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ELEVATE YOUR GARDEN WITH ARTSCAPING

Designing a successful artscape is a complex and mysterious process, but the results can be worth all of the thought and effort involved. Let art and architecture be the stepping stones to breathtaking landscape design. Read more…

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MASTER MAKING PIZZA FROM SCRATCH

From deep dish to thin crust, wood-fired to grilled, pizza’s popularity shows no sign of abating. Making pizza from scratch is very satisfying — and if you let go of the notion that pizzas have to be perfectly round, you’ll be a budding pizzaiolo in no time. Read more…

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UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN WITH A CABINET REDO

In many homes, the kitchen marks the place of creation. It’s a sanctuary for self-care: a refuge to focus on food, nourishment, togetherness. Nestled into the heart of that haven are the walls that hold a treasure of tools: the kitchen cabinetry. Read more…

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HOME TOUR: LIVING WITH COLOUR

From the hand-painted tiles and azure-blue appliances to its citrus-toned walls, dramatic cathedral-style ceiling and rustic wood accents, this Canadian hacienda is a true fiesta of colour, texture and light. Read more…

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HOUSE TOUR: LIVABLE LUXE

This modern masterpiece proves contemporary doesn’t equal cold. Its intimate spaces, warm woods and unexpected touches give the comforting feel of a family home infused with West Coast chic. Read more…

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TRUE COLOURS FOR A FRESH NEW LOOK

Giving your nest a fresh shade will brighten your outlook on the old homestead, and it’s the simplest way to “renovate” your property. Painting the exterior of your home is one of the best ways to protect your investment. Read more…

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EDITOR’S PICK

Storage should be functional but that doesn’t mean boring. The Denizen Storage Tower, this week’s Editor’s Pick, does double duty for as storage cabinet and statement piece. Read more…

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TREND ALERT: FINE WINES

With Pantone naming Marsala as colour of the year for 2015, it’s time to savour the rich, refined tones of deep reds. These robust hues add warmth and refinement to accessories, furnishings and fashion. Read more…

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TOP HEALTH & FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2015

If you haven’t changed up your fitness and diet plan in a while, it’s time to refresh your knowledge about what’s healthy and what’s not — and revitalize your approach. YAM presents the hottest and healthiest — health and fitness trends for 2015. Read more…

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BRING YOUR LIVING ROOM TO LIFE

The way you arrange your living room furniture sets the tone for how you interact with this important room. YAM explores how to set up traffic patterns, how to scale pieces for maximum effect, how to bring “form” to your space — and what to do about that TV. Read more…

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House Tour: Living With Art

These home owners wanted to open their space up, to better exhibit their art — and the gorgeous view of Gonzales Beach. The renovation project resulted in a contemporary space that feels refined and refreshingly down to earth.  Read more…

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HOW FITNESS CHANGES LIVES

During one of the darkest times of her life, Gillie Easdon had ever known, she took up running and it changed her life. Today, as program coordinator of Every Step Counts, she is running with other who are changing their lives, one step at a time. Read more…

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SHAKE UP YOUR SMOOTHIES

Whether you’re looking for a breakfast on the go, a pre-workout boost or a quick and easy meal in a glass, a homemade smoothie can be a convenient and healthy option. Read more…

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IT’S TIME FOR DANCE DAYS

Heading into its sixth year, Dance Days celebrates the scope of dance in the city. Running from January 23 through February 7, Dance Days one of the fabulous festivals that makes Victoria such a great place to live — what distinguishes this event is its fantastic range of offerings. Read more…

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Annie Sloan’s New Book Explores Décor Styles

Looking for decorating inspiration? Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes For Style And Colour examines nine popular décor styles, including: Bohemian, Neoclassical, Vintage Floral, French Elegance, Traditional Swedish, Coastal, Rustic Country, Modern Retro and Warehouse. Read more…

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BATHROOM BLISS

While your bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in your home, there’s no denying it’s also one of the most important. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to fill this space with stylish elements that are as functional as they are stunning.  Read more…

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A WALK IN THE RAIN

Whether you’re strolling through a light mist or a dramatic downpour, bring a touch of flair to our grey, coastal days with this season’s wet-weather looks from great Canadian and eco-friendly designers.  Read more…

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Bone, Wind, Fire Celebrates Women Artists

Emily Carr, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe are three of the world’s most iconic artists. They are also the subject of Jill Sharpe’s award-winning film BONE WIND FIRE. The film is the inspiration behind Sharpe’s upcoming exhibition of paintings at Madrona Gallery in Victoria, beginning January 17. Read more…

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CREATING THE ULTIMATE GUEST ROOM

When it comes to creating a welcoming guest room retreat, the details make all the difference in making your visitors feel comfortable. From guestroom must-haves, to design tips, to adding local touches, our experts share their inviting ideas.  Read more…

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See the World’s Best Wildlife Photography

From the stunning winning photograph of lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, to the amusing image of a Japanese macaque examining a smartphone snatched from a tourist, visitors to the Royal BC Museum will be charmed by the Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibit.  Read more…

