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| CONTENTS

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A Soft Place to Land How to choose quality upholstered furniture By Michelle Hopkins

HOMES A White for Night

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A summer bedroom makeover in all white By Jane Lockhart

Inside-Out 26 2 ways to update your outdoor living space By Daru Dhillon

Feature Home: The POINT

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G. Martin Custom Builders oceanfront retreat in Yellow Point By Tracey Drake

A Soft Place to Land

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How to choose quality upholstered furniture By Michelle Hopkins

Outdoor Living

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Feature Home: The POINT G. Martin Custom Builders oceanfront retreat in Yellow Point

LIVING Your Mouth Can be Hiding a Secret

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Dr. Chisholm discusses oral cancer By Dr. Heather Chisholm

Weekend Escape

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Date night at The Magnolia By Tracey Drake

Celebrity Profile: Daru Dhillon

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A natural fit for the Homes & Living Show By Jill Lang

A Pacific Coast State of Mind

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| PUBLISHER’s MESSAGE

P Publisher’s Message I’d like to thank H&L readers for the many phone calls and emails we continually receive, complimenting and thanking us for the magazine. I also really want to thank the fine businesses that advertise in Homes & Living magazine. It is these companies that enable you, our reader, to receive such a high quality, information filled magazine free to your door. If you’d like an additional copy of Homes & Living for friends or family, just look for our new display at any of our advertisers’ showrooms. To find a showroom nearest you, simply visit HLmagazine. com and click on ‘Where to Get Your Copy’. On our intuitive, newly designed website, you can read every edition of Homes & Living magazine and enjoy H&L’s Feature Home slide shows, plus so much more.

All of us at H&L look forward to experiencing the many beautiful places to visit on Vancouver Island this summer. One of our favourites is the West Coast, with its many coves and beaches and diverse wildlife. In fact, in this issue, we share with you the wonderful time we all had in Ucluelet and Tofino, as we experienced The Pacific Rim Whale Festival and ventured out into the Pacific Ocean to be alongside 20,000 grey whales during their migration. I wish you and your family a wonderful summer. PS. H&L’s summer edition episode of The Homes & Living Show airs June 6 & 20 at 7:30pm on CHEK!

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| EDITOR’s MESSAGE

E Editor’s Message Who doesn’t love summer? It is that glorious season when days are longer, skies look bluer and the seemingly endless sunshine alters our state of mind… a time when, even the most fanatical workaholic, possibly you and certainly me, find more time to be at home and spend more time living. Summertime is also my favourite time of year to redecorate; taking inspiration from the vibrancy and full bloom of the season. Similarly, the summer issue of Homes & Living magazine is filled with inspiring homes, interior design ideas and new (yet familiar) faces. Speaking of familiar faces, Homes and Living is privileged to welcome Tony Parsons as our celebrity writer for Tony’s Take, a regular feature column. As with everything Tony says as a beloved BC broadcaster with CBC Vancouver and CHEK News, his written words will also resonate with you, as he tells of his experiences and often humorous stories about life on Vancouver Island. In this premier segment on page 90, Tony shares how he came to live among us on spectacular Vancouver Island and the many reasons why he stayed.

H&L’s summer feature home on page 32, The Point by G. Martin Custom Builders, sits oceanfront on a peaceful, rocky cape at Yellow Point. An extraordinary West Coast style exterior that blends effortlessly into its natural surroundings; the sun filled, spacious interior leaves no modern convenience to chance. A Pacific Coast State of Mind (page 68) is a whale of a tale, following a 3-day H&L adventure to Tofino and Ucluelet. My special thanks to the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Jamie’s Whaling Station, Matterson House and Relic Surf Shop for providing the individual components that added up to one unforgettable trip. Whether your goal this summer is as grand as commissioning a custom built home, or as practical as refinishing your vintage dining room table, my hope is that you will find inspiration within the pages of our summer issue to set your project plans in motion. Tracey Drake, Editor Member: Canadian Society of Magazine Editors editor@hlmagazine.com

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Have a question about interior design, renovation or custom home building? Whether you need help with furniture placement in a small condo; want to ask about window choices for a specific home style or you could benefit from an expert opinion on eco-friendly flooring – H&L can help! Send an email to editor@hlmagazine.com detailing your design question or renovation dilemma and a photo, if appropriate. We will publish one question each issue along with our response, in consultation with an H&L industry expert partner. (Please note we can only respond to questions being chosen for publication)


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| CONTRIBUTORS Publisher & Founder Robert Read

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Creative Director Karla Peckett Photographer Tony Puerzer Web Master Steve Drake

Karla Peckett Creative Director

Since moving to Victoria from her beloved Calgary, Karla has fallen for the West Coast. Our Creative Director is an Alberta College of Art and Design graduate and a former design company owner whose work is fueled by an enthusiastic attitude, an intense passion for contemporary design and a fun loving outlook on life.

Tony Puerzer Photographer

Tony is driven by his passion to fully understand a client’s vision and then bring to life in the form of a high-quality photograph or video. He has worked for companies ranging from IBM to individual entrepeneurs.

Office Administration Lana McKinnon Office Assistant Gabriela Gorea Advertising Suzanne Gurnell Tel: 250.383.READ (7323) Bookkeeping Kathleen Sebastian Editor Tracey Drake

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Steve Drake offers 20+ years experience in web development and design servicing high profile clients such as Kraft Foods and General Electric. In 2008, he happily moved from Ontario to Vancouver Island and now calls H&L home as the resident web guru and all around go-to IT guy.

Lana comes from an extensive office administration and customer service background. Born and raised in Victoria, Lana holds a BA from UVIC and is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has a passion for delivering exceptional customer service and is thrilled to be a part of the H&L team.

Contributing Writers Jane Lockhart Tony Parsons Daru Dhillon Michelle Hopkins Heather Chisholm Jill Lang Ben Vorst Canada Post Publications Mail Agreement 41950525 Homes & Living magazine - Victoria Published seasonally, four times each year. All rights reserved. No part of Homes & Living magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising matter.

Suzanne Gurnell Advertising

Living on the West Coast since 1993, Suzanne is an outdoor enthusiast and Guinness Book world record holder for cycling at the highest altitude. A 20-year flight attendant veteran from Toronto, Suzanne parlayed exceptional customer service skills into a successful career in real estate sales and marketing – thrilled to now bring her expertise to H&L.

To receive four issues (one full year!) subscriptions are available for $24.95 including shipping, handling and all taxes. Visa and M/C accepted, or mail a cheque or money order to: READ media inc. #110 - 2940 Jutland Road Victoria, BC V8T 5K6 READ media inc. © copyright 2008-2011 Tel: 250.383.READ (7323) Fax: 250.383.7328

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As host of W Network’s Colour Confidential, Jane brings a breathtaking sense of colour into viewers’ homes each week. She has more than 18 years of experience as an Interior Designer, spokesperson, author and television personality.

Tony Parsons

Born in England in 1939, Tony came to Canada as a 10 year old boy. Originally wanting to be lawyer, Tony was persuaded to become a broadcaster, and after decades of broadcasting in radio and television across Canada, Tony now works for CHEK and CBC Vancouver.

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A Vancouver Island native, Daru is an accomplished broadcast journalist, writer and television personality who just happens to have a serious knack for home renovation. Daru joins H&L as a regular columnist and host of the Homes & Living Show on CHEK.

