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

34 Distilled Design

Wood: Enduring Time and Trends By Gaile Guevara

44 Feature Home: Sentinel House


A Masterpiece Inspired by Mother Nature By Michelle Hopkins

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

60 Gentlemen’s Quarters Rooms Inspired by and Designed for Men By Mitch Wright

66 Closet Case Extracting the Maximum From Your Minimum Spaces By Ben Vorst

68 Colour Rules


Make Your Own By Amy McGeachy


72 Close Encounters Choose Countertops With Confidence By Greg Pratt



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

76 Expressions: Craig Pearce Old Wood Made Good By Adem Tepedelen

82 Tony’s Take… on a Man’s Fantasy Palace By Tony Parsons

86 Escape Getting Lost in the Okanagan By Seema Dhawan

92 Epicure


The Best of Brunch Recipes by Sylvia Main

100 Art Fix: Vancouver Art Gallery Grand Hotel: Finding Magnificence in the Mundane By Courtney Rosborough

112 Words on the Street: Hastings Street A First for Vancouver By Bruce Macdonald

116 Once Upon a Time Mount Pleasant Revival: From Derelict to Delightful By Diane Switzer

121 The Fast & the Luxurious


Fun and Fancy-free: Rules of the Luxury Roadster By Tony Whitney


124 Web Exclusives 128 Looking Forward



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


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


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

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

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

Tony Puerzer is a Feature Home photographer for Homes & Living magazine. He owns Bright Idea Photography in Nanaimo and brings fine-art craftsmanship to architecture, portrait and product photography. Highly sensitive to the environment, Tony documents settings ranging from the intimate to the extravagant, while discreetly maintaining a light presence throughout the session.

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A photographer of international repute, Ema Peter provides specialized imagery for the property development, interior design and hospitality industries. Creative vision combined with business acumen has made her a leading professional in the world of interior and architectural photography. Ema is passionate about her work and brings her natural flair and energy to all projects.

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

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Bruce Macdonald was born in Vancouver and has had a lifelong interest in local history. He conducts walks, talks and tours of Vancouver and its neighbourhoods. He is the author of the award-winning Vancouver: A Visual History, which took 10,000 hours of research, writing and designing to complete.

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

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Words and Design By jane lockhart Photographs by Brandon Barré

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

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Jane’s 5

Elements of Good

Design 1

Accentuate the Positive

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


Create Contrast With Colour

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

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





Defining Details

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

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Focus on the Fabulous

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


Size and Scale Matter


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


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

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


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


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

Photograph by Randee St Nicholas

For the Love of Music

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Homegrown Legends in the Making


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

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


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


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

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


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Above and to right. Photographs by Ann Johansson

Hearth and Home Design


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


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

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



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


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

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


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


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

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


personal side Q&A What is your favourite way to unwind after a concert?



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

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What is your proudest moment as a Tenor? Remigio Pereira: Singing with Celine Dion on the Oprah Winfrey Show and feeling my father’s presence in the room with me.

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

Is there an artist you would love to share the stage with?

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


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Timeless Interiors by Gaile Guevara

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


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


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

Words, Design and Photographs By Gaile Guevara


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

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Enduring Time and Trends


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

Wood Details Worth Investing in:


Wood tells stories


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

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


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Paint baseboard heaters to provide an integrated elevation


Accent with black to complement interior architectural details


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


A sacred space


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House A Masterpiece Inspired by Mother Nature

Words by Michelle Hopkins Photographs by ema peter

West Vancouver’s Sentinel House offers unforgettable views as far as the eyes can see Combining sleek expanses of wood and glass, the customdesigned Sentinel House in West Vancouver’s Sentinel Hill maximizes stunning mountain, ocean and cityscape views. The two-level, open-concept family home with floor-toceiling windows was designed not only to celebrate and capitalize on the sweeping vistas, but also to blur the boundary between outdoors and indoors through the use of materials, texture and colour. It’s easy to see why the homeowners were drawn to this neighbourhood. Sentinel Hill residents enjoy some of the most breathtaking vistas of Mount Baker to the Gulf Islands and every view in-between, plus some of the city’s most amazing sunsets.

“I distinctly remember,” Stuart recalls “that the first thing [the homeowners] said to me was their new home had to be designed to not block the views of their neighbours above – a common complaint with new homes on the hill. Their first concern was to be good neighbours.”

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Three years ago, the owners decided to tear down their old 1940s house to build their dream home. The couple approached Todd Best, principal at Best Builders, and Don Stuart of Don Stuart Architect Inc. to collaborate in making their vision a reality. With a combined 50 years of industry experience, this wasn’t the first time this team had worked together. In 2008 they combined efforts on another West Coast contemporary gem in West Vancouver, taking home the golden Georgie for best custom home build of the year over $3 million.


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“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’ ” ­ — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

As a result the home was designed to have only two floors with the bulk of the living area on the upper level. The home’s location on the lot and the low pitch of its roofline preserves the neighbours’ views without the owners sacrificing their own sweeping views of the Vancouver skyline from all the rooms in the house. “Todd knew exactly what we wanted and there were never any disagreements … any problem that arose was dealt with immediately,” says the owner.


Best returned the compliment saying, “It was a wonderful experience working with the clients and Don. They were both open minded and very clear about what they wanted to achieve. The result is a modern West Coast home that blends in perfectly with its surroundings. We are very proud of our work on this home and the team that put it all together.”


