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PEOPLE // Barrie // Sourcing Solutions

November 21, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BONNIE FOX

Winter 2018 // Praise to the people in your neighbourhood who can help get the job done right.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2018/19 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.60. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

Building, renovating and decorating is easy when you find the right person for the job.

LEAH SMITH-SIZE
 
I take the rooms in your house that you hate and turn them into something you love again. I work with you to rearrange your space, giving it a whole new look and feel. I specialize in working with pieces you already have, finding fun vintage accents and changing the colour palette to make it fresh.
 
AT WORK
Current Project: Furnishing and styling a whole home. Design Philosophy: Styling your home is a journey that continually evolves over time. Local Sources: Olde Town Library in Midland, Barrie Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Most Exciting Trend: I love that velvet is making a comeback. Also, statement colours.
 
AT HOME
Neighbourhood: North end of Barrie. Current Project: Refreshing our family room. Favourite Room: Master bedroom. Family Heirloom: A bench my dad handmade when he was in high school.

CHRIS BONDAR
 
We are a family-run business that constructs homes and cottages for our clients in the Georgian Bay area. We work closely with architects, designers and homeowners to collaborate many visions into one. With each new build, our family continues to increase in size and we have become the “Gilkon Community.”
 
AT WORK
Current Project: Florida-inspired home on Georgian Bay. Design Philosophy: “Do you like it? Then it’s right!” Most Exciting Building Trend: Contemporary. Service Promise: We have been here for over 40 years and plan for another 40.
 
AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Farm living near Midland. Current Project: Dining room makeover. Favourite Room: Kitchen. Christmas Tradition: December 23rd in Toronto with the kids and return on the 24th for a sleigh ride in the bush.
 
PHOTOGRAPHED: Chris and Candice Bondar with their daughter Poppy.

MICHELLE DADA
 
MNT Consulting Group Inc. is an engineering consulting firm specializing in residential development, including septic systems, storm water management, planning and development permit processing. We aim to deliver practical solutions while pursuing sustainable solutions, which focus on low-impact development strategies. Our experience and knowledge of Simcoe County development regulations, site constraints and personnel at local government allow us to assist our clients in each unique project.
 
AT WORK
Current Project: Lake Simcoe shoreline redevelopment. Company Philosophy: Add value to each project! Most-Asked-For Services: Site plans, lot grading plans, septic designs. Best Part Of The Job: Working together with clients that are excited about their project!
 
AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Barrie’s Tollendal. Family Activity: Enjoying the outdoors together. Next Project: Finishing our basement. Christmas Plans: Family time including enjoying our son’s first Christmas.

CINDY BLAIR & REVA LECLAIR
 
Midland’s Blair Interiors & Window Fashions is the place to go for customized drapery and home accents. The knowledgeable staff are proud to provide customers with a wide range of one-of-a-kind and stylish products, including bedding, bathroom accents, custom window coverings, wall covering and fabrics, exceptional furniture, lighting, framed art, mirrors, gifts and more.
 
AT WORK
Favorite New Product: Anything from the whimsical Danica Studio line. Trending For Winter: Chunky knits and rich velvets in natural earthy tones. Popular Product: Uashmama – our gorgeous, earth-friendly washed paper line from Italy. Store Style: Something for everyone, while keeping with the trends.
 
CINDY AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Tiny Beaches. Favourite Room: Art studio. Current Project: Expanding the studio to offer art classes.
 
REVA AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Heart of Midland in a century old home. Style: A mix of modern and timeless. Next Project: An ownership role at Blair Interiors.
JAY, EVERLY, VANESSA & ELEANA GARRAWAY WITH ELDA & ED GARRAWAY
 
At Garraway’s Electrical Services, we treat our customers like neighbours. Our second-generation family business has been around since 1999 and we’re well known in and around Midland. No electrical job is too small and no home project is too big.
 
AT WORK
Specialty: Electrical service. Services: New home renovations, lighting, generators. Company Motto: “If it has a wire we can install it.” Favourite Tool: Meter.
 
JAY AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Penetanguishine. Favourite Recipe: Prime rib. Best Christmas Gift Ever: A 12-foot boat and motor when I was 10.
 
ELDA AND ED AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Midland’s east end. Favourite Room: Living room full of family. Holiday Tradition: Garraway Griswald tree.
JOSHUA GLEASON
 
Complete Blinds is a company that operates on incredible values that I feel proud to stand by. Not only do we have great products but the level of service and integrity we offer is top notch, something all of our customers feel throughout the process. Book your free consultation to see why. 
 
AT WORK
Latest Product: Pirouettes. Most Popular Blind: Nantucket Window Shading. Current Project: Friday Harbour. Coming Soon: Outdoor patio bug screens. Brands You Sell: Hunter Douglas.
 
AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Lakeshore/Johnson’s Beach. Favourite Room: Living room. Christmas Tradition: Baileys and coffee Christmas morning.

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