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MICHAEL GRAYDON photographer
MAYA VISNYEI photographer
Michael had his first photography exhibit in the basement of his Unionville, Ontario, home in 1986. He presented a slide show of images from a family trip to the B.C. interior (“my roll was full of close-up still lifes of wood, rocks and anything else that caught my eye”). Michael’s eye for detail has led to work for such publications as Style at Home and Canadian House and Home.
Maya discovered her passion for photography at age 13, when she stole her sister’s Nikon. She currently works as a freelance food and travel photographer. mayavisnyei.com
SARAH SAMMS intern An interior design student at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, Sarah is helping us organize our files and photos. She loves cool chairs and nature.
on the cover: photograph of Nikole Herriott by Michael Graydon
Big ideas fill this small bachelor apartment
20 Q & A 22 the style
Chic looks for the style-savvy gal
24 the project
Doughnuts: are they the new cupcake?
28 the drink
A frothy not frilly gin fizz
Tasty ice-cream colours
welcome One of the best things about meeting new people is seeing how their many passions can be synthesized into a single cohesive look. This month, we feature a snapshot of entrepreneur Nikoleâ€™s life. She is a blogger, photographer and one half of the fatherdaughter company Herriott Grace. When we shot her beautiful bachelor apartment, she was running her business from it. Sheâ€™s since moved, but hey, this place was too good not to share.
Entrepreneur Nikole runs the online business Herriott Grace from her beautifully organized apartment photography by Michael Graydon 4
A selection of the goods for sale on the Herriott Grace website (except for the cloche). covetgarden.com
The tapestry on the wall was a find from the St. Lawrence Market. â€œI think the lady I bought it from thought it was crazy. My mom thought it was crazy.â€? issue 21
‘When I leave, I want to ask the landlord if I can keep these doors’
ack at the beginning of the 20th century, bachelor apartments were created in old houses for young unmarried professionals who were at the beginning of their careers. So it seems fitting that our adventurous entrepreneur Nikole makes her home in a light-filled downtown bachelor.
example of Edwardian Classicism—a popular look in the neighbourhood—and was sold.
Nikole found her cozy home (it’s just 390 square feet) three years ago when she was a student at the University of Toronto. “I was walking around the neighbourhood, looking for a building that was my style.” She found a vacancy in a solid-brick
While she majored in political science, she minored in history, and it’s one of her passions. Her personal story is also important. Originally from Victoria, B.C., she brought most of her possessions east with her. “They help it feel like home,” she says.
Best of all, the apartment had many original details: for instance, “the bathroom still had tile like you would see in Paris,” she says. Such interior touches sold Nikole on the place.
Nikole’s sleeping area is well defined by colour and pattern (and a muchloved Afghani carpet)
“[I like it when] you can see someone thought about the curve of a plate, or how to make the rim look delicate but sturdy,” covetgarden.com says Nikole. 9
“When you’re working in a small space,” says Nikole, “there has to be a balance of smart utility, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.”
ikole now lives thousands of miles away from B.C., but she stays close to her roots (it helps that she runs her online shop, Herriott Grace with her dad, Lance, who, at the family farm in Victoria, makes many of the items they sell). One of the objects that have travelled around with Nikole is her desk, a piece of glass perched on painter’s sawhorses. That’s an old friend from home. “The sawhorses fold up, so I boxed them and brought them to Toronto.” Another clever thing about the glass surface: “It’s clear, so it never feels cluttered.” When you don’t have a
lot of space, you can’t collect ugly things because there is just no place to hide them.” For the distinctive look of her place, Nikole chose a salmon pink for the bathroom, and for the rest of the walls, she and her mom mixed up leftover paint from her previous apartment. “It’s probably not always a good idea, but they were mostly all off-whites, and there was something so satisfying about not having to throw them out.” She added the grey wall behind the bed to keep the softer colours from becoming too sweet. “The dark grey brings contrast and it makes sense with the rug.” covetgarden.com
opposite: Pastries from local favourite NadĂ¨ge are displayed on a new item in the shop thatâ€™s a collaboration with a high school friend, Jamie Robson: porcelain casts of the hand-turned popular mini cake stands she sells.
“I have a ridiculous amount of decorating magazines,” says Fiona. While she gets her
Nikole’s greatgrandmother made the painting in her dining area back in 1900. “My grandmother gave it to me five years ago. It goes wherever I go.”
Fioha loves patterns. She has a collection of beautiful pillow cases that she regularly changes up.
ikole used to work as a pastry chef, so the kitchen is probably the most important nook in her place. Again, it is basically as she found it, complete with original porcelain sink. “It was stained, but with a little work it cleaned up beautifully.” She also refinished the countertops and installed new door closes. Being able to see past obstacles in both her habitat and her career is one of Nikole’s irresistible charms.
