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6 CONTRIBUTORS  The great friends and talents we have met along the way who have given of themselves to make Covet.


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8 LUCKYGIRL POP UP SHOP Shop an eclectic mix of goods in this temporary retail space.

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12 WE LOVE Items we have spotted here or there that we think you will love too.

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PRAISING THE PHASING OF RENOVATION CONSUMMATION A dramatic main floor transformation proves that slow and steady wins the race.

40 RECONFIGURATION FOR REAL LIFE A kitchen redesign and a fresh and functional facelift turn an ordinary '80s build into an extraordinary family home.

48 RESORT-LIKE RETREAT Clean lines, clever storage and design indulgences turn a master suite into a five-star spaaah.


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Fall is here in all its splendour and once again it’s time to roll out the cozy blankets and thick sweaters for crisper weather and shorter days. As we return indoors after the short, hot summer months, our focus returns to inside spaces rather than the beaches, parks and gardens of the Winnipeg summer. What’s on your fall decorating to-do list? Do you do a fall purge? Are you creating a home office? Perhaps you're getting the dining room ready for the upcoming holidays? Whatever it is, try these five steps for some fun fall decorating success. 1. S EEK INSPIRATION Dig through your collection of home decor magazines, your Houzz Ideabooks and your Pinterest boards for a look or feeling you are eager to implement in your home. 2. M AKE SOMETHING OLD NEW AGAIN Rework an existing piece into a new location or spruce it up with new upholstery, paint and so forth.

3. S HOOT FROM THE HIP A little spontaneity is good for the soul… and your décor. Buy something for your home on impulse, if you love it you’ll find a place for it big or small. Go ahead, don’t plan, don’t agonize, don’t seek the approval of anyone, live dangerously! 4. VARY TEXTURES Mix up the sleek with the knobbly, the rough with the smooth and do something unexpected. Try something that is the tactile opposite of what you would normally choose and work it into a vignette or one of your rooms. A little design tension can go a long way. 5. S OMETHING OLD Visit a flea market, antique shop or thrift store and incorporate an old treasure. It makes your space (and you) look interesting! You can make up a tall tale about the object or have fun speculating with guests about its history. 6. A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS Take a snapshot of your space and study it… you’ll see it differently than when you are in it. It will tell you where you have a decorating void and give you a fresh perspective. If it’s perfect, we’d love to see it and you can share it with us on Facebook at COVET MAG. We hope you will find many things that inspire you within these pages and enjoy our best wishes for a fantastic fall!

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! XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness November 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016 XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness is for children and families. This is an exhibit about feelings. It will be fun and sometimes scary. You will play, act silly, consider what makes you sad, mad and happy, think about love and think about forgiveness. Tickets: https://humanrights.ca/visit/admissions Venue: Canadian Museum for Human Rights Address: 85 Israel Asper Way Tel: 204.289.2000 Website: humanrights.ca Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Christamas Concert December 1, 2015 Slightly less traditional is the Christmas anthem The Gist of Time by Eric Robertson, with text by Tim Wynne-Jones. This choral work will be sung by the Pembina Trails Voices Singers, directed by David Sawatzky and Philip Lapatha. Tickets: $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $10 for students Venue: Westminster United Church Address: 745 Westminister Avenue, Winnipeg MB Tel: 204.783.7377 Website: www.themco.ca

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland December 4, 2015 to January 2, 2016 Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show and provides a brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas. Tickets: See website for ticket information. Venue: Red River Exhibition Park Address: 3977 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB Tel: 204-888-6990 Website: www.redriverex.com Oak Hammock Marsh presents Astronomy Night Winter Constellation December 17, 2015 Winter is the best season to observe the night sky. Find out which constellations will be in the sky this fall and learn the stories behind them. Tickets: See website for ticket information. Venue: Oak Hammock Marsh Address: 1 Snow Goose Bay on Hwy. 220 Manitoba Tel: 204-467-3300 Website: www.oakhammockmarsh.ca

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LUCKYGIRL STUDIO POP UP SHOP HOLIDAY EDITION text BARBARA CHABAI | photography LUCKYGIRL FIND IT: 210-70 Albert Street Weekend of December 12-13 Details on Instagram: @luckygirlpopup HISTORY: Rachael King Johnson and Mairen Kops, the dynamic duo behind Luckygirl Photography, hit upon the idea of hosting a pop-up shop three years ago when local clothing designer Jill Sawatzky of Tony Chestnut asked to hold a trunk sale in their Exchange District studio. “It was lined up out the door,” Rachael recalls, leading to a conversation about utilizing their space for other friends in the creative community. The enterprising idea of a pop up (by definition, a small, temporary retail store that “pops up” and just as quickly disappears) was born. Today, with the upcoming holiday edition being the sixth seasonal pop up curated by Luckygirl, it has grown into a collective of inspired and talented locals brought together to share and sell their craft. THE SPACE: Once again, the venue for Luckygirl’s holiday pop up will be their 1,200-square foot photo studio – and that’s plenty big enough, Mairen and Rachael agree. “We want to keep it intimate so that people have time to browse and have conversations with the artists on the other side of the table.” In fact, it’s the closeness and the connections that make the


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pop up events so special. “When people buy directly from the artist and hear the story of their process, there’s a bit more humanity attached to that sale. It’s a win-win. Buyers feel good connecting with the person who made their item, and our vendors know they’ve sold something made with their own hands to someone who really cares about it.” MENU: While vendors are on a waiting list, Luckygirl takes its time curating an eclectic mix of art, design, clothing, jewelry, food and more. “We’re very particular about who’s included in the pop up. It’s important to us that they are local, that their work is handmade or that it’s something unique,” Rachael says. “At the same time, with every pop up we try to strike the right balance so that we have familiar vendors creating new things as well as new faces that customers have not yet discovered.” WINNIPEG: A fascinating thing happens when you get two or more local artisans in one room. “It has this creative snowball effect,” Rachael says. “After being at our pop ups, we’ve found that many people become friends and actually end up collaborating or cross-promoting each other’s work. So not only are we buying or trading our wares, we’re also being creatively inspired by one another’s work. The pop up shops have created this positive little community that is so wonderfully supportive of one another.”

STRIKING WHILE THE WROUGHT IRON'S HOT text ARTHUR LIFFMANN For all of the scoffing and disdain directed toward our city’s infamously long and cold winters, the truth is that we Winnipeggers enjoy one of the most complete cycles through the seasons of any other major Canadian cities. Those who’ve never lived here haven’t experienced the majesty of feeling those freezing winters give way to fresh and soulful springs that slide into hot and sultry summers before falling into the storybook autumns that only a city blanketed in mature foliage can deliver. Winnipeg in the fall is a slow and glorious period of beautiful decay, and taking a stroll through old residential areas, mature parks or peaceful cemeteries carpeted with fallen leaves is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the stunning architectural details the city was first renowned for a century ago: carved limestone, impressive brickwork and elaborate wrought iron. Well known today for its architectural and decorative uses, the history of wrought iron actually traces back thousands of years; it has been used to create weapons, shoe horses, erect historical landmarks and collect keys and junk mail as baker’s racks in 1990s kitchens. The term ‘wrought iron’ derives from the past tense of the verb ‘work’; because the malleability of this particular form of metal allowed it to be worked into a multitude of shapes and forms, wrought iron is essentially ‘worked iron.' In contrast to cast iron, wrought iron has

a very low carbon content; it is tough, resistant to corrosion and easily welded, characteristics which allow the alloy to be used in a multitude of applications. Simply put, wrought iron is the ‘iron’ that is referred to throughout Western history. While examples of iron work date back to 3500 BCE Mesopotamia and Egypt, the first recognized wrought iron work that used smelting and purification techniques are the iron swords forged by the Hittite army in 2000 BCE. The knowledge about the use of iron combined with the vast availability of the raw material spread across Europe from the Middle East; by 500 BCE, entire armies were equipped with the iron weaponry that had replaced bronze swords. By the Middle Ages, the use of wrought iron had expanded to include tools and construction components; during this period, architectural applications for wrought iron began appearing in Western Europe. While initially used to cover doors and windows of important buildings to provide protection against attack from raiders, the decorative wrought ironwork we’re familiar with today first debuted. Beautiful examples of work from this period still exist today, including England’s Canterbury Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral, and in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. By the beginning of the 16th century, decorative ironwork was sweeping Europe; ornate wrought iron hit its zenith during the Baroque and

