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34 HOMES 18 Distilled Design Minimalist Mentality By Gaile Guevara

24 Transformations Panorama From Patina Designed By Patricia Gray

34 Feature Home: park modern Dissolving the Boundary Between the Indoors and Out By Jessica Krippendorf

46 Ultimate KitchenS Section Stunning, timeless spaces that will inspire all design styles

84 Smart Homes What’s Hot in Home Automation By Greg Pratt





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living 28 Celebrity Profile: Colin James


In His Element By Michelle Hopkins

66 Epicure Wholesome & Healthful Alfresco Entertaining Recipes by Trevor Bird

72 Expressions: Mary Fox Mary the Potter and the Studio of Treasures By Melissa Fryer

78 Escape: London Great Expectations of London By Claire Newell

92 Once Upon a Time: The Ranche Historical Luxury in the Heart of Cowboy Country By Elizabeth Hak

98 Words on the Street: Deerfoot Trail The Story of Calgary’s Urban Gateway By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

102 Living Well Infrared Therapy Heats up the Spa World By Pamela Durkin

105 The Fast & the Luxurious Super Coupes: The Fastest Set of Wheels in Town By Tony Whitney

110 Web Exclusives 112 Looking Forward





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editor’s message “The purpose of life … is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

With every issue of Homes & Living, we endeavour to bring you inspiring features on living your best life – from enhancing your home to eating better and travelling more. Many people say, living your best life begins in the kitchen – the heart of the home. We agree, which is why we dedicated our June/July issue to this significant space. When the H&L team sat down to brainstorm ideas for names of our kitchen issue, we tossed around more than a dozen adjectives, but nothing quite fit, until we selected “ultimate” – the best achievable or imaginable – which precisely describes the feature kitchens in this stunning issue. These kitchens represent fulfilled desires – not dreams just beyond one’s reach. Each kitchen is a showcase of the latest trends in kitchen technology and design, but these styles will last longer than your typical trends. Contemporary European design is leading the popularity contest due to seamless, modular looks made from innovative high-quality materials that can be arranged to suit any floor plan. Bold colour accents – particulary in red and yellow – are also showing up in high-end kitchens around the globe, adding visual interest to clean, contemporary spaces. In addition to our ultimate kitchen showcase, we’re excited to announce our Inaugural Ultimate Kitchen Contest (page 63). You’re invited to vote for your favourite kitchen and be entered to win a fully automated coffee/espresso machine from Gaggenau. An overview of the participating kitchens can be found inside this issue, with a full photo gallery and complete contest details found on


Requests have poured in from readers asking for wellness-related articles to enhance our “Living” content. I’m excited to deliver on those requests by introducing our new column, Living Well, which takes you inside the retreats and studios, and brings you the latest research on exclusive wellness treatments and services so you can try before you buy. For our first Living Well article, new H&L contributor and registered nutritional consultant, Pamela Durkin, investigates the benefits of infrared therapy, deemed the “gateway treatment” by leading spa owners. Discover what’s behind the hype. We have also enhanced our Escape column, with help from travel expert and best-selling author Claire Newell. Claire’s goal is to empower people to travel. She says, “Travel is a way to connect with the world and become enriched by it.” Claire will be sharing her wisdom and best travel advice with H&L readers, beginning in this issue with her feature, “Great Expectations of London.” Whatever you’re passionate about, whatever drives you, whatever you desire – follow it! Pursue experiences that will enrich life, starting now. Sincerely,

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Gaile Guevara is an expert interior designer with an extensive background in residential multifamily 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.

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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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Understated walnut makes a bold impact in these modern minimalist kitchens designed by acclaimed designer Christian Woo A Space Worth Celebrating It’s an exciting time in kitchen design with the movement of people respecting food and caring more about their health. The kitchen is the heart of a home, a celebrated gathering place to create a healthy relationship with food. Thus, a kitchen should be beautiful and well-designed using honest materials. It should “feel” good.

An Artist Worth Celebrating Christian Woo’s work is a blend of the classic lines of Scandinavian furniture and the refinement of Japanese joinery. His attention to detail in his craft deserves recognition. His work is driven by his profound respect for craftsmanship and the nature of his chosen material. I have had the pleasure of watching his work mature over the years with his use of a singular material: walnut. Less really is more in the case of Woo’s designs; when one material is used on multiple surfaces, you really begin to appreciate it. Learning to use a material and make it impactful in a space means truly understanding and embracing it, as Woo has done.

Kitchens Worth Celebrating Woo looks at kitchens as more than just a series of cabinets on walls. He takes his knowledge of traditional solutions and looks at new ways to create spaces. The featured kitchens are great examples of surpassing convention while practising restraint and editing back the variation of materials.


Kitchen one features a beautiful 24-foot freestanding kitchen tower, the centerpiece of the home. It serves to create two distinct areas – the kitchen on the south side and the entrance on the north – while discreetly housing all integrated appliances and work areas. The custom-louvered vertical-panelled walnut screen enhances the distinction between the kitchen and entry without obstructing the views. The screen frames the working surfaces while light moves through it and bounces around room. Flush, streamlined details such as integrated appliances and pulls create a handsome kitchen that will look good for years, maybe forever.

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Walnut will age well and each mark, scratch and dent will only enhance its beauty

TIP: Practise restraint. Less really is more and quality goes a long way

Kitchen two is a suspended black American walnut kitchen that boasts Woo’s signature covert pulls, creating flush surfaces throughout. Discrete Bocci outlets help maintain a sense of singular purpose and cohesion. The details are a creative mix of modern details and function with the kitchen hung on the wall and the flooring extended below the cabinetry. This is a great solution for small spaces as it provides more room to breathe. Using a single material throughout, once again, provides a more customized look that.


Wood Details Worth Investing in: Walnut, like most wood, will hold its value despite trends. Each piece is an investment for the home. The natural grain of black walnut is subtle to the eye and smooth to the touch.


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The third kitchen is Woo’s loft. The minimal design shows off Woo’s love of walnut as the focal material throughout the space. The kitchen island is finished in solid black matte American walnut with integrated doors. Woo’s signature walnut bar stools line the island. Beyond the island, the white backsplash and countertop is Formica on Europly. The high-end appliances and LED lighting have been integrated wherever possible. A single solid black walnut bowl is the perfect accent to the understated kitchen. You deserve to know what beautiful feels like, so choose design details for your kitchen that are simple, yet meaningful, and function beyond form.



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Purposeful Interiors by Professionals

The view is the thing in this luxury condo reimagined by celebrity home interior designer Patricia Gray When Patricia Gray first entered this new 37th-floor condo it was a classic bachelor pad – with a black leather sofa pit and a big flat-screen TV blocking a spectacular 180-degree downtown view. “It was awful; it didn’t have any character,” she remembers of that first look. Gray’s challenge: to transform this 1,767 square-foot two bedroom plus den apartment into a luxurious space for adults that felt like a five-star hotel and maximized the five-star view from every room. Gray’s clients purchased the apartment as a second home. They would be spending half their time here, so the suite needed to be comfortable and easy to maintain. Taking clues from the clients’ style, Gray used mostly natural fabrics and neutral colours – like taupe, chalk, greys and soft greens – to keep everything subdued to the view. The view is the main attraction from the open-concept living room, dining room and kitchen. A 12- by 20-foot wool and viscose carpet from Belgium grounds the living room. Custom furnishings – including two swivel chairs done up in wool mohair, a creamy boucle sofa and a linen-upholstered slipper chair – frame the TV while still allowing the homeowners to enjoy the view. A beautiful metallic wallpaper is a neutral, yet luxurious, backdrop to the main living area.


Words by jessica raymond interior Design By patricia gray Photographs by Roger Brooks


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The luxury finishes continue in the dining room where a custom chandelier, featuring 22 handmade Italian crystal tiles, is suspended over the table. “We kept our fingers crossed through the whole process,” Gray laughs. The translucent chandelier is a stunning piece that casts rainbows on the walls whenever the sun shines through the windows; yet, it doesn’t detract from the view. Adjacent to the dining room is the office with a view. Two Aeron chairs sit at a roomlength desk so the homeowners can work on their laptops in comfort and style. When procrastination takes over, they can simply peer out at the city beyond the window. The printer and scanner are discretely hidden in a custom credenza. Gray took full advantage of the spacious entryway/foyer by installing frameless sandblasted glass doors so the view is available immediately upon entry into the suite. A custom-designed settee is a luxurious addition to the foyer. For the design, Gray took her cue from Paris couture fashion by ruching the back, trimming it with walnut and upholstering it in a Great Plain’s velvet. The mixed media acrylic painting above the settee is a Gray original. Cobalt green and variations of blues pop while bronze and iridescent colours add a shimmery effect. A mirror hangs on an end wall in the foyer so when you’re in the suite with your back to the view, the view is reflected back.