Her style mixes the rustic and the fine. Her possessions speak to different parts of her character and history. While she tries to keep things minimalist, Nikole admits that she has a collecting jones. “I think you should try to have things that you can use, but I’m guilty of accumulating,” she says. “If had a bigger space I’d get more stuff. Especially dishes. I love dishes.” (And with her pretty, open shelving in the kitchen, from our experience, one would have to wash those dishes all the time.)
‘I’m certainly drawn to softer colours: whites, creams, pinks, with a penchant for the natural’ covetgarden.com
The salmon wall colour was inspired by a trip to Farrow & Ball and their selection of historically hued, naturally pigmented (and low odour, minimal VOC) paints.
‘Moving around, travel and university have all taught me more than I could say, and I think that those lessons quietly work their way into my aesthetic’
hile Nikole lives alone, she has a wide network of friends and family. And even though you can sense her love of history, you never feel as if it pulls her in any direction. Instead of being a magpie for bright shiny objects, she likes to accumulate stories and experiences. Travel is a big part of her life (a recent trip to P.E.I. yielded the cozy blanket seen on the rocking chair in her room). “I would love to travel the old Silk Route,” she says. “And I’d love to visit markets with stacks of beautiful rugs.”
As Nikole talks about her decor philosophy, a certain theme emerges. When she finds something she loves, she likes to explore all its potential. Antlers can be decorative and utilitarian. When she talks about rugs, she talks about the natural dyes used to colour the yarns and how one or two of these shades are repeated in the wall colour or a throw pillow she bought from an eBay seller in Turkey. And although she is now firmly rooted in Toronto, she still hasn’t tired of exploring her small space. covetgarden.com
who? A native of Victoria, B.C., Nikole Herriott trained as a pastry chef, moved to Ontario, moved back to B.C. to open a business, went to university for political science and international relations and transferred to the University of Toronto to finish her degree. While still in school, she was inspired by the beautiful hand-carved wooden spoons that her dad, Lance, would send her from home, so they opened up an online shop together called Herriott Grace. This is now her main job. She also has a stand-alone blog (FortySixth at Grace) as well! If that wasn’t enough, she takes photographs for her shop, creates recipes and loves to travel.
above: a self-portrait. this picture: Lance Herriott
what are you reading?
• Herriott Grace • Oh Joy! blog
Olga’s beloved dog, Raven
What’s your favourite comfort food? 20
If you could travel in time, what era would you most like to visit? NIKOLE: The belle époque.
nicole’s current playlist
What’s your signature dance move? NIKOLE: I don’t dance.
1. “Build a Rocket Boys!” by Elbow
What object have you kept since childhood? NIKOLE: My teddy bear, Wind Up.
3. “Hold Time” by M. Ward
What’s the best gift you’ve ever given someone? NIKOLE: My dad thinks that the business is a gift, but it’s more about us getting to do it together.
5. “El Camino” by The Black Keys
What’s your favourite place in Toronto? NIKOLE: Allen Gardens.
recommended web radio
Forced to choose between night and day, which would you give up forever? NIKOLE: Night. I like the a.m. best.
2. “Making Mirrors” by Gotye
4. “The Blueprint 3” by Jay-Z
• KEXP – This public radio station run by the University of Washington in Seattle specializes in alternative and indie rock. • KCRW – Broadcast from the campus of Santa Monica College, this station carries a mix of National Public Radio news, talk radio and freeform music. • CBC – Tune in to the eclectic programming on Canada’s own Radio 3 (you can also catch your fave programs on Radio 1 and 2).
NIKOLE: Yorkshire pudding covetgarden.com
town and country Nikoleâ€™s unfussy style works both in the city and on the road photograph by Michael Graydon
opposite: â€œMy clutch bag is Hayden Harnett from years ago now. My navy peacoat is Club Monaco. The shoes are Dieppa Restrepo and are from Maryam Nassir Zadeh.â€? this page: 1. Deadstock vintage metal hair barrettes, $10; 2. Tsumori Chisato colorblock knit pullover, $267; 3. NDG Sun Glasses in Ashwood with Java polar lenses, $430; 4. VPL Shell Dress, $445. 5. Eatable of Many Orders Pocket Tote Bag, $1,050; 6.Vanessa Bruno Textured Jacquard Sweater, $479.
