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36 on the cover

22 Jane’s World Working the Room By Jane Lockhart

36 Distilled Design

Wood: Enduring Time and Trends By Gaile Guevara

46 Feature Home: James View Residence A View From Every Room By Jessica Krippendorf

56 Expert Interiors


Design Advice and Ideas From the Experts By Goody Niosi

62 Gentlemen’s Quarters

Rooms Inspired by and Designed for Men By Mitch Wright

68 Closet Case

Extracting the Maximum From Your Minimum Spaces By Ben Vorst

70 Colour Rules Make Your Own By Amy McGeachy

76 Close Encounters


Choose Countertops With Confidence By Greg Pratt


82 Galleria Rugs: Flat Out Gorgeous By Sarah Norton


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living 28 Celebrity Profile: The Tenors Homegrown Legends in the Making By Michelle Hopkins

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


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

94 Escape: Historic Fairholme Manor Come for the Beauty, Stay for the Brunch By Michelle Hopkins

100 Epicure The Best of Brunch Recipes by Sylvia Main

106 Garden Splendour Feng Shui Every Day By Pat Burkette

110 Art Fix: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria


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116 Words on the Street: McKenzie Avenue Making His Mark By Danda Humphreys

122 Haunting of… A Ghost Hunt at Helmcken House By John Adams

132 Legacy Estate Planning: A Long Story Short By Robert Pesti

135 The Fast & the Luxurious


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


138 Web Exclusives 144 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 28). 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. The James View Residence 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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Michelle Hopkins

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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.”

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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Austrian-born Sylvia Main is the owner of Fairholme Manor – a historic bed and breakfast in Victoria’s Oak Bay neighbourhood. She is also a self-taught chef and bestselling author of two recipe books, Fabulous Fairholme and Easy Elegance From Fabulous Fairholme who is passionate about food and presentation. Visit

Local author Danda Humphreys conducts tours through Victoria’s historic downtown areas. Her latest book Government Street: Victoria’s Heritage Mile is now available in local bookstores. A skilled researcher and author, Humphreys has written and published five award-winning books on the history of Victoria. Visit

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John Adams is a Victoria historian, author and operator of “Discover the Past” Tours. He and his wife live in a 1909 restored heritage house in James Bay. To join John on one of his popular “Dinner Ghosts” evenings, call 250.384.6698 or email to make reservations. Join him on “Ghostly Walks,” his classic ghost tour, in Old Town throughout the year. Check for more details.

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

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Greg Pratt is a Victoria-based journalist, editor, and father of two. He has been writing for over 10 years and was recently shortlisted for CBC’s The Song That Changed Your Life writing competition. He likes the recycled beer bottle countertop idea, although he must admit that cork and stainless steel also have certain charms.

Goody Niosi is a former film director, scriptwriter and editor. She has been writing for newspapers and magazines since 1990 and also has six published books to her credit including The Romance Continues, the biography of well-known artists Nixie Barton and Grant Leier. She lives in the countryside on Vancouver Island where she is working on her next book.

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Solving Your Design Dilemmas


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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

A neutral colour scheme doesn’t have to be bland if you play with contrast

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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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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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-yearold daughter created. “It looks like a Picasso painting with a plethora of colours,” he said.


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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 prankingKBDesignFebH&Living2013.indd 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.


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

Currently The Tenors are on a 70-city North American tour, which ends June 29, 2013. This fall they will head to Europe for performances in Holland and Germany, to name a couple.

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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.

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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.

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This West Coast contemporary North Saanich home takes full advantage of the ocean views from every angle James View Residence embraces West Coast contemporary styling with an unbridled energy and passion. The 3,400-square-foot two-level home is nestled in a beautiful Saanich neighbourhood overlooking the ocean, the San Juan Islands and Sydney Spit. Angular rooflines are the first feature to capture the creativity and motion of the natural environment – the ocean and landscape are never flat, says the homeowner. The perfect blend of natural materials on the front of the home completes the aesthetic. A K2 stone base on the attached garage flawlessly connects with a wide stamped concrete driveway, while horizontal cedar siding and creamy beige stucco allow the architecture to take centre stage. A cedar detail dissects the stucco part way up the main block, breaking up the mass and separating the large windows on the front of the home. A three-car garage with opaque glass doors is a natural extension of the living space that adds to the dynamic exterior.

“The home was built to maximize the view,” says Graeme Mann, owner of the home and principal at GT Mann Contracting. Mann runs the full-service contracting company with his brother Trevor. GT Mann has garnered steady attention for its team’s versatility and craftsmanship, priorities matched only by a history of exemplary service.

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The pivot hinge front entry door is a testament to the home’s primary purpose: to create and maintain a consistent connection with the stunning view to the back of the property. Immediately inside, a staircase makes a rectilinear spiral to the second floor, but a tempered glass rail and floating steel stringer maximize the space and maintain uninterrupted access to the view.