This apartment feels like a five-star hotel and maximizes the five-star view from every room


Before Gray came in, the suite had nothing going for it, except the view. Now it’s a fivestar suite with a five-star view.


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25 years of rockin’ bliss The walls of veteran blues guitarist and singer Colin James’ home studio are covered with mementoes spanning a successful 25-year music career. Between the Chinese motif sound panels hang some of James’ coveted guitars, including a vintage Martin acoustic, as well as framed gold records and accolades. The impossibly young-looking James points to a large canvas of blues master Muddy Waters. It was given to the artist following a 1997 CBC television special, Colin James Presents the Blues Masters. One of his most prized possessions is a Jim Keltnersigned snare drum head. It was gifted to James by the American drummer after he performed on the vocalist’s album Limelight. (Keltner is best known for his work on solo recordings with the Beatles’ George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.) Another coveted souvenir is a copy of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1985 proof for his Soul to Soul album cover. “When I was 16, Stevie was in Regina and I phoned him to say I’d love to ask him questions,” recalls the 48-yearold musician. “He met up with me and since then, he [has been] a friend and mentor.”


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James shares his North Vancouver home with his wife of nearly 22 years, Heather, and their two children, Ryland, 14, and daughter Deghan, 17. There’s also a menagerie of three Doodle crosses who have the run of the house – Zoe, 11, Maggie, 4 ½, and the littlest one, Anabelle, two.

Completely relaxed as the centre of attention, James starts strumming on a custom-designed replica of a 1960s Fender. His newest baby is a white and light green guitar that looks rather beaten, but James quickly explains, “I purposely wanted it that way.”

The couple purchased their 1930s triple-gabled home nearly four years ago, after living in Lions Bay for close to two decades. “Heather and I loved our home in Lions Bay, but with our son playing hockey in North Vancouver it was just too much of a commute,” says James, adding he bought his former home with money he earned from a Molson beer commercial.

James adorns all of his guitars with a sticker of a 1950s pin-up girl. As the consummate entertainer thumbs through a few, he asks Heather which one she likes. They smile as they both choose the same dark-haired beauty. “In 1989, I first found some of these stickers in a store in Greenwich Village in New York and thought they would look cool on my guitars,” he says.

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What is it you love most about living in BRITISH COLUMBIA? I love that it’s green here all year-round. I don’t love the rain that you get in winter, but spring and summer are fantastic.

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How many guitars do you have in your collection? Well, let me see... quite a few, although I don’t really consider myself a collector. All the guitars I have are working guitars. Somewhere around 22 or 23 I think.

What is your most requested song during live performances? “Why’d You Lie?” followed by “Voodoo Thing.”

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I listen to lots of jazz, from legendary greats such as Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Kenny Burrell and Bob Dylan. My kids like it too … my daughter loves 1920s jazz saxophonist Ben Webster.


Enjoying the Journey Life is really good for the six-time Juno Award winner. Earlier this year he was inducted into the 2013 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. “I’m very grateful and it’s neat that I’ve been able to maintain a career that I love,” says a humble James. The accomplished guitarist, songwriter and vocalist celebrated this remarkable milestone with his firstever live album – Twenty Five Live. The 16-track album features classic hits such as Into the Mystic, It Ain’t Over Yet and Why’d You Lie. James recorded the album in November on the last of his sold-out three-night gig at Vancouver’s legendary Commodore Ballroom.

His Early Beginnings A prairie boy from Saskatchewan, James became serious about music at the age of eight. “I got my first electric guitar at 10 and have played guitar ever since,” says the self-taught musician. “I initially was a picker; always playing bluegrass … singing was secondary at the time.” His parents took notice of their son’s budding talent. At 13, James’ mom presented him with a custom-made Peter Allan Sawchyn guitar. “When I needed money, I sold it for $500 and then bought it back a few years later for $1,000,” he says. By 16, he was performing the blues in coffeehouses in Winnipeg with his band, The Hoodoo Men.

Making It Back in 1988, when legions of punk and alternative bands were dominating the scene, James was catching international attention with several hits off his selftitled debut album, including Voodoo Thing and Why’d You Lie? In his band, The Little Big Band, the Regina native was writing, arranging and singing songs and playing a mean guitar. His album earned him his first Juno and Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as a chance to open for The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards.


James has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business, including Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and The Chieftains, to name just a few. “A few years back, I got to play a couple of tunes with Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac founder) in Maui,” says James. “If somebody had told me as a kid that I would share the stage with Mick Fleetwood, I wouldn’t have believed them.” Over the years, James has taken home Male Vocalist of the Year twice, as well as Best Producer for The Little Big Band. James has also garnered 17 Maple Blues Awards, most recently, Entertainer of the Year. Critics hail him as Canada’s Stevie Ray Vaughan because of his strong guitar playing and soulful voice. To this day, although James is honoured, he says he always felt a little uncomfortable with that star status.

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As James approaches 50, he has achieved something that is rare in the Canadian music scene: longevity. This rock-and-roller continues to delight his fans and garner new ones. Today, James’ music isn’t pure rock; it’s a hybrid of rock, blues, R&B, swing revival and other genres, and he and his fans like it that way.


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A custom 3,100-square-foot home brings West Coast contemporary architecture to life in a Calgary heritage neighbourhood Park Modern’s location on a dramatic lot with abundant forest views inspired the homeowners to bravely pursue their love of West Coast contemporary styling despite Calgary’s colder climate. When custom home builder Alloy Homes invited the couple to collect photos of their design inspirations, images of floor-to-ceiling windows and elements of nature that exemplify modern, BC aesthetic caught their eye. They didn’t think it was possible in Calgary’s climate, but Alloy Homes encouraged them with the notion that anything was possible. “We back onto a green space and there is a forested area behind,” says the homeowner. “When you’re in the home you feel like you are looking out into a completely natural area.” The family dreamed of an open floor plan where, as parents, they were able to see their young children from every area on the main floor. They also wanted a home made for living. Their previous infill narrow home had a formal dining area that tended to function as a hallway to the kitchen, since it was rarely used. “We wanted to make sure all of the spaces were used daily, and that there was no formality to the dining or living spaces,” says the homeowner. While opening up to the street on the front, the home’s exterior connects visually to nature to the rear where it backs onto a hillside and ravine. This rare natural setting in an urban neighbourhood presented interesting design opportunities for Alloy Homes to meld the best of natural living with contextually appropriate styling.


Words by Jessica Krippendorf Photographs by Marie-HÊlène Bilodeau


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The predominant neighbourhood context is 80-year-old homes, some of which have been renovated and others that have been replaced. “You don’t want something that looks like it’s been dropped from space,” says Christopher Lemke, principal of Alloy Homes. “So, the challenge was to make sure we were doing something that was pushing the limits a little architecturally and still remained contextual.”

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On the exterior, earth tone acrylic stucco, stained cedar siding, glass and a custom stained-wood vertical batten system help to break up the mass while softening the modern aesthetic. The façade is stepped to create movement and interest, with the garage portion set slightly forward, and the section above and to the right stepped back. The glass front entry is situated in an alcove under a canopy, and generous curtain wall to the right of it creates softness. Concrete steps to the entryway and a rectilinear concrete raised flower bed create a natural connection to the façade’s modern lines and shape. Every room welcomes abundant natural light and striking views through the generous glazing, which also offered plenty of opportunity for passive solar heat regulation that takes advantage of seasonal changes. The home’s orientation ensures that in the summer when the trees have leaves, the deep eaves protect the windows from sun, and in the winter, the system allows solar gain for natural climate control.

The main living space is a bright, open-concept kitchen, dining and great room area where clean lines and a neutral palette keep the aesthetic simple and soothing.

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Many of the rooms also have cross-ventilation because of windows on opposing sides, allowing the homeowners to choose how to ventilate the spaces. “These are the decisions we make before deciding on the active mechanical systems,” says Lemke. “We put the envelope together and then configure the orientation to accommodate cross-ventilation and natural solar shade and gain.”