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| WHITE NIGHT

White Night For a more interesting space, use an assortment of white shades

By Jane Lockhart Jane Lockhart B.A.A.I.D, Intern, A.R.I.D.O is the principal Interior Designer with Jane Lockhart Interior Design in Toronto and host of Colour Confidential on W Network.

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It’s not often that my clients request an all-white room, but that’s just what Jasmine asked Jane Lockhart Interior Design to help her with in her bedroom. She explained how she struggled on her own to find just the right white paint colour for her bedroom walls adding that white and light natural colours calm and relax her so a white scheme would be the best colour scheme for her bedroom and would brighten the space for the summer months!

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Other natural fabrics were used throughout the room to maintain the calm and peaceful mood of the room. Lined in lightweight muslin, natural linen drapery panels in a pale neutral shade cover the five windows in this corner room and provide protection from the sun.

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A small existing settee was reupholstered in natural bamboo fabric in warm, sandy beige to blend seamlessly with the floor. This material is highly durable, sustainable and comes in multiple colours to add a further natural element. A cowhide ottoman was placed with the loveseat to create contrast of pattern and texture.

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Natural fabrics were used to maintain the room’s calm & peaceful mood


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Jasmine had tried many options of white and found they all looked different from the chip once painted on the wall, and the names of the colours were no help either (never trust the name of a paint chip!). So to calm Jasmine, we looked at a series of light natural colours inspired by nature. Natural elements like birch-bark, sand, white marble, and lichen were collected to create a palette of colours from which she could choose. From the palette she eventually chose a soft white with a hint of grey-green for the walls. This was an excellent choice to subdue the yellow tone prominent in the blonde hardwood flooring. This wall colour looks fabulous against her simple dark brown sleigh bed and side tables. Crisp white cotton bed linens and a few toss pillows in a textured white fabric dress the bed for a simple and peaceful look.

To Left: Fresh white linens and warm white upholstery and drapery fabrics complement the rich natural wood tones in the room. To Right: Crisp white mixed with natural tones and textures instantly refresh a room’s tired décor.

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Contrary to popular belief, ‘white’ is a colour when talking about pigments. It is simply the lightest value or tint of any colour family. Basically all the strong or bright colours we can think of have a really dark version or really light version of them. So bright red, for example, is rich burgundy when we think of it as a deep shade and light, soft pink—almost white, when we think of this red in the light colour spectrum. So no “white” is just white….it’s a tone of whatever colour it began as. That’s why white is truly the hardest colour to select from a small paint chip! To really see the tone of white you have selected, it needs to be applied to a large area so that you’re able to pick up its subtle differences.

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Finally, the pieces that really make this a peaceful space are the addition of natural accessories like decorative wicker balls, beeswax candles, a jute and wool rug and uniquely shaped driftwood logs. Jasmine’s traditional ornate gold wall mirror was spraypainted white to suite the tone-on-tone nature of the room.

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Jasmine loves her serene, soft and neutral bedroom and admits that white is still her favourite colour but has learned that mixing a variety of natural whites makes a much more interesting space. It’s now a peaceful, relaxing, easy and breezy space exactly what Jasmine had pictured in her night time dreams!

Top Left: Subtle shades and tones of white are elegantly defined by decorative details and textures. Above: An old ornate framed mirror painted in white reflects light around the room


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Oral Cancer Your Mouth Can be Hiding a Secret Dr. Heather Chisholm

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The mouth is a wonderful part of our body. With it we can taste, eat, chew, kiss... The tongue is also one of the most sensitive body parts with its many nerve endings and taste buds. The oral mucosa, the wet skin that lines our oral cavity, is one of the fastest areas of the body to heal. Think about it, the last time you bit your cheek it was gone in less that a week, a bite on the skin would have taken much longer to disappear. This high turnover of cells in the mouth is a great thing, most of the time. However, sometimes things can go wrong with those busy cells that are turning over quickly. This can result in oral cancer.

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Oral cancer is quite prevalent worldwide and is very common in India, Pakistan, Taiwan, and in some areas of France. Although it is must less prevalent in Canada, 3,200 people were diagnosed with oral cancer in 2007, and it was responsible for 11,000 deaths. To put this into perspective, currently in Canada, more cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in a year than cervical or ovarian cancer. More deaths occur from oral cancer than from melanoma or cervical cancer. With growing immigration from high-risk areas such as India, the number of cases of oral cancer in Canada will most certainly increase.

Oral cancer is painless in its early stages. It appears as a red and/ or white discoloration of the oral mucosa. What makes it especially dangerous is that it most likely occurs in areas that are hard to see like under the tongue, the base and sides of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. While anybody can get oral cancer, there are risk factors that can increase your chances of a diagnosis. Tobacco use including smokeless tobacco is a strong risk factor. Heavy alcohol consumption, more than 14-21 drinks per week increases the risk of oral cancer considerably. Compounded, tobacco and alcohol use work together to increase the risk of oral cancer to 30 times than that of a non-smoker and non-drinker. The good news is that stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption reduces the risk or oral cancer. Having Human Papilloma Virus has been proven to increase the risks of cervical cancer. It is also a strong risk factor for oral cancers. This accounts for the increased diagnosis of oral cancers in younger individuals in recent years. Other risk factors are a low intake of fruits and vegetables, advanced age and the use of betel nut. Of course, excessive unprotected sun exposure increases the risk of lip cancer.

Regular dental care is essential to good dental and periodontal health. Dentists are trained to check for oral cancer and it only takes about 3 minutes. Most oral precancerous areas should be detectable on an oral exam and early detection is key to significantly reduce oral cancer deaths. This examination is done as part of your regular dental care and includes a visual and tactile exploration of your mouth and neck. Some dentists will use a special light called a velscope to aid in the detection of suspicious areas. If a suspicious area is found on this screening, the dentist may do a biopsy or refer to a specialist. Referral to a specialist should not alarm you but reassure you that your dentist cares about your oral health and wants to conclusively determine what any abnormality might be. An oral cancer screening during regular dental checks will allow any abnormalities to be treated at an early stage when treatments are most effective. Next time you visit your dentist, ask for an oral cancer screening if it is not done routinely. Smile, in health - Dr. Heather Chisholm *Article source: Guideline for the Early Detection of Oral Cancer in British Columbia 2008 College of Dental Surgeons of BC www.cda-adc.ca/jcda/vol-74/ issue-3/269.html)


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Inside—Out 2 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space By Daru Dhillon

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Glass and light both create a sense of clarity and transparency, extending visibility into our surroundings--ideal for beautiful homes situated on the stunning West Coast.

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The evolution of modern furniture, designer fabrics and all-weather accessories continues to fuel the demand towards stylish outdoor retreats. Updating your own outdoor space can be as easy as focusing on two key components: lighting and glass railings.

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Clearly Coastal Clear, sleek and sophisticated…glass is clearly in a class of its own! Maximizing our connection to our landscapes, the use of modern glass railings is becoming de rigueur in exterior renovations.

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Replacing existing wood or metal railings with modern glass opens up exterior spaces, creating unobstructed views from both inside and out. The openness suspends the boundaries of everyday living, commanding spectacular uninterrupted views of our natural landscape: the ocean, mountains and open sky.

