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It’s that time of year when we go back inside, cook stews, cover up in cozy throws, wear slippers, turn on the fireplace, and just generally slow down a little … or at least we should. In this issue, we go inside some remarkable spaces throughout Burnaby, the Tri-Cities and New Westminster – the communities we publish for. We feature a Burnaby Mountain west coast contemporary stunner, designed by Love It or List It behind-the-scenes alumni Sarah-Marie Lackey of Sarah-Marie Interior Designs. We get to peek inside the spectacular Port Moody home – perfectly perched on a hill overlooking the ocean – of down-toearth interior designer Laura Grist.Then we get a chance to see how Chelsey Hornsby, of pure SPACE interior design, has turned an ’80’s-built Coquitlam home into a modern-yet-warm space. We also talk to the New Westminster designer about her toughest project yet – renovating and designing her own character home. Inspired by the sultry and vibrant colours and playful textures of Morocco, we look at ideas for bringing hits of the exotic aesthetic into your home. But we can’t forget the kids, so we asked interior designer Jennifer Rudolph of Blue Garnet Design to share darling storage tips for the little ones. And finally, because we have to go outside sometimes, writer Christina Myers shares her tips on creating a welcoming outdoor space.We hope you enjoy your time inside our SPACE. After all, it’s what is inside that counts.

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Eight Rules for planning the perfect space Lucky readers get a word from the ultra-wise team at Oliver Simon Design. Principles Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson – who named their in-demand design firm by combining the first names of their respective sons – offer their eight commandments for successful space planning.

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Have a plan Measure furnishings, sketch a floor plan, and choose fabrics first.The more organized you are before you start the better your vision will turn out. Have a focal point Whether it’s a fireplace, bed, or a window with a view, every room needs an anchor for the eye. Know wHat tHe function of tHe room is Whether it’s a TV room or a study, if the space doesn’t function the way you need it to, it’s wasted space.

repeat Use the principle of repetition when planning shapes, colours, fabrics and patterns. One chartreuse accent in a room may look like an afterthought, but several chartreuse accents tell a story. surround yourself witH tHings you love A home should reflect the personality and lifestyle of those who live there. Family photos or things collected on travels help make a space personal and add interest.

edit If you don’t love it, it should go. Simple as that. splurge Maybe it’s one good toss pillow or a really special piece of art. Every room should have at least one luxury item. a Heart beat Every space should have something organic. Whether it’s flowers, plants or just a bowl of fruit. A heartbeat makes it a home. Source:

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Tips expert

■ Whether you are buying or selling a home, take the time to interview a few different realtors to determine who best suits you. Choose a realtor you trust and someone you feel will look out for your best interests and listen to their expert advice. ■ Before viewing homes as a buyer or putting your home on the market (seller), meet with your realtor to discuss the buying/ selling process so you can be prepared for what to expect. Be sure to review the costs involved so you know how much everything will cost once you make the decision on signing the paperwork. ■ As a seller, when interviewing a realtor be sure to ask questions of the services they provide, including their marketing plan and their approach/ strategy on how to present/ sell the home. ■ Buying/selling a home is a very exciting time but also very stressful. Be prepared for the ups and downs throughout the process and try not to get discouraged. Especially in the active market we are currently experiencing, some buyers have to write offers that are competing against other buyers and may lose out on multiple homes before buying a home.

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Business Profile

rewriting the book on real estate Real estate pro Patti Goss and her team are known for delivering top-notch service and expertise – crucial attributes when it comes to successfully buying and selling in today’s hot housing market. The Patti Goss team’s approach puts clients at ease and proves they’re in good hands with realtors who provide unique extras. This includes booklets that Patti’s son and business partner, Wes Goss, created as a resource guide for buyers and sellers – to walk their clients through every step of the process, from the moment they list until they turn the key in the door of their new home. “We realized – especially for first-time home buyers and sellers – they might not understand how the entire process works. Our guide is meant to empower them with as much information as possible,” Wes explains. The guide is just one of the perks of being a Patti Goss team client. Other thoughtful benefits include tickets to the annual B.C. Home and Garden Show and Vancouver Home and Design Show, invites to the team’s Christmas Party at Wild Rice Restaurant, a private shopping evening at Cadeaux Boutique, art events at Van Dop Art Gallery