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“We liked the warm tones of walnut and white walls for the right vision of calm and serene,” says the homeowner. With the toys and clutter that can come with a young family, it is nice to have the walls and countertops a little calmer, she says. In the kitchen, the palette is kept warm and sleek with a back-painted tempered glass backsplash and perimeter lower cabinets and a generous island made of quarter-cut wenge under a beautiful white quartz counter. A deep sink in the kitchen ensures the family can hide away a mess if time doesn’t allow for a quick cleanup, and from a mom’s perspective, the island serves dual purpose as a highly functional workspace and its base with generous space on all sides becomes a “race track” for the children. “It brings a cool energy to the space,” she says. The island counter cascades on one end to meet the walnut hardwood, and a single row of pot lights overhead makes the island the room’s centrepiece. The area provides a warm, inviting place to connect at the end of the day, capturing abundant natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows in the adjacent dining area. The vision was of a modern recreation of the country kitchen. A large oak table is positioned in front of the curtain wall, creating a seamless flow between the spaces and a bank of cabinets to tie them together. A series of built-ins and sliding panels allow minimal furnishings but high functionality and plenty of floor space for the busy family.

Beyond the breakfast bar, one panel slides to reveal a pantry and another for a “mini mudroom,” all contained in a builtin unit that wraps around the kitchen on one side.

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A breakfast bar off of the kitchen is a dream, says the homeowner, because it tucks away the coffee station and allows for extra flexibility in designing a combination of open and closed shelving where the non-essentials can be hidden away, while the family’s treasures can be on display.


“I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.” “We frequently use cabinets and built-ins to define places rather than just as places to put things,” says Lemke. “A family can be more efficient in how they store things with built-ins.” In the great room, a fireplace is surrounded in back-painted glass, and a white lacquered panel system over the hearth slides to reveal a flat-screen TV. A custom concrete application on the hearth creates an effective foundation around which the room’s cream coloured furnishings are positioned to catch light that streams in from the window wall. A two-level floating walnut hardwood staircase, enclosed in frameless glass with steel connectors, leads to the upper level. The master bedroom is an open, well-lit space where a white and wood palette furthers the homeowner’s romantic vision of seamless interaction with the outdoors. “The master bedroom feels like a tree house,” she says, as the trees bend in toward the windows maintaining the natural ambiance, even in the winter time.


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Each of the children’s bedrooms carries through the aesthetic, with wide open spaces and beautiful walnut hardwood floors. The rooms are arranged with plenty of play space and stunning views to the green space beyond.






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One of the home’s most dramatic spaces is the master ensuite, where a walnut vanity is backdropped by a generous picture window. A quartz counter holding dual sinks with sparkling silver fixtures is positioned opposite a frameless glass enclosed shower. The effect is ambiance that reflects a spa-like retreat with ample light and clean, modern lines.


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“ We liked the warm tones of walnut and white walls for the right vision of calm and serene.”

Environmental considerations are an important ingredient in Alloy Homes’ creations, and Park Modern was no exception. The Built Green Platinum home features triple-glazed windows for an air-tight envelope constructed with continuous air barriers. A heat recovery ventilation system with a heat exchanger allows the homeowners to control and modify how the home is ventilated. “We’re really proud that we’ve been able to design and build a home that’s both a modern architectural statement and a family home that fits beautifully into the context of an established neighbourhood,” says Lemke. “We feel that this home is an exemplar of our corporate mission, which is to lead by example.” “Alloy did an amazing job,” says the homeowner. “They provided great communication and we are so happy with the outcome.”


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Homes & Living magazine and the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) are pleased to announce an H&L Feature Home will be on display at the 2013 IDSwest show, September 19-22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This contemporary laneway home will be built and designed to the most energy-efficient and green standards available today. This 500-square-foot leading-edge-design home will be a focal point for discussion of affordable living, good design and laneway housing. Plus, it will be outfitted with the latest in luxury furnishings and decor, and state-of-the-art smart home systems from Millson Technologies, Vancouver. Award-winning custom home builder and major renovation specialist Alair Homes will be building the home in conjunction with leading Vancouver interior designer and Pinterest celebrity – with more than 300,000 followers and 6 million Flickr page views – Gaile Guevara. Come down to IDSwest, the West Coast’s premiere annual contemporary design show, to see this exclusive custom home and meet the entire H&L team. Homes & Living and IDSwest look forward to an absolutely sensational 2013 event. IDSwest Homes & Living magazine 1.855.myHLmag (694.5624) READ media inc. Publishers of Homes & Living magazine



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ul·ti·mate adj. /’əltəmit/ The best achievable or imaginable of its kind

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The refined geometry of the wall unit accentuates the rational and contemporary nature of this kitchen

Contemporary is king in kitchens for 2013 and beyond

Even classic- and country-style kitchens have received a contemporary facelift. Featuring modern European design, the following nine ultimate kitchens are functional, yet aesthetically pleasing. Close your eyes and imagine standing in your ultimate kitchen, then open your eyes and be transported there through the stunning photographs featured on the following 17 pages.


A combination of smooth and textured surfaces adds a modern touch that pleases the eye, yet remains true to the minimal aesthetic

Bold red furniture and accents amidst the clean, symmetrical lines and two-colour scheme (white and wood) make this kitchen far from bland

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Kitchen Style: Contemporary Summary: A refreshing and functional Italian-made open-concept kitchen that blends design and practicality


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This kitchen is an interesting juxtaposition between the clean lines and precision details, and the rugged coastline that the property sits on, which is seen through the floor-to-ceiling glass enclosing the space

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timeless design by pairing down to the essentials

A harmonious balance of authentic materials, ergonomics and aesthetics make this space liveable and beautiful

Kitchen Style: Contemporary/Minimalist Summary: A well-proportioned kitchen that complements the home’s architecture without distracting from it Timeless, not Trendy

Eco- and quality-conscious homeowners are demanding kitchens that look good, feel good and function at a high level. Pared-down, seamless spaces – made possible through integrated elements – feature just the essentials, a look that is sure to thrive long-term. Luxury modular kitchens – two words rarely seen together – are flooding the market as well, making it possible to design a custom space without the custom price. The effect is a stunning, multipurpose, original work of art.


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A Sensible Sensory Experience Function, closely followed by aesthetic considerations, prevails

While aesthetically pleasing, each element in the space is also highly functional and made from authentic, quality materials that will always be in style

The theme of reflectivity is carried through the space, the focal reflective piece being the mirrored hood fan

The cabinet fronts and panels are finished in modern, sophisticated anodized grey aluminum, which has an almost unlimited lifespan

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With the exception of the quartzite countertops, natural materials were used throughout, a standout natural element being the impressive stone hearth

The custom hand-forged chandeliers speak to classic traditional French provincial styles

The terracotta floor tiles and barrel-vaulted brick and wood beam ceiling – reminiscent of an old wine cave or sub terrain French bakery – accentuate the relaxed country manor styling

Country With Class

Ultimate country kitchens combine old-world elegance with modern materials and conveniences. Defining features often include traditional cabinet lines, window grids, handcrafted details and exquisite finishing touches. Inspiration for these spaces typically comes from European, particularly French, designs and designers, trends and styles. Contemporary touches popular in country kitchens include wood furniture, decor and accents; an all-white scheme or a bold accent colour; and stylish lighting.


Kitchen Style: Country Summary: The home’s traditional architecture and country environs inspired the design of this 450-square-foot, highly sophisticated country manor-style kitchen

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High-gloss laminate panels, used on the back wall, are not only luxurious, but also extremely durable

Highly durable, joint-free, seamless cabinetry, created using the latest laser technology, reflects upcoming styles and trends

Kitchen Style: Contemporary Summary: Durable doesn’t equal dull in this flawless, seamless 190-square-foot kitchen that comes to life with oversized furniture and accents, like the industrial yellow table and white lights


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Durable floating shelving creates a distinctive look in a kitchen fit for entertaining


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wire glass cabinets and artisan-crafted caged suspension lights in fashionable black reinforce the retro industrial concept

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modern look with a vintage spirit

Materials and finishes all have that well-used look – the steel is aged and the wood has been processed to convey a time-worn look

Unmistakable Style

Industrial was previously reserved for commercial kitchens, but not anymore. Homeowners love the look because industrial-style kitchens tell stories and form the meeting place for more stories to be made and told. An amalgamation of aesthetics, ergonomics and architecture, industrial kitchens flow naturally and work intelligently. Depending on your design sense, they can be ironic, unconventional, fun, fiery or creative.


