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A home for the holidays By Jane Lockhart
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50 FEATURE HOME: Private Residences at Hotel Georgia by Delta Land Developments ltd. Stunning skyscraper embodies city living at its best By Jessica Krippendorf
60 The Colour of Things to Come What colours to expect from interior design 2013 By Ben Vorst
66 Bedding down
Choosing divine bed linens can result in a heavenly sleep By Roberto Bernardi
A beautiful sound By Michelle Hopkins
74 hosting the holidays
Hosting a large holiday dinner takes a lot of work By Michelle Hopkins
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Holiday influences inspire a colourful, timeless tabletop By Jessica Krippendorf
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With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be welcoming family and friends into our homes for weekend visits or extended stays. Either way it’s important to provide guests with an inviting space that will make them feel welcomed and at home. Adding a few creature comforts is all it takes to give any spare room a little boost for holiday guests.
Making room If you don’t have a designated guest bedroom consider having family members share a room, freeing up their room for the guests. Choose one of the larger rooms and one that’s separate from the family’s bedrooms to give you and your guests as much privacy as possible.
Neutral, subtle and warm, this butterscotch and chocolate colour scheme is a welcome relief for male guests and those who prefer a less fussy décora
Window coverings, whether blinds or curtains, should sufficiently block out the morning light. This will be especially appreciated the morning after an evening of celebrating!
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Assign a bathroom that’s closest to your guests’ room if it doesn’t have an ensuite. This will help avoid the disruption of your family’s routine and give your guests privacy during their stay.
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“Music is a universal language and it brings people together.” — Sarah McLachlan
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After a full day in school, students trickle into the Sarah McLachlan School of Music for a different kind of education. They start arriving around 3:30 p.m. and classes often run until 8 p.m. As they wait for their lessons to start, students tackle homework or catch up with friends. The sound of voice and music is everywhere. It is the sound of Vancouver-based, internationally-acclaimed musician Sarah McLachlan’s dream come to life.
“We are all craving that authentic experience with real human beings,” she says. “It’s about expanding one’s understanding of the possibilities to be able to show the world your gifts and your worth.”
The Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SoM) provides after-school music education, at no cost, to underserved and at risk children who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the benefits of such a program. At its core, it’s about coming together through music and building community, McLachlan says.
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The Private Residences tower at Hotel Georgia appears to glow against Vancouver’s stunning skyline. Generous exterior glazing casts a shimmering presence that complements the hotel’s historically styled brick podium — the juxtaposition effectively embraces the old and the new dichotomy so prevalent in the city’s bustling downtown. The tower’s cutting edge architectural flavour was designed by award-winning IBI Architects, but driven by the executive team at Delta Land Developments Ltd. “We have one of the world’s most beautiful harbours,” says Ken Bowden, chairperson for the company. “We just couldn’t go square. Our buildings have to stand out.”
Delta Group secured a legacy of historical beauty and significance with the total restoration of Hotel Georgia, constructed in 1927 at the corner of Howe and West Georgia streets in the heart of the city’s business district. The addition of a 48-storey office and residential tower that gleams like a beacon against the unique West Coast backdrop contributes to one of Vancouver’s signature offerings — effortless city living.
Delta Land Development Ltd. is the North American arm of Delta Group of Companies — who in working with outstanding teams of architects and designers have established an international presence in some of the world’s most exquisite properties. With offices in Singapore, London and Vancouver, Delta Group prides itself on creating legendary projects within the top ten per cent of quality, location and innovation.
The Colour of Things to Come What Colours to Expect from Interior Design 2013
FLEXIBLE COLOUR SCHEMES A flexible colour scheme of muted richness and soft tones creates the backdrop for bold splashes of colour
With 2013 almost upon us, a whole new year of interior design waits just around the corner. Another year of redefining our spaces and letting our friends and family have a peek at our inner sensibilities via our design choices. The thrill of it all!
For many of us, the choosing of our colours and themes is a major creative outlet, and with the steady stream of design options from producers, the choices can seem endless and can leave us reeling. Where to start? A peek at the coming year’s projected trends is in order; while all of us like to perceive ourselves as unique and charmingly idiosyncratic, there’s no shame in being inspired by what’s out there. It can also help us find a starting point from which to launch our creative assault on our homes.
