Art Gallery of Burlington, walk to fine eateries and bistros, and stroll to Spencer Smith Park, with its scenic waterfront promenade. The park’s boulevard is a favourite destination for dog walkers, joggers, cyclists or for people looking to take a leisurely stroll. The Brant Street Pier, extending 132 metres into Lake Ontario, provides breathtaking views of the lake and the city’s shoreline. From arts to cuisine to shopping to nature, everything is just minutes away from home.

About Carriage Gate Homes

For more than three decades, Carriage Gate has forged a history of creating homes built on pillars of quality, dependability and award-winning craftmanship. As a visionary company specializing in the construction of high-quality homes, modern condominiums, commercial developments and urban highrise communities in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, and Oakville, we embrace the future, appreciate the past, and celebrate the dedication that has brought us to the point where we can ensure our commitment of being “home to new living.”

Now under construction, Gallery Condos + Lofts occupancy is planned for for spring 2022. The iconic building will rise 23 storeys, with four floor of penthouses overlooking downtown Burlington. For further information, call (905.637.3885) or visit the website.


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A colourful Canadian balcony

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A colourful Canadian balcony

Photography By Valeria Wilcox

Private outdoor space is a dream come true for any urban city dweller. No matter how restricted your outdoor area is, there are plenty of design opportunities to personalize and enhance this space. We took a peek at a downtown Toronto balcony styled by LUX Design to get some small-space patio inspiration. This colourful balcony truly maximizes square footage while boasting big personality.

Your style doesn’t have to stop at the patio door. Whatever your design esthetic is, let your balcony be an extension of your home. This area is a great opportunity to show off your personality. Here, the homeowners’ style plays throughout the space – from the modern furniture to the joyful patterns and bright accessories.

“The use of vivid colours not only makes this balcony inviting and attractive, but helps brighten the most dreaery of days.”

Sunny skies ahead

The use of vivid colours not only makes this balcony inviting and attractive, but helps brighten the most dreary of days. Saturated hues of blue and yellow in the throw cushions and area rug emulate a sunny sky, popping perfectly against the white wall backdrop of this patio space.

The green advantage

Along with a selection of bright outdoor accessories, LUX surrounds this balcony with ample greenery. This addition of plants allows the space to feel like an oasis away from the bustle of the city. Layering lush foliage also helps to soften views of concrete buildings while supporting a sense of tranquility, allowing its users to feel relaxed.

Retreat & recharge

A balcony should be a place you crave spending time in. On this one, we provided ample opportunities for the homeowners to put their feet up; from the small sofa that doubles as a daybed to the two end tables. The patterned rug underfoot helps create a cosy and comfortable environment, while various pillows work to add another layer of relaxation.

Designer TIPS

Grey skies shouldn’t restrict your patio time – add bright colours here and there to liven everything up and make it feel like summer again

Incorporating tall planters and types of greenery – like ornamental grass – not only adds flair to your outdoor space, but provides privacy from neighbours

“While this balcony might appear small, it certainly doesn’t lack in functionality. It is a space to kick back and relax while offering a spot to sit down and eat breakfast or have a glass of wine after work.”

Small space essentials

While this balcony might appear small, it certainly doesn’t lack in functionality. It is a space to kick back and relax while offering a spot to sit down and eat breakfast or have a glass of wine after work. To achieve this practical and eye-catching space, LUX utilizes flexible outdoor furniture that can be easily moved around or moved out of the way. Opting for folding or stackable chairs, like the white metal ones shown is a great use of space. The choice of two mobile end tables instead of a single coffee table also allows for a more adaptable environment that can readily go from dining to seating. The furniture and accessories we selected are also versatile in that they work outdoors as well as inside during winter months.

Opportunities for storage are also a must-have for any outdoor patio. Try a water-resistant bamboo basket to hold your comfy blankets. Here, a shallow white console is added to hold dishes and decorative items. Its small footprint makes it the perfect addition to this vibrant balcony.

Designer TIPS Choose versatile accessories that can work both outside and indoors, as well as flexible furniture that can be easily moved around

Sources

SOFA/OTTOMAN: Cabana Coast RUG: Wayfair CHAIRS: Nuevo Living BISTRO TABLE: Mod Loft ACCESSORIES: Ikea, West Elm

Paige Johnston is a Canadian designer and strategist based in New York City. She collaborates and works often with Isabelle Boba, Interior Designer and Founder of LUX Design, the design studio that executed this colourful Canadian balcony. paigeajohnston.com & luxdesign.ca

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Offering an idyllic lifestyle along Lambton’s Blue Coast at Bluepoint Lookout

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Offering an idyllic lifestyle along Lambton’s Blue Coast at Bluepoint Lookout

Now more than ever, people are seeking a fulfilling lifestyle with connection to nature, close ties with neighbours and proximity to local food producers and shopkeepers

Lambton County along the Blue Coast of southwestern Ontario is the perfect solution, offering a soul-enriching lifestyle buoyed by Lake Huron’s clear turquoise waters, sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets.