Rococo periods. Highly detailed and sophisticated new designs including scrolls, scallops, twisted pickets and crests were created for screens and grillwork that towered up to nine metres tall on Spain’s new cathedrals. The distinctive and spectacularly executed stair railings, balconies and gates throughout France, Austria and England were also born of this period, and by the 18th century wrought iron had jumped the pond – fine examples of early decorative ironwork in the Americas can be found in Quebec, New Orleans and Buenos Aires. Demand for household use of iron reached its peak in the mid-nineteenth century, by which time it was commonly used for locks, hardware, grates, kitchen wares and outdoor furniture. However, with advancements in refining, mass production and the growing availability of mild steel, use of wrought iron began to diminish, and the world’s last production plant shut down in 1974. Today, the vast majority of products produced and described as wrought iron – including furniture, lighting, ornaments, railings, grates and fences — are actually made of mild steel. But the craft of hand-working metal with a hammer and an anvil continues with steel – essentially, nothing more than a newer and stronger form of metal – and still delivers the beauty and detail of hand-worked metals that’s been appreciated for centuries.

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SMITH text BARBARA CHABAI | photography SMITH RESTAURANT, MCKINLEY BURKART FIND IT: Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Road 204.944.2445 smithrestaurant.ca HISTORY: Since opening last fall inside the Inn at The Forks, Smith Restaurant has quickly become one of Winnipeg foodies’ favourite casual fine dining spots. The name Smith first appeared to be a curious choice, but it’s a clever one considering that the suffix “smith” refers to a craftsman – a metalsmith or wordsmith, for example – who is particularly skilled in their medium. Smith’s medium of choice is honest food created from the diversity of Canadian lands and waters, and their craftsmanship shines through a dedication to the finer points.

MENU: With an ever-changing menu featuring simple, luxurious food with big flavours, Smith is particularly focused on procuring local and seasonal products. Expertly-prepared pickerel, beef, lamb, poultry and the tantalizingly titled Beast of the Day are among the main courses, but Smith balances its meatier offerings with a wide range of lighter sides, soups, salads, pastas and vegetarian options as well. Guests rave about Smith’s charcuterie boards, a selection of artisanal cheeses and meats including sausage made on the premises, as well as its collection of local draft beers and craft cocktails featuring fine liquors, house made syrups and infusions.

THE SPACE: Smith’s space is contemporary and clean lined, yet welcoming and rustic. Inspired by the local history of The Forks, voyageur chic abounds through purposeful design choices such as warm wood furnishings, HBC blanket upholstery, antler chandelier fixtures and Canadian artwork on the walls. Booths and bistro-style tables fill the dining room, but the focal point is the centrally-located open kitchen, allowing guests to watch Smith’s culinary artists hard at work.

WINNIPEG: Smith may be the second most prevalent surname in Canada, but this Smith is truly unique – making it a great choice for taking out-of-town guests somewhere special to dine during the holidays. If you are at The Forks to enjoy sightseeing, shopping or skating, make reservations at Smith and treat your guests to some fine local flavours and the cozy, charming ambiance. Private and semi-private dining spaces available for groups of 12-50 people.


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While the skull is an intricate collection of 22 bones that serves to protect the all-important brain the Covet team holds fast to the notion that it supports great décor as well as soft tissue. Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in stylish skull décor. We’ve rounded up some perfect pillows to infuse your space with high style and modern attitude no matter the season.


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Skull pillows don’t have to be dreary. Find one in a bright color and mix it up with other eclectic patterns or let it stand alone amongst a mix of solids. From typical designs to Dia de los Muertos illustrations, we guarantee that any skull print will make for a conversation starter. All pillows available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd.

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TIFFANY SHELDON DESIGN currently part of the fall display on my front step. We also had a little caboose out at my grandparents' farm where my cousins and I spent many hours. I was lucky that my grandmothers and mother were very creative people and indulged my interest in design, sewing and arts and crafts. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM TO DECORATE AND WHY? I enjoy a project where there are lots of details, the opportunity to be able to create a room that feels alive and tells the story of the people through lighting, artwork, the choice of flooring, fabrics and furniture. I also love being able to help a client make their space more functional because that decreases ones stress level and I feel good design should always take that into consideration.

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

Covet has partnered with CDECA (Canadian Decorators' Association) to bring you the inside scoop on one of their members from the Central Prairie Chapter. To learn more about CDECA or for a list of CDECA decorators in your area, visit them at www.cdeca.com. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRST DESIGN MEMORY. When I was young, the basement was not finished in our home so my parents gave me a good portion of the basement to use as a playhouse. My dad got a bunch of pallets to make a subfloor and then covered it with carpet. I used wooden creamery crates and soft drink crates for cabinetry. I even had a child-sized fridge and stove. A modern table and chairs . I spent hours there with the neighbour kids and my cousins. I think I spent more time setting up the house and redesigning the rooms than actually playing house.  My mom still had some of those crates - she just brought them in for me and they are


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WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT FOOD? I love a platter of artisanal cheeses, meats, breads and crackers and some red wine! If that isn’t handy, Triscuits (rosemary and olive oil flavour) and Cracker Barrel Old Cheddar with my red wine works well too! This is usually followed up by a piece (or two) of Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt to satisfy my sweet tooth. WHERE IS YOUR NEXT DREAM VACATION DESTINATION? I would love to go on a cycling tour in Italy for a week where you cycle everyday for about five hours around the area and then return to your villa each night, then I would head over to Provence for two weeks and just soak up the sun and the culture. My husband and I would also like to tour do a golf tour of Scotland as we both have Scottish heritage. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPACE TO DESIGN? That’s a tough one to answer. I find it isn’t a particular space that is a favourite, it is the project that becomes a favourite. I love to be able take any room from poorly functioning or just “blah” to “Wow - I just love my new space!” That is always rewarding and exciting. What makes something my favourite is when I have a great relationship with my clients and the contractor who is taking the project from the vision to reality. When we all work as a team and communicate effectively

I think the design process and finished product are that much better. WHAT MOVIE COULD YOU WATCH OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN? I love all the James Bond movies. The fashion, the cars, the gadgets, the locations and the adventure – and of course – Bond, James Bond! WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST DESIGN PET PEEVE? When people hang their art work high! 57” to the centre of the artwork is a good guide. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER IN WINNIPEG? I think the early winter months are great because it hasn’t become so cold that you hibernate indoors, you still feel like going out and about – the crisp air in the morning and the layer of frost on everything is so pretty against all the green grass and then the first snow is always so pretty. Being a fashionista - I love being able to wear a nice winter coat, great looking boots, scarf and hat! More significantly, early winter used to mean that my sons’ hockey seasons were underway and I loved being at the rink watching them and socializing with the other parents. But now they are adults and that chapter of my life is closed, so I have the opportunity to explore new activities. I am thinking of taking up cross country skiing again. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NEUTRAL PAINT COLOUR? I have always loved grey… right now my favourite neutral greys are Thunder Benjamin Moore AF-685 and Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey SW-7016. WHAT NEVER FAILS TO INSPIRE YOU? Travel – whether it is to Vancouver, New York or Victoria Beach. Observing things like buildings, people and local shops always gets me thinking. I come home feeling rejuvenated with fresh eyes for what I see around me. I also believe that just getting out and about in our own city is just as important when you need to be inspired. To get in touch with Tiffany or to view her portfolio email info@tiffanysheldon.com or visit www.tiffanysheldon.com

