Inside Calgary’s new Central Library
The new Calgary Public Library location will stun and inspire you

Welcome Gallery in New Central Library

Visitors will be greeted by this amazing view in the Welcome Gallery when they first enter the New Central Library.

Welcome to the new Central Library! This new icon in Calgary’s East Village area was four years in the making, but it is totally worth the wait when you finally see inside this newly reimagined library. In the digital age we now live in, it may seem like libraries no longer have a place in society. But the new Central Library will offer up so much more than books as it sets itself up to be a truly collaborative community View this Post

Palette Archives brings interior design to the masses

Get Palette Archives delivered right to your home

We all dream of having an HGTV-worthy kitchen or a Martha Stewart-inspired office but while our imaginations might be expansive, our wallets may not be. Enter Palette Archives, an affordable online interior design service from Calgary designer Amanda Hamilton. Touting “palettes for the people,” the new ecommerce platform is providing accessible and cost-effective design options for those who aren’t able to afford a professional interior designer.

So how does it work? Palette Archives puts together a wide variety of themed palettes to fit the décor style you are seeking. Inside each box, View this Post

Follow my Lead: Lori Andrews
Meet this leading local photographer and insanely happy interior designer

Lori Andrews photographer

Meet Lori Andrews: local photographer, interior designer and all-around creative.

Lori Andrews

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Lori Andrews: Hi there! My name is Lori Andrews and I am a Calgary born artist and entrepreneur.  I have a BFA in fine arts and I love any work that is creative.

Why did you start your business?

Lori Andrews: I have several business threads under my name currently.  These include interior design, photography and creative marketing services. I have worked freelance almost my entire career.The design world and photography business are View this Post

Why you need to know the Cadillac Ranch line dance
Get to know the dance steps to this country classic

Why Calgarians need to know the Cadillac Ranch line dance

An important rite of passage for all new Calgarians is to take part in their very first Calgary Stampede (and survive the ensuing hangover).

When one of my friends first moved here to yyc, he was super excited to take in all the Stampede festivities. He gussied up in all the best Western gear to play the part right: the jeans, the boots, the bolo tie and of course, the cowboy hat. At his first Stampede party, he had fully embraced his inner rhinestone cowboy and really felt like View this Post

5 Calgary charities to donate to
Local causes near and dear to my heart

What are your favourite Calgary charities to donate to?

Calgary charity Brown Bagging for Calgary's kids makes school lunches for needy children.

Hundreds if not thousands of people can be impacted by the generous work of these Calgary charities

Giving back to the community is something I am really passionate about. I feel very fortunate that I have been able to learn, grow and benefit from a variety of Calgary organizations throughout my life. Growing up, my family did struggle financially at times but my parents always made sure our basic needs were met. Social support services and affordable programs help pave the way for many cultural, educational and physical activities that may View this Post

Review: Keeping clean with the Shark ION Robot vacuum
The hands-off way to domestic bliss and a clean home

Robot vacuum cleaning living room

I’d rather be reading, knitting or basically doing anything other than household chores. The Shark ION Robot Cleaning System makes this happen!

Chores are SUCH a bore. What’s the solution then? The Shark ION Robot Vacuum Cleaning System with Wi-Fi.

If you’re a lazy person like me, then you’ll do anything to make household chores disappear ASAP. When the friendly folks at SharkNinja offered up their Shark robot vacuum to boost my cleaning routine, I said “heck yes”. If you have watched any TV lately you will have likely seen the Canadian Tire commercials touting this new device. I’ve View this Post