Home & Garden Category

  story by Janice Henshaw | photos by nuttycake.com –  Although I have visited many incredible homes for Seaside Magazine, I was still awed by the magnificence of this Saanichton home when the craftsman-style front door swung open, revealing vaulted white shiplap ceilings, fir floors and tall windows that fill the house with light. At the very end, a handsome stacked stone fireplace in the family room was an inviting showpiece. “It’s my favourite view when you look in; the sightline is an important design feature,” explained homeowner Tracey Jones,Read More
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by Matt Hall, Wildwood Nursery –  Most gardeners appreciate what moving water can do in a landscape. It can bring in wildlife, hide traffic noise, and even transform an ordinary yard into a paradise. If you are someone who has limited garden space or is confined to a patio, here are some options that allow you to transform that outdoor area into your very own paradise by the use of a water feature. Above-Ground Fountains There are thousands of types of above-ground fountains that can be placed in a gardenRead More
by Lynne Parker, The Old Attic –  With a background in merchandising and being a bit of a clean freak, I can be a pain to work with and OK, I’ll admit it: live with at times! I know for sure this is a fact. When I used to ask my boys to clean up their bedrooms and they were done, I would of course ask if it was done properly. Reasonable question, right? Wrong! “Yes, it is clean to ‘our’ standards but quite possibly not to yours,” my eldestRead More
by Debi Anderson, Barking Dog Studio –  When it comes to design, finding your own style might come easy to some, but others not so much. Ask yourself a few questions. Start with your space, one room at a time; how do you want it to look? As much as you might like it on its own, does this piece of furniture fit with what you want to achieve? What colours are you drawn to? Could you live with that colour on a statement piece in the living room, likeRead More
by Colin Eaton, Garden City Tree & Landscape –  The Greater Victoria area has just experienced the ninth-coldest winter on record and the 22nd worst for snow. In my 25 years here, that was the coldest winter I can remember. I have yet to pack away the long underwear! The exceptional cold and heavy snow has possibly affected your trees. I suggest you have a good look at any trees on your property and see if they need attention. Here are some tips for you to consider: • Heavy snowRead More