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Home & Cottage

The Danish word hygge (hoo-guh) roughly translates to “cosy” but it really covers a whole approach to life that involves relaxation, gratitude, and...

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A gardener’s gift-giving guide

The only thing gardeners like more than growing plants is receiving gifts that are connected to gardening. I know this because I have a house full of...

Empowered

January, 2017. After five nights of complete darkness, the flashing orange lights of three power trucks were a welcome light at the end of the tunnel. I...

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...

Stoked by Fire

WE’RE HARD-WIRED to be mesmerized by flickering flame. We wait for darkness so we can light our candles. As soon as the weather chills we light our...

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...

Island Oasis

NOT THAT LONG ago, families would sit at the dinner table each night, break bread together, and catch up on the news of the day. Between long commutes, kids’...
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...

Stacking Up

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...

The warmest friendship ever

I’m in a relationship. I might go so far as to say I’m in love. Other loves have come and gone, but this love has been constant for most of my life. Some may...

Border Crossing

MARITIME CANADA and the northeastern United States share so much history and culture that one American author, Colin Woodard, places the whole region in what...