“Our grandfather started a family company that always operated on being honest and forthright, and we operate on the same principles,” says Mann. “We are transparent with clients and keep them informed and involved along the way. We want them to have comfort in the fact that things are going as they want them to.”


The 18-foot-high ceiling in the foyer creates space and welcomes natural light, mimicking an open sky. A sleek, professional office space – perfect for the developer’s business – sits off to the right of the entrance. Olive green walls and Douglas fir cabinets and shelving – milled on Vancouver Island – are an effective backdrop to a black quartz desk and perimeter tops that add sophistication with a hint of sparkle.


The shelving unit offers plenty of storage in two stacks of cabinets and two-inch centre shelving – the horizontal grain is a stylish detail that visually widens the room. A generous picture window opens up to the front of the property, its black frame tying in with the staircase stringer and the rest of the windows on this level.

The main living area is an open kitchen and great room divided by the dining area. In the great room, the focal point is a brilliant fireplace surrounded by K2 stone from Quadra Island dry fit for a natural exposed look. “I liked it because of its natural look,” says Mann. “We use it a lot because of its blue colour – it mimics the colour of the ocean and complements the stamped concrete on the exterior.” The fireplace is braced by a stone hearth and a fir mantle; white and grey leather furniture is a strong complement to the black accents in the staircase and window casings. Potlights throughout the space cast a warm, ambient glow in the evenings. “We tried to bring the natural elements in and highlight them against the simplicity of the white walls,” says Mann. He achieved this goal perfectly – the rich earth tones in the natural materials glow against the neutral walls, punctuated effectively and subtly with art and mirrored accents. The back wall, which runs the entire length of the living area, is made of glass – floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors leading from the great room outside to a generous patio

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serve the double function of framing the view and extending the living area. An open nook under the staircase is positioned opposite the windows, which frame the dining area with clever rectilinear symmetry when viewed from the great room. The dining area is the perfect home for a large wooden dining table with steel supports. White leather chairs with wooden bases invert the aesthetic and invite cozy family dinners, which the family holds every Tuesday. “We always find ourselves sitting around the table talking so we wanted an open space that [would] allow us to do that and see everything going on,” says Mann.

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“We wanted the kitchen to be as functional as possible and have a large island for entertaining,” says Mann. “We also wanted a large outdoor dining and kitchen area where we can sit for hours and take in the view and wildlife out the back.”




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In the main floor’s powder room, the style for the rest of the ancillary bathrooms is set. A tried-and-true piedmont grey wall colour sets an ocean-inspired tone behind a wenge horizontal grain vanity with undermount lighting. A recessed kick creates the appearance of a floating vanity, but with greater stability, says Mann. Glass tiles in the low-profile backsplash connect the quartz counter to the wall colour for a sense of completeness. A beautiful cracked glass vessel sink is a luxurious centrepiece for the room, and a trough fixture finishes the contemporary look.


The house was designed with an elevator shaft for later use, but is more functional in the present as a wine room, complete with cross shelving, a refrigerator and a white quartz counter. In the master bedroom, huge picture windows ensure every morning begins with a stunning view of the ocean, while cellular shades black out the windows for total sleep comfort at night.


Taupe and shades of cream and grey appear again in a rug at the end of the bed, creating a beach-inspired complement to shades of blue in the bedding and a similarly themed piece of wall art.


A generous walk-in closet features his and hers racks and a clever island in the centre complete with drawers for additional storage. Overhead the angular ceiling further complements the dynamic nature of the space.

The walls speak to one another in the master bathroom – a beautiful space where the full potential of asymmetry is realized

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The walls speak to one another in the master bathroom – a beautiful space where the full potential of asymmetry is realized. Charcoal Nero charcoal porcelain tiles – 12 by 24 inches – are a deep grounding feature on the floor that extend up onto the shower and back walls. Digital shower controls offer a heightened level of convenience to the space – with the touch of a button, users can set the shower temperature and pressure for a custom experience. The shower is encased with glass reaching three quarters of the way across the opening, and two marble inlay details are the perfect complement to the room’s prized feature wall – a stunning mosaic behind the freestanding bathtub created with split-faced Carerra marble tiles from floor to ceiling. The varying texture catches the light from an adjacent picture window, casting a decadent glow on the bathing area and, from the right angle, seems to mirror the ocean surface. A free-standing floor-mounted fixture pours into the bathtub – a truly elegant and contemporary detail – and a small ball cascading chandelier seems to trickles over the tub with a fine bubble detail.

Extending the living space was an important part of the vision. An outdoor kitchen, complete with a fridge, sink and BBQ set against quartz counters, was a must-have feature. A fire pit set into the patio is the perfect place to cozy up on warm summer evenings. The home is entirely automated for convenience and security. Light and security settings ensure each room is autonomously operated, and iPad launching stations in several rooms serve as innovative music outlets.







