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October 29, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BONNIE FOX

Fall 2018 // Find help for your home in Southern Georgian Bay just around the corner.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall/Holiday 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.88. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.
Get your home ready for winter with a little help from these professionals from around Southern Georgian Bay.

JOHN MEALEY
 
The Flooring Place was established in 1993 and changed ownership in 2017. While open to the public, the focus is designers and contractors seeking a turnkey solution. A revolutionary approach to job coordination and execution has helped the business achieve 40 per cent growth in the past year. Staff are a friendly bunch that love to help people achieve their vision.
 
WORK
Hot Item: Floorté Titan, ideally engineered for this climate and usage. Colour Trend: Concrete/grey. Showroom: Updated with a huge selection of new samples. Splurge On: Plush carpet, area rugs, rustic wood flooring and large format tile.
 
LIFE
Dream Trip: Our camp on Lake Superior. Red or White: Red. Cold Remedy: Meredith’s Ginger Elixir. Fav Holiday Side Dish: Raclette. New Year’s Eve: A quiet night-time snowshoe with my wife and dogs.

GEORGE DIGIROLAMO & PAUL COLUCCI
 
 
G. Colucci and Sons Ltd. is a family owned business that has been renovating and building for the past 50 years in the GTA. They are now bringing their attention to detail to Southern Georgian Bay. One of their projects is a top-to-bottom renovation of a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom condo and it is a testament to the skill and quality clients can expect.
 
BEST UPDATES: Kitchen and bathroom, flooring and paint.
 
WORK
Life-changing New Products: Smart home technology and automation. Design Trends: LED lighting. Home Splurge: Appliances that take cooking to the next level.
 
LIFE
Dream Trip: In unison… Italy. Red or White: Red for Paul. Gin for George. Fav Holiday Side Dish: Turkey for Paul and pasta for George. New Year Hopes: Another grandchild for George, and hopefully the trip to Italy for Paul.

MARGOT NICOLSON-TROTT
 
Update your art. With hundreds of frames and mat boards to choose from, Georgian Frame Gallery can make that favourite painting POP again. From an old master to your child’s first masterpiece, make sure the art on your wall looks its best.
 
HIGH END OPTIONS: Frames with mother of pearl, airplane aluminum or olive wood.
 
WORK
Popular Item: Oversize art print posters. Top Service: Beautiful frames for every piece of art we see. Quick Update: Change the mat board. Colour Trends: Neutrals with a sliver of colour.
 
 
LIFE
Dream Trip: Mediterranean cruise. Dog or Cat: My dog Brigadoon is at the store every day. Cold Remedy: My grandfather, the doctor, always said scotch! Holiday Dinner Fav: Pumpkin cheesecake. Coffee or Tea: Coffee in the morning and Earl Grey in the afternoon.

MIKE MILLARD & VENECIA BAUTISTA
 
Millard Bautista Designs is a family-owned business with over 20 years of experience in the industry, specializing in custom interior woodwork, kitchens, built-in cabinetry and wood furniture. Working with homeowners, general contractors, architects and designers, they build, design and install every project they create.
 
SUCCESS SECRETS: Perseverance and hard work. Quality over quantity.
 
WORK
Favourite Wood: Strong, beautiful, locally-sourced walnut. Current Project: A 1964 Airstream. Finishes: Clear matte finishes from Osmo and Rubio Monocoat. Productivity Tool: Coffee maker for Venecia. Felder Sliding table saw for Mike.
 
LIFE
Red or White: White for Venecia. Cold beer for Mike. Dog or Cat: Dog. Wallpaper or Paint: Paint. Dream Vacation: Surfing in Barbados or the Dominican Republic. Holiday Side Dish: Cranberry sauce. New Year’s Plans: Cross-country skiing in the moonlight.

CATHIE LEE
 
Haven started as a dream that turned into reality this past summer when Cathie Lee and Janice Gardiner opened their business in the heart of Collingwood’s historic downtown. Haven celebrates the beautiful Southern Georgian Bay community by creating quality handcrafted items that are unique to the area and offering customers a variety of local and Canadian-made products.
 
DÉCOR QUICK FIX: Anything that brings joy.
 
WORK
Hot Item: Hand-painted Canadian scrabble tiles. Local Talent: Serendipity Candles created Haven’s signature scent candle. Hot Trend: Pouffes.
 
LIFE
Dream Trip: European River Cruise. Dog or Cat: My dog Murphy. Wallpaper or Paint: Paint. Fav Holiday Side Dish: Sweet potatoes. New Year’s Resolution: Spend more time with family and friends.

KAREN LANG
 
Seed is a destination for holistic facials and a retail store that is the exclusive source in the region for Living Libations products, which are made from the purest organic, wild-crafted essential oils available internationally. Living Libations serums nourish all three layers of the skin to revive complexions and protect against seasonal elements while outdoors or on the ski slopes.
 
HOT ITEM: BestSkinEver all-in-one facial oil.
 
WORK
Trendy Now: Living Libations. Quick Update: Joyful Rejuvenation Facial. Up and Coming: RMS makeup. High-end: Royal Rose CoQ10 Serum.
 
LIFE
Dream Trip: Spain or Portugal. Red or White: Red. Dog or Cat: Dog. Fav Holiday Side Dish: Mashed potatoes. Cold Remedy: Essential Oils. Coffee or Tea: Bulletproof coffee.

CANDIS MCDONNELL
 
Looking for a gift or something for your own home? Niche has a wonderful collection of home décor and furnishings. Smart Furniture is a space-saving line of contemporary pieces available exclusively at Niche that can be accessorized with pillows, art, vases and other accent pieces.
 
TRENDING: Blue/Grey and real wood accents.
 
LIFE
Red or White: Red. Dream Trip: A safari in South Africa or Italy. Dog or Cat: Of course dog… or dogs Storm and Bella. Cold Remedy: Suck it up! Fav Holiday Side Dish: Gravy.
 
WORK
Hot Item: Smart Furniture. Quick Update: Preserved boxwood and art. High-end Option: Beautiful large Indonesian mirror with a wood frame. Wallpaper or Paint: Paint… but maybe both.

TIM, ANDY & KRIS VAN DOLDER
 
Van Dolder’s Home Team Custom Exteriors invites you to visit their second, family constructed, 18,000 sq. ft. village-style showroom on Mountain Road. Experience some of the best quality windows, doors, siding, decking, awnings, garage doors and finishing touches up close, installed and in use. Tim Van Dolder is leading the Collingwood team and looks forward to your visit.
 
LASTING COLOUR TRENDS: Blacks and dark greys.
 
WORK
Hot Items: Sagiper Vinyl siding and soffit, Ghostwood barn board. High-end Item: Big Foot tilt and turn windows and doors. Long Board metal siding. Beach House vinyl cedar shakes. New Product: Facade garage doors.
 
LIFE
Dream Trip: Anywhere hot and sunny with my wife and two boys. Red or White: Either, but local. Cold Remedy: My wife’s cure to a short cold is saline rinse. Fav Holiday Side Dish: Turnip, believe it or not. New Year’s Plans: Home with family and friends – games, snacks, drinks and a countdown. 

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