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57 Brock: In one of the coolest neighbourhoods

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57 Brock: In one of the coolest neighbourhoods

Block Development’s new seven-storey condo is in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the centre of the Queen West action

Explore the bustling area of Queen St. West and you’ll quickly see why Vogue declared it one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods. Artsy hotels, trendy boutiques, renowned restaurants, and all-hours entertainment dot the glorious streetscape where hipsters, globetrotters, and discerning shoppers flock. With homebuyers around the world clambering to live in this booming area, 57 Brock provides a rare opportunity to live luxuriously in the centre of the action.

Behind the robust seven-storey brownstone brick façade of 57 Brock, interiors steeped in sleek modernity welcome you home. Communal spaces offer an aspirational ambiance, while spacious suites are harmoniously composed to create a brilliant backdrop for hosting loved ones and making the most of your everyday. A portion of the site is designated as a public park, allowing residents and neighbours to mingle among fresh foliage.

Block Developments handpicked world-class architects and designers to articulate a vision of modern elegance. Thoughtfully crafted using environmentally responsible methods, the building features striking natural motifs such as brick, wood, and greenery inside and out. Combining the innovative functionality of contemporary design with traditional artisanal qualities, 57 Brock is your chance to live in a community as beautiful as the lifestyle you’ll enjoy.

The design of 57 Brock is informed by its surroundings, with a brick façade that fits in with neighbouring homes and an adjacent park that brings the community together. When you step foot inside, you are immediately greeted by a lobby gallery featuring commissioned artworks and a stunning sculptural reception desk. Common areas are designed with warm hues, stunning porcelain slabs, and painted brick, and decorated with felt upholstery, cognac leathers, and textured linen draperies.

Explore the well-appointed catering kitchen and dining room, party room, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and a convenient pet spa. Generous tiered outdoor amenity areas provide residents with space for barbecuing, dining, sunbathing, and lounging around the fire pit or in the shade of beautiful trees.

Homebuyers can choose from three distinct colour schemes, each carefully curated by renowned designer Tomas Pearce. Ranging from charming suites and penthouse abodes to spacious two-storey townhomes, explore an array of layouts designed to accommodate a variety of lifestyles.

Block Developments is a real estate investment and development firm with a mandate to provide homebuyers with beautifully designed and meticulously crafted homes in outstanding locations. Their guiding philosophy is to create dynamic urban revitalization with vibrant master-planned mixed-use communities offering sustainable green living and cutting-edge technology.

Featuring superior amenities and premium features and finishes, every suite is developed to the highest standards with the resident’s ultimate enjoyment in mind.

For further information on 57 Brock visit the website.


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Carriage Gate’s Gallery Condos + Lofts in Burlington

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Carriage Gate’s Gallery Condos + Lofts in Burlington

Burlington offers a lifestyle that’s hard to beat – a safe and friendly environment, beautiful Lake Ontario waterfront, festivals and community events, great shopping and restaurants, and a rich arts and cultural life. The charming, walkable downtown is undergoing a revitalization and is attracting new residential and mixed-use development. Carriage Gate will play a key role in the evolution of the downtown with four separate sites within a four-block radius. Gallery Condos+Lofts is their latest condominium project coming soon.

Comprising 161 art inspired suites, Gallery Condos+Lofts is situated directly across from city hall in the downtown core. With interior design by Tomas Pearce, the building will feature open-concept layouts, large balconies, gourmet chef style kitchens and loft units on the gallery level. The loft units will have features that are uniquely urban. Aside from the standard 10-foot high ceilings and barn doors, the lofts master ensuite offers a one-of-kind, four-piece spa bath. This signature feature places the tub in a 5′ x 5′ rain room which will add a unique touch to the spa like experience. “We are incorporating a lot of custom home features into our condo suites to bring added value to our customers,” says Nick Carnicelli, president of Carriage Gate.

The building will feature a fourstorey podium with a unique cutaway corner and wide streetscape for the public to enjoy. It will have a rooftop amenity with barbecues and fireplace feature for residents to enjoy the outdoors and admire the views. Other amenities include full fitness facilities, including a yoga studio with an outdoor stretching area, a heated indoor pool with an indoor/outdoor lounge area, multi-purpose party room, with bar and dining room. Residents will enjoy spectacular views every direction, including Lake Ontario to the south, the Niagara Escarpment to the north, Toronto to the east, Hamilton and the Burlington Skyway to the west.

Spencer Smith Park, located along the Burlington Waterfront, is home to many events and festivals throughout the year.
Spencer Smith Park, located along the Burlington Waterfront, is home to many events and festivals throughout the year.

Gallery Condos +Lofts was inspired by Burlington’s vibrant local arts scene. “Carriage Gate is working with local artists and will feature their art throughout the building,” adds Carnicelli. The 22-storey building designed by Turner Fleischer Architects will create a contemporary landmark on the corner of Brant and James Street, while respecting the charm of the downtown. With suites ranging from 491 to 1,500 square feet, there are units that will appeal to everyone from young buyers looking to buy their first home, to mature adults seeking to downsize, but who still want space for entertaining family and friends.

