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DECEMBER & JANUARY 2015

EMBRACE NEW HOME TRENDS DITCH THE FRAME AND FREE YOUR ARTWORK BUILT INS FOR THE MODERN FAMILY

New Color Forecast for 2015 THE STYLISH LIVING MAGAZINE

GENEVIEVE GORDER F E AT U R I N G T H E D E S I G N M AV E N


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table of contents 6 CENTRAL PARK WEST

18 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 26 GOSWELL ROAD 38 HOLIDAY DECOR 40 DECOR 42 DRINKS RECIPES

46 COVER FEATURE: GENEVIEVE GORDER 54 LIGHTING FIXTURES 56 COLOR FORECAST

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table of contents 60 WORK IT OUT WITH HEATHER LACOMBE 70 COLCK ACCESSORIES

72 EMBRACE NEW HOME TRENDS 74 BUILT INS FOR THE MODERN FAMILY 86 DITCH THE FRAME AND EMBRACE ARTWORK 94 FURNITURE ACCESSORIES 96 RECIPE: WONTONS FROM SPAAAACE 97 RECIPE: SEARED SCALLOPS IN ASIAN BROTH 98 TRAVEL WITH NANCY 102 ARTIST FEATURE: NEIL YOUNG 108 HOME OFFICE DESIGN & DECOR

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DECEMBER & JANUARY 2015 EDITOR IN CHIEF: KRISTIE STOODLEY CARMINE NAPOLITANO EXECUTIVE EDITORS: RAVNEET TAKHAR STEPHANIE ROCKWELL SHADI BAS TRAVEL EDITOR: NANCY LAZARUS COPYWRITERS: JOANNA NICHOL LISA MACDONALD EMILY KLEIN CREATIVE DIRECTOR: CARMINE NAPOLITANO CONTRIBUTORS WRITERS: SARA STORY MILA PODIABLONSKA SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CATHERINE-LUCIE HORBER TONI SABATINO ELENA MORGAN CANDACE ULLAL NANCY LAZARUS JANICE MCKINNON PHOTOGRAPHERS: DALTON LOUIS JANICE MCKINNON MARCO RICCA JOSEPH SARACENO HARVEY SMITH BLACKSTONE EDGE If you would like to contribute to future issues, please contact embark@seekrmedia.com For advertising opportunity,

a letter from the editors It’s that time of year where we gather with family, reflect on the passing year’s accomplishments

or challenges and most of all look forward to the

new year ahead. We have had a very eventful year for 2014, we launched this magazine as a spin-off from our women’s lifestyle and fashion magazine

REMARK, we got to meet many talented designers and understand that this industry is made up of

some of the most passionated and collaborative groups of people we have ever met.

We feel that this issue’s cover-person, Genevieve

Gorder, is a perfect way to close out 2014, as she is equally as generous and kind as she is talented.

So please enjoy our semi-holiday and 2015 issue, we couldn’t be happier to deliver this one for

you all to enjoy, and please continue writing us

everyone, we look forward to growing Embark with your guidance, our readers.

Sincerely,

Carmine & Kristie Co-Editor-in-Chief’s

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ON THE COVER: GENEVIEVE GORDER TEAM CREDITS: PHOTOGRAPHER: DALTON LOUIS HAIR & MAKE-UP: RANDALL MAHNKE-TANG SPECIAL THANKS TO THE REAL GENEVIEVE TEAM FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

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The dining room features a vintage Austrian chandelier below a gilded Venetian plaster ceiling. The master

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Nestled along Central Park West in Manhattan, New York, modern interiors, contemporary art and pops

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The hallway, with access to the guest bathroom and

apartment of approximately 900 square feet in a converted

full-height wood-framed glass double doors, which

refurbishment of what was originally a two-bedroom

industrial building in Clerkenwell in the heart of London,

England. The owner had a generous budget to upgrade the apartment from a basic and somewhat dated finish,

which had not been touched since the conversion in 1999. The aim of the project was to create a luxurious and

timeless pied- à-terre, using high quality fittings and

furnishings, including bespoke carpentry and furniture,

to provide the owner with a sanctuary from a demanding

business and travel schedule during their time in London. Firstly, we needed to improve the layout and fundamentals of the apartment. We began by removing one small

bedroom to extend the living area, creating a wonderful

open space with distinct kitchen, dining, living and study areas. All of the walls and flooring were removed and

replaced with dark oak flooring laid on top of a newly

constructed sub-floor, providing both a solid foundation and additional sound insulation. New windows were

installed together with two sets of custom-made French doors leading to the balcony. New wiring, lighting and

utility room, leads to the main living area through

allow the interior to be flooded with natural light. Art Deco inspired polished nickel door furniture from Samuel Heath was used both on this door and on

all of the doors in the apartment. Upon entering the

living area, you are first drawn to the study where the owner’s creative touch can again be seen in a walnut desk with leather inlay, bone handles and ebony line detailing. This has been made by an expert

cabinetmaker to the owner’s design, influenced

by art deco lines. An original Eames Lobby Chair, polished nickel desk lamp and select leather and glass desk accoutrements complement the desk.

