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Aging in Place of Choice

Aging in Place of Choice

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are a contemporary and specialized solution created to meet the challenge of “aging in place of choice.” Ideal for infill within existing communities, the concept…

Out with the Old

Out with the Old

Create a home that’s uniquely yours in 2015. Words by Kristy Elik As the blank slate of a new year awaits, even those of us who are done with renovations and ready to…

Weekend Warrior: Blackout!

Weekend Warrior: Blackout!

Don’t let your sanity de-generate! When I was young, power failures felt almost like a snow day since in both cases school got cancelled. No doubt it was inconvenient for…

Design Dilemmas: Winter Warmth

Design Dilemmas: Winter Warmth

Change the fireplace—transform the den. Dear Nicola, Now that the cold weather is upon us and we’re spending our evenings indoors, we finally decided that it’s time to update our…

Weekend Warrior: Let it Snow!

Weekend Warrior: Let it Snow!

The Weekend Warrior shares his enthusiasm for a snowy winter! When I was a youngster growing up in the West Island of Montreal, we had really “manly” winters that were long and cold, with…

Design Dilemmas: Wonder Walls

Design Dilemmas: Wonder Walls

Making the most of multiple images. Dear Nicola, I have a great collection of family photos, plus my mother’s art, some other works I’ve collected, and some old frames I can’t part with.…

Layer Upon Layer

Layer Upon Layer

Redecorating your space with design icon Suzanne Dimma. Words by Kristy Elik As dedicated to creating lovely personal home and away spaces with her husband (fellow designer Arriz Hassam, principal and owner of…

Design Dilemmas: Countertops and Cabinets Combined

Design Dilemmas: Countertops and Cabinets Combined

Endless possibilities in style and design. Dear Nicola, Help! What colour countertops and tile do I pair with off-white kitchen cabinets? There are many things in life that never go out of…

It’s Leaf Season!

It’s Leaf Season!

The Weekend Warrior offers guidance on your next leaf blower. It’s that time of year again. The days are beautiful but feeling slightly shorter with each sunset. Summer plants are slipping just past their…

Sweet Home Mississauga: Gordon Woods

Sweet Home Mississauga: Gordon Woods

Introducing Gordon Woods Gordon Woods is an exclusive residential pocket in a forest you wouldn’t know existed unless you were looking closely. Its boundaries are the QEW in the south, Hurontario Street…

In it to Twin It

In it to Twin It

W Network’s dream team: the Property Brothers. Words by Kristy Elik If you haven’t heard of the Property Brothers, you might be living under a rock—but not to worry. With their…

Sweet Home Mississauga: Applewood

Sweet Home Mississauga: Applewood

Words by Jodi Gilmour and Linda Kaszuba-Kostick Applewood is an established residential area situated in the east end of Mississauga. Its borders are Burnhamthorpe Road in the north, the Etobicoke…

Styling For Dollars

Styling For Dollars

Money pro Linda Leatherdale shows how a smart renovation pays off.  Words by Kristy Elik Photos provided by Michelle Major, Foxglove Design Simply put, numbers don’t lie. Recent results from…

Design Dilemmas: Elegant Window Solution

Design Dilemmas: Elegant Window Solution

Control your living area with blinds Dear Nicola, Help! I have windows all along the back and sides of my house, and a patio door in the eating area. They are covered…

Pumping the Basics

Pumping the Basics

The Weekend Warrior shares the lowdown on the pump front. Words by Don McVie A year after the big flood in our neighbourhood, I still cringe at the sight of so much…

Sweet Home Mississauga: Erin Mills

Sweet Home Mississauga: Erin Mills

Introducing Erin Mills Words by Jodi Gilmour  The Erin Mills community is primarily a residential neighbourhood situated in west Mississauga, bordered by the 403 in the north, the Credit River in the…

Sizing Up!

Sizing Up!

Choosing the right fit. Words by Nestor Repetski Today’s condominiums range from 500 square feet to over 1,400 square feet—how do you choose? What’s too small, too big, or just right?…

Court in the Headlights

Court in the Headlights

Or, seeing red after running a red. Words by John Fraser Turning 80 doesn’t give you much in common with a 16-yearold granddaughter, but there is one thing: we both had to…

Design Dilemmas: Extend Your Imagination

Design Dilemmas: Extend Your Imagination

Create an intimate al fresco living space. Words by Nicola Gillam Dear Nicola, Help! We dreamt all winter of a warm-weather oasis in the backyard of our new home. Can you…

The Perfectly Awesome Series

The Perfectly Awesome Series

Discover the world’s greatest yard-care gadget. Words by Don McVie Psst… hey buddy… want to know the coolest tool in the shed? They call it the “PAS,” a code, manufacturers claim, that means…

Refresh Your Space

Refresh Your Space

Mississauga real estate broker and HGTV host offers advice on living stylishly. Words by Kristy Elik She’s a style maven whose expertise and eye for fun, practical, often unexpected but always cheeky design…

Priming Your Patio For The Spring

Priming Your Patio For The Spring

Words by Tyler Snell  Spring is a time to where people start vacating their houses to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The weather is warmer which means those of us who…

Gentlemen, Start Your Mowers!

Gentlemen, Start Your Mowers!

Our Weekend Warrior drops the gauntlet on power mowing machines. Words by Don McVie As we look to the welcome end of a very long winter, it seems like a…

Power Up!

Power Up!

Keep the lights on when extreme weather hits. It’s easy to forget how reliant we are on electricity—until the power goes out. Last year, a couple of nasty extreme weather events (the July…

Design Sense and Sensibility

Design Sense and Sensibility

An experienced eye for beauty takes interior projects from drawing to completion. Words by Kristy Elik Since 2008, she’s helped homeowners in Mississauga conceive and create visions of their perfect spaces, from one-room redesigns to entire renovations.…

Design Dilemmas: Hot and Bothered

Design Dilemmas: Hot and Bothered

Starting in the next issue of Spirit of the City, Nicola will tackle readers’ questions in our new column on design dilemmas. Here’s the first! Words by Nicola Gillam Dear Nicola, Two words: corner fireplace.…

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