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32 HOMES 18 FAR OUT HOMES: the o house A Spacious Expression of Simplicity By Goody Niosi

32 FEATURE HOME: Rockview Retreat Inspired by Timeless Tradition; Built for Family Living By Claudia Kwan

44 Distilled Design The Art of Living Small By Gaile Guevara

47 HOME renovation & design SECTION Expert Advice for Design Dreams By Ben Vorst



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99 living 28 CELEBRITY PROFILE: tommy smythe The Perfect Mix of Modern and Traditional By Claudia Kwan

94 WORDS ON THE STREET: steele avenue Hints of History in Calgary’s Outskirts By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

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As Homes & Living’s new Editor-In-Chief, I’d like to welcome you to the pages of our fall renovation and design issue. I’m very proud and excited to be joining the fabulous team here at H&L; they all work incredibly hard to create beautiful and informative magazines for you to enjoy—with engaging profiles, mouth-watering recipes, stunning photographs, gorgeous and innovative homes and so much more. With the changing colours and temperatures of autumn upon us, it’s natural to start thinking about creating the perfect place to settle in for the winter. So it’s an ideal time to be starting on many home renovation projects. Don’t worry, we’ve delved into the subject for you and collected a wide range of design secrets, tips and ideas on what’s hot right now from our industry experts. There’s more than enough information in our Home Renovation & Design Section to inspire you and help you make informed decisions on whether to go the DIY route or bring in the big guns to help you realise your design dreams. These days—in most urban centres—the move to increase density, the shift from suburban to urban living, and the desire to simplify our lifestyles increasingly brings conversations around to smaller homes and better use of available residential property. Or at least that’s where conversations should go. In this issue of H&L we hope to kick-start more of these conversations with thoughts and ideas from the experts on designing small spaces for full lives; the H&L Laneway Home was conceived to do just this—get people talking. Sincerely,

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Claudia Kwan is a Vancouver-based journalist who works in all mediums. Over the past decade, she has reported for outlets such as the Vancouver Sun, Global Television, CBC Radio, and While she still loves chasing down breaking news, a significant part of her heart is reserved for her love of stories involving real estate, food and wine.



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

gaile guevara Gaile Guevara is a Vancouver-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.

Jessica Krippendorf Jessica Krippendorf is a freelance writer and editor based on Vancouver Island, BC. She studied creative writing and publishing at Vancouver Island University, but has been writing professionally since she was old enough to run a typewriter. She writes about construction, architecture, design and sustainable, playful living for publications across North America.


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Designed by Philippe Stuebi Architekten GmbH, Zürich, in collaboration with Eberhard Tröger, Gabi Eichenberger, Sven Bestenheider and Christine Heimgartner, the home presents itself as a canvas. The façade of polished concrete walls embedded with marble particles is punctuated by a series of Os; big Os—each one is more than eight feet in diameter. Indeed, the Os are all a visitor sees after the house reveals itself, slowly and tantalizingly, beyond a bamboo grove, and they might wonder where to find the entrance to this almost surrealistic and intensely sculptural form. It’s there—a glass door tucked inside one of the Os. For lead architect Philippe Stuebi, the location was partly his inspiration for the expressive yet stark structure. He was also influenced by the idea of a palace and this is reflected in the size of the home, which—complete with outdoor living areas that include a boathouse, loggia, outdoor bar and dressing rooms—totals almost 10,000 square feet. Stuebi was particularly impressed by the old Venetian palaces he studied, with their white facades punctuated by deeply recessed windows that threw shadows on the walls. The Os also reflect the owner’s name (Oliver) and his business (automobiles). They could easily represent the wheel of one of the Ferraris in his extensive collection, housed in the 12-car garage.



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The interior floors are highly polished terrazzo embedded with marble dust, and when the sun shines through the huge circles, sculptural shadows cross the floor to stunning effect. The design is one of pure simplicity—white walls, enormous expanses of glass, dark African wenge wood cabinets—so the architectural angles and shapes provide specific interest. Little art is necessary in a home that creates its own graphic elements and provides a view of Mount Pilatus on one side while looking out across Lake Lucerne on the other side.

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Stuebi used the O motif repeatedly—but not too much, he clarified. Too much would have reduced their impact. The circles are present in the ceiling, in glass bricks on the lake side of the house, and in the framework around the immense windows that face the lake.


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One of the most striking views is from the outside looking in, through the Os, to the two-storey orangery. This too was inspired by old palaces; these buildings are often found on the grounds of fashionable homes from the 17th to 19th centuries. It is this modern interpretation of an old building form that will perhaps make this home a classic in years to come.

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One of Stuebi’s favourite elements is also one of the simplest and most easily overlooked. The smooth marble-imbued concrete walls at the sides of the O house are interrupted by large glass windows that open up and out like garage doors. Combine these with the enormous glass walls facing the lake and the home opens almost completely to the outdoors.



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Once inside, with the orangery to the right, sculptural, glass-railed stairs rise freeform to the second floor, which contains the bedrooms and guest wing. The first floor holds the library, office, kitchen and living room, all embraced by enormous windows that Stuebi admits were a challenge for the structural engineer, as he had to execute the design without supporting columns.


Outdoors, circles are again repeated in the protruding loggia of round glass bricks. The basement nestles along the slope and opens into a large fitness area with a 25-metre pool—half inside, half outside—inserted in a white Terrazzo plate that extends gracefully along the boathouse and into Lake Lucerne. If the O House presents any challenges, it is simply that it’s so remarkable and eye-catching. Since its completion the owners have been inundated by requests from film studios and advertising agencies that want to use it for everything from product placement to a major James Bond location. The answer, so far, has been nO.


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Tommy Smythe

The perfect mix of modern and traditional


Words by Claudia Kwan photographs by Michael Graydon

To hear Tommy Smythe tell it—he’s been misunderstood.

“The reason it’s often the more expensive option is because my eye is trained to go for the best quality,” Smythe explains. “I say buy the best you can afford. Don’t go into debt, but get the best. Think about the perfect thing for your space and then figure out the budget after that.” Essentially, he doesn’t believe in the ‘look for less’ philosophy. He believes it’s more important to save for an authentic piece—which reflects a homeowner’s personality—than to hurriedly finish off a room with a generic or knockoff item. Smythe’s own home reflects this viewpoint. The apartment’s most notable architectural features are the ten-foot high ceilings and the eight-foot high windows stretching around the front and side of the suite, creating lovely cross breezes. The open kitchen and living room are divided by a brick wood-burning fireplace, where leaping flames warm up cool evenings. Rounding out the layout of the home is a bedroom and four-piece bathroom. Smythe stamped his influence on the space with a mix of modern and antique pieces. When he downsized from his five bedroom home he made a conscious decision to distill his possessions to his true favourites—the books he has to have at all times, the art he must look at every day, his most beautiful mirrors and his most beloved furniture. “I love beauty and beautiful things and design. You see things that are authentic—some of the art is blue chip, some is flea

market; it’s all mixed together.” Smythe dreams of one day owning a Basquiat, but ruefully acknowledges that day is far off indeed. He dubs it ‘maximalist’ style—lots of stuff and art and furniture, but very carefully curated; placed with precision to impart cohesion rather than chaos. A few cherished pieces have stayed through move after move. They include stunning heirlooms like a tall French gilt mirror inherited from his grandmother, interior designer Dorothea Smythe, and a brass étagère given to him by mentor John Manuel. He advocates for the étagère as a versatile piece that can hold books, dishes, or alcohol bottles in awkward corners. It’s why he also treasures his three-drawer Biedermeier chest. “It’s been everything—a bar, bathroom storage, you name it. It fits everywhere and it’s such a handsome piece,” says Smythe. “It mixes well with both contemporary soft furniture and other antiques.” As if to gently underline how wide ranging his tastes truly are, he lists off all the things he collects: tiny ebony boxes, Inuit carvings, clocks, watches, antique lidded boxes, ties, stones and rulers. “I don’t collect poncey stuff,” he says with a laugh. “I may live in a fancy way, but I’m not a snob!” Perhaps then, the fairest way to characterize his outlook on life—rather than ‘expensive’—is to say that he feels everyone should live surrounded by beautiful things. He includes families with young children in that.

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Tommy’s expensive tastes have become a running gag through the shows where he’s been a design sidekick for Sarah Richardson (Sarah 101, Sarah’s House, Sarah’s Cottage, Design Inc.). When sourcing fabrics for instance, his selections invariably end up costing the most per square foot, as compared to his colleagues’ picks.



personal side Q&A You have a reputation for liking expensive things. I’m not a snob when it comes to beauty. I recently purchased a lovely hand-made metal vase of extraordinary detail and craftsmanship at my local flea market for 25 dollars.

What was your most recent splurge for your home? A new set of bed linens. It’s very important to have fine linens and to replace them annually. You’d never dream of wearing the same clothes next to your body for years on end, so it’s critical that bed clothes are replenished.

Of all the bow ties you own, which is your favourite? “Buy the best you can afford. Don’t go into debt, but get the best.” — Tommy Smythe

The black silk moiré tie my late father wore with his tuxedo—I wear it to every formal event I attend. Real style is about confidence. My dad had that. I suppose the tie absorbed some of it and so did I. I’m a bit sentimental.

What would get you to move west? “There’s nothing that makes me sadder than when people say ‘I can’t have nice things because I have kids’. I grew up in homes gorgeously decorated by my mother and grandmother, with museum quality antiques. Yes, there were also spaces for kids to play, but we knew to be on our best behaviour in the living room. We were scared to death of putting a sweaty drink down on a mahogany table because we knew what would happen!” Smythe says it comes down to how one perceives value. There’s no need to put $400 fabric on kitchen chairs, for instance, and it’s true that a vase might get knocked over every so often. He says those who don’t take the opportunity to express themselves—or who have childproofed so utterly that their spaces are oppressively utilitarian or juvenile—are suppressing the enjoyment of their homes. The cost of that, he believes, is too high. You can call that his final reckoning on the idea of what ‘expensive’ means.


Ha! I love West Coast, BC. In fact, I have an intense fascination with West Coast aboriginal art. Give me an antique Haida button blanket or totem pole and I’m yours. Deal?

What one thing might people be most surprised to know about you? I’m one of the ‘hockey’ Smythes. (Tommy is the great-grandson of Conn Smythe.) Hockey and design may seem worlds apart, but the truth is, I draw inspiration from my family all the time. I wouldn’t trade my wonderful life and career for anything, but living life as an out, gay TV personality isn’t necessarily a cakewalk. I’ve had my share of critics and ignorant, discriminatory hate mail, but the values of service and courage that come from my sports and military family see me through the rough spots. We Smythes play fair, but we play to win.


