Boulevard Magazine Victoria, 2023 ISSUE 5

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DECEMBER 2020 / JANUARY 2023 ISSUE 2021 5



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Elevated porridge for an enticing morning routine

Embracing pops of colour, bold patterns and maximal florals

Bespoke Ten Mile Point home dazzles with the details



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Occupy the spotlight with eclectic, bold fashion and jewelry, layers of patterns and textures, pieces that tell a tale. A story of one who refuses to play by the rules as they grow older, of one who dresses for their own delight, who revels in high style and beauty and is committed a life lived creatively. This year unleash your own inner “chic-granny”, mix new with vintage, work in the hand-me-down broach from that favourite, stylish aunt and challenge the norm while surrounding yourself with the pieces that tell the story of your life. VICTORIA LIFE AT ITS FINEST


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44 On the Cover Photo by Lia Crowe Model Janice Louise embodies the “grandmillennial chic” aesthetic. Shot on location at Gabriel Ross’s new showroom in a vignette called Heirlooms, created by interior designer Kyla Bidgood.



Bespoke Ten Mile Point home dazzles in the details By Don Descoteau


By Laura Goldstein

Eclectic, bold fashion and jewellery, and layers of patterns and textures.


By Lia Crowe + Jen Evans


GRANDMILLENIAL CHIC Maximalism replaces minimalism, and heirlooms are back

Makeup by Jen Clark, and hair by Leah Orton.




“JUST RIGHT” Elevated porridge By Ellie Shortt

SPECIAL SECTION The CARE Awards By Sean McIntyre + Lia Crowe

114 A HEAVENLY RETREAT Corte della Maestà By Laura Goldstein












Ethical Table

Construction disruption: Farmer Construction

Chic granny

By Don Descoteau

By Sean McIntyre

By Susan Lundy



DESIGN NOTES Objects of desire By Janice Louise


LIFE.STYLE.ETC. Lacey Sheardown


WELL AND GOOD I’ve got you covered By Kaisha Scofield

The spice is right:


Tidman Construction celebrates 75 years

By Angela Cowan

Stephen Maser

By Vicki Rivet



Dear Diary

By Susan Lundy




Revelations: North Vancouver

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By Susan Beiderwieden


Running down a dream: Olive Fertility By Devon Paige Smith


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Santo Stefano and the Little Diary Museum reawakens memories of that August day and briefly returns me to Italy. It also rekindles my curiosity as an amateur sleuth to uncover more about the individuals and institutions that buy, collect, read and preserve the diaries of everyday people.” With a background in nursing that hop-scotched Susan through different settings and different roles, she is now able to travel and write creative nonfiction stories about those experiences—when not at home in Victoria, walking and exploring the diversity of island life.

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chic granny

“I have a Mother’s Day gift for you,” said my daughter Danica in May. She was sitting at the island in our kitchen, visiting from her home in Connecticut for the first time in eight months. “It’s actually already on your phone.” “Huh,” I thought, as I went to grab my phone. Could she have added an app to it remotely? Amazing what kids can do these days. “It’s in a photo,” she said. She’s embedded a QR code into an image? Even more impressive! Danica had sent the photo to me two weeks earlier. It’s a sweetly silly photo of Danica and her husband Tim in their kitchen. “What do you see in the photograph?” Danica asked me now as I returned to the kitchen. “Zoom in.” Okay, there’s Danica and Tim, a corner of the countertop, the fridge. I looked more closely at the fridge. I saw a drawing of a bat. A card. A clutter of what looked like tickets and a couple of photographs. A calendar. I moved down the fridge. “Is that…?” I gasped. I dropped the phone and rushed to envelop my daughter in a huge hug. A pair of ultrasound images revealed the gift: my daughter was expecting a baby girl and was already 11 weeks into her pregnancy. Danica and Tim had told just a few people, wanting to get through the first trimester before spreading the word. But now she was bursting to talk about it, and to be honest, she talked pretty much solidly for the next 24 hours, pausing only to sleep. It was wonderful! I needed to know every detail and she was eager to provide! “Shall I start at the beginning?” she asked happily. “Maybe not the very, very beginning,” I answered. Many of the stories in this issue of Boulevard refer to a home design trend called “granny chic.” I’ve titled this column “Chic granny” even though, to be honest, it’s unlikely anyone would ever call me—in my go-to jeans and beloved but well-worn boots—“chic.” But chic or not, I’m thrilled to finally become a grandma. Danica’s two-week visit included a little getaway that I’d planned for the two of to Parksville. Our days evolved spontaneously, leisurely, and wrapped in the warmth of exploring the new world my daughter was entering. In some ways it was bittersweet, knowing our lives were about to change so dramatically. For me, it felt like my life as a mother—my glorious life as a mother—had come full circle as my firstborn prepared for her firstborn. I knew that in this moment, she wouldn’t yet be able to grasp the immensity of being a mom—the soaring joy, the staggering love and even the unbidden fear that comes with having your life so intricately interwoven with another human being. “Will it change our relationship?” she asked, as we meandered along, arm in arm. Here’s the thing, I thought later as I considered this. Every stage of our life together has altered our relationship. We grew together and yet apart as she went from babyhood into childhood, teenhood and adulthood. But while the expression of our connection may have changed over the years—especially as the strings of dependency loosened—our bond, or the essence of that which ties us together, is so strongly linked, it will never sever. The lifeblood of our relationship will endure. But in the moment, I just smiled. “You will be struck by the intensity of love for your daughter, and that in turn will make you truly understand my love for you.” I know that I am blessed to have my daughters exist so profoundly in my life. And though our connections will continue to evolve, our deep love will transcend all stages of our lives together, from birth to death and all that there is in between. I may not be a chic granny, but I will be a grandma blessed.

Susan Lundy Managing Editor Susan Lundy is a former journalist who now works as an editor, author and freelance writer. Her latest book, Home on the Strange, was published in 2021 via Heritage House Publishing.





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Objects of desire By Janice Louise, Modhaus Interior Design

When do acquired objects become a collection? Three items or more? What do you collect? When I visit a home, I love looking at the “things” sitting about; it gives me a sense of who the person is who lives here. My advice? Purchase what you love; don’t buy things just to fill a space.

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As Lacey and I meet in her beautiful home with her sweet hound Barley, we chat life, style and a few things in between. I ask how she came to a career in marketing, and she says, “I've wanted to be in marketing since I was a kid. I used to watch the ‘80s TV show Who's the Boss? and I wanted to be like the character Angela Bower. She owned and operated an advertising agency—and she had a cute Italian housekeeper named Tony. Now, I've worked in marketing for more than 20 years, and I have a handsome Australian husband who likes to vacuum. (Close enough!)” Lacey shows me around her home, pointing out new renovations and describing ideas for future renovations. “I can't look at a space without thinking about how I'd improve it. Our house is continually in some sort of renovation or state of change/chaos, and my new role with Andrew Sheret Limited and Splashes Bath & Kitchen feeds my obsession with home improvement and interior design.” As the conversation turns to her new marketing role with Andrew Sheret, I ask what fires her up the most about her work. “Some of my favourite moments at work are standing with a graphic designer and watching as an idea we have comes to life. I am not artistic at all, but I have a solid vision for what I want things to look like and the feeling I want them to convey.” Outside of work Lacey has Barley, her one-year-old rescue dog, who she calls “a lovable constant concern,” and her three daughters, aged 21, 13 and three. “Between the teen's hockey schedule, the toddler being ‘a toddler’ and the dog's inability to sit still, there is barely enough time to keep everyone fed and mostly clean. My husband is the founder of a fintech company, so both of 18

us have demanding careers. But we try to fill our time off with getting projects completed around our home and sitting down for dinners as a family.” Asked what the best life lesson is that she’s recently learned, Lacey replies, “No one actually has it all together.” And what quality has led to her success? “My ability to be open and vulnerable helps people feel at ease with me.” When it comes to style, Lacey loves when people look pulled together yet effortless and relaxed. Asked to describe her personal style, she says, “I'm a bit all over the place. I could live in jeans, a hoodie and sneakers, but I also feel at ease in a blazer with a pencil skirt and heels. I look for special occasions to dress up, and I am a sucker for themes and hats. I like to have fun with clothes.”

FASHION & BEAUTY Uniform: Shift dress. All-time favourite piece: Calvin Klein jean jacket. Currently coveting: I am always searching for tall black boots that fit my calves. Favourite pair of shoes: Freya Rose heels. Favourite day-bag: Maria Castelli backpack. Favourite work tool: iPhone 14 Pro. Favourite jewellery piece or designer: My custom engagement ring from Francis Jewellers. Fashion obsession: Dresses with pockets. Accessory you spend the most money on: Lash extensions. Necessary indulgence for either fashion or beauty: 100% Pure Bright Eyes masks. Moisturizer: 100% Pure Hydra Drench Cream from The Green Kiss. Scent: Vanilla. Must-have hair product: Davines Liquid Spell. Beauty secret: Not drinking alcohol for over 13 years.

STYLE INSPIRATIONS & LIFE Style icon: Jennifer Aniston. Favourite fashion designer or brand: Ted Baker. Favourite musician: '80s and '90s pop. Era of time that inspires your style: '90s supermodels. Film or TV show that inspires your style or that you just love the style of: Jessica Pearson from Suits. Favourite cocktail or wine: Mermaid Tears by Babe's Honey Farm. Album on current rotation: My wedding reception playlist. Favourite flower: Peony. Favourite town to visit: Osoyoos, BC. Favouriteapp: TikTok. Favourite place in the whole world: Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia. One thing that consistently lifts your spirits during hard times: Having a long bath with candles, a book and lofi beats.

READING MATERIAL What you read online for style: Instagram and Pinterest. Fave print magazine: Harvard Business Review. Coffee table book/photography book: None—my dog would eat them. Last great read: My first audio book— Paris The Memoir, by Paris Hilton. Book currently reading: Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing: A Memoir, by Matthew Perry. Favourite book of all time: I can't pick only one! But, A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett, is the only book to make me cry.


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Taking time to understand the health and overall functioning of our skin WORDS KAISHA SCOFIELD

Listening to your body is an art form. For some, it can take decades of trial and error before learning exactly what the body needs. With practice, however, we can recognize subtle indications; for example, the nervous system gives signals when we are run down and need some rest and relaxation. Our muscles and cardiovascular system help us recognize when we need to lower our training volume; and our digestive system has ways to tell us when we might need to swap out pizza and beer for salad and a smoothie. It may seem strange, but what we are doing is tuning into our body’s organ systems: fatigue is expressed in the brain, overtraining can present in the heart and lungs, poor dietary choices show up in the stomach and intestines. We become accustomed to the warning signs when these areas of our body need a bit of extra care. The largest organ system in our body, however, is often the most baffling: it’s the integumentary system, which includes your skin. Forming a physical barrier between the external environment and the internal environment, the integumentary system serves to protect and maintain, and includes the skin (epidermis, dermis, hypodermis), associated glands, hair and nails. Together, it all works to protect you from germs, helps to keep your body temperature regulated, controls part of your immune system, synthesizes vitamin D, grows your hair, helps blood flow, controls your sense of touch, helps nerve function, grows connective tissue and cushions muscles and bone. Despite its long list of crucial functions in and around the body, most of us only pay attention to our skin when it is reacting. If we have a breakout, sunburn or rash, the response is often to put on a cream, maybe drink an extra glass of water and hope for the best. We rarely take the time to understand the health and overall functioning of our skin, perhaps because the information available from skin companies is too general for everyone’s individual skin needs. I was curious about my own skincare, so I turned to a professional, the lovely Jamie Wright, a classically trained skin therapist with a specialization in massage and energy work. Jamie practices out of Philosophy MD and Bernstein & Gold in Victoria, where she helps her clients to enhance their skin health alongside their overall wellbeing. I am lucky enough to have had the pleasure of being treated by Jamie and can attest to the fact that she is a true skin magician. I spoke to Jamie in a question-and-answer session about all things skincare: Kaisha: What is the most common issue you see with your clients? Jamie: Guests seek my expertise for a multitude of reasons, the most common being that today’s lifestyle causes a greater demand for moments of tranquility. I see many of my “favourites” monthly and believe they seek tension release to a renewed complexion. Kaisha: How can we listen to our skin for signals of overall physiological stress, for example, dehydration, exhaustion, general stress and anxiety? Can we use our skin as an early-warning system for when we need to slow down? Jamie: With stress being such a major contributor to our overall health, it makes perfect sense that our skin will mirror how our nervous system is functioning. Our skin is our largest organ and proves that fatigue leads to increased inflammation, breakouts and a compromised skin barrier. If people are seeing some of these warning signs it can be a message to slow things down and take time to nurture themselves.


