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what to expect when hiring a decorator a twist on traditional: the holiday meal


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6 Contributors The great friends and talents we have met along the way, that have given of themselves to make Covet.

7 Editor's Page

Out and About — Local businesses we would love you to know about.

8 Beyond Flowers Sister + sister = beautiful blooms.

10 Jose & Markham These elves make the best shoes!

12 best of friends gift shop Shop for the unexpected at the Library!

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Style defined — A design lesson. A period, style, or piece explained.

9 Photography Pauline Boldt

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~Lewis Carroll

Oh What Fun it is to Sleep in a WellMade Open Sleigh... Bed Santa and his team don’t drive these beauties... but if you’re lucky he may bring you one!

A peek inside Manitoba homes and cottages completed by local design talent or design-savvy homeowners.

Collections — Admittedly, we like stuff. Here we showcase people and their stuff, and their knowledge of their stuff.

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Once Upon a Winnipeg Home A fairy tale renovation with a perfect ending.

Washing in a Wintery Wonderland A spacious and gracious main bathroom with style longevity.

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42 Changing Rooms A walk-in closet and a double-duty office and guest room by Winnipeg’s storage gurus.

54 There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays It all began with the search for a new sofa... and led to a complete main floor overhaul.

13 A Gift That Gives Being playful and charitable go hand in hand with IKEA’s soft toy collection.

18 Season’s Greetings Just what do you do with all those holiday cards?

PROfile — Allow us to introduce you to the great, local design talent available in Winnipeg for you to tap into.

20 Monica White of The Floor Show

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HOLIDAY 2013 Bahia Taylor Editor in Chief Co-founder Leigh McKenzie Creative Director Co-founder Barbara Chabai Copy Editor Darren Grunerud Managing Editor Jim Taylor Props Coordinator Graphic Design Hinge Design www.hingedesign.ca Styling Envy Paint and Design www.benjaminmoore-mb.ca Owned and Published by: Covet Magazine For inquiries, please contact us at info@covetmagazine.ca 1811 Assiniboine Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0A5 www.covetmagazine.ca info@covetmagazine.ca Cover Photography - Cory Loewen While every effort has been made to ensure that advertisements and articles appear correctly, Covet Magazine cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the contents of this publication. All material is intended for informational purposes only. The views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of its publisher or editor. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part prohibited without written permission from the publisher. Typeset in Chronicle Roman and Whitney

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Tips O' the Trades — Expert advice. You didn't solicit it but we're giving it to you anyway.

Living Well — Reviews, ideas, a little form and a little function.

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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!

all i want for christmas The Covet team shares their holiday wish lists.

Covet Talks — Yup, we’re chatterboxes... and you’re gonna love who we chat up.

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24 CDECA — The Canadian Decorators' Association dishes the dirt on hiring a decorator.

26 Tools Everything you need for your live tree.

28 26 Merton road and… Travel with photographer Pauline Boldt throughout the city and province, and take in the sites through her camera lens. This issue, Pineridge Hollow.

Chow — Food, glorious food and everything to go with it.

Wobbly Pops and Props All you need to host a holiday soiree with a signature cocktail.

82 2 x 4 Life Follow radio personality Dez Daniels and her family as she blogs her way through the start-to-finish journey of a new home build. 

Dig - Get outside and get gardening.

84 The Suburban Grow Op

86 Keeping Your Green-Chi Happy and Healthy

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festive fare A holiday feast that’s high on style and low on turkey.

To Give or Not to Give? That is the Question

70 DIY Do-it-yourself Advent calendars.

Prairie Pallette — A glimpse into the Winnipeg art community or profile of a great local artist.

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88 Where To Find

89 Hot Blogs Be sure to check these out - we do!

90 Design Dilemma - Your chance to have an expert solve your design dilemmas.

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contributors Amy Walters adesigndock.blogspot.com pauline boldt 26mertonroad.com TOM BIMA ticoswinehouse.com Samantha braun ecotones@mts.net BARB CHABAI bccreativehouse.com marisa curatolo marisacuratolo.com CDECA - Central Prairie Chapter www.cdeca.com darren grunerud Man-about-town IKEA ikea.ca Rachael King Johnson luckygirl.ca brian johnson gooddogphotography.ca ARTHUR LIFFMANN benjaminmoore-mb.ca CORY LOEWEN coryloewen@yahoo.ca stephanie middagh artfulowl.ca jim taylor Go-to Guy DEZ WENGROWICH twobyfourlife.com

FLATLANDERS FLOORING .COM

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KASSIA WOLOSHYN benjaminmoore-mb.ca KATE & BIRDIE PAPER CO. kateandbirdie.com STAFF AND STUDENTS ST.NORBERT COLLEGIATE KIM ULLYOT benjaminmoore-mb.ca


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This issue of the magazine led us to reminisce about Christmases past... way past! For one of us, staying in bed on Christmas morning until after the sun was up was harder than resisting the urge to take a peek into the closet where mom hid gifts. For the other, the temptation was just too great and gifts were sought out in various hiding places at every opportunity – even carefully unwrapped and wrapped back up! On the big day, the McKenzie family had to be dressed before opening gifts and always had bacon and eggs afterward. The Lotz clan lounged around in their jammies, which were new every Christmas Eve and the solitary gift that got opened each year before turning in, for most of the day; although there was one year that they decided to open all their gifts on Christmas Eve for a change of pace! As this holiday season arrives, we are excited to share that spirit of giving, excitement and cheer with friends and family from near and far. Tree trimming, hot toddies, a fresh dusting of snow and wrapping that perfect something for that someone special are part of our plans. Whatever is on your agenda and whether you are following tradition or breaking new ground we wish you joy and cheer and a happy new year!

Covet is free, and if you'd like to receive a copy visit covetmagazine.ca to subscribe. You can view a digital version of this issue there, too. See you soon! upcoming events • L oad the kids into the car and head out to Red River Exhibition Park to kick off the holiday season at Canad Inns Winter Wonderland. Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show provides a brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas. December 6, 2013 to January 4, 2014 (closed Christmas Day), open 6pm to 10pm daily. Complete details at www.redriverex.com or by calling 204.888.6990. • C  elebrate the 100th anniversary of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre at the final Astronomy Night of 2013. Prepare for the winter solstice and watch the night sky from the rooftop observation deck. Who knows? Maybe you’ll catch Santa on a test run. December 19, 2013 at 7pm. Complete details at www.oakhammockmarsh.ca or by calling 204.467.3300. • C  lose out 2013 and welcome the new year with a full day of fun with Scotiabank Family New Year’s Eve at The Forks. Skate on 1.2 kilometres of groomed trails, swoosh down the toboggan run, and test your tricks in the snowboard park. Take a horse-drawn hayride and then get your dance on at the Party in the Port. Close the day with a thrilling fireworks show by two-time world champions, Archangel Fireworks. December 31 at The Forks; complete details at www.theforks.com or by calling 204.957.7618.

• D  reaming of a kitchen transformation or a spa-like bath oasis? Hit up the 2014 Kitchen, Bath & Renovation Show. Check out talent from across Canada, amazing retailers and designers offering trendy to traditional décor, products and services. No matter how small or how grand your plans are, renovators and decorators will be on-hand to answer questions and help make your dreams a reality. January 10-12, 2014 at the RBC Convention Centre; complete details at www.kitchenandbathshow.com or by calling 204.925.2560. • E  ver wondered what it’d be like to enjoy a concert in the ballroom of that big mansion on Roslyn Road? We thought so! Big Fun is an annual festival showcasing multiple genres of music and art in a variety of quirky and unusual venues throughout Winnipeg (the second night of last year’s festival featured the aforementioned gig). January 22-26, 2014 at various venues; complete details at www.bigfunfestival.com. • H  e Ho! Named Manitoba’s ‘Event of the Year’ and now celebrating its 45th anniversary, the Festival du Voyageur (aka “World’s Largest Kitchen Party”) celebrates Manitoba’s unique French heritage and culture through fabulous entertainment, arts and crafts, music, exhibits, and displays. Over 100,000 people flock to the annual 10 day celebration! February 14-23, 2014 at various St. Boniface sites; complete details at festivalvoyageur.mb.ca or by calling 204.237.7692. For more information about these events, like Covet on Facebook!

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BEYOND FLOWERS text and photography COVET MAGAZINE

Find It: 163 Lilac Street 204.477.5787 or 888.252.5715 Open Monday-Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-5; www.beyondflowers.ca History: Driven by a passion for the flower culture of European markets, Beyond Flowers opened its doors inspired by a vision to go beyond the expected. Seventeen years later, the store has become widely known as the go-to boutique for event planners, celebrities, and a corporate and personal clientele who rave about the artistic approach, unique selection and spectacular service. The Space: Get this: they’re located on Lilac Street. And if that alone isn’t enough to make you want to shop there, the ‘soft loft’ feel of the space inside the quaint storefront will quicken your pulse faster than a dozen red roses. Walls of pale green plaster and exposed buff brick are lined with shelves loaded with incredible finds. Patrons can take home a simple bouquet or browse options for banquet and wedding table-scapes.

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The inviting walk-in flower cooler is filled with buckets and buckets of fresh flowers, all displayed on glass shelves in front of the interior and exterior windows. Menu: Is there anything as beautiful as flowers? Their colours, textures and scents are impossible to recreate. By revealing their natural wonder and keeping it simple, the store provides an experience much like choosing flowers from your own garden. Popular blooms and local favourites are combined with rarities from around the world, expressing elegance and imagination. Arrangements are beautifully wrapped, making the giving as delightful as the getting. Winnipeg: Co-owners and sisters Gloria Sawatsky and Deb Woloshyn first opened their shoppe believing that Manitoba was ready for something refreshing and new: a true flower boutique that presented the beauty of nature. Along with their team, some of whom have been around since the beginning, they put great care into every detail and take pride in their exceptional fresh cut blooms, beautiful packaging and inspired hands-on shopping. The result? A Winnipeg business in full bloom — even in the midst of a Prairie winter!


