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SPOTTING VERSUS SETTING A TREND WITHYOUR HOME SOFTER SIDE TO PAINTING WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A DESIGNER! SMALL SPACE BIG IMPACT: MAXIMIZE YOUR OUTDOOR AREA DEFINING SPACES WITHOUT WALLS


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table of contents 6 URBAN EDGE

10 NEUTRAL ESCAPE 16 SMALL SPACE, BIG IMPACT 18 TRENDSPOTTING VS. TRENDSETTING 24 DELICIOUS MASON JAR SALADS 28 FEATURE: SABRINA SOTO 36 A VINTAGE CONTEMPORARY TWIST 42 DEFINING SPACES 50 AN UPPER WEST SIDE TRIPLEX 58 ACCESSORIES GUIDE 60 PERFORMANCE FABRICS

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table of contents 62 A REBEL WITH A CAUSE 66 LIGHTING GUIDE 68 PAINTING WITH A SOFTER SIDE 70 YOUR HOME WITH @TONISABSTYLE 74 FURNITURE GUIDE 76 PILLOW GUIDE 78 PATIO GUIDE 80 INSPIRING FIRES FOR OUTDOOR SPACES 88 KITCHEN GUIDE 90 FALCON RIDGE ESTATE 97 EMBARK ON ART WITH JAMES WYPER 104 COCKTAILS FOR ENTERTAINING 108 WHY HIRE A DESIGNER

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JUNE & JULY 2014 EDITOR IN CHIEF: MATT ZANZOTTO & KRISTIE STOODLEY COPY WRITERS: RAVNEET TAKHAR & LISA MACDONALD DESIGN LEADS: CATHY NICHOLES & NIKKI CHAN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: BEYOND BEIGE INTERIOR DESIGN, TONI SABATINO, JANE LOCKHART INTERIOR DESIGN, ELENA MORGAN, ALISON VAN DELDEN, JOANNA NICOL, CARLI STEPHENS ROTHMAN, CARSON ARTHUR, DAWN’S STAGING & DESIGN, MEREDITH HERON, SARA STORY DESIGN, JULIA MIRABELLA, YAEL GOTTESMAN, CLARE PASCOE AND CYNTHIA SODA PHOTOGRAPHERS RANDAL KURT, BLACKSTONE EDGE, PAUL ALEXANDER, BRANDON BARRE, BJORN WALLANDER, BOB GUNDU, ALEXANDER JAMES, AND ASA WEINSTEIN

a letter from the editors Happy Summer! This issue we couldn’t be prouder, as we continue to evolve our content and introduce more elements that can help

stylishly improve your home living enjoyment. From delicious summer salads to amazing cocktails, we hope you try out the

recipes and let us know what you think! Also, we’re dedicating space to a featured artist in every issue, someone who sparks our imaginations and this premiere section we hope you appreciate the abstract artist James Wyper.

Further to that, we’ve been fortunate enough to feature the stunning Sabrina Soto of HGTV’s High/Low Project. This

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woman is a talented inspiration who’s focus and efforts have her succeeding in many aspects of her endeavours.

Lastly, we finally have the lovely contributors who in their own right are celebrities to us. These people are unique, original, talented, and truly align with the vision of this magazine.

We are very, very, proud to have them join our journey, and encourage you to check them out.

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This home was originally a builder’s spec home with incredibly dated finishes. The new owners, recent transplants from the city, wanted a cost effective way to create a cool, urban vibe that could also accommodate their expanding family. They were able to create an urban edge with affordable upgrades to the fireplace, wallpaper, mouldings and furniture, all while being respectful to the home’s original charm. The end result was exactly what they wanted; affordable, trendy, fun and practical all at the same time!

Beyond Beige Interior Design is an award winning interior design firm in Vancouver. They specialize in residential, hospitality and commercial design. Their clients and projects span from Greater Vancouver to Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles and everywhere in between.

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Neutral Escape DESIGNED BY: JANE LOCKHART INTERIOR DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY BY: BRANDON BARRÉ/ KYLEMORE COMMUNITIES

Master Bedroom For this generously-sized master bedroom, we started with a calming, neutral palette and perfectly proportioned furnishings that fill but don’t cramp the space. Varying textures, patterns and fabrics in the same colour story, including pops of deeper shades, add interest to the room. The wide-plank oak floors in a warm tone are a homey touch, paying tribute to the past. Chunky crown moulding separating the vaulted ceiling from the walls help to bring the eye down, bringing what could feel like a cavernous room down to a more ‘human’ scale. Custom blinds for privacy are neatly framed with crisply tailored drapery in a reverse pleat, finished in a contrasting band. There’s always room for a bit of sparkle and here we’ve added it with the pendant chandelier, the traditional, mirrored side tables and with the nail head detail on the chairs. It is a large space with a cozy feeling.

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Jane Lockhart Interior Design provides expert interior design solutions for residential and commercial clients across North America. From room makeovers, to product and colour consulting, our expertise is focused on providing the best options for our clients to suit both their style and budget.

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Master Bathroom Custom-made cabinetry takes advantage of the tall ceilings in this ‘masterful’ en-suite. Fine trim details such as the ‘feet’ at the base, the shelf and vanity look like free-standing furniture pieces. In contrast to the dark wood, the counter is topped with pristine, white granite, the under mount double sinks flank the integrated vanity. The taps are the jewels of this room, crystal clear, multifaceted, and beautiful. A separate glassed-in shower, trimmed in dark wood to balance the cabinetry on the opposite wall features a mosaic-tiled floor and ceiling with a rain shower head. The same mosaic tile is repeated in lines between the marble floor tiles to playfully break up the expanse. The stylish soaker tub makes an inviting statement under the large window. More at janelockhart.com 14

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SMALL SPACE, BIG IMPACT:

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR OUTDOOR AREA BY CARSON ARTHUR

CARSON ARTHUR

is an international landscape designer with a focus on environmentally friendly design. His newest series, Critical Listing, teaches homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations.

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hen you live in a busy and

waterproof options to extend the life of crowding them because each plant

bustling city, your backyard

your outdoor treasures.

can become your urban oasis and the best place to embrace a moment of calm. For many urban dwellers, tight quarters and crowded balconies can distract from these tranquil times. As a landscape designer, I’m always helping my clients to imagine the potential of any outdoor space, no matter its size.

