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Courtesy of Brookfield Residential

Sept. 08, 2020 | Andrea Cox

Décor disasters: common design mistakes and how to fix them

How many of us have started a home redecorating project only to stop midway, frustrated because we just can't seem to recreate that magazine-worthy look? Well fret not, as we've identified some common design mistakes and asked local designers for their surefire solutions to get back on track.

St. Mary's Parish Hall in Mission is one of the historical sites on Heritage Calgary’s self-directed walking tour of the area.
Courtesy of Heritage Calgary

Sept. 08, 2020 | Josh Skapin

Walking tours of historic neighbourhoods take Calgarians back in time

On an afternoon stroll, residents of the neighbouring communities of Cliff Bungalow and Mission can feel like they've gone back in time. They might encounter structures built in the Queen Anne, Spanish Colonial, Classical and Georgian Revival styles, all from the early 1900s, within only a few blocks.

However, combing through the city's historic neighbourhoods is no longer an activity reserved for area residents, as Heritage Calgary is helping people learn about Calgary's past through self-directed walking tours.

Central Memorial Park in the Beltline. 
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Aug. 18, 2020 | Cody Stuart

Historic heartbeat: the Beltline offers glimpses of Calgary's past, as well as its future

Located smack-dab in the middle of the city and packed with amenities, the Beltline could be considered both the literal and figurative heart of Calgary.

Courtesy of the City of Calgary

July 13, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Historical Home Spotlight: Stuart Residence

Year of Construction: 1910

Community: Upper Mount Royal

Architectural Style: Arts and Crafts

This historical home is notable not only for its status as a great example of the Arts and Crafts architectural style, but also because of a pair of high-profile Calgarians who lived there over the years.

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Sept. 11, 2019 | Geoff Geddes

War and peace: How one fateful bridge divided Calgarians, then brought them back together

Its name may evoke calmness and serenity, but the story behind one of Calgary's leading landmarks is anything but peaceful. As it evolved from a lightning rod for dissension to a symbol of unity, the Peace Bridge was judged not only for mistakes made, but also conventions challenged and lessons learned. In the process, this iconic footbridge earned the respect of friends and foes alike, one step at a time.

The rustic aesthetic of timber-frame and log homes is a perfect match for the natural backdrop of acreage properties.
Courtesy Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc.

Feb. 14, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Heritage homebuilding

Classic timber-frame and log homes are the perfect fit for many Alberta acreage properties

Attractive acreage properties lend themselves beautifully to some classic building methods: timber-frame construction and natural log homes.

Each has its own appeal, and while the homes come at a premium cost, Alberta specialty builders say the results are worth the money.

Oct. 25, 2017 | Rachel Niebergal

Architecture through the ages

130 years of Calgary homes

From the first rustic homes that dotted our city's landscape in 1887, to the sprawling modern masterpieces of today, Calgary has seen its share of architectural styles over the years:
Courtesy Carol and Don Carruthers

Oct. 25, 2017 | CREBNow

Across the universe

Space-age design and retro décor are on full display in Carol and Don Carruthers' atomic ranch-style home

Tucked away on a quiet inner-city boulevard, lined with century old trees and dotted with mature lilac bushes, sits a vintage, 1950s-era architectural gem. Its space-age design – angles, offsets and images of starbursts, atoms and boomerangs (think The Jetsons) – is known as atomic ranch, a mid-century design trend inspired by the era's fascination with the space race. The design is funky, retro and eclectic, with sunken living spaces, vinyl tile and even a décor wall dotted with vintage bowling balls. Carol and Don Carruthers purchased the home in 2001 from the original owner, thinking they would renovate and flip it. But they fell in love with the home's quirkiness, laying plans for a modernization aside in favour of retaining the home's vintage character and mid-century feel.
Courtesy Carol and Don Carruthers

Oct. 25, 2017 | Andrea Cox

Across the universe

Space-age design and retro décor are on full display in Carol and Don Carruthers' atomic ranch-style home

Tucked away on a quiet inner-city boulevard, lined with century old trees and dotted with mature lilac bushes, sits a vintage, 1950s-era architectural gem. Its space-age design – angles, offsets and images of starbursts, atoms and boomerangs (think The Jetsons) – is known as atomic ranch, a mid-century design trend inspired by the era's fascination with the space race. The design is funky, retro and eclectic, with sunken living spaces, vinyl tile and even a décor wall dotted with vintage bowling balls. Carol and Don Carruthers purchased the home in 2001 from the original owner, thinking they would renovate and flip it. But they fell in love with the home's quirkiness, laying plans for a modernization aside in favour of retaining the home's vintage character and mid-century feel.
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May 25, 2017 | Barb Livingstone

Persistence pays off

How a massive flood couldn't stop Brian Beck's vision of a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired inner-city home


Twelve years ago, Brian Beck, wife Lynne Rennie and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Kate, jumped into their newly acquired airstream trailer and hit the road for three months.


With no real itinerary, only the desire to travel south in advance of winter, the family stopped at the Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) Fallingwater house, built in the 1930s over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania.


That stop led the Calgary corporate lawyer – now president of Cococo Chocolatiers with Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut stores across Canada – to nine other FLW sites during those travels.


This began a journey transforming the couple's original 1,340-square-foot, 1950s Bridgeland bungalow into an homage to the brilliant Wright, who designed more than 1,000 structures over a 70-year span.


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