and a new tradition of lawn bowling parties. It’s this kind of exceptional client care that has helped make Patti and Wes Medallion Club Members, which recognizes the Top Realtors in Greater Vancouver, and is why Patti was voted by New West Record readers as the top Realtor every year from 2009 to 2012, then again in 2014 and 2015. Maintaining and building relationships is key to their success, says Patti, who also recently became a Quarter Century Club Member, which celebrates her 25 years in the industry. Five years ago, Wes came onboard to help with her business, balancing out her team by merging his strengths with hers. A social media savvy millennial, the secondgeneration realtor brings a wealth of knowledge to their online marketing and advertising strategies. Assistant Brooke Washburn, who joined the team in July, keeps the busy office running smoothly. “We compliment each other,” Patti says. “Wes and Brooke are more knowledgeable about technology and social media advertising trends, and I’m more

the face-to-face person.” While Patti is well-known for her years in the real estate business, what people might not know is that for almost two decades she has brought warm lunches and her big trademark smile to seniors living alone in New Westminster, and now Wes has joined her in the family tradition of helping others. “They’re always happy to see us,” says Patti. “Many of them can’t get out of their house, so it feels good to socialize with them and for them to know we are there.” Giving is part of Patti’s business model – every sale she and Wes make, through their roles as RE/MAX Realty Advantage agents, they donate a portion of their commission to the Children’s Miracle Network. Patti also serves as a director for the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and recently completed a six-year run as director for the Burnaby, New West, Tri-Cities real estate division. They also quietly support many other charity organizations. For both mother and son, the community is not just a place they work, but a place where they can make a difference.



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Her digs:

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By Niki Hope

Designer Laura Grist in her kitchen. Behind her is the cement tile that is one of her favourite features of her home, which was designed not by her, but by her team members. She is resting on her solid wood island, another favourite in the home where she raised her four now-grown children.

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or someone who lives high on a hill, Laura Grist is very down to earth. SPACE Magazine sat down for a chat with the residential and commercial interior designer, who specializes in space planning and open-concept design, to talk about the home she and her husband built and raised their four grown children. Her home – perched on a hill in Port Moody overlooking the Burrard Inlet – is an ode to her style and character: comfortable, warm, smart, with some fun hits of humour. wHere do you primarily worK, is it in tHe tri-cities?

I like to work in the Tri-Cities; I do downtown if I want to, but there are lots of good designers there. tHere’s lots of Homes out Here, too.

Yes, absolutely, and they are all at that time when (at lot of homeowners) want to update. tell me about your Home, How would you describe it?

It’s a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home, with a finished basement, which is where I work.

wHat was it about tHis Home tHat you were attracted to?

We built this home, me and my husband, because we had four children, and we needed space that we could be together, and (laughing) apart from each other.

The barn door to the pantry is one of the biggest conversation pieces in the house.

was it a plot of land?

Yes, it was a plot of land; we designed it and built (in 1991). was it tHe view tHat attracted you?

Oh ya, the view over the inlet is beautiful. I love to see the water. I love to be able to wash my dishes and look out and see the sailboats go by. People don’t really realize, but in Port Moody the whole community is surrounded by the inlet. you built everytHing custom originally, but obviously you’ve updated it since.

Yes, we did a full renovation this year.

wHat is tHe feature you love tHe most about your Home?

Birds turn up in a guest room. Designer Laura Grist has a thing for birds, saying they bring a little light-hearted humour to a space.

Probably the cement tile behind the stove, because we got to design the colours and put the colours where we wanted.

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do you find it difficult as a designer to decide on items, or is it sometHing you are constantly tHinKing about?

I had two designers that worked with me at the time, and I let them have the opportunity to design my house, so it was a no holds-barred do whatever you’d like.The designers were Alex Matheos and Nicole Markota (team Grist’s newest member is Iris Moews). wHat are tHe conversation pieces in your Home?

Probably the barn door (to the pantry). … It’s made out of old wood planks, and it was handforged by the fellow who made it for us. And the island that is made out of solid wood. How would you describe tHe décor in your Home?

I would say livable, because you have got to live in a house.

tell me about tHe birds.

I love birds (laughs). I always have some little piece in most places that I design and decorate that has at least one little bird in it. I think they’re funny, and I think you need to have a little bit of humour when you are doing this. I think everybody’s house should have just a little bit of humour.

(Above) The bathroom window shows a glimpse of the mountains.The home is perched on a hill and parts of it look out onto the Burrard Inlet below. (Left) Birds turn up again on an art wall in the home of Port Moody designer Laura Grist.

