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HOMES Lose the Stress, Find the Sparkle

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| PUBLISHER’s message

P Publisher’s Message As I sat enjoying a mug of hot chocolate, patiently but eagerly looking out the front window of our family home on Carnation Street in North Vancouver, I suddenly leaped from my chair shouting I see him! I see him! It’s Santa! There he is! I was 7 years old. My parents keeping my belief in Santa alive ran to the window and shared in my excitement, saying, “Where Robert? Where do you see him?” Right there mum can you see? “Oh yes, I see him!”, my mother whispered. “Oh yes, I see him too and he’s heading our way,” my father said and then urged, “Quickly, son! Let’s get you to bed because Santa won’t come if you’re still awake.” I gulped down the last of my hot chocolate, ran down the hall and jumped right into bed.

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It was early in the morning and probably about 3:00am when I awoke. I laid there, staring up at the ceiling concentrating intently. I wonder if he’s been yet. I wonder what Santa brought for me. Oh, I really hope I got the table top hockey set I so much want, I thought. I knew I was supposed to stay in bed until mom and dad would come and get me, but I just couldn’t lay there a moment longer… especially since I swore I saw Santa and his reindeer soaring through the sky the night before.

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I tiptoed down the hall - oh so quietly - so as not to wake my parents. Then, as I turned the corner I could see from the light of the Christmas tree that Santa had been to our house! And there it was - my table top hockey set that I wanted so much! I was so excited that I forgot how early it was and that my parents were asleep and I began to shout He’s been! He’s been! He’s been! My parents got up. They were not upset and shared in my joy. In fact, for many years I always wondered why they seemed just as excited as I was, even though they didn’t get nearly as many gifts as my sister and I received. Then, one Christmas I realized who Santa really was, and understood the joy my parents had in giving, as much as I had in receiving. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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| editor’s message

E Editor’s Message When it comes to Christmas, there has been a rule in my home for many years. Mom (that’s me) is not allowed to start decorating until after December 1st. I start humming Christmas carols in September, and make no apologies for it. Since I was a little girl, I have always loved the holidays, and left unsupervised, I would start decorating right after Halloween. Even now that our four children are grown and living on their own in various cities across Canada, the magic of the holiday season continues to fill me with excitement, anticipation and giddiness. This year will be particularly special as we have been blessed with our first grandchild - Mason Dean - who will just be a few months old on Christmas morning. These are the special occasions, and the family memories that stem from these life events, that makes each Christmas merry. H&L always features a well-known personality as the focus of our Celebrity Profile. For this issue, we are presenting one of the most famous men in the world, Santa Claus. Read about the entertaining history of Father Christmas [page 120], and how he brings delight and happiness to children of all ages. For a trip down memory

lane, grab a latte, curl up in front of the fire and be entertained by Tony Parsons Take on the Holidays [page 26]. Looking for trendy and unique holiday decorating ideas? Check out celebrity writer Jane Lockhart’s article Lose the Stress, Find the Sparkle [page 38]. Also, if you yearn for a white Christmas, the keen insights in H&L’s DIY decorating diva Lana Stokes article, Dreaming of a White Christmas [page 148] should not be missed. To our readers, who look forward to receiving Homes & Living, and who take the time to fill my email inbox with suggestions, thoughts and kind words about the magazine, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and thanks. On behalf of the entire editorial team, best wishes for a holiday season filled with enchantment and memories. Now, if you will excuse me, it’s time to retrieve the many ornament boxes from the garage and start decorating! Tracey Drake, Managing Editor Member: Canadian Society of Magazine Editors editor@hlmagazine.com

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


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Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Member Creative Director Karla Peckett Photographer Alec Watson Office Manager Lana Stokes

Karla Peckett

Alec Watson

Originally from Calgary, Karla is an Alberta College of Art and Design graduate and a former design company owner who now calls Victoria home. Her work is fuelled by a strong work ethic and a passion for contemporary design.

Alec is an internationally renowned photographer; a globetrotting image specialist who sees the world through his mind’s eye. Alec’s clients include CocaCola, Verizon, Goldwell, Maxim and Playboy; and Homes & Living magazine.

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Office Manager A Victoria native, Lana comes from an extensive office administration and customer service background. Lana holds a BA from UVIC and is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Jacquie Sartori Director of Sales

Jacquie stepped into the world of Media in 2003, working for Dream House Magazine, and fell in love with the industry. Her passion for building strong client relationships, combined with proven experience in radio, print and marketing, makes Jacquie perfectly suited for Homes and Living.

Contributing Writers John Adams Robert Amos Roberto Bernardi Pat Burkette Michelle Hopkins Kyle Kolkman Jessica Krippendorf Kirby Jill Lang Jane Lockhart Lana Stokes Tony Parsons Ben Vorst Rebecca Wellman Canada Post Publications Mail Agreement 41950525 Homes & Living magazine - Victoria Published seasonally, four times each year. All rights reserved. No part of Homes & Living magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising matter. To receive four issues (one full year!) subscriptions are available for $24.95 including shipping, handling and all taxes. Visa and M/C accepted, or mail a cheque or money order to: READ media inc. #110 - 2940 Jutland Road Victoria, BC V8T 5K6

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Jane Lockhart

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

Tony Parsons

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

Robert Amos

A painter and writer who has been dedicated to documenting Victoria since 1975, Robert is a celebrated artist for the AGGV Annual House Tour, and an H&L regular feature writer. Robert’s column On Art appears weekly in the Victoria Times Colonist.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

John Adams

Jill Lang

Ben Vorst

Michelle Hopkins

Kyle Kolkman

Rebecca Wellman

Pat Burkette

Danda Humphreys

Jessica Krippendorf Kirby

Roberto Bernardi

Lana Stokes

John Adams is a Victoria historian, author and operator of Discover the Past Tours offering guided tours of Victoria. He and his wife live in a 1909 restored heritage house in James Bay.

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Jessica Kirby is a freelance writer based on Vancouver Island. She writes about construction, architecture, design, and sustainable, playful living for publications across North America.

Jill migrated to the West Coast 6+ years ago from Saskatchewan. She is a published writer, who is particularly fascinated by health, wellness, the arts and interior design.

A food and lifestyle photographer and writer, Rebecca’s work can be defined as capturing the heart of the person (or the artichoke) with creative passion.

Roberto Benardi is a travel and lifestyle writer whose fields of interest range from pole to pole, and from polenta to politics. He lives a deliciously peaceful life close to downtown Victoria, whenever he finds the time.

Ben Vorst brings to H&L a strong background in writing within the arts, lifestyle, travel and sport genres. He chose Victoria as a backdrop for his family of one beautiful wife and two adorable cats.

Pat Burkette is a freelance writer whose stories about people, homes and gardens have appeared in many publications including Times Colonist, Vancouver Sun and Aqua magazine.

As a Victoria native with a passion for interior design, fashion and a natural talent for DIY decorating, Lana is thrilled to join the H&L editorial team as an aspiring new writer.

Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver based freelance journalist who writes for many notable publications including the Vancouver Sun, Westcoast Home & Design, LOOK Magazine.

An author, historian and storyteller, Danda writes newspaper and magazine articles, and conducts historical tours of Victoria’s downtown. Sometimes referred to as ‘Victoria’s favourite street walker’, Danda is fascinated by the people behind the street names in Victoria. Watch for her new H&L feature column, “Word on the Street” debuting in 2012.


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Tony’s Take on the Holidays |

By Tony Parsons Christmas memories for me always begin in England, at home on Kirchen Road in the London borough of Ealing. The war was in full stride and my father was away doing his bit in the RCAF and seldom made it home to celebrate with us, but my mother did her best. War time rationing was a fact of our lives. So there were no elaborate Christmas Day feasts. Certainly no turkey. Perhaps a chicken, rabbit or roast beef, if we were lucky. Maybe with Yorkshire pudding. And almost certainly trifle for ‘afters’, or dessert. Somehow my mother could always produce a Christmas pudding, smothered in custard which, for as long as I can remember, has been a custom at that time of the year. Inside that pudding were shillings or sixpenny pieces wrapped in waxed paper. If you were lucky your first bite, if it didn`t loosen a tooth, would yield a small treasure, and the short term envy of your siblings. Remember, the war was on and pocket money, or an allowance, was unheard of.

Christmas only lasted a few days and yet, the build-up seemed to go on for weeks

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For Tony, as with many who now call Vancouver Island home, memories of Christmas and family holidays often begin in England, complete with snow covered lanes in the English countryside, Yorkshire pudding and trifle for afters.

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If you get the idea that the meal was the centre of our celebrations, you are partly right, but there were presents. Not elaborate. Maybe a book, which I loved and still do. An orange or a tangerine. Sweets were a real surprise. I was always happy with Licorice All Sorts, which exist to this day. We always followed that ageless tradition of stockings hanging on the fireplace mantle, carefully nailed into the wood, or taped if it was during one of my father`s infrequent visits. He was meticulous about his house and home. As a boy, I always took it a step further, overcome by expectation and anticipation. I think I believed that Father Christmas, as I knew Santa Claus then, would single me out with his largesse. So, I would always dangle an empty pillowcase off the end of my bed. No puny stocking could ever hold what I thought I`d find on Christmas morning. I was more often than not, disappointed. But I kept trying… for years.

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We had a tree, of course. It was always real. No twinkling lights though after it was carefully set up in our living room. Instead, it was adorned with tinsel and colourful paper chains that we had put together ourselves. Because it came to us as nature (and my mother intended) it smelled glorious. Artificial trees, although they may be a good idea today, would have been frowned upon back then. We got ours from a nearby tree lot, set up by some local church charity. It was always a sad day when, after the revelry, the decorations were carefully removed from the tree and it was dumped outside the door for the dustman (he would be called a garbage man today) came around, usually the day after Boxing Day, to cart it away. How empty the living room looked. How hollow the feeling. That, to me, was the problem… Christmas only lasted a few days. The build-up to it seemed to go on for weeks.

It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, “God Bless Us, Every One! - Charles Dickens

Our Canadian Christmases were much the same, while we were together as a family. By that time, there were dazzling lights on the tree, some that even bubbled, and others that blinked; ornaments of all colours, shapes and sizes. Some ornaments, collected over the years, have come to have special meaning. They are more memorabilia than decoration, and are put away every year to be unboxed and used again the next.


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For British Columbians, the Christmas tree is a big part of the holiday season. Since we are more likely to have rain than snow on Christmas morn’, the decorated tree, with its aromatic scent and twinkling lights, reminds us – one and all - that this is a season for home and cozy celebration of friends and family.


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Because we lived in a distant part of Ontario when we first arrived in Canada more than sixty years ago, we did our gift shopping in the Eaton’s catalogue, or a similar one sent out by Simpsons, the forerunner to what we know now as Sears. Browsing through the pages was a never ending pleasure, as I recall. I eventually yielded to A fireplace, for me, is a necessary part of the idea of Christmas stockings Christmas observances - chestnuts roasting on rather than Christmas pillowcases an open fire - and all of that because my mother had suddenly become a single parent and I knew she couldn`t afford many presents for us, but the special feeling that that season of seasons presented every year never left us. Tammy and I have had some memorable events built around the celebration. One year, not long ago, we decided to go back to England to experience what I have always remembered. We stayed in a posh hotel in Mayfair, in a suite arranged by a friend of Tammy`s family. The management had given it a seasonal touch with a small tree. The best part was it had a fireplace which, for me, is a necessary part of Christmas observances. ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’, and all of that. Later we thought we`d replicate that holiday with another in Victoria, at Abigail’s Hotel, which is as close as you can get, I think, to a truly authentic period-English manor hotel. The plan was to surprise the family by turning up the next morning, Christmas Day, unannounced, to share their day. They loved it, and so did we.

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True Christmas celebrations are very dependent on climate, I think. That`s why a couple of years spent in Phoenix were more or less burned out the by the sun and heat. My heart tells me there should be snow, or at the very least, rain. Tammy makes up for it though, with a burst of decoration genius that turns a nine foot tree, despite being artificial, into a thing of Christmas beauty. She has a knack for that, and for choosing presents, arranging a perfect menu, setting a breathtaking table, and making everyone feel good about the occasion. Maybe we should call her ‘Mother Christmas’. Now we look forward, as I`m sure you do, to many happy Christmases on our Island. Best wishes to you and yours for a very happy holiday!

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Lose the Stress, Find the Sparkle Home holiday decorating with a twist

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When decorating for the holiday season rolls around, most of us immediately think of typical elements that express our joy for this time of year. Typically it’s about wreaths, the Christmas tree, candles, etc. Preparing your house can be stressful and overwhelming even if you do love the crisp air and beautiful clear and cold days! To really put some holiday punch into your home, the key is to add a touch of sparkle in every room you wish to showcase for this festive time of year!

The Christmas tree is often a major focal point at this time of year. A large tree really adds a statement to any room, whether real or artificial. If one large tree doesn’t work within your home’s layout, then consider several smaller trees throughout the house; they each could have different themes for variety. When decorating the principle tree, think ‘big’! Add large-sized ornaments, big bows and lots of decorations all over the tree. This gives the tree presence and ongoing interest as family and friends come by to visit over this busy season.

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Not every space has to be elaborate or overly done; small touches can make an impact and change how an ordinary room feels. To bring life to any space, add greenery like pine boughs, wrapped with white twinkle lights. Wreaths do not have to be used only on the front door. Tie several of them together with ribbon and hang them vertically on a wall to make a unique decoration that adds texture and interest.

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Of course, candles and lights are a major feature of this season. Given that we live in a time of short days and long nights, adding light to your home over the holidays will add sparkle and joy to your home. Adding candles or wrapping white twinkle lights around railings and seasonal greens can add that soft glow that makes this time of year so special.

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To me, Christmas shopping means Fisgard Street, the heart of Victoria’s little old Chinatown. Boutiques and galleries draw one in to Fan Tan Alley. For stocking stuffers, I head to those shops redolent with incense and stacked with backscratchers and orchid pots which seem to have been there forever. I love to ride down Fisgard Street on my bike while the Chinatown Gate is lit from behind by the sun, setting over the Sooke Hills. The best neon in the city casts a special glow over this national historic site. Even in


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Above: Fisgard Street in the rain, a winter view of Chinatown’s Gate of Harmonious Interest. A watercolour by Robert Amos.

winter, when the tourists have gone, the shop fronts are made cheerful by red lanterns hanging above. There’s a bit of old world feeling here. One property owner, Dick Joe, was the first to allow the artists to move in. That was in 1977, and soon the quiet streets of Chinatown were once again alive with activity. Restaurants and coffee shops saw an increase in customers. During the mid 1980’s, Fan Tan Alley (which had been entirely boarded up for years) saw a sudden flourishing of hip boutiques. This growth of studios and art galleries coincided with a new civic interest in Chinatown.

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Left: Fisgard Street at Twilight, festooned with a new set of red lanterns. An acrylic painting by Robert Amos.