USE ONE SURFACE FOR THE GROUND I’ve heard experts say that small stones make a small space look bigger, but I disagree! The key is to use one consistent surface throughout and define a small backyard as one room,

doesn’t have to compete for resources. Using containers also lets you bring plants that are in bloom to the front and move other plants to the back, maximizing the visual interest in the space. THINK VERTICAL! WALLS ARE OFTEN WASTED SPACE IN SMALL YARDS

even if the room has multiple purposes. Make the most of yours with outdoor

I like to use a rich textured wood to pull artwork or even vertical gardens. I find that vertical walls in a small space or

To perfect your outdoor space, you’ll

it all together. Because staining year

need to take all the rules for indoor

after year can be a pain in the back, I

rooms that you think you know

always look for something that is low-

character without cluttering the rest

and throw them out. The biggest

maintenance, but designed to weather of the area. One note of caution, pay

misconception is that these rules apply

all Canadian seasons. One of the

extra attention to the spot where the

Ideas like using small furniture in a small

pressure treated wood called MicroPro of mine because that line always draws

a balcony are the perfect spot to add

to any small space whether inside or out. biggest trends for 2014 is a new style of ground meets the wall. It’s a pet peeve space, or limiting yourself to light colours Sienna. With a warm brown hue, it and palettes to make the space feel airy

looks just like cedar, but at half the

certainly don’t really apply outside.

price. It can make any space feel warm

Once you start re-examining your space, you’ll find there is enormous potential to create the backyard haven you crave. Here are my favourite tips to maximize even the smallest outdoor spaces. MAXIMIZE THE EMPTY SPACES Remember, clutter in a small space can easily overwhelm and crowd. Take a look at the spaces that aren’t

and expensive and it looks like indoor hardwood. Add outdoor area rugs to really enhance the feeling of being in a room and also to visually section the space. If you’re going with more than one rug, choose different sizes. Two rugs of the same size will divide a small space, whereas two different sizes visually compliment each other.

the eye to an area that you don’t want to highlight. I always try to break-up these lines with furniture or beautiful pots. CREATE A FOCAL POINT IN THE CENTER Drawing the eye to the center of the room serves one very important purpose; it visually pushes the walls away. Just be careful that your focal point doesn’t overpower the whole space. I’ve used large planters, water features and even mosaic patterns to create an impactful focal point.

CHOOSE CONTAINERS OVER

I personally love smaller spaces

you. My favourite ‘unused’ space is

PLANT BEDS I never want anyone

because they can be a perfect spot

furniture options, you’ll never have

space is a bad idea. If you look at a

small yard, pick one or two purposes

well-balanced flowerbed, you should

for the space but try not to make a

see some space between the plants,

small area do too much; otherwise it

which prevents overcrowding. By

won’t really deliver on anything.

being used and make them work for

under benches. With modern outdoor to think that having plants in a small to sacrifice style for function. Built-in seating in a small backyard is a great way to add storage and hide all of the toys, tools, and even extra pillows and blankets. Just be sure to choose

to disappear into. When designing a

using containers, you can squeeze the plants closer together without actually

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TRENDSPOTTING

VERSUS

TRENDFORECASTING BY MERIDTIH HERON, PRINCIPAL OF MERIDTH HERON DESIGN

As a designer, I am routinely called upon to declare what it is that is trendy, what is “oh so dead� to me and the like. I find that this puts me in an immediate conflict of interest with clients both current and future. I do not design based on trends, though they will often influence some of my preferences. However, rarely if ever am I influenced by something that is currently trending - I prefer to work ahead of trends and be a forecaster or a tastemaker. To that end, I can proudly declare that I have been working with brass fixtures in my kitchens and bathrooms for a good solid three years now and I am pleased to see that many plumbing companies have caught on to this trend and are providing designers and consumers alike with a great selection of finishes to choose from. The re-emergence of brass as a player in the fixture game is actually the first wave of what is going to be a major design shift away from contemporary and minimal influences toward a return to the traditional. Traditional decor and decorating is coming back in a very big way. Brass, chintz, large scale florals not just as accents but as major upholstery and drapery statements rooms clutch and

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This custom built-in we designed with traditional pilasters and corbels to add a more luxurious and dramatic feel in this den. The lacquer finish gives the piece a more polished and sophisticated feel and serves to make the space feel much bigger than it is because of the dramatic scale. It doesn't hurt that it causes the TV to disappear either.

PHOTO: ASA WEINSTEIN DESIGN: MEREDITH HERON DESIGN INC.

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Again another small room was given a huge facelift with the addition of high gloss lacquer built ins to create a custom library feel for this media room. The walls were painted the same colour as the millwork to minimize contrast and make the room feel much bigger than it is.

so are more bespoke and custom papers like hand painted

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It’s already begun with a huge increase in the use of

silk panels that transform walls into actual pieces of art.

wallpaper. What used to be a tough sell to clients, now

In rooms that aren’t being papered, the walls are still

is requested at the first meeting with prospects before

getting a lot of attention paid to them with high gloss

we have even been retained. We are using wallpaper on

lacquer. This includes cabinetry and millwork. The sheen

ceilings, inside cabinets, we are even wrapping furniture in

can’t be beat and adds tremendous luxury and instant

grasscloth and shagreen. Grasscloth is hugely popular but

glamour to a space. As we move toward more traditional

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The new brass as shown here in a kitchen we recently redesigned. Throw out all the rules and mix metals for a truly eclectic and lived in feel especially in new builds. Faucet: Solna by Brizo

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Nurseries are always so much fun to decorate. We skipped the mobile in this nursery and chose instead to add a hand-blocked wallpaper to the ceiling for visual interest. The hand-blocking creates a more subtle pattern that is more soothing than visually busy - good for sleeping!!!

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This kitchen is the perfect blend between modern conveniences, contemporary finishes and still feels like it belongs in this well-aged Victorian Rowhouse. The rolling ladder harkens back and adds an apothecary feel but is also very practical given the tall ceilings, allowing for maximal storage. We found the vintage sign in a local antique store and it was literally the perfect fit.

interiors, the use of gloss lacquer on furniture, walls, and

It is a softer alternative to black and richer than many

millwork will continue to grow in popularity. Rich

charcoals. However, if you want to be ahead of the

saturated hues are especially highlighted by a

curve on the latest it colour - rich, ruby red is going to

lacquered finish.

be making a very big statement in the coming years in

Navy has finally caught on (it’s been my staple neutral

decor. Not necessarily for the walls but on fabrics and

for years - it’s a well established love affair on my part)

millwork it will really make a statement.

and is especially popular in fabrics and in cabinetry.