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DIVINE RENOVATION

How a much-loved old church in Victoria underwent a reverential transformation to become one of the region’s most stylish homes — a truly divine renovation. Read more…

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DIY TIPS FOR A PARTY-WORTHY UP-DO

If your holiday calendar is full of cocktail parties, festive dinner parties, and New Year extravaganzas, wearing your hair up is the perfect way to top off your look. Use these expert tips to master a classic up-do.  Read more…

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HOME AS A MODERN SANCTUARY

Sustainable materials, soaring ceilings, an open concept plan and abundant windows with views of the forest are artfully combined to create a Victoria home that feels like a modern sanctuary. Read more…

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WINTER COCKTAILS BRING ON THE WARMTH

With colder weather on the way, it’s the perfect time to wrap your chilly fingers around a warm and steaming drink. So take the shaken, stirred and on-the-rocks cocktails off the menu until spring and indulge in something a little sweet, comforting and toasty.  Read more…

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HOLIDAY APPIES WITH AN EXOTIC TWIST

With the holiday season here, YAM brings you tips, strategies and recipe ideas for creating delicious and wow-inducing appetizers for your next festive soirée. From Spanish-inspired tapas to bacon-infused popcorn toppings, these appies will wake up your guests’ taste buds. Read more…

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STAY HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Do you neglect your health in favour of that never-ending holiday to-do list? It’s easy to get so run down by the time January rolls around that it’s hard to get back into a healthy routine. YAM shares expert tips for staying healthy for this holiday season. Read more…

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BRING COASTAL FLAVOURS TO YOUR HOLIDAY FEAST

Surrounded by sea, with rich soil, ancient forests and sustainable farms, Vancouver Island is a culinary heaven. YAM asked Sooke Harbour House, one of the Island’s most lauded culinary establishments, to celebrate West Coast flavours by creating a holiday feast that is sure to be the beginning of a coastal tradition. Read more…

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Fabric Finds: Local Designer’s Inspired New Line

Drawing from memories and inspired by his favourite artists, designer Iván Meade has created a luxurious new line of fabrics. While each pattern expresses his personal aesthetic of “timeless European methodology with a sophisticated, modern edge,” at the end of the day, Meade simply wants them “to tell a story.” Read more…

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VICTORIA’S TOP 25 HOLIDAY SEASON EVENTS

The December holiday season in Victoria is a festive whirlwind of glowing lights, carollers, holiday eats and treats, and parades, on land and water — all sure to get you in the spirit of the season. YAM presents a few of our festive favourites. Read more…

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DRESS FOR A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Just in time for the holidays, YAM features chic cocktail attire that puts you in a starring role — from the opera to the martini bar. Featuring fabulous local fashions shot on location in Victoria. Read more…

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GIFT GUIDE: 35 FABULOUS FINDS UNDER $50

Oh, what fun it is! We’ve got you covered, not matter whom you’re shopping for this year. From glittery jewelry, to funky kitchen gadgets, to toys for kids of all ages, find the perfect present for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Read more…

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EXPERIENCE JAPANESE PRINT MASTERS AT AGGV

A must-see! The most comprehensive collection of Japanese shin hanga in Canada will be on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this winter. The exhibition, Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, runs to January 25, 2015 and draws from the gallery’s impressive holdings.  Read more…

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TOUR AN ELEGANT TRADITIONAL HOME

With its sophisticated and traditional ambience, this spectacular home radiates a welcoming appeal, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Using timeless elements, luxurious finishes and dramatic statement lighting, the designers describe the look as “traditional elegance with a slight hint of Tuscany.” Read more…

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CREATE A VISUAL FEAST

It’s common knowledge that we eat with our eyes first, which is why chefs approach plating their food the way Monet might have approached his canvas. YAM’s culinary expert shares some techniques you can easily do in your own kitchen to elevate your dining experience. Read more…

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FALL FASHION WEAVES AN INVITING TALE

As with your favourite books, the best fashion spreads tell a story. And much like that rare volume of a classic tome, this year’s fall fashions are characterized by rich hues, elegant embellishments and leather detailing.  Read more…

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5 STEPS TO GREAT GRILLING

Chef Brad Holmes of Ulla has earned his restaurant national renown for the fabulous flavour of his cuisine. Recreate some of his mastery at home by combining humanely raised local meats, a charcoal grill and Holmes’ expert techniques. Read more…

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SPOT PRAWNS ARE SPOT ON

Scrumptious and sustainable, the B.C. spot prawn is so popular with local seafood lovers that odes should be written to its flavour. To herald the arrival of spot prawn season, YAM puts this celebrated coastal crustacean in the spotlight.  Read more…

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A Luscious Layer-Cake Recipe

For this Chocolate Butter Cream Cake from Sweet Things Bakery, enticing layers of rich butter cream filling are topped with mouth-watering berries and chocolate shavings for that perfect pairing of sweet-tart juiciness. Serve at your next party, for a deliciously sweet summery treat.  Read more…

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