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Drift off into Dreamland at IDS20

Drift off into Dreamland at IDS20

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Drift off into Dreamland at IDS20

Caesarstone Canada’s latest designer collaboration is truly a dream partnership. Caesarstone is thrilled to be working with celebrated potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler. Our dreamy collaboration will debut at Canada’s largest design exposition, the Interior Design Show 2020 (IDS20) from Jan. 16 to 19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s a deeply engaging and highly Instagrammable installation that transports you into a vibrant fantasy world called Dreamland.

Design forward

Going into its seventh year, Caesarstone’s Designer Program challenges the status quo of the expected uses for our products and celebrates innovation through partnerships with renowned interdisciplinary designers from around the world, who each offer their forward-thinking perspective on this versatile material. Previous collaborations have included Marije Vogelzang, Snarkitecture, Jaime Hayon, Tom Dixon and more, and we’re excited to add Jonathan Adler to this esteemed group.

Jonathan Adler

Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: Pottery. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Adler’s desire to design all of the pieces one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, Jonathan Adler is a design company with retail locations worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, a full slate of residential and commercial projects and a wholesale business boasting more than 1,000 locations globally. It strives to create luxe and livable interiors that are seriously designed, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Fabulous fantasy

Adler describes working with Caesarstone’s premium products and talented team as “fab,” and the feeling is mutual. As he says, what could be better than using dreamy materials to create a dreamy environment? We certainly can’t think of anything better than that.

From dream to reality

The Caesarstone x Jonathan Adler Dreamland installation at IDS20 will transform Caesarstone surfaces into a surreal and ethereal, free-floating fantasy. Visitors will walk through a heavenly cloudscape that showcases the versatility of quartz through a variety of colours and textures. Adler challenged himself to design a soft environment using Caesarstone, a material more often associated with straight lines and sharp angles. Lending an airy, dreamlike quality to the space, the exhibit will feature clouds, faces, ostrich feathers, and a giant rainbow arch, in addition to neoclassical columns inspired by Caesarstone’s headquarters in the old Roman port city of Caesarea.

Redraw the boundaries

This year’s collaboration represents Adler’s impeccable commitment to craftsmanship and luxury that we’re excited to bring to life with his creative and unique take on Caesarstone. Inspirational and imaginative, Dreamland pushes the use of our product into all aspects of the home, encouraging homeowners to discover all that’s possible when you dream in colour.

Follow your dreams

For more dreamy visuals and designer inspiration, be sure to follow @jonathanadler and @caesarstoneca to add colour to your feed.


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New Year's resolution No. 1 – to be organized and productive in 2020

New Year’s resolution No. 1 – to be organized and productive in 2020

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New Year’s resolution No. 1 – to be organized and productive in 2020

It doesn’t really matter when we choose to start a new habit, routine or behaviour, but, historically, the start of a new year prompts greater reflection for the year to come. Sadly, many of us don’t stick to the resolutions that we set out for ourselves.


As a productivity coach, I work with people who are motivated, and help them to achieve the results that they are looking for. Over the years I have noticed, and studies confirm this, that the more clearly you articulate what you want to accomplish, the more likely you are to do so.

You will have likely heard of SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-sensitive. By setting out your goals, and tracking them, helps you to be clear about what you exactly want to do, and when you will do it by.

Be specific, then cut back

Define, and set small, repeatable actions. If you think of the larger picture, it can seem overwhelming, so think about what you want to accomplish, and then shrink it to manageable, almost tiny, actions. If you’re consistent, you’ll get there.

The ABCs of change

When I observe clients who, repeatedly, get stuck, I help them to work through a program that I developed called the ABC’s of Behaviour Change. Being aware of what’s getting in your way is the first step to removing the blocks.

Accept – There is a truth behind any change that has to be acknowledged and accepted. If you don’t buy into the idea of change, nothing is likely to happen.

Believe – Not only do you have to accept the idea, but you must believe that it’s important enough and that you are worth it.

Cultivate – When you create a supportive environment, which includes having positive people around you, you’re more likely to stay on track.