It wasn’t always that way. In 1977, Martin Segger described Chinatown as “the tattered skeletal survival of a once vibrant and colourful past”. That past began with a bang in 1858 when the first Chinese miners arrived, following the pathways to gold. Coming from Quangdong, to the south of Hong Kong, they tried their luck in California in 1849, and were drawn here by gold discoveries on the Fraser and the Cariboo Gold Rush. Those who came by boat landed in Victoria and outfitted themselves here. During 1860, more than 4,000 Chinese came directly from Hong Kong. Though gold fever abated, the subsequent building of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880’s attracted workers from South China. Poorly treated by their Canadian masters, they found themselves stuck on this side of the Pacific. Thus, a bachelor society was born. Thanks to the labour of those men in market gardens, laundries and as domestic help, the genteel veneer of ‘more English than the English’ - for which Victoria became known - was possible. The story of Victoria’s Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, founded in 1884 and still thriving, is told in my book Inside Chinatown (TouchWood Editions, 2009). It is a tale of celebratory archways, prize-winning parade floats, and a community school, hospital and cemetery. Following their railway work, the sojourners were subjected to a “head tax” to discourage them from bringing their families. After 1885 the Canadian government collected $23 million from 81,000 Chinese immigrants. It was not until 1967 that the discriminatory immigration regulations were fully revoked!

An immigrant from Hong Kong, Dr. David Lai was a professor of geography at the University of Victoria, and applied his remarkable curiosity to the neighbourhood. He collected what appeared to be insignificant scraps of paper – pay stubs from the CCBA – and began to shine a light on a forgotten history. He set his students to survey the people involved, and in 1972 was asked by the City of Victoria to draw up a revitalization plan. Resulting from this plan is the Gate of Harmonious Interest (1981), the 30-bed Chinatown Intermediate Care Facility (1982) and Chung Wah Mansions, a subsidized seniors’ apartment block (1984). The Chinese Public School was named a national historic site in 1996, as was the Harling Point Cemetery (2001). Each of these projects was proposed by Dr. Lai and seen to completion by the CCBA.

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During the mid twentieth century, Chinese with families were able to come to Canada, and brought new life to Chinatown. To the old associations, which were based on family name, place of origin and political allegiance, were added athletic clubs, musical and martial arts societies. Churches, business groups and Chinatown branches of larger service organizations broadened the scope of “Chinatown”. Though Fisgard Street was still the main street, fewer and fewer Chinese lived there.

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Regular H&L author John Adams (see his article, The Haunting of Tod House, in this issue on page 70) conducts Christmas in Chinatown historical tours. For 2011, tour dates are December 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. For more details, visit John’s website at discoverthepast.com Left T-B: The Yen Wo Society’s building on Government Street is the home of the Tam Kung Temple, Canada’s oldest Chinese temple. Acrylic by Robert Amos; Fan Tan Alley - “Canada’s narrowest street” is a private lane leading into the heart of Chinatown. Watercolour by Robert Amos.

Victoria has the oldest Chinatown. Though San Francisco’s came first, it burned to the ground in 1906. Vancouver’s Chinatown is larger, but only began thirty years after the Chinese made Victoria their home. What had begun in Victoria in 1858 continues with unbroken continuity.

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Victoria’s Chinatown has been superseded by many larger and more active Chinese communities in Canada. Of course, as a tourist attraction and an arts colony, its essential character has changed over the years. Yet it continues to be the home of the Chinese Public School, the Tam Kung Temple, and the most richly decorated streetscape in the city. As the first point of landing for the Chinese in Canada, and the scene of the most important struggles to define Chinese participation in this new nation, Victoria’s Chinatown will always retain its premiere position.

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Cooking Up Some Tasty Designs New appliances combine sleek appearance, flexible function, and discreet placements By Ben Vorst

The kitchen has long been a gathering place; drawn to the warmth and alluring aromas, humans have congregated, first around the fire and then around the hearth. As dwellings grew larger and larger, however, kitchens became associated more with domestic duty and less with family cohesion. With the appearance of grand houses, they were increasingly tucked away in basements, out of sight. More and more of us were becoming detached from the preparation of our food and all the wonderful sights and smells it entails.

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Fortunately, modern society has made useful and inviting kitchens important in every family home, a staple of domestic coordination and a stage for creativity. The hearth was replaced with the oven and new labour-saving devices consistently appear to make family feasting easier and more diverse. The kitchen has reclaimed its rightful place at the centre of home life.


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With the growing popularity of eat-in kitchens (including the extinction of the formal dining room) and the explosion of foodie culture, the market has responded with an increasing selection of stylish, functional, and flexible appliances. The battle to bring chic to the kitchen is increasingly being won by homeowners that refuse to sacrifice taste for tastiness.

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One of the strongest movements in kitchen design is seamlessness: all appliances should be seen as part of the flowing kitchen landscape. People are increasingly looking for large appliances to be built into their cabinets and islands, affecting a less intrusive presence.

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Whereas in the past cabinetmakers, plumbers, and electricians were brought in separately from the placement of appliances, they now need to be part of the planning process. For instance: refrigerators set into cabinets must have adequate space for ventilation, as well as a plumbing wall behind them, and the requisite electrical capacity. B.C. safety standards dictate the spacing of ovens and cooktops from cabinets and countertops, to minimize fire risks, and in-cabinet ovens and warming drawers require similar oversight. The overriding theme for kitchen appliance design is still sleekness. Stainless steel continues to dominate the homeowners’ selection. Aside from its obvious attraction for cleanliness, stainless steel is also relatively unobtrusive to a colour scheme, especially when paired with granite or marble countertops. Recently, glass and ceramic have been making increasing inroads. Although appliance colours are often limited to neutral tones (white, black, and stainless), burnished copper finishes have recently appeared, offering a touch of colour and warmth to the design options.


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• How much time do you spend cooking? • How dedicated are you to specialty recipes that require modern cooking technology? • How many people are you feeding every day? • How often do you entertain on a large scale? Very popular in today’s kitchen is the separate cooktop, a set of stovetop elements at counter height, seamlessly integrated and without an attached oven beneath. Often integrated into the island, the design allows you to tuck the oven(s) away elsewhere and create a flowing work area. This is where you are most likely to find ceramic or composite materials, often in elegant black (a design element that encourages regular cleaning, the way a black Porsche does!). Cooktops are usually still powered by gas or electric, but new sources like induction heat are becoming increasingly prominent. New design features include raisedpin elements and downdraft technology.

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Heating appliances are undergoing a redesign, including combination ovens that use microwave or convection for quick dishes; very popular for under-counter or island installations. Most homeowners, though, still prefer to have a full range in the kitchen, with large oven underneath. Cooking enthusiasts are demanding more and more capacity from their main appliances, and full 6-burner commercial quality ranges are becoming commonplace, despite the inability to easily integrate them into a smooth, non-custom design. Unique additions showing up in custom kitchens include large rotisserie ovens.

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A strong, enduring trend is the presence of islands in large kitchens; this serves several flexible functions, from providing an informal serving area and an extra preparation space to a location for low-visibility appliances and storage options. Smaller fridges (for prep and wine) are commonplace installations, as are fully integrated refrigeration drawers with cabinet facings. An exciting feature is the development of wine cellars, housed within the kitchen island and fronted with glass, complete with digital temperature control. One area in that has made major leaps is ventilation. The age of the clunky range hood, perfect for gathering grease and grime on top, is quickly fading. The new generation of hoods are minimalist, incorporating angular design and attractive glass components; available in wallmounted or island-friendly variations.

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A well-designed kitchen is essential to the modern home Dishwashers have always been fairly unobtrusive and have been tucked away under counters for a while. Newer models are fully integrated, with complete cabinet facings, and the technology advances have translated into practically silent operation.

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Aquaterra: ‘Water and Land’ - or in this case, the place where they meet – is the backdrop for an exquisite home in one of Victoria’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. The waters of Haro Strait - rich in the history of British Columbia’s early exploration and even a little pirate looting - lap against the shore behind the home with a rhythmic pulse that is audible from the street. Master home builder Abstract Developments took this project from idea to completion and infused each step with the same pride, innovation, and quality it delivers on every project. As a full

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It is obvious that this builder, homeowner, and design team were meant to work together. A lively spirit is captured in each room, while specific, strong accent materials are carried throughout for cohesion and balance.

“We’ve never done the same job twice,” says Todd MacKenzie, Marketing Director for Abstract Developments. “We put our pride into the one of a kind work we do and at the same time we really push the envelope on design, products, and features that ensure the homeowner gets a high quality, custom home for a good value.”

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Large, natural tree posts announce the entrance and hint at serene beauty that waits on the inside. The custom front door features horizontal 18-inch by three-foot-long fir panels with metal inlays—a feature that appears in doors and wall paneling throughout the home. Architectural Berman glass adorns the side lights as two etched panels brighten the entrance way while maintaining privacy. The homeowners wanted an open, custom home that would suit their lifestyle as the young family grows up. Open space, West Coast contemporary styling, and ample natural light were essential elements in the homeowner’s vision.

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Architect Keith Baker is known for his expertise in large scale, high ceiling spaces. Gordon Point’s roofline restrictions meant the second story had to tuck into the roof. The front of the home is south facing with the view to the north, presenting the additional question of how to bring enough light into the main living space. The solution involved a series of peaks over the living room, which come in to an angle with each other and ridge skylights open up the top of the building. “The orientation is not typical and it comes down to opening up the middle of the space with skylights. The bottoms of the skylights are stepped and it helps us tuck them in between the dormers,” says Baker.

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The structural challenges of a 29-foot high ceiling and wide open space had to be met while maintaining an unobstructed view. Exposed timber frame trusses were a natural solution, allowing the room to maintain the vault, while bringing the scale down to human level.


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“We had to have the height to make the rooflines work, but the living room height was quite tall,” says Baker. “We brought the light in above so it appears the roof frame and skylights float above the trusses resulting in a subtle disconnect between the heavy timbers and the light coming through.” It was one of Abstract’s most complex builds. “The fine details (things most will never see) are pretty amazing,” says MacKenzie. “There is steel reinforcing under the great room and in the back wall. The industrial skeleton of the house was softened with the open post and beam, and some elements of structural steel but both appear natural.” Despite the intricacies of the design, the aesthetic is simple and refined, and brilliantly connects the natural wood elements on the exterior and throughout the home, beginning at the entrance way. To the left of the entrance is the home office - a contemporary space with a fresh take on millwork. Floating shadow box shelving units in 5’ 3” and 7’ 10” lengths are staggered along the walls with structured asymmetry. An L-shaped desk-counter work space wraps around two of the walls creating enough workspace for the entire family.

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The main floor powder room is the first of several uniquely designed bathrooms that create interest throughout the home. This one features horizontal porcelain tile on the backsplash and a white bush hammered 2:45:52 PM quartz countertop set on a vanity made of reconstituted dark veneer with a pale horizontal grain. A square raised sink, generous lighting, and a wraparound mirror provide visual space. A fully automatic toilet with heated seat is the ultimate in personal luxury. A family room on this level is the ultimate place for a family to unwind. Television and ample toy storage, not to mention a lush black leather sofa, set the scene for all-ages relaxation and quality together time. The extensive millwork including floor to ceiling cabinetry means there is a place for everything.

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Generous glazing on either side of the fireplace creates lightness around the structure, ensuring it remains the focal point. The glass extends along the back wall and to the kitchen in a two-level configuration that leaves the space open and connected to the outdoor living area. A series of eight-foot tall glass doors opens under a second level of glazing beginning ten inches above the doors and stretching up ten feet. It sits directly across from the mezzanine that extends over the room from the bedroom level.

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Grey and black and tones of yellow in the art call attention to hues in the Italian Maple floor, and orange throw cushions pay subtle homage to the arbutus trees. Nygaard says it was one directive of the project to collect and showcase beautiful textures and inspirations from nature. For instance, extensive stone work throughout the home brings strength and drama to each space, but variation in the styles and layered textures means a surprise around every corner. At the same time, “We wanted to show restraint and avoid visual chaos,” says Nygaard. “If everything is over the top you can’t see anything.”

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In the great room, end tables custom made from stained black ash in a ‘z’ form with stainless steel posts rest on either side of a white leather L-shaped sofa. The square coffee table is topped with honed granite; fitting the scale of the room perfectly and providing a highly functional, family friendly surface. These details are arranged around a dramatic fireplace clad in dry-packed Blue stone. A chimney is constructed of a single exposed stainless steel tube that stretches to the ceiling and is back dropped by black tumbled steel plate tiles. Lights on either side of the tube cast a soft glow in the evenings.

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Cable lighting and recessed pot lights create a soft atmospheric glow and a practical lighting solution in the great room and in the kitchen, where parts of the ceiling are vaulted with skylights. The ceiling comes low and intimate over the dining room where people remain seated most of the time. In the lower sections recessed pot lights with a delicate silver detail tie in nicely. A thick slab of custom granite on the island counter makes this area a functional and attractive place to prepare food, entertain, or converse. An inset gas range, stainless appliances, and black hanging pendant lights create sleek, classic lines, while fir and black melamine cabinets keep with the rich palette. A chunky, textured stone tile on the walls adds an unusual brand of texture to the space. A stainless, squared off double custom sink provides an industrial look and a computer work station just outside the dining area is a convenience addition.


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Every entertainer’s nirvana lies behind a set of doors that masquerade as another in a row of cabinets. A butler’s kitchen - half the size but fully stocked with every appliance - is the ideal place to leave the mess of dinner while guests mingle in the main kitchen area. There is also a door from this room that leads to the outdoor entertainment and BBQ area, which is situated next to a cluster of concrete raised beds that the family plants in season. The mudroom is command central. Wall-towall, beautifully crafted fir lockers and cubbies and a billboard sized bulletin board-white board combination keep the family’s activities and artwork organized. Extra plug-ins in the cubbies for cell phones are a nice touch and a slate floor is durable and easy to clean. The garage fits two cars, plenty of storage space, and a full wall of cabinetry for tools. A recess in the ceiling above the main parking space has been fitted for a hydraulic kayak lift that will lower the kayaks directly on to the car parked below. Glass banisters head down from the great room along a lit, custom crafted staircase to the basement where a series of rooms dedicated to leisure and playfulness are found. The stairs themselves are open and set into steel brackets that tie in with the similar accents in the posts and beams. In the basement, concrete polished floors switch the mood to a subtle, night-life inspired classiness.

In the lower bathroom, greenish grey glass tile is a glossy sleek contrast beside deeply textured wave style porcelain and a mirror that crawls up the wall and across the ceiling. Sapelli wood reappears on the floating vanity. More Berman glass marks the entrance to an L-shaped, full service fitness room fitted with exercise machines and TVs. A mechanical room is tucked flawlessly behind the mirrored wall at the far end. The builders cleverly hid some exposed ductwork in this room behind a bulkhead that stretches the perimeter of the room to make it seem more a deliberate style choice than a necessity.

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A fully stocked bar and seating area, positioned around a gas fireplace made special by bits of shattered glass on the inside, are the highlight of this area. Deeply stepped stone wall tile creates a jogged and industrial image, and quartz on the bar is solid and durable. Sapelli wood on the walls is eye-catching - its glossy, waved, zebra inspired natural grain cut into panels with steel inlays stands out in the space. Dual purpose shelving made from six-inch blocks of wood floats on the bar wall - wine bottle-sized holes routered into one end are clever storage.