Further bespoke carpentry was used in the living and dining areas for a long bookcase and wine storage that runs the length of the wall at waist height and

is topped with the same marble used in the kitchen

and bathrooms. The dining area sits adjacent to the

kitchen and the dining table for up to four people is a further unique piece of furniture made to the owners design from walnut with ebony inlay.

skirting were installed, the stepped design of the latter

Aside from where the furniture was commissioned

that runs throughout the property.

in the apartment was ordered from Ralph Lauren

providing the first hint of a subtle art deco inspired theme

In the hallway and throughout the property a lightly

textured wall covering has been used, elements in the pattern are highlighted by the art deco inspired wall

lighting. Running along the entire left wall are a series of flush-fitted, full-height, touch-to-open doors, which conceal bespoke hanging and storage spaces. These

were custom built from walnut and give the impression of a complete wall, with the exterior door panels gloss-

coated in cream, which reflects the light and enhances the fresh feel of the space. Walnut is used again in a bespoke console table and matching mirror, which were custommade to the owner’s own design.

to the owner’s own designs, all of the furniture Home. A large cream wool rug with chocolate

leather border was custom-made for the dimensions of the living room to perfectly balance the space and complement both the furniture and the dark oak flooring. For the living area a large sofa in

chocolate cashmere with matching suede cushions

sits perfectly with the rug, the square cocktail table

made from walnut with steel inserts and parchment top, a single ‘Grant’ armchair upholstered in a

supremely luxurious and comfortable camel velvet

and silk fabric, and two matching light brown suede ottomans with walnut plinths.

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The sofa is flanked by a pair of circular walnut end tables each supporting a crystal and polished nickel ‘bolt’ table lamp, also from Ralph Lauren, and objet d’art from Lalique. Above the sofa a large elegant mirror

framed with faux crocodile and stainless steel trim sits in symmetry with the furniture and between a pair of matching art deco inspired wall lights.

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The kitchen area was hugely improved, both in style and function, with a new marble-topped island at its heart. The

same marble was used to top the Italian cabinets, which were finished in a gloss cream. A flush fitting Miele gas hob

with five cooking zones was installed in the marble top, together with a platinum finish water zone from Dornbracht. The kitchen design is intuitive with everything where it needs to be and follows a very clean and uncluttered profile.

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From the living room and study area full-height double doors lead to the master bedroom This room was

carpeted with a deep wool and silk carpet in camel,

which provides a luxurious feel underfoot. A beautiful Ralph Lauren ‘Modern Hollywood’ bed made from

walnut with matching nightstands adds to the sense

of luxury, enhanced by a pair of faux-crocodile table lamps and a large faux crocodile framed mirror. The

harmony of the entire apartment is further enhanced

with the symmetry of this room being directly balanced with that of the living room, and with shades of colour

and materials consistent through the entire apartment. One wall of the bedroom includes the French doors leading to the balcony, whilst the opposite wall is

entirely built from walnut and conceals not only large bespoke wardrobes and drawers, but also a ‘secret’ door to the en-suite bathroom which benefits from

concealed LED lighting that highlights the marble and mosaic tiling, and finished with Dornbracht fittings. No expense was spared in the quality of the

craftsmanship employed in this project and the owner has been delighted with the finished product which worked to achieve a timeless luxury and satisfy the

owners remit to combine the classic with contemporary, style with comfort, design with functionality, and

modern technology without compromising aesthetics.

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4 ounces chilled espresso coffee 2 ounces French whisky Splash of club soda ½ cup Cognac Whipped Cream (see below) Scraping of fresh nutmeg 8 drops Black Walnut bitters Brew your espresso and let it cool either in an ice bath or overnight in the fridge. Add several large cubes of ice to each of two Collins glasses. Top each with 1 ounce of the chilled espresso in each glass, followed by the French whisky. Splash a bit of club soda on top of each drink, then spoon the sweetened, thick cream over the mixture. Scrape a little fresh nutmeg over the top of each glass, and finish each with 4 drops of bitters. Serves two.

HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM Combine 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with 2 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar. (To make Coffee Whipped Cream, add 1 tablespoon of powdered espresso coffee. To make Cognac Whipped Cream, add a few drops of cognac.) Whip with a whisk until the mixture reaches a softly creamy, almost pourable, consistency. (You don’t want to make butter, so don’t overwhisk the cream!)

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Add a couple hand-cut ice cubes to a Collins glass.

2 ounces rye whiskey

with a cocktail spoon to combine. Top with the seltzer,

1/2 ounce organic ginger liqueur 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 ounces seltzer

Pour the rye whiskey over the ice, and then add the ginger liqueur, followed by the lemon juice. Stir gently and finish with a dash or two of the aromatic bitters. Serve with a straw.