“The house is situated on an unusual pie-shaped corner lot and, as a result, steps in three times following the property line,” says Steve Green, Best Builder’s site manager. “This has allowed it to take full advantage of the southern exposure and

the extensive views. The structure of the house is steel and concrete; the windows, soffits and trims are all vertical grain fir; and the cladding is cross-laminated custom cedar panels.” The couple also worked closely with interior designer Andrew Wan, principal of AW Designs, and Stuart throughout the home’s design process. “The house draws on historical precedents from several parts of the world. It is meant to appear an inviting, open-air pavilion on the hillside, overlooking the ocean,” says Stuart. “The home is finished in simple natural materials, such as Douglas-fir and red cedar, both indigenous to the West Coast.” The owners were also looking for a home that was lowmaintenance. “The goal was a simple, clean, minimal home with the focal point being the views,” says Wan. “As you enter the grand foyer of the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home, you can see right through from the main living space, beyond the kitchen to the cityscapes and ocean. The main floor features engineered North American cherry hardwood and custom millwork that feels light and serene, and complements the stunning outdoor landscapes.”


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The house draws on historical precedents from several parts of the world. It is meant to appear an inviting, open-air pavilion on the hillside, overlooking the ocean

The living room forms the southern end of the home. It is surrounded by glass on three sides, allowing the homeowners to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and the harbour below. The broad roof overhangs keep much of the glass shaded in summer while permitting solar gain in the winter months. Automated blinds concealed in the ceiling allow for evening sun control and privacy as desired throughout the home. From anywhere on the main level, doors open onto a wide terrace of ivory-coloured porcelain tiles that span the length of the structure, maintaining the connection and flow from inside to outside.

A significant detail of the custom-designed island is how the eating bar is cut out to allow seats to be pushed underneath during buffet-style meals. Hanging fixtures light the work island and eating bar, which is finished in a Cambria Torquay quartz countertop. “This pure, natural quartz was carried through from the kitchen into all of the bathrooms,” says Wan. A Sub-Zero refrigerator is integrated into the elegant kitchen cabinetry, while alongside is a top-of-the-line stainless-steel oven and microwave. Come evening, crystal and glass accents catch the glow of the unique ultra-modern chandelier – which is reminiscent one of a half moon – over the dining room table.







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When the sun pours into the kitchen, it highlights the American cherry wood custom-stained cabinetry, fir window frames and the custom back-painted glass backsplash. “The backsplash has a little reflective shine to it to add a little sparkle to the kitchen,” says Wan.



The master bedroom is on the west side of the house as are the other bedrooms, which all open to a private terrace facing the ocean and the setting sun. A partial wall divides the ensuite from the bedroom. This wall ends at the height of the clerestory windows that run the length of the ensuite, which allows daylight to enter while maintaining privacy and permitting the roof overhangs to be seen and enjoyed from within. The master ensuite features an ultra-contemporary freestanding tub, which looks out to the North Shore Mountains, along with vessel sinks and soft lighting. One flight below, the open staircase leads to a large media room that boasts custom millwork throughout. A two-car garage is also located on this level.


The 3,700-square-foot home incorporates a number of sophisticated design features. Among these are the heating, cooling and ventilation controls, as well as the lighting, audio and blind control systems throughout the home. The home features LED strip lighting recessed into the custom fir-coffered ceilings, as well as a mixture of other LED, CFL and incandescent fixtures. All of the exterior lights are LED.

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The home is largely insulated with Icynene and has a high level of air tightness. The roof overhangs provide a significant degree of shading for the south-facing glass, and all of the glazing is high performance, greatly reducing the peak mechanical load.

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Heating and cooling are provided by an air-toliquid heat pump, ventilation for the home by a heat recovery ventilator. Domestic hot water is provided by an instant hot water system. The home also features radiant in-floor heating, as well as forced air heating and cooling.


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Custom glass railings take full advantage of the beauty and views, while framing all the magnificent outdoor living spaces. When the couple wants to enjoy a fire, they head outdoors onto their terrace and warm up by the fire pit. The owners can enjoy their outdoor space year-round because of the large overhangs, which provide sun protection in the summer months and shelter from the rain during our renowned West Coast fall and winter months.


To keep the property private a new hedge was planted atop the old river rock wall that was retained and still rings the lower portion of the site. The lower outdoor living space is bordered by natural rocky landscapes that tie into the home’s organic, open feel.

Stripped of any formality, the home pays homage to the sea, the mountains and the spectacular vistas from Sentinel Hill

The Sentinel House was built to be highly efficient, low maintenance and beautiful, including the roofline. Stripped of any formality, the home pays homage to the sea, the mountains and the spectacular vistas from Sentinel Hill. “It truly is a fabulous family home… Best Builders and the rest of the team clearly understood our goals,” says the homeowners.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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Rooms Inspired by and Designed for Men


Gentlemen’s Quarters Words by Mitch Wright

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

Living Room In the living room, mancentric design starts with a neutral backdrop, builds with the addition of carefully chosen accessories and is rounded out by the use of natural materials such as leather, reclaimed wood or unfinished iron, making subtle hints at masculinity, says Timothy Oulton, whose home-decor collections are known and available worldwide. Oulton suggests handcrafted items or vintage pieces to help add to the overall “manly” character, without overpowering the accessibility, of an informal living room. “We suggest using antique trunks as coffee tables or side tables – these pieces are great conversation starters,” he says. Large furniture pieces can be an effective focal point, but need to be offset with smaller arrangements – Oulton points to his new saddle chair (complete with stirrups and hand-stitched leather) as a great way to add character that also complements a leather sofa, which most men demand.

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



This is also the place for a black leather sofa, not the living room, says Curry, adding that, “most of the men we work with want a black leather sofa.”

