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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 possible.

7 Editor's Page

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

8 Marcello’s Meats A local butcher shop that’s a cut above.

10  Pollock’s Hardware A feel good story of a community taking matters into their own hands.

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable... the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street...by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” ~Hal Borland

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

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Living Rooms See where one of Manitoba’s prestigious custom homebuilders kicks back.

Beauty and the Budget A small starter with big, big style.

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Long Way Home A design journey for a family of five.

46 The Answer is Clear A Clear Lake home beautifully blended with its surroundings.

9 House of Windsor Chairs How the wooden wonder of dining made its way.

12 We Love Items we have spotted here or there that we think you will love too.

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From My House to Yours See the spooktacular yard of our garden editor Sam Braun.

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

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Get Crafty - We can get into good craft projects, and love the satisfaction creating something brings.

16  Customize Your Canning Homemade labels and trimmings make a delicious presentation for edible gifts.

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

11  Precious Things: How to Get Rid of Them

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

18  Kassia Woloshyn of Envy Paint and Design Ltd.

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AUTUMN 2013 Bahia Taylor Editor in Chief Co-founder Leigh McKenzie Creative Director Co-founder Darren Grunerud Managing Editor 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

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

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20 The resident experts at IKEA dish about the new, and always anticipated, Stockholm Collection.

21 DIY Craft your own crematorium.

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

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

Creating a Wicked First Impression for Halloween See how local designers bring the season into their surroundings.

76 Harvest Gold Fail safe schemes to bring the trend of golden glam home.

80 Autumn Step Scape Curbside tricks to make your home best-dressed on the block.

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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. 

26 26 Merton road and… Travel with photographer Pauline Boldt throughout the city and province, and take in the glorious sites through her camera lens. This issue, the Manitoba Legislative Building.

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

64  Perfectly Preserved You’ve enjoyed of-the-moment produce all season long... now it’s time to keep some for later.

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

Dig - Get outside and get gardening.

84 I’m Sorry...This Just isn’t Working Out for Me Anymore, Fall-tastic Hot Buys, Garden Framework

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

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

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It’s here again, as expected, but we’re still kind of surprised! Autumn has officially arrived, and if you aren’t totally excited yet check out our top twenty list of favourite things about the season... we hope it will put you in the mood and lift your fall spirits! 20. Cool, crisp weather... it’s an excuse to buy new duds. 19. Apples. Specifically in the form of pies and crisps. 18. Bonfires. 17. Thanksgiving. 16. Halloween. 15. Decorative pumpkins and gourds. Yes, we’re serious. 14. Gorgeous fall foliage and crunchy leaves. 13. Hot chocolate.

12. Hockey and football. Go Jets! Go Bombers! 11. Fall back, as opposed to spring forward. 10. Fall TV series. 9. Cable knits. 8. Scarves. 7. Flannel and menswear-inspired textiles. 6. Blankets and quilts. 5. New flavours at coffee shops. 4. Frost on the windows — the pretty kind that is gone in a couple of hours. 3. Soups and chillis. 2. Boots. 1. Opening the windows instead of running the a/c. A cool breeze and heavy blankets at night...love it!

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 • The Prairie Dog Central Railway vintage steam locomotive runs its Howlin’ Halloween Express, Departures: October 19th, 20th 26th, and 27th. www.pdcrailway.com • The thriving wetland of Oak Hammock Marsh, named best environmental experience in the world by British Airways, is home to nearly 300 species of birds and wildlife. Watch duck and goose migration daily from 10 am – 4:30 pm. www.oakhammockmarsh.ca • The Manitoba Museum opens its new temporary exhibit, Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed, on October 25th. For the first time in 45 years, a real mummy will be on display in Winnipeg. www.manitobamuseum.ca

• R  ow upon row of festively decorated booths, each one brimming with oneof-a-kind creations. Meet the artist, enjoy the ambiance and choose that special something for that special someone. Scattered Seeds Christmas Craft Show & Sale, October 18th – 20th. www.thescatteredseeds.com • Be escorted through the dark streets of Winnipeg’s Exchange District by a shady guide to see and hear about some of Winnipeg’s most haunted buildings on a Winnipeg Ghost Walk. Learn about deadly events that took place where the Cube at Old Market Square now stands, who is still performing at the Burton Cummings Theatre almost one-hundred years after his death, and the most haunted building in Winnipeg. Oct 3rd -Nov 1th. www.muddywaterstours.ca For more information about these events, like us on Facebook!

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MARCELLO'S MEATS text and photography COVET MAGAZINE

top quality meat and Products Find It: 200 Meadowood Drive, Unit 9 204.256.6328 Open Monday-Thursday and Saturday 9-6; Friday 9-7; Sunday 11-5 www.marcellosmeats.com History: Like any good cut of meat, Marcello Castellano's story is beautifully marbled and well-aged. It began in the 1990's, when he started working at his brother's meat shoppe in the Forks Market; over time, he honed his skills at various meat counters around Winnipeg. After years as a partner at another local meat market, he eventually stepped out on his own and opened Marcello's Meats in 2009. The Space: Located in a simple strip mall on Meadowood just across from St. Vital Centre, Marcello's space is filled with goodness. Two walls of the store are lined with banks of glass coolers displaying fresh cuts of prime meats and poultry, while additional space is dedicated to sauces, spices, and other ingredients for side dishes.

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Menu: Marcello's was the first butcher shop in Manitoba to feature Certified Angus Top Grade beef — a rating higher than AAA beef. Manitoba-raised poultry from Heritage Lane Farms is all 100% free range, and free of hormones and antibiotics (not only the boneless skinless chicken breasts, but the roasters and bone-in, skin-on pieces as well). All of the store's signature "Marcello's" brand products are proudly glutenfree and lactose-free. A variety of vacuum-packed prepared products, like the 'Maui Beef Ribs' in a pineapple marinade, only require a few minutes on the grill, and will have you running back for more. To compliment your meat purchases, a beautiful selection of vegetables, fresh herbs and baking are located at the front counter. Winnipeg: Born and raised in Winnipeg, Marcello is committed to building a strong local business. "It's the local customers who have built this business, and we love seeing new customers come back to the store!" he says. With his wife, Daisy, and a team of staff committed to providing quality products and service, Marcello is less concerned about being the biggest in town; his goal is to offer the best products available.

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house of windsor: chairs text ARTHUR LIFFMANN Picture it: Autumn in Smalltown, Everywhere. The leaves on the sturdy oak trees in the front yard of the old family home have turned red and golden; in the kitchen, apple pies are cooling on the windowsill. The women of the family, decked out in enough cowlneck sweaters to make Ann-Margret jealous, are busy plattering the turkey and setting cut-glass dishes of cranberry sauce on the dining room table. The kids come in from playing football in the backyard and everyone gathers together in the dining room; dad carves the turkey, and everyone settles back into their classic Windsor chairs, enjoying a moment of familial holiday bliss. You’ve seen this movie before: Father of the Bride, Stepmom, Baby Boom and countless other films have reinforced the perception of this quintessential North American holiday image. But if you use some common Sense and Sensibility, you’ll quickly realize that the roots of these classic wooden chairs are firmly planted in England. The basic silhouette of these popular chairs is well-known to everyone, even those who don’t know that they’re in the know. There are many historical and modern variations of the iconic chair, but each remain true to the basic principles of the original design: a solid wooden seat, into which round wooden spindles are pushed. With legs that splay outwards and chair backs that gently recline, the spindles form the frame of the chair — a clear departure from other designs that use frames constructed from single continuous pieces of timber that stretch from back to foot. While it’s not entirely clear when the first Windsor chairs were made, the first

known examples of spindle chairs date back to the 17th century, when Welsh and Irish ‘stick back’ chairs first started being assembled using spindles turned on a lathe, made in the same manner as wheel spokes. Popular legend has it that Windsor chairs gained their name and notoriety when King George II, seeking shelter from a storm, arrived at a peasant cottage and was given a multi-spindled chair to sit on. According to the Treasury of American Design and Antiques by Clarence P. Hornung, its comfort and simplicity impressed him so much he had his own furniture-maker copy it — and the Windsor vogue was born. The original Windsor chairs featured a comb-back design: a simple highbacked armchair topped with a plain or “bear eared” crest rail. With the Industrial Revolution came new ways of manufacturing, and by the early 19th century steam bending techniques were being employed to curve wood into new shapes (think of classic bentwood bistro chairs and you’ll get the idea). With steam bending came the birth of the hoop-back chair - arguably the best-known version of Windsor chairs — featuring a semi-circular back and sturdy arms. These beauties are the ones that often appear in films, magazines and portraits of prominent colonial figures covered in ruffles and bad, powdered wigs. The carved dish or saddle-shaped seat of a Windsor is of the utmost importance — it provides the strength and stability for the entire upper and lower portions of the chair. While many varieties of hard and soft woods have been used for seats, elm is universally preferred, because its interlocking grain provides

the strength needed to firmly anchor the tenoned spindles and legs of the chair. While older English versions almost always feature elm seats, American craftsmen have used oak and pine for their seats; for this reason, English Windsor chairs made of the stronger and difficult-to-carve elm wood generally feature thinner, less deeply-carved seats than their American counterparts. Interestingly for antique wood furniture, original Windsor chairs were often painted. Because they were made of a combination of different woods — hickory for the spindles, elm for the seat, and maple, ash or oak for other components - craftsmen disguised the mixture of timber. Dark green (many originals were used outdoors in parks), brown and black were popular choices, but lighter and brighter colours including red, yellow and even white were common, too. Dyes were sometimes created using what was on hand — early Canadian versions were often coated in milk paint, a mixture comprised of buttermilk, turpentine and cow’s blood (note: NOT available at your local Benjamin Moore dealer!) Over years of use, paints and dyes would wear off around the edges; today, collectors covet those chairs that display the characteristic patina of worn finishes. Refinished Windsors, even those that have gone through well-intentioned restorations, almost certainly will have less value to those with an intact original finish. That said, restored and authenticated 18th-and early 19th-century Windsor chairs can fetch prices in the four figures; those in mint condition, with their original paint, can easily bring five figures.

