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Home & Cottage

From the kitchen window at the Wild Caraway restaurant in Advocate Harbour, NS, chef/proprietor Andrew Aitken can see the fanciful firewood wall he built last fall...

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Designer Judith Mackin’s pups pose near her ethanol-burning fireplace.

Design By Fire

Whether gathered around a campfire or patio fire-pit, a hearth or kitchen cook-stove, Atlantic Canadians love their flames. Over time, stoves and fireplaces have...
Regular cleaning and maintenance of a gas fireplace is recommended to keep the unit running safely and efficiently; the glass door, in particular, can require expert attention.

What’s The Price Of Safety

The winter checklist kicks in when temperatures drop in the fall. Service the snow blower. Switch to snow tires. Search sheds and garages for shovels and ice...

What's Hot?

The traditional brick or stone fireplace creates a warm, inviting atmosphere in any room, but framing fire has changed dramatically in recent years. Space...

Gutter Talk

IN THE HEADY world of home improvements, checking your gutters may not sound that enticing, but maintaining and replacing them is an absolute necessity in...

Home is Where the Hearth is

It's not surprising that people often look for a fireplace when they go in search of a new home. A fireplace evokes the comfort and security of home and the...
Decorating the firebox of a closed fireplace is only limited by your imagination.

Everything Old Is New Again

Who doesn't love gathering around the hearth on a fall evening, enjoying good company or a juicy book in the glow of the flames? I’ll tell you who...
Claire and Paul Paruch in the Peggy’s Cove cottage they renovated.

Saltbox Makeover

On this drizzly summer afternoon, the view from Peggy’s Cove Cottage is a symphony of greys enlivened by brilliant pops of colour—the yellow of a passing rain...
Open the door of the woodstove and take a look at the gaskets that seal the door to check for fraying. Also check the glass window for cracking.

Sleep Soundly This Winter

“OLD WOOD best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” ~ Francis Bacon It’s hard to argue with someone as sage as Francis...
Rosmarie Lohnes gives instructions to some of her staff on the de Vries project.

Grass Roots

Last issue, I wrote about gardening as a form of healing…this issue, we’re looking at how we humans can help nature heal with our gardening skills.

A Place in the Sun

Mary and Dave Barrett thought they had waited too long to add a sunroom to their Beaverbank, NS home. “We’re seniors,” says Mary, “so we questioned whether it...