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Aquaterra is the perfect marriage of structure, design, setting and family functionality And just when it seems every detail has been mastered, the media room comes into view. An extensive acoustical panel installation and a large, three inch thick sliding wood and acoustic batten packed metal door offer complete isolation. A sectional and four leather recliners are positioned in front a 130 inch projector screen (and TV for back-up). A recessed sideboard with cabinetry, floating shelves, pull-out DVD racks, and a popcorn station mean every detail is accounted for.

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The upper level is connected to the main living space via a glass enclosed mezzanine that runs the length of the hall in front of the bedrooms. The view from the banister is tree level, creating yet another flawless reference to nature.

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In the children’s bedrooms, exposed timbers keep with the scale and flavour of the home. Extensive built-ins and shelving offer flexibility and organization, while wall sconces and custom trim on the windows and baseboards offer the same attention to detail as in the rest of the home. The bathrooms offer playful details that the children will not outgrow; a circular mirror and raised sink in the girl’s bathroom are soft features along with pebble stone flooring in the walk-in shower. Long grain off white tile offers a neutral palette that can be accessorized, and floor to ceiling cabinetry provides ample linen space.


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Double raised square sinks in the boys’ bathroom are smart details in the quartz countertop. Vertically placed, asymmetric black tiles set into white grout are a playful detail in the backsplash and a wood framed mirror is a tribute to the home’s theme. Skylights let in ample light. The boys’ rooms are mirror images of each other - exposed timbers maintain the scale in the vaulted ceilings and extensive use of built-ins keeps them organized. Cable lighting and sconces offer lighting variety and relate to other interior finishes.

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The master suite is an artful combination of solid architectural details and a light, spa like ambience. A steam shower and automatic toilet are the first laps of luxury. A glass pivoting transom over the shower adds interest and stone tile inside and out of the shower offers a strong, textured presence. A large soaker tub with a quartz tub surround offers the center of peaceful solitude. A skylight and a third type of etched Berman art glass on the windows ensure privacy and ample lighting. In the master bedroom a floating platform bed with a leather backing is set against custom shelving and drawers that wrap around and behind the bed. The vaulted ceiling makes the room feel like a resort and a glass balcony overlooking the ocean completes the image. Outside, an ocean breeze wraps around the home and beckons visitors to the 2,600 square foot patio, while a sunken seating area and outdoor cook station promise long, leisurely evenings with friends. A glass railing on the ocean side keeps the view unobstructed, while a Blue stone rock wall wraps around the home, curving and swelling like coastal ocean. Every so often the pattern is interrupted by a large, Whistler born boulder. An entrance to the basement is off the patio down a set of steps positioned near the outdoor fireplace. At 7,012 square feet, Aquaterra offers enough growing room for a young family with beautiful taste. At the same time the space doesn’t feel vast or palatial - instead is easily maintains a scale and natural theme that brings every detail to life with unparalleled symbiosis between the home and its environment. Abstract Developments has a stellar reputation for their distinctive, remarkable custom homes. Aquaterra is yet another superb example of their innovative talents, and how they consistently bring dreams to fruition.

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The Haunting of Tod House The Ghost Who Hates Christmas By John Adams

Colonel and Mrs. Evans were horrified when they entered the living room on Christmas morning and saw what the ghost had done overnight. They had spent so much time the previous evening decorating their Christmas tree, until they were satisfied that every ornament, icicle and garland looked perfect. Now they discovered that everything had been removed from the tree and even from the walls, but not in a disorderly way. It was all piled neatly in the middle of the room. They knew their house was haunted, but this was the last straw. Clearly, this ghost hated Christmas.

Left: The Pauline family 1890s. The Paulines lived at Tod House for many years. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives photograph A-08840.

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In 1944, the Evans were so pleased when they had been able to buy the picturesque house on Heron Street, near Willows Beach in Oak Bay. It sat askew on the lot, with only a few houses around it, so it had a rural atmosphere. It was certainly not a new place. In fact, it’s reputedly the oldest house in British Columbia. Nor was the house in the best of condition, what realtors today would euphemistically call a fixer-upper. Sagging walls, tar paper on the roof, collapsing chimneys and weathered paint added to its ‘charm’. Soon, however, the Evans started to make the necessary repairs and gave the house a new lease on life.

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Several wildly exaggerated theories about the ghost have been proposed, the most preposterous being that it was one of John Tod’s native wives who had gone insane and been chained in the attic!

It’s a well known fact that ghosts dislike change, so anyone working on a haunted house should be prepared for lots of paranormal activity. Whether the Evans knew it or not, previous occupants of Tod House had already encountered its long-term residents. The usual sorts of things skeptics might dismiss: creaking sounds, sudden cold chills, a shadow briefly seen. The wind, a broken window pane and probably a few rodents might be the cause. But not always.

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It was small things at first. A cup on the sideboard constantly swung back and forth on its hook; the cellar door flew open and cold wind blew up the stairs; a rocking chair in one location rocked all on its own; and, hats jumped off the hat stand. Then bigger manifestations started to happen, such as the night when a perfectly sound window flew out of its frame and landed on the lawn.

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Above: Tod House, dilapidated in the 1930s. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives photograph D-09122.

Certain rooms had a distinct creepy feeling, so the Evans avoided going into them. Perhaps they didn’t think their house guests one weekend would notice such things when they put them up in the place they called “the eerie room.” The visitors were two young airmen from the base at Patricia Bay, enjoying a chance to have a few days of relaxation in town. One of the men woke up suddenly and saw what he thought was the ghost of an old woman standing at the foot of his bed. The memory was etched in his mind: long, white hair; arms stretched out towards him; and, rusted chains hanging from her wrists. In a flash he woke up the other airman and they both fled from the room and ran out of the house. When the Evans got up the next morning they couldn’t imagine where the two men were until the terrified pair returned and explained their horrifying ordeal.


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Publicity about the haunted house reached a peak in 1947 when it was featured on CBC radio, after which the Evans were inundated with letters and phone calls. But suddenly the paranormal activity ended after a headless skeleton was found in an excavation in the front yard. It was deemed to be the remains of a Chinese or First Nations woman and was removed from the site. After that, Colonel Evans claimed the hauntings ended abruptly. It may have been wishful thinking on his part, or a clever ruse to divert attention from his troubled house, but the hauntings definitely did not end. They continue to the present day, though sometimes they seem to fade away, always to return.

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It was small things at first. A cup on the sideboard constantly swung back and forth on its hook

Above: Cups on the sideboard rocked back and forth on their own. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives I-03571. Right: John Tod. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives photograph D-02128.


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Several wildly exaggerated theories about the ghost have been proposed, the most preposterous being that it was one of John Tod’s native wives who had gone insane and been chained in the attic! It simply isn’t true. The ghost probably is John Tod himself. Photographs of him in old age show he had long, white hair, just as the airman had described. But why would he haunt the house and, especially, have dismantled the Christmas decorations? Quite simply, he had turned his back on organized religion and requested no clergyman say prayers or perform any burial rituals over his remains. However, his heirs defied his wishes and the service was conducted by a Methodist minister who dismissed the deceased’s strongly held beliefs. Maybe, just maybe, John Tod’s getting even.

The ghost probably is John Tod himself. Photographs of him in old age show he had long, white hair, just as the airman had described.

Above: Tod House 1950s dining room wing. Photo from the author, John Adams’, personal collection. Right page: Tod House front gate (2011). Photography provided by author, John Adams.   

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AGGV Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere |

…and the precipice of the Canadian art revolution By Jill Lang

“A picture is an expressed thought for the soul.” Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, January 28, 1931

Emily Carr, first female pioneer in the modernist art movement in Canada—on the edge of nowhere? How about, on the cutting edge of somewhere? That’s something to Victorians, now that she’s no longer living. Prime time to appreciate and celebrate people: when they’re smiling down on us from the heavens emanating unconditional warmth and love. Poke poke, Victoria. Emily Carr is watching.

Left: Victoria Inner Harbour, 1905. Watercolour on paper. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, in memory of Jennet and Louis Davies, Edith and Oswald Parker and James R. Davies, with thanks to Emily Carr, these works are donated by N. E. Davies, Brian, Bruce and Kevin Davies. 2005.026.003

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When visiting AGGV post-18 months ago, visitors regularly inquired into the whereabouts of Carr’s work. The gallery had a modest collection, at best, and the small exhibition room to which visitors were pointed led to indisputable disappointment more often than not. Considering Carr spent much of her life in Victoria (including being born here), it only made sense that the gallery blow on the thumbs of its current collection and give the people bulging biceps full of Emily Carr.

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| AGGV Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere Left: Installation View: Emily Carr: On The Edge of Nowhere | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2011.

Within the last year and a half, AGGV has mounted Emily Carr: On the Edge of Nowhere in response to countless requests for more. At any given time (thanks to both private and public lenders), this long-term exhibition showcases a generous survey of Carr’s entire career. “We have some of her early works from when she was a student,” says AGGV Chief Curator, Mary Jo Hughes. “We even have a dynamite student painting that some people claim is their favourite.”

“I am painting on my own vision now, thinking of no one else’s approach, trying to express my own reactions.” Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, April 24, 1934

The piece, ‘Wild Lilies’ has never been seen publically, unless, of course, you noticed it hanging in St. Ann’s Academy. Carr gifted it to the convent over 50 years ago to thank the sisters for looking after her own sister dying of cancer. The gallery will exhibit some of the earliest examples of Carr’s inquisitive and insightful yet erratic precision of stroke, never before been seen. Carr would still be proud to call Victoria her home. The city is sleepy, and with sleepy comes a slower way of life. She knew we’d catch up eventually. She was far too exacting and ingenious in her approach to Canadian modernism to deny her own contribution. Emily Carr knew she was a big deal; it’s not abandonment when you go back to something— it’s procrastination.

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A semi-hiatus of ten or so years from her craft only inspired some of Carr’s most sought after and studied works. On the Edge of Nowhere explores Carr’s relationship to First Nations and the West Coast, how her work was influenced by Batiste and other French post-impressionists after trips to England and France, and how, when Carr comes into herself, she embraces the forests as her subject matter and produces works inspired by Lauren Harris and A.Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven.

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Above: Broom, Beacon Hill,1937. Oil on paper mounted on board. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Thomas Gardiner. Keir Bequest. 1994.055.006. Right: Blue Sky, 1936. Oil on canvas. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Thomas Gardiner Keir Bequest. 1994.055.002.

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imagery and is speaking on Carr and the Northwest coast. The next two speakers both work in the Department of Women’s Studies at UVic: Jennifer Waelti-Walters, an artist herself, is giving a lecture called ‘The Trouble with Art School’ which will discuss Carr’s experience with art schools in Europe; and, Lara Tomaszewska will look at Carr as not only a pioneer/modernist, but also a woman—being on the West Coast and being a woman at the fore of Canadian modernism.

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“It’s a shame to think of you stuck out here in this corner of the world unnoticed and unknown,” says he. “It’s exactly where I want to be,” says I. And it is, too. This is my country. What I want to express is here and I love it. Amen!” Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousand: The Journals of Emily Carr, May 7, 1934

In celebration of Carr’s 140th birthday, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will be hosting a party on December 18 (as part of Family Sunday) with interactive gallery tours, hands-on art activities and puppet performances that bring to life Carr’s animal stories from celebrated puppeteer, Tim Gosley.

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Carr was an anomaly in that she was recognized for both her painting and her writing. In 1941, at age 70, Carr won the Governor General’s Award for her first book, Klee Wyck. Most people who know they’re a big deal keep trying. I think you have to try to win a Governor General’s Award. The woman wasn’t complacent.

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Left: Light Swooping Through, 1938 1939. Oil on canvas, 111.0 x 68.5 cm. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Gift of the Hon. Mark Kearley. 1964.229.001


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“We passed many Indian villages on our way down the coast. The Indian people and their Art touched me deeply… By the time I reached home my mind was made up. I was going to picture totem poles in their own village settings, as complete a collection of them as I could.” Emily Carr, Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr

“Emily Carr is a big deal here on the west coast,” says Tania Muir, educator of public programs at the gallery. “For the birthday, we are getting 200 iced cupcakes and one of the art-making activities will be decorating your Emily Carr cupcake.” Programs and lectures are free with admission, Victoria. Get out and about this winter season and support your local art gallery. Emily Carr would have wanted it this way.

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Above Left: Sea and Sky, 1933. Oil on paper, 59.5 x 88cm. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Anonymous Gift. 1977.162.001. Above Right: Brittany Coast, 1911. Watercolour on paper, 29.5 x 26.1cm. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Gift of Major H.C. Holmes. 1964.073.001

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“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ­ – Famed food author Peg Bracken

While the usual and adored turkey has most certainly been a part of my family’s holiday routine through the years, the more recent generations have strived to stretch their culinary forte with holiday menus themed around Greek lamb, beef wellington and Spanish paella.

This year is no different, yet I ponder over the dilemma of how I can do it without spending hours in the kitchen. Instead, I ache to stand in the circle of titillating conversation - a cool cocktail in one hand, easy delicious food in the other, and time to actually enjoy the festivities without the strife and stress of a multi course sit down. My mind continues to wander, picturing easy prep and a plethora of flavours and I think earthy, warm, flaky. Wild mushrooms, fresh herbs and sweet and savory onions. Dollops of goat cheese - softened, browned.

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As another holiday season lurks enticingly (and somewhat menacingly) around the corner, I stand in the doorway of my pantry and wonder what I can do to put a refreshing twist on an upcoming gathering. Sound familiar?

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CARAMELIZED ONION AND WILD MUSHROOM TART 2 large sweet onions (halved and thinly sliced) 1 tbsp butter 5 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary or thyme (or both) 4 cups fresh wild mushrooms, chopped (oyster, shiitake or in season) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup dry vermouth or white wine 1/4 cup cream 1 sheet puff pastry (about 200g) thawed all purpose flour 1 egg 1 package of goat cheese (113g) salt and pepper Position rack in the middle of oven and preheat to 375 degrees.

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Add butter and 2 tbsp of olive oil to a large skillet and heat. Add onions and cook on medium-high, stirring frequently until onions become soft and start to colour, about 15-20 minutes. If the pan starts to get dry, reduce heat and add a tbsp or two of water, but remember – they are meant to be browned, not boiled. Add the balsamic and brown sugar, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until onions are very soft and brown, another 10-15 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper, remove from heat. Set aside in a bowl to cool.

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In a clean skillet, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mushrooms, stirring frequently over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. The mushrooms will absorb the oil quickly and seem dry, but keep stirring! Once the mushrooms start to release moisture, add garlic and salt and pepper to

This season… think easy, make-ahead and delicious

taste. Add herbs and cook for 5 minutes more. Once the pan starts to become dry again, add vermouth or wine. Cook until liquid is reduced, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add cream very slowly so as not to scorch. Allow cream to be absorbed, stirring for 5 more minutes. Set aside. In the meantime, roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface, to approximately 10x12 inches. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. With a sharp knife, score a 1/2 inch border around the outside of the pastry. Beat egg with a bit of water, and brush along the border. Prick inside the border all over with a fork. Top with the onion mix, follow with the mushrooms. Crumble goat cheese over top. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until pastry is puffed and goat cheese is slightly browned. Allow the tart to cool and slice into squares. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6-8 as an appetizer.