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pollock's hardware co-op Find It: 1407 Main Street Open Monday-Friday 9-8; Saturday 9-6 ; Sunday 12-5 204.582.5007 www.pollockshardwarecoop.com History: Originally opened in 1922, Pollock’s Hardware store has been supplying its North End neighbourhood with a variety of hardware and household items for over 85 years. In 2007, when the retiring owners could not find a buyer, the store closed the doors. While this could have been the end for Pollock’s, local neighbourhood folk who were dismayed that such a north-end icon would be shut down were inspired to re-open it as a co-op. A volunteer board was formed, and in June 2008 the store reopened as Pollock’s Hardware Co-op. Since then, membership has grown to nearly 2000 members and the co-op has purchased the building at 1407 Main Street in order to guarantee its continued presence in the North End neighbourhood. the space: Think of visiting your grandpa's favourite hardware store back in the day and you'll have a good idea of what to expect;

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the co-op has undertaken a restoration with a vision of returning the store's look to the glory days. The building's original brick facade, classic painted trim and iconic store sign allude to the store's vibe even before you step through the door. menu: Stroll down the aisles and check out shelves and walls loaded with treasures ranging from tools and home improvement basics to sleds, roasting pans, glass doorknobs and wooden drying racks. Pollock's is known for serving the community's hardware and household needs with a dizzying mix of new products, rare and odd items often used for fixing up older houses, cool vintage products, and everyday stuff for everyday needs. Winnipeg: Pollock's is dedicated to building the North End community, and has become a hub for community news and partnership. The store hosts and promotes neighbourhood swap meets, recycling programs and community advocacy events. Pollock’s rents 5,000 square feet as a warehouse, and supplies not-for-profit partners in this venture, as well as other contractors and the general public, with building supplies.

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precious things: how to get rid of them! We are often overwhelmed by all the stuff that we have. Some things may be useful, and others maybe not so much. Fall is a great time to get rid of things and tidy up, because we all know that we spend much more time indoors over the winter months. Here are some tips to putting old stuff to use and making some room in your home. • Tackle this project room by room when looking at something ask yourself: is it useful? Does it have meaning? Have I used it in the past 12 months? No to these questions means it goes in a box, bye bye. • You may find yourself with antiques and objects passed down to you from various family members. What do you do? These are objects with inalienable wealth and are hard to get rid of. Firstly, ask family members if they want them. If they don't, and you think they might be valuable, take them to an antique shop or a consignment shop in your neighbourhood and have them find a new home. • Clothing is the hardest; we (or maybe it is just me) have a certain

sentimentality to clothing. Two rules: Have you worn it in the past year? Does it fit? Salvation Army is a wonderful charitable organization which supports our communities; drop it off. There are also many organizations who collect career clothing for people who are entering the workforce. • Large pieces of furniture seem to collect in basements for reasons unknown... unless it's an object of inalienable wealth (follow steps in point 2) put it on Kijiji for a small fee or even free, and you will be surprised how quickly it will get snatched up. • Old baubles in precious materials such as gold and silver that are no longer worn have options for a new life. If you find yourself with a collection, look at them carefully and ask yourself: will this ever be in style again? Does this have meaning? If no and no, does this jewelry have precious stones that could be remade into something new and interesting? There are many local designers who will take old pieces and reinvent them, which is such an exciting process. If

they are just metals, then you always have the option of taking them to a gold and silver buyer and getting a few dollars for it to reinvest into something you will use! • Books, books and more books. It is a blessing to be surrounded by so many books, but what a burden. My rule is that fiction is disposable; pass it on. Other books can be recycled or sent to charity shops. When getting rid of books always consider how useful they are in your life. For example, if you teach art, then maybe don’t get rid of your art books! Remember when getting rid of things: it is just stuff. 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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Scare up your style with these great finds! Skulls and macabre motifs are all the rage in fashion and accessories these days and, therefore, are naturally finding their way into home decor. If you love the look bring it home in a big way with wallpaper and art, or if you’d only like to dip your toe in the pool of modern goth then temporary decals and magnets may be just the perfect little touch. (1) Martha Stewart Silhouette available at Michael’s; Light up the night with these fantastic beacons of doom, (2 and 7) available at Envy Paint and Design; (3) Flocked skull wallpaper by Barbara Hulanicki for Graham and Brown and (4) shimmering arachnid paper Cobweb Moonlight by Graham and Brown through Envy Paint and Design Ltd: (5) glass skull votive holders and (6) chrome magnets by Abott Collections available through Abbott retailers.

Stay warm and save with an energy efficient heating system The type of heating system you have in your home, ultimately affects your heating costs. If your home is over 15 years old, how old is your heating system? The older the system is, the more inefficient it operates, and you’re likely burning more money on wasted energy. Home heating costs make up 63 per cent of your energy bill on average. When it’s time to upgrade your heating system, choose the system that will work best for you. There are four kinds of heating systems: • Natural Gas (furnaces and boilers); • Electric • Geothermal; and • Propane or Oil

No matter what kind of heating system you have, these small changes can make a big difference when bracing for cooler winter temperatures: Furnace maintenance Your furnace is the biggest energy user in your home, so proper maintenance is essential. Clean or replace your furnace filters at least once a month in the heating season and once again prior to the cooling season. Air leakage A large amount of warm air in your home can be lost through air leakage, so caulk and seal these spots when you notice them. Thermostats Programmable thermostats can be programmed to automatically adjust the temperature to conserve energy at night or when no one is home. Insulation Up to 25 per cent of heat loss in your home can occur through uninsulated areas, such as an uninsulated basement or attic. By adding insulation to these areas, you can reduce energy costs by 10 per cent or more.

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customize your canning Creating customized labels and stickers for your preserves is as easy as can be! Start with a trip to your local business supply centre or craft store and pick up some pre-cut labels or stickers. After that, head on over to www.dafont.com to select a couple of fun custom fonts —they're all free on this site. For these labels we used a little magic to print them - if you're going to try this be wary of the dreaded paper jam. We printed out a test sheet from our layout program, and then adhered our labels with removable tape to the printout so we knew that the area would line up, and ran them through a second time. Voila! Custom, printed labels. We then got creative with raffia, burlap and gift bags to complete the look. Receiving something homemade as a hostess gift is always such a treat! Better yet when it looks like you picked it up at a posh shop.

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Covet has partnered with CDECA (Canadian Decorator’s 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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Once you've noticed her obvious artistic and musical creativity, it comes as no surprise that Kassia Woloshyn holds a degree in Environmental Design specializing in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. Although born and raised in Winnipeg, wanderlust has taken Kassia through various parts of North America, to Thailand, Spain, France, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Greece and Italy. It was while living in Italy for a year that she realized the best course to harness her creativity into a career would be through interior design. The family she stayed with in Italy blessed her with a second “mom” who happened to be an architect. Each day, in broken English and with many hand gestures, she would share details about her day and her projects; this gave Kassia the inspiration to seek a career in design. While completing design school, Kassia worked part-time with Envy Paint and Design Ltd. Postgraduation she has continued with the company full-time, and is growing into the position of Interior Design Manager. She truly loves every aspect of her job from picking accessories for an already-finished home, to designing a layout for a new build, or totally flipping an already-existing space into something fresh and new. She says, “Every space can be transformed, it’s just a matter of finding what the space is meant to be and giving it what it needs to be at its best. As a designer I’m always learning from every project that I work on, and I think it’s so important to always be taking something away from everything you do. For me that’s in design and in life. Whether it be discovering a new way of doing something or finding something new about yourself – that is how we evolve as people and designers.”

the city, was so fascinating. I would go there to sit on the steps for hours to bask in its beauty. I knew that I wanted to be in the presence of beautiful design for the rest of my life.

