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Volume 38 Number 2
INTERIOR DESIGN TRENDS LIKELY TO BE POPULAR IN 2023 What will be the main home decorating must-haves of 2023? A group of top interior design experts put their collective creative heads together and determined that these will be some of the most sought-after design features this year. designers and builders have embraced the sustainability movement by constructing homes that are both energy efficient and non
polluting, far beyond anything constructed before. Reduce, reuse and recycle has become the mantra of many in Canada – a movement that includes everything from LED lightbulbs to incorporating vintage furniture in a design rather than purchasing new items. Open Floor Plans: While not every designer agrees, the bulk still believe that wide open space in the form of an open floor plan is still the preferred design choice. One school of thought says an open plan is yesterday’s choice, but for many the clean open expanse from the kitchen to the living room is a welcome contrast to the cloistered, private workspaces often found in modern offices. If working in a cubicle all day long, coming home to an open vista is both inviting and invigorating.
Multi-purpose Room: Having a room that serves more than one function is a design feature experts feel is here to stay. A living room can also be a games room if you bring in the pool table, or the entertainment room if that’s where the big screen TV is located. Many clients of the top designers want their homes designed in such a way that any room in the house could fulfill more than one function. It all comes down to making the most out of what you have – a trend that never goes out of style. Sustainability: Speaking of making the most out of what’s already there, the concept of sustainability has become a way of life. This includes making sustainable choices inside our own homes. Many
MEATLOAF: THE PERFECT COMFORT FOOD
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GLAZE INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup ketchup
MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs lean ground beef 1 med. onion, finely chopped 2 large eggs 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 tbsp ketchup 3 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped 3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup milk 1½ tsp salt, or to taste 1½ tsp Italian seasoning ¼ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp ground paprika
1½ tsp white vinegar 2½ tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp ground black pepper ¼ tsp salt
DIRECTIONS: 1. Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375˚F. 2. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix well to combine. 3. Add meat to the loaf pan, gently press meat down and shape evenly and bake meatloaf at 375˚F for 40 minutes. 4. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together for the sauce. Spread the sauce over meatloaf then return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160˚F. Rest meatloaf 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with baking juices from the pan.
WHEN A TRADITION GATHERS ENOUGH STRENGTH TO GO ON FOR CENTURIES, YOU DON'T JUST TURN IT
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet and critic who is regarded as the dominant figure of modern African literature. His first novel and magnum opus, ‘Things Fall Apart’ (1958), occupies a pivotal place in African literature and remains the most widely studied, translated and read African novel.
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OLD IDEAS ARE FINDING NEW LIFE IN OUR MODERN WORLD
What’s old is new again – it’s an adage that many Canadians now know as they have either rediscovered, or learned for the first time, the value and pleasure that comes from making goods and products with their own hands. Crafters, artisans and average citizens have helped to preserve many vanishing art forms that once were common in pioneer Canada. As therapy, as hobbies, and in some cases as homebased businesses, a myriad of different products and practices have been saved from creative extinction thanks to the dedicated effort of crafters from coast to coast to coast. Basket weaving, for example, has now found a fascinated audience. Using fibers as diverse as reeds, grasses and even synthetic materials, artists are producing beautiful and practical items that could include everything from simple baskets, to mats, art pieces and even furniture. Another resurrected Canadian craft is candle-making. What was once a farmhouse necessity is today a creative and often lucrative hobby or business. Working with everything from paraffin and beeswax to such exotics as gels and even soy, home-made candles bring light, warmth and aroma into a home. Ceramic enthusiasts have once again discovered the potter’s wheel and the joy of shaping wet clay into something that could potentially last for centuries. Ceramic societies have sprung up, and college level courses are regularly taught to provide knowledge and inspiration to those with a yearning to create.