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Above image: H&L’s Spring 2010 Feature Home ‘the Radius’ by Abstract Developments. Glass railings installed by Excalabor Glass & Aluminum.

Innovation and Craftsmanship In the past, exterior railings were often overlooked components of home design, seen more for their function than form, but that has changed. Innovative design and skilled craftsmen are giving homeowners greater choice in railing systems, transforming their decks, patios, pools and beyond. The translucent quality of glass has an added benefit over traditional railings - serving as a windbreak - perfect for homes situated near the water’s edge. For homeowners looking to customize railings to complement their style of home, a wide variety of colours and glosses are available. Fabricated in aluminum, powder-coated finishes remain popular and provide an easy-to-clean option in a semi-gloss finish. Anodized finishes in clear, bronze and black are more expensive but are longer lasting.


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All-glass railing systems are all in the details! Removing rails and posts altogether; these frameless anchoring systems are the ultimate in transparency. Light and modern in design, glass panels are secured using large stainless steel bolts and rods that can be fastened to wood or concrete. The lightness of design is counterbalanced with the industrial strength of stainless steel fasteners.

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When selecting lighting, consider the architectural style of your home. Fixtures that complement the home’s design will enhance existing architecture for a harmonious look.

Focal Points Replacing outdated lighting with new stylish fixtures is an easy and cost-effective update. If your current lighting plan consists of a single light above the porch or patio, hiring an electrician to install additional fixtures will make your outdoor areas come into focus, in the right light. Consider your main focal points and how much lighting is required for dining, reading or other activities. Elegant pendants, chandeliers and lanterns can add instant drama; while strategically placed contemporary sconces on stone columns cast a warm subtle glow, inviting you poolside. Installing a series of recessed lighting in soffits and ceilings is especially attractive if you have a long front porch and can be achieved using energy efficient lighting options.

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Great lighting is also key to making the most of your exterior space. As homeowners look to expand their living spaces outdoors, custom homebuilders have responded by incorporating exterior lighting plans into design plans. Enveloping our surroundings in soft warm light…well into the night!


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Finish Exterior lighting has come of age offering greater selection, quality finishes and superior styles to complement your home. Wall-mount lanterns or sconces remain popular though contemporary varieties are slightly more elongated than in the past. Available in a wide variety of finishes like sleek white satin or graphic black, metallic finishes in: copper, bronze, silver and titanium are prominent features on many well-built homes. From traditional, transitional to contemporary, lanterns look particularly striking in symmetrical installations flanking exterior doors or entranceways. When selecting lighting, consider the architectural style of your home. Fixtures that complement the home’s design will enhance existing architecture for a harmonious look. While juxtaposing styles can be dramatic, when done right, it’s often tricky to get right. When in doubt, consult a knowledgeable lighting specialist to help guide you.

Reminder... Finally, remember what looks good in the store at arm’s length may look miniscule when viewed from your front lawn or back garden. To boost curb appeal, buy bigger. For larger homes, specialty stores offer wall mount, post mount and pendant fixtures over 20 inches high to suit the scale of stately homes.

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The Point by G. Martin Custom Builders The Island Dream Home in Yellow Point BC

The Point, a custom crafted oceanfront home in Yellow Point, built by G. Martin Custom Builders, is truly a magical place that defies definition. It is a text book example of how an exceptional company successfully marries refined design with classically casual West Coast style; achieving a carefree elegance that blends perfectly into its natural surroundings.

Greg and Tara Martin, owners of G. Martin Custom Builders, are known for their distinctive designs and unparalleled client care. The G. Martin Custom Builders website begins with a famous saying by Charles Dickens, “The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” It is from this singular foundation that the Martins create homes that far exceed the dreams of their clients, and this was certainly true of The Point.

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The homeowners searched diligently for the perfect oceanfront lot. “We had been looking for a piece of oceanfront property in this area that did not already have someone else’s dream home on it.” The couple, looking for a home they could retire to, and live for many years, wanted to build their own dream – and hired G. Martin Custom Builders to make it a reality.

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It was important to the homeowners to respect the lay of the land. “We wanted to maximize the views from all areas of the house, while preserving many of the beautiful trees and minimizing our footprint on the property.” The rocky peninsula in Yellow Point on which the home now sits was a challenge. The property is designated as an area with archaeological importance, so a lot of preparation was required to preserve the historical integrity of the site. In one instance, due to the existence of an ancient midden, the house plans had to be adjusted. Another hurdle was the solid rock, on which the house was built. Site excavation was extensive and G. Martin Custom Builders thoughtfully recycled the quarried rock; using it as a beautiful natural element in the landscape design and retaining walls.

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The Point, which took 14 months to complete, features 4,200 square feet of interior living space on more than 7 acres that start out at the road as pastoral land and rolls gently downwards to the Pacific Ocean. The wide open parking space in front of the house encircles an old Arbutus tree, which the house was built around. The cedar siding and stone clad exterior of the home blends right into the nature that surround it.

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The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. —Charles Dickens

From the glass paneled front door, you can see clear through to the sea on the other side of the home. This single, well planned visual prompt pulls you instinctively from the front door into the main living area of the house – the great room – and what a great room it is! The area is huge with massive western red cedar beamed ceilings. To the left is the living area, with the grand kitchen to the right. Straight ahead is a wall of windows where the scenery changes moment by moment; waves crashing, eagles swooping and boats cruising by in the distance. The living room was definitely built for comfort and to embrace the view. A Rumsford style wood burning fireplace with chunky wood beam hearth and stone façade anchors the space. The pinwheel cedar ceiling is awe inspiring, and was an ingenious change in plans. After being advised that the single vertical beam would not hold the


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size and weight of the incoming spoke beams, the multi beam corner support was created. The result is aesthetically much more interesting than the original design. The dining area separates the living room from the kitchen, and features a magnificent oversized art glass and wrought iron chandelier. The homeowners purchased it some time ago, but were saving it for their dream island home.

“We wanted to maximize the views from all areas of the house, while preserving many of the beautiful trees and minimizing our footprint on the property”

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The kitchen is a chef ’s dream and the showiest room in the house. Aside from stainless steel appliances, The Point’s kitchen features two dishwashers, an extra warming oven and a large wine fridge. Other nice touches include a walk-in butler’s pantry, appliance garage, and two separate sink preparation stations. The custom crafted cupboards and cabinetry is simply stunning and feature glass doors above to keep the room light. The centerpiece of this kitchen is the massive centre island with a semi translucent laboradite countertop, which has under-mount lighting, and looks like a starlit night sky. It is a remarkable design element that elevates the design of the kitchen from extraordinary to sublime.

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The master suite is a place where one could easily while away the hours – or an entire rainy day. This spacious area is divided into two areas by a double-sided fireplace wall that floats gracefully in the middle of the room. On one side is a tranquil meditation area, with the homeowners’ sleeping area on the other side. The room is simple by design; allowing the view outside to be the focal point. This is exactly how the homeowners wanted it. “The morning sun is very important and we love being able to see the sunrise over the ocean as soon as we open our eyes – we don’t even have to get out of bed to enjoy nature!”

The master suite is a place where one could easily while away the hours – or an entire rainy day.

The master bathroom is a sanctuary, featuring a deep soaker slipper tub resting on a custom made timber base and a unique freestanding faucet, a spacious glass walk-in shower and cozy in-floor heating. The bathroom features exceptional natural lighting, with an ocean view from the tub. The expansive walk-in closet features custom crafted doors, a second laundry area and a clothes closet larger than most standard size bedrooms.

The second level of the home is the guests retreat. Located at the top of the stairs is a large exercise room, with an inspiring ocean view. The entire floor is open concept with no doors to separate the sleeping area, and yet it is surprisingly private. The entire area with plush carpeting and a vaulted ceiling is welcoming and designed to be super comfortable for visiting friends and family. The guest bathroom features a glass shower, granite countertops and unique porcelain tiles.

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The main floor is also home to a huge media room, with state of the art surround sound, security, internet and sound controls, wired throughout the house. On the opposite side of the main foyer, Greg Martin took an angled, awkward area that might have otherwise been dead space and turned it into a library - complete with custom built-ins made recycled timber, and an inlaid floor made from leftover roughhewn floorboards from the owners’ former home in Colorado. An ample walk-in cloakroom, and access to an oversized garage and workshop finish off the main level.

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The true front of the home is the waterfront side of the property. The oceanfront terrace beyond the glass walls of the great room offers an outdoor barbeque area with open air gazebo for al fresco meals and relaxation, and of course, important direct access to the natural beauty that abounds. It is the little sheltered bay with phosphorous waters in the summertime, the forests on the point, and the rocky shore waterfront that first wooed the current homeowners. With grandchildren in mind, they knew instinctively that the oyster bed, the sheltered cove for swimming and calm water kayaking was the ideal outdoor space for building family memories. The collective beauty of The Point seems to lay in many little finishing touches; one example being the walls. Greg Martin doesn’t seem to ever cut corners. “Quarter round is a cope out; a material used for covering mistakes.” Instead, Greg created a striking reveal between the drywall and ceiling beams. It is a small detail that adds a big element of interest, and automatically draws your eye up to the magnificent ceilings of this home. Ceilings throughout the home are expertly finished in western red cedar; the floors, baseboards and modern line trim are Douglas fir, with a time consuming four coats of lacquer on all the woodwork. The Point was designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. Aside from recycling and repurposing as many building and landscape materials as possible, the home features a geo-thermal heating and cooling system with an ocean loop. The design and installation that involved ocean divers was done by the experts at Lockhart Industries. This one feature alone, which has zero emissions, means the homeowners are able to reduce their carbon footprint by about 20 tons of CO2 each year. Although not an inexpensive addition, Douglas Lockhart stresses to clients that the higher capital cost of a geo-thermal system may be returned 1000 fold by maintenance, ongoing and lifecycle costs and intangible items such as personal health and comfort. This was definitely a home designed for personal comfort. Greg and Tara Martin did make their clients’ dream come true and the homeowners are thrilled. “We wanted a house to flow so it fit our lifestyle; big open spaces - with everything flowing from one area to the next.” The Point is all these things, and so much more.


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Nowadays, we all work harder and play less. Vacations used to be a yearly luxury, but in today’s world, it should be a more frequent necessity. A week away in Hawaii may not always be affordable, or two weeks abroad might not be doable time wise… H&L’s new feature series shows you how to experience a short weekend vacation in your own backyard.

Weekend Escape

Date Night at The Magnolia By Tracey Drake

There is a famous Spanish proverb that says, “How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward”. On a recent weekend escape to The Magnolia Hotel, Spa and Prime Steakhouse in downtown Victoria; my husband Steve and I had the opportunity to put this adage to the test and guess what? It’s true! We opted for the Date Night package, which caters to couples that want to relax and reconnect. The hotel offers different package versions, which can be further personalized. Our customized getaway included one night accommodation in an exquisite diamond hotel suite, an unforgettable dinner at Prime Steakhouse, and tranquil time spent at The Spa Magnolia. Walking through the front doors of The Magnolia Hotel, the warm welcome from the staff and delightful elegance of the hotel lobby provided the first clue that this weekend would be the perfect distraction from our hectic lifestyle. With just 64 rooms, The Magnolia Hotel is ideally sized to offer unsurpassed personal attention and 4-diamond hotel amenities. The architectural styling and interior design of the property represents all things that are unique about Victoria – an obvious nod to the past with an infusion of old world charm, but with no modern convenience overlooked. The 12year old luxury boutique hotel was a new build that was designed to blend in with the historic, old town district – which earned the VREB’s ‘Commercial Building Award for Excellence’.

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Our corner room on the seventh floor featured soaring 10 foot ceilings; a fresh, stylish decor and awe-inspiring vistas of downtown Victoria, the inner harbour and parliament buildings. Complimentary fresh apples and bottled water provided a quick late afternoon snack; a decadent chocolate left on each pillow after evening turndown service was a thoughtful touch. The room featured a two poster bed with beautiful high end linens, and a large sitting area with loveseat and romantic gas fireplace. As for the spa inspired bathroom, it was so decadent, I could have easily spent the weekend in the wellappointed marble haven with soaker tub and separate glass enclosed shower – and I am not the only one. Ronette Nyhan, Director of Sales for The Magnolia Hotel & Spa, told us about a guest who reserved this room for his wedding anniversary, and asked if the hotel could set up the bathroom for his wife – exactly like the picture – and they did!

Later that evening, dining at Prime Steakhouse, the only restaurant in Victoria on Where Magazine’s list of ‘Canada’s Best New Restaurants of 2010’ was nothing short of magnificent. The rich décor and relaxed atmosphere was welcoming yet vibrant; cozy yet cosmopolitan – to my mind, it was vintage rat pack meets modern urban chic. We were seated at the ‘parliament’ table with stunning outlooks to the government buildings and the harbour; views that changed from architectural awe to a romantic glow, as the sun set over downtown Victoria. The table service was attentive and professional, thanks to our server, Andrew who was knowledgeable about every item on the menu that includes six cuts of aged beef, as well as lamb, seafood, poultry and pasta. We chose Sesame Crusted Tuna and Lobster Bisque as starters, and both were sumptuous. For our main course, we dined on Lamb Rack with an herb crusted red wine jus and juniper gastrique, which was rustically divine; and


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We wisely chose to share the molten cake for dessert; a warm, flowing, chocolate celebration that was worth every second of the 12 minute, made-to-order, baking time – and the sweetest end to a splendid day

Dry Aged Bone-in NY Steak that was cooked evenly to medium-rare perfection; an often difficult feat with a thick, 17 oz. cut of beef. After touring the kitchen with Chef Bruce Batty, it was easy to see why Prime consistently serves up world class cuisine. Chef Batty attributes the mouth-watering flavour and tenderness of Prime steaks to their in-house dry aging system and his kitchen’s Montague over-fired broiler, which locks in the brilliant flavours with a crisp crust. Since Prime’s entrée portions are generous, we wisely chose to share the molten cake for dessert; a warm, flowing, chocolate celebration that was worth every second of the 12 minute, made-toorder, baking time – and the sweetest end to a splendid day. After an early Sunday morning walk around the inner harbour and a delicious complimentary breakfast that, along with the usual continental breakfast fare, included a Belgian waffle station and gourmet oatmeal counter, we headed to the spa.