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12 steps to creating one little pillow and why you need professional design help to successfully decorate or renovate your home. by KIMBERLY SELDON

Interior design looks easy? HA! Ever waited in vain for a repairman to arrive or had difficulty reaching a live customer service rep when something’s broken? A design professional deals with such stresses daily so the client doesn’t have to. The work design and decorating professionals do is not only complex it’s fraught with challenges. Don’t believe me? Check out the steps for producing a custom pillow. One little pillow. 1. Select fabric(s) – chenille, velvet, cotton, patterned, plain, red, blue? 2. Select trim(s) – self-pipe, rope, braid, bullion, tassel, rosette? 3. Determine size – 18 inches square, 24 x 18-inch rectangle, 16-inch bolster? 4. Choose filling – 100% down, polyester, polycotton blend, density? 5 Choose edge detail – knife, box, Turkish, tasselled, beribboned? 6. Create purchase orders for fabrics, trims, forms and pillow maker. 7. Order CFAs (cutting for approval) to ensure ordered fabric looks like the sample. Ninety per cent of the time, it’s accurate; however, in approximately 10 per cent of cases, it’s


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the wrong fabric colour. Why? Because the fabric company had the wrong number written on the sample, the firm discontinued the fabric, or the dye didn’t turn out exact. 8. Receive fabrics, trims and forms– check all are accurate. 9. Send all items and detailed instructions to pillow maker. 10. Review finished pillows to ensure they’re made to specification. 11. Ship pillows to client’s home. 12. Receive pillows and present to client for approval. These are the steps for producing one little pillow. Now, imagine building a new kitchen, renovating a bathroom or decorating the whole house. I think we can all agree that everything is more complicated than a single pillow. Right? Don’t be fooled into thinking that watching interior decorating shows on TV prepares you for project management in the real world. Hire a professional design expert to bring your renovation or décor project to life. With offices in Toronto and LA Kimberley Seldon is a writer, publisher, educator, speaker and an award-winning designer with more than 20 years’ experience in full-service interior design-build projects. Projects range from urban condos to country manors with a client list that includes such well-known names as Erin Brockovich and President Bill Clinton. For more information visit kimberleyseldon.com.

Choosing the right light bulb More lighting options exist now than ever before allowing you to customize your living space. ENERGY STARŽ certified LED bulbs are available for just about every application and are the most energy efficient type of lighting available. LEDs will save you money on your electricity bill as they use up to 80 per cent less electricity and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. LEDs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. These bulbs perform well in cold temperatures and are suitable for outdoor use. To help choose the light bulb that’s right for your next purchase, below is some information you should know.

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I have a very serious addiction; thankfully, it’s just to fabric. There are so many beautiful fabrics and not enough projects to use them all on. While at work one day, I learned that a discontinued sample book was about to get tossed. As I could not bear to see these fabric swatches thrown out and have always felt the need to upcycle, I took it home instead. Although I had no idea what to do with the book’s vintage linen swatches in various patterns and prints, I was excited – and inspired. Scrolling through Pinterest, searching anything related to fabric scraps, I stumbled upon creator Anna Maria’s fabulous feather quilt pattern. It was stunning and modern and I knew I had to try it. Although traditionally cotton, the natural properties of linen were perfectly suitable and it was incredibly satisfying to incorporate as many fabric swatches as I possibly wanted.

To qualify, this is my first quilt. My very first quilt. I say that only to prove that if you can sew a straight line, you’ve got this! It is a perfect beginners’ project since you can pick it up or leave it as needed – although as I quickly discovered, it is addictive. While the construction of the quilt was fun, I am the first to admit that I am not a quilter. For this reason, I sent my three layers (completed feather top, batting and bottom layer) to an amazing long-arm quilter. Toby was essential not only in joining it all together but in choosing the pattern to be quilted between the feathers. There are examples online of a running stitching around each feather which also looks great. To view Julie Pedersen's muckies and other work please visit juliepedersen.com

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Rotary knife Cutting mat Metal ruler Sewing machine Scissors Iron & board Thread Batting – I prefer Dream Cotton

1. Main and/or background fabric for the front (varies with quilt size) 2. Backing fabric (varies for size of quilt) 3. Binding and/or trim (1 metre or less) 4. Dupioni for feather quill (½ metre)


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Using natural fabrics that have the same content and are lightweight (i.e. cotton or linen) will result in a more breathable, washable quilt that will iron perfectly while constructing. Brightly coloured fabrics containing very little white space will give your quilt a vibrant, contrasting appearance. My goal was a subtle, antique look which would appear worn and fade over time.



1. T  o save time, I layered several fabrics before cutting them into 2� strips. Your strips can be of varying widths, as colour blocking can create even more visual interest. 2. U  sing 10 strips gave me my pattern length. I then staggered each row about 1.5� from the next. (Very important: You will need a left and a right border since the pattern is slanted.) Once you lay your blocks out, one will slope down to the left and one down to the right. It is also best to iron after completing each step of sewing in this project.



3. A  fter printing the pattern from Pinterest, I traced two halves of the feather onto cardstock facing opposite directions. a. Hold the pattern down with a weight and use your ruler and rotary knife for your long, straight lines. b. I used a pen to trace the small and angled lines and followed with my scissors. 4. O  nce you lift the pattern, use your ruler and rotary knife to line up your feather tips and cut into two. This will save you a ton of time! d. Simply flip your pattern for the other staggered block of rows. 5. You will then have a group of lefts and rights that begin to resembles feathers.



6. Cut and sew the background fabric to the bottom of the feather sides. Use something like a tray to set the pieces on as the seams and edges are vulnerable to unravel or stretch until they can be sewn. 7. The quills of the feather are 1� strips cut from Dupioni silk. Although this fabric is paper thin it is perfect for preventing bulk in the middle of the feather. 8. Sew the smaller pattern of the background fabric to the top of the feather, followed by the larger angled pattern. 9. Cut and sew the side panels of the background fabric.





10. a. Join each feather to the next until you have a desired width. b. Sew multiple rows and then join the rows to each other. c. If you are quilting yourself, lay the backing fabric (right side down) on the floor. d. Add the batting and finally, the feather top. The batting and backing fabric should be several inches wider than the feather top. e. Use safety pins to hold the layers together and if possible, use a stretcher to quilt your new quilt.

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Harwood Design Builders’ mission is to fulfill clients’ residential construction and renovation dreams with unparalleled quality and workmanship. They promise the highest level of professionalism and build trust through commitment, fulfillment and integrity. Geneviève Joyal is a big part of the team with her creativity and love for design. Clients praise Geneviève’s ability to coordinate styles, textures, colours and finishes, and her keen eye keeps her designs unique and fresh. Read on to see how working with Geneviève and the Harwood Team begins with a wish list, grows into conceptual drawings and is realised by the expert team!


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The challenges and rewards of a renovation project are unlike any other. Having to work with existing walls and rooms offers interesting limitations, which often helps guide the new layout. Bathrooms and closets are prime examples of where the majority of people want more space than what had been allocated at the time of the original build. In this “before” layout, it’s clear that this typical 1950s bungalow has an excessive number of small storage rooms. In order to give the clients a walk-in shower, we amalgamated three small closets to frame in a bench and custom niches. The length of the new shower allowed us to skip the costly door and hardware without having to worry about water splashing out.

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By returning the countertop along the adjacent wall and creating an “L� shape we were able to accommodate a custom makeup vanity with loads of drawer storage.