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Curry agrees that lighter greys work well to offset the textures and materials. Furniture and decor can vary greatly depending on the owner’s lifestyle and the room’s purpose. If it’s more of a reading/writing room than a gathering place, she suggests a tufted tan leather lawyer’s (or executive’s) chair paired with a leather inlay mahogany desk. But if it’s a TV/games room you’re after, a classic ottoman for lounging says you have style but also offers plenty of laid-back comfort.




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conversely, clothing closets – and especially voluminous walk-ins – should present a varied pattern of shaped spaces; this makes choosing outfits a more ordered process and less hypnotic. Depending on the space you have to work with, consider how the closet will work with your daily routine; is it simply a storage site or do you plan to dress, prepare and become perfect inside? If it’s the latter, plan to install ample lighting, and even seating.

Visibility also helps: when miscellaneous items can disappear behind a drawer front or cabinet door, they will, but a design

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

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


TIP: Highlight your mantel with emerald green vases or candles

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

Colour Rules Make Your Own

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

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

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


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


Emerald green accents can add drama to a neutral space without overwhelming it


When working with my clients to pull together their interior space, I initially focus on purchasing and selecting the investment pieces for their home, and then build around these choices. These items are the furniture and built-in elements that often need some financial consideration before acquiring new or replacing pieces they currently own. Included in this category are sofas, cabinetry, flooring and other major finishes that can require considerable money or labour. For these, I usually suggest sticking to the classic colours. Greys, browns, beiges, blacks or whites are all timeless choices. Visualize the elegance and sophistication of a room containing a textured fabric sofa in a bold charcoal with various shades of grey on the walls, drapes and linens. A classic option is to adorn the trim and architectural features of the room with shades of white, fill the space with warm wood-grain furniture and subtly disperse emerald green toss cushions and accessories throughout the space. A few boldly coloured accent pieces can have a striking effect on a well-planned, multi-dimensional room without overwhelming the space.

Paint is one of the simplest, most inexpensive, yet dramatic ways to transform a home. Apply a bold hue to an accent wall or an entire space, then break up the solid colour by hanging a pair of subtle black and white framed photographs on the wall or a large, bevelled mirror bordered by a substantial metallic frame. This technique can add some drama to the room without going overboard with a bold colour. Repainting the wall when you become bored or tired of today’s trendy colour selection can be done easily and quickly. Cushions, throw blankets, accent chairs, area rugs, artwork and accessories are all great ways to try out emerald green in your space with minimal commitment. Pair this bold colour with your staple fluffy white towels in the powder room, bring accent dishes or linens into the kitchen, and highlight your mantel with emerald green vases or candles. Remember, colour trends will come and go, so make your colour selections based on your style and tastes.

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Choose Countertops With Confidence

Close Encounters For those indecisive about countertop materials, here’s a quick guide to the benefits and drawbacks of the various options, old and new Words by Greg Pratt

Thinking it’s time for some new countertops but not quite sure what to choose? There are so many options: the triedand-true; something more versatile and tough; something modern, edgy and... recycled? Sure, but be warned: it might sound like a fun and thrifty option, but it’s actually pricey.

The new look in luxury countertops is old, quite literally

Yes, the new look in luxury countertops is old, quite literally. Recycled or repurposed material is hot. Look carefully at someone’s fancy countertop and you might find shards of, say, local craft beer bottles, reimagined as part of a fancy new kitchen. Unfortunately, because of the costs associated with the extra processes involved, it is more expensive.


If you don’t want to go that route, there’s always a new twist on the classic laminate countertop. With a process involving high-definition photography, laminate can now look just like real stone without the cost. (It’s also possible now to get laminate without those pesky seams.)


“This came from the customers wanting the look of stone,” says Debbie Lewanzick, marketing facilitator for the Countertop Proteam Association. “We’re definitely into a palette of natural-looking colours, earth tones and things like that. That’s where the stone look comes into play.”

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Bamboo countertops are gaining popularity with homeowners wanting a modern, durable, sustainable alternative to butcher block


Choosing a countertop comes down to your personality


For a stone look, engineered stones (also known as quartz surfacing) offer a consistency that natural material like granite doesn’t have. When it comes to stone material, granite is the most-often-used stone, although soapstone also gets used for some countertops. But Kevin Cole, communications director of International Surface Fabricators Association, wouldn’t recommend soapstone. “I think it’s a poor choice for a countertop because it is a softer stone and has a higher porosity,” he says. (Porosity encourages bacteria growth and staining.)


Another trend is a result of the economy: during tough times, whatever is a bit cheaper is going to become a bit trendier out of necessity. “Granite is an area that has seen quite a bit of growth over the past several years because it is much more affordable,” says Cole.

Find what matches you and make sure its pros outweigh its cons, then let those countertops work their magic

It comes down to your personality. Modern and hip? Try cork; scratches can be sanded off of it. Intense and bold? Install stainless steel; tough to break but it does scratch easy. Natural, earthy type? Go for bamboo; it’s sustainable and strong. And there’s more: glass, tile, concrete... Find what matches you and make sure its pros outweigh its cons, then let those countertops work their magic.

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Marble, butcher block (wood) and tile countertops are all resistant to heat and timeless; however, all are susceptible to staining. While wood and tile damage can be spot-fixed, marble is difficult to fix and a full crack will ruin an entire surface. Soapstone has many of the same attributes of marble, but a less austere look.

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Solid surface countertops are durable, easy to fix and can be made to order as long as you don’t mind preparing food on a synthetic surface. Zinc is almost as resistant as steel and has character to boot.