Kitchen Style: Industrial Summary: Premium casual living is epitomized in this expressive industrial kitchen, designed for socializing, where vintage and innovation unite

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Premium Casual Living what happens when retro meets extremely modern

Retro wire glass doors on mint cabinetry add subtle, yet brilliant, texture and unexpected colour

A free-standing cart in saffron yellow can be moved around the kitchen for convenient access to dishes, drinks or desserts

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Distinguishing industrial features include lacquered knotted oak veneer cabinets and metal doors with a drip finish


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A unique combination of finishes – white paint, stained wood and dark paint – is a daring, but effective, choice

Polished granite and quartzite countertops enhance the luxury look

Oversized polished marble floor tiles are simply stunning


Kitchen Style: Traditional/Transitional Summary: This spacious 750-square-foot kitchen sparkles with luxury accents throughout and uses three finishes for a truly distinctive show space

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From the beveLled glass mirror behind the sink to the polished chrome stools, this kitchen really sparkles


Doors and pull-outs can be opened with a light touch, just one of the many luxurious and innovative hidden details

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Thin worktops, handle-less surfaces and purity of lines refine the visual experience

Contemporary Cuisine

Award-winning and internationally renowned designers are increasingly guided by integrated concepts, which are showing up, and showing off, in kitchens worldwide and close to home. Characteristics of integrated kitchens include floor-to-ceiling cabinetry; high-gloss countertops and backsplashes; and hidden handles. Natural and light colour schemes are carried through to adjoining rooms, blurring the line between the kitchen and living areas. A combination of open and closed boxes typifies current trends, especially in kitchens styled for socializing. All elements are ultra-light and extremely durable with quality, handcrafted details not meant to be noticed.


Kitchen Style: Contemporary Summary: Aesthetics and ergonomics holistically interact in this German-made kitchen that extends an invitation to cook and dine, celebrate or relax

Honesty, Integrity, Quality

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Taradar’s commitment is unmatched even in areas you can’t see. Taradar insists on using nothing but the best, because we feel you deserve more. If your focus is quality we can help you realize your dream. Because, nobody does what we do.

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The island, freed from its service functions, allows easy interaction between the cook and the diners

A suspended see-through shelving unit is the focal point of this Italian-designed kitchen

The innovative up-and-down table, which has been lowered for dining, can also rise to counter height to give the chef more usable prep space


Kitchen Style: Contemporary Summary: A true chef’s kitchen that puts cooking first, with an open layout and see-through floating shelving, the chef can enjoy his company while he cooks

Integrated sinks and cooktops welded into the stainless countertops allow for ultimate control and easy clean up

Trends and modern lifestyles have dictated the transformation of kitchen designs into open-concept living spaces that are not separate from the rest of the house, but are just one component of the whole living area. All living spaces – which usually include living rooms and dining rooms – are no longer rooms, but simply spaces not defined by walls. Smartly placed furniture visually defines the separate areas in the home without affecting the flow of traffic, conversation and activity.

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Kitchen Style: Outdoor Summary: Lakeside dining and entertaining is a breeze with this luxury outdoor kitchen, complete with a state-of-the-art grill and plenty of preparation space

For the grill master who wants it all, this professional unit is outfitted with stainless steel cabinets, a heavy-duty rotisserie, warming drawer, double side burners, an undercounter refrigerator, storage and more

Take it Outside

Take your kitchen wish list out the back door. It’s summer, after all, and the outdoors are beckoning. Products and materials abound to help you create your ultimate outdoor kitchen. Even in the open air, form takes as much precedence as function. Stainless steel commercial-grade grills with all the bells and whistles along with a designer patio set and complementary outdoor living furniture will complete the look. Whatever your kitchen style preference – from contemporary and classic to country and industrial – raise a glass in celebration of feel-good food, company, drink and design.





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H&L’s inaugural Ultimate Kitchen Contest kitchen A This stunning kitchen incorporates only luxury design details, such as an exquisite Montana quarry stone oven hood canopy, a one-off custom circular butcher-block island and high-end appliances Design Pinnacle Group, Cabinetry by Van Go Artisans Style Transitional Square Footage 844

kitchen B An ultra-modern kitchen with simple lines using natural rift-cut white oak and high-gloss white cabinetry, creating a timeless European look Design Denca, Jens Birkkjaer, CKD


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Whet Your Appetite

Wholesome & Healthful Alfresco Entertaining

Spend more time outdoors, less time cooking

Season 2 Top Chef Canada competitor Trevor Bird serves up three recipes perfect for alfresco entertaining The following wholesome meal plan was designed with sunny days and cloudless skies in mind. Chef Trevor Bird based this menu on what was available locally, starting with the grilled albacore tuna entrÊe, by first speaking with his fish monger. The healthy and versatile vegetable vinaigrette pairs well with any fish; the potato salad is guilt-free; the flat bread is simple, but satisfying and tastes great with a sprinkling of olive oil and dash of salt; and to complete the meal, the berries and yogurt sabayon will have your guests believing you’re a dessert pro.


Recipes by Trevor Bird photographs by Hamid Attie

Grilled Albacore Tuna with vegetable vinaigrette over potato salad Serves. 4

Coat one loin of Albacore tuna in olive oil and season well with salt. Grill on very high heat for 10 seconds per side of tuna. Remove and let cool.

Vegetable Vinaigrette 1 small 1 small 1 small 1 pint 1 2 tbsp 2 lemons 2 tbsp 2 tbsp 2 tbsp 1 cup

eggplant, cut into planks green zucchini, cut ¼ inch thick yellow zucchini, cut ¼ inch thick cherry tomatoes, cut in half red onion, cut ¼ inch thick rounds capers, roughly chopped lemon juice parsley, chopped chives, minced tarragon, chopped olive oil

Season the eggplant, zucchinis, tomatoes and red onion with olive oil and salt. Grill on high heat until charred and soft, about two minutes each side. Remove from grill and let cool. Dice vegetables into cubes and add the rest of the ingredients. It should be like a split vinaigrette with grilled vegetables. To finish, slice the tuna ¼ inch thick and lay on a plate. Season the eye with salt again and spoon over vinaigrette.

Healthy Potato Salad

Cook potatoes in heavily salted water. Let cool then cut into desired chunks and mix all the ingredients together. Taste for seasoning. Serve beneath or beside grilled and dressed tuna.

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1 kg fingerling potatoes or waxy potatoes 1 cup Greek yogurt ¼ cup lemon juice ¼ cup white wine vinegar ¼ cup honey ½ cup olive oil ½ cup celery, diced ¼ cup parsley, chopped 2 red onions, cut into rings and grilled ½ cup green onion, sliced pinch salt


“ having bowed to the inevitability of the dictum that we must eat to live, we should ignore it and live to eat...” — M.F.K. Fisher


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Dissolve yeast in 10 teaspoons of the 2.5 cups of water and let dissolve. Add all ingredients together in a stand mixer and knead for 15 minutes. Set aside in a mixing bowl with a damp cloth covering the dough and let rest for four hours or until the dough doubles in size. Portion into 100 gram balls and place on an oiled baking sheet. Let dough rise for 20 minutes. Preheat grill to medium heat. Take a ball of dough and stretch to any shape desired, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Place dough on the grill for one minute and remove when golden brown and a little chard. If you like, grate cheese on top.


Berries and Yogurt Sabayon Yields. 1L Custard 12 1 tbsp 100 ml 20 tsp pinch

egg yolks Greek yogurt sweet white wine sugar salt

Place all ingredients in a metal bowl and place over direct heat, whisk constantly for five minutes until eggs are hot and you reach the ribbon stage (if you write your name with the egg dropping off the whisk it will stay there and disappear within two seconds). Spoon custard over mixed berries and crumble a cookie on top.

This delicious and nutritious summer meal is as easy as it is tasty, which is perfect for the deserving chef who will want to join his company to enjoy the meal on a bluebird day.





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From her home studio and gallery, Mary Fox creates beautiful works of art pleasing to the eye and to the touch


Words by Melissa Fryer

“It was love at first touch.”

