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Affordable Housing Isn't Even on the Ontario Election Radar - Why?

Sharad Kerur | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

Over the past four weeks, pundits, parties and candidates in the Ontario race have talked everything from jobs to transit to past scandals and old grievances. There's one issue, though, that they've been silent on: affordable housing. By ignoring housing, all three major parties have abandoned the primary need of the most vulnerable residents in our communities. Instead, Wynne, Hudak and Horwath have focused on jobs, gridlock and rebuilding Ontario's economy without recognizing that affordable housing is a key part of the solution to each of those problems.

Strokes of Design Genius: Paint Trends For the Home

Yanic Simard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Designers are proudly showing off the personal touch of painterly patterns, with bold brushstrokes, trippy paint drips, and crisp paint dips. Here's my guide to embracing your palette-passions:

How Angles Brighten Up a Tired Space

Yanic Simard | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Pillows by West Elm The human brain is well-trained by nature to find stability and calm in our surroundings -- this is why we read flat planes and ...

"Paintings of Fruit Belong in the Kitchen," and Other Art Myths

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Style
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

We hear over and over again in the gallery, phrases that convey expectations and misconceptions when approaching buying artwork. We are strong believers in leaving all such expectations behind and trusting your visceral reaction to works of art.

Three Timeless 2014 Decor Trends

Yanic Simard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Recently Breakfast Television invited me to introduce viewers to a few 2014 designer must-haves, and I found a perfect trio: marble, wood, and the colour mint. All three are huge for this year and beyond, for those who love a look that's "in the now", but each also has a classic appeal.

Accessory Perfection: Styling Your Sofa With Pillows and Throws

Yanic Simard | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Recently I put together a lesson on how to accessorize your sofa for Cityline, complete with looks to suit any mood. Here are three sofa looks, with lessons on how to achieve them. When you too want a spur-of-the-moment change to your decor, consider these tips, and you won't have to wing it!

2014's Hottest Trends on Display at the Interior Design Show

Yanic Simard | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Style
Yanic Simard

Last Thursday saw the return of the annual Interior Design Show, launching as always with The Party: a private industry-only event where design insiders come together to mix and mingle, and preview the exciting new products and creations on display.

Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes to Art

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

Many art buyers, both first time and otherwise, have the sentiment that they need a large piece for a specific large space. The request usually goes like this: "What I'm looking for, is a large piece of art for over my sofa/mantel/console in the dining room." In support of small-scale artworks, consider these tips for making smaller artworks work in that large space.

Sick of White Walls? Here's How to Start Your Art Collection

Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Diamond Katz and Shira Wood

So you've bought your first home, or maybe rented that first apartment and you look around at the empty walls. Ultimately you decide that it's time to start buying the real thing: original art. Here are some helpful tips to help navigate those waters.

Off-Grid Living: Voluntary Simplicity or Involuntary Complexity?

Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart

To go to the woods to live deliberately. To face but the essential challenges of life. To learn from raw experience and self-taught skill. To live simply, in a Spartan-like manner, in order to suck all the marrow out of life. These are the reasons why Henry David Thoreau moved to a cabin near Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. Many other seekers of a better way of life set out to do just the same today, all over Canada

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

Net-Zero Homes Are Getting Simpler and Cheaper

David Dodge | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, Alberta. A home that produces as much energy as it consumes -- well that's just crazy.

Not Your Father's Fort McMurray

Theresa Wells | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

In my life as a community blogger I occasionally get emails and messages from those curious about where I live. Sometimes they come from those who have been to northern Alberta, and sometimes they come from people from countries far away, wondering if this is the place they have been looking for to change their fortunes.

What's Your Paint Personality? (PHOTOS, QUIZ)

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Style

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to update the look of your home, look no further than paint. It's an inexpensive fix-up that can be done qu...

Feng Shui Style Into Your Home

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Style

Looking for a quick way to make your space more beautiful? Feng Shui! The ancient Chinese philosophy holds you can live a happier and more prospero...

Turning a Fire-Damaged House Back into a Home

Candice Olson | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada
Candice Olson

Rudi (one of my favourite contractors) and his wife Sue had lovingly completed the renovations on their home when disaster struck. While they were away one weekend, there was a fire in their home. It completely destroyed their basement, and the smoke damage in the rest of the house was so severe that nothing could be salvaged. Since Rudi works so hard on my show, I decided to get my crew together to give he and his wife a beautiful space to come home to.

This Crowded Kitchen Was a Recipe for Disaster Until...

Candice Olson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Style
Candice Olson

Harmeen is a fantastic cook, and she was thrilled when her daughter Niki expressed an interest in the culinary arts and offered to take over some of the cooking duties. The problem was the family's outdated kitchen, which was cramped, awkward and completely inefficient in its use of space. While it was barely functional enough for one chef, it was positively crowded with two. My secret ingredient for this kitchen? Demolition!

Some Savvy Morning Time Savers for Back to School

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Every mom who has dropped her kids off at school in her pajamas knows too well what the morning rush can bring. We can't tell you it will be easy every morning, but we can tell you about a few things that can help establish a smooth back-to-school routine. Here's our very own list of Morning Time Savers.

Four Cool Cucumber Dishes!

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.23.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This month, the humble cucumber is creatively served up in four fast and fresh ways that leave you with plenty of free time in the evening for some outdoor family fun. Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, cucumbers are also high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K.

How To Pick the Perfect Realtor

Mitch Parker | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Parker

A great realtor has access to the widest database of homes and will even have knowledge of homes or condos for sale but not listed on the open market. Best of all, using a realtor in Canada to buy property is usually a free service since the buyer typically doesn't pay the commission. Here are five questions to ask before hiring your next agent...

A Buenos Aires Boutique That's Home Sweet Home

Ramp1885.com | Posted 08.11.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

Today's discerning shopper looks for a unique shopping experience, a space that offers something more than the crème de la crème of fashion and design. And Buenos Aires-based concept store Pehache delivers just that. It's a multi-designer boutique, gallery and café in one that invites you in to browse every nook and cranny and makes you feel at home.

Spring Gardening: Gorgeous Containers To Pot Your Plants In (PHOTOS)

CP | Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Style

TORONTO - Think "thriller, filler and spiller" while shopping at the garden centre and you'll end up with gorgeous planters that will be the envy of a...

Wedding Gifts Fit For A Royal

The Huffington Post Canada | Karolina Weglarz | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Style

This time last year, we were all excited for Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day -- from the dress she was going to wear to the lavish celebra...

Milan Furniture Fair Focuses On Quality Pieces At Accessible Prices

AP | Colleen Barry | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Style

MILAN - Philippe Starck says his philosophy of democratic design, or quality pieces at accessible prices, is paying off in the ongoing economic crisis...

Unexpected Uses For Your Dishwasher

The Huffington Post Canada | Karolina Weglarz | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Style

Let's face it -- the majority of us hate washing the dishes. After a long day at work, we head home to cook dinner for ourselves and family, so the la...