Thursday, March 20, 2014

Still time to see Canada Blooms at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto

It's all edible at this charming garden at Canada Blooms. 

Recycling boxes to grow veg. Why not?

I like the look of these easy to assemble raised beds.
My story in the Hamilton Spectator today:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A closer look at the worker's cottage home of Phyllis Tresidder

Design consultant Phyllis Tresidder of Hamilton revived an 1870's worker's cottage with flair and respect for the simple design of the house.
Tresidder worked with Patrick Lees owner of PLG Construction of Hamilton ( on the five month renovation which touched every room in the house.
The bathroom is sensational with dramatic Waverly wallpaper.
Ikea shelving is used for all that is useful and pretty.
Phyllis Tressider uses the spare bedroom as a den and office. She consults in both interior design and garden design.

The living room and dining room are generous in size. 12 people can sit for dinner.

The renovation took five months and the one floor cottage is a perfect size for an empty nester.
Rooms in the worker's cottage are a lovely proportion.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The surprising worker's cottage

Hamilton has a large inventory of worker's cottages. They may be brick or wood, but the simple, balanced style is the signature of the style.
This board and batten worker's cottage in Niagara-on-the-Lake shows off the restrained charm of the design. Two windows-a door and presto you have a beautiful house. Inside they often have much larger rooms than you would expect.

Simple on the outside, sensational on the inside. A worker's cottage in Hamilton finds new life in the loving hands of its talented owner. MY story tomorrow in the GO section of the Hamilton Spectator

Wallpaper in the bathroom? Why not. My story on the rescue of a 1870's cottage in Hamilton and the elegant home it became. Tomorrow in the Hamilton Spectator.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Working on a feature for the Hamilton Spectator on Chef Rich Francis of Six Nations, the first indigenous chef to compete in Top Chef Canada.

Chef Rich Francis gets help from his kids Danelle and Braedyn at a Six Nations pancake contest this week. Chef Francis makes his first appearance on Top Chef Canada on the Food Network March 10.