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eclectic conversation pattern and texture. Meredith Heron Designwith is acolor, full-service, multi-disciplinary, interior design firm and lifestyl consultancy that manages the design of private residences, restaurants, and boutique co properties in the United States and Canada. The firm’s high standards of integrity and cre have earned it a reputation for exceptional design and superior execution of projects.

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Pomegranate & Pear Salad MAKES 1 SERVING

• 1 pear, cored and thinly sliced • 3 cups spinach leaves, divided • 1⁄2 cup pomegranate seeds • 1⁄4 cup roughly chopped pecans • 4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese • 3 tablespoons sherry vinaigrette • 1 quart-size mason jar SHERRY VINAIGRETTE • 2 1⁄2 tablespoons sherry vinegar • pinch of salt • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until the dressing thickens. Place the pear slices in the bottom of the mason jar. Layer 2 cups of the spinach on top of the pear, then add the pomegranate seeds, another 1⁄2 cup spinach and the chopped pecans. Finish with the remaining 1⁄2 cup spinach and the blue cheese. Make a small cup out of parchment paper at the top of the jar and pour in the vinaigrette dressing. Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use. 24

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Southwestern Salad

MAKES 1 SERVING

• 3 tablespoons lime vinaigrette (recipe follows) • 1⁄2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
 • 1⁄2 red vine-ripened tomato, diced
 • 1⁄4 red bell pepper, diced • 1⁄4 yellow bell pepper, diced
 • 1⁄2 cup diced avocado (optional)
 • 1⁄2 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen • 2 cups mixed salad greens
 • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, grated
 • 1 quart-size Mason jar LIME VINAIGRETTE • 2 tablespoons lime juice
 • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro • pinch of salt
 • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • dash of hot sauce (optional)
 • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together the lime juice, cilantro, salt, pepper and hot sauce (if using). Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until the dressing thickens. Start by pouring the vinaigrette into themason jar. Then layer in the black beans, tomato, bell peppers, avocado and corn. Finish with the salad greens and the cheddar cheese. Seal and BY JULIA MIRABELLA- AUTHOR OF MASON JAR SALADS AND MORE

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MAKES 1 SERVING

• 11⁄4 cup uncooked quinoa
 • 1⁄2 cup water
 • 2 to 3 tablespoons blueberry vinaigrette (recipe follows) • 1/3 cup cucumber chunks


Spinach, Radish, & Quinoa Salad

• 1⁄3 cup diced vine-ripened tomatoes
 • 1⁄3 cup fresh peas (or substitute sugar snap peas)
 • 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced radishes
 • 2 cups spinach leaves
 • 1 quart-size mason jar BLUEBERRY VINAIGRETTE • 3 tablespoons fresh blueberries
 • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
 • 1⁄4 teaspoon honey
 • pinch of salt
 • freshly ground black pepper to taste • 4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil

Place the blueberries, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a blender and

blend until smooth. With the blender running, slowly add the olive oil until it is the right consistency.

Rinse the quinoa thoroughly under running water. Place in a small

saucepan with the water and bring

to a boil over high heat. Reduce the

heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15 minutes, until the water has

been absorbed. Let the quinoa cool before adding it to the salad.

Layer the ingredients in the mason

jar, starting with the vinaigrette and continuing with the cucumbers,

tomatoes, peas and radishes. Add

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Watermelon and Feta Salad

MAKES 1 SERVING

• 2 to 3 tablespoons sherry vinaigrette (recipe follows)

• 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
 • 1⁄3 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
 • 2 cups cubed seedless watermelon • 4 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese • 1 pint-size mason jar SHERRY VINAIGRETTE • 2 to 2 1⁄2 tablespoons sherry vinegar • pinch of salt
 • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together the vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until the dressing thickens. Layer the salad ingredients in the mason jar, starting with the vinaigrette and continuing with the tomatoes, parsley, watermelon and feta cheese, in that order. Seal the jar and BY JULIA MIRABELLA- AUTHOR OF MASON JAR SALADS AND MORE

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abrina Soto has made a name for herself in the industry of interior design, becoming one of the most in-demand designers. She is currently the host of

HGTV’s The High/Low Project, where she and her team help create couples’ dream rooms. Sabrina has also hosted other HGTV shows such as Get It Sold, and Real Estate Intervention. Since the age of seven, Sabrina knew that she had a passion for design. “I remember trying to rearrange my furniture and making DIY projects with my mom” Soto said. “My mom was a party planner and decorator, so I was constantly surrounded with crafts, fabric and, paint swatches. I have always been a clean freak, which is why organization is such a huge part of my design process.” She goes on to say, “I am a total homebody. I love to entertain and live comfortably in a space filled with the things I adore. My heart is my home, (as corny as that sounds,) and I love creating that feeling for my clients.” Lucky for her, her parents have always been fully supportive of what she wanted to do. “My father is a news producer, so we always had camera equipment around and it was a regular occurrence to have a camera pointed at my sister and I. I actually have footage pretending I was hosting my own

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show in the fifth grade. I’ve always wanted to do design and be a television host, I just never thought that I could do them both simultaneously!” Sabrina explains that though she went to design school, she considers herself to be “self-taught”. She is a LEED accredited designer (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) which helped her to learn about building green. She adds this piece of advice; “I think to become a great designer, you have to travel a lot and just be in the field. The more that you are actually designing, sourcing, and installing, the better you will become.” There are many challenges in being a designer. “The hardest challenge for me in the beginning was articulating why I made design decisions. I would constantly have to explain to the camera why I made every single choice. There were times that I just felt like saying ‘because it looks good!’, but I had to dissect every move”. As it is already pointed out, Sabrina is all over the HGTV channel. Some may be wondering what her favourite show to host is. Sabrina says, she simply cannot pick one. However, she loved Get it Sold, since it was her introduction to HGTV.

