Living with snow in Canada

At the start of winter,  an ever-changing mass of gulpable snow covers buildings, trees and streets with blobs of different sizes, colours, and cleanliness levels. Everyone assumes that Canadians love snow just because we have it. I am Canadian. And a Romanian emigrant. I do like snow but not necessarily all aspects of it. Does…

Retrospective Best Of ‘Get the Vibe’

As the final month of the year fast approaches, we tend to take a look back on our personal lives and reflect on all the events that took place. Did we achieve that oh-so-precious work-life balance, learn to cook a new go-to dish or reach that health goal we set at the beginning of the…

Light clustering trend reaches new proportions and how to bank on it

One of my favourite design trends that have deeply penetrated the market is using pendants in clusters. While it’s always been a “thing,” lately, it’s really taken off to the point where more and more lights are already designed as clusters themselves. The beauty of pendants is that, unlike all their cousins that have to…

Hobbies, how to make room in your home for them and why should you, part 1

Hobbies are by their very nature private as they are all about individual pleasure, even if they are a sport that you may be performing alongside others. There is no solidarity or sense of duty associated with the idea of “hobby”; there is no romantic bonding that you can experience; in fact, there is no…

The tub or the shower, the waterfall or the pond, an eternal dilemma

Despite the final choice, which, inevitably and with very few exceptions, is the shower, every one of my clients that renovated bathrooms went through the mini or full-fledged agony of considering both. And that is not because of some flimsy let’s do our homework before we jump approach, not even because of real-estate considerations, which,…

How to live together with a teenager the 20/30/50 rule

One of the biggest myths is that teenagers are self-absorbed. The passion, loyalty to their group and friends, as well as assertiveness of their opinions, if appropriately interpreted, paint a completely different picture. Sociologically they have a strength that is seldom recognized: they are highly capable of meaningful contributions to help those around them. The…

A cottage is a home, with your body in mind

Having a cottage comes with endless drives in and out of the city, the established efficiency of end of weekend cleanup and, naturally, the inexorable pleasure of alternate living in different yet equally familiar environments. Heidegger’s Dasein concept offers excellent insight into why that is. Simply put: being in the world does not mean you’re…

Alfresco Cheese, the perfect presentation and dining just south of the 45th parallel

On average, in Ontario, the frost-free season starts somewhere around the 23rd of March and ends on the 31st of October. In its window of 161 days, the flurry of life outside most Canadian homes is in sync with the season, ripping the benefits of a warmer sun, flower beauty and much-needed positive energy. Part…

The mirror house – women and their homes

If I were a house, what kind of house would I be? What would I look like, and how would I feel? A deep berry door, like cherry cheesecake lipstick, would kiss my girlfriends hello And they would enter with laughter and untold stories Spilling out and exploding with joy. With every step My velvet…

Intimately yours ❤️ are you ready to set up the perfect Valentine’s day

Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with the ones you love and respect and the ones that feel the same toward you. Typically celebrated at dinner, keep in mind that a whole day can be planned around love, intimacy and affection. Breakfast in bed is an instant winner! It never gets old. Since breakfast…

The secret to a presentable front foyer

While we all want an immaculate and organized house, we have to admit to ourselves that we don’t all fit the mould. The upkeep is what kills it. But having one space that is always pristine makes up for the lack of overall satisfaction enough to not worry so much about every dingy corner that…

Detox power 102 – Reading nooks are a healthy and affordable alternate to meditation | Part 2

Unlike popular belief, you do not absolutely need meditating to relax, and you do not need meditation prior to reading. Because of course, like a busy adult that you are, you have no time for both. But you can, in fact, use reading instead! of meditating. Reading takes a lot out of you if you…