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HOMES 26 FAR OUT HOMES: verdant avenue Rising Above the Norm By Goody Niosi

38 designer profile: lucila diaz and Anna Shimizu Designing with Harmony and Sense By Claudia Kwan

42 FEATURE HOME: monticino 4 Old-World Elegance Nestled on the Banks of Calgary’s Bow River By Andrea Cox

52 living in luxury Entertaining with the Well-To-Do By Michelle van der Merwe




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18 living 18 The Trumps

Success Built on Luxury By Michelle van der Merwe

24 celebrity gift giving From Tractors to Tiffany’s: Celebrities Share Their Holiday Gift Ideas By Laura Goldstein

74 escape: LUXURY WINTER GETAWAYS Tropical Oasis vs. Winter Playground By Claire Newell


84 EXPRESSIONS: Jewellery Design Andrew Costen and Karin Bunzeit: The Human Element By Claudia Kwan

88 epicure: sumptuous simplicity Allowing Natural Flavours to Shine By Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

96 WORDS ON THE STREET: murphy road Janey Canuck, Cannabis and New Canadians in Mayland Heights By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

103 THE FAST & THE LUXURIOUS Crème de la Crème Luxury Cars By Tony Whitney

110 Web Exclusives By Jaclyn Dean and Doug Parkhurst

112 Looking Forward



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editor’s message

Putting together a magazine is a monumental task it’s true, but it’s definitely a labour of love for all those involved. It can also be extremely fun; I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend their work day in a gorgeous multi-million dollar home with creative people, delicious food and luxuriously expensive items including jewellery that comes with its own security detail. I would. So we did just that when we shot our Living in Luxury feature for this, our Luxury Issue of Homes & Living. It’s human nature to yearn for something more than what we already have—we’re fickle creatures. Even those who already enjoy the finer things in life will dare to dream of desirable things they have yet to own or experience for themselves. So what exactly is ‘luxury’? Well, for different people this may mean different things. The dictionary defines luxury as, “a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.” It is also a means of indulging one’s tastes and desires and at this time of year—as we close one year and look forward to the next—what we all desire is that feeling of comfort, elegance and yes, indulgence, that is the essence of all that is luxurious. With that in mind, we’ve put together a magazine chock full of stunning homes, entertaining articles and all the bling, sparkle, comfort and joy that you covet for your shopping lists and bucket lists—enjoy! On behalf of all of us here at Homes & Living magazine, I wish you an enjoyable holiday season and a successful and luxurious New Year.


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Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is a writer and historian based in Edmonton. She is the author of For the Love of Flying (2009) and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying Canada’s North, to be released by Frontenac House later this year.

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“Physical structure, superior service and location—these are the three things that make a hotel exquisite,” says Ivanka Trump. And the newest addition to the Trump Hotel Collection definitely fits the bill on all counts.

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Ingredients for Luxury Located at the heart of Vancouver’s Golden Mile, the unique twisting architecture of this Arthur Erickson-designed tower will soon transform the skyline as the second tallest building in the city, with no two views alike except in their ability to impress.

With this newest addition to their Trump Hotel Collection, the next generation of Trumps continue to raise the bar on superior luxury living.

It is those spectacular views and its close proximity to nature that make Vancouver a city heavily influenced by the environment; not necessarily a place one would think of in the same thought as the Trumps. But it is exactly that—the views, the mountains, the ocean—paired with the vibrant and thriving city that is Vancouver, which makes this such an incredibly important market for the expansion of the Trump Hotel Collection (THC). Their goal? To infuse traditional elements of luxury with the culture of Vancouver and offer the most exceptional service in the city. Well, with 147 guest rooms, 218 private residences and unrivalled services offering everything for a life without compromise, this mixed-use luxury development will surely be the most sought-after destination for the fashionable elite of Vancouver and the world.


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personal side Q&A Ivanka Trump What is one of your favourite Trump family Christmas traditions? Spending time together. We all go down to Mar-a-Lago for a few days and are so thankful for the chance to share our traditions with our own children now.

Where do you find your inspiration for life and business? My family. My father and brothers inspire me to work hard every day and be passionate about the work we’re doing. My husband and daughter are huge inspirations as well. I want to make them proud and spend my time away from them creating something truly incredible, whether it’s a building or a brand.

Would you ever consider moving your family to Canada’s west coast?

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver will offer a number of firsts for both Vancouver and for the THC, including the art of sabrage. If you’ve never experienced opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre, now you can fulfill your dream then indulge in flutes of the finest vintages at the hotel’s Champagne Bar which, along with the lavishly designed Pool Bar & Nightclub, is a first for the city. Then after an evening of indulgence you can relax and rejuvenate at the Mar-a-Lago Spa. The first in Canada, this spa brings Ivanka Trump’s vision of this timeless 1927 Palm Beach property to life in elegant style. “I will personally select the spa’s treatments and products, as well as design the spa itself,” she says. “It will be an unparalleled luxury experience.”


It certainly is beautiful! Right now, we are firmly planted in New York but you never know what the future holds. Canada is such an amazing place and I’m fortunate to visit often.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Trump Tower in New York—synonymous with prestige and luxury—is truly one of the most iconic buildings in the world. “Growing up in Trump Tower was such a privilege. It’s a symbol of the entire Trump Organization and what my father has been able to build,” says Ivanka. “It’s our family’s legacy.” And continuing to build on that legacy is the next generation—Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric—who have forged a formidable team and are bringing their father’s legendary drive and inspiration to the THC which they founded in 2007, and to the Trump Organization as a whole. “If you love what you do, and work very hard, you will ultimately succeed,” says Ivanka. It’s a lesson from her father who always taught her to be passionate; a lesson well-learned it seems by all of “The Donald’s” children as their passion for their work and family is evident in their growing success.


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Celebrity gift ideas

From Tractors to Tiffany’s: Celebrities share their holiday gift ideas

chan hon goh thinking family “I’ll buy my husband a sterling silver money clip at Tiffany’s or a silk tie at Hermes and my seven-year-old son wants an iPad (so he’ll stop borrowing mine),” shares former prima ballerina and Director of The Goh Ballet Academy, Chan Hon Goh. “My weaknesses are shoes and handbags by Louis Vuitton and Prada. When I danced with the National Ballet I couldn’t wear high heels because dancers abuse their feet so much—if I did, I was in agony. Now my family takes me shopping; it’s wonderful to choose those shoes!”

jann arden keep it simple “I’m a girl of simple tastes,” confides singer-songwriter, Jann Arden. “I just give my Dad lottery tickets or those scratch-and-win things and he’s happy. One Christmas my parents wanted a tractor so I bought it for them, but my Dad couldn’t get the blades attached so he sold it. I bought them Kindles and they didn’t use them so they re-gifted them! I’ll get my Mom anything to do with angels, she loves that and clothes for my dog, Midi. I’d just like ROOTS socks from someone—I just love them.”

Ashleigh McIvor & Jay DeMerit practical sentiments Barely finished opening their wedding gifts (they tied the knot August 25) Canadian Olympic Ski-Cross Gold Medallist and World Champion, Ashleigh McIvor, and Jay DeMerit, Captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC already know what they are giving each other this Christmas. “I’m getting Jay the Oakley Pro Unification Jacket,” says McIvor. It’s incredibly waterproof, comfortable and breathable. He’s not supposed to go skiing (club rules) so he’ll wear it playing in the snow with me!” “I’m buying Ashleigh a cool handmade leather bag from Stage Presents made by our friend, an American Idol finalist, Kimberly Caldwell,” says DeMerit. “Kimberly sang at our wedding for our first dance together and made it so special.”

lauren bush gift with a purpose trudie styler food for thought When do wine, women and song literally go hand in hand? When rocker Sting and his filmmaker wife Trudie Styler sip When We Dance, their Tuscan Chianti, at their English country home. “We always go at Christmas, enjoying the wintry landscape and cozy log fires,” says Styler. “We give lots of people wine from Il Palagio, our place in Tuscany, and prepare homemade hampers for our nearest and dearest—olive oil, honey, chutneys and jams, limoncello, along with our own organically raised turkeys and Christmas cakes.”


Lauren Bush is buying Links of London Friendship Bracelets for her Mom and sister this holiday—each will feed or provide clean water to a child in a poor country for almost a year. Co-founder of FEED Projects and honourary spokesperson for the World Food Program, Bush is the niece of former President George W. Bush and married to fashion designer, Ralph Lauren’s son, David. “Links of London is donating 10% of all bracelet sales to the FEED Foundation. It’s a high-end product with a conscience; it makes a tangible difference in the world,” says Bush.

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This is very much the case with Verdant Avenue, a magnificent new house in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Robert Mills Architect and Interior Designers. Company director Rob Mills is quick to explain that the company fully believes in collaborative work between the client and the architect. But in this case Mills was given free rein to pour his passion and his love of art and architecture into a 6,500-square-foot space that almost feels holy—like a grand, modern cathedral rather than a simple suburban house. Mills said that to create a great design it has to revolve around a single idea and then be executed faithfully. “The more that single idea is reinforced by the author, the better the chance that idea will flourish.” In Melbourne, known as “The Garden City,” nature makes itself felt everywhere—in its parks, boulevards and private gardens—so it makes sense that the central idea of the Verdant Avenue house is nature. Especially when the lot is dominated by an 80-year-old majestic pin oak tree. “We designed the house around the tree,” Mills said. “We gave it space to live and to prosper, and we focussed the house to it. Wherever you are in the house you look up into this beautiful tree.” In fact, this is the chief reason the living room is 1.5 storeys high. In the winter the tree forms a sculptural skeleton. In the summer, its lush foliage provides a gently moving canopy of shade.



