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Art in Bloom

This spring, a botanical celebration is blooming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Priestley’s Paradise

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Pacific Rim Whale Festival The 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the migration of 20,000 grey whales passing through Vancouver Island’s West Coast

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The ‘Stonecrest ’

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Decorate your personal space with quality, Canadian-made furniture By Jane Lockhart

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2011 spring trends for your home By Wendy Russell

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The Ripple Effect of Hollyhock

The 44-acre centre supports and reinvigorates mind, body and soul By Lynsey Franks

Art in Bloom

Terry Johal Developments - Uplands, Victoria BC

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This spring, a botanical celebration is blooming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Priestley’s Paradise

Vancouver native Jason Priestley transports us to Terrace Beach, his serene family-run Ucluelet resort

The premier episode of the HOMES & LIVING SHOW airs in primetime: Monday March 7th and 21st at 7:30 pm on Chek TV READ EVERY ISSUE ONLINE! HLMAGAZINE.COM

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The 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the migration of 20,000 grey whales passing through Vancouver Island’s West Coast

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The ‘Stonecrest’ by Terry Johal Developments Beaux-Arts style home in prestigious Uplands, Victoria By Lynsey Franks

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54 The Building of Hatley Castle

Once a Dunsmuir residence, Hatley Castle is a treasured piece of Victoria’s architectural history By John Adams

60 The Haunting of Hatley Castle

Ghost stories abound at Victoria’s famous Maclure inspired castle By John Adams

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Priestley’s Paradise

Vancouver native Jason Priestley transports us to Terrace Beach, his idyllic family run Ucluelet resort By Lynsey Franks

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The Boardroom

Wood floorng is making a renewed comeback By Michelle Hopkins

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H&L presents six outstanding developments on Vancouver Island By Michelle Hopkins

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ART in BLOOM

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H&L’s Premiere Realtors

A Botanical Celebration is Blooming By Katie Lister

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H&L’s Home Automation Feature

Today’s modern home demands functionality and cutting edge technology By Michelle Hopkins

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Take a Tour of Penticton, BC

Custom Design, one of the many services available at Barclay’s. Work with one of our designers to create a new piece, upgrade or repair an existing piece, or customize something from our in-store selection.

Join H&L’s publisher Robert Read on a journey through beautiful Penticton By Lynsey Franks

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Fresh spring finds just for you Unique items in the Victoria Area

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Pacific Rim Whale Festival

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Publisher & Founder Robert Read Creative Director Karla Peckett

PUBLISHER’S MESSAGE Welcome to Homes & Living magazine’s largest issue yet — 144 sensational pages! 2011 promises to be an exciting year for H&L. I’m especially excited about H&L’s new half-hour TV show. In conjunction with the release of each issue of Homes & Living magazine, The Homes & Living Show airs in prime time on Chek. For show times, visit hlmagazine.com. Speaking about our website, we are pleased to have launched H&L’s fantastic new website for 2011. Visit hlmagazine.com, tell us what you think and be automatically entered to win a weekend for two at the incredible Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet. H&L welcomes Karla Peckett as Creative Director. Her talent, expertise and contemporary style are showcased throughout this current issue. Paired with spectacular photography by the talented Alec Watson, this issue promises to be a warm welcome to warmer weather. Enjoy this issue, get out there and explore our island. The entire H&L team is heading to Vancouver Island’s west coast to witness thousands upon thousands of grey whales as they make their way to summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea — please join us in the celebration of spring. Sincerely,

Photographer Alec Watson Web Master Steve Drake Office Administration/Jr. Art Direction Renée Guidolin Editor Tracey Drake Contributing Writers Wendy Russell Jane Lockhart Lynsey Franks John Adams Robert Amos Michelle Hopkins Hilary Malone Katie Lister Michael B Poyntz

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

Internationally renowned photographer Alec Watson is a globetrotting photographer who sees the world through his mind’s eye. Alec has shot everything from the talented singer/songwriter Bryan Adams to our very own local anchorman Tony Parsons.

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EDITOR’S MESSAGE When I think about spring, the words that come to mind are fresh, new and exciting – and I truly cannot think of three words to better describe this issue of Homes & Living magazine. H&L is proud to introduce our feature home, The Stonecrest, an architectural showpiece built by Terry Johal Developments. This Beaux-Arts style 8,000 square foot residence is nestled in the prestigious Uplands community. From the proper British pub-style bar and exquisite wine cellar to the stately library and muted elegance of the formal rooms, The Stonecrest is a master class in aesthetic brilliance. A must read in this issue is our exclusive interview with Jason Priestley, noted actor turned down-to-earth Vancouver Island resort owner. Even with his achievements in Hollywood, Jason remains closely connected to the magic and simplicity of Ucluelet. As the owner of Terrace Beach Resort, H&L writer Lyndsey Franks talks candidly with Jason about his emotional and physical ties to Vancouver Island and how he came to fall in love with the alluring charm of the west coast. From March 19 to 27, the 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival will welcome more than 20,000 grey whales to Vancouver Island. Each year, these magnificent mammals travel 20,000 kilometres from the Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea in Alaska, and H&L will be there to experience it. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the position of Editor with Homes & Living magazine. Spring is the perfect time to begin a new journey – personal or professional. Perhaps the pages of Homes & Living magazine will be the inspiration for yours. Best wishes. Tracey Drake editor@hlmagazine.com

H&L’S WRITERS

Wendy Russell

Jane Lockhart

Lynsey Franks

John Adams

Robert Amos

Michelle Hopkins

Hilary Malone

Katie Lister

Tracey Drake

Michael B Poyntz

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Best known as the host of HGTV’s She’s Crafty, Gemini nominated TV host Wendy Russell successfully juggles organizing, staging and styling homes & people through her company Style Cat Styling.