Defend – When you start to change behaviours, you may have to set new boundaries and say ‘no’ to prior activities and commitments. Find ways to do this with grace, and you’ll pave your way to success.

Engage – Whenever you successfully complete a task, take the time to check in with yourself to see how it feels. This deep introspection will help you to be motivated to complete the next task.

Forgive – If you happen to miss a commitment, don’t beat yourself up. Revisit the ABC’s of behaviour change to figure out what went wrong. Learn, adjust and try again.

Tools for change

Top resolutions include better eating, losing weight, exercising more and getting organized. You will also benefit from using the right tools. Staples Canada has a huge variety of stylish and innovative products to help you to meet your goals, including planners and calendars, as well as water bottles to keep you hydrated, and tech tools, such as headphones to keep you focused. The FitBit Charge 3 helps to track your sleep and exercise. If you’re interested in improving your diet, check out a new line of plant-based foods by President’s Choice.

Turn stash into cash

If you’re looking to purge and to get rid of things, invest time and energy to free up space by selling them online. If you’re looking to maximize your reach, list them on ebay.ca. At ebay.ca/sell you’ll find helpful tips about what buyers are looking for, as well as shipping information and more. Take clear pictures, write a simple, descriptive headline, then list it.

If you’re specific about what you want more of, or less of, this year, you’ll be well on your way to getting it.


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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

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Trend watch 2020 – Pantone Colour of the Year

With 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of colour authority, Pantone, choosing the colour of the year, the pressure was on to define and set the tone for a new decade. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Interesting how the company started the tradition at the dawn of this millennium with Cerulean Blue, the colour of the sky on a serene, crystal clear day connoting restful, peaceful and relaxing times. An antidote, if you will, to calm the uncertainty of the new century and the Y2K scare that predominated the period.

It seems we need the same type of reassurance as we embark upon this century’s version of the roaring ’20s (let’s hope it ends better than that one did!). Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace to the human spirit, offering refuge. It also aids concentration and brings laser-like clarity, re-centering our thoughts.

After two decades of interpreting the colour culture of the time, Pantone remains loyal to the much-loved blue family, encouraging the human race in uncertain times. It is somewhat poetic that a clear daytime sky blue inaugurated the century, and 20 years later, Classic Blue depicts the colour of the sky at day’s end — dusk — a time of day when we process the day’s events and anticipate what the evening hours will bring. As far as decorating with this universal favourite shade of blue, the options are endless…from large furniture pieces, like a supple velvet sofa to pops of the versatile colour on walls, fixtures, dishware and bedding. The sky is the limit…literally.

1 Coco ARMCHAIR, $1,419.99; maisoncorbeil.com

2 Napoleonic Blue CHALK PAINT by Annie Sloan, starts at $15.95 for a 120 ml tin; anniesloan.com

3 Tertial WORK LAMP, $14.99; ikea.com

4 Mai Blue Floral BOWL 9.5″, $29.95; crateandbarrel.ca

5 Set of two minimalist ESPRESSO CUPS AND SAUCERS, blueberry, $50; lecreuset.ca

6 Blue Stripe Round PLATTER, $39.95; crateandbarrel. ca

7 Organic Luxe Fibrosoft TOWELS, midnight $12 – $129; westelm.ca

8 Dusk Classic Blue Paint Brush Stroke Texture WALLPAPER MURAL from $4.91 per square foot; muralswallpaper.com

9 Single-lever FAUCET, Vola of Denmark, blue $1,135; gingers.com

10 Gurli CUSHION COVER, $4.99; ikea.com


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How do you protect your retirement nest egg from illness?

How to protect your retirement nest egg in case of illness?

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How to protect your retirement nest egg in case of illness?

As healthcare improves, most Canadians expect to live way past their 80s but if they do, the chance of developing age-related conditions and requiring long-term care increases.

Long-term care is a threat to your retirement nest egg. It costs $100 to $175 a day, or $35,000 to $65,000 each year, to meet the long-term care needs of one senior. It wouldn’t take long before such a bill depletes your retirement nest egg.

