JUL/AUG 2014 Kimberley Seldon Editor in Chief
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Cheryl Horne Managing Editor
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Time for a swim
Each summer, we wait with anticipation for our first opportunity to go swimming in our pond (you can see my country house on page 36). It feels like a miracle. Wasn't it just 8 weeks ago or that the entire landscape was fully covered by ice and snow? Somehow I allow myself to become convinced that summer will last and last, though history has shown me it's a blessed (and fleeting) moment in time. I long for striped towels and can't wait to hang up our outdoor shower hooks (see page 20). For some, fine weather means gardening. For me, it's time to simplify my decorating. We think you'll love our easy, breezy product pages this month (thanks to contributors Lisa Canning and Christine Da Costa). However you celebrate the season, all of us at Dabble magazine hope you are finding ways to stretch your sunny days.
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12 Dabble Here, Dabble There, Dabble Dabble Everywhere 13 Contests Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher
Just a Dab
Infusion Shelley Metcalf
Take 3 Beach Towels
22 What's Trending #Outdoors 25
Home Tour Darlene Paradis
DIY Guy Clean Cut
56 Best Places for... Safaris
ON THE COVER 36
Kimberley Seldon's Country House
Dabble Chef Homemade Focaccia
Cityline - Home Day
No more skimpy beds! Kimberley Seldon and host Tracy Moore add layers and layers.
Cityline - Home Day
Don't miss Dabble's Editor in Chief, design expert Kimberley Seldon, and host Tracy Moore as they discuss kitchen finishes.
Kimberley Seldon at IDS West
Join us September 25-28, 2014 at IDSWest. An esteemed group of design industry professionals including Kimberley Seldon appear on the Livingspace Design Stage for both consumer keynotes and Business of Design trade talks. Check out the website for ticket information and times. www.idswest.com
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Win a 24-inch Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher This stainless steel 24” Bosch Ascenta Dishwasher with recessed handle is among the quietest in North America. Features include Variable Spray Pressure for better cleaning performance and a sanitize option to eliminate bacteria and enhance drying results. Value: CA $1,049 Contest closes August 25, 2014 Courtesy Bosch
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Win an Ontario Science Centre Prize Pack • 4 VIP passes to The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll Exhibit • 4 passes any film at Shoppers Drugmart OMNIMAX • 4 Ontario Science Centre Rockquation t-shirts • 1 signed Arkells CD – valued at $20 Value: CA $228 Contest closes August 25, 2014 Courtesy Ontario Science Centre
Dabble Winners! Lefki Aniballi (Ontario) won the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine. Great coffee at the touch of a button. Courtesy Breville Congratulations!
WORDS BY LISA CANNING
Give your kitchen reno a sleek update with the Black Ice collection by Whirlpool. Black Ice Collection, CA$899 +, Whirlpool www.whirlpool.ca
CUTE & COMPACT
When bathroom space is a challenge, inject big personality with this compact vanity. Boutique Collection High Gloss Space Saving Vanity, CA$349, Cutler Kitchen & Bath www.homedepot.ca
Plump, plush and comfy. Sink in and put your feet up. Pekoe Sofa, CA$1299, EQ3 www.eq3.com
A BIT OF BRONZE
Trendy, yet classic, bronze adds elegant sparkle to the kitchen. Trinsic faucet, CA$519, Delta www.deltafaucet.ca
Turn your TV into a masterpiece. Technology allows you to display an image of your choice while your television is off. Sharp AQUOS Quattron+ Series TV, CA$2,399, Sharp www.sharp.ca
Eat like royalty with sleek gold utensils. Gold Flatware Sets, CA$29 - $104, West Elm www.westelm.com
COLOURFUL TOOL CART Keep renovation necessities organized in vibrant tool carts.
Viper 4-drawer tool storage with oversized compartment, CA$275, www.vipertoolstorage.com
DIY HERB GARDEN
Personalize your pots with coloured tape. You create the shapes and the palette. Scotch Expressions assorted tape, from CA$3, Scotch Expressions www.staples.ca
Shelley Metcalf captures summer's sunny essence bobbing dockside.