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inspired by timeless tradition; built for family living


Words BY Jessica Krippendorf Photographs by bliss photographic

Simple traditional elegance embraces a gentle modern touch, to bring family together and dreams to life. Rockview Retreat is a new 6,580-square-foot build in the premier Mackenas Country Estates development on Calgary’s outskirts. The homeowners—a young couple with a growing family—wanted a traditionally-styled home with every modern convenience that enveloped and personified the essence of family living. “The possibilities were endless,” says Allison Grafton, owner of Rockwood Custom Homes, along with her partner Grainger Nimmo. “They wanted the house of their dreams and wanted us to show them what would make it magnificent.” Rockwood is a sophisticated, thoughtful, and thorough company that takes full-service to an exemplary level, working with homeowners through the planning stages to the design of each art installment and furnishing. “Building a custom dream home is the biggest investment a person makes and it has to be protected,” says Grafton. “We do quadruple the work other builders do, and we’re wildly successful because of it. Our company is built with integrity, and every detail and challenge is our responsibility to the end.”

Grounded by intricate full bedrock at its base and chimneys, Rockview Retreat spreads out over its three-quarter acre lot with a strong, nested roofline that is visually balanced over a warm façade of stucco and Tudor styling. Its richly coloured stucco brings softness and depth to the upper half of the façade, continuing to either side on the lower extrusions and painted fascias mirror the open sky. Cedar eaves and soffits solidify the heirloom style and quality, and the semi-transparent stain ties in with the stucco colouring.

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Rockview Retreat was inspired by the timelessness and tradition of Shaughnessy homes—beautiful, gracious twolevel homes with grand swooping driveways designed by some of Vancouver, BC’s most historically affluent architects in that city’s first planned community.


“Our mission is to build soul-filled family homes that stand the test of time.” — Allison Grafton



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A grand, oversized solid white oak door opens to a stunning entry made intimate by a panelled and slightly barrelled ceiling. Custom-stained quarter-sawn white oak hardwood extends throughout the main floor, creating a brilliant contrast against the lighter wall colour and finishes. To the right of the entry is a gorgeous family room where soft pink walls and accents sit beautifully against a marble-encased fireplace with chocolate brown surround and mantle. Warm, semi-gloss grey coves in the ceiling bring the room together and relate to a slight shine in the sofa pillows.

“The inspiration here was our understanding of how families live—if the spaces are too separate, you don’t create the family unit,” says Grafton. “These rooms are completely open and separated by space, not walls.”

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The heart of the home is the main living space, in which the great room, dining area and kitchen are separated by hutches that subtly define each space, while doubling as serveries.


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The kitchen is traditional yet transitional, says Grafton, in that it holds true to the aesthetic, but with every modern convenience. Crisp, cream-painted wood cabinets sit against stunning walls covered in custom-made glass tile to match the colour of cabinetry. Every luxury is within arm’s reach, including a 60-inch range, sub zeros, and double under-mount sinks. Dolcetto stone offers the buttery softness of marble and the longevity of quartz on the perimeter counters and on a beautiful island that features a seating extension for intimate family dinners. Light sparkles from circular overhead pendants for functionality and ambiance, catching the natural glow thorough Rockwood-designed counter windows. These elongated windows at backsplash level bring in the east light, preserving space on the range wall for upper cabinets. Taupes and creams layer with turquoise accents in the great room—an open, inviting space separated from the dining room by a beautiful built-in hutch. A television is set into a lovely built-in media centre with bookshelves displaying the family’s photos and treasures. A lavish sofa, loveseat and chair welcome cherished family gatherings while keeping everyone connected between this area and the dining room. The family comes together in comfort and serenity in the hearth room—an additional space created at Rockwood’s suggestion. “The homeowners weren’t sure they’d use the extra space, but we knew it would be a beautiful, brilliant place that the children would love to be in,” says Grafton. “It’s a place to relax in and have coffee, enjoy the light. They are in there all the time now.”



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Left. Custom artistic tile and Calcutta marble bring a sense of decadent luxury to the master ensuite.


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The calm, ambient room beckons with a glass tiled fireplace set into painted wood and abundant glazing with a clear view to the grounds. A crisp modern art installation over the mantle adds sparkle to the space. On the upper floor, romance exudes from the master bedroom, where vaulted ceilings cove the space over a magnificent Rockwood-created bed with an upholstered headboard and exposed tacking. Mirror-backed bedside tables reflect light from simple, elegant side lamps and sparkle against a soft grey and purple palette on the walls, accents and custom linen. A matching chaise lounge is the perfect place to unwind in this warm, retreat-styled hideaway. Glass doors open up to the homeowner’s painting studio—a peaceful, serene room oriented to maximize the north and west light, which is ideal in creative spaces. A beautiful walnut built-in with custom shelving is perfect for canvases and other materials was thoughtfully placed on the south-facing wall to leave the ideal natural lighting unobstructed.

In the basement, a full media room opens up to a sit-in entertaining bar finished in walnut with a glass tile backsplash. A temperature-controlled wine room offers extensive wine racking and a tasting area has a unique bar table fashioned from a wine barrel.

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The master ensuite is wrapped in custom artistic tile with mother of pearl inlay and black and grey Calcutta marble, bringing the decadent luxury of a classic European spa. A glass enclosed shower and soaker tub offer Zen-like ambiance, and twin facing vanities with generous mirrors provide ample space for movement in the room.


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The grounds are enveloped in natural beauty with the Rockies to the south, extending the living space outdoors to three distinct patio areas. A spacious front veranda is home to a beautiful patio sitting area that captures the evening light and is the perfect place to watch the children play. To the side of the home, a BBQ deck opens off of the kitchen where stone masonry encases a built-in BBQ. To the back, a living and eating deck is blocked from the wind by crystal clear glass walls and stone columns. “We built this home with the highest integrity for the best value,” says Grafton. “Our mission is to build amazing, soul-filled family homes that stand the test of time.”


A wine barrel gains a second life as a unique bar table in the tasting area.

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When we look at designing small spaces, we re-evaluate the relationship between vertical and horizontal surfaces. In the last several years the purpose of condo living has shifted. The desire to simplify life is increasingly common and we see more families downsizing, so interiors are now designed to curate lifestyle shifts from suburban living to urban living. This condo in Vancouver, BC’s Coal Harbour, a secondary residence for a family of four, showcases our recent efforts on this type of renovation. We gutted the entire interior down to the framing and completely redesigned it, with a new kitchen, new bathrooms and all new finishes and fixtures throughout. We also re-framed the open den and made it a deluxe den. I’m not a fan of contrast when designing small spaces unless it serves a visual function, and keeping the interior colour palette quiet means minimal variation between materials and finishes. Painting a single colour on all vertical surfaces created a visually seamless continuation between rooms. To further de-clutter any visual mess, we painted all the electrical and mechanical details (think baseboard heaters and HVAC grills) to match the walls.


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Recess motorized roller shades into the ceiling, to minimize view obstructions.

Continuing with this impression of seamless transition, all the existing carpet was replaced with wide plank floors of engineered hardwood, with the exception of the bathroom and master ensuite. It’s important to ask your contractor for flush transitions between flooring materials in order to create this look. INTEGRATED LIVING

I believe in integrated living so we provide custom millwork solutions wherever a project budget allows. Panellized walls with integrated flush doors and recessed pulls make a great customized feature, as showcased in the entry foyer of this condo. The millwork panelling really becomes a beautiful wall texture and art piece of its own. Strategic placement of a mirror at the end of this type of feature wall creates a visual extension of space. Large wall-mount televisions can be integrated by recessing them and painting the wall out the same colour. For a more sophisticated customized detail we try wherever possible to use built-in appliances, like the steam combo wall oven used in this project—a combination of steam and hot air enhances flavours while still allowing you to slow cook, bake and grill as usual. Replacing old appliances with compact energy efficient ones of European quality is a must for a modern kitchen. There is an art to designing small spaces for full lives—it’s in the details.


home renovation & design section Planning a home renovation is exciting but with so many things to consider, it can also be a daunting experience. Not to worry though, we’ve put together 26 pages of design secrets, tips and the latest trends in tiles, flooring and faucets to inform and inspire your dream design. Flooring. Summit Designer Grey Mist Oak. The trend today is hardwood in wider, longer planks to create a sense of expanded space. This floor provides a beautiful design statement in this wonderful equipped kitchen, from Torlys.

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Left. Avila. Bright, light-hued hickory with hand-textured, hand-worked, wire-brushed surface with hand-chiselled bevels, from Jordans.

hardwoOd flooring Left. Morena. Luxurious, dark chocolate hickory with hand-textured, hand-worked, wire-brushed surface with hand-chiselled bevels, from Jordans.

The Beauty of Nature Is at Your Feet

If interior design is an art (and it is!), then remodelling flooring is like preparing the canvas. And since this part of the world is home to a tremendous number of artists, it behooves us to learn the art of priming our homes for our burning creative visions. All great living spaces begin at our feet, so that’s right—it’s time to talk hardwood floors. Where to begin? As with any design element, the space and its desired use will dictate the tone of the materials. Many homeowners also have various priorities that will guide their hardwood selection—budget, family size and environmental principles, to name a few. It’s best to write a list of what’s most important to you in the finished space and proceed from there. In the hardwood market, the selection in wood grain and hue has never been greater than it is today. A good rule of thumb, from the colour palette perspective, is that a strong level of contrast between flooring and furnishings is always desirable; painted walls usually provide the transition that ties them together. Once you have an idea of your desired overall colour effect, you can select the appropriate shade of hardwood.

Above. Artisan Designer Heritage Walnut Cognac Hardwood. Charm and character are crafted in this vintage-inspired hardwood which has a hand-crafted and artistically distressed look. Engineered to ensure no gapping or warping in our changing Canadian climate, from Torlys.


Even with such diversity of material at hand, many traditional stand-by woods remain extremely popular. White oak, red and white ash, maple and cherry continue to lead the brighter pack while exotic woods—Brazilian teak, mahogany and ebony—are still a great choice for rich, deep hues that give an enveloping depth to any room. Knotty and highly textured wood is best in open, casual spaces.

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Right. Avila. Bright, light-hued hickory with hand-textured, hand-worked, wire-brushed surface and hand-chiselled bevels, from Jordans.

Above. Urbano Plank Collection Oak Blanco Hardwood. Available in a variety of designer inspired colours, the Urbano collection combines style and value with the stability of an engineered wood floor. The long, wide planks and matte brushed finish emphasize the natural feel of wood with a casual yet refined appearance, from European Flooring.


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Plank width is an important factor that affects the overall image of a room. Strip flooring (generally, 3 in. wide or less) creates a running flow effect that’s great for guiding the eyes in longer narrow spaces. Larger, open spaces benefit from plank flooring (3 to 8 in. wide) which bestows a feeling of rusticity and soothing expansiveness.

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A Year to Create! The important choice between traditional (solid wood) and engineered (layered, compressed materials topped with wood) hardwood is another early consideration. All solid hardwood needs a wood sub-floor to nail into, so basements are out, while much engineered hardwood can be glued down or floated over top of concrete. As well, spaces with a wide variability of moisture year-round—such as cottages—will benefit from the resiliency of engineered flooring. Eco-friendly considerations are a big part of everyone’s reno plan and flooring is no exception. Re-purposed wood has character and a highly ethical provenance. Newer materials—like bamboo and coconut palm wood—are a great choice for minimizing your footprint. Any contractor worth their salt should be able to guide you along your eco-priorities. This brings up an important point—to avoid the DIY, whether replacing or refinishing. DIY cuts costs, but hardwood installation and care is an art like any other and there’s no Da Vinci Code to help you, so if you’re looking for the Mona Lisa of hardwood floors, you’ll need a Leonardo.