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■ Find pieces you love and mix it up. An eclectic decor is always more personal and successful. ■ Include dramatic lighting and wood elements to bring in the warmth. Modern decor is often cold and unwelcoming; add these elements to warm it up. ■ Minimalism is a key element – less is truly more when trying to get that MCM look; better to select fewer items than risk cluttering the space. Resist the urge to place all your furniture against the walls and, instead, bring them into the center of the room. MCM furniture pieces, like sofas and lounge chairs, were intended to be appreciated from all sides, like a sculpture. ■ Low profile: so much of the MCM look was about not interrupting the sight lines to the outdoors. The typical walls of glass in MCM architecture were meant to blur the lines between indoors and out. Keeping your furniture low will achieve that look. To further enhance the look, bring in natural elements like plants, woolly carpets and wood. ■ Get bold: color and strong geometric designs were clearly an element in MCM decor, so paint a feature wall a bold color and use bold pops of color or geometric fabrics in your art and accessories.

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Business Profile

a mid-century modern love affair

Mid-Century Modern Home owner Jenny Cashin was poised to tackle a master’s degree at UBC - an extension of her career as a teacher and math tutor in NYC wh modern style that captured Jenny’s heart. Vibrant art glass and sleek architectural lighting are set off against warm wood furnishings throughout the space. There’s a healthy selection of dining tables, credenzas, desks, couches, coffee tables and more most Danish teak and rosewood, all with gorgeous clean lines, and evidently, all built to last. “I love the minimalism of this furniture, the sculptural elements are informed by the function of the piece - the Danish designers did not forfeit beauty for function,” says Cashin, who started buying and selling Danish furniture seven years ago, after her plans to flip the house she’d restored went sideways during the market crash of 2008. “I’ve always been fortunate to do creative work that I love, and I’ve never hesitated to switch it up when the situation called for it. From there, the idea to open a shop and sell the restored pieces she found was born. Her

first shop was in New West’s Antique Alley, a hidden-treasure style destination for vintage aficionados, later moving when River Market owner Mark Shieh wooed her to the new airier, open concept space at the Quay. “He’s an innovator and a visionary,” says Cashin, who expanded her store’s footprint to a second location across the hall last February. Today, Mid-Century Modern Home is sought out by collectors, designers and furniture buffs throughout the lower mainland. It’s a shop for people who appreciate fine furnishings made before mass-consumption became the norm – when producing goods of quality and longevity was a priority. Surveying the goods – for example, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous desk by Svend Madsen with a spectacular flared lip at the back and curves throughout the design, or a teak frame lounger by Finn Juhl, with fine lines and a rich wood tone that contrasts perfectly against the new gray wool upholstery. There are also expertly curated collections of mid-century house

wares, gorgeous German pottery, bright pops of art glass, sexy bar ware and decorative accessories to complete the MCM look. “Part of the appeal of MCM design is that it blends well with other styles, so one doesn’t need to have a home outfitted entirely in teak to opt for a piece or two that adds the right hit of cool,” says Cashin. Of course, there are those who have always appreciated the mid-century look, even before Mad Men premiered and reminded everyone how hip it was. I have clients who have kept their mid-century look through the decades. They consider it to be classic modernism, and not dictated by trend or fashion.” At Mid-Century Modern Home, the furnishings are in optimum condition. Cashin is known for the quality of her restorations, skills first learned renovating her house. Taking in her vast collection at the market, it’s clear the math whiz and would be house flipper has found a calling that measures up to her true passion.


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West coast contemporary

By Niki Hope

a clean space with neutral tones and coastal vibes When you have a thing for the colour blue, it helps to design a west coast contemporary home. Designer Sarah-Marie Lackey uses hits of the hue – along with warm browns and soft creams – throughout the Burnaby Mountain project she took on for a high-end custom home builder, who was selling the home. “Living in Vancouver, so close to the water, intuitively, I’m always picking blues,” says the designer, who runs her namesake design firm, Sarah-Marie Interior Designs, from her office in Kitsilano. “Blue seems to be really safe and

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gender neutral – when you walk into the space it doesn’t read feminine or too masculine.” With state-of-the-art appliances and top-of-the-line features, including iPad controls, the home wasn’t designed to a specific demographic, but rather was kept neutral and classic to appeal to a broad cross section of potential buyers. When she’s designing for homeowners, Lackey has a decidedly egalitarian approach. “My philosophy as a designer is to mix the old with the new. I love the way vintage pieces tell a story and bring

(Above) Designer Sarah-Marie Lackey used blue, cream and browns throughout the Burnaby Mountain project she took on for a high-end custom home builder. (Left) Designer Sarah-Marie Lackey went west coast contemporary with this Dunlop Avenue home.