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Oh What Fun It Is To Sleep In a WellMade Open Sleigh... Bed text ARTHUR LIFFMANN With images and information more accessible than ever before, the number of literate and informed fans of furniture design has grown to unprecedented numbers. Ask any savvy style aficionado to name some of their favourite iconic pieces, and you’ll likely get a list that runs the gamut from Aalto stools to Wishbone chairs. But ask about their favourite style of bed, and you may be surprised at how many people — diverse audiences of people — respond with the sleigh bed. Few other pieces of furniture can evoke the same sense of history, elegance and romance and still lend itself to countless modern and transitional interpretations. As the name suggests, this style of bed takes its style cues from a horse drawn sleigh: a headboard and footboard constructed with scrolling curves, joined by low side rails creating the appearance of one solid piece. At once stationary and traveling, linear and curvaceous, it’s perhaps possible that many are simply attracted to the style’s dual yet coexistent personalities. Like so many other classic pieces of furniture, the sleigh bed’s long history dates back as far as the Roman era... but leave it to the French to make the style de rigeur in the early 19th century. While Napoleon Bonaparte might be best known as the military and political

leader of France, he also influenced the popularity of the sleigh bed. As a major proponent of the design, he required all his beds to be made in the style, and they quickly became popular throughout France in the early 1800s during what is now known as the Empire Period. These first European beds were based on the heavily embellished versions styled after Roman chariots, but simplified to mimic the look of Parisian sleds. Empire sleigh beds are easily recognizable by their size, as they were first used as daybeds in children’s spaces and dressing rooms. These earliest versions are also well known for their symmetry with headboards and footboards of equal size gracefully curving inward or outward. The sleigh bed reached North America in 1815 at the height of the American Empire Period. While it quickly gained popularity throughout the country, the style was fully embraced in the southeastern portion of the country, where it’s still known today as a ‘French bed’. However, unlike its French cousins, typically clad in mahogany veneer, American sleigh beds began to be crafted in solid oak, pine and cherry woods. It was during this period that two of the most recognizable style changes occurred. First, the inward curve designs were abandoned in favour of the more comfortable outward-sloping

style. Second, with the advent of larger beds that were placed away from the walls and accessed from either side, the footboards of the sleigh beds were lowered, producing the style most familiar in today’s marketplace. And make no mistake, today’s marketplace is chock full of stunning examples of this classic style. While the classic wood versions, with their gentle curves and solid planes are still the most popular choice, today’s consumer can also opt for modern interpretations. Painted wood frames with beadboard details lend themselves to contemporary cottage style homes, while slick leather upholstered versions provide a comfortable and luxe surface upon which to lean while reading in bed. Metal variations crafted from wrought iron, brass, steel or tubular aluminum have become popular options for shoppers seeking a more urban or industrial look. Modern fabrication techniques allow for many lightweight designs that still impart the solid and sturdy impression that is key to achieving the classic look. Known for its regal presentation, the sleigh bed is still popular some 300 years later. The style continues, centuries later, to bring a sophisticated and luxurious atmosphere to any bedroom, in any home… and, no doubt, laughing all the way!

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Jose & Markham Find It: 73 Princess Street Open Monday - Saturday 11-6 204.480.1239 or 888-872-0701 www.jose-markham.com History: In summer of 2009, Cesar Baez arrived in Canada with $500 in his pocket, a bag of clothing and a dream: he was determined to create a line of men’s footwear and base his operations within Canada. Within two years, he and business partners Wade Salchert and David Lewis debuted 55 models of men’s footwear with their inaugural fall/winter collection. Today, the company offers a variety of timeless and distinctive product lines suited for modern men who expect world-class quality and value in their own lives and in the products they wear. the space: Located in the heart of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, the 2,200-square foot heritage loft space, dubbed ‘Loft 73’, mixes original features like the 13-foot tinplated ceilings and original hardwood floors with overstuffed leather furniture, heritage pieces from the footwear industry

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and 3D televisions. Huge arched windows facing Princess Street flood the space with natural light; ladders in the open stock areas and wooden switchback staircases allude to each step customers will take in their new footwear. menu: Divided into three collections — Boardroom, Street, and Boots — every pair is manufactured by hand out of full grain, hand-tanned leather. Several design features are focused on delivering supreme comfort, including foam cushioned insoles and full leather uppers that conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot. High quality leather dress shoes are entirely re-craftable, delivering assurances of longevity. Winnipeg: Where else but in Winnipeg can a couple of buddies working at a nightclub form a plan and successfully launch an entire manufacturing and retail operation within 18 months? Having recognized a niche in a market suffering from a dearth of decent men’s footwear, Jose & Markham continues to develop new and innovative footwear and accessories and keeps many Winnipeg guys running back for more.


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‘Tis the season for giving. Why not give a collectable as a gift?

Original Art In a culture of disposable everything, why not invest in original art? There are great pieces available in local galleries and artist-run centres from a wide range of price points.

Classic Board Games Who doesn’t have fond memories of playing board games? Pick up Clue or Monopoly for that impossible-to-buyfor-friend. Classic good times.

Antique Soup Tureen Vintage or New Turkey Platter

Hudson Bay Point Blanket Not only does a point blanket bring a cozy Canadian vibe to every decor, their timelessness makes them worth investing in.

As crazy as it seems to have a platter dedicated for turkey only, few people have large enough platters for such a massive bird. Turkey platters are great; they are deep and large and often are adorned with pictures of birds. Vintage ones are easy to find and new ones are also a great collectable gift. My mom uses hers three times a year and after 50 years of use, she just replaced the one she got as a wedding gift!

Nothing classes up a dinner like a soup course. Antique soup tureens are such a lovely addition to a table and certainly a fantastic gift for the hosts who have everything! Our collections specialist Stephanie Middagh has spent the past 12 years being inspired by museum collections while working as a curator for various museums and galleries. Concurrent to her curatorial work, she took this inspiration to her sessional positions at the University of Manitoba where she continues to teach Introduction to Art and the History of Textiles.

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best of friends gift shop Find It: 251 Donald Street 204.947.0110 Monday-Friday 11-4 Saturdays 12-3 Sundays 1-4 http://wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/contact/friends/giftshop.asp

menu: The gem of a shop is full of wonderful and unique merchandise. One can definitely adopt a one-for-you and twofor-me approach while shopping there! Expect unexpected literary gifts, journals and other stationery items, tote bags, mugs, greetings cards and much more as well as jewellery, from sparkly bling to repurposed items which showcase local artists.

History: Best of Friends Gift Shop is a do-not-miss stop when you visit the Millennium Library and a perfect choice when you need a special gift. The Shop, which opened in November 2005, is managed by a volunteer and is staffed by one paid part-timer and a team of volunteers. Funds raised go to support library programs.

Winnipeg: In the early ‘90s, a number of individuals and groups came together intent on protecting the breadth of public services provided by the Winnipeg Public Library. They formed the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library incorporation. The charitable organization is involved in programming initiatives and fundraising activities in support of the Library. The group believes a vibrant public library system is the heart and soul of a successful community and is an ever-changing resource for learning and enjoyment, and a lively centre of community involvement. They operate the Best of Friends Gift Shop, organize the Books and Brunch event and run the fall book sale of prime quality used books. All funds raised, along with net proceeds from the gift shop, are used to support the important work of the Library.

the space: This delightful little store is nestled in the foyer of Millennium Library. Filled with something for everyone, every inch of the shop is stocked with fantastic gift ideas — for yourself or that special someone. A stone's throw away from many big office complexes, Best of Friends is a corner you can fill an hour browsing in; but watch out, your basket will be full!

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A Gift that Gives What child doesn't love a fairytale and stuffed toys? At Covet we are always on the hunt for great ideas and think this is one of the best. For every soft toy and children’s book sold at IKEA this holiday season they will donate $1 to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children. Since 2003, the Soft Toys for Education campaign has reached more than 10 million children in 46 different countries and donated $80 million. If given the choice, give a gift that gives back.

IKEA is generously donating these toys to the Salvation Army's Toy Mountain.

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Snowflakes form in a wide variety of intricate shapes, leading to the popular expression that “no two are alike.� While we will leave the validity of that to U.S. reseacher Nancy Knight, who found two identical snowflakes in 1988, we do know that repetition is one of the fundamentals of great design. Adorn your space with these interpretations of the crystalline wonders and create a sense of rhythm and consistency that only displaying in multiples can. 1. Oversized paper snowflakes that light up the night are absolutely stunning. 2.Birch snowflakes bring a rustic and organic feel to holiday decor. 3. This candle carousel is powered by the tealight beneath which spins it right round baby, right round! 4. Top your holiday tree with one of the wonders of nature in shiny silver. All snowflakes available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd.

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give a gift that saves! FRIDGE RETIREMENT PROGRAM • H  elp out the seniors in your life... arrange for a pickup of their old second fridge or freezer so they can get a rebate from Manitoba Hydro.

PAYMENT OPTIONS • I t only takes a minute. Pay your energy bill online and get the best gift of all — more time.

HOME INSULATION PROGRAM • I nsulate your home and give the gift of warmth this holiday season.

HEATING ED: • The gift of comfort — a high efficiency gas furnace. • T  he gift that keeps on giving... a new high efficiency gas furnace. • W  hat lasts longer than a warm hug? A new high efficiency gas furnace.

SAFETY: • T  he gift of safety for someone you care about... an annual furnace inspection. • T  he gift of safety for someone you care about... carbon monoxide detectors.

Water and Energy Saver Program: • O  rder and install a Free Water & Energy Saver Kit for the seniors in your life.

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: • T  he green holiday gift — a geothermal heating system.

SOLAR: • A  gift for the eco-conscious... a solar water heating system.

POWER SMART: • F or the energy hog in your life... a rainy day tour of a hydro substation.

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get crafty

Season's Greetings

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Lovely ways to display the season’s treasured sentiments. Messages of goodwill are abundant during the holidays and tend to be piled up on mantles and tables until it looks as though Hallmark took up residence in the living room! The team at Covet put together three easy and chic ways to display holiday greeting cards... so gather a Yule log and some tools and let’s get crafty!

Opposite: Birch logs and fancy paper clips nestled in a tray of pinecones keep cards together and on display. above: For those who prefer things neat and uniform, a quartered log with slots ensures holiday cards keep in perfect tin soldier formation. Right: Fallen branches with mini clothespins make a lovely vignette on an entry table or sideboard. Instructions: Mini Card Logs Cut slender birch logs into various lengths – we used 4”, 5”, 6” and 8”. Drill tiny shallow holes, the diameter of your paper clips, in the top of each log. Straighten one end of your paperclip out (you may need pliers for this) and insert it into the hole. As your cards roll in, slip them onto the paperclips. Quartered Log Stand Using a table saw, cut slots ( just a saw blade width) approximately an inch apart all the way down the length of the top of the log. Paint your log if you wish. As the postman delivers your holiday greetings, stand them into the slots. Branch Bundle Gather some fallen tree branches and tie them with kitchen twine to keep them together tightly in your vase. Stand the bundle into a vase and clip your greeting cards to the branches with mini clothespins. Cards provided by the ever talented and local Kate & Birdie Paper Co. www.kateandbirdie.com


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The floor show Monica White is a very positive and passionate designer who works in specialty sales at The Floor Show. She can work with your budget and make the process a smooth and fun one. Whether it is a new home or a renovation she is always thinking outside the box. She is known to have a very curious mind which helps keep ideas fresh and forthcoming. Monica has completed her Residential Design program at Red River College where she is currently finishing up her Drafting /AutoCAD along with keeping up to date on the latest and greatest trends. She also helps as a director on the CDECA board.

PROfile is a chance to meet and get to know a local Winnipeg talent.