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When renovating an ensuite, as shown in this design, it’s a common preference to forgo the bathtub in exchange for a large steam shower with bench and ample closet space nearby. Generally, there is a bathtub located elsewhere in the house to compensate. There is a growing tendency to eliminate less frequently used rooms, such as a “loft” in this case, to achieve a more logical use of space. More often than not, by simply reworking the floor plan, we can accommodate the spatial upgrades that clients require to live more comfortably. Maximizing the function of an interior space without altering the footprint provides an undeniable sense of satisfaction.

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HOMEGROWN HANDMADE A jar of jam or a bunch of flowers: shop the St. Norbert Farmers' Market year-round, online Photography by JESSICA STEVENS Written by RYAN BOWMAN


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Most of the year, St. Norbert is a typical bedroom community on the southern outskirts of Winnipeg. A medley of 19thcentury landmarks and modern suburban developments nestled along the Red River, the bilingual village is quiet, quaint and unremarkable. But every Saturday between Victoria Day and Halloween, the neighbourhood comes to life with the buzz and bustle of a major city centre. Home to the province’s largest farmers’ market, St. Norbert welcomes about 150,000 visitors over the course of a summer. “We notice an increase every year in the number of people attending,” says

Marian Firth, executive director of the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. “We don’t count visitors every week, but we have counted as many as 13,000 visitors on a single Saturday.” The market, which also operates on Wednesdays during the summer, has grown so popular that it’s become a yearround initiative. In the colder months, it sets up shop in a building across the street every other Saturday, and last fall it went online, allowing customers to preorder products from select vendors. The site itself is also expanding. This summer, the market’s board of directors launched the first phase of its 10-year

improvement plan, which included new permanent washrooms, an upgraded drainage system, paved entrances and smoother walkways, and an orchard. And they’re just getting started. “Future plans include a new series of canopies that will allow us to move our winter market onto our own site,” Firth says. “By 2025, we dream of a weekly market year-round on our own site.” Not bad for an endeavour that began with eight vendors on a patch of grass in 1988. Firth, who has been with the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market for the past eight years, attributes much of its success

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to the public’s growing interest in where their food is coming from – and who is producing it. “People are concerned about the environmental impact of food travelling a long distance,” she says. “People are also learning more about the impact on the quality of food after it has been travelling long distances. Vendors at a farmers’ market are harvesting the day before the market; that’s a big difference from greens that have been travelling for days to get to a supermarket shelf.” While the fresh produce remains one of the market’s biggest draws, the vendors at St. Norbert serve up far more than just fruit and veggies. With staples like honey and jam to specialty products like homemade mustards, pasture-raised meats, and birch syrup (the Manitoba equivalent to maple syrup) to prepared foods ranging from perogies and empanadas to spring rolls and soups to non-consumables including jewelry, lawn ornaments, soaps, artwork and even clothing, it’s virtually impossible to leave the market empty-handed. But the real draw to St. Norbert on a sunny summer afternoon, Firth says, is the market’s sense of community. From live music and magic shows to a huge Canada Day celebration and an annual fall dinner beneath the market’s canopies, it’s a great environment for families to gather and meet new people. “We’re very proud of that fact that people see our market as a place to enjoy the atmosphere and immerse themselves in a


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Manitoba experience,” Firth says. “We have people who come out to do all their weekly food shopping, and people who come out just to have a coffee and visit with their friends.” Then there are the vendors. Not only does the farmers’ market provide a great place to showcase products and generate sales, it’s a perfect way to spend time with family and connect with community. “The market is a friendly place, and once you’ve been involved for awhile it becomes part of your family life,” Firth says. “Many of our vendors bring their children, who participate at the market every week. We have one family who has been with the market for years, with the third generation in their family now attending the market. We sometimes describe ourselves as a little village that sets up and tears down in a single day, week after week, all season long.” And it’s a village that Firth hopes will continue to grow.

“When we support local producers, we help keep local crafters and artists and farmers and bakers in our communities,” she says. “That makes for a place that is more diverse, that has a culture of its own, and that shows that these kinds of local producers are important to us as a community. “ For more information about the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market visit www.stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca Winter: Every other Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm For details, visit stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca/events Online: Year-round at www.stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca/online Summer (Victoria Day until end of October): Saturdays, 8 am to 3 pm; Wednesdays, 11 am to 3 pm

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A study of contrasts: in the family room, low-slung furnishings emphasize the height of the vaulted ceilings and a spectacular bookcase; soft velvets and a to-die-for sheepskin rug soften the exposed wood-framed sofa and the concrete-topped coffee table.


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PRA IS I N G T HE P HASI N G OF R EN OVATI ON CON SUM M AT ION A dramatic main floor transformation proves how slow and steady wins the race design by ENVY PAINT AND DESIGN photography SCOTT ZIELKE text by ARTHUR LIFFMANN

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abode Ask any associate of the design firm Envy Paint & Design, and you’ll get the same response: a conversation with clients Rita and Bryon Duncan is always a pleasurable diversion on a busy day. Whether it’s a final design approval from Rita or a witty one-liner from Bryon, the Duncans are consistently full of positive energy… but since the completion of the most recent phase of renovations to the main floor of their home, conversations with the Duncans are downright merry. “Every time I turn around, there’s something beautiful to see,” laughs Rita Duncan, “but that’s been the case ever since we first started working with Bahia. At this point, she understands us so well, and we trust her design suggestions… and the end result of the renovations is so much more than we could have ever expected.” That understanding and trust is the result of a collaboration that first began in 2009, when the Duncans engaged Bahia Taylor of Envy Paint & Design. “Initially, we selected colours for the interior and exterior of the house,” says Taylor, “but This page: Custom made wrought-steel and glass shelves and bespoke cabinetry anchor the main dining area and echo the materials used throughout the entire main floor. Opposite: In the front sitting area, an intimate arrangement of leather and steel sling chairs surrounding a mirror-topped round table creates a cozy spot for drinks and conversation.


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“ Every time we come home, we still can’t believe that this beautiful design Bahia gave us is actually ours.” ~ Rita & Bryon Duncan, Homeowners


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we quickly began discussing the potential that existed for improvements that could significantly improve the way Rita and Bryan used their space.”. Initial projects included revamps of three bedrooms and a complete renovation of the principal ensuite bath, but it wasn’t until planning began for the renovation of the kitchen that the clients began to recognize how their designer’s plans would dramatically improve the flow of their home. The original kitchen, with its dated finishes and awkward layout (including an angled island and a sink buried in a dark corner) was gutted. In it’s place, Taylor installed custom crafted graystone bamboo millwork with contrasting end-grain bamboo. While the perimeter cabinets are topped with luxurious polished quartz and backed with stunning iridescent glass tiles, the massive two-tiered island it topped with the same stainless steel that bands the wall cabinets. The raised portion of the island serves dual purposes, notes the designer. “The cabinetry facing Opposite: Liberal amounts of stainless steel, cool quartz, iridescent glass tile and custom bamboo cabinetry come together to create a kitchen that is at once organic and sleek. This page: Collections representing both homeowners – a consummate baker and an aviation buff – are integrated into the decor throughout the home.

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the family room provides a home for the various audiovisual components, including a television mounted at a comfortable viewing height directly in line with the seating area. It also shields the integrated stainless steel sink from view, which is an important consideration often overlooked in open concept spaces.” A spectacular slab of ribbed glass, suspended by two base and surrounded by brushed steel Navy chairs, elevates casual kitchen dining to a stylish urban experience. “Not only is the kitchen is a dream to work in,” says Rita, “ but now we actually sit at the table to eat our dinner!”

Taylor’s plan to remove a dividing wall between the dining area and family room was initially met with some resistance from her clients, who worried the loss of spacial delineation might leave the house feeling too open and cavernous. However, the designer’s plans – including custom cabinets and one-of-a-kind steel and glass shelving for the niche in the dining area neatly created distinct zones for the space, which spans some 40 feet from the front to the back of the house, with a lounge-like sitting area in the front and the family room at the back bookending the formal dining space.

