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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 Martha Street Studio Do-it-yourself screen printing, and so much more.
10 Sweet Impressions Nut-free bakery, and treasure trove of adorable things.
Style defined - A design lesson. A period, style, or piece explained.
A peek inside Manitoba homes and cottages, completed by local design talent or design-savvy homeowners.
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Welcome dog days of summer! Sultry, sunny, sweltering days and nights... we hope you take advantage of every minute and take in as many prairie sunsets as possible!
Heavenly Hammock Who knew the hammock played such a useful part in history?
12 We Love Items we have spotted here or there that we think you will love too.
Get Crafty - We can get into good craft projects, and love the satisfaction creating something brings.
14 Summer Wreaths A new take on decor for the front door.
Escape to Eleanor A third-generation cottage revival in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Lakeside Luxury A stunning lakeshore house lived in all year round.
Collections - Admittedly, we like stuff. Here we showcase people and their stuff, and their knowledge of their stuff.
Beach Beauty A peek inside the Grand Beach getaway of one half of the Plush Home and Design Inc. duo.
Into the Blue A poolside oasis tucked neatly into the backyard of a small rural town.
Collecting and Using Vintage Glass
PROfile - Allow us to introduce you to the great, local design talent available in Winnipeg for you to tap into.
on the waterfront A boardwalk without the beach.
16 Tara Spencer-Nairn of Style Within
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20 Tools Great gadgets, tools, and task-busting items we thought you should know about.
Tips O' the Trades - Expert advice. You didn't solicit it but we're giving it to you anyway.
18 A Clear View Chris Kaleta and Phil Robin of MPD Glass & Vinyl Graphics clear things up for us in the glass department.
24 DIY An easy, moderate, and difficult do-ityourself weekend project.
26 26 Merton road andâ€Ś Travel with photographer Pauline Boldt throughout the city and province, and take in the glorious sites through her camera lens. This issue, TR McKoys.
Chow - Food, glorious food and everything to go with it.
60 Grill Out Chill Out Delicious, saucy fall-off-the-bone ribs, a new veggie to try, best ever garlic bread and a side of rhubarb, or two or three...
Prairie Pallette A glimpse into the Winnipeg art community or profile of a great local artist
68 Bette Woodland
Living Well - Reviews, ideas, a little form and a little function.
70 Wallflowers Take the time to stop and smell the roses by bringing some petal power indoors.
72 2 x 4 Life Follow radio personality Dez Daniels and her family as she blogs her way through the start-to-finish journey of a new home build.
Dig - Get outside and get gardening.
74 Containers three ways, cut flower tips, and a tale of a landscape designer and rhubarb
81 Hot Blogs Be sure to check these out - we do!
82 Design Dilemma - Your chance to have an expert solve your design dilemmas.
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passport to summer Have you ever considered the diversity of our Manitoba landscape? We have sandy beaches, dense forests, sprawling prairie, lovely lakes and vast tundra; our province offers so many wonderful experiences for the summer. Enjoy a scorching day of sand and surf at the beach, or take a hiking and camping trip in our many provincial parks. Drift on a lake or visit a marsh. Enjoy a picnic or a summer festival. Go sailing, fishing, rowing, or try strawberry picking. Dare zip lining or board the Prairie Dog Central. With so many wonderful adventures waiting in our own backyards, it seems the perfect place to be for a summertime stay-cation. We hope you can curl up on a lounger, hammock or patch of sand and lose yourself in our summer issue of Covet Magazine. We have brought you some lovely cottages, from the beach to the lake, to a poolside oasis tucked into the backyard of a small town. Our journey to bring our dream of an accessible, local and beautiful publication to Winnipeg has truly been a roller coaster ride; up and down, twisty and fun, scary and thrilling all at the same time. Weâ€™re so glad to have you along for the ride! Happy summer,
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a printmaker's paradise text DARREN GRUNERUD | photography MARTHA STREET STUDIO
MARTHA STREET STUDIO Find It:
11 Martha Street, 204) 779-6253; firstname.lastname@example.org Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm History: Begun by a group of artists as a printmaking facility in the 1980s, Martha Street Studio has evolved into much more; it is a gallery, a shop, a place to take fascinating classes in a variety of printmaking techniques, and a studio destination for artists of all kinds, both professional and amateur. Martha Street’s vision is “Unparalleled, accessible facilities and education in the print arts,” and Winnipeg is indeed fortunate to have it! The Space: The Martha Street location (and, obviously,
the current name) date to 2001, but a recently-completed renovation has transformed the space from ‘cool’ to ‘stunning,’ and it is also now wheelchair-accessible. Once one gets past the breathtaking bronze wall at the entrance, there are beautiful galleries, well-equipped studios, and the most unique gift store your editor has ever seen.