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Michelle Hopkins writes for many notable publications including the Vancouver Sun, Westcoast Home & Design, LOOK Magazine and now Homes & Living magazine!

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.

When she’s not studying natural-resource management, Nanaimo resident Hilary Malone can be found developing menus and recipes for special events at the Westwood Racquet Club, browsing local farmers’ markets and cooking inventive dishes in her home kitchen.

As a British Columbian at heart, Lynsey has a passion for writing about all things travel, food, people and places. Her most recent position was Assistant Editor at Avenue Magazine in Edmonton.

Before returning to her hometown of Victoria, Katie was Assistant Editor of HelloWestTravel.com. She has also lent her hand to various Vancouver-based publications such as BC Business magazine, Western Living magazine and Canadian Traveller magazine.

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.

Over the past decade, Tracey has written more than 200 articles for numerous home and lifestyle publications, in North America and abroad. With a passion for interior design and entertaining, Tracey loves to write about home and lifestyle topics that readers can relate to.

Since 1975 Robert Amos has painted Victoria’s urban landscape and documented its art history. An Honorary Citizen of the City of Victoria and member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. His specialty is commissioned paintings of homes and gardens.

Before focusing his talents on writing romantic prose Michael worked in international sales, living and working on 5 continents. Multilingual his poetry is published in five languages.


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1. Michael Dingle, CEO of LANDECA, and Chair of the Power To Be Board of Directors takes the plunge for charity at Power To Play. Learn more about the great work that Power To Be does in our community and the important annual fundraising event Power To Play at www.powertobe.ca 2. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort’s - Executive Chef Andrew Springett and Restaurant Chef Sean Hansen prepare an incredible meal at the 2011 ‘Cooking with BC’s Best Guest Chefs - presented by Edible BC’s Market Series at Vancouver’s Granville Island 3. New Year’s at Prime Restaurant. Left to right: Dr. Gabriela Gorea, Realtor-Sean Farrell, H&L Editor-Tracey Drake, Jenni MacKenzie, H&L Founder/Publisher-Robert Read, Abstract Marketing Director-Todd MacKenzie, Sean MacKenzie, H&L Webmaster-Steve Drake 4. Michael Woloshen and crew of Chek TV on location for the filming The Homes & Living Show at Abstract’s award winning home ‘The Griffith’ 5. Art lovers mix, mingle and muse at a recent URBANITE, one of the AGGV’s most popular events | Photo by Katie Sage 6. Tara Sandsmark, President Resource Furniture BC with mom, June and sister, Melissa at Swiftsure Woodworkers’ Christmas party 7. Giovanni La Fauci of Stoneage Marble and Jenny Martin of Jenny Martin Design enjoying the festivities at the opening of Colonial Countertops new Victoria showroom

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On January 1, 2011 Homes & Living magazine took yet another monumental leap forward, securing its successful future in the consumer focused publishing industry. Now the largest homes and lifestyle publication in British Columbia, H&L magazine recently moved into its spectacular new office on the Selkirk Waterway in Victoria.

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The corporate move to Victoria ensures that current and future clientele are well taken care of, and provides a centralized launching basecamp for Homes & Living magazine to expand into new markets in 2012. The office interior features beautiful furnishings, imaginative interior

design, state of the art sound system, custom tile work and a free flow environment that is necessary to produce a world class magazine such as Homes & Living. With floor to ceiling windows that offer panoramic water views, Homes & Living magazine is proud to be a part of this busy inner harbour waterfront community. The magazine’s new location at 110-2940 Jutland Road offers the idyllic combination of high end office space and inspiring waterfront work location – perfect for igniting the creative minds of the H&L team.

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By Jane Lockhart

Close To Home...

Jane Lockhart B.A.A.I.D, Intern, A.R.I.D.O. is principal Interior Designer with Jane Lockhart Interior Design in Toronto and host of Colour Confidential on W Network Interior Design and Story by Jane Lockhart | Jane Lockhart Interior Design www.janelockhart.com | info@janelockhart.com Photography by Brandon BarrĂŠ

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Every great room is not just a product of its layout or colour; its style rests in the furniture and how these pieces function daily. Living and family rooms really put their upholstered pieces to the test as they are always in heavy use. Sofas and chairs, especially, need to last when they are used constantly.