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Candied yams have been around for years. This year, replace them with roasted acorn squash with brown sugar and thyme.

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I spot a bowl of fresh BC pears on my counter, and before my eyes, the sweet and beautiful morsels morph into a cool and luscious cocktail. Some sweet honey. Some tart lime. I feel inspired. I put aside the thought of the standard eggnog libation, and the glass of warmed and spicy hot-toddy. I take a vacation from heavy red wine. I jot down some ingredients on a piece of paper and pull out my martini shaker. I turn on some holiday music and I look in the corner at my new winter boots – cute enough to wear with a dress. I want to show them off to more than the oven and the stovetop. I want out of the kitchen. I want make-ahead, finger food, fresh and memorable. This year, I will strive to release myself from gravy laden, days of preparation and hours of clean up. I endeavor to lighten it up, join in the party, and take full advantage of the mistletoe. Won’t you join me?

PEAR AND APPLE MARTINI ½ ripe pear (peeled, cored and chopped) 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, approximately 2” 1 ounce Calvados liqueur 2 ounces vodka orange bitters 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp hot water soda water large ice cubes 1 lime cut in half Mix honey and hot water and set aside to cool. Add rosemary to a martini shaker and muddle until fragrant. Add pear and gently muddle again, taking care not to pulverize. Add 2 generous shakes of orange bitters, honey, vodka and Calvados. Fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, until the outside of the shaker is visibly chilled. Rub rim of chilled glasses with ½ lime. Strain martini mixture into chilled glasses, top with a squeeze of lime and a splash of soda to taste. Serves 2.

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In the world of cocktails, muddling refers to blending, bruising or pressing together ingredients, achieving results similar to a mortar and pestle. Martini muddling is done directly in the shaker, just before adding the liquid ingredients.


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| The Victoria Symphony

The Victoria Symphony Celebrates Its 71st Season Vancouver Island is Treated to Four Holiday Concerts The Victoria Symphony, one of the most successful and well regarded symphonies in Canada, is proud to announce four holiday concerts in its 71st season.

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“Music changes us and gives us each a different gift as great music and great art reflects upon us and we upon it.” — Tania Miller, Music Director, Victoria Symphony

More than 125,000 patrons visit the Victoria Symphony annually, with 10,000 of those being children. Of course, everyone knows about their signature summer event, Victoria Symphony Splash, which welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each BC Day long weekend, in Victoria’s inner harbour. The 2010/2011 year also celebrated Victoria Symphony’s Maestra Tania Miller’s eighth season as Music Director, a position that made her the first Canadian woman to be appointed to such a important role. Her vivacity and lively methodology has been the launching point for many improvements with the Victoria Symphony, including unique programming such as the New Currents Festival of Music, the contemporary Odyssey series of collaborative arts and genres, as well as expanded and committed educational programming.

“I play as I feel.” ­ — Oscar Peterson Tania Miller, Music Director, Victoria Symphony

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The Victoria Symphony kicks off its 2011-2012 holiday line up with Sentimental Christmas featuring none other than Emily Braden. A young jazz stylist who has garnered a great deal of attention in recent years, Braden lived in Victoria while studying under Jazz great Louise Rose — a protegé of Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson. This will be her orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony. Sentimental Christmas will be headed by principle pop conductor Brian Jackson and will feature Braden lending her vocal talents to holiday favourites such as White Christmas and The Christmas Song. [Dec. 9th, 10th, and 11th at the Royal Theatre] For perhaps one of the greatest choral works ever written, join guest conductor Timothy Vernon as he leads the Victoria Symphony, Vox Humana and the Victoria Festival Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. [Dec. 16th and 18th at the UVic Farquhar Auditorium] Fans of Cape Breton style Celtic music will not want to miss the one night engagement of A Christmas Ceilidh with Ashley MacIsaac at the Royal Theatre. This iconic Canadian fiddler will team up with local guitarist Quinn Bachand for a night of holiday music that is sure to stir your blood. [Dec. 17th at the Royal Theatre] On January 1st the Victoria Symphony will hold its third annual Viennese New Year’s Day Concert. Modelled after the immensely popular New Year’s concert broadcast of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, which is celebrating its 60th year this year, the Viennese New Year’s Day Concert will feature a lush, romantic bouquet of waltz and songs to ring in 2012. [Jan. 1st at the Royal Theatre] For more information on these or the 2012 concert calendar visit the Victoria Symphony online at victoriasymphony.ca


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| the building of oak bay beach hotel

a look at this iconic Vancouver Island establishment from 1927 to 2011

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Although the Great Depression hurt the tourism industry, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel flourished in the 1930s and remained full

Location, location, location. Major William J. Merston took this adage seriously to heart when he chose the site for his new hotel along the Oak Bay waterfront in the 1920s. The lure of the perfect setting drew him to the rocky shoreline close to the Victoria Golf Course on property that had belonged to William Oliver, the municipality’s first reeve. Most importantly, it bordered the shoreline, not separated from it by Beach Drive as was his nearest rival, The Oak Bay Hotel (later the Olde Charming Inn). The design was the next big consideration. Oak Bay had developed a reputation as a seaside holiday resort with links to famous watering holes in both the old and the new worlds. In fact, many of the municipality’s early street names (several now changed) were chosen to highlight this: Brighton, Margate, Newport, Saratoga, San Carlos and Long Branch. Merston wanted a building that would appear to fit in with the grand hotels in these places and asked architect Percy Leonard James to prepare the plans.

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James proposed what was described by The Daily Colonist as an Elizabethan design, featuring projecting gables, extensive half timbering, heavy knee braces supporting the wide verandah and substantial brick chimneys rising above a steep roof.

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Previous Page: Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s exterior gardens with pools. Main Photo: Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s exterior gardens with Merstons. Above: Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s original Snug Pub. The ‘Snug’ - added to the hotel in the 1940s - became Victoria’s first neighbourhood pub.

The plans for the picturesque building appeared in the newspaper, but the neighbours weren’t impressed with what they saw. Some of them petitioned the municipality in 1927 to prohibit any hotels or apartments in the vicinity, claiming the value of their own residential property would suffer. Regardless, Council approved Merston’s proposal unanimously, prompting a flurry of acrimonious letters to the editor. “Are we to be subject to any arbitrary action of the Council?” lamented one.


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In spite of what the neighbours thought, Major Merston liked what James had drawn. But he turned to another architect to complete the project, whereupon James took Merston to court, and won. In the meantime, construction began and the new forty-room structure was finished in less than a year at a cost of $120,000. Described as a “Tudor style hostelry” it boasted ‘a commodious and luxuriously appointed lounge’ and unique décor in each bedroom.

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Landscaping was next on Merston’s priority list. Rock gardens and lawns designed by Eric Lloyd Youny sloped to two private beaches. On a promontory between the beaches a salt water swimming pool was created as one of the

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Above: Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s exterior in 30s-40s. Top Right (Next Page): James Plan.

Built in 1927, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was the most celebrated hotel of its time

hotel’s big attractions. During the season the pool was filled every Monday morning. On Tuesday the water was still cold and clear, but on Wednesday and Thursday it began to warm up. By Friday it was scummy and by Saturday was like pea soup. The pools were drained on Sunday night and the process started all over again. Archie McKinnon, well known Olympic swimmer, gave private lessons for his own and the Merston the children when they were very young.


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Major Merston’s daughter, Susan, was a toddler at the time her father’s new hotel burned to the ground in 1930. The fearful sight of the flames is her earliest memory. However, she soon saw a new hotel, similar to the first one, built on its foundations. As a child she and her friends often went to a nearby beach—“Treasure Beach” they called it—to play in the broken crockery and charred rubble which came from the ill-fated first hotel. The Depression of the 1930s and World War II were not good for the hotel business, but Major Merston managed to keep his place full, often with long-term guests from the United States. He ran it on the “American plan,” that is, with all meals included. A number of retirees also lived there on a permanent basis. At first Merston and his family lived in “The Lodge,” a separate building on the property, but during the war moved into the hotel.

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Hoteliers must always keep an eye to the future and Merston decided to sell in 1944 because he was not optimistic about postwar conditions. The new owners added an amenity that proved to be an enduring and popular feature. The Snug, a quaint, Englishstyle pub was opened in part of what had once been the Merston family’s private suite. Over the years the hotel changed hands again. In 1972 two Winnipeg businessmen bought it and in 1995 Kevin and Shawna Walker, the son and daughter-in-law of one of them, acquired it. The Walkers realized the old hotel was reaching the end of its useful life and needed to be rebuilt. The reaction to their announcement was like déjà vu. Residents who once had campaigned to keep the hotel out of their neighbourhood now didn’t want it to disappear. However, the proposal did meet with support, including from the surviving children of Major Merston, and Oak Bay Council approved it.

The history of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is an integral part of Victoria. The story of the future of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel is equually fascinating; brimming with anticipation and expectation for not just its owners and builders, but an entire community. For a sneak peek at the newly rebuilt OBBH, turn the page…

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De-construction of significant portions of the old building was a prime goal so they could be incorporated into the new structure. The lobby and The Snug, for example, are to return. The third Oak Bay Beach Hotel on the site is now well underway, with opening planned for spring 2012.

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In the Spring of 2012, when the doors open on the third incarnation of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Vancouver Island will be home to a full service luxury hotel resort that is quite simply without compare. Located on prestigious Beach Drive, the magnificent Oak Bay Beach Hotel will command breathtaking views of Haro Strait, the San Juan Islands, and Washington State’s majestic Mount Baker. The current owners have gone to great lengths to embracing modernity while incorporating as much of the heritage of this legendary hotel property as possible. Indeed the demolition of the previous building, if it can even be called a demolition, involved a painstaking dismantling of Tudor boards, stained glass and other materials for use in the new design. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel promises to deliver more than simply a name; throughout the hotel, guests will find themselves surrounded by elegant touchstones to the past of this storied establishment. The grand lobby, poised to open in May, will closely resemble and pay tribute to the splendour of the historic lobby. The much loved Snug Pub, often referred to as Victoria’s first neighbourhood pub, will also return, restored to its former glory using architectural elements preserved from the original. The hotel will boast 100 oversized rooms and suites, each featuring floor to ceiling windows that take full advantage of the expansive ocean, residential and city views. Each guest suite will offer English country manor inspired décor and furnishings, spa tub, fireplace, flat screen television, 24-hour room service, as well as butler and valet services.

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The outdoor salt water pool that had been a feature since the 1940s has been re-imagined as a series of heated seaside mineral baths, which will serve as the undisputed jewels in the crown of a modern spa and fitness area set on the shores of the Pacific ocean. The historic boathouse has been renovated so as to house a world class spa facility offering therapeutic treatments such as massage and facials. A large private patio will afford guests an unparalleled view of Haro Strait as they relax by the fire pit or follow paths down to the ocean shore.

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The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been a renowned destination since 1927, and for almost 85 years has been synonymous with luxury, elegance, and natural beauty. In a few short months a new generation of guests from all over the world will get to experience the next chapter of this storied resort on the Pacific northwest.

The Future of Oak Bay Beach Hotel A New Era of Excellence on the Golden Mile

David Foster and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel – A Meeting of Hearts and Minds When the Oak Bay Beach Hotel reopens in spring 2012, one of the property’s many features will be the David Foster Foundation Dinner Theatre. This special aspect to the hotel and its owners, pays tribute to David Foster’s long time benevolent good works. In May 2012, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, in partnership with the David Foster Foundation is hosting a once in a lifetime Grand Opening Gala Package. In celebration of this iconic hotel’s re-opening and the David Foster Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, the Grand Opening Gala Package will include David Foster’s live ‘Miracle Concert’. Guests will attend private concerts in the David Foster Foundation Dinner Theatre, meet and dine with celebrity guests, receive carte blanche access to the hotel’s worldclass services and amenities, and attend the David Foster and Friends ‘Miracle Concert’ at Victoria’s Save on Foods Memorial Arena, with VIP seating. The 3 day / 2 night package costs $5,000 per person, based on double occupancy. The Oak Bay Beach Hotel is generously donating 100% of each package price to the David Foster Foundation. For further information, visit OakBayBeachHotel.com


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| The Modern Wedding

The Modern

Wedding A Contemporary Look at Happily Ever After

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Before 1840, most brides wore coloured dresses – practical garments that could be worn again after the wedding day. It was not until Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, and she walked down the aisle in a snow white wedding gown, did elaborate white wedding dresses become so fashionable.

Back in the fall of this year, the team at Homes & Living magazine were honoured to witness one of our own, Lana McKinnon marry her soul mate, Chase Stokes. It was an evening affair on a beautiful autumn day at the Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse in Saanichton, on the spectacular peninsula of southern Vancouver Island. This fairy-tale occasion was attended by many of Lana and Chase’s friends, family, well wishers and co-workers. As the evening began, the ceremony finished and the reception progressed well into the night, it struck me that it was possible to have a modern wedding without sacrificing all the sweet nuances of a traditional affair. Although our magazine doesn’t often indulge in topics such as romance and marriage, to my mind it is a significant part of ‘home’ – after all, isn’t that where happily ever after begins? The wedding industry is alive and kicking on Vancouver Island, with many venues available to hold the most perfect union, the picturesque oceanfront ceremony, or the whimsically romantic wedding. Many islanders choose an earthy ceremony that is close to nature; on a beach, in a park or in the midst of a forest. Given the abundance of foliage and flowers, other couples opt for an intimate backyard affair, complete with dining tents and dreamy décor.

It might be easier than you think to mix contemporary with traditional on your wedding day.

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If you are looking for a unique hotel style venue, a few to consider include Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, The Sea Cider, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort and the Villa Marco Polo. Each of these properties does an exceptional job mixing traditional charm with modern amenities – perfect for an old-meets-new couple who want the best of both worlds. One example, Villa Marco Polo, was built in 1923 as a gift to a young bride. This charming inn offers timeless Italianate architecture, romantic gardens and superb wedding services; a perennial favourite with brides looking to achieve a harmonious balance of modernity and tradition in the heart of the city.

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Modern Technology VS. Traditional Paper

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Something Old Traditional style wedding invitations and save-the-date cards are still very much in vogue, and offer that old-style formality that still appeals to most brides and their guests. Scrapbooking from the engagement through to happily ever after has long been a tradition for brides and their families. It is a wonderful way to look back upon a very special time.

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Something New More than 85% of Canadians are online and access email at least once weekly. A popular trend is to send out evites (electronic invitations), especially for save-the-date announcements. For young couples struggling with time and money, electronic wedding invitations are a fast, fun and affordable way to send wedding invitations and receive online RSVP’s. Instead of scrapbooking, set up a wedding website, that not only chronicles the events leading up to the wedding day, but also provides out of town guests with information such as transportation, hotel and location details.