Opposite: A massive slab of 1.5” thick Crystal Lino-textured glass at one end of the kitchen provides a large and sturdy surface for both casual meals and additional prep area, while still allowing light from the adjacent garden doors to flood the space.

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With the phased work of the main floor renovation completed, the Duncans are thrilled with both the process and the results. “Every time we come home, we still can’t believe that this beautiful design Bahia gave us is actually ours. We’ve had this feeling each time another step was taken in the renovation; everything is now so warm and comfortable.” Well, everything on the main level, that is. Preliminary discussions for the lower level are now underway.


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The spatially awkward area is redesigned and updated to achieve optimum flow that results in mixed seating and a family friendly space.


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A kitchen redesign and a fresh and functional facelift turn an ordinary ‘80s build into an extraordinary family home. A kitchen table is about much more than just eating. It’s a central spot where friends and family congregate over coffee, where homework happens, and where memories are made. And these things are much too important to be pushed aside. So, when the homeowners were constantly pushing the kitchen table and chairs against the wall just to make enough room to move, prep, and cook, they decided that something needed to change. After a new home search led to a dead end, the busy family of four called upon designer Tara Spencer-Nairn to renovate their early ‘80s River Park South home and fix their tiny builder grade 10’ by 11’ kitchen. “We sat down and I gave them ideas of what we could do, like opening the wall, taking it down, and just really making it more of an open, airy space,” Spencer-Nairn says. “What they really wanted in the kitchen was more working space. There was next to none.” modern living with a pr airie t wist



Planks of Kraus Carlota flooring in Fairview Ash add a stunning contrast to the floor-to-ceiling crisp white cabinetry and complement the glossy charcoal backsplash.


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To acquire the extra area necessary for a work station and sensible seating arrangements, Spencer-Nairn suggested replacing the wall with a peninsula and a couple of stools. But removing the wall and achieving the open-concept footprint required completely changing the layout of the kitchen. “The fridge was on the opposite side before; everything was opposite,” Spencer-Nairn details. “It was a matter of convincing them that yes, this is going to cost more as far as plumbing and electrical, but it is worth it as far as layout and functionality.” Tired of being cut off from company while working in the kitchen, the homeowners agreed. “The wall came out very far and (the kitchen) was really secluded from the rest of the house,” says Spencer-Nairn. With the kitchen reconfiguration established, Spencer-Nairn started to choose interior finishes that best reflected the family’s livable style. That included replacing the typical oak cabinets and laminate countertops with floor-to-ceiling shaker-style cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s bright Oxford White. “She likes everything really clean and crisp, nothing too fussy,” Spencer-Nairn says of her client. Right: Counter-height bar stools offer a spot for guests to perch at the new opening between the kitchen and dining room. Below: Every inch of space is purposefully used to provide smart storage solutions, from the horizontal cabinetry with frosted glass, to the stylish floating shelves. The peninsula’s base cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Amherst Gray subtly blend one room into the next, while highlighting the workstation and breakfast bar.

Customized to surround the existing fireplace, the new millwork in the family room offers plenty of closed storage for audio/visual components and keeps the space looking neat and clean; lit units with glass-fronted doors break up the wall and provide soft light at night.

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abode A sleek, charcoal-coloured ceramic subway tile adds texture against the contemporary white cabinets, and complements the Cambria Torquay quartz countertops. Underfoot, a stunningly dark vinyl plank floor was installed in the kitchen, dining and front entrance areas. “It looks fantastic! It’s definitely harder to clean, but it looks absolutely gorgeous,” Spencer-Nairn raves, noting that carpet was chosen for the living room, up the staircase and on the second floor for added warmth. To add a bit of drama, and keep the design effortless, Spencer-Nairn went with a primarily monochromatic palette, selecting Benjamin Moore Storm, a neutral grey, for the walls in the main living space. Further cosmetic changes included removing the stipple ceiling throughout the house, and adding pot lights in the kitchen and living room. Pendant lights were hung above the dining table to add a bit of glitz, and separate the kitchen from the living area. The main focal point of the great room is the gallery wall that showcases family photos, statement pieces and artwork. The perfect configuration of photos is elevated against a dark grey feature wall painted in Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, and can be viewed from almost any angle in the area. What started as a predominantly kitchen and living room project snowballed to include the entire house, minus the kids’ bedrooms, and Spencer-Nairn was soon giving almost the entire interior a facelift. “We did it in steps so they could live in it,” Spencer-Nairn details, explaining that the upstairs bathroom needed a cosmetic fix-up while the basement bathroom required a complete gut job. “There was some water damage in the downstairs bathroom so we needed to rip out everything right to the studs.” The space was outfitted with a new vanity, corner shower, flooring and storage locker, while the upstairs bathroom received similar treatment with a contemporary vanity, storage tower, and vinyl tile flooring. “They had drop ceilings in both of their bathrooms so it felt really dark,” she says. “We were able to raise both of those ceilings right up, so it really just expands the space.” Renovating the entrance was also near the top of the list for the homeowners, and with two school-aged sons, adding kidcentric storage solutions was essential. “We went with locker style storage for the kids with drawers for toques and mitts,” says Spencer-Nairn, adding Top: A dark grey gallery wall is a dramatic focal point in the neutral living space. Left: Little touches of texture and shine give a bit of glam to an otherwise relaxed dining area. Opposite clockwise from top: Five panel frosted glass French closet doors add a chic elegance to the entrance; A builtin locker-style storage solution helps hide ball caps and backpacks to create a clutter-free area; Unexpected ornaments keep the space fun and fresh without seeming fussy.


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“They absolutely love it now. They’re going to stay there forever.” ~ Tara Spencer-Nairn

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A combination of pot lights, pendants, under cabinet lighting and bright whites keep the space sunny and help define the dining area from the kitchen.


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Clean lines, clever storage and design indulgences turn a master suite into a five-star spaaah design by TIFFANY SHELDON DESIGN photography SCOTT ZIELKE text by BARBARA CHABAI

The designer weaved texture, pattern and warm tones to emulate a vacation in the master bedroom, including streamlined millwork and a dreamy palette of soft greys complemented by sunshine yellow accents.


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“While we’ve created individual spaces that reflect the personalities of different members of the family, these rooms still relate to each other and to the overall design of the home they share,” says the designer.

A layered mix of finishes, patterns and textures delivers chic comfort in this revamped principal bedroom

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“It’s such a treat to have a professionally-designed space where everything flows and coordinates beautifully. It has become our ‘go to’ spot to relax.” ~The Homeowner

