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WRITTEN BY BLAKE MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOUISE ROCHE / STYLING BY VILLA STYLING, @VILLASTYLING
When Donna Guyler got the call from her longtime clients about a beachfront project they needed help renovating, the interior designer jumped at the opportunity. “We worked with the family on two of their previous homes,” says Guyler. It was because of this past relationship that the homeowners were able to give the designer full rein over the project, from concept to installation. “They provided us with a fairly broad brief, allowing us to have significant input into the redesign of the home, as we had worked with our clients previously,” she says of the three-story beachfront pad. “They trusted us to envision and create their dream home for them.”
Pinkies out. Few destinations top dream globe-trotting lists more than London, England. The Big Smoke, as anglophiles call it, is chockablock with thrills—from the historic (think Shakespeare’s rebuilt Globe Theatre) to the buzzing and new (like the Science Museum Science City gallery, opened in 2019). Here, what else to see and do on a hop across the pond.
This one-owner home is well built, solid and ready to become your dream home! A newer kitchen overlooks the private, .22 acre, corner lot and the patio doors in the dining room access a fabulous, covered deck. The open concept living and dining room is great for entertaining complete with a wood burning fireplace. Downstairs is a large rec room, laundry, and bathroom. There is ample parking as well as a spot for your RV or boat. AND, you can’t beat the location - walking distance to schools, parks and a short drive to CFB, airport and beaches. R1.1 zoning allows for a mortgage helper.
Mediterranean dishes have been praised as healthful—but they are anything but diet food. These recipes are a lovely taste of Greece and all the aromatic and delightful ingredients that give Mediterranean cooking so much character. Main courses in this menu include a hearty beef stifado, citrus-laced pork souvlaki, and a simple Greek marinated chicken that are all easily prepared on a weeknight. For a side, try basmati rice, spices, herbs, and feta stuffed into garden-fresh tomatoes and roasted to flavorful perfection. Traditional hummus is given an elegant twist with the addition of roasted cherry tomatoes and olive tapenade. And these savory dishes are complemented by a sweet sponge cake that will have everyone licking their fingers, and maybe their plates. Opa!
WRITTEN BY LAUREN DUNEC HOANG PHOTOGRAPHY BY KOTOMI YAMAMURA/YOKO KLOEDEN DESIGN LTD.
Sitting in a row of tidy terraced houses in London’s Richmond neighborhood, the thoughtfully curated home of Japanese designer Yoko Kloeden reveals more than what first meets the eye. “From outside, it is a typical Victorian house with yellow bricks and stucco facade,” says the designer, who shares the home with her Australian-born husband and their three children. Once you step inside, you’re greeted with rich, layered textures, thoughtfully chosen pieces from international travels, and an enticing view of the back garden.
Autumn is a great time to establish a new health habit. As the season shifts, change occurs and scheduling just a few minutes a day to meditate can help you keep calm and focused throughout busy days and beyond.
Warm summer days offer the best excuse to cool off with homemade ice cream and popsicles. Some of my family’s favorite flavors use sweet seasonal fruits including strawberries, cherries, and peaches. For an unexpected twist, I combined summer strawberries with coconut milk for a slightly sweet and refreshing treat. For a more decadent dessert, cherries team up with dark chocolate, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk in a luscious no-churn ice cream. Yogurt fans will appreciate my recipe for peach frozen yogurt, which can stand alone or be enjoyed with additional summer fruit. You can take your dessert to go with a delectable ice cream sandwich. Make summer memorable with these mouthwatering recipes that you’ll want to indulge in all season long.
In an era marked by excessive screen and indoor time, people are instinctively seeking the comfort and therapeutic values of the natural world. But how do you effectively harness the power of nature? Try forest bathing.
WRITTEN BY RONDA SWANEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY JUSTIN SEBASTIAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Black Flame. That’s the name of the paint color used on the walls of this space. It is black with a heavy indigo undertone. The name itself sounds mysterious and romantic and that’s exactly the mood it evokes. “Growing up as teenagers, we were always mesmerized by dark hallways and spaces,” says Arun Shekar, cofounder of Humming Tree Architecture Studio, based in Calicut, Kerala in India. That fascination with the dark helped inspire the design of this bachelor pad.