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Granite and engineered quartz give the appearance of stone with the same smoothness and durability, but without the cost. Concrete is wonderfully versatile for odd shapes and angles, and can be tinted to suit practically any colour scheme or design vision. All are durable if properly sealed. Stainless steel, however, wins for longevity, resilience and flexibility, if you can stand its cold look.

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Plastic laminate is inexpensive, easy to install and comes in thousands of patterns; just don’t let the water get into those seams.

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Old Wood Made Good

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


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


Craig and the team at Union Wood Co. focus on using timeless, well-worn materials and creating honest goods that are bold, uncomplicated and one of a kind

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

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


What is it like to make something old new again?


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


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

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

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


Is there a bit of archaeology involved in reclaiming materials?


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





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...on a Man’s Fantasy Palace


Words by tony parsons illustrations by Ann Mei

Pained with the idea of writing about high-end interior design, Tony Parsons applies his comic touch to the topic of must-have home luxuries in a man’s fantasy palace My first inclination as I sat down to begin this column was to slam the shutdown button on my computer, march into the editor’s office and throw up my hands in abject surrender. “What on earth do I know about highend interior design?” I would plead. “Can you give me a pass this edition?” It would be difficult in the first place. She works in Victoria, British Columbia and I’m located in my CBC Vancouver workspace, not an office by any description. Taking a ferry to make my case seemed timeconsuming; email seemed cowardly; and a straightforward call on a land line would probably end up with her convincing me to at least try.


There are some must-haves on the wish list. Even a man will admit that the kitchen is the heart of any home. Wine fridges are a must. They’ve almost supplanted the wine cellar, an addition many men yearn for; of course, it must be big enough to hold the entire production of the Napa Valley from any given vintage year. Speaking of California, I had a chance to sample a steam shower in an upmarket hotel there once. Ever since, I have had one on my wish list. It’s definitely preferable to a bathtub. Like most other men I know, I’m not fond of baths for cleansing. I always figured that trying to sanitize yourself in the same water you have been sitting in for the past 15 minutes, adding soap as you go, is a bit like trying to get clean by splashing around in a mud puddle. STUDIO 604 980 8384

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So, instead of arguing, I decided to veer off course slightly and make the focus of this column: essential features in a man’s fantasy palace, as I see it!


Now a pitching green is a grand idea. Who wouldn’t want a pitching green room in their home? While you’re at it why not add a golf course simulator of the kind advertised on the Golf Channel – a virtual course all your own where you never have to wait for the foursome ahead of you to find their errant drives or argue over the rules would be luxurious. Better yet, a garden maze in the backyard would make the game that much more interesting. Next door to your in-house golf course could be the home theatre replete with a skinny TV with a face measurement that defies common sense and a sound system that, if cranked to its fullest, would blow the doors of a 10-car garage. That’s another thing a lot of men can’t seem to do without – even if they don’t own 10 cars.


I’ve always fancied a library with acres of vertical shelves and soft, leather wingback chairs arranged in front of a massive wood-burning fire that crackles and throws off hot coals that burn holes in fireside rugs and hardwood floors. It would be a very British kind of place right down to the mahogany panelling on the walls.


Poker seems to be in resurgence – so much so, there are television programs solely devoted to Texas hold ‘em and the like. If you fancy a game of poker, why not incorporate a dedicated poker room in your house. An anteroom with a multi-sided poker table used to suffice, but I’d probably equip my room with a wine fridge and a regular fridge – for beer of course – one of those huge format television sets and wi-fi. And, just for the sake of kitsch, one of those C.M. Coolidge prints of dogs playing cards and a sign on the door reading “Men Only.”

Tennis courts, squash courts and indoor swimming pools always seem to be in vogue, but there’s a maintenance issue there so I would downscale to a spa, which is really a posh name for a hot tub. I’ve seen massive aquariums in multimillion dollar homes in magazines, but putting that many fish at risk is not for me. And again there’s an upkeep question. I suppose if you’re wealthy enough to have thousands of square footage at your disposal you can surely afford a pool boy and a fish wrangler, if that’s the apt name. I could go on, but right now I’m heading for the conservatory for my first cigar of the day. You might want to consider one of those too. Not cigars, conservatories.



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Getting Lost in the Okanagan


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

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Walnut Beach Resort


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

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three things to try here 1. Private Licensed Beach

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

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

3. Best Sunsets

The resort boasts the best sunset views over Osoyoos Lake.

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Sparkling Hill Resort


three things to try here 1. Swarovski Sky Pool

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

2. Apple Strudel

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

3. The Serenity Room

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

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



three things to try here 1. Garden Salad

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

2. The Barking Parrot Bar

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

3. Private Beach

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

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Penticton Lakeside Resort


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


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






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Whet Your Appetite

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


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


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

Curried Chicken Lettuce Cups Serves. 4

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

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


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


— Robert A. Heinlein


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

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

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


Ricotta Lime Muffins

Yields. 8 large muffins 1 cup 2 tsp ⅓ cup ½ cup 1 cup 2 limes 2

all-purpose flour baking powder butter, softened sugar ricotta (zest and juice) eggs, lightly beaten

For glaze 1 lime (zest and juice) ¼ cup sugar


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease muffin tins or line tins with four-by-four inch parchment paper squares. In a bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add ricotta plus zest and juice of two limes. Stir in beaten eggs. Fold wet ingredients into flour mixture. Fill the muffin tins with the muffin batter and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. For the glaze, whisk the zest and juice of one lime and the sugar. While muffins are still warm, drizzle with the glaze. This is a fabulous summer muffin; serve with fresh fruit or blueberry lime jam.