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Left. Plank widths have a big visual impact and affect the price of your floor renovation.


tile trends

Top left. Onix Fuseglass, from Tile of Spain.

Above. Marvel by Atlas Concorde. Inspired by the most prestigious marble of Italian tradition, Marvel is a ceramic project of the highest possible aesthetic and technical impact, characterized by porcelain stoneware floors and coordinated white-body wall cladding, from Julian Tile.

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Tiles have definitely evolved. New material choices and creative installation options allow designers to use tile to create luxurious and stylish rooms, illusions of continuous space and amazing visual elements throughout the entire home.

Above. Jet Set. A one-of-a-kind marble tile mosaic collection that brings mid-century modern to residential installations, from Walker Zanger.

Left and above. AnTeak. Ushering in a new age in interior design, the world’s first mosaic tiles crafted from genuine FSC-certified reclaimed teak wood, from Walker Zanger.


Whatever your design vision there’s a tile for you. Geometrically-shaped or very large tiles create interesting designs, both on the floor and the wall. Non-porous glass tiles are ideal for adding depth and sparkle to backsplashes, bathrooms and floor accents and many are made from recycled glass so they’re a popular eco-friendly option. Other options include reclaimed teak, recycled aluminum and even recycled wine corks.

Tile. Rock Grey by STN Ceramica, photo provided by Tile of Spain.

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Above. Ames’ Concrete Project series merges the textured appearance and size of concrete with the performance of porcelain tile, from Ames Tile & Stone.


Left and above. The trend of layering rugs continues throughout the design world and the real world. FLOR offers the ability to achieve this look in a fresh new way without the expense and waste of literally stacking up rugs, from FLOR modular carpet tiles.

Left and below. Linus Dean Rugs. Traditionally handmade rugs. 100% Wool (all designs also available in Bamboo, Silk, Linen, Hemp or mix of several). Made to measure to fit any space. Colours can be altered to suit interiors. Perfect for high traffic areas or feature placement, from Linus Dean Rugs.

Rugs that Refresh A Floor’s Best Friend Continues to Impress

For the most part, rugs lead carefree existences (beyond being trampled daily). Some desire the limelight; others prefer the anonymity of laying unnoticed at your feet. Some appreciate being thrown wherever useful; others consider themselves masterpieces.


The right rug for the right space is a good rule of thumb, as with any accessory.

Above. 800-C Series, from JIA Floor Innovation. Top right. Bakhtiar Lime, Persia Reinvented Collection. Wool and mulberry silk, hand-knotted in Iran, designed in Germany, from House of Persian Rugs.

Generally, large rugs tie a space together best. They should either edge up each piece of furniture but stop short, or extend at least several inches past the back. This is especially true for under dining room tables, where you don’t want a guest’s chair half-on, half-off the rug.

All rugs provide functions beyond their beauty, which is why we still use them; they mute noisy neighbours, they’re great under foot on chilly days, and they help preserve backs and joints in work areas. Beauty, functionality and timelessness—why shouldn’t they have it all?

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Hallway runners are often constrained by the space and so geometrically static; bedroom rugs are frequently in the same boat, either bedside throws or a large echo of the bed shape that extends to provide a warm landing. Elsewhere, different shapes—think circles and parallelograms—can subtly guide the interactions of room users. Consider going for an unorthodox shape to stir the proverbial pot.


gas fireplaces Left. H4 Series. Integrating contemporary design with efficient heat, the H4 is one of their most versatile fireplaces to date. Choose from two different (landscape and square) backing plates and one of three designer bezel window trims in Copper, Nickel or Black, from Valor Fireplaces.

Incorporating Gas Fireplaces into Your Design Dream

A gas fireplace is one of the most desirable assets a home can have, both for resale value and for setting tone and ambiance. Whether you’re planning a new construction or adding a fireplace into an existing space, there are benefits to be had—and pitfalls to be avoided. In fireplace parlance, ‘draw‘ is a technical term that refers to the vacuum created when hot air rises. However, when speaking of interior design, the term has a deeper and more ethereal connotation that goes back to the earliest days of social gathering—the powerful anchoring effect of a fireplace. Fires and fireplaces have been central to human domesticity since prehistoric times, and adding this attractive feature to your home has—until recently—meant redefining your living space. Above and left. The world’s most efficient and versatile fireplace. The Mantis exceeds 90% efficiency, which means it uses about 35% less fuel than other gas fireplaces. This makes it the greenest fireplace you can buy, photo provided by Heatwave Plumbing & Heating.


Most popular for new construction is by far the gas fireplace; it’s cleaner, requires less infrastructure and there’s no axe-wielding involved. In recent years fireplace designs have become more streamlined and modern, which lessens their dominating effect in a room. Completely wall-integrated gas fireplaces are becoming the norm; extremely low-profile, they cast little more presence than a painting or mirror on the wall. This type of installation does take more planning and finishing than simply replacing a traditional fireplace, so you’ll need to factor extra work into the budget—framing, venting, drywall, painting, trim and (usually) electrical. That said, replacing wood-burning with gas usually means leaving the hearth intact and this could limit your design possibilities.




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Above. The Element4 collection has a wide range of gas fireplaces. They all have one thing in common. Their well thought-out simplicity guarantees a cozy and warm atmosphere at the push of a button, from Heatwave.

Above. A highly effective radiant and convective heater, the L1 raises decorative widescreen fireplace standards. Low turndowns provide hours of comfort, efficiently distributing warmth where you want it—when you want it, from Valor Fireplaces.

Playing with Fire, without Getting Burned

Completely integrated fireplaces don’t demand the attention and centrality that traditional hearths do but some homeowners prefer the utility and solid presence that a traditional hearth offers. Mantels—as display areas for memorabilia, collections or art—have long been a bonus of a traditional installation. Of course, gas fireplaces don‘t have to be integrated. Some of the freshest designs involve open flames (with adequate venting) or a fire that’s glassed in on three sides. One trend that shows no signs of abating—integrated or otherwise—is the elongated installation. There’s something fascinating and less intrusive about a long, narrow fire rather than a large, boxy one. This brings us to size. Do gas fireplaces need to be large to heat a spacious room? It’s a common misconception, but no. In fact, most small fireplaces (20,000 Btu/hour, say) heat quite large rooms. A fireplace with twice that capacity can, obviously, heat the same space, but it’s worth noting that many fireplaces’ heat output can only be brought down to half its maximum capacity. Translation—heat from a large gas fireplace may often overpower all but the largest spaces. Combined with the trend towards linearity and minimalism, smaller is definitely the way to go these days. Take advantage of modern design and incorporate a gas fireplace as just one element of your elegant living space, not the anchor that weighs it down.


Right. Horizon Series. In a society that is becoming more environmentally conscious with every new day, it is important that all purchasing decisions reflect this transition. The Horizon proudly showcases the latest advancements in state-of-the-art technology, from Valor Fireplaces.

Above. L1 Series. Beaded Glass & Nickel, from Valor Fireplaces.

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Lighting Installations Left. The Gem Collection by ET2. Clear, square-glass cubes float on a polished chrome metal frame. Suspended inside the cubes, woven metal sparkles with a crystal gem embedded on the side. The xenon lamps bring the Gem to life, from Illuminations Lighting Solutions.

When planning your dream renovation, remember that changing out the old chandelier in the foyer for a highly efficient Led fixture will not only save you on the electrical bill but also on climbing up to re-lamp in high difficult areas.

Below. ET2 5 light spiral pendant with 5 x 7.5 LED bulbs. High output LEDs illuminate etched bubble glass pendants, from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre.

Right. The ET2 Contemporary Lighting Fizz 9 Light LED fixtures uses 67.5W of power and produces 2214 lumens of light, from Illuminations Lighting Solutions.

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With all the ephemera of home design available to us, it’s easy to lose sight of the basic home functionalities that shape our daily existence. Lighting; however, is one field where we can combine our needs with the best of our creativity. Over the years, leaps in technology have supplied ever-growing potential for defining our spaces with light. At the front of the pack, and quickly running away with the race, are LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes).

Above. Crossroad Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting. Inspired by the sheen of big city streets and intersections illuminated at night. Composed of raw steel sheets protected with a clear lacquer coat and accented by brass spot welding at the joints, this suspension fixture has a purposefully imperfect, rugged, industrial design. Includes four 120V, 40W G9 halogen bipin lamps or two 20W, field replaceable LED strips (3500 lumens, 3000K), from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre.


Flexible, functional, energy-efficient and safer than their forebears, LEDs now dominate the market and are the preferred choice for new home construction. Their small size permits installation in all sorts of helpful spots (inside cabinetry, under stair treads, within shelving) and in various fun and fresh designs. Residential lighting systems have been geared towards pot lights for some years now, and the trend continues; the current flavour is for entirely trimless pot lights, with fixtures plastered directly into the drywall—another good fit with LEDs, which produce very little heat.

Right. The Mystic Collection by ET2. Heavy bands in black chrome are artistically draped with a jewellry-quality chain finished in a black nickel. This elegant collection becomes mysterious as the light from the xenon lamps peak through the chain in a very sensual manner, from Illuminations Lighting Solutions.

Go Towards the Light!

You no longer need layers of paint to define your space with colour. Newer pot lights include colour in the fixture itself, casting as subtle or as vibrant a hue as imagination can conceive. And for a dynamic and modern touch in social areas, try RGB (Red-Green-Blue) LEDs, which transition smoothly between the three colours. The freshest innovations in LED installations include edge lighting and linear plaster-in lighting. Edge lighting uses walls and ceilings as reflective surfaces, using brightness to illuminate, without direct harsh exposure. Plaster-in—where lights in the wall or ceiling backlight any design cut from the surface, creating reverse silhouettes—allows design options limited only by one’s imagination.

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Controls in general are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners search for integrated lighting systems that produce a desired effect, moving away from the multiple lamps of old. While LEDs are extremely efficient, there is still comfort in having lights on only where and when they’re needed. Already, those with the foresight to incorporate lighting into their new-build and renovation plans are able to travel throughout the home, hands-free, with their preferred lighting following them wherever they go.

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For all their benefits, uncoloured LEDs are sometimes viewed as harsh and overly bright. Dimmers and power controls help mitigate the effect, with newer models allowing for warmer golden tones at lower capacity, while their full white brightness is still available on high power.


Above. Sub-Zero Refrigerator Drawers offer you nearly infinite possibilities. Two drawers give you over five cubic feet of storage that you can integrate into any room in your home, seamlessly disappearing into custom cabinetry. Also available in all-freezer and combination models with ice maker, from Bradlee Distributors.

