Archive for May, 2015

Laurentian Mountain Home

By iadmag

For their own lakeside getaway, two renowned Quebec architects built an indigenous structure that demonstrates design ideas that stand the test of time.

Designing one’s own house is often the purest form of self-expression for an architect. With no clients but themselves, architects are free to experiment with details, set their own challenges and give their own ideas physical form. This is precisely what Renée Daoust and Réal Lestage did with their home in the Laurentian Mountains of southern Quebec. And it began with the idea of a building in the trees. “We wanted to build a …read more

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How to Style: Entryway


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The entryway is the window to the rest of a home. Creating a well-designed entryway is a great way to make a great first impression on both you and your guests. Consider the size of the space, how it will be used, and what you want to convey about the rest of your home.

Here are some ideas on how to style an entryway:


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Fireplaces by Design

By iadmag

The modern fireplace offers smart-tech and clean-burning options in endlessly customizable, stylish designs.

Two-sided: Much like a modern, more attractive room divider, a two-sided fireplace creates intimacy while maintaining openness, by defining smaller settings within a larger space.

Bespoke: Pairing a flush fireplace insert with a custom shelf, bench or housing for logs—as in the Mezzo design (p.18) —easily translates into a bespoke, or individualized, installation.

Think resale: Simple timeless styles with clean lines and broad appeal will serve most decorating tastes and enhance resale value better than avant-garde design statements.

Features to look for: Customization options such as natural logs, coloured glass, fade-resistant …read more

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Purchasing a Cottage


At this time of year, pristine lakes, quiet trails, sandy shores and the peaceful pace of country living beckon. For many Canadians, a cottage or cabin outside of the city represents a long-term investment into a lifestyle that will be enjoyed for many seasons and generations to come.

Buying a house in the city or suburbs can be complicated, but buying a cottage or vacation property outside of town requires even more due diligence. By being properly prepared before buying, you will avoid unwelcome surprises after closing.

Before embarking on purchasing a second home/cottage be sure to make sure that it is …read more

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India’s Art Deco Travel

By iadmag

Just about everyone who goes to India sees the magnificent Mughal architecture, starting (but hopefully not ending) with the Taj Mahal. But there is much, much more architecture to see, such as the Victorian Gothic and art deco buildings of Mumbai. After Miami, in fact, Mumbai boasts the greatest number of art deco buildings in the world.

The area to visit is the Fort in the centre of Mumbai, near the vast historic cricket grounds of Oval Maidan. On one side are monumental 19th-century Victorian neo-Gothic public buildings; on the other are 20th-century art deco buildings. As India’s 2012 submission to …read more

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Update On the Horizon: St. Andrews Glen

By SIRC St. Andrews Glen

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Price: $360,000 – $635,900; sizes range from 1,164 sq. ft. – 2,081 sq. ft.

Website: St. Andrews Glen Website

Insider Tip: Did you know that Niagara-on-the-Lake is located between two Great Lakes, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario? With area temperatures moderated by these two bodies of water, the area is a moderate climate zone with a long warm-weather season and is a charming destination year-round!


About: St. Andrews Glen is an exclusive residential community of 57 townhomes and condominiums located within close walking distance to Old Town Niagara-on-the-Lake. A mere ninety minute drive from Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake is …read more

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London Design Competition: Part 3

By iadmag

It’s no misnomer. From outside on this stone lane at least, Blackbox—Form Art Architects’ reimagined mews house— is a darkened doorstep. The two-storey facade of ebony-stained timber and sooty-toned brick has a forbidden allure. A black box indeed, with thin, glazed apertures that recall a medieval fortress.

The idea of the brick, nearly windowless London mews house was a starting point, says Form Art’s director Alison McLellan. It sits in that context, but it doesn’t linger there because, behind the foreboding walls, the mews tradition is turned inside out.###

McLellan built the two-bedroom infill home for herself, after leaving an …read more

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The Mustang That Might Have Been

By iadmag

Tired of that endless stream of 50-year-old, multi-million-dollar Ferraris that appear on the block at all the big auctions these days? The ones that don’t meet your pocketbook or even your passion? Prefer something all-American, but still exotic?

If so, you might be interested in a vehicle that will be available in Fort Lauderdale at the end of March at Auctions America, which is owned by Canada’s RM Auctions. It is not exactly cheap—the estimate is $400,000 to $600,000—but it does buy you a bit of American automotive history. The vehicle is a Ford concept car that might have become the …read more

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10 Pieces of Advice from Design Experts


Seeking design advice? Look no further! Here are 10 pieces of advice from world-renowned interior designers.

Here are 10 pieces of advice from design experts:

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