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Home & Cottage

Do you ever wish that we had four-season gardening here in Atlantic Canada? Occasionally I do, but usually that’s when it’s either a perfectly glorious Indian...

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Keeping the passion growing

It’s November. The killing frosts have finally come. The blaze of colourful foliage has wound down and the world is shimmering with muted shades of soft gold...

Pump It Up

For those of us who aren’t technically inclined, heat pump technology is a bit of a mind bender. We’re told it’s basically a reverse refrigerator—as if that...
A warm and inviting country table uses natural elements for a rustic feel.

Feast your eyes on this

A small note before we begin: every year I hear them. The Seasonal Moaners. Those people who complain about the holiday season as if it is a test of character to...

The Magic of Realism

In the summer of 2013, noted Canadian art authority, Tom Smart left his home in Ontario and went on an epic 3,500-kilometre road trip looking for realism in Nova...

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’...

Party Kitchens

NOT ALL KITCHEN parties are toe-tapping evenings with live performances of seafaring songs, but they all take place in and around the kitchen, and they all...

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...

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...

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...
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...