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Ice made from strongly brewed jasmine tea 2 ounces Tennessee sipping whiskey 1 ounce lemon juice ½ ounce Ginger Honey Simple Syrup (see below) 2 ounces strongly-brewed, cooled jasmine tea 1 ounce seltzer water Lemon pinwheels drizzled with a little Ginger Honey Simple Syrup Add the jasmine tea ice to a tall Collins-style glass, and then add the whiskey. Top the whiskey with the lemon juice, and pour the chilled Ginger Honey Simple Syrup and cooled jasmine tea over the mixture. Finish with the seltzer water, and garnish with the syrupy lemon pinwheel. Then, just kick back and relax.

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A MAVEN OF DESIGN WE INTERVIEW THE REAL

GENEVIEVE GORDER PHOTOGRAPHY BY DALTON LOUIS

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DESIGNING?

I have been professionally designing since I was 18 years old. Meaning, it’s been my primary job and I’ve been getting paid to do it. This is basically all I do. I don’t know if that’s good or not good, it has just been my life. It’s a good life. There have been

so many role models along the way. These are the people that help you, that lift you, that open doors for you, they are your angels. I have had many of these influences and I try to be that for young designers as well. We forget how powerful we are to those coming up, and that we all came up with someone’s hand along the way.

WHAT WERE YOUR EARLY INSPIRATIONS AND/OR ROLE MODELS? Early inspiration…I was very graphic and provocative. I worked for Prince, MTV, I worked studios in Amsterdam, Barcelona, and NYC. Everything was and still is inspiring. Traveling and connecting with nature are my two biggest sources for creative fuel. Eyes need to be humbled at every age to see more, to be more. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE COMFORT FOOD DURING THE WINTER & HOLIDAY SEASONS?

Comfort food? Stuffing. I could eat stuffing anywhere, anytime, but that would make me a ball of bread. So I do refrain the rest of the year but come holiday time….I’m so in.

DO YOU LIKE ENTERTAINING OR ATTENDING PARTIES?

Both! As I write this I’m sitting in a hotel room in DC about to go to the White House holiday party….so I guess I like attending as much as I like throwing. Entertaining is

the delight of every caretaker and I’m a really big one for better or for worse. I love to

curate environments (duh) and invite everyone I love to come and be apart of them.

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DURING THE COLDER SEASON, WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL ESCAPE THAT YOU LOOK FORWARD TO AT THE END OF EVERY DAY TO KEEP YOURSELF RECHARGED AND FRESH? It’s simple. I love to pick up my daughter from school, bring her home, and

cook with her for our friends, boyfriend, family, and simply talk about the day. This is one of my favourite parts of the day, the wind down through food and conversation…I guess I’m entertaining again.  

IN YOUR CAREER’S JOURNEY, WHAT IS A COMMON CHALLENGE YOU FACE AND HOW IS IT OVER COME?

Ah, this is a big one. I’m a woman in a male construction world. Believe it or not, it’s still a pretty big issue. No matter how successful, how many years of

experience…I get met with constant doubt by the male building community. Am I real? Do I know anything? It’s like a prove yourself everyday at work kind of thing.

Does this get old? Terribly. Do I expect it every time? Yes. What do I do? I ask them if they’d like to have a good time during this job. When they say yes, I say well, we can do this one of two ways. I can drag you down the tunnel until the very end,

when I make you look like a rock star and you finally get it, or we can trust each

other and have a blast getting there. Either way, I’m going to make you look good it’s whether you choose to enjoy yourself along the way.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE OR MESSAGE YOU’D SEND TO PEOPLE LOOKING TO BECOME A DESIGNER, BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCES AND INSIGHTS? Know the rules so that you can bend them.  

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WHAT’S THE MOST FULFILLING PART OF THE JOB AND MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES YOU DO? Through television being able to give people design who could never typically afford the services. People don’t think they “deserve” beautiful and when you bring it to this demographic….it’s magic. This is my food.   

WE KNOW YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY, AND WE DON’T MEAN TO PRY TOO PERSONALLY INTO YOUR LIFE. WE’D LOVE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND ASK HOW YOUR PERSONAL LIFE INFLUENCES WHAT YOU DO EVERYDAY? WHAT YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN CAN TAKE-AWAY FROM WHAT YOU DO?   Thank you. My personal everything influences how I create, how I focus, and

what my process is. It’s my job to be a life sponge, to soak up all the ordinary and

extraordinary, and create inspiration, and beauty. It’s all relative from a trip on the bus to a bowl of soup or a journey to India…it isn’t just the fantasy life that makes good design. It’s when you figure out how to make fantasy feel functional and part of the everyday that there is brilliance. From my hometown to my ethnic roots to my role

as a mama, a girlfriend, and a daughter…everything I do and am becomes a part of

how I create. It’s an art, that’s how we roll. I want my daughter to see her mama alive, present, dancing in and with the world. I want her to see me working, living through

passion, and compassion that we use and live through every colour in the deck. I am happy and I think that is one of the most beautiful things to give to a child.  