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In the media room on the second floor, the soft green palette continues, and a series of asymmetrical windows take advantage of the roofline. The room was smartly positioned half above the garage for privacy and sound.


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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.

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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.”

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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.

Whatever your needs, a well-designed closet can be as indispensable as a flashlight in the dark… now, where did I put that thing, anyways?

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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.


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

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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.




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.

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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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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.


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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



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.

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.

the new wave 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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flat out gorgeous Revitalize a room and add a bit of personal pizzazz with a flat out gorgeous rug

Pazyryk Rug

The Pazyryk Rug is the oldest surviving rug, dating back to 500 BC. It was extracted by Russian archaeologist Sergei Rudenko from a Siberian tomb in the burial mounds of the Pazyryk Valley in the late 1940s.


After being buried with a Siberian Prince some 2,500 years ago, it appears grave robbers attempted to raid the tomb, but failed due to water flooding in, which eventually froze the water, immaculately preserving the rug.


A beautiful array of colours from insects and plant dyes were used in this hand knotted velvety wool rug to tell a story of the Scythian nomadic tribe. The fact that this rug was buried with a prince proves that rugs were valuable possessions for this Scythian tribe, and have been cherished by many other nations as well, for centuries.

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Beautiful patterned rugs fit any look by matching or complementing wall hues and focal points. Solid-coloured rugs can ground a room or add a punch of unexpected colour. Persian and Oriental rugs feature elaborate designs that blend centuries-old traditional patterns and colours. These modern day magic carpets look great in neutral rooms over wood floors. They can also help draw out a gorgeous, yet subtle, colour from a favourite piece of art or decor. To make a bold statement, consider a contemporary rug. Bigger is definitely better in this case, because size matters

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in making your room look more spacious. Contemporary rugs will add vibrancy to any space so make sure to use complementary furniture and wall tones. Rooms needing more versatility call for eclectic transitional rugs that provide character to any room; big or small, round or square, they will add flare without overpowering the room’s theme. If the space needs a hit of texture to add contrast, consider adding a 1960s-inspired shag rug, which is making a comeback in all its tousled glory. Whatever style or pattern you choose, rugs are the focal point of your room, creating aesthetically appealing character and charm. So keep them central and surround them with complementary decor.



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Today rugs are not so much storytellers as they are centrepieces that anchor a room, and add personality, character and colour, evoking a mood and creating a theme by pulling all the design elements of a room together.





Interviews With Exceptional Artists

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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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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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Real Life & Comedy

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 high-end 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 time-consuming; email seemed cowardly; and a straightforward call on a land line would probably end up with her convincing me to at least try.


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!


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.

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...on a Man’s Fantasy Palace


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 multi-million 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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Historic Fairholme Manor


A bed and breakfast that delivers on all fronts Perched on a hill high above downtown Victoria is the historic Fairholme Manor. This five-star European-inspired bed and breakfast sits on a full acre in the exclusive Rockland area. Austrian-born Sylvia Main is the innkeeper and proprietor of Fairholme Manor. In 1999, Main and her husband Ross Main purchased the mansion, and over the years they have transformed this heritage home, all the while honouring its character and charm. The Italianate-style home was built by renowned architect John Teague in 1885 for Dr. John Davie, a medical pioneer and long-time health officer. It is so quiet here, you can simply relax and give into its Zenlike ambience. There’s a welcoming silence to the mansion that encourages hushed conversations. Yet, while the inn is private and luxurious, Main is so friendly and hospitable that one feels right at home.


At night, the large Victorian manor is aglow with soft lights, looking majestic and inviting. The home’s rambling two-story proportion has retained its original overhanging eaves with decorative brackets, narrow bay windows and low-pitched gabled roof.


On a drizzly afternoon, grab an umbrella and meander up and down the streets near the Fairholme Manor. This historic neighbourhood remains one of the tonier ones in the city. In its heyday it was often compared to San Francisco’s prestigious Nob Hill. This is where you will find two of the city’s most impressive and famous mansions – the Craigdarroch Castle (built in the 1890s by the Dunsmuir family) and Government House – both of which could fit seamlessly in Nob Hill.

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Come for the Beauty, Stay for the Brunch


The Olympic Grand Suite


Fairholme Manor features six impressive suites, all with their own unique and elegant rustic charm. The Olympic Grand Suite is arguably the most popular and the largest. Mini maple scones serve as a mouthwatering welcome. It’s decorated in soft white tones contrasted with warm Viennese antique furnishings. Original local artwork adorns the walls. A deep white couch and matching chairs frame the woodburning fireplace in the elegant sitting room. A luxurious king bed with a down duvet completes the space.