Covet has partnered with CDECA (Canadian Decorators' Association) to bring you the inside scoop on one of their members from the Central Prairie Chapter. To learn more about CDECA or for a list of CDECA decorators in your area, visit them at www.cdeca.com.

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What are some of the most important considerations people need to be aware of when choosing flooring for a project? Lifestyle, budget and needs vs. wants. What are the biggest floor trends that design-savvy homeowners are choosing these days? Natural, earth friendly materials and textiles like wood tiles and carpet tiles. I’m thinking of putting in canaryyellow stained wide-plank spruce floorboards throughout my house because I just saw it in a magazine — is this advisable? NO! Just because it is in a magazine does not mean it will a) look the same in your house or b) be appropriate for your climate, lifestyle and budget. When building a new home, when is the best time to consult with a floor professional? Immediately! In the case of a custom home it is best to consider your floor finishes before the drawings are submitted for the permit. For situations such as putting hardwoods in the basement or installing heated flooring it can be far easier and more cost efficient if you can decide how to do it before it is done. This also helps with keeping aware of the budget — sometimes people end

up using the money everywhere else and they don’t end up with the flooring they really wanted. What are the differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood? Are there different benefits to each? The major difference is the number of plies it is comprised of. A solid hardwood is most commonly a ¾” and not wider than a 4” board. If you choose a board wider than a 4” you will experience more expansion and contraction. Solid hardwood needs to be nailed down onto a proper subfloor and can be sanded down and refinished a few times over its lifespan. Engineered hardwood can be nailed, stapled or glued down. Engineered hardwood is a great product for use in basements and below grade. After so many years of hardwoods and laminates dominating the residential market, does anyone choose carpet anymore? Oh yes! Lots of people! There are neat and fabulous designs and textures available these days in the form of broadloom as well as carpet tile; which are great as they are easy to pull up and replace when necessary. People still love the warmth and softness of carpet — we do live in Winnipeg afterall — and, especially in the winter months, it’s nice to wake up and plant your feet on something soft and warm! Many older homes have linoleum or similar products that are practically cemented to the subfloor making removal difficult. Can new flooring be installed overtop of existing flooring? It depends on how many layers of vinyl there are and what shape it is in. New subfloor may also be needed. It is best to invite a professional, like myself, to your home to assess the situation and condition before making any decisions.


We’ve all heard horror stories about wood floors in damp basements. Is it possible to successfully install wood flooring in a below-grade space? Yes. Although, sometimes there is a need to put down a product like drycore and a moisture barrier first. I would recommend using an engineered hardwood in this case as it is more stable in conditions like this. You also need to make sure the surface is flat and level and it may be wise to install a dehumidifier. When choosing flooring for a new project are there any rules to follow when it comes to planning transitions from one material to another between different spaces? Just make sure the space flows. My rule of thumb is no more than three different styles of flooring. You don’t want your house to look like a quilt! Even though one sounds cozy for this impending cooler weather! You also want to consider the height of the different floors you have selected so you are not tripping; this is where reducers and t-molds are used. If possible, try to account for variations in height of different products before installing so that you can install sheets of plywood to reduce differences and make smoother transitions. At work, you’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful flooring options available — what’s on the floors in your own home? I love change and finding new products! Currently I have a light brown floating cork in my kitchen, a grouted luxury vinyl tile in the bathroom and a 5” natural, white oak hardwood plank in the rest of the house. I use FLOR carpet tiles for area rugs to bring a pop of colour to the space. To get in touch with Monica you can email her at monica@thefloorshow.ca or 204.461.1694

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tips o' the trades

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree! Are you in the market for a new tree this season? Considering going fresh for the first time? There are some great, feel-good reasons for purchasing a live tree. For instance a “real” Christmas tree spends 8-10 years growing on a farm, all the while producing oxygen and providing shelter for wildlife before it makes it to your living room. One hectare of tannenbaums provides the daily oxygen requirements for 45 people and they are biodegradable and a recyclable, renewable resource with a heady fragrance to boot. Enjoy a day of shopping the pre-cut selection at garden centres — these days, many offer much more than trees with vast selections of ornaments, decor and giftware. Alternatively, choose to bask in the fresh outdoors of a Manitoba tree farm, picking from thousands of trees and perhaps even enjoying a sleigh ride and a cup of hot chocolate around a bonfire!

Ten Tree Tips 1. Measure the height and width of the area where the tree will be displayed. Cultivated Christmas trees tend to have an 80per cent taper — a tree that is 7’ tall will be 5’6” wide at the bottom. What decorations will be used? Some species have more open foliage, stiffer branches or longer needles — choose one best suited to your ornaments. 2. When buying your tree, conduct a freshness test. Grasp a branch between your thumb and forefinger and pull it towards you. If the tree is fresh, no more than 5-10 needles should come off in your hand; more needles may come off in colder dryer conditions — this is normal. Do not purchase a tree that has dried out. Bang the stump end of the trunk sharply on the ground; a freshly cut tree will not lose a lot of green needles. Fold a needle back until the tip touches the stem to make a circle. If it breaks or does not bounce back, chances are the tree is old and dry. In very cold weather, hold the needles in the palm of your hand so they can thaw before trying. 3. Store the tree in a cool place, out of the wind and rain, until it is ready to be brought indoors. 4.  Ensure your tree stand is large enough to hold one gallon of water as well as the trunk of the tree. 5. When bringing the tree indoors, cut an inch off the tree

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stump before placing it in water. The cut must be no more than four hours old; otherwise sap will seal the cut and prevent water from rising up thus drying out the tree. 6. Place a tree-moving bag under your tree, ready to be drawn up around the tree to make disposal easy in January. You can hide it under the tree skirt. 7. The first water fill should be with very warm water enabling the sap to flow readily. As the tree thaws, water will be drawn upwards replenishing the moisture to the extremities. No additives are required. 8. Top up the water twice daily so the base of the tree never dries out. The stump will seal if it dries out and the tree will be unable to drink adequately. Your tree will drink several quarts of water every day for the first week or two. 9. After the holidays, wrap the entire tree in the moving bag. Bring everything outside, including the stand, which can be easily removed once the tree is on its side outdoors. 10. Your tree is 100 per cent reusable and recyclable. The City of Winnipeg’s ‘Lets Chip In’ Program produces mulch from Christmas trees for use in public spaces and municipal gardens, as well as for use by the general public. For more information on drop off locations, etc. please visit their website at: www.winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/recycle/chip.stm.


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Let’s face it: when the time comes to begin planning a space, the thought of engaging a decorator or designer can cause many people a degree of anxiety. Some fear the expense, thinking that funds could better be distributed directly into the hard costs. For others, there’s concern that their wants and needs will be lost to the vision of the designer. Covet sat down with some of our decorista friends from CDECA to debunk some of the common myths and learn how much you can gain (and save!) by working with a design professional. 1. Before we start, let's clear this up: CDECA — street terminology for a pack of cards, or something else? CDECA is the Canadian Decorators’ Association, where students and accredited decorators share their knowledge and expertise with each other. It’s where customers can go to find a local decorator that is reliable and trustworthy to help with their needs. Carolyn Krawetz Trendy Looks 2. What is the biggest misconception people bring to the table when first meeting with a design pro? Feeling that they will not have any input into their project and that their opinions don’t matter. It’s the opposite, decorators welcome client input and their ideas will be incorporated whenever possible. Tara Spencer-Nairn Style Within That it is our “hobby!” Monica White The Floor Show

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That we are “just another high-ticket item.” A lot of clients think they need to have a lot of money to hire someone to help with selection. However, when it comes down to it, we often save clients money in the long run! Avoiding costly mistakes and do-overs combined with industry discounts that can sometimes be passed onto the end user, the amount saved on the project often out-weighs the cost of hiring a professional. If you aren’t sure, let us assist you! Dana Bride Amethyst Design 3.“I’ve got a limited budget/timeline/attention span — why should I think about spending time or money on a decorator when I could put it directly towards appliances or furniture?” Investing in a professional will help you save on your budget/ timeline and poor choices. Professional planning is always an investment — never a waste. Joan Grandmont Grandmont Designs The end result will show that everything ties in together and you will get a “wow” room(s). Laura Anderson Rosehill Woodcrafters 4. What is the process involved in choosing and hiring a decorator? To find an Accredited CDECA member in Manitoba, visit www.cdeca.com and click on Find a Decorator. You can view their profiles on the CDECA website, and visit their websites to help you narrow down your search and find the one whose style and way of working seem like a good match for you and your project. Carol Standil Carol Standil Colour & Design 5. How involved will a decorator become with the entire project? That is up to the client. Decorators can simply select your paint colours and help select accessories or perform detailed work like kitchen design, re-design of spaces, lighting plans, furniture layouts and manage an entire project. Tiffany Johnson-Sheldon Tiffany Sheldon Design


6. If a client has long-term decorating plans but doesn’t have all the money required right now, can a designer still help? Yes. A decorator can help you develop a plan you can implement over time, and will be able to advise you on how to sequence your steps so that you can move ahead with confidence on each stage of the project. Carol Standil Carol Standil Colour & Design Absolutely! Your decorator can put together a comprehensive design that can be done in stages as you see fit and finances allow. Wanda Vuignier Designing Spaces Mb 7. We’ve found a great decorator to help us with our project — now, what should we expect from our pro? Your decorator should help identify your design vision. Assist with design selections, communicate with contractors and meet with you throughout the course of the design project, either at your home or at various stores if required. They will make decisions in a timely manner to ensure the project runs smoothly and be there to reassure you when you hit renovation overload! Tiffany Johnson-Sheldon Tiffany Sheldon Design

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8. What is the single best benefit a professional can bring to a design project? Vision— they can visualize what the space will look like and understand how it will function. Carolyn Krawetz Trendy Looks When you are constantly surrounded by a space you can develop blinders to its potential. A fresh set of keen eyes can offer a new vision that may have been overlooked. Dana Bride Amethyst Design 9. What are some of the most common design mistakes that can be avoided by working with a design professional? Waisting money on furniture and accessories that are not the correct scale or proportion. Tara Spencer-Nairn Style Within 10. What are the secrets to a successful client/ decorator relationship? Communication, communication, communication! Wanda Vuignier Designing Spaces Mb Trust. Monica White The Floor Show

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The Belkin WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion Kit give you wireless control of your holiday tree. Download the free WeMo app to any Apple device (iOS 5 or higher) to program the tree to turn on when you walk into the house... what a lovely greeting after a long day! Available at Home Depot.

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Command Hooks by 3M should be in every decorator’s tool kit this season. Hang your decor anywhere without leaving damages to be repaired when the festivities are over. The new clear option mean windows have new decorating potential! Availlable at Home Depot.


