Re-inventions & RenovationsPublished on May 27, 2023

  • Jagged Little Pill

  • Melissa Commandant

Old to New

Melissa Commandant moved into her first home in 2020 and found inspiration in upcycling vintage pieces to furnish it. Three years later, she is a full-time DIYer, furniture refinisher, and painter. Using quality products and finishes, the upcycled furnishings she creates are noteworthy conversation pieces that are made to last and become staples in your home for years.

Mel’s services include selling refinished furniture pieces, custom furniture refinishing, and consulting and coaching services. She has a weekly podcast covering topics ranging from how to refinish a piece of furniture to sharing info she’s learned while running her business.

For more information and inspiration, find Mel at, or tune into her podcast BusyBee Refinishing with Meldiditherself.


Caesarstone launched its multi-material surfaces portfolio at this year’s Interior Design Show in Toronto. The Caesarstone display, entitled Juxtaposed, was designed by Brian Brown Studio and highlighted the beauty and diversity of the company’s new products. The expanded portfolio of more than 100 colours tastefully combines the company’s innovative technology with the functional resilience and timeless beauty that Caesarstone is known for.

Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill, The Musical, based on the album which skyrocketed Ottawa’s own Alanis Morissette to fame, is coming to town! The musical officially opened on Broadway in 2019 and, like the album, was wildly successful, garnering 15 Tony nominations —including Best Musical.  For die-hard fans, Grand Central Publishing has released a hardcover coffee table book following the journey of Jagged Little Pill to Broadway.

In Ottawa, Jagged Little Pill will begin performances at the National Art Centre on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, for a one-week engagement through Sunday, June 4, 2023. Ticket buyers are reminded that Broadway Across Canada National Arts Centre box office and Ticketmaster are the only official retail ticket outlets for all performances at the NAC,

A Story of Resilience

Wine expert Natalie MacLean’s latest book, Wine Witch on Fire, is a coming‑of‑middle‑age story about the author’s journey of self-discovery after divorce, defamation, and too much drinking.

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