ON A POSITIVE END NOTE, WE’D LIKE IF YOU TOLD US ABOUT YOUR NEXT 5 OR 10 YEAR GOALS. YOU’RE VERY SUCCESSFUL AND BUSY TODAY, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR SELF TAKING THIS FURTHER OR SLOWING IT DOWN IN THE FUTURE? I’m not wired to slow down. I’m a do’er and I live very passionately. I feel

everything. The next 5-10 years I think will be some of my best…I plan to go

deeper into lifestyle and talk with television. Global home issues and stories will

start to become a larger platform for me. The product lines are growing bedding, accessories, textiles, and case goods are in the works. Online design content will continue to grow, I’d like to start producing and fostering new talent and create shows for our genre. A non profit is in the works to diversify and open up the

world of design to kids from all different backgrounds, who don’t have access.

This is so important to me. There are many more mountains to climb, I don’t plan at stopping on any summit.

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Color Forecast BY SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

The 2015 color forecast for your walls reveals a bright and vibrant outlook. The Sherwin-Williams colour forecast tells optimistic color stories that reflect a brightened outlook and an adventurous spirit for the

year ahead. Our color experts have researched trends in art, fashion, science and pop culture to create this four-palette forecast for your home design projects.

BUOYANT

THE COLORS OF BUOYANT ARE REMINISCENT OF VINTAGE FLORAL PATTERNS. LIGHT AND DEEP GREENS, VIOLETS AND CORALS CREATE EXOTIC WAVES OF TROPICAL AND TIKI-INSPIRED LOOKS.

RYEGRASS

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THIS PALETTE EVOKES A CALM OASIS, RANGING FROM OFF-BLACK TO CHALKY NEUTRALS AND DUSTY BLUES. IT IS DESIGNED TO CREATE A COMFORTABLE INTERIOR.

WILLOW TREE

STICKS & STONES

ROYCROFT MISTY

MOODY BLUE

GRAY

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UNRESTRAINED

BOLD, ETHNIC-INSPIRED COLORS OF THE UNRESTRAINED PALETTE CELEBRATE A CAREFREE SPIRIT. THE PALETTE FEATURES SATURATED PRIMARY HUES, INCLUDING SUNNY YELLOW, LIVELY TURQUOISE AND BRIGHT BLUE, AS WELL AS BLACK AND WHITE. EACH CAN BE USED ON ITS OWN FOR A POP OF COLOR, OR COMBINED, TO CREATE A VIBRANT AND, ENERGETIC SPACE.

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VOYAGE

THE VOYAGE PALETTE LOOKS TO THE OUTER LIMITS, FEATURING HUES THAT REPRESENT THE COLOR SPECTRUM. UNDERSEA TEAL, BRIGHT GREEN KELP, LIGHT WATERY BLUE AND DEEP SPACE PURPLE ARE SCI-FI DREAMS OF PAST DECADES.

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Only a few short months after forming her own

“When I walked through the project with my client for

an exciting design- build project, for Authentic Talent

Between the incredible bones of the space, and my

interior design firm, Heather LaCombe was offered

Management’s West Coast Office. The project, located in the Hayden Tract District of Culver City, California, was at one time used to manufacture lighting. Today, it remains a raw industrial space, with an eighteen foot wood bow truss ceiling, concrete floors, and exposed brick.

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the first time, I knew that it was going to be fantastic.

client’s expressed desire for something unique, I knew

that together, we were going to do something amazing.” LaCombe states.

Heather and her client, Sean Elliot, Talent Manager and Head of Office, quickly got to work to determine the


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general layout of the space. “With the open floor plan,

the interior and exterior, giving them a thick, three

an issue. My client needed one room where the company

agency meets daily and signs with new talent.

and high ceilings, acoustics were inevitably going to be could escape the sound of voices bouncing off of the walls, which is why we built the conference room.� The conference room is a square structure, which

LaCombe designed to divide the lobby from the main space. Two of the four walls are clad in wood on both

dimensional look. Inside, is a sitting area, where the

Just outside of the conference room is the main space, where LaCombe built a twenty- one foot long desk for the assistants to work from. The desk, made of glulam

beams (glued, laminated timber) and raw steel, is lit by a custom fixture which is, made of plain black pipe.

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by Heather, is by local artist Tashina Suzuki. LaCombe

worked intensely with the artist to bring her own vision of the art to life.

For the remaining art work, LaCombe collaborated with a Los Angeles based company, Street Craft LA, which is a non profit organization, that teaches young artists to become entrepreneurs. “I loved being able to support

such a great cause, while providing incredible works of art for my client, all while staying on budget.” Says LaCombe With the build out of the conference room, nine

offices, an assistant’s area, and three large sitting areas, remaining on budget was no’t the easiest part for the designer. “The project was quite large, on a relatively small budget.” LaCombe goes on to say, “I had to

work a little harder than usual to make it all happen!. I

scavenged flea markets and estate sales, and shopped on eBay. ... I got my hands dirty here and there too! All

for the sake of being able to work some beautiful highend statement pieces into the budget. I enjoyed the

challenge and feel that it forced me to be more creative, and grow as a designer.”