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Pomp and Circumstance Something Old Traditional weddings usually include a beautiful blushing bride wearing a long, formal white wedding gown and a nervous looking groom dressed in a dark suit (often times a tuxedo). Many of today’s brides still want that princess gown, complete with train, veil and hundreds of little beaded pearls and embellishments. Something New A bride should never feel that she must wear a formal white dress. It is, after all, her wedding day. Many modern brides are choosing wedding gowns in a variety of colours, styles and hem lengths. Although a bridal grown boutique is overflowing with white wedding gowns, just ask the consultant. Almost any dress can be ordered in different colours, and can be altered in style and length to suit the wishes and personality of the bride. Marisa Savegnago Photography marisasavegnago.com

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It’s a Nice Day for a White Wedding – or Not

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Something Old Traditional weddings usually includes a beautiful blushing bride wearing a long, formal white wedding gown and the groom is dressed in black, dark blue or gray formal wear (often times a tuxedo). Many of today’s brides still want that princess gown, complete with train, veil and hundreds of little beaded pearls and embellishments.

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Something New A bride should never feel that she must wear a formal white dress. It is, after all, her wedding day. Many modern brides are choosing wedding gowns in a variety of colours and styles. Although a bridal grown boutique is overflowing with white wedding gowns, just ask the consultant. Almost any dress can be ordered in different colours, and can be altered in style and length to suit the wishes and personality of the bride. llamarcopolo.com Image: With its luxurious, elegant boutique style hotel accommodation, Villa Marco Polo Inn (shown here) is a picture perfect wedding venue or honeymoon destination. Photo provided by Villa Marco Polo Inn.


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| H&L’s Feature Renovation

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By Ben Vorst

Working hand in glove with your contractor is essential when taking on a major renovation; when your goal is a home that blends seamlessly with its beautiful natural setting, it takes on the status of an ethos.

That’s why the relationship between Alair Homes and the Philippson family, forged during the transformation of an awkward dwelling into a dazzling yet unobtrusive waterfront sanctuary, was key during the process. The result of the strong bond is a stunning single-level home with a spectacular view, and the fulfillment of a long-time dream.

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Alair Homes bridges family, location and elegant home functionality

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“Communication was good, very good,” notes homeowner Jay Philippson, a native of the area, on the basis of the effective working relationship he and wife, Ana, were able to develop with the team at Alair. “Our first meeting with David [Babakaiff, Project Manager] was exceptional.” The match was a good one, not in small part because of Babakaiff ’s experience with previous renovations: knowing some of the pitfalls of renovating a house to which several add-ons have been made, as well as having the ability to encourage clients to think ahead when planning what (in this case) is a long-term residence. “A cornerstone of Alair’s philosophy is to provide the talent and take the time at the beginning of every project to understand the homeowner’s values, budget, preferences, and goals,” remarks the affable Babakaiff. “Many times, by asking the right questions, we discover customers’ deep felt dreams of the perfect home (which they thought they could not have, so they don’t express it right away) and often those dreams can in fact be realized.” In this case, the dream entailed building a home for Jay & Ana Philippson that achieved two main goals: to provide a comfortable space that they would cherish spending time in while maintaining capacity for visitors (like their two grown children and one close to flying the coop); and to create a home that embraced the natural surroundings and provided an adequate staging ground for the breathtaking view (of the Chemainus River estuary and Salt Spring Island). Building, or in this case renovating, in a relatively intact coastal forest area can be tricky, but it can be easier with foresight. Nobody wants to cut down trees, but everybody wants lots of natural light and an inspirational vista outside their windows. The Philippsons were able to strike a balance that allowed them to achieve their design goals while retaining the integrity of the project. “The old house was overpowered by large fir trees that were over 2 feet across and 90 feet tall,” notes Babakaiff. “The owner opened up the building space, letting sunshine in, by selectively cutting down some of these large trees, then having the logs custom milled and dried for re-use in the new renovation.”

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The selective cull of firs and cedar was a necessary step for the project, as the original home (built in the 1950s) was in complete shadow from the surrounding foliage. “[The removal of trees] opened it up tremendously,” says Jay Philippson, who is returning to the area after years in Edmonton, the mainland, and Duncan. “It was a dark, almost gloomy place in the house.” The resulting openness and brightness have made the home both more energy efficient and much more comfortable. Nothing was wasted, either: the logs were custom milled and dried for re-use in the new renovation. The harvest from the trees is on full display in the beautiful post and beams for the front entry, cross beams with king posts doweled together in the large vaulted main room, a solid custom fireplace hearth, and trim for windows and doors.


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This process was all part of the Philippsons’ vision of creating a seamless transition from outdoors to indoors and back again. The home (which includes a large double garage, with future living space above, attached but separated by an open-air breezeway) has an exterior that incorporates Whistler-style elements, including gables, cedar shingles and natural tones (siding by Sheck Construction). The approach to the home goes past the open breezeway, effecting an enticing snapshot of the view of on full display from the wrap-around deck on the east side of the house. A covered entryway, attractively accentuated by the fir posts and beams, frames a beautiful entry door, with pebbled glass and symmetrical black steel design (all doors by Windsor Plywood, Nanaimo). The first steps inside the home exudes the philosophy of airiness and natural light – ceilings soar up, chalet style, above a broad combination of kitchen and living room, culminating in lofty cross beams. The prominent windows (by Coastal Windows, Nanaimo) and deck doors emphasize that while the house is a home for the family, it is just as much a viewing platform for the majestic panorama – one gets the feeling that the home is built specifically to complement the scenery.

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The kitchen-come-dining room flows uninterrupted to the living room; something that Ana Philippson remarks has practical benefits. “I come from a background of a big family,” she notes, “and the kitchen is a big thing: everybody always ends up in the kitchen. I never wanted this segregation where you’re stuck in the kitchen and everybody’s being entertained somewhere else. Here, wherever you are, you can still converse with others.”

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The kitchen itself is a beautiful combination of maple cabinetry with chrome hardware (cabinetry by Studio Kitchens, Nanaimo), verde perla granite countertops, and a low-maintenance granite double-sink. Appliances, like the wall oven and microwave, and the ceramic cooktop, continue the recent trend for space awareness, tucked away inside the cabinetry. A large island, topped with a single 10’ slab of the verde perla granite (granite by Matrix Marble), doubles as a food preparation site and an informal dining area, also functioning as a locus for gathering family and friends in the unstructured space. The kitchen floor is a continuation of the entryway design, laid with subtle and classy Brazilian slate tile.

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The transition to the dining area is marked by a boundary of fir wood floors, with wide planks of the reclaimed wood (hardwood by Canadian Heritage Lumber Co., Chilliwack) providing a softer presence than the resilient stone of the kitchen. From there, an invisible shift to the living room is affected only by furnishings and a low pony wall, retaining the free flowing nature of the space. A sublime stone fireplace anchors the main room on one end; the air-tight design, connected to the air handler, improves heating efficiency in the house. Other environmentally-friendly features of the home include energy-efficient windows, solid wood doors throughout, new insulation to R40, in-floor heating, and Energy Star appliances.

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“I come from a background of a big family and the kitchen is a big thing”

The focus of the main area, however, is still the tremendous view: the east side of the house is completely devoted to a connection with Stuart Channel less than 100 metres away. Most impressively, the Philippsons had the foresight to install Nana Wall doors: a 10-foot span of folding (glass-panelled, fully-insulated) doors that can be opened up onto the deck, eliminating the barrier between indoors and outdoors during the gorgeous West Coast summers. The effect is remarkable, ensuring the fluidity of movement at the heart of the project.

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The wraparound deck – bordered by a railing of 4x4 cedar and glass panels – connects to the breezeway and entry path, creating yet another journey. To create the desired effect of the treated lumber deck reaching past the bedrock, Alair had to install special footings and a complex system of supports; nonetheless, bedrock has been incorporated into the design of the exterior of the home, continuing the natural theme. Jay Philippson notes his pleasure at the “organic” appearance of the finished project; the house seems to have grown out of the ground itself. The deck also provides a second access to the master bedroom, abutting the living space, a haven of comfort that faces the same sunrise view. In lush carpet and neutral tones it is, again, merely an accent to the deep greens and greys of the outlook, and is itself equipped with a smaller set of fold-away doors.

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The bedroom is complemented by a spacious walk-in closet, as well as a luxurious en-suite bathroom. Equipped with a deep tub (with Jacuzzi capability) and a capacious deluxe shower (complete with jumbo rain shower head and deep enough to eliminate the need for a shower door), the entire bathroom is done in travertine tile, an attractive option, especially with in-floor heating. The exquisite vanity is done in the same, with the same maple cabinetry found throughout the home.

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They had a vision of creating a seamless transition from outdoors to indoors and back again

The north side of the house contains several guest bedrooms, one with en-suite (in Brazilian slate) and two more serviced by another stylish guest bathroom, this one using honed travertine. There is also a den featuring a desk hand-built by Jay Philippson out of lumber salvaged from the original home. Throughout the cosier end of the house, solid core wood doors and light tunnels channelling sunlight help carry the natural theme to the less-windowed areas. There is also a well-thought-out media room, adequately dark and secluded, perfect for family movie nights and serviced by a tiled bar. The media room has been soundproofed, using extra insulation, and despite its proximity to the brilliantly lit main room is as dark as any theatre.

The foresight and planning were helped throughout the project by Alair’s web-based Co-Construct system, whereby homeowners are disclosed every accepted quote, cost, and finish selection to help them maintain a real time budget and make fully informed decisions about design and expansion (in this case, from 2900 to nearly 5000 square feet). The transparent nature of the system is a key component of Alair’s approach to building projects, one which stresses clear lines of communication with homeowners and an open door to contribution from them.

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All in all, this Vancouver Island jewel is a testament to the success that homeowners and builders can achieve when working together, openly and honestly; it is also a powerful symbol of Alair Homes’ ability to minimize the impact on the land without sacrificing the homeowners’ vision of a dream house.


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Retirement Living: Condo Living for Empty Nesters There comes a time in the lifecycle of every family when the last of the kids move out in order to start lives and families of their own. It is a story as old as civilization itself. And though it is a day a long time coming, it often catches us unaware somehow. Suddenly the house, which for years seemed barely able to contain the noise, clutter, and activity of a growing family, seems quiet and empty.

Now the kids have moved on, so it is important to revisit those choices. It is vital to ask questions. Do the two of us really need all that space? It is worth heating and cooling rooms we barely use? Is the time spent in the yard now mostly devoted to raking and mowing, and is that likely to change? Why are we spending so much time commuting to and from work when we are no longer tethered to a high school? Could we, in fact, live somewhere else?

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The ensuing calm affords us the time to reflect on just how many of our choices were predicated on the needs of raising a family. That three bedroom house with the big rec room in the basement gave us all the space to breathe and kept us from tripping over each other. The big yard and the residential neighbourhood meant that the kids could play outside in the summer. Sticking within that one school district meant that sons and daughters could make long term friends that lasted them all the way to graduation. These were the choices we made.

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Of course, many of us, for sentimental reasons, choose to remain in the homes in which we raised our families, and there is nothing wrong with that. Others feel that the memories themselves are what matter and that there is nothing wrong with finding a new home, one suited to present and future realities. In Victoria, as well as in smaller communities all across Vancouver Island, there exists a wealth of superb, diverse condominium properties.

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There are many potential benefits to urban living

There are many potential benefits to urban living. It can sometimes be the case that moving from a large suburban home to a smaller urban condominium makes sense from a financial standpoint. While it is true that urban property values tend to be higher and that condominium properties have strata fees associated with them, these realities are often offset by a number of factors. First, and this much is obvious, a one bedroom condominium is much smaller than that sprawling suburban home with its finished basement. Second, utility costs of living in a modern, well-built condo are a fraction of those required in a large detached home. Third, if you are substantially reducing your daily commute, you are substantially reducing what you are paying at the pumps every week.


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Then there is your time to consider. If, by moving into an urban condo, you are even fifteen minutes closer to work, you would save two and a half hours a week behind the wheel, and of course you are also closer to theatres, restaurants and shops as well. Factor in the time currently spent raking, mowing, watering (and occasionally shovelling) and many condo dwellers suddenly find themselves with the time to pursue interests that have eluded them for years. Finally there are the types of benefits which simply do not exist in a typical suburban home. The seaside view from a fourteenth floor high rise, for example, or access to facilities such as an indoor pool, sauna, and weight room. There is the benefit of living in a secure building, and the luxury of being surrounded by like-minded neighbours.

There is nothing wrong with finding a new home, one suited to present and future realities

Increasingly, and for all sorts of reasons, empty nesters are embracing the lifestyle afforded to them by urban condo living. They are moving from the homes which they once chose for their families and moving to new homes that they are choosing for themselves.

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Santa Claus Kissing Mommy or Stashing Gifts, He Always Delivers – Just in the Nick of Time By Roberto Bernardi

Nothing of the kind. We all know that it’s not what we are waiting for, but whom. All the joy, kindness, and spirit of the Yule are embodied in a singular, mirthful personage who breaks into our houses annually (albeit with the best intentions). As far as charm goes, nobody can hold a candle to Santa Claus.

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Above all else, Christmas is a time of anticipation: We look forward to it year-round, and the excitement builds with every falling leaf, even an occasional dusting of snow. What we are waiting for, however, is less clear. A well needed break? Quality time spent selflessly with friends and family? Or just a reason to rejoice and indulge in a little eggnog?

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Despite his ubiquity, good old Saint Nick is still shrouded in mystery for the majority of his adoring fans. He has been profiled by countless authors, from L. Frank Baum to David Sedaris, and yet his origins, his habits – even his appearance – are still subject to debate. Our annual visitor has been widely known about for at least 200 years, although his agelessness suggests he pre-dates the stories.

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Some say he’s Dutch; others maintain he’s Turkish; still more adhere to the theory that he is British, through and through. A Canadian federal minister even tried to claim, misguidedly, that Santa is a Canadian citizen. Of course, these arguments miss the point: the jolly old elf has

no geo-political inclinations – he belongs to the children of the world. While we don’t know very much for sure about Kris Kringle, we do have some clues. His most widespread moniker, Saint Nicholas, implies a connection with St. Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century saint who exemplified charity to poor children. Another name, Father Christmas, suggests the folk figure of British legend, a bringer of happiness in the dark winter months. His pagan roots include strong associations with Odin, the leader of the Norse gods and related Germanic traditions, who was described as riding an eight-legged horse through the sky (hence, the eight reindeer of Santa Claus – Rudolph came much later).


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The Paradox It may be obvious by now: Santa Claus is my hero, not only for his generosity, mystery, and aura of magic, but because he is a nuanced man with a love of the good life. His sometimes paradoxical attributes make him all the more real, and all the more impressive for his titanic accomplishments. For instance, he smokes (a pipe), drinks, eats copious amounts of cookies, but his figure never changes and he is never short on energy or vitality. He is always described as an elf, yet he’s larger than life in many ways, including stature (being short, I certainly look up to him). Despite his girth, he manages to squeeze his way in and out of the tightest of situations with charm and grace. He runs a large, complex organization, with a huge staff, working hard under tight deadlines; nonetheless, he is beloved of all his employees, and never faces labour revolts.

