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HOMES 20 Jane’s World Working the Room By Jane Lockhart

34 Distilled Design


Wood: Enduring Time and Trends By Gaile Guevara

40 Feature Home: Lusso Villa A One-of-a-kind Model Design By Elizabeth Hak

48 Expert Interiors Design Advice and Ideas From the Experts By Goody Niosi

54 Gentlemen’s Quarters

Rooms Inspired by and Designed for Men By Mitch Wright

60 Colour Rules


Make Your Own By Amy McGeachy


66 Closet Case

Extracting the Maximum From Your Minimum Spaces By Ben Vorst



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living 26 Celebrity Profile: The Tenors Homegrown Legends in the Making By Michelle Hopkins

68 Expressions: Craig Pearce


Old Wood Made Good By Adem Tepedelen

72 Escape Getting Lost in the Okanagan By Seema Dhawan

78 Epicure The Best of Brunch Recipes by Sylvia Main

96 Once Upon a Time Twin Gables: 100 Years of Stories and Style By Elizabeth Hak

102 Words on the Street: McKnight Boulevard Flying Into History By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail


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112 Looking Forward



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David Hume said, “Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.” This is along the same lines as the adage, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What’s the connection to interior design? That it’s personal. This Annual Interior Design Issue of Homes & Living was carefully planned with the fact that interior design is a matter of taste, style and opinion.


Each feature suggests multiple possibilities to inspire your unique design sense. Particularly, Expert Interiors, Gentlemen’s Quarters and Colour Rules – which launch the interior design special section – illustrate a variety of design styles and set-ups. Your home should reflect your choices. It should be an expression of your desires and lifestyle. Rules can be followed if you tolerate them; otherwise, break them! A dozen industry experts have enthusiastically contributed their advice to help you break the rules and achieve the interior of your dreams. Rounding out our Interior Design Section are features on gorgeous rugs, a case for closets and trendy countertops.


When you’re on a five-month, 70-city North American tour – as is the case for international pop-opera quartet The Tenors – coming home is a retreat. In our interview with these always-stylish and sophisticated men, Fraser, Clifton, Remigio and Victor share what they love most about coming home. Spread from coast to coast, each of their homes reflect their personal style and design sense, but also work for their distinct lifestyles. As a bonus, you get an H&L exclusive – a look inside

Fraser’s open-concept nature-inspired L.A. beach home (flip to page 26). Inspiration for interior design continues with this issue’s spectacular Feature Home. Designed with Tuscany in mind, every custom detail is enviable. The homeowners spared no expense in the design of their dream home. Lusso Villa serves as design inspiration for our homes and our readers’ homes. I hope you’ll find many sources of inspiration throughout this special annual issue that you can make your own. And don’t forget: it’s OK to break the rules! H&L Unveils New Luxury Website got a facelift. The user-friendly navigation experience makes it quick and easy to link to the latest digital editions, Feature Home slideshows, web exclusive content and more! Visit today. Sincerely,

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Gaile Guevara is a Vancouver BC-based interior designer with an extensive background in residential multi-family projects. Her specialty is distilling interiors to their purest elements. She has an online following of over 300,000 on Pinterest and over 5.8 million page views on Flickr.

Austrian-born Sylvia Main is the owner of Fairholme Manor – a historic bed and breakfast in Victoria’s Oak Bay neighbourhood. She is also a self-taught chef and bestselling author of two recipe books, Fabulous Fairholme and Easy Elegance From Fabulous Fairholme who is passionate about food and presentation. Visit

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Goody Niosi is a former film director, scriptwriter and editor. She has been writing for newspapers and magazines since 1990 and also has six published books to her credit including The Romance Continues, the biography of well-known artists Nixie Barton and Grant Leier. She lives in the countryside on Vancouver Island where she is working on her next book.

Seema Dhawan is an editor and writer based in Calgary, Alberta. A passion for travel has taken her around the world and her love for writing has brought it to paper. She has written about her escapes for various publications including WestJet’s up! Magazine, the Calgary Herald and the Huffington Post.

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After years of writing scientific papers, Elizabeth Hak switched gears and went back to school for journalism. She has written profile, travel, finance, golf and equine stories over the years and enjoys variety rather than specializing in one area. With the Rockies on her doorstep, her free time is spent in the mountains with her son Griffin and dog Tiko.

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Michelle Hopkins has extensive magazine and newspaper writing experience in home decor, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Originally from the East Coast, Michelle loves the differences in culture and landscape that Canada provides. Someone once described Michelle’s writing like this: “She skillfully weaves together her own experiences and finds characters to provide colour for her stories.”

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Words and Design By jane lockhart Photographs by Brandon Barré

In each of the rooms featured, the space is clearly defined by the furnishings, colour scheme, window treatments and lighting. Here are my tips on what makes these rooms work and how I addressed some common design problems homeowners experience when decorating their spaces. I hope they’ll help you with your design dilemmas.

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Accentuate the Positive

No matter the size of the room, highlight the strongest feature in the space. In this dining room, the magnificent tray ceiling adds architectural interest, formality and visually lowers the height of the ceiling, creating a more intimate space. Drama was added by painting the recessed ceiling in warm tan with contrasting white moulding and a crystal chandelier. White wainscotting below charcoal grey walls makes a stunning backdrop for a collage of china plates. The eye is drawn to these features rather than the size of the room.


Create Contrast With Colour

Contrast adds energy and draws attention to features and decorative elements in a room. Even if you love neutral colours it doesn’t mean a room has to be bland, as you can see here. Often when too many neutrals that are the same contrast or brightness are used in a space, it can feel flat. Using a range of neutral tones from light to dark will give a room more energy and create dimension. The more contrast you add, the more dramatic it will look and feel.

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My clients often ask me, “How do I make my space work without sacrificing style?” As a designer with over 20 years of experience, I have had lots of practise. As with anything, along with practise and experience comes knowledge, invaluable Aha! moments and special tricks of the trade. I continue to apply what I have learned in my design work with confidence knowing that I will make my clients happy and give them spaces that look great and fit their needs. My best advice for designing a room, either on your own or with a professional, is to first determine how you want to use the space, then identify any special features and architectural elements that make it beautiful. Knowing this will help you design the perfect space.





Defining Details

Often homeowners feel the most comfortable in rooms where everything matches, but matchymatchy decor can sometimes leave interiors feeling a bit underwhelming and impersonal. Give spaces some life and personality by adding pattern, texture and shine throughout. Shiny surfaces like metal, glass and mirror attract attention and can make a room bright, dramatic and feel more formal, while matte surfaces lend a more modern, understated feel. Texture and pattern add warmth, comfort and personality. If you have trouble mixing these together skillfully, then add texture to the carpet and bring patterns in through pillows, throws and art. Accent pieces like vases, candles and books can be a combination of shiny and matte so you have a little bit of everything in your room.

A neutral colour scheme doesn’t have to be bland if you play with contrast


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Focus on the Fabulous

Homeowners often struggle with what a focal point should be and wonder what the benefits are to having one. A focal point creates harmony and balance within a space. It draws the eye into a space and offers a hint to your visitors as to where to look first. A focal point helps make a room comfortable, inviting and it eliminates visual clutter making a room flow more easily. Traditionally focal points are thought to be fireplaces or significant pieces of architecture, but really anything can be a focal point if it is treated properly and made worthy of looking at. A media centre, a beautiful window or even a fabulous piece of furniture can be the focus of a room.


Size and Scale Matter


The most important element in any room is the furniture. It’s a good idea to purchase sofas and chairs that fit the proportions of the space and suit the needs of your family. Even if a space is two stories high, it doesn’t mean that furniture should be large or overpowering. Consider the actual floor space or footprint to determine the size and scale of your furniture pieces. Choose seating pieces that are comfortable with durable, easy-to-clean fabrics. Lower-backed chairs provide better visual sightlines through to other rooms or windows; armless chairs, like the ones in this living room, encourage conversation making it more comfortable to turn in your chair to chat with guests. Consider swivel-skirted chairs for rooms used for entertaining.


Elements of good design are easy to master once you know what they are and how to use them. With the right balance of these elements you can completely transform a space. Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply updating your decor, remember that a quality piece of furniture, decorative moulding, colour and contrast, glowing floors and wonderful fabrics are simple and affordable elements that will instantly turn a plain room into one you’ll love to live in for years to come.

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Musical ambassadors the Tenors share insight into their individual home design preferences (and one even lets us into his L.A. home for an exclusive tour)


The Tenors, Canada’s sexiest international pop-opera quartet, has experienced phenomenal success on the world stage. Last year Richmond’s Fraser Walters, Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray, Gatineau’s Remigio Pereira and Toronto’s Victor Micallef captivated the world once again with their rich tenor voices and stunning good looks. All four say they are really proud of their newest CD, Lead With Your Heart. The12-track album, featuring four of their own compositions, intersects contemporary music with conventional operatic singing. The Tenors have stretched the boundaries of classical crossover with this CD; blending world music, pop, opera and folk into operatic-flavoured ballads.


“We’ve combined a mix of pop favourites, some classic staples such as Bob Dylan’s Forever Young and Elton John’s Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, as well as four of our own songs,” said Walters.

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Homegrown Legends in the Making


Since 2008, The Tenors have supported and raised money for Bulembu International, a charitable organization working to restore this impoverished former African mining town in Swaziland, a country with the highest HIV/ AIDS rate in the world (38%). Their mission is to create a self-sustaining community by 2020. By hosting a number of fundraising concerts, dubbed Voices for Bulembu, this pop-opera quartet has raised more than $2.2 million to house and care for 2,000 of Bulembu’s orphans. Micallef said using the power of music to help those in need has been extremely rewarding. “Making a difference in places like Bulembu makes me proud, not proud of myself or of The Tenors, but proud of the communal effort to make a change,” said Micallef, adding The Tenors are heading back to Africa this year to put on a concert with the kids of Bulembu. For more information or to donate to Bulembu International, visit

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Not only have they captivated the hearts of legions of female fans, The Tenors have been lauded by former United States President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and actor Charlie Sheen, all of whom say they love the music.


Over the last few years, they’ve also shared the stage with renowned superstars Andrea Bocelli, Sting and Paul McCartney, appeared with Celine Dion on the Oprah Show and performed for President Obama and a host of world leaders at the G20 Summit.


A defining moment for the quartet came about two years ago. The legendary Grammy-winning producer

and songwriter David Foster invited them to perform at his dinner party. Among the guests were Barbra Streisand, Regis Philbin, the late Donna Summer and Dr. Phil. “We sang and Barbara lead a standing ovation,” said Walters, still with awe in his voice. “Then, Donna got up and sang Amazing Grace with us … it was incredible.” Perhaps the biggest sign that The Tenors have made it to stardom came last May. They performed at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration at England’s Windsor Castle by private invitation from the Queen herself.

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Looking dashing in Giorgio Armani suits, the fab four told Homes & Living that when they aren’t touring they love nothing more than to relax at home with family and friends. Presently on a whirlwind 70-city North American tour to promote Lead With Your Heart, the multi-platinum vocalists took time off and spoke with H&L about how important hearth and home is to them after over 300 days on the road.


Not only are The Tenors always stylish on stage, they also have a flair for decorating their homes. Walters, along with his wife of two years, New York singer Kelly Levesque, live by the beach in Los Angeles. “Our style is definitely influenced by nature; we have tables made of reclaimed wood, natural and earthy paint colours, and big windows that welcome the warm California sun,” said Walters. “My favourite room is easy to pick because we have an open-concept living, dining, kitchen area with a loft for the family room and hardwood floors throughout.”

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“Our style is definitely influenced by nature; we have tables made of reclaimed wood, natural and earthy paint colours, and big windows that welcome the warm California sun.” — Fraser Walters

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On weekend beach strolls Walters and Levesque have discovered many treasures for their home, including an original painting by a local artist. “The oil painting shows two somewhat abstract hearts on a rectangular vintage piece of wood. It was a surprise Valentine’s Day gift for my wife. We had passed it one day on a [beach] stroll and she liked it a lot; so, I returned another day, bought it directly from the artist and had it up in the living room before she got home on February 14th of last year. We love the painting and the memory that goes with it.”


Left. Photograph by Randee St Nicholas Right. Photograph by Ann Johansson

For Micallef, his wife Kathleen and four-year-old son Zachariah, Toronto is home. “We bought a 1950s bungalow in great condition,” said Micallef. “We did some redesign and made it more open so now it offers lots of room for Zachariah to play.” Micallef described their look as “Tuscan with lots of antiques, hardwood floors, but with a dash of modern sophistication.” His prized possession is an antique gramophone that takes centre stage in his living room. “I wind it up and I play 78 rpm records and listen to the great tenors from the 1920s,” added Micallef. His favourite way to unwind is to curl up on the oversized couch in the big room – a combination living and dining room – and watch a good movie.


Murray likes to relax in his new 1,300-square-foot waterfront Yaletown condo. “When we come off the road, it’s important for me to come home to a place that is warm, inviting and comfortable,” said the 6’2” Murray.


Murray calls his decor “rustic cottage chic with a dash of West Coast organic. For me, the rustic look just

wraps you up in comfort,” he said. “I have furniture made out of gnarly wood and an original Robert Bateman painting of a crow on an old totem pole … it’s a gorgeous piece of art.” Meanwhile, the multilingual Pereira sold his downtown condominium and is renting his brother-in-law’s 1950s home in St. Catharines. When he isn’t on the road, he hangs out in the media room watching movies on his 80-inch flat screen television with surround sound. “You get a real theatre experience,” said Pereira. “The sound can shake the house.” He has a real affinity for Cape Cod-style homes. “I’m not into modern … I want to be taken back to somewhere beautiful,” said Pereira. “Right now, I’m looking to buy a house in Niagara by the Lake – a colonial house with lots of trees on the property.” Pereira said his most cherished possession is a framed painting his two-year-old daughter created. “It looks like a Picasso painting with a plethora of colours,” he said.

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personal side Q&A What is your favourite way to unwind after a concert? Fraser Walters: I enjoy taking a few minutes to relax after a show. If we’re on a busy tour then Throat Coat tea is in order; and if it’s before a day off, a cold beer is nice too. We also love doing meet and greets where we sign CDs and interact with our audience. We’ve heard many inspiring stories about how our music has affected people. Finally, a healthy snack or meal is important because we are always awake for at least a few hours winding down after a show.

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Remigio Pereira: Singing with Celine Dion on the Oprah Winfrey Show and feeling my father’s presence in the room with me.

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Who is the prankster in the group? Clifton Murray: We all like to bust each other’s chops now and again. We like to keep it light on the road. I certainly get a kick out of prankingKBDesignH&LivingCalgary2013.indd the guys or the band – [there’s] nothing like a good laugh at someone else’s expense. Victor can be pretty gullible because he’s such a gentle soul. I may take advantage of that from time to time, but he always takes it in good fun.


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Victor Micallef: There are a few. From the pop world, I would have to say that singing alongside Adele, Pink or Alicia Keys would be pretty interesting – soulful voices singing of real life experiences. The genres may seem far apart, however, I think they would be pretty powerful collaborations. If I had to choose two artists from the classical world that I would love to sing with, they would be Renee Fleming and Placido Domingo. Their voices are golden and it would be a true honour to sing with them.


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Timeless Interiors by Gaile Guevara

Home to be grateful for Living in Canada means living in a uniquely beautiful place in the world. Often I ask my clients, who come from all areas of the world, “Why did you choose to live in Canada?” They respond, “Why not live in Canada?” This simple but profound answer says it all. My team and I design interiors that translate what our clients love most about West Coast and Canada living into sanctuaries.


Have you ever stopped to think about what a home is? In its most basic form it is a shelter, a place that gives temporary protection from bad weather or danger. Yet, it is so much more than that. In the Western world, our homes are retreats after a hard day at work. They are where we rest our minds and bodies. They are our sanctuaries from the instant we enter to the moment we close our eyes. We rarely acknowledge and reflect on what a privilege it is to live in a space we cherish that reflects who we are.


Designing a home is always a challenge, requiring all those involved to look at what is no longer needed and acknowledge what is wanted to deliver the subtle yet powerful messages the homeowner wishes to express. The result is a space that neither overwhelms nor underwhelms; it contains no more than what is necessary, but it is beautiful.

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Wood flows poetically through this 1,200 sq. ft. renovated condo, serving as a reminder of nature’s abundant beauty and inspiring gratitude for life’s gifts

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Wood is authentic We wanted this condo’s interior to reflect the language of materials that are true to our Canadian geography. Our aim was to layer the warmth of wood throughout the space. We chose locally made furniture with refined details. The furniture and accessories are more than just objects. They function beyond aesthetics while grounding the design and adding interest. Good interior design provides value beyond beauty.

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Wood tells stories


Through the process of design, we thoughtfully curate details that tell a visual story and provide a platform for more stories to be made. By choosing materials that are local and contain history, we can transform the ordinary into something worth noticing. As the pieces age, their stories accumulate.

Bar stools. Counter-height bar stools in solid American walnut showcase handcrafted joinery and create a unique look. Flooring. Quality engineered white oak wide plank floors create a sophisticated, yet subtle, canvas to frame. Kitchen island. Signature custom-designed solid wood combination kitchen island and dining table is a creative space-saving solution that allows for the casual entertaining.


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Mix-and-match complementary wood finishes – from vintage drift wood to walnut to reclaimed fir



Paint baseboard heaters to provide an integrated elevation


Accent with black to complement interior architectural details


Paint window frames in a dark colour to provide less contrast when framing a fabulous view

Wood is worth celebrating We invest energy in each object we surround ourselves with. Knowing this, why not choose to only surround ourselves with what matters and what’s meaningful? This doesn’t mean throwing away everything you own; whether it’s beautiful or useful or both, it is worth celebrating.


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Renovations are great for starting over and living better. You create a home filled with what you love best, you learn to appreciate what you have and live with only what you need.