Q. What is your First Design Memory? I was living in Milan and incredible design was just always around me. One building in particular, the Duomo, which is the church that stands in the center of

Q. Favourite space you’ve designed I designed a hotel lobby in design school, and it was absolutely one of my favorite projects. It was essentially a blank canvas! I could create anything I wanted, from colours and flooring to the function

Q. My style would be described by my colleagues as:.. Sophisticated, elegant, and modern. I tend to use a lot of neutrals with pops of color and modern pieces with a creative twist. I love to invent different ways of doing things designed specifically for the need, like creating a piece of furniture myself or combining different pieces to make one. Q. What’s your favourite room to decorate and why? My favorite room to decorate is the bedroom, because it is the most personal of all spaces. I think that people are usually willing to go out on a decorating limb when it comes to the bedroom. While a client may be more conservative in their choices in the public spaces of the home, the bedroom is an opportunity to try really interesting and bold things – perhaps bright green walls with a crazy patterned wallpaper?! Q. What is your comfort food? My family has a secret chip & dip recipe that is supposed to be reserved only for Christmas time, but sometimes I cheat and have it when I want to curl up on the couch and eat something delicious! Q. What would be your next dream vacation destination? I want to travel through Australia for a little while. I used to have a goal to travel to every country in the world, and maybe that will happen one day, but for now I’m working on a visit to every continent. I think that is a little bit more realistic... for starters!

of the space. I designed these incredibly interesting wrought iron partition walls, that took on the shape of vines, to divide the different spaces of the lobby. They created the most dramatic shadows on the surrounding surfaces. I was at my full creative capacity and it felt great! Q. What Movie could you watch over and over and over? Across the Universe. It’s a movie based upon the Beatles music with a really creative story. It hooked me on their music and, because of the film, if I could travel back in time to do one thing it would be to go to one of their concerts! Watching this movie over and over again makes me feel slightly a part of that time. Q. If you weren’t a designer what would you be? Definitely something to do with travel and language, maybe a personal translator. I’ve always had a huge interest and appreciation for cultures other than my own and being immersed right into the way that others live. There’s always something to learn from the lifestyles of others and I try to use this as inspiration in my own creative works. After all, understanding different lifestyles and how people use their home and live in it is a huge part of what I do as a designer! Q. What's the Best thing about fall? I love the feeling outside in the fall! Some people say that spring feels so new and fresh, but I feel like the crisp fall air does that for me. I love the colours of the turned leaves, oranges and reds, it’s so beautiful. Plus, getting to wear all the cozy sweaters that have been hidden away in the closet all summer is not a bad thing either. 10. what is your Favourite Neutral Paint Colour? My favourite neutral paint colour is Thunder AF-685 by Benjamin Moore. It’s a very warm grey and it works well with both cool tones and warm tones. It’s a great way for someone with a lot of warm colours in their home, such as the typical golden oak woodwork or dark brown furniture, to move into the grey trend. To get in touch with Kassia email kassia@benjaminmoore-mb.ca

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STOCKHOLM Chandelier I first saw the STOCKHOLM collection last winter in Almhult, Sweden. Debuted in a historical converted warehouse, the designers captured the essence of the collection by contrasting the vintage building with the beauty of the new pieces. I couldn’t help but be drawn by the chandelier. The warehouse was a perfect backdrop to display its beauty and elegant design. The piece instantly adds drama to any space. Stephen Bobko, Store Manager

STOCKHOLM Dining Table What I love about this piece is the distinctive grain pattern on the STOCKHOLM table's walnut veneer, which gives each table unique character. Designed by Ola Wihlborg, the dining table is made with solid materials so it's sturdy and stable.  Seating up to 8 people comfortably, the table legs are angled to perfectly fit the armrests of the walnut STOCKHOLM chairs underneath.  With a look similar to mid-century designer Jean Prouve’s work, it’s a classic design addition to any home. Oksana Ulisko, Interior Design Manager

STOCKHOLM Armchair What I enjoy most about this chair is the classic wing back style. It’s a very sleek chair and the high-back feature makes it very comfortable to relax in. You can easily fit and adapt it to the space in anybody’s home, making it a great chair to sit back and read a book or play a few games on your laptop. The STOCKHOLM armchair is a great piece for you to enjoy for many years to come. Justin Pagarigan, Bedroom Furniture Manager

FROM STOCKHOLM WITH LOVE We admit it, at Covet we're fans of IKEA, their design, accessibility and practices to name a few. When we heard that the 2013 stockholm collection was to be revealed we were on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the collection. We caught up with some of the IKEA team to find out what their collection favourites are.

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The hip bone’s connected to the back bone, the back bone’s connected to the neck bone, the neck bone’s connected to the... well not anymore! Our creepy fellow is quite disconnected and discombobulated, but we love him just the same! Cook up your own smoldered skeleton in short order with these quick and easy steps... 1. Pick up an inexpensive plastic-type skeleton or bag of bones. 2. If you are using a skeleton cut the strings that hold him together. 3. Outdoors, or in a well-ventilated area, spray paint your skeleton any shade you like. We used silver but could see any other metallic colour or even a bold pop of colour working well .

4. Allow your spray painted carcass to dry according to the recommended time on your spray can. 5. Arrange the bones in your fireplace among your grates or andirons and be sure to get the family involved to create a back story or two for your victim.

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Sharon Grech: Although I am seeing a “seasonless” trend in fashion and home fashion which allows us to usher in the fall with paler tints and tones, I am still partial to rich warm hues like kendall charcoal, pashmina and firenze. cm: You are well-known by your fans for challenging many of the myths that exist about colour - what are some of the most important truths people need to know when choosing colours for their homes? SG: Colour is very subjective and relies heavily on CONTEXT, don’t get your heart set on a colour that you see in a magazine or online until you first pick up a paint sample and try it on your wall in your home with your furnishings and lighting sources. cm: You’re a nationally recognized colour expert tell us about the path your career took to get you to this point.

The Covet team was on hand when Benjamin Moore colour expert Sharon Grech visited Winnipeg this past spring. She gave a wonderful and informative trends presentation to lucky Canadian Decorating Association members and a fantastic colour presentation to the general public at scenic Fort Gibraltar. Sharon has led the development of Benjamin Moore’s colour marketing materials, including the Designer Classics collection and the annual colour trend brochures. She has even had the opportunity to moniker many a hue... and confirms CC-530 Brandon Beige is indeed named after Brandon, Manitoba!!.

SG: I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Fine Art and Art History. I had a great-part time job at a Benjamin Moore retailer through those student years, that fueled my passion for colour. I was well-known at the store for my “colour eye,” and loved helping clients pull their colour plans together with paint, fabric and furnishings. The store expanded with an interior design business so I had the opportunity to work closely with their lead interior designer, developing colour plans for commercial and residential sites. I loved it! At the same time I started a colour consulting business and also brought some art back into my life as a decorative painter and mural artist (it was the early ‘90s… we were still faux-finishing back then!). Benjamin Moore hired me as a decorative artist for a house project and book publication and… here I am. cm: What personal style/scheme have you created in your own home? SG: At this point in my life I don’t have as much time as I would like to dedicate to re-decorating at home - so I have chosen classic pieces with natural materials and colours. This allows me the flexibility to make simple colour changes with paint and accessories without committing to a full-throttle makeover. The architectural style of my house is fairly modern so I have lots of opportunity for accent walls and painted details that bring the colour in! cm: Benjamin Moore’s 2013 Colour Trends noted a popular shift toward decorating with colour, after many years of neutrals. In which direction do you think this trend will move next?

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SG: There is a lot of evidence toward a “cleansing of the palette” with regard to colour. We are seeing lots of white and coloured tints on walls to balance the trendy, colourful hits in accessories. cm: In your opinion, what is the best approach to creating a colour scheme? SG: A colour scheme is personal and as I mentioned earlier very contextual. So the best approach is to be honest about the items you are working with in the space, and to take each of them into consideration, including them as “colours” as you work out your scheme. Think of paint colour as the thread that ties all the decorative elements in a room together. cm: What inspires you? SG: I find nature inspires me the most. I love to travel and take photographs and find that I often return to my travel memories for colour inspiration. cm: What are some mistakes people can make with colour? SG: Assuming that a colour will look the same in your home as it does online, in a magazine or in your neighbour’s home. Take a colour for a “test drive” first with a paint colour sample to avoid any colour disasters! cm: What are your favourite go-to Benjamin Moore colours? SG: That’s a hard one, there are so many… jute, tranquility and gray owl. cm: Are there any special considerations one should take into account when decorating children’s spaces? SG: If you can, avoid too many references to cartoon characters, as this will date the room for your child quicker than you are ready to redecorate! They are fickle clients. Depending on the age of the child, I always recommend working with them to decide on a colour scheme. Kids are quite sophisticated decorators today! Talk through budgeting, costs and space planning to give them an

understanding of the project scope and, if you dare, let them help with the painting or some physical part of the makeover so they feel committed.

storage, and a place for everything! I love natural light so would need large picture windows to view the water and trees… but somehow the house would still be in the city!

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The Golden Boy is not who you think he is. Photography Pauline Boldt By Barbara Chabai

Parlour Coffee is an unexpected gem on Main Street in Winnipeg. Its minimalist interior, with rich wood and white walls offers a gallery like backdrop to the art of brewing coffee.  Owner, Nils Vik was working in a rewarding design position when he left that to open Parlour. Prior to then he wasn't a fan of coffee, but that all changed with the experience of a steaming cup in Montreal. He searched high and low for a shop that could brew a cup of equal quality in Winnipeg, and was left unsatisfied. After amassing quite a collection of home espresso equipment and beans from both near and faraway places and still not reaching the bar set by that perfect cuppa in Montreal it was time For Nils to take matters into his own hands. Three years later Parlour

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The gleaming statue atop the Manitoba Legislature, hoisting a lit torch like a beacon in his right hand while clasping a sheaf of wheat in his left, is not merely a symbol of prosperity at the gateway to the west. Nor is he just a naked likeness of an athletic young man poised to lead the youth of this province toward economic opportunity and a brighter future. No, it’s best that you forget what you think you know about the Golden Boy, and open your mind to what you don’t know about him — like his identity, for starters.