Together, it all works to protect you from germs, helps to keep your body temperature regulated, controls part of your immune system, synthesizes vitamin D, grows your hair, helps blood flow, controls your sense of touch, helps nerve function, grows connective tissue and cushions muscles and bone. Kaisha: In nutrition, there is a deep belief in the importance of bio-individuality, meaning that there is no diet or nutritional practice that works for everyone, and it is our job to help our clients learn about their individual digestive needs. Is there a similar necessity for skincare? Jamie: Vitamin C and retinol are widely regarded as the golden standard in achieving optimal skin health, offering powerful antioxidant and rejuvenating benefits. This being said, we are all diverse and it is important to speak to a trained practitioner for guidance on your skincare journey.

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Kaisha: How does the skin change throughout our various stages of life? How can we make these transitions easier for our skin? Jamie: Aging is a gift, and the key to longevity lies in embracing it while prioritizing self-care to foster both our physical and emotional wellbeing. In conversation later, Jamie says that for people thinking about seeking out the expertise of a skin therapist, “It isn’t just about vanity, it’s about health. A broken skin barrier can be a sign of seemingly unrelated issues! Diabetes, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular issues, bone density!” There is so much more to skincare than face masks and puffy eye serums. If you have been ignoring your skin health, this is your sign to treat yourself and your skin to some love with a professional like Jamie. Of course, we wouldn’t leave you without some product recommendations from this expert. Jamie’s winter favourites are: • SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF with Ferulic Acid • SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 • Colorescience No-Show Mineral Sunscreen • ZO Retinol Skin Brightener • Éminence Organic Stone Crop Cleansing Oil • Éminence Organic Bamboo Firming Fluid • Éminence Organic Facial Recovery Oil

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The spice is right Chef Mike Sonier travels the world to turn international flavours into Ethical Table spice blends WORDS DON DESCOTEAU




erhaps the best phrase to describe chef Mike Sonier is “travelling food artist.” He has a knack for elevating combinations of simple local ingredients and unique flavours into works of art that dance on the palate. Having developed his craft back home in Moncton, NB and transferred his culinary talents to BC 15 years ago, Mike has put distance between himself and the full-time commitment of owning and operating his own restaurant. These days he’s often in exotic and sometimes remote locales, experiencing the outdoors and local food culture, building relationships with growers and other chefs, and sharing his discoveries online and in person, through exclusive catch-andcook style presentations. I meet with him via FaceTime, as he chats with me from a friend’s restaurant in Mexico City. He sounds happy to be living his dream: exploring the world and discovering new flavours to combine creatively into his dishes. Many of those international tastes have been incorporated into the growing line of spice blends (eight and counting) that he has created, and now markets through his Ethical Table Food Co. “I literally spend my day at the markets,” he says enthusiastically. “The whole point of the travel is to discover new ingredients and experiences within the communities and learn from the culture. Every single ingredient tells a story, and each blend tells the story of my travels.” Taco seasoning Pura Vida, for example, draws on Mike’s extended culinary discoveries in Costa Rica and Mexico; Caribbean Jerk seasoning was inspired by a months-long catamaran trip spearfishing and free diving in and around the Bahamas. Canadian Seas is blended as a perfect enhancement for fish and seafood, and Mike’s cooking experiences on the east and west coasts played heavily into its makeup. Not surprisingly, this Vancouver resident’s travels tend to steer him away from touristy areas. He prefers to connect with people outside those centres to learn firsthand about local food and foraging traditions, and then use his skills preparing meals from scratch to craft his own combinations. Mike effectively uses the Ethical Table recipe web page, as well as short videos on social media, to show exactly what that looks like. In one, the viewer is placed in the middle of the Caribbean for a squid fishing outing. Subsequent clips narrated by Mike show how he used squid ink as an ingredient in making fresh pasta, and the squid tubes for crispy calamari with stuffed jalapeños—all prepared on the boat.




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“What I’m after now is to showcase, of course, the beautiful local ingredients— that’s always part of my concept— but also to make really exciting, out-of-the-norm experiences. That’s why I travel the globe the way that I do.”

Other posts show him making other amazing dishes from scratch, many of which include cooking or finishing with specific Ethical Table spice blends. A former restaurant consultant who put together farm-to-table concepts here and on Canada’s east coast for about 10 years, Mike initially launched Ethical Table as a catering company specializing in pop-up special events that promoted sustainability and cultivated connections between local farmers and the community. He has added a distinct international flavour to that side of the business in the past five years. “The more collaborative work I do now is doing super-fun and inspiring events with other chefs,” he says. He points to a recent 10-course dinner he teamed up on in Mexico, with each course paired with a different type of mezcal. He also partners with wineries and is a chef with Veuve Clicquot, which hosts special champagne-inspired dinners and cooking classes in France and North America (see The New Makers Collective post on Ethical Table’s Instagram page). “What I’m after now is to showcase, of course, the beautiful local ingredients—that’s always part of my concept—but also to make really exciting, out-of-the-norm experiences. That’s why I travel the globe the way that I do.” He has worked hard to maintain the ethical, sustainable approach with which he began Ethical Table. All herbs and spices in the blends are certified organic, and even the Canadian-made packaging is eco-friendly. Any imported ingredients, such as the

Costa Rican coffee beans that go into the Maple Espresso dry rub/marinade, are sourced through fair-trade companies. While the pandemic initially delayed the launch of the spice blends, Mike says, they have proven to be extremely popular with home cooks looking to jazz up their meals. “The feedback I get from the consumers is absolutely amazing and I think the best part is that it’s an ongoing story. My goal with this is to follow my adventures and to share all the inspiration and recipes through my travels. It’s a great way for me to connect with people in their own homes and in their own kitchens.” With the pandemic forcing people to cook more at home, and currently inflation making eating out a pricier undertaking, connecting with home cooks this way has left Mike feeling good about his contribution. “I started this company as kind of a passion project. Everyone always asked for my spice blends and rubs in my restaurant, so I wanted to give them something to take home. As we went through COVID, I realized it’s something that’s more crucial than just having a little spice blend floating around; I feel like it’s something that’s needed. Everyone loves to cook.” Telling stories through food seems to be second nature for Mike. Inspiring others to craft their own food adventures—and helping them forge a stronger connection to their culture through food—is a skill he continues to develop, one trip and one meal at a time. Find recipes, a list of spice blends and more at and follow Mike’s adventures at


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Construction Family Tidman celebrates 75 years built WORDS VICKI RIVET






hen Roy Tidman poured the footings for the first home he built in 1948, he didn’t realize he was laying the foundation for a lifetime legacy. But that’s how it turned out. The three-generation family business—which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year—is the oldest family-owned custom homebuilder on Vancouver Island. And it’s a true celebration of family.





From left, John, Ron and Andrew Tidman.

The threegeneration family business—which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year—is the oldest familyowned custom homebuilder on Vancouver Island.

In the 1970s, as Roy was contemplating retirement, Roy’s son Ron Tidman, who had served his apprenticeship under his father’swatchful eye, assumed the company’s operations. In 1980, Roy’s younger son John Tidman, who also apprenticed with his father, joined brother Ron, and the two formed a partnership. Early on, Ron and John, still focusing their energy and skill on building high-quality custom homes, expanded the company to include numerous commercial developments. And, although the company is best known for its award-winning custom homes and renovations, it has also constructed bigger projects like the Munro Centre, Gorge Pointe Condominiums, the Landmark Building in Sidney, and the Peninsula and Norgarden retirement communities in Sidney. (In constructing the retirement communities, Roy offered his expertise as a carpenter and as a senior—and eventually made Norgarden his retirement home.) In the 1990s, Tidman Construction built the award-winning 675-home Arbutus Ridge golf course community in Cobble Hill. When Ron and John asked for help during a particularly busy spell, John’s son Andrew Tidman came on board to “help out for a little bit.” A “little bit” turned into a lot, and Andrew eventually took over as project manager for the ambitious development. Despite driving with grandfather Roy to work sometimes when he was little, visiting suppliers and sites with his dad, and sweeping up on job sites from the time he was 11, Andrew says it wasn’t his intention early on to go into the family business. “I wanted to be an architect and while I was going to university, I

started working as a CAD draftsman at a prominent architectural firm in Victoria,” he says. “I had a very keen interest in architecture and building from a young age.” Now the head of Tidman Construction, Andrew says, “Building and design is in my blood.” During the past 75 years, the company has built a legacy on quality and excellence in construction. Among many other awards, both John and Andrew have received the Home Builder’s Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. “We’ve had many repeat clients who we’ve built multiple and generational homes for,” says Andrew. “We’ve formed lasting and life-long relationships with many of our clients.” While many things have changed over the last 75 years in the construction industry, the drive to produce quality work has been the foundation of the business, and one on which Andrew continues to build. “No matter how big we’ve gotten, we’ve always been a handson construction company working directly with our clients,” he says. As Andrew continues building the family legacy and navigates Tidman Construction through a challenging development climate and a widespread worker shortage, he couldn’t be prouder that the company is celebrating its 75th anniversary. “It’s a pretty poignant and significant milestone, and something that my grandfather certainly would be proud of,” he says. “We’ve stuck to our roots” —and to the legacy Roy Tidman began.












Revelations Discovering North Vancouver WORDS SUSAN LUNDY

View from North Vancouver toward downtown Vancouver. PHOTO BY REUBEN KRABBE, COURTESY DESTINATION BC.


he problem became apparent the moment we stepped into our corner suite at North Vancouver’s Seaside Hotel. What struck us first—even before we noted the cosy-looking king bed or the egg-shaped swing hanging near the window or the bathtub beside a floor-to-ceiling window in the expansive marble bathroom—was the breathtaking view. The entire wall facing the ocean was glass and looked directly across the water at the Vancouver skyline. This room had so many little touches and comforts, the problem was obvious…we weren’t going to want to leave it.



Already, our visit to North Vancouver had been a revelation. My husband and I started our day hiking with our canine travel companion, Zorro, in Capilano Canyon—just one of four canyons and multiple hiking options in North Vancouver. Choosing to enter the area at the Cleveland Dam, we drove up, out of the city, through a residential area and, within minutes, were staring across the Capilano Reserve at Grouse Mountain. It seemed impossible that this wilderness could be so close to an urban area. After crossing the bridge above the dam, we entered a huge forest with multiple criss-crossing paths that swallowed up all the hikers, leaving us seemingly alone on the trails. From here, we drove down to Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood—and another revelation. The area extends four blocks up Lonsdale Avenue and two blocks east and west, but its heart is The Shipyards on the waterfront. As we explored this bustling district, full of shops and eateries, we found Shipbuilders’ Square, where a community stage presents concerts, plays, markets and buskers at various times throughout the year, and Shipyard Commons, a covered public space for year-round gatherings, with a splash park in the summer and an outdoor skating plaza in the winter. Also nearby is Lonsdale Quay, where a SeaBus connects the North Shore to downtown Vancouver. I was glad I set aside time to explore the Quay Market & Food Hall, with its 80-plus shops and food vendors selling everything from unique clothing to handmade chocolates.


