Houseporn’s Top 5 Posts Of 2017

Happy New Year!!

Guess what? In 2017, Houseporn continued to grow and expand! I extend my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all of the inspiring and hard working student writers! From dazzling design innovations to unique Canuck-made products, the breadth of topics shared with our readers over the past year is a testament to the ever-growing interest in unique Canadian talent!

As I wrap up another fantastic year with Houseporn, I'd like to share the Top 5 most popular posts of 2017! 




#1 5 Decorating Tips To Bring Home The Holiday Season

Researched and written by Namrita Kohli, student in the Interior Decorating Certificate Program, George Brown College

With the hectic vibe of the season, holiday decorating can seem like a daunting task. This post introduced 5 decorating tips that will leave a lasting impression on family and friends yet are relatively light on your pocket book and your time!




#2 Oakville Ontario’s Chelster Hall Is For Sale For $65,000,000

Researched and written by Hailey Hill, Interior Design student at Sheridan College.

Chelster Hall in Oakville, Ontario (a bedroom community of Toronto) is listed at a whopping $65-million, which makes it officialy the most expensive home for sale in Canada! It is $2-million dollars higher than the second most expensive property in Canada, which is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada's other coveted real estate market. 




#3 What’s The Difference Between An Interior Designer And An Interior Decorator?

Posted by Syrina Gatta, Interior Design student at Sheridan College

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between an interior designer and an interior decorator? If you've recently decided on making changes to your home, you've realized you're going to need help. As you may have noticed, there are services listed as interior designers and others as interior decorators. So who should you be hiring? This blog offers some clarity!




#4 A Modern Dwelling In Burlington, Ontario By SMPL Design Studio

Researched and written by Syrina Gatta, Interior Design student at Sheridan College

SMPL Design Studio is a Hamilton based architectural services company that specializes in sustainable modern residences across Canada. The studio prides themselves on the collaborative process they take by engaging in every aspect of the project from start to finish. They are there with their clients every step of the way from consulting and drawing, to planning and building.




#5 Boyleville Saloon: A Dog Sledder’s Cabin In The Yukon Wilderness

Researched and Written by Liam Harrap, a master's student in Journalism at Carleton University

ome homes are built for people to pause, spread roots, and raise a family. Others are meant for transient folks, such as chefs, fruit pickers, and in this case, dog sledders. 

Boyleville Saloon is located 30 km north of Whitehorse in the Yukon. It doesn't have central heating, running water, and there's a blanket stapled over the front door to keep out drafts. The space is small with the kitchen and bedroom in the same room. The bathroom is outside, which may cause concerns on a frosty -40C night. It isn't unusual for the water in the kettle to freeze overnight or the counter to be coated in a fine layer of frost. 

The house was built for dogsledders and Kristina Disney wouldn't live anywhere else.



For four years now, I've invited Canadian Students from coast to coast who are enrolled academically in the fields of Architecture, Landscape, Interior Design, Industrial Design, or Canadian History of Art & Architecture (and other disciplines which include a focus on Housing and Home) to join the Houseporn Paid Internship and Mentorship Program. As part of this program, students are given the opportunity to research and write stories about our country's shelter industry, while I provide support, constructive criticism, and guidance throughout the process. I can't tell you how rewarding it is to watch students hone their craft while building a portfolio of written work which reflects both their passion of Canadian housing and their ability to be wordsmiths!

I continue to be inspired daily by the voracious young minds that share my love of houseporn, many who will undoubtedly contribute to a new generation of Canada's vernacular!


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