It’s just one of the paradoxes of Manitoba’s Legislative Building, and only the tip of the iceberg of the infinite mysteries uncovered by author and architectural historian Dr. Frank Albo, who has dedicated a great portion of his life’s research to encoding the cryptic symbols, numerological codes and geometric proportions hidden in plain view within this house of government. Built between 1913-1920, a time when Winnipeg was one of the fastest-growing cities in North America and celebrated as the

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"Chicago of the North," the Legislature was the master work of architect Frank Worthington Simon, a student of alchemy, freemasonry and Hermeticism – an ancient spiritual, philosophical and magical esoteric tradition. It was Simon’s intention to create a building that would in the course of time make the people around it more perceptive, more intelligent, better balanced and altogether more civilized human beings. And once you read the structure’s Masonic language through

Dr. Albo’s eyes on a historical guided tour called, appropriately, The Hermetic Code, you not only become more enlightened, but sense a shift in equilibrium as you walk amongst the purposeful symmetry, sequences and symbolism. From the building’s exterior, curiously adorned by sphinxes and hieroglyphs along with stone temple gods and goddesses, to the Grand Staircase, which Albo explains is actually a room of protection guarded by beasts and evil-repelling icons in

order to defend its hallowed interior, it is perplexing why these century-old mysteries have eluded experts, but not nearly as baffling as why the average visitor rarely notices, let alone questions, such strange architectural features. The Hermetic Code tour unravels the enigma, and makes even born-andraised Manitobans begin to wonder if the place where members of the Legislative Assembly conduct business may in fact be sacred ground.

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Living Rooms design by LISA CLARK photography CORY LOEWEN

A custom home building team bucks the open concept trend in favour of a home that returns to rooms. Given their extensive background in the home building industry, one might reasonably expect that Walter and Rachel Unrau would have approached the construction of their own dream home in Mitchell, Manitoba with a detailed list of specific wishes. As the owners of Dowalt Custom Homes, they have a long history of designing and building custom houses and are well-versed in the latest design styles. This is why, when they approached friend and colleague Lisa Clark of Lisa Clark Design, the designer was surprised to be given a virtual carte blanche with the design of their new home. The Unrau’s confidence in Clark’s talents was wellfounded; the designer’s work on several of Dowalt’s homes has garnered three gold and silver medals in annual Parade of Homes competitions. “We’ve never felt the need or desire to use any other designers. Having worked with Lisa personally for our own house was a joy from start to finish…she is creative in her approach and finds the most influential pieces,” says homeowner Rachel Unrau. Clark approached the home’s design with a vision of reintroducing a sense of rooms. “Many open-concept plans lack a sense of intimacy and scale; in this house, we were able to reintroduce a traditional sensibility while maintaining a modern, livable lifestyle.” Creating separate living spaces also provided the homeowners and their daughters opportunities to relax or entertain in the house concurrently - an important feature in a home modern living with a pr airie t wist

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built entirely above-grade. Eschewing a basement (Mitchell has a high water table), Clarke’s innovative design features no fewer than three living rooms within the two floors of the home: a main floor sitting room, a family room off the kitchen, and a second family room on the upper level, giving the Unraus a variety of options for being together or hanging out separately. The designer focused on classic style while planning the home, and the impact of the traditional details is evident upon entering the formal sitting and dining rooms. Substantial wainscoting as well as wide baseboards and window and cove mouldings add dramatic dimension and a sense of luxury. The paneled half-walls delineating the two

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spaces provide division between the areas while allowing abundant sunshine to flow through. Polished metal and glass surfaces reflect the glow from the overhead spotlights, chandeliers and wall sconces. In the kitchen, banks of cabinetry in both white and black are topped with white quartz countertops and a textured marble backsplash. Frosted glass fronts on the very top row of the cabinets echo the paned windows over the sink and add some texture and visual interest to the huge space. A large pantry and countertop appliance garages house kitchen gadgets and other staples, keeping the look clean and organized. Stainless steel appliances and cabinet hardware add some sparkle to the room.

“There’s no point in having a huge house unless it’s full of people enjoying it.”   ~Lisa Clark, designer. Above and top right: Talk about sitting pretty! Crisply painted woodwork, a cast-stone wood burning fireplace and luxe velvet seating provide various textures in the sitting room; vivid shots of on-trend colour on the dining room walls and toss cushions provide a sharp counterpoint to the high-contrast black and white scheme; Right:Citrus yellow trellispatterned wallpaper energizes the main floor powder room.

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Upstairs, three bedrooms and two bathrooms adjoin a family room, a dedicated office space, laundry, and a large windowed storage room that handily makes up for any space normally found in a basement. On this level, the warm wood floors found on the main floor are replaced with a plush neutral carpeting, providing sound dampening for TV watchers late at night and soft steps first thing in the morning. A sense of modern traditionalism flows throughout the house. What keeps it fresh and current, notes the designer, is a use of high-end materials and highcontrast patterns and colour palette. “My favourite space is, without a doubt, the sitting room. The way the patterns and details work together is a feast for the eyes,” says Clark. But choosing favourites isn’t so easy for the homeowners. “Working with Lisa is a joy and her designs constantly impress us. The entire house exceeds our expectations!” Opposite and below: The high-contrast palette extends to the bright kitchen, where white shaker cabinetry along the perimeter is offset by black island millwork. Roman shades over the triple windows provide a graphic punch of pattern; Right: Wall panelling painted a moody blue provides a dramatic background to luxurious linens and an upholstered headboard, and emphasizes the crispness of the white door and trim; Bottom right: Painted wood cabinets, mosaic flooring and classic subway tiles feel crisp and current in the main upstairs bathroom.

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The black roof, soffits and trim, deep khaki accents and rustic, wrought iron details present all year long on this charming family home carry it naturally into autumn.

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From My House to Yours Our garden expert, Sam Braun, takes you on a tour of her Halloween haunt. deisgn by sam braun photography Covet magazine & sam brauN Halloween?! I love Halloween… if you ask me a Halloween décor question, I’ll probably slip up and call it Valentine’s. True story, happens all the time, and yes I’d rather have a velvet covered pumpkin than a dozen roses thank you very much! Even my wedding “dress” has doubled as Halloween garb for at least a half-dozen costumes. You can’t go wrong with a black corset and a flowing, ribbon and lace covered skirt that takes you from country bride to pirate chick to creepy porcelain doll with only a few tweaks to the makeup and a couple of extra layers. After all, who gets to pull out their wedding dress after the big day and have a blast? Me! Because I love Halloween! My kids love Halloween too, quite possibly because their mum will hoard and spray paint anything to make both the inside and

outside of our nearly 100-year-old house as creepy as possible. We fell in love with our old farmhouse at first sight—it was like something from a Bette Davis horror movie. Mosquito screens hanging off the cob-webby pillars and flapping in the wind and absolutely no front step, only a swinging door that slammed off the side of our porch to a death drop. Seriously? How could you not see the Halloween potential in that baby? Years have passed and, although we totally played up the super creepy mess that first year, now a grand wooden staircase with wrought iron railings (all reclaimed to maintain a little old-creepy) is flanked by two big black gargoyles. The big wooden posts used to MacGyver the iron work are perfect for displaying seasonal neat-things like wicked little dolls and such. With a quick switch of

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Clockwise from top left: By day a lovely, natural garden but come nightfall it’s the perfect wicked forest!!;This wise old owl sees all perched upon his rustic newel post; Grave sites and crypts are all the more wicked with dry ice that seems to bring the dead to life!; A wicked little doll.

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glitter skulls, feathers and velvet for rusty instruments, bottles of soaked gauze, body parts and dry ice we can go from Moulin Rouge chic to really horribly scary in about an hour. As you can probably guess, there’s no inside-outside the rest of the year at our place so why make it any different at Halloween? My favourite, and most creepy, piece de la resistance can be found hanging in numbers both indoors and out. Loads of old anatomy drawings in frames and posted on boards for “reference” by whatever incarnation is handing out candy—the weirder the better. Here’s the design cheat: I find the images, break them up in a graphics program into tiles, and send them online to print. For big ones I use ledger size and then I double-sided tape the sheets together and crumple or fold them to appear as though they came out of old journals that have been kicking around a lab for years. For a few dollars, you can have poster sized prints and change them up for all sorts of reasons and seasons in thrift shop and dollar store frames. Come Halloween night, we have a very strict policy at the Braun household - if in doubt add zombies. Everyone loves a good severed zombie. Our son carried around a shaking, murmuring, bald zombie head with him wherever he went when he was about a year old. His birthday is actually October 26th, but that was creepy, even for us! We also like to get back to our roots (ok, mostly mine) and add a little witchy-potion, “did I just see that?” action to keep the roaming tweens on their toes. I spent WAY too many hours in anatomy texts, herbariums and chillin’ with jars of pickled dead things as an undergrad to skip the joy of re-creating a circa 1500 medical lab in our lovely fireplace room. It often spills, quite literally, onto the porch. Even my hubby gets in on the tween traumatizing. Standing at 6’10” he makes the scariest grim reaper ever. I just give the guy a cape, some decent, scary make-up and an antique scythe and he’s good to go! Why? Because we can...at least one night out of the year!

The charming old door sings the songs of fall in a deep butternut yellow.

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For Sam, velvet pumpkins are more favourable than sweetheart roses for Valentine’s Day! Whatever the occasion, it’s a perfect touch to cap off the patchwork pillows on the front porch settee.

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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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Does modern design successfully pair with a lakeside setting?