Pastry star Nikole turns her attention to the humble doughnut. Hereâ€™s how to create a haute donuterie in your own kitchen recipe and styling by Nikole Herriott photography by Michael Graydon
â€˜I think these doughnuts are best tossed in granulated sugar, filled with whipped custard and served with a side of rhubarb sauce. But if youâ€™re short on time, skip the custard and rhubarb and fill them with your favourite jelly or jam!â€™ covetgarden.com
doughnuts + custard + rhubarb doughnuts
1 cup whole milk 2 tbsp granulated sugar ½ tsp salt ¾ tsp active dry yeast 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 large eggs 2 quarts neutral oil (give or take) Granulated sugar for dusting 1. Warm milk in medium saucepan, remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
7. Heat oil in a deep pot (about ½ full) until it registers 375°F on a candy thermometer. Fry doughnuts 2 or 3 at a time, flipping occasionally with a slotted spoon. Doughnuts are finished when puffed and golden, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Roll each doughnut in granulated sugar.
1¼ cups whole milk 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped 6 tbsp sugar, divided 4 tsp cornstarch 3 extra-large egg yolks
2. Pour milk into bowl of stand mixer. Add yeast and sugar. Let sit until mixture is bubbly. Mix in salt, 1. In medium saucepan, combine milk, ½ of ½ of flour and 2 tbsp oil with paddle attachment. sugar, vanilla bean and seeds. Cook on medium, without stirring, until mixture begins to simmer. 3. Add eggs one at a time and continue to mix Remove from heat momentarily. until a sticky dough forms. 4. Spread remaining flour on work surface and knead dough, folding it over, until it’s smooth and elastic. Add extra flour as needed. 5. Transfer dough to a large, lightly oil-coated bowl and cover with a clean linen cloth. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk (about 1½ hours). 6. Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll about ¾ inch thick. Cut with a 2½- to 3-inch circular cutter. Let rest for 10 minutes. Re-roll the scraps and cut again. Cover doughnuts with linen cloth and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
2. In medium bowl, whisk together remaining sugar, cornstarch and egg yolks. Whisking constantly, slowly pour about ½ cup of hot-milk mixture into the egg-yolk mixture to temper it. 3. Return saucepan to heat; whisk warmed egg mix into milk left in saucepan and cook over mediumhigh, whisking constantly, until it thickens and registers 160°F on thermometer (about 2 minutes). 4. Strain into bowl of stand mixer and, using a paddle attachment, mix on low setting for about 5 minutes. Cover and refirigerate for at least 2 hours (place plastic wrap on surface of custard so a skin does not form). Whisk before use.
½ lb (about 5 stalks) fresh rhubarb, cleaned, trimmed and chopped 2/3 cup water ½ cup granulated sugar ½ a vanilla bean (lengthwise), seeds scraped 1. In medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking often. Cook for another 10 minutes so the juice concentrates just a little.
TO FINISH Whisk the cooled custard until smooth. With a small paring knife, in a turning motion make a small incision in the side of each doughnut. Fill a medium-size pastry bag fitted with a medium plain tip with the whipped custard. Fill each doughnut. Serve immediately with a side of rhubarb sauce for dipping.
2. Remove from heat, remove vanilla bean and allow sauce to cool. Refrigerate. Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days.
For more recipes from Nikole, check out her blog and her twice-monthly “flavor stories” column at ohjoy.com This recipe was converted from metric.
For a cocktail that tastes like sunshine in a glass, Nikole recommends a frothy Ramos Gin Fizz photography by Maya Visnyei
ramos gin fizz
1Â˝ oz gin 1 tbsp simple syrup 4 tbsp half-and-half 1 egg white 1 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp lemon juice 1/8 tsp vanilla extract Â˝ tsp orange flower water 2 tbsp soda Orange wedge for garnish In cocktail shaker, combine first eight ingredients. Shake vigourously for at least 30 seconds until frothy or use a stick or immersion blender. Partly fill a tall glass with three or four large ice cubes. Pour in drink. Top with soda. Garnish with orange wedge.
Middle Eastern vs. French Orange Flower Water? With the Ramos Gin Fizz, opt for the French if possible— it has a slightly stronger flavour that works best with this drink. Our pick is from Noirot. Théodule Noirot was a dedicated herbalist who started making plant extracts for liquors at the end of the 19th century. Noirot has remained faithful to traditional recipes and is praised for its flower waters and its liquors.
more orange flower power! • add a splash of it to whipped cream for a lighter flavour—a little goes a long way • a drop or two in some warm milk makes for a calming drink before bed
• keep a spritzer of it in the fridge for a refreshing facial spray on a hot day
To understand cocktail culture, it doesn’t hurt to learn about the history of the mixed drink. For example, the Ramos Gin Fizz was invented in New Orleans in 1888. More fun facts can be found in The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes that Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast by Karen Foley and the editors of Imbibe magazine.
Our favourite cocktail shaker is the Alessi Boston designed by Ettore Sottsass and Alberto Gozzi. The shape of this iconic mixer is based on a design found on transatlantic liners during the belle époque. Alessi’s version was created in 1979. The crystal-glass-and-stainless-steel mixer is elegant and utilitarian—it’s still in production and is used in many bars and hotels around the world.
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