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Public art abounds at The Shipyards, much of it commemorating the thousands of people who worked here from 1906 to 1992. Apparently, over 450 ships were launched from this site during the many years of shipyard operations. And the Seaside Hotel? Located right in the middle of all this wonderfulness! After our hike and exploration of The Shipyards, the rest of our first day revolved around food—so many options! For lunch we settled on the dog-friendly porch of Raglan’s Bistro with its cosy and colourful tiki-vibe, great food menu and intriguing cocktail list. For dinner, we chose to bring a delectable array of seafood from the hotel’s exclusive restaurant, Seaside Provisions, back up to our room (remember our problem?). The atmosphere inside the restaurant is warm, welcoming and buzzing with energy, while the menu presents a quandary for any seafood-loving diner. Between the raw bar (including oysters and ceviche), the small plates (like tacos and lobster rolls) and the mains (scallops, seafood pasta, risotto and steak frites), selection was tricky. And while our dinner was divine, it turns out that happy hour at Provisions is the real locals’ go-to event. It runs Tuesday to Sunday 3 to 6 pm, with daily drink specials and half-price small plates. Day two began with an early dog walk along the North Shore Spirit Trail, a clearly marked 35-kilometre greenway that will ultimately extend from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. My walk meandered along the waterfront, through a float home community and past an off-leash dog park. But you can only get so far on foot! So, later that morning, we put Zorro into a backpack and rented e-bikes from Reckless Shipyards. With pedal power, we quickly zipped along the trail, eventually cycling under the Lions Gate Bridge and all the way to Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Every time I get on an e-bike, I am reminded of how wonderful it is to explore on two wheels with a little help on the hills! If we didn’t have a full itinerary set for the day, we could easily have


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But then? Another shock as we stepped through a door and into a whole different world. Esplanade Avenue is a busy industrial street, noisy at times. But a hush fell over us as we entered Copperpenny Distillery Co.

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spent the next several hours exploring North Van on the bikes. But we had plans, and those plans included beer! The Shipyards Brewery District features some eight breweries that line East Esplanade Avenue, just a block up from the Seaside Hotel. The North Shore claims fame to the birth of Canada’s craft beer-brewing boom started back in 1982, when Horseshoe Bay Brewery began brewing Bay Ale. That microbrewery is long gone, but the North Shore abounds with enough breweries to be a destination on the BC Ale Trail—and we enjoyed a few hours sampling their wares in cute, dog-friendly roadside patios. But then? Another shock as we stepped through a door and into a whole different world. Esplanade Avenue is a busy industrial street, noisy at times. But a hush fell over us as we entered Copperpenny Distillery Co. and met owner Jennifer Kom-Tong for a tour of this new gin distillery that has already won multiple awards. Jen and her husband Jan Stenc spent 25 years in the film industry, travelling the world as set decorators, and you can immediately sense this influence. Set up like a European cocktail lounge, the tasting room—where you can sample gin, order classy cocktails and enjoy bar bites—is both lavish and cosy. It could not be more different than the street outside. Both Jen and Jan grew up in North Vancouver and, while they don’t have a background in distilling, their creativity and dedication to perfection have resulted in the perfect cocktail of flavour. Sitting at the exquisite bar, we sampled several gins, impressed with all, but most intrigued by the unique oyster shell gin, created in partnership with Fanny Bay Oysters. To say we were simply impressed with this distillery would be a massive understatement. And so it turned out that Copperpenny, along with the Seaside Hotel, Capilano Canyon and everything else, all amounted to yet another “problem:” we don’t live in North Van. But no worries, we’ll be back.









Hike! North Vancouver is built on the lower slopes of mountains that rise almost a mile above sea level, and is composed of six mountain peaks: Black, Strachan, Hollyburn, Grouse, Fromme and Seymour. With all these valleys, canyons and mountains, this is a Mecca for hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. The hardest part might be deciding which area to explore first.

Visitors to The Shipyards District can enjoy a bit of culture exploring a range of exhibits at MONOVA (The Museum of North Vancouver), located near the Lonsdale Quay. Also in the area, the Polygon Gallery features contemporary art with a focus on photography, emphasizing contemporary work within the context of historical and international art.

If you love seafood and a cool dining experience, Fishworks is a must-do—but make a reservation! This restaurant—with its high ceilings, natural wood accents and art from local artists—specializes in fresh, sustainably harvested seafood and a diverse wine selection. We had the seafood tower ($78 for two), feasting on an abundance of oysters, scallops, prawns, clams and mussels, crab legs, lobster tails and calamari. Swoon.

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bsolutely incredible.” That’s how doctors James Graham and Ginevra Mills describe the feeling of helping people bring new life into the world. The two doctors are part of Victoria-based Olive Fertility Centre, the island’s newest and most advanced fertility clinic, which offers a range of treatments, including IVF (in vitro fertilization)—something that hasn’t been available on the island since 2019. “Both of us are so invested in our patients. We have so many amazing success stories from our patient community. The satisfaction of being a part of people’s journey to becoming parents never gets old,” says Ginevra. “Making a person or a couple into a family, especially those who’ve struggled to conceive, is truly an amazing feeling. I thought delivering babies was wonderful but being there at the very beginning is equally as incredible, if not more,” adds James, smiling. Olive Fertility was founded in 2013 by Dr. Jason Hitkari, Dr. Gary Nakhuda, Dr. Al Yuzpe and Dr. Beth Taylor, and has clinics in Vancouver (flagship location), Surrey, Kelowna and now Victoria. The clinics offer comprehensive fertility care for patients, including specialized genetic testing, egg freezing, fetal diagnostic testing, third-party reproduction and 2SLGBTQIA+ support. The Victoria location had a temporary home base on Yates Street that opened in April 2022 and closed in July 2023. I sat down with the doctors at the beginning of August 2023 as their new, stateof-the-art lab and facilities at 545 Superior Street were just being completed. “It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but now that we’re here it’s a great feeling,” explains James, sitting in the bright, modern offices in Capital Park.



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According to the Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society, one in six couples (more than 350,000 Canadian couples) suffer from infertility—defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex—and rates have doubled since the 1980s. “Infertility is a medical condition. It requires treatment, and everyone deserves access to that. So, I see the need for increased capacity, especially in regions that are growing quickly,” says Ginevra, who believes that the increase in demand is due in part because more people are waiting longer to start a family. “There’s also a heightened awareness about how fertility treatment can support people in their journey to starting a family and less stigma surrounding seeking care for infertility. And we also have more single parents by choice and many people from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community looking to access care as well.” Since 2019, after a local practice closed its IVF clinic, people from Vancouver Island had to get to the mainland, sometimes on very short notice, for an IVF appointment. “Fertility is such a roller coaster as it is—having that added stress of travelling off the island for IVF was an additional hurdle and burden that people didn’t need, especially with unpredictable ferry schedules and increased demand and cost for accommodation on the mainland,” explains Ginevra. The new Victoria clinic caters to people from all walks of life seeking solutions to their fertility challenges. “If someone is ready to start looking into fertility treatment, start with your primary care provider and discuss your next steps,” says James. “That will include a referral, and then the

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“Making a person or a couple into a family, especially those who’ve struggled to conceive, is truly an amazing feeling. I thought delivering babies was wonderful but being there at the very beginning is equally as incredible, if not more.” patient could come to us, where we take a global look at their situation through consultations and testing and provide the best indication for them. Not every situation or patient is the same, so it’s important to take that tailored approach—and much of the initial assessment, investigation, testing, et cetera, is covered through BC’s Medical Services Plan.” When patients become pregnant, they are seen at the clinic until they are around eight to 10 weeks pregnant, depending on the situation, adds Ginevra. In terms of the services that have become more popular in recent years, the doctors are encouraged that egg freezing has become more common. “We’ve seen a big uptake in egg freezing, which is great,” says Ginevra. “It shows us that more people are taking charge of their fertility, having those thoughts and conversations, and subsequently planning their future. In a time where people are waiting longer to start families, egg freezing is a great way to preserve your fertility potential.” The fact that more people are talking about their fertility and making those early decisions indicates perhaps that the

topic of infertility is becoming somewhat destigmatized— something that makes both doctors happy. “If I had one wish it would be that people continue to make fertility a normalized topic of conversation,” explains James. “Even though we’ve come a long way, it’s still a taboo topic for many people. And with the number of people who are dealing with infertility, we need to be having these conversations, increasing awareness and just generally making the subject of infertility more normalized.” The doctors credit their staff with the early success of the clinic: “They’re really the backbone of this complex operation. They’ve been so supportive and kept everything moving through our relocation to the new office,” smiles James. “We’re a great team,” echoes Ginevra. “We couldn’t do what we do without each other. From our admin team to our nurses, to our embryologists, we’re all in this together, helping people to realize their dreams of parenthood.” For more information on Olive Fertility centres, visit


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n the water’s edge near the tip of Ten Mile Point in Saanich lies a home combining bespoke design, modern functional comfort and endless entertainment options. Terry Johal Developments led the building of this contemporary 6,500-square-foot home, completed earlier this year, and Terry is clearly proud to lead a tour around the property. It’s the second residence his company has built for the homeowners, who named their dream home Vista del Mare. “This house is the epitome of a true collaboration, one headed up by the homeowners, who had their vision,” Terry says. The home’s name, which translates to “view of the sea,” reflects that vision thoroughly. Ten-foot floor-to-ceiling windows on all three levels maximize light and offer commanding views of Haro Strait and San Juan Island. Aided by the north-facing placement of the home, one gains a sense of being at the shoreline rather than simply near it. Terry begins the tour by demonstrating how the home is ideally suited for outdoor living and entertaining. One can

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The outdoor kitchen, accessed off the interior dining room, can easily accommodate groups large or small. A deluxe Hestan grill and Fontana pizza oven flank a magnificent, 10-foot exterior-rated porcelain prep area wall and countertop. For durability, long-wearing and low-maintenance composite decking was chosen for the flooring, while painstakingly handstained cedar strips were used for the ceiling soffits. Achieving the desired blend of colour and grain took much trial and error, Terry says. Lead architect Rob Blaney, reached by phone during the tour, sees the external environment as key to home’s overall appeal. “This is truly outdoor living done well,” he says. “And being on the waterfront, it’s rare you get that kind of yard space. Just the consistency throughout, the architecture and the landscaping, too; everything is done so well, in harmony, that no matter where you look you’ve got privacy.” Through the home’s front entrance is the showstopper: a magnificent circular staircase leading to the bedrooms on the upper floor. “Really, this is a floating spiral staircase,” Terry says of the signature element, which took about a year to complete. “The steel was rolled, welded and cut to the shape. It’s actually one large unit that was built off site and transported here, then craned into the site before we had the [adjacent] windows installed…We call it Stairway to Heaven because literally that’s what it feels like.” Custom cut and welded three-quarter-inch steel spindles seem to dance in a geometric pattern up the left side, while a custom-fitted curved steel handrail encircles the right—both were patinated and bronzed to achieve the desired look. White oak stair encasements

were custom built to match the flooring throughout. Such grand elements are often designed, but never built due to cost, complexity or both, Rob says. Ultimately the clients’ love of architecture pushed them to do something of this calibre, he adds. “And for Terry to pull that off, and all the people that went into it, it’s a huge feat. It’s stunning.” The main interior colour scheme is neutral with varied light-coloured woods for flooring and cabinetry, off-white walls with stained wooden accent features, and light-shaded marble and quartz for most countertops. The combination of shades and tones, enhanced by hundreds of targeted accent lights, create interesting-yet-clean looks in each room. At the same time, the use of decorative metalwork, from fittings and handles to the custom bronze cladding above the French-made Lacanche range, provides a dramatic pop. The main floor living spaces offer a choice of atmosphere, all underpinned with ocean views. The comfortable living room, decorated with works by American figurative artist Derek Overfield— many of his pieces hang in the home—features a long natural gas fireplace with a dramatic oak topper. It opens seamlessly into the kitchen, which has plenty of counter space for meal prep and room to move around when things get busy. A breakfast bar is built into one end of the island. The adjacent dining space in one of several rear-home bumpouts features a conversation-friendly round table flooded by natural light through huge windows on three sides. Plentiful storage is conveniently located in the full-height working pantry, a high-traffic area with built-in coffee service, a wine cooler and sink and access to the outdoor kitchen.