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The debate over just who Santa is rages on, including exactly how to spot him. His now famous red suit with white fur trim and big black boots is, despite the urban legend, not the product of Coca-Cola branding. Still, many say the true Father Christmas wears all green. Some claim he rides a grey or white horse; we know him to fly around the world in a sleigh drawn by magic reindeer. The Dutch figure, Sinterklaas, arrives in the harbour on a boat (although, upon that boat, he is still riding a horse). Considering his growing size, horses around the world are glad the reindeer sleigh model is taking over.

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No matter what he looks like, Santa is among the greatest of our heroes. He exemplifies charity and generosity, bringing gifts to all our children (the tradition of bringing coal or beatings to badly behaved kids has, thankfully, fallen by the wayside) and expecting nothing in return. His selfless nature has inspired millions of unofficial helpers, from postal employees who volunteer to deliver (and reply to) letters to his headquarters, to pilots who give their time and talents to bring gifts to the families of secluded lighthousekeepers (on behalf of a busy Santa, of course), to Salvation Army Santas who collect much needed support so that the neediest can have a Christmas as well.

Santa Claus, the man and the institution, is more than just a nice guy in a snazzy suit; he is an ever-evolving idea of practicing generosity and spreading good cheer. Over the years, he has inspired children to tackle letter writing (promoting literacy), to leave out carrots and hay – in boots – for reindeer (the source of our stocking tradition, and promoting love of animals), and to receive acknowledgement regardless of action (promoting unconditional acceptance). He’s even been married to the same woman for as long as anyone can remember. Not bad, for an international man of mystery.


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Wherever you find yourself this Christmas, you’ll need to know how to address that jolly old elf, in case of a chance meeting under the mistletoe. Here’s a guide for international Yule encounters:

Canada: Santa Claus United States: Kris Kringle Netherlands: Sinterklaas Great Britain: Father Christmas France: Père Noël Spain: Papa Noel Germany: Christindl Italy: Babbo Natale Sweden: Jultomten

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Victoria may have been slow on the uptake with Emily Carr, but we’re on the fringe of mid-century modern furniture, accessories and artwork, which is making a huge comeback on Vancouver Island. I’m particularly elated by the resurgence of mirror and crystal glass creations. I think what I like most about living spaces decorated mostly with crystal and mirrored glass is not a lot of homeowners do it anymore, which makes it somewhat elusive to collect. Too much of anything can be obnoxious, sure, but when chosen and displayed with minimalist intention in mind, glass can be tasteful and elegant. Let glass be the anchor for furniture and minimal décor in a room. Enhance the experience with appropriate and inviting shades of colour. Glass décor options are clean, shiny and perfectly modern. Mirrors and decorative glass notwithstanding, post-war architecture makes sense on the West Coast landscape, as does the mid-century art and design found blossoming in West Coast homes. Perhaps the comeback is not the art form but Vancouver Island getting back to its roots.

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The early modern décor mantra, “form follows function,” applies, yes, but Vancouver Islanders have been hit with Big Shiny Ball syndrome; art reflects not only the honesty of the work but also a legitimate part of function: delight. Clean spaces in the home make room for rare finds that delight your heart and express your flair.

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The modern art movement in Canada alone is appealing for so many reasons, and then you open your home up to Italy and the rest of the world, and a true human being of the earth would not grow bored of honest and classy décor options. Danish teak furniture and accessories designed and produced mid-century, for instance, are becoming functional art for the home, and contemporary pieces make this practical Scandinavian art form affordable for most homeowners. Vintage furniture, lighting, ceramics and glass can be found in showrooms, as well as reproductions of classic mid-century designs. Jazz up a Hans J. Wegner sofa table with a Florence Knoll sofa. Make your home a classy yet minimalist melting pot.

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Also hot in the market is furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames, late American design duo well known for the Eames Lounge and Ottoman, which has been in production continuously since its creation by the Herman Miller furniture company in 1956. The original/vintage chairs used Brazilian rosewood veneers (which have been on a worldwide embargo since 1992) and were constructed of five layers of plywood and leather. The chair is an icon of modern style and design and was called “the chair of the century” by influential architectural critic Esther McCoy.


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The Eames Lounge and Ottoman have appeared on both House and Frasier and tout an impressive acting career in television. The chair is stylish and comfortable, and satisfies the refined retail therapist’s need for conspicuous consumption. Although, I guess that depends on your idea of chump change. If I had $9,000 to spare, I’d like to say I’d pare down some debt; instead, I’d probably buy art to dress my body when I get back from reviving my suntan in the tropics. Perhaps I should start saving for a Coach to go with my Eames. If you’re up for taking risks, Italy will blow your mind with its unconventional and cutting edge art décor and design. Italian design is vanilla. The smell of Pininfarina chairs adorning an expandable glass table will enrapture your guests more than the food you serve. Don’t forget the mirrors. In the spirit of supporting Canadian artists and designers, you can always opt for ceramics and art and copper enamels from Quebec, or other rare Canadian finds, including radios and stereos from the 60s and 70s, as well as salt and pepper shakers, to name a few. Modern or not, I wouldn’t scoff at a wooden chest, but that’s just me. Much of what’s being collected is vintage, but retro pieces and reproductions are popular in furniture showrooms as well. The M3 Chair by Thomas Feichtnerby of Vienna, for example, boasts an open, wooden cantilever construction and makes creative and honest use of oak wood. The chair is said to be comfortable, too. And then, up close and local, Walter Dexter, one of the great fathers of design in Canada, lives in Oak Bay and is still producing pottery and ceramics.

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Left: 1970’s hanging pendant lamp with flowers made from glass. Above: Mirrored glass and chrome trestle legged desk.


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Jettison mid-century modern art and design into the future, and you’ve encountered post war meets shiny ball. Contemporary furniture design, accessories and artwork accompany sleek curves, honest use of materials and creative use of colour. Contemporary colours are cleaner, less earthy and harmonize beautifully in a room with a strong vintage presence. Throw in a brick wall and a Mexican quartz donkey, and you may be the next style icon for your postal code. Oh, and don’t forget the decorative mirrors.

Above: Mirrored sunburst clock, George Nelson. Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the founding fathers of American modernism.

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The town of Brentwood Bay, which is home to the famous Butchart Gardens, was originally named Slugget in the late 1800s, after pioneer settler John Slugget. Renamed in 1925 after the English town Brentwood in the UK County of Essex, which was the home of RM Horne-Payne, the president of the BC Electric Company in the 1920s.

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Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa The Ultimate in Island Style R&R By Tracey Drake Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and take leave from your everyday life; relax, unwind and get in touch with yourself and reconnect with your partner. For most of us, there just isn’t time to squeeze in a vacation. Luckily for Vancouver Islanders, there is a little bit of resort heaven that offers the most perfect getaway vacation. My husband, Steve and I recently escaped to Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, located in the charming little enclave of Brentwood Bay. Just a short 25 minute drive from downtown Victoria, this picturesque town offers a welcome laid back attitude.

Photography for this article provided by Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa and Drake Marketing.

The main lodge is truly spectacular, boasting soaring ceilings, countless windows and an expansive foyer to welcome guests into an ambiance of palpable warmth. From the front doors, you can easily see the reception area, dining room and the pool area beyond. The walls are adorned with artwork by local artists, each adding to the interior aesthetic of Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa. In the main lodge building, there is a lot to take in, but it all works together beautifully.

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This striking resort hotel, with its definitive West Coast architectural style, sits back unassumingly from the road. Once on the grounds, the true personality of the property comes to life; interesting architecture blending harmoniously with the amazing nature that surrounds it. The exterior, with its waterfront landscape that slopes down to touch the ocean, is just a hint of the wonders that awaits guests inside the massive front doors.

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This property is the #1 rated luxury resort in Victoria and the city’s only five star oceanfront hotel resort and spa. Stepping into our guest room, it was immediately evident why. Our one bedroom OceanSuite was special. It was luxurious, but not gaudy. It featured every conceivable amenity but was not over the top. The suite was spacious - with all the necessary uncluttered, breathing room that a true resort retreat should offer - and yet the space was completely cozy.

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Our perfectly appointed suite featured a separate bedroom with a lofty king sized bed, a living room with handcrafted furniture, dining and work area and a cozy fireplace. Beyond the glass doors, the outdoor patio featured a much appreciated 2-person private hot tub. The private spa bathroom spa bathroom with a jetted tub and a separate body massage shower, bathrobes and slippers, and spa toiletries by Deserving Thyme.

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa also offers guests the use of their marina, and an eco-adventure centre

The SeaGrille restaurant in the main lodge was a culinary delight for both dinner and breakfast. The mood in the dining room was tranquil; laid back and very relaxing. After feasting on oysters on the half shell and roasted butternut squash soup with crème fraiche and gruyere cheese, we both enjoyed a main course of pan seared Arctic Char, served with savoy cabbage, oven dried tomatoes, roasted potatoes and a delectable sherry and caper butter. For guests watching carbs and calories, they also offer a delectable selection of Essence of Spa cuisine menu items.


Resort Escape: Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa | Left: A sheltered, picturesque marina with a PADI dive shop, kayak rentals and Eco-Tours. Located in Brentwood Bay on the pristine Saanich Inlet and in the heart of wine-country.

Breakfast the next morning was hardy and delicious. Without questions, it would be worth the drive just to indulge in SeaGrille’s Brentwood Benedict with poached free range eggs, spinach, crab cakes and fresh hollandaise sauce. The next morning, we headed to Essence of Life, the hotel’s serene oceanfront spa with an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and aroma garden. A wellappointed day spa (for guests and locals alike) with thoughtfully designed rooms and unique treatments with a west coast point of view. Steve and I indulged in a side-by-side massage in the exclusive couples room, followed by an invigorating rain shower for two, and housemade truffles and a glass of wine by the fire in the spa’s Tranquility Lounge.

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The setting could not be more ideal – the town is charming, the view from the oceanfront suite was breathtaking, the local fare and award winning wines were delectable and the people are oh so friendly

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Shhh.. for locals only! Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa offers splendid perks for residents. Essence of Life Spa offers an exclusive Island Time Membership. The annual fee is $100, with members receiving 25% off all treatments and 10% on all spa products for the entire year. After your spa treatment, treat yourself to a locals-only hotel deal. Until March 31, 2012, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa is offering a special package, Locals Sexy Sleepover. Just $199 for two people – including one night in a beautiful 350 square foot OceanSuite and breakfast in bed. What a treat for Vancouver Islanders who need a minibreak in the midst of the gloomy rainy months.

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to start the stay off with a signature massage treatment, then fireside seafood & sushi dinner in the spectacular SeaGrille and then after a restful night in a luxurious OceanSuite, finish off with a delicious gourmet breakfast in bed in the morning. That’s what we call a sexy sleepover!” Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa also offers guests the use of their marina, and an eco-adventure centre. The weather was perfect that day – the sun was shining, there was virtually no wind and the waters were calm and glassy. We chose the two hour scenic adventure in a double kayak. It was a wonderful way to finish off the perfect getaway, and after hobnobbing with eagles and harbour seals, we headed back to the hustle and bustle of city life – agreeing wholeheartedly it was the most genuine R&R we had experienced in a good long while.

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White Christmas Holiday décor that is whimsically white and an unexpected delight By Lana Stokes

Especially on the West Coast, who hasn’t grown up “dreaming of a white Christmas”? If your secret santa wish this year is to bring a little white and wonderful to your home’s festive decor, H&L would like to share a few simple ways to create your own Winter Wonderland this holiday season. Straight from the H&L Design DIY files, let us help you find ways to decorate with white, without having to dip into your savings! There are several “do-it-yourself ” ways to reinvent existing decorations or incorporate nature into your Winter Wonderland holiday scheme.

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Collect sprigs, twigs leaves, pine cones and even old bird nests from your yard or a nearby park and spray paint them with white aerosol spray (retails for about $5 at any hardware store). Once the spray has dried, have fun creating your own unique decorations. With very little money and a lot of imagination, you will be amazed at how quickly and easily you can make a remarkable garland, centrepiece or wreath and enjoy the smell of pine all through the holiday season. Carry that theme throughout your holiday room; spray the tips of your Christmas tree to create the effect of freshly fallen snow.

Do It Yourself TIPS: 1. Don’t underestimate the power of tealights and votives. They look amazing everywhere! 2. Christmas ornaments in glass vases and jars, spread all over your Christmas table, is an unexpected way to jazz up holiday décor. 3. A can of white spray paint is the perfect start in creating your Winter Wonderland. 4. Splashes of metallic gold and silver is the perfect way to break up an all-white décor theme, without distracting from the decorating theme.

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Transform old Christmas balls by painting them in the same winter white colour; metallic gold or silver also works well for a dramatic effect. Pick up a tube of metallic paint and create your own gold or silver design over the white for even more drama. Simply place the balls within your pine sprig creations. You will love the effect it creates! If painting is not your forte, local dollar or craft stores often carry plain Christmas balls. Fill clear vases with the balls, add strings of mardi gras beads or white pearls, and place them all throughout your home, for an urban chic meets homey homemade effect.

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White, mixed with classic elements of metallic and glass, makes for a decidely modern yet elegant approach to holiday decorating. For added pop, choose one single colour for accessories, used in moderation.

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In keeping with the winter wonderland theme, adorn your Christmas tree with snowy white balls, beads, ribbons and lights. Choose one gift wrap style, and wrap all of your gifts with it. For an eco take on a classic wrapping scheme, wrap each present in brown packing paper and trim with raffia for ribbon, and plain white gift tags. Match the tree above to the gift wrapping below by tying cheerful raffia bows around the branches of your Christmas tree.

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This year, steer away from traditional multicoloured lights, miscellaneous decorations and tinsel, and spring for a contemporary, white décor theme. From the H&L Design DIY files to your home, here’s wishing you a white Christmas. Happy Holidays!


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Want Your Christmas Tree Featured in Homes & Living Magazine? A well dressed Christmas tree can be a work of art. Indeed, it is a thing of seasonal beauty that sets the tone for the holiday themed interior design in the rest of the home. It is the empress of the holiday home; guarding the brightly wrapped presents beneath its bows, and is decorated by friends and family, with love, care and holiday cheer.

Do you think your 2011 christmas tree is stunning, elegant, family friendly, unique or just downright funky? Share it with H&L readers! Send a high resolution jpg photograph of your Christmas Tree to editor@hlmagazine.com on or before December 31, 2011 and be entered into the H&L Holiday Tree Contest. In the body of your email, please include your full name, city, telephone number, and email address. Please also tell us which category you are submitting an entry for.

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Love this Christmas tree? Jane Lockhart shows you how to achieve this look for your 2011 holiday tree on page 38 (photo credit: Jane Lockhart Interior Design)

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Buying a new car, especially a luxury model, is about pampering and rewarding yourself… so why should it involve standing out in the middle of a chilly, rainy lot? It shouldn’t! The team at Campus Infiniti in Victoria agrees, which is why they built a gorgeous new showroom and sales centre that makes purchasing a performance automobile as comfortable as a visit to the spa.