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Picturesque Pineridge Hollow

Photography Pauline Boldt | By Barbara Chabai

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As inviting as hot spiced cider on a winter’s day, luxuriously rustic Pineridge Hollow is a welcome diversion only 15 minutes from the city and the perfect antidote to an ordinary afternoon. Owner Janice Regehr and her staff have been extending warm country hospitality to visitors at their Heatherdale Road location since 1999. A gracious space burrowed in the scenic woodlands edging Birds Hill Provincial Park, the heart of Pineridge Hollow is its

turn-of-the-century style Carriage House that encloses a prairie-themed restaurant, enchanting gift boutique and generous furniture showroom that doubles as a home dĂŠcor inspiration gallery. Attractively stocked with a vast collection of high-quality products carefully curated from local artisans, Canadian designers and North American suppliers, the store and showroom unwraps and sells more new items each week, if not every day. Unique, handcrafted pieces

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that will delight the creative senses are nestled amongst 5,000-square feet of classic and contemporary home furnishings and giftware, requiring visitors to browse at an unhurried pace to take it all in. Seasonal accessories and holiday essentials even spill out onto the porch, hinting at the nearly endless selection of treasures brimming inside. The two-storey dining room serves casually elegant meals featuring regional cuisine, with fresh and local ingredients procured from on-site gardens and area producers. Reservations are recommended, as tables fill up quickly. Once their chairs are finally pushed back, diners may be enticed to explore the well-appointed grounds on this six-acre parcel of land. During

the months that snow blankets Pineridge Hollow’s lush landscape (a favourite setting for brides in the summertime), guests can take a tranquil walk along the aspen-lined trails frequented by birds in the daytime and illuminated by the soft glow of twinkle lights after the sun goes down. Whether in the mood for relaxed dining, shopping for trendy and traditional gifts or seeking a few hours’ solace away from it all, guests can do it here in style. But a word of caution to first-time visitors: it may be simple to find by map, but Pineridge Hollow’s romantic allure and chic country charm make it nearly impossible to leave. www.pineridgehollow.com 204.777.3881

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If this story reads like a fairy tale, it’s for good reason: it’s full of love, family and an ugly-duckling-to-swan transformation. The only difference is that instead of a beautiful princess, the central character happens to be a beautiful character home. When the homeowners first laid eyes on this three storey, red brick charmer it wasn’t quite love at first sight as the decor was tired, the service areas were cramped and the mechanics required some attention. But the character and charm, strong bones and unbeatable mid-block location on one of North Tuxedo’s most desirable streets made a deep impression. They knew that with some time and patience, good design and a strong collaboration they could revitalize the house and restore it back to glory. And they knew just where to start — with their son, contractor and decorator, Scott Fisher. Together with Fisher and designer Denis Burman of Technic Design and Management, the homeowners put together a plan that began with a multilevel addition that would nearly double the size of the house to 4,800 square feet. Original period features would be kept, when possible and feasible, and new elements would reflect the modern classicism they hoped to Opposite, clockwise from top right: French doors and large banks of windows in the new main floor family room and eating area overlook the pool, patio and large side yard; custom millwork in the master bathroom includes handmade leaded glass-fronted doors; double doors open into the home office and entertainment room from the second floor landing; the original exterior wall to the right of the dining table in the casual dining area delineates the new construction from the original house. Above: Southern light floods the main floor family room throughout the day, while the limestone fireplace warms the space at night; a bronze and crystal chandelier illuminates a blonde wood suite in the formal dining room.

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imbue throughout the home. “Scott’s philosophy is more of an urban renewal approach. We really wanted to marry the old with the new and maintain the old character of the house and neighbourhood,” says the homeowner. To achieve that goal, it all came down to the fine details: the finishing and the decor of the new addition are identical to the finishing and decor of the old house, which was built in 1926. Case in point: all of the baseboards, window casements, crown mouldings and interior doors were replaced and new ones were built for the entire house to the specifications of the original details. Another key element that seamlessly blends together the old and new was Fisher’s decision to replace the entire central staircase and reconstruct it with modified proportions that not

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only provide a more comfortable and gracious rise but literally and figuratively tie the house together. By straddling the original foundation and rear elevation of the house, the new staircase, a stunning wooden structure that runs contiguously through four floors of the house, the entire home feels unified and singular. Entering into a gracious foyer and central hall guests are greeted with a view that runs straight through to the back of the home — but with spaces that are clearly demarcated. The historic colours of pale blues, creamy gray and taupe, deep browns and crisp white conspire to create a formal yet entirely modern feeling. Double doors to the left and right lead to the formal dining room and living room, respectively; beyond the living room, a full-season sunroom overlooking the garden acts


as the wife’s office. Opposite the staircase, in space that was part of the original kitchen, a generous and open butler’s pantry acts as home base for entertaining. “We’ve utilized it for buffets and as extra serving space, but it really makes a fabulous bar for parties,” says the homeowner. In the new kitchen, Fisher worked with the cabinetmakers to execute a custom design that reflects the period of the home while feeling light, bright and contemporary. Thick granite slab counters top antiqued, creamy cabinetry with simple shaker fronts; strategically located glass doors (some clear, others with handmade leaded panels) display the homeowners collection of crystal and china. Over the island two antique copper pendants with milk glass shades add texture and patina; Fisher sourced them from a church in the Maritimes. While open concept, the new kitchen, casual dining area and family rooms echo the feeling of separate spaces like those at the front of the house. The sunken family room, for example, is overlooked by the kitchen but each feel like their own space largely because of the change in the floor and ceiling elevations. The second floor features a spacious new entertainment room with high pitched ceilings; deep colours and overscale furnishings infuse the space with warmth and coziness making it a perfect place to watch movies, shoot a game of pool or Opposite: The second floor entertainment room is outfitted with a gas fireplace, high-end audio/visual electronics and an expansive wet bar. This page, from top: The dark vaulted ceiling is studded with pot lights and an oversize chandelier, illuminating a billiards table set behind the seating area; the gracious foyer opens to a grand staircase and is flanked by the formal living and dining rooms; the third floor landing, with its massive western-facing picture window, acts as a photo gallery for dozens of iconic pop culture shots.

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abode just relax with friends. The husband’s adjoining office features a large deck overlooking the pool and yard. Two guest rooms and a full bath are located toward the front of the house and the rest of the floor is dedicated to a sumptuous master suite which includes a large bedroom, a brightly lit sunroom/sitting room, walk-in closet and luxurious bathroom featuring a glazed steam shower, deep soaker tub, dual sinks and additional custom leaded glass cabinetry that echoes those found in the kitchen. The original brick exterior wall was left exposed in the bathroom adding texture to a space mostly finished with marble, glass and polished nickel. Ascending to the third floor, one comes face to face with the massive new picture window that, like original glass skylights typical in grand homes of this era, bathes the entire stairwell in natural light. This floor features a bedroom and lounge for the homeowners’ daughter to hang out privately with her friends, as well as a full bathroom. Completing the house required more than waving a wand and saying ‘abracadabra,’ and the homeowners are quick to acknowledge that while working with family on a personal project of this scale can be daunting, it can also provide tremendous rewards. “The renovations took one year and during that time there were a number of issues that we had to deal with as homeowners, contractors and designers. However, we worked collaboratively and as a team. Sharing our creative ideas, we were able to bring it all together.” And once completed... well, you know how it ends. They lived happily ever after. Left: The rebuilt guest bath features character details that suit the house, including wainscoting, hexagon ceramic tiles and a vintage bureau topped with Carrara marble repurposed as a vanity.

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Natural light floods the work area of the main floor office, creating a bright and welcoming workspace.

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Changing Rooms Two Spaces Get Stylish New Looks with a Fashionable Makeover

Designer Shauna Boychuk | Photography Cory Aronec

In the lavish dressing room, a full height slide-out storage rack is hidden behind fluted-front paneling. One side holds belts, while jewelry and accessories hang from the other.

Located on a tree-lined street and surrounded by classic homes, some dating back to the 1930s, the builders of this North River Heights home took into account the surroundings and constructed a traditionally-styled new house that fits seamlessly into the neighbourhood. Once inside, however, the open-concept plan screams modern living. And when the lucky homeowner who purchased the place first took possession of her new house, everything that needed doing was already seemingly done. There was just one problem; the only extra bedroom in the house was on the second floor. The homeowner knew that some space could be carved out for guests in the main floor office: with a full bath located adjacent, it made perfect sense to make the space multitask as work space and occasional guest bedroom.

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“With a little bit of customization, we were able to create a subtle yet lux space that really speaks to the client’s needs.” ~Designer Shauna Boychuk

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The homeowner contacted designer Shauna Boychuk of For Space Sake and asked her to come out to discuss the possibilities of installing a wall bed in the space. While she was there, Boychuk was shown the walk-in closet in the master bedroom, as well as the second bedroom space that the homeowner, a true fashionista, hoped to one day turn into a dressing room/closet. True to form, Boychuk listened to the homeowner’s wants and needs for the spaces and promptly took the original plan to an entirely new level. “Initially, the discussion involved placing a wall bed directly opposite the windows in the office and utilizing a freestanding tall desk for the homeowner’s work station. However, while laying out the space, we quickly realized that placing the wall bed between the windows, flanking it with additional cabinetry and wrapping a new workspace onto the next wall would not only position the bed out of view from the open living and dining areas but also streamline the entire room and provide both maximum storage and open floor space.” Boychuk also presented designs for built-ins for the master closet and details for kitting out the second bedroom as a dedicated dressing room and home for the homeowner’s professional wardrobe and accessories. It was, as they say in the fashion world, a groundbreaking collection. Beginning with the office, Boychuk clad the Murphy bed with the same ORG cabinetry that was used for the custom built-in office furnishings. Classic shaker fronts in a deep shade of mocha complement the house’s existing millwork and fit with the general decorating throughout the home. A simple pull of the handles on the wall bed converts the space into a very comfortable guest room, perfect for the homeowner’s mother or other guests to come for a visit. Upstairs, the future plans for the dressing room were instead put into immediate production. The master bedroom walk-in closet was reorganized and now is home to the homeowner’s sportswear, while the second bedroom


Opposite page: Tilt-out hampers in the central island cabinets make a simple job of corralling the laundry; new cubbies installed inside the space’s original double closet create a perfect home to display treasured bags and accessories. This page: No structural changes were made when creating the large dressing room, allowing for it to easily convert back to a bedroom if ever desired.

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was converted into a fantastical dressing room that houses a vast wardrobe of clothing, shoes and accessories. Again utilizing the Same ORG cabinetry, Boychuk created designated areas for the client’s belongings. Two double cabinets with leaf-patterned resin fronts hold her collection of heels, while a taller version of the same cabinets across the room provide closed storage for folded sweaters and pants. The original double closet was fitted with cube shelving that, when left open, displays the homeowner’s collection of handbags. An island in the centre of the space offers additional storage for delicates as well as an area for laundry and is the perfect place to set your morning coffee while putting on your earrings. These days, the newly-dressed spaces deliver a custom fit for the new homeowner and deliver classic style that can change with each season. And isn’t that what fashion does best?