Kitchen Appliances Right. Vario Cooktops 400 series. With Vario Cooktops, you can choose from a Teppan Yaki, gas wok, induction and grill to create a custom cooktop with endless possibilities, from Gaggenau.

Integrated Devices Create Seamless Designs

Space … the final frontier. The battle to envision, design and install a functional kitchen with adequate space is an ongoing one for interior designers—professional and amateur alike. The cookery generally has the most, and largest, technology in the home so any floor plan that fuses style with usage must begin with the appliances. Blend in the trend towards eat-in kitchens and their redefinition as social spaces—plus increased desire for the versatility provided by new appliance innovations—and you have a major undertaking. Considering these factors, little can be left to chance and flexibility at the latter end of a renovation or new build. Ensure you see a showroom example before deciding what’s right for your home. With various stages of integration available—fully integrated, integrated, panelized, panel-ready—there’s never been a better time to opt for a cohesive vision of appliance installation. The growing movement towards urban domesticity also helps force the issue.


Right. These Sub-Zero all-refrigerator and all-freezer columns enable you to pair with full-size integrated wine storage or refrigerator drawers to customize your homes’ design in countless new ways, from Bradlee Distributors.

Left. The Blomberg 24-inch Top Control Stainless Steel Dishwasher. ENERGY STAR-qualified to conserve energy and help save you money. This dishwasher is among the most quiet in the market because of its advanced motor technology. All stainless steel tank and three spray arms, from Pacific Specialty Brands.

The best place to start is, as always, to have an ideal level for your budget, and a maximum. Remember that integrated appliances involve electrical, plumbing, venting, framing, finishing and even flooring, so don’t skimp by trying to manage the various professionals yourself. Select a contractor with experience in all aspects of appliance installation and kitchen remodelling; they’ll know whether your dreams match your budget and, if not, will make them jive. Integrated appliances, housed within cabinetry, are a great way to steal space. Some are fully integrable, like refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers. Others, such as various types of ovens, can only be partially integrated. Although, with the latter, all that’s visible is the door of the device and these can be made low-to-no profile with the cabinet facing. Refrigeration benefits tremendously from full integration. No longer are we limited to one giant, bulky device. Refrigerated drawers, ideal for under-counter installation, provide organizational flexibility and smaller above-counter pieces can be dedicated to functions—like drinks-only—that allow them to live on the periphery of the kitchen, away from cooking spaces. This creates a bit of a treasure hunt for guests but is perfect for the homeowner when things are just at hand.

Right. The 48-inch Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator. Features include a wine rack, FlexTemp drawer with precise electronic temperature controls and ‘holiday mode’, which acts as an auto shut-off, from Thermador.

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Left and above. The 48-inch freestanding SBS 26S1 with cabinet-depth dimension, offers an excellent alternative to a built-in without building in. Characterized by elegance, Liebherr’s SmartSteel ensures the outside always looks polished while the LED light towers illuminate the well-designed interior. This unit also houses an advanced automatic IceMaker for perfect ice cubes, from Liebherr.

Newer fridges have digital controls to set the ideal storage temperature for items as varied as fish, fruit and focaccia. Some have fast freezing capabilities to lock in flavour and nutrition. With all new fridges, counter-depth is a must—this results in a wider, shallower device but maintains attractive lines throughout the kitchen. On the cooking end of things, there’s plenty to select from these days. Convection ovens are still gaining in popularity as are dual devices like combination convection/steam-cooking ovens, for optimal flavour retention. Both can be partially and attractively integrated into your desired cabinetry. Your dedication to style will dictate whether you separate your cooktop from your oven. Installers note that clean linearity is best achieved when these devices are kept together; still, with integrated warming drawers, wine cellars and freezer compartments, you’re well on your way to achieving a seamless kitchen landscape. Many of these devices need venting so completely hidden appliances are a tall order. As well, the gas and electrical inputs on many devices are not as movable as they once were, so planning is that much more important. Don’t leave anything to chance—your taste buds will thank you.


Below. Fully integrated fridge on the right and custom-designed oriental style pantry cabinet on the left, built from white maple with a black rub-through finish. Built in large sections to eliminate cabinet joint lines. Allowances were made for getting appliances in and out for future servicing and also for venting. Custom design, from Silver Bow Woodcraft Ltd.

Below. The Cylindra 15 in. by Faber Ventilation. Stainless steel sleek tubular design hood features 600 cfm PRO internal blower, state-ofthe-art LED push-button controls, innovative perimetric suction system, 4+ intensive speed touch control, 24-hour anti-pollution and 30 minute delay, from Pacific Specialty Brands.


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faucets & hardware

Above and right. Karbon by Kohler. Designed with multiple, moveable joints, Karbon faucets allow you to position and lock water flow exactly where you need it. Available in a variety of colours and finishes with the option of chrome or stainless joints, from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre.

Above. Cirque series cabinet hardware by Sun Valley Bronze (in white bronze), from Bandbury Lane.

the final touches

With so many stunning and innovative faucets and hardware finishings to choose from—traditional, sleek and modern, funky or extravagant—it’s hard to know where to start. Understanding your needs prior to choosing what fits with your overall design will ensure you make the correct choices.

Above. Cabaret table from Sandy’s Left. Sun Valley Furniture Bronze Horizontal Inlay Lever x Lever Mortise Lock Entry Set. Flat Wood Handle Lever in W1 Finish Inlay, from Victoria Speciality Hardware & Plumbing.

Bottom left. Recess Shell line by Turnstyle Designs. Available in cabinet/furniture knobs, door levers and pulls in a variety of different finishes, from Bradford Hardware.


Above. Sun Valley Bronze, partnered with noted glass artist Jesse DeMoss, introduces a whimsical and stunning collection of handblown art glass knobs, from Victoria Speciality Hardware & Plumbing.

Bottom left to right. Ladylux3 Café, Eurosmart Cosmopolitan and K7 by Grohe, from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre.

Below. Lot by Dornbracht Americas Inc. is sculptural in appearance. A highly architectonic fitting with an ultra-flat one-piece spout, from Victoria Speciality Hardware & Plumbing.

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Left. Bellingham, from Cambria.

Choosing the Best Surface for Your Dream Kitchen

There are few kitchen installations that provide as varied a selection as countertops. Fusing utility, style and tactile fulfillment, a quality countertop can be an impressive centrepiece in an elegantly designed space or a durable testament to a kitchen where culinary masterpieces are created.


A kitchen island provides a wonderful focal point for a beautiful countertop. If you have—or want to have—an island, consider exploring some of the more attractive surface options. Single slabs of marble or soapstone have a very high ‘wow’ factor and are a draw for the eyes as well as the hands. However, they can be vulnerable to damage that is hard to remediate and are best used as eating and gathering areas rather than food prep zones. Marble can also be prohibitively expensive. Great alternatives include cultured marble, engineered quartz and granite. Still very durable, these stone products offer the feel and presence of solidity and are easier to match with your colour scheme. It’s always best to account for the planned colour of cabinetry, paint and fixtures before shopping for the perfect countertop. If it will be a stylish kitchen focal point, look for a stone surface with highlights that can be brought out by other design elements.

Above. Torquay Waterfall Island, from Cambria.

A kitchen island’s central location entices people to gather around it, making it an instant magnet for attention.

Above. Radianz® quartz surface (Beige), from Samsung Chemical.

Below. Quartz slab (Clear Jade) complemented by a travertine backsplash in a contemporary ledge pattern, from Bighorn Golf Club.

Concrete is an increasingly popular choice, especially for wholesale kitchen renovations. Appropriate for both large surfaces—islands—and running countertops, concrete can be pre-shaped into all sorts of funky and useful designs, plus it can easily be tinted. Getting away from old plastic laminate doesn’t mean you’re left only with rocky options. Many homeowners opt for the flexibility of alternative surfaces; some innovative and some brought back from the past. One of the hottest choices is actually good old wood. Butcher-block countertops are incredibly useful (no more chopping boards), fixable and—when properly sealed and maintained—durable. They also evoke and reflect natural elements that are staples of West Coast design and can be a great twin for floors that exude natural wood character. The future is now, or so they say. So, with an eye on the horizon, the smartest homeowners are choosing eco-friendly installations and countertops are no exception. There are lots of options for ‘green’ countertops, many as durable as traditional types but leaving a much smaller environmental footprint.





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Kitchen Cabinetry

Idalski kitchen. European cabinetry; geometric, minimalist design, from Poggenpohl.

Deciding When and How to Go Bigger, Go Smaller, or Just Go Beautiful

The idea of remodelling a kitchen can mean a lot of things—tinkering with the details, adding a convenience or two, freshening up the décor to cast a new light on the space, or even tearing it down to the ground and building a brand new dream kitchen from scratch. Knowing what’s available is a good place to start so here are some of our cabinetry suggestions to guide you in the right direction. First of all, ask yourself why you want a different kitchen. Is it a tired, uninspired space? If so, an update to your design scheme may be all that you need to feel excited about cooking again. Do you need more space and/or storage? Is it hard to find the items you need? Does it feel crowded when more than one person invades the cooking area? If so, you’re better off tearing it all out and installing the perfect kitchen for your needs. The kitchen space is truly defined by the appliances and the cabinetry; everything else is mutable. Integrated appliances—discreetly housed in cabinetry—are the ultimate space-saver (see page 62), and go a long way towards maintaining the clean lines of the modern kitchen.


Above. Scenery. Perfect for a strikingly contemporary, metropolitan open space design scheme, Scenery is a kitchen with a very wide selection of materials, finishes and units, which supersedes its merely functional role and becomes the stage for family and social relations, from Scavolini.

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Above. The new SieMatic S3 brings years of innovative design and unique colour accents into the kitchen. Whether subtle or vibrant, casual or expressive—each combination is your own. Choose the colour for your doors, handles and handle profiles to create your own kitchen. The S3 also offers the new base and wall cabinet shelves, available as gloss or lacquered accent colours, from SieMatic. Above and right. SieMatic PCR, from Redl Kitchens.

Now is a great time to incorporate ideas for keeping the kitchen compact and expansively utilitarian as cabinet design breaks out of the box with every recent trend, expanding on the lazy Susan and finding useful storage across the kitchen. The European influence on cabinets continues to be strong. This movement towards compact geometric design has overtaken the country cottage wave of the recent past and the trend continues towards broad, calming, subtly adorned surfaces. Rustic arts and crafts-themed kitchens can be fun and homey, but their ambiance grows tired more quickly and isn’t a good fit for many urban settings.

If you find yourself torn between a thirst for updated style and the kitchen you love to work in, it’s probably a sign that you don’t need to tear things apart. Consider having your cabinets resurfaced with an updated finish and retain the utility and layout you’ve come to enjoy.