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She also enjoyed The High/Low Project because she was able to flex her design muscles. Sabrina stepped out of her norm when she appeared on some episodes of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. How did she feel about working on such a large show that was so different from anything she had ever done before? “It was fun but very different from any HGTV show I’ve ever worked on. There were hundreds of volunteers, a large crew and everything needed to get done in ten days. The before and afters were amazing and I’m not just speaking about the house, the show helped so many families It was amazing”. When Sabrina isn’t designing, or hosting shows. She is working on CASAandcompany.com. “It is fun to write about things other than design. I also love fashion, beauty, entertaining and cooking. I enjoy opening myself up in different ways and outlets.” It seems that Sabrina has achieved many things. Two things she would still like to accomplish in the future are to have children and her own talk show. With everything she’s accomplished to date, having a child and her own talk show should be a piece of cake!

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A VINTAGE CONTEMPORARY TWIST DESIGNED BY CLARE PASCOE OF PASCOE INTERIORS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDER JAMES

CLARE PASCOE OF PASCOE INTERIORS Specializing in

vintage contemporary interior design style, Clare sources and imports original mid-century furniture from the UK and Europe. The furniture, is then sympathetically restored and reupholstered, giving a unique and highly desirable interior style.

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Unlike most of the houses in Spitalfields, London, England, this house is not Georgian, but rather one of the first buildings built in the area after WWII. It stands out due to its classic 1950’s architecture. The house was originally built as an industrial unit and used latterly as student accommodation. The present owners, Eleanor and her partner Chris, wanted to branch out into property development, and wished to start locally in an area which they knew intimately. Sensing an opportunity in the future, Eleanor and Chris sensibly pre-arranged the finance for such a project, so that when this particular house came onto the market, they were able to snap it up immediately. As they already live on the same street, the house fit their ‘local criteria’ perfectly. Having lived on the street herself for fourteen years, Eleanor had an excellent grasp on the likely future buyers profile, so she had a clear vision and drive for the project. Traditionally, embark | THE STYLISH LIVING MAGAZINE | 37


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properties of this size in London would have been converted with families in mind, but this area of Spitalfield tends to be popular with couples who do not have to factor in the needs of children. As such, the house was designed as a two bedroom home, with the option of a third bedroom in the basement. The architect, Rupert Lowe and his team presented options, from which Eleanor chose the finishes for the bathrooms, which in addition to the stunning staircase, were the only rooms that were previously finished with any real personality. That is when interior designer, Clare Pascoe was brought in to furnish, decorate and style the interiors. 38

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Rupert’s team took inspiration from the remaining original features and details, then replicated them throughout the house. Specific examples include the stunning curved teak handrail which runs the full height of the home. The staircases were also widened to bring in more light to the lower levels. The entrance hall has a feature wall of Iroko clad veneer, going up the oak stair case. Veneer walls were very typical of the 1950’s, and even more relevant to the area, as Spitalfields was the veneering capital during that period. At the rear of the property, originally there was a two storey space, which had reduced light and a low ceiling. This was opened up into a nine metre tall gallery style space, as a designated party room. To add humour to the design of the space, it was accessorised with tall panels, a Shakesperean bust, and a mannequin lamp by

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Feature cushions by Michael

vintage leather sofa is from

Papworth and a vintage

Metro Retro, the adjacent

mannequin from Metro Retro

contemporary sofa is

complete the styling.

covered in Sanderson’s Festival range, the rug is

The master suite is on the top

from Bazaar Velvet, and the

floor, enjoying views over the

vintage rosewood furniture is eclectic streets of London’s from Orange & Brown.

Spitalfields. The bed, with padded grey headboard, is

The living room features an

by Feather & Black, flanked

Ercol day bed and original

by a pair of teak mid-century

Model 166 rosewood chairs by dressing tables from Molten Ole Wanschner, with cushions Vintage by Pascoe Interiors. by Cole & Son and Michael

The Danish rosewood side

Papworth. The art work by Ian

board and chest of drawers,

Mitchell gives a nod to the

by Orange & Brown provide

industrial surroundings. A

a platform for vintage mirrors

feature wall shows case paper and frames. The dressing area by Cole & Son, in front of which has open plan storage, with a Clare has imaginatively used

vintage hanging rail & apple

vintage ladders from Metro

crates, all from Metro Retro.

Retro as shelf storage for the

The Bazaar Velvet rug gives

owner’s books and ornaments. a splash of contemporary colour, picked up with the The guest bedroom, dressing

crochet blanket and pair of

room and en suite are on

Kai Kristensen chairs, again by

the second floor. The yellow

Molten Vintage.

feature wall upstairs is Cow Parsley from Cole & Son, on

The overall feel of this

which is a collection of screen

property is a contemporary

print art work by Michael

celebration of mid- century

Papworth. The original vintage furniture, demonstrating mid-century, Danish rosewood how an eclectic mix can bed is by Orange & Brown.

result in a timeless interior

The dressing area is furnished

that is not slavishly vintage,

with a classic ‘Eames’ chair,

but discretely showcases a

a Carl Malmsten sofa, and

wealth of collectable original

a walnut wardrobe, all are

furniture and art work.

original mid-century pieces.

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SPACES {WITHOUT WALLS} WRITTEN BY ELENA MORGAN & ALISON VAN DELDEN PRODUCED BY GARRISON HULLINGER

Everyone’s feeling your pain. You’re not alone. You’ve wanted an open floorplan and even added it to the top of your realtor’s “must-have” list, but you didn’t think far enough ahead to realize you’d be facing a big time decorating dilemma. How in the world are you supposed to decorate or space plan for an expansive room? Garrison Hullinger Interior Design’s very own interior designer, Alison Van Delden will wash your interior design fears away with some easyto-follow decorating tips!

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IT’S TIME TO BREAK IT UP Placing larger pieces of furniture like a sofa or bookshelf can actually help break your large room into smaller, usable areas. This is guaranteed to make your space seem more intimate and functional. Van Delden says “another great way to help define your space is by using area rugs to create a visual outline of a seating area”. A common error is selecting an ill fitting rug, so “make sure that the rug falls either partially or fully underneath the large anchoring pieces furniture”.

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ANCHOR YOUR ROOM WITH FLOATING FURNITURE “This is an important concept to grasp when space planning a very open floor plan.” To the non-designers, it seems backwards, but don’t be afraid to pull your furniture away from perimeter walls. “You can define seating areas using pieces of furniture like sofa tables or open bookshelves. Doing this gives you the opportunity to create multiple seating areas which is most ideal when entertaining!”