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On the third level, two modestly sized bedrooms offer plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the view, and each has its own en suite. A large porthole-style window with a floating bench below creates a natural separation from the primary bedroom area, which offers a sanctuary-like feel. From the king bed with custom curved headboard, a 180-degree view of the ocean awaits. Opposite the bed, through one of the home’s three archways—they help soften the rectilinear design, Terry says—a dressing room features custom cabinets all-round, accent-lit handbag shelving, a marble-quartz two-sided dresser and a unique brass-framed mirror. “This is a total bespoke house,” Terry says, referring to the mirror, and adding that most accents and elements in the home are custom-made to order by local tradespeople and artists. One could spend hours lounging in the primary en suite. A shellshaped Victoria + Albert tub sits at a picture window at one end, while a full walk-in shower is at the other. Dual basins in a long cabinet lay between. At ground level, even the spacious three-car garage has something extra, with lifts installed on the two end spaces to add capacity. A well-insulated guest suite above the garage has its own living area, bedroom and full bathroom. It’s accessed via a cascading waterfall of custom-built white oak stairs that have landings at the

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Construction disruption Farmer partners with Stack, aiming to revolutionize the building industry WORDS SEAN MCINTYRE


It’s fitting that the company responsible for many of Victoria’s most iconic buildings finds itself at the forefront of the drive to “disrupt” the industry and revitalize the building sector. Established in the late 1930s, Farmer Construction is a heritage brand and one of the oldest construction companies on Vancouver Island. Farmer has completed over 500 major construction projects since 1951. The company stands behind some of Victoria’s most well-known buildings and landmarks, including Shoal Point, multiple buildings at the University of Victoria, the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre, the Royal Jubilee Diagnostic Treatment Centre, 989 Johnson, 1075 Pandora, Heron’s Landing, The Juliet, The Wave @ Harris Green and Dockside Green. And that’s just to name a few. “A great majority of our city’s skyline has been built by Farmer, and this was a rare and unique opportunity to join a company that my parents grew up watching,” says Matthew Clayton, who took over as the company’s CEO earlier this year. “I’ve always been involved in construction in one way or another over my career. I’m drawn to this field because construction and the housing crisis sit at the forefront of almost every single conversation we are having as citizens of this province. Construction evokes conversations and dialogues around our environment, the labour crisis and affordable housing.” He adds: “The opportunity at Farmer gave me the chance to do something local and to make an impact on the city I was born and raised in.” Matthew’s return to Victoria after holding corporate positions in Vancouver comes at a pivotal time in the company’s storied history. Rising interest rates are raising questions and uncertainty in the construction industry. Talk of a recession is a dark cloud on the horizon, while inflation and the necessity for higher wages have proven to be stubborn headwinds causing challenges for developers across Canada.


“I see no choice. Modular construction, both with steel and wood, is simply a tool in the toolbox, if you will. It will not be applicable in every situation, but we have to embrace off-site construction here domestically and, additionally, we need to work with countries overseas that have the capacity to supply us here in Canada.” Matthew says Farmer is in the fortunate position of having a strong pipeline of projects queued up until late 2028 with active projects including work with Victoria Housing Society, Starlight Developments, Nicola Wealth and the Department of National Defence. Despite the strong demand, however, the higher cost of borrowing is forcing projects that were modelled on lower borrowing to be carefully evaluated for their viability, he says. “I tell my staff and colleagues that this is a time to hunker down and focus on execution and refining best practice. I do not align with the phrase, ‘if you aren’t growing, you’re dying.’ In uncertain times with increased volatility, it’s important to take a step back and sometimes re-evaluate your business model,” he says. “For Farmer, we want to be the best employer to our people, who are always the most important part of success, and to be the best partner possible to our clients, industry colleagues and stakeholders.” To that end, Farmer has begun a collaborative partnership with Stack Modular, a Canadian-based company headquartered in Vancouver, which has been shaking up the industry with its game-changing approach to building. Stack Modular’s offices across Western Canada and the United States work in tandem with manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China to design, build, ship and install modular components that come together to form a truly astounding variety of construction projects, including healthcare facilities, government offices and residential areas. The company has honed its design and manufacturing process over the past 13 years, establishing a proven track record of completed projects both large and small on the international stage. Standing as a symbol of this success is the company’s recent work with BC Housing to build the tallest steel-modular building in Canada at 14 storeys. Matthew says his decision to partner with Stack is as much about necessity as it is about efficiency. Few sectors are as vulnerable to labour shortages and supply chain disruptions as the construction industry. Estimates released by CIBC chief economist Benjamin Tal in August of this year peg the job vacancy rate in construction at around 80,000 vacancies. Making matters worse are the looming retirements of many current employees, an inevitability that’s expected to require the hiring of more than 300,000 workers by 2030, according to BuildForce Canada. “The data is clear. The construction sector is aging out, and we are not seeing these important jobs and trades being filled by the next generation,” he says. “If the housing demand and needs continue to increase, which they will, and industry and govern62

ment do not evolve to embrace new ways of building, then how on earth can we expect to meet this crisis head on?’ The answer, according to Matthew, is disruption and change. It’s an approach he likes to call Farmer 2.0. “I see no choice,” he adds. “Modular construction, both with steel and wood, is simply a tool in the toolbox, if you will. It will not be applicable in every situation, but we have to embrace off-site construction here domestically and, additionally, we need to work with countries overseas that have the capacity to supply us here in Canada. “What other choice do we have? I have worked across dozens of industries, and it’s hard to find anything that hasn’t benefitted from technology or had to evolve to a higher level. Uber in transportation, Netflix in entertainment, Amazon in how we shop… and the list goes on. Globally, construction has seen its own degree of disruption, but I would argue to say that we have fallen behind other sectors.” While Farmer will continue the approach to building that’s made it what it is, Matthew says, the company has begun a collaborative partnership with Stack, and its staff will work closely with the company, from the project conception through to design, manufacturing and delivery. Matthew says the pairing forms a team that combines multiple levels of experience and disciplines, a cohesive partnership that will ensure on-time and on-budget execution for clients. “It is succeeding and happening right here in our own province,” he says. “It has taken decades for this moment to arrive, and it gives me great hope that we are finally seeing alternative paths in the construction space.” Industry watchers may balk at talk of building offshore but Matthew and many other proponents of the new method counter with the argument that modular construction keeps projects moving forward and employing skilled tradespeople required on site to assemble, plumb, wire and otherwise complete the finished product. It’s an approach, Matthew says, that has Farmer employees and many others in the industry looking forward to a positive future. “They embraced the change that was required for the company to grow and move to the next level,” he says. “This is an extended family and I see myself as a guardian of careers and these individuals’ wellbeing. This industry is much more than simply ‘building structures.’ I think there are a lot of misconceptions about the industry, but at the end of the day, like all sectors with many moving parts, they all have to work symbiotically if you want to succeed.” .

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THE CARE AWARDS 2023: THE BEST OF VICTORIA HOME BUILDING CARE Awards finalists are selected by a panel of award-winning industry professionals using criteria such as architectural design, quality workmanship, creative use of space, and energy efficiency. These outstanding CARE Awards finalists are members of VRBA, representing Canada’s leaders in West Coast home design and construction, showcasing the very best in new homes and renovations.



COAST PRESTIGE HOMES LTD. Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home Over $2 million (Gracie Oaks) / Best Traditional Kitchen Over $150,000 (Gracie Oaks) / Best Primary Suite Over $150,000 (Gracie Oaks) / Best Interior – Homes Over $2 million / Project of the Year - Single-Family (Gracie Oaks) Project: Gracie Oaks >> Four converging valleys forced builders to put their thinking caps on when creating Gracie Oaks’ striking roofline. Because conventional trusses wouldn’t work for the job, hand-cut rafters were deployed. The custom-milled theme permeates this Oak Bay home inside and out, from the classic cedar roof and sidewall to craft-milled poplar interior panelling. The result is a custom-built signature home nestled on a corner lot in one of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods. 250-889-8292 / Chris Clark , Owner & Operator



Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Custom Home Under $1 million (Merlin) / Best Single-Family Detached Home $1 million to $1.25 million (Seaview) / Best New Subdivision (Small) (Bayview) / Best Residential Renovation or Restoration Over $750,000 (Grand Dreams) / Best Contemporary Kitchen $100,000 to $150,000 (Seaview) / Best Website / Best Overall Marketing Campaign

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Project: Grand Dreams >> We completed a large renovation on the home right next door to this project six years ago, and we always had our eye on this home in hopes to renovate it one day as well. This is why we called the project Grand Dreams as getting to complete this renovation was a dream come true. We took this home’s second storey off completely to achieve higher ceilings, an optimal floor plan and to update it to 2022 construction standards. 250-888-8209 /

Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home $1 million to $1.25 million (Beach House) / Best Traditional Kitchen $100,000 to $150,000 (Beach House) / Best Interior - Homes $1 million to $2 million (Beach House) Project: Beach House >> Situated in a calm neighbourhood just a short stroll from the shore, this house has a classic beach-style design that is both inviting and timeless. It is adorned with neutral tones and elegant finishes, giving it a bright, soothing ambiance that complements craftsmanship and attention to detail—the natural wood flooring and millwork elements add a touch of warmth and softness to the space. As you step inside, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the spacious interior, marked by tall ceilings and an open layout. With 4,000 square feet of thoughtfully designed space, there was no need to compromise when creating this remarkable home. 250-882-6511 / Graeme Connelly, Owner / Director



PATRIOT HOMES Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Spec Home $900,000 to $1 million (Windsor) / Best Single-Family Detached Home $1 million to $1.25 million (The Motoko) / Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.25 million to $1.5 million (Chapel) / Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.25 million to $1.5 million (The Woods) Project: Chapel >> With this project we were doing an infill (tearing down and building a new home), and we wanted to keep as much of the original vegetation as we could. We worked hard to save four trees, numerous existing plants and a hedge that runs the length of the property line, while relocating a neighbour’s storm-drain line that ran through an easement. 250-217-3080 / Aman Gill, Owner

Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.5 million to $2 million (Legato)

Project: Legato >> This home’s unique feature is a glass-lined bridge through the two-storey glazed and skylit entry atrium, separating the great room from the primary suite on the second-storey living level. The challenge was working with the lot’s wide frontage and narrow depth and needing to honour the required front and rear setbacks. Accessing light while preserving privacy at the home’s south-facing “street” side was equally challenging; however, the use of corner windows kept view corridors angled and yet still allowed plenty of light to shine through the home. 250-384-1550 / Keith Baker, Owner



McGEACHY DESIGN STUDIO & UNITY DEVELOPMENTS Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.25 million to $1.5 million (Parkside) / Best Outdoor Space Under $500,000 (Parkside) / Best Contemporary Kitchen Under $100,000 (Parkside) / Best Primary Suite Under $150,000 (Parkside) / Best Interior - Homes Under $1 million (Parkside) / Best Custom Millwork Under $150,000 (Parkside) / Project of the Year - Single-Family (Parkside)

Project: Parkside >> This is a unique family home featuring ample entertaining space and a functional layout. Bespoke design features include a sleek kitchen with custom-engineered, motorized cabinet doors, bridge walkway with dropped ceilings and pendants installed as a permanent art feature. Parkside features a mix of natural and bold interior finishes, a minimalist no-maintenance exterior and a primary suite with circular flow between bedroom, bathroom and walk-in. A custom record station is but one example of thoughtful built-in millwork that can be found throughout the home. McGeachy Design Studio: 250-589-5810 / Unity Developments: 604-220-2133 / Amy McGeachy, Designer, McGeachy Design Studio Jenna Kennett, Designer, McGeachy Design Studio Stephen Scott, Owner / Builder, Unity Developments

Award Nominations: Best Contemporary Kitchen $100,000 to $150,000 (Coalescent) / Best Bathroom (Coalescent) / Best Interior - Homes $1 million to $2 million (Coalescent) / Best Custom Millwork Under $150,000 (Coalescent) / Best Single-Family Detached Home Over $2 million (Gracie Oaks) / Project of the Year - Single-Family (Gracie Oaks)

