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Posted On September 25, 2014By seasideIn Home & Garden, Top Stories

Seaside Homes: Industrial Evolution

  – by Deborah Rogers | Photography by nuttycake.com – Nature’s Retreat has a Built Green Platinum house certification (third-party awarded) for being energy efficient and environmentally responsible. From the very beginning of the design process it was important to its owners that they made the building process low-impact, and the house as energy efficient as possible to run. Having seen other houses designed by architect Keith Baker (www.keithbakerdesign.com), they were happy to put their ideas to him and thrilled with the design he came up with. As a complete changeRead More

Posted On August 29, 2014By seasideIn Top Stories

Seaside Snapshots

  “Even though fixed in time, a photograph evokes as much feeling as that which comes from music or dance. Whatever the mode – from the snapshot to the decisive moment to multi-media montage – the intent and purpose of photography is to render in visual terms feelings and experiences that often elude the ability of words to describe. In any case, the eyes have it, and the imagination will always soar farther than was expected”- unknown author. Like virtue, photography is its own reward, triggering memories of life’s greatestRead More

Posted On August 29, 2014By seasideIn Top Stories

Seaside Fashion: It’s Only Love This Fall

– written and styled by Rachael Holland, Photography by www.nuttycake.com – All you need is love, love, love is all you need … it’s been 50 years since the Fab Four invaded North America. To honour The Beatles’ impact, love and fashion have come together to celebrate in a beautiful way. Looks this season are a modern take on the ’60s. Look for chic, colourful mini dresses, embroidered sweaters, tartan in all shades and the iconic A-line mod dress to reappear. Today’s easy-care fabrics make it all much more wearable, and the mix-and-matchRead More
  – by Barry Mathias,  Photography by nuttycake.com – The modern architectural design of this house is a contrast to the traditional, well-established homes of leafy Fairfield and Oak Bay. Built and owned by Rob and Janice Mickelberry, the house demands your attention with its flat roofs, lack of chimneys and large windows. Apart from the home on the left, also built by Rob, there are no other buildings of comparable design in the area, yet it suits its environs. “I bought the property ‘sight unseen’ about three years ago,” Rob says,Read More
– by Hans Tammemagi – A key to the success of the wineries bordering the Salish Sea (southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands) is that they produce quality wine with a distinctive coastal character. “At the most fundamental level,” said Elaine Kozak, the winemaker at Garry Oaks Winery on Salt Spring Island, “we have completely different growing conditions. The Okanagan and Ontario’s Niagara region are continental, whereas here there is a moderating maritime influence. We have milder winters, a longer growing season, and no problems with freezing during harvest.”Read More