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Classic good looks

With a traditional look that celebrates the fabulous over the faddish, the penthouse suite at Aura proves that good taste never goes out of style. Given the impressive stature of the 11,370 square-foot penthouse model it would have been easy to go overboard with outlandish design, but Rene D’Lesing...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11:13 PM

Main Street masterpiece

Positive energy flows at 68 Main Street with a model suite that feels both warm and vibrant.Designer Flora Di Menna created a refreshingly inviting space by focusing on soft, earthy tones with rich depth that enhance the effect of light throughout the suite. “The palette is fresh and light filled....

Thursday, December 30, 2010, 5:57 AM

A suite for professionals and families

Simple forms and a clean, unadorned style can go a long way to empowering a modern look. The model suite at Eleven Superior, located on the Mimico waterfront, makes contemporary design its focus with a space that feels both individual and warm without sacrificing style or cosmopolitan appeal....

Friday, December 24, 2010, 12:39 AM

Lakeside living that's just right for entertaining

Lakeside living takes centre stage at Port of Newcastle's Southport community, proving that sometimes it’s just better to let nature itself be your paintbrush. The development won the 2010 Durham Region Home Builder’s Community of the Year award and the Tradewinds model, designed by Gabrielle...

Friday, December 17, 2010, 12:39 AM

Stylish living without the standoffishness

There’s a sweet spot in creating a modern look where you find just the right balance between sleekness and warmth, and the model suite at The 500 has that. Light plays a key role in the corner-unit suite as interior designer Renato Iamonaco used reflective surfaces in the living and dining area to...

Friday, December 3, 2010, 12:39 AM

A splash of colour for your living space

An urban space should never be afraid of colour, and the model suite at Post House is no exception. Designer Alex Chapman utilized a variety of influences to create a space aimed at first-time urban buyers that feels bright, modern and filled with fun. “The whole flavour of the building is geared...

Friday, November 26, 2010, 12:39 AM

Fearless colours and savvy lighting at DNA3 model suite

DNA3’s model suite is proof positive that a smart urban design can have both looks and brains. The cozy 630 square-foot, one-bedroom plus den model unit features a warm overall look and fearless use of darker colours by designer Anna Simone to create a design that feels memorable. “The space is...

Friday, November 19, 2010, 12:39 AM

Less is more at OnePark West

Texture takes over from colour at OnePark West to create a look that entices. The three-bedroom model townhome unit at the downtown-east development shows off how a modern space can really pop without resorting to flashy colours and contrasts. Sarah Nelson, senior project designer with The Daniels...

Friday, November 12, 2010, 12:39 AM

Defeating exam stress with simple management

Mid-term exam season can be stressful but you can survive it if you stay healthy, stay organized and keep your eye on the bigger picture. Margot Bell, associate director of student development at the University of British Columbia, says good health habits go a long way to keeping you as stress-free...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 11:36 PM

Mid-term study tips

Preparing for mid-term exams takes good study habits and a little common sense. Reed Hilton-Eddy, learning strategist at Ryerson University, says ultimately the goal of any exam is to test your mastery of the material so think about what exactly the purpose of your course is — it’s likely you’ll be...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 11:32 PM

Mission to Mars made in Canada

Researchers from four Canadian universities will play an integral role in the upcoming Mars 2016 exploration mission using Canadian-made technology and knowledge. The mission, which is jointly run by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will place an unmanned...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 11:30 PM

Mystery art sale makes buyers say Whodunit?

Pick with your eyes alone and you might score a great deal at OCAD University’s Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale. The sale attracts art lovers to buy 5 1/2” by 7 1/2” artworks by famous and not-yet famous current artists without knowing in advance who created each piece of art. Art pieces are priced...

Monday, November 8, 2010, 10:53 PM

Living space for the Modern Age at Trinity-Bellwoods townhomes

Artistic refinement comes to life at Trinity Bellwoods with a high-end design that celebrates contemporary appeal. Full of drama and drawing on supremely modern sensibilities, the multilevel freehold townhome model unit treats each design element as part of an overall artistic whole. Designer...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 12:39 AM

A Mississauga space that's young and fun

With two distinct designs, Stonebrook Condominiums shows off how competing lifestyles can both find joy in contemporary style. Designer Sean Swayze outfitted two different model suites at the Mississauga development, one aimed at young buyers looking for an ideal starter pad, the other built for an...

Friday, October 29, 2010, 12:13 AM

Take learning out of the classroom with extracurriculars

Sometimes what you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn within it. While the meaty parts of knowledge often take root in the lecture hall, extra-curricular activities not only help you learn crucial life skills but also can make you a more appealing hire. Post-...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 8:51 PM

Classic design that's simply charming

Meet the condo WHAT Copper Hills BUILDER Preston Group LOCATION Newmarket WEBSITE prestongroup.ca PHONE 905-954-4050 SIZES & PRICING 2,355 - 3,540 sq. ft. detached homes from $537,900 - $651,900. AVAILABLE Now Classic elements lead a charming design in the model home at Copper Hills....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 11:22 PM

Blast from the past meets modern at Nobleton's King Country

The Yorkville model bungalow at the King Country Estates site, located north of the GTA in Nobleton, is geared toward empty-nesters who want to harken back to the style of living they had before the kids came along. Designer Mike Niven went for a fully up-to-date look that avoids referencing...

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:47 PM

Toronto's housing market bouncing back

Toronto prices are back on track to historically expected rises after the big dip in early 2009 though numbers of homes sold are still down. The average sale price of a residential property in the Toronto area in Sept. 2010 was $427,329, a roughly five per cent increase over the Sept. 2009 average...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:38 PM

This sleek condo is all about balance

Not one to shy away from darker colours in smaller spaces, Nicholas Residences’ designer Elaine Cecconi achieved a great sense of richness and comfort by setting darker browns and greys against off-white tones to avoid the forced drama of monotone designs. “I think we always look for balance in any...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 10:49 PM

Let your decorator side shine at the home show

The annual Fall Home Show, which runs today through Sunday at the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto, is celebrating money-saving solutions that save the environment as well. Show manager Tina Holmes says the event is about more than new products and ideas for the home, it’s a...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 10:30 PM