Custom brass signage hangs in the lobby. The sign,

which boasts the company’s logo, sits above a vintage leather chesterfield. A1970’s chair is covered in dark teal velvet by Robert Allen. The industrial lamp is a

flea market find, and the vintage over-dyed rug is from Woven Accents.From LaCombe’s own furniture line, a

gold leaf hand chair sits in front of a cinderblock wall, which was spray painted with a colorful “abyss” by Bobby Rodriguez, from Street Craft LA.

In the conference room, vintage Jielde Lamps flank an

IKEA couch. The industrial chandelier was custom built in the designer’s work room. The Tavolo- like coffee

table is a flea market find, with a new glass top, and the knoll tulip tables were purchased on eBay.

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The exterior drywall “faces” mural was created by Ben Natus Avila, of Street Craft LA.

In the main space, the zinc side table from Made Goods sits next to a Room and Board velvet sofa. A custom

“Urban Geode” by Paige Smith of “A Common Name” sits on a copper coffee table from Blu Dot. The brown leather

and brass chairs are part of LaCombe’s custom collection.

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In the Kitchen, spray paint and acetone were

used on a sheet of raw metal to create the mouth art, which was a collaboration between Street

Craft artists, Ben Natus Avila, Bobby Rodriguez,

and Emmet Ashford- Trotter. Vintage chairs with new leather upholstery sit around a CB2 dining

table, and the EAT letters were a flea market find, spray painted gold.


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The end result of this project is a masterfully

inspirational, creative, and cutting edge. Thanks

colour and bold decor, the Agency showcases the

are in an inspirational, creative, and cutting edge

executed mix of high-low. Filled with rich off-beat

designer’s signature style, and grabs the attention of everyone who walks through the door.

“The actors and content creators we represent

to Heather, one step inside our front door and you space. Our clients feel right at home.” Says client, Sean Elliot. “Imagine working in a kick ass space

you never want to leave. We get to do that every day!”

are entertainment industry leaders, who are

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Embrace New Home Trends BY CATHERINE-LUCIE HORBER

The beauty about styles and

Color wise, we will see a

ending cycle. Often when

navy blues. You can see dark

trends is that they are a never styles do come back, it is

with a bang. I am happy to

share some of the evolving

new trends for the upcoming 2015 year.

When working with clients I show them decor items

continuation of rich and dark navy in many stores and, in

new fabric collections from major manufacturers. Navy

is often combined with gold.

Gold accents can be found in

chandeliers, lamps, decorative vases, and coffee tables.

that in style like a bold and

Another widely used theme

accent wall, or a stunning

fabric, vases or decorative

beautiful wall paper for an patterned drapery. I will

hear things like, “Wallpaper and drapery remind me of something that was in my grandmother’s house!” I

know what they are referring to, but the current trends

happening are not the same

as grammy’s old curtains. It is not necessarily the item that classifies a material or finish

as being in style, but rather its application, content, balance and how it is being used. Wallpaper is a trend that

has come back with a bang.

Wallpaper is bold with added rich velvet textures, shiny

metallics, and even crocodile skin and leather textures. A carefully chosen textured

wallpaper can be a stunning focal point to any room.

seen in the form of artwork,

accessories has been the use

of bones, skulls, bull heads and horns. They come in many

shapes, textures and colors. Asian influences are also strong with chinoiserie

patterns in fabrics, vases, bowls and various other

applications. Buddha statues

are placed in both casual and elegant interiors.

Organic leaf patterns,

branches and corals are also

very popular. We can see them as added details on beautiful

sideboards or as the base of an interesting table.

Have fun with these

reoccurring decor items,

adding a new twist to them and a new breath of life.

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BUILT INS FOR THE MODERN FAMILY YOUR HOME WITH @TONISABSTYLE

BY TONI SABATINO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARVEY SMITH

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As a designer, I love to draw on my experience as a mother and as a grandmother when I am designing spaces for families. I am a major

proponent of a kitchen-centric open floor plan. Life happens in the kitchen. As mothers, we nurture our family and friends and that nurtures our souls.

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living room, dining room, and within eye shot of what I like to call the “parlor”, (that entry

space that makes a first

impression so we want to keep it neat) is obvious.

Birthday celebrations, Sunday football or Nascar parties

and everyday family dinners are so enjoyable when

there is space to entertain.

I find family play time in the common area of the open floor plan to be more fun,

too. Kids are within eye shot

and feel more included in the

family activities than when the toys and play are relegated

to the out of sight “playroom”. I think the the open floor

plan should be one big play room. The challenge to this is containing the messiness

and having enough storage. Storage ottomans, coffee tables with drawers and

plenty of built in cabinetry can be the answer.

Kitchens are the ultimate “built-ins”. A place for

everything. Using that

thought process for the rest

of this living space is the key

to containing the family mess

that happens when you have small children.

