From handmade throws to stylish games, NUVO has rounded up nine gifts to brighten your loved ones’ homes for the holidays and all year round.

When American socialite, philanthropist, and writer Brooke Astor needed a reprieve from the pace and prying eyes of city life, she retreated to her Maine estate, August Moon. Now, 15 years after her death, new life has been brought to the 200-acre property by SPAN Architecture.

You wouldn’t think a place in the shadow of a volcano that emits a constant stream of smoke would be a haven of relaxation, but down an unpaved road, &Beyond Vira Vira exudes a bucolic peace.

Concrete has never been adored for its vibrancy of colour, but Kast is on a mission to change that. Striving to make the most beautiful concrete basins in the world, Kast elevates the utilitarian material with a chic design-forward treatment to create sinks that make a statement.

Interior designer Chad Dorsey needed a mantel that would accommodate an off-centre fireplace, so he created the asymmetrical and sculptural Malibu. Since then, Dorsey’s eponymous Dallas-based interior design studio has launched STRIKE, a line of bespoke mantels.

The vacation house is reconsidered with Casa Rosalie, a collection of three eco-friendly cozy yet contemporary cabins in the Perche region of France, an hour and a half from Paris.

Antoni Porowski’s had a connection with Omega before he really knew anything about watches. Growing up in Brossard, just outside of Montreal, the actor, chef, and star of Netflix’s hit show Queer Eye recalls swim practices spent staring up at the iconic curving red logo on the chronograph.

Aptly called the Hermitage, Illabb’s remote tiny home in Italy’s Trebbia Valley in the heart of the Apennines requires its guests to rethink their priorities. At just 129 square feet, the diminutive retreat allows those who stay within its walls to reconnect with the environment through its minimalist space meant for quiet reflection. The simple structure is made entirely from wood.

For interior designer Tammy Cody, the tools at her disposal play a key role in the work she can create. Designers balance creativity with the ability to execute ideas on a large scale, whether with a team of 50 or on a solo project.

A new shopping experience has come to Canada’s old stalwart department store. An elevated Levi’s Shop-in-Shop is the latest addition to Vancouver’s Hudson’s Bay. Beyond its expansive 6,600-square-foot layout, a few key services distinguish the premium Levi’s Shop-in-Shop from its counterparts.

Canadian lifestyle brand Canada Goose launched its fall/winter campaign, featuring an all-female cast photographed by legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz. Shot in the Scottish Highlands, the images are cinematic and haunting, with overcast skies creating a moody backdrop to the new outerwear offerings.

Interior Design Show Vancouver is making its return next weekend (September 22 to 25). With four days of exhibits, seminars, and speakers, the event is showcasing the best of the best in Canadian design.

The new Ashley Botten Design (abd) product line started with frustration. Founded in 2004 by Ashley Botten, the firm was working on the interior of a cottage in Muskoka and couldn’t find a vase with the right compositional balance to go with the oversized table. Botten decided to make one, and potter vessels were born.

Sometimes the best things come as small packages. Leather goods brand Partoem embraces the beauty of the itty bitty with its capsule bag collection, Picolissimo—a play on piccolissimo, “smallest” in Italian.

There’s a saying in Iceland: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. And looking out across the vast treeless countryside of South Iceland from Hotel Rangá, you can watch the weather roll in and, just as quickly, roll out. There’s a sense of wild indomitability, pervasive in a place so dependent upon the whims and rhythms of the environment, especially one where they’re as dramatic as in Iceland.

The Collecto ethos revolves around fostering the connection that happens when people gather at someone’s home. It’s being at the table that means the most. 

“To me, quality means less. Sustainability means nothing if not rooted in less,” says Nadine Boyd, founder of Ever Amid, a small-batch eco-friendly design and wellness brand. “The better an object or formula, the less will ultimately be required over time.”

Many of Tiffany & Co.’s jewellery designs thoughtfully reflect the brand’s history, and its newest collection, the biggest this year, does that while achieving an effortless and modern aesthetic with collections such as the Tiffany Lock.

Overlooking the glimmering Mediterranean Sea, Fabio Mazzeo’s Villa Cala Volpe ebbs and flows with the topography as if it was sculpted by the wind, exactly as the architects intended. Completed in 2015, the sprawling home spans 14,000 square feet and is surrounded by nearly 54,000 square feet of terraced gardens and infinity pools, unifying indoors and out for the best of country living.