Project: Gracie Oaks >> My goal was to design a standalone home with a traditional character that fits into its well-established neighbourhood. With a challenging corner lot and a north-facing backyard, I oriented the house with the patio to the south, taking full advantage of the sunshine. Rus Collins, Zebra Design, Owner / Residential Designer Project: Coalescent >> Although a modern space may seem simple at first glance, it requires meticulous planning and expert craftsmanship to achieve the seamless precision of the clean lines and integrated forms. This home was a truly collaborative effort, with every team member working closely together, from design through execution. Lorin Turner, Zebra Interiors, Interior Designer 250-360-2144 /



VILLAMAR DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home Over $2 million (Nordic Chic) / Best Outdoor Space Over $500,000 (Nordic Chic) / Best New Home Design Over 4,000 sq. ft. (Nordic Chic) / Best Home Design Concept (The Modern Edge) / Best Innovative Feature (The Modern Edge) / Best Residential Renovation or Restoration Over $750,000 (Post Modern Revival) / Best Contemporary Kitchen Under $100,000 ( Post Modern Revival) / Best Bathroom (Post Modern Revival) / Best Interior – Commercial (Modern Dental Oasis) / Project of the Year – Single Family (Nordic Chic)

Project: Nordic Chic >> Nordic Chic features a central, floating stairway supported by a three-storey concrete wall. This stunning element has cantilevered floating stairs that connect to the home’s three levels, each having sweeping views of the water. We also designed a unique anchor point on the floating glass railing to allow movement and remove stress from the glass. Because the lot sloped towards the water, thoughtful planning and design were needed to incorporate an outdoor kitchen, pool, vegetable gardens and a garden suite into the final design. 778-405-2495 / Duane Ensing, Partner / Principal Designer Sjoerd Meyer, Partner / Construction Manager

Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.5 million to $2 million (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Contemporary Kitchen Over $150,000 (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Primary Suite Over $150,000 (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Interior - Homes $1 million to $2 million (Belo Na Vodi)

Project: Belo Na Vodi >> Wall-to-wall glass of unobstructed views contrasts exquisitely with traditional architectural details throughout this thoughtfully appointed modern home. Dramatic porcelain slabs with waterfall details are perfectly set against beachy floors, a stone wine room and hints of warm wood throughout. This was all made possible while meticulously working to orient the house to ensure unimpeded ocean views and ample natural light in every room. 250-893-5467 / Lindsay Sabourin, President / Owner



TERRY JOHAL DEVELOPMENTS LTD. Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Spec. Home $900,000 to $1 million (Prism) / Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.5 million to $2 million (Legato) / Best Outdoor Living Space Under $500,000 (Oasis) / Best Contemporary Kitchen Under $100,000 (Prism) Project: Legato >> Forming the exterior of this design is the linear-shaped massing of glass, stucco, locally quarried stone and shou sugi ban cedar. This ancient Japanese burning technique waterproofs and preserves the wood. A bridge walkway over a grand water feature leads to a large pivot door at the home’s front entrance. Modern styling inside is warmed by natural wood tones of wire-brushed and distinctively grained white oak floors, while massive site-glazed windows welcome abundant light into the home. 250-418-1660 / Terry Johal, Owner / President

Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Home Over $2 million (Water’s Edge) / Best Outdoor Space Over $500,000 (Water’s Edge) / Best New Home Design Over 4,000 sq. ft. (Water’s Edge) / Best Innovative Feature (Water’s Edge) / Best Contemporary Kitchen Over $150,000 (Water’s Edge) / Best Primary Suite Over $150,000 (Water’s Edge) / Best Interior - Homes Over $2 million (Water’s Edge) / Best Custom Millwork Over 150,000 (Water’s Edge) / Project of the Year - Single-Family (Water’s Edge)

Project: Water’s Edge >> Water’s Edge is situated on a sloping lot, which posed some challenges, but we built the home into the slope and took advantage of the property’s exceptional views. The main living area features a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living via a 30-foot door/wall system. We are incredibly thankful for our wonderful clients and the excellent trade partners who helped make this home a reality. We have been thrilled to lead this project; the results speak for themselves. 250-857-5349 / Graeme Mann, Principal / Builder



SPACIZ DESIGN COMPANY INC. Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.5 million to $2 million (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Single-Family Home Over $2 million (Water’s Edge) / Best New Home Design Over 4,000 sq. ft. (Water’s Edge) / Best Innovative Feature (Water’s Edge) / Best Traditional Kitchen Over $150,000 (Little Charmer) (Lux) / Best Contemporary Kitchen $100,000 to $150,000 (Redefined) / Best Contemporary Kitchen Over $150,000 (Water’s Edge) (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Primary Suite Under $150,000 (Redefined) / Best Primary Suite Over $150,000 (Water’s Edge) (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Interior – Homes $1 million to $2 million (Belo Na Vodi) / Best Interior – Homes Over $2 million (Water’s Edge) / Custom Millwork Over $150,000 (Water’s Edge) / Project of the Year – Single Family (Water’s Edge)

Project: Little Charmer >> This charming kitchen renovation was inspired by the home’s quaint character and challenged by seven-foot ceilings and a conservative budget. While choosing to retain the existing windows and doors caused some design challenges, it helped alleviate some costly domino effects that clients often face. This remodel represents good, practical value that proves great results are always attainable. At Spaciz Design Company we celebrate what’s feasible for our clients, rather than focus on projects with the largest price tag. 250-386-1117 / Erin Dunbar, Interior Designer Madison Leslie, Interior Designer Tori Swain, Interior Designer

Award Nominations: Best Single-Family Detached Home $1.5 million to $2 million (Coalescent) / Best New Home Design Under 4,000 sq.ft. (Coalescent) / Best Contemporary Kitchen $100,000 to $150,000 (Coalescent) / Best Bathroom (Coalescent) / Best Interior – Homes $1 million to $2 million (Coalescent) / Best Custom Millwork Under $150,000 (Coalescent) / Project of the Year – Single Family (Coalescent)

Project: Coalescent >> With its classical architecture harmoniously blended alongside a contemporary interior, Coalescent was designed to seamlessly meld into an historic area. The covered portico entrance with flanking porcelain-tiled patios provides a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor spaces connecting the primary living areas to the front yard. The home’s contemporary interior, designed to the owner’s specifications, features finely crafted custom cabinetry and millwork throughout. All of this was built onto a challenging triangular lot, requiring a municipal variance to ensure this beautiful home would fit into the existing neighbourhood. 250-360-2144 / 250-882-1895 / 250-208-7392 / Lorin Turner, Zebra Interiors, Lead Interior Designer Christopher Walker, Christopher Developments, Principal / Builder Jeff Causton, Blackline Home Design, Principal / Architectural Designer



DENFORD CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & BERWICK RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES Award Nominations: Best Condominium Project or Mixed-Use Development (Berwick Parksville) / Project of the Year Multi-Family (Berwick Parksville)

Project: Berwick Parksville >> This project’s architectural design and character were heavily influenced by the area’s sandy beaches and natural environment. Berwick Parksville is a five-storey development with an expansive rooftop lounge and patio. Interior spaces blend modern coastal, West Coast contemporary, mid-century modern, Jacobean and bungalowstyle designs, providing a truly unique experience for residents. Landscaping and outdoor amenities offer an incredible experience for residents and include two pickleball courts, a 900-square-foot art studio, lawn bowling and putting greens, rain gardens and a Berwick sandy beach—a nod to Parksville. 250-385-1505 / Gordon Denford, Founder Chris Denford, President & Founder


Grandmillennial chic Maximal replaces minimal and heirlooms make a comforting comeback WORDS LAURA GOLDSTEIN PHOTOGRAPHY LIA CROWE

Fashion aficionados know that the design pendulum always swings back to the past to influence the future, and interior design and decor emulate that cycle. With the proliferation of grandmillennial or “granny chic” home decor on Instagram, Pinterest and TikTok, the design trend has gained significant traction even with millennials and Gen Zers, who are cognizant of the environmental impact of disposable pieces. But don’t be fooled: if the trend makes you think of stuffy, plastic-covered sofas, shag toilet seat covers and overwhelming tchotchkes, that’s a misnomer. As the antithesis of minimalist, Scandi clean lines and neutrals, grandmillennial chic embraces pops of bright colours, bold patterns, maximal florals, including wallpaper, wicker and rattan, chinoiserie, and vintage and heirloom furniture.



“I lost my aunt last summer and inherited a lot of her heirloom pieces,” says Kyla Bidgood, creative director of the award-winning interior design practice, Bidgood, in Victoria. “She was my cool aunt—single her whole life, well-educated, refined and extremely well-travelled. She was my inspiration and muse for this project.” We are actually sitting in “this project,” entitled Heirlooms, constructed inside the spectacular, newly opened Gabriel Ross on Government Street in Victoria, after a two-year building renovation. The 13,000-square-foot showroom, envisioned in gallery settings over two floors, is an intriguing adventure to walk through. After 30 years in Rock Bay, the downtown location doubles the previous space, sparking new ideas, from furniture, lighting and accessories to coffee table decor and design tomes. Alison Melis, Gabriel Ross partner and CFO, worked with Kyla to bring the Heirlooms living room/dining area vignette to life. It’s an eclectic mix of colourful iconic furniture that elicits memories of the past with a modern twist. Kyla reframes the concept of grandmillennial chic to embrace emotion and longevity. “My interpretation revolves around the art of collecting heirloom pieces that are carried with you and potentially passed on, rather than a trend or style for people to emulate,” she explains. “The most interesting homes reflect peoples’ travels and finds, as opposed to a contrived aesthetic. The idea is a physical and progressive reflection of their life and personality. And a big part of that is quality,” she adds. “Gabriel Ross is known for quality and, if a piece is not well made, it’s certainly not going to last.”

Many pieces of the furniture in Heirlooms appear modern yet designed with elements rooted in the past. For example, created by architect Piero Lissoni for Kartell, the Largo modular sofa system anchors Kyla’s vision in quintessentially textured blackand-white houndstooth fabric, an optical illusion popularized in the 1920s and originating in Scottish tartans. Later, it became a classic of 1950s fashion by Christian Dior. And yes, the pattern is based upon the shape of hunting dogs’ teeth! Oriental art and denim textures create a mesmerizing pattern of orange and blue swirling florals in Moooi’s Rendezvous Tokyo Blue Rug that, upon closer inspection, hides playful macaque monkeys. If you’re a fan of films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, you’ll remember seeing actresses like Ginger Rogers in their swanky penthouse boudoirs, usually in a fringed pouf in front of their vanity table. Kyla has included two in the living room vignette. Moooi’s Amami Poufs in deep blue velvet have long, sensuous fringes that will conjure your inner grandmillennial chic movie star. Mother Nature would approve of the gigantic yellow LZF Dandelion pendant light made from wood veneer by German-born designer Burkhard Dämmer, and originally created in 1996. In the dining vignette it’s suspended over a Karakter Castore dining table made of clear glass with a Carrara marble base designed by Italian sculptor Angelo Mangiarotti in 1975. My own maternal grandmother had a huge impact on me design-wise. I vividly recall (and have inherited) her love of the colour blue and the porcelain Real Old Willow-pattern dishes

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per applications. “We had a client who used the easy-to-remove wallpaper along the bottom of their kitchen island,” notes Jen. “Although design movements don’t change according to geographical locations, as designers we do like to tweak design stories for specific client requests,” says Lu Kapp, senior interior designer at Lakehouse Home Interiors in Kelowna. “I’m really loving large print wallpaper applications, oversized florals as well as grass cloth, which creates a fabulous organic feel. And as a more local Okanagan interpretation, I’m often adding gorgeous rattan pieces of furniture that can be grandmillennial chic, but at the same time, add a hint of beachy West Coast cool to my projects.” Interior design styles may come and go but grandmillennial chic endures because it triggers nostalgia that we all crave in uncertain times. Granny would approve.