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The home pictured here has toy baskets full of trains and cars

space also helps keep the family clutter to a minimum.

books for family reading time on the comfy sectional.

closet is also a natural. Drawers, shelves, glass door

in the cabinet below the tv. The coffee table drawers contain

Art supplies, coloring books and snacks are all found in

some of the ample kitchen drawers, A formal dining room

cabinets and islands keep clothing and accessories organized and neat.

is located to the front of the kitchen. Large openings to

To some organizationally challenged individuals this

to the front courtyard leave no walls for furniture so the

the rewards for day to day family living really work for

the front “parlor� room, kitchen, back hall and glass door addition of a built in butler pantry to house wedding

china, wine glasses, serving pieces and table linens was

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style of floor plan might not be the first choice but

my clients with young families. Teaching your kids to

clean up the toys and set the table can be a challenge but teaching them to have pride in their beautiful family home is a great start.


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DITCH THE FRAME AND EMBRACE ARTWORK IN A NEW WAY WRITTEN BY ELENA MORGAN AND CANDACE ULLAL PRODUCED BY ELENA MORGAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BLACKSTONE EDGE

The time has come to break away from wall-hung artwork and expand the canvas to your ceilings, windows, fireplaces, and furniture! Most

people are used to and comfortable with traditional forms of art that often times are displayed on the wall and in a frame, but those are

times of the past. Nowadays, the words “traditional art” are something that is becoming somewhat obsolete. Technological advances have

provided several new platforms for artists to explore new boundaries as a way of sharing their creativity with the world. Garrison Hullinger

Interior Design’s Associate Interior Designer, Candace Ullal is here to share three possible ways to ditch the canvas and bring unique, and exclusive artwork to your home!

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CREATE A HUGE STATEMENT WITH YOUR ENTIRE WALL! Ullal recommends to “treat a large

un-used wall (interior or exterior) as the canvas for something beautiful! From floor-to-ceiling, and from end-to-end.” If you are feeling

bold and up for this task, create a

beautiful and textural wall with an inexpensive material that gives a

stunning “wow” effect that everyone craves! An easy and inexpensive

way to transform a regular wall is by

applying a rustic or reclaimed wood plank onto dry wall. The various colors, depth, and difference in

material create an alluring pattern

with a lot of horizontal movement. Drawing the eye closer and closer to inspect the imperfections and

fascinating levels of detail. All easily done through a local “re-build-it”

center or simply select a “vintage” like wood plank product.

TIP TO TRY: Add texture and depth to your wall by completely concealing dry wall by adding a rustic and reclaimed wood plank!

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A COLLECTOR’S DREAM COME TRUE Hang up your favorite collections! Ullal urges you to “take those gorgeous plates, chargers, and handmade

cups and bolt them to your wall or ceiling to create a collection of intriguing shapes and forms along a focal

wall in a space.” One way to display your prized possessions in your space is to use colorful, glass plates and affix them to the wall producing a horizontally oriented artwork display. If you use clear glass plates, it allows you to have a whimsical play with shadows, translucency, and pattern! Ullal says that “a great DIY to try at

home is to is to personalize your space by taking grandma’s vintage porcelain plates and display their character on a subtly painted wall to make them be the highlight of any room.”

TIP TO TRY: Bolt your favorite items to the wall to create a collection of intriguing shapes and forms along a focal wall in a space.

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TIP TO TRY: Create areas or collections of art to be displayed together. You can separate them by color or similar pieces of art!

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THROW THE MEASUREMENTS OUT OF THE WINDOW! Do not be fooled! When it comes to displaying your art, Ullal insists on

“disregarding the standard sizes of 24” x

36” or 18” x 24” - the sky is the limit!” The scale of any piece can really transform a

space. Try creating areas or collections of art to be displayed together from small scale to large-scale sizes. Ullal continues on to

say that “the play on scale and saturation

of color will give any space an eclectic but non-clutter look!”

Ullal encourages you to continue to “seek

ways to get excited, shock your guests, and tickle the imagination, with thrilling pieces of art. She continues on to say that “you

cannot buy these, you can create these with these three simple steps.”

1.) Think contrast in scale. Large items to

contrast the smaller more traditional scaled pieces in your home.

2.) Don’t stick to comfortable, and everyday

vertical wall application, look at your ceiling, your flooring, your carpet, your doorway opening as a blank canvas and find a

surface that deserves something special! 3.) Be inspired and use what you have and what is already out there! Such as vintage

books, old boards, rope from the garage, any item can great an interesting piece

of art, or at least be an inspiration for the driving force that creates a piece of art.

Cheers to thinking outside of the frame and creating artwork that is thought provoking, and a worthwhile conversation starter!

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EMBARK WITH US 1½ cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into large dice ½ cup onion, sliced 2 cloves garlic 1 bay leaf 1 large egg 6 egg roll wrappers ½ cup Secret Spice (page 224) Salt Coarsely ground black pepper 1 cup spinach, stemmed and chopped Vegetable oil, for frying ¼ cup ripe tomato, diced ½ seedless cucumber, shredded 1 cup plain yogurt 2 tsp black sesame seeds 6 sprigs cilantro 2 lemon wedges In a large saucepan, place the squash, onion, garlic and bay leaf. Add water until it covers the vegetables by an inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook, covered, until the squash is fork-tender. Drain and mash well, using a hand masher or an electric mixer. This can be coarse or smooth. Put in the refrigerator to chill. Beat the egg together with a tablespoon of water. Place the egg roll wrappers on the counter. Mix the squash filling together with half of the Secret Spice and salt and pepper to taste. Divide it into 6 equal parts. Place each piece of filling in the center of a wrapper. Distribute the spinach among the wrappers.