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


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Finding Magnificence in the Mundane

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Left. Imperial Hotel, Japan, Luggage Label, c. 1935. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Words by Courtney Rosborough

Right. Bruce Price, Banff Springs Hotel, 1888. Photo by Canada/Ministère de l’Intérieur, c. 1909. Dept. of Interior/Library and Archives Canada/ PA-040647

The Waldorf. The Bellagio. The Empress. All grand hotels, all buildings with rooms to rent, each with a distinct personality. Stepping into their lobbies, one escapes from the street into a fanciful place where a custom experience awaits. A hotel’s walls hold much more than furniture; they house stories and secrets. Geographic location, era and social norms collide, forming a breeding ground for culture and culminating in the complex entity that is the hotel. Complex, however, might not be the first word that comes to mind in association with the everyday experience of a hotel. Renting a room, sleeping and checking out do not demonstrate the intricacies of these accommodation establishments. This is why Jennifer Volland and Bruce Grenville, co-curators of the Grand Hotel exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery, are exploring this sidelined subject to such extensive ends. It is such a marginalized topic, Volland states. We want the viewer to take away from this exhibit the understanding that hotels are much more complicated and integrated into our lives than we have every really considered.

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Curators of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s upcoming Grand Hotel exhibit speak on the evolution of the hotel from a utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon


Left. Peter Zumthor, Therme Vals, Switzerland, 1996. Photo: Nico Schärer. © Therme Vals


Above. Kozy Koach, El Cosmico, Marfa, 2009. Photo: Eric Ryan Anderson


It is intelligently located by an airport, casino or beach. It accommodates clients who come for business or pleasure. It can be the birthplace of literature or the muse for a musician

A hotel is designed to look a certain way to evoke a specific feeling in its guests. Marketing teams brand it down to the little bottles of soap in the bathroom. It is intelligently located by an airport, casino or beach. It accommodates clients who come for business or pleasure. It can be the birthplace of literature or the muse for a musician. Its rooms are filled with nostalgia. The Grand Hotel encompasses and intertwines all of these factors. Volland wanted to create an exhibition that was educational and interactive. Through the use of inanimate objects, articles, images, film, music and public spaces, the Grand Hotel will be a sensory overload as it accentuates the importance of hotels within the global landscape. A common theme throughout the exhibition is how hotels have evolved due to culture influence and also how hotels have influenced our culture.

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With a master’s degree from UCLA, Volland easily transitioned from graduate life with her thesis Room Service: Hotels and the Redesign of Contemporary Life into the three-year endeavour of curating this intimate exhibition. When first looking at how to physically break down the hotel into its parts, Volland and Grenville recognized that something was missing. To better comprehend the hotel as a multidimensional, culturally important space, they had to go deeper. They had to emphasize the extraordinary of this everyday space. They had to go beyond the architecture and design. Thus, the exhibition’s themes of design, travel, social and cultural aspects of the hotel were established.


Top. Raffles Hotel, Singapore, Luggage Label, 1940. Courtesy of Raffles Hotel Singapore Bottom. Imperial Hotel, Japan, Luggage Label, c. 1935. Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Much like the modern hotel, this exhibit will be a place where people from all walks of life can intersect and share their stories of this mundane yet magnificent space. With everything from an interactive lobby to a café for mingling with other guests, this grand exhibition covers almost two floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery and demands attention. With the exhibit’s web of integrated intricacies between the four themed sections, you will have to see it all to get the full experience. “You will just have to walk fast to get it all in,” says Volland.


A common theme throughout the exhibition is how hotels have evolved due to culture influence and also how hotels have influenced our culture


The hotel is a cultural phenomenon that most people have an opinion about whether it is from watching movies or personal experience; however, it is rarely talked about. Through the Grand Hotel, Volland and Grenville assert there is much to talk about. This exhibit opens in April 2013 with further public events to be held before and after the exhibit. A book is also being published as a companion piece to the exhibition and will include blog posts and stories that explore the themes in more detail.

Visit and search Grand Hotel to read historical and informative posts in the blog, or start a dialogue with the exhibition by adding your own stories.

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Limited Edition giclee print on canvas (sn95) of Hastings Street in Vancouver B.C. in 1926. Featuring the Pantages and Rex theatres and the B.C. Electric building at Hastings and Carrall

Stories Behind Vancouver’s Streets



Street A First for Vancouver On old Hastings Street, Vancouver’s original theatre row dies but is reincarnated For decades Hastings Street near Gastown’s Carrall Street was home to Vancouver’s downtown shopping and entertainment district. The glory days began about a century ago, but the area eventually fell into extreme dereliction. Today this oldest part of Hastings Street is being enlivened by an exciting and sometimes laboured reincarnation.

A block to the west was Vancouver’s favourite shopping centre, the giant Woodward’s department store complex. Today just the original 1903 Woodward’s building survives, reincarnated as part of the W2 development. W2 is $400 million of mixed-income high-rise apartments, retail and community space.

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As illustrated in the accompanying painting, in the 1920s Hastings Street was home to Vancouver’s first Theatre Row. Vancouverites came by streetcar to the Royal, Empress, Princess, National, Columbia, and as shown in the painting, the Rex and Pantages Theatres. Local restaurants such as White Lunch, Only and Trocadero were also big hits. The new “talking” movies were all the rage while the 1,825-seat Pantages continued to bring in travelling vaudeville acts such as Charlie Chaplin, Stan and Mae Laurel, and sports figures like Babe Ruth.



The intersection of Hastings and Main Streets featured three major banks, Vancouver City Hall and the city’s main library in the corner-domed 1903 Carnegie Library Building. The historic bank buildings are still there today and the library building lives on as the Carnegie Centre.