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This Tuscan-style home is a warm, welcome sight in the midst of Chinook country If it weren’t for the snow on the ground and the Rockies on the horizon, this splendid house by Wolf Custom Homes could be found in the rolling hills of Tuscany. Imbuing a Mediterranean vibe, it is a study in contrasting textures with artistic details that convey coziness and warmth with elegance and style. At almost 9,000 square feet, this home is the timber and stone symbol of all Wolf represents – exceptional quality, a commitment to excellence and, most important, a dedication to customer service. Since 2004, Wolf Custom Homes has set a high standard, concentrating on building quality homes and creating a great experience for their clients. “If you want it and you can dream it, we can do it,” says Miles Dowie, general manager at Wolf Custom Homes. Dowie, who has been with Wolf since 2006, remembers incorporating columns from a castle into a Wolf home while another customer asked that the master bedroom look like a high-roller suite at the Bellagio.


Wolf Custom Homes won the 2010 SAM award for Best New Home between $1,500,000 and $2,999,999; but, based on this stunning home, it likely won’t be their last.


A covered brick gatehouse and towering wrought iron with glass arched door are a fitting introduction to the home. The lofty brick foyer features sophisticated arched doorways, terra cotta floors and carriage lamps that bring exterior details inside.

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A step up onto the hand-scraped walnut floors leads to the spacious den with rich wood bookcases and a large window. The two-story great room is inviting with richly stained timber ceilings and an uninterrupted view of the Rockies through a bank of windows along the wall. Hand-trowelled stucco walls add a subtle, elegant texture next to brick and stone archways. The floor-to-ceiling stucco fireplace, bordered with gothic-inspired columns beneath the mantle, is a stunning focal point.

with open storage framed by heavy wooden columns. Iron chandeliers, Italian beach glass and hammered copper are visually and texturally stunning.

Open to the kitchen and great room, the chic and sizable dining room is outlined with graceful bricked porticos – a wonderful space for gregarious family meals or elegant dinners with friends. Off the dining room, chocolate brown drapes border the hearth room’s entrance. Whether you’re enjoying a cup of tea and a good book, or watching your favourite TV show, draw the drapes and this sitting room instantly becomes a private retreat in the heart of the home.

The butler’s pantry – complete with a dishwasher, fridge and ample counter space – is perfect as a staging area before a big party. The mudroom, with access to the garage, features a wall of hanging storage, meaning shoes and coats are always in their place.

The expansive kitchen is both functional and stylish. Dark rosewood-stained cabinets and a sumptuous brilliant copper hood fan form the backdrop for two granite-topped islands

From the kitchen, double glass doors open onto a spacious covered deck with a built-in barbeque and wet bar. Cool spring and fall evenings fade away in front of the fireplace as you enjoy an outdoor meal. Screens hidden within the brick porticos keep bugs out on hot summer days.

Beyond the kitchen the conservatory diverges from the cozy Tuscan farmhouse aesthetic, but it doesn’t stray far from its Italian roots. Mirrored walls and an abundance of windows help brighten the room. Curling up with a book underneath a ceiling fresco of blue sky and wispy white clouds brings spring to the home on any day.


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Upstairs, the landing leads to a child’s bedroom on the right. On the left, the main bath is breathtaking with a copper soaker tub set in a large tiled shower stall with a ceiling-mounted iron lantern.


Heading left at the end of the landing, a long hallway ends with stairs down into a comfortable bedroom with ensuite. Before the stairs, a spacious laundry room helps make washing, folding and ironing clothes a bit more fun with its large copper sink and efficient stacked laundry unit.


At the other end of the hall, dark plantation doors lead to the master bedroom. A discrete beverage area with a small fridge and deep sink is perfect for late night snacks or an early morning brew. A wall of windows infuse the room with light while a charming rounded stucco fireplace casts a delicate light and warmth to ward off any chill. The ensuite has his and her sinks with an exquisite copper soaking tub in-between. A room-sized open shower dominates the space. The stone and mortar

construction is in stark contrast to the modern features in the bathroom but is a unifying element with the rest of the house, which uses exterior and interior elements so beautifully. A premium sound system and pot lighting with multiple jets and shower heads ensures the shower is anything but rustic. On the main floor, stairs lead you down to the informal rec room, which invites you to gather around the fireplace to ward off a cold night or open the doors onto the covered patio to enjoy a warm summer evening. Reminiscent of glamorous 1950s Hollywood, movie night is an event in the theatre room. With lush animal-print carpeting, a wall-sized screen and two rows of deep inviting couches, going out to see a movie means going downstairs. Two tastefully furnished bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath and roomy closet, mean your guests can stay longer than you’d like! Stairs lead through the rough stone passage to the billiards room with classical moulding, curved wooden shelves to hold drinks and an outdoor patio.

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Working out might actually be fun in the cork-floored bright exercise room. A wall of mirrors reflects light back into the room so you can ensure good form while exercising. The bathroom spa is functional and therapeutic with an aromatherapy, steam shower and teak furniture to lounge on. Back in the rec room, terra cotta staircases on either side of the fireplace lead to the lounge. The circular wine cellar with stone and mortar construction and copper sheeting roof is a show-stopper. This rustic feel is contrary to the modern

wood wine shelving inside. With light only from the iron lanterns on the bar and wine cellar wall, sitting at a bistro table under the covered patio is like being in a cafĂŠ in Tuscany. Leading up to the foyer, the sweeping curve of the terra cotta staircase emphasizes the shape of the wine cellar. Rich in colour and texture with unsurpassed quality and European style, this is not only a home to be proud of, but a home to create lasting memories for generations.

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H&L’s special collectible interior design issue is finally here! We’re delivering on our promise to bring you features on new home products, emerging design trends, expert advice and editorial specific to interior design, home furnishings and modern accessories. To introduce the section, expert interior designers share practical advice and indulgent ideas to help you achieve the home interior of your dreams. Get ready to be inspired…


“We shape our homes and then our homes shape us.” — Winston Churchill

“If you have a great view, make the most of it. if you don’t, create one.” — Geèle Soroka of Sublime Interior Design Ltd.

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Make the interior of your home look as fresh as a spring garden (or new wardrobe) with advice from the professionals Words by Goody Niosi

Sublime Interior Design ltd. Geèle Soroka at Sublime Interior Design in Vancouver is a big fan of great lighting. Her suggestion is to bring some ideas from commercial applications into the home. “Backlight everything,” she says. “Backlight your bar or countertops, or create a focal point with light.”

If all you want to do is freshen a tired interior, Soroka has an idea: eliminate all your cushions, drapes and other accessories, keeping only the big pieces. Then, start over. “Commit to a new colour scheme. Bring in new textures, colours and accessories. It’s hard to commit to something new unless you eliminate everything old.”

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She also advocates emphasizing the view. If you have a great view, make the most of it; if you don’t, create one. Don’t be afraid to play with scale to create a wow focal point. Play with the scale of large sculptures or unique items.” Soroka tells you to be daring. Don’t keep everything on the same scale. Be bold! “If you keep everything in scale, nothing is going to jump out at you and get your attention.”


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Patricia Gray of Patricia Gray Interior Design in Vancouver agrees nothing can change the mood of a room more dramatically than lighting. “When homeowners do it on their own, the biggest mistake they make is with lighting. Lighting can make or break a space.” For an original look, she suggests an accent light fixture that becomes a focal point for the room.


Gray’s second pet peeve is the inexpensive “disposable” sofa. A couch is often the biggest furniture investment

homeowners make and there’s no excuse for cutting corners. “People should really hire a professional to help them with that,” she says. “A sofa that’s a classic piece is like a having the perfect black dress. It just works and all you need to do is accessorize it.” Her third piece of advice is paint – there’s nothing like a new colour to freshen a house and change the mood. “One colour doesn’t cost more than another,” she says. “And yet it can make all the difference in the world.”

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“People spend so much money on the home itself but then they don’t do the custom furniture, draperies and accessories… those things really finish off a house.” — Jacqueline Corea

Corea Sotropa Design Jacqueline Corea, principal designer at Corea Sotropa Interior Design in Calgary, says it’s all in the details. “People spend so much money on the home itself but then they don’t do the custom furniture, draperies and accessories – and those things really finish off a house. If you want to take your house to the next level, you’ve got to consider those details.” Corea pays particular attention to window coverings – and not just any draperies and blinds, certainly not the curtains you pull of a shelf, slide on a rod and hang in front of the window. Window coverings should be custom-made to suit your home and your style, she says. “I always think that a house doesn’t look finished until the window coverings are installed.” She adds that too many people think traditional when they think of window coverings. Today there are window treatments to enhance every possible style. However, she stresses that they must be beautifully made with good-quality fabric.


Corea is also a big fan of great lighting. “Well-thought-out lighting makes the difference between a house that is well designed and one that is standard.”


Use these tips and apply this advice to design a stylish home that will look spectacular all year.


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Rooms Inspired by and Designed for Men


Gentlemen’s Quarters Words by Mitch Wright

“Use a light grey or darker navy as a backdrop on the walls – something that will not overshadow the furniture or art.” ­ — Timothy Oulton

Man-centric design is a growing field, as more and more men realize it’s OK and even encouraged to take as much pride in their living space as they do their personal appearance.

“In the last several years, men are really jumping on board the idea of having a great space that represents their lifestyle, interests and needs,” says Michelle Miazga, who last spring launched Vancouver-based Port + Quarter with business partner Kyla Ray, with a specific goal of making interior design more approachable for men. Creating rooms that reflect male moods starts like all design projects, with paying close attention to the client.

