There's something about a piece of art or an image that can strike you immediately. The subjective reaction to an ethereal landscape or refined product shot can offer an emotional feeling within an instant. I often get this feeling. However, for me it is not always the way in which a photo is shot or the clever use of lighting, it can be simply the way in which an image is displayed that makes my heart flutter.


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The world is full of contradictions and paradoxes that make the world a complicated but beautiful place. Smoke from the bellows of a power plant next to an ancient lake that continues as far as the eye can see; a quiet mountain tipped with snow as a noisy airplane flies over it, there are many sights that don't often make sense. Sometimes these sights can induce disgust, others pleasure. The latter is the case for Pistil Flowers in downtown Toronto, a somewhat oasis in a concrete jungle. 


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There's a point in the drive down to Niagara-on-the-Lake that seems to perfectly transition the urban to the rural. As the highway melts into the acres of vines and farmland, it is clear that the experience has begun. It's this subtle seam that embroiders the beginnings of a romantic weekend. A trip down to NOTL is always a welcome one, the cohesion of the history, the wine, the food and the ambience can transcend any stressful week at work.


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Anyone who has built, designed or created anything in their lives will understand the beauty and the quandary of retrospect. Looking back on a completed job can leave you noticing the things that didn't work out, or the choices that were contentious. Often there are things that I wish had turned out differently, or designs that had to be changed which I wish could have worked out. I never reflect on a finished project with regret, but I from time to time I do regret other aspects of the process.


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With filming schedules, children's schedules, office meetings, and the forever 'dinging' of an email arrival, work can be somewhat of a distraction. The continuous rush and the constant blitz of the working day can often fog my perspective. It can take something out of the extraordinary that swiftly clears the mist and immediately provides a humbling context. One of these moments came along during the filming of Bryan Inc.


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If you saw the mid-season finale last night then you would have seen the finished house on Marguerite. I was so happy to get this completed and I am very proud of the finished product. It was a team effort, and we managed to produce a beautiful and functional house for a lucky family. Here are some select images of the finished article. Enjoy!


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I hope that everyone enjoyed last night’s episode of Bryan Inc. It’s always fun when Paul Rhynold from RK Electric is on site. The banter is free-flowing! The work he does is always very professional and as you can see he is very flexible, and although we have a lot of fun, electrical work is certainly no joke. I reached out to Paul to ask him a few questions about the importance of carrying out electrical work in your home.


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Last Wednesday, October, 12th, 2016, I asked my followers to let me know any questions you had about the new HGTV Canada series, Bryan Inc.. I was shocked to see how many responses I had, and would like to thank you all for your thoughtful and interesting questions.


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If you watched Episode 2 of Bryan Inc. you'll know that we ran into a few problems when we dug deeper into the basement of the Highview property. If you didn't watch, well you know what to do...


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Home gyms are something that are not only practical, but can save you time and money by avoiding pricey membership fees and trips to the nearest fitness facility.  Bryan and I are in the process of creating a small home gym in our basement since we find it easiest to fit a quick workout in before the kids are awake and the morning mayhem begins! 


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