Each person has colours in which they feel more comfortable and at home (so to speak); interior design is the perfect forum for busting out of this pernicious habit. Expand your horizons by broadening your palette! Think of it as an exercise in pluralism — in an age when polar extremes are becoming the norm, refuse to be pigeonholed by tradition, even your own. A major trend of the recent past will roll on in 2013: Traditionally vibrant colours will continue to be muted and subtle tones will dominate our spaces.
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Lasting memories Thoughtful planning and tasteful details will go a long way to ensuring this holiday is one to remember Words by Michelle Hopkins
hosting the holidays There’s excitement in the air as family and friends gather together for the holidays. The aromas of the traditional turkey dinner fills the air, creating anticipation for the grand finale of the day — the means by which we gather together in the warmth of our homes, to share the joy of the holiday season. However, putting together the perfect soiree can often seem a bit daunting. It’s akin to a finely tuned orchestra — where food, décor and atmosphere must come together in perfect harmony. Homes & Living has compiled a list of timeless and necessary kitchen tools, as well as decorating ideas, to make this festive meal your best ever.
If the kitchen is the heart and soul of a home, during the holidays it is never truer. Raise your glass as we take you through some grand ideas that will help you host an evening your family and friends will remember long after the decorations are put away.
The right table setting creates the stage for holiday meals to shine
Nature-inspired holiday ideas to transform your outdoor space
deck the lawn Words by Michelle Hopkins
Instead of dreaming of a white Christmas, many people are looking toward a green-inspired holiday this year. Although artificial Christmas wreaths, shimmering garlands and Hallmark ornaments can be lovely, there is something about naturally beautiful, eco-friendly West Coast Christmas adornments that show grace and style. So, instead of choosing plastic or glass decorations, why not pay homage to an old-fashioned Christmas by heading outdoors for your décor inspiration? You can create a magical, elegant exterior with natural items, such as pinecones, evergreen branches, holly and dried berries. Decking your hall, or in this case, your lawn, doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. When it comes to creating that welldressed, inviting entrance, all it takes is a little spark of imagination and a little time to fashion a more meaningful Christmas.
Make a dramatic entrance For a look of simple elegance, place a live tree in your favourite container — for the West Coast, you can use deciduous trees such as Liquidambar, Japanese maple, crab apple, flowering plum and ornamental cherry. Another fabulous look is to line potted mini trees up the stairs, placing one tree on each stair leading to your front door for a striking visual line up to your entry.
Embrace the elements There is an endless selection of outdoor Christmas decorations made from organic, recycled and scrap materials. Try dough, cinnamon sticks, bows, gingerbread, holly, seasonal berries, organic fruits and vegetables, ivy and evergreen branches, painted eggshells and dried Indian corn. You are only limited by your imagination. When you festoon the trees and bushes in your yard, however, it’s important to remember to choose homemade decorations that can withstand a few weeks of our West Coast weather. An environmentally friendly Christmas need not be the traditional red and green. You can easily achieve the subtle and sophisticated natural outdoor Christmas décor that pays deference to our natural West Coast beauty, while leaving the tiniest of footprints behind.
When we trim the exterior of our homes, we bring the joy of the season to our neighbours, family and friends as well. Somehow Christmas lights and garland seem to instantly spread holiday cheer. You can extend even more good tidings by adorning the outdoors using what Mother Nature provides in abundance.
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California has its Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, The Louis Vuitton Classics automobile events are worldwide and now Vancouver has a solid rival with its Luxury & Supercar Weekend and Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance, staged early September at the city’s beautiful Van Dusen Gardens. The weather was great, the cars were beyond spectacular and the crowds, prolific and elegant. It’s a luxury lifestyle feast not to be missed.
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It was almost certainly the most awesome gathering of fine cars ever seen in Canada. Vancouver’s superb Van Dusen Gardens again played host to the stylish Luxury & Supercar Weekend and Shaughnessy Concours d’Elegance, staged in the mild and sunny early September weather the city is often blessed with.
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It’s been a year since Montreal-based Montauk Sofa launched in Vancouver. The company opened shop in a heritage building that once housed a hotel and Chinese food restaurant, but has become a decadent furniture showroom. The company celebrated its one-year anniversary in the city in September.
Blu Bathworks’ new showroom — which opened this summer — was designed as a simple, colourful platform to showcase some of the best bathroom design on the market.
Euro-Line Appliances West is Western Canada’s distributor for premium European appliance brands such as Liebherr, AEG and Porter & Charles. In November the company officially opened its Vancouver showroom, located at 2912 West 4th Avenue.
