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westernliving October 2009

Homes & Design Travel Food & Wine

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THE TREND ISSUE

Next Year’s

Big Ideas

DECOR

Asian Inspiration

FURNITURE

Natural Solutions

COLOR

Cool New Palettes

Second Annual

Top 40 Foodies Under 40


Finders Keepers By Shelora Sheldon

Photographs by Lucas Finlay

A chance discovery of a waterfront plot of land inspires a Victoria couple to realize their dream home. westernliving.ca October 2009 44


granite coping surrounds the water features. The grounds are abundant with colour and texture that changes with the seasons. Japanese maples that line the driveway turn from a deep burgundy to an electric red in the fall. Inside, it’s all in the details. Walls are hand-painted (three coats, all with a brush), some frescoed. Hand-set porcelain floors decorate the bathrooms, with the master featuring Venetian glass mirrors and Carrara marble floors. The home’s personality is strengthened by the owners’ often-quirky collections, which now have breathing room. Over 1,500 Royal Doulton figurines and 17th-century Sèvres porcelains are displayed throughout the main floor, on marble plinths and in custom-designed cabinets. They’re joined by a collection of silver trophies awarded to long-passed celebrities, and a library of firstedition biographies. The south-facing windows and patio provide ample views of the ocean for the guest safely ensconced in one of the many down-filled couches and chairs. Custom stained-glass windows in the kitchen’s lounge and the living room depict several trees on the property. Pountney and Schayes put their favourite memories into their property to reflect their years of travel, with ample space for their circle of family and friends—inviting them also to dream, to relax and to have fun. “It’s such as beautiful piece of property,” says Schayes. “We’re caretakers of the place. We feel privileged to have found it.” wl See Sources

New Home Old World

Homeowners David Schayes and Ed Poutney wanted the home to look as though it had always been there. Here are their tricks for making modern materials feel timeless.

Paint by Hand

Using a brush i-nstead of a roller, though time consuming, achieves the look of classic techniques.

Choose Classics

The couple used marble and stone throughout, and opted for English walnut flooring for its uneven grain and texture, to mimic the look of vintage homes.

Wallpaper

Brunshwig and Fils wallpaper has been around since the early 1900s, and continues to produce era-appropriate reproductions. The couple chose several designs to use throughout the home.

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t was a bit of kismit and a whole lot of persistence that landed homeowners David Schayes and Ed Pountney on this sprawling bit of waterfront north of Victoria, in North Saanich. Cruising along Arbutus Bay in their boat one afternoon, the pair spotted the acreage from the water and fell for it hook, line and sinker. Avid travellers and collectors, the couple was residing in Deep Cove near Vancouver, but their home, nestled on a 50-foot lot, had become too confining. They dreamed of creating a space that mirrored the homes they’d come to love abroad. While it was love at first sight for this piece of land, it took two years of perseverance to finally land the spot—and start plans for their dream home. “We wanted a place large enough for our friends and family, and still have our own space,” says Schayes of the elegant three-storey home they dubbed Ardmore Hall. Working with architect Nigel Banks, builder Michael Knight and interior designer Richard Salter, the couple drew inspiration from European hotels they’d visited, along with the architecture of modern traditionalist Robert A.M. Stern. But this is not the stuffy mansion of old. As Schayes notes, “This is supposed to be fun.” A series of programmed fountains burst into the air when you enter the stone pillared gates, heralding your arrival as you drive down the cobbled driveway. The exterior is richly landscaped with a mini-Versaillesmeets-West Coast esthetic. Designed by landscape designers Rusnak Gallant, custom-cut

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Editors Note

A great resource for eating in the West.

28 Trends 2010 The hottest emerging decor looks, from apple-red appliances to earthy leather chairs.

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Contributors

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The Goods

Essential people, places and things this month.

35 Artful Living A home in Edmonton’s river valley showcases an important collection of Western Canadian art.

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Food

40 Top 40 Foodies Under 40 Our second annual list of the best young talent the West has to offer.

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Travel

45 Finders Keepers A classically designed home on a stunning waterfront lot north of Victoria hits all the right notes.

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Garden

Meet the talent behind this issue.

Hand-made condiments take off.

West Hollywood is nirvana for design lovers.

Tiny harvests to plant right now.

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Timeless Design

Where to find everything on these pages.

Where in the West are you? Name the spot; win the prize.

A fresh look at design classic from Western Living’s archives.

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My suffering left me sad and gloomy. Academic study and the steady, mindful practice of religion slowly brought me back to life. I have kept up with what some people would consider my strange religious practices. After one year of high school, I attended the University of Toronto and took a double-major Bachelor’s degree. My majors were religious studies and zoology. My fourth-year thesis for religious studies concerned certain aspects of the cosmogony theory of Isaac Luria, the great sixteenth-century Kabbalist from Safed. My zoology thesis was a functional analysis of the thyroid gland of the three-toed sloth. I chose the sloth because its demeanour - calm, quet, and introspective - did something to soothe my shattered self. There are two-toed sloths and there are three-toed sloths, the case being determined by the forepaws of the animals, since all sloths have three claws on their hind paws. I had the great luck one summer of studying the three-toed sloth in situ in the equatorial jungles of Brazil. It is a highly a intriguing creature. Its only real habit is indolence. It sleeps or rests on average twenty hours a day. Our team tested the slee habits of five wld three-toed sloths by placing on their heads, in the early evening 3