The charming Cape Cod-styled homes at Bluepoint Lookout will be ideally situated to enjoy all Lambton County has to offer, from its natural beauty to its rich history and lively arts scene. The adult lifestyle community set on a bluff overlooking majestic Lake Huron is a mere 30 kms south of the city of Sarnia.

The 126 one- and two-storey homes in the Bluepoint Collection, boast customizable finishing packages, peaked and gabled rooflines, covered entrances, porches and verandas, and large windows and garden doors. Gourmet kitchens and great rooms with fireplaces are ideal for entertaining or relaxing. Whatever the home plan, all important spaces will be on the main floor, with added rooms able to accommodate visiting friends and family. With choices from twobedroom bungalow to four-bedroom two-storey models, there’s a home to suit everyone’s needs.

There is a world of exploration and leisure pursuits in the surrounding area. Residents will be able to fish, hike, bike, canoe and ski. The area’s many expansive sand beaches with clean, safe water are the go-to places to pass sunny summer days.

Lambton-Sarnia is a golfer’s paradise, with more than a dozen courses designed for every level of golfer. Bluepoint Lookout residents will receive an exclusive complimentary membership to Forest Golf Club in the quaint village of Forest. The course is just 14 km, or an easy 11-minute drive from Bluepoint Lookout.

Just 30 kms north of Bluepoint Lookout is the spectacular Pinery Provincial Park in Grand Bend, with walking, biking and cross-country ski trails.

The artisan shops and boutiques found in Lambton County’s quaint towns and villages make for delightful shopping. For big box stores, there is nearby Sarnia, that also offers fine dining and entertainment. Those looking to travel will appreciate the proximity of the Sarnia International Airport, only 30 km south of Bluepoint Lookout, as well as the Blue Water Bridge leading into Michigan just 25 minutes away.

Food and wine lovers will delight in Lambton-Sarnia’s culinary scene. On the same latitude as Northern California, it provides excellent conditions for grape-growing, so wineries are burgeoning along with craft breweries. The area is developing a reputation for its premium waterfront seafood, and local farm stands and markets offer fruits, vegetables, artisan cheeses, meats and more.

The County’s year-round calendar is chock-full of festivals, fairs and events, such as Artwalk Sarnia- Lambton, Celebration of Lights and Jazz in the Village. Art lovers will enjoy institutions such as the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia, the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, and The Gallery in the Grove at the 1875 Faethorne House in Bright’s Grove. History buffs can visit museums dedicated to fossils, oil and local history. Local First Nations communities are alive with music and spirit.

Live performances and concerts take place at the restored Imperial Theatre in Sarnia, an Art Deco building built in 1936. The Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia offers live theatre performances from April to October with musicals, dramas and comedies and a year-round concert series. The Huron Country Playhouse provides an ideal venue to enjoy summer theatre by the waters of Lake Huron.

Sarnia-Lambton is home to an International Symphony Orchestra, the Lambton Concert Band and the Sarnia Concert Series. There are also comprehensive medical facilities from outpatient clinics to full-service hospitals.

With all it has to offer, it’s little wonder that Lambton County at Lake Huron’s sunny southern shore is rated as one of the best places to retire in Canada, three hours from Toronto, two from Kitchener-Waterloo and one from London. And Bluepoint Lookout, with its casual coastal lifestyle, is destined to become a highly desirable place to live. For more information, visit bluepointlookout.com

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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

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Find your new Mattamy home today in these inspiring neighbourhoods

In 1978, Mattamy Homes founder, Peter Gilgan, set out to build homes and communities that complement how people actually live – an idea he called “thoughtful design.” Since then, this belief has helped Mattamy build more than 100,000 homes across Canada and the United States. Today, Mattamy Homes is North America’s largest privately-owned homebuilder.

Soon, Mattamy’s story will continue its growth in vibrant North York. Mattamy will be unveiling brand new exciting detached designs. This will be a fresh opportunity to own new in the best of the city. Imagine life in Park Place on Patricia at Bathurst and Steeles.

Choose from a full collection of upscale architectural exteriors: French Chateau, English Manor, and Traditional. All the home designs blend naturally into this established North York neighbourhood. These thoughtfully designed homes come complete with nine-ft. ceilings, a gas fireplace, hardwood flooring and much more.

Register online today to buy new in the city.

Kleinburg Summit in Kleinburg

Today, Mattamy has a limited collection of 30-, 40-, 50- and 60-ft. detached homes with trendy interior finishes and incredible incentives. Discover masterplanned community living at its finest. Connect to trails, parks and walking and biking paths all right outside your door. Come explore an elegant lifestyle just north of the city.

Union Condos in Brampton

Have you ever wanted to sleep late and still get to work on time? Well, now you can.