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The Spa Magnolia is a rare indulgence for all the senses that feels like it is worlds away, even though it is conveniently located right off the hotel lobby. Walking into the spa reception area, we were instantly enveloped in a sea of serenity; this spa has done an admirable job getting the mood just right. After changing into soft robes and slippers, we were escorted to the lounge by Paula Veenema, Spa Director, where we waited for our spa therapists; Macayla and Heather, to begin our couples massage. This is one of the best couple suites I have come across; the room was spacious and warm; the massage tables angled at either end to allow lots of room for two therapists to move around in stealth mode. There was nothing crowded or contrived about this space – it is a sanctuary built with the couple in mind. The Spa Magnolia features seven treatment rooms, an expertly trained staff and an elegant street entrance that offers day spa services for Victoria residents. The one-hour couple massage was our happy ending to a wonderful weekend island retreat.

Vacationing close to home, especially to a city you have been to before, is an eye opening experience – we truly felt like we had ‘gotten away from it all’ while still taking the time to appreciate the city. It is funny that in all my walks through downtown Victoria, I never noticed the stunning architectural façade of the Union Club. Or how, at 8am on a Sunday morning, the inner harbour shows its peaceful, softer, non-touristy side; the only sounds coming from the boats gently moving in the waters and the occasional squawk of a resident seagull. Before leaving for home, we learned about The Magnolia Hotel & Spa’s popular Orcas and Orchids weekend package that is being offered again this summer. This fun weekend includes hotel, a whale watching excursion with Prince of Whales that ends at the private dock of the Butchart Gardens, where visitors can marvel at rare orchids and enjoy a unique garden experience. The perfect excuse to return soon for another weekend escape!


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Celebrity Profile Naturally, Daru Dhillon

The enigmatic television personality returns to CHEK-TV: A natural fit for The Homes & Living Show By Jill Lang

Daru Dhillon grew up on Vancouver Island in much the same way many other native Victorians did in the eighties and nineties: falling asleep at symphonies and hanging around building sites. It’s no surprise, then, that Dhillon — the new host of CHEK-TV’s Homes & Living Show — has an affinity for home and design. Her father worked in the building supply industry for thirty years, and Dhillon spent much of her younger years accompanying him to job sites.

Dhillon spent her childhood recreation hours playing sports with friends in her Gordon Head cul-de-sac. During the more sophisticated hours, she indulged in many of the cultural activities Victoria has to offer, including performing dance at the Royal Theatre and sleeping at the symphony — it didn’t matter if it was past her bedtime.

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“My parents have always renovated homes, so it came very natural to me,” Dhillon says. And, she enjoys doing it.

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As a teen, Dhillon played softball in the Western Canadian All-Stars and competed in the Provincial Basketball Championships for Victoria’s Lambrick Park Secondary School. Most activities Dhillon engaged in growing up, in fact, whether artistic or athletic, were team oriented and taught her the value of cooperation, leadership and dedication. This dedication paid off soon after Dhillon enrolled in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts program at San Francisco State University (SFSU), and swept her way through one of the country’s most esteemed broadcast journalism degrees.

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Daru enjoyed living in San Francisco and reflects fondly on the people, culture and cuisine bestowed upon her by the sourdough city. The best part of her university experience; she says, was producing programs with and getting to know her peers from school. Go Team.

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Mississauga. Her position on Daytime eventually segued into an anchoring role with the morning show Connected AM on Rogers Sportsnet, and from there, her repertoire grew to include hosting Sportsnet’s national online sports news based segment, the Inbox and appearing on the six o’clock Global Ontario News.

Despite her busy broadcasting life, Daru couldn’t help but dabble in home restoration, a passion and favourite hobby; projects were always on the go or in the works to keep her ‘creating’ juices flowing. A couple of years ago, Dhillon did what she does best, Daru jumped at the opportunity to host and teamed up with brother, Dion, to start a boutique The Homes & Living Show when John restoration and renovation company that specializes in Pollard from CHEK invited her to meet design and project management services.

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After graduating from SFSU in 2002, Dhillon landed her first professional broadcasting gig as a reporter for CHEK-TV’s Go! Magazine. From CHEK, Dhillon’s broadcasting career moved to Toronto, where she spent time as a co-host for the nightly one hour entertainment show Inside Jam! on Sun-TV, and then as a host for the live daily talk show Daytime on Rogers

“We focus on preserving the original character of a home while adding modern amenities and design elements to create elegant living spaces for young professionals,” says Dhillon, who enjoys the thrill of uncovering original Victorian millwork and turning what was once forgotten into a showpiece. “Working alongside my brother has been an incredibly collaborative and rewarding experience. It’s great to have a brother who can teach his sister how to mill her own table — with beautiful results!”


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Daru enjoys the thrill of uncovering original Victorian millwork and turning what was once forgotten into a showpiece

Dhillon renovates houses on Vancouver Island and in Toronto. She splits her time between living by the ocean in peaceful Cordova Bay and living in bustling downtown Toronto, just steps from the shops and restaurants of Queen Street. With her company, Dhillon refurbishes old homes to restore charm and makes dated living spaces functional for today’s modern homeowner. “It’s a perfect fit in that I have a lot of friends with experience renovating homes,” she says. “I always love the group that I work with; we’re professional and prepared, but we’re always having fun.” Teamwork - it’s almost as if home restoration is a sporting event for Dhillon. When she’s not renovating houses on the sports field, Dhillon works as a freelancer for Cineplex and is always looking for excuses to fly home. Daru jumped at the opportunity to host The Homes & Living Show when John Pollard from CHEK invited her to meet with producers. The show is a natural fit for her career and lifestyle, and Daru is thrilled at the opportunity to spend more time ‘at home.’ “Every time I fly into Victoria, there’s a sense of calm in the pace,” Dhillon says. “I always book a one-way ticket home.” The Summer edition of the HOMES & LIVING SHOW airs in primetime: Monday, June 6th and 20th at 7:30 pm on Chek TV

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A Soft Place to Land How to Choose Quality Upholstered Furniture

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Flipping through a design magazine or watching a decorating show on television can inspire you to want to redecorate your home. Often, one of the first pieces we like to change is also one of the most expensive – we are talking about quality upholstered – investment pieces like a sofa or set of club chairs. The truth is that most of us have limited knowledge about furniture construction or quality. When you are considering buying an upholstered piece of furniture, its true merits, in terms of cost and wearability, are veiled under layers of fabric, stuffing, springs and wood frame.


Construction is one of the most important aspects in any furniture buying decision. A good quality sofa frame is made of 100 per cent hardwood, such as oak, ash, birch or maple. A lower-quality sofa will typically be made with a light-weight particle board or pine, which won’t last as long. High end furniture galleries have knowledgeable staff on hand to help you make an informed decision. Don’t be afraid to ask about the materials used in the frame construction or about the history of the manufacturer.

Homes & Living Magazine takes the work out of buying long lasting but contemporary upholstered furniture for you by highlighting some of what we gleaned from experts in the industry. All aspiring journalists are taught to ask the five Ws – who, what, where, when and why when writing about anything. It also is a very smart way to approach the purchase of your next piece of upholstered furniture.

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Who is going to use the sofa? If you have little children and/or pets in the house you are going to want a durable and stain resistant fabric. What are your expectations? Is it a long term investment or a first time purchase for the short term? If you are a first-time homeowner on a tight budget and not overly concerned about the long term then probably a lesser quality couch will do.