Menu: The galleries offer a range of beautiful art in many different styles, and for many different price ranges; in addition to the work of the regular studio renters, there are beautiful pieces by many other local, national, and international artists. In addition to the print shop, there is an additional sales area where all items are under $100. Often produced by the classes offered, there is an amazing assortment of unique t-shirts, posters, pillows, bookmarks, and too many other things to list! Winnipeg: Each spring and fall, the studio offers beginner and advanced adult classes in screen-printing, lithography, etching, letterpress, and many more. The courses are quite comprehensive (each goes for 8 weeks, at 3 hours/week), and very ‘hands-on;’ you’ll produce a ton of art! The studio is home to 2000 square feet of state-of-the-art printing equipment and facilities that are available to all students throughout the duration of their classes. The next session of adult classes will begin in September 2012, and a full list of fall session classes will be available in late summer. You can book time for a large-size printing project in their digital suite, or rent the facilities for the length of time you need; there are daily, weekly, ‘any ten days,’ monthly, and annual rates. Once you’ve been introduced, you’ll want to stay involved! http://www.printmakers.mb.ca/
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Heavenly hammock French army officer Jean de Lattre de Tassigny said, “An optimist is a man who plants two acorns and buys a hammock.” Whether your crescent-shaped cradle is slung between trees, posts, or on a stand, we think there must be no better way to take a summertime afternoon nap: drifting in the breeze, suspended in time and space. While the earliest hammocks were woven from tree bark or sisal, today’s hammocks are made of fabric, rope or netting. Early hammocks were utilized to protect their inhabitants, commonly soldiers, from crawling insects, animals and infectious disease. Later, they were used on war ships where space was limited. The strung-up
beds moved in concert with the ocean waves, reducing motion sickness and injury caused by rolling out of bed. In tropical environments, the floating beds evolved out of necessity into what is known as a ‘jungle hammock.’ Constructed from breathable fabrics and netting for complete protection from flying insects, jungle hammocks also boast waterproof top sheets. In some countries, hammocks are utilized indoors. In parts of Mexico, it is common to find hammock hooks in the walls of main rooms, and in some regions of India, sari fabrics are ceilingmounted for babies and toddlers to doze in. During the Apollo program,
hammocks were used aboard spacecraft, as they did not eat up precious square footage when not in use. At present, hammocks are gaining popularity with campers who practice ‘Leave No Trace’ camping, as well as with hikers for their light and easy transport over a tent. Why not test-drive this age-old sleep swing available in a variety of styles, colours, patterns and sizes this summer? Hang up a hammock made for one or two or even three people and bask in the sunshine with your chin up to the vast, blue yonder. We are sure you will wake up from an enjoyable afternoon nap refreshed and optimistic...although maybe not so much that you try planting acorns.
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beyond a bakery text DARREN GRUNERUD | photography ERIN ALEXANDER
sweet impressions Bakery | studio | giftware Find It:
669 Stafford St (204)237.0743 Open Tues-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-5pm History: When original partners Krista and Lindsay (a 3rd partner, Aynsley, has since joined the team) were talking with the other parents at a children’s birthday party, they were struck by how much difficulty parents were having accommodating the allergies of their children. Realizing that they had found a potentially large market of customers who weren’t finding what they needed elsewhere, they decided to fill that niche. Despite the assertions of local suppliers that the nut-free ingredients and allergy reports they needed would be too expensive, the rapid expansion of Sweet Impressions in the few years since proves the entrepreneurs right. The Space: The bakery started on Taché, expanded into a
neighbouring space after only 6 months, and began looking for a still-larger space after 1 year. The current, employee-designed space in Stafford Square (the address is a bit misleading- the business faces Taylor, and is nearer to Harrow than Stafford)
cannot fail to leave an impression on any visitor. The space is bright, colourful, and fun. Unique and interesting gift ideas abound, and the 1950s-style studio kitchen, which hosts kids’ birthday parties as well as adult decorating classes, is wellappointed and beautifully finished. menu: Cakes and cookies, hand-made and hand-decorated to order are absolutely to-die-for, but the main attraction for Covet staff is the selection of cupcakes; the flavours available rotate daily, and change seasonally. Don’t worry, though; perennial favourites “black chocolate” and “vanilla yum” are always among the 3-5 flavours offered each day. Custom order your favourites a week in advance (minimum 12) for parties and business functions. Sweet Impressions’ custom decorating has to be seen to be believed – so go to their website at www.sweetimpressions.ca and see! Winnipeg: While you’re at the website, check the schedule and register for their popular adult cake decorating classes. For a memorable children’s birthday party, talk to Sweet Impressions staff about their all-inclusive parties; they’ll even provide the invitations! All you need to do is show up with the kids and bake. If you prefer to make the mess at home, well, Covet doesn’t understand… but Sweet Impressions will send you home with a kit, including everything you need for a great birthday party!