PRODUCED BY VICTORIA DRAINVILLE
Put away those neutral pillows and spring for colour. Blue and coral stripes are just right.
Display this buoy shaped stoneware vase on a console table or bookshelf.
Cooler nights are no problem when you have these cuddly stripped throws on hand.
Beach Towels PRODUCED BY KIMBERLEY SELDON
Whether you're soaking wet or just aiming for some modesty poolside, beach towels are a summer staple. Here are three ways to store them in plain sight.
On a Roll
Roll beach towels and store in a short sided wicker basket. Now they're ready to go when you are. Dabble Savvy: Crisp whites launder best but we still love bright stripes for summer.
Two Dock Party
When the sun is shining there's no time to make three trips into the house for towels. Keep a large stash neatly corralled in an oversized wicker basket.
Sturdy enough to hold drinks or provide an extra seat, this colourful pouf is a serviceable outdoor addition. Tangier Rouge Red Moroccan Outdoor Pouf US$150, Fab Habitat www.purehome.com
#Outdoors PRODUCED BY CHRISTINE DA COSTA
Entertaining this summer? Create a welcoming and functional outdoor setting and the party may last until the fall! Serve up seafood appetizers and spiced rum cocktails on this practical nautical tray. Anchor Tray. US$325, GO Home Ltd www.purehome.com
Expand your outdoor horizons with a horseshoe shaped sectional. Tribeca Sectional CA$5,495, Andrew Richard Designs www.andrewricharddesigns.com
Bright paper napkins turn a barbecue into a feast. Flirt & Kayak Paper Napkins 20 pieces, CA$4, EQ3 www.eq3.com
Love the cook. Pieni Unikko Apron, CA$45, Marimekko www.eq3.com
The campfire goes modern. Bento Modern Fire Pit, CA$3,200, Paloform www.paloform.com
Put some style underfoot with a weather-resistant rug. Navoi Whisper Arctic Outdoor Rug, US$58-$920, Padmaâ€™s Plantation www.purehome.com
Cottage Comfort INTERIOR DESIGN DARLENE PARADIS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY TAYLOR
Darlene Paradis of At Home Interior Design respectfully transforms a family's cottage in Prince Edward County—seeking design direction from the home's existing features.
The cottage's dining room has a refined rustic sensibility thanks to the wood light fixture that perfectly complements the wood table. Linen chairs from Restoration Hardware and silk draperies soften the space. The antiqued mirror adds simple elegance to the space. Darlene selected the white wash finish for the shutters to play off the home's coastal location. Located in Prince Edward county and close to the Bay of Quinte, the cottage is near some of Ontario's most beautiful beaches.
The counter seating sees plenty of activity since it's open to the busiest living areas. Though the layout was predetermined, Darlene selected a glass tile backsplash and porcelain floors to brighten the space.
â€œGrassy green accents bring outdoor views to life indoors."
The sunny light filled breakfast area features custom roman blinds in a contemporary paisley pattern. The farm style cross back chairs and the grey sun bleached table are family friendly choices just right for casual meals.
The covered pergola is a favourite spot for lingering and entertaining. The handsome stone fireplace is an ideal focal point to build seating around. The resin wicker seating sports cushions in crisp green and white Sunbrella fabric. Who says practical has to be dull?
Clean Cut PRODUCED BY NICHOLAS ROSACI
White paper Tape Self healing cutting mat Exacto knife (and extra blades) Metal ruler Poster paper - black Spray adhesive
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Check out Nickâ€™s map of Paris!
Find and print a map of your favourite city. Enlarge it on a photocopy machine to create a pleasing scale.
Place your map on top of a large white sheet of paper and tape together and then tape both pieces securely to cutting mat (so papers donâ€™t shift). Using an Exacto knife and a metal ruler as a guide, carefully cut through both sheets of paper removing only the buildings and landmarks and leaving the streets uncut. The streets will remain intact, attached to the white paper.
Once all cuts are complete, remove the tape and carefully separate the photocopy from the white paper. Place the cutout underlay on top of a black or colourful piece of paper and affix in place with a spray adhesive.
Protect your art by framing it behind glass.
COUNTRY house PHOTOGRAPHY BY SIMON BURN
Nestled in the picturesque countryside of the Mulmur hills, this rural retreat boasts a spacious floor plan, rich finishes and an abundance of natural light. Kimberley and her husband Bob were drawn to the Creemore area thanks to its vibrant, artistic spirit and the community's commitment to sustain and secure local farming practices.
To reflect a respect and appreciation for the land, the home's exterior is designed to resemble a modern barn. The Canadian white pine siding was harvested locally, then custom milled and installed to align with the window mullions.
"Canada is the most beautiful country in the world," says the designer. When you're designing for a rural setting like this, the key is to let the landscape shine by choosing finishes (like the stone and wood floors) that reflect what nature has already provided. LEFT: The peek a boo wall separates the entrance from the living and dining room. Though it is designed to be pleasing to look at, it's also a practical feature as it blocks some of the coldest blasts of air when the front door is opened during winter months.
DESIGN Set between two stone fireplaces, the openconcept living and dining areas overlook the property's two ponds. The water is a soothing backdrop but also supplies geo-thermal energy to the home. Clean lines and neutral colours keep spaces airy and light and allow Kimberley to change accent colours with the seasons. Dabble Savvy: The Tom Dixon light fixtures fill the double height space and create a more intimate setting in the dining room.
"The family room gets lots of action," says Kimberley. "We've piled eight people and two dogs on the oversized sofa and I'm pretty sure we can squeeze two more." Where to buy: The vintage sign from L'Atelier and the original paintings from Art Interiors. Both Toronto.
"My firm (Kimberley Seldon Design Group) loves creating a home's design from the ground up. That gives us the opportunity to ensure visual axis points are clearly organized and there's a functional floor plan and maximum comfort designed into the architecture." LEFT: Delaney Rose prepares for a nap in the sunny kitchen.
RIGHT: "The hallway and lounge chairs just outside our son's bedroom occasionally get an overnight visitor," says the designer mom. Where to buy: The Aubusson style painted screen is the handiwork of a talented artist named Vaclav Vaca.
A similar colour story appears throughout the home and into the master bedroom. Benjamin Mooreâ€™s Ballet White (OC-9), one of Kimberleyâ€™s signature colours, creates a clean, chalky foundation that layers well with other smoky shades of oyster and grey.
Decadent raspberry pillows add a juicy pop of colour, while a trio of playful spirographs above the bed and an oversized framed image of coral create simple, graphic focal points. Dabble Savvy: The raspberry pillows and dark grey throw are replaced with crisp white during summer months.
Freestanding bathtubs are always gorgeous but there has to be a table nearby to corral shampoos and potions. This Turkish style stool acts as a practical piece of art but doesn't compete with stunning landscape views.
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safaris WORDS BY STEPHANIE GRAY AND JENNIFER WEATHERHEAD
Kangaroo Island, Australia
A mere 13 kilometres off the coast of South Australia, Kangaroo Island is one of the most pristine and utopic wildlife destinations in the country. Here it’s possible to encounter countless Australian animals in their native habitat—koala bears, sea lions, fur seals, wallabies and kangaroos thrive in abundance. The best way to get up close and personal with the wildlife is with a four-wheel drive tour, which gives animal lovers exclusive access to all parts of the island. We suggest letting Exceptional Kangaroo Island Tours lead the way. Whether it’s a wilderness tour through remote corners of the island or a kidfriendly expedition, their expert tour guides can make it happen. To top off the extraordinary service, they serve mouthwatering food and wine en route. 56
When most of us think safari, the first place that comes to mind is more than likely Africa. Images of driving along dusty roads in the hot African sun, on the lookout for lions, elephants, giraffes and gazelles, immediately fill the mind’s eye. If you’ve been thinking of going on an African safari there’s no better place to get your fix than in Kenya, the originator of the modern day safari. Natural Track Safaris offers every level of adventure imaginable—from short jaunts to weeklong camping excursions, ten-day rugged treks to leisurely paced sight-seeing that returns to a chic lodge for the evening. We suggest the 12-day Bush and Beach tour that visits the capital city of Nairobi, Samburu National Park, Mount Kenya, Masai Mara’s famous game reserve, Lake Nakuru and finishes with a trip along the coast.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Our pick: the 5-day, 4-night Classic Safari where you’ll explore surrounding islands, cozy up to the tortoises, start the day with a sunrise walk and have a chance to kayak and mountain bike. If you’re certified to scuba dive, you can also explore the islands underwater.
