Curb Appeal Toronto West - ISSUE 09 • 2022

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Tanya Sidorova Sales Michael Inwood Broker of

Record, B.Comm

55 Alhambra Avenue, High ParkSEE OUR FEATURE LISTING ON PAGES 10+11

416-588 8248 311 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, ON M6R 2M6 SOLD SOLDSOLD* bloor west village junctionlakeview toronto west, high park, roncesvalles village, parkdale, bloor west village, junction 665 annette street 332 pacific avenue1091 Deta Road * Represented Purchaser orillia - lake couchichingOrilliajunction-LakeSt. John 307 pacific avenue 6138 Bluebird Street 6638 QUARRY POINT ROAD Grand 2.5 Storey Victorian Multiplex On Coveted Pacific Avenue, Circa 1888 Detached With Period Brick Facade, Inviting Front Porch, 6 Well Designed Suites, Stained Glass, Full Interior & Mechanical Renovation In 2006, Roof Fall 2021, 6 Hydro Meters, 5 Gas Meters, Convenient Coin Op Laundry, Multiple Decks and Outdoor Space For Tenants, Low Maintenance 25’ X 78’ Landscaped Lot, Short Stroll To The Junction and Bloor West Village Shopping/Entertainment, High Park, TTC. Projected $100k Net Income. Renovated Beachfront Cottage on Lake St. John. 1/2 Acre Reverse Level Lot with Sandy Beach, 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Cathedral Ceilings, Tastefully Updated Kitchen and Bathroom, Newer Wood Burning Stove, Flooring & Fixtures, Case ment Windows, Newer HVAC & On-Demand Hot Water. Open Concept Living/Dining & Kitchen... Great for Entertaining, Walk-Out to Private Patio, Screened in Front Porch. Stellar Turn-Key Cottage Ready to Enjoy. Short Stroll to the Rama Airport, 5 Min to Casino Rama, Local Shopping & Entertainment. Only 90min From Downtown Toronto. Welcome to Ramara! High Demand West Exposure Lot on Clean and Clear Lake Couchiching. Unforgettable Lake Vistas & Sunsets, 78’ Waterfront x 197’ Deep Level Lot w/Shoreline Restoration Complete, Spacious New Composite/Aluminium Dock, Rippled Sand and Rock Shoreline Offers Tre mendous Swimming and Water Sport Opportuni ties, Miles of Boating, Hydro Developed, Approved Permit Plans for 2,000 sq ft Contemporary 2 Storey, Design by Recognized Architect Kieran Randall and Architectural Instinct Studios. Start Building Now... Enjoy in 2023! $2,299,000 $999,000 SOLD*

NUTAN BROWN ENERGY, COMMITMENT, RESULTS. “ “ TESTIMONIAL I was looking to relocate from Belleville to Etobicoke. As I was not familiar with the area, Nutan suggested I drive around some of the neighbourhoods I was considering. This was the beginning of a wonderful experience to find the perfect rental property in the area I wanted to be. Working with Nutan was amazing and made my search much easier as she was the liaison with the owners agent. Therefore, providing the information I needed and answers to my questions regarding the unit, as well as, the neighbourhood. She was calm, observant and extremely helpful with her input to assist me with my final decision. Nutan is a kind and caring person and was truly a pleasure to work with. Thank you Nutan. Warm Regards, Dale Boyd 8 Long Branch Avenue Gorgeous, Newly Renovated Top To Bottom Apartment In Prime Long Branch. Stone Throw Location From The Lake. High End, Designers Finishes Throughout. Kitchen With Plenty Of Cabinets, Quartz Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances. Pot Lights Throughout. Ensuite Laundry. Balcony Overlooking The Lake. Walking Distance To Shops, Restaurants, Humber College, Lake, Parks, Public Transit & Go Station. Don’t Miss the Opportunity To Live In This Great House By The Lake! Visit my website for more information about this listing.

