Home & Garden Category

  story by Janice Henshaw; photos by www.nuttycake.com –  As with assessing peoples’ characters, snap judgments about other people’s homes can be misleading. Upon arrival at this month’s North Saanich home off Lands End Road, the first thing I saw was a brown hot tub sitting at the side of the gravel driveway. The live-edge siding was painted an older beige colour, the fascia boards had scalloped edges, and the trim boards around the windows were not yet stained. In decline? Or a renovation in progress? But once inside theRead More
by Carly Scholze, Carly Scholze Interiors –  If you are like most people, hiring an interior designer is a whole new experience. However, it can be a wise investment, particularly for those who do not have the time, skills or patience for creating functional and aesthetically pleasing interiors. Interior Design is not just about pretty colours and furniture arrangement, though these two do fall under the job description. Designers perform some of the same functions as Architects (though not quite as structurally involved); they produce construction drawings for permit, floorRead More
  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
Seaside Magazine Starfish
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