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vintage glass text stephanie middagh
Glass is an exceptionally dynamic material, and is really the most undervalued. Its composition isn’t complex, but its beauty is unmatchable. The first use of glass was by the Ancient Egyptians, who were able to make small glass vessels and decorative beads using molten sand and other indigenous materials melted in a fire. Ancient Romans also created various small glass works, including domestic objects and mosaic tiles, which added beauty and refracted light to interior spaces. The “glass revolution” reached its peak in the 1880s, when domestic entertaining and a strange obsession with purposed domestic objects dominated the culture. Entertaining was a social “must do,” and the appropriate glass was required. A personal favourite is the celery vase which, to the untrained eye, looks like a giant stemmed goblet. Its true purpose was to showcase the beautiful stalk of celery immersed in water. Despite the food rituals, the Victorian era saw the democratization of glass making, spurring more familiar types such as pressed Carnival glass and Depression glass. Clearly glass has had a long and varied history; it is a lovely material to both collect and to use. Carnival glass can be identified by its iridescent surface on coloured pressed glass. Pressed, or “sandwich,” glass is created by a mould (and not blown), making it more affordable for consumers. Beginning in 1908, Carnival glass was manufactured by various glass companies around the world to mimic the beauty of Tiffany glass, which was luxurious, expensive, and hand-blown. The name “Carnival” glass is a recent moniker; often this type of glass was won at fairs and carnivals. The height of the popularity of this glass was 1931, but some manufacturers were producing it as recently as 2007. This iridescent glass is widely available in flea markets and charity shops, and is generally not terribly expensive. Look for large bowls and serving pieces, which can make a fantastic addition to a neutral summer table. I recommend that you hand-wash these pieces; repeated dishwasher cleaning has proven damaging to the surface of my few pieces. Another favourite vintage glass type is the “Depression” glass of the 1930s and 1940s. It is a bit more difficult to find, and comes at a steeper price. With more than 20 manufacturers in the United-States alone, there are hundreds of patterns to choose from. From a collecting perspective, the best strategy would be to pick a colour and collect pieces within that colour. The most common colours are clear, pink, pale blue, green, and amber. Depression glass has been highly collectable since the 1960s, and as a result there are many more current examples of this glass; it has been re-created by contemporary glassmakers. This is great for collectors, as one can acquire both newer and old glass to make a complete set. I have seen this at my in-laws’ summer home, where a lovely combination of new and old makes for a gorgeous lunch table. Washing in a dishwasher is usually fine, but I have found temperature fluctuations can cause cracking: don’t pour a cold liquid into a hot pitcher! Collecting anything is both fun and exciting, especially when you find fantastic pieces for next to nothing! Regardless of the price of your pieces, it is important to use them and enjoy them at your table; vintage glass brings a laid-back charm and beauty to any meal. 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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Porcelain flashlight lamps just say cottage. So cute for the lake or home, a camp-inspired room or simply for a hint of whimsy. $36.00 available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd.
Colourful wasp catchers make short order of the pesky buzzers. Simply fill with fruit juice, sugar water or a little beer and the critters fly in and canâ€™t get out. Cruel and yet so useful. $12.00 available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd
moblie music and summer cinema <<Music on the move, this portable Bose system offers some serious sound for its size. Rechargable with a playtime that other systems can't match it is a must have for an afternoon away from power outlets. $399.99 at Best Buy. >>Turn your backyard into an outdoor cinema with Pocket Projector for your iphone! Create a 60" screen on any wall with this addition. It is rechargable, with a battery life of 2.5 hours; enough for most movies. $ 352.99 on amazon.ca.
