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Home & Cottage

Wouldn’t it be great to be friendlier with your neighbours? I don’t just mean the people on either side of your home. Community spirit is important. It is...

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Controlling Creepy Crawlies

When it comes to home invaders of the insect variety, Donald McCarthy knows the usual suspects in Atlantic Canada: earwigs and sowbugs—especially in...

Spend Wisely on Your Renovation

Street noise was getting to Brad McRae and his family, driving him to search for a contractor to install new windows in his Halifax home. “When we moved here...

Gardens to Go for Home and Cottage

At my new address, my gardens are a work in progress. For immediate gratification, I also create container gardens.

The Modern Urbanites

They're called “millennials” (although the precise definition of that buzz word is less than clear) and some of them are redefining the conventional North...

Made in the Shade

In the song “Morning Morgantown,” Joni Mitchell leads off with the image of merchants rolling their awnings down. In this idealized vision of small-town...

Ready, Set, Recharge

With the worst of winter now behind us, when a ray of sunlight streams in through my living room window I pause—eyes closed, soaking in the warmth—happy to be...

Countertop Conundrum

Whether building a new home or updating a kitchen, people are often perplexed by countertop choices—and no wonder. In recent years we have seen a vast...

Keeping the Lines Straight

One chilly winter morning I finished my outside chores and decided to reward myself with a cup of orange pekoe tea. As I filled the kettle I looked out at the...

Rhodo-Rooting

When I was a student at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture) in Truro, NS, one of my papers was about the Ericaceae,...

Clutter Busting

Some years ago, during what I will refer to as a life-transition phase (read: relationship break up), I moved from a three bedroom home to a small apartment...