We find ourselves in a very bizarre time in history.

We are home so much more than our lives ever allowed before. Our homes are where we shelter from this storm. But what if your home isn’t exactly the sanctuary you need it to be? What can we do to create an oasis?


Sometimes one of the easiest things to do is to rearrange the furniture in any given space. Making a space feel new and exciting can be just the shift in perspective you need. When you do this, you can also easily shop other rooms in your house for different accent pieces, new art to display or maybe a new rug for underfoot.

Setting up a living space on your deck or in your back yard can provide a much-needed change of scenery.

If you find yourself among those who used to commute daily to the office and now you’re working from home, you need to create a work station that will let you work from home successfully. Each situation is different, maybe you need to be in the heart of your home so you can also help kids with school work or maybe you need to be need a quiet corner for online meetings – whatever your needs are, try to set up the most functional space that allows maximum productivity. Comfy seating, a desk that has room to spread out paperwork, good lighting, these will all help. And if your cat walks by the screen or your child needs a snack in the middle of a zoom call, we all understand.


If you find yourself with the itch for new paint, new furniture, new plants or new art, check in with some of your local stores to see what curbside or home delivery options they offer. Small businesses are taking a huge hit and could use all the support we can offer. It is too easy to order from the online giants but think about the stores in your downtown, the stores that support the local sports teams, the stores that had to quickly pivot and offer their wares in a different fashion suddenly, they are the ones who deserve our support.

We are home so much more than our lives ever allowed before.

Making a space feel new and exciting can be just the shift in perspective you need.

As summer approaches, we have the option of taking our living outdoors so much more. Setting up a living space on your deck or in your back yard can provide a much-needed change of scenery for everyone in your home. String up some patio lights, bring out the cozy seating, add some pillows and throws so you can stay out into the evenings, and then add lots of potted plants. If you have room for a dining area, too, we all know that dining alfresco makes everything taste better.

Life is different now, there’s no denying it. So let’s make the most of it and truly make our homes our sanctuary. We need to feel both safe and comfortable at home. And we’ll hug on the other side of this.

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Lori Byrne
Fall means cozy layers, earthy palettes and majestic scenery. Chatting with Ruben and Raina among the colourful hills of Brookland was the perfect way to spend a fall day. Thinking outside the box for ways to upcycle everyday items is both fun and challenging, making you look at things in thrift stores and vintage shops with a new set of eyes! Happy Fall, everyone!