The functionality of a room is just as important as the look. Whether it’s a living room, games room, kitchen or bedroom, design elements need to be thoughtfully selected so the form is a good fit for the function.

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“Where does he purchase clothing from? What does he drive? Where does he like to go for a drink after work? These types of details can be really telling,” Rays says, adding that for men in particular, it helps to speak their language.


Kitchen Kitchens have come a long way from the days when function was the sole concern – today’s kitchens still put a premium on functionality, but not at the expense of appearance. “From stainless-steel counters to metal backsplashes, sexy black cast iron sinks to fully integrated appliances, guys love to create sleek, contemporary cooking areas,” says Ray. “We’re seeing a lot of high-gloss cabinetry, integrated metal pulls, modern glass backsplashes and stone countertops.” For colours, Anita Curry of Vancouver’s MAD Solutions suggests blues and greys that give the kitchen a cool feel, or a slightly off-white tint that can brighten the space and works well with textures – either wood in more traditional homes or glass and chrome in modern kitchens. Curry says keeping layouts simple is the strongest approach.


The ladies of Port + Quarter offer similar advice, suggesting the function and size of the space, as well as items such as small appliances, often naturally flows into how the kitchen is designed. Especially in small spaces, maximizing storage and using every space efficiently is crucial.


“If you are in the position of doing a reno or new build, consider an eat-in island where you can pull up stools to eat breakfast, entertain while cooking and have tons of extra prep space,” says Miazga.

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Curry agrees that lighter greys work well to offset the textures and materials. If it’s more of a reading/writing room than a gathering place, she suggests a tufted tan leather executive’s chair paired with a leather inlay mahogany desk. But if it’s a TV/games room you’re after, a classic ottoman for lounging say you have style but also offers plenty of laid-back comfort. A sexy recycled glass bar backed by a textured metallic wall reminiscent of a shiny sports car with red LED accent lights is perfect for servicing poker night. This is also the place for a black leather sofa, not the living room, says Curry, adding that, “most of the men we work with want a black leather sofa.”



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In a games room or “man cave,” if it’s going to be an entertainment space with lots of traffic as well as food and beverages, you’re going to need durable fabrics that are easy to clean, mask spills and have good wear and tear, says Miazga. “Tweeds and woven fabric on furniture with modern lines gives a classic twist to a fun room,” she says. “We love to use greys and neutrals for the base pieces and use colour as an accent. That way things are easy to switch up when the time comes.”




In bedrooms, where furniture tends to be large, look for pieces that perform double duty, like a bed with hidden drawers underneath, or a bench at the foot of the bed for extra blankets and pillows (a closet organizer can be a crucial element for making a small space work). Again, simple can be highly effective.


“Bedrooms can be beautiful with just simple furnishings – a bed with great linens, two side tables and lamps, and some artwork,” says Ray, while Miazga adds that for the hands-on guy, a headboard offers a great project opportunity. “Headboard design can be really fun and “out of the box” using everything from old palettes or reclaimed wood, to upcycling a fireplace mantel or using fabric or wallpaper to create zoning,” she says.

It’s also recommended to find ways to eliminate clutter by choosing bedside tables with drawers and even if the room offers space for extra furniture, only go with the pieces that are absolutely necessary. An Eames chair (pictured above) is comfortable and stylish, perfect for any man’s bedroom. Curry is also in favour of bringing in style through art (including bedding, mirrors and lighting) in the bedroom, where looking for gender-neutral colours is also the best approach. Port + Quarter’s principals love to play with a mix of textures in bedrooms, such as the combination of linen and wool. “Choosing classic colours like charcoal, navy or white make it easy to change the style and colour of pillows, throws and artwork in the room,” says Miazga.

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the world-renowned authority on colour, describes emerald green as a “Lively, radiant, lush green.� Derived from the precious gemstone, emerald represents beauty and life. This vivid hue is said to bring the perception of sophistication and luxury to any space.


A classic option is to adorn the trim and architectural features of the room with shades of white, fill the space with warm wood-grain furniture and subtly disperse emerald green toss cushions and accessories throughout the space

Colour Rules Make Your Own

Colour trends will come and go so this year, make your own rules Words by Amy McGeachy

Pantone’s colour selections are often made months or years in advance of the release date, and while they provide us with gorgeous shades, who’s to say they are the right choice for your own home? How can one colour be the right selection for every individual? There are so many factors that must be considered when introducing new colours into your home. Existing finishes, amount of natural lighting and permanent furniture all need to be considered before confirming that they are the right choice for you. Unless you enjoy frequently replacing the key pieces in your home, I advocate basing your choices on your own personal style and taste. Break through the colour trends and make your own rules – ones that work for you.

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Each year we are introduced to a fresh palette of colour trends for our fashions and interior decor. This year homes will be filled with the elegance and beauty of the hue emerald green, Pantone’s selected colour for 2013.




When working with my clients to pull together their interior space, I initially focus on purchasing and selecting the investment pieces for their home, and then build around these choices. These items are the furniture and built-in elements that often need some financial consideration before acquiring new or replacing pieces they currently own. Included in this category are sofas, cabinetry, flooring and other major finishes that can require considerable money or labour. For these, I usually suggest sticking to the classic colours. Greys, browns, beiges, blacks or whites are all timeless choices.

Visualize the elegance and sophistication of a room containing a textured fabric sofa in a bold charcoal with various shades of grey on the walls, drapes and linens. A classic option is to adorn the trim and architectural features of the room with shades of white, fill the space with warm wood-grain furniture and subtly disperse emerald green toss cushions and accessories throughout the space. A few boldly coloured accent pieces can have a striking effect on a well-planned, multi-dimensional room without overwhelming the space.

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Apply a bold hue to an accent wall or an entire space and break up the colour with a black and white painting


Paint is one of the simplest, most inexpensive, yet dramatic ways to transform a home. Apply a bold hue to an accent wall or an entire space, then break up the solid colour by hanging a pair of subtle black and white framed photographs on the wall or a large, bevelled mirror bordered by a substantial metallic frame. This technique can add some drama to the room without going overboard with a bold colour. Repainting the wall when you become bored or tired of today’s trendy colour selection can be done easily and quickly.

Cushions, throw blankets, accent chairs, area rugs, artwork and accessories are all great ways to try out emerald green in your space with minimal commitment. Pair this bold colour with your staple fluffy white towels in the powder room, bring accent dishes or linens into the kitchen, and highlight your mantel with emerald green vases or candles. Remember, colour trends will come and go, so make your colour selections based on your style and tastes.


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Closets of every size, Extracting style and function the Maximum will help you find a place for everything From Your Minimum Words by Ben Vorst Spaces

A little foresight and a dash of ingenuity can go a long way toward creating and maintaining functional, attractive storage

Having closets presents a double-edged sword: we never seem to have enough of them, yet the ones we have aren’t at all what we want them to be. A little foresight and a dash of ingenuity can go a long way toward creating and maintaining functional, attractive storage.

Whether you’re planning a hideaway for linens and towels, an entryway organizer for outdoor gear or that dreamy walk-in closet that will help you get fabulous each morning, planning ahead is key to realizing your goal. As much as they can (unfortunately) be an afterthought, the most fitting closet for your space might encompass custom millwork, pre-fab systems, lighting, flooring or even plumbing. New build or reno? You’re going to need a long-view approach.

that allows you to see the contents (transparent compartments, metal baskets) discourages orphaned items.

First, decide the purpose and limits of your closet. A vague sense of general storage will not guide your design and leave you with an oversized version of the kitchen junk drawer. Define the desired contents (e.g., coats, shoes and boots, hats, gloves – but not ski poles, flashlights or umbrellas) and stick to it. You can discourage clutter by compartmentalizing the space to fit only the planned items; an angled shoe shelf is unlikely to attract sports gear, and while coat hooks attract an odd assortment of items, hangers on a rod usually keep stray items at bay.

Conversely, clothing closets – and especially voluminous walk-ins – should present a varied pattern of shaped spaces; this makes choosing outfits a more ordered process and less hypnotic. Depending on the space you have to work with, consider how the closet will work with your daily routine; is it simply a storage site or do you plan to dress, prepare and become perfect inside? If it’s the latter, plan to install ample lighting, and even seating. Whatever your needs, a well-designed closet can be as indispensable as a flashlight in the dark… now, where did I put that thing, anyways?

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Linen closets are often easiest to maintain. Because they frequently appear in hallways, they can be broad and shallow, limiting their abuse at the hands of clutter. An attractive linen closet should be relatively uniform, with clean straight lines that reflect their folded contents.





Interviews With Exceptional Artists

Simplicity is a difficult concept to master in this age of “more is always better.” But Craig Pearce, the 30-year-old owner of Vancouver’s Union Wood & Supply Co., has found inspiration in the reclaimed materials he uses for his rustic, yet clean and modern, designs. These old buildings – from barns in Kentucky to historic landmarks in Vancouver – not only provide him with wood and metal for his furniture, they offer a glimpse into an era where things were simple by necessity. Craig chatted with H&L about his unique creations, each one with its own story.

Words by Adem Tepedelen photographs by tony puerzer

What was the first piece of furniture you made from reclaimed wood? I made an art piece … probably about 15 years ago. I took an old piece of fence and made a painting on it. That was probably the first thing I did with old wood. After that, the first piece of furniture I made was a coffee table. I made it in my parents’ garage using some cedar from a fence.