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TIP TO TRY: Place accent pieces like floating bookshelves & planters, allowing these pieces to anchor the room and create visual interest with varying heights.

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MUST-HAVE HOME DÉCOR THIS YEAR! Functional is in! Multi-functional pieces of furniture are a great way to help spruce up your space in a beautiful way. “Ottomans or garden stools are great flexible pieces to incorporate into any layout.” Van Delden shares that “we love storing them under console or sofa tables when they’re not being used, and pulling them out for any time you need additional seating.” Now that your fears have been washed with these fabulous designer tricks, it’s time to start putting them to use in your home!

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TIP TO TRY: Purchase garden stools to add visual interest to any space. They can also double as extra seating for at-home entertaining!

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AN UPPER WEST SIDE TRIPLEX BY SARA STORY DESIGN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BJORN WALLANDER

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This Manhattan triplex resides in the Laureate building, a

A four person family occupies this 6,600 square foot

20 story luxury condominium built by SLCE Architects, with

residence that was previously a combination of three units.

interior architecture by Deborah Berke.

Subtle wall texture along the gallery draws you into the living

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room, with its sculptural circular bronze chandelier acting as the

Broadway Avenue. Custom French doors flanked by painted

pivot from which the primary public spaces extend, boasting the

wood bookcases reinforce the visual continuity between the three

building’s extensive fenestrated paneling system facing busy

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Within this infrastructure, a balance of vintage and new furniture provides an arrangement for great entertaining as well as everyday life with young children.

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SARA STORY Drawing inspiration from extensive travels, an active

interest in contemporary art and fashion, and a rigorous lifestyle, Sara wields a keen eye to exact her aesthetic vision: crisp, elegant, and comfortable gestures that thoughtfully balance multiple elements of good design for an everyday, polished life.

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PRIDE OF AIR – UTTERMOST $ 477 Embossed in steel, finished with a light brown wash, and then applied to reclaimed wood.

ORANGE POP DECANTER – JONATHAN ADLER $198.00

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HANK BOOKENDS – JAYSON HOME $150

BECCA BLUE HANDLED BASKET – PIER 1 IMPORTS $49.95

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SHYAM – UTTERMOST $177 Metal frame with a brass finish and aged black stand.

ROSALIND CONVEX MIRROR – JAYSON HOME $850| Mirror is framed in velvet with antique brass nailhead detail

THATCHER – UTTERMOST $687 Frame made of crude chunks and small pieces of teak root pieced together on a solid mango wood backing.

EVEN FLOW – Z GALLERIE $249.95 Artist Randy Hibberd, offers viewers a sophisticated piece of abstract art.

SOLID BRASS COASTER – POKETO $35

AXTON VOTIVE – Z GALLERIE $4.95 Hand-cast iron, finished with brass plating. Scraped for added texture and dimension.

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PERFORMANCE FABRIC, THE SUPERHERO IN THE FABRIC WORLD BY BY DAWN’S DAWN’S STAGING STAGING & & DESIGN DESIGN || WWW.DAWNSTAGINGANDESIGN.COM WWW.DAWNSTAGINGANDESIGN.COM

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EMBARK WITH US No matter what the size of your outdoor space, it is easy to create a fabulous oasis. When designing your backyard/balcony, treat it as another room. Measure out the size that you have to work with and designate areas. Remember to incorporate outdoor rugs, decor items, lamps, a fireplace area, waterfalls, and even mirrors to create the look that you want. Outdoor spaces allow you to entertain, spend time with family and friends, cook, or to just hang out. Your outdoor space is an extension of your indoor living, so make it count. Anything from a small terrace to a huge sweeping backyard can be transformed into an outdoor room full of charm and, sophistication, or just a whimsical place to curl up in on a warm night.

a sofa, you want it to be durable. Performance fabrics are like super hero fabrics. They are made for a variety of end-use applications. They provide functional qualities, such as: moisture management, UV protection, anti-microbial, thermo-regulation, and wind/ water resistance. They are woven textiles manufactured from a variety of synthetic fibres. The fabric is breathable and protects against water and oil based stains, and is fade resistant if it is a solution dyed acrylic. However, be careful when using colours in the yellows, reds and Tara cottas, as they tend to fade faster when in direct sunlight. Crypton is another excellent performance fabric but can be more expensive. Crypton has been around

Designing for outdoor spaces

for over 20 years and it is used

comes with particular challenges.

by major hotel chains and health

Things like, keeping dirt out, the

industries.

size of the area, climate, adequate lighting, and the durability of fabrics on outdoor furniture and decor items. Performance fabrics were once called outdoor fabrics. These fabrics have come a long way since the days of palm tree prints and stiff feeling material. They are now gorgeous and feel luscious enough to use indoors. Performance fabrics are specifically designed for ‘living’. High-end furniture stores are using performance fabrics more, after-all, if you are spending over $5,000.00 on

All performance fabrics use a finishing technique that allows for draping so that they can be used as window treatments indoors. There are performance fabrics that look and feel as luxurious as velvet. Performance fabrics are typically a fraction of the cost of many other regular fabrics, starting at $8.00 per yard. So, for your next purchase keep in mind the kind of fabric when decorating your backyard, deck, patio, living area or even boat.

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A REBEL WITH A CAUSE BY CARLI STEPHENS ROTHMAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL ALEXANDER

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EMBARK WITH US Over the past two years, Jeff Forrest

something custom-made. They want

Inspired by minds like Peter Zumthor,

has come to be a name you might

to get passionate. They want to get

Enrique Miralles, and Paolo Soleri,

hear at dinner parties. It could be his

excited.”

Forrest endeavours to make pieces

humble charm, or that well-groomed head of hair which he tends to every two weeks at an exclusive members only men’s club. But, chances are, you’re probably hearing Jeff’s name because he made the very table you’re feasting from.

Alberta to Ontario, and did so on his motorcycle. His love of bikes not only brought him to Canada’s design capital, but motorcycles in general have served as the symbolic vehicle upon which he continues to navigate

that are not only custom to the owner, but pieces that can stand the test of time. He calls them “heirloom pieces” as he feels his creations rebut the notion of disposable design; stuff that’s right for right now. Essentially, Forrest makes stuff for you, forever.

The founder of STACKLAB, a

his way along the road to success.