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warmth to a home. I believe the possessions in one’s home tells a story about their lives, families and heritage,” she says. “Interior design can be very wasteful, and I don’t really want to feed into that.” But with a staging project, as Burnaby Mountain was, the job required a fresh slate of furnishings. In this case, they came from Country Furniture on south Granville Street. One of her goals with the project, Lackey says, was to create a neutral enough palette that people could see themselves living

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there, while still evoking a warm feeling in the spacious four-bedroom, four-bathroom home. “The unusual products that we gravitate to as designers, buyers appreciate, but they can’t see themselves living there,” Lackey explains. It would be hard for anyone to not see themselves enjoying the soaker tub, which might be the best seat in the house to catch sweeping views of the city – not a bad spot to enjoy the beauty of the west coast.

(Top) Gorgeous wood millwork adds a sophisticated warmth to the elegant dinning space. In keeping with the west coast feel, note the soft blue tile in the kitchen. While the Burnaby Mountain showhouse was on the market, Sarah-Marie Lackey still brought in some personal touches.

Get the look

• Stay with earthy materials that you would find in your natural environment, like wood and stone. • Stick with straight lines; the more geometric the house, the more west coast it feels

• Stay within a colour palette of five tones, with a balance of neutrals, and don’t add too much texture. Keep it clean and natural. (Below) This bathroom has the best view – and possibly the best tub – in the house, with sweeping views of Burnaby.

(Far left) An office with custom built-in cabinets and lots of natural light. (Left)One of the four bedrooms in the spacious home; notice the blueand cream-colour scheme that flows throughout

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weather curb appeal By Christina Myers


hen the weather turns cooler, and grey skies replace sunshine, it’s easy to think the outdoor gardening season is over. But just because the flowering vines and brightest blooms have gone till spring, doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to keep your outdoor spaces welcoming and gorgeous.

• Consider a mix of evergreen bushes and shrubs.The variety of shades and the differing textures keep things bright and interesting. Viburnum has leaves of dark green and creamy white, and a late winter bloom of red flowers will add some wonderful colour. Junipers come in a spectrum of shades and sizes, for added height or to create ground cover. • Boxwoods are an easy way to keep the bright green of spring and summer in your yard all year long, and can do double-duty when it comes to landscaping, as they’re easily shaped to grow along a pathway to a door, or to separate lawn from patio. Don’t overlook the container possibilities: a shaped topiary-style boxwood in its own planter can add a tidy touch to a front doorway or garden. • Keep native plants in mind, too. Ferns, grasses, and moss are low maintenance because they’re already well-suited to the environment, and the variety of shapes and textures they can add is hard to beat. • Consider some garden “accessories” – these days, there are almost endless options to add a little personality to your yard, garden, entryway or patio. From serene to quirky, colourful to sedate, don’t underestimate the charm of a little something extra. A small stone pagoda, a colourfully painted birdhouse, hanging windchimes or, yes, even a retro garden gnome can add some colour and life to your space. 20 | Space | FALL 2015



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The joy of

lettinggo organizers weigh in on the Konmari method By Niki Hope

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arie Kondo’s best-selling guide to decluttering was a runaway hit when it was released last year. The book, The LifeChanging Magic of Tidying Up, presents her trademark approach KonMari Method for simplifying and organizing. New Westminster professional organizer Allyson Butt says what makes Kondo’s approach unique is that she attaches “feelings” to objects with a methodology that calls for individuals to ask themselves if a particular item sparks joy. The answer determines whether or not it gets tossed. “It’s more like a spiritual approach,” says Butt, who runs Revive Organize. After reading Kondo’s book, Butt decided to give her closet a thorough overhaul, and she was

surprised by the results. “It personally gave me a shot in the arm. I did my clothing and I was shocked by how much I donated … not a lot of clothes sparked joy,” she laughs. After purging her closet of the joyless clothes, she donated a whopping four stuffed garbage bags to charity. “Now when I put my hand in my dresser, whatever I pull out, I like,” she says. Butt started her own career as an organizer through the practice of Feng Shui, a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing with the environment.Today, she helps people in various walks of life, whether they are clearing an estate after the passing of a loved one, staging their home for a sale, downsizing Gen Xers, or just in need of sprucing up their own living space. But not everyone is