The second floor suite boasts a bird’s-eye-view of the Olympic Mountains and the Juan de Fuca Straits. With wood crackling in the fireplace and the rain pelting down against the bay windows of the 1,000-square-foot suite, it’s the perfect indulgent space to curl up on the couch to read and relax.


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got to try this 1. The Boathouse Spa & Baths in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel This spa overlooks the waterfront and each of the four treatment rooms feature ocean views. The Boathouse Spa & Baths delivers a holistic approach. Their specialty, By the Sea, combines seaweed concentrates from the Pacific Ocean with a relaxing Swedish massage. However, the Thai-trained massage therapist will personalize the treatment if a guest requires a deeper massage. The spa menu is comprehensive with everything from a lavender and mango body wrap to a rice body polish. PS. Pack a bathing suit because the mineral pool, overlooking deep blue ocean waters, is perfect for soaking sore muscles.

2. The Hotel Grand Pacific West Coast Afternoon Tea Victoria’s Hotel Grand Pacific offers a unique approach to afternoon tea with such treats as a tomato and goat cheese tart, Cowichan Bay Farms duck confit, poached wild spot prawn brochette, freerun organic egg salad and smoked albacore tuna with long English cucumber pinwheels. Petit fours, housemade scones, whipped clotted cream and a selection of Silk Road teas are also served.

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3. Antique Row Take a short stroll from the inn to the picturesque shopping district on Fort Street, known as Victoria’s Antique Row. Here, you can leisurely discover scores of shops offering every kind of antique, from furniture to jewelry and china, as well as boutiques, little cafés and restaurants.

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It is so quiet here, you can simply relax and give into its Zen-like ambience

Breakfast Standing at the top of the stairs, one can imagine the lady of the manor, at the turn of the century, dressed in grand style, walking down the staircase to greet her guests for dinner. The dining room is often filled with laughter and chatter. Breakfast is a special time of the day at the manor. Sylvia acts as hostess and chef, serving cups of the manor’s specially-blended coffee or tea to suit any taste.


Come spring, the large sunny dining room’s bay windows look out onto a colourful garden filled with hydrangeas, peonies and roses. Sylvia is renowned for her indulgent breakfasts, which can include delights such as ricotta-filled pancakes, baked eggs in ham cups, homemade yogurt and berries, warmed sprouted grain bread and a tray filled with fresh fruit.


Bring Sylvia’s famous brunch recipes to your table. Our focus on the fabulous Fairholme Manor continues in Epicure on page 100.


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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.

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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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Cosmic dragon’s breath, a.k.a. chi, is the force behind the foliage in feng shui (pronounced fung shway) gardening, an Asian garden style that is gaining popularity here in the west. Sometimes called the art of perfect placement, feng shui is an ancient Chinese method of creating harmony and well-being in a space by improving the flow of chi, defined as the vibrant energy that surrounds all living things. Feng shui gardens accomplish good chi flow with the careful selection and placement of plants and hardscape elements. When a garden is alive with chi, it is a place of beauty and good fortune, and ensures that the energy around the home is auspicious. Overall, feng shui gardens are streamlined designs with focused landscaping, a lack of fuss and clutter, and symbolic associations that encourage meditation and clear thought.


Feng shui gardening is based on feng shui’s system of beneficial interactions among directions (north, south, east, west), elements (water, wood, fire, earth and metal), colour, life sectors (health, money, marriage, creativity, travel, fame, spiritual growth) and the concepts of yin and yang. For instance, in a garden sited southerly, the element fire rules, fame and reputation (or “the light within you”) is the dominant life sector being nurtured and colours (perhaps in the flowers planted) should be red, orange, purple, pink and yellow.

No question, feng shui rules can seem complex to western gardeners. In his article, The Practical Application of Chinese Garden: Feng Shui in the West, feng shui architect Howard Choy writes: understanding comes from embracing simple concepts found in the design of all Asian gardens. “Eastern gardens differ from western gardens in that in the west, garden layouts tend to be geometrical, symmetrical and ordered, as though man controls nature. In the east, garden layouts tend to be free-form, non-symmetrical and appear to be natural. The aim is to respect nature.” A feng shui garden respects nature by mimicking the curved lines you see in hills, undulating streams and flower petals. Pathways are curved and winding, with shrubs and flowers planted near house corners to soften their look. The words feng and shui mean wind and water, and in a feng shui garden, chi moves like waves through the space. Meandering streams, ponds, fountains or birdbaths slow down and capture chi while providing contemplation points. Wind chimes and sculptures are also foils for chi. Water and metal wind chimes represent two of the five elements found in nature, while raised beds and rocks symbolize earth. Benches and planting boxes symbolize wood, and lights and lanterns stand in for fire.

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6 easy steps to Hiring a landscaper to make your feng shui garden dreams come true 1. Coordinate the landscaper’s areas of expertise with the type of landscape you want to create. Every individual or company does different things better. Get three or more estimates with a site visit. Discuss your plan, even providing a simple sketch, and see how the landscaper responds to determine if the individual or company is right for you. Ask friends and neighbours for recommendations.