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Masterpiece of architecture! Waterfront estate on 5+ acres. Nearly 10,000 sq ft of breathtaking living space, with sweeping water views from all principle rooms. Exceptional outdoor living including a swimming pool, lots of patio spaces, trails & gardens and separate 2 bedroom caretaker/guest cottage. Explore the surrounding waters from your yacht, with the convenience of a boathouse with a mechanized marine way.

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Exquisite custom-built estate in the desirable Gordon Head community. Perched on the ocean’s edge, this architecturally stunning home was designed to capitalize on the world class ocean and mountain views. With dramatic vaulted ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, spacious open concept design and a gorgeous custom kitchen, this 5 bedroom, 7 bathroom property captivates at every glance. Outdoor living can be enjoyed year round with sprawling patio sections, including covered and oceanfront sections, a breathtaking infinity pool and extensive landscaping.


The moment you enter the gates of this Saanich Peninsula waterfront acreage, panoramic views of the Cordova Straits greet you. This oceanfront estate rests beautifully amongst tastefully landscaped grounds and expansive waterfront patios. Featuring stunning ocean views from virtually every room, this sprawling 5,000+ sq ft home ofers 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, incredible interior/exterior spaces perfect for entertaining, a 4 car garage & separate studio suite.

735 Humboldt Street, Victoria BC, Canada V8W 1B1

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702 – 9809 Seaport Place Sidney, BC

8338 West Saanich Road $2,489,000

Stunning Ocean View Executive Suite in the highly desirable & award winning The Pier, in Sidney. This spacious 3 bed, 3 bath condo offers a designer interior, flooded with natural light. Large picture windows frame marina and seascape views from all principal rooms. High-end finishes, upscale appliances and plenty of room encourages entertaining with friends and family. Outside, a sun soaked balcony is covered for year round enjoyment.

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7478 Mark Lane Victoria, BC


The setting at Ocean Enclave between the sculptured gardens and the sparkling sea, transmits a sense of peace & tranquility. Oceanfront property encompasses 6.8 acres and captivates at every glance. Exquisite custom built home and guest cottage are a masterful work of West Coast Architecture. This expansive property offers resort-style living year round, including multiple oceanfront patios, a 60 foot dock, helicopter pad, walking trails, gardens and spectacular sunsets year round.

2475 Tryon Road $2,399,000

Sweeping ocean views from this immaculately maintained waterfront home. Main floor living. Generously sized principal rooms, with over 3,000 sq ft of living space. Outside, a wrap around deck for continuous indoor/ outdoor living. Expansive patio areas, including a covered section contribute to year round outdoor entertaining. Over an acre of park like yard filled with mature trees & beautiful landscaping leads down to the private deep water dock

North Saanich, BC


Stunning, oceanfront, custom-designed estate embodies West Coast style & artistic architecture. Designer interior with a desirable open floor plan & soaring ceilings. Sweeping Ocean, Mountain & Island Views. Attention to detail throughout this spacious and elegant 3 bed, 3 bath home, provides a refined space for hosting friends and family. Situated on the prestigious North Saanich waterfront surrounded by nature’s beauty this is a boater’s & kayaker’s dream property.

2249 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria BC, Canada V8R 1G4

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3917 CADBORO BAY RD | CADBORO BAY | $5,000,000

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10704 BAYFIELD RD | MCDONALD PARK | $2,600,000

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KINGSMOUNT The Historic Oak Bay Estate | 305 Denison | Oak Bay, BC

Could this Estate be your new Home? Photo: Toby Moselen

Introducing Kingsmount, a never before listed property with rich history, all yours for $8,299,000 Featured on the market for the very first time. This magnificent estate stands as a prime example of British Arts and Crafts architecture, meticulously designed by D.C. Frame and Samuel Maclure.

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Timeless and Modern Kitchen

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Step into Elegance The grandeur of this home seamlessly blends timeless details with contemporary amenities. Step into the world of elegant entertaining on the main floor, where you’ll find a chef’s kitchen, a regal dining room, a spacious living room, a music room, a well-appointed office and library, as well as a cozy sitting room. Upstairs, the primary suite beckons, while six additional bedrooms await, many of which boast charming fireplaces and generous walkin closets. Two 4-piece bathrooms on this level provide convenience for all.

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Rooms to entertain and be creative Photo: Marc Black

Descending below, you’ll discover a guest suite with a separate entrance, a workshop for your creative endeavours, and a wine room for connoisseurs. The seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces offers breathtaking views of Mt. Baker and the sparkling waters, making this property a true haven. Enjoy more countless gorgeous renderings by scanning QR code!

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1173 Garden Gate Drive $2,811,000

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3190/3192 Mars St., Victoria/Mayfair $1,299,000 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Duplex

Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve at prestigious Shoal Point! Enjoy Inner Harbour water views in this spacious 2 bedroom 3 bathroom condo.The spacious living/ dining room has a modern, polished concrete gas fireplace, and is open to a large den with a beautiful built-in desk & patio access. The galley style kitchen, with patio access, features high-end appliances including a gas cooktop with a lovely eating area. The Primary bedroom has a walk-in closet & 5pc ensuite with a bidet & heated floors.The second bedroom has a 4pc ensuite bathroom and large closets. New Maple floors throughout. Enjoy a 25m lap pool, gym,sauna, steam, whirlpool, workshop, bike, kayak storage, putting green & 2 guest suites.

King of the hill! Located at the end of a no thru street, this private, legal nonconforming up/down duplex sits atop Peacock Hill with wonderful mountain,city and distant oceanviews. This home is full of potential, inside and out, and does not have any tenancies in place! Upstairs is a bright, well laid out 2 bed 1 bath unit with open kitchen/living area and hard wood floors. A spacious living room, with opening skylight, has access to a SW facing 200sqft deck. Bring your design ideas to the main level with 2 beds including a full bathroom & 2 piece ensuite. Original wood floors throughout are in good condition. The large & cozy living/dining room takes you to a bright 200sqft solarium.


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PASTORAL RETREAT 10 ACRE OCEAN VIEW | METCHOSIN $2,750,000 Ideally situated in idyllic Metchosin, bordered by the Galloping Goose Trail, this enchanting custom home, separate cottage, barn, gardens and green house, combine to fulfil the ultimate pastoral Lifestyle!

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In my mind, porridge is perhaps the perfect intersection of simple comforts and a limitless palette of creativity and innovation. It’s prep-ahead friendly and immensely filling. The number of bases, toppings and iterations are endless, and it lends well to seasonal inspiration. 1 0 4

A bowl of “just right” Elevated porridge for an enticing morning routine WORDS ELLIE SHORTT PHOTOGRAPHY LIA CROWE

I’m a morning person. Whether this is by default or design is up for debate, as growing up I regularly partook in early-start activities that had me at school by 7 am. My dad is also a morning person. He grew up on a working farm in Olds, Alberta, often putting my 7 am starts to shame with 5 am chores. He then became a physician, and early mornings remained a staple in his schedule, which meant that he had the honour of chauffeuring me to my various crack-of-dawn extracurriculars. He didn’t mind and neither did I. Our quiet mornings before the other members of our household had fully arisen remain some of my fondest memories. We wouldn’t say much to each other while our bodies and minds slowly woke up, but our shared routines and rituals got us calmly out the door, rarely with a sense of frantic rush. One such ritual began the evening prior as my dad laid out all the ingredients needed to make morning porridge. Having two Irish parents, porridge was less a breakfast option than a way of life for him, and I fondly remember big pots of oats gurgling away at my grandmother’s house whenever we visited. I adopted my dad’s ritual, as we shared porridge in the wee hours before heading off to our early endeavours. This unassuming-yet-grounding routine set the tone and pace for the day ahead, and even now in this season of new motherhood and the chaotic swirl it sometimes brings, I’ve found myself anchored by this ingrained respect for morning routines, and stick-to-your-ribs satisfying breakfasts. A few years ago, while visiting a friend in London, England, I found my reverence for porridge fortified upon discovering a charming and trendy little breakfast joint called 21 Grains in Covent Garden. I was lured there by the promise of their buzzed-about porridge bowls, with ingredients and descriptions that felt fresh and exciting. One was adorned with plum and bay compote, lemon cream, almonds, cinnamon and thyme, and another with chia pudding, blackberries, almond butter, cacao and fresh mint. I was inspired and comforted to see others passionate about porridge.


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There are many other restaurants and cafes throughout the world that offer unexpected and elevated takes on gruel, and if you go on even a short stroll down a porridge-inspired Pinterest board, you’ll see some remarkable masterpieces. I tell you all this as a friendly reminder to perhaps give porridge another try if you’ve sworn it off as boring or bland, or if you’ve seen these artistic iterations and feel like they’re unattainable in your already stretched morning time situation. Clearly, I’m passionate about porridge, and my mission is to prove that oatmeal is anything but “oatmeal,” or that an artistic bowl of breakfast-time beauty is more accessible than you might think. In my mind, porridge is perhaps the perfect intersection of simple comforts and a limitless palette of creativity and innovation. It’s prep-ahead friendly and immensely filling. The number of bases, toppings and iterations are endless, and it lends well to seasonal inspiration. So, if it’s encouragement and the eternal challenge of where to start that are holding you back, I offer some of my top tips for making your bowl of porridge not too boring, not too elaborate, but “just right,” as our pal Goldilocks might say.


Porridge in its many forms is a worldwide and ancient phenomenon. Steel cut oats in Ireland, teff in Ethiopia, quinoa in the Andes, farro throughout the Mediterranean, bulgur throughout the Middle East and millet throughout Asia—the porridge base is as varied. Therefore, my first tip is to get out of that rolled-oat rut and try a new grain, or even a combination of grains. Add in some seeds as you stew it for additional texture and taste. A ground flax or chia will smooth out a grittier grain like millet or bulgur and offer a wealth of nutritional benefits such as additional omega 3, 6, and 9. The more grains (and seeds) you experiment with in general, the more nutrient variety you’ll access, as they each contain their own unique makeup of various vitamins and minerals. So don’t hold back, and play around with a multi-grain (and -seed) mix.


Most grain-cooking instructions will call for water, but I recommend trying out something creamier for the most luxurious texture. Classic cow milk is a great traditional choice, or you can opt for a non-dairy version such as coconut, almond or hazelnut, all of which offer something a bit different. Because the goal is to create a softer mushier texture, you don’t have to be as fussy about liquid ratios and cook times. My general rule when making a porridge base is to double the amount of liquid you would need to cook the grain regularly. So, if the basic teff instruction says 1 cup of teff to 1.5 cups of liquid, up the liquid to 3 cups. You may need to add more liquid as you go, especially if you’re like me and prep the base ahead of time and reheat before enjoying (often grains absorb more liquid as they sit).


The key to almost any good dish is layering various textures and flavours that are contrasting yet complementary. The same theory applies here. Something creamy like yogurt, chia pudding, a chocolate sauce or a nut or seed butter offers a smooth accompaniment to the grain base. Some crumbled crunchy nuts, seeds or coconut chips break up a more homogenous consistency. Chopped dried fruit is not only sweet and tangy, but also texturally exciting with an added chewiness. Pair the dried fruit with fresh, fried or stewed fruit (such as a compote or a coulis) and you’re delivering even more flavour and textural juxtapositions that are pleasing to the palate.


One of the easiest, simplest ways you can spice up an otherwise bland bowl of mush is to do just that…add some spice! When stewing my grains, I almost always add some cinnamon, a bit of vanilla, a pinch of sea salt and then whatever other seasoning inspires me: nutmeg, clove, ginger, cardamom…sometimes all of it!


Picturing a bowl of porridge, one often thinks of sweet and cozy like apples and cinnamon, but a whole world opens up when you realize you can add any ingredients you want, especially those more on the “savoury” spectrum. Congee (Chinese rice porridge) is often served with an egg, and, of course, in Italy, risotto (essentially a cheesy creamy porridge) is a popular dish eaten at various meals throughout the day. To give your grain base more of a savoury edge, cook it with broth, and then play around with toppings like sautéed veggies, micro-greens and eggs. Even mixing and matching sweet and savoury can be particularly transcendent: try adding herbs and balsamic vinegar to a fruit compote, and then pairing it with a rich and creamy cheese like mascarpone.