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Up to approximately 25 years ago, fabriccovered sofas and chairs were still largely made in North America and it was assumed that the quality was good. But with globalization came pressure on local manufacturers to take furniture making off shore in search of cheaper labour and materials. Today, we have paid the price for this practice as consumers are less educated about what makes a quality sofa and why it’s important to purchase key pieces from Canadian manufacturers.


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Every great room is the furniture and Title Page: Jane has been designing furniture with Canadian manufacturers for her Jane Lockhart Interior Design clients for over 19 years. Jane’s new Manchester sofa is shown here. To Left: Jane’s new 100% Canadian, sustainable furniture collection — the Jane Lockhart Platinum Series — is available to designers across Canada through Gresham House in Mississauga (greshamhousefurniture. com) and Stewart Drummond Studios in Calgary (stewartdrummondstudios.com). The Manchester sofa and Heath swivel chair are shown here.

As it turns out, Canadian wood is excellent for producing not only goods like tables and bed frames, but it is also amazingly strong for building the interior structure of upholstered pieces. In addition, the craftsmanship and knowledge of furniture builders here is substantial. The use of corner blocks (added for strength), dovetail joints and hardwood frames is commonplace in the production of quality Canadian-made furniture. These are very important to the long-term stability of upholstered pieces that are used regularly.

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Below: The Robson sofa from the Jane Lockhart Platinum Series features a classic finished wood base and demi-arm styling.

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So how do you know if a sofa is good quality? There are several key things to look for. A solid hardwood frame construction is paramount to the strength of a sofa or chair; particleboard is not hardwood. High-grade foam is really important to the long-term shape and spring of seat cushions. Padding added to the sides of the arms and to the back of the sofa to fill it out also helps with its look and overall comfort. A cheap sofa, on the other hand, doesn’t have this; it feels like cardboard when you knock the side of the sofa. Webbing and springs also make a difference to how well a sofa will wear. When we purchase products made in Canada, we have more choice of sizes and materials and we often get better quality furniture than items imported at a lower cost. Although it may seem like you’re paying less money for a specific piece, the item has incurred


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not just a product of its layout or colour; its style rests in how these pieces function daily. transportation and duty costs, and sometimes more money goes toward shipping the item than to the actual materials put into it. A piece made in North America means more money is spent specifically on materials and labour directly affecting the quality of the piece. This way, you are getting more furniture for your money. Also, furniture made here supports Canadians and keeps our economy running. We may pay more for goods produced here, but in the long run it comes back to us as workers in the forestry and timber businesses — largely in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec — see their materials sold to a local market rather than solely overseas. In addition, the practice of making furniture on home soil draws on the expertise of our craftspeople and involves the retail sector. While some furniture components may come from other parts of the world, assembling the finished products here keeps Canadians employed.

To Left: The Clooney club lounge chair from the Jane Lockhart Platinum Series shown here in leather with studded detailing.

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FABULOUS FURNITURE FINDS To Right: Gresham House, the Canadian manufacturer of the Jane Lockhart Platinum Series, builds all of their frames from kiln-dried FSC Canadian hardwood and offers unlimited customization in style, upholstery and cushions — all made from sustainable material.

Decorate your personal space with quality, Canadian-made furniture! Our designs, styles and materials are often desired by other nations around the globe. Somehow we seem to think that if it’s made here at home, it’s just not as good as pieces made elsewhere. Although we don’t have a long history of furniture design, building and production like England, France or Italy, many of the people who work in these fields carry the knowledge of previous generations who have immigrated here. By buying Canadian furniture, we’re getting high-quality furniture that will stand the test of time — and reducing our carbon footprint while we’re at it.

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Below: The Heath chair with optional swivel base from the Jane Lockhart Platinum Series is a clever style with tapered arms and full seat designed for ultimate comfort.

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Home décor has finally caught up with fashion. When incorporating the latest trends into your home, think of it as paying homage to the runways. Technology has helped the décor industry speed up the manufacturing of these items — which means we can get our hands on them sooner than ever.

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Spring 2011’s hottest trends go from the catwalk to your home

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Pantone®, the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industry, announced Honeysuckle 18-2120 as its 2011 colour of the year. Each season, Pantone® analyzes the designs shown at New York Fashion Week to identify the most prominent colours. “Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating colour that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for the Pantone Colour Institute®. In a rainy climate, this uplifting hue might be the perfect thing to brighten our spirits.

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Pattern

Lace, macramé and crochet dominate this season. Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Emanuel Ungaro were among designers who used these hand-woven works in their collections. Bring pattern into your home in understated ways; this trend can get precious rather quickly if you’re not careful. Think of it as the small detail on an item, such as a simple lamp shade or tablecloth. Nina Campbell’s Lace Stripe Blanket is a wonderful example of this. Animal prints remain strong and are infused into the fall/winter 2011 collections. What was once considered passé is now a timeless classic as designers continue to evolve the look. Burberry Prorsum’s designer Christopher Bailey gave his spring/summer 2011 leopardprint dresses an almost tie-dyed effect while Givenchy featured large versions of the print; