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All Aglow

Christmas Lights Dan McPherson for Airdrie Life Magazine. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

For the past six years, Qualico has hosted a Christmas Light competition in their Ravenswood neighbourhood. airdrielife publisher Sherry Shaw-Froggatt has ridden along as a judge every year. This is a Q&A with the 2016 winner, Dan McPherson.


In my opinion, the best word to describe the Airdrie real estate market is … resilient. Why do I think this? Because whatever is thrown at us, we just won’t break.

Decorlife with Kim Purvis

Airdrie decorator

Is a pop of colour what your room really needs? If I could have a penny for every time someone said “I think I just need a pop of colour,” I’d be rich. So often I hear clients say they’ve bought pillows, or artwork or a rug to add some colour and it’s just not working.

Salvaging the Past

If you walk into Todd Cunningham’s garage, you may find an old trombone hanging from the rafters, a beat-up tailgate leaning against a wall, or a rusty tricycle that has sat unused for decades. Though antiques like these might be junk to some, the owner of Cunning Mantiques sees their value. Cunningham spends much of his free time finding vintage material and repurposes it into unique and rustic furniture or home decor.

Home Life

After a long period of disconnect between supply and demand, Airdrie’s detached housing sector is finally in balanced territory. As I’ve said before, real estate is similar to a roller coaster; there are ups and downs. Demand in the Airdrie market has remained fairly robust relative to longer-term averages but significant increases in the amount of sales for single family homes below $425,000 has really been the catalyst for the first quarter of 2017.


Shilo Storey, Airdrie

We thought that with the economy and price of oil going as low as it did, real estate prices and sales would dip, and they did. Benchmark prices were down 3.4 per cent in the last quarter of 2016 over the same time the previous year; however, sales were up 3.6 per cent.

The Home that Love is Building

Airdrie reno

Over the past few months, more than 100 local tradespeople, contractors and others have volunteered to retrofit a home to meet the needs of two little girls fighting a very adult-sounding disease.

Well Cellared

Derek Britton and Wine Cellars for Airdrie Life Magazine. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

When you collect something that isn’t meant to be fully enjoyed for years – decades, even – you want to have a place to store and display it that’s uniquely your own.

The Backyard aaaah Moment

I have to admit, when you are used to a spa on your deck and you used it every day, living without one kind of sucks.



The men have taken over the garage AND the basement and let’s face it, it’s a good thing they have that place to go sometimes…


Looking at the real estate market today, it doesn’t look a whole lot different from a year ago.

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