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Where is the sofa going to be used? Is it going in a more formal setting, such as your living room? If so, you might want to go for a high quality, formal presence. On the other hand, if the furniture is for a family room, den or great room, where it will be subjected to a lot of daily wear, look for a larger sofa or sectional that is as comfortable as it is beautiful.

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Main image: The Buena Park Sofa by Schnadig, from Jordans’ Coastal Collection. Elegantly casual, naturally beautiful, a style that instantly feels comfortably at home. Available at Jordans Casual Home Store, Langford (Victoria). Above: Frisco Chair. Available at Couch Potatoe, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver.

When is the sofa going to be used – all the time or just occasionally when entertaining? A piece of furniture that’s used during the daytime is likely to be upholstered in a brighter, more functional fabric, or in quality leather upholstery, with easy maintenance as your priority. For nighttime use, more luxurious fabrics such as mohair velvet, silk or damask are the ultimate in elegance. Why it helps to be armed with as much information as possible when you go to buy? In the world of quality soft furnishings, information is power...


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Fabric: If you have ever been out shopping for fabric, you know how daunting that process can be. There are literally thousands of upholstery materials to choose from, not to mention an abundance of patterns and colours. Whether you select cotton, chenille or leather; a pattern or printed fabric – choose something that is timeless and will last several years. Buy what you love, keeping in mind that there are some things to consider before you commit to a bright checkered pattern. Colourful prints add great visual style but work best in larger rooms where there are no patterns or prints that might clash or take over; rooms with complementary soft and light colours. Printed patterns also lend themselves well to larger pieces of furniture, such as sofas or armchairs. Damask and brocades are stunning textiles, but they won’t stand up to the wear and tear of children or pets. For active families, go for closely woven cotton, a linen blend or chintz or leather. If you have a young children, pick out plain, dark colours or patterned fabrics, and find out if the fabric is easy to spot clean or requires machine washing.

Cushion Styling: Sofa cushions are made of foam which comes in soft, medium, or firm and investment pieces are often filled with pure down or feathers. Another alternative is to opt for a combination of the two: foam on top, feathers in the middle and foam on the base.

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Top left: Custom upholstery can add a unique look and quality to existing spaces requiring ‘tailored approaches.” Robert Allen leather and fabrics compliment the Hand made “London Arm “ chesterfields.” Comfort of custom comes from solid hand made birch frames, coil sprung supporting high density Ultra cell foam, with and down and feather backs. All in house at Hartmann’s. Above: Atoll 202 designed by Giulio Manzoni and Pierluigi Colombo. Space saving system consists of queen wall bed attached to 28” of shelving with sofa and 8-foot chaise. Available at Resource Furniture, Victoria. Bottom left: Newman Chair by Barrymore. Clean, modern lines with elegantly sloping track arms, high tapered legs and box back cushions. Available at Jordans Casual Home Store, Langford (Victoria).


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A Pacific Coast State of Mind H&L travels to the island’s west coast to experience Tofino and Ucluelet

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View from Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet


For anyone that has driven the twisting, turning Pacific Rim Highway from Port Alberni to the Wild West Coast of Vancouver Island, you know what I mean when I say it is a road filled with anticipation. It really doesn’t matter whether it is your first trip or you have been a hundred times; it never gets old. It truly is one of those rare destinations that each time you go, you never know what to expect.

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Part of the privilege of working with Homes & Living magazine is having the opportunity to experience fabulous places and remarkable people. And so it was, on a Friday morning, the H&L team (staff, partners and canines included) headed out from Victoria for a 3-day weekend of adventure in Tofino and Uclulet.

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It’s always fun to take a trip with someone who has never been and Karla Peckett, H&L’s Creative Director is fairly new to the island. So, we made the awe-inspiring stop at Cathedral Grove to admire the massive old growth trees, some of which are 800 years old. After a group photo in front of the largest tree in the forest; a splendid Douglas fir that measures 76 metres high and 9 metres in diameter, the team got back on the road and arrived on the coast with lots of time to spare before dinner.

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Natural fabrics were used to maintain the room’s calm & peaceful mood

Our gracious accommodation host for the weekend was the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet. This luxuriously laid back, waterfront hotel property is an extraordinary retreat on Vancouver Island’s rugged Pacific Rim coast. Built with an obvious respect for its environment, Black Rock’s innovative architecture of wood, glass, steel and of course rock, blends in perfectly with the ruggedness of its natural surroundings.


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The hotel touts that “Black Rock is one of the most stunning new outposts on Canada’s wild Pacific coast” and I couldn’t agree more. P. Vert H&L Ad 2011 — Tracey Drake, Homes & Living 1/2

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We checked into our oceanfront villas, perched atop majestic raging waters dancing over massive outcrops of gleaming black rocks. Our suites featured a gourmet kitchen, gas fireplace, and spa-inspired bathroom with heated floors, soaking tub and rain showers, and a furnished balcony with the most spectacular views. It is one of those places where you really do go just for the hotel room – you can sit on the balcony all weekend and never get bored of the ever changing scenery.

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Later, we dressed for dinner and the team headed to the main lodge for a culinary feast that lasted for hours. We dined at Fetch, the restaurant at Black Rock, whose menu is the creation of acclaimed Executive Chef Andrew Springett, and features local themes and fresh island ingredients made to perfection.

The wine list was exceptional as was the extensive dessert menu. A special thanks to our patient server – Michelle was professional, efficient, and oh so lovely as we meandered our way (often at a snail’s pace) through an exceptional dining experience. H&L’s front desk administrative magician, Lana McKinnon created a special drink for our weekend. Aptly named the Grey Whale, it is two parts Grey Goose vodka and one part Blue Curacao. Ask for it next time you are there!

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Robert Read, publisher of Homes & Living magazine, ordered up a veritable feast of appetizers for everyone to taste. Although they were all fabulous, from the Hansen candied salmon and the fresh Dungeness crab, to the crispy confit pork belly to the seared ahi tuna, a table favourite was the Yukon gold potato and fennel soup. For main course, I recommend trying the roasted peace country double chop lamb, but the pan roasted beef tenderloin and seared Qualicum Beach scallops were also big hits at our table.

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Eugene, Jamie’s Whaling Station H&L’s photographer, Alec Watson, captured many great images of the scenery, our staff and our guide, Eugene. Any time you take a trip like this, your guide will often make or break the experience, and we had the best. Eugene, who hails from the Tla-o-qui-aht village of Opitsat, on the other side of the Tofino inlet, began his career at an early age, running a water taxi service from a small vessel, back and forth across the inlet. The water was rough that day, and Eugene was expert at manoeuvring the large swells of water to minimize seasickness, although it did not elude us altogether. Except for Suzanne Gurnell, H&L’s VP of Sales, Steve Drake, Web Services and I, everyone got a little green around the gills, and then quickly recovered. Due to the high winds, we were not able to venture out into the rough open seas and sadly, we did not see any whales. Instead, Eugene took us through the inlet and around the islands, where we saw sea lions, herons and a family of eagles; and kept us entertained with great stories about the area, the wildlife and whale watching.

Saturday we headed to Tofino – a sleepy little village this time of year. Some shops were not yet open but the charm of this place never closes. You cannot help but feel at home in Tofino; everyone is more relaxed here and even the ocean, nestled into its picturesque cove, is decidedly calmer.