Take a stroll through any airport and you’re bound to see at least a few Away suitcases. The stylish roller bags have become emblematic of those who have mastered the art of travel, skipping lines with a flash of a precheck boarding pass, snoozing in exclusive lounges, and stowing their suitcases in overhead compartments without having to shove, beg, or bribe.

“I’ve always been fascinated by what it means to live the American Dream,” says artist Angie Crabtree. There’s perhaps no single object that better encapsulates the sparkling commodification of that dream than a diamond, which Crabtree puts under a microscope in her hyper-realistic paintings.

If ever there were a perfect time for a chilled seafood tower, served with a refreshing raspberry mignonette cocktail sauce on the side, it’s on a particularly hot summer day. Glowbal Restaurant Group’s latest project, Riley’s Fish and Steak, brings that and more to Vancouver’s downtown waterfront.

Overlooking the rocky shore of Lake Rosseau near Ontario’s Georgian Bay, Muskoka Cottage by Studio Paolo Ferrari is a testament to the beauty of the outdoor world. For the project, the studio asked: “Can we really make nature better than it is?” The conclusion? “Maybe we should leave it alone—or intervene, if we must, with the lightest possible touch.”

At Ritual Nordic Spa, they don’t believe a sauna experience should be a luxury but rather an integral part of a self-care routine, accessible in both price and location to as many people as possible.

In a valley at the base of Portugal’s Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in the country, a modern farmhouse sits in 44 acres of primarily pine forest. Casa NaMora blends the old with the new, expanding upon the original mid-20th-century building with two new free-standing structures.

In a quiet bay off B.C.’s Saanich Inlet, Brentwood Bay Resort beckons as a haven of waterfront relaxation in a quaint residential neighbourhood a short journey from Victoria.

Summer has officially arrived and ‘tis the season for statement pieces that pop with colour. Coach’s latest collaboration, hot on the heels of the American fashion house’s most recent Pride Collection, celebrates the work of one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century. Under the leadership of Coach creative director Stuart Vevers, American artist Tom Wesselmann’s vivid creations find new life in wearable objets d’art.

Barker Associates Architecture, a decorated Brooklyn practice with expertise in architecture, interiors, and landscapes, treated the Carroll Gardens Townhouse to a renovation full of light, texture, and vibrant colours, making for a bright and cheerful family home with a touch of whimsy.

For designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz, a home should reflect the people who live there. And peeking into their colourful Berkshires residence, filled with art, relics, and one-of-a-kind antiques, it’s easy to imagine it resembles the souls of the creative duo.

Inspired by Swiss chalets and the relaxed style of the American West, CLB Architects’ Four Pines residence is a luxury retreat set in the stunning landscape of Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Cyrc’s establishment as an environmentally conscious home furnishings store doesn’t rely on the illusion that every bookend or side table you purchase will be passed down for generations. Instead, its durable decor items made from recyclable materials without glues or paints are designed with their end in mind.

Nestled in northern Chile’s Salt Mountains, red hulking geological wonders dusted with their white namesake, the sprawling adobe hotel mimics the layout of a traditional Atacameño home, which has llamas and alpacas in the centre along with a small garden of crops like corn and beans. At Nayara Atacama, the llama corral is flanked by lush alfalfa bushes.

Milan’s 2022 Salone del Mobile design week will be a bit more colourful this year thanks to a new collaboration between Poltrona Frau and artist Felipe Pantone. The Italian furniture brand is celebrating its 110th anniversary with a classic armchair reimagined in vivid technicolour by Pantone.

Ed Pien has taken his time telling the story of his upcoming exhibition Present: Past/Future at the Art Gallery of Ontario—but that seems appropriate. After all, a story about time is best told when it’s steeped in it.

Within a boxy aluminum frame painted black or white, a large and a small illuminated orb appear to float in Karman’s Abachina lantern, made in three sizes, including a wall-mount. From German designer Edmondo Testaguzza, the blown-glass spheres reference an abacus’ moving beads.

Amulette deftly brings the craft of weaving and macramé, previously synonymous with ’70s vintage, into the 21st-century fine art space, displaying an impressive level of craftsmanship and design acumen in each lamp, rug, and hanging planter.