“I want STACKLAB to be a place

multidisciplinary design studio known

In fact, Forrest’s interest in 1:1 scale

people go to find reprieve from

for creating conversation-worthy,

design started with motorcycles, his

the fast-paced construction and

made-to-order pieces of furniture,

first being a 1978 Kawasaki KZ650R.

manufacturing that we see all around

has quickly become one of Toronto’s

“It had a beautiful red tank, James

us. I prefer methodic work, design

most discussed designers. His

Dean red. I worked all summer paining

with purpose.”

Wishbone table, a point of pride in

houses, and with $1700 cash in hand,

his growing collection of eye-catching

I finally made her mine.” But he didn’t

pieces, has been garnering much

stop there. Like a modern day Henry

deserved attention, and nothing but

Higgins, he took the Kawi, restored it,

the most positive feedback.

refined it, and transformed it from a

Rooting his methods in the idea of customization, Forrest’s process is centered around the use of unique materials, and blends time-honoured craft with digital tools of production. “It’s so important to be surrounded by things that you love, and that represent something to you. I’m discerning about everything I own, down to the pencil I use.” says Forrest. And who doesn’t love a pair of personally tailored pants that fit just right, or a recipe created with your favourite flavours in mind? It’s with this sentiment that Jeff seeks to create things. “I think my clients find this attitude infectious. They see real value in having

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Unlike the red of his Kawasaki tank, there is no “James Dean” in his approach. As a designer, Forrest is, for all intents and purposes, a rebel with a cause. To learn more about Jeff Forrest and STACKLAB, visit www.stacklab.ca.


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PUZZLE CHANDELIER – JONATHAN ADLER $1,950.00 A bold mix of 70s Italian and sleek kinetic modernism.

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LUNAR PENDANT – JAYSON HOME $1594


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PENELOPE PENDANT LAMP – JONATHAN ADLER $425.00 Capture the glossy sheen of colored parchment and polished nickel in this bold hanging pendant.

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The Softer Side Collection from HGTV

Jackie Jordan, director of colour

softer shades without being

HOME is the latest offering from

marketing says “The Softer

overly feminine.

Sherwin-Williams. Full of charming

Side palette highlights vintage

and refreshing hues, the collection

elegance, updated with a stylish

has a beautiful palette inspired by

twist, reflecting an optimistic,

notes of sunshine and flowers.

fresh approach to pastels and

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Get inspired this spring with brighter, floral-inspired accents by contrasting with neutrals tones.


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BUTTER UP

HEARTS OF PALM

LEI FLOWER

PORCELAIN

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YOUR HOME WITH @TONISABSTYLE UNLEASHINGYOUR INNER FOODIE IN A SMALLSPACE... BY TONI SABATINO

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EMBARK WITH US A few months back I was called to design a small Manhattan kitchen. The clients were a passionate cook and his wife that wanted to create a working kitchen to house lots of pots and gadgets, dishes and spices galore and let him unleash his inner foodie. The funny thing was, the clients had already purchased a boatload of high end appliances including a wine refrigerator and a steam oven and the room was truly tiny. Being innovative about the use of space and the desire for the look of old New York scullery built-ins brought us to a design that really makes the most of the space. I even found a place for a niche to house the Bose that wafts soft classical music while the culinary masterpieces are being created. Unleashing your inner foodie is a great reason to plan a kitchen remodel and even in a tight environ you can make it work.

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HOOPER ARMCHAIR – UTTERMOST $1401 English style library chair with woven polyester fabric.

CURRAN ARMCHAIR – UTTERMOST $1257 Neutral linen background with modern botanical artwork in an adaptable color palette.

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WING CHAIR—CARL HANSEN & SON $5,085-$10,485 A sculpted and exceptionally comfortable chair that is upholstered around a solid beech wood frame.

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DREAM CHAIR - CARL HANSEN & SON $4,995- 7,960 A sculptural lounge chair that represents the encounter between Danish craftsmanship and Japanese design.


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SHALE BEDSIDE TABLE – LEKKER HOME $799

KINZLEY ACCENT CHEST – UTTERMOST $1191

PALMS THREE DRAWER TABLE – JAYSON HOME $1,495

STATION BED – BLU DOT $999- $1299

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IKAT BIG SQUARE TM COLLECTION— YELLOW VELVET $65

CHINOIS PILLOWALABASTER – JAYSON HOME $450

EASTERLY CUSHION – LEKKER HOME $165

ANVERS BLACK ROUGE DU RHIN – YELLOW VELVET $53

pillows SANTORIN GREY ROUGE DU RHIN – YELLOW VELVET $75

OSLO 1 ROUGE DU RHIN – YELLOW VELVET $75

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SAMARA PILLOW – Z GALLERIE $79.95


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CROFT WALL CLOCK—EQ3 $99.99CAD Minimal and elegant solid oak wall clock | ECLIPSE WALL CLOCK—EQ3 $39.99CAD Get creative with the placement of this clock. Space out the numbers and adhere them to the wall as close or as far from the hands as you like for your own unique look. | JAMES ROCKER—EQ3 $499.99CAD A playful modern take on the classic rocking chair | SPIKE CLOCK—EQ3 $79.99CAD This retro inspired clock mixes chromed iron tubes and black accents for a modern look. embark | THE STYLISH LIVING MAGAZINE | 77


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BOHEMIAN WOODEN LANTERN – PIER 1 IMPORTS $40 Mix of painted cut metal, wood framing and fabriccovered glass.

HARVEST BENCH RECLAIMED TEAK– HAUSER $1099.00

NIDO BIRD FEEDER HOUSE – LEKKER HOME $81.89 It’s sleek design can either be hung by the top eyelet or placed into the ground using the steel support stake.

RECTANGLE PLANTER – LEKKER HOME $119-238 100% recycled plastic material which can work in all outdoor settings

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EMBARK WITH US ABBOTT CONCRETE TOP SQUARE COFFEE TABLE – POTTERY BARN $1381.43 Industrial look of concrete is paired with warm, natural eucalyptus that’s hand finished with light distressing.

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OIL TORCH – HAUSER $45

GEORGIAN BAY TEAK CHAISE LOUNGE WITH CUSHION – HAUSER $1879.00

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INSPIRING FIRES FOR OUTDOOR SPACES

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KHAI FOO PRESIDENT OF PALOFORM

Paloform’s outdoor products, visit them online at www.paloform.com, or at their new showroom at 74 Stafford Street in Toronto.