What was your main motivating factor initially: the aesthetic or the sustainability aspect? It was definitely a combination, or a union, of both. I really like the aesthetics. [Reclaimed wood has] nail holes and this built-in character you can’t reproduce. I’m also very interested in [Vancouver’s] local history. I have been kind of a Vancouver history buff for as long as I can remember. As a kid I was always fascinated by the old, dilapidated factories and warehouses in the city’s industrial area. I would ride my bike around, shoot photos and just take it all in. Years later I’m making furniture from the materials those buildings are made out of.

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Old Wood Made Good


Craig Pearce gives new life to materials reclaimed from heritage buildings at his Union Wood & Supply Company


Craig discovered his passion for building furniture in 2005 when he took a job working with a rustic log cabin furniture maker

What is it like to make something old new again? It’s so rewarding to make something for people that they can take back to their house and use. And their families will sit around it; and their kids will draw at it; and they’ll have friends over and spill wine on it. I love that part of it.

What are some of your favourite transformations? We recently did a line that’s a little bit more modern. We took grey barn board made of oak from Kentucky – which we don’t get here in Vancouver at all – and use it in anything. It has this amazing grey colour to it. We’ve done these cabinets with these glossy white boxes and a grey, really worn front door. There’s also a dining table that I made out of reclaimed wood that had been in a fire. The edges are lightly charred, but you can see where it rested on the floor joist; so, it’s burnt for six inches and raw for two inches, burnt for six inches and raw for two inches. It’s an amazing piece of wood.

What inspires your designs? Function is something that’s always important. That’s why I’ve always kept the form of everything simple. The designs are just simple and kind of true. I get a lot of inspiration out of old catalogues. I’m not talking like from the ’50s or ’60s, but more like a 1910 miner’s catalogue. I really love looking at that stuff. What did their work desks look like and what did their carts that they pushed stuff around in look like? How were they put together?


Is there a bit of archaeology involved in reclaiming materials?


It’s archaeological in the sense that there’s a story connected with it, a timeline and a feeling associated with it. A lot of times we’ll meet someone that was connected to a place or building where everything’s coming down and they’ll have a great story about who lived there, what happened there, what kind of things took place. That helps us sell our product, too. People really want to know – they have to know – where the wood came from.

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Getting Lost in the Okanagan


Rediscover the Okanagan at three of the region’s most luxurious resorts British Columbia’s Okanagan region is famous for breathtaking scenery, exquisite wineries, sprawling fruit orchards and luxury resorts. Whether you’re looking to tour some of the best wineries in Canada or escape cool climates, the Okanagan is the place to be. Some come here to get married or rekindle romance; others come for a family vacation that promises a tailored experience for visitors of all ages. Some of the best resorts in the region are featured that add a little something of their own.

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Walnut Beach Resort, located in Osoyoos, is the ultimate getaway for those who love Osoyoos Lake and tasty barbecue creations – 70% of all the food at this resort is cooked outdoors on a barbecue as guests lounge by the pool. Want to barbecue yourself? The resort has five of them set up poolside for guests to enjoy. It also has an outdoor heated swimming pool, two hot tubs and 1,800 square feet of meeting space for those mixing business with pleasure. Enjoy the secluded beach along Canada’s warmest lake or the perfect wine paired with a seasonal dish at the resort that blends all that’s good thing in life.

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three things to try here 1. Private Licensed Beach

Very few resorts in the Okanagan have a private licensed beach. You’ll love lounging by the water taking in the stunning views.

2. Justin’s Ribs & Caesar Salad The creations of the resort’s head chef, Justin Paakkunainen, have gained quite the reputation at the resort. The St. Louis style two-ways ribs (one a dry rub rib and the other done cocoa barbecue style) are a major hit. Make sure you try Justin’s twist on the Caesar salad, which uses spinach instead of romaine lettuce and an addictive Caesar dressing.

3. Best Sunsets

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The resort boasts the best sunset views over Osoyoos Lake.



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Sparkling Hill Resort All of the 149 guest rooms and three penthouse suites at Sparkling Hill resort promise spectacular views of Okanagan Lake, Predator Ridge Golf Resort and the Monashee mountains. The resort is designed to capture the magnificence of the spectacular landscape. The property – which has 40,000 square feet and 48 treatment rooms dedicated to wellness – is the largest in Canada. Guests can enjoy three different types of steam and sauna rooms with varying temperatures and scents. All rooms have a custom designed bathtub for two installed in them, with Swarovski crystals placed above the tub. Stop by the little outdoor java joint Barrique & Java for beautiful views of the lake and a light tapas-style menu or fine dining at PeakFine.



three things to try here 1. Swarovski Sky Pool

Swarovski crystals on the ceiling of this pool twinkle a blue light at night, as the water and light reflect on them.

2. Apple Strudel

The property has an Austrian influence, so one thing that always stays on the menu is the apple strudel, and it’s fabulous.

The Serenity Room is where one goes after a treatment at the spa. Offering a 360 degree view of the lake, mountains and the valley, it promises to amaze.

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3. The Serenity Room



three things to try here 1. Garden Salad

This fresh organic salad is served the day it’s picked, and travels only a few minutes to get to your plate, making it hard to resist.

2. The Barking Parrot Bar

The Barking Parrot, the largest patio on the lake in the Okanagan – with an exciting night scene, live entertainment and a scrumptious patio menu – is a must stop.

3. Private Beach

Order a drink or grab a bite while you take in the stunning views of Okanagan Lake. The private beach and marina at the resort shouldn’t be missed.

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Penticton Lakeside Resort


This geothermally heated green property gives organic luxury a new meaning. The resort recycles everything in the kitchen – from cooking oil to leftovers – that is, if anything is left on the plate from their mouth-watering on-site restaurants. The Hooded Merganser Bar & Grill serves contemporary cuisine over the lake while the Bufflehead Pasta & Tapas Room serves fine Italian cuisine. The resort also has Okanagan’s largest patio and bar on the beach. With over 10 acres of organic farms, an orchard and two greenhouses, you can be sure the food on your plate is as fresh as it gets. Guests can inquire about special events and a chance to enjoy a five-course meal under the stars in the Okanagan. The resort – designed for being inclusive – also has a casino, hair salon, health club and pool on-site.


Stop by Valley View Farm at Penticton Lakeside Resort, a harvest-to-plate venture spread over 10 acres. This organic farm has two greenhouses, beehives and an orchard on-site. Food picked at the farm makes its way straight to the kitchen and in the hands of chefs, so you can trust when you bite into produce at one of the resort’s restaurants, it’s fresh. The farm is also self-sufficient with the water supply coming in from a creek. Take an afternoon stroll through Valley View when visiting the resort and immerse yourself in a place that makes eating healthy, organic food seem effortless.

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Whet Your Appetite

Impress your guests with the best brunch classics with a twist and original recipes from Victoria’s Fairholme Manor Inn Spring is all about warmer weather, blooms of colour and lazy Sunday mornings. After hibernating much of the winter, spring inspires the entertainer in us. One of the favourite get-togethers of the season is hosting a brunch for close friends and family. Sylvia Main’s follow-up cookbook to Fabulous Fairholme – Easy Elegance From Fabulous Fairholme – is filled with easy-to-follow recipes for breakfast, brunch and lunch.


Of course there are those luxurious brunch classics such as French toast, waffles and pancakes, but Main also offers delights, such as ricotta lime muffins and her signature individual baby potato, cheese, bacon and thyme frittatas. Main believes the best brunch menus include something sweet and savory.


Words by Michelle Hopkins Recipes by Sylvia Main photographs by tony puerzer

Curried Chicken Lettuce Cups Serves. 4

2 cups skinless chicken*, cooked and chopped ½ cup mayonnaise ½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt ¼ cup parsley, chopped dash Tabasco sauce dash hot chili flakes dash salt dash black pepper 1 tbsp curry powder 4 tbsp lemon juice 2 large shallots, chopped and sautéed in 1 tbsp butter 8 large lettuce leaves (butter lettuce, iceberg, escarole, endive) ½ cup almonds, sliced and toasted *Substitute shrimp or turkey for the chicken

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Mix all ingredients except lettuce and almonds. Fill individual lettuce leaves with chicken filling. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve with sprouted grain bread, a giant crouton or soup. The curried chicken can also be used as a sandwich filling.


Individual Baby Potato, Cheese, Bacon and Thyme Frittatas Yields. 6 Frittatas

6 slices bacon 8 large eggs 3 additional egg whites ½ cup milk ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 3 tbsp green onion, thinly chopped ½ cup Gruyère cheese, shredded 2 tsp fresh thyme, minced 1½ cups baby potatoes, steamed and halved ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated small block parmesan cheese, shaved, to serve (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease six ramekins (small, glazed ceramic bowl). In a skillet, cook bacon until almost crisp. Place bacon on a paper towel and set aside. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, salt and pepper. Add green onion, grated Gruyère cheese and thyme. Divide the potatoes and bacon between the ramekins, then pour egg mixture over them. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes (or refrigerate overnight and bake the next morning for about 35 minutes). Frittatas should be puffy around the edges and tester should come out clean. Allow frittatas to rest for five minutes before serving. Remove from ramekins. To make parmesan curls for garnish, shave the parmesan block with a vegetable peeler. Serve with warm bread, scones and extra bacon for breakfast, brunch or lunch.