That’s just the start. Downstairs, in her gallery beneath her home in Ladysmith, BC, the plates, bowls and mugs – what Fox describes as functional pottery – rest alongside vessels and sculptures, pieces designed with simply form in mind. “There’s a very definite line there,” Fox said. Her decorative pieces are one of a kind, and found in galleries and private collections all over the world. Exhibits took her to places like Japan and parts of Europe to display a distinctive style that is hers alone. The potter is entirely self-taught. A Grade 8 art class introduced Fox to pottery, among other artistic disciplines, but it was the potential that lay in a clump of clay that caught her imagination. By the time she was in Grade 9, she was sculpting. Her first piece was a four-inch sculpture of a choir singer. The potter’s wheel often wasn’t available during class, so Fox worked out an arrangement to use it during one of her teacher’s drawing classes. And at lunch and after school. By Grade 11, Fox was teaching night classes on throwing. “It was love at first touch,” Fox said. “It was an immediate connection.” Living on Vancouver Island in the 1970s afforded Fox the opportunity to visit working potters in their studios. Most were production potters and able to make a living doing what they loved. That’s what Fox wanted, too, and she sought ways to set up

her own shop, despite shyness that was almost painful at times. “It took a lot for me to go into the studios,” Fox said. But it was her dream, so she did. In the mid-1980s, she began experimenting with decorative pieces and developed her own glazes, giving the vessels an unearthed look, as if they dated from antiquity. Like the pottery from ancient civilizations, each piece is irreplaceable once damaged. The glazes, which Fox is known for, use a variety of minerals, like copper and lithium, and were developed through trial and error. Works are glazed and fired in her kiln, and then re-fired as many as five times, depending on the outcome of each step. “It’s very distinctively my own,” Fox said. “It’s not influenced by other people.” Those decorative pieces paved the way for Fox to return to sculpture. Pulling influence from the Gulf Islands, she crafted tidal pools that resembled natural sandstone formations. Using her knowledge of glazing, she used a style called craw – a textured pattern built by layering different colours – in the bowls to create the illusion of water. The tidal pools evolved into the Mother Earth series – inspired in part by Earth Day – which feature a woman reclining on a beach and further morphed into a mother cradling a child. Each piece takes about 40 hours of work. “I’ve really only begun my sculpting career,” Fox said. The sculptures and their size necessitated the need to renovate her home, gallery and workspace. But it was also the death of her partner and the need to change her surroundings, which were so influenced by the memories attached to her old house, that led to the two-and-a-half year renovation.

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Art is all around Mary Fox – from her first cup of coffee in the morning, sipped from a mug created in her pottery studio, its vibrant colour waking up the eye and its weight and shape comfortable in the hands. Bowls, plates and dishes in complementing colours – deep blues and greens, earthy orange and browns – add joy to the food and company gathered around them.


Like the pottery from ancient civilizations, each piece is irreplaceable once damaged

Rather than demolishing the house, she chose to rebuild, lifting the living area to the second floor and creating her workspace and gallery below. She drew out the plans, deciding the size of each room and where it should be situated, before Victoria-based architect Ernest Hanson created the final designs for construction. “It’s the most self-indulgent thing I’ve ever done,” Fox said. In the expanded gallery and workspace, Fox is able to leave her sculptures in place to dry for several days, rather than moving from one spot to the next to free up room for other projects, displays or consultations with buyers. Visitors to the gallery can also see her works in progress. Drawing the international community to Ladysmith and her gallery is Fox’s goal. Flying to exhibits around the world was exhausting and time-consuming, and drew resources away from Fox’s work on her pottery. Her pieces are still shipped across the globe, but she wants to remain in one spot with her focus directly on her craft. “I really want to bloom here,” Fox said. “Doing the work is what it’s all about.” Aside from her own Ladysmith gallery, Fox’s work can also be found in the Bugera Matheson Gallery in Edmonton, AB, Eclectic Gallery in Victoria, BC and in Vancouver, BC galleries Circle Craft and the Gallery of BC Ceramics. Despite moonlighting as a designer and architect, Fox has no plans to forsake pottery and pursue other artistic interests like cooking, gardening or painting. Clay still remains to be sculpted and thrown, and mineral combinations in glazes still wait to be discovered. “I’m always inspired,” Fox said. “My problem is there’s only one lifetime.” For information, call 250.245.3778 or visit



Best of Both Worlds


ceanfront property is a luxury many of us fantasize about, but rarely envision as a viable option. The Cape on Bowen Island not only makes it viable, but entirely possible. Imagine seamlessly combining wholesome island life with the vitality of the city every day. The Cape on Bowen is a hot property because it affords buyers the luxury of having the best of both worlds. “People love having the ability to live both a tranquil, peaceful island life and still have 20-minute access to Vancouver by ferry,” she says, adding that 30-minute water taxi rides are also available out of Granville Island and Coal Harbour. Candy Ho, Exectuive Officer of Sales and Marketing at The Cape on Bowen Community Development says that the group is building on its huge success from last year, having sold over 70% of their Phase One lots, which was more than all other luxury, island waterfront sales in the region combined. This year the project has had a tremendously successful launch. Within two weeks of releasing Phase Two, one of The Cape’s signature waterfront lots - with over 600 feet of low bank ocean frontage - sold at a trend setting price of above $4 million. This sale firmly establishes the development’s desirability and exclusivity. Ho says that the Cape’s purchasers are attracted to the unique opportunity that this development offers to build and own private moorage, enjoy both extensive private ocean frontage and vast acreage, and to conveniently merge two lifestyles in one. Each lot at The Cape comes equipped with its own drilled water well and private driveway. Cable/internet, telephone as well as electrical wiring have all been completed underground. All is ready for you to build the home of your dreams. Ho says the lots they are selling this year offer a variety of views, some toward the

Howe Sound islands, and others toward UBC and Vancouver Island. “With the new oceanfront lots featuring southern exposure, owners will be able to enjoy both sunrise and sunset.” Phase Two also offers sunset and ocean view properties at affordable prices starting at $650,000. This allows a family to own 10 acres of pristine forest, and build a home, for under $1 million. Relative to properties in West Vancouver and Vancouver’s west side, The Cape on Bowen offers outstanding value. For example, an ocean view lot with a derelict home on Belmont Avenue in Vancouver’s Point Grey area is currently valued by BC Assessment at $14 million. A quarter-acre property with an old-timer home and 75 feet of water frontage on Travers Avenue in West Vancouver was listed in June 2012 at $7.75 million, or $760/sq.ft. By contrast, at The Cape, a pristine 10-acre lot starts at $1.50/sq.ft, and an estate ranging from 200 feet to 691 feet of ocean frontage averages $6/sq.ft. As an exclusive master-planned community, The Cape on Bowen represents a truly rare opportunity to own a 10-acre seaside estate within Metro Vancouver. What sets it apart are its ideal south-west orientation and pristine, natural beauty, which has remained largely untouched for over 50 years. The Cape’s dense forests, beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife and stunning shorelines calm the spirit and give the place a sense of retreat. In the words of one purchaser, “We looked for years for the right place. The solitude of a 10-acre waterfront parcel surrounded by ocean and incredible views, combined with the vibrancy of Vancouver just 20 minutes away by ferry, is ideal. When you are there, you are in your own world.” To learn more about The Cape on Bowen, visit


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destinations near & far

London is considered by many one of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. It also happens to be one of my favourite places to visit. There really are no limits to the types of vacations you can have in London. Whether it’s a shopping trip, a romantic getaway or a family vacation – London has something for everyone. There is so much to see and do in London that I recommend having a game plan. Being in the travel industry for almost 20 years has definitely given me some insight into planning a memorable London vacation, so I am going to cover my picks for where to stay, what to see, where to shop and where to eat.


Words by Claire Newell

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An insider’s guide to the best places to stay, shop and eat in London from Kensington to Mayfair to Marble Arch


Where to Stay Kensington is one of London’s most posh areas and is a great option for those seeking a high-end hotel experience. Business travellers will probably want to stay in or near the district, The City of London – the city’s historic core and the heart of London’s financial sector. There are tons of incredible hotels in London so it was difficult to narrow down to just two of my favourites in this incredible city, but here they are…



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The Milestone (see left) is perhaps the most famous boutique hotel in London, and certainly lives up to high expectations. Each room is individually and exquisitely designed with its own stunning decor. You definitely won’t have that typical hotel room feel when relaxing in your room at the Milestone. Its health club is complete with spa, fitness centre, resistance pool and a sauna. The staff is expertly trained and guests receive a welcome drink and butler-guided tour on arrival. The Milestone has a chauffeur service, but you likely won’t need it with the hotel’s close proximity to West End shops and restaurants.



to shop in london Oxford Street Considered the heart of London with more than 300 shops and big name stores like Selfridges and Top Shop.

