Susan Semenak

Susan Semenak

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Photography: Drew HadleyStyling: Érik Maillé How could one not love a house with a “salle de discussion,” a conversation room? It’s a calm, casual space just off the kitchen that is dedicated to quiet talk, music, contemplation—perhaps a...

The New Stew

The New Stew

Stew: A dish of meat and vegetables cooked slowly in liquid in a closed pan. Quintessential winter food. A pot of stew simmering long and slowly on the stove warms both the kitchen and the soul.  But the...

Pandemic-Influenced Design

Pandemic-Influenced Design

Sinks near the front entrance for hand-washing. Guest bedrooms and broom closets that double as home offices. Backyard vegetable gardens. More durable furnishings and finishes. These are just a few of the changes that the coronavirus pandemic has...

Sentimentally Designed

Sentimentally Designed

Photography: Larry Arnal The homeowners knew from the start that they would find a place in their home for a stained-glass window that had once hung in the husband’s grandmother’s house in Iraq. It has been installed between...

New and Improved

New and Improved

Photography: Larry ArnalStyling: Michaela Burns Michaela Burns has a way with lines. They appear as geometric shapes on wallpaper, in the dramatic cross-hatched veins of a faux-stone wall, and within the muted Moorish pattern in a rug. (Top)...

Planted, Stirred, and Shaken

Planted, Stirred, and Shaken

There’s a sunny spot on the back balcony where two of my favourite words spend the summer in a tangle of aromatic green co-existence: “cocktail garden.” Most people would call this cluster of terracotta pots by the kitchen...

Suburban Chic

Suburban Chic

Photography: Drew HadleyStyling: Érik Maillé Look closely. You’ll see that in almost every tableau, Érik Maillé has injected a jot of black. “Une petite touche de noir,” is how he describes his signature design flourish.   A horizontal...

Maximizing a Modest Space

Maximizing a Modest Space

Photography: Alex LukeyStyling: Margot Austin Stephanie Lees has made a little kitchen do big things. There was hardly room to move when the Toronto designer first visited; the 170-square-foot room was dark, with just a small window and...

Fabulous Fermented Flavours

Fabulous Fermented Flavours

PHOTOGRAPHY: SUSAN SEMENAK When he scoops a spoonful of homemade sauerkraut from a jar and tosses it into his salad, Blake Mackay isn’t paying much attention to all the current hype around fermented foods. Mostly, he’s in love...

To The Lighthouse

To The Lighthouse

PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER POWLES (main house) and KAREN REDFERN (guesthouse) The guesthouse stands tall among the trees. Its most impressive feature is the expansive remote-controlled front window – 11 feet wide by 20 feet tall – that is actually...

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