“ One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” — Robert A. Heinlein

Sylvia graciously granted us permission to share her Ricotta Lime Muffins and Gingery Snicket cocktail recipe on


Main’s cookbooks are more than pages filled with inspiring and tasty delights; they are gorgeous coffee table books with great visuals that will inspire you to make your next brunch a memorable one. Each photo was taken in her Italian-style mansion in Victoria, as well as on the pristine grounds. Bask in the joy of creating an unforgettable meal with sophisticated style and panache.


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Waterfront by Anthem Properties is pleased to announce the release of their upcoming 16-storey tower. It promises not to disappoint. This third luxury tower will be the second-to-last phase at Calgary’s most elite address, located in Eau Claire at the edge of Prince’s Island Park. No other location in Calgary provides you with the energy of downtown’s business district and the serenity of the Bow River’s banks – making this one of Calgary’s topselling postal codes in terms of sales volume and value. Since 2007, Waterfront has been changing Calgary’s real estate market by catering to the needs, wants and desires of our city’s most discerning real estate owners. This newest phase promises to take this evolution one step further through its continued elevated finishings and architectural design. By combining its location with floor-to-ceiling windows, this upcoming tower also promises fantastic river views.

Anthem’s game-changing approach to real estate development has been well-received in Calgary. The elements that have made Waterfront’s previous phases so desirable will be carried forward, ensuring this address will continue to be the envy of the downtown core. Features such as concealed appliances and state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems continue to come standard, while the expansive, lush gardens – centrally located between the towers – will continue to attract buyers to this newest phase. The inventory in Waterfront’s third tower will be more limited than in preceding phases; only executive level, sub-penthouse and penthouse suites remain. Urbanites looking for a higher level of living will want to act quickly as the pricing will be impressively attractive, catering to the discerning few at all price points.


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Weekend Living All Year-round at Silverhorn A true community, unique within Bearspaw, Silverhorn was planned using a conservation design philosophy. Inspired by an appreciation for the land and its history, the ideology behind Silverhorn was to shape a neighbourhood that would unite residents and inspire a new vision for the future of Bearspaw.


$425,000-$635,000 (land only + GST)


Show home location: 262 Township Road (between Bearspaw and Lochend Roads), Bearspaw, AB Show home hours: By appointment only Call: 403.452.6571 Web:


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By letting the land be our guide, natural ridges, drainage patterns and stands of trees have dictated where the roads and homes will be placed. Natural landscaping and designated building envelopes on each homesite mean environmental preservation happens right in your own backyard. With 58 acres of dedicated parkland and the protected areas on each homesite, 50% of the community will forever remain untouched. There are also seven kilometres of rustic pathways for homeowners to enjoy, making Silverhorn’s natural luxury one of its best assets.

Silverhorn is also the only community within all of Rocky View County to have its own Land Use Bylaw within the municipality. This protects the open space and character of the property forever at a legislative level. It offers a safe, rural lifestyle with access to big city amenities. Great schools and a strong sense of community make this vibrant neighbourhood a highly desirable area to raise a family. The residences at Silverhorn will be some of area’s finest and most sought-after addresses. With McKinley Masters and Maillot Homes already on board, residents will design and build a custom home that is perfectly suited for their family’s needs. Quality builders who embrace green building practices and innovative design are encouraged to showcase their most outstanding work in this one-of-a-kind luxury community.


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Boulevard Townes of Quarry Park


$449,900-$499,900 (+ GST)


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Introducing Calgary’s newest and most unique south community, Quarry Park, where Birchwood Properties is offering executive townhomes with urban sophistication. The townhomes are all two stories and range in size from just over 1,500 to 1,779 square feet. There are two- and three-bedroom designs, all of which are open concept on the main level with gourmet island kitchens and spa-inspired ensuites. The upscale interiors have airy nine-foot ceilings, eightfoot passage doors and a choice of hardwood on the main level. The kitchen comes with granite or quartz countertops, ENERGY STAR stainless-steel appliances and full-height ceramic tile backsplash. Each townhome includes a double detached garage, and fully landscaped and maintained front and

backyard. Plus, unlike most townhome projects, Boulevard Townes is pet friendly! Boulevard Townes is currently sold out of both Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 3 has now been released and is selling quickly. Within walking distance of Boulevard Townes is the Quarry Market that includes Co-op, Baton Rouge restaurant, Original Joes, Starbucks, Merle Norman and much more. A short walk takes residents to the Bow River to enjoy pathways and an off-leash park or the opportunity to bike to work. Quarry Park is south Calgary’s most unique and sought-after new community. Conveniently located only five minutes from the Deerfoot Trail and Glenmore Trail, Quarry Park offers all the amenities of an inner-city community with the benefits and space of a new home.

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Award-winning Development in a Desirable Neighbourhood


$1 million & up (home & lot packages)


Show home location: 252035 - 12 Mile Coulee Road NW, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2–8 pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 12–5 pm; closed Fridays Call: 403.239.9735 Web:


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Watermark at Bearspaw, a master-planned community by Macdonald Development Corporation, is making a truly distinctive mark on the local marketplace. Offering estate-sized lots from one-quarter acre to one acre – nearly twice as large as those typically found in new developments – Watermark has become one of the most sought-after communities in the desirable northwest area of Calgary. Recognizing this fact, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association has chosen Watermark as a finalist for the 2012 Community Development Award, recognizing a single community in Canada that has best achieved the creation of an attractive, exciting, innovative and environmentally responsible community. Looking for outdoor amenities? Watermark boasts 46 acres of parkland, including more than five kilometres of paved pathways, as well as three playgrounds and a pondside central plaza complete with outdoor kitchen, pavilion,

barbecues, fire pit and basketball court. As if that wasn’t enough, directly to the west is the newly created 3,400 acre Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, situated along the banks of the Bow River and providing nearly 30 kilometres of trails to explore. Canada Olympic Park is close by to the south and the local Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre is five minutes away. Prospective homeowners can choose from five of Calgary’s top home builders: Albi Homes, Astoria Custom Homes, Homes By Us, Trickle Creek Custom Homes and Wolf Custom Homes. For those looking for a move-in ready home, a collection of new, quick possession homes are available. Located just south of Crowchild Trail NW on 12 Mile Coulee Road, Watermark is conveniently close to a variety of shopping and dining options, within minutes of two championship golf courses and only a 20-minute drive from the downtown core and Calgary International Airport.


You’ve waited long enough for an estate community like Watermark at Bearspaw, whose virtues are unmistakable. Spacious, oversized lots. Luxurious, beautifully designed homes. Build your new luxury home starting from $1 million, or select from the quick possession homes available now. Why wait to make your move?

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Luxury Homes on the Lake

PRICE RANGE: $1.3 million & up


Show home location: 222, 226 & 230 Mahogany Manor SE, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2–8 pm; weekends & holidays, noon–5 pm Call: 403.457.5070 Web:


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Hopewell Residential Communities’ Reserve Collection Lakefront Estate Homes bring luxury home. Located in the southeast Calgary community of Mahogany, each lakefront home offers unparalleled lake access and sophisticated appeal. “This is luxury lake living like you’ve never seen before,” says Scott Hamilton, Hopewell’s senior manager of marketing and community relations. “Lots back onto Calgary’s largest freshwater lake and offer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build your dream home well within city limits.” Built by award-winning Morrison Homes, Calbridge Homes and Baywest Homes, each lakefront estate is located in a premium enclave within Calgary’s most sought-after new community. Featuring upscale appointments, custom detailing and extraordinary craftsmanship, the spectacular abodes bring a sense of grand arrival. “These homes truly showcase the

inspiring possibility of life on the lake in Mahogany,” Hamilton says. Along with private docks, oversized home sites and exceptional design, the Reserve Collection Lakefront Estate Homes include triple-car garages, walkout basements, high-end finishings and more. In addition, homes are situated within a desirable, growing community that offers a variety of amenities, including parks, playgrounds, Mahogany Lake and the Mahogany wetlands, future Urban Village retail district, community programs and more. The South Calgary Health Campus is within walking distance, while major transportation routes, schools and shopping are minutes away. “These homes, and our home builders, are exceptional, really embracing Mahogany’s four-season lake lifestyle, and showcasing just what lake living in Calgary is all about,” Hamilton says.