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The central staircase is an equally compelling focal point. It twists and circles upward in one fluid, commanding line, drawing the eye to its sculptural form. In fact, bold staircases are a hallmark of Robert Mills’ work.


“The true essence of a stair is all about movement.” - Rob Mills

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“We believe in art,” Mills said. “And we believe in the importance of interacting and living with art. I think it heightens your senses. Art surprises you—it’s a joy, really. So rather than a stair being a static object, the true essence of a stair is all about movement and this staircase is fluid. I think it’s shape and it’s placement in the house allows it to be what it really is: an object of movement.”

“Of all the houses I’ve ever designed, it’s the most cathedral-like. It really has that ethereal feel. I’m not interested in suburbia so much. I’m fascinated by urban life. I think architecture has a responsibility to really encourage the people who live there to rise up and see the world in a higher way.” And that is where the story of the house and that of Rob Mills collide. Architecture is his passion—he sees it as art, as something that not only can, but should move people—that should speak to their hearts. He said that the Verdant Avenue living room is truly special—it is dramatic, inspiring and serene. It draws people. It is as suitable for entertaining as it is for quiet contemplation. It connects to the outdoors, not only through its focus on the oak tree but also, more practically, through floor to ceiling glass walls and sliding doors that open to the garden and the 25-metre lap pool. Motorized oversize exterior window louvers provide natural light and ventilation to the entire home. “This home is trying to rise above the norm,” Mills said. He recalled what his grandfather, who was a Rhodes Scholar and a professor of law, told him when he was just going into the profession, “Architecture is all about defining space for people.” • 403.618.1781

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The height, the space, the monochromatic colours and the serenity of the outdoor garden all conspire to make this home much more than a house and, according to Mills that was the intention.


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“That’s what this house has achieved,” he said. “It really does give you space which has a truly unique quality to it. It’s not a domestic home—it’s much more than that.” Verdant Avenue was not just one man with a dream though. Mills had considerable help and input from his associate, Jay McSheffrey, and from the team at the firm.


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When it comes to the homes Harmony Sense Interiors creates, looks can be deceiving. “Our style is clean, modern, comfortable—we want spaces to be beautiful and functional, ones people enjoy living in,” explains principal Lucila Diaz (right). Design partner Anna Shimizu (left) chimes in, detailing how the philosophy revolves around mixing and matching classic and contemporary elements, adding in layers and texture and then finding that one special piece to make a room feel complete to the last detail. The full service firm works on new builds and renovations, as well as staging homes and consulting on colours. Their skills complement each other’s; Diaz has a mathematician’s mind (and an undergraduate degree in statistics), while Shimizu’s BA in art history is perfect for all things aesthetic. What sets them apart, according to Shimizu, is their transparency and awareness of the bottom line. “We pass on our trade discounts to our clients,” she says. Diaz explains further. “We guide their choices to make financial sense. For instance, you want certain things to be timeless. You don’t want kitchen cabinets to go out of fashion in five years because it’s expensive to change those out.”


Words By Claudia Kwan photographs by Stacy Thomas

Designing with Harmony Sense

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dark kitchen cabinetry or furniture when designing your space—you can still accomplish an airy contemporary look by balancing the room with light wood flooring and seating, and white walls and counters.


TIP: Be creative and flexible with

your plans; this pass-through achieved the same functionality as tearing down a load-bearing wall and saved the client $15,000.

Their design work is beautiful so you may not realize it is underpinned with a solid foundation of intelligence and common sense.

The foundation for their partnership was laid in 2005, while they were obtaining their MBAs from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. After graduation, Shimizu worked in the public sector while Diaz went on to obtain a diploma in interior design and decorating. She had realized fairly quickly that she didn’t want to go the corporate route—her passion was interior design. Diaz was soon busy enough to require help and remembered the great rapport she had had with Shimizu while working on school projects. They teamed up and have since engaged in a number of high profile endeavours, including refreshing part of Vancouver’s five diamond Sutton Place Hotel, working on a PNE prize home and with the Property Brothers on the TV series’ swing out to the west coast. One of the duo’s latest projects has been to stage a luxury home for Homes & Living magazine, with decorative accents strategically placed throughout to ramp up the sparkle factor, flowers to add a feeling of freshness and a Christmas tree with fragile glass ornaments and twinkling lights to set the holiday mood. With the Property Brothers it was a whirlwind of renovation and design on nine Metro Vancouver homes in less than five months; deadlines and budgets were set in stone with no wriggle room whatsoever. It set them up for some interesting challenges.

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“One of the homeowners collected toys, and loved Transformers,” Shimizu says with a laugh. “He wanted an entertainment room completely centred around them and we didn’t know anything about them! We called in some help to wrap our heads around it.” Still, it speaks to their essential philosophy—to help clients create functional homes which reflect their personalities and to do it with a keen eye on the financial details. That sounds like harmony and sense indeed.

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Aptly coined the Monticino 4, the home speaks of pure, old-world grandeur with its black metal roof, wrought iron detailing and castle-inspired turrets. But it’s the home’s jaw-dropping views that are creating the biggest stir. “We really fell in love with the setting,” says Allan Klassen, president of Albi Homes. Nestled on a 75-foot-wide lot that graces the banks of the Bow River and Fish Creek Park, the home, with its aristocratic French Normandy elevation, takes full advantage of stunning river views and natural, untouched reserve lands filled with groves of Aspen and Birch. “The design really allowed us to bring the outdoors inside,” explains Klassen.


Even before construction was complete, Albi Homes’ latest estate show home in Riverstone was already turning heads.

Monticino 4

Old-World Elegance Nestled on the Banks of Calgary’s Bow River

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Words BY Andrea Cox Photographs by Jean Perron Photography


Above. A built-in mirror in the formal dining room reflects the river and brings it into the house.


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The home cultivates a buttoned-down aesthetic, one reminiscent of times gone by with its larger proportions and defined elegance. With over 5,800 square feet of living space on three levels (it’s a four bedroom, two-storey home with walkout lower level), the Monticino, part of Albi’s Portage Series, is an award-winning design that has been tweaked over its six year lifespan into even greater excellence, resulting in the recent unveiling of the Monticino 4 in Cranston’s über-estate area of Riverstone. “The home works really well on this lot. It maximizes the outdoor access from a visible perspective, making you feel like you are in a very special setting that is very exclusive and private,” says Klassen.


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Inspired by the home’s stately proportions and stunning location, designer Barbara Kelly fashioned the interior spaces using classic finishes such as granite and Italian porcelain tile. She combined these with natural materials to give the home a splash of rustic warmth. “It has a classic look, but it is also very functional, casual, inviting and warm,” says Kelly, noting that the home was designed with families in mind. She utilized texture, colour and architectural detailing to create a rich, multi-layered visual experience. Coffered ceilings framed with crown moulding pepper the home, making a strong statement. On the floor, 6-inch planked, farmhouse hand-scraped oak softens the look, balancing the masculine lines.

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Creating an invitingly open flow from space to space, wide hallways—42 inches, not the standard 36 inches—abound in this home, while staircases with their outward flair exude flourish and style. Ceiling heights on the main and upper level extend to 10 feet and the entire rear façade of the home is swathed in floor-to-ceiling glazing, maximizing the breathtaking river views. “We do a lot of things behind the scenes that you may not necessarily see on the spec sheet to create that bold feel with executive touches,” says Klassen.


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Classic finishes combine with natural materials to give the home a splash of rustic warmth.

Fabrics and materials are rich yet casual—leathers, linens and distressed woods. “I wanted to create something that was great for families to live with; if the leather is distressed then you are not afraid to jump on the furniture,” says Kelly with a laugh.

“The views were something that we really wanted to bring inside,” relates Kelly. That said, the formal dining room, which extends along the far side and rear of the home and is accessed from the kitchen, features a built-in mirror on the far wall to reflect the river scape. Coffered ceilings are clad with a textured metallic wall covering, adding sparkle and an ambiance of romance to the space.

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A grand foyer with tray ceiling and travertine tile flooring sets the tone for the home. The foyer extends to an open-concept living space with great room, kitchen with L-shaped island and solid walnut baker’s block and an informal dining nook carved into an intimate space that captures expansive river views.


Above. A two-way fireplace and spa-like bath make the master wing a comforting oasis on chilly nights.


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Upstairs, the master wing offers a sumptuous spa-like bath with his-and-her vanities, an eight-foot, two-person glass shower, inlaid with travertine marble and a white-glass sheathed sculptured tub. As for the his-and-her closets, they resemble the elegant dressing rooms of days gone by with their spacious design. A two-way fireplace divides the bedroom from the spa area adding an element of warmth on those chilly nights.


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In the great room, walls bathed in moody taupes provide a backdrop for the room’s focal point—a flecked silver-honed travertine marble cove fireplace. At the same time, the colour mirrors the natural earth tone shades of the woven furnishings on the adjacent outdoor covered terrace, accessed by French doors. “We really wanted to maximize the opportunity for outdoor living, as limited as it is in our part of the world,” says Kelly.


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The lower level, with its 14-foot bar fashioned from cherry wood and its oversized lounge and games space, is ripe with entertaining potential. A wine cellar encased entirely in glass takes centre stage; a sculptural, multi-dimensional and multi-textured work of art carved from the far edge of the long linear edge of the bar. An exercise room, with river views and a full bedroom and bath complete the lower area and French doors extend to the back outdoor living space which stretches to the river. “I can’t think of too many homes in the city that have river views from all three levels,” says Kelly. Designed to emulate a weekend home and respite from the everyday world, the Monticino 4 invites people to relax and unwind. “We wanted to create something really special with this home,” says Klassen, adding that the river setting and oversized lot provided the perfect canvas. “All we had to do was add the love and attention to detail.”


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The holiday season is a time for family and friends, for traditional comforts and extravagant indulgences; it’s a time for entertaining and being entertained and let’s face it—we all strive to do it in high style.

So how do the well-to-do—the affluent, prosperous, well-heeled crowd—live and entertain at this time of year? Well, H&L will take you behind the wrought iron gates so you can wander through a luxurious home filled with all the bling, sparkle, comfort and joy one could dream of; from sparkling chandeliers, crystal and jewellery to cars and plush throws for chilly nights.


Luxury a glimpse into the way the well-to-do live and entertain over the holidays

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Chandelier. Glow; Wall Sconces. Schonbek; Coffee Table. Round Cabochon Cocktail Table by Barbara Barry; Arm Chairs. William Switzer; Female Form Sculpture. Domino by Marie Khouri; Tea Service & Pastries. Provided by Faubourg; Tree. Bronze & Winter White Berries provided by Greenscape Design & DĂŠcor; Gift Boxes. Birks.

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words by michelle van der merwe photography by ema peter creative direction by karla Peckett interior design by vicki collins staging by harmony sense interiors


Through the ages and around the world, trees that remain green year-round have long been associated with special holidays. Originally decorated with fruit, nuts and candles they are now often works of glittering design.

A formal sitting room is the perfect room for enjoying afternoon tea or stealing a quiet moment to contemplate the beauty of a stunning Christmas tree, sparkling in the light. The warmth from the fireplace keeps winters’ chill at bay, inviting you to relax and enjoy the company of a friend or family member while nibbling delectable hors d’oeuvres; or simply escape with your favourite book before your evening’s engagements begin.

Mirror. Adair Mirror by Hickory Chair; Bronze Sculpture. Au but! by Alfred Boucher (French, 1850-1934); Vase. Homesense; Pillow. Da Vincis Home Décor; Flowers. Provided by The Flowerbox Florists.


Decorating the tree has traditionally been a family affair, with excursions to choose the perfect (and biggest) tree and boxes of keepsake ornaments to hang amongst its greenery; and usually some sort of draw for who gets the unenviable task of stringing the lights. But in today’s busy world, those who have the means often hire a professional to do it for them—for absolute perfection that suits whatever holiday décor style they desire.

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Posh Pastries

Chandelier. Schonbek; Island Chairs. Martha Stewart; Chairs. Ethan Allen, and the Grace Lounge Chair by Barbara Barry; Wire Hurricane Lantern. Gold Dot by Lazy Susan; Accent Table. Coco Accent Table by Barbara Barry.


The Great Room

There are so many entertainment possibilities for a bright and spacious great room, especially when it includes an open plan kitchen with a large island and a butler’s pantry tucked away behind. It’s the ideal room for late breakfasts, brunch or small lunch gatherings with friends or family. Flaky, buttery croissants and pain au chocolat play off the robust flavours of a true espresso, and elegant canapés such as prosciutto wrapped in goat cheese and smoked salmon mousse profiteroles are perfect additions to take breakfast to brunch—just swap out the coffee for a glass of bubbly or a mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice.

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The large living area encourages guests to mingle as they enjoy pre-dinner drinks and appetizers while the caterers put the finishing touches on the delectable festive feast in the formal dining room. Individual fruit and lemon tarts, orange chocolate meringues, tiramisu and assorted gourmet desserts can be displayed on the marble-topped island for guests to enjoy at their post-dinner leisure.


Left. Bread and pastry selection provided by Faubourg.

Food becomes décor when displayed creatively; French loaves in a square glass vase and a tree of macarons add height and colour to the table.

fabulous fêtes

Epicurian treats such as Parisian macarons and caramelized cream puff pops in a field of grass are a delight at a holiday cocktail soirée—they’re easy to nibble while sipping champagne and discussing the best luxury vacation spots for the New Year.


Middle right and below. Macaron Tower, Piece Montee caramelized cream puff tower, Lemon Tart, Blueberry Tart and individual Macaron’s by Faubourg.

Left. St. Honore Lollis caramelized cream puff pops by Faubourg.

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Over a period of 48 hours, Homes & Living moved over 1.5 million dollars worth of furniture, décor items, crystal, china, gourmet food and extremely expensive jewellery in and out of this stunning luxury property, all with the blessing of the homeowners who also designed and built this multi-million dollar home—thank you.

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Holiday meal. Chicken Gallentine, pomme purée, kabuchie squash, small carrots and sautéed fall mushrooms provided by Le Gavroche; Glassware. Baccarat Massena Glasses #1, #3 and Flute; Cutlery. Buccellati Milano; Charger. Porcel, Gold; Dinner Plate. Bernardaud Ecume; Dessert Plate. Royal Crown Derby Golden Aves and Coquet Samoa Gold Full Rim; Napkin. Irish Linen, Satin Band; Napkin Ring. L’Objet 3 Rings, Platinum with Crystals; Placemat. Chilewich Mod Brass.

Festive Feasts

Nothing says stylishly traditional holiday entertainment quite like a formal sit down dinner in a spectacular dining room. Crystal chandeliers and glittering candles reflect and refract off cut crystal glassware and bring the room to life with light. Decadent dinnerware and silver simply add to the extravagance. Flames flickering in the fire bring warmth and comfort to the room—as does the flavourful meal—while flutes of Perrier Jouët’s Cuvée Belle Époque 2004 make holiday toasts that much sweeter.


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Setting the perfect

Chandelier and wall sconces. Schonbek; Dining table. Redford House; Chairs. Restoration Hardware; Carpet. Pottery Barn; Antique Hutch. Take Me Home; Mirror. Upscale Resale; Flowers. The Flowerbox Florists; Bronze sculptural candelabra. Humphrey Hopper female classic figures with cut glass vases; Clock. Louis XVI style French gilt bronze, circa. 1850 provided by Uno Langmann Limited; Painting. Harmonious Counterpoints by Rimi Yang.


Legendary Incan tears of the sun encrust the clearest crystal cylinder producing a radiant glimmer of ancient riches in the Inca series by ET2. A gold glow of Xenon sparkles through a laser-cut metal sheath with precision, perfectly illuminating the treasures that adorn its outer transparent layer.










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Slumber in splendour

the master suite

The master suite is a luxurious retreat from hectic days and late night celebrations. With a fireplace and a mix of traditional and contemporary pieces, it provides a feeling of balance and comfort that encourages you to leave the world behind. Plush carpets and rugs are heaven for feet that have spent hours in a pair of Monolo’s. And it’s easy to imagine a trail of shoes and clothing on the way to the decadent soaker tub as the evening is stripped away; even the finest jewellery tossed absent-mindedly on the vanity.


Far left page. Sofa. Etiquette Banquette Sofa by Barbara Barry; Coffee Table. Round Cabochon Cocktail Table by Barbara Barry; Chair. Bracelet Chair by Barbara Barry; Female Form Sculpture. DS by Marie Khouri; Bed. Graceful Low Profile King Bed by Barbara Barry; Flowers. The Flowerbox Florists.

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kitchen? Jewellery Tray. Windsor Tray provided by Fino Lino; Vintage-style 18K white gold pave necklace provided by Stittgen Fine Jewelry.

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Opulent perfumes and eaux de toilette in cut crystal bottles are a fragrant finishing touch for a night out and essential oils and decadent creams wait to rejuvenate tired skin at the end of the evening. Once the jewellery is off and the bath has been drawn there’s really nothing left to do but sink in and relax.

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While even the most extravagant are unlikely to indulge in one of Cleopatra’s routine milk-and-honey baths, the large ensuite does present plenty of space for luxurious toiletries with which to pamper oneself.


Diamond necklace. Princess, round and marquis cut diamond necklace in 18K white gold; Pearl necklace. mixed baroque South Sea pearls; Cuff bracelet. 18K rose gold round brilliant and rose cut diamond cuff bracelet; Earings. Diamond pave earrings set in 18K white gold; All items provided by Brinkhaus.

Notepad and SFG notebook holder by Montblanc; Fountain pens. WI and Sforza by Montblanc

Chair. Memoir Swivel Chair by Barbara Barry; Mirror. Sloane Mirror by Thomasville.

A charming vanity with a flattering mirror is really a must-have when accessorizing for gala events and doubles as a writing desk for responding to invitations, sending thank you notes and compiling holiday to-do lists.

Ne Plus Ultra

It’s true, diamonds really are a girl’s best friend—at least one of them. The simple act of placing a piece of finely crafted jewellery against the skin will make anyone feel elegant; placing a strand of diamonds worth more than a quarter of a million dollars around your neck? Magic.


Pearl necklace. Tahitian South Sea Pearls. Ring. 19K white gold pave ring; Earrings. Pear-shaped pave diamond earrings; All items provided by Stittgen Fine Jewelry.


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Couture closet


Chair. Alexandra Chair by Hickory Chair; Blanket. Avalon by Hermés; Handbag on chair. Birkin by Hermés; Silk scarf by Hermés; Women’s Shoes. Valentino Couture Bow Shoes, “Sedraby” D’Orsay Pump by Manolo Blahnik and Snakeskin Flats by Jimmy Choo; Men’s loafers by Salvatore Ferregamo; Tuxedo by Isaia; Pink evening gown by BCBG; Black handbag and Large Shopping Bag by Chanel; Belt by Hermés; Dress by Dolce & Gabanna.






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Watches. The Nautilus by Patek Phillipe; Sport DLC and the Timewalker chronographs by Montblanc; Ladies Datejust Zebra by Rolex; The Pilot by IWC; Daytona by Rolex. Round red gold cufflinks and diamond rectangle cufflinks by Montblanc.

Nightstand lamp. Molly Table Lamp by Thomasville.

Nightstand. Petite Buttoned Up Nightstand by Barbara Barry.

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Stylish cufflinks designed by master craftsmen are the perfect accoutrement to a custom tailored suit or tuxedo for evenings at the club or black-tie holiday soirée’s. It’s not just the women who enjoy displaying a bit of bling and wearing a suit with the perfect cut, just the right amount of shirt cuff falling below the jacket sleeve and a discrete yet elegant piece of jewellery glinting in the light is the perfect way to make a statement. And while the gentleman of the house doesn’t require a vanity for his accessories, a contemporary nightstand provides an easily accessible home for his collection of fine Swiss timepieces; one for every day or one for every occasion, because a man who works hard generally plays hard too.


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For those who value the finer things in life, a Swiss watch from a prestigious manufacturer is still very much a badge of success. It’s something to be worn with great pride; a subtle and elegant symbol of achievement.


Timewalker chronograph from Montblanc. Montblanc’s Timewalker chronograph has a classic look with traditional Bauhaus-inspired contours that evoke race car drivers of the ‘50s who wore watches rather like this. It’s a nicely subtle timepiece with great dial clarity and a polished stainless steel case. Like so many sports watches nowadays it’s a biggie, with a 43 mm case. Photo provided by Montblanc.

American 1921 from Vacheron Constantin. Vacheron Constantin has been producing fine, hand-crafted timepieces since 1755 and even today, each model demands countless hours of meticulous work. Their Historique collection celebrates styles across the decades and each model carries an appropriate date. The American 1921 looks back to the days when “motoring watches” were popular, with the top of the hour placed at exactly the right angle when grasping a steering wheel. Photo provided by Palladio.

The Nautilus from Patek Phillipe. Patek Phillipe is very much the benchmark when it comes to auction results for rare timepieces, but current models like the iconic Nautilus sell for less stratospheric prices. Many fine watch makers are looking back over the years for inspiration and Patek Phillipe is no exception—the original Nautilus was designed in the ‘70s. Photo provided by Brinkhaus.

Daytona from Rolex. In the world of fine sports watches the Rolex Daytona is legend. Few chronographs are more sought-after—actor Paul Newman is said to have worn one much of his life. It looks much the same as it did back in 1961 when introduced though tech upgrades have been numerous. Rose gold sets this Daytona apart, but stainless versions are equally revered. Photo provided by Brinkhaus.

The Pilot from IWC. The Pilot reflects the company’s long association with flying, dating back to before WW2, and was inspired by the fabled Spitfire fighter plane. This example, a re-creation of a watch produced in 1940, is finished in non-glare black and boasts a clear, easy-to-scan dial for efficient cockpit use. Photo provided by IWC.

Princess Grace de Monaco from Montblanc. Montblanc’s Princess Grace de Monaco ladies watch is very much about subdued elegance with its simple, diamond-accented dial and bezel, white alligator strap and understated looks. It looks right at home in a 5-star hotel lounge but is in fact very durable and water-resistant up to 150 metres. A Swiss quartz movement guarantees outstanding timekeeping and long life. Photo provided by Montblanc.

1972 from Vacheron Constantin. Vacheron Constantin’s 1972 Prestige collection features elegant asymmetrical watch cases that are reminiscent of popular styles of 40 years ago. With its ultra-thin case and very minimalist look, this ladies version features an elegance that sets it apart from rival retro designs. Perhaps best of all, it houses the superlative Vacheron Constantin hand-wound movement. Photo provided by Palladio.

Datejust Zebra from Rolex. Also from Rolex is this outstanding piece of haute horlogerie for ladies, with a multi-diamond set bezel and zebra-textured diamond dial—first shown at Baselworld, the world’s largest timepiece expo. Both bracelets and genuine crocodile straps are available and under all that glamour is a watch as tough and waterproof as any other Rolex, thanks to its Oyster case. Photo provided by Brinkhaus.


Sport DLC chronograph from Montblanc. Globally known for its fine writing instruments, Montblanc has, in recent years, been building a reputation for its watches. The fashionably black Sport DLC chronograph not only has a two-button stopwatch function, but also a rotating bezel for elapsed time settings when diving. And yes, the crown incorporates the Montblanc logo which represents the famed peak in the French Alps. Photo provided by Montblanc.


Planter. 3four by Khouri Design; Landscaping for planter provided by Pot Inc.

Exteriors extravagant

The Final Chapter

2013 Jaguar XKR Convertible provided by MCL Motor Cars; 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S provided by Porsche Centre Vancouver.

As stunning as the interior design and finishing’s may be, the exterior of this luxury home is what first draws the eye—it simply glows in dusk’s waning light—and professional landscaping and lighting give the exterior a character all its own. For guests arriving through the automatic wrought iron gates it’s a portent of things to come; a sign that an evening full of warmth and sophisticated comfort, sparkling conversation and all the extravagance of the well-to-do is ahead of them. For those who live here—it’s simply, home.





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When winter arrives there are only two options; embrace it and find a place to play, or leave it behind and escape to someplace warm.


The Tropical Oasis

If you are looking to raise the bar on your next warm weather holiday, the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora will not disappoint. It’s an exotic oasis beyond your wildest dreams and can be described as nothing less than truly exceptional. Bora Bora is the most famous of French Polynesia’s islands and is surrounded by motu (small islands) and an outer coral reef which protects the turquoise lagoon in which it sits.

Words by Claire Newell

d COLD Five-star chalets and suites scattered along a snowy slope, just a stone’s throw away from the most elite town in the French Alps. Sounds like the perfect spot for a winter vacation doesn’t it? Well, it’s not just the ideal location of Hotel Le K2 that sets it apart from the rest; it’s what you experience from the moment you walk in the front door. The concept, design and every last detail were inspired by the mysterious and legendary mountain ranges and glaciers surrounding its namesake, K2—the second highest mountain on earth, right behind Mount Everest.

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The Winter Playground


Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora What makes the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora so special is the nature of its location and accommodation. Not only is it on a private motu, guests stay in spacious individual bungalows perched above the turquoise lagoon or in luxurious villas on the beach. The accommodation is extravagant to say the least. The Otemanu Over-Water Bungalow is over 1,500 square feet with a living room, dining room and huge outdoor terrace. Guests are literally one jump away from a swim in the lagoon, but this option even has its own plunge pool. The Polynesian décor and thatched roofs really enhance the South Pacific ambiance of these amazing suites. If you’re travelling as a larger family or group, you should consider the three-bedroom Otemanu Luxury Beachfront Villa. This stunner measures over 5,300 square feet with an outdoor living area of over 2,100 square feet. On top of the shaded lanais, outdoor dining and grassy areas, you and your guests will love taking a dip in your private pool and hot tub. This villa is the ultimate in luxury accommodation—trust me; I’ve added this to my bucket list! Besides dining in your bungalow or villa, resort guests can enjoy any of the four restaurants and bars on the property—they feature Polynesian dishes and gourmet cuisine from around the world. Couples can take advantage of the hotel’s new Romance Menu, offering everything from a romantic dessert platter to a sushi and champagne cruise for two. It’s impossible to be bored here. There are plenty of activities available, like WaveRunner excursions, tennis, stand up paddleboarding, shark and ray feeding, snorkelling, windsurfing and scuba diving. There’s also a lagoon sanctuary on the property where interactive and educational activities are led by an on-site Marine Biologist. Children will love the kids club with its supervised, fun activities and parents can enjoy their free time with a tandem spa treatment in the over-water massage room. Travellers who’ve stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora rave about their experience, calling it simply the best of the best. If you’re looking for the perfect romantic getaway, family vacation, trip with friends or even a solo holiday in paradise—add this one to your wish list.


Honesty, Integrity, Quality

Nobody does what we do. Taradar Fine Homes is a traditional home builder with passion. We take the time to build your home right. Taradar uses your vision to create something completely unique and inspired. From the integrity of our craftsmen, to the caliber of our suppliers, Contact Kristine Semrau at 403.542.8507 Exclusive Real Estate Agent for Taradar Fine Homes

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hotel le k2 Courchevel makes up one third of the world’s largest ski resort, Les Trois Vallées. The mountain has a wide variety of runs or ‘pistes’ for all skill levels and is truly a skier or snowboarders dream come true. In the downtown area, streets are filled with designer boutiques, six Michelin-starred restaurants and the highest concentration of luxury hotels in the world. Courchevel is known for celebrity and even royal sightings that often arrive by private plane or helicopter at the town’s mountain-top airport. In fact, the impressive 2,000-metre elevation airport was where the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies was filmed. Hotel Le K2’s luxury village of 29 suites and five independent chalets is staggered over several stories and reveals breathtaking views of the mountains and valley. Each room has unique décor that focusses on balancing contemporary design and traditional alpine concepts. Chances are you have never seen a ski resort like this. In-room amenities are state of the art, including LED TVs, PlayStation 3 consoles and iPads. There is also a custommade Stockinger safe and generously stocked complimentary minibars. That’s right, complimentary! Stay in the HauteCouture Suite Chalets and you can even have your personal butler serve your drinks. Dining is exquisite at Hotel Le K2’s two restaurants, Le Black Pyramid and Le Kintessence, both of which are under the guidance of Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Sale. The hotel bar, Le 8611, often has live music for fun into the later hours. There’s no better way to relax after a day on the slopes than at the massive, full-service Goji Spa. After your treatment, enjoy the infinity pool, hot and cold baths, hammam, hot tub, herbal tea room and hair salon. Finally, if you feel like a little shopping you won’t even need to leave the comfort of the resort. There is a ski boutique on the property with a large selection of ski, snowboard and winter clothing by well-known brands in the industry. Hotel Le K2 is not your typical high-end winter resort. The incredible location and extravagant and artistic conceptual design make staying there an experience you aren’t likely to forget.
















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Blocks to the pathway system, walk to work, shopping and the restaurants of Kensington. Four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath executive home on a mature tree-lined street.

This outstanding 3,870-sq. ft. executive walkout bungalow has been fully renovated by Empire Custom Homes. Situated on a secluded and treed 2.38-acre lot, it conveys elegance and taste.

Over 1,700 sq. ft., this walkout bungalow is complete with spacious formal living and dining rooms ideal for big family dinners. Eat-in kitchen with island and walk-in pantry.

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Walk to work downtown! Immaculate condition and pride of ownership. This six-year-old modern design is located in Parkhill, one of Calgary’s finest neighbourhoods.

Stunning award-winning former showhome with a total of 3,000 sq. ft. of upper living space and 1,125 sq. ft. downstairs. At just under a half acre backing onto a greenbelt/taxiway.

Uniquely designed Tuscan custom-built 4,500-sq. ft. home with picturesque 11,600-sq. ft. garden sanctuary and Rocky Mountain Views. Bright living room with 12-ft. ceilings and Douglas Fir beams.

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This exceptional family bungalow was designed and built for the owner of Maillot Homes. The main floor features a sitting area, formal dining room and massive custom kitchen.

Custom-built Estate Home with impressive cultured stone exterior. Inside you will notice the exotic, solid African Okan Hardwood floors, Hunter Douglas window coverings and much more.

Acreage living in the city or subdivide to current guidelines of five lots per acre. This exceptional development site offers panoramic mountain and valley views from most everywhere.

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This 100 year-old Senator Robert Burns Estate, situated on a half-acre in the heart of Upper Mount Royal, is ideal for both family and entertaining. Featuring 10-ft. ceilings, original millwork, gourmet kitchen with premium appliances, four spacious bedrooms, two sunrooms and two offices. The 1,200-sq. ft. master retreat offers a fireplace, sitting area, sunroom, large walk-in closet and a spa-like ensuite with floor-to-ceiling marble. A large new sandstone patio with barbeque, fireplace and waterfall provides a country-like quiet setting while surrounded by mature trees. The park-like yard includes mature trees and professional landscaping. New concrete drive, walkways and games area. The location offers ample opportunity for future expansion such as another multi-car garage, guest house or swimming pool.



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This exceptional elegant custom home portrays classic style in the heart of Mount Royal and is situated on a sweeping corner lot offering ravine, park and city views. Recently renovated by Mission Homes with over 5,800 sq. ft. of luxury finishing and a European flare of sophistication. A gourmet chef’s kitchen with professional appliances, exquisite island with butcher block, bright breakfast nook and adjoining family room overlooks the private south-west facing lowmaintenance yard with outdoor BBQ station, lavish pool and patio area. The upper level is designed with an additional level of privacy with exceptional sitting/piano lounge, master quarters with fivepiece ensuite and spacious office. In addition there are two spacious bedrooms, an open study, family room and bonus room. The lower level features a large rec room, two additional bedrooms, full bath, 1100-bottle wine cellar and more!

Sophisticated elegance describes this executive family home in Aspen Woods. The design of this home was meticulously planned and features extensive upgrades including hand-scraped maple engineered flooring, top-of-the-line appliances, frameless glass showers and granite in all bathrooms. The main floor is open concept with a gourmet double island kitchen opening to the family room, with a two way fireplace and kitchen nook. The main floor also offers a formal living room, exquisite master suite with spa-like ensuite and beautiful den. The upper level offers four additional bedrooms, two ensuite baths, a built-in window seat and desk with shelving. The awardwinning basement developed by Albi Renova features two bedrooms, Jack and Jill ensuite, wet bar, wine cellar, exercise room, family room, games room and walk-out to the hot tub. Attached heated four car garage with numerous built-ins.

Elegantly conceived on an oversized lot within a quiet street in Elbow Park, adjacent to a new park, Empire Custom Homes has developed a superior contemporary-styled home. Integrated design compositions distinguish this home from other custom dwellings. Exclusive brands supplied by Empire Kitchen and Bath establish new benchmarks for luxury and Empire’s experience brings craftsmanship back to home building. One of Calgary’s most desired neighbourhoods, Elbow Park provides the ideal location to live and enjoy all that Calgary’s inner city has to offer. Established in the early 1900s, Elbow Park offers convenient access to downtown, the 4th Street and 17th Avenue shopping districts, the Glencoe Club and Calgary’s river pathway system. Elbow Park exhibits a strong community-oriented spirit, is in close proximity to several esteemed schools, and is an ideal location in which to raise a family.

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This magnificent former ‘Laratta’ show home is situated high on the ridge in the prestigious gated community of Stonepine. Features include an outdoor living room with a wood-burning fireplace, an entire wall of windows that open up onto the gigantic south deck, a main floor master suite and a true ‘Italian Chef’s’ kitchen with an Aga stove.

This 9.78 acre parcel has been approved for subdivision into four lots by Rocky View County. This is an absolute gorgeous piece of land bordering Elbow Valley Estates to the southwest. The property features a barn, corrals for horses, pristine landscaping, a long winding driveway lined with large mature spruce trees and outstanding views.

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Imagine owning a private beach and building your family legacy on Canada’s pristine coast. The Cape on Bowen not only makes this dreamscape possible, but entirely affordable as well—interior properties start at $655,000 and waterfront properties with hundreds of feet of ocean frontage start at $1.87 million.

And building private moorage is only the beginning. Helicopter pads, tennis courts, golf putting greens, organic vegetable gardens, guest cottages or even equestrian stables … with 440,000 square feet of land to work with, The Cape’s estate owners unabashedly embrace the chance to indulge their passions.

“We represent a truly rare opportunity for people to own a 10-acre seaside or forest estate within Metro Vancouver,” says Candy Ho, Executive Officer of Sales and Marketing at The Cape on Bowen.

Pure ‘God’s Country’ recreation, like fly-fishing, hiking, kayaking, bird watching and sailing, are also luxuries people living on Bowen Island get to enjoy every day. And the charming, closeknit community of Bowen is home to gourmet restaurants, cafes, boutiques, galleries, medical clinics, parks and schools.

The Cape seamlessly combines peaceful island life with the vibrancy of the city only a short ferry ride away. From Snug Cove on Bowen Island it’s only 20 minutes to West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay. Water taxi’s are also available out of Granville Island and Coal Harbour. Plus, Bowen is the only island within city limits that allows estate owners to apply for private moorage. “Many of our purchasers are attracted to this unique opportunity,” adds Ho.

Each lot on The Cape comes equipped with its own drilled water well and private driveway. Internet, cable and telephone, as well as electrical wiring, has all been completed underground. There’s even a fibre optic station that serves this development exclusively. “All they need to do is build the home of their dreams,” says Ho.

2012 was a tremendously successful year for the development project. Within two weeks of launching Phase Two one of The Cape’s most desirable waterfront lots, with over 600 feet of low bank ocean frontage, sold at a trendsetting price of over $4 million. The lots The Cape on Bowen are selling this year offer a variety of views, some toward Howe Sound islands, and others toward UBC and Vancouver Island. “With the new oceanfront lots featuring southern exposure, The Cape owners will be able to enjoy both sunrise and sunset,” says Ho. Lot 16—one of The Cape’s signature waterfront properties—is still available, boasting 691 feet of shoreline frontage and 1,046 feet of lush natural boundary frontage. What’s more, this unique jewel has a private southwestern facing beach roughly 100 feet wide. To learn more about The Cape on Bowen, visit






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Earrings by Karin Bunzeit


Nothing epitomizes bling and sparkle quite like the award-winning custom jewellery designed by Andrew Costen and Karin Bunzeit—master goldsmiths who find inspiration in different ways.

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After working with top designers in London, being recruited by a custom jewellery store in Banff then moving to Vancouver, Costen partnered with Mary Ann Buis in 2000 to form Costen Catbalue. His work has won more than 20 national and international industry awards and it all begins with a sketchbook that’s his constant companion. “Sometimes I get an idea and hold on to it for years before I figure out the way to execute it,” says Costen. “A piece has to be able to combine good design with durability and wearability.” A ring, which won at the 2013 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards, exemplifies these key principles. Its triangular blue sapphire draws most of the attention as it sparkles with captured light, but it’s the setting that’s truly notable—a shiny platinum mount curls around the stone on one side, while the metal on the other side is dull and displays visible striation. It is so obviously different from the rest of the ring that it pulls at the eye. That metal is an iron and nickel meteorite fragment; notoriously difficult to work with due to its crystalline structure. One wrong move and it would shatter, the metals separating along the lines where they have been fused together by pressure and the heat of entering the earth’s atmosphere. Other works combine bright pops of colour, like slabs of burnt orange Mexican fire opal cradled in diamond earring mounts and topped with brilliantly green tsavorite garnets, or an offrectangle aquamarine set on a 45-degree angle into a pendant. Costen doesn’t want to rest on his laurels so we can rest assured that many more intriguing designs will manifest from his inspiration book in the years to come.

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Andrew Costen | Photograph by Martin Knowles

Seeing the British crown jewels at the Tower of London inspired Andrew Costen to pursue training as a goldsmith—a decidedly royal entrée into the world of fine jewellery.

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She has now spent the better part of 20 years honing her craft in Greater Vancouver, much of that at West Vancouver’s Stittgen Fine Jewelry. “I think value comes from putting the right stone in the right setting, not the dollar value of the stone itself,” says Bunzeit. “I like to play around with shapes and colours—I alloy my own metal so can I play with green, pink, rose and brown gold.” Texture is also a large component of her work, both in stones and metal, and this is evidenced in her Joie de L’eau pendant, an entry in this year’s American Gem Trade Association Spectrum competition. The 75.18 carat aquamarine is mirror cut—one side left rough so the texture is reflected in the faceted side of the stone, to evoke the movement of waves and water washing up on the matte yellow gold ‘sand’ of the setting. Bezel-set round diamonds on top represent the froth left behind as waves are pulled back into the sea. “A client asked me to make her a piece that would be competition-worthy,” explains Bunzeit. “I was feeling a little stuck and the client suggested going to the beach to clear my head—that’s where the inspiration came from!” Bunzeit is glad the pendant, along with her other competition work this year—the sculptural Fleur de Lis ring and the Vivaldi ring—will be worn and loved. That sense of connection is paralleled when she leaves tool marks on some pieces. “It provides a human element, you know? A sign that it’s been through someone’s hands, instead of just being made in a machine.”


Karin Bunzeit | Photograph provided by Stittgen Fine Jewelry

Both her father and brother are also goldsmiths; in fact, she trained as apprentice and journeyman with her father in Germany before pursuing her master goldsmith designation.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that gold fever runs in Karin Bunzeit’s family.

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Housed in one of Vancouver’s few remaining art deco buildings, built in 1933 and designed by architect Max Downing, Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar is the perfect setting to while away a cold winter’s evening surrounded by luxurious velvets, warm colours, dark mahogany wood and of course—savouring flavourful food. Gotham’s philosophy is to source the best possible ingredients and serve it in simple timeless ways that belie its opulent décor and let the natural flavours shine through. Huge, succulent lobster tails and prime Alberta beef, dry-aged for 28 days, are classic favourites at this traditional steakhouse so they have created a splendid winter menu just for you. They’re even sharing their secret to a perfectly grilled steak. If you are looking for a luxuriously flavourful meal this winter or during the holiday season, this simple menu more than meets those requirements. All you need add are your guests and a deliciously rich wine for the table.

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For the salad, top the sliced tomatoes with the crumbled blue cheese and thin-sliced red onion then drizzle with the honey vinaigrette.


Steak and Lobster with Fresh Asparagus Canadian prime bone-in rib steak canola oil lobster tails clarified butter fresh asparagus butter kosher salt cracked black pepper

Lightly brush the steak with canola oil and season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Sear at 1200 degrees to Chef’s recommended medium-rare. For the lobster tail, cut the shell along the spine and lift meat out so it lies atop the shell. Salt and pepper to taste then brush with clarified butter. Bake in a 400-degree convection oven for 10 minutes. Serve with fresh asparagus—sautéed with butter, salt and black pepper—and horseradish cocktail sauce.


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“ One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” — Virginia Woolf

If you are looking for a luxuriously flavourful meal this winter or during the holiday season, this simple menu more than meets those requirements. All you need add are your guests and a deliciously rich wine for the table.


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words on the street

Stories Behind local Streets

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With its neat bungalows, mature trees and well-maintained yards, Murphy Road looks like many others in Calgary—a fact that might have shocked its namesake. her recognition as a nationally celebrated figure. Throughout the 1920s, the Five battled to have women declared legal ‘persons’ in Canada. When they lost their case at the Supreme Court, they went to Great Britain—and won.

She and Arthur, who was an Anglican minister, raised two daughters while working in small towns in Southwestern Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. During this time she wrote popular Canadian travel sketches using the pseudonym Janey Canuck.

Unfortunately, while engaged in this work for women, Murphy was actively denying rights to others. Like many middle-class Anglo-Protestant reformers of her day, she supported sterilizing women with “undesirable characteristics” such as those with a history of poverty, mental illness or criminal offences. In 1928, with her support, Alberta enacted legislation to create a Eugenics Board with the power to authorize the sterilization of the “mentally defective.” This law was in place until 1973, and during its 45 years on the books, almost three thousand sterilizations were carried out.

Increasingly, her writing and public speaking tackled the rights of women and children. Like many suffragettes, Murphy believed the way to improve their lot—and society in general—was to obtain the vote for women. To this end she was active in organizing women through the Federated Women’s Institute and the Equal Franchise League.

Murphy was also prejudiced against people of colour and blamed prostitution, alcohol and drug abuse on them. In 1922, using her old pen name, she published the best-selling book, The Black Candle, later called an “anti-drug, anti-immigrant manifesto” by writer Mark Bourrie. Shortly after the book was published, Canada became one of the first countries to outlaw cannabis.

In 1911, she was inspired by a hard-working Alberta homesteader who was left with nothing when her husband sold the family farm. Murphy successfully lobbied for the passing of the Dower Act, which protected a wife’s right to a one-third share of her husband’s property, and a few years later she was appointed the first woman police magistrate in the British Empire.

Emily Murphy died October 27, 1933 in Edmonton. Thirty years later, when Mayland, Belfast, and Vista Heights—collectively known as the Crossroads—were built, many Canadian women were engaged in other feminist movements.

Murphy (née Ferguson) was born in 1868 into a prominent legal family in Cookstown, Ontario. Unlike most of her contemporaries, she became a self-taught expert on the law before marrying Arthur Murray at 19 years old.

She served for 17 years in the Alberta courts, but it was the part she played as one of the Famous Five (along with Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Edwards and Irene Parlby), that earned

That second wave looked quite different from the one Murphy and her cohort led. So did Canada: the immigrants she had singled out as unwelcome “visitors” in the 1920s had deep community roots and were increasingly sought as citizens in a new multicultural society. Many lived on streets like Murphy Road.

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Emily Murphy is known as a prominent Alberta author and feminist, but like many of her generation she blamed the country’s social ills on “others”, especially people of colour. She might have found it hard to believe that multicultural Murphy Road could be such a great place to live.


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After looking at all these amazing kitchens it’s hard not to dream of your own perfect space; but where do you start? Well, the experts suggest that you start with these three important steps. First, assess your needs and think about a layout that will suit your lifestyle. Then once you have a good idea of what you need, put together a plan that includes all aspects of your renovation and budget accordingly. With this in hand, now is the time to consider working with a professional who can assist you with your project—even if you are going the DIY route—as they will know whether your dreams match your budget and if not, they can help you square it up.


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The Fast & The Luxurious

Words by Tony Whitney

Auto Trends and Test Drives


A car may stand out from its stablemates for all kinds of reasons, which may or may not include performance, level of opulence, price tag, uniqueness or outright design originality.

Interestingly, the top end of the luxury car business has prospered mightily in recent years, weathering most of the world’s financial crises with barely a pause. Manufacturers in this rarefied segment compete intensively with one another to come up with “the next big thing” and millions are often spent on vehicles that never get beyond an auto show debut. Those that do are instant classics and unlike most other automobiles, may gain in value as the years go by.

Unsurprisingly, sports cars always seem to elbow their way to the fore in selections like this. The fact is that people who yearn for something truly outstanding and prestigious often already have a high-end luxury sedan or SUV in the garage for workaday chores. A set of exotic wheels with sporting character usually has the inside track when it comes to dream cars.