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Finally, it was time… we were going whale watching! After all, with the 25th annual Pacific Rim Whale Watching Festival in full swing, it was the main reason we made the trip. Our group arrived at Jamie’s Whaling Station and prepared for our trek to see the great grey mammals. The very first whale watching company in Tofino, Jamie’s Whaling Station is in their 29th season, and offers a wide variety of tour options in either a 65 foot cruiser or a speedy zodiac. We chose the latter and got suited up in bright red, puffy flotation jumpsuits that were not at all flattering, but kept us warm and dry from the brisk elements on the open waters.

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H&L Team goes whale watching at Jamie’s Whaling Station

Saturday night, we dined in Ucluelet at the Matterson House Restaurant; a hidden gem that everyone needs to experience. It is quintessentially Ucluelet – warm, inviting, unassuming and authentic. The owners, Sandy and Jennifer Clark were the perfect hosts; Sandy is the chef and Jennifer runs the front of the house. Originally known as Glendale, and built in 1931 at a time when Ucluelet was only accessible by sea, the Clarks assumed ownership in 1996 and offer a diverse menu of affordable, home-cooked goodness. Their traditional prime rib dinner, complete with an oversized Yorkshire pudding, is alone worth the drive to the Pacific Rim.


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Relic Surf Shop and School - Lesson in progress

Sunday was supposed to be surfing day. However, the day was cold, it was raining hard and we were facing unknown road conditions for our long trip back home. Our plan was to head to Relic Surf Shop & School, where we would have surfing lessons and then hit the waves with shop owners Mike and Nicole Bray. In 2010, Relic Surf Shop & School welcomed close to 5,000 surfers; their largest demand for lessons comes from those that have never surfed before. The Ucluelet beaches are friendly and the waves are beach break style, providing perfect learning conditions.

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For H&L, surfing would have to be another day – a time we are all looking forward to. For this trip, as a group, we left a stronger team; individually, we each went home rejuvenated and relaxed. I chalk it up to the pacific coast state of mind.

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Living Teak Furniture Withstands the Tests of Time By Renee Guidolin

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Naturally attractive, low maintenance and mellow: all perfectly apt words that can be used to describe our wonderful West Coast lifestyle. So, how appropriate it is that the most appreciated material chosen for quality outdoor furniture by the most discerning homeowners is exotic and durable Teak. Thanks to the unsurpassed density of the wood and rich natural oils contained within, teak can effortlessly —and indefinitely—withstand the ravages of water, sun, and continuous outdoor exposure while developing a deepening patina with the passing seasons.

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Depending on the care and attention given to your teak furniture, time will gently alter the wood hue to a warm, golden honey or an elegant, silvery grey. The moderate climate on Vancouver Island affords us ample time to appreciate the outdoors. That probably explains why teak is one of the most popular choices for outdoor furniture pieces. Favourites include dining sets, benches, steamer chairs, chaise loungers, patio umbrellas, and of course, the iconic Canadian summer classic: the Adirondack.


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Photo credit: Teak bar and stools provided by Teak Tree, Nanaimo theteaktree.com

Indigenous to Southeast Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar, the deciduous Tectona grandis is also cultivated on plantations in other parts of the world: Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America. Due to growing ecological awareness of the need for renewable cultivation and harvesting methods, sustainable plantations in these locations are accountable to the Forest Stewardship Council—an international notfor-profit organization that is devoted to promoting responsible forest care, as well as diligently monitoring standards and certification of forest products. For the discriminating homeowner looking for the ultimate outdoor dining set for twilight gatherings or a classically comfortable chaise lounge for poolside reading, consumers who become educated about the varying grades of teak wood will be rewarded with investment teak pieces that offer tremendous value, longevity, and satisfaction.

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The most desirable of all teak woods, Grade A teak is carefully extracted from the heart of the trunk, which possesses the greatest concentration of essential oil. Additionally, Grade A teak is infused with more natural rubber and silica than any other grade, providing superior resistance to damage from water and insects. It is in this part of the tree that there are fewer knots, causing the colour and texture to be most consistent—and it is here at the heart that a deeper hue is found. Grade B teak is also considered to be desirable, and is generally accepted as a fine grade for furniture. This grade is cultivated from the outer layer of the tree’s heart, and still possesses consistency in the hue, few knots, and some naturally occurring oils.


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The quality of teak wood at cultivation is dependent upon age, requiring a minimum of 20-30 years to produce good quality lumber

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Allow teak to age naturally & achieve a perfectly authentic weathered look the first year!

Photo credit: Individual Teak pieces provided by Home & Patio Gallery, Victoria - homeandpatio.ca

To maintain a darker or honey-toned shade, teak sealer will preserve the natural colour, and will protect the wood from mold, mildew and sun damage. It is worth noting that sealer is not to be confused with varnish. The ultimate purpose of sealer is to provide a breathable method of preserving the colour of the wood, acting as both a protectant and a stain. To encourage a weathered, silver patina, teak furniture should be left to the elements and occasionally scrubbed with soapy water to remove any accumulated dirt. Leaving your teak untouched will give you a charming weathered look within the first year.

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Although it is very important to understand the different grades of Teak to make an informed purchase, maintenance of this hardy wood is minimal and requires very little care, depending on your choice of patina.

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The appeal of this fragrant, alluring wood is widely regarded by decorating experts, homeowners, artisans, and yachting enthusiasts for its enduring ability to withstand extreme conditions, while becoming increasingly beautiful as time goes by. Coming to us from distant and exotic lands, teak is truly a wood for all seasons and has found a natural home in the climate and active lifestyle of the West Coast.

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A Window of Opportunity Window coverings to protect your interior décor By Ben Vorst

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Everybody wants a house that lets in copious amounts of natural light – it’s warm, inviting and shows off design in ways we cannot artificially duplicate – but how to protect the precious artwork and investment furnishings that make it a home? What about the summer months, when southern exposure can turn a living room into a sauna and send the electrical bill skyrocketing?

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Striking a balance between a cozy, sun-drenched atmosphere and maintaining the newness of design elements can be a challenge; luckily, advances in window coverings have made it easier. The need for protection from excessive heat and damage from UV (ultra-violet) rays will depend on the age and design of the windows (single, double, or triple-glazed), the accessories in need of preservation (rugs or Rembrandts), and budgetary considerations.


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Retro-fitting of window coverings has exploded in recent years: several new technologies, and some rediscovered ones, have become popular for keeping homes cool throughout the sunny B.C. seasons. New materials are more resistant to the sun’s harsh effects, allowing for comfortable living spaces that maintain their fantastic views. Increased awareness of energy-efficiency has driven interest in options for reducing electricity usage, as well as having spurred a growth in light-diffusing window solutions.

Drapery Never Goes Out of Vogue Some old technologies are still with us for a reason: well-made drapes are still a great option for keeping out the sun and help maintain the intensity of colours inside. Velvet is making a strong comeback in interior design, and is effective in heat control and light blocking. However, any drapery weight fabric will do the trick; offering an endless array of colour and pattern choices.

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Drapes can now be enhanced with special backings (making them blackout drapes), a tightly-woven lining which reduces light conveyance to nearly nothing. With all drapes and curtains, ensuring that they overlap at the centre will provide the best coverage and insulation.