Enhance your favorite beverages with natural flavours. This handcrafted glass pitcher has a removable glass column that can easily be filled with sliced fruits or other flavourful ingredients. $39.99 available at InDecor.
Create perfect ambience indoors or out with clean-burning fire pots. No tinder, logs, or boy scout required! $38.00 available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd.
This stylish bowl and server set is perfect for healthy family dinners, both indoors and outdoors. $54.99 available at InDecor.
9 These little dudes identify whose glass is whose, and a big dude stops up the bottle for freshness. A wonderful hostess gift with a potent potable. $10.00 available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd.
Juicy, fun, metal watering cans are sure to make light work of your watering chores. $22.00 available at Envy Paint and Design Ltd.
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Covet went out in search of some summer door decor and came back bursting with a fresh take on wreaths. Opposite: This beautiful wreath will make a statement in any season. With the assistance of two of Covet's smallest helpers (Charli and Cam, ages 4 and 2), we collected a bucket of driftwood from the beach (about 100 pieces in total). Armed with a wire wreath form and a glue gun, we assembled this beauty in an hour. Try substituting birch twigs or other sticks to create your own version!
Our trickiest of the three, this terracotta gem (above) is perfect for the decorator with a green thumb. We employed a wire wreath form (16" in diameter), some heavier craft wire, some moss, and 20 pots in various sizes, which we picked up at the dollar store. Attach the pots individually to the wreath form using wire, and then fill in the gaps not covered by the pots with moss. The final touch is to add your favourite herbs or succulents. Don't forget to water! Stunning and simple, this ceiling medallion wreath can be painted any colour. Pick one up at a flea market, an architectural salvage store or any bigbox home reno store, and dress it up for summer with a fresh coat of paint in your favourite colour. Attach it to your door with a ribbon or bow.
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Tara Spencer-Nairn of Style Within
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Having graduated from Red River College with a Diploma as an Educational Assistant, Tara worked in the school system for four years before starting her family and moving to Moose Jaw, SK. For the two years that she lived there, she was a stay-at-home mom. She really enjoyed the beauty of the many historical buildings in downtown Moose Jaw. She returned to Winnipeg in 2002, had her second child and stayed home until 2004. Tara spent a couple of years working at the Garden Room, and found that she really enjoyed working with customers, and helping them bring beauty to their interiors and exteriors. She worked there until her third child was born. Tara decided to start working part-time again at Envy Paint and Design. She worked there for two years, and while working received her Diploma of Interior Design and Decorating through Sheffield School of Interior Design and became a CDECA member. Between Tara's work schedule, her husband’s and the kids’ schedules, Tara decided that she needed to make a change, and started her own interior design and decorating business, "Style Within." Her personal style is on the contemporary side: she loves clean lines and clutter-free spaces with pops of colour. When she works with her clients, she really focuses on her client’s "style within;" she looks at each individual as a new palette. She chooses things according to each client’s lifestyle, likes and wants. Tara provides consultations for residential interior decorating. She is happy to help with any project, whether it is just picking paint colours or redoing an entire space. Summer is upon us, with some gorgeous sunny skies. What is your favourite summer time activity? I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. Summer is too short, so I try to plan a lot of barbecues! Who are your favourite designers? I enjoy the work of many designers, but Tommy Smythe makes me smile.
What is on the design agenda for your own home? Right now I am focussed on the outside deck and patio. My next indoor project will be my bedroom. What colour is your front door right now, and will it change this summer? Right now my door is Benjamin Moore's AF-235 Warmed Cognac. I like to keep things fresh and fun, so yes, I do plan to repaint it this summer. What design books are you reading right now? I am not immersed in one book in particular, but I have been flipping through "The Face of Home" by Jeremiah Eck; it’s the time of year when I want to bring the indoors out. Do you garden, and what have you planted this season? I planted tomatoes and peppers. I can't wait for the jalapenos to be ready, so that I can make fresh jalapeno poppers. Which design apps are on your iPhone? I have quite a few design apps, but the only one that I really use and love is Houzz [editor’s note: Houzz allows you to browse over 500,000 design “idea” images, and clip your inspirations to a sort of virtual scrapbook]. What's the best thing you purchased recently? My waterfall coffee table; I love its simplicity. Where is your inspiration coming from these days? The fresh colours of flowering fields inspire me. What is your favourite light fixture at the moment? I don't have one single favourite, but I'm loving drum shades in fabrics and various metals, for bedrooms or bathrooms; really any room. They can really add to the beauty of a space, and you don't always have to spend a lot.