The complex’s courtesy lounge - complete with entertainment, internet, and refreshments - makes a trip to the dealership more like visiting friends. It’s an important aspect of a business founded on building lasting relationships with customers, encouraging them to stop in at any time, for maintenance or just for a cup of coffee. There’s even an easy-to-use, drive through service centre and a ‘delivery area’, worthy of an upscale art gallery, where new owners can explore all the features of their precious purchase with the friendly guidance of the Infiniti team. Inspired performance, indeed.

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Wedding Mirror The Harvey Ellis Wedding Mirror holds special meaning for the Audi family (owners of stickley), and is derived from a gift which was presented to guests attending the marriage of Edward and Laila Audi. a poem “On Marriage” by Gibran Khalil Gibran was silk screened on the back. Constructed of solid quartersawn white oak, the mirror’s inlay is comprised of cherry, walnut, creamy maple and blackened hardwood. on sale for $299! Available at Jordans Interiors 2680 Blanshard Street, Victoria 250.385.6746   jordans.ca

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Illuminating the Master Retreat Lighting Options for Reading and Renewal By Michelle Hopkins

We spend nearly one-third of our lives in the bedroom. Our master bedroom has thus become a sanctuary, a retreat where we can escape the stress of everyday life with a good book or simply to relax. The master bedroom should provide an emotional getaway. One of the best ways to achieve a sense of relaxation, calm and serenity is through lighting.

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Lighting is a key component in decorating any room; it is the finishing touch that gives a room ambience, life and character. A new lamp, a chandelier and even track lighting can give your bedroom a whole new look. H&L Magazine offers you some of today’s top lighting schemes that are sure to shed some light on your master retreat.

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Lighting is a key design element in any room, but perhaps most important in our home’s sanctuary spaces - like the master bedroom

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Type of lighting:

The type of lighting in each room will be dictated by several factors. If you want a soothing and serene atmosphere, a pair of shaded lamps that feature a trilight function might do the trick. Coupled with a soft lower wattage light, this will give the master suite a warm soft glow and therefore create a more inviting space. Also, recessed down lights can supplement the bedside lamps. You may also want to consider dimmable lights, such as wall-mounted sconce. Above: Smoked acrylic lamp in the shape of a tree branch with a grey/silver lined silk shade. Adds a touch of drama to any bedroom. Available at Parc Modern.

Mood lighting:

Set a peaceful mood in your bedroom by switching to a dimmer — bringing a warm glow inside during our cooler, darker months ahead. Dimmer switches give you freedom to change the look of the room from lively and bright to romantic and soothing.

Chandeliers:

While chandeliers are traditionally hung in a dining room or vaulted foyer, a new trend is to hang chandeliers in other rooms, including the boudoir. Minichandeliers are particularly great for adding drama when used in unexpected places such as a master retreat. Interior designers also tell H&L that the new, trendy chandeliers are made of glass and fabric that hang above the bed, adding instant elegance and modern chic.

Control panels for multiple lights: Electricians and audio visual consultants are often called out to incorporate lighting on control panels to open up an array of wonderful lighting choices for day and night. The electrician will wire the lighting on separate panels throughout the house and when you touch the keypad panel it will turn on singular or multiple lights. You can also control lighting remotely as well as from a panel so you can shut all the lights off from your bed. How convenient is that?

Above: Dimond Trump Home Hudson Floor Lamp. Stunning in design and execution, the Hudson floor lamp embodies modern sophistication. Its sleek, streamlined look is heightened by the understated Glacier Silver finish and beige linen drum shade. Available at Illuminations Lighting Solutions.

Task lighting:

Lighting professionals say homeowners can achieve fabulous looking light by offering task lighting by the bed coupled with general ambient light in the middle of the room — creating the difference between a sterile room and a soothing sanctuary. For instance, if someone loves to read in bed, incorporate task lighting beside the bed instead of general light. This can be achieved with a swing arm lamp or a task lamp with an adjustable arm. If you choose side lamps for task lighting, consider installing a dimmer for overhead lighting. By controlling the lighting in your bedroom the mood can go from bright and energetic to soothing or romantic. Also, say the experts, recessed lighting casts an even glow as opposed to a fluorescent light fixture. Depending on the size of the room, you can also add four to six pot lights or concealed strip lighting in any drop down bulkheads.

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Above: The ‘Jelly fish’ Chandelier – Clear Murano Style Glass with a black shade and silver liner. Chandeliers add an elegance to a bedroom setting. Available at Luxe Home Interiors.

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Pendant lights: Another of the most recent styles is to hang a pendant

Pendant lights: Ideal for homes with soaring ceilings

in the ceiling of the bedroom to create a very dramatic look – ideal for homes with soaring ceilings as head bumping is not the least bit romantic. Consider using a pendant light over end or night tables. Not only do they look stunning and add an unexpected architectural element to the room, they free up space usually occupied by table lamps.

Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft. — Legendary cinematographer Sven Nykvist

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Ceiling fans: If

your bedroom heats up in the summer time, a ceiling fan with lighting can be essential in keeping your retreat a comfortable place at night. There are some fashionable modern fans with lighting out there. They can add a modern feel to your master suite, whether in brushed stainless steel or high gloss white.


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TIP: Lighting experts and interior designers alike say that bright, overhead lights are not conducive to sleep and relaxation. Avoid using the very cool white bulbs. Although they give off very bright white light, they can be hard on your eyes and give your room a harsh ambiance.

One of the best ways to achieve a sense of relaxation, calm and serenity is through lighting.

Lighting is an important element in any room, and it plays a central role in master bedroom mood and task lighting. Opt for lamps, sconces and chandeliers that complement the room’s interior design, and works in the background with quiet beauty and understated grace.

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H&L’s groovy guests boogied the night away to the fab sounds of Wunderbread, playing everyone’s favourite disco tunes from the seventies.

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Not an H&L event goes by that is not successful in part due to Glo Restaurant & Lounge, and the disco party was no exception – they pulled out all the stops! Glo restaurant owner Paul Simpson and his exceptional staff, were the perfect hosts – putting on a world class feast of hors d’oeuvres; and a drinks menu that included fun 70s inspired cocktails. Glo Restaurant & Lounge was transformed into a true discothèque! Thanks to the authentic ambiance, and the personal attention given to each of H&L’s guests by Glo servers and bartenders, many arrived early and partied late into the night. Thank you Glo!

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Before the dancing began to the enjoyable sounds of the 70s inspired band, Wunderbread, award and prize winners were announced. Prize giveaways included an H&L exclusive Trevor Linden signed print, Blues Bash passes and numerous hotel weekend getaways. Dressed in true 1970s attire, Greg and Tara Martin from Martin Custom Homebuilders received the Feature Home Award for their custom home “Yellowpoint” that was featured in the H&L Central Island, Summer 2011. Wayne and Holly Bowles from Custom Window Services accepted the H&L Renovation Award for their stunning reno of their home, featured in H&L Central Island, Spring 2008. Special thanks to Robert Amos for sharing his stunning artwork, Tony Puerzer and Rebecca Wellman for the terrific photography of the event, and the following hotels and resorts for their generous contribution of weekend getaway prizes:

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The disco party of the decade - H&L’s Disco Party 2011 – took place on Friday August 26th on the Selkirk Waterfront. Hundreds of H&L clients and friends turned up to boogie the night away. It was awesome to see so many guests in full 1970s disco costume; many came from Victoria Costume Rentals in Brentwood Bay. However, there were a few in attendance who dragged disco garb from the depths of their closets!

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Garden Splendour Great Winterscape Gardening Begins with Good Bones

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Discovering a flower blooming beneath an evergreen in January is a lot like finding the perfect present under the Yule tree!

On Vancouver Island, real gardeners come out to play in winter. Unlike the rest of Canada, we enjoy abundant plant choices offering architectural interest, colour, and fragrance throughout our mild (well, mostly!) winters. So, ‘tis indeed a season to be very jolly as a gardener, and gifting your family, and your neighbors, with inspiring garden winterscaping is a great way to embrace and celebrate this time of year. According to Valerie Murray, Garden Advisor for the Government House Gardens (including the Winter Garden), the best winterscapes begin with the ‘bones’. “We all have to start with a skeleton. If the garden’s got good bones, the flowers are extra,” explains Murray, who has also supervised the Doris Page Winter Garden at Glendale Gardens for years. Good bones include attractively shaped shrubs and trees, and evergreens. Hardscaping elements like sculptures, furniture and pathways also create visual interest when blooms are spent. Winter gardeners shouldn’t ignore the empty spaces between plants either. In Japanese garden design, space around garden elements is called ma. Ma is often left empty to better define key plants or sculptures. When considering your garden’s bones, pay attention to the play of light for plantings. Winter light can define and enhance trees and shrubs, especially those with interesting branches and bark.

Janice Rule, Manager of Garden Works (Oak Bay) recommends Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, or Corkscrew Hazel, as another interesting structural plant for the winter garden. “Euphorbias also adds some bones to a garden,” says Rule.

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Murray loves the way winter light shines through curls of paper bark maple. “Garry oaks look better in the winter than summer. The sculpture of the branches is wonderful.”

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Architectural plants and attractive benches do not alone a great winter garden make. During our grey winter months, plantings that offer colour, texture and fragrance are prized. Murray and Rule both suggest Coral Bark Maples and yellow and red twigged Dogwoods for colour. Murray says Skimmias and Callicarpa create a bright splash with their red and purple berries. To provide fragrance that will instantly vanquish winter doldrums, you can’t go wrong with Sarcococca and Viburnum bodnantense(Pink Dawn), with its’ pinkish white flowers. “Sarcococca is fabulous,” says Murray. You smell it from a distance and wonder where all that fragrance is coming from.” In fact, surprise is as important to Vancouver Island winter gardens as it is to Christmas morning. Discovering a flower blooming beneath an evergreen in January is a lot like finding the perfect present under the Yule tree. Winter aconite and hardy Cyclamen (Cyclamen coum) are but two of Murray’s favourite winter flowers. Rule likes the richly coloured burgundy or lime foliage of heucheras, as well as bud bloomer heathers and Cinnamon Snow and Ivory Prince Hellebores. She suggests hardy ferns for texture in the winterscape, and says evergreen ground covers create a lush winter scene.

‘Ivory Prince’ Hellebore, Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’ is a lush winter landscape favourite that continues to flower into the spring. Photo provided by LANDECA.

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If a garden has good bones, flowers are just a bonus “You can plant thymes if the site is sunny, or try wire vine (Muehlenbeckia), Lysimachia, and non-invasive variegated ivies. Look for ivies that don’t flower,” she says. Ivy and holly are certainly traditional Christmas plants, and red and green traditional colours, but the island’s winter gardens are also places for more modern holiday-themed plantings. Hellebores, aka the Christmas rose, are good value, offering long blooming winter colour. “I put hellebores in nice pots by my back door, where I can see them when I’m coming and going.” Murray also suggests golden coloured box honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida, Baggesen’s Gold) to warm the winterscape. The shrub takes to topiary. “You can make it into ball shapes,” she says. Creative gardeners might like to try Christmas tree shapes. According to the JRank Encyclopedia online, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had Lonicera nitida shrubs clipped in the form of stags at their Isle of Wight holiday home.

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A favourite winter garden plant actually has a holiday theme. She says you can’t beat Camellia sasanqua, or the Christmas Camellia, for a winter show in November, December, and January. The camellia loves winter sun, and is available in red bloomed Yuletide and its’ relative, Pink Yuletide. Containers near the house are another way to create visual interest within the winterscape. Decorate dwarf conifers in pots, like dwarf globe blue spruce and dwarf yellow cedar, with ornaments, or search the web for tips on making natural decorations with cones, vines, berries, and seed pods. Rule suggests creating a Christmas planter with some fragrant Sarcococca, a Heuchera, and an ornamental grass, then adding some cut branches of red dogwood, and some Christmas led lights on sticks. Rule also suggests putting early bulbs, like snowdrops and crocus into a pot, close to Christmas. They will come up earlier in the pot. Now there’s a Christmas gift that no winter embracing - but spring craving - gardener could refuse!

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A Plan to Combat the Holiday Belly Bulge Stay healthy without sacrificing time spent with friends and family By Kyle Kolkman

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Gaining weight stems from two factors: inactivity and improper eating. During the winter months, and most especially over the holidays, a combination of not enough exercise and overeating lead to weight gain and poor health.

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Let’s starts with eating because we all like to do it – especially at Christmastime - and how you eat is 60% of the battle of losing or maintining a healthy weight. Portion control is also very important, not just at the holiday dinner table but all year round. Each time you sit down to eat, remember that a proper portion is about the size of your fist. This goes for meat and the rest of the filler in your meals like pasta and rice. If you are serious about keeping the weight off this season, fill your plate with green vegetables and limit the pasta, potatoes and sauces.

Eating doesn’t have to be our holiday nemesis This season, only eat until you’re comfortable and not until you are over stuffed. Instead of eating two big meals a day, strive for five or six smaller portioned meals, every three hours. Pass on the chocolates, cakes, cookies and other holiday goodies whenever you can. Instead, head to the veggie tray and nibble on healthy snacks. As the colder, rainier weather sets in, we all become less active. Buck that trend this year! There are plenty of fun single, group and family activities to do throughout the winter months. Local recreation centres and community pools offer affordable classes, pubic skates and swims. There are many different indoor sports clubs you can join or try indoor soccer, gymnastics, shinny hockey, racquet ball or join a mixed martial art club.

Whatever your budget or interest level, just make it a goal to keep your body moving If you need help, trust a professional. Hiring a personal trainer is the best Christmas gift you can give yourself (or someone you love). A trainer can help set up a sensible eating and exercise regime, and if necessary assist with establishing weight loss goals and lifestyle changes. A fitness professional also helps with motivation so you can achieve goals faster. Whatever you decide, remember to include sensible eating and physical activity in your holiday planning this year. About the author: Kyle Kolkman is a personal trainer and owner of Adonis Body Sculpting. Kyle works with clients of all ages and walks of life to achieve and maintain optimal physical health. Learn more online at adonisbodysculpting.com


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How you eat is 60% of the battle of losing or maintining a healthy weight this holiday season Kyle’s Top Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season: Never go to parties hungry: It is always easier to control what you eat at home, and if you leave your house with a full tummy, you will eat less at the party. While at the festivities, eat slowly so that you enjoy the food but are not overeating. A few great tips are to chew each bite 7-10 times before swallowing, and drink 8-16 ounces, thirty minutes before eating. Watch portion size: It is the holidays so indulge a little. Use a smaller plate and treat yourself, but don’t go overboard! Go for small portions. For appetizers, it can be difficult to gauge how much you are eating, so sample in moderation.

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Physical activity: Enjoy the company of friends and family by going for a nice, brisk walk after a big holiday meal. A good rule of thumb is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise for each large meal you consume over the holidays.

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Throw out or donate leftovers: A fridge stuffed with high calorie leftovers is a diet train wreck, waiting to happen. Instead, thow away leftovers or give them to a family member to take home. If you have a lot of pantry, dry items and canned goods left over after the holidays, donate it all to the food bank or a local shelter.