WONTONS FROM SPAAAACE Serves 6

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Brush a ¼-inch line of egg mixture around the border of each wrapper. Fold the wrapper point to point to make a triangle and press the edges to seal. Nudge the filling to distribute it a little, leaving a 3⁄4-inch border. At this point, the wontons can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. To cook, put 1 inch of oil into a heavy pan over medium-high heat (or use a deep fryer set to 350°F/177°C). Fry until golden brown (in batches if needed). Drain on paper towels. On a warm platter, arrange the tomato, cucumber and yogurt in small piles next to the wontons. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and remaining Secret Spice and top with the cilantro and a squeeze of lemon.


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SEARED SCALLOPS IN ASIAN BROTH Serves 1

3 oz dry Scallops Olive oil ½ cup fish stock or canned clam juice (choose a natural, low-salt clam juice) 2 tbsp bamboo shoots marinated in chili oil 4 leaves Thai basil 2 scallions, sliced on the bias Lemon wedge Heat your 9-inch cast-iron pan on high heat. Oil the scallops just to coat and place on the skillet. Let the first side brown well.

The scallops’ interiors should stay cool to the touch. Do not flip them. Just get that brown caramelization happening and remove from the heat. It should take 4 minutes or so. In a saucepan, warm the fumet to just short of boiling. Then remove the saucepan full of fumet from the heat and add the bamboo shoots and basil. Turn out this mixture into an Asian-style bowl. Place the scallops seared side up on top of the mixture. Sprinkle with the scallions. Squeeze the lemon over and toss the wedge into the bowl. LIKE WHAT YOU READ HERE? YOU CAN FIND MORE IN RECIPE FROM ADVENTURES IN COMFORT FOOD BY KERRY ALTEIRO PAGE STREET PUBLISHING/OCTOBER 2014

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TRAVEL WIITH NANCY:

MY ALMOST ‘ROYAL’ LONDON ADVENTURE. BY NANCY LAZARUS

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Heathrow. My interrogator was a

to visit my brother and me. It

who grilled me thus. Where was

would come to Los Angeles

was a family ritual to dine at the

Hotel Bel-Air, the most exquisite hotel property in all of LA

County. Surrounded by ethereal gardens with a stone bridge perched over the soothing sounds of the murmuring

stream, the hotel simply exudes serenity. It is a haven in the

midst of a maddening city of

traffic and rudeness, pretension and egoism. The hotel is a throwback to the days of

manners and quiet moneyed

guests, the antithesis of tabloid Hollywood, at least around Christmastime.

After enjoying our celebratory

dinner we all moved to the little bar for a quiet nightcap. There, was a rather proper English

gentleman who took quite an interest in me. We chatted for a few minutes, I gave him my

number and in the days ensuing he would call and we’d talk for

hours. In LA on business he was soon back off to London where

he continued to pursue me with calls, gifts and compliments.

After about a month of this he

asked me to visit and arranged a business class flight.

Now before moving on to the

meat of our visit, I must tell you

my experience once I arrived at

woman, a no-nonsense woman

I staying, did I plan to work, who was I visiting, how long had I

known him, where did I meet

him, what were we planning to do while I was there…Finally I proclaimed in indignation,

“Lady, you are worse than my mother!” She sent me on my

way without even the tiniest of an upturned lip.

I exited the terminal to my

handsome, distinguished host and his awaiting chauffeur

driven Rolls Royce who sped

us off to Grosvenor Square in

Mayfair. This was beginning to

feel like a fairy tale! There I was in the midst of Embassies and

brownstones of the titled. Yet no sooner had the fairy tale started had it begun to unravel.

As with any self-respecting

woman, before arriving I had made it clear that I would

expect my own room. After all, I

hardly knew this man regardless of our countless hours on the

phone and his fancy credentials. I was offered the quintessential cup of tea, shown my room

and instructed that the room by the kitchen was off limits.

What could possibly be beyond that door? His office? Photos

of his unmentioned girlfriend? Her belongings, methodically

hidden from view? Red flag #1. On the first evening my host

made plans for us to dine with

his close friends; a lovely couple I quite enjoyed. However my date, evidently not much of a drinker, had had a bit too

much wine and it fell on me to make our way back to Mayfair with little help in the way of directions. So there I was

driving on the ‘wrong’ side of

the street, in a city I didn’t know calling upon my experience

as a Location Scout to make it back in one piece. No sooner

had we made it up the stairs to the flat was I cornered on the

couch and practically mauled

by an overzealous suitor full of Bordeaux. Red flags #2 + 3. Deciding to excuse the

evening’s behavior as a

miscalculation on my date’s

part, the next day we carried

on with our scheduled itinerary

around the city. A trip to eye the Crown Jewels in The Tower of London, a gander at Big Ben

and London Bridge, an open

double decker bus tour through the Financial District and so on. It was a fun day. After a quick respite back at the flat, we

moved on to a pub style dinner; a blur of comfort foods piled

onto the plate reminiscent of a Thanksgiving meal. Unkempt dogs patiently awaiting their