In 1929 Vancouver’s City Hall moved into the Holden Building, the brick building shown in the painting capped with the Rex Cigarettes billboard. Next door the BC Electric Company building is sporting its own rooftop Transportation sign. This building was the home station of Vancouver’s extensive streetcar system. Streetcars on Hastings could drive right into the building’s ground floor station. From here crowds of people would walk along Carrall Street going to and from the North Shore ferry in

Above. Hastings Street (East), Vancouver. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives D-04005. Top right. Rear Admiral Hastings, Mrs. Hastings and the ship’s officers and men of the flagship, HMS Zealous, at Esquimalt. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives A-00276.

the days before the First and Second Narrows bridges were built. Today the old station area is home to the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. The name Hastings goes all the way back to the 1860s, the earliest days of the modern settlement of Vancouver. Then, British Columbia was just a remote and sparsely populated British colony on the wild Pacific coast, with the Royal Navy’s Pacific Station near Victoria serving as a symbol of the globe-spanning British Empire. The local commander-in-chief was the high profile Vice Admiral George Hastings, a veteran of the First Opium War and the Crimean War. He made a big impact on the local scene with his flagship, the battleship HMS Zealous.

Hastings Street was Vancouver’s first long, straight street. In 1885, just before the city of Vancouver was founded in 1886, Hastings Street began to grow east from Gastown toward the older settlement of Hastings on Burrard Inlet by the Second Narrows Bridge. Today Hastings is still one of Vancouver’s most important streets. Hastings and Granville form one of modern Vancouver’s main intersections. West Hastings Street is a major part of Vancouver’s downtown business district, while further east the exciting reincarnation of the pioneering section of Hastings Street is underway.

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Hastings was the son of the 12th Earl of Huntington. He lent his name to Hastings Street, Vancouver’s main east-west street, and originally to the first modern settlement in what is now Vancouver. The settlement at Hastings was started in 1865 after the first modern trail was built to the shores of Burrard Inlet from the new capital of the mainland Colony of BC, New Westminster. In 1867 modern Canada was created and the Hastings Sawmill became Vancouver’s first industry. At the same time, Gassy Jack’s tiny saloon became Vancouver’s first commercial building. Although these Gastown buildings soon grew into modern Vancouver, Hastings is still recognized as the home of the city’s first road, bridge, hotel, telegraph and ferry.



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Words by Diane Switzer photographs by Martin Knowles

mount pleasantRevival

From Derelict to Delightful Restoring and updating a unique heritage home in Vancouver’s eclectic Mount Pleasant neighbourhood proves challenging but worthwhile

Listed on the City of Vancouver Heritage Register, the house is a fine example of Edwardian architecture. The house was designed by architects Campbell & Bennett for Murdoch C. McLean, a customs inspector, in 1910. The house reflects Mr. Murdoch’s comfortable middle-class place in society, and has many of the features normally reserved for more prominent homes found in upscale Shaughnessy and Point Grey including a stunning wooden staircase, panelled rooms, coffered ceilings, stained glass and beautiful fireplaces.

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Because the natural forested landscape yields an abundance of lumber, wood-clad houses abound in Vancouver, which makes this terra cotta and stone house stand out among other homes in the historic neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant. The house is distinct not only for its unique building materials, but also because it sits high above the street with its turret looking out over the city and mountains beyond.


When the owner purchased the derelict house in 2009, the structure was still plumb after 99 years. Architect Robert Lemon, *MAIBC, was engaged to design a modern addition to the rear and west side of the house to create a gracious new dining room and kitchen. With a long history of conserving heritage buildings in the city, Mr. Lemon successfully wove the modern addition into the existing layout and fabric of the house. Left intact as a feature wall of the new dining room is the original exterior stone wall of the house. The original windows have all been restored and they are operable and weatherproof, including the beautiful stained glass windows on the staircase landing. The beautiful kitchen, with its bank of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the back garden, although housed in the modern addition, ties in seamlessly with the original house. The new rear addition includes bronze detailing and is clad in bronze Alucobond to pick up on the metallic flecks in the historic glazed terra cotta exterior of the house. Under the guidance of contractor Murray Wystrach, the house was updated from top to bottom with new bathrooms, electrical and compact hot-water radiators from Denmark, all the while ensuring that the original character of the building was retained through careful restoration of the woodwork by master painter Colin Griffinson. The interior designer, Audrey Topliss, in partnership with the homeowner, selected period-appropriate light fixtures. The original coal fireplaces were retrofitted with gas inserts. The new roof on the house is covered in rubber slate tiles, which are almost indistinguishable from real slate; while the roof on the new garage, whose brick cladding mirrors the original cladding of the house, is roofed with zinc.


The restoration will ensure the house lives on for another 100 years to help tell the stories of the people and enterprises that built the city


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The renovation of this unique stone and turreted house was not without its challenges. Similar to most older homes, many features did not conform to modern building codes, causing delays and discussion over how to either work around the code issues or introduce new materials that would conform to building codes while maintaining the character of the house. There were unforeseen catastrophes such as the collapse of the front stairs and supporting walls, which required a complete rebuild of the approach to the house from the street. And there were changes of heart, such as when the owner thought she wanted an infill house in the backyard that would have increased density on the site, but once the renovation came together she changed her mind desiring to retain the back garden as is.

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The final result was worth it. With the latest in modern conveniences, and the ambience and character retained through the restoration of original materials, the house will live on for another 100 years to help tell the stories of the people and enterprises that built the city. The completion of this magnificent restoration is an exciting event. The house will be open on the 2013 Vancouver Heritage Foundation Heritage House Tour.


