Home & Garden Category

by Chantelle McLarty, CM Interior Design –  Scale and proportion are often overlooked but are a crital element in design. When designing a space, it is important to consider the relationship between objects while keeping in mind scale and proportion. Designers need to consider, and are often asked, what is the most functional and properly-sized furniture that will work best in a space to create a sucessful design. In residential interior design, scale relates to the size of an object compared with the space it occupies, while proportion is concerned withRead More
  by Janice Henshaw –  Does the prospect of decorating your home for the holidays send a shiver of excitement down your spine in September? Do you plan for the big event 12 months of the year, hitting Boxing Day and clear-out sales? Or do you wait for the last possible moment to rip open the brown packing boxes from last year, straighten the tinsel and decorate the tree, all while baking cookies and putting dinner on the table? Your holiday decorating style (if you have one) may indeed say somethingRead More
by Linda Petite, Horticulture Centre of the Pacific –  Fresh holiday decorations not only make your home look festive,but they also surround your living space with wonderful scents. The evergreen fir has been traditionally used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Pagans used branches to decorate their homes during Winter Solstice while Romans used trees to decorate their temples. Christians used it as a sign of everlasting life with God. Historical evidence of the decoration of trees at Christmas dates from Riga, Latvia in 1510. Descriptions of German ChristmasRead More
  story by Janice Henshaw | photos by www.nuttycake.com –  Why move from Deep Cove to Sidney? “It was time for a change,” said Simon Kirk. “Everyone wants a new home, right?” Simon was tired of spending four hours each Saturday mowing his acreage in Deep Cove, and he was fed up with all the maintenance chores that come with owning an aging wood house. At first, it had been fun, but after a while, it all became rather tedious. “Having a big yard to kick around a soccer ballRead More
by Matt Hall, Wildwood Nursery –  Autumn is an exciting time of year for us in the nursery industry. Our daily mail is full of catalogues from our growers, that are brimming with plants to fill our nurseries with in the spring. It’s also when the new cultivars and varieties of plants, bulbs and seeds are first revealed to our curious eyes. These plants are often the fruits of months (or even years) of horticultural innovation, cultivation, and research and include varieties that may become prevalent players in our futureRead More