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After a long winter of wind-chill warnings and endless bundling, backyard season is upon us, and our thoughts naturally turn to making the most of our outdoor spaces. One of the best ideas we’ve seen for bringing on spring and extending the season is the outdoor fire pit. The thought of gathering around a fire is not only universally appealing but also practical - a fire pit can keep you warm into the evening when temperatures dip a little too low for backyard lounging. With visions of warm toes and night skies, we’ve connected with local brand Paloform -arguably North America’s premier maker of outdoor fire pits. With a small staff and simple production methods, Paloform produces hand-crafted fireplace surrounds, concrete tile, and outdoor fire pits at its Mississauga factory.

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“People are often surprised that our products are made in Canada,” says president Khai Foo, “but it’s the only way we can ensure the finished pieces meet our standards.” The company was founded in 2010, when Foo moved eastward after experimenting and developing concrete products in Vancouver for more than fifteen years. “We really believe that good design makes people’s lives better,” says Foo, “and we aim to create products that will inspire and transform people’s living spaces.”

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“Palo” means “fire” in Finnish, which reflects the company’s roots in modern design, and Foo’s fondness for Scandinavian restraint. “My father received his architectural training in the U.K. in the early sixties, where European modernism dominated,” says Foo, “I grew up in a suburban home that slowly transformed from a standard rancher into an open-planned, vaulted space with shoji screens and lots of white paint - I guess I absorbed the aesthetic through immersion.” All of Paloform’s products are designed with clean lines and minimalist detailing, allowing the materials - concrete and steel - to speak for themselves. The company currently produces seven models of outdoor fire pits in various configurations, from simple bowls to dramatic linear fires. Komodo is their latest offering, a seven-foot-long by two-foot-high linear fire pit that offers new landscape design possibilities: it can be used as a dramatic divider to define social spaces, as a grand central feature of a backyard plan, or even in sequence to create a spectacular wall of fire. 86

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EMBARK WITH US VINÄGER BOWL – IKEA $6.99

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LATTECINO – KRUPS $149.99 With an attached milk frother that can both steam or froth milk, creating a layered Cappacino or thick Lattee has never been so easy

BYZANTINE MELAMINE COLLECTION—WILLIAMS-SONOMA

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MANAR SALT & PEPPER SET – LEKKER HOME $15.95

OWL COOKIE JAR – PIER 1 IMPORTS $39.95

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EMBARK WITH US Sited on a sloping and densely wooded lot along the Potomac River in the Falcon Ridge neighborhood where exceptional architecture on large, verdant lots is the norm, the owners of this new home required a plan flexible enough to accommodate a growing family, a variety of in-home entertainment options, and recreational pursuits for children and their friends. Stylistically, our clients desired an historic aesthetic reminiscent of an English baronial manor that projects the traditional values and culture of Virginia and Washington D.C. In short, this is a trophy home meant to convey power, status and wealth. Due to site constraints, house size, and a basement sport court, we employed a straightforward structural scheme overlaid with a highly detailed exterior and interior envelope. Featuring six fireplaces, coffered ceilings, a two-story entry foyer complete with a custom entry door, our solution employs a series of formally organized principal rooms overlooking private terraces and a large tract of pre-civil war Black Walnut trees. The large formal living area, dubbed the Hunt Room, is the home’s show piece space and is finished with cherry wainscoting, a Rumford fireplace, media center, full wet bar, antiqueglass cabinetry and two sets of French doors leading to an outdoor dining terrace. The Kitchen features floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, top of the line appliances, walk-in pantry and a family-dining area. The sunken family room boasts custom built-ins, expansive picture windows, wood-burning fireplace and access to the conservatory which warehouses a grand piano in a radiused window bay overlooking the side yard.

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JAMES WYPER When decorating your home, we believe a personal statement can be made through the pieces of art you choose to hang on your walls. Sometimes they are intentional and themed with a room, and other times they can be statements of who you are. Art allows our souls to escape and explore beauty through still imagery that provokes our minds to react to what we see. James Wyper is self-represented. He has sold over 200+ paintings to over 100 private and corporate collections in Europe and N. America. Paintings can be had for between two and tenthousand dollars.

INSPIRATION:

James is a working artist, essentially selftaught, and self-represented. He has been painting full-time for ten years, but before that, he worked a variety of labour jobs. James drove delivery trucks, worked in warehouses, planted trees in Northern Saskatchewan, he simply comes from a blue-collar family, where what’s valued is having something to show at the end of a day’s work. So a practical inspiration for him is simply the desire to make something by hand, to have something to show.

A painting is an interesting thing to show. They’re kind of magical in the sense that the good ones are cherished - maybe they’ll be kept by someone, or some group of people, for decades or more. And over that time, they continue to do a job, to work like a machine which won’t wear out. They continue to speak, so to me the very objects are inspiring, which is why I like to make them.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION:

For James, it’s important to express certain realizations non-verbally. In the case of his paintings, their job or work is to be portals, doorways to the idea of unity consciousness, or the idea that we are animated by consciousness which permeates everything and is shared among us. If he paints well, by getting himself out of the way and just channeling, then the painting becomes a vibrating portal to the level of consciousness from which it was inspired. That’s why the expression is important, because if anyone feels that level through the painting when they see it, then a real communication (or communion) has happened. The best example he can give is that occasionally when he makes a painting for someone and show it to them, they burst into tears. “It’s beautiful when that happens, and I feel there’s purpose in it.”

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ENTRY POINT ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | 40 X 40 IN. | 2012

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TEMPLATE REALITY ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | 36 X 36 IN. | 2014

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CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE GROUND OF BEING ACRYLIC ON BIRCH | 36 X 36 IN. | 2013

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OUR MUTUAL HOME IN RADIANCE ACRYLIC ON BIRCH | 36 X 36 IN. | 2013

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BEETLE JUICE

• 2 oz beet-infused dry gin or vodka • 1 oz beet and juniper berry shrub • ½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice • 2 to 3 oz tonic water • 1 pickled beet, as garnish • 1 trimmed scallion, as garnish • Coarse salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste Fill an 8 to 10-ounce wine goblet or highball glass with medium ice cubes; add the beet-infused liquor, shrub, and lemon juice. Gently stir until just blended. Top with tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with a pickled beet and scallion and season with a tiny pinch each of salt and pepper.