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Ingredients: Serves 6-8 ¼ tsp saffron 1 lb white fish (lingcod or rockfish), cut into 2” pieces ¼ cup high heat oil (canola or grapeseed) 8 head on spot prawns ½ lb squid or octopus, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp smoked paprika Check 4 roma tomatoes, diced our website 3 cloves garlic. Minced for more 1 bell pepper, diced great seafood 1 onion, diced 7 cups flavourful stock recipes 2 ½ cups paella rice ½ lb clams or mussels Directions: • Place saffron in ¼ cup of hot water and allow to steep. • Season the fish with salt and pepper. • Place your pan over medium/high heat and add the oil. Sear the fish and prawns in the oil allowing it to brown. You do not need to worry about cooking through at this point. • Once the fish has colour, remove it from the pan and set aside. Add the squid, peppers, onions, garlic, and paprika and cook about 5-6 minutes until soft. • Add saffron water and broth, bring it to a boil, and season well. • Sprinkle rice over the broth and stir to incorporate. THIS IS THE LAST TIME YOU WILL STIR THIS DISH. • Sprinkle tomatoes over the rice and cook for 10-12 minutes still on medium/high heat. If your pan is larger than your heat source move the pan around a few times to ensure that it cooks evenly. • Reduce the heat to low, add the seared white fish. • Place the clams or mussels in the rice hinge side down so they can easily open. Cook for another 5-10 minutes over low heat until liquid is fully absorbed and shellfish pops open. • Remove from the heat, add prawns, and cover with foil for 5 minutes before eating.


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Millet and Chia Pudding Porridge with Honey Fried Bananas, Coconut and Lime *Makes about 2 servings Ingredients ½ cup millet 2-3 tbsp ground flax 2-3 cups coconut milk (start with 2 cups and add more if needed) 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Sea salt 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp ginger Coconut oil or butter 1-2 bananas, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise 1 tbsp honey (plus extra for drizzle) ½ cup chia pudding, divided ⅓ cup coconut yogurt, divided Zest of one lime ¼ cup chopped cashews, divided Optional garnish of coconut flakes


Directions *Note: you’ll need to make the chia pudding ahead of time. To do so, combine 5 tbsp chia seeds with 1 cup coconut milk and 1 tsp of honey in a sealable jar (like a medium-sized mason jar). Give it a good stir or secure the lid and give it a big shake, making sure all the seeds are evenly dispersed in the milk. Let sit overnight in the fridge and stir before serving. In a medium-sized pot, bring the milk to a boil. Add the millet, ground flax, vanilla, sea salt and spices, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed and you have a creamy porridge consistency (this may take 20 to 30 minutes and may require adding more milk at some point). Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan to medium-high heat. Add a small amount of coconut oil or butter (about 1 tbsp) and honey (about 1 tbsp) and then the sliced banana. Fry on each side for a minute or two, until the banana slices are caramelized on each side. Set aside. To assemble, spoon 1 cup of the cooked millet-flax mix into a bowl, layer with some fried banana, about a ¼ cup of chia pudding and a couple spoonfuls of coconut yogurt, and then top with some chopped cashews and the lime zest. Drizzle with honey, if desired, and a sprinkling of coconut flakes. Repeat for the second bowl and enjoy!

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Ingredients ½ cup bulgur 2-3 tbsp ground chia seeds 1 ½ to 2 cups hazelnut milk, divided (start with 1 ½ and add more if needed) 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided Sea salt 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp cardamom Butter ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips ¼ cup tahini 4-6 fresh figs, cut in half ⅓ cup Greek yogurt, divided ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts, divided Maple syrup or honey for drizzle *Shown here with optional garnish of edible flowers

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Directions In a medium-sized pot, bring the milk to a boil. Add the bulgur, ground chia, sea salt, vanilla and spices, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed and you have a creamy porridge consistency (this may take 20 to 30 minutes and may require adding more milk at some point). Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan to medium. Melt 2 tbsp butter, and then add the chocolate cups, tahini and a couple tbsp remaining milk. Reduce heat to low and stir/whisk consistently until the chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside. To assemble, spoon about 1 cup of the cooked bulgur-chia mix into a bowl and layer with a couple spoonfuls of Greek yogurt. Top with a few fig halves and some chopped hazelnuts. Drizzle with the chocolate tahini sauce and a bit of maple syrup or honey if desired. Repeat for the second bowl and enjoy!


Steel Cut Oats with Bay Plum Compote and Mascarpone *Makes about 2 servings Ingredients ½ cup steel cut oats 1 ½ to 2 cups milk (start with 1 ½ and add more if needed) 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Sea salt 1 tsp cinnamon ⅛ tsp clove Olive oil or butter (about 1 tbsp) 2 loose cups sliced plums (I used Italian plums) 1 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp maple syrup (plus extra for drizzle) 2 bay leaves About ½ cup mascarpone, divided 2 tbsp to ¼ cup smooth almond butter, divided 1 loose cup fresh blackberries, divided ¼ cup chopped almonds, divided Optional garnish of hemp hearts Directions In a medium-sized pot, bring the milk to a boil. Add the steel cut oats, vanilla, sea salt and spices, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed and you have a creamy porridge consistency (this may take 20 to 30 minutes and may require adding more milk if necessary). Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan to medium. Add a small amount of olive oil or butter (no more than 1 tbsp) and then the sliced plums, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and bay leaves. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes, until the plums are soft and stewed. Uncover and cook on simmer for a few more minutes until it thickens slightly. Set aside. To assemble, spoon about 1 cup of steel cut oatmeal into a bowl and layer with a couple spoonfuls of plum compote and some mascarpone, and then top with a few blackberries and some chopped almonds. Drizzle with almond butter and a bit of maple syrup if desired, and garnish with a sprinkling of hemp hearts. Repeat for the second bowl and enjoy!








5-Grain Savoury Porridge with Tamari Shiitakes and Six-Minute Eggs *Makes about 2 servings Ingredients ½ cup five-grain mix (equal parts pearl barley, quinoa, farro, teff and rice) 2-3 cups broth (start with 2 cups and add more if needed) Sea salt 2 eggs 1 loose cup shiitake mushrooms 1 tsp tamari sauce 1 tbsp sesame seed oil 1-2 radishes, thinly sliced, divided 1 spring onion, sliced, divided ½ loose cup micro-greens, divided Optional garnish of sesame seeds


Directions In a medium-sized pot, bring the broth to a boil. Add the grain mix, some sea salt (unless your broth is already quite salty), reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed and you have a creamy porridge consistency (this may take 20 to 30 minutes). Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan filled with water to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, gently place the eggs in the boiling water, turn the heat down to low, cover and cook the eggs for 6 minutes. Once cooked, place the eggs in an ice bath, and allow them to cool before peeling and slicing in half. Heat a saucepan to medium-high heat. Add the sesame seed oil, mushrooms and tamari sauce. Sauté until soft and slightly crispy on some edges. Remove from the heat and set aside. To assemble, spoon about 1 cup of the cooked five-grain mix into a bowl and arrange some radish slices, a halved egg, some microgreens and a bit of chopped spring onion on top. Garnish with some sesame seeds, or any other toppings you’d like, repeat with the second bowl and enjoy!

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Our first impression is “this must be a film set; surely this can’t be real.” A little truck ferries luggage up and down the bridge, much to our relief. From afar, our first impression is “this must be a film set; surely this can’t be real.” We have time-traveled back to an Etruscan village, built 2,500 years ago and sculpted on volcanic rock perched atop the mountain. An earthquake devastated the hamlet in 1695, and today, although only 11 people live in the village full time, it’s attracted adventurous tourists beguiled by the bridge and the elegant Corte della Maestà hotel. Entering through the ancient stone archway, every step is history. Narrow cobblestone passageways and walls festooned with climbing roses meander off the main piazza, a dizzying maze to the uninitiated. Having just come from the teeming crowds in Rome, we crave “dolce far niente”—slowing down to enjoy the beauty and the sweetness of doing nothing. Our charming host and hotel manager, Cristiana Melis, is waiting and she leads us through a hidden leafy wooden door that opens into Corte della Maestà (translated to “court of majesty”). If the literary classic The Secret Garden enchanted you as a child, Corte della Maestà’s walled enclave with its towering arbours and olive trees, potted blue hydrangeas and hidden statuary will captivate all your senses as an adult.

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“I discovered Civita almost 30 years ago visiting a patient of mine,” explains owner Paolo Crepet, a well-known Italian psychiatrist, author and TV personality. “It’s constructed like a dream but it’s not a hermitage, it’s an emotional experience,” Paolo and wife Cristiana have spent decades renovating the chic antique-filled property, once a 14th-century bishop’s palace, now transformed into a boutique hotel. The two met years ago when she was an arts publicist for an exhibition of Federico Fellini’s illustrations for many of his legendary films. In fact, one of the hotel’s first guests was film director Giuseppe Tornatore, who won an Oscar for the heartfelt masterpiece Cinema Paradiso and is a long-time friend of Paolo. Their mutual love of the arts and scouring antique and flea markets, Paolo’s passion for auctions and Cristiana’s intrinsic ability to make everything at once both homey and exquisite (she should have been an interior designer) make our stay the highlight of our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Italy. All four-bedroom suites are stunning. Resembling old master still-life paintings, each harbours its own treasures and fascinating back-stories that Cristiana has conceptualized with antiques mixed with contemporary furnishings. It’s no coincidence that we are staying in La Scrittrice (The Writer Suite) with its own private entrance off the garden. The cabbage-rose-patterned wallpaper in the sitting room mimics the rose-clustered pergola outside and is a reproduction plucked from Virginia Woolf ’s London home, as is the antique writing desk. An original 16th-century fresco has been left untouched on the wall of the cosy bedroom and a wrought iron headboard towers over strewn plump pillows. The bed is topped with a chartreuse mohair blanket for chilly nights (there is a different colour in each suite), which Cristiana imported from New Zealand. Her penchant for antique


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portrait paintings, mostly of women, helps decorate the walls. The Abbess Suite, which opens onto a little balcony, takes its name from the ornate wrought iron four-poster bedframe that once belonged to the abbess of a monastery. It’s a tribute to the book The Abbess of Castro by Renaissance writer Stendhal. An early 19th-century French oak fireplace and iron bathtub complement the suite’s interior. A vision in gold, with an ornate headboard acquired from a 19th-century theatrical production, The Sleepwalker Suite is an homage to the theatre and to Italy’s grand tradition of opera, while The Intruder Suite looks out through windows over the valley and the house of the late Argentine poet and writer Rodolfo Wilcock, a great friend of famed Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. Unusual wall sconces, beaded lamps and gilded mirrors cast and reflect shadows on the ancient stone walls of each suite. Entering the hotel’s la cucina (kitchen), it’s hard to know where tp rest your eyes first as it overlooks an immense garden planted with fig, persimmon and lemon trees. A crystal chandelier from Brussels, circa 1930s, dominates the vaulted stone ceiling, antique copper dessert molds adorn blue Italian tiled walls, and beautiful serving pieces from France are everywhere. They all reflect Cristiana’s obsession for brocantage, the art of collecting vintage items. “It’s been a passion of mine since I was a girl,” she confides. “It was so much fun visiting second-hand dealers and flea markets in France and Italy looking for unusual objects and treasures.” And the breakfast! The la cucina, under the supervision of the couple’s playful black and blonde Labrador sisters, Ortensia and Olivia, is the rustic centre of activity in the mornings. There are jams and jellies made from the garden’s abundance, heavenly cap-

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puccinos, the freshest eggs and prosciutto, cheeses, cream puffs and tarts (hmm, maybe walking up and down the bridge is a good idea), all presented on decorative china and vintage glassware. Hazelnuts on the table, we learn, are grown in the nearby valley for Ferrero Rocher, makers of those luscious gold-foil covered chocolates and Nutella. One morning Cristiana surprises us by setting up breakfast on a pink, hand-printed Lisa Corti tablecloth, on a table under a wrought iron gazebo in the courtyard. “How in the world did they get the gazebo up the mountain?” I ask, dumbfounded, learning that it had to be brought up the bridge in sections and reassembled piece by piece. Elsewhere in the hotel is the cavernous stone Wolf ’s Lair, a cosy hideaway with an enormous fireplace. Once the ancient cistern, now converted into a home theatre, it’s filled with books, games, a Forneris piano and, of course, a large film screen. Imagine watching Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, glass of wine in hand. Venturing out of Corte della Maestà for dinner we are delighted at the number of restaurants off the main piazza. They receive fresh produce supplies almost daily via moped deliveries. Not only do Osteria Al Forno di Agnese and Alma Civita serve delicious specialties but, to our surprise, we meet several fellow Canadians dining there. Corte della Maestà is truly the bridge between past and present—a heavenly retreat from our daily lives.