Mattamy’s UNION Condos in Brampton is literally a short, convenient five-minute walk to the Mount Pleasant GO station – getting you downtown in slightly more than 30 minutes. Choose from one- to three- bedroom suites. Enjoy a fitness studio and entertaining lounge all right in your building. An exciting new energy is available in Union Condos.

White Pines in Bracebridge

If you want to live the cottage life all year round, then White Pines is your destination. Here, you can choose from beautiful 50- and 66-ft. two-storey homes and bungalow designs that each bring something new to the table. Nature, recreation, convenient shopping, and dining are just minutes from your front door in Bracebridge. Experience it firsthand by taking a tour of Mattamy’s Model Home to discover all the finest interior and exterior finishes available in your future home. The Muskoka lifestyle is waiting for you in White Pines.

Queen’s Common in Whitby

Mattamy’s established Whitby community offers exciting new towns and detached designs. We invite you to be part of this exciting neighbourhood filled with friendly faces and children’s laughter. Live just minutes from everything you could ever need. Connect to shopping, recreation, dining, schools, GO and public transportation. Enjoy a relaxed, full life in Mattamy’s Queen’s Common.

All Mattamy homes offer Architect’s Choice Options. These optional floorplans allow you to personalize the layout of your new home to better fit your life. Whether you’re a growing family in need of an extra bedroom, or your love for cooking calls for a chef’s kitchen, the architectural options let you own a home that’s been designed for how you live.

And with the help of a personal design consultant you’ll be guided through the beautiful features and finishes available in Mattamy’s state-of-the-art Design Studio.

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A podium finish for Solmar's new release - introducing the new Podium Collection at ORO

A Podium finish for Solmar’s new release – the new Podium Collection at ORO

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A Podium finish for Solmar’s new release – the new Podium Collection at ORO

Just when you thought you’d missed your chance, ORO in Mississauga’s City Centre is back with a new opportunity!

Hot on the heels of the extraordinary success of sales at Edge Towers, Solmar Developments is announcing a brand new release of suites within ORO, the crowning achievement of the Edge Towers community. This surprising new release is a thrilling last chance to live in the height of luxury in Mississauga’s City Centre, the premier location for condo living.

Saving the best for last, this stunning Podium Collection offers an attractive selection of suite sizes and layouts to give buyers versatility in their purchase without missing out on this golden opportunity. This is the first opportunity to purchase a one-bedroom suite at ORO, with additional options of one-bedroom plus den, two-bedroom, or two-bedroom plus den, all featuring the premium features and amenities that Edge Towers is known for.

In addition to private oversized balconies and terraces, this Podium Collection has an advantage rarely seen in condominiums. Some of these exclusive suites include a parking spot located on the same level for the ultimate convenience. No more waiting for elevators, no more climbing stairs after a long day; only the most exclusive luxury condominium experience.

This opportunity is a limited release in Mississauga’s landmark community. ORO is the third and final Tower of the highly acclaimed Edge Towers, and construction of Tower 1 and 2 is well underway. Sleek modern architecture meets the timeless elegance of ORO’s distinguished interiors, creating the gold standard of luxury living. An elevated lifestyle begins with this 50-storey monument to the Mississauga skyline.

Life at ORO is infused with luxury, embodying the perfection of this exclusive community with a magnificent grand lobby and Galleria featuring marble flooring and Venetian columns, inspired by renowned international hotels. ORO stands as a 50-storey tribute to luxury living, featuring two outdoor terraces for both active and relaxing lifestyles, barbecue areas for al fresco dining, a premium fitness centre, party room, and a full range of lifestyle amenities. A 24-hour premium concierge service meets your every convenience, and every amenity you deserve or desire is right here waiting for you.

But luxury isn’t limited to just your home. This master-planned community is the only new condominium development located steps from the Mississauga City Centre, right on the new Hurontario LRT line to connect homeowners directly to Toronto. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are all within reach at Square One Shopping Centre and beyond, and the Port Credit waterfront is only minutes away to bring you to the beauty of Lake Ontario. Mississauga’s dynamic City Centre brings natural greenspace to the urban core in the perfect blend, creating an unmatched neighbourhood.

Solmar Developments has crafted this community to perfection by using its 30 years of experience to create the pinnacle of luxury living. Known for their workmanship and their European-inspired design, Solmar’s excellence is second to none. In these unprecedented times, buying with confidence is more important than ever. Solmar Developments is a leading developer in the GTA, building communities that you can trust. Their dedication to the health and safety of their staff and clients has led to the implementation of digital buying and selling processes, displaying their commitment to their communities. Available for private appointments and virtual purchasing, a home at ORO has never been more attainable.

Register now to be first to preview the new Podium Collection at ORO. This premier community’s soaring success has led to incredible sales, meaning that your time is limited. For further information visit the website.


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