No matter the weather, fall officially in the season of comfort food.  Gone are the lingering days of summer, meals taken outside, and berries eaten by hand.  They're rep-laced instead by brilliant sunsets, autumn harvest, and a bounty of foods fit for the oven.  So often, guets commune in the warmth of the kitchen.  I think it's a fine place to start a meal, sipping on cocktails while the main even gets underway.  But after that, it's all about the dining room.  Indeed, this menu is prepared with sharing in mind.
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I’ll be the first to admit that my talent for growing robust houseplants is not the best. While garden plants generally thrive under my care, my green thumb doesn’t always transcend the challenges of indirect lighting, lack of humidity, and maintaining consistent temperature and soil moisture—conditions that often work against my success indoors. If this sounds familiar, don’t despair. Instead, shift your focus to the undemanding group of plants called succulents, and your luck is likely to change.  

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Though Laura Stein, principal and CEO of Toronto-based Laura Stein Interiors, designed the entire first floor of this home and more, there was one exception: the living room, which is on hold until the kids get older. But because the living room, which serves as a temporary play space, is the first room that people see upon entering the home and “is filled with toys,” explains Stein, “they wanted the dining room to be a grown-up space that could seat a large number of guests.” 

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To say that Marysia Rybock and her colleagues think outside the box when approaching a project is an understatement. The senior designer at San Francisco–based ScavulloDesign and her crew created a showstopper of a dining room for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which acts as a fundraiser for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program

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The summer of 2012 drew to a close in September with home sale
activity well below historical averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached
and apartment properties reached 1,516 in September, a 32.5 per cent decline compared to the 2,246 sales
in September 2011 and an 8.1 per cent decline compared to the 1,649 sales in August 2012.
September sales were 41.6 per cent below the 10-year September sales average of 2,597.
“There’s been a clear reduction in buyer demand in the three months since the federal government eliminated
the availability of a 30-year amortization on government-insured mortgages,” Eugen Klein, REBGV president
said. “This makes homes less affordable for the people of the region.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,321 in September
The summer of 2012 drew to a close in September with home saleactivity well below historical averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market.The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attachedand apartment properties reached 1,516 in September, a 32.5 per cent decline compared to the 2,246 salesin September 2011 and an 8.1 per cent decline compared to the 1,649 sales in August 2012.September sales were 41.6 per cent below the 10-year September sales average of 2,597.“There’s been a clear reduction in buyer demand in the three months since the federal government eliminatedthe availability of a 30-year amortization on government-insured mortgages,” Eugen Klein, REBGV presidentsaid. “This makes homes less affordable for the people of the region.”New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,321 in Septembe
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