Regent Street A range of mid-priced fashion stores alongside historic shops like Hamley’s Toy Store, which first opened in 1790.

bond Street & Mayfair Popular with celebrities for extravagant retail therapy.

Carnaby Street Birthplace of the swinging ’60s and home to independent boutiques.

Knightsbridge The prestigious shops here were a favourite of Princess Diana. Stop in at Harrods, the famed department store. Make a pit stop at Lola’s Cupcakes for tea and something sweet.

Notting Hill Portobello Road Market is a must-see with a vibrant array of different stalls open daily.

What to See in London

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Make a point to see some of London’s outstanding museums, like the Natural History Museum, National Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Wallace Collection. Famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey also really shouldn’t be missed.


Given the urban cityscape of London, on nice days London’s parks are where people gather to enjoy some fresh air. Hyde Park, St. James Park and Richmond Park are great for picnics, strolls and bike rides. London has some of the best entertainment options in the world. The West End of London is the theatre district and live music can be seen everywhere from tiny cafes to large venues.


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to eat in london London has some of the best restaurants in the world. Every cuisine at pretty much any price range exists in London. There is not enough room in one article to list them all but here are some of my favourites:

St. James Hotel - Mayfair Previously owned by Sir Michael Caine and Sir Sean Connery, this striking building sits in a quiet cul-de-sac in prestigious Mayfair. Before St. James’ was a luxury boutique hotel, it was an exclusive gentlemen’s club. A multi-million pound renovation not too long ago brought gorgeous furnishings and high-tech perks such as free WiFi and iPod docks. An outstanding feature here is the Michelin-star restaurant directed by executive chef William Drabble. The hotel is also filled with renowned cubist paintings and is in close proximity to shopping and Buckingham Palace.


Hakkasan - Zuma - Roka - River Café - Bocca di Lupo - Sketch - Sketch is a must-visit with five restaurants (the Gallery, the Lecture Room, the Parlour, the Glade and the East Bar) and an art gallery. The building itself is an art exhibit with lots to see, including the most expensive bathroom in London made entirely of Swarovski crystals and another futurist bathroom with pod-like toilets. Madonna had her 50 th birthday party at Sketch!

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Smart Homes What’s Hot in Home Automation



Smart home automation is now more affordable and more efficient than ever. Control your shades, music, lights, home security and more, all at the touch of a button Automated shades gently descend. Music fills the space as the lights dim. Cameras at the front door capture images of guests as they arrive. The heat turns up a notch. Meanwhile, the homeowner is relaxing on the couch and has accomplished all this with a single touch on her iPhone. With the latest innovations in home technology, all of this and more is now possible. But can’t you just pull the roller shades down yourself? Well, yes. But, according to Richard Millson, president and CEO of Millson Technologies, providers of home technology solutions, there are a few reasons why you might prefer an automated system do it.

We all want to feel secure in our homes and this is where home automation can really add value. Gone are the days when security cameras delivered little more that grainy, black-andwhite images that did little to help identify intruders. Today, modern megapixel cameras can record in colour during the day and black and white at night for vastly improved clarity. In addition, surveillance cameras can now keep an eye on your home 24 hours a day and communicate directly with you. If someone is breaking down your front door while you’re at work, a photo or video of the event in progress can be emailed to you not long after the door goes down.

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“Sometimes we encounter installations that require a number of shades along a window wall. If you want a consistent look with all the hem bars lined up, automating them makes this possible with the touch of a button as opposed to adjusting each one by hand. But more importantly, automated shading systems can track the sun based on your geographic location and adjust their position automatically to protect floors, furniture and artwork from sun damage, as well as reduce the overall heating and cooling costs.”


Automated security cameras can take pictures of suspicious activity and email them to you no matter where in the world you are


With the touch of a button, you can activate motion sensors and security cameras, turn on exterior lights, close every blind and automatically lock all the doors. When you pull into your driveway, your automation system can automatically illuminate the path to your front door, turn on interior lights and deactivate your security system.

“It’s where someone doesn’t have room for seven or eight switches, but they’ve got room for a couple of keypads and we’ll tie an iPad into it for controlling things in the house,” he says. The myriad options now available are also great solutions for the elderly or disabled, who might not be able to do everything around the house by themselves. And in the morning, the shades roll up, signalling a new day is about to begin. Unless it’s the middle of summer, then they might stay down to protect the floor. They’re smart like that.

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One of the more popular automation products is the Nest Thermostat, which automatically records your daily schedule and adjusts accordingly for comfort and energy savings. According to Paul Titterton, general manager of Island Home Automation, multi-room audio is also getting smarter. “We’re not seeing as many of the big media rooms and home theatres like we used to, but we’re seeing a lot of multiroom audio,” he says. Titterton says retrofitting a home’s existing systems to automation can be surprisingly fast and is affordable. One thing leading companies are doing a lot of these days is lighting control systems in kitchen renovations.

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Fumbling around the house in the dark is a thing of the past; as you move about the house, smart home systems can turn lights on or off for you, an especially useful feature if your hands are occupied with packages. You can also activate your home automation security from anywhere in the world to get a complete visual check of your home, inside and out, by viewing security cameras from your iPad or iPhone.


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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. 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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Nestled between the dramatic Cranston escarpment and the shores of the serene Bow River, the distinctive location of Riverstone of Cranston provides owners with a natural sense of calm, inspired by the unique beauty of their surroundings. The area offers a convenient and active lifestyle with the Bow River, Fish Creek Park and numerous parks and pathways just outside your doorstep. Developed by Brookfield Residential, Riverstone of Cranston is a master planned community approximately 225 acres in size and will hold approximately 1,100 homes and 3,500 residents once completed. Riverstone currently consists of three estate product series, featuring homes by Albi Homes, Cedarglen Homes, Baywest Homes and Landmark Homes. Lots range from 38 to 75 feet wide and back onto either the Fish Creek Park escarpment, Willow Creek or Fish

Creek Park and the Bow River – a truly unique offering in South Calgary. The townhome project, Mosaic Riverstone by Brookfield Homes, opened in Riverstone last month, with show homes opening later this year. Along with the area’s natural beauty, Riverstone is part of Cranston, so residents can enjoy access to Cranston’s many amenities, including schools, the shops at Cranston Corner and Cranston market, and Century Hall – the Cranston Residents Association, which features a 22,000-sq.-ft. facility and seven-acre gated park site in the heart of the community. Riverstone of Cranston is located in the heart of Calgary’s southeast and offers easy access to highway 22X and Deerfoot Trail, as well as the new south portion of Stoney Trail, due to be completed later this fall. There are also an abundance of beautiful golf courses just minutes away and Kananaskis Country and the mountains just 60 minutes west.

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once upon a time

houses with history

the ranche

Historical Luxury in the Heart of Cowboy Country


Words by Elizabeth Hak

A historically significant, show-stopping country mansion is restored to its century-old grandeur Settled comfortably near the banks of Fish Creek in Calgary surrounded by aspen groves and towering spruce, the Ranche, a stately Tudor Gothic revival home, looks much as it did when it was built over 100 years ago; the cheerful yellow brick exterior as welcoming to visitors as the wide wraparound deck. It’s a decidedly unusual setting for the birthplace of an empire that helped shape the ranching foundation of Alberta. William Roper Hull, a British visionary, and his brother, owned the Bow Valley Ranche where the home now stands. When the log home Hull was living in burned down, he enlisted the services of James Llewellyn Wilson to design a domestic showplace.