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comfortable with purging and can struggle to determine whether the joy is real. “I move with the client, I read their body language … and I can tell when they are not sure, then I have a not-sure area. And sure enough, at the end of the session, that not-sure area gets cleared,” says Butt, who isn’t a fan of shaming anyone into letting go of an item they deem valuable. Burnaby organizing dynamos Susan Borax and Heather Knittel, of Good Riddance, are also up on Kondo’s philosophy. “She’s a serious, ruthless chucker,” Knittel says about Kondo. “We have to work with people where they are,” Borax adds, noting sometimes they are called in to deal with estates and people are grieving. Kondo is from Japan, where space is hard to

come by, the organizers say, still having more space – as we do in North America – can mean people are out shopping to fill it up. “There is a balance of how much you really need in your house,” Knittel says. But the organizers, who have such easy and funny back-and-forth banter they would make a hilarious reality show duo, believe in the premise of getting rid of what doesn’t bring you joy. Having a professional organizing team on hand can help one make those final determinations. “What people lack is objectivity about their own things … so it sometimes takes another set of eyes, someone who has no connection to their stuff to help them say goodbye,” Borax says. For Kondo, saying goodbye to things is a way to say hello to a joy-filled life.


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Designer tackles toughest job yet

inside the home of an eXpert By Niki Hope

(Above) Designer Chelsey Hornsby sits in the TV room of her character home in NewWestminster. (Right) Not surprisingly, this lovely sitting area is the centre of the family home. It looks out to the foliage-rich backyard.

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enovating and designing her own character home may have been one of her hardest projects so far. New Westminster interior designer Chelsey Hornsby, of pure SPACE (see her Coquitlam project on page 31), says it was tough to commit to a look with her own place because she sees a constant stream of new ideas and inspiration through her job.“When you are a designer, you see so many beautiful things all day long that when you come to do your own house it is actually really hard to make those decisions,” Hornsby says from the kitchen of her home in the west end of the city. “When you’re doing another person’s home, you don’t second guess yourself as much.When it’s your own home, you second guess; you stand there and you ponder it.” Walking through the reno of her stunning 1923 house, it’s clear Hornsby, an indemand designer, spent a lot of time pondering every detail.The breathtaking family home mixes classic and contemporary style effortlessly. The kitchen has a black granite countertop that looks like soapstone, a soft rock

LOCAL CABINET WHISPERERS! material, and clean white tiles with dark grey grout, creating a French café effect with the warm, dark wood floors (which run throughout the home) and the vintage brass cabinet hardware on the white millwork. For Hornsby, going traditional on the permanent fixtures means having a base that allows you to change other layers to update the look down the road. “You can strip your fluff out and do modern if you want,” she says. One of the best features in the kitchen – if not the entire home – is a sitting area that looks out to the picturesque backyard, which is filled with rich greenery, including a beautiful Japanese maple.The windows, which the family put in immediately when they bought the home five years ago, frame the stunning backdrop. Not surprisingly, given the view and the space, the family typically congregates at the built-in seating area, which has a sofa depth, making it a comfortable spot to sit and relax. “I’ve actually had naps there,” Hornsby laughs. She also had a spacious pantry area built with

functional pull-out drawers that make use of a load-bearing wall that Hornsby contemplated tearing down. Instead, she turned it into much-needed additional kitchen storage space. Adjacent to the kitchen is the TV room, a simple space with a warm red Persian rug. “I’ll only add colour on décor pieces,” Hornsby explains. “I won’t add colour on walls, cabinets, floor, because you are going to change your mind next year.” Hornsby expanded the entrances to the dinning room and living room and raised the ceilings throughout the main (upstairs has three bedrooms and a bathroom). The busy designer and her husband are now looking to the basement.The couple, who do as much of the work on their own as they can – including grueling demos – have already started on their next labour of love; hopefully for Hornsby, she isn’t too distracted by the beautiful finds she comes across on her day job. (Below)The white tiles with grey grout create a French-café effect in the kitchen. Note the pantry on the left, which provides more storage space for dry goods.



