How Shopify’s office Layouts drive productivity

When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and gloomy penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flashy architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard of their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellowish facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter. read more

Plant a lush green boundary for seasonal beauty

  • Hedges are an easy way to give your house or garden additional privacy 
  • They reduce noise, create shelter, are nature-friendly and encourage wildlife 
  • Yew is recommended as it is slow growing and only needs an annual trim 

To create a boundary or screen, the simple answer is to plant a hedge. Not only are they inexpensive, they’re also nature-friendly, beautiful and easy to maintain.  read more

Now’s the perfect time to try topiary says Monty Don

  • Monty Don says trimming hedges now will help to keep them crisp all winter 
  • He has immortalised his beloved golden retriever Nigel through his topiary skills 
  • As always Monty is on hand to answer our readers’ gardening queries  

This is the perfect moment to trim evergreen topiary or hedges. This will keep them crisp all winter. 

Yew and box are ideal but plants such as holly, phillyrea, eleagnus, Lonicera nitida, bay and pittosporum can all be successfully clipped and maintained in a wide variety of shapes – but leave any hard pruning until new growth starts to appear next spring. read more

How Shopify’s office Layouts drive productivity

When I arrive at Shopify’s Waterloo offices, my initial thought is that I have to be in the wrong location. “There it is,” my driver says, pointing in a monstrous, yellow brick building with rickety shutters and gloomy penitentiary vibes. This can not be right. Are not tech firms supposed to have ultra modern offices with flashy architecture and fun slides? And is not this Shopify — the crown jewel of Canadian technician? I had heard of their glorious Ottawa and Toronto offices, with log cabin assembly rooms and transport container-inspired walls, respectively, but faced with this warm yellowish facade I wonder if Waterloo is the runt of the litter. read more

Hermès to offer full range of furniture and housewares at new Toronto flagship

The house of this Hermès Maison collections is located in Pantin, a working-class suburb northeast of Paris which has become increasingly populated by creative industries. Located only blocks from where the Hermès leather atelier was established since 1992, the airy showroom looks out on low-rise buildings in stone and brick which are definitely not in the Haussmann style. The distance rather conjures the feeling of an upscale loft somewhere further afield — East London, Brooklyn, or just a neighbourhood in Montreal. It makes for a compelling setup for the designers and decorators who visit the showroom to see how such apparently rarefied furniture, accessories and objets d’art can exist in everydaynbsp;lifetime. read more

Set your borders ablaze says Monty Don

  • To enhance the appearance of blue and purple infuse orange into your borders
  • The Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia is key each year says Monty
  • The dahlia ‘David Howard’ performs well each year also

Summer is fading fast and the light is getting rich and soupy. But there is an intensity in this last flare of summer energy as we slip into autumn that demands, I believe, rich strong colours like purples, burgundies, caramel and cinnamon browns and – above all – orange. read more

Hermès to offer full range of furniture and housewares at new Toronto flagship


The house of this Hermès Maison collections is located in Pantin, a working-class suburb northeast of Paris which has become increasingly populated by creative industries. Located mere blocks from where the Hermès leather atelier was established since 1992, the airy showroom looks out onto low-rise buildings in stone and brick which are clearly not in the Haussmann style. The distance rather conjures the feeling of an upscale loft somewhere farther afield — East London, Brooklyn, or just a neighbourhood in Montreal. It makes for a compelling setup for the designers and decorators who visit the showroom to experience how such apparently rarefied furniture, accessories and objets d’art can exist in everydaynbsp;lifetime. read more

Nigel Colborn: Plant bulbs now for swathes of colour

  • As autumn approaches now is the time to start thinking about bulbs
  • You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now
  • Plant colchicums, nerines, sternbergia as soon as you can to flower in Autumn

Autumn is coming so we need to think about bulbs. Garden centres are stocking up and early buying ensures the best possible choice. But there’s no need to rush. You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now to November.  read more

Autumn cheerleaders: Plant bulbs now for swathes of colour

  • As autumn approaches now is the time to start thinking about bulbs
  • You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now
  • Plant colchicums, nerines, sternbergia as soon as you can to flower in Autumn

Autumn is coming so we need to think about bulbs. Garden centres are stocking up and early buying ensures the best possible choice. But there’s no need to rush. You can plant daffodils, tulips and most other spring bulbs from now to November.  read more