Now in its second season, Empire Communities’ Love Design, Live Empire web series helps inspire homeowners to live beautifully in a space that reflects them. The latest season follows renowned interior design firm figure3 and Principal Dominic De Freitas. Viewers are treated to a behind-the-scenes look as his team designs and decorates Empire’s four brand new model homes at its Legacy development in Thorold, Ontario. Each episode is packed with design inspiration and ideas, style guides, and expert tips for you to take home. Design enthusiasts can subscribe to the series by visiting lovedesignliveempire.com and have the latest episode delivered directly to your inbox each week.

 “We wanted to take this season one step further by pulling back the curtain on the design process and bringing viewers on the journey with us,” says Sue MacKay, VP of Marketing at Empire Communities. “From the early stages of conceptualization, to picking finishes at the Decor Centre, to eventually touring the completed homes, we wanted to show homeowners how much time and effort goes into every one of our model homes, and how they can be inspired to style their own homes.”


De Freitas has been a part of the figure3 team for over five years and worked on a myriad of high-profile projects before taking the reins as one of the firm’s principal designers. He played a leading role in conceptualizing the four unique model homes at Empire Legacy, designed in shabby chic, modern Scandi, industrial ranch and manor estate styles.


In the four-episode series, viewers will get an inside look at the four model homes, the planning involved with each style, and useful tips on how to design their own home to reflect their personal tastes and style.

“With Legacy, we intensely studied the demographic of the Niagara market. There is so much personality in the region and wine country, we wanted to ensure each of the four model homes we designed spoke to that personality in their own unique way,” says De Freitas. “Figure3’s continued work with Empire pushes boundaries with each project. We put in the time and effort so that each development is designed to be a great fit for the community.”


Located in the heart of the Niagara region, Empire Legacy is a master-planned community consisting of more than 1,000 new townhomes and detached homes. The elegant exteriors boast horizontal vinyl cladding, genuine clay brick and vinyl board. Grand entryways with double doors, porches (as per plan) and coach lights provide a warm welcome home, while also adding to the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere.


Inside, residents will have a beautiful blank canvas to personalize, with bright and functional open-concept floorplans. Living spaces flow cohesively from room to room, and feature ample space for entertaining, three to four bedrooms, kitchens with plenty of storage, and large windows. Standard finishes include Colonial-style trim and baseboards, quality cabinets and ceramic flooring.


To subscribe to the Love Design, Live Empire video series visit lovedesignliveempire.com, and discover more inspiration on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram using the hashtag #LoveDesignLiveEmpire. To see the Empire Legacy model homes for yourself, drop by the sales centre located at 1161 Kottmeier Road in Thorold.

For more information, call 905 225 0102 or email empirelegacy@empirecommunities.com.

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