It’s full steam ahead for this 2016 Winter Station

Those who were privy to last year’s Winter Stations displays at the beach may recall one particular structure heating up Woodbine Beach. The Steam Canoe project — created by OCAD University — was made to resemble an upside down canoe and incorporated solar tubes on one side, which were designed to turn snow into steam. […]

Get ready to celebrate the cold with Winter Stations

An over-sized canoe billowing steam. A globe of charred wood lined with faux fur on the inside. A public sauna. These are just three things people can expect from the second year of Winter Stations, set to launch on Family Day at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches. The now-annual event blends art, design and architecture […]

Five hot trends for fall as the weather cools

Up north last weekend, the sight of everyone bringing in their docks, putting away the boats and getting ready for winter was a sobering one. I really don’t like the winter weather at all, or the thought of being housebound for months. But if we have to head indoors for the season, then let’s at […]

Two blueprints for one-of-a-kind art

As the temperatures cool and we start to think about heading indoors, we may notice our homes have been neglected. Whether your house needs a little refresher or you have rooms you’ve never quite gotten around to finishing, creating a focal point on a wall is a great way to pull the room together. If […]

Embrace the creative divide

Vintage and reclaimed pieces are super popular right now. The patina and character found on older items just can’t be reproduced or matched. There are many ways to incorporate vintage items into your home’s design and interior architecture and they quickly become focal points in a room. A client recently hired me to build a […]

Winter Stations brings art to the beach

Five of the lifeguard stands along the east end of the beach will be almost unrecognizable by Family Day. This year marked the first Winter Stations contest, in which architects, designers, and artists worldwide were invited to submit design concepts for making over the dormant beach structures, as a way to celebrate winter and create […]

Southwest style for northern Beach homes

I recently got back from a trip to Los Angeles. I also spent time in Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other surrounding areas, wandering around looking at design and culture that is truly Californian. It struck me while I was there that the style and design of a place is unique to its area because […]

Growing through the looking glass

Finally, at long last, it seems spring is upon us. After that long, cold, dark winter it is time to get out into the garden and start planning for the growing season. This year, why not consider a small vegetable or herb garden? Nothing compares with the taste of a homegrown vegetable. Having a constant […]