Christopher LeBlanc

Freelance Writer / Photographer

cleblanc@sfu.ca 778-991-9215 www.chrisleblancfreelance.ca

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Christopher LeBlanc 1215 Comox St – #2 Vancouver, B.C. v6l 3k6

Nov. 25, 2009 Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing to introduce myself and to submit my application for my services as a Freelance Writer and Photographer for your publication. My name is Christopher LeBlanc and I am confident that I possess all the qualifications and relevant experience that you are seeking in the perfect candidate for this job. I have extensive experience working for a variety of publications, including magazines, newspapers, and online. For a total of sixteen months, spanning across four consecutive summers, I was employed at the Sackville Tribune-Post, in Sackville, N.B., as a staff reporter. This employment provided me with an exceptional work ethic and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, through interviewing, team projects, and creative collaboration. I also have extensive experience taking photographs, and have included some of my best photos previously published. I am a responsible, reliable and trustworthy individual and I can assure you that I am not only qualified for this position, but would be an asset to your team. I am available to begin immediately. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience to arrange an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration. Yours sincerely,

Christopher LeBlanc Christopher LeBlanc


Leblanc Freelance Solutions Christopher LeBlanc 1215 Comox Street - #2 Vancouver, BC v6l 3k6


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Welcome to the online portfolio of Christopher LeBlanc, a freelance writer and photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is a place for interested browsers to look at my previously published articles and pictures I have taken that were published in newspapers and magazines. As you will see from my previously published articles, I have a specialty in writing on lifestyle and human interest stories; however, my skills are not at all limited to these fields. If you have an inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Featured Article

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This is a feature story written by myself for the Sackville TribunePost, based in Sackville, N.B. Click on the images to the right to read the story.

These pictures are from a recent world-famous circus performance in Vancouver, BC. Click on the images to the right to see more pictures from the event.

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Latest News Feature Story Published in Vancouver Magazine November 22, 2009 I am happy to report that a feature story recently written by myself was published in this month’s Vancouver Magazine. You can check out the story by purchasing a copy of Vancouver Magazine off the news stand, or by visiting www.vanmag.com and checking out the story online. Expect for this story to be posted in my own Articles section of this website within the next few days; I’m just waiting on the editor from Vancouver Magazine to email me the PDF version of the story.

Photo Gallery Updated November 15, 2009 The Photo Gallery page has now been updated with new pictures taken recently at a world-famous circus performance in Vancouver. There’s quite a number of new pictures, so be sure to check them out!

Feature Story Published in the Vancouver Sun.

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LeBlanc Freelance Solutions

Christopher LeBlanc is an aspiring writer and photographer originally from the east coast of Canada. Growing up in the province of New Brunswick, he developed a love for writing and in Grade 12 was offered a Co-Op placement at his local community newspaper, the Sackville Tribune-Post, as a student contributor. With no prior journalism experience, Chris worked vigorously to produce quality content for the Tribune-Post, and throughout his Co-Op placement produced a weekly column on the trials and tribulations of how parents could communicate with their teenagers on a variety of life’s problems and situations. Chris must have impressed his fellow co-workers, as towards the end of his Co-Op placement he was offered the job of a staff reporter for the summer. The weekly columns continued, but with the addition of news stories, feature stories, and photographing people, places, and things for the Tribune-Post. After four summers working at the Tribune-Post, Chris has gained invaluable experience and an impressive portfolio of writing and photography. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where he is studying for his Master in Publishing, but he will always call the east coast home. If you would like to know more about Chris, please refer to the Contact page for ways to contact him.

Copyright Š 2009 LeBlanc Freelance Solutions

Christopher LeBlanc


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Articles Here you will find some of my previously published articles from various publications. You can view the articles online, or download them to your desktop in a PDF format. Enjoy!

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Visual Identity Program Design Project Chris LeBlanc Nov. 25, 2009 For my Visual Identity Program design project I chose to create a program promoting my freelance services as a writer and photographer. While originally I had intended on strictly focusing my design project on creating print documents that I could send to employers, such as a cover letter and business card, I decided to take this project a step further by designing a website for my services. This website is designed to provide those interested in my services with access to my portfolio online. Additionally, I have included a “Latest News” section on the website so that those interested in my services – or those who I have previously worked for – can remain up to date on my recent publishing successes. I designed the website to take into account that the most important information should be above the “fold” – that is, above where browsers would have to scroll down in order to see more content. I have a “Featured Stories” option, as well as a “Featured Pictures” option, both of which are the first thing browsers see upon entering the website. My intention with this option is that the content featured would change with each refresh of the internet browser, to provide people viewing my website with an variety of content with each visit. I have also included a biography page that highlights my previous work experience. I wanted my design for my biography to be simple, yet concise about who I am and what services as a writer and photographer I can offer. I have also included a


layout for accessing my portfolio online. My intent for this entire project was to keep my design simple, yet easily accessible to potential clients.


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Chris LeBlanc Portfolio  

This is a compilation of design assignments for the Master of Publishing program.

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