Corte della Maestà is located in the mountain village of Civita di Bagnoregio. The train stops at nearby Orvieto. From Rome, it’s about 90 minutes. If you drive, there is parking at the beginning of the bridge or Cristiana Melis can arrange for a driver to pick you up at Orvieto Station.


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hen Stephen Maser became a financial advisor nearly two decades ago, he jumped at the chance to become an entrepreneur. And while his business has grown and expanded across the country, his priorities have remained the same: offer the highest level of service possible to every client who walks through his door. That not only means prompt communication and informed guidance in his role as a financial advisor, but it also means offering a high level of transparency and education as well. “It can be intimidating to pick up the phone and talk to someone in an industry that speaks a language you’re not familiar with,” says Stephen, founder of Aura Wealth Management at Raymond James Ltd. “Our focus is to reduce that anxiety, and to give our clients the knowledge they need to better understand their relationship with us, as well as with their own money.” He designed his business




“I really enjoy the restaurants, and particularly the bartending scene. The bartenders in Victoria are really quite excellent.”

The 7 Sins ENVY:

Whose shoes would you like to walk in? Leonardo da Vinci. I’ve always found him fascinating and been really envious of his intelligence and ability to master multiple disciplines. After reading Walter Isaacson’s book about him, I began to wonder how one sees the world when possessing genius like his.


What is the food you could eat over and over again? I grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern Alberta, so a great steak is always my go-to, paired with a red Bordeaux.

GREED: philosophies with an emphasis on empathy, making sure people came away feeling heard, and secure enough to ask questions. “My grandmother was the last one-room schoolteacher in Southern Alberta and her love of teaching and learning was deeply ingrained into me at a young age,” he says. These philosophies impact every aspect of the business, including the name itself. “Aura Wealth Management is meant to elicit a certain mindset—a calmness. The name of the practice holds a lot of meaning for me, for many reasons,” he says, adding that one of those reasons is that it’s named for his wife, Laura, only with the “L” dropped. Born and raised in Alberta, Stephen moved to the Okanagan in 2011 with his family. He quickly fell in love with BC, and when he had the opportunity in 2015 to take over a business centred in Victoria and Vancouver, he jumped at the chance. Now he travels out to Vancouver Island multiple times a year to support those relationships, maintaining an exceptional level of service that his clients have come to expect. “I’ve got clients spread out all over in Canada and the US, and I feel it’s important to go there and see these people,” he says. “What took me there was business, but I enjoy going back quite a bit.” “I really enjoy the restaurants, and particularly the bartending scene. The bartenders in Victoria are really quite excellent,” he says. “I almost always stay downtown—to stay central for my clients in Sooke and Sidney, as well as those in Victoria—and that walk along the Inner Harbour is always beautiful.”

You’re given $1 million that you have to spend selfishly. What would you spend it on? I’m not a hugely materialistic person, so I’d likely spend it on world travel. If I had to pick a thing, I’m a sucker for a beautiful car, so probably an Aston Martin DB9 Volante.


Pet peeves? Socks with sandals. I mean, come on, people. Really?


Where would you spend a long time doing nothing? Troncones, Mexico. Some wonderful friends of ours introduced us to this tiny little surfing village a few years ago. It’s quiet and relaxing with little to do but walk the secluded beach, read, eat at the local restaurants and generally unplug. It is old Mexico in the best way.


What is the one thing you’re secretly proud of ? I’m proud of the fact that I was able to successfully build my business from nothing, especially in an industry that’s very difficult to survive in.


What makes your heart beat faster? Easily my wife, Laura. Not only is she beautiful, but she is also wickedly intelligent and accomplished in her own right. She challenges me in ways no one else ever has.






The term diary is used in the broadest sense, as some are no more than scraps of paper.


I’ll skip details about a frazzled morning with kids and grandkids off to Rome. Leaving everyone except Mark and me. He drove half of them into the train station in Arezzo with the others following. Alone with the sounds of the dishwasher and wash machines, the emptiness hits. Now what? It will be hot, so I close doors and windows against the noon sun. This VRBO villa is perfect for our family, but too quiet for two. The three-storey house sits on the edge of town between vineyards and the Tuscan Hills and Apennine Mountains in the distance. There’s not another soul in sight, and tonight it will be just us and the night noises. When Mark returns, we plan the next few days, alone. The void fills with anticipation as we drive to Pieve Santo Stefano, home to the Little Diary Museum. Pieve is an unassuming town of 3,320 but was once loved by Lorenzo de’ Medici. Located 70 kilometres east of Florence, Pieve must have offered refuge from mosquitoes and heat, and relief from political intrigue. During the Second World War, the town was evacuated and razed by the fleeing Nazis. Only the former palace and a few churches hint at its ancient charm. Each year the town and museum host a three-day event to announce the winner of the best diary of the year. Mark knows I journal and found us this unusual, out-of-theway museum to explore. Who reads the diaries of other people? Are diaries and journals the same? Why do I think diaries are the more scandalous form of auto-writing? And what country collects the diaries of its ordinary citizens as part of its national archive? We drove through a narrow river valley in a forest reserve with steep mountains that was more like BC than the Tuscany of countless books or movies. Where are the pastel towns, domes, towers and endless vineyards? When we arrive, our introduction to the Little Diary Museum starts in the hot office of one of the historians. Mark and I are embarrassingly unilingual so the guide provides a personalized tour in English. We will not be able to read any of the diaries and once again, I regret my inability to learn other languages. The strangeness of the day wears off, replaced by the magic of the museum. Hours evaporate as we hear stories that are the “accidental social history of everyday Italians.” There’s the

story about a solider and his love, a memoir by an architect who was the victim of a terrorist attack in 1970, a Jewish man who writes about fascist racial laws in Italy, and a farmer from Naples remembering his years in a Siberian prison. A narrow corridor houses the overflowing Memory Wall. The alphabetized 20-drawers are filled with ephemera: mementos, letters, drawings, photos and postcards and, when opened, a voice. Actors were enlisted to read each diary to give voice to that story. Did I mention there are currently over 10,000 diaries? The term diary is used in the broadest sense, as some are no more than scraps of paper. There are those smuggled out of the infamous Regina Coeli prison in Rome where 335 prisoners were held and executed by the SS. Among them was 17-year-old Orlando Posti, student and partisan, who rolled notes into his shirt collars which his mother collected for laundering. He wrote about his dreams and desire to become a doctor, about his girlfriend, but not the war or life in a closet-like cell with four other men. In a windowless, air-controlled room, behind glass is the Bedsheet Diary of Clelia Marchi. A peasant woman who lacked paper to tell her story, she used an embroidered linen bedsheet that was part of her trousseau. In tiny neat writing she filled the sheet from top to bottom, pouring out her grief over the death of her husband of 60 years. A closet-like room is dedicated to the eccentric founder, Saverio Tutino, a journalist. In 1984 when he was searching for a home for his papers, he asked in a national paper if other Italians had a diary in a drawer somewhere. If so, he said, do not let it become mouse food. Diaries began to flow in and continue to arrive at the museum at the rate of nearly 200 a year. According to Edward Posnett, in The Guardian, “All are accepted and read regardless of pedigree or literary merit.” He said Tutino collected the “unwanted, forgotten and awkward documents to create a type of literary salvage,” which were alphabetized, catalogued, archived and taken out only a few times a year. This all changed in 2007, when actor and playwright Mario Perrotta visited the museum for its 25th anniversary. Upon discovering the archived diaries, he spearheaded the drive for a permanent site to display the collection. In his book, The City of Diaries, Perrotta commented that the alphabetical nature of


My thoughts linger on the role diaries play in preserving history and what happens to the “visceral first-hand accounts” of everyday people? the catalogue forced people into an “eternal closeness,” in which “enforced cohabitation might place a fascist whose surname begins with F next to a freedom fighter whose surname begins with G.” Both Tutino and Perrotta imagined the diaries moving about at night to free themselves to search for similar stories to share. Back in our villa, I imagine the drawers on the Memory Wall gliding open after hours and in the inky darkness, luminous beings, flitting about like fireflies, filling the air with rustling, gurgling and voiceless babbling sounds until dawn. Suddenly, a loud BANG comes from somewhere in the dark of our almost empty villa…


Daylight chases away my irrational fears, though my imagination ran wild last night. Awake long after Mark, in the dark, the loud noise made my heart race and didn’t make sense. The gate was locked, the kitchen grate was closed and the massive front doors were barred with a four-foot arm. If this had been a movie, someone would investigate the shadowy halls and dank cellar—but not me. I stayed put, turned on all the lights and a comedy on TV to lull myself to sleep. Now in the light, armed with coffee, I search for the source of

last night’s noise. I expect to find a wounded bird and broken vase on the second floor, where there’s a large fireplace with a chimney open to the elements. We’ve already chased out stray birds and mad hornets. There’s nothing out of place when I check, so I return to my journaling outside. While collecting my train of thoughts about my last entry, I absentmindedly notice that the patio is damp. Tutino described the sound of the diaries moving about in the museum at night this way: “There is a type of special noise, a rustling sound of sprouts pushing up from the Archive after all these years… filled with the stories of Italians.” Rustling, like the word susurrus, is a whispering noise. Not like the one I heard last night, but more like the soft breeze stirring the trees now. Looking up, I see an open shutter on the second floor. Ah, mystery solved! The wind must have come up to catch an unsecured shutter and slam it against the house, startling me. I finish writing and close my sunflower-yellow journal as it’s time to explore another hilltop town. My thoughts linger on the role diaries play in preserving history and what happens to the “visceral first-hand accounts” of everyday people? Umberto Eco says, “to survive, we must tell stories” and our diaries and journals are home to some of those stories. What will become of them? Who will mind your diary?

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behind the story It all started with a conversation between Boulevard’s Lia Crowe and interior designer Kyla Bidgood about how the “advanced style” aesthetic—made famous by New York legends such as Iris Apfel and Ari Seth Cohen—has become a celebrated interior design trend. That conversation grew into an overall theme for this edition of Boulevard. Those unfamiliar with the term “advanced style” can turn to the words of Ari Seth Cohen, who is the creator of Advanced Style, a book, blog, documentary and website project devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” When considering this as a theme—a celebration of lives lived creatively, mature fashion mavens and the “granny chic” aesthetic that has filtered down to every age group— and thinking about the words of Ari Seth Cohen, one person immediately jumped to mind: longtime Victoria city councillor Pamela Madoff. “She is someone who I have seen (and you probably have too) peripherally at events over the years—because she stands out!” says Lia. “She possesses such sartorial savviness with her unique style that abounds with colour, rich fabrics and bold jewellery. I once had the privilege of photographing her home for Boulevard a number of years ago, and saw that her house is an extension of her style: it overflows with wonder, playfulness and an appreciation of beautiful things. At that time a nugget of an idea started to form in my mind, and I found myself thinking that one day I would love to shoot a fashion story in her home.” It was our pleasure that when asked, she said yes! It was an honour to feature a true Victoria legend in this issue, photographing her and her home, styled by herself, and using the treasures she has collected over a lifetime. Thank you, Pamela, for sharing your home, your wardrobe and a few cookies with us! PHOTO BY LIA CROWE


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