The Ranche was Hull’s headquarters as he combined cattle ownership and butcher shops to satisfy the growing demand for prime Alberta beef across the country. In 1902, Hull sold the property to Patrick Burns, a meat-packing, cattle-ranching baron in his own right, and one of the Big Four who helped finance the Calgary Stampede in 1912. Burns owned much of southern Alberta as his empire grew, and yet he chose the Ranche as his command centre. However, he never lived there. Upon Burns’ death in 1937, his nephew Michael lived in the home as he expanded the company’s dynasty. In 1950, Michael’s son Richard moved into the Ranche and made many changes. He added a tennis court, swimming pool and a large single-story addition. In 1973, much of the land around the Ranche was purchased by the Alberta government, which later became Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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Completed in 1896, the elegant two-storey mansion became known for lavish garden parties, excellent edibles and uppercrust English guests. A pleasing symmetry of double chimneys, triangular window gables and lovely architectural details helped enhance its grandeur without affecting its function as the hub of a working ranch. Inside, inviting sunlit rooms wrapped in rich wood mouldings and valances, delicately stencilled walls and cozy bedrooms on the upper floor mirrored the craftsmanship found on the exterior.


By the summer of 1999, the Ranche House was restored to its turn-of-the-century grandeur thanks to the work of the Fish Creek Restoration Society and Larry and Mitzie Wasyliw

In 1978, the Ranche was boarded up. Left to the vagaries of Calgary’s climate and human indifference, the once pristine home fell into decay. And so it would have remained but for the efforts of Larry Wasyliw and his wife Mitzie. The Wasyliws enjoyed walking through Fish Creek Provincial Park with their dogs and would pass by the home often. Each year, the house suffered more damage as windows were broken and garbage collected. “Once a home becomes derelict, it attracts that kind of element,” admitted Larry. The Wasyliws started to research the home and quickly realized its historical significance. With a letter writing campaign, much perseverance and some help from government officials, the house was saved. “The house was targeted for demolition. They were ready to move the dozers in and knock it down,” said Larry. While the government wasn’t willing to help monetarily, the house remained standing and gave the Wasyliws some time to plan. In 1995, they created The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society in order to raise the funds necessary to bring the home back to life. Larry wanted people to be able to come and sit down in the home where they could soak up the history and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The Ranche as a restaurant was the perfect solution. As the home was still structurally sound, the biggest challenge in restoring it was bringing it up to modern building codes and adding the kitchen. Upgrading plumbing, wiring and heating, as well as installing sprinklers without gutting the home, posed numerous complications. “Each one of those had its degree of surprises. It was a great adventure,” said Larry, laughing. The budget soared but the Wasyliws weren’t deterred. In addition, the lovely woodwork had over seven layers of paint that had to be carefully removed. The large fireplace on the main floor was coated in sprayed-on stucco, which, after some delicate excavation, revealed the original red brick.



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With considerable help from dedicated building professionals, generous sponsors and donations, the Ranche restaurant was opened in 1999 and is operated by the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts. The large room added by Richard Burns was gutted and reinforced. The Great Room, as it’s now called, is where restaurant patrons enjoy a wonderful meal. The seamless transition between the original home and the new addition is flawless. The wood valances and details over the bar mimic those of the parlour. New fir flooring, crafted to appear aged, looks as time-worn as that in the original home. The fireplace on the far wall is a now a focal point where it used to be a brick hole in the wall. The all-stone fireplace is a masonry masterpiece that represents a blending of new ideas and rich history. Today, electric lamps help light the shadows along paved paths where cattle and crops flourished. Wood and brick have shed their modern crust; style and elegance have prevailed over neglect. Guests once again enjoy exquisitely styled Canadian cuisine meals with the finest ingredients from nature. The Alberta hospitality offered by Hull and Burns so many years ago has finally returned to the Ranche.


In 1896, William Roper Hull’s Ranche House represented the height of country luxury and grace with a commanding, but understated, presence

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the story of calgary’s urban gateway

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Stories Behind calgary’s Streets

The native messenger turned professional runner turned petty criminal, Api-kai-ees, inspired the name of Calgary’s urban gateway Deerfoot Trail is Alberta’s busiest highway, stretching for 50 kilometres through Calgary’s core. Yet few of the 200,000 people who drive this urban gateway each day consider the origins of its name. Api-kai-ees was born circa 1864 into the Siksika First Nation, an hour’s drive east of the city. By his late teens he was running as a messenger for the Blackfoot Confederacy, racing between camps in what is now southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana. It was a time of great upheaval among the Plains people as bison dwindled and settlers moved into the area, and he might very well have been delivering messages between his uncle, Chief Crowfoot, and other First Nations diplomats. In 1884, the year the Canadian Pacific Railway came to Calgary, a syndicate of gamblers discovered Api-kai-ees. Foot races were a popular form of entertainment around the world, and they entered the fleet-footed man in minor local races, betting on him to win. In 1886, after a string of victories, his backers began calling him Deerfoot, drawing on the fame of an 1860s Seneca runner with the same nickname. That year, Api-kai-ees won a four-day “go as you please” endurance race, completing over 84 miles during the 16-hour race, as well as several other events. In the fall, his backers organized a major 10-mile race where Api-kai-ees competed against two experienced runners, one all the way from Great Britain. The race was fixed, however, and Api-kai-ees was disgusted by the corruption. Even after Calgarians demanded a rematch – that he easily won – Api-kai-ees quit professional racing.

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Some historians say he stayed bitter. In August 1887, he was caught stealing two blankets from a settler’s home near the Siksika Nation. He resisted arrest by the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) by brandishing an axe, and managed to escape. This infuriated Edgar Dewdney, Lieutenant-Governor and Indian Commissioner of the region. Dewdney, a wealthy Brit appointed by Prime Minister John A. Macdonald to pacify the Plains, wanted to make an example of the famous Deerfoot. He sent over 100 Mounties after Api-kaiees, but the runner eluded capture for two years. Then, in the spring of 1889, he gave himself up at Chief Crowfoot’s urging. At Api-kai-ees’ trial in Calgary he was represented by influential Conservative James Alexander Lougheed, but was still sentenced to six weeks in prison. Calgary historian Hugh Demspey writes that Api-kai-ees apparently “beat up his friends in needless quarrels, mistreated his wife and family, and was constantly involved in petty theft, gambling and fighting.” The records show that he did spend the rest of his life in and out of jail, and died in the NWMP infirmary of tuberculosis on February 24, 1897. He was buried in a pauper’s plot in the cemetery, just east of 8th Avenue and 4th Street SE, in what is now the East Village. Api-kai-ees’ account of events, however, is absent from the record. It might tell us of the recent arrival of the railway and the NWMP, and attempts at imposing Canadian law in the region. Or, that while Crowfoot believed in Treaty 7’s spirit of reciprocity, Api-kai-ees and other young men were frustrated, and increasingly desperate, as the promised assistance failed to materialize and their families starved.

Api-kai-ees and other young men were frustrated, and increasingly desperate, as the promised assistance failed to materialize and their families starved


Whether he was a flawed individual or caught up in the events of his time – or both – his athletic achievements are undeniable. Api-kai-ees’ racing exploits put the newly incorporated town of Calgary on the map in the 1880s, and it is fitting that the city’s freeway was named for him a century later.

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Living Well

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Infrared Therapy heats up the spA world This hot new trend is poised to be one that endures According to the influential website SpaFinder, today’s sophisticated spa-goers want more than mere pampering – they’re seeking results-oriented treatments that significantly enhance their well-being. In an effort to meet this demand, the spa industry is increasingly turning to infrared therapy and with good reason; backed by solid clinical evidence, infrared therapy is emerging as a treatment that can progressively move the body toward a state of optimum health. So what exactly is infrared therapy and why is it so beneficial? The term infrared refers to a type of light wave that lies just below “visible” light on the electromagnetic spectrum. Infrared waves are not visible to the human eye – our bodies detect them as radiant heat. Unlike other forms of heat, the radiant heat from infrared waves penetrates deep below the skin’s surface where it stimulates the deeper tissues and organs to release stored toxins, fat and waste. Studies indicate that while the sweat produced by regular physical exertion or traditional saunas contains 3% toxic material, the sweat produced by infrared treatment contains 15 to 20% toxic matter. This penetrating warmth also boosts blood circulation and increases metabolism. These factors translate into tangible health benefits, as some compelling research has shown. Just what has the white-coat crowd discovered about infrared therapy’s healing potential? Plenty. Studies show infrared therapy can: improve joint pain and stiffness, alleviate asthma symptoms, help lower blood pressure, improve cardiac function, speed healing from infections and sports injuries, alleviate stress, and help battle fatigue and mild depression. If that doesn’t impress you, consider this: a recent study published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes showed that infrared treatment