In its natural form, the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant was full of ravines and creeks once full of salmon, sturgeon, trout and more flowing into False Crerek. Over the last century they have been filled in with the Main Street of today following the line of the Brewery Creek up the hill. Mount Pleasant is thought of as Vancouver’s first suburb. Its development began in the mid-to-late 1800s with the establishment of a number of farms. Commercial establishments, corner stores, churches and public transportation routes soon followed resulting in a highly liveable and desirable neighbourhood that retains its historic character to this day. The street level experience coupled with the presence of many artists’ studios makes the area vibrant. It is an attractive and desirable place for people, like the new owner of the McLean House, who is seeking a denser, more liveable and walkable neighbourhood, to move to.

The beautiful restored stained glass windows on the staircase landing are operable and weatherproof

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The Fast & The Luxurious

Words by Tony Whitney

Auto Trends & Test Drives

Fun and Fancy-free Rules of the Luxury Roadster

Today roadsters are more abundantly available than they have been for years, but now they tend to hover in or around the luxury market. The SUV boom might reflect the fact that buyers want maximum practicality

from their primary vehicle, but roadsters are toys and mostly for leisure use. Most people who own roadsters, with their limit of two seats and minimal cargo room, have one or more other vehicles for day-to-day transportation chores. The roadster is just for fun and fun is exactly what you’ll get – even at the entry level of the roadster market with cars like the inexpensive Mazda MX-5. Let’s take a brief look at six desirable roadsters at various price points. I should point out that there are lots of sports cars around with tiny seats in the back, suitable only for small children or as a place to throw your jacket or bag, but these don’t qualify as roadsters.

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Back in the dawn of motoring, all cars were roadsters. If you bought a car in the closing years of the 19 th century, you got yourself a roadster whether you liked it or not. Mostly adapted from the horse-drawn buggy, there was no demand for more than two seats or a roof – people were happy enough simply to acquire powered transportation. The demand for “innovations” like weather protection and passenger space came later as the auto industry developed.


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2013 Audi R8 Spyder

2013 Chevrolet Corvette

2013 Jaguar F-Type

The Audi R8 was one of the most spectacularly beautiful sports cars ever built in the eyes of many and, after the introduction of a coupe, the roadster wasn’t far behind. Low, sleek and boasting all kinds of great Audi features – like Quattro all-wheel drive – the R8 Spyder looks superb with the top up and (especially) with the top down. Few cars give the driver the experience this one does. Get behind the wheel and you’ll really feel part of the car. Handling is astonishing and response from both engines – V8 or V10 – is as impressive as a race car. It’s a remarkable car and, although it’s been around a while now, it’s still a real head turner.

The Chevrolet Corvette is a highly desirable car in convertible form and still offers the best value on the performance/dollar scale than any other sports supercar on the planet. Supercharged V8 versions by legendary U.S. tuner Callaway are even faster with up to 652 HP available. These days, the ‘Vette is a more forgiving car than it used to be and you don’t have to be a race car driver to get the best out of it. Add to this the great finish and quality that’s coming out of General Motors these days and you have a roadster that’s as good as any competitor and better than most. And thanks to the car’s composite bodywork, it’ll never rust either.

It’s been rumoured for years and now it’s finally here – it’s the stunning new Jaguar F-Type, which will surely be hailed as true successor to the iconic E-Type of the 1960s. The roadster looks every inch a Jaguar and will certainly blaze a new path for the fabled British automaker. It’s small, light and less expensive than its big brother XK. It’s a very modern-looking package but still retains unmistakable Jaguar themes. Versions with V6 (new) and V8 power will be available – and the auto transmission is an eight speed! There are even rumours that the future could include hybrid and all-wheel drive versions. As far as size goes, the F-Type is slightly longer than a Porsche Boxster and shorter than a 911. It’s the first Jag in this configuration for 50 years.

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2013 Mazda MX-5

2013 Porsche Boxster

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK

Over many years and several generations, the Mazda MX-5 has remained a firm favourite as a true roadster at an affordable price. Another of those “wear it rather than drive it” cars, the MX-5 (once called Miata) is a joy to drive, even though it offers fairly modest four-cylinder power. One unique feature in this class is you can order one with either a fabric soft top or a folding hardtop. Either way, trunk space is surprising given the car’s diminutive size and two people and their luggage can use the Mazda for long road trips. It’s still the best bang-for-thebuck roadster on the market.

Although the Porsche Boxster is far from being among the most expensive roadsters around, there are few that can match its allround capability. It’s a delightful car in every respect, and for 2013 there’s a new model with updated bodywork and a new interior. In true Porsche tradition, there are no dramatic changes and rightly so. If ever an automaker got a car right the first time it would have to be the Boxster. Handling and response are remarkably good and, though fans of the more costly 911 series of Porsches often regard the Boxster as a poor man’s Carrera, it’s probably because they haven’t driven one enough.

When it appeared, the SLK was the first car of the modern era to feature a convertible hardtop, so in many respects it was a pioneer. A few generations down the line, the car looks more spectacular than ever, with the latest version even picking up a cue or two from Mercedes-Benz supercars of the past. There are several versions, from a four cylinder entry-level car to an AMG variant that somehow has a potent V8 squeezed under its graceful hood. Whichever one you choose, it comes with lots of traditional Mercedes values and excellent performance and handling.