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An abundance of cabinetry surrounding the wall bed provides additional storage to both the homeowner and her guests in the large office/guest room.


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Custom furnishings, earthy palettes and rich textures conspire to create a warm, bright feeling throughout the great room of this modern lakeside home.

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Washing in a Watery Wonderland A New Family Bath = A Beautiful Sight design by BAHIA TAYLOR | photography CORY LOEWEN

A spectacular glass and marble shower steals the show in this new bathroom; small touches of earthy holiday decorations allude to the holiday season.

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“This room has longevity to spare; it can easily take on a playful mood with pops of colour, can be serene and spa-like with the addition of neutrals or clean and crisp, as it is, with a lot of white accents. It can be many incarnations with very little expense for years to come!” It’s the time of year that finds most children with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads... or perhaps Call of Duty, or the latest version of a gaming box. Moms and dads are scrambling to juggle their regular work days with their kids’ hockey and music schedules, plus making their shopping lists, planning holiday dinners and wishing for a quiet moment of solitude to just relax. For those lucky enough to have a newly-renovated bathroom, however, that last holiday wish has recently become a reality. When they first moved into their new home several years ago, the floor plan of the house allowed for a fairly unique setup — the family’s three kids took over the bedrooms and bath on the lower level, leaving the homeowners to rethink the main floor space. Originally planned as a master bedroom, a smaller second bedroom and a shared full bathroom, the homeowners wanted to customize the space and make it work for their personal needs. The windowless bathroom was too small and dark, and the master bedroom was a little snug. That is, until designer Bahia Taylor got to work. Taylor re-imagined the space as a retreat. While many would fear losing an extra bedroom, the designer knew that the space could be put to better use. “In this instance, using the space from the second bedroom allowed us to create a larger master bedroom and a luxurious bath. Now, space that might have been used only occasionally as a guest room is instead enjoyed on a daily basis in the form of a larger principal suite,” says Taylor. Utilizing the back portion of the original bedroom, the designer created a large L-shaped area that doubles the size of the original bathroom and brings in much-needed natural light. Taylor deftly layered in classic materials with a modern touch: glass, polished chrome and a crisp gray-and-white colour palette are balanced by touches of polished woods and patinated accessories, which add dimension and warmth to the space. Opposite, clockwise from top: Oversized gray porcelain floor tiles ground the otherwise light colour scheme in the main bath; luxurious Carrara marble, rippled porcelain and mosaic tiles in the shower are paired with polished Moen fixtures; the lines in the pleated Roman shade and the rippled glass light fixture suspended over the soaker tub reference the shower tile; the metal framed mirror with hooks is a treasured piece that’s been with the family for years. Right : An oversize bath deck is a perfect home for bath salts, oils and towels. Birch bark snowflakes add a touch of holiday whimsy to the space.

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The original bathtub was removed to make way for a new showstopper of a shower. Enveloped in Carrara marble, textured porcelain and thick glass, the luxurious shower features both a large rain-head shower and handheld wand in heavy polished chrome; even the shower base has a detailed overlay that hides the drain from view, adding to the sense of customized luxury. Memories of the old clawfoot tub, a vestige of a previous bathroom renovation, still remain in the form of framed photos of the family’s children playing in it during bath time; with the additional space, the homeowners were able to install a substantially larger new soaker tub. “Some love to relax at the end of the day with a good book, a stiff drink and a long soak so a generous bath area was near the top of the wish list,” notes Taylor. The six-foot-long bathtub features an oversized deck, which provides plenty of surface space for towels, products and bath accessories at either end and prevents clutter or hazards along the front side. Bathed in both natural light from an oversized window by day and a rippled glass pendant by night the soaker tub is now a favourite spot to in which to unwind. The vanity and the complimentary wood storage hutch inject a shot of warmth and colour into the otherwise neutral space. Stained in a glowing cognac tone, the classic matched veneer front

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and the Carrara marble top of the vanity once again allude to traditional design, but the square lines and flat fronts keep the look modern. It’s a detail that Taylor used consistently throughout the space: all of the bathroom’s moldings, including the baseboards, casings and the tub skirt are flat and free of any patterned profile. “Keeping the trims and doors simple and clean actually allow for more opportunity to redefine the feel of the space,” says Taylor. “The traditional elements in the bathroom can easily be highlighted by switching out some of the accessories: a gildedframed mirror and sconces over the same vanity, a vintage tea tray holding bath accessories on the hutch, and some patterned towels could easily change the overall look and feel without having to renovate.” This allows those who are known to change their decorating schemes on a regular basis to experiment with different design trends but is also a smart approach for anyone who is considering future resale of a property. Not that there are plans on going anywhere anytime soon. Now that the main bathroom is complete, it’s onwards and upwards for this family with more improvements on the horizon... and where else better to dream up your next renovation plans than while soaking in a hot bath or steamy shower? freestanding wood hutch echoes the tones of the vanity and provides A both display surfaces and storage for towels and bath products.


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The new kitchen of a rambling Steinbach bungalow reflects the classic character and contemporary style its owners have imbued throughout the entire house, now a welcoming space for their large extended family

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Ask decorator Wanda Vuignier to name the key to a successful renovation, and she doesn’t hesitate: the clients. “It’s all about the relationship you establish. When the trust is there, and you know where it is that they need to go, it can be a marvelous journey getting there.” Initially, however, Vuignier and her clients planned only a few changes to the living room. “They had been struggling with a decision on a couch for years,” recalls the decorator. “While discussing various options for the space, the option of blowing out the walls separating the kitchen and living/dining room came up. That discussion led to a rethinking of the way the home was used and what could be done to refresh the space for the couple to enjoy privately as well as when they entertained their friends or large family of children and grandchildren.” And so began a journey that saw the entire 3,000-square foot home remodeled in an astoundingly short six month period. Beginning with the main living spaces, Vuignier and her clients decided to eschew an open concept plan and instead used the opportunity to create a large feature wall in the living room that is now home to a new gas fireplace. Faced with a large expanse of porcelain tile and a reclaimed oak mantlepiece, the new feature wall centres the living room and creates a focal point around which a generous seating area was planned. Large, leather, wing chairs flanking the fire face a tremendous 126” long sectional, custom designed by Vuignier for the space. Besides providing an abundance of seating for guests, the chaises are enjoyed regularly by the homeowners while they relax with a book or some music in front of the fire. The subtle architectural details, gray-blue colour tones and hand-scraped, antiqued, engineered hardwood floors that Vuignier installed throughout the space work well with the existing wood tones in the formal dining area where the decorator installed a brushed nickel, shaded fixture from which dozens of glass bubbles are suspended. While the large fixture matches the scale of the room and the substantial dining table below it the overall effect is still light and airy — one of the original requests from the homeowners. Clockwise from top left: Smart hanging racks slide out from the base cabinets, ensuring no wasted space in the new kitchen; vintage decor adds a pop of colour to the kitchenscape; custom drawers as opposed to a lazy susan offer ample storage in the kitchen's corner.

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An abundant mix of cabinetry provides both hidden storage and display space in the large family-style kitchen.

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This Page: In the dining room, a sophisticated contrast is created by mixing cool silver and blue accents with the warm tones of the wooden floors and furniture. Opposite: Imaginative presentation can elevate even the simplest holiday decor; the living room’s new fireplace centres a symmetrical arrangement of comfortable seating and pieces from the owners’ art collection, illuminated by new portrait lighting.

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"It was important for us to hire a decorator to keep us from going in all directions. There are many beautiful items on the market, but they need to suit the overall style of your house and lifestyle." ~ Homeowner

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In the kitchen, Vuignier stripped out every last vestige of the original golden oak cabinetry and installed fresh, crisp, shaker millwork throughout. A second row of upper cabinets, lit from inside and covered with antique glass fronts, gives a feeling of the room being surrounded by a band of clerestory windows and keeps the feeling light — in a room as large as this (the kitchen is a generous 15' x 22’ in size) solid banks of cabinets lining the walls could have easily felt institutional. The original peninsula, which barricaded the homeowner from her guests, was replaced with a generous island with plenty of work surface, a prep sink and a gracious area for friends to relax and chat with the homeowner while she cooks. Finished with dark mocha fronts and topped with a light quartz countertop, the island complements the matching but reversed finishes of the rest of the kitchen cabinets. On either side of the generous eating area are two of the new features that most please the homeowners and their decorator. First, a set of large doors that replaced an original bay window now open the space to the deck and a beautiful backyard and draw the outside in. Second, on the other side, a rarely-used desk area was expanded and a dedicated coffee centre, fully stocked and outfitted with hidden appliance storage was installed in its place. This luxurious feature is a favourite of guests and is cleverly positioned adjacent to both the dining room and the kitchen eating area. With the renovations complete, the owners and their decorator look back at the scope of the project with some sense of awe and much delight... and the couple looks forward to welcoming their family and friends into their revitalized home for many holidays and celebrations to come! In the living room, reclining leather wing chairs and a custom sectional featuring double chaises provide many places to sit while enjoying the new fireplace; subtle colours and light shimmer from the Christmas decorations keep the mood merry and light, rather than bright.

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A holiday feast that’s high on style and low on turkey. Perfect if you’re caught between boredom with the traditional meal and unable to abandon tradition completely. recipes and food styling Marisa curatolo photography BRIAN JOHNSON

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Classic green and red plus tartan and wintery greens lend a traditional feel to the party. Let your guests know where they should sit, especially if some haven’t met before.

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Gorgeous game hens won't leave those traditionalists longing for Turkey Tom.

Venerable serveware cradles modern interpretations of classic holiday dishes.

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Delicious, bite-size nibblies keep your guests satiated while they wait for the dinner service.

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Sweet Sausage Stuffed Cornish Game Hens ½ loaf French bread (about 4 cups), cut into ½-inch cubes 2 tbsp unsalted butter 1 small onion, chopped ½ cup chopped celery ¼ cup chopped fresh sage ¼ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley ½ cup milk 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing discarded coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to season 4 (2 ½ pound) Cornish game hens 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil ½ cup red wine ¼ cup good quality chicken stock Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread bread cubes on rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven until lightly golden and dry, about 10 to 12 minutes; set aside. In large skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Add onion and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add celery and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in sausage and cook, until no longer pink, breaking up any lumps, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl; fold in bread, sage, parsley and milk. Season mixture generously with salt and pepper. Spoon stuffing into bird cavities; tie legs together with kitchen twine. Rub birds with olive oil, salt and pepper. *Mixture can also be baked in a buttered, ovenproof dish for 40 minutes. Arrange birds on roasting rack. Roast until golden brown, about 50 to 60 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in thigh registers at 180°F. Transfer to platter and tent with foil; let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place roasting pan over stove burners and heat to medium-high. Add red wine and ¼ cup chicken broth; scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Reduce sauce in half. Drizzle over game hens just prior to serving. Serves 8.