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Tips expert

■ Check out Lumon’s online gallery for a variety of examples of enclosures and covers for inspiration. There is a wide range of possibilities to see what might work best in your home. ■ Call in the experts: a free onsite consultation can get the ball rolling for a new project. ■ Adding an outdoor space to your home can provide additional natural light to your living space throughout the year. ■ Go see for yourself. Lumon has a showroom in Abbotsford with another opening soon in Metro Vancouver. ■ Consider the long-term return on a personal and financial level. Covered and enclosed outdoor spaces can create valuable room for a family, with less investment than a major renovation. ■ Take stock of your needs and the way you’d use an outdoor space: for entertaining, dining, kids, pets, and more. Knowing how you’ll use the space can help best narrow down options and choices.

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patio living for all seasons Ever wondered how to enjoy the lush beauty of the outdoors all-year round without having to brave the harsh elements? Lumon Canada has got you covered, literally. The company installs outdoor covers and enclosures that allow homeowners to turn balconies and patios into stunning living areas that make use of their outdoor space throughout the year. Lumon builds retractable sliding walls for sunrooms that homeowners can open up when the weather is warm and close when it’s cool, creating a livable space that makes use of the home’s entire footprint. “We hear all the time from people that the new space that they’ve covered or enclosed becomes the most popular space in the house, because now you’ve got a space that’s bright, that’s airy,” says Lumon’s western sales manager Steve Leyenhorst. “On rainy days you can close the glass walls, then open when the sun pops through.” Along with the retractable glass walls, Lumon builds patio covers and sunrooms,

which offer UV protection. The covered patios enable families to entertain without having to worry about the weather dampening their get-togethers. The popularity of patio covers has boomed in recent years because they can be a relatively simple way to add space to new homes or a costeffective way to upgrade and expand an older home. But patio covers aren’t just for single-family homes. Condo owners are also opting for the glass enclosures to turn their patios into year-round living spaces. The Lower Mainland’s booming real estate market makes every inch of livable space count. Lumon’s patio covers provide homeowners – whether they have a condo or singlefamily home – a cost-effective way to make functional use of their outdoor space. “You get immediate return,” Leyenhorst says about investing in a Lumon patio covering. “In fact, it generally increases value because you’ve helped people to envision what else they can do with their home. It’s intended to compliment the space, not to

take over.” As a reputable company with a warranty that extends beyond the industry standard, homeowners will have peace of mind knowing their extension was built with an engineer’s backing. “There is nothing that we do not build to code, which helps avoid some of the fly-by-night, or the substandard-construction possibilities,” Leyenhorst says. And, unlike many outdoor products, Lumon’s coverings need little maintenance. “They’re extremely easy to maintain. They don’t get algae growth on them, they don’t need pressure washing. Rinse them off with soap and water and that’s it,” Leyenhorst says. Curious homeowners can take advantage of the company’s no-obligation onsite appointments. “We come to your home and give you an estimate that meets your specific needs,” Leyenhorst explains. “It’s a great way to begin to explore the options and possibilities.” To find out more, visit or call 1-844-65-LUMON.

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The wonderment of managing the toy clutter By Jennifer Rudolph Homage to the days of living simply. Days gone by when kids had only a handful of toys to play with.You marvel in awe when touring those heritage museums and see the tiny collection of toys, enough to fit in a small wooden box: a doll, a truck, a box of marbles and maybe a paper-doll set. Domestic bliss, I say.

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Here are some tips to clear tHe toy clutter and Have your space feeling liKe a grown-up lives tHere.

• Erase preconceptions that storage means surrendering to living amongst clear plastic storage bins. Expect to find fun and creative storage solutions that will make you smile and please you aesthetically.They are out 28 | Space | FALL 2015

there – you just have to find them.

toys like art, which keeps it uncluttered.

• All stuff up and off the floor. Make the most of your vertical space. Ladder-style shelving, or any for that matter, is a great way to extend the space upwards. Crate & Barrel has a collection that offers using one ladder or a grouping for an entire wall. Fabulously functional, because you can see everything, and it displays

• Offer good storage containers for the shelving – pick a collection of baskets or bins that speak to your style. Another tip: glass mason jars are great for the small stuff, beads, marbles, Lego, etc. • Make use of vertical wall space with hooks. A collection of hooks can look graphic

and interesting and are ideal for entrances, bedrooms and bathrooms. • Try some rolling wooden crate boxes for under the bed.You will love these, and they are simple to build (with online instructions) and economical. If you are not handy, most furniture stores that carry children’s furniture will offer them already built.