In this luxury issue we’re taking a brief look at desirable models from Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, but there are lots of other choices out there for those with a few hundred thousand dollars to spend. As far as the future of cars like this goes, expect hybrid and electric powertrains to become increasingly prominent during the next decade or so.

It’s no easy task to pick out the crème de la crème from a manufacturer’s lineup when it features nothing but highly desirable automobiles. Nonetheless we’ve given it a try, although our picks may be controversial.

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1 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet


2 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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Porsche’s latest offering is a turbocharged version of its 911 Cabriolet, one of the most respected and desirable sportsters anywhere. Although the basic design dates back to the 1960s, no Porsche fan would have it any other way. With its now-unconventional rear-mounted flat six engine, the 911 remains one of the finest sports cars ever built. Modern Porsches have become far more luxurious and forgiving than of old and high-technology electronics help make this a very safe car to drive fast. There’s no doubt the performance is there and the car is relatively lightweight, thus making every one of its 560 horses (S version) count. It’s hard to find more prestige per dollar.

When the design team at Mercedes-Benz first penned the new SLS AMG super sports car they surely had a 1955 300SL Gullwing sitting on the studio floor. Few automakers have recaptured the romance and legend of an earlier era as well as Mercedes has. There is a roadster version of this car, but the gullwing doors will always capture the hearts of serious Merc aficionados. Quite apart from its wonderful looks, this car is a serious performer with its 6.2 L, 563 hp AMG V8, and it handles the way it looks—ready for the track. Best of all, the SLS AMG is among the more affordable supercars out there.

Aston Martin is one of those very few automakers that seems incapable of building anything but great-looking cars. Available in coupe and convertible guise, the new Vanquish incorporates familiar Aston Martin styling but carries it a stage further. As the company’s flagship it has all the grace and beauty of its stablemates plus a little extra panache. It boasts aggressive-looking bulges and aerodynamic touches but nobody will mistake it for anything but an Aston Martin. Under the hood (or “bonnet,” as the company would say) is a 573 hp V12 of considerable refinement and performance potential. The cabin is a symphony of fine hand-stitched leather and elegant design. Aston Martin says it’s the greatest car it’s ever produced and who’s going to argue with that?

Price tag: a little over $170,000.

Price tag: around $208,000.

Price tag: around $300,000.

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4 Rolls-Royce Wraith It’s not the most costly Rolls—the majestic Phantom earns that accolade—but the new Wraith might well be judged the most beautiful. A two-door coupe with impressively rakish lines, it’s the fastest and most luxurious automobile ever built by the fabled British automaker. Handling and response is in the sports supercar class, but despite this performance prowess and no less than 624 hp, occupants are isolated from the outside world with the V12-powered Wraith’s almost uncanny quietness and refinement. This is grand touring in the truest sense of the term.

Price tag: around $350,000.

5 Lamborghini Aventador


6 Ferrari LaFerrari

Lamborghini has introduced a special 50th anniversary version of its flagship Aventador called, appropriately enough, Anniversario. It celebrates the Italian automakers half century of building some of history’s most exciting sports cars. The spec sheet tells all—720 hp from a 6.5 L V12 and a zero to 100 km/h time of just 3.0 seconds or so. For the very brave, top speed is almost 350 km/h. Striking styling makes the car look like a wingless stealth fighter. And you’d better like bright yellow—the only colour the Anniversario comes in. Think of it as art rather than transportation.

Despite its rather puzzling name, the latest limited edition (500) Ferrari is bound to attract serious attention. As sleek as a sports supercar could possibly be, the LaFerrari boasts fascinating technology. By some standards it can even be called a hybrid as it uses electric motor-assist to boost the power of its potent V12 engine. This delectable creation draws on Ferrari’s Formula One experience—its electric motor uses spare energy from the braking system to charge the battery. As a hybrid, it’s a bit quicker than your uncle’s Prius, it’s said to have lapped Ferrari’s test track faster than any road car the company has ever built, and that’s fast indeed.

Price tag: $500,000 or more.

Price tag: well over $1 million.

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Calgary Cleans House at the Avid Awards 2013 marked the 10th anniversary of the Avid Awards, a leading industrysponsored awards program honouring the homebuilders of North America. Through a customer loyalty survey, 2,750 homebuilders were judged on their percentile of recommendation and the ability to produce a total home building experience. The winner’s scores are a direct reflection of their customer service and resulting customer satisfaction. These Calgary homebuilders reflected the perfect customer satisfaction equation: a quality home with zero deficiencies, completed in an appropriate timeframe and with a reasonable yet fair price for the work completed. Albi Homes took home the Avid Gold Award for the Best Customer Service in Alberta. Brookfield Homes Calgary, no stranger to the Avid awards, received the Avid Gold Award for Multi-Family homes and the Avid Benchmark Award for Single-Family homes, for a ranking among the top 25% nationwide. Jayman Innovations Calgary and Homes by Avi Urban were also among the top 25% in Canada with their Avid Benchmark Awards. | Who better to say you are doing a great job than the customers themselves. Avid Award | Avid Ratings 1.800.987.6318


High Performance Rodeo Welcome to the largest and longest running festival of the arts in Western Canada. With over 13,800 attendees last year, High Performance Rodeo—produced by the One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre Company—sold more tickets than any previous festival and is looking to be even bigger this year. In addition to its already engaging and extensive lineup of over 131 theatre, dance, comedy, music and talk performances, there are plans for an ever-entertaining Cabaret week that will no doubt sell out. The first “rodeo” was an underground affair where artists were only allowed one performance, like trying to stay on a bull for that 8-second ride. Well, after 27 continually successful years it’s not a secret anymore—this has become a major cultural event for the city of Calgary and a true example of this production company’s ability to thrive. With its eclectic and extraordinary collection of local, national and international artists, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts is committed to excellence, while maintaining originality in a daring way. They want the viewer to be engaged, rewarded, and stimulated. Set your expectations. Guaranteed, they’ll be surpassed. High Performance Rodeo 28th Annual Calgary International Festival of the Arts January 9 – February 2, 2014 Various Venues – Calgary 403.294.7411

The Magnolia Spa & Hotel An International Best This small luxury boutique from Victoria has been honoured as one of the ‘Top 20 Business Travel Hotels in the World’ by Condé Naste. They are #10—evidence that if you look after your clients, they will look after you. Results were tallied from a survey of 79,000 international business travellers and readers of Condé Naste Traveler. Named alongside other great hotels like Hamburg’s Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and Portland’s Hotel deLuxe, Victoria’s own Magnolia Spa & Hotel is the only Canadian hotel on the list. The Magnolia credits its success firstly to its desirable location in the downtown core—convenient to a number of dining locations suitable for business meetings or a short walk to the inner harbour, to get a true taste of the Victoria experience. Secondly, its traditional yet contemporary rooms make clients feel at home. This past year the hotel celebrated its 15th Anniversary and completely renovated all 64 rooms to create an elegant, sophisticated and timeless space for clients to curl up in while away from home. Finally, as a smaller hotel, the Magnolia uses its size to its advantage in providing exemplary service with attention to detail, personalized care and an above-and-beyond approach that sets them above the rest. Magnolia Spa & Hotel 623 Courtney Street Victoria, BC 1.877.624.6654

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The Wedding Fair


Calling all home renovators and decorators, it’s that time of year again—the 42nd Annual Calgary HOMEXPO is being held at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Presented by the Calgary Region Canadian Home Builders Association, this is a weekend full of innovative and affordable ideas for income properties and your very own homes.

There is no right way to throw a wedding. This one special milestone of your life is made up of a plethora of personal touches and the Wedding Fair in Calgary is here to help you make those big decisions with new, inspiring ideas and specialists that can make your vision a reality.

Within Design Inc. is a Calgary-based design firm specializing in residential, corporate and commercial Interior Design. When this fresh, young and dynamic design firm opened its doors in 2009 they set out to create a better, easier process for clients taking on interior renovations. Their goal as professionals is to ensure their clients are well informed and able to make renovation decisions that make sense for them.

Calgary HOMEXPO has approximately 230 exhibitors ranging from roofs to hardwood and sunrooms to vacation properties to help answer whatever questions you throw at them, big or small. With approximately 18,000 people expected to attend and 200,000 square feet of space, this is one of the biggest home shows of its kind in Canada so don’t miss out—get your ticket today.

Tips: • Get a VIP ticket with red carpet entrance, champagne and VIP lounge access. • Create a temporary email for all your wedding information. • Bring adhesive address labels to enter for prizes. • Allow at least three hours for yourself, your mother, sisters and bridesmaids to explore. • Don’t forget your chequebook or credit card for bookings or deposits.

Calgary HOMEXPO January 17–19, 2014 BMO Centre, Stampede Park 403.235.1917 1.800.316.7366

The Wedding Fair Sunday, January 26, 2014 BMO Centre – Stampede Park

Making these decisions now hits a little closer to home as they have recently been tasked with designing office space of their very own; space that reflects their culture and is a place to focus their talents. Carefully considered details and materials will exemplify their design philosophies and support the creative process. Principal Designers of the firm, Coreen (Cory) Riley and Lindsay Zelensky head up this small team that thinks big. In the coming months they plan to nurture and grow new talent within their team in order to elevate their unwavering level of service to their growing client base. Located in the established South West quadrant of Calgary, Within Design will officially open its doors just in time for the holidays. Within Design Inc. Suite A205, 1600 - 90 Avenue SW Calgary, AB 403.452.6675

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Whether you are simply playing with ideas, actively planning, or fully engaged in home renovations, the HOMEXPO is where you need to be. With so many decisions to be made, get professional advice to save time, money and above all, peace of mind that you are making the right choices. Featuring Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV’s Income Properties, you will not regret sitting in on one of his two sessions on how to generate income in your own home.