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A Clear View 10 questions to ask the glass pros We put these questions to Chris Kaleta & Phil Robin—owners of MPD Glass & Vinyl Graphics. What is float glass?
Film vs. Sandblasted glass – which is better?
Float glass is the most common window glass available today. It is manufactured by pouring molten glass continuously onto a bed of molten tin. The molten glass floats on the surface of the molten tin. When it cools down, the result is an almost perfectly flat piece of glass.
There is no right or wrong answer here. Films that give the appearance of sandblasted glass provide privacy, and we use them for applications like front doors, restaurant divider glass, and door logos. They are a great choice when we do not have the option to sandblast on-site, or our customer is renting or leasing a space and may not want the permanency of etched glass. We will usually recommend sandblasted glass when the glass has to be supplied and installed. There is a misconception that films are less expensive than real etching. This is not necessarily true; cost is determined by the amount of detail in a design, and by how many films are used. Most often, sandblasting is a lot less than the cost of on-site film installation.
What is the difference between tempered glass and float glass?
Tempered glass is float glass that has been heated to an almost-molten state, then rapidly cooled. This creates a stronger glass. When tempered glass breaks, it shatters into many small pieces; that’s why it is commonly called “safety glass.” Regular float glass breaks into larger shards, which are sharp and therefore dangerous when broken. Although tempered glass is stronger, it is more prone to surface scratching; keep this in mind if ordering glass for an end table, or anywhere abrasion is likely. When does glass have to be tempered?
Glass has to be tempered whenever safety is a concern; in many cases, government codes dictate the use of tempered glass. Examples of where glass must be tempered include staircase railings, floor to ceiling glass dividers, bus shacks, door inserts… anywhere someone can get hurt from broken glass. Why has my mirror turned black along the edges?
Air contains many contaminates which can attack the vulnerable edges of mirrors. These contaminates, along with moisture, gradually discolour and erode the mirror’s silver backing. You can delay this process by leaving your fan running during showers, and for 20-30 minutes afterward. Wiping down the mirrors, especially their edges, will also help keep your mirror from tarnishing. What is the difference between a decorative film & a solar control film?
Decorative films simulate different textures and effects, like acid etch or sandblasted glass. We can cut patterns into them and use them to decorate glass, or they can be used strictly for privacy. They obscure glass, yet maintain a level of translucency. Solar control films, or “window tints,” have been around since the 1960s, but have been greatly improved by modern technology. They help reduce glare, discomfort, heat, and fading from the sun’s harmful rays by reflecting and absorbing solar energy.
How should I clean my filmed or sandblasted glass?
Always use clean, soft materials to wash and dry your window. We prefer microfibre cloths for washing window film, followed by another clean soft cloth for drying. A good economical cleaning solution for window film is one ounce liquid dish soap added to one quart fresh warm water. I have triple-sealed unit windows in my home. Can I put a window tint on them to reduce the heat that comes through them?
We get asked this a lot. There are guidelines to follow for determining the appropriate film for each application. Solar control films (window tint) have many benefits: they reduce interior heat gain, glare, and fading; they increase privacy; they can even help reduce energy costs in both the summer and winter. Having said that, we do NOT usually recommend installing solar control films on triple-sealed units. When a film is applied to a triple-sealed unit, this causes temperature differences between air chambers; the resulting thermal stress can cause breaks in your unit. There are films designed for installation on the exterior of triple-sealed units; however, with exposure to the elements, their lifespan is much less than that of films we can install inside your home. There are solutions, but it depends on the application! MPD has been producing decorative glasswork since 1990. They are specialized in the supply and installation of many different glass projects for both the commercial and residential markets. MPD also supplies and installs decorative and solar-control films for glass.