On a tree-lined residential street in Toronto, Batay-Csorba Architects’ High Park Residence warrants a double take. Clad in the same brick as its neighbours, the home stands out for its various geometric forms. A brick façade is balanced with asymmetrical windows and a curving carport.

In Erin Armstrong’s work, her characters embody what it feels like to be joyful, sad, excited, and maybe just a bit overwhelmed all at once—a medley of emotions that feel distinctly human.

If there’s a stalwart interior design firm in Western Canada, it is surely Vancouver’s Falken Reynolds. Since its opening ten years ago, the firm, led by principals Kelly Reynolds and Chad Falkenberg, has made a name for itself by designing interiors that ooze West Coast charm.

Balancing rustic charms with modern largesse, Alain Carle Architecte’s La Charbonnière is tucked on a mountainside overlooking the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. The site was previously completely cleared by the developer, posing a challenge for the Montreal-based firm to transform the overexposed lot. Their solution is unexpected but surprisingly well suited to the area—it is black and brutalist, yet still right at home in the lush Cap à L’Aigle landscape.

For those that enjoy all the vibrancy of Mexican cuisine, a new eatery has been added to Vancouver’s ranks. Opening last month in Gastown, Monarca Cocina Mexicana has already established itself as a worthy rival to all the rest, serving up a modernized Mexican menu of fresh and punchy flavours in a contagiously lively interior.

The firm’s name, taken from the flower that turns toward the sun, reflects this devotion to finding the extraordinary. Nowhere is that more on display than in Heliotrope’s Buck Mountain Cabin.

On Toronto’s lively King Street West, a new sort of club has opened its door. Awash in opulent art deco–inspired design, Clio Club’s swanky interiors and bespoke experience recall the social club from days of yore. And unlike most of the nightclubs along the strip, you won’t find a lineup out the door on a Saturday night.

If you’re still looking for the perfect way to spoil your mom, opt for one of these luxurious and elegant gifts. From stunning jewellery to timeless bags, these are for the mother who appreciates nice things, even if she would never buy them for herself.

Traditional construction techniques get a modern revision in beef architeki’s Casa Fly. The Mallorca home’s façade displays the ancient dry stonework found throughout the island, while the angular silhouette and floor-to-ceiling windows establish Casa Fly as a 21st-century home meant for luxury and entertaining. The Slovakian firm drew inspiration from the Pedra en sec method, which uses tightly packed stone without mortar.

Jean Verville architecte’s recently completed MB home is a testament to the punch mono-materiality can pack. Created for a pair of young professionals, the Montreal residence is a mature and well-designed answer to youthful quandaries.

If one were to picture the epitome of serenity, it would probably look something like Tofino Resort + Marina’s new floating sauna. Moored in the frigid waters of B.C.’s Clayoquot Sound, the sauna combines the peace of nature with the physical release of a day at the spa.

Lately, increasingly holistic attitudes toward health have dominated the wellness industry, with countless retreats and getaways offering the promise of complete mind and body makeovers in just a day or two. But where they fall short in lasting results, Longevity House finds its place. Opened in November 2021, Longevity House is Toronto’s new ultra-exclusive members-only wellness club.

In Los Angeles’ Venice neighbourhood, a mile from the iconic boardwalk, there is a new type of beach house. Instead of nautical-themed bathrooms, rope pulls, and pastel bedrooms, this bright home acknowledges the aquatic in subtler ways.

Designed in Vancouver and handcrafted in Chaozhou, all of Shuobi Wu’s ceramic work draws inspiration from his childhood near the water, but the Blue Collection is especially close to his heart.

From stylish hammocks to contemporary rockers, Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades never fail to offer innovative and unique travel-inspired designs. The collection’s newest addition comes from decorated Chinese designer Frank Chou, whose eponymous experimental design studio in Beijing has been crafting playful minimalist pieces since its inception in 2012.

The beloved butternut squash has lent its name to Maurice Martel’s latest residential project, a cozy one-storey in Gatineau, Quebec, awash in warm buttery tones.

Designed by Omar Gandhi Architect, which has offices in Halifax and Toronto, Schlotfeldt Residence is a compact contradiction that brings modernist luxury to rugged alpine living.