A key part of the structure, look and efficiency of any home is its roof. But as no two people are the same, so it goes with the choice of roofing material used in the construction of Canadian homes. These are some of the common roofing materials employed by contemporary builders. Asphalt Shingles are one of the most common materials used in roofing today. Relatively inexpensive to produce and straightforward to install, asphalt shingle roofs are used throughout North America and are suitable for a wide range of architectural styles. Clay or Concrete Tiles can add a combination of texture and elegance to a roof. Coming in a variety of colours and styles, you can choose designs that are flat, scalloped or ribbed in appearance. Clay and concrete tiles help to regulate indoor temperatures, are great for shedding water and are highly durable. However, these tiles are very heavy and cannot be supported by all roof structures. Consult an engineer if you are thinking about clay or concrete tiles for your home. Metal Roofs are highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, and are in use across the country on everything from sub-urban homes to log cabins. Metal roofs normally come in one of two different styles. Panels or shingles and can be constructed of different materials including aluminum, copper, stainless steel and even zinc. Rubber is a durable and attractive roofing material. It’s insulative, fire-resistant and stands up to extreme weather conditions. Rubber roof tiles are designed to accentuate different housing styles with designs made to look like slate and cedar shake. HOMEOWNERS HAVE A VARIETY OF ROOFING MATERIAL CHOICES
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3. I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I? 4. Two in a corner, one in a room, zero in a house, but one in a shelter. What am I? Mathdoku Complete the puzzle by entering the numbers 1 through 9 in each empty white cell. Each number will be used exactly once, and there is only one unique solution that will satisfy all six equations. Good luck!
1. No matter how little or how much you use me, you change me every month. What am I? 2. Spelled forwards I’m what you do every day, spelled backward I’m something you hate. What am I?
1. A calendar 2. Live 3. Bank 4. The letter “R.”
MATHDOKU Complete the puzzle by entering the numbers 1 through 9 in each empty white cell. Each number will be used exactly once, and there is only one unique solution that will satisfy all six equations. Good luck!
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HANDY MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR WOOD SIDING EXTERIORS Once the snow vanishes, sprucing up the exterior of your home becomes a priority for many. Here are a few tips for cleaning a home with a wood sided exterior. Garden Hose: Yes, the common garden hose is often the first and only thing needed to freshen up a property’s wooden exterior. If your siding isn’t too dirty, water could very well be enough to clean seasonally stained wood siding. Always spray at a downward angle to avoid chipping the painted surfaces and to keep water from getting into the siding panels. Homemade Cleaning Solution: There are any number of commercial cleaning products available that will wash away built up grime. But there’s also a homemade cleaning solution that will do the trick: white vinegar, water and a scrubbing brush. This mixture can safely remove dirt, winter grime and even mould from wood siding. Just mix equal parts of vinegar and water together and pour into your garden sprayer. Spray the mixture directly onto the soiled surfaced, gently scrub with your soft bristled brush and finish it off with a rinse from the garden hose. Bleach for Mould: If winter mould has really set in then more determined action might be required, in the form of a mild bleach solution. The application process and rinsing efforts are the same as with the vinegar solution, with many users feeling an oxygen based bleach rather than chlorine-based is more effective at removing mould and gentler on the surface. Mix powdered oxygen bleach and water in equal parts and apply and rinse to remove mould. Allow the solution to remain on the wood for about 20 minutes before rinsing off. If mould still remains than a stronger commercial product might be required. Always test your cleaning solution in a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it will not damage your sidings finish.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RUG FOR A SPACE One of the first tips on any home decor and design to-do list is to make sure your rugs properly fit your spaces. But what exactly does this mean? Here’s a breakdown of all the things you need to know before purchasing an area rug: • Bigger is better. No one wants a tiny postage stamp rug that chops up a space. So go big for your home – when it comes to rugs that is. If you’re stuck between two size options, choose the bigger one. • It’s not always about the furniture. Most guidelines state your rug should fit under the feet of all furniture in the room. While this is true, it’s also important to take the whole room into account and not just the furniture layout. For example, a long room should have a rectangular rug that echoes the shape. • Tape it out. Use painter’s tape to mark out where your rug should sit and then begin searching for something that fits those dimensions. Alternatively, if you find a rug you love, tape out its specific dimensions and see if there’s a way you can make it work. A beautiful rug is hard to resist!
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