2. Ask to see a portfolio of the landscaper’s work. 3. Ask for the landscaper’s qualifications, like courses and certifications. If certifications can’t be offered, ask how many years of experience in the field the landscaper has?

3. Get client references.

Balance is an important concept in a feng shui garden, especially the balancing of yin and yang. Yin symbolizes female attributes like softness and darkness, while yang symbolizes male traits like strength and brightness. So, flat areas (yin) might be balanced with a rock garden (yang). Shady spots are balanced with colourful flowers like impatiens. A gravelled dry area can boast a water fountain or bird pond. Dark paths boast attractive lighting.


Mixing plants in different sizes, shapes and colours also creates balance. Favourite feng shui plants include bamboo – which symbolizes safety, harmony and a strong future – fruiting and flowering trees, lunaria or money plant, lilies – symbolizing abundance – peonies for good fortune and jasmine – which is the plant of friendship.


Feng shui gardens to die for are Portland’s Lan Su Chinese garden or China’s Suzhou gardens. A visit in person or via the Internet will put any gardener on the winding path to a feng shui garden.

Ask about strengths and weaknesses, problems and challenges. Was the final cost of the project close to the estimate or did the landscaper go over budget? Was the project complete within the estimated time frame.

4. Does the company or individual have insurance or WorkSafeBC registration in case there is an accident on your property? 5. Make a written contract with your landscaper, detailing the job. Determine how the landscaper will be paid – usually at predetermined times as work progresses. Ask about warranties on the work and materials – plants and trees might die after the job is done. Spell out how you want any problems that crop up along the way to be handled.

6. Ask for instructions on future plant and hardscape care.

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David Blackwood’s Black Ice exhibit, an iconography of Newfoundland, explores the timeless theme of the struggle for survival between humans and nature in one of the most exposed and hostile environments on earth


Black Ice

Stories of Newfoundland

Above. Hauling Job Sturges House, 1979. Etching and aquatint on wove paper. 43.9 x 88 cm. Gift of David and Anita Blackwood, Port Hope, Ontario, 1999. 99/948

Black Ice is a stunning exhibition of intaglio prints by renowned artist David Blackwood. This is one exhibition you should not miss. Powerful beyond words and speaking straight to the heart, each work tells a compelling story – like in the iconic print of a giant whale waiting quietly under the ice while

a whaling ship burns above, the seamen huddled together in a life raft. David Blackwood says, “The only thing that really could scare those people was fire. Fire could destroy your house or your ship so this is a terrible disaster. This little schooner is in the Labrador Sea; no one else is in sight.”

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Words by Goody Niosi




Above. Fire Down on the Labrador, 1980. Etching and aquatint on wove paper. 87.9 x 61.9 cm. Gift of David and Anita Blackwood, Port Hope, Ontario, 1999. 99/954

Powerful beyond words, each work tells a compelling story – like in the iconic print of a giant whale waiting quietly under the ice while a whaling ship burns above, the seamen huddled together in a life raft

Brought together, the prints tell a story of the harsh and unforgiving life in the isolation of Newfoundland and the strength of a community that gathers to survive. Blackwood credits that beautifully bleak land and its people with the inspiration for so much of his art. Michelle Jacques, chief curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), says Blackwood the artist is inseparable from Blackwood the raconteur. “He’s one of those ultimate Newfoundland storytellers, and even though he makes such strong visual images, there is also very strong narrative content and he is so immersed in that narrative.”

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David Blackwood’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with over 90 solo shows and scores of group exhibitions. His work can be found in virtually every major public gallery and corporate art collection in Canada, as well as in major private and public collections around the world. In 1993, Blackwood was awarded the Order of Canada in recognition of his ongoing and important contributions to the cultural life and heritage of the country. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Ontario.

Recognized as an artistic prodigy, he was awarded a Government of Newfoundland Centennial scholarship to study at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. “It was a fantastic institution,” Blackwood recalls. “Most of the teaching staff were professional people.” One of those people was a gifted draftsman and printmaker who hand-picked Blackwood to enter his print class in his second year. For the next three years, Blackwood honed his skills. By the age of 23 one of his etchings had been purchased by the National Gallery of Canada.

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He was born in 1941 in the outport community of Wesleyville to a family with a long seafaring history. His kindergarten teacher recognized his talent when he was barely past toddler age and encouraged him to pursue it. “That woman was quite remarkable,” he says. “My interest in art increased and increased. The community was Methodist and the Methodists were obsessed with education and with progress. Anyone who displayed a talent in any area – well, it was a gift – a miracle!”


