Articles written by: Sandra Phillips

Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too
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Smart Shopping: Renovations in Montreal: Homes need makeovers, too

Homes need makeovers, just like us. As you look around and notice scratched wood surfaces, overstuffed closets, messy offices or laundry rooms and garages in the throes of chaos, don’t despair. Help is available at many service companies, which can reorganize or redo your space and your life. You’ll be […]

Montreal tea stores honour an ancient tradition
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Montreal tea stores honour an ancient tradition

Tea, which is more than 5,000 years old, was possibly born in the Yunnan province of China. Legends mention Shen Nung, an early emperor and scientist, who ruled that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution. One day while traveling, his servants boiled water for him, and just […]

Funky pull-tab earrings can be found at Il Etait Deux Fois.
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Buy local to help keep it in the Montreal family

Holiday means family, but family means something beyond those people who are related to you. Family also means community. When you do your holiday shopping, this year more than others, it is important to think of your Montreal family and the people whose income depends on you supporting them—not someone […]

Canadian fur makes a fashion comeback
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Canadian fur makes a fashion comeback

By Sandra Phillips Fur is fashion nowadays. Look around at the clothing scene and you will see that fur is everywhere. It crept onto the cuffs and collars of coats, then onto sweaters and capes. The Fur Council of Canada has been instrumental in modernizing the Canadian fur industry and […]

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Sofabeds and slipcovers help make you the hostess with the mostest

Once we hit cooler weather, we start spending more time inside and noticing our furnishings. There’s also that niggling thought about the holidays down the line and sleepover guests arriving. So how can we make sure they’re comfortable, and still have a nice piece of furniture to look at and […]

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Let lessons be the instrument of your desire

BY: SANDRA PHILLIPS Music can break barriers and bring people together. It’s hear music in the park or a party going on without listening (and then humming along in your head)? Travel anywhere and you can be engrossed by a musical presentation without having to know the language. You are […]

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Smart Shopping: Furnish your nest with twigs from many trees

By: SANDRA PHILLIPS Getting married doesn’t involve just the wedding itself. What it really means is that you are about to set up a new life—and a home—together. You have to combine what you each have and then blend your personal tastes to form a comfortable nest. Buying furniture can […]