Montauk Sofa made its debut into the design world with a collection of traditional oversized chairs, ottomans, loveseats and reclaimed furniture in 1997 in Montreal. The furniture continues to be manufactured in Canada, although the store has expanded to include boutiques in New York, Toronto, Chicago and Calgary as well. Montauk Sofa also has a dynamic web presence. The website expanded to include a blog called Let’s Tauk in 2012. The space is used to keep customers and fans updated on the latest news, events and trends through written posts, videos and images. The Misfits, Montauk’s overstock sale site, remains active and site visitors can also learn more about the company through Design Q&A. The interactive space allows visitors to post a question and receive insight from designers about any number of topics such as colour trends, problematic room layouts and fabric. Montauk Sofa 604.331.2363 228 Abbott St. Vancouver, BC montauksofa.com
The Blu Room is an open plan design and exhibition studio, sharing the showroom space with Blu Bathworks offices, a conference room and additional showroom facilities. Blu will hold regular product training sessions, together with other events aimed at architects, interior designers, plumbers, developers and other professionals. Brand experience manager Marlies Coventry is the curator of the space. “The Blu Room is part of my vision for the brand’s growth and it was conceived as a center for design intelligence,” says Michael Gottschalk, Blu Bathworks head designer. “With this new set-up, the space acts as a laboratory for product development so we can work with designers, architects and distributors to gain input and feedback during the design process, as well as with consumers to help us evolve our products.” Blu Bathworks is a Vancouver-based modern bathware design-house and manufacturer. Founded by Gottschalk, a Canadian designer, the brand has grown across Canada, the United States and internationally. Its designs can be found in high-end homes and five star hotels worldwide. The Blu Room 604.299.0122 188 Smithe St. Vancouver, BC blubathworks.com
The showroom features refrigerators, freezers and wine storage units by Germany-based Liebherr; ovens, ranges, cooktops, dishwashers, ventilation hoods, washers and dryers by AEG; and ovens, cooktops, ranges, dishwashers and laundry appliances by Porter & Charles. “Our brands are all individually selected for their quality design, superior performance and engineering, and their incorporation of green manufacturing practices,” explains Mark Eglington, president of Euro—Line Appliances West. “We believe our appliances offer the best performance and value in their class. By providing freestanding, fully integrated or built-in options, in a variety of size profiles, we offer maximum flexibility for any kitchen design in any space.” Homeowners, builders, kitchen designers and their clients are welcome to visit the showroom. “We know it’s important to see and touch the appliances when specifying products for a kitchen,” Eglington says. “We encourage people to visit the showroom to get a true sense of the superior quality of these brands, and to get inspired by the many options available.” Euro-Line Appliances West 604.235.3980 2912 W. 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC euro-line-appliances.com
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These spectacular aluminum and wood candlesticks make the perfect gift. They stand between 18 and 21 inches tall, with a 5.5 inch square base.
Ralph Lauren Home, Avalon Lounge Chair Dramatic architectural lines and art deco touches lend any home a refinded, timeless glamour.
Among the giants of Danish Design, Verner Panton established a unique reputation for his exuberant originality and tireless experimentation. Panton’s iconic works have emerged as contemporary design classics. Pieces featured; Spiral, Pantop Floor and Wire.
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Visit Canada’s first Natuzzi Italia Store at Sandy’s Furniture.
1335 United Boulevard, Coquitlam 604.520.0800 975 Langford Parkway, Victoria, BC 250.391.6646 www.sandysfurniture.ca/natuzziitalia
Mon - Wed: 9:30AM - 6PM Thurs & Fri: 9:30AM - 9PM Sat: 10AM - 6PM Sun & Holidays: 11AM - 5PM
Introducing the world’s most beautiful family car The world’s most elegant four-door sports car. The Rapide exists in a class of its own – a stunning evolution of Aston Martin’s unmistakable design language, accommodating four adults in luxury, yet providing the sensational sports car performance and supreme refinement that are synonymous with all Aston Martins.
Aston Martin Vancouver 1730 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6J 3G7 ________________________ 604.738.5577 astonmartinvancouver.ca
Official government fuel consumption figures in MPG (Litres per 100km) for the Aston Martin Rapide: Urban 12.5 (22.6), Extra Urban 27.1 (10.4), Combined 19.0 (14.9). CO2 emissions: 355 g/km AM-Homesandliving.indd 1
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