January 2011 | Issue 133

Out with the old

Another year rolls in, another resolution to make — and maybe I can stick to them this time. If you’re an optimist like me, the New Year always holds a lot of promise and possibilities. Like maybe this is the year I’ll finally clean up my home office. Our resident design guru, Aly Velji, actually has a lot of helpful tips to start me up on this arduous task (those who have seen my home office know just how arduous). Aly is beyond compare when it comes to making any room look good and - more importantly - more functional. Check out his article on home office design and you can see how he puts the fun back in function.

As long as we’re talking about home offices, guest writer Nicole Bross adds her eight cents (inflation, you know) to the never-ending debate on which computer system is better, PC or Mac. Nicole’s conclusion: Apple has made personal computing all that much more efficient but it can’t beat PC when it comes to cost — so ultimately it’s the buyer who wins.

This issue, Going Green’s L. Sara Bysterveld introduces us to a new “green” program called Healthy Homes that — through a process of free home consultations — can set us on the path towards leading more eco-conscious, healthy lives. It’s just the thing we need for the New Year.

We also have our stellar line-up of multi-family projects are worthy of a visit just to see their impressive array of design options available. First up is the Drake, the latest condominium tower to rise up in the Beltline. Its unique youth-centric approach has marked it as a centrepiece for Calgary’s progressiveness in multi-family design. The Townhomes of Dallaire Avenue, by Sandlewood, shows off the genteel romanticism of Garrison Green — the former military barracks site, which has become the most coveted piece of residential land in the inner city. The project is among the dwindling opportunities to own a new home in the area. Lastly, we have Mosaic Lakeside, Hawthorne Home’s second Mosaic project in the very popular lake community of Auburn Bay — which shows you can never really have enough of a good thing.

Speaking of good things, our condo lifestyle feature proves how much of a good thing having an inner city condo can be. Our subject, Deidre Lake (and her dog, Hugo) share the spotlight with her Paradyme condo home in the Beltline that just opens up the possibilities for her to enjoy a balanced professional and personal life.
So, did anyone notice our cover with the new masthead? What better way to launch a brand new year than with a more exciting, innovative design that will grab the readers’ attention on the newsstands, right? Our sister magazine New Home Living® will also be sporting the new look, available at more than 1,500 free stands around town.

Happy New Year everyone!

Pepper Rodriguez

In This Issue

Do your homework

Do your homework

Like many these days, I too work out of a home office. I love the…

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It’s all in the name

It’s all in the name

A name like Drake encompasses the dynamic and energetic qualities that have made Calgary a…

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Romance and history

Romance and history

Garrison Green is undoubtedly one of Calgary’s most desirable neighbourhoods, combining an impeccable inner city…

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Fab flat

Fab flat

There has always been something about the Paradyme condos that attracted Deidre Lake. A highly…

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