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September 2014 | Issue 105

The shopping bug

We’ve run Kathy McCormick’s shopping stories for a couple of years now, and we’ve been able to talk about a variety of home décor and appliances — and all other sundry products — that help turn your home into a fashionable, functioning household. But we’re going to try a different take on the Shopping stories over the next few issues, as we let Kathy take us on an exploration of Calgary’s many exceptional commercial districts. Fittingly enough, we begin in this issue with one of Calgary’s pioneer communities: Inglewood. After all, with 38,000-plus new Calgarians coming into the city last year, not many may know the unique shopping experience one can enjoy in these hidden gems. There’s shopping beyond the big box stores here, you know.

Let me know if this situation sounds familiar to you: you finally move in to your dream home with three bedrooms and a bonus room. The bedrooms are easy enough to furnish and decorate, but what do you do with the extra space? Our STYLE guru, David Crosson, tackles the design dilemma of the bonus room and gives us some helpful hints on how to make better use of this feature that many of us want in our home but don’t exactly know how to use once we have it.

Style and shopping are blended in a colourful whole at the Calgary Home + Design show, which we also cover in this issue, and we can’t wait to see what the returning Scottish design duo of Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan will bring to the stage this time. They’re just one of the myriad array of celebrity designers headlining this year’s show, and of course New Home Living will be there as well, drop by our booth and say hello.

The design and décor of Innovations by Jayman’s new show homes in King’s Heights brings a sense of modernity to this thriving community. The Nitro and The Verge are bringing a touch of urban sophistication to the suburbs, and buyers are noticing. In fact, our coverage of Airdrie’s newest communities in the Loving Airdrie Living supplement that comes with this issue is revealing this modern trend is taking a hold in our sister city to the north.

Back in Calgary, we have new show homes from Cedarglen Homes and Excel Homes that exemplify how the best show homes not only show the full potential of a particular home design, but can also transport visitors to another time and place while influencing the look of the whole neighbourhood they are in.
Summer may be over, but there are a lot of things to look forward to, and for me, that means the new show homes we get to explore this fall.

In This Issue

Prairie innovation

Prairie innovation

The creative minds at Innovations by Jayman are at it again, as they introduce two…

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Loving Copperfield living

Loving Copperfield living

Idyllic, family-friendly and as suburban as they come, Copperfield is the embodiment of today’s white-picket-fence…

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Scottish flair

Scottish flair

It’s been five years and they’ve been missed, but Scotland’s own dynamic duo of home…

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Modern family

Modern family

It’s part of Calgary’s cycle of home buying that first-time homeowners who are now outgrowing…

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