The Answer Is Clear deisgn by Urban Theory Interior Design photography Colin Corneau

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If you were to ask an architect, interior designer, or design enthusiast their thoughts on the suitability of modern architecture set in pristine natural settings, you’d likely elicit an impassioned response. While there are many differing opinions on the subject, design aficionados often cite examples of designs that fail to interact meaningfully with their sites and that it’s those homes that create a bad name for modern approaches in more rural locations. Then there are some homes that get it right, really right, and they start with a clear vision as to what can be. This modern lakeside home in Clear Lake, Manitoba is one of those. When Ed and Marion Mazer first approached interior designer Crispin Butterfield to design their new home they brought to the table little more than some magazine images of home exteriors they admired, a few of Ed’s handdrawn sketches of possible layouts on graph paper, and a shared vision of what they wanted to build. That’s not to say, however, that they were entirely in sync on the final style they hoped to achieve... and that’s where the designer stepped in to help pave the way to a perfect finish. From the start, the collaboration between the homeowners, Butterfield and their builder was based on certain fundamentals. The modern house was to feel contemporary, but still fit into its lakeside setting. While Ed tended to lean toward more rustic finishes, Marion stayed on the contemporary side of things, giving the designer some of her most enjoyable project experiences. “Ed and Marion were such a delight to work with and the challenges of meeting each of their needs and wants was actually part of the highlight of the process. I think success is defined by helping navigate each person toward one another’s vision and finding compromises each is comfortable and excited about.” While the homeowners were drawn to Prairie Style architecture, neither wanted a typical craftsman-looking house. Butterfield and the home builder incorporated such elements as a linear floor plan, low-slung roofline and minimalist-style windows into the design, but kept the finishes and details minimal and clean. The look is evident from the first moment one approaches the house: natural cedar shakes, smooth stucco, and metal windows with a charcoal finish all combine to provide a clean and simple look. Simple details, like the Cumaru exotic wood panelling that was used on some of the corners of the house, add an organic touch and provide texture to the building. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Natural slate tile flooring in the welcoming foyer acts as a transition from the stamped concrete outside to the warm walnut flooring throughout the house. The wrought-iron lighting has a hand-forged quality also found in the kitchen fixtures; The comparably low ceilings and small size of the foyer emphasize the vaulted ceiling and size of the great room; On the large back patio, guests can gather around the fire pit while enjoying views of the lake. Right top: Custom furnishings by Urban Theory provide perfect storage spaces and compliment the owners’ art collection. Right: Clerestory windows in the kitchen provide natural light while leaving the focus on the showstopping views at the back of the house. modern living with a pr airie t wist

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Throughout this home, unique finishes create spaces that are at once clean lined and modern, and yet earthy and inviting Entering the house through a solid wood and metal front door, guests are greeted by great volumes of high, open spaces and views straight through the windows facing out toward the water. It’s here that the designer’s decisions to use finishes that convey warmth and sophistication are fully felt. “It seems the current ‘standard’ in building is dark/espresso maple everything and we wanted to create a contemporary yet slightly rustic and organic aesthetic, so textures and grain were hugely important. It was necessary to bring some of those elements to the table in order to balance out some of the more contemporary-feeling materials,” notes Butterfield. Richly textured walnut flooring flows through the open great room, which features many custom furnishings designed for the space by Butterfield. Cast concrete panels cover the fireplace wall creating a pleasing counterpoint to the vast expanse of glass. In the kitchen, gray granite countertops and watery glass tile on the backsplash echo the colours found outside of the home. By repeating the materials throughout (for example, the same granite used on the countertops in the kitchen is also found in the washrooms and as a top for the built in dining room buffet) the designer created a comfortable rhythm that compliments the relaxed energy of the space.

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In the private quarters of the house, the master bedroom features a deluxe ensuite that practically whispers ‘Zen’. Deceptively simple in its execution, the space is very much focused on the corner alcove that’s home to a spectacular soaker bathtub that faces out into the trees. In this space, the designer used a translucent panel to create a full height insert that separates the shower and provides privacy while still allowing light to flow through. The same material was also used in the main bathroom to discretely shield the commode area. Back in the public spaces of the house, the comfortable and abundant seating in the living room is echoed on the large back patio, where the homeowners are able to relax and entertain their guests while facing the water. It is from this vantage point, surrounded by the awesome natural setting that first inspired this build, that the successful collaboration between the homeowners and designer is fully realized. “We had some visions of what our new home would be. But the end result has blown us away... we simply love living here.” Above left: The homeowners can enjoy the wild forest outside from the master bath’s corner soaking tub; Above: Custom millwork in the main bathroom maintains the simple and clean lines found throughout the home.

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The new family kitchen mixes classic shaker cabinetry, ceramic backsplash and dark hardwoods with contemporary lighting, frosted glass and sleek stainless steel finishes.

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Beauty and the Budget

A starter home is reborn through a cost-sensitive renovation. design by kara marantz photography rachael king johnson New city, young family, small baby. Old house, tired finishes, small budget. When Carolyn Ball and Jamie Phibbs relocated their young family to Winnipeg a little less than two years ago, it was more than just another move. Carolyn, originally from Winnipeg, had spent time living in Montreal before she married her husband Jamie, who hails from Toronto. Together, the couple headed west and settled in Vancouver. But when professional opportunities arose back in Manitoba, Carolyn and Jamie jumped at the chance to return to Winnipeg. They quickly found a somewhat dated but solid and well-located house in a prime area of south Riverview. Facing the budget constraints of all young families, Carolyn and Jamie decided to spruce up their little house on the prairie with some new furniture. And that’s when fate stepped in in the form of Kara Marantz who was brought in to provide a furniture plan for the living room. Marantz, an interior designer with a young and fresh design sensibility, specializes in designing within tight budgets. While discussing options for the living room space, the designer and the homeowners fell into a comfortable collaboration, largely based on Marantz’s ability to quickly determine not only the couples’ tastes, but also where and when she could push their design limits. The designer’s plan for the living room specified tailored leggy furniture, warm neutrals, and pops of trendy colours and patterns. The clients’ oversized, scrolled-arm sofas were relocated to the basement, supplanted by a perfectly scaled charcoal sectional that anchors the new layout. Along with a square, button-tufted tub chair, the stylish space comfortably and effortlessly moves between roles as a comfortable family space for Carolyn & Jamie and their two-year-old daughter Nathalie, and a stylish space for entertaining friends and colleagues for drinks or during dinner parties. Dinner parties which are only now possible, because of the next phase of renovation that was born out of the happy collaboration on the living room project. Thrilled with the stunning results in their new living room, Carolyn and Jamie approached Marantz to discuss what, if modern living with a pr airie t wist

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Above: Everyday china is stacked on open shelving for ease and convenience. The designer chose a bold damask wallpaper for the back wall that gives a jolt of fun colour and pattern; Above right: Nathalie’s favourite feature of the new kitchen — ‘My Chalkboard’ — was created with a few coats of chalkboard paint and simple stock moldings; Right: A harvest table from EQ3 is illuminated by a globe pendant sourced from Rona; Opposite: The new kitchen peninsula is a perfect place for mixing cupcake batter or enjoying the final product!

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“We worried we’d outgrow this house too quickly, but now it’s just perfect” ~ Carolyn Ball

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In the living room, round tabletops and a pouf soften the hard lines of the sectional and chair. The trellispattern drapery panels, which inspired the room’s design direction, were snapped up by the designer for $10 each at a clearance sale.

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two Tolix stools at the new breakfast bar, the designer was careful to provide new storage to compensate for any that was lost. Double base cabinets in the new peninsula provide storage for small appliances and other larger kitchen items while open shelves above provide a home for cookbooks and display pieces. The original honey oak that filled the kitchen was stripped out and replaced with new shaker cabinetry in a warm white. While the stunning countertops have the look of costly Carrara marble, they are in fact Formica Calcutta Marble with IdealEdge, a product that excited the designer. “The thick edge detail and the fact that there are no exposed seams in the laminate are minor details,” acknowledges Marantz, “but those small details change the entire look. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this look with another product at this price point.” The white subway tile backsplash is a nod to the classic details the homeowners admire, though the designer admits that she originally suggested laying them in a contemporary chevron pattern. “But we decided, collectively, that the subway pattern would work well for them, and then they agreed to go for a deeper colour for the grout, which really ties it to the countertops,” laughs the designer. The original pantry was poorly located in the dining area; while planning the new cabinetry Marantz was able to steal some unused space from the back landing that allowed a new pantry to be created beside the refrigerator. In a brilliant moment of design synergy the existing pantry space was sealed off from the dining room and opened up into the second bedroom, where it was merged with the existing closet to create a spacious customized storage area for Nathalie and her future sibling (the homeowners are expecting a baby). “We were worried about how we were going to make this small bedroom work with two small children, but the new closet setup frees up so much floor space” says Carolyn. Will that floor space come in handy when they start determining a layout for new nursery furniture? “We’ve already got a designer in mind for that project,” smiles Carolyn.

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The gloriously colourful rug raises the style quotient in this comfortable living room to a whole new level.

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The newly refinished staircase is an elegant showstopper in the front foyer.

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“Vannan Design prides itself on working with clients and really finding out what they love and then finding a way to get it done. After all, it is the client who ultimately lives in the house which we renovating, and that house is their HOME.” ~Designer, Dorothy Vannan

It all started one year ago with a phone call from afar; a familiar voice, a special request. The callers were none other than some of Dorothy Vannan’s best clients, Michel and Danita Aziza. After years of living abroad, they were coming back home, but had no house to come back to! Vannan quickly learned that her task would be a rather personal one - to find and purchase a special house the family of five could call home. The list of requests was quite long, but Vannan was

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up to the challenge — who wouldn’t be? She spent the next few weeks looking at homes and deciding whether or not they were suitable. It was not an easy task. After an extensive search, they had the one! As it turned out, it was the very first one they considered. First seen on a rainy morning, at the time it seemed too big, too showy, too much of an ‘address’ for this very special and private family. In the end, it turned out to be the perfect home. While it had all the things the clients were

looking for, and more, it did not have the special and elegant touches that Vannan and her clients accomplished with a thorough renovation. The bones were great. In fact, the house was built on so many piles that even the structural engineer could not comprehend why. Built in the 1980s, the house still featured its original high-endbut-now-dated decor, and it had to go. The designer began by removing all of the flooring throughout the main

Opposite:The kitchen looks like it underwent a complete renovation but, in fact, the designer made some key improvements while keeping the layout and a lot of the original elements that came with the home. Above: Painted chairs and a classic table bring a farmhouse feel to the eating area in a small but significant manner. Right: The newly-clad fireplace is a wonderful feature in the family room.