European cabinetry encompasses both minimalism and expansive storage through effective installations; cabinets can often house extenders and organizers that make it easier to keep like with like. Other staples of the movement include closing moderators (to reduce slamming and extend life) and dedicated storage for small spaces (think cookie sheets and pizza stones). From a design perspective, modern cabinets tend toward extremes: dark, rich tones in wood and brighter, muted colours in laminate and other finishes. These designs allow the dominant cabinetry to interplay with the countertops and flooring; the darker theme creates a sleek unanimity and the lighter designs bring out the highlights of the other elements. Even if you’re only updating the theme of your kitchen, installing a small island at the same time can make a huge difference. Cooking is a dynamic, energetic activity that needs flexible spaciousness so, where possible, it’s best to move equipment away from the direct preparation and cooking area. Islands can provide a host of storage for everything from bakeware to wine to the microwave; they’re a wonderful way to take pressure off the main cabinets and free up space for movement.

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Showcasing Calgary’s Best Developments


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Build your dream home in one of greater Calgary’s most exclusive luxury communities. Offering prime locations, custom and innovative designs, the finest details and unsurpassed amenities, the following selection of featured developments combine the best of location and lifestyle.


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Ageless Refinement; Enduring Craftsmanship by albi homes Just a short walk away from the new 3,200-acre Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is the award-winning community of Tuscany, in Calgary’s northwest corner.

PRICE RANGE: $1 million and up


Show home location: 347 Tuscany Estates Rise NW, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, noon−6:00 pm; weekends and holidays, noon−5:00 pm; closed Fridays Call: 403.457.0596 Web:

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The Vistas of Tuscany—the final contribution to this community—is located on its southwestern end, on a quiet bluff at the edge of a wooded ravine. With its sweeping views of the city and mountains and the grand maintenance-free lifestyle its 14 luxury villas offer, this intimate enclave will be difficult not to fall in love with. A superb mix of bungalow and two-storey homes with exquisite finishings, the villas of the Vistas of Tuscany provide developed space ranging from 3,306 to 3,536 square feet. Each villa features a fully developed basement with large windows for lots of natural light and while six of the homes

come with two bedrooms, the rest come with three, providing abundant livable space. Charming patios are accessed through the bi-parting glass doors off the kitchen also offer additional private outdoor space for entertaining or simply taking in the view with your morning coffee. One of Calgary’s most sought-after communities, Tuscany was designed with families and active lifestyles in mind and contains more than 250 acres of green space, parks and playgrounds as well as the outstanding multi-purpose recreational facility—the Tuscany Club. You’ll find a number of highly-regarded golf courses nearby, and for those who prefer playing in the foothills and mountains, it’s just minutes to Canada Olympic Park and you can be in Kananaskis Country or Banff National Park in around an hour.


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Building excellence, with a very enviable lifestyle


$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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Located on the northwest edge of Calgary, Silverhorn in Bearspaw was designed to enhance the connection between the native habitat and a prestigious, upscale lifestyle. Architectural guidelines, and Silverhorn’s innovative conservation lot design, ensure exceptional and distinctive homes while leaving 50 percent of the 240 acres as undisturbed natural landscaping. Seven kilometres of rustic pathways allow homeowners to enjoy Silverhorn’s most impressive amenity—wide open space. Mark Kwasnicki, owner of McKinley Masters Custom Homes, has long envisioned a development like this. Since 1989, McKinley Masters has concentrated on creating bespoke homes for sophisticated city-, acreage- and ranch-dwelling clients who desire incomparable quality and meticulous attention to detail. Kwasnicki has a dedicated team of staff and

trades, many of whom have been with McKinley Masters since its inception. Their building concept is simple—create beautiful, functional spaces that feel good and will stand the test of time. At Silverhorn, homeowners can truly relax on at least one acre of land. With formal landscaping only permitted within five metres of their home, rather than spending weekends working on manicured gardens and golf-green lawns, Silverhorn residents can enjoy their morning coffee while watching deer graze on native grasses. Excellent schools and a strong sense of community make Silverhorn in Bearspaw a lovely place to raise a family. City amenities are close at hand, with the LRT (light rail transit) within easy reach and many national brand stores and boutique shops. Even the Calgary International Airport is only a short 35 minute drive, without ever going close to downtown.


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Boulevard Townes of Quarry Park


$460,000−$515,000 (+ gst)


Show home location: 232 Quarry Park Blvd SE, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2:00−8:00 pm; weekends, noon−5:00 pm; closed Fridays Call: 403.561.1911 Web: or

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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 1,400 to 1,600 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, eight-foot 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 a 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.

Phases 1, 2 and 3 of Boulevard Townes are currently sold out. Phase 4, the final phase, has now been released and is selling very quickly. Within walking distance of Boulevard Townes is The Market at Quarry Park which 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 15 km of pathways, with an off-leash park and the opportunity to bike to work. Calgary’s most sought-after new community, Quarry Park is conveniently located only minutes from Deerfoot Trail and Glenmore Trail and offers all the amenities of an inner-city community with the benefits and space of a new home.


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dressage in silverado With some of the most prestigious lots available in Southwest Calgary, Dressage in Silverado simply exudes style for those with extremely refined taste.

PRICE RANGE: $900,000 and up


Show home location: 109 and 113 Silverado Crest Landing SW, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2:00–8:00 pm; weekends and holidays, noon–5:00 pm Call: 403.253.3311 Web:

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Next door to world-renowned Spruce Meadows, Radio Tower Creek and an 80-acre environmental reserve, Qualico’s planned community of Silverado reflects the existing landscape and sweeping vistas that inspired it.

Homes and Baywest Homes providing ample livable space and beautifully finished features, this exclusive enclave stands apart from other neighbourhoods within the city. Plus, every lot has ample space for a three-car garage for all your toys—and perhaps a car or two if there’s still room.

Silverado boasts 28,707 linear feet of pathway for walking, cycling and trail riding which, added to the community’s The community is comprised of 26 lots that range from .30 to close proximity to the foothills and the Rockies, plus the .55 acres and, with the custom home market in mind, Qualico opportunities for nature walks and picnics in the adjoining wetlands and reserve area provide endless options for has positioned the lots in private cul-de-sacs, with most backing onto the environmental reserve and offering amazing outdoor enthusiasts. views. From the minute you enter Dressage in Silverado With Silverado’s convenient location along Highway 22X through the welcoming Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired entry and its easy access to Macleod Trail and Deerfoot Trail, features, Qualico’s attention to every detail is apparent. quick escapes to the mountains or the conveniences of the city are close at hand—all while enjoying the benefits Another integral element of their neighbourhood vision is the of country living. architecture, and with top builders such as Augusta Fine


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high style, low maintenance at Bearspaw PRICE RANGE:

Low $700,000’s to just over $1 million (+ gst)


Show home location: 1 Watermark Villas NW, Calgary, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2:00–6:00 pm; Friday to Sunday, and holidays, 12:00–5:00 pm Call: 403.474.5985 Web: Developer: Macdonald Development Corp. Web:



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Inspired by the wide open spaces of its surroundings, Watermark—one of the most award-winning communities in Canada—is situated amidst the natural beauty of Bearspaw and offers picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. The Villas at Watermark, part of this distinctive master-planned community, capture a distinctive new vision described as ‘Prairie Redfined’ that combines time-honoured prairie styling with warm, natural elements of the forest and mountains. Designed as a lock-and-leave condominium community, the Villas at Watermark allow homeowners to enjoy a carefree lifestyle with time to travel and experience the finer things in life. This is the place to live for those who enjoy the great outdoors—acres of parks, trails for walking and biking, a variety of golf courses and ski hills close at hand. Maintained landscapes link all the homes to a central plaza with cascading ponds and a communal fire pit plus a private

dining pavilion and outdoor kitchen for gathering with friends and family. A planned private fitness centre will feature high quality exercise equipment and change rooms. Four spacious floor plan designs provide luxurious living all year round, with grand kitchens, generous living rooms, gas fireplaces, main floor master bedrooms and double garages. Expansive terraces offer an oversized view of the Rockies’ epic scenery—perfect for entertaining or just watching the sun set. Securing these grand vistas was one of the core principles behind the Villas’ design and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d left Calgary far behind. In fact, with the community’s close proximity to Crowchild Trail and Stoney Trail, the city is a mere 20 minutes away. Shopping and services are easily accessed at centres such as Rocky Ridge, Tuscany and Crowfoot Crossing plus you’ll have a head start on escapes to the national parks, lakes and forests that are part of your landscape.

Beautiful, Inside and Out. Walk-out Villas in Bearspaw from the low $700s

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Luxurious walk-out villas with picturesque Rocky Mountain views. Watermark, one of Canada’s and Calgary’s most award-winning communities, includes 5km of trails, a central plaza and cascading ponds. Just 20 minutes from downtown Calgary.


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Award-winning Development in a Desirable Neighbourhood PRICE RANGE:

$1.2 million and up (home & lot packages)


Show home location: Northwest on Crowchild Trail, South on 12 Mile Coulee Rd, West on 80th Avenue NW Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2:00–8:00 pm; weekends, noon–5:00 pm; closed Fridays Call: 403.239.9735 Web: Developer: Macdonald Development Corp. 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 North West area of Calgary, as well as one of the most awarded communities in all of Canada. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association has recognized Watermark as New Community of the Year, Community of the Year for the Calgary Region, and it has received the prestigious Community Development Award, which recognizes 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 pond-side 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. Prospective homeowners can choose from four of Calgary’s top homebuilders: Albi Homes, Astoria Custom Homes, 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.

Bedtime was over an hour ago.

Lose yourself in perfect family evenings

With its water-side central plaza, firepit and outdoor kitchen, Watermark at Bearspaw is a community built for savouring the moments that really matter. Named Community of the Year by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Watermark at Bearspaw features luxury homes from Calgary’s finest builders, estate lots from one quarter to one acre, unparalleled amenities for the whole family, and easy access to parkland, the foothills and the Rocky Mountains. It’s a place where coming home means leaving the everyday behind.

Custom or quick possession homes beginning at $1.2 Million.

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Riviera by Tamani Communities


Villa and Manors: $460,000 Front Drive Homes: $520,000


Show home location: 1 Riviera Crescent, Cochrane, AB Show home hours: Monday to Thursday, 2:00–8:00 pm; weekends and holidays, noon–5:00 pm Jayman MasterBuilt: 403.932.6065 Trico Homes: 403.981.4859 Web:

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If you desire a life of luxurious living surrounded by picturesque natural beauty—look no further than Riversong’s newest estate community. Located just a stone’s throw from Calgary in the thriving town of Cochrane, your relaxing commute provides stunning views and glimpses of wildlife.

means they are energy, water and electricity efficient and include optimal control of temperature variability, better ventilation, greater soundproofing abilities and longer overall durability. The energy for the neighbourhood’s lighting is generated by wind power.

The Contemporary Heritage style of Riviera in Riversong invites you into the community’s unique and tranquil Rocky Mountain lifestyle and fits harmoniously within its surroundings. Within this architectural style, three series’ were designed exclusively for Riviera—Rocky Mountain Craftsman, Shingle Style and Urban Craftsman—and each blends the organic and decadent nature that Riviera embodies.