If you are counting on government programs, the situation is worse. Presently, the government meets only a small fraction – 18 per cent – of long-term care costs. On the other hand, family members pay up to 75 percent. Worse still, experts predict a crisis in funding the ballooning public long-term care bill.

So, how can you protect your retirement nest egg from illness?

One solution is using private insurance or long-term care insurance.

Assessing your need

You may be pondering, “Do I need an additional insurance plan?” That’s fine and normal. But, if you can afford the premiums, we would rather you ask yourself these questions:

  • How much are you saving for your retirement?
  • How well can your nest egg take an extra annual hit of $35,000 to $65,000 when you are in your 80s?
  • Will you rely on family for support?

How does it work?

Long-term care insurance kicks in when you are unable to perform two of the six aids to daily living: Bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, continence and feeding.

There are two ways long-term care plans work. You can opt for a regular monthly or weekly income from the insurer and use it at your discretion. Alternatively, the insurer can pay your long-term care bills. Either way, long-term care insurance is generally much cheaper than making out of pocket payments.

The good part is, premiums are usually significantly lower for younger applicants. Also, the payments from the insurer are not subject to taxation. But the best part is, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your retirement nest egg can be protected from the financial effects of illness and you won’t be a burden to your family.

Planning for your retirement?

We have put together a webinar, Learn How to Retire Happy. Its completely free and you can listen in when you have the time. In this retirement training, you will:

  1. Learn the number one technique you need to master your money
  2. Obtain proven strategies used by financially successful individuals
  3. Learn best practices on how to plan now and chill later

Click here to listen to this free retirement training and get awesome tools and resources as well. You can also get advice from our financial coach with no obligation or commitment.

We truly care to help you understand your options so you can make an informed decision based on what is best for you and your loved one.

If you currently don’t have any type of life insurance, please feel free to get an online quote in seconds, so you can have a better idea of what this may cost you. Its cheaper than what you probably think. Plus, you can get a chance to win in our end of the year giveaway! To Learn more about Attingo, visit attingo.ca or call 1.877.302.5425.


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Cloverdale neighbourhood redevelopment moves another step closer to reality

Cloverdale neighbourhood redevelopment moves another step closer to reality

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Cloverdale neighbourhood redevelopment moves another step closer to reality

Area residents, prospective buyers and other interested parties got another glimpse of what the redevelopment of the Cloverdale Mall neighbourhood may look like in a few years, as QuadReal Property Group presented its final plan to the community.

QuadReal is proposing a comprehensive master-plan to redevelop the existing 32-acre Cloverdale mall property into an innovative and dynamic mixed-use urban community. The proposal involves transitioning Cloverdale with a re-envisioned retail offering, residences, parkland and greenspace, community uses and new streets. Existing surface parking will be taken below ground, enabling a vibrant pedestrian-oriented environment at grade.

After recently hosting two open houses, QuadReal and its development partners, Giannone Petricone Architects, held the final Open House in late November, prior to submitting the plan to the City of Toronto planning department this month. Representatives showcased an updated master plan, artistic renderings and discussed community feedback received to date, and how it has been incorporated into the updated design and plan considerations.

The plan represents a major redevelopment for the shopping mall itself, which dates back to 1956 when it first opened as an open-air plaza. QuadReal plans to include a variety of housing types, including rental, condo and affordable units, enabling cross-generational opportunities, with condo units ranging from small to larger, family-style units.


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Iconic San Francisco Clock Tower for sale

Iconic San Francisco Clock Tower for sale – for $6 million

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Iconic San Francisco Clock Tower for sale – for $6 million

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A rare occurrence, indeed – a repurposed historical clock tower penthouse has recently come on the market in San Francisco’s South Beach neighbourhood. The registered-landmark, four-story-penthouse-loft apartment, with conversation-piece furnished room inside the clock, is for sale at $6 million.

Constructed in 1907, the large building complex that supported the tower became the west coast’s largest printing company by 1921. The owner of the business, Max Schmidt, decided to construct a penthouse level in the clock tower where natural light poured in from all four sides of the clock faces so that his lithographers would find it easier to work. In 1930, the plan for the new Bay Bridge was solidified, which would require tearing down a portion of the printing buildings including the clock tower.