Immerse yourself in nature with a stay at the luxurious Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest with rooms overlooking the Arenal Volcano, each casita has a secluded garden with an outdoor shower and terrace. Enjoy a walking tour along the Arenal Hanging Bridges or trek a bit further to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge in Los Chiles, considered to be one of the continent’s best bird watching sites, but also home to monkeys, lizards and bats.
Haven’t thought of a turtle safari? Think again. A safari on the Galapagos Islands might be one the best travelling experiences ever. Imagine camping on the tiny islands made famous by Darwin centuries ago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Yes. It’s extreme and exciting, but you won’t have to skimp on luxury. Spacious tents are situated on a small farm located on Santa Cruz Island through the Galapagos Safari Camp. Accommodations are cozy with luxury beds and modern amenities— some feature infinity pools outside the door. Not too shabby. Daytime activities include bird watching, hiking and visits to the nearby tortoise reserve.
One of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is home to a uniquely varied mix of animals, insects, birds and reptiles—615 species to be exact, including the brightly coloured poison dart frog, the Black iguana, sloths, anteaters and scarlet Macaws. With more than a quarter of the country designated national park, refuge, wetland, forest reserve or other protective habitat, it’s no surprise the wildlife is rich, diverse and abundant.
Focaccia RECIPE BY COREY BURGAN
INGREDIENTS 325ml water (slightly above room temperature) 1½ tbsp dry active yeast 1 tbsp sugar
¾ cup bread flour 1 tbsp salt 1½ cup all-purpose flour 1⅓ cup potatoes, mashed and cooled
1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked and chopped 6 cloves roasted garlic, chopped
4 sprigs thyme, leaves picked and chopped ⅓ cup olive oil
Directions In a small bowl, add water, yeast and sugar and set aside. Let the mixture rise 1-2". Tip: Keep mixture in a warm area of the kitchen to speed up the process. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and potatoes. Add in the yeast mixture. Stir mixture with hands or using a mixer with a dough hook attachment until combined. Remove from bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead for 8-10 minutes with hands or in mixer on low for 2 minutes and then at medium for an additional 10 minutes. Place in a well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap until the dough doubles in size. Once the dough has risen, preheat oven to 350°F. In a small bowl, mix rosemary, thyme, garlic and oil and set aside. Remove dough from bowl and punch it until it is deflated. Portion the dough into balls that are approximately the size of a fist. Once portioned, roll into long strips. Using 3 strips, pinch one end of each log together and braid strips. Pinch the ends together and then combine the two ends of the dough to create a circle. Repeat with all strips. Spray or oil a medium sized muffin tin. Place each ball into the muffin tin. With a pastry brush, generously brush herb mixture onto balls. Cover and let rise for 10 minutes. Remove plastic and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on each bun and a little more oil once they are removed from the oven. Tip: To enhance flavour, cook herbs in olive oil. In a small sauté pan, heat up olive oil, rosemary and thyme on low-medium heat. Remove from heat as soon as you can smell the essence. Let cool and then brush on dough.
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Each issue of Dabble Magazine brings you inspiring design from around the world, immerses you in cities ripe for discovery, gives you a tast...
Published on Jul 1, 2014
Each issue of Dabble Magazine brings you inspiring design from around the world, immerses you in cities ripe for discovery, gives you a tast...