Riviera of Riversong backs onto approximately 100 acres of environmental reserve land, with ample room for nature lovers to explore or view the abundant wildlife. Numerous bike paths and pedestrian bridges into downtown Cochrane reduce vehicle use in the neighbourhood for a quiet atmosphere.

All homes in this eco-friendly community meet the highest level of Built Green Gold Standard. This

With the mountains and the amenities of Calgary’s west side just an easy 20-minute drive away, this community is perfectly situated and full of opportunity.


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Lot Prices: $550,000–$695,000


Call: 403.540.4140 Web: Email:



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COUNTRY ESTATE LIVING AT THE FOOT OF THE ROCKIES Mountain Pine Estates is an exclusive residential community that offers fully-serviced, two-acre lots, with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. And while the city is only moments away, this peaceful country setting provides plenty of privacy with landscaping that features mature trees and hedges. The estates’ natural surroundings only serve to enhance the beauty of this development. As the exclusive builder for Mountain Pine Estates, Rockwood Custom Homes will work with buyers, incorporating their individual styles and tastes into each custom build. Working with you throughout the entire custom home building process, Rockwood will help you develop your unique vision within this exclusive development. Our quality materials and experienced trades

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people are selected not only to exceed your expectations for superior quality but to also match your discriminating and individual tastes. The beautiful west side setting of Mountain Pine Estates showcases vistas of the majestic Rocky Mountains and yet this community is only a short 20-minute drive to Calgary’s downtown core. Located one kilometre south of Highway 8 on RR 31 (149 Street SW), countless recreational opportunities in Alberta’s foothills await you. Stroll along the scenic Elbow River, play a round of golf at one of Calgary’s premier courses, or enjoy the nearby shops and restaurants of Aspen Woods and West Hills. Start living! Lots are now selling and await the construction of your custom dream home.

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Lot Prices: $550,000–$760,000


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Located in the established, picturesque community of Springbank Hill in Southwest Calgary, Elveden Heights Estates offers contemporary living with spectacular views. Eight beautifully-appointed and generously sized lots—up to one third of an acre— are situated in a beautifully treed, intimate cul-de-sac. Walkout basements offer buyers an additional floor of living space.

10,220 sq. ft.


Rockwood Custom Homes is an exclusive, boutique custom home construction and renovation company that provides a full suite of architectural design, construction and interior design services to a discriminating client-base.



Just a 15 minute drive from downtown, the community is nestled on a quiet residential street in the heart of Calgary’s vibrant west side and is surrounded by an abundance of amenities such as schools, recreation centres, pathways, public transit, shopping and fantastic restaurants.

Lots are now selling and await the construction of your custom dream home.



12,528 sq. ft.


Elveden Heights Estates’ beautifully-appointed and generously sized lots—up to one third of an acre—are situated in a beautifully treed, intimate cul-de-sac. Walkout basements offer buyers an additional floor of living space.

To help ensure the integrity and quality of Elveden Heights Estates, RockBoss Developments has partnered with Rockwood Custom Homes to exclusively build all eight lots of Elveden Heights.




Located in the established, picturesque community of Springbank Hill in Southwest Calgary, Elveden Heights Estates offers contemporary living with spectacular views.



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Stories Behind local Streets

Steele av e n u e Hints of History in Calgary’s Outskirts


Words by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

In the far southwestern corner of Calgary, next to the parking area of the Grey Eagle Casino, lies a short unassuming street named Steele Avenue. The Tsuu T’ina First Nation built the casino, which sits in the elbow of Glenmore Trail SW and 37 Street, in 2007. And while the undeveloped fields and freshly planted trees of the surrounding land make the area appear untouched by history, it is very richly storied. Traditional Tsuu T’ina territory, this area became part of the Sarcee Reserve through Treaty 7 in 1877. The Nation then leased the section back to the government in 1910 and it became a training area for the local militia—Sarcee Camp. At mid-century the government constructed Sarcee Barracks (later renamed Harvey Barracks), and by 1968 it was expanded to form Canadian Forces Base Calgary. The street names of this area—other than Grey Eagle Drive—reflect its military past and commemorate people and places from the Boer War, as well as the First and Second World Wars. Steele Avenue is named for a man involved in two of these conflicts, as well as the resettlement of the Prairies just as the Tsuu T’ina were negotiating treaties with Canada.

Left. Sarcee reserve. Glenbow Museum Archives NA-1241-207

The barrel-chested Mountie with the walrus mustache headed toward Calgary almost immediately. He was involved in the 1874 March West to destroy the whiskey trade at Fort Whoop-up, and the negotiations with Sitting Bull after the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1877. In the early 1880s he helped supervise the Canadian Pacific Railway’s push across the prairies, and pursued Big Bear through Saskatchewan when the Cree leader and his people rose up against incursions on their land.

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Sir Samuel Benfield Steele, known as Sam Steele, was born in Ontario and was the third officer sworn into the newly created North-West Mounted Police (NWMP)—the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Polic—in 1873.


However, it was in the Yukon that Steele made his reputation as the “Lion of the North.” He was sent to the territory in 1898 to maintain law and order during the Klondike Gold Rush, and even though he could be, in historian Charlotte Gray’s words, “a bit of a bully,” he was intensely popular among “the gamblers and the drinkers, the hookers and the miners” in Dawson City. Less favoured by his political masters in Ottawa, Steele was yanked from his northern post in 1899. He left the NWMP and, at the request of Canadian financier Donald Smith, took command of Smith’s private army unit—Lord Strathcona’s Horse—in South Africa during the Boer War. After five years in South Africa, Steele returned to Canada, ostensibly to retire. In August 1914, at the age of 63, he lobbied for a military post and received an administrative role in England. In January 1918 he was knighted for his work, but was felled before he could return to Canada—not through battle, but by the Spanish Flu. As troops returned to Canada after WWI, the flu ravaged Albertans as well, and 4,000 people died during the winter of 1918. First Nations like the Tsuu T’ina were particularly hard hit, with many losing half their population to the pandemic. Eighty years later, the Tsuu T’ina population had rebounded to the point where it faced a housing crisis and, frustrated by delays, some members occupied the abandoned Private Military Quarters (PMQs) on the recently closed CFB Calgary. While they were granted the right to stay, what was called “Black Bear Crossing” also became a magnet for non-Tsuu T’ina squatters and tensions rose on all sides. In 2006, after the government cleaned up all the explosives from a century’s worth of military use, the land was officially returned to the Tsuu T’ina and the last PMQs were demolished. Then, looking to the future of its band members, the Tsuu T’ina Nation set to work on the Grey Eagle Casino. Steele Avenue may be an unassuming stretch of road, but its presence hints at the complex past of this site—and the country.


Above. Commander Samuel Benfield Steele. Glenbow Museum Archives PA-3589-5

It was in the Yukon that Steele made his reputation as the Lion of the North.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is a writer and historian based in Alberta. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon in 2010 and was named Chatelaine’s Maverick of the Year in 2011. She is the author of For the Love of Flying and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North. |



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The Fast & The Luxurious

Words by Tony Whitney

Auto Trends and Test Drives

FULL-SIZE LUXURY SEDANS Big, Beautiful and Very High-Tech

If you want to see the kind of electronic upgrades family cars will be getting a few years down the road, check out the latest luxury sedans as they are usually the pioneers when it comes to sophisticated performance, handling and safety advancements. Most of today’s high-tech benefits have trickled down from these top-of-the-line cars where everything from navigation systems and lane departure warning technology, to electronic braking aids and stability control, started life.

The other benefit buyers get when they invest in a luxury sedan is a very high level of quality, finish and workmanship. People who spend upwards of $100,000 expect, and get, something very special in an automobile. Manufacturers like Jaguar and Rolls-Royce still use decades-old techniques to get the very best out of fine veneers and leathers. High-tech these amazing cars may be, but there’s still a lot of hands-on toil to help craft a level of quality that’s rare in any field of manufacturing. There are probably more full-size luxury sedans on the market right now than ever, and buyers can pay up to $500,000 or more to get exactly what they want. Many come from Britain, Germany and Japan but there are some great choices from domestic automakers, like Lincoln and Cadillac. We picked six standouts, though it would be easy to come up with 20 or more.

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Full-size luxury sedans have been the aristocrats of the automobile world since the early days of motoring, when wealthy drivers bought a basic chassis/engine unit and commissioned a coachbuilder to take care of the rest—often regardless of cost. Almost invariably, a luxury automaker’s flagship car is a big sedan that showcases its design, manufacturing and engineering expertise.


The Fast & The Luxurious Seriously Luxurious Sedans



1 Audi 2013 S8



2 Rolls-Royce 2013 Ghost

3 Jaguar 2013 XJ

The sleek S8 is a performance version of the Ingolstadt automaker’s A8 luxury sedan, and to earn its ‘S’ designation it packs in a twin-turbo V8, developing an impressive 520hp. It’s one of the fastest sedans in the world and carries its cosseted occupants at very high speeds with an impressive margin of safety. The bodywork is all-aluminum and like many other Audi’s, the S8 uses the much-praised Quattro all-wheel drive system for maximum security. With products like this, Audi no longer plays second fiddle to Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the German full-size sedan stakes.

For many years, luxury sedan buyers have been hankering after a smaller and less expensive Rolls-Royce. The answer is the Ghost—it may cost a little less than the bigger Phantom, but it gives up nothing in terms of the opulence this iconic British automaker is famed for. An elegantly understated automobile, it is superbly built inside and out and uses a highly responsive 563hp twin turbo V8 for performance that belies its stately looks. It may be the least expensive model from Rolls-Royce, but you’ll never believe that once you get in and drive one.

Jaguar is prospering right now, and one of the reasons is the XJ-series of large sedans. When this car first appeared, it was hailed as a model that could at last go head-to-head with the leading luxury sedan purveyors. Years ago Jaguar’s slogan was, “Grace, Space and Pace”, and the XJ has that and more. This svelte, all-aluminum Jag comes in several versions, with the top car powered by a 510hp, 5.0L supercharged V8. It’s packed with technological advancements, not the least of which is a rotary selector for the 8-speed transmission that glides silently out of the console with a touch of the start button.

Price tag: around $150,000, with options.

Price tag: $266,000 to $296,000.

Price tag: $90,000 to $130,000 or more.

Words by Tony Whitney




Bentley 5 2014 Flying Spur

BMW 6 2013 7-Series

It doesn’t happen often, but for 2014 the much-respected Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all new from stem to stern. It must have been challenging to improve on the previous model, but improve it they have. It doesn’t look that different—nobody wants a gimmicky S-Class—but under the skin is all the technological might of the world’s oldest auto-builder. There’s a wide range of models, with the AMG performance variant at the top of the line. Both the V8 and V12 engines will be available, there’s a choice of two wheelbases, and the interior received extra attention to achieve what Mercedes-Benz calls “splendid isolation” for driver and passengers.