The hardest part of vacation is leaving luxury behind. That reality inspired one Winnipeg family to relive their favourite getaways by recreating the feel of a five-star spa resort inside their Richmond West home. “The homeowners have enjoyed a number of spa holidays and wanted to create a similar stress-free environment of their own, while at the same time, increasing storage and improving function in the master suite,” explains designer Tiffany Sheldon. Expanding the bathroom and closet required a three-room renovation involving a complete demo and redesign of the master bedroom and ensuite. One of two-storey home’s spare bedrooms was transformed into an enviable 10-by-11-foot closet. The custom-crafted millwork provide ample space for the couple’s wardrobes and accessories. “The homeowner envisioned their walk-in closet having a centre island with a beautiful, ceiling-mounted light fixture, so we were able to give her an island with a couple of organizing drawers. She even picked out the chandelier herself,” Sheldon says. “Her husband now has a place for his professional and casual wardrobes, even a spot for 80 neckties.” Starting with new mid-tone hardwood flooring from Mirage, Sheldon layered textures to create a tranquil retreat in the bedroom. An electric fireplace with a stunning stacked stone veneer from Ames adds a unique focal point; next to it, a builtin bookcase with open storage from floor to ceiling includes hidden sleeping quarters for the family dog. “They had a kennel in the bedroom, which was not one of the most attractive features, so we thought how can we incorporate an out-of-the-way place for Oliver to sleep? The answer was turning the bottom of the bookcase into a comfy little spot for him at night.” An elegant, generously-sized custom bed in the heart of the room contains underneath storage drawers for linens. It is anchored by a pewter-toned, padded headboard from Bouclair, which Sheldon says adds plush comfort for TV watching, as well as Kravet’s luxe sage green wallpaper on the feature wall to complement the soft, neutral Benjamin Moore paint palette. “To achieve a feeling of comfort and calm, I wanted a variation of textures and patterns and warm tones in soft greys, greens, and warm, natural woods. We added yellow accents, inspired by a great toss cushion the homeowner found. Now when you walk into the room, you take in the whole bed experience and it makes you want to sink in and relax,” she says. “The homeowners have said they still can’t believe it’s their space and that they get to wake up in it every day.” As the homeowner appreciates clean lines, Sheldon also designed floating bedside tables and hanging pendant lights by Uttermost to alleviate any clutter. The redesigned en suite is a great place for the homeowners to start and end their day. The spacious, double-sink vanity includes a comfortable, well-lit seating area for styling hair and applying makeup. The steam shower has become a daily oasis, decked out with a digital sound system and adjustable LED strip lighting around the shower glass to deliver a true spa-like steam experience.


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“It’s such a treat to have a professionally-designed space where everything flows and coordinates beautifully. It has become our ‘go to’ spot to relax,” the wife says. “Plus there is more space than we can fill. Our house is actually cleaner now that everything has its own place.” The master bathroom entranceway is gated by a rustic barn door that was whitewashed to bring out the texture yet blend in with its muted surroundings. Inside, the double sink vanity includes an inviting makeup ledge for the lady of the house to sit and get ready. “This gives them both a lovely suite whether they can start and end their day.” But without a doubt, the star of this show is the sleek and sumptuous steam shower. “My vision for the steam shower was to recreate those I’ve experienced at five-star resorts,” the husband says. His wish was Sheldon’s command. “He works long hours and I understood that he wanted a place where he could escape and decompress at the end of the day,” Sheldon says. The enclosed alcove is decked out with adjustable steam and shower settings, a lounging bench and a wireless digital sound system for the ultimate in relaxation.

Sheldon’s contractors, On The Level Renovations, were involved in the design process from day one as building a steam shower can be a complex undertaking. They proposed a unique idea for the shower that gave the homeowner the mood lighting he wanted in a reasonable price range. “We did LED strip lighting around the shower glass inset into the tiles. It offers different colours to adjust the mood and the opportunity to have a true steam experience with minimal lighting like you’d find at a resort or at our local Thermea Spa.” Sheldon is pleased at the overall feeling of serenity in the three-room suite, and is sure that the homeowners will enjoy pampering themselves at home for years to come. “It’s always hard for me to pick just one favourite feature as they work together to create this combined sense of peace and calmness when you are in the space,” Sheldon says. “That was our starting goal and I think we achieved it.” The homeowners requested a larger bathroom but wanted to ensure greater storage opportunities and improved function. Built-in shelving helps define clean lines while eliminating the need for a linen closet and keeping the gleaming counter space clutter-free.

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The couple’s former spare room was converted into a 10-by-11-foot walk-in closet and dressing room with organizing capacity for both his and her wardrobes. Now everything has its place. The closet includes a centre island with storage for accessories and seasonal items, illuminated by an overhead chandelier fixture that the homeowner personally chose to brighten the room.


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Banana bread elevated with a garnish of walnuts and a decadent layer of cream cheese frosting. Recipe on page 60.


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just desserts

Give your sweet tooth what’s coming to her with these simply scrumptious goodies.

recipes and food styling MARISA CURATOLO photography CORY ARONEC

Let the classic combination of milk and cookies take you back to mom’s kitchen table with this lunchbox favourite… dunking highly recommended. Recipe on page 60.

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Page 57: Guests of all ages will think you spent days in the kitchen slaving over these tasty treats. The simple recipe yields an impressive artisanal donut that’s bakery worthy in appearance and deliciousness (but your secret is safe with us). Recipe on page 60.


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A rustic and colourful combination of sweet and tart will send your taste buds straight into a juxtaposed bliss. Despite its handcrafted good looks, this simple recipe is a sure thing for even the biggest pastry-phobe. Recipe on page 60.


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Homemade spelt crackers with a hint of dill deliver a savoury, satisfying crunch, and pair beautifully with our Herb Cheese Spread.

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1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten 2 tablespoons cold water 2 tablespoons 35% cream Place flour, salt and sugar in food processor and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add egg yolk and ice water drop by drop with machine running, until dough comes together. Divide dough into 3 balls. Press each ball into a flat round, wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.


1 pound ripe and fresh black plums, pitted and quartered 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Combine plums, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium bowl; toss gently and set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out pastry rounds and transfer to a baking sheet. Divide plum filling evenly among the rounds, leaving 2-inch borders. Fold pastry up and over filling. Brush pastry with cream. Bake until crust is golden and juices in centre are bubbling, about 40 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet. Makes 3 tarts.


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cubed 1 cup mashed potatoes (recipe below) 2 large eggs ¾ to 1 cup buttermilk Whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger and salt in large bowl. Add sugar and mashed potatoes. Slowly add eggs and


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buttermilk. Stir until rough ball forms, adding more flour if too sticky. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Knead dough 2 minutes; roll into ½-inch thick square. Cut rounds with 3-inch cutter, then cut smaller hole in centre. Place doughnuts on lightly floured baking sheet. Cover with clean cloth and let rise 30 minutes. Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. Fry doughnuts in batches for 2 minutes per side or until puffed and golden. Drain on paper towels. Dip doughnuts into glaze, turning to coat. Sprinkle with brown sugar flakes. Serve immediately. Makes 8.


3 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed 1/3 cup milk 1 tablespoon butter, melted Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to saucepan. Add milk and butter and mash until smooth.


½ cup sugar ½ cup 35% cream 2 tablespoons unsalted butter pinch of ground sea salt In small heavy bottom saucepan, heat sugar over medium-low heat until melted and golden-brown, stirring constantly with wooden spoon. Remove from heat and slowly add cream and butter. Sprinkle in salt. Return to heat and stir until smooth, about 5 minutes. Mixture will thicken as it cools.

BANANA WALNUT LOAF WITH MAPLE CREAM ICING ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus additional for pan 3⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1/3 cup sour cream 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 cup mashed bananas (2 large) ½ cup chopped walnuts, plus more for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9x5 inch loaf pan. Line bottom with parchment

paper. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in sour cream. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture and beat on low speed for 1 minute. Stir in bananas and walnuts until combined. Spread batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Frost top of loaf with maple icing. Sprinkle with additional chopped walnuts if desired. Makes one loaf.

MAPLE CREAM ICING 6-ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened ¼ cup pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl. Add maple syrup and beat until smooth.


1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 ½ cups white sugar 1 teaspoon ground allspice 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 3 eggs 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup raisins ½ cup molasses ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup chopped walnuts Preheat oven to 375°F. In large bowl cream together butter, sugar and spices. Beat in eggs one at a time. Sift in flour, baking soda and salt and stir until well blended. Stir in molasses and raisins. Drop batter about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet and bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container for one week or freeze for 1 month. Makes 48 cookies Marisa Curatolo is a Paris-trained chef, food stylist and culinary instructor. She inspires cooks with her simple, easy recipes that are beautifully presented.

Cheers! To cozy nights and festive days with a glittering glass of champagne punch.