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One of the disadvantages of draperies is that it is all or nothing – roomful sunlight when the drapes are open and no natural light when the drapes are closed. Also, keep in mind that drapes can deteriorate after long-term UV exposure. Sheer curtains (or privacy curtains) allow a lot of light through, and therefore offer little in the way of sun-blocking ability.

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Solar Screens & Shades Window shades have come a long way from the office models of yesteryear. While the springloaded mechanisms are still available, newer shades work on manual clutch, crank, and motorized systems, all of which leave less to chance and dexterity. More importantly, shade materials are now far more insulating, keeping out the bulk of the heat and almost all UV rays. PVC-coated mesh fabrics are lightweight and durable, providing a long-term solution offering an unmatched level of visibility, while providing privacy from the outside. That breathtaking view that drew you to the property in the first place can still be enjoyed, without risk of sun exposure.

Shade materials are now far more insulating, keeping out the bulk of the heat and almost all UV rays

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Window blinds, both vertical and horizontal, offer excellent protection from the sun when fully closed, and are relatively affordable. Attractive alternatives to fabric and aluminum (think bamboo, wood-slat, and exotic looking faux woods) are widely used in spaces that incorporate natural design elements. As with shutters, the adjustability of blinds is attractive; however, open blinds leave interiors unprotected. Sheer blinds, which combine traditional blinds with a translucent fabric backing, can offer a little resistance to the sun, but UV-rated models are rare. For maximum heat protection from blinds, cellular (or honeycomb) blinds are the optimal choice. Although visibility is sacrificed, cellular blinds can filter out the majority of UV rays while allowing some light to pass through. They offer excellent insulation, despite being lightweight: their hexagonal design creates air pockets, forming a substantial barrier to heat.

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Louvered shutters are among the most flexible window accessories. The adjustment of the louvers allows just the right amount of light into an interior space, depending on the time of day, and the classic design has never lost its appeal to West Coast homeowners over the years. Available in vinyl, aluminum and composites, the newer models of shutters tend to last longer than their wooden forebears.

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Many of us choose to live British Columbia for its natural beauty. With the right window coverings, we can have it all, including a cool, vibrant living space from which to enjoy the amazing vistas.

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Eco-Friendly Shades are Rising Steadily in Popularity A variety of ecologically friendly window shades have appeared on the market in recent years, using renewable materials such as woven wood, reeds, grasses, bamboo, and more. These items can often be purchased without any chemical finishes applied to them, and offer natural cooling effects. Although not necessarily as durable as artificial products, quality natural shades are attractive design options in earth-conscious homes; they’re perfect for kids’ rooms and family areas. Sunshine is a great thing, as long as we don’t overdo it; nobody should have to choose between a stunning view and a comfortable home, or between natural light and colourful furnishings. Many of us choose to live British Columbia for its natural beauty. With the right window coverings, we can have it all, including a cool, vibrant living space from which to enjoy the amazing vistas.

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on Vancouver Island By Tony Parsons

So I decided to move in another direction. First, I challenged my bosses to move me on, to elevate me to that precious evening spot, but they were having none of that. The current star was firmly entrenched and, besides, they thought I was doing a perfectly adequate job on the late shift. So, to spite them I guess, I turned to the network. CTV was a burgeoning force in Canadian television. It shared the national air waves with the CBC and it was beginning to establish news bureaux in some of the larger centres across the country. Perhaps, I thought, with my reporting experience, some years in

radio and a number of years as a “street reporter” in Toronto before taking the anchor desk, and the job that had now become more than I could bear, I could convince the network bosses that I would be suitable material for a bureau in, say, Vancouver. That, I was told, was already taken by a reporter, Casey Baldwin, who seemed unlikely to give it up for the sake of some upstart anchor and move back to the climate he had happily left behind some years ago. So, what next? It turned out to be London. England! I was a Brit who still carried a British passport so why not try the BBC or ITV, the two networks that might give me at least a tryout. I went fully convinced that I would end up working “back home” and I came really close. I could have had a job but the pay was so low, compared to my Canadian salary even in those days, that I couldn`t afford to even attempt to live in a place where the cost of living was high and getting higher. I returned home utterly defeated and prepared to take whatever scraps came my way. Fortunately, luck seemed to be with me. A few days after I’d skulked back into town a call came from the network brass. As luck would have it, the Vancouver bureau had become vacant; something about a disagreement between Baldwin and his immediate bosses at head office. Who cares? I was on my way… Enjoying this sneak peek of Tony’s Take? Read the full article online at HLMagazine.com

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Tony’s Take

It didn`t take long. In fact I was smitten on the spot. I loved Vancouver Island immediately when, some thirty years ago, I travelled to Victoria to take up a post as the West Coast correspondent for CTV News. I had grown weary of the anchor desk at CTV affiliate CFTO in Toronto. It was a late night program known as Nightbeat that was a ratings success in the city and a near perfect job. Among other things, by the time I arrived at the office every day the “suits” had gone home for the day. The news room was mine; I had a small, skilful staff and half an hour of air time to fill. In a city the size of Toronto, that wasn`t exactly a huge challenge and most nights, except on those when news was breaking, we had it scripted and ready to go long before deadline. The trouble was that I had done it for nearly a dozen years. My path to bigger and better things – the six o`clock show namely- was blocked by other people with as much talent as me and no appetite to move elsewhere.

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Marine Insurance Seasonal Coverage for Pleasure Craft Boat Owners By Jill Lang

Marine insurance will protect you from unforeseen circumstances and help you avoid unnecessary costs

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As the days grow longer and summer sunshine glistens on the water long past the dinner hour, pleasure craft owners all along Canada’s West Coast cruise from early dawn until the sun kisses the horizon at dusk—not a care in the world, except for when one carefree pleasure craft boat collides with another.

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A stolen boat, theft of property, damage at port or a more serious boating accident that may hinder a few days of cruising is always difficult to deal with. However, nothing will devastate your summer boating bliss more than not carrying adequate coverage for you and your boat, or, worse, not carrying coverage at all. Marine insurance may not protect you from pirates of the Caribbean, but it will protect you from avoidable and unforeseen circumstances.

Once you have passed the boating competency exam and acquired a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (which is now law in British Columbia), make sure your vessel is registered under your name in the event of a claim. If your boat will be moored at a marina, insurance is mandatory. Or, if you enjoy marina life and are in port a lot, it’s important to understand that marine authorities have the right to request proof of liability while you’re docked or mooring in marked waters. Proper marine insurance will help you avoid unnecessary costs and hassles.

boating. Whatever type of coverage you choose, request a $2 million liability plan, to ensure you are adequately protected.

Pleasure craft boats can be insured under home policies; however, home policies are designed for English law (that is, land law) and only cover limited liability depending on the size of your boat. Marine policies are designed for marine law and cover unique marine related risks associated with

As with car insurance, incidents resulting from an illegal activity, like drinking and boating, are not covered by marine insurance. Be sure to save your ‘5 o’clock somewhere’ activities for dry land. Safe pleasure craft practices, after all, allow for endless days of boating bliss.

It is important to remember insurance of any kind is about coverage. Ask questions - be aware of limits and exclusions that apply to your policy, including trading limits (undefined sailing boundaries), and always contact your insurance broker for clarification. Sometimes altering a policy for a day is just a matter of a permission clause.


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