The elegant Flying Spur is basically a fourdoor version of the highly-desirable Bentley Continental and has similar running gear. This sedan is trimmer than its larger stable mate, the Mulsanne, though it offers the same level of luxury and refinement. Like many of its rivals (if Bentleys can be said to have rivals!) it has weight-saving aluminum bodywork that helps keep fuel consumption down to reasonable levels. Power comes from a 6.0L engine with a novel W12 layout developed by Bentley’s parent Volkswagen-Audi group. It puts out a lusty 616hp, which makes the seemingly-stately ‘Spur another contender for ‘world’s fastest sedan’.

BMW’s strong-selling luxury sedan got a major refresh for 2013, so it will be a few years before we see other major changes. Available in a multitude of versions, the 7-Series can be ordered with anything from an in-line six-cylinder to a big twin-turbo V8, and there’s even a hybrid model for the green-at-heart. Noted especially for its small-car handling and agility, this big Bimmer is beautifully trimmed and comes with every imaginable electronic asset—plus a few you’ve never heard of before. All-wheel drive is available on some models and all variants have the benefit of an 8-speed automatic.

Price tag: starts just over $100,000.

Price tag: starts around $246,500.

Price tag: $106,500 and up.

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The Dorit Candle Holder’s faceted design elevates simple wood grain in its form. Available with gilded or painted facets, these beautiful objects are made in New York and are simply adored by the interior designers at local firm, Within Design Inc. Available online at Pelle

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2 etoile lamp This little beauty is bound to turn you on. Warm up your home with finishing touches from Domaine. Available at Domaine Fine Furnishings & Design 8 7130 Fisher Rdv SE Calgary | 403.301.2339

Kootenay Forge is the leading producer of hand-forged home accessories in Canada, with thirty years of experience. Their designs are clean and graceful, yet strong and functional. The log holder tray keeps most of the bark off the hearth.   Available at Banbury Lane 1301 – 10 Ave SW Calgary | 403.244.0038

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Country Living Furnishings brings you some of the best lines by Canadian manufacturers. Every meticulously crafted piece of furniture sold is designed to meet the demanding needs of everyday life, while being enjoyed and appreciated for years.

Julian Tile presents Icon, a full-body porcelain with clean, architectural lines and extreme versatility with twelve combinable colours in both high polish and natural finishes available in-stock, and a hammered finish by special order.

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Johnston Casuals Milano Wine Jail reflects a level of sophistication, function and fine art to suit any décor. This 88-bottle lockable rack will make a stylish and contemporary addition to your home.


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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:

Organizing Your Home: Tricks of the Trade by Jaclyn Dean

The longer we live our lives, the more stuff we accumulate; the more we accumulate, the more cluttered our homes become; the more clutter we create, the harder it is to find what we need—you see where this is going, right? Need to get organized? We’ve got some simple tips from the experts.

Money Matters: Advice on Investing in Your Home by Doug Parkhurst

To renovate; or not to renovate. When contemplating an update to the appearance or functionality of your home or income property, it’s wise to look into the long-term financial and tax implications of your investment. There are several things to consider and many questions to ask, and the answers are as varied as each home—and each homeowner.

Rockwork: Upgrading Your Landscape One Stone at a Time by Jaclyn Dean

Does your yard look a bit tired? Does a pond miraculously appear in the middle of it after every rainfall? This is the perfect time to re-design your landscaping with rockwork. Learn how to choose your rock connoisseur—and your rock—plus a few more tips for revitalizing your outdoor space with stone.

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Newest La-Z-Boy Location in North Vancouver, BC After 32 years of dedicated service to the North Shore community, Gerber Home Furnishings has made the transition to being La-Z-Boy’s newest North Vancouver location. Considered BC’s largest in-store La-Z-Boy gallery, this changeover was the logical next step for the company. With their attention to comfort, service and selection, La-Z-Boy aims to maintain the reputation that Gerber had for serving their patrons personally. Visit this new addition to the La-Z-Boy family for advice from their design professionals, inspiration for your home or simply that pinnacle piece for your room. For peace of mind, the Screen Test allows clients to preview their furniture before leaving the store so they know that what they see is what they get. La-Z-Boy North Vancouver 734 – 14th Street West North Vancouver, BC 1.877.943.7237

NowModern: Your One-Stop Online Bar Stool Shop From Mobler Well-known Canadian retailer, Mobler Furniture, has brought the shopping experience to your fingertips with NowModern. Canada’s newest online ‘one-stop shop’ specializes in helping you select the perfect bar stool for your home, from your home. With the help of an online buyer’s guide that runs through the five main considerations for choosing a bar stool—location, style, height, width and backrest—clients will have no problem choosing from a wide variety of European-inspired designs to fit any and all modern lifestyles. With stools from designers around the world, chosen mainly for their contemporary and clean designs, NowModern is set to provide its customers with outstanding quality, service and value for today’s fast-paced lifestyles and smaller living spaces. Mobler is using its 30 years of experience to influence the way people purchase bar stools and convenience is key—with free delivery to most Canadian cities and a one-year warranty. NowModern: Canada’s premier online bar stool retailer






VICTORIA, BC | $11,900,000

VICTORIA, BC | $5,388,000

Revealed as you enter through private gates, is one of Victoria’s most exquisite properties. Three acres of private landscaped grounds provide the setting for this Uplands sanctuary. A multi-million dollar restoration has revived the 1914 estate to the epitome of elegance.

Set in a quiet upscale neighborhood of multi-million dollar estates, the exquisite James Grieve design captures the splendour and feel of the English Cotswolds with historically inspired detailing that is successfully combined with all of today’s modern luxuries.



VICTORIA, BC | $1,178,000

VICTORIA, BC | $1,950,000

Situated on a quiet country byway, this custom 2006 executive residence is situated above Island View Beach, enjoying spectacular views of Mt. Baker, James Island and the Gulf Islands beyond.

Situated in the premiere position of the Prestigious Residences at the Pier, this luxurious penthouse will provide you with the ultimate in lifestyle living by the sea.

LESLEE FARRELL 1.877.388.5882 View all Leslee’s listings at LESLEEFARRELL.COM

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updates around the community

NEW Laminate Collection

Hardwood beautiful. High heel durable.


Las V





7:00 PM

Best dressed in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ attire wins

$10,000 For charity of choice

in support of


For tickets and information: p: 403.296.1640 e:

Introducing the New TORLYS Laminate Collection. Designed for Easy Living. Stunning styles – In the most fun, elegant and liveable looks. Durable and gap resistant - Don’t stress about high heels, pets’ nails, water spills, and life’s pesky incidents thanks to TORLYS ultra-dense smart core, smart finish and Uniclic® joint technology.

smart floors make good sense at Floorscapes Inc.

Viva Las Vegas with Willow Park Wines

Dream Bedrooms with Sojourn

Floorscapes believes that your home should reflect your own taste and style, so as they help their clients wend their way through the world of flooring, their advice and service emphasizes design, colour, texture and good sense.

Exciting wines, tantalizing cuisine, silent auction items and a Vegas-themed dance party—all for a good cause. Where can we sign up?

Sojourn Home Furnishings features a diverse array of collections and specializes in clean, simple furniture that is timeless and designed for today’s lifestyle. When next you journey into their showroom, you will discover a brand new collection that may just fulfill all your bedroom design dreams.

Satisfaction guaranteed – With the TORLYS Peace of Mind warranty.

To learn more about TORLYS smart floors, visit

Visit TORLYS at IDSWest, Booth #700.

Starts beautiful. Stays beautiful.

They are thrilled to announce a special flooring event in conjunction with their partners at Torlys, celebrating twenty-five years of flooring innovation. The Torlys 25th Anniversary Flooring for Life Event will take place at Floorscapes throughout the months of October and November, and features all Torlys smart floors—including hardwood, cork, laminate, leather, TerraWood and Quick-Step flooring. Join the celebration, until November 11. Floorscapes Inc. 525 58 Ave SE Calgary, AB T2H 0P7 403.296.0985


Willow Park Wines is hosting their 20th Charity Wine Auction and it’s going to be Calgary’s event of the year for food and wine lovers. Taste and learn about wine from all over the world as visiting wine-makers and dedicated wine importers pour for you. Tickets are $200 and silent auction items include an amazing selection of vineyard trips around the world, rare wines and fun party packages, so get your bidding card out and make sure to attend the live auction. Plus arriving at the party in your flashiest Vegas threads will give you a chance to win $10,000 for the charity of your choice. Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 pm. Willow Park Wines 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE Calgary, AB T2J 6Z8 403.296.1640

Introduced in January 2013 and exclusively sold at Sojourn, The Definity Bedroom Collection by TH Solid stands uniquely apart from its competition. If you are looking to take a step toward fresh Canadian design, the Definity collection—constructed of a combination of solid American Black Walnut and solid Eastern Hard Maple—has all the elements needed to take your bedroom to the next level. Sojourn Home Furnishings Unit 1-7133 11 St SE Calgary, AB T2H 3B5 403.252.1055


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With Valor Fireplaces

From the simple to the extraordinary, Gotcha Covered has a solution that’s right for you and your windows, regardless of your style, budget or window treatment challenge. Their highly-trained, talented and experienced design consultants can measure, create and install virtually everything for the interior of any window.

With cooler weather on its way, now’s the time to think about adding radiant heat to your home for the winter. And whether you’re looking to install a gas fireplace as part of a new construction or renovation, an insert to convert a wood-burning fireplace to either natural gas or propane, or a freestanding fireplace, a good starting place is Valor’s online Fireplace Design Center.

Whether you are looking for sun control, privacy, decorative solutions or all of the above, a free in-home consultation with Gotcha Covered’s mobile design team allows them to see exactly what your needs are while helping you realize the best window treatment solution for your home. Their wide selection of ‘hard’ window treatments like blinds, shutters and shades and custom soft treatments like drapes and curtains for both homes and business means that if you’ve got a window …. they have definitely Gotcha Covered. Gotcha Covered SW/West Calgary | 403.214.1889 SE/NW Calgary | 403.214.7522 NE Calgary, Airdrie, Chestermere and Strathmore | 403.921.0100

Their interactive online application allows you to see what your fireplace would look like as you choose varying options for whatever design application you are looking for. Simply select a series and a background similar to where your fireplace will be placed then choose various features such as firebeds, fronts and screens, depending on what is available for the series you have chosen. The application then builds an image of what your fireplace would look like based on your choices. With their impressive collection of energy-efficient fireplaces and uniquely styled trims and accessories, it shouldn’t take you long to determine the best combination for your space and design style. Valor Fireplaces

Adding Life to Style At Country Living Furnishings The designers at Country Living don’t need a blank canvas to create your design masterpiece, and neither do you. They are ready to assist you with floor plans, space planning for furniture, product ideas and presentation suggestions to renew, refresh and revitalize your home’s interior with new pieces chosen to complement your existing furniture and decor. Their philosophy on furnishings at Country Living is that every product they offer must be designed to meet the demanding needs of everyday life, so they source their home furnishing lines from exclusive Canadian manufacturers who craft their furniture to be appreciated and enjoyed for years. And if what they have on offer doesn’t quite fit your design dream or the space, their experienced team of designers will work with you and the manufacturers to create custom pieces that fit and reflect your personal style. In a time where people are increasingly looking for locally produced products, the words Made in Canada are taken very seriously at Country Living, where you will find whatever you need to breathe life back into your home. Country Living Furnishings 3701 17 Ave SW | 403.240.0111 Suite E-4301 9 St SE | 403.243.7543

