A much needed lifestyle trend change for Fall: social-islands and the fight against loneliness

When Malinowski coined the ubiquitous term in the 1920s, nuclear families had been at the root of most societies for more than 500 years; yet that was not always the case. In history, we see other constructs that have been much more successful in delivering a wide range of impressive lifestyle benefits as, both, precursors…

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…

What I feel is who I am – Tasting travel in so many colours, part 1

In the 1970s, in the small art community of Mendocino, California, a new kind of textile dye emerged, shedding light on the little fungus that never ceased to amaze. From truffles to poison, mushrooms are a species to recon with. Nowadays, we see so many products coming out of them that, soon enough, we will…

Do you own your interior design practice? Where do you focus your attention and what do you prioritize? part 1

Being your own boss in interior design is not as easy as you think. If you work by yourself and generate enough income to support your basic self, live the life you want, save for a rainy day and, yes, save for that retirement that willy-nilly will come, then you’re good. If you have what…

3 Lifestyle Trends for Summer: confidence, self-care and incompleteness syndrome

My top 3 picks for this spring: Confidence at ease gets everyone smitten, Bite-size home self-care democratizes design, and incompleteness syndrome turns into a positive mantra Incompleteness syndrome turns into a positive mantra Most things in our lives are on the go. Seldom can we see a chapter fully closed and when we do, that…

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…

Welcome to the world of small business: small profits, little free time, big satisfaction and large freedom

There once was a dream that turned out to be the birth and death of me. Like many before me and so many more after, I wanted to be my own boss. And with that in mind, I started on a path of self-destruction where I erased many things that I knew in order to…

Living in a Dochia home, a healthy house part two

Sure, you can live in just a house, but why stop there and not make the best of it. There is no shortage of wonderfulness in the world; get some for yourself, and here is how: LIVING IN A DOCHIA HOME Through Selftropy™ (the positive emotional bonding between a person and their surroundings), a Dochia-designed…

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…

Over the top hotels and Blue Zone lifestyle, two major trends for this Spring

Needless to say, they both have to do with leisure, health and wellbeing. At some point enough is enough and one has to admit that this is the world we live in. While risks have changed, life must go on and, with adjusted responsibility and awareness, we should continue to travel and explore this beautiful…

A healthy house in the age of global sickness, part one

First and foremost, a healthy home needs to be a pleasant environment. That simple. As your wings to society are tied up, and your home is your entire universe, how happy are you with it? For some, homes are the womb of daily living, while others consider it just a house. Whichever camp youʼre in,…