Above left. Lone Mummer Inside, 1979. Etching and aquatint on wove paper. 61.0 x 91.4 cm. Given by friends in memory of Norman Bruce Walford, chief of administration and corporate secretary, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1981–1989, in appreciation of his devotion to the arts, 1994. 93/415 Top right. Wesleyville: Burning of the Methodist Church, 1976. Etching and aquatint on wove paper. 67.2 x 82.8 cm. Gift of David and Anita Blackwood, Port Hope, Ontario, 1999. 99/940


Bottom right. Vigil on Bragg’s Island, 1973. Etching and aquatint on wove paper. 61.8 x 92.1 cm. Gift of David and Anita Blackwood, Port Hope, Ontario, 1999. 99/931


Although many people associate the name David Blackwood with those dark, painstakingly produced prints of winter in Newfoundland, it’s also important to note that he is multitalented and his watercolours of pastel flowers are equally breathtaking. He is a painter who finds inspiration in a multitude of sources. “I’ve always been a student,” he says. “The idea of being the master of anything is ridiculous. It might be a Buddhist concept but you’re always a student – always learning, I never lack for inspiration.” Despite the variety of work he turns out in such grand profusion, Black Ice is arguably his most celebrated exhibition. When the collection of 74 pieces first opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario, it drew record crowds. “It was really quite amazing,” Blackwood says. “And it’s amazing what went into it – walking into those galleries and seeing all that work; it’s like somebody else did it. I can’t imagine that I was responsible for it.” Intrinsic to Black Ice is David Blackwood’s love and compassion for the hardy, tough and tender people of Newfoundland – the people who shaped his talent, his love of art and the incomparable collection that is Black Ice.

David Blackwood will be present on opening night, May 3, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. This exhibit runs until September 8.


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McKenzie ruled the roost at Craigflower

Stories Behind local Streets

Most of us drive along or across McKenzie Avenue without a thought for the fellow who gave the street its name. Yet in two decades among us, more than a century ago, Kenneth McKenzie made his mark in more ways than one. Born the son of a surgeon in Edinburgh in 1811, McKenzie first experienced farming while managing his father’s Scottish estate. Unfortunately, the depression of the 1840s ruined many such enterprises, and when McKenzie’s father died in 1844, the property was in debt. By the time it was sold, McKenzie Jr. was 41 and ready for a fresh challenge in new pastures. On the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the Puget Sound Agricultural Company (PSAC), a Hudson’s Bay Company subsidiary, was in the process of establishing four farms in the Esquimalt area and was looking for farm managers. McKenzie’s application demonstrated enthusiasm and experience. Suitably impressed, the HBC PSAC hired him to manage the largest of the PSAC farms, offering him free passage and a five-year contract in return for a share in the farm’s profits.

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Kenneth McKenzie. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives A-01443.

Words by Danda Humphreys First house in Victoria; Kenneth McKenzie and family lived south of the Fort Victoria stockade. L-R: Royal BC Museum, BC Archives A-01434, A-01433 and A-01435.


To add insult to injury, McKenzie learned that the land they had been hired to farm had not yet been broken. Furious and disillusioned, he threatened to load his family and furniture back onto the Norman Morison and set sail for home. Fort Victoria Chief Factor James Douglas begged him to wait while he arranged for horses to be saddled. He took McKenzie and his party along the trail from the Fort to the acreage that had been set aside for them. One look at the breathtaking scene at the end of the trail looking out over Portage Inlet and McKenzie agreed to stay.



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McKenzie quickly recruited labourers, blacksmiths, carpenters, ploughmen, smiths, servant girls and a schoolmaster, and in August 1852, he and his group set sail from England on the HBC barque, Norman Morison. After a harrowing and hazardous five-month voyage, their ship anchored in Esquimalt Harbour on a cold and stormy January day in 1853. The Fort was totally unprepared for such a large number of new arrivals. Instead of the warm reception they had anticipated, the McKenzie group was herded higgledy-piggledy into an unpartitioned loft at the Fort.


Craigflower Manor was an imposing Georgian Colonial structure with a heavy, iron-nail-studded front door and wooden shutters built into the walls ready to slide into place to defend against attack


McKenzie named his farm Craigflower after the Scottish estate of HBC governor Andrew Colvile. Establishing his family in a log cabin on the property, McKenzie and his men worked hard to clear the land and make the farm productive. Within two years, 21 dwellings housed a 76-strong population. The colonists built a schoolhouse for the children in the surrounding neighbourhood. (Craigflower School is still the oldest surviving purpose-built schoolhouse west of the Great Lakes.)