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Solid surface countertops cap the horizontal planes of the kitchen off in perfect harmony with the new library-style pulls in a bold, dark finish.

floor and up the staircase. Superfluous cabinetry, worn countertops and sinks, ancient appliances and anything else deemed to be in the way was shown the door. The entire house received a fresh coat of paint in light neutral shades. Typical of its period, the house was full of golden oak which emphasized and added to the dated appearance. The designer had much of the woodwork throughout the house - windows, doors, casings and trims, as well as some gable moldings in the kitchen - painted a fresh, creamy white. The original hardwood flooring was sanded and stained in a rich warm walnut tone, which contrasts beautifully with the lighter colour palette. The result, as one can imagine, is dramatic. Another key element adding to the tired décor, and requiring more than a coat of paint, was the staircase. Early on in the project the designer gathered quotes to replace the sweeping grand staircase in the front foyer but, unfortunately, the costs far exceeded the budget for the project. Getting creative, Vannan had new hardwood stair treads installed and, along with the original curved banister,

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they were stained to match the walnut floors. The stair risers were painted white and new wrought-iron spindles and posts were installed to replace the original oak. Finished with a simple runner, the revamped staircase was brought in on budget and creates a stunning first impression upon entering the home. The designer used the same ingenuity in her approach to the kitchen. While the original layout was still very functional, the space required significant updating to suit the family’s tastes. The original countertops, cabinet fronts and hardware were all removed and replaced with lacquered beadboard, shaker-style fronts, and quartz countertops. New oiled bronze hardware provides a casual French Country feel. In key areas of the kitchen, glass-fronted doors and appliance garages were added to provide display areas and hidden storage. So dramatic and complete is the renovation that the clients are constantly asked if the entire space was gutted and replaced. The focal point at the back of the house is the two-way fireplace now

adorned with tumbled stone and a gorgeous marble hearth. It has a strong presence in the family room, where it anchors the newly upholstered furniture and drapery, all carefully appointed by Vannan. The commitment to the family’s needs even went so far as to include constructing a fence and dog enclosure for the four-legged and furry member of the household. Stressing the need for low to zero emission products from the paint and stain to carpet and underlay choices as well as counters and cleaning products. Dorothy’s care and attention to detail shines. “As a designer, Dorothy met all the challenges we presented, be it our concern for healthy renovation products, updating a kitchen and staircase with minimal cost or waste, sourcing and coordinating trades, completing the project within a six week time period all without exceeding our budget,” says Danita. She knew what her clients were after and what they would really love, and set out to make it happen all in time to welcome them home… and what a warm and wonderful welcome it turned out to be!

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Timeworn mason jars carry an heirloom quality that harkens one back to autumns past.

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recipes and food styling Marisa curatolo photography BRIAN JOHNSON

The bounty of the harvest yields endless preserving possibilities.

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Healthy and hearty home-made salsa and corn relish make munchies guilt free; enjoy at home or bring a pretty jar with some gourmet tortilla chips to a gathering.

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Tomato salsa 8 pounds ripe red tomatoes 2 cups seeded green peppers 2 cups chopped white onion 2 cups white wine vinegar ½ cup lime juice ½ cup white wine vinegar ⅓ cup seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeno chili peppers ⅓ cup tomato paste 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground pepper 1. Seed, core and chop tomatoes (you will need 15 cups). 2. Add tomatoes to a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook 1 to 1 ½ hours or until thickened. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring back to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. 3. Ladle hot salsa into 5 hot, sterilized, pint canning jars leaving ½ inch head space. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. 4. Process filled jars in a boling water canner for 15 minutes. Start timing when the water comes back to a boil. Remove jars from canner and let cool on a wire rack. Wipe dry and store in a cool place for up to one year. Makes 5 pints

Corn Relish 18 to 20 ears of corn 4 cups chopped red pepper ½ cup chopped white onion 2 cups white wine vinegar 1 ½ cups sugar ¼ cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons pickling salt 2 teaspoons celery seeds 1 teaspoon dry cornstarch 2 tablespoons cold water 1. Remove husks and silks from corn. Cut kernels from cobs (do not scrape). You will need 8 cups. 2. In a large pot, combine corn, peppers, onion, vinegar, sugar, celery seeds and pickling salt. Bring to a boil and lower to simmer. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3. In a small bowl stir together cornstarch and water; add to corn mixture. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. 4. Ladle hot relish into hot sterilized pint canning jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. 5. Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes. Start timing when the water comes back to a boil. Remove jars from canner and let cool on a wire rack. Wipe dry and store in a cool place for up to one year. Makes 5 pints

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Dress up your jars with any array of papers, bits of fabric, ribbon, twine, and raffia. Have fun pimping out your preserves to make the gift of food not only delicious but personal too!

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Entertaining at home doesn't need to be stressful or overwhelming. Food stylist/chef Marisa Curatolo seals up summer's bounty with various preserving tips.

Preserving Foods There are two basic methods to try: Boiling water baths are best for strongacid foods such as fruits (including tomatoes), vinegary foods (pickles and relishes) and cooked sweet jams, butters and conserves. 

Pressure canners are needed for lowacid foods (anything with a pH higher than 4.6) such as vegetables, fish, meat, soups and sauces. It brings foods to a temperature high enough to kill the botulism spores that grow in a low-acid environment.  Some helpful canning hints and tips: • A  lways follow up-to-date recipes and don’t try to change a recipe. It is important to be exact.  • Choose produce at its peak – vegetables that are just mature, fruits that are just ripe.  Pectin looses its gelling ability and acid decreases when fruit is overripe.  • Use a stainless steel or enamel boiling canner. • Keep everything clean. Wash produce and wash and sterilize jars and lids. 

• Be sure jars and lids are in good condition and free of chips and scratches. • Work in small batches.

Step by step... 1. Prepare jars and lids.  Wash jars, lids and bands in hot soapy water. Rinse well and drain. Place lids in a small saucepan and cover with water; simmer until ready to use. Do not boil as this may break the seal. Sterilize jars by filling a boiling-water canner about 2/3 full of water. Fill jars with hot water and lower into canner, making sure they are covered by at least one-inch of water. Bring water to boil and boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and lift out to dry. 

2. Filling Jars Use a sterilized wide-mouth metal funnel when filling jars to avoid spilling food on the rim.   Always leave room at the top of the jar to allow for heat expansion.  Leave ¼ inch headspace for jams, jellies, marmalades and conserves and ½ inch for pickles and relishes. Use tongs to remove lids from

simmering water and dry with a clean towel. Top jar with dry lid. Screw band over lid until just secured.

3. Processing Arrange jars in canner. Do not let the jars cool as they could crack. Make sure cans are covered by at least two inches of water. Cover pot with lid. Bring water to a boil and start timing. Turn off heat and lift out and dry.  **Note have a kettle of boiling water handy in case you find you miscalculated the amount of water needed.

4. Testing Seals Test seals by pressing on top of each lid. It should be tight to touch and slightly indented. If the lid makes a noise then the seal is not strong enough. You can also unscrew the band and pick up the jar by the edges. If the seal breaks then store jar in the refrigerator.

5. Storing Keep jars for up to one year in a cool, dry place. When opening jars check to make sure contents are not moldy or foul smelling. When in doubt - discard jars. 

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Warmed raspberry sauce over vanilla ice cream equals sweet and fruity goodness.

Raspberry Jam 9 cups fresh raspberries 2 ½ cups sugar ½ cup fresh lemon juice 1. In large heavy bottom saucepan, gently mash raspberries to just break them up. Add sugar and lemon juice. Stir saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and bring to rolling boil; reduce to medium heat and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and skim off foam. 2. Ladle hot jam into 7 hot sterilized ½ - pint canning jars, leaving ½ inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

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3. Process filled jars in a boilng water canner for 10 minutes. Start timing when the water comes back to a boil. Remove jars from canner and let cool on wire rack. Wipe dry and store in cool place one year.

hours at room temperature. Add brown sugar to mustard seeds. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor and blend for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down sides until you reach desired consistency. Mustard will remain slightly chunky .

If the seal has failed you can store the jar in refrigerator up to one year.

2. Spoon mixture into three 6-ounce sterilized canning or snap lid jars. Store in refrigerator up to 4 months.

Grainy Mustard ¾ cup white wine vinegar ½ cup yellow mustard seeds ⅓ cup brown mustard seeds ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, mustard seeds and salt. Let stand 24

Check out Get Crafty on page 16 for tips and tools how to make customized labels for your preserves, salsas and other canned items. Perfect for a hostess gift, or to hand out at the holidays!