Tony’s picks for best 2013 roadsters continues on

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

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

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

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

Money Matters by Doug Parkhurst


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


Pages 44-52 Photographer: Ema Peter, All suppliers listed to the best of our knowledge, provided by Best Builders: AW Designs,; Best Builders,; Cambie Roofing,; Divine Hardwood,; Don Stuart Architecture,; Fluff Designs,; FloForm,; K & S Painting; LMJ Masonry,; Robinson Lighting & Bath,; Sato Electric,; Tupper Landscaping; V6B Cabinets,; Wide Open Welding,

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Expert Interiors Page 54-55 Opening spread: Sublime Interior Design Ltd.,; Photographer: Ivan Hunter,; Art: Ronan Boyle, Page 56 Design: Patricia Gray Interior Design, Page 57 Accent Light Fixtures: Feiss light table lamp from the Ceramica Collection,; Photo: Illuminations Lighting Solutions Ltd., Page 58 Design: Corea Sotropa Design, Gentlemen’s Quarters Page 60-61 Opening spread: The Beat Generation Room Set: Luxe Interiors, Page 62 Left: Hotel Georgia Residences, suite 2502; Top right: Metro Room provided by Luxe Interiors,; Bottom right: Recreation Room: Swiftsure Woodworks, Page 64 Top left and bottom: The Definity Collection: Sandy’s Furniture, Colour Rules Page 70 Top left: The Definity Collection: Sandy’s Furniture,; Bottom left: Rolf Benz Collection: Home Couture,; Large main: Stressless: Scan Designs, Close Encounters Page 72-73 Large main: Teragren Formations™ Worktop, PureForm™ Parquet Bamboo Butcher Block (caramelized); Photographer: John Granen; © 2013 Teragren LLC; Teragren, Page 75 Top: Wave House, Aug/Sept 2012 Vancouver Feature Home by KBC Developments,; Countertop: Pacific Granite Manufacturing,; 2nd from bottom: Bellingham™ Waterstone Collection™ from Cambria; Colonial Countertops,

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Crate & Barrel Now Open in Oak Ridge Centre

Design Lighting’s Award-Winning Showroom Will Wow You

Home Couture now Carrying Rolf Benz

Crate & Barrel fans can rejoice with the opening of a second Vancouver store in Oak Ridge Centre. After the success of launching CB2 on Robson Street to the delight of British Columbia fans, they opened a new store March 21 in the up-andcoming Oak Ridge Centre. The new store boasts 23,000 square feet and holds more than 8,000 unique individual items. Their 18,000 sq. ft. show room is filled with all the great products and brands you expect from Crate & Barrel.

Design Lighting’s 5,000-square-foot award-winning showroom is the only one to feature the sophisticated Optiwatt switching system, which allows every fixture on display to be connected, but only 10% of the fixtures are turned on at any given time. This way visitors and designers can test any light on the spot. Plus, the actual light bulbs designed for the fixtures are used so people can truly envision the fixture in their home. Residential Lighting Magazine awarded them North American showroom of the year best marketing award in 2011. They also won International Retailer of the Year in 2011 (ARTS Awards).

Quality German craftsmanship is coming to Home Couture in the name of Rolf Benz. The young upholsterer from Nagold, whose name brands this iconic line, founded the company in 1964 when he developed a sophisticated range of modular sofas that finally made it possible to watch television together and to talk face to face.

It’s no surprise the iconic brand of Crate & Barrel has enjoyed 50 years of success in the United States and has swarms of fans in Canada. They endeavour to deliver a wow experience to everyone. Every detail has been attended to; every product is treated like art and displayed so customers can see the great design, but also the functionality. The store is a giant space for inspiration, and aspiration, to transpire. They also have a fantastic gift registry program. Targeted promotions will be offered this spring – and all year long – to celebrate the new store launch. Whether you’re looking for high-end products, a great value or you just want to come gather inspiration, the team invites you experience Crate & Barrel for yourself. Expect to be wowed.


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In addition to carrying more than 2,500 products from more than 50 different manufacturers – including the well-valued Kichler line and popular Galaxy brand – Design Lighting has also started carrying home accessories like designer chairs, electric Dimplex fireplaces and batteryoperated blinds by Lutron. Bill Dehaas and his team promote only the industry’s best products. Their on-site testing lab allows them to filter out the best lines and products. Their showroom is also the only one in Western Canada that has a design lab, a 14 by 24 foot space that contains a full-size kitchen, dining room and living room, and features a variety of products on display. Design Lighting continues to be the local favourite. Established in March 2000, Design Lighting has grown to supply lighting throughout Western Canada, Washington State and beyond. Visit their award-winning showroom today. Design Lighting 100 - 5499 192 St. Surrey, BC 604.576.8733

From the first hour, the mission of the company and the man was, “The architecture of comfort.” Guided by his passion for upholstered furniture and design, Benz designs pieces that uphold the highest standards of quality, but are also timelessly beautiful; pieces that do not dominate a room, but underline the subtle elegance of their user. After more than four decades in business, the Rolf Benz line of classic, award-winning sofas, armchairs and chairs is still handmade in Germany and sticks to its south German roots in the Black Forest – tradition combined with engineering and design excellence. Rolf Benz is a symbol of innovative German design. It was awarded the prestigious Best Brands Award for Best Furniture Brand and is among the top 25 German luxury brands. Home Couture is the largest furniture brands showroom in Canada. Their mission is to fulfill their distinguished clients’ needs for peerless quality fine furnishings. Continuing to deliver on their mission, they are pleased to present the first Rolf Benz gallery in Canada. Visit their gallery today to view their unmatched selection of exclusive furniture lines. Home Couture Galleria of Fine Furniture 1311 United Boulevard Coquitlam, BC 604.521.7727

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