Craigflower Farm now boasted more than 1,000 sheep along with cows, working oxen, horses, pigs and chickens. Its fields produced acre upon acre

Above. Craigflower Manor, Victoria, BC. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives I-03495. Bottom left. Kenneth McKenzie with his sons, Kenneth Jr., Andrew, Robert and William. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives A-01445.

of wheat, turnips and peas. The farm’s operations included a flour mill and a bakery that supplied the naval ships docking at Esquimalt Harbour with bread and biscuits. McKenzie’s 630 acres were expanded to 900 acres of farming and grazing land. And, on a gentle rise overlooking the Gorge waterway, a grand new home for the McKenzie family started to take shape. By May 1, 1856, Craigflower Manor was ready for occupancy. It was an imposing Georgian Colonial structure with a heavy, iron-nail-studded front door and wooden shutters built into the walls ready to slide into place to defend against attack. In fact, no such attack ever took place. The local First Nations groups were friendly. Agnes McKenzie found the women to be hard workers, reliable and taken by the white children in their care.

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naturally inspiring The McKenzies were lavish entertainers and their home soon became a social centre for HBC and naval officers who delighted in the company of Kenneth, Agnes and their lively young daughters

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The McKenzie children ran and played with abandon in Craigflower’s country-like surroundings. Life for the adults was equally free and fun-filled. The McKenzies were lavish entertainers and their home soon became a social centre for HBC and naval officers who delighted in the company of Kenneth, Agnes and their lively young daughters. Unfortunately, Kenneth McKenzie’s business achievements didn’t match his social success. Despite its early promise, Craigflower Farm failed to meet PSAC’s demands. Poor management, shortage of labour and high wages doubtless played a part, as did the coarse, clay-based soil – and McKenzie’s farm workers’ well-documented battle with the bottle.

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Kenneth McKenzie left Craigflower in 1865 and followed the trail that eventually took his name eastward to Lake Hill where he settled with his family on his own farm. In 1874, a fall from his carriage aggravated his heart disease and he died, aged 63, at Lake Hill. James (now Sir James) Douglas was one of the pallbearers at his funeral. McKenzie was buried at Ross Bay Cemetery, where Agnes and other family members subsequently joined him in the family plot. Bringing fine art craftsmanship and documentary style photography to products, architecture, portraits and weddings.

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Over the ensuing decades, Craigflower became, in turn, a roadhouse for weary travellers bound for the Western Communities, an HBC employees’ recreation centre, a summer camp for girls and a museum. In 1956, it was declared an historic site, and in 1967 a government-funded restoration program allowed it to be opened to the public.


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haunting of... Ghosts of Vancouver Island

An ordinary family reunion concludes in a ghost hunt at one of the oldest and most haunted houses in Victoria


It was not a typical family reunion after those in attendance discovered the old family home was haunted. “Let’s go and see if we can find the ghosts,” urged one eager youngster. The date was March 24, 2000 and many of the direct descendants of Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken had gathered in Victoria to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their ancestor’s arrival in the colony of Vancouver Island. A special visit to Helmcken House, built by Dr. Helmcken at the time of his marriage to Cecilia Douglas, was over and the family had gathered at a nearby restaurant when word spread that the historic site had the dual distinction of being one of the oldest houses still standing in the city and also one of the most haunted. Nothing could hold them back, so after supper a return visit to Helmcken House was arranged.


Helmcken House seems out of context these days on its site perched between the Royal BC Museum, Thunderbird Park and St. Ann’s Schoolhouse. However, it is standing where it was built in 1852. Originally, Sir James and Lady Douglas lived next door where the museum is today. When their oldest daughter married Dr. Helmcken, they provided the newlyweds with the land on which to build a three-room log house. This was the nucleus of several additions that culminated by the 1880s in the structure as it appears now.

A photograph of Helmcken House around 1920, after the Douglas house was demolished and long before the Royal BC Museum was built in the 1960s. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives A-00964

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A Ghost Hunt at Helmcken House


Top. A formal oil portrait of Dr. John Sebastian Helmcken, taken in 1896 by Kate Currie Walker. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives pdp-02264 Bottom. The four Helmcken children who survived to adulthood. Amy is standing at the back. Harry is on the left. Jim is seated. Dolly is on the right. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives A-1358

The oldest descendant who took part in the ghost hunt was John McTavish. Perhaps he didn’t believe in ghosts, but certainly had some spooky memories of the old house he visited many times before Dr. Helmcken died in 1920. The doctor’s youngest daughter, Dolly, had been widowed and moved in to look after her father, then remained in the house until her own death in 1939. During the 1920s and 1930s McTavish visited her for Sunday afternoon tea and recalled how his aunt would sometimes take the youngsters by candlelight into the oldest part of the house – the part that was dark and where the cobwebs brushed their cheeks as they crept into the doctor’s bedroom that Dolly had sealed off, like a shrine to her father’s memory. That bedroom is where visitors today sometimes see the apparition of a dapperly dressed man, or smell his cigar and feel the room become icy cold. The adjoining room was the children’s nursery, but visitors usually spend little time looking at the period setting. Do they sense the presence of the three infants who died there? Is it their energy that also lingers in the little garden beyond the bedroom window – the place where two of them were once buried so their parents could gaze on the graves?