Schmidt would have none of that and used his clout, threatening to move his business to the other side of the bay. The city, unwilling to lose one of their largest employers, gave in and agreed to take the highway around Schmidt’s complex and the tower was saved. In 1992, the old factory was repurposed into 127 contemporary live/work lofts and offices. San Francisco and Oakland commuters on the Interstate 80 have come to depend on the clock as they travel to and from work each day.

The sleek penthouse, with postcard city views, measures in at a spacious 3,000 square feet of living space, including a room actually inside the clock, and large terraces providing outdoor space for lounging or entertaining. The two-bedroom, two-bath residence has been designed to optimize the loft’s spaciousness with hardwood and polished concrete floors and built-in bookcases that become part of the brick-and-concrete structure following the lines of the beams. Built on four levels, the penthouse includes a gourmet kitchen with top-end appliances, living and dining rooms with French doors to the terraces, as well as an office, a game room, a library, a large master suite and the unique clock room.

Options for entertaining in this unique home are almost unlimited and definitely not boring. Pick a terrace for the view that you want for a particular party. Kick back in sleek, modern furnishings in a white painted room, or enjoy a city loft vibe with brick walls and steel structural beams – all with breathtaking views of the city. Start with cocktails in the clock room and work your way down through all the rooms. It’s a home that guests aren’t likely to forget.

With historic roots as the original site of the Max Schmidt Lithography Co. and a clock that San Francisco and Oakland commuters have depended on for decades, the clock-tower penthouse is for sale at $6 million. The listing agents are Rob Levy and Eric Turner of Compass, San Francisco.

Source: compass.com


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Joe Pesci puts his Jersey Shore mansion up for sale

Joe Pesci puts his Jersey Shore mansion up for sale

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Joe Pesci puts his Jersey Shore mansion up for sale

Academy Award-winning actor for his role in Goodfellas, Joe Pesci is selling his Jersey Shore waterfront mansion which has been his home for almost 30 years.

Whether as Vinny LaGuardia Gambini, Pesci’s character in My Cousin Vinny, or Nicky Santoro, his mob character with animal-killer instincts in Casino, Pesci’s skilled sense of timing brings his characters to life in a way that few actors can match. And after a lengthy sabbatical, Pesci makes his return to acting with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in a new film, The Irishman, on Netflix starting Nov. 27. In the meantime Pesci has put his Jersey Shore waterfront home up for sale in Lavallette, NJ for US$6.5 million.

West Point Island

Built in 1990, the 7,200-sq.-ft. contemporary with an Art Deco vibe is located in the West Point Island neighborhood, protected from Atlantic storms on Barnegat Bay and only a short bicycle ride to the beach. Bright, airy and spacious and taking full advantage of the beautiful view, the eight-bedroom, eight-bath home has an open floorplan with large rooms perfect for large parties that spill out to the spacious pool terrace at the water’s edge with boat dock beyond. The gated property is completely fenced with a large motor court that can accommodate multiple guests as well as a two-car garage for the owner.

Upon entering, a dramatic free-standing curved staircase sets the stage for the living areas. With white rooms filled with light and the backdrop of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room with its two seating areas and pianos hint at musical get togethers. The large eat-in kitchen with island is perfect for preparing large meals for dinner guests in the dining room encircled by glass doors opening to the pool terrace and bay. The comfortable media room walls are decorated with posters from Pesci’s films and because his first job was as a barber, a barber’s chair occupies one corner as a poignant reminder. The upper level, which can also be reached by elevator, contains bedrooms and an office, all with upper terraces and spectacular views. A downstairs party room next to the pool and spa has its own kitchen for entertaining.

Not that Jersey Shore

Many celebrities who were born and raised in New Jersey have homes up and down the Jersey Shore, similar to Pesci. From makeup mogul Bobbi Brown to Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, author Mary Higgins Clark and many more, the shore is awash in glitterati.


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