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These look so cute, and what a great way to keep some tins out of the landfill. We used vintage cans, from our stash of items we canâ€™t throw away, as well as a new and readily available Heinz Ketchup can from the supermarket. Use rocks or packing peanuts in the bottom for drainage, add dirt, transplant your favourite herbs, and water in well. Keep them outside in the yard or right on your kitchen counter. We love the idea of carrying one of these to a dinner party as a hostess gift!
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2. A LITTLE HARDER: Spoon Herb Markers: Collect those one-off spoons from your kitchen drawer, or hit a thrift store to get some on the cheap. Wrap each spoon in a rag and place it flat on a hard surface. Hammer flat with a few good blows on each side. A stronger spoon may need a few more whacks to flatten out. Use a punch stamp set to press the names of herbs into place or hand write them with
paint or a permanent marker. Patina will develop over time, and the markers will look better with age. Makes a lovely gift.
3. TAKES SOME LIGHT HANDYMAN SKILLS: Hanging Herb Garden: Utilize a scrap piece of wood, and give it a paint job in the colour of your choosing. We used an old 1 x 6 fence board. Make sure to choose paint or stain appropriate
for indoors or out, depending on where your planter will be. Gather any size mason jars (we used three, evenly spaced, on our board) and one or two herb plants for each. Attach a gear clamp for each mason jar with two screws - stainless screws for outdoors are best. Fill your jar with dirt and your herbs, and tighten gear clamp around the mason jar. Hang just outside your back door, near your BBQ, or in your kitchen for fresh and tasty herbs at the ready.
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d e st i n at i o n text DARREN GRUNERUD photography PAULINE BOLDT
Located in the town site of Wasagaming in beautiful Riding Mountain National Park, TR McKoys has become a destination within a destination. The warm, cottagelike feel, outstanding service, and “nouveau Italian-inspired” cuisine have been making a reputation far beyond the boundaries of the park. Photographer Pauline Boldt has been there 3 times, and will return as often as she can. She has really become family friends with Teen and Trevor, the owners and proprietors of TR McKoys. What started for Pauline as another photography job has turned into a valued friendship. Pauline originally spent about 2 weeks meeting the staff, photographing the premises, and generally getting the full
feel and experience of the place, as part of a planned “re-brand” of the restaurant. To explain exactly what makes TR McKoys so special, Pauline relates what happened when she tried to take portraits of the restaurant’s staff. While Pauline had intended a simple series of portraits, the staff quickly started driving the session; they brought an incredible enthusiasm and energy that funnelled into a stream of ideas on how they could show their love and appreciation for the restaurant. Our photographer was both shocked and thrilled that her “simple portrait shoot” had turned into, well, a party that went well into the night! Teen and Trevor, who have operated the business since its inception in 1990, take reservations all winter; the restaurant is
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Park Highlights: Wildlife: Moose, black bears, wolves, elk, and a captive bison herd are definite highlights. Hundreds of species of birds proliferate. Diversity: covering 3,000 sq. km, Riding Mountain National Park includes lakes, gorges, boreal forests, plains, heights, and all the accompanying bio-diversity.
always packed through the summer months. Yes, the food is outstanding (and all the recipes are original), but the service and the atmosphere are so friendly, that people just gravitate to it. Trevor works his magic in the restaurant’s kitchen, while Teen runs the “front” of the restaurant, making sure that every guest feels at home. Says Pauline, “Whenever I come back from my travels, I go there. It’s like a home for me; they’ve become like a second family! Taking pictures there is no chore- it’s just so inspiring. Everyone is happy to be there- it’s always packed. The restaurant has this great energy, and everyone wants to be part of it!” Wasagaming, on the shore of beautiful Clear Lake, is located within Riding Mountain National Park, near Dauphin in southwestern Manitoba. The main town site within the park, Wasagaming offers hotels, restaurants, shopping, a beach, movie
theatre, and numerous other attractions and activities. With each successive visit, Pauline has become more familiar with Riding Mountain in general and Wasagaming in particular; she says that each time “feels like another layer of this wonderful Canadian destination has been revealed to me.” Wasagaming is one of Manitoba’s top summer tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why!
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to eleanor design by envy paint and design ltd. photography Rachael King Johnson
The sea foam topped laminate table that Opa Winters made. A fresh lick of white paint on the legs and bench, and some new chairs with custom cushions give it a new lease on life. Summer blooms provided by Academy Florists.