Potato Parsnip Gratin

Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aioli

1 ½ cups 35% cream 2 cups chicken stock 2 tsp minced fresh thyme 2 tsp coarse salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1 pound parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

2 cans (120 g) chunk crabmeat, well drained ⅓ cup frozen corn, thawed ¼ cup sliced green onions 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 1/3 cup mayonnaise 2 tsp fresh lime juice 1 tsp Dijon mustard ¼ tsp coarse salt ⅛ tsp freshly ground pepper ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs, plus more for coating 1 egg, slightly beaten canola oil for frying

Preheat oven to 425°F. Butter an 8 x 8 inch square ovenproof dish. In large Dutch oven, bring cream and chicken stock to boil. Add thyme, salt and pepper. Add potatoes and parsnips and lower heat to medium low; cook vegetables until slightly soft, about 8 to 10 minutes. Pour potato mixture into prepared dish and press gently into even layers. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until top is golden and cheese is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serves 8.

Roasted Wild Mushroom Salad 1 pound assorted wild mushrooms, sliced and trimmed 2 tbsp extra virgin oil 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper, to season ½ cup shaved parmesan cheese ⅓ cup whole hazelnuts, toasted and chopped 1 ½ cups arugula, or other fresh salad greens Preheat oven to 350°F. Place mushrooms on parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Roast mushrooms for 8 to 10 minutes, or until slightly soft. Remove from oven and set aside. Divide among 4 plates, top with arugula, hazelnuts and parmesan cheese. Drizzle with extra olive oil , if desired. Serves 4.

Chipotle Aioli ½ cup mayonnaise 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 tbsp minced canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Chipotle Sauce Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill up to 2 days. Crab Cakes In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except canola oil. Place additional bread crumbs in shallow dish. Form crabmeat mixture into medium balls, squeezing out excess liquid and flatten into disks. Roll in breadcrumbs and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook crab cakes 3 minutes per side, or until golden. Just before serving preheat oven to 400°F. Place crab cakes on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until hot. Serve with chipotle aioli. Makes 12. Kitchen Notes Purchase chunk crabmeats in cans. The meat is larger than regular canned crab and will produce a nicer texture. It is important to squeeze out excess moisture in order to prevent the crab cakes from being soggy.

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Chocolate cheesecake. Indulgent? Sinful? Decadent? Yes, yes, yes!! See recipe on p 88.

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Complete the occasion with a bottle masterfully matched. These crowd-pleasing vinos are sure to delight guests and bring together all the flavors on the table, spice up your experience and reinvigorate your family tradition.

Simonsig Chenin Blanc After 43 vintages, the first wine released by vineyard founder Frans Malan in 1968 is now reaching new levels of popularity worldwide. And for good reason: intense tropical fruit salad flavours that include hints of apricot, pears and kiwi mix with a natural acidity and lingering freshness that pairs beautifully with seafood dishes like our appetizer.

Ventisquero Queulat Chardonnay One of the joys of our sumptuous main course and accompanying side dishes are their complexity, to the degree that they pair equally well with both reds and whites. For traditionalists who favour whites with their poultry, this fresh and sophisticated Chilean chardonnay delivers rich structure and balanced acidity. A delightful aroma that evokes tropical notes of papaya and mango mixes with notes of honey and vanilla and delivers a fresh, fruity finish.

The Ned Pinot Noir

Louis Bouillot Rose

Reds with hen? Absolutely, if you choose a young, light wine. New Zealand delivers a perfect choice in the form of this pinot sourced from Marlborough’s South Valleys’ deep clay and loamy soils. Aged 9 months in French oak, this delivers a classically warm and rich palate and a smooth finish and pairs beautifully with fowl before gaining the smokiness that comes as it ages.

Berries, chocolate and sparkling wine are the perfect trifecta. For a spectacular finish to your holiday meal, elevate the fabulousness of this dessert by pairing it with a brilliant salmon-pink rosé from Louis Bouillot. Fine bubbles tickle your nose with hints of developing black currant and strawberry notes which mix with a nice acidity that helps to cut the richness of the cheesecake.

The Winehouse, located in Kenaston Common, puts together Covet's pairings. Their attention to detail and genuine interest will exceed your expectations. Pop in to try something special.

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Choose Your Own

Advent-ure Whether steeped in tradition or a modern interpretation, each offers a beautiful way to spend a moment each December day counting down to Christmas! design kim ullyot and arthur liffmann

The team at Covet are big fans of kicking off the festive season in style... and who doesn’t like to start decorating early? If you had an Advent calendar as a child, you will recall the excitement of opening that little cardboard door, perhaps after dinner, beginning December 1 and ending Christmas Eve! Since most store-bought versions these days hold less than edible chocolates, we have come up with a few versions to personalize advent for you, your family or to give as a special gift that will bring joy all month long!

Re-usable Bag: Cut out 24 13" x 12” squares. Fold the square in half, right sides together and stitch bottom and side using a standard seam allowance (5/8”). You may pink the top, leave it raw or fold down about three inches and stitch (this will make a stiffer topped bag). Turn to right side out. Fill the bag and tie the top using raffia or ribbon and attach a numbered key tag or gift tag. Sewing completed by staff and students at St. Norbert Collegiate: Gabriella Myers, Hanna Taylor, Dianne Coopland, Mary Rice.

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These paper pouches are fun, inexpensive and easy.

For the tea-totaler or that friend who needs some well deserved “me” time… just make sure you pop in to join them one evening!

Advent is not just for youngsters : a lovely bottle of wine is sure to make each evening in December merry!

Paper Pouch: Cut out paper shapes (stars, animals, stockings and so on) from kraft paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, etc. You will need two the same per packet – 48 in total. The packet should be 4" to 6" square to have enough room for the treats (you may need to adjust this relative to the contents). Sew the packet with a top stitch, wrong sides together, with a ¼” seam allowance until it is open just enough to fill with your selected treats. Stuff the pouch and continue to sew it closed. Number, if desired, and pile them into a basket or pretty bowl or punch a hole in the top and hang. Wine: This option works with bottles of wine, beer, spirits, etc. If opting for wine, we recommend building up a selection of new or old favourites to taste and savour this holiday season. Next, head over to your computer and mock up some festive wine labels, ours were sized to 3.5" x 4", you'll need to make up 24 in total. Print them off and glue them to the wrong side of the bottles (this way you can still see what you're getting into)! Lastly, some slippers, company, perhaps a cozy fire and a glass! Tea: Spray paint 24 clothespins (or leave natural). Thread the clothespins onto a piece of heavy string or twine. Number each clothespin by hand or with a sticker and pin your tea bags or other goodies.

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Around the office these days, there’s a lot of talk about what Santa should put in our stockings. It has led to some pretty great exchanges; if money were no object, if it couldn’t be store bought, if it were only a sentiment. Of course, all we truly want is health and happiness , but it sure is fun to dream...

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k a ss i a wo lo s h y n Contributing Writer h a n d m a d e My cousin made these really cool tree trunk night tables for his wife... so I'll take two please!! Or a snood: a hand knit infinity scarf. vacat i o n

Anywhere hot this winter. I'm already dreading the cold.

Big chunky rings, stacking bracelets, and long necklaces... keep ‘em coming! j e w e l l e ry

A Chrysler Challenger, but really, anything would be better than what I drive now.

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An upholstered headboard please.

b o o k Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman because I loved the TV show.

Apple iPad. I know I'm a little behind on this, but I think it's time.

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I always wear Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. I’d love the purse size.

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It has got to be shoes for me. I saw these really great, patent black, lace-up boots that I would just love!

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A wok would be cool.

A bag of five-cent candies and a Dr. Pepper. If you want to throw in a bag of chips and chocolate, that's fine too.

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da r r e n g r u n e r u d Managing Editor h a n d m a d e Knit toques. I love them, but I have an embarrassing history of losing them. vacat i o n The next time Covet goes to Scandinavia, I wouldn’t mind being included… <cough> Leigh and Bahia <cough>. j e w e l l e ry I enjoy wearing unique and interesting cufflinks when the occasion allows, some new ones would be nice.

I’m not much of a car guy; if I have one that works (and I do), I’m pretty happy. On the other hand, I suppose I could use more room to haul all my coaching gear. Maybe Santa would bring me a bus?

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Do guitar amplifiers count as furniture? If so, I’d like an Engl “Powerball II," please.

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b o o k I’m a bit of a fantasy nerd; I will read (and probably enjoy) anything involving swords, dragon, or magic — especially in a series of three or more! t ec h g a d g e t

iTunes gift cards.

I’m going to have to push the boundaries on this one, too; cigars count as a scent, right?

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One can never have too many black t-shirts,

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Beer goes in the kitchen. I like beer. Easy.

Lottery tickets are good; I like those “crossword” scratch tickets, because they keep me busy for a while.

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living well a rt h u r l i f fm a n n Contributing Writer handmade:

A signed blank cheque.

vacat i o n Bora Bora. Something about the lagoons and the volcano reminds me of Syndrome’s private island in "The Incredibles"… very James-Bond-meets-South-Pacific. A week in an overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons would be an absolute dream come true. j e w e l l e ry Movado Museum classic men’s wristwatch . It’s classic, simple and understated.

A 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet. It’s classic, but neither simple nor understated.

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Ligne Roset’s Togo sectional. Its low-slung and modular style isn’t for everyone, but it’s been in production for over 40 years so it can’t be just me who loves this set.

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b o o k Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris. I’ve been a fan of his essays since a friend in Chicago turned me on to him. Dry, dark and hysterical. t ec h g a d g e t

A vintage Smith-Corona typewriter.

Miyake pour Homme. It’s clean, light and citrusy, and one of the few scents that I can wear without smelling like an allergic reaction.

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A pair of Jo Ghost ankle boots. I just don’t know if I’d wear them, or put them on a plinth in my living room.

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I love my collection of vintage enamelled cast iron cookware and any new addition to it, especially original pieces by Dansk or Le Creuset, would be amazing.

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Beef Jerky Jumbo Pack, Teriyaki flavour. Maybe I’ll try sizzling it up in my old Dansk frying pan.