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• Choose storage items that add elements of fun.What kid doesn’t love to feed a monster with their dirty, grubby clothes and watch him get fatter through the week? • Mother knows best.Truly, one of the most valuable tips to manage toys was from my own mother. She told me to only have a few toys out at once and rotate them often. I thought it was deprivation,

but I was wrong. Kids can only focus on so much at one time, and they need change constantly. They will play longer and be more engrossed with less, and old toys seem new again. Magic. • Have three categories of toy storage. Easily visible and accessible, tucked away for access when needed, and in another area, out of sight.

• When you have the choice, purchase toys that aesthetically please you, and, unless it’s a favourite, pass on the eyesores.

to the smaller accents rather than larger surfaces like walls, which will have the space feeling too intense and busy.

• Keep your color palette simple.Toys are colourful and look best when they pop against solid tones or wallpaper patterns that are somewhat earthy. Greys, pale neutrals, or putty tones.This will have you feeling the Zen. Keep bright hits of colour

• Keep a good philosophy about living with children and all the stuff. Edit often, keep it simple and make it artful. Designer Jennifer Rudolph is the brainchild behind the firm Blue Garnet Design.

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The main floor living room of this modern gem in Coquitlam captures the feel of modernism, without coming off as too cool.The teak coffee table brings a soft touch to the modern edge.

Modern Love a coquitlam couple rebuilds their emptY nest By Niki Hope With their three children grown and moved out, this Coquitlam couple were ready to take their ’80’s-built family home into the modern age. Harold and Rosemary Stewart brought on designer Chelsey Hornsby, of pure SPACE interior design, to help them realize their dream house for this latest chapter of their lives. While they wanted an ultra-modern look, Hornsby brought in warm elements to accompany the cool, sleek style they were after. “Because of the age of the house and their personalities

and lifestyle, I kind of toned it down a bit for them and brought in warm wood tones and textures, softening the harder lines of the space,” Hornsby explains. The awe-inspiring entranceway leads directly to the kitchen and a glassrailing staircase, which replaced a winding colonial staircase.The custombuilt kitchen has a spacesavvy 16-foot-long island with a clean white quartz countertop and 36-inch slide-in Viking range. The fireplace was a major visual entity in the home. Clad in flagstone, the dated

(Left) The entrance is quite grand with a glass railing staircase, statement light fixture and unique birds-in-flight painting on wood.

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fixture proved costly to replace. “All of our design solutions for the fireplace kept coming out way over budget,” Hornsby says. “Instead, we softened the harshness of the stone by filling in the cracks with mortar and painting it a warm white, the same as all the interior walls.” The home already had a number of existing windows, allowing for tons of natural light to pour in.The only added window was built beside the entrance door. “I wanted as much open glass as possible, obviously the pivot door makes a 32 | Space | FALL 2015

statement, but when you look in from that Originally, Hornsby suggested the couple vantage point,” Hornsby says, pointing to take two existing bedrooms and turn one the door, “it’s kind of a wow factor when side of the upstairs into a large master, you look in and see.” but the owners opted against the The entrance also boasts a plan because they wanted the stunning Sonneman light additional bedrooms for future fixture. re-sale. I wanted as The upstairs bathroom has a much open glass One of the more charming large soaker tub, and separate décor pieces in the home is a as possIble walk-in shower with simple birds-in-flight image painted textured tile, set in a chicin black on slats of wood.The herringbone style. wood painting adds an earthy The master bathroom features fresh texture to the home. It’s these lemon-yellow back painted glass shower touches – like the picture, and the rich walls – a nice bright way to start the day. wooden accents, such as the dark, slate-

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grey basalt elongated hexagon tile in the main-floor bathroom – that adds depth and warmth to the space. The main floor living room is another area of the striking home that captures the feel of modernism without coming off as too cool. A soft-textured raw teak coffee table calms the overall feel of this welcoming room. “They were outstanding clients,” Hornsby says, about the Stewarts. “They obviously knew what they like. A lot of people know what they like, they just need someone to come in and help them figure it out.”