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Maintenance-free Lifestyle in Customized Estate Bungalows


$1.4 million and up


Show home location: 16 Spring Valley Lane SW, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, noon–6 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 1–5 pm; closed Fridays Call: 403.243.0500 Web:


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Spring Valley Lane


Spring Valley Lane by Legend Developments offers completely customizable homes on 10,000 sq. ft. lots in a private gated community. Imagine never having to mow the lawn or shovel the snow again. Imagine being able to leave your dream home for vacation without having to worry about a thing. The homes start at 4,000 sq. ft. and go up from there (to a maximum of 6,500 sq. ft.). Each one of the 20 unique-shaped lots offer southwest exposure and mountain vistas. Each arts-and-crafts style home features exclusive, luxury details, including 9-ft.-high ceilings, 8 ft. solid component doors, 6 in. baseboards, 4 in. casings and upgraded hardware throughout. Completely customizable layouts mean you can plan your dream home to suit your needs and lifestyle. Interiors feature the best in natural travertine tile products,

hardwood, cabinets, fixtures, lighting and more. Exteriors feature a mixture of natural and manmade products, including natural stone, hardy plank siding, concrete roof tiles and paving stone driveways. A full landscape package is also included. Ideally located near the West Market Square, Signal Hill/West Hills and Aspen Landing shopping centres; private, public and immersion schools; grocery stores and specialty markets like Blush Lane Organic and Sunterra; an amazing selection of golf courses within 15 minutes; and easy access to the new west leg of the LRT. With many exciting projects planned for 2013, Dak Kerr and the team at Legend Developments are looking forward to continuing to build estate homes of unquestionable quality and value.

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Enjoy your maintenance free lifestyle in one of Calgary’s only gated communities. These exclusive custom designed walkout estate bungalows enjoy mountain views on spacious 10,000 square foot lots. All this with only a fifteen minute drive to downtown.


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100 Years of Stories and Style

TWIN GABLES A fully restored charming bed and breakfast in historic cliff bungalow maintains the romance of a bygone age

In 1906 Calgary was on the brink of a population boom. The Canadian Pacific Railway was firmly established with people rushing to the west to make their fortunes. Land speculation meant property was purchased for financial gain rather than settlement. Lots were often bought and sold numerous times before a house was raised. Such was the case of Twin Gables, an arts-and-crafts-style home in Cliff Bungalow just down the hill from the upscale neighbourhood of Mount Royal. In 1914, five years after the land was purchased and several owners later, Twin Gables was finally built.


In 2002, Deirdre Brost and her husband Henry bought Twin Gables and turned it into a five-star boutique bed and breakfast. Almost 100 years before that, Albert Millican, a barrister, moved into the home in 1915 with his family, shortly after it was built.


With duplicate gables over the entrance and the distinctive yellow brick exterior and red brick detailing, Twin Gables’

entrance is cheerful and welcoming. The attached carriage house is significant as very few homes of the time had attached them. The two verandas are now enclosed by glass, but originally, gentle breezes and an unobstructed view would have tempted the inhabitants to take time to enjoy the vista. Stepping into Twin Gables’ foyer, the architecture and exquisite craftsmanship surrounds you. A mix of darkly stained oak and burnished mahogany infuse warmth and elegance into each room while less expensive fir wood was used upstairs – out of sight from upper-class visitors. “Back in the old days, the owner’s guests would never come upstairs so they could cheat and use fir,” Deirdre pointed out. With a built-in china cabinet, original burgundy floral wallpaper and hand-painted ceiling cornices, the dining room is a delightful mix of practicality and creativity – a place to linger while enjoying conversation and delicious meals. Solid wood pocket doors slide as easily into the wall now as they did a century ago.

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Words by Elizabeth Hak PHOTOGRAPHS BY Mel Buschert




Lights replicated from Thomas Edison’s filament bulbs hang from the ceiling with no decorative light shades to cover them; at the time the residents were just happy to show off that they had electricity

Throughout the main floor, quarter-sawn oak, a key feature in craftsman-style homes, adds visual richness to the wood panelling and floor. “That’s what’s nice about an arts-and-crafts-style home,” says Deirdre, pointing out the unusual wood grain patterns. “Even though they’re plain designs, they blended different styles of wood to add a bit of variety.” Mr. Millican used the small parlour off the living as an office. A wallpaper frieze of Hyde Park, hand-blocked and hand-screened, circles the room, as vibrant today as when it was applied decades ago. Lights – replicas of Thomas Edison’s filament bulbs – hang from the ceiling with no decorative light shades to cover them. Deirdre states that at the time the residents were just happy to show off that they had electricity.

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The crash of ’29 was hard on Mr. Millican and, despite his best efforts, the bank foreclosed and seized the home. In 1932, Wellington Walker, a schoolteacher-turnedcattle-rancher-turned-businessman, gave the home its Twin Gables moniker after he moved in. It’s unknown why Mr. Walker delayed purchasing Twin Gables but he finally bought it in 1947 and lived there until his death in 1965. Mr. Walker’s housekeeper, Rose Rogers, was the home’s next guardian after he willed it to her. Ms. Rogers turned it into a rooming house and lived on the main floor, using the dining room as her bedroom. After Ms. Rogers’ death in 1972, the house had a number of owners and was starting to fall into disrepair. Schoolteachers Marj and Zack Rogers bought it in 1979, determined to turn it back into a beautiful home again.


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Deirdre acknowledges all the work the Rogers’ did but admits it’s a never-ending process. “Ten years later and I’m still fixing,” laughs Deirdre. “But the house has so much character, it’s worth fixing.”


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Stories Behind calgary’s Streets

WORDS By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail Photograph by Mel Buschert

McKnight Boulevard Flying Into History This flying ace might have made a name for himself in the air, but it is a street that honours his memory William “Bill” Lidstone McKnight’s memory keeps good company near the Calgary International Airport. The boulevard named for the cocky young pilot crosses paths with streets commemorating other veterans from the two world wars: (“Freddie”) McCall Way, (Noel) Barlow Trail and (“Jock”) Palmer Road. Unlike these other hometown heroes, unfortunately, McKnight never made it back from the war.

In the fall of 1938, McKnight began medical school at the University of Alberta, but he was still in many ways a reckless teenager. In fact, he was on the verge of expulsion when a British recruiting mission for the Royal Air Force (RAF) arrived in Calgary in February 1939. McKnight enlisted with the goal of becoming a fighter pilot, and sailed for England.

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McKnight was born in Edmonton on November 18, 1918. A year later his family moved to Calgary where young Bill went on to attend Stanley Jones Elementary School and Crescent Heights High School. He became known as quarterback of the football team and for driving his dad’s car into a fence while trying to impress a girl.


Left. William “Bill” Lidstone McKnight. Photograph provided by Richard DeBoer, president of the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society. Right. Photo of McKnight (sixth to left) with 242 Squadron pilots, including Douglas Bader. Photograph provided by the Department of National Defence.


Like many would-be flying aces, he got into trouble with the RAF brass: during his stint at No. 6 Flying Training School he was twice confined to his barracks for two weeks and was placed on open arrest as a “perpetrator of a riot.” He made it through, however, and was posted to what the press called the “All-Canadian” No. 242 Squadron in May 1940. McKnight first saw combat – and scored his first victory – near the end of the Battle of France that month. It was not only German aircrafts he was chasing, though, in his single-seat Hawker Hurricane. The lothario who loved playing Bing Crosby records in the officer’s mess managed to acquire a limousine and an apartment in Nantes. There he took up with a French woman for two weeks before trying to smuggle her back to Britain aboard a transport airplane.


He was soon back in the air, this time over Dunkirk, where he shot down four enemy aircrafts in two days. His courage and tenacity earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in June 1940. By October he had participated in the Battle of Britain and added a bar to his DFC for a dozen other victories. The rigours of war had imparted some maturity, but as he wrote to his friends in Calgary, it was hard won. He had limped home in a shot-up aircraft from at

least one dogfight, had lost 27 pounds and had been hospitalized with acute exhaustion. Even so, when he was offered the chance to return home to Calgary and become an instructor, he turned it down. That fall and winter, under the command of Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, McKnight upheld No. 242’s motto of “Toujours prêt” (Always ready). In January 1941, McKnight – who Bader called “fearless and aggressive” – began a series of “rhubarbs” or low-level attacks on targets of opportunity in France. The pilot who accompanied him on his final raid said they had been strafing a German E-boat in the English Channel. On their second run, while under heavy anti-aircraft fire from the French coast, a Messerschmitt 109 attacked. McKnight’s aircraft was hit. The Hurricane and its pilot were never seen again. Nearly 30 years later, Bader, who had taken a shine to the young pilot with the “flinty eyes,” lobbied to name a Calgary street in McKnight’s honour. On Friday, October 9, 1969, a section of Edmonton Trail and 48 th Avenue North was renamed McKnight Boulevard. The Canadian air ace with no grave now had a living memorial.

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april/may 2013

National Award Winning - Custom Home Builder


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Home Evolution – Bringing the Art of Green Living to Your Home

McKinley Master’s Cézanne Finalist in 2012 CHBA National SAM Awards

To truly help their customers live green, Home Evolution is excited to introduce the BINA collection by eco-conscious designer Thomas Bina. Applying his principals of timeless style and design, Bina has created sustainable home furnishings for the environmentally friendly customer looking to minimize their footprint in every area of their life.

McKinley Master’s Cézanne has been named as a finalist in the 2012 Canadian Home Builder’s Association (CHBA) National SAM Awards for the best new home over 4,000 sq. ft. This impressive 12,999 sq. ft. estate was the Feature Home in the February/ March issue of Homes and Living magazine.