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Thanksgiving 2013: whether you’re looking for a perfect hostess gift for your family dinner, or simply looking to hunker down with a few bottles while praying for daylight, Covet is here to help with some tasty varietals that are sure to satisfy everyone at the table except grumpy Uncle Jack: Big House Red 2012 The days of shaming the bearer of boxed wines is over; many of today’s offerings rival some of the most popular bottled varieties available. Big House Red 2011 is a complex blend of no less than an astonishing thirteen varietals, which somehow manage to coalesce into a deceptively simple and straightforward wine. Bold fruity overtones of blackberries and raspberries dominate at the first pour, but a warm smokey spiciness takes over after a few minutes of breathing. A fun wine from start to finish.

Big House White 2011 Another big blend from Big House, featuring over ten varietals ranging from Chardonnay to Gewürztraminer and almost everything in between. Harvested at night, the grapes used in this wine ferment in cool stainless steel in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the fruit. A crisp palate of apricots and peaches compliments the savoury flavours of Thanksgiving, while a crisp citrius zest gives it a long finish equally suitable for Asian cuisines or fruit pairings.

Yali Merlot Rose 2013 Chile

Urban Riesling 2012 Mosel

One reviewer sums up Yali’s Rose as follows: “This is the kind of wine I’d buy by the case load when friends were coming round for lunch in the garden.” This light rose from the marshlands of Chile is loaded with fruity goodness, with a palate of cherry and strawberries complimented with hints of watermelon. Serve with pasta, salads and fish, or enjoy as a tasty sipper on its own.

Straight from a thirdgeneration family winery on the slate-rich slopes of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany comes this light and lively riesling. The pale straw colour alludes to a pleasant acidity that comes with pear and green apple notes, complimented by touches of honey and minerals that cross the palate. A great pairing for lights meals, this wine also features a lighter alcohol content (9.5%).

Primitivo Salento Pepe Negro 2011 Italy A well-balanced dry red that brings a lot to the table... preferably a table laden with big slabs of beef or bold Italian recipes. With its stunning ruby red colour, its as beautiful to look at as it is to drink. Loaded with a big, bold and smooth mouthfeel, this fruity red is kissed with notes of blueberry and mocha.

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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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 Manitoba. This issue we are excited to introduce Kal Barteski to you. You may remember her beautiful home from our summer 2013 issue, if not visit covetmagazine.ca to check it out in our archive. KAL BARTESKI is an artist and brush script painter. Sometimes called an illustrator and a poet, she's a creative wild card. Growing up on the prairies she headed out east to study graphic design as a "backup gig" to her lifelong passion for painting. She cares deeply about intellectual property online. She is a TEDx speaker, a published author + winner of a Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is a passionate Canadian and winter-lover. She was featured on Animal Planet/ Discovery. She is curiously entertaining and inspiring. Always a work in progress, she has a deep, hard-to-understand love

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for polar bears - for all living creatures. She sells her paintings internationally and uses her signature brush script style to make magic with beautiful companies all over the globe. Kal is: CURRENTLY planning an NOV 2013 art show celebrating the beauty and magic of polar bears. If you'd like to view a broader body of Kal's work, check out her gallery at kalbarteski.bigcartel.com we're sure you'll be as wowed as we were!

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c r e at i n g a w i c k e d f i r st i m p r e ss i o n fo r h a l low e e n text by SUSAN KUZ I love the crisp feeling in the air in fall and the visual delight of colourful foliage that comes at this time of year. It’s the end of another wonderful prairie summer and the beginning of preparations for the winter ahead. Autumn is always a fun time to decorate as the days get shorter and we begin to spend more time indoors. In our house, we especially enjoy the focus on Halloween and the many creative opportunities it brings. The traditional colours of Halloween are orange, black and purple, but these days you will see an abundance of silver, white, and greys in décor elements to balance out the colour scheme. And of course, some of the more trendy and unusual colours such as neons are widely available. Whatever you plan for your fall or Halloween décor make sure to start with your outdoor spaces by setting the tone in your yard, and as you walk up to your front entrance. This is

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where you can have a lot of fun combining the colours of nature with some delightful Halloween brights. Involve yard elements in your theme by setting the tone at the sidewalk or gate. As you enter your yard hang scary creations in trees and shrubs or on the lawn area. Take advantage of dying plantings in the garden to tuck in a few spooky surprises. Many outdoor spaces from conversational zones to barbecue areas, offer wonderful opportunities for creative decor. You never know what might be lurking in those dark corners. Truly, any area of your yard can offer an element of surprise with just the right Halloween décor element. With your outdoor décor casting the initial spell you are ready to carry your theme in through your front entrance and throughout your home to delight you and your guests. Don’t forget the scary music! It’s a great addition to enhance your Halloween theme.

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k a r a m a r a n tz i n t e r i o r d e s i g n Kara Marantz When decorating the home for fall, I like to incorporate the vibrancy of the fall colour palette, the beauty of the changing landscape and the food connected with the season. There are many ways to incorporate these elements into your décor. Layer different materials and colours. Use pillows in the fall palette. Add a textured throw. Display acorns, branches and gourds in a table setting or in vases and bowls around your home. Light candles or a fire to add warmth to the room when you entertain family and friends. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box; for example, if your decor is in whites and greys, display branches spray painted a vibrant yellow in a vase to add a sculptural element, creating interest and drama. In the end, it’s about blending the beauty of the season and your own personal style into your home. Ph. 204.471.5088 www.karamarantzdesign.com

f i r e s i d e d e s i g n b u i l d Adam Bumbolo Focus on the warmth and coziness you enjoy when coming inside from a cool fall evening, and make your home even more inviting through careful attention to lighting and texture. Find ways to incorporate rich velvets, furs and wool in your everyday textiles. If you don’t have a fireplace, candles and fire-pots add instant visual warmth. As the days get shorter, add accent lighting at dim levels to create an inviting glow. For Halloween, rather than fill the house with fake cobwebs and plastic spiders, I prefer to take inspiration from the black and white gothic films of the 1920s. Consider incorporating objects such as ornate candelabras, lace and crochet table coverings, taxidermy, and old vintage objects that tell a story. The narrative that comes from certain antiques can help to create a macabre atmosphere of romance and intrigue. Ph. 204.979.1396 www.firesidedesign.ca

u r b a n t h eo ry Crispin Butterfield When the weather cools down and the nights get longer, I love to put away all the light and airy, summery decor in favor of pieces with richer, warmer, cozier textures and tones. Knubby wool, mohair, crushed velvet, brushed cotton, babysoft felt, and lush leather are all finishes I seek out in the forms of toss pillows, throws, drapery panels, and small occasional pieces when changing out a room for the autumnal and winter months. Pinecones, dried berries, preserved grasses, mosscovered rocks, and willow branches are all potential décor items that can be nestled in amongst the house for a more simplistic and organic fall look. And don’t forget the power of shimmering, ambient light; a large grouping of pillar candles in an unused fireplace or nestled on a mirrored table tray is the perfect addition to finish off your spaces with a little bit of warmth and sparkle. Ph. 204.761.3533 www.designchick.ca

s pac i a l e x p r e ss i o n s Susan Kuz As a family, we enjoy things that make us laugh, so we tend to stay away from the really scary stuff and move toward the humorous side of Halloween. As soon as we walk in the front door, we’re greeted by an 8-foot tall ghost we have affectionately named Boo Boo. He sets the tone for our more whimsical style of décor, which uses lots of orange, black and a little white mixed in. Throughout our home you’ll find a mix of spiders, bats, black cats and of course jack-o-lanterns. To create the right ambience we use lots of candles and lights, and play our favorite Halloween music for the final touch. Ph. 204.801.4389 susan@spacialexpressions.com www. spacialexpressions.com

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black + gold Bring beauty and glamour to the bathroom with a mixture of gold and black finishes. Matte sheen levels mix well with hammered and woven metals to create a simple and organic feeling, quite different from the high gloss heyday of the 1980s. As always, black provides a solid base for a decorating scheme and adds a luxurious sense of drama.

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Warm up any living room with this combination that creates an environment that is at once stimulating and relaxing. To achieve this look, we layered in the textures: gilded grasscloth, soft leather, warm wool and sleek metals. And speaking of metals, this scheme highlights one of the newest approaches to decorating with gold: mixing alloys. Once verboten in decorating, blending shades of white, yellow and pink metals has come into its own.

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The team at Envy Paint and Design Ltd. put together this gorgeous street-side vignette for fall. “Every season tells a story and most people only think of decorating outside at Christmas time. But for little investment and only a couple of hours you can really take your porch, door or front step from ordinary to extraordinary!� says store owner Bahia Taylor. Check out some of the super savvy materials, tips and tricks the gals at Envy used to create this fall porch and carve out some time (or a pumpkin) to make your house the best dressed on your block!

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1. Extend the life-time of summer pots and urns by capitalizing on the dried flowers and grasses they have become. We simply added orange and gold bull-rushes and black leaves to twin pots of grass. 2. Cover your colourful summer urns or the plastic grow pots with fabric scraps and tie with twine or a ribbon. Here, we used basic burlap and black burlap for a rustic touch. 3. Personalize your door with a peel and stick monogram. If your door is panelled use a worn piece of wood and lean or hang it off to the side. A few creepy crawlies give it some creep factor. 4. Patterned and scripted funkins (faux pumpkins) are available or you can create your own pumpkin painting party with the real deal. Try your hand at chevron, stripes, dots, and script or images.