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Warmth from the ground up By Niki Hope

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he temperature might be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you need to suffer inside with cold feet. There are a few stylish options for keeping the toes toasty this time of year, including eco-friendly cork flooring, which has a cellular nature that holds heat, making it ideal for kitchens and living spaces. “A cork floor is a very soft floor; it has a warmth to it,” explains Michelle Bernier, owner of Design with Confidence. “It’s great to stand on if you are in the kitchen because it’s a nice cushioned floor, and it’s comfortable.” With a wide selection of shades and styles of cork flooring, it’s as much a stylish option as a durable one.With a softer feel than wood or tile, cork also makes for a gentler landing pad should something get dropped. “It has a bit more bounce to it,” says Bernier, whose shop borders the west end of New Westminster and South Burnaby. But the warmth doesn’t come cheap. Cork typically has a higher

price point than tile. including flooring, paint, and When it comes to bathrooms, window treatments, along with Bernier says she prefers tile décor advice. because it’s easy to clean, and – Bernier is a fan of area rugs to best of all – it has a way to stay bring a hit of texture and snugness warm. to a space, but don’t make the all“If we are doing tile, we are too common mistake of buying a going to put a radiant heat floor rug that’s too small for the space. underneath it,” Bernier says. “You want to make sure an Heated mats are placed area rug is under the feet of underneath tile, making all the furniture – it just a normally chilly defines your space better,” a coRK FlooR Is texture nice and Bernier says. “People get a VeRY soFt toasty. too small of rugs all of FlooR; It has “Sometimes you the time, because rugs waRmth to It have to be careful only come in specific to make sure you are sizes.” using the right tile – Bernier will often suggest you don’t want it to be clients have area rugs made too thin, you want to make sure through a carpet company to there is fire protection, just a good ensure the right fit for their home. quality tie is what you want to use,” “It’s not really any price Bernier explains. difference,” she says, adding the Another option is to pick plush carpet company will bind area rugs quality carpets to enhance not just that are ultimately of the same or the feel of warmth, but to cosy up better quality than most pre-made the feel of a space.The options rugs. are endless, says Bernier, whose Whether it’s cork, tile, or rug, design store carries a number of there’s no shortage of ways to keep home renovation and décor items, your toes warm through winter.

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Letting it go to their head

thousands of instagram followers helped her maKe major headwaY By Niki Hope It’s no surprise her accessory business blew up on Instagram. Sarah Shabacon has an alluring feed that shows off the darling headbands she creates, along with the exotic locations she’s travelled to, gorgeous interiors that inspire her, and many stylish women wearing her trademark bands. “Honestly, it was Instagram that took my business up for me,” Shabacon says, explaining Sarah Shabacon has created a headdress empire from home.

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the rise of her headband empire, called IWEARTHEHEADRESS, which she runs from her Maple Ridge home. Her one-woman operation has thousands of eager followers (she’s now at 26.7K on Instagram), waiting to see the next post from the accessories designer. Her creations are simple: headbands made of either patterned or monochromatic fabrics, along with flower bands, which sit on the head like a floral crown. The appeal of the bands is that while they are simple, they add serious hits of colour and style. Shabacon started making the gypsy-inspired headpieces two years ago when her first son was born (she now has two boys). She started putting together a charming assortment of headdresses with fabrics she sources from around the world. She travelled extensively before her oldest son was born, spending time in Europe and Africa. “After I graduated high school, I went to Africa and I was volunteering in an orphanage in Tanzania.When I was over there, I was obviously in love with all of the fabrics,” she explains. Along with the bold African prints, Shabacon uses exotic fabrics from Thailand and India.The interesting prints are what distinguishes her headpieces from other headbands – they have that boho feel, but are elevated by the quality materials she works with. “You can’t find clothing, or especially head wraps, made out of that kind of fabric anywhere (in Vancouver), so I like to be able to offer that,” says Shabacon, who nourishes her creative appetite through travel, home décor, and art. “Usually if I see a colour scheme that I like or a piece of artwork, I go off of that. I try to find fabric that just sort of emulates that,” she says, adding that being a mom has only intensified her need to be creative. “I also feel like since I’ve become a mom, it’s easier for me to tap into my creative outlet. I never would have done this before I had a kid.” Check out her inspirational feed on Instagram at iweartheheadress and her designs at Wishlist Boutique and Privilege Clothing.

IWEARTHEHEADRESS looks, including the Maldives headdress with the Honey Shades.

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When her father passed away from cancer three years ago, it was a complete shock and left her devastated. But the tragedy was one of the motivating factors in getting Cordoni to take the leap from a sales career in the radio industry to opening her Burnaby Heights cooking school and kitchenware store, Posh Pantry. There has also been another recent new venture for Cordoni. She and her husband welcomed their daughter, Breanna Nicole, into the world four months ago.The busy mom is now juggling it all, but says she’s fortunate to have such great help in her store, which is known for carrying everything from hostess gifts to virtually any kitchen gadget you could want, as well as some you don’t yet know that you want.

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