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Leigh McKenzie Art Director Anything knit; so snood me too! I have a little one so a vacation would be anywhere I can get a full eight hours of zzzzs. j e w e l l e ry A sparkly cocktail ring. Anything Anne Sportun would be outstanding. ca r Could I ask for a boat instead? f u r n i t u r e Bertoia chairs. b o o k Driving the Saudis. t ec h g a d g e t Remote car starter (if I can’t have a boat).  s c e n t Clean laundry — I will also require someone to complete the task. s o m e t h i n g to w e a r Riding boots. Poppy and Barley will do custom styles and they’re Canadian.  k i tc h e n i t e m Is it too much to ask for the whole kit and kaboodle? I would like a new kitchen, one with more than three square feet of countertops. g a s stat i o n p u rc h a s e Those super processed, awful, fantastic, chocolate cupcakes. So it’s a good thing I get gas at Costco! handmade vacat i o n

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k i m u l lyot Editorial Assistant h a n d m a d e My sister-in-law is a potter, adding to my collection is fun! This year I would like a new fruit bowl. Most of my pottery is Gordon Blue, a custom colour she named after my brother. vacat i o n Anytime I am able to spend time with my grandchildren and children in Canmore, Alberta is a holiday for me. j e w e l l e ry Pandora charms. I received a bracelet a few years ago from my boss and since then I have collected many charms. I added a new bracelet as a birthday present to  myself this year – and it needs filling. ca r

A camper please!

It’s almost time to replace all my living room furniture, a couple of fabulous chairs would be great under the tree. I am loving orange paired with green grays.

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Microsoft Surface. It’s small, portable, acts like a tablet, e-reader and computer all in one.

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I don’t wear a scent but Lampe Berger has the best scents for the home. I could use a new bottle of my favourite — Sweet Pear. 

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Ski jacket. My husband and I are giving each other snowshoes this year so a wonderful, new jacket is in order.  

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A chef. As much as I love to cook, coming home to a fresh hot meal made by a handsome chef would be priceless.

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A winning lotto ticket.

Bahia Taylor Editor in Chief h a n d m a d e An addition on my house. We’ve been talking, planning, discussing for years. But I’d also really love a snood or two! vacat i o n Europe. Pretty much anywhere would suit me just fine. j e w e l l e ry Elsa Peretti black bone cuff. ca r An equine. To go with my new cowboy boots. Appaloosa please. f u r n i t u r e I would love, love, love a feather mattress. Zzzzzzz..... b o o k  George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords (hard cover only please). t ec h g a d g e t EF-S60mm lens for my camera... and someone to teach me all about it. s c e n t A refill of Alien by Thierry Mugler. I love that the perfume companies are now topping up the bottle you already have. s o m e t h i n g to w e a r  I need some toe warming boots for the hockey season. I’m thinking the Augustine by Ugg. Sheepskin lined and stylish. If only they came with nerves of steel... as a new goalie mom I’m experiencing what I think may be regular heart failure. k i tc h e n i t e m Knives. And a lesson in sharpening them. Mine just don’t cut it. g a s stat i o n p u rc h a s e We reside in a small town and our gas station sells liquor. Need I say more?

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Manitoba has a plethora of both emerging and established artists. In each issue, Prairie Palette will introduce you to some of the talented locals who share Manitoba with us, and demystify some of the intricacies of art and the art scene in the province. This issue, we are excited to introduce Louise Kollinger to you. From the moment a viewer engages with a piece of Louise Kollinger’s art, they are immediately drawn in by her use of bold colour. And while many artists use it to convey passion and depth, colour — as strong as it is in Kollinger’s pieces — only hints at the depth of her work. While the decidedly urbanite artist and her husband live in Osborne Village, she maintains a studio in the Exchange District. Born in the United Kingdom and raised in the rural Manitoba town of Pointe du Bois, the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield greatly influenced the artist. “My work is grounded in the place that I am from, and I am inspired by the elements around me — fire, water and stone,” says Kollinger. The texture and layers of her life are literally expressed in her canvasses. Working primarily with acrylics, much of the artist’s

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work features play on dimension with multiple layers of paints applied with brushes and trowels. Her intuitive pieces convey her impression of life around her and display the passion she has for everything she does. Kollinger’s tranquil and quasi-Impressionistic works are found in private and public collections throughout North America and the United Kingdom. The artist accepts private commissions; including those created for the massive fireplace over-mantles in St. Vital Centre. Her art has been shown at Estudio Luna, Cre8tery Gallery and The Great West Life Assurance Company. You can view Louise’s art at her studio by appointment or during the monthly ‘First Fridays in the Exchange’ art crawl. www.lkollingerart.me | ljkollinger@gmail.com


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Auspicious Energy by Shirley Elias, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 30"

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Brew Ha Ha... or Ho Ho? Host a new kind of gathering: a tasting party centred on premium beers. A few friends, some impressive brews and a little nosh are all you need to kick start the holiday season! Guests can record notes and score the beer or simply just enjoy the different varietals.

No Fail Tips: Make sure you’re well stocked. You’ll need enough beer to pour every guest a halfbottle of each variety. Buy extra in any case so guests can enjoy a full bottle of their favourite brew (or two) once the sampling is done. Stock up on glasses... The best vessels for a tasting are eight-ounce water glasses, which are big enough for six ounces (or a half-bottle) of beer plus foam. Wine glasses also work; their round bowl helps release aromas. ... and lots of them. Each guest will need a fresh glass for each variety of beer you are serving. Avoid plastic as the faint smell can get in the way of tasting. Leave a trace. Before guests arrive, trace the base of the tasting glass four or five times on a blank paper placemat or a strip of kraft paper, then write the name of one beer in each circle. Part coaster, part organizational device, this smart favour gives guests a surface to record their tasting notes on and will help keep their glasses straight. Remember to provide pencils.

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Keep it cool. To preserve its freshness, all beer should be stored cool, either in a cellar or in the fridge; from the moment you bring it home until it’s consumed. Take all of the bottles out of the fridge 15 minutes prior to tasting. Pour as you go. Unlike wine, beer should never be advance poured. How to achieve the perfect pour. Hold the glass at a 45˚ angle and pour the beer gently along the side of the glass. When the glass is two-thirds full, straighten the glass and pour the remainder down the middle to form a head. One inch of foam on the top releases carbonation and brings complex aromas to the surface. Variety is the spice of life. For a well-rounded tasting, choose four or five varieties of beer, serving them from lightest to darkest. A pilsner, a wheat beer, a pale and a dark ale. For the fifth selection, choose a fullbodied and sweet beer like a bock or a barley wine to cap off the evening, or choose a bottle with an unusual seasonal ingredient like raspberry or spruce.


Mixed Drinks with

Mixed Metals

Fill up the bar cart and go old school this holiday season! A classic bar cart loaded with liquors and mixes is synonymous with fabulous mid-century Christmases. Once taboo, mixing metals is a hot look in décor these days. Experiment this season with various metal and alloy tones with both your decorations and your libations. Far from limiting, today’s best looks incorporate various metals to achieve a mellow, multi-hewed shimmer — mixing brass, nickel, copper and chrome is as tasteful as the cocktail recipes below. So, throw some Bing Crosby and Dean Martin on the turntable, mix up some cocktails and let it snow, baby, let it snow. Golden Cadillac ½ oz Galliano ½ oz white Crème de Cacao 2 oz cream Shake ingredients together with ice cubes; strain into a champagne flute. Silver Cloud ¾ oz Crème de Menthe ¼ oz Amaretto 2 oz cream Combine ingredients with ice cubes; pour into a lowball cocktail glass, top with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry. Rusty Nail ¾ oz Scotch ¼ oz Sweet Vermouth Dash of bitters Layer ingredients into an old fashioned cocktail glass over ice cubes; stir well, and garnish with a cherry or a lemon twist.

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Tuxedo Toddys Before polar fleece and Thinsulate, one of the most popular ways of warming up on a cold winter’s night involved sipping toasty concoctions of spirits or wine. Although hot cocktails suffered through a period of disdain where they were considered passe, these tasty tipples are proof that everything old is new again. Some of our favourite steaming libations are mixed or topped with cool whipped cream; play up this mix of hot and cold, dark and light with your serving pieces this holiday season. Mugs in black and white play up high contrast and hint at formal New Year’s parties, while clear or frosted glass pieces remind you with each sip that baby, it’s cold outside. Cafe Noel ½ oz Brandy ¼ oz brown Creme de Cacao ¼ oz Kahlua Coffee to fill Sugar the rim of a snifter. Pour in liqueurs and coffee; top with whipped cream and an extra dash of Kahlua. Gluhwein 5 oz Red Wine 1 lemon slice 1 orange slice ½ cinnamon stick 4 cloves ¼ tsp sugar Combine ingredients in mug and microwave for 1 minute. Let stand for at least a minute to achieve full flavour. Irish Coffee ¾ oz Irish Whiskey ¼ oz Kahlua Coffee to fill Sugar the rim of a snifter and add liqueurs and coffee. Add whipped cream, sprinkle with raw sugar and garnish with a cherry.

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Two-by-Four Life text DEZ DANIELS The Dirt on Dirt Building a house on your own is one of the most splendid things you can do for your family. It is a testament of faith and a monument to hard work. We are finally living in it and, while there is still a lot of finishing work to be done, the tough stuff is behind us. I like to think that the months we sacrificed being able to do as many leisure activities with our children has been balanced by the message that you only get maximum results with maximum effort. Hot chocolate by the fireplace on a cold winter’s evening tastes better when everyone had to sacrifice to make it happen. Of course, building a house is not ALL a life lesson with butterflies and rainbows shooting out of every orifice. Sometimes, it’s just plain dirty. I have spent my whole life trying to avoid dirt. When my kids came along, their ability to attract mud and have it stick to everything drove me bonkers. Erica Jong’s poem “Woman Enough” is one of my favourites (if you don’t know it, do yourself a favour and read it) but I’d be lying if I said that banishing dirt from my sight hasn’t been one of the constants in my life. Until the day came that I needed it. Bad. Our house was built fairly elevated. We knew we would need fill — dirt — to level the yard. But we weren’t stressed. We figured we’d put up one of those “clean fill” signs on the end of the driveway, maybe put an ad on Kijiji, and all our dreams would come true. I mean it is just DIRT. Based on what we know NOW, I’m surprised those signs at the edge of people’s driveways don’t read “Clean fill wanted. No really... please. For the love of God, I’m BEGGING YOU!!!!” When the magical dirt fairy didn’t arrive, we got proactive. We solicited a few neighbours who provided us with some great leads that simply didn’t pan out. Our wonderful neighbour John offered up dirt from his field but the expense of trucking it, and particularly the time it would take it dig it up with so many other tasks to finish before winter, made that a less than ideal solution. We began driving around to different job sites and speaking with folks digging there. More than once we were told that a truck would be coming by the end of the day only to have it not arrive. One man helpfully responded to our Kijiji ad, only

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to say that the dirt was $550 per tandem load. After calculating the cost to bring in the 25 loads we needed the final tally came to approximately “No f*!%$ way.” But if failure is feedback, we found ourselves in the middle of a landslide. And we finally caught on to the fact that they who aren’t afraid to get a tiny bit dirty, get the dirt. My husband and I have two basic life principles: one, don’t be a wiener and two, don’t be a dishonest wiener. But one day we came across a guy driving a truckload of mud and asked him, as we had everyone else, if he knew where we could get some. He said he would have us a couple of truckloads by the end of the day. And he did — for $10 a load. And there was PLENTY more where that came from. Did we wonder where the dirt was coming from? Yes. Did we wonder if maybe this individual’s boss wasn’t aware of what was going on? It came up. Did we feel a wee bit guilty that we’d happened upon this dirty little secret to our advantage, while others were lying in bed sleepless, slicked with sweat, wondering, “Where is the dirt going to come from…WHERE?” Mmmhmm. But, when the dirt arrived we didn’t give him $10. We gave him $20 and a bottle of booze. And did the dirt keep on coming? You better believe it! I take some solace in the fact that we weren’t the only ones blindsided by dirt. One friend, whose site was so low they only had to go down two feet to dig her basement, said they paid almost $10,000 for mud. Despite the fact that the money was spent long ago, you can tell that time doesn’t make it any less bewildering and painful. I am happy to report that we got what we needed. We were able to grade our home and cover it all with quarter down, making my war against dirt slightly more manageable . But on the odd Manitoba winter night, as I thaw by the fire, I feel guilt about what’s been done. Like Edgar Allen Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart,” sometimes I’m sure I can hear the earth from underneath the virgin snow planning its retribution. Anyone who’s dealt with children and muddy shoes in the springtime knows what I’m talking about! Assuming Santa’s still coming, I’d better ask for a Swiffer.