PRONOL PROSECCO PEACH RASPBERRY CHAMPAGNE PUNCH 1 (750ml) bottle chilled Pronol Prosecco 1 ½ cups frozen raspberries 1 cup thinly sliced peaches

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1 cup fresh raspberries Optional: ½ cup raspberry sorbet Add the fruit and prosecco to a 2L container and stir. In each glass place 1 tablespoon of sorbet in the bottom. Fill with punch and serve immeadetly. Number of servings depend on glass size. Cheers!

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SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY Demeter速 Fragrance Library evokes memories, experiences with over 300 alluring top notes for home and body


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Lickably good fragrances include Vanilla Cake Batter, Chocolate Covered Cherries and Strawberry Ice Cream. Where you dab each delicious scent and who you invite over for dessert is entirely up to you.

Take a good, long sniff of leather. Chances are, it’ll bring back a flood of childhood memories of that ol’ baseball glove you used in the outfield. Or it might give you a sudden rush of tinglies recalling that tryst with a certain long-haired bad boy on a Harley. Oh yeahhh, he was like a young Jon Bon Jovi but without the neckerchief. Blame it on the biology of attraction. While guys get aroused by what they see and women by what they hear, we all first come to know love through scent. The nose not only knows, it never forgets. When we smell something familiar, it triggers a powerful response that sends us back to a special place, moment or time. Envy Paint and Design is pleased to be Winnipeg’s exclusive retailer of the Demeter® Fragrance Library. A broad selection of over 300 scents inspired by everyday objects and experiences, Demeter’s home and personal fragrances don’t just smell great – they change how you feel. That’s a mighty big claim for perfume. Care to explain? These aren’t like any perfume you’ve spritzed on before. Demeter’s award-winning fragrances include a wide, wild range of scents that excite the senses. Like Rye Bread. Suntan Lotion. Saddle. Baby’s Head. Gin & Tonic. Tiger Lily. Waffles. Thunderstorm. Pure Soap. Lemon Meringue. Snow. Paperback. Paperback? Now you’re just making things up. What’s next, Eau de Play-Doh? Got it. Sawdust? They’ve got that too. Laundromat?

That’s also in the collection. Demeter has bottled hundreds of different familiar and beautiful smells designed for everyday wearability as singular scents. Or they can be combined to create a personalized, custom fragrance with Demeter’s Foolproof Blending DUO and TRIO Custom Fragrance Kits. Each kit contains fragrances that can be mixed together successfully in almost any proportion to create a unique, personal scent to experience whenever and wherever you want. What if I want to blend Sunshine, Fresh Hay and Clean Skin? Just speaking hypothetically, of course. Of course. But to really get the idea, you have to smell them to appreciate them. Test out all the scents and see what floats your olfactory boat. Then choose a singlenote fragrance to wear alone, layer in one-of-a-kind signature scent or customize as a Demeter Atmosphere Spray or Diffuser Oil for your home. With Demeter, the possibilities are endless. The Demeter® Fragrance Library is available in Winnipeg exclusively at Envy Paint and Design.

House for sale? Why bake a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies before your next showing when a Demeter Home Atmosphere Spray or Diffuser Oil can trigger the same warm, homey response in potential buyers. Best part? No dishes to wash.

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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 Elaine Dilay to you.

Growing up, Elaine Dilay took every art class available in school, but for the most part is considered self-taught. The style of painting she wanted to create was not instructed. She felt very limited in the classroom but those early years were merely stepping stones to where she is today. Her art teachers were always encouraging and saw her talent and tenacious effort. Elaine considers the beginning of her art career to be around 12 years ago. She worked in sales and was given the opportunity to display her artwork in the offices and showrooms. At first she was just happy to fill the walls with her art and get feedback, but soon people were asking to purchase her work. From then on, every time she hung a new painting in the office, it would sell soon thereafter. This became her new normal and custom orders followed. As she continued to develop her art style and gain experience, her sales increased. Commissioned work added extra pressure and high expectations, but her clients took pride in having artwork that fit their home perfectly by matching their colors, decor and design style. Interior design, decorating trends and fashion are all influences that have been a reflection in her work. Her medium of choice is acrylic paints, the use of compound textures and most of her work is quite dramatic. Her current goal is to sell her work directly to


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art buyers and have her large scale abstracts available in select Winnipeg interior design and furniture stores. Giving back is important to Elaine. Each year she donates a few pieces to charity for auction and fundraising purposes. She also hosts painting parties but that is mainly to encourage creativity and allow others to let loose with the paint brush! Elaine and her husband Chris reside in Winnipeg with their three young boys. Many people ask how she can paint with little ones around but for the most part she waits until they are asleep at night. Everyone uses their down time differently and Elaine enjoys a glass of wine, good music and letting her creativity flow late into the night. In Elaine's own words: "A blank canvas is a fresh start, like the hope that fills a new day... an opportunity to express myself and create dramatic artwork. Rich texture, unexpected design and bold colors embody my collection. It is part of who I am. Everywhere I go I am drawn to appreciate art expression and motivated to create continuously. May the recipient be just as satisfied having my work on their walls as I am have been in creating it. It is all about the journey." To view her available paintings contact Elaine elaine@homescene.ca 204-999-7888

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Meet Your Local Benjamin Moore Retailer

WM DYCK & SONS 262 Main Street, Niverville

At the heart of WM Dyck & Sons, a full-service lumberyard and home improvement centre located in Niverville, is a Benjamin Moore dealer. “It gives us an opportunity to collaborate with other departments while customers are building, repairing or renovating their homes,” says paint department manager Eliane Friesen. “After they’ve worked with our cabinetry or flooring people and chosen other aspects of their project, we’re happy that they come to us for their paint.” WM Dyck & Sons has been family owned for three generations, since current owner Carl Fast’s grandfather started an area hatchery that expanded into selling farm hardware and building materials. Today, the company continues to enhance its products and services to meet the community’s needs. “For example, we started carrying Benjamin Moore’s waterborne colorants, which are low in VOCs and go on beautifully. We’ve received only positive responses from happy customers,” Eliane says. “People come in and tell us ‘we’re thrilled you have Benjamin Moore here’ because it means they no longer have to go into the city to find it.” Unmatched expertise: The paint department staff has seen it all, but if they do get stumped on rare occasion, they turn to the tech experts at Benjamin Moore for advice. “They’ve been very


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helpful in solving problems. Many times, the issue is improper preparation before painting,” Eliane says. (Tip: Take the time to wash the walls down before rolling on paint. Surface dirt can cause poor adhesion.) Why customers keep coming back: Being a family-run business means having an established, trusted name, but personalized service ensures customers are loyal. “Our business is based on serving customers well,” says store manager John Magri. “We believe in getting involved and giving one-on-one attention so customers feel we’ve helped them make a good decision for their project.” Bet you didn’t know: WM Dyck & Sons now offers a handy way to keep used household paint out of the landfill. “We have an in-store recycling program through Miller Environmental in Winnipeg, so we encourage people to drop off their old paint cans here,” says Eliane. “We’ve been doing this for over a year and it’s been very well received by our customers.” What a Benjamin Moore retailer has over the big box stores: “It comes down to our people,” John states. “Even though we’re situated in a bedroom community outside of Winnipeg, the quality of knowledgeable people working in our store and their caring approach is beyond compare. It’s why many customers choose to come here first, even if they live an hour or two away.”