A new cottage built upon old memories and the Canadian Shield makes for a wonderful weekend getaway, year-round. Jack Winters’ grandparents found their family cottage plot on Eleanor Lake in 1956. The gang spent their first weekend in their new 800-square foot two-bedroom cottage on Victoria Day Weekend in 1957. As their family grew, the need for more space prompted an addition of 240 more square feet. For more than fifty years, the Winters clan vacationed and played, grew up and grew in numbers in that cottage, on one of the 200 lakes that can be found in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park. The cottage changed hands as it was passed down to Jack’s father and sister; it now rests in the care of Jack and his wife Diane, and Jack’s sister Rosemary. Left: Dishes are at the ready, adjacent to the table on the beautifully styled hutch. Right: A pair of these glass-topped driftwood tables are unique conversation pieces.
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Each bedroom has its own palette. The Winters children made some colour requests, and Bahia delivered rooms that are unified in feel, but that are easily identifiable for guests to the cottage.
In 2009 the family decided that the shifting family cottage, constructed on post and pad, had come to the end of its useful life. Un-level, water damaged, leaning, and with the addition separating from the original structure, they decided that it would be more efficient to start from scratch than to try to repair the time-worn building. Plans were chosen and a builder selected. Diane, an architect by trade, went straight to Bahia Taylor of Envy Paint and Design Ltd. to assist with the finishes for the new cottage. Bahia had worked with the Winters previously on portions of their city home. This, however, was going to be different. Who wants to leave the city only to be met with that from which they were escaping? A lovely, transitionalstyle home, that definitely says ‘city,’ is what the Winters enjoy Monday to Friday. For their weekend retreat, a comfortable, charming, cozy space that felt like the old family cottage was the mandate. It’s hard to see a place that’s jam-packed with so many fond memories go, even in its dilapidated condition; it was important to make the new space everything the Winters wanted, but to pay homage to the cottage built by their grandparents. The dining table, with its classic 1950s top, was original to the cabin of 1956; in fact, Opa Winters himself constructed it. The sea foam green top was the modern living with a prairie twist
A front-to-back view of the cottage shows the kitchen with woven wicker lighting, embroidered roman shades and a custombuilt island. The chenille couch is a dream to relax on.
“I wanted the cottage to unapologetically use what we already had. I love faded, distressed and worn. How cool is it to curl up in a comfortable chair with a great book, and know your grandfather did the same over fifty years ago?” ~designer Bahia Taylor. jumping off point for the main area’s colour scheme. The sea foam banana fibre carpet was the perfect find to anchor the scheme, and reference the table. Neutral shades of beiges and browns counter the sea foam, and make for a restful atmosphere. The headboards in the bedrooms are doors from the original cottage, painted out in fresh shades that give each room a definite colour scheme. This was custom-picked to the tastes of the main occupant of each room, but also gives guests to the cottage a clear idea of where to make camp during their
visit – the red room, the plaid room, etc. Some amazing new pieces were added by Bahia to compliment the many that she and Diane had culled from the old cottage. The driftwood end tables, the uber-comfortable chenille corduroy sofa, the bark dresser and mirror, and the dining hutch are all new. They fit in seamlessly with the painted bedroom dressers (one of which used to be Oma’s), Opa’s horsehair chair (which was reupholstered), and the paddles and steering wheel from the first boat the family enjoyed on Lake Eleanor.
The Winters love their new four-season retreat. It’s incredibly inviting, texturefilled, and relaxing. A bowl of crystal doorknobs, saved before demolition, grace the coffee table. Old dishes from meals gone by are still used, and conjure flashbacks as strong as the currents. It’s safe to say that Grandpa Winters built more than furniture and a dwelling, when he pounded that first nail fifty-six years ago. He laid the foundation upon which were built memories, good times, and tradition that have endured over three generations, and will for many more to come.
Left: The front deck, with a view to the water, has four sunny yellow Adirondack chairs and a lovely dining set (not shown). Bottom Right: The back deck hosts a lounge area that matches the front dining set. This all-season furniture is from Wicker World, where you can choose your set and customize your cushions.
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The low sofa table, built to fit the height and width of the sofa, perfectly and matches the island in form and materials. Sea foam accessories repeat the coloured top of Opaâ€™s dining table.
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