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H&L’s source guide directory Appliances BRADLEE DISTRIBUTORS –

closet doors & organizers

1245 73 Ave SE Calgary | 403.297.1000


EURO-LINE APPLIANCES – 1308-821 Cambie St Vancouver | 1.905.829.3980


gaggenau – Find a Dealer Near You | 1.877.442.4436 JEROME’S APPLIANCE GALLERY INC 7152 Fisher St SE Calgary | 403.255.6050


KWIK KLOSET INTERIORS - Calgary West – 403.246.5945 | Calgary South – 403.629.5945

fireplaces 7-1305 33 St NE Calgary | 403.273.0000


Valor Fireplaces Find a Dealer Near You |

architects/home designers


creative innovations & designs inc –

Overhead Door company –

1904-50 Ave SW Calgary | 403.569.1326

1288 42 Ave SE Calgary | 1.888.328.0038

KB DESIGN – 5043 Rocky Point Rd Victoria | 1.250.384.1550



100 Woodacre Dr SW Calgary | 403.452.6675

flooring CORDELL’S – 5836 Burbank Rd SE Calgary | 403.301.0016


DIVINE HARDWOOD FLOORING LTD – 6717 Fairmount Dr SE Calgary | 403.285.2188


Carpets & Rugs

525 58 Ave SE Calgary | 403.296.0985



1315 11 Ave SW Calgary | 403.245.4353

8 Midpark Pl SE Calgary | 403.255.8207



221 10 Ave SW Calgary | 403.262.5323

5914 3 St SW Calgary | 403.212.1000



620 17 Ave SW Calgary | 403.229.0156

1-4005 9 St SE Calgary | 403.287.8453

JORDANS FLOOR COVERINGS - 5914 3 St SW Calgary | 403.212.1000


METRO HARDWOOD FLOORS LTD – 6031 Centre St SW Calgary | 403.692.0500



2521 5 Ave NW Calgary | 403.270.2205

6010 12 St SE Calgary | 403.255.6468



219 50 Ave SE Calgary | 403.252.3551

101-12018 Symons Valley Rd Calgary | 403.275.0036

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TRICOR DESIGNS GROUP – 201-4216 12 St NE Calgary | 403.203.1970 within design inc –



6503 Elbow Dr SW Calgary | 403.263.6296


1139 9 Ave SE Calgary | 403.640.9070


Find a Dealer Near You | 1.888.LIEBHERR (543.24237)

SE Calgary – 403.253.5442 | NE Calgary – 403.250.2818


SIMPLE SPACES – 11510 40 St SE Calgary | 403.203.3333


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1445 17 Ave SW Calgary | 403.228.3070

10615 48 St Calgary | 403.269.3444



7275 11 St SE Calgary | 403.252.1110

10-7130 Fisher Rd SE Calgary | 403.243.8823

6999 11 St SE Calgary | 403.253.8200




1238 11 Ave SW Calgary | 403.245.3449

home builders & renovators

country furniture –


738 11 Ave SW | 403.515.0011

4770 110 Ave SE Calgary | 403.723.8634

Country living furnishings – 3701 17 Ave SW – 403.240.0111 | 16061 Macleod Tr S – 403.873.8000



748 Parkridge St Victoria, BC | 1.250.885.5555


Alloy Homes –


Calgary and Area | 403.264.3667



100 Anderson Rd SE Calgary | 403.278.7020

104-5050 106 Ave SE Calgary | 403.207.7887

domaine fine furnishings & design – 8-7130 Fisher Rd SE Calgary | 403.301.2339


BIRCHWOOD PROPERTIES – 1145 Kensington Cres NW Calgary | 403.270.1814

F2 Furnishings –


1210 11 Ave SE Calgary | 403.452.2881

4906 Richard Rd SW Calgary | 403.231.8999



7133 11 St SE | 403.253.5552

Calgary and area | 403.995.7738



202-2212 4 St SW Calgary | 403.229.4330

Calgary and area | 403.312.5995



1124 10 Ave SW Calgary | 403.246.6240

5043 Rocky Point Rd Victoria | 1.250.384.1550

JORDANS INTERIORS – 5914 3 St SW Calgary | 403.212.1000



MAILLOT HOMES – 100 Commercial Drive Calgary | 403.292.0610


1015 9 Ave SE Calgary | 403.800.0780

8544 47 Ave NW Calgary | 403.239.0602


Pinnacle group –

1015 11 St SW Calgary | 403.233.9055

4-10672 46 St SE Calgary | 403.720.8789

5734 Burbank Cres SE Calgary | 403.724.0250


montauk sofa –

104-510 12 Ave SW Calgary | 403.457.5711

132 Grandview Way Calgary | 403.608.3000


Silver Bow woodcraft ltd – TARADAR FINE HOMES – 104-16 Commercial Dr Calgary | 403.685.5529



TRADEMARK RENOVATIONS LTD. – 236 28 Ave NE Calgary | 403.277.5600



722 17 Ave SW Calgary | 403.228.7192

5056 11 St Calgary | 403.287.3122

SOJOURN HOME FURNISHINGS – 7133 11 St SE Calgary | 403.252.1055



6915 32 Ave NW Calgary | 403.288.2382

739-11th Ave SW Calgary | 403.262.8525

225 10 Ave SW Calgary | 403.532.4401


Rockwood Custom Homes –



RUSTIC CREEK HOMES – Calgary and Area | 403.827.6778

739 10 Ave SW | 403.265.6778


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WOLF CUSTOM HOMES – PO Box 119 Aldersyde | 403.652.4403


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interior designers

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34 Griffin Industrial Point Cochrane | 403.851.9908

14-49 Aero Dr NE Calgary | 403.476.9880



2101 27 Ave SW Calgary | 403.466.6886

11-3201 Ogden Rd SE Calgary | 403.255.2566



1425 9 Ave SE Calgary | 403.229.3300

5230 1 St SW Calgary | 403.253.3738



Calgary and area | 403.457.5222

10816 Macleod Tr SE Calgary | 403.278.5200

Within Design – Calgary and Area | 403.452.6675


FLOFORM COUNTERTOPS – 9-1825 32 Ave NE Calgary | 403.291.1155

ICON STONE & TILE – 525 36 Ave SE Calgary | 403.532.3383

kitchen & Bath Cabinets ARTISAN KITCHENS & RENOVATIONS – 104-5050 106 Ave SE Calgary | 403.207.7887

JADE STONE LTD – 4930 74 Ave SE Calgary | 403.287.0398


LOCKWOOD KITCHEN BATH & RENOVATIONS – 111 Forge Rd SE Calgary | 403.650.6044

BJORNSON DESIGNS LTD – 3403 8 St SE Calgary | 403.287.3403

hardware & fixtures

BOW VALLEY KITCHENS LTD – 105F 58 Ave SE Calgary | 403.258.2230



50 Chapala Cl SE Calgary | 403.615.2333

1122 40 Ave NE Calgary | 403.250.9470

DENCA – 555 60 Ave SE Calgary | 403.252.5552





1301 10 Ave SW Calgary | 403.244.0038

32 4 St NE Calgary | 403.263.3556

canyon plumbing –


3185 114 Ave SE Calgary | 403. 203.4885

4107 11 St SE Calgary | 403.252.2458




2115 4 St SW Calgary | 403.228.2934

5920 35 St SE Calgary | 1.800.960.4566



5-10775 42 St SE Calgary | 403.214.6476

2980 Sunridge Way NE Calgary | 403.291.6868





15-2701 16 St SE Calgary | 403.452.7675

134 Forge Rd SE Calgary | 403.249.4515



63-4511 Glenmore Tr SE Calgary | 403.724.9295

125-427 51 Ave SE Calgary | 403.253.5253

Silver Bow woodcraft ltd – 6915 32 Ave NW Calgary | 403.288.2382


HARD ROCK DEVELOPMENTS – 422 Manitou Rd SE Calgary | 403.240.2508



2505 107 Ave SE Calgary | 403.258.0744

7203 Flint Pl SE Calgary | 403.543.3999



167-3953 112 Ave SE Calgary | 403.291.5022

2515-58th Ave SE Calgary | 403.279.5678

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224 61 Ave SE Calgary | 403.252.6621

6416 Elbow Dr SW Calgary | 403.229.2796

9-4215 61 Ave SE Calgary | 403.724.0250




Metro Furniture –

4120 Blackfoot Tr SE Calgary | 403.245.8637

lighting fixtures B.A. ROBINSON – 4120 Blackfoot Tr SE Calgary | 403.245.8637

window coverings P.15

CONTEPORARY DÉCOR – Inglewood, Calgary

| 403.999.3309

carrington LIGHTING –

CORDELL’S Design –

2513 5 Ave NW Calgary | 403.264.5483

5836 Burbank Rd SE Calgary | 403.301.0016



Suite Mn-7301 11 St SE Calgary | 403.270.8508

SW/West Calgary – 403.214.1889 | SE/NW Calgary – 403.214.7522



3500 7 St SE Calgary | 403.243.4294

12-5925 12 St SE Calgary | 403.259.6730



paint stores

2-222 16 Ave NE Calgary | 403.277.4988



3140 118 Ave SE Calgary | 403.252.4191

4600 130 Ave SE Calgary | 403.726.9161

CLOVERDALE PAINT – 3003 21 St NE Calgary | 403.280.1606




2015 14 St NW Calgary | 403.29.4442

144 4 Ave SW Calgary | 403.775.9922



7140 40 St SE Calgary | 403.203.8200



10-2625 18 St NE Calgary | 403.651.0214

124-3442 118 Ave SE Calgary | 403.203.0466



10340-50 St SE Calgary | 403.444.3000

6875 9 St NE Calgary

| 403.569.8282

LUX WINDOWS and glass ltd – 113-1240 20 Ave SE Calgary | 403.276.7770

siding & Exteriors



2-1288 42 Ave SE Calgary | 403.292.0080

5020 56 Ave SE Calgary | 403.253.5911



2050 10 Ave SW Calgary | 403.229.1234

51 Skyline Cres NE Calgary | 403.226.0744

windows & door screens

tile & stone



101-5723 10 St NE Calgary | 403.295.6455

2703 61 Ave SE Calgary | 403.287.5889



321 16 Ave NW Calgary | 403.277.2456

11-3201 Ogden Rd SE Calgary | 403.255.2566

DAUTER STONE INC – 5230 1 St SW Calgary | 403.253.3738

1-4005 9 St SE Calgary | 403.532.3383



Call Homes & Living for placement in our next Renovation Guide Directory.

5934 Center St S Calgary | 403.255.5747

Stone-tile – 4040 7 St SE Calgary | 403.234.7274

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USi Stone & Tile – 3821 9 St SE Calgary | 1.888.677.5283

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