4 WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE AN DESIGNERINTERIOR GRILLED PEACHES, TOMATO BURRATA&SALAD 18 16 ISSUE 09 • 2022 PRESIDENT James BAKER CREATIVEjames@thnmedia.comDIRECTOR Jason STACEY ADVERTISINGjason@thnmedia.comSALES Marianne KENNEDY CREATIVEmarianne@thnmedia.comPRODUCTION Dereck ADDIE WEBdereck@thnmedia.comDESIGN Bryce LYNAS Diana LYNAS Dollco Curb Appeal Magazine is published monthly and delivered to selected homes in Baby Point, Bloor West Village, High Park, Lambton, Old Mill, Parkdale, Roncesvalles, Runnymede, Swansea, Sunnyside, The Junction by Canada Post, agreement #41362062. THN Media 2187 Dunwin Drive Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 1X2 Office 905 278 1111 curbappealmagazine.caDISCLAIMER: Every effort has been made to publish this magazine as accurately as possible; however errors and omissions can occur. THN Media, their employees, agents, representatives and vendors are not liable for any damages relating to errors or omissions in the editorials or advertising which may appear herein except where a specific charge has been made. In such cases THN Media shall have limited liability only to the charge for such advertising or editorials. 12 OUTDOOR FIREPLACESELECTRIC VS. GAS FIREPLACES

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ADD WARMTH Make up for any lack in sunlight and the warmth it brings with added sources of heat. A wood-burning oven or fireplace can create a relaxing environment that’s invit ing after coming in from the cold. Even a gas fireplace can have the same effect. Find more information at ◆

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If you’re not using your basement for everyday living, you’re losing out on at least a third of your home’s square footage. Here are some tips to transform it into a space where you want to spend time: CONTROL THE AIR FLOW Basements that haven’t been well maintained can have a host of problems that cause them to be colder than they should be – many of which have quick DIY fixes. Inspect your perimeter and seal any air leaks. If your windows are the culprit, try caulking around them. If that doesn’t work, replace them with energy efficient ones is worth the investment.

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WELCOME WITH COZY ACCENTS Create an inviting atmosphere that makes you want to curl up on the couch and read, or watch a good movie, by incorporating cozy accents with rich textures. Think fluffy blankets, pillows and slippers in materials like fleece, flannel, sherpa and faux fur.


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If you’re thinking of an outdoor fireplace, you will need to determine how easily you can get an electrical connection or gas line to the desired site. An electric fireplace requires either a 120 volt or 240 volt dedicated electrical connection. A gas fireplace will require either a propane or natural gas connection, as well as electri cal power for the fan.



More and more Canadians are sprucing up their back yards and outdoor spaces. That means that interior designers are becoming exterior designers, too. Many homeowners are considering a fireplace for their out door space, to allow them to extend enjoyment of their backyards into the Fall and early Spring. You may have assumed that an outdoor fireplace must be fuelled by natural gas or propane. However, there are now electric fireplaces that are rated for outdoors. When comparing outdoor electric fire places vs. gas fireplaces, many of the considerations are similar to a comparison for indoor use. Here’s how we break it down:




Outdoor electric fireplaces come in linear designs at this time, with a single face as well as two- and three-sided models. However, if you prefer to have a see-through outdoor fireplace, you will be limited to gas. Likewise, if you prefer a more traditional outdoor fireplace, there are more gas options. On the other hand, there are no limits for the surrounding materi als, when you are building an outdoor electric ▹

Gas fireplaces also require ventilation, as well as min imum clearances to combustibles. Electric fireplaces are zero-clearance and require no ventilation. These are important distinctions for enclosed porches, gaze bos or small patios.

Electric fireplaces have a much slimmer footprint that most gas fireplaces. If you have any space lim itations for your outdoor fireplace, you will need to check the depth of electric fireplaces vs. gas fire places, so you know which is going to fit.

Electric fireplaces may be operated with or without the heater running. Gas fireplaces emit heat as soon as they are turned on. In warm weather, we are looking for ambiance over heat; the heat output of a gas fireplace my overwhelm those sitting next to it. Who wants to sit next to a blast furnace on a hot, muggy evening?! How ever, an electric fireplace can offer ambiance without heat, and is perfect for hot summer nights. In cooler weather, when we want to gather around a cozy hearth for warmth, both electric and gas outdoor fireplaces can offer this feature. Electric fireplaces will take the chill off an area of 400 – 500 square feet, on a regular 120 volt connection. If your outdoor space is larger than this, or you wish to use your fireplace in winter, then a gas fireplace will provide more heat to a larger area.





15 fireplace wall. You can clad the fireplace wall in any weath er-proof material you like – flammability is not an issue with electric fireplaces. When installing an outdoor gas fireplace, as with indoor gas fireplaces, the walls around the fireplace will need to be non-flammable.

