Canadian House & Home: Small Space Issue

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It’s a virtual page-turner, eh. Finally, somebody got it right, and it’s the Canadians. The September issue of Canadian House & Home is out now, and it’s their “Great and Small” small spaces issue. And good news: their “small” is actually small, even by NYC standards… six uber-stylish but totally approachable interiors, with an average area of 690 square feet. The interiors range from (on the high end) 950 square feet, all the way down to 180 square feet.

But that’s just half the story: Canadian House & Home is now offering an electronic version of the magazine, and there is a FREE preview, online now...

It’s the “virtual-catalog” model, where you flip through spreads, but images are crisp and print-gorgeous, it loads fast, a zoom feature lets you “get all up in it,” all text is totally legible even without zooming (even in the ads, advertisers rejoice!).

This is a great development for those in the States who found it hard to track down this shelter mag favorite, or didn’t want to pay for the somewhat pricey subscription. US prices are $24.95 for digital only, $65.95 for both print and digital.

On the small-scale front, some things not to be missed are the 525 square foot abode of Montreal shop co-owner Roy Caro (his shop is Celadon Collection) on page 136, where old standards of Murphy beds (from Limuro) and mirrors are elevated to stylish new heights, the sleek glass table with tuck-under benches on page 149 in the home of the dashing Michael Sheehy (president of blinds manufacturer Faber Canada), and the boutique hotel-inspired pocket size home-ette of Thomas Smythe, cast member of HGTV’s Design Inc.

There are also features on using large-scale accessories for big-impact small thinking; the master-magician of small spaces, the room screen; tips on how paint can counter small space issues from Farrow and Ball; and hard-working multi-function and fold-down pieces to give the tiniest home Swiss-Army efficiency.

All just more reason to love this monthly mag that never fails to impress, paper, or now "plastic."

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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