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CHARENTES SHRUB • 1½ oz rye

• ¾ oz Earl Grey–infused Pineau des Charentes • ½ oz pineapple rosemary shrub • ½ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice • 2 dashes orange bitters • 2 oz IPA beer • 1 pineapple slice, as garnish • 1 rosemary sprig, as garnish Soak 1 Earl Grey teabag in half a bottle of Pineau des Charentes for 1½ hours. To a cocktail shaker half-filled with medium ice cubes, add the rye, Pineau des Charentes, shrub, lemon juice, and bitters. Cover and shake. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with the beer; garnish with the pineapple and rosemary.

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COOL REVIVAL •4 (¹∕8-inch) slices unpeeled English cucumber • 2 oz rye • ½ oz Cynar or other herbaceous amaro • ½ oz yuzu juice, freshly squeezed or bottled* • ½ oz herbal lemon syrup • Dill and lemon Meringue • 1 pinch grated lemon zest, as garnish • 1 sprig fresh dill sprig, as garnish * Lime juice can be substituted for yuzu juice. In a sturdy, thick-bottomed pint glass from a Boston shaker, use a bar muddler to crush the cucumber slices until most of the juice has been extracted and you have a fragrant, pulpy mush. Add the rye, Cynar, yuzu juice, and herbal lemon syrup, swirling to combine. Fill the metal part of the Boston shaker ²⁄³ full of ice. Pour the muddled rye mixture (including pulp) over the ice cubes, then cap the shaker with the pint glass. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Using a Hawthorn strainer, double-strain the cocktail through a wire-mesh sieve into an ice-filled mini-Mason jar or old-fashioned glass. Heap some of the dill and lemon meringue on top. Garnish with the lemon zest and dill sprig. PHOTO COURTESY OF ULYSSES PRESS/GREG HENRY

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THE GUAYABERA • 4 heaping barspoons ripe avocado • Half a (½-inch) slice peeled fresh pineapple, chopped (or 1 oz pineapple juice) • 3-finger pinch cilantro leaves • 3 dime-size pieces peeled fresh ginger • 1½ oz cucumber-infused vodka • 1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 oz agave syrup* • 1 (10½-oz) glassful of cracked ice (for frozen version only) • 1 lime wedge, as garnish • 1 cilantro sprig, as garnish * Mix agave nectar and water in a 1:1 ratio. On the rocks: In a sturdy, thickbottomed pint glass from a Boston shaker, use a bar muddler to crush the avocado, pineapple, cilantro leaves, and ginger into a fragrant, pulpy mush. Pour in the vodka, lemon juice, and agave syrup, swirling to combine. Fill the metal part of the Boston shaker ²⁄³ full with ice. Pour the muddled vodka mixture (including pulp) over the ice; cap with the pint glass. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Using a Hawthorn strainer, double-strain the cocktail through a wire-mesh sieve into an ice-filled double old-fashioned or highball glass. Garnish with the lime and cilantro. Frozen: Place everything except the lime wedge and cilantro sprig in a blender Blend thoroughly. Pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with the lime and cilantro. PHOTO COURTESY OF ULYSSES PRESS/GREG HENRY embark | THE STYLISH LIVING MAGAZINE | 107


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WHY HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSIONAL? BY CYNTHIA SODA - SODA POP DESIGN INC.

Have you ever planned a road trip? One of the first things you need to decide on is the direction you’re going. When you’re thinking of redesigning, renovating or putting in an addition to your space, think of your designer as a map; - a tool to help you get to where you want to go and a means to navigate the roads when the route you wanted to take is unexpectedly blocked. Making the decision to invest in your space involves a significant amount of time, money and effort. Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure you get the value out of your investment. Interior design is about more than just aesthetics, it’s about finding creative design solutions that support your health, safety and well-being, while enhancing your quality of life. Below are some of the top reasons to consider planning your design trip with a professional interior designer: Design is the application of intent - the opposite of happenstance, and an antidote to accident. - Robert L. Peters

DESIGNERS PLAN.

Like the road trip example previously mentioned, there are many things to consider before picking up that sledgehammer and tearing down walls. Professional interior designers bring their education, experience and expertise to the table, and will see things that you may not in regards to the overall design and the process in general. It is the interior designer’s responsibility to educate their clients to the process of renovating or redesigning a space. They create designs and drawing sets which serve as a navigation tool for everyone involved in your project as you move from concept to completion. These drawing sets are generally consulted during the entire life of the renovation and can even come in handy when there are some

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DESIGNERS CAN SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY.

There is a common misconception out there, that if you hire a professional, the job will end up costing you more money, - after all, more professionals equal more money, right? Wrong. Picture yourself going full speed into a renovation,

YOUR INTERIOR DESIGNER IS YOUR GREATEST ALLY.

making decisions as you go along, then

- you want your project to be a

flooring, because the initial style you

We want your project to be a success,

success. We want happy clients, - you want to be happy with your space. We’re on your side. Making selections for your home can be overwhelming. Time and time again, people end up spending thousands of dollars on items that do not fit in their space, or won’t stand the test of time. With so many vendors, contractors, friends and family members providing their opinions, you’re likely to start doubting your own tastes and vision for your space. Your home is a physical representation of you. A designer in the driver’s seat will help you wade through the inundating abundance of information, giving

changing your mind at various stages of the project. You may have to purchase double the square-footage of, let’s say, bought at a great price does not work in the space. When you sit down with your loved ones to discuss your visions for home, very rarely do all parties involved agree on everything. After all, “home is where the heart is” and you all need to feel comfortable in a space that suits everyone’s varying needs. A professional interior designer is a trained set of eyes that can see what you and your loved ones may not see, and design to satisfy everyone. A good designer is versatile, - taking into account how you live now and how you will in the future. This saves you the time and money making changes when you’ve outgrown your space or your kids have finally moved out on their

you the power to make educated

own.

purchasing decisions and stay on

Whether you’re looking to renovate a

track for your vision. It really helps to have your choices narrowed down, and you may be surprised when sometimes your designer knows you better than you know yourself.

bathroom, kitchen, or planning a major renovation or addition to your space, interior designers can help you realize your dream on time and budget with satisfying results.

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Embark June & July 2014  

Featuring Sabrina Soto, this issue is packed with home decor, interior design trends, accessories for the kitchen, lighting and much more.

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