Susan Semenak

Susan Semenak

Outside In

Outside In

The kitchen in his West Island home has become one of Roger Lavoie’s favorite rooms. He comes downstairs every morning, pulls up the blinds, then sits down for breakfast and soaks up the backyard scenery. Lavoie, co-founder and...

Exuberant Style

Exuberant Style

Photography: Amanda Oster and Stephen LiStyling: Reisa Pollard, Sara King and Amanda Gillies Reisa Pollard often has to coax clients out of their comfort zones. Not this time. The Vancouver interior designer, owner of Beyond Beige Interior Design,...

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...

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