This one day, ultimate wedding planning experience offers over 200 exhibitors brought together as a one stop information shop and a place to ask the questions you have been dying to get answers to. Visit the Inspiration Station—a live and interactive Pinterest board—and the fashion show at noon and 3:30 pm, showcasing the latest wedding fashions. And don’t forget to bring your guy along; this is a day for both of you and there just happens to be a gentlemen’s lounge with menswear and big screen TVs.


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1 Antique Armoire This French Louis XV original Armoire, circa 1890 and in off-white/cream patina, features gilt highlights and stands 96 in. tall, 75 in. wide and 23 in. deep. Available at Dasan Interiors Inc. 14 - 1435 40 Ave. NE Calgary | 403.250.2246



2 chandeliers by hinkley



Carlton’s elegant petite candelabra iron design, finished in authentic silver leaf, makes a sophisticated statement, while the Bijou Collection captures the best of modern, euro-chic design.

A ‘Sec’ champagne composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Blended from around thirty different vineyards from various vintages. Slow cellar ageing created a round and smooth champagne that is perfect to enjoy late in the evening.

Available at Banbury Lane

Available at Willow Park Wines & Spirits

1301 – 10 Ave. SW Calgary | 403.244.0038

10801 Bonaventure Dr. SE Calgary | 403.296.1640

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Dickens 4 Sid Memory Blocks

the season 5 tis to adorn your home

6 radiant diamond ring

Highly collectible, affordable art designed by Sid Dickens and hand-crafted in Canada. Patterns and combinations are limitless and can be arranged to create a customized narrative that expresses a language of memory.

Casual yet elegant, meticulously crafted Canadian furniture and accent pieces add seasonal interest. Country Living’s interior design professionals can help your home tell your story.

This contemporary diamond ring, custom designed by EVStenroos in brushed platinum, is set with a radiant-cut centre diamond and round brilliant-cut accent diamonds.

Available at Country Living Furnishings & Design

Available at Sojourn Home Furnishings

1 - 7133 11 St. SE Calgary | 403.252.1055

3701 – 17 Ave. SW Calgary | 403.240.0111 16061 McLeod Tr. SW Calgary | 403.873.8000

Available at DaDe ART & Design Lab

7 SEAMASTER DRESSED TO THE NINES OMEGA’s Seamaster Aqua Terra collection, with its eye-catching design and innovative technology, is immediately recognizable with its ‘Teak Concept’ dial featuring vertical lines that recall the wooden decks on luxury boats. Available at J. Vair Anderson Ltd. 409 3 St. SW Calgary | 403.266.1669

1327 9 Ave. SE Calgary | 403.454.0243

8 Balneo by bain ultra The name Balneo describes the art of bathing, embodying the rituals that help ease the tumult of modern living. With its refined design, this collection invites you to unwind in your own special space as time stands still and cares drift away. Available at Robinson Lighting & Bath 4120 Blackfoot Tr. SE Calgary | 403.245.8637

shoes 9 Lloyd’s comfort the sole The most tantalizing selection of men’s footwear from Lloyd of Germany. If you are in search of something unique for the sole, we found some amazing pieces at Supreme Men’s Wear. Available at Supreme Men’s Fashion and Footwear 401 4 Ave. SW Calgary | 403.266.4417




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Page 12 Photographer: Ema Peter,; Earings and Bracelet provided by Stittgen Fine Jewelry,; Chair by Ethan Allen,; Photo taken in personal residence of Vicki Collins during the Living in Luxury photoshoot

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Can’t get enough of Homes & Living magazine? We are pleased to offer our readers even more educational and inspirational features to enhance your home and life in-between issues. Below is a sampling of more great articles that can only be read in full online at:

Holiday Decorating Revolutionized by jaclyn dean Have you grown tired of the same old holiday decorating themes? We’ve asked the experts to share some tips on how you can make your home beautiful and festive for everyone to enjoy.

Beating Holiday Stress by jaclyn dean The holiday season should be about comfort and joy, but it often becomes a bit of a whirlwind. Make it one that you can enjoy, with tools to keep the stress at bay.

Luxury Investments by doug parkhurst Have you ever thought of real estate as an addition to your investment portfolio? There’s a lot to consider; but if you do it right it can be a very attractive investment, especially from a tax perspective. Our expert will point you in the right direction with a few of his thoughts on the subject. Congratulations to our ultimate kitchen contest draw winner! “ We spend a great deal of time in our Mary Ann Danilowich kitchen so, as the lady of the house, of KELOWNA, BC


I am always looking for new and creative ways to make it a better space and dreaming that one day mine will be transformed! It was an added bonus when I received the unexpected news that I had won this prize. Thank you Homes & Living magazine!” — Mary Ann Danilowich

the trumps

Page 18-23 Photos courtesy of the Trump Organization,

far out homes

Page 26-36 Photography by Trevor Mein and Jonathan Wheatley, Urban Angles Photography,; Architecture, Interior Design and Light Planning: Rob Mills Architects,; Landscape Architecture: Jack Merlo (Jack Merlo Design),

Feature Home – Albi Homes Ltd.

Pages 42-50 Photography by Jean Perron Photography,; All suppliers listed to the best of our knowledge, provided by Albi Homes: Home Builder and Designer: Albi Homes Ltd.,; Home Automation/Security Systems: Trecc Electric,; Highmark,; Roofing: Ideal Roofing,; Deck: Home-Rail Ltd.,; Railpro Inc.,; Stone and Masonry: KB Masonry,; Millwork: Behind the Line; Interior Designer: Albi Homes Ltd.,; Paint/Wallpaper: Poltex/Stone Creek Interiors,; Fireplace: Classic Fireplaces,; Lighting Fixtures: Cartwright Lighting,; Window Coverings: Stone Creek Interiors,; Windows and Exterior Doors: Gienow Windows & Doors,; Carpet and Tile: Maguire’s Flooring & Window Coverings,; Hardwood: Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd.,; Hardware: Schlage,; Kitchen & Bath Cabinets: Legacy Kitchens,; Kitchen & Bath Fixtures: Star Plumbing; Countertops: Dauter Stone Inc.,; Appliances: Trail Appliances,

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Photographer: Ema Peter,; Interior Design: Vicki Collins; Staging: Harmony Sense Interiors,; Creative Direction: Karla Peckett, opening spread Page 52-53 Products supplied by Home Couture,; Marie Khouri,; Faubourg Paris,; Uno Langmann Limited,; Greenscape Design & Décor,; Birks,; Norburn Lighting,; Take Me Home, FORMAL SITTING ROOM Page 54 Products supplied by Home Couture,; Marie Khouri,; The Flowerbox Florists,; Homesense,; Da Vincis Home Décor, POSH PASTRIES Page 56-59 Products supplied by Faubourg Paris,; Ethan Allan,; Home Couture,; Norburn Lighting,; Martha Stewart, DINING IN DECADENCE Page 60-61 Products supplied by Atkinson’s of Vancouver,; Le Gavroche, THE PERFECT SETTING Page 62 Products supplied by The Lighting Warehouse, thelightingwarehouse,com; Norburn Lighting,; Country Furniture, countryfurniture. net; Restoration Hardware,; Pottery Barn,; Take Me Home,; Upscale Resale,; The Flowerbox Florists,; Uno Langmann Limited,; Winsor Gallery, SLUMBER IN SPLENDOUR Page 64-66 Products supplied by Fino Lino,; Stittgen Fine Jewelry,; Marie Khouri,; The Flowerbox Florists,; Take Me Home,; Brinkhaus,; Montblanc, CLOSET COUTURE Page 68 Products supplied by Fleur de Lis Events,; Hermés,; Holt Renfrew,; Mario’s,; BCBG,; Home Couture, TIME AFTER TIME Page 70-71 Palladio Canada,; Brinkhaus,; IWC Schaffhausen,; Montblanc, EXTRAVAGANT EXTERIORS Page 72 Cars supplied by MCL Motor Cars and Porsche Centre Vancouver, both part of the Dilawri Group of Companies,


Page 74-78 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora,; Hotel Le K2,

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Page 96-97 Mrs. Emily Murphy [ca. 1910-1918] photo provided by Glenbow Museum Archives PA-3589-5.

the fast & the luxurious

Page 103-105 Photos provided by author

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feb/mar 2014

HOME RENOVATION ISSUE Indulgent ideas for beautiful homes.

Look for the February/March Home Renovation issue on major newsstands the week of February 3, 2014

Dream renovations; inside or out they involve so much more than just paint and ladders. Look to H&L for expert advice on how to make your home’s transformation as seamless as possible.


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S a n ta F e i n t h e R o c k y M o u n ta i n S My Client handed me a weathered log from the creek bottom and said could you make my kitchen look like this? Then she handed me an oil soaked railroad tie and asked if these could be repurposed…I fell in love.

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