was able to safely lower weight and waist circumference – without dietary changes – in overweight and obese patients, in just three months. For those who were sedentary due to medical reasons, the results were even more profound. In addition, another Canadian study, conducted by the Department of Family Medicine at UBC, revealed that 20 minutes of infrared treatment, three times per week, improved the fatigue, social functioning and general health of those with type 2 diabetes. But the good news doesn’t end there. Not only can infrared therapy help you feel better, it can also help you look better too. It does this by boosting collagen production and increasing the skin’s overall tone and elasticity. Inherent in this wide range of therapeutic applications is infrared’s multi-generational appeal – it literally offers something for every “body”. Not surprisingly, spas, with a sharp eye for the bottom line, have taken note. According to SpaFinder, at least one in five spas now offers some form of infrared treatment. “For us it’s been a gateway treatment,” enthuses Crystal Chabot, manager of Victoria’s popular LeSpa Sereine. “People come initially to try the infrared sauna, feel better after a few sessions and then are intrigued and enticed to try out some of our other services. It’s been a great addition to the spa.” Of course, homeowners with deep pockets need never book a spa appointment to reap the benefits of infrared treatment. Traditional infrared saunas and the newer infrared-heated marble chaise lounges can be purchased for home use. According to the Italian artisans that produce them, the latter have the advantage of being mobile, elegant and easily outfitted with plugs for laptops and iPhones. Enhancing your decor whilst enhancing your health – that’s a trend certain to endure with style- and health-conscious consumers.


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The Fast & The Luxurious

Words by Tony Whitney

Auto Trends & Test Drives

Super Coupes It’s arguable that almost all of the world’s most elegantly beautiful automobiles just happen to be sports coupes and, certainly, that segment has had its classic standouts over the years. Look back in time and you’ll discover the most lusted-after cars of years gone by were coupes by Bugatti, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin and a score of others.

toward coupes. There are technical benefits to closedcar design that have to do with rigidity. However well a convertible might be engineered, there’s always more platform flexing under hard driving conditions. The rigid bodyshell of a coupe will always provide an optimum amount of stiffness, with consequent handling benefits.

Why coupes are so popular with aficionados is difficult to say. One reliable specialist source recently published its list of the world’s 10 most expensive cars and all but one was a sports coupe. The odd car out happened to be a Maybach sedan – a brand that has recently been dropped from the Mercedes-Benz stable.

Our list of six super coupes includes many nameplates that have become legendary over the years and continue to make their mark on automotive history. Highperformance coupes continue to get maximum attention and the only radical change we are likely to see in the years ahead will be the adoption of hybrid powertrains of various designs. Many top-drawer automakers are already well advanced with the development of more fuel-efficient models.

It’s true that a lot of fun can be had with a convertible, but serious enthusiasts more often than not lean

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The Fastest Set of Wheels in Town


The Fast & The Luxurious 2013’s hottest super coupes



Aston Martin 1 2013 DBS Coupe Ultimate Aston Martin is one of those rare manufacturers that always seems to get things right. Even the most dedicated Ferrari fan would have to admit that the great Italian marque has had its share of lessthan-successful models over the years, but Aston Martin coupes just keep looking better. Typical is the latest DB9 with its truly superb styling and mighty 5.9-L V12 powerplant. There isn’t a single discordant line in this Aston’s styling, and the performance is just what you’d expect from 510 HP. An outstanding automobile that continues a fine tradition, but don’t expect any change from the $200,000 price tag.


Lamborghini 2 2013 Aventador There’s an old story that Ferruccio Lamborghini, a manufacturer of tractors, started to build cars because he was dissatisfied with his Ferrari. Whatever the facts, the move led to a remarkable series of outstanding sports cars, topped recently with the strikingly styled Aventador. A head turner of the first degree, the new Lambo is a futuristic combination of curves and chiselled edges and is, perhaps, the most radical car from the Italian maker in years. Under the hood is a 6.5-L V12 delivering a lusty 416 HP and torque to match. This carbon fibre beauty is understandably costly and it’ll hit your piggy bank to the tune of $425,000.

Ferrari 3 2013 458 Italia One of the least expensive ways to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari is to opt for the new and appropriately named 458 Italia, a model that replaces a long and (usually) distinguished line of earlier cars at the Maranello automaker’s entry point. Ferrari is another automaker that rarely falters when it comes to looks. This one is really stunning with numerous modernistic design cues, but a healthy dose of Ferrari tradition too. Power comes from a melodious 562-HP 4.5-L V8 that’s a work of art in itself. The 458 is listed at around $268,000, which many believe to be a small price to pay for being able to own one of the most fabled nameplates in the world of performance cars.

Words by Tony Whitney



Audi 4 2013 TT Coupe RS Audi’s TT coupe was an instant success when it was first introduced, and with a recent styling makeover, it’s still a firm favourite. With its unique looks – perhaps more vintage Porsche than current Audi – it really stands out on the road. The top model is the TT RS, which uses an uncommon 2.5-L five-cylinder turbo tuned to deliver 360 horses. Suspension is tweaked to match the power available. It’s nicely compact and is one of few upscale coupes that are very much at home on city streets; it’s very easy to drive and maneuver. The TT RS costs around $68,000 but entry level models list for around $20,000 or less.


Mercedes-Benz 5 2013 SLS AMG GT Coupe Few automakers have a history quite like that of Mercedes-Benz and now and again they reach back over the years for inspiration. A fine example of this policy is the SLS AMG GT Coupe, which borrows many of its standout styling cues from the great road race cars of the 1950s. It even has wonderful gullwing doors, which will draw a crowd whenever you park. The big grille and side vents look very 1955 and the whole effect is admirable. Naturally, all engineering aspects are state of the art, including a 6.2-L V8 producing only a shade under 600 HP. It’s also one of the more affordable super coupes at around $208,000.

Porsche 6 2013 Cayman There are those who believe the Porsche Cayman is the most rewarding and enjoyable model in the famed sports car builder’s lineup with its compact dimensions, great handling and more than adequate power. Based loosely on the Boxster roadster, the Cayman has fastback bodywork, which might just be more appealing than that of the more famous 911 Carrera. For 2013, the Cayman has been extensively revised; it’s a little sleeker this time around with more room inside. Like all Porsche sportsters, this one uses a horizontally opposed six-cylinder delivering 325 HP in “S” guise. june/july 2013



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automatic 1 Fully espresso Maker The Gaggenau coffee machine takes your favourite pleasure to another level with the ability to memorize up to six personalized beverage settings and a double shot function for those early mornings.

This fully upholstered dining chair comes in a wide variety of fabrics. It’s that perfect anchor chair for any dining table, giving you a sophisticated, modern and elegant look.

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Tufted 2 Deco Chair

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Sensate™ 3 KOHLER Touchless Faucet Discover a faucet that takes touchless technology to a new level of precision. The Sensate touchless faucet frees your hands so you can speed through prep, cooking and cleanup without spreading messes and germs throughout the kitchen. Available at Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre 4120 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary | 403.245.8637 18511 - 104 Ave NW Edmonton | 780.453.5714

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Shaking or 4 No Stirring Required The Liebherr WS 17800 free-standing triple-zone wine cabinet is perfect for the wine connoisseur who might not have enough space in their home for a cellar. Available at Euro-Line Appliances West Find a dealer near you | 1.855.ELA.WEST

5 Liebherr’s 48” Refrigerator The new SBS 244 48” built-in refrigerator introduces Liebherr’s patented technology BioFresh Plus, providing greater flexibility and control for ideal food storage conditions. Available at Liebherr


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CS024 6 WOLF convection steam oven This convection steam oven from Wolf combines the benefits of convection heat and steam, adding the right amount of moisture at just the right times — for the perfect end result. Available at Bradlee Distributors 1245 73rd Ave SE Calgary | 403.297.1000

world 7 old charm This solid weathered oak cabinet with glass doors will bring charm and warmth to any home. A versatile piece for a dining or living space, this casement cabinet is that one-of-kind conversation starter that’s sure to be a statement in any room. Available at Home Evolution 7133 11th St SE Calgary | 403.253.5552

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The Goliath Glass Console/Dining Table extends from 17” to 115”, utilizing an aluminum telescoping mechanism. Table includes five extensions in white, black, tan, mark-less white and mirror glass.


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