Prices are in the $700 per square foot price range for a new Burlington condo, compared to over $1,000 per square foot for a new Toronto suite and will offer excellent value and amenities.

Residents 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 boardwalk is a favourite destination for dog walkers, joggers, cyclists or people who simply want to enjoy a leisurely walk and admire captivating views. The park is the site of numerous events throughout the year – the Sound of Music Festival and Ribfest are just two — and has expansive green space, a children’s playground and Waterjet Park. The Brant Street Pier, extending 132 metres into Lake Ontario, provides breathtaking views of the lake and the city’s shoreline. The downtown continues to transform with the arrival of entrepreneurs who are starting businesses there. With all the city has to offer, Money Sense magazine has named it the best mid-sized city in Canada for five years in a row and the second-best city in Ontario to live in.

Gallery Condos + Lofts will place residents in the cultural heart of downtown Burlington close to dining, shopping, cultural destinations and more.
Gallery Condos + Lofts will place residents in the cultural heart of downtown Burlington close to dining, shopping, cultural destinations and more.

The company has been building in the Southwestern Ontario area since 1988, including infill and custom homes, and commercial developments. It has created award-winning communities in Hamilton, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Oakville. The Berkeley hotel inspired condominium is now under construction in downtown Burlington with occupancy planned for later this year.

For further information about Carriage Gate or to register for Gallery Condos+Lofts, visit the websites.

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What exactly is hygge?

What exactly is hygge?

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What exactly is hygge?

by Tania Richardson
Tomas Pearce Interior Design

Everywhere we look these days, we are being presented with the Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hooga). Hygge is a lifestyle that means good social atmosphere and bringing comfy, cozy elements into your day-to-day life. It’s about embracing family, good friends, delicious comfort foods and your favourite design and decorating elements.

At Tomas Pearce, without knowing it, we have been creating hygge for years! In this day and age, when space is at a premium, we find ourselves utilizing every nook and cranny of our clients’ spaces to provide cozy design functionality. This includes inviting window seats with plush down-filled seating and lots of toss cushions for curling up and relaxing, and large, appealing club chairs and sofas with ottomans. We seek sumptuous textiles and materials that are super soft and cozy, yet luxurious and sophisticated.

Kitchens are a place for families to gather, and we like to maximize plush seating and incorporate areas for entertaining. For the chefs of the house, we provide ideal layouts for cooking and conversation. We design bathrooms with heated floors and towel bars and install oversized bathtubs for two. In the bedroom, we use soft colours, lower levels of lighting and supple bedding with down duvets.

Essentially, hygge and cozy are the same thing, and it’s very easy to add elements of hygge into your home. In fact, most people probably already practice some aspect of it. Easy ways to add more hygge into your space can include soft and fuzzy throw blankets, down-filled toss cushions, relaxed fabrics and textures. Don your favorite pair of slippers and warm bathrobe, light some candles and soften your lighting levels by adding dimmers, and you will create a hygge environment. Surround yourself with colours you love. It’s about what feels familiar and comforting to you. It’s not about material items, but ways to embrace the most important elements in your life — your family and friends.

Demark is a leader in initiating a lifestyle that we can all appreciate. Our world is fast paced and technology driven with no signs of slowing down. Hygge is an inspirational word that is a reminder to slow down and savor what is important in life. Nurture your relationships, embody who you truly are and enjoy life’s simplest of pleasures.

To make a happier home, be true to the way you and your family want to live. Design your home as per your lifestyle. Avoid getting caught up in the latest trends to impress your friends; trends are just that — trendy. Design and decorate your home with furniture and art you love. Have an escapism space for you to unplug from technology. This could be an intimate reading nook, a place to mediate, listen to music or just be. De-clutter your home and live with minimal “stuff.” Not only will you feel better, but you will also save time and money.

Spend lots of time outside. Go for a walk and enjoy nature, ride your bike or have a picnic outdoors. If your living space has access to the outdoors, create a welcoming spot where you can sit outside and let your mind and body be still. Use your imagination and create your very own hygge retreat, and you may just find some piece of mind along the way.

Hygge can be found in various spaces around my home. I work hard during the day and when I come home, I want to be able to stop and drop anywhere my heart desires. My favorite hygge is wrapping myself in a soft cashmere blanket in my cozy club chair adjacent to the fireplace with my favorite coffee mug and slippers. Second would be my comfy bed with its eucalyptus bed sheets, down duvet and sea of toss cushions. For myself, the real secret to a happy life is to love unconditionally, live simply, travel often, be a positive influence and be grateful for who you are and all that you have.

Tania Richardson is a principal and partner in Tomas Pearce Interior Design Consulting Inc., which offers a complete range of interior design services, project management and interior styling to a multi-national clientele. They can be reached through tomaspearce.com


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