COST Outdoor electric fireplaces will generally cost much less than outdoor gas fireplaces. The fireplace itself will cost less; the electrical connection will cost less than gas, in most cases (this will be partially determined by the distance across your property that the connection must be delivered); and the materials around the fireplace may cost less, since you aren’t dependant on non-combustible walls. The cost to operate an outdoor electric fireplace will be less than the cost to operate a gas fireplace for the same period. When you want ambiance without heat, the LED lights and flames in an electric fireplace will cost a fraction of the cost of running a gas fireplace. Since you only need to operate the heater on an electric fireplace as needed, most people will end up spending less on electric fireplaces than they do on gas, where heat is always put out whenever the fireplace is on. ◆


Another interesting feature that has become standard on most outdoor electric fireplaces, is the ability to change flame colours from orange to blue, as well as a range of pinks and purples.

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GRILLED PEACHES, TOMATO & BURRATA Recipe & Styling by Janette Mitchell @janettecooks



17 • 4 peaches (skin on) pitted, quartered and then each quarter cut in half • 4 medium tomatoes, a variety of types sliced into bite-sized pieces • 250g burrata cheese • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided • ½ tsp salt • Fresh ground pepper • Fresh mint to garnish INGREDIENTS

STEP ONE Preheat bbq to 450 ° F


STEP TWO Prepare the peaches – wash and remove stem and pit. Pat dry and place on a tray and brush the cut sides of the peaches with 2 TBSP oil.

You should keep the lid of the BBQ closed between turns of the peaches. Resist the urge to turn too soon, as the flesh will stick to the grill.

Prep Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 (as a side dish)

STEP FOUR Remove to platter and let cool completely. Meanwhile, place tomatoes on a large serving platter, and season with salt.

STEP FIVE When the peaches are cooled, add to the platter, and then add scoops of burrata and arrange randomly on the platter.

STEP THREE When the grill is preheated, grease the grill and place the peaches cut side down 2-4 minutes per side. We are just trying to get some good grill marks, and peaches should still be a bit firm and not mushy.

STEP SIX Drizzle with remaining oil over the salad. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and fresh ground pepper. Top with fresh mint, and serve.

What makes a home great? We think it’s not only having spaces that are visually appealing, but also highly functional, and working with an interior designer will help you achieve exactly that. Here are three reasons to hire an interior designer.




The earlier you can get an interior designer in on your project the better. We’re trained to think of details a lot of homeowners and contractors don’t because we have many years of schooling behind us focusing on how spaces are used. For example, if you’re designing a kitchen some questions you should be asked by a designer are – Are you right or left-handed? Do you enjoy cooking, or prefer takeout? Do you entertain a lot? Do you have children or elderly people in the home? Do you have anything special you’d like to display? Tell me about your morning and evening routines…That’s right – All of this matters! Thinking ahead and knowing how a space will be used is key to planning a room. A well-designed space makes life easier and more beautiful.


Photography By Ashley Capp



How many times have you painted a room and ended up not liking the colour? Have you ever bought fur niture and got it home to find it didn’t fit well in your room? How about purchasing different throw pillows, over and over, from multiple stores, and returning them all because they’re not quite right? Well, hiring a designer would solve all of these problems, which would, therefore, save you time and help to avoid the stress of all that running around and frustration. Most people think of the initial investment of hiring a de signer as a cost, but avoiding costly mistakes and not having to do all of that running around often makes it worth the investment. Investing in a professional to handle things for you allows you to enjoy the process.


Having a room totally completed with the right mix of elements really does make you think “wow” as you enter!  It’s about having the right size pieces, mix ing the high and the low, layering different textures, playing with contrast, prints, and colours. A lot goes into a room to make it right, and quite often it’s hard to find all of the right things at big-box stores. Interi or designers have access to trade only showrooms, the ability to create custom pieces, and curate the right combinations of things needed for your home. On top of having access to different things, we’ve also got years of education behind us, so naturally, we know how to design and decorate a home well. ◆ STACI EDWARDS , is the owner of her Toronto-based interior design firm with clients in both Canada and the U.S. and her work is nationally published and award-winning. She encour ages her clients to live easier and more beautiful lives by creating well designed, welcoming spaces, that are both livable and luxurious. Instagram: staciedwards

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