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BENJAMIN MOORE COLOUR TRENDS SIMPLY WHITE OUR COLOUR OF THE YEAR White is transcendent, timeless, its versatility unrivalled. From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form—that’s why we chose it as our Colour of the Year. Turn down the noise and celebrate the simplicity of white. Simply said...Simply White. — Ellen O’Neill

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NOTRE COULEUR DE L’ANNÉE EST... SIMPLEMENT BLANC Le blanc est intemporel et sublime, et sa polyvalence est inégalée. Le blanc est partout, dans toutes ses formes : lambris vieillis, stores de toile écrue, carreaux de porcelaine et clôtures en lattis. Voilà pourquoi nous en avons fait notre couleur de l’année. Retrouvez la tranquillité et célébrez la simplicité du blanc. Tout simplement…Simplement Blanc. — Ellen O’Neill

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MUR : Simplement

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Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black. This digital designer’s cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colours punctuate the black and white landscape. Les angles et les arêtes sont rigoureusement définis alors que le noir tranche sur le blanc. Le studio d’un designer numérique exprime une intention et célèbre la forme en faisant ponctuer le paysage noir et blanc de couleurs hautement saturées et futuristes.

Simply White OC-117, REGAL Select, Ulti-Matte CEILING: Simply White OC-117, Waterborne Ceiling Paint, Ultra-Flat WALLS:

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Blanc OC-117, REGAL Select, fini ulti-mat PLAFOND : Simplement Blanc OC-117, peinture à base d’eau pour plafonds, fini extra-mat

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Simply White OC-117, Aura, Matte FLOOR: Ice Mist OC-67, Floor & Patio, Low Sheen WALLS:

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Blanc OC-117, Aura, fini mat PLANCHER : Brume Glacée OC-67, peinture pour planchers et patios, fini peu lustré

WALLS: Ballet White OC-9, Benjamin Moore Natura, Pearl FLOOR: Gray Owl OC-52, Floor & Patio, Low Sheen MURS : Voile

Cendré OC-9, Benjamin Moore Natura, fini perle PLANCHER : Chouette Grise OC-52, peinture pour planchers et patios, fini peu lustré

In the ceramicist’s studio, harmony reigns. Coats of white paint refresh rustic boards and beams and take on a warm, soft glow. L’ harmonie règne dans le studio du céramiste. Des couches de peinture blanche à l’ éclat doux et chaleureux soulignent les planches et les poutres rustiques.

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Now that they're all moved in, Jayson Nickol reflects on the epic journey of building his family home over the past year. 1. PATIENCE. The renovation took longer than we thought due to only working evenings and weekends. At one point, I took a weekend off and it felt so weird to not be working until midnight. I almost forgot what a weekend was! 2. BUDGET. Oh the B-word! I always try and stress to my clients to start where they would like to end and then work backwards. We did that but it was easy to add this or that and the next thing you know, you’re over budget! We couldn’t even follow our own advice! 3. TIME. I wished there was more time in the day, I should say night? It always seemed like I would just get on a roll and then I would look up and it was 1 a.m. – time to head to the in-laws for a shower and some sleep. 4. FAMILY. I couldn’t have ever imagined doing this without our family. Both of our families really helped out with the build and with the kids during the whole process. Building a house with a newborn and a 3 year old without the help of family would have been a lot different and made it a lot harder. 5. START FROM SCRATCH. We wanted a renovation, and to preserve some of the heritage of the original structure. I may never do this again for my family, but in future in my business I wouldn't suggest trying to work around old framing when it would be more efficient to tear down and start from scratch. In the end we are beyond happy with the house, it turned out amazingly.


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Bye Bye Birdie Not this winter! text and designs SAMANTHA BRAUN


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When it comes to caring for our feathered friends, don’t wing it this season What’s prettier than a chickadee on a pillow? A chickadee on your doorstep. Not everyone has a lot of bird-friendly winter habitat in their gardens; once the snow flies, often so do the birds. Our feathered friends need three things we take for granted in the winter: food, cover and water. As natural habitat wanes, having a refuge in urban areas can make a huge difference in how well winter birds make it through the cold. Here are some easy, pretty, and inexpensive bird-hero tips to encourage year-round chirping. And hey, extra good news… that whole natural vibe is pretty darn hot this year (it’s about time; some of us have been hoarding burlap for years). COVER: Here we’ve set up a couple of spruce planters that look as cute in the fall as they will wrapped in lights and sheeted in snow. Best of all, they’re perfect for adding cover for small birds as the temperatures drop. (Thanks to Lacoste for lending us these beauties). How to do it: Look for a Christmas tree that has not died or closely cropped so the birds can zip in and out. Christmas lights are okay, but don’t use any décor that’s too stringy or “snaggy” for little birds to have to navigate. Spike the tree into an existing planter and set with water once the temperature dips below zero. Alternatively, simply nail a cross of wood on the bottom of the trunk and toss snow over it. Voila! Instant treehouse. WATER: Water can be a surprisingly scarce resource for birds at -40 below. You can buy heated bird baths that work beautifully, or keep a trough heater in the pond to keep a little bit of water open. Another budget-friendly option is as simple as a heated dog dish with some stones in the middle for extra perching. FOOD: Hang suet blocks for woodpeckers and chickadees. These blocks of seed are really easy to find and use too (but remember to keep the food off the ground to add a little more bird security from predators like neighbourhood cats). For bigger birds, I like to use trays of seed; they take a bit of babysitting in the snowy season but even dropped seed will be eaten by ground-foraging voles and shrews, aka owl food. Let them figure out who wants to eat what (it’s that ecology thing again!).


PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOLIDAY PLANTS It’s so nice to have some living green things inside for the winter. They clean the air, add some welcome chi and just look lovely. But after a recent trip to the vet with our new rescue dog Miss Scarlet the Coon Hound, it dawned on me that we’d need to puppy proof the house plant collection. (Don’t worry, she was just in for a foot thing… but they did have a great poster on plants in the waiting room).



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Many of us have heard how scary Poinsettias can be, (at 70 pounds, our Scarlet would need to polish off a lot, like a huge plant for it to have an effect) but what about other plants? Who dabbles in the realms of plant toxicity until the dog or cat is whimpering next to a pile of dirt and broken pot? But our pet deserve much better than that. While there is no possible way to touch upon every single plant at the garden centre or grocery checkout line for what is and isn’t toxic (and honestly, even some of the so-called bad ones are no more toxic than the cheap dog treats from the dollar store) what we can do is give you some basics of temporary additions to watch out for. If you’re still unsure, take out your phone and Google that weird Latin name on the plant tag before you bring it home. (Just like we did when we weren’t sure what “propylene glycol” is and why it was a listed ingredient on one particular dog biscuit. While you’re on there, Google homemade egg nog; you’re welcome!)

lastly , check out this handy website for all things pets , including a great plant toxicity database : www . aspca . org / pet - care / animal - poison - control / toxic - and - non - toxic - plants


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NATURAL BUDGET BOOSTER Does mama nature ever go out of style? Take advantage of au-naturel trends to put your own touch on this winterwreath. A quick wander through the garden to find some dried Hydrangea blooms, the sporophytes from the ferns (AKA fernbaby spikes), some juniper bits that were escaping over the path, and a few big branches of road-side Russian olive. In this example they're all layered and anchored onto the wire form from last year’s Christmas wreath. For the finishing touch; a big burlap bow and some reclaimed berry picks or rosehips for colour. 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: Praising the Phasing of Renovation Consummation Envy Paint and Design Ltd. Designer: Bahia Taylor 204.487.3666 www.envypaintanddesign.com Reconfiguration for Real Life Style Within Designer: Tara Spencer-Nairn 204.479.0338 www.stylewithin.ca Resort-Like Retreat Tiffany Sheldon Design Designer: Tiffany Johnson-Sheldon 204.997.2637 www.tiffanysheldon.com Thank you for taking the time to get this far! If you enjoyed our Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Covet perhaps you might give your patronage to our advertisers. Their support has allowed us to create what you have enjoyed. 360˚ International Sales Ltd. Artful Owl Benjamin Moore & Co. Ltd.

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Covet Fall 2015  

Covet is a design and lifestyle publication from Winnipeg, Canada.

Covet Fall 2015  

Covet is a design and lifestyle publication from Winnipeg, Canada.