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The following day we left for our

weekend visit to Brighton, a crumbling seaside town once known as an off

radar destination where prominent men

would bring their mistresses. Even while staying at the Grand Hotel Brighton,

the town’s most prestigious hotel, there remained an air of louche secrecy. The

crumbling boardwalk with its blue-collar touristy attractions left me once again

pondering the closed door passed the kitchen. While the Brits are known for

their fun and witty humor, my date was

own set of interesting circumstances. My first night alone I chose to treat myself to dining at a top restaurant. A pitfall of being a single woman, I was eyed

curiously by the maître d and directed

to a table in the far back where service

seemed to be begrudgingly provided.

It was reminiscent of my days in Boston

when I would meet my father at the Ritz Carlton Bar before dinner. Regardless that I was dressed in the conservative

attire dictated by the provincial onus of

the 80s, the bartender would summarily ignore me as if I were a workingwoman waiting for my john.

an uptight rather humorless, entitled

Once again I shrugged off the offending

as I could only imagine Diana felt with

my days knocking around the fabulous

fellow whose interaction left me feeling Charles. I began to think of my suitor

as a stuffy old Tea Bag whose distaste for my love of coffee and often silly,

playful demeanor seemed to leave him in horror. Our weekend ended with

what could only be reminiscent of the fumbling’s of a fraternity boy void of

finesse and romance. Red flags #3 + 4. Our journey back to London was mired

behavior and spent the remainder of

Knightsbridge boutiques culminating it the essential visit to Harrods. I

discovered the eclectic style of Nicole

Farhi and bought two sweaters, which I

have to this day. They are void of being a reminder of my failed fairy tale and stand instead for the independence

and fortitude I exhibited by leaving an awkward situation.

in stale air, the discomfort palpable. In

Though my fairy tale may have not come

my holiday I decided it was time to move

aptitude by taking care of myself and

an attempt to rescue the last few days of to a hotel. I was set up in a rather lovely area near Harrods in Knightsbridge.

Single rooms in London are renowned for being unceremoniously small so without a moments hesitation and

equipped with my date’s American

Express card I immediately moved to a double room.

The remainder of my visit created it’s

to fruition, I fostered my own inner

relishing in the energy and historical beauty surrounding me. London is a

vibrant, cultured city where I regretted not for one moment having made

the decision to leave my ‘palace’ in

Grosvenor Square. So perhaps I didn’t leave with my Prince but instead I left with a new respect for myself. Dream, Travel, Explore

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YOUNG Contemporary mixed media artist, Neil Young, was born in Ottawa and now resides in Toronto. He holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and practiced professionally for 10 years. In 2009, Neil became a full-time artist and his work has now been exhibited in galleries across Canada, published in architectural and design magazines, and acquired by corporate and private collectors worldwide. His architectural background and the urban landscape strongly influence his style. Working in plan, section, and elevation, each painting is a an abstraction and exploration of new spaces through the fundamentals of colour, composition, and texture. Relying on intuition, rather than preconceived images, each painting is a result of layers upon layers of quick gestures. This palimpsest approach of adding, deleting, and leaving traces of layers past, gives a strong sense of memory and atmosphere to each piece. Visit: www.neilyoungart.com for more information.

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I’ve really loved my office for the last four years, (pictured below).

Before

I loved the bright blue wall (which is

slightly muted in this terrible old iPhone photo). It felt feminine, really vibrant and

fun. I liked the artwork and photos on the wall and the shelves filled with all kinds

of books I’ve read over the years. Lately, however I have had the urge to rip it all down and start over - which I did.

My room was in complete disaster mode. I

actually boxed up nine boxes of books that I will be donating, Nine!

As you can see I have painted the

walls white. I am loving stark white and minimalistic design these days, Peter,

my husband, and I had been on a decluttering frenzy.

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Anything we haven’t used

for the last year was being

sold or donated, including electronics, furniture etc. We’ve always enjoyed a clean home without too

much “stuff” and letting go of some of the excess just feels good for our souls!

Anyway white walls are my

thing now - but I don’t mind

a little pop of colour or some gold accents, which adds a little “glam” to the room.

White walls and minimal decor - is a difficult look to pull off

without making the room feel

unfinished. White interiors have also been a little trendy for a

while, so there is the chance I

will get sick of it - but I doubt it. On the plus side we will be

moving next summer so if I hate it, I only have to live with it for a year.

— XO, Jany

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Embark December & January 2015  

Featuring the design maven, Genevieve Gorder. We dabble in the holiday spirit of this month as well as color trends for the new year.

Embark December & January 2015  

Featuring the design maven, Genevieve Gorder. We dabble in the holiday spirit of this month as well as color trends for the new year.

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