Crafted from hand using sustainably harvested and reclaimed hardwoods, BINA’s collection includes dining room tables, king and queen bedroom suites, and accent pieces perfect for any area of the home. Home Evolution president and CEO Stewart Bondar saw that customers were interested in how their furniture was being made just as much as they were interested in comfort, style and design. “As we spoke to our different customers, we saw that they were passionate about sustainable furnishings to complement their lifestyle. Because a person’s home is truly a reflection of themselves and their interests, we wanted our customers to be able to incorporate their green lifestyle into their home.”


Home Evolution 7133 - 11 St. SE Calgary, AB 403.253.5552


These prestigious awards celebrate excellence in new homes, home renovation, innovative technology and construction, outstanding presentation and marketing across Canada. Twenty-three CHBA National SAM Awards will be presented at the Association’s 70th National Conference on March 8, 2013 in Lake Louise, Alberta. Four of the five finalists in the single detached home over 4,000 sq. ft. category are from western Canada. McKinley Masters is hoping for a win and to represent Alberta, a province that has been shut out in the category for the last five years, with winners since 2007 exclusively from Ontario and BC. Property highlights: elegant European custom design, an abundance of sandstone detailing, full-slate roof, six-car garage with car wash and golf simulator, three spacious levels, four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a grotto, sauna and in-home gym. Mckinley Masters 8544 - 47th Ave. NW Calgary, AB 403.239.0602

Within Design Inc. Celebrates Firm Growth Within Design Inc., a Calgary-based firm specializing in residential, corporate and commercial design, is proud to announce they have recently expanded their team to include a lead interior designer, Sarah Kowalski. Kowalski brings a youthful perspective and practical approach to design, plus high-end corporate and commercial design experience, bolstering the team’s well-rounded repertoire. Within Design has also revamped its design process and are now offering clients 3D renderings for all major projects. Clients not only get Within Design’s keen attention to detail, but also realistic computer-generated views of their dream home that show how a space will be transformed before a contractor steps foot in their home. After starting the firm in 2009, the dynamic pair made up of principal designers Coreen (Cory) Riley and Lindsay Zelensky, knew they not only wanted to grow their portfolio, but also their staff and design process. As Within Design Inc. grows and helps clients create their dream homes and offices, Riley and Zelensky are on the hunt for their own new (and larger) space – one that reflects their culture and is a place to showcase their creative talents. Within Design Inc. 100 Woodacres Dr. SW Calgary, AB 403.452.6675

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Wall Flats™ Now Available in Canada

Makore Kitchens Moves Into Custom Mill Workshop

Salming Underwear Has Arrived at Supreme Men’s Wear

Wall Flats™ are lightweight dimensional wall tiles that work together through an automatic pattern repeat to create large-scale dimensional walls of any size and shape. Modular, easy to apply and paintable, Wall Flats are the quick and easy way to decorate walls and ceilings in homes, shops, restaurants, offices and meeting areas. Add dimension to your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or dining room, home office, living room, media room or any other wall needing a touch of style.

Makore Kitchens has moved into a new 5,000 sq. ft. custom mill workshop – double the size of their previous workshop. The new space features upgraded tools and equipment specific to kitchen manufacturing so they can fulfill the overwhelming customer requests and continue delivering excellence.

Supreme Men’s Wear, Calgary’s most iconic men’s fashion store, is now carrying the iconic line of Salming Underwear. Salming Underwear is a family-owned company that has been designing real underwear for real men since 1932. This all-occasions collection was designed with function, active lifestyles, perfect fitting and comfort in mind. They’re so comfortable you won’t want to take them off.

They can be installed, trimmed and painted with commonly available products and tools. Scraps are biodegradable and can be recycled with other paper products or composted. Wall Flats are available in 12 styles that nest inside each other to create low-volume cartons. For dealer inquiries, to view styles or locate a dealer near you visit Wall Flats

The unparalleled quality of the products and service available at Makore is apparent the moment a client walks through the door and views the stunning showroom for the first time. The selection is so diverse, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Fortunately our experienced designers are on hand to help clients focus on the direction they wish to go. Makore will look after all the carpentry, electrical, plumbing, flooring, etc. – all the necessary trades. Makore’s showroom is the one-stop-shop for all your design and contracting needs. Makore Kitchens & Fine Renovations 3220 5th Ave. NE, Bay #5 Calgary, AB 403.398.4651

The Salming Underwear line consists of four divisions: Salming Active, Salming Lifestyle, Salming Exclusive and Salming No Nonsense. Salming Active was designed for physical activity with maximal comfort, smooth fitting, breathable fabrics and quick dry ribbon. Salming Lifestyle is a colourful collection in 100% cotton with playful and unique patterns and design elements from Salming and NHL. Salming Exclusive is a sophisticated collection in shinier fabrics, developed to be invisible under suits and tight fitting pants. Salming No Nonsense offers a clean and simple design with solid colours in black, white and grey and based on the motto: No Nonsense. Our goal is to make underwear you never want to strip off. Guided by the principles of passion, nature, activity, performance and honesty, the manufacturer’s goal for this exclusive line was to make underwear you never want to strip off. View the entire line at Supreme Menswear today. Supreme Men’s Wear 401 4 Ave. SW Calgary, AB 403.266.4417

april/may 2013

Wall Flats tiles are created using bagasse, which is a byproduct of sugarcane processing and one of the world’s most renewable resources. The tiles take advantage of this plentiful material by moulding it into designer tiles and diverting it from landfills. This makes Wall Flats a stylish, durable and environmentally friendly product.

Makore Kitchens has worked closely with clients, builders, architects and designers to transform the heart of the home into a kitchen that expresses the true essence of form and function. From concept to construction to installation, our talented designers, technical engineers and skilled trades are known for their passion and precision. The result is a unique kitchen that reflects your lifestyle, acknowledges your individual taste and inspires a strong sense of pride.


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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:

Exterior Design by Sarah Norton Blurring the Line Between the Interior and Exterior: Take down the heavy drapes you’ve had up all winter, open the patio doors and let spring in. Bright interiors and exterior space that are a natural extension of the indoors are easy to achieve with the right advice. Think spring colours, fresh flowers and floral patterns, and a new layout with an outdoor view.

Furniture Fetish by Seema Dhawan The Hottest Trends for 2013: In this design age where the market is flooded with new options daily, it takes outstanding innovation and a good eye to become a trendsetter. David Podsiadlo and Peter Wehrspann have hit the mark. Satisfy your furniture fetish with pictures and words on what to look for in furniture for 2013.

Money Matters by Doug Parkhurst


Real Estate Investment Advice: Considering buying an investment property? Consider this expert advice first. Real estate can prove to be an attractive investment as it can offer cash flow to the owner each year while it appreciates longterm. However, managing a rental property takes time and effort; often people don’t realize how much. Before you buy, read!


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Jane’s World

Page 20-24 Photographer: Brandon Barré; All Jane by Jane Lockhart Furniture by Statum Designs, Page 20 Opening spread photo: Kylemore Communities,; On the wall: Benjamin Moore Kendal Gray HC 166; Page 21 Barry chair, Jane by Jane Lockhart; Statum Designs, Page 22 On the wall: Benjamin Moore Alexandria Beige HC77; Lucille sofa, Jane by Jane Lockhart; Top: Sutherland velvet sofa, Jane by Jane Lockhart

Distilled Design

Page 34-39 European plank flooring in Sanderson by Kentwood Flooring,; bar stools designed by Gaile Guevara in collaboration with MAG Industrial Arts; custom modular sectional sofa designed by Gaile Guevara, made to fit by Fabulous Furnishings and Upholstery, Page 38 Middle: Photographer: Evan Haveman; Glass container with wooden stopper; Provide Home,; Sort of Coal Kishu Binchotan: Sort of Coal,

Interior Design Section

Expert Interiors Page 48 Opening spread: Sublime Interior Design Ltd.,; Photographer: Ivan Hunter,; Art: Ronan Boyle, Page 50 Design: Patricia Gray Interior Design, patriciagrayinc. com Page 51 Accent Light Fixtures: Feiss light table lamp from the Ceramica Collection,; Photo: Illuminations Lighting Solutions Ltd., illuminationsbc. com Page 52 Design: Corea Sotropa Design, Gentlemen’s Quarters Page 54-55 Opening spread: The Beat Generation Room Set: Luxe Interiors, Page 56 Left main: Hotel Georgia Residences, Suite 2502; Top right: Metro Room provided by Luxe Interiors,; Middle right: Recreation Room: Swiftsure Woodworks,; Bottom right: Design: Within design,; Custom Curved Bar: Within Design, withindesign.c; Vetrazzo Countertop; Textured Metallic Blue Wall Covering by Maharam; Red LBL Light Pendants Page 58 Top left and bottom: The Definity Collection: Sandy’s Furniture, Colour Rules Page 62-63 Top left: The Definity Collection: Sandy’s Furniture,; Bottom left: Sublime Interior Design Ltd.,; Large main: Stressless Arion: Scan Designs, Page 64 Large main: Stressless: Scan Designs,



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i n n o vat i v e & p e r s o n a l i z e d Shelley Dwivedi has been creatively maximizing spaces since 1998. She pays a great deal of attention to making these spaces innovative, functional and practical. Understanding her client’s needs and visually integrating those needs are Shelley’s specialty. Travelling the globe allows Shelley to draw on many sources for her fresh design ideas and inspiration. S h e l l e y Dw i v e D i k i tC h e n d e S i g n e r

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