Dolly is dead and interred at Ross Bay Cemetery, but her ghost has not left the house, either. She was an accomplished pianist and still plays the piano in her former parlour, much to the astonishment of staff who think they are alone in the house or of visitors who wonder why the piano suddenly strikes up a tune. The second floor is not open to the public, but sometimes security guards report seeing the disembodied torso of a woman standing at one of the windows in what was Dolly’s bedroom.


Helmcken House is one of the oldest houses in British Columbia still on its original site off Douglas Street

Helmcken House is administered by the Royal BC Museum and is open for visits during the summer and at Christmas when the historic site is decked out in greenery, just like Helmckens used to do. It’s a special place to be, whether you are a first-time visitor or one of the family ghosts who has never left.

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Estate Planning A Long Story Short


If you don’t take control of your estate and will planning, someone else will


When people think of estate planning, they tend to automatically think of their will. A will is an important document, yet it is only one piece of an overall estate plan. During my career I have been amazed at how little time people allocate to their estate planning needs. I have seen situations where people need to quickly draft or redraft their will because they are going on a trip and have a fear of dying. I have seen many situations where people’s wills are 20 to 30 years old, or worse, they don’t have a will. The discussion surrounding a will and estate plan is sensitive for some, but remember that your estate is going to be handled either by your desires or the government’s; a will maintains your control.

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One major mistake I have seen is when registered assets, such as RRSPs or RRIFs, are distributed to certain beneficiaries and the will is used to allocate other assets. The main problem with this structure is there is no withholding tax deducted on the registered assets when they flow to the named beneficiaries. The end result is that the tax on the registered assets must be paid by the executor using the assets that flow through the will. For example, if you had a $100,000 RRSP and a $100,000 GIC with two children named – one child as the beneficiary of the RRSP contract and the other as the beneficiary of the GIC in your will – the $100,000 RRSP asset would go directly to the named child and the second child would have to pay the tax on the RRSP inside the will. This could amount to a $30,000 discrepancy, leaving the second child with net proceeds of $70,000 and the RRSP child with $100,000, which was probably not intended. Proper estate planning is much different than just writing up a will. Make sure you spend the time to think through this important process.


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An estate plan involves a detailed analysis of all your assets, tax liabilities, charitable desires, distribution allocations, beneficiary designations, etc. Your will is an important document that empowers your executor to pay your final debts and have control of your assets (at least those that flow into your estate; note that some assets can flow outside your estate) for final distribution. One of the main mistakes people make in this planning area is failing to connect their assets, will and overall plan. For example, certain types of assets can have specific beneficiary designations made, allowing them to flow directly outside of your will to those named beneficiaries. If there isn’t proper synchronization between the wording of your will and these beneficiary selections then you might have a distribution that doesn’t match your wishes.







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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

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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.

Words by Tony Whitney





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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Vantage Premium Townhomes Built With Efficiency in Mind

Wall Flats™ Now Available in Canada

Jordans Moves Into a New, Bigger Home on Douglas

Vantage Premium Townhomes by Eagle Pacific Developments are the first ENERGY STAR-qualified homes on Vancouver Island, according to Natural Resources Canada and City Green, the only non-profit provider of the ecoENERGY and LiveSmartBC programs in BC.

Wall Flats™ are lightweight dimensional wall tiles that work together through an automatic pattern repeat to create large-scale dimensional walls of any size and shape. Modular, easy to apply and paintable, Wall Flats are the quick and easy way to decorate walls and ceilings in homes, shops, restaurants, offices and meeting areas. Add dimension to your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or dining room, home office, living room, media room or any other wall needing a touch of style.

Jordans, your favourite name in floor coverings, fine furnishings and interior design, has moved their Victoria store to a new location at 2269 Douglas Street. The new space is more than double the size at 40,000 square feet. This larger space will allow them to offer more lines and a greater selection. Customers can also experience full-size room displays featuring a huge variety of products.

Eagle Pacific Developments is working with City Green Solutions for energy-efficient construction advice and independent, third-party energy-efficiency testing and verification. While the building process is underway, Eagle Pacific will be providing progress updates with more information on the energy efficiency of the Vantage Premium Townhomes Development. The homes have been built to the highest environmental and design standards, and feature ENERGY STAR-qualified doors and windows, highly efficient hot water tanks, hot water heat recovery units, a large rain garden for the development and more. Vantage Premium Townhomes 2311 Watkiss Way Victoria, BC 250.882.2213

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In 2012, Homes & Living magazine had the highest sell-through rate of any home and lifestyle magazine on major newsstands throughout British Columbia. Following on that success, in early 2013, the premiere issue of Homes & Living Calgary edition hit newsstands, showrooms and homes across Alberta, reaching more than 120,000 readers. The positive response from our valued readers and esteemed advertisers was overwhelming.

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