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Two-by-Four Life text DEZ DANIELS Happy New Year! Yes… January 1st is the traditional bell-ringer of new beginnings. But the arrival of fall represents the refresh button in so many ways that are also deeply felt. With it often comes new routines and fresh perspectives on our lives. In the past, before electricity and the idea that we need to haul our kids to activities five nights a week, fall was also a time of more rest and connection with those closest to us. Moving into the new house we built ourselves was deeply delayed. But I am happy to report that the old house was taken off the yard at the end of July. Our family finally moved into our new abode (AKA: Museum of Blood, Sweat and Tears) exactly 13 months after we started. And I gotta say...it’s been weird. Since first conceiving the idea, we imagined a lot of things. What would our “new beginning” look like? How does one actually MOVE a house? And the biggest question of all - what would our new house actually feel like? Because for all of the practical reasons one decides to build or renovate, it’s not our head that becomes the final judge. It’s our heart, and how the finished project makes us feel. The day itself was a wild one in that we had no idea that the movers were coming. After weeks of waiting for disconnects and permits of various kinds the house movers just...showed up. I was annoyed as hell at the time because I’d assumed there would be at least a days notice to do a final walk through and clean-up. A day to say goodbye. In thinking about it now, it’s probably good that never happened. With so much hanging in the balance emotionally, I might have freaked myself out unnecessarily… not that I’ve set any precedent in this regard (insert eye roll here).

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For an endeavor that rivals the precision one requires to do brain surgery the move itself went surprisingly fast. They slowly jackhammer the concrete around the perimeter base of the house so as to detach it from the basement, and then slide massive beams under the house from the side and jack it up off the ground. They then take a plain old bar of soap (not sure if the brand is important but they used Ivory) to help facilitate the house sliding forward onto even larger beams which are then hoisted onto a truck that drives the house off the yard and out of your life. The little blue house now belongs to Courtney and Harlo. They are a great couple with a young son and are so happy to be making their start with our the house. Through a process that has been logistically difficult at times they have been deeply patient and understanding. You don’t usually get to choose who gets your house when you are moving on and this just feels… right. They have revealed some of their impressive plans for it and beautiful things are already growing out of the house’s good old bones. It has come a long way since we got it three years ago with a big hole cut out of the front door for the dog to run through. It was loved and I rest well knowing it will continue to be. Of course we’ve been talking about the impending move for years now, so when the day came to say goodbye, the kids stood by and watched, and understood. But something happened about a week later that proved how hard it is to say goodbye sometimes. Rudy drove by the yard where the little blue house was making its new home. It sits proudly on a broad stretch of land almost as if it knows it’s part of an exciting future. But when our six-year-old daughter saw it, as they drove by, she began cry. “That makes me sad,” she said. “Can we go in?” We can probably arrange that, sweetheart. But one way or another… at least we can go on.

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“I’m sorry… this just isn’t working out for me anymore!” text SAMANTHA BRAUN

As hard as it may be, sometimes you just have to admit you need to make some changes. You gave it a go, you waited it out, but it’s really only getting worse… Landscapes change, sometimes you just need a different set-up to deal with those changes. You’ve had another year to watch the garden and see what’s working and what’s not. Here are some common “not working” garden areas and some potential fixes to make you fall in love again — and what better time than fall to do it? Play areas The problem: Lots of heavy traffic (you love the kids, but not the tracks under the swings!), stray and straggly bits that get missed by the weed whacker, and a big stranded “thing” sitting in your garden. Solutions: I’m going to be blunt — lose the sod. It’s not going to grow anyway, with all the little people shenanigans. Try natural mulch as a base, and retire the weed whacker and four letter words (you know, the ones you hear when the nylon runs around the leg of a swing). Other than going out and buying the cutest structure you can, plant vines over playhouses and tuck into existing trees (or add new ones)… you get a better view, and the kids get a cooler play space quite literally!

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No-grow zones The problem: Nothing grows there… wherever there is?! The solution: Camouflage, smoke and mirrors are the best plan in true dead zones (the ones that are too dry for life, and cannot in any reasonable fashion get watered enough to sustain anything). Rocks don’t need to grow; neither do patios, decks, mulch pads, cool pieces of driftwood, sculpture, your new shed or potting bench… employ pretty much anything else that’s not “alive”. Sometimes a bistro set and some lovely pillows are the best design choice for under that massive spruce that some guy cut all the branches out from under while you were at work. Don’t forget the mother of all garden smoke and mirrors—lovely annual planters (and yes, you’ll need to vigilantly water them in a dead zone).

“Doggie” lawn The problem: Your lawn looks like someone had a party with a Round-Up sprinkler (well, they kind of did; it was your dog), and you’ve been dutifully reseeding, re-sodding or re-something for ages to not much success. The solution: Remove the dog. I know, that sounds harsh too, but some pet owners opt for lawn over pet and build a run with mulch or gravel for poochy… I know one faithful owner who walks his dogs each and every time they need to do their doggy thing. If you have neither the will nor fortitude to do either of those, I suggest you remove the lawn part of the equation (I know, also sounds harsh, but bear with me). If you have established beds and borders, you have lots of green (hopefully, if they’re doing their job), so put the patchy mess out of its misery and use mulch, river stone or patio to keep it tidy… even when the dog’s just being a dog. Granted, it’s not the same as lawn on the toes, but go take your shoes off at a local playground to see what will work for you. Focus on the pretty bits, rather than the nasty ones.

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Fall-tastic Hot Buys These baby’s are front and centre in the fall… but get them into the ground early so they don’t keel over with your petunias. From left to right:

Stone Crop (Autumn joy’s a classic) Black-eyed Susan’s (Rudbeckia spp. They’re all awesome!) Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea and friends) Perennial Grasses (Good ol’ “Karl”, Bluestems, Switchgrass)

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Garden framework This is the stuff you can do now, and hit the nursery running in spring for the plants. • Re-shaping and adding beds (including sod-busting) • Stonework and patios • Big trees and shrubs (only if you can water them in until frost) • Digging ponds and water features • Garden carpentry (everything from walkways to sheds) • And if all else fails, planning and marking out the “not working” areas for plan B (and yes, that includes any visits you need from pros for next year). 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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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: Living Rooms Lisa Clark Design Designer: Lisa Clark 204.392.2000 lisaclark@lisaclarkdesign.net www.lisaclarkdesign.net

From My House to Yours Eco Tones Designer: Samantha Braun 204.223.6157 ecotones@mts.net

The Answer is Clear Urban Theory Designer: Crispin Butterfield 204.761.3533 crispin@designchick.ca www.designchick.ca

Beauty and the Budget Kara Marantz Interior Design Designer: Kara Marantz 204.471.5088 www.karamarantzdesign.com

Long Way Home Vannan Design in association with Albizia Designer: Dorothy Vannan and Architect: John Harper 204.793.2182 (Dorothy) or 204.770.2533 (John) vannandesign@shaw.ca www.vannandesign.ca

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I find inspiration from blogs daily and depending on my mood or agenda the sites I visit change as often as the weather does! Here are a few of my favs to take a peek at when you have a minute or 10 to spend this fall! I'm sure you won't be disappointed. DESIGN MOM www.designmom.com The intersection of design and motherhood! Gabriel Blair of Design Mom blogs about balancing a busy design career and raising her SIX kids! I cannot imagine six children but I do relate a lot to the difficult balance of working with a five month old baby. EMMA'S DESIGN BLOG emmas.blogg.se Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective. Minimalist, contemporary spaces full of nude or light wood. Grey, white and olive textiles, paint and accessories — this fuels my love of all things Nordic (including my husband). I can scroll for hours here and never tire of the beauty in this design style.

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Dear Covet Magazine, I am looking for a fireplace makeover on a modest budget. We moved into our new place ten months ago and we’re looking to update the 80’s style and to replace green tile on our surround and our painted cedar plank walls. I would love to have the room look more modern! We hope to add some stone to the fireplace and hang our television above it as well. Any suggestions? Signed, Over 80’s Green

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t h e s o lu t i o n Dear Over 80’s, Forest green and dusty rose were hot stuff back then – we bet your living room was well-loved in its heyday! We suggest you cover the cedar planks with new drywall, retile your hearth and add some stone to the fireplace facade. To achieve the look of built-in cabinets without the price tag, purchase a pair of Liatorp bookcases from Ikea and flank them on either side of the fireplace. Before tiling the hearth, build it out slightly to meet the depth and width left between the bookcases. Paint out any brass accents on the fireplace with heat-safe matte black • • • • • • •

Books - Just example of putting books in shelving Bosco Ball Top Glass Bottle Vase Short - Brown (Envy Paint & Design Ltd) Bosco Ball Top Glass Bottle Vase Medium - Brown (Envy Paint & Design Ltd) Bosco Ball Top Glass Bottle Vase Tall - Brown (Envy Paint & Design Ltd) Nia Scalloped Edge Platters, Set of Three (Envy Paint & Design Ltd) Vintage Aluminum Birdcage Bookends, Set of Two (Envy Paint & Design Ltd) Borrby Lantern (IKEA)

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spray paint and install your stone between the bookshelves from hearth to ceiling. Add some complimentary artwork to fill the wall space above the bookshelves, and some accessories, books and your TV components to the shelves below. Best of luck! The Covet Team 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! • • • • • • •

Byholma Basket (IKEA) Forsoka Candle (IKEA) Knaprig Vase (IKEA) Skimmer Candle 4” (IKEA) Skimmer Candle 7” (IKEA) Bookshelves: Liatorp Bookshelf White (IKEA) Artwork: Oxygen Flower & Scribble (Envy Paint & Design Ltd)

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Covet Magazine Autumn 2013