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Flintstones Masonry 250-880-1188 575 Tena Place Victoria FlintstonesMasonry.com Heat Savers Fireplace & Patio Co. Victoria 250-383-3512 Pacific Energy Victoria 250-544-6769

Hardwood, Tile, Stone & Other

Decora Tile Victoria 250-475-2033 The Finishing Store 250-384-3003 780 Topaz Ave. Victoria finishingstore.com Hourigan’s 250-475-2401 477 Boleskine Road Victoria hourigans.com Island Floor Centre 250-475-3323 3375 Tennyson Ave. Victoria islandfloors.com JIVKO Stone & Tile Ltd 250-595-9900 1801 Fort Street, Victoria jivkotile.com Matrix Marble & Stone 250-384-9717 2890 Allenby Rd. Duncan matrixmarble.com Precision Marble Kitchen & Bath Victoria 250-383-1955 Stone Age Marble Ltd. 250-386-5954 345 John St. Victoria stoneagemarble.com Jordans Floor Coverings 2680 Blanshard Street Victoria 250-385-6746 jordans.ca Jordans Warehouse Outlet Langford 882 Langford Parkway Victoria 250-478-2989 jordans.ca Pacific Coast Floor Coverings 250-474-0411 2374 Millstream Road, Victoria pacificcoastfloors.ca United Carpet 250-475-3811 3342 Oak Street, Victoria unitedcarpet.com Langford 250-474-5657 Sidney 250-655-4858

FURNITURE

All Organized Storage Victoria 250-590-6328 Canadian Closet Shop Victoria 250-744-3345 The Finishing Store 250-384-3003 780 Topaz Ave. Victoria finishingstore.com Incredible Closets 250-381-6511 462 Burnside Rd. E. Victoria incredibleclosets.ca Victoria Blinds & Closets Langford 250-590-8060

FLOORING

Christopher Developments Victoria 250-882-1895 Città Group 250-544-1837 #101-1763 Sean Heights Victoria cittagroup.com Alan Jones Construction North Saanich 250-656-2164 (Gordon) Hemsworth Construction 250-883-8300 2637 Tanner Road, Victoria hemsworthhomes.com Landeca 250-381-8700 1275 Bay Street Victoria landeca.ca Mac Renovations Ltd. 250-384-6091 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria macreno.com Pross Renovations Victoria 250-472-6436 Rannala Construction Victoria 250-360-1224 Road’s End Contracting Victoria 250-883-5763 3183 Robinson Rd. Sooke roadsend.ca Sterling Renovations Victoria 250-885-8355 Terry Johal Developments 250-472-8557 3375 Ripon Road Victoria terryjohaldevelopments.com Unique Home Renovations Victoria 250-893-8453 Zebra Design and Interiors Group Victoria 250-360-2144 Geric Construction Victoria 250-658-1341 Coastal Construction 250-656-8006 1986 Mills Road Sidney BC coastal.cn Tidman Construction Ltd. Victoria 250-652-1101 Scansa Construction Victoria 250-478-5222 BOSA Properties 604-299-1363 1800 - 4555 Kingsway Burnaby bosaproperties.com David Coulson Design 250-746-5372 5372 Miller Road Duncan davidcoulsondesign.com KB Design 250-384-1550 5043 Rocky Point Road Victoria keithbakerdesign.com Michael Knight Construction Ltd. Victoria 250-361-8550

HOME & BUILDING INSPECTIONS Barnes & Co. Victoria 250-881-1086 Fairfield Building Inspections Victoria 250-595-4102 Homecheck Victoria 250-727-1928 Housemaster Victoria 250-385-4663 Safe & Sound Home Inspection Victoria 250-478-3580 All-Points Home Inspection Victoria 250-213-6700

HOME BUILDERS & RENOVATORS

Abstract Developments Inc. 250-883-5579 1969 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria abstractdevelopments.com Alair Homes 250-382-5400 Victoria alairrenovations.com Campbell Construction VIctoria 250-475-1300

HOT TUBS & SAUNAS Aqua Pacific Pools & Spas Victoria 250-475-1922 Borton’s Spas & Pools Ltd. Victoria 250-478-9808 Twilight Hot Tubs & Billiards Victoria 250-384-2545 Vintage Hot Tubs Victoria 250-382-7727 Capital Iron 250-385-9703 1900 Store Street Victoria capitaliron.net

INTERIOR DESIGNERS Beyond Design Victoria 250-595-5290 Harmony Creative Interiors Victoria 250-592-4303 Jenny Martin (JMD Desigs) Victoria 250-382-8206 Sky’s the Limit Victoria 250-385-5156 Kimberly Williams Interiors Brentwood Bay 250-652-6488 Robyn Bryson Design Associates Victoria 250-480-1884 Western Interior Design Group Victoria 250-475-3666 Nygaard Interior Design 250-592-4320 1364 Slater Street Victoria nygaarddesign.ca Rick Clarke Design Victoria 250-213-9086

KITCHEN & BATH CABINETS Innovative Kitchens & Bath Victoria 250-590-1889 Citta Group 250-544-1837 #101-1763 Sean Heights Victoria cittagroup.com Eurotek Kitchen & Bath 250-381-7588 727 Summit Avenue Victoria eurotekcabinets.com Harbour City Kitchens 250-652-5200 2189 Keating X Rd. Saanichton harbourcitykitchens.com Jason Good Custom Cabinets 250-882-5100 530 Hillside Ave. Victoria jasongoodcabinets.com Swiftsure Woodworkers Ltd. 250-381-3574 444 William St. Victoria swiftsurewoodworkers.com Huntwood Custom Cabinets Langford 250-590-2646 Rick Clarke Design Victoria 250-213-9086 Island Architectural Millwork 250-753-3327 1995 Boxwood Drive, Nanaimo iamillwork.ca


KITCHEN & BATH COUNTERTOPS

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Colonial Countertops Ltd. 250-383-1926 646 Alpha St. Victoria colonialcountertops.com Eurotek Kitchen & Bath Victoria 250-381-7588 727 Summit Avenue Victoria eurotekcabinets.com Floform Countertops 250-472-1200 731 Summit Avenue Victoria floform.com Island Marble Saanichton 250-652-2680 Matrix Marble & Stone 250-746-7257 2890 Allenby Rd. Duncan matrixmarble.com Paterson Countertops Victoria 250-382-4228 Precision Marble Kitchen & Bath Victoria 250-383-1955 Stone Age Marble & Granite 250-386-5954 345 John St., Victoria stoneagemarble.com Silver Fern Stainless Ltd. 250-382-3376 3123 Steele Street Victoria silverfernstainless.com Lexystone 250-881-8500 4-3958 Quadra Street Victoria lexystone.ca Kings Granite Victoria 250-380-0610 JIVKO Stone & Tile Ltd. 250-595-9900 1801 Fort Street, Victoria jivkotile.com Stone Trends Marble & Granite Sidney 250-655-6260

Harbour View Mortgages Victoria 250-208-3125 randallhollands.ca

MOVERS Bekins Moving & Storage Saanich 250-544-2245 Hendra Moving & Storage Victoria 250-477-6514 Two Small Men With Big Hearts Victoria 250-474-1117 Barry’s Moving & Storage Victoria 250-475-0022 Stocker’s Storage & Warehouse Victoria 250-479-8277

PAINT STORES Cloverdale Paint Langford 250-478-5525 Saanich 250-383-8000 Colormart Paint Stores Victoria 250-595-4243 ICI Paints Victoria 250-382-3114 Pacific Paint & Wallpaper Victoria 250-381-5254 Rona Victoria 250-595-1225

PAINTING SERVICES Brad McDonnell Painting & Decorating Victoria 250-744-1474 Dyer Painting Victoria 250-858-8172 Glover Painting Victoria 250-882-0024 Harris Painters Sidney 250-656-0963 Moloney Painting Victoria 250-360-6400 RainTek Victoria 250-896-3478 We Paint 250-888-5385 #314-800 Kelly Road Victoria

KITCHEN & BATH FIXTURES Bartle & Gibson Victoria 250-389-1073 Cantu Bathrooms Victoria 250-382-1252 Flush Bathroom Essentials 250-655-7732 #102-2537 Beacon Ave. Sidney flushbath.ca Kitchen & Bath Classics 840 Cloverdale Avenue Saanich 250-475-1120 Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre Victoria 250-386-8311 Victoria Specialty Hardware 250-598-2966 1990 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria vshl.ca The Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Showroom Victoria 250-380-1570

LANDSCAPing & Supplies Landeca 250-381-8700 1275 Bay Street Victoria landeca.ca Waterform Design Victoria 250-658-0828 Integral Design Victoria 250-472-2985 Hoek Van Holland Landscaping 250-381-1567 1015 Wollaston Street Victoria hvhlandscaping.com Jonathan Craggs Landscape Design 250-920-0455 606 Island Road Victoria jcraggsgardendesign.com Acacia Landscape Victoria 250-595-0527 Duane Ensing Landscape Victoria 250-881-0706 Dutch Landscaping Victoria 250-478-1023 Four Seasons Landscaping Victoria 250-391-0688 Island Earth Landscape Services Victoria 250-474-1003 Capital Iron 250-385-9703 1900 Store Street Victoria capitaliron.net K2 Stone 250-727-7625 876 Langford Parkway, Victoria k2stone.ca

Excalabor Glass & Aluminum 250-652-3833 #3-2189 Keating Cross Rd, Victoria

REALTORS

Mark Imhoff Group 250-883-1995 207 Menzies Street Victoria 250-883-1995/250-818-5595 homesalesvictoria.com Lynne Sager 250-744-3301 RE/MAX Camosun Lisa Williams - Century 21 Queenswood Realty LTD. 250-514-1966 2558 Sinclair Rd., Victoria lisawilliams.ca Sylvia Therrien - Newport Realty Victoria 250-385-2033 Nancy Vieira- Pemberton Homes Victoria 250-514-4750 Rebecca Ross RE/MAX Camosun Victoria 250-744-3904 rebeccaross.ca Newport Realtors 250- 385-2033 1286 Fairfield Road Victoria newportrealty.com Andy Stephenson; Sylvia Therrien; Marijane Smith; Melina Boucher; Robert Buckle; Sandy Berry; Daniel Ross; Maryan Van Stolk Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty 250-477-5353 #110-4460 Chatterton Way Victoria royallepage.ca Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realtors Alli Munro

LIGHTING FIXTURES

MASONRY & STONE

Capital Iron 250-385-9703 1900 Store St. Victoria capitaliron.net Heat Savers Fireplace & Patio Co. Victoria 250-383-3512 Home & Patio Gallery Victoria 250-385-9112 Jackson Grills Duncan 250-715-0820 The Wickertree Duncan 250-748-1100 The Teak Tree Nanaimo 855-755-3031

RAILINGS

McLaren Lighting 250-475-2561 3400 Douglas St. Victoria mclarenlighting.com Illuminations Lighting Solutions 250-384-9359 2885 Quesnel St Victoria illuminationsbc.com Pine Lighting Victoria 250-475-0105

Antonio’s Stone & Masonry N.Saanich 250-655-8989 Flintstones Masonry 250-880-1188 430 Alpha Terrace, Victoria flintstonesmasonry.com Hardrock Masonry Contractors Victoria 250-380-0550 K2 Stone 250-727-7625 876 Langford Parkway, Victoria k2stone.ca New Castle Stoneworks 250-514-8690 165 Barkley Terrace Victoria newcastlestoneworks.com Rob Tournour Masonry Victoria 250-478-3364 RWB Masonry Victoria 250-216-8504 Pronautic Interiors 250-655-6388 #109-9681 Willingdon Road Victoria pronauticyachts.com

PATIO FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES

ROOFING Infinity Roofing Victoria 250-661-3722 Mac Renovations Ltd. 250-384-6091 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria macreno.com Mark Haley Roofing Victoria 250-721-5345 Perfection Roofing & Siding Victoria 250-590-6125 Rainguard Roofing Victoria 778-678-7663 RainTek Victoria 250-896-3478 Top Line Roofing 250-478-0500 #101-725 Industrial Way Victoria

SECURITY SYSTEMS Absolute Security Victoria 250-475-3262 ADT Security Service Canada Victoria 1-888-711-7888

Simply Automated 250-479-7877 #16-755 Vanalman Avenue Victoria simplyautomated.com Price’s Alarm Systems Victoria 250-384-4104 Victoria Alarm Service Victoria 250-721-0266

SIDING Artisan Decks & Siding Victoria 250-883-9888 Custom Pro Exteriors Victoria 250-474-7725 H & R Exterior Finish Victoria 250-474-5118 K2 Stone 250-727-7625 876 Langford Parkway, Victoria k2stone.ca R & D Roofing and Siding Victoria 250-885-1409

SMART HOME SYSTEMS/HOME THEATRE Bay Systems Victoria 250-595-1090 The One Touch House Victoria 250-592-8125 Simply Automated 250-479-7877 #16-755 Vanalman Avenue Victoria simplyautomated.com Sound Solutions Victoria 250-478-0150 Atlas Audio Video Unlimited Victoria 250-385-2712

SUNDECKS Deck & Rail Master Victoria 250-483-3777 Deck-cetera Victoria 250-216-7425 Deckmaster Victoria 250-477-9777 Pro Deck Victoria 250-883-2259 Summer Vinyl Decking Victoria 250-686-3042 V.I. Decking Victoria 250-483-5543

WINDOW COVERINGS

Island Window Coverings Victoria 250-475-2600 3381 Tennyson Ave. Victoria islandwindowcoverings.com Pacific Blinds & Drapes 250-383-8515 738 Caledonia Ave. Victoria pacificblindsanddrapes.com Ruffell & Brown Victoria 250-412-8014 United Carpet 250-475-3811 3342 Oak Street, Victoria unitedcarpet.com Langford 250-474-5657 Sidney 250-655-4858 Fandango Design Sidney 250-656-7659 Ganges Floor Coverings Ltd. 250-537-9112 122 Lower Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island gangesfloors@ssisland.com Victoria Blinds & Closets Langford 250-590-8060 Saffron Windows Fashion Drapery & Blinds 2220 Sooke Road Victoria 250-744-2523 saffronwindows.com Select Blinds & Custom Window Fashions 967 Saturna Place Victoria Victoria 250-589-2212

WINDOWS Mac Renovations 250-384-6091 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria macreno.com Prestige Joinery Ltd. Victoria 250-384-0406 Vinyltek Windows 587 Ebury Place Annacis Island, Delta vinyltek.com Westeck Windows Victoria 250-384-8881 Windows West 250-590-4301 #103-3296 Tennyson Ave. Victoria windowswest.ca Parker Glass 250-652-1174 6-6782 Veyaness Road Saanichton Thermal King Glass 250-478-1286 102A, 1830 Island Highway Victoria tkglass.com

WINDOW & DOOR SCREENS Bravo Screens Victoria 250-386-1626 Phantom Screens Victoria 1-888-742-6866 Rusco Window & Screen Victoria 250-475-1110 Wizard Screens & Awnings Saanich 250-479-1525

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