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the suburban grow op text SAMANTHA BRAUN

Despite all attempts of bending time and moving clocks back, we can’t avoid that our beloved sunshine has dwindled to a sad, shadow of its summertime self. Nothing screams winter like the double whammy of leaving for, and returning from, work in the dark! Now imagine what you’re poor little house plants are going through? So yes, it’s either watch those little green thingys dwindle and suffer a slow, light deprived last holiday gammed in the window sill over the sink… or you guessed it: start a grow op! But before you go running off for tin foil and a desk fan, we’re gonna show you how to do this baby with some style.

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1. Location: You’ll be cheating on the light source, but you will need a dedicated bench, shelf or table to set up your sexy little operation. Test out the space you need — without cramming your plants together like that scary living room window auntie had! It also needs some head-room for the plants and adjusting your lighting. 2. Light source: Fluorescent work lights are very affordable and work well. And every self-respecting grow op needs a little industrial edge, right?! The light needs to hang directly above the bench and it should be easy to adjust the height. Some work lights come with chains, or just add your own. 3. Bulbs: Those 4’ suckers in the basement are not going to cut it. You need full spectrum grow bulbs. Now we’re not trying to harvest tomatoes through the winter here, just a little extra help. T5 tubes are nice, but check your light fixture for the correct tube that fits the balast. Grow light incandescent bulbs work too (but are barely better than nothing). However, they tend to fry the tops of plants more than grow them. 4. Basic timer or switch: Basic work lights come with an existing on/off switch in the power cord. Even though plants need their light source, most do best with a dark period too — so a timer or spot where you’ll remember “lights out” is a good plan.

Many seeds can be started inside under this simple grow op lighting (it’s a nice idea for micro greens and wheat grass for the healthily inclined). But bare minimum, it’ll make that little bench in the coat room a little sunnier (even if it’s fake sun!) and your plants a whole lot happier.If all else fails: add pine cones and glitter!


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Keeping your green-chi happy and healthy

Some of your green things will be long-term indoor residents, some are just chillin’ while the geese are away. As conditions and light inside the house change over winter, your plants may need a little seasonally-appropriate TLC. Here’s a quick diagnostic hit-list and easy maintenance tips to check up on them with. What to look for

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Elongated/straggly stems. Leaves or stems leaning in one direction.

Not enough light, and searching for light.

• Increase light (Ahem: see grow op). • Pinch out growing points to increase the plant's “bushiness." • Rotate the plant to even-out growth.

Droopy, yellowing or wilting leaves.

Too wet or too dry.

• C  heck the soil wetness with your finger; press about an inch down into the pot. • It can be easy to assume your plant is dry, but plants often grow slower in the winter and may actually be sitting in water. New plants, like poinsettias, may not be in good containers for drainage. Check first— water only if needed. Wet plants need to be drained immediately, and remove the sleeves.

Dusty, sticky leaves or stems. Yellowing along stems or sections of leaves.

Odds are you have bugs (spider mites, scale, even aphids can hitch a ride in).

• E  arly infestations can be mechanically controlled, or prevented, by a good wash-off periodically through the winter. Use a soap mix to suffocate the little pests, or just give the kids some scale squashing pocket money. If the scale is bad, a little infected amputation or removal is the best bet. Avoid washing flowers (unless it’s a do-or-die bug situation). Samantha Braun is a landscape ecologist and designer with over 15 years experience in the horticultural industry. Her company, Ecotones, specializes in creating Habitat in Harmony with Design.

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To give, or not to give? That is the question

The Most Beautiful and Unique Gifts

Shakespeare aside, bestowing plants as gifts has been common practice for a very long time — and some plants have a lovely history of symbolism. Here are a few that are easy to find, and probably the easiest to care for over the holidays. Lucky bamboo: All about chi — and no one wants blocked chi! This bamboo takes almost no care, and still brings health, happiness and prosperity.

Orchid: Nothing says perfection like the symmetry of an orchid… it also means fertility and abundance (so pair wisely with mistletoe and libations — consider yourself warned!).

Aloe: Medicinal plant of the ages; denotes protection and healing (while providing a handy in-house burn kit or tonic for overindulged holiday bellies).

Poinsettia: This gift could either mean your kid had a fundraiser, you are imparting mirth and celebration (pretty sure this one’s safe around mistletoe?!), or you don’t like their cat. All are acceptable interpretations.

Cactus: Beyond your best friend handing you a cactus with the meaning of: “Here… you might not kill this!”, cactus actually represents endurance — nothing endures like a Christmas cactus!

Ferns: Simply put, ferns are all about magic. And nothing’s more magical than a guy in a red suit showing up when you give your friend a fern! (If you’ve been nice, they may even thank you with a cactus or poinsettia).

Happy Holidays from The Staff at FOR SPACE SAKE The Store for Organized living 1824 Grant Avenue | 204 488-2633

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w h e r e to f i n d If you liked what you saw, check out our digital version at www.covetmagazine.ca for links to the product and talent featured in this issue. In addition, we are happy to help you source one of your “gotta haves” from within our pages. Simply visit us on Facebook at Covet Mag where you can post your query, and one of our team will reach out with the information... while you’re there, be sure to “like” us too! Designers in this issue: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays Designing Spaces Manitoba Designer: Wanda Vuignier 204.990.1135 wanda@designingspacesmb.ca www.designingspacesmb.ca

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CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE Crust 2 ½ cups crushed chocolate wafers ½ cup unsalted butter, melted ¼ cup sugar Filling 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese softened 2 cups sugar 3 eggs ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup rum ¾ tsp ground cinnamon ½ pound good quality semi-sweet chocolate melted Preheat oven to 350°F. For crust, mix together graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a medium bowl.

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Stir in melted butter and blend well. Press crust into bottom of 9-inch round spring form pan. Chill 30 minutes.

2 tbsp canola oil 10 fresh medium strawberries, rinsed and dried

For filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Blend in sour cream, rum and cinnamon. Fold melted chocolate into mixture and blend well. Pour filling into prepared pan and spread evenly.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt chocolate with oil in bowl over simmering water. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth and glossy. Dip each strawberry into chocolate, covering about two-thirds and turning to coat; shake off excess. If chocolate begins to cool, return to saucepan to warm. Place coated berries on baking sheet and let strawberries set for 30 minutes at room temperature. Gently lift strawberries off paper. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 6 hours. Makes 10.

Bake cheesecake for 1 hour. Turn heat off and let cheesecake cool in oven for 1 ½ hours. Remove from oven and cover. Refrigerate overnight prior to serving. Top with chocolate dipped fruit. Serves 10. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries 4 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate chopped

Tip: It is important to wash and dry the fruit well. Excess moisture can make the chocolate seize up.


hot blogs text by Amy Walters

This holiday season marks three years in the blogosphere for me. Little did I know, when I hit the publish button on my own blog (adesigndock. blogspot.com) back in December 2010, the endless stream of inspiration that awaited me. Fast-forward to today and I still can’t keep up, even though my entire week is spent researching and writing about the latest in online design trends for Canadian furniture brand EQ3 (blog.eq3.com). If there’s one thing I've learned over these last three years, it's that there will always be new talent and new blogs to discover. Here's what's currently topping my reading list: Eclectic, artsy, and a little bit edgy, sfgirlbybay curates the best of "bohemian modern style." Dreaming of far-off places? Editor Victoria Smith’s got you covered with images of swoon-worthy interiors from around the globe. sfgirlbybay.com Pinecone Camp is a feast for the eyes, showcasing the talents of Canadian photographer Janis Nicolay. Enjoy outtakes from Janis’ latest photoshoots with top Canadian designers and lifestyle magazines, and a delicious dose of food photography. pineconecamp. blogspot.com Keeping to a palette of mostly black, white and grey, A Merry Mishap is as carefully edited as the minimalist designs it features. I’m always in the mood to organize and de-clutter after reading this one. amerrymishapblog.com Do you have a blog or two that you tell everyone about? Be a guest contributor in Covet and write our Hot Blogs column. Drop us a note at info@covetmagazine.ca, we'd love to hear from you and be inspired by something new.

We are honoured to have received two awards at the 2013 Manitoba Magazine Publisher's Association Maggie Awards. People's Choice Award, as selected by you, our readers and fans. AND Magazine of the Year, awarded by the province's publishing community. We thank you for the recognition and your support and look forward to producing more inspiring issues!

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design dilemma

Dear Bahia, Darren and I have outgrown our kitchen, to be quite honest we never did fit. It doesn't inspire us to cook, let alone cook healthy, and the tupperware attacks us each and every time we open up one of the cupboards. I know what I want and I hope Darren wants the same! I am told my design taste is transitional, but I think it is more found object or inherited item paired with iconic sculptural pieces. Eesh, that last sentence sounded expensive. So this is where you come in, the expert and partner with great taste that can work with any budget. We need help, and solutions that won't break the bank, a look for less, if you will, designed to withstand some wear and tear. Leigh McKenzie and Darren Grunerud

t h e s o lu t i o n Check back over our next few issues to watch this project progress!

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Do you have a design dilemma? Send us your questions and some photographs to info@covetmagazine.ca for your opportunity to receive free design advice from the talented design team at Covet!


The wall is not your enemy. It’s not there to fence you in. No, the wall’s wide open, nothing but sky. Notice we didn’t say blue. That’s the beauty of the wall. You’ve got your own colour for unbridled freedom. For possibility. For love and surprise. For loyalty, adventure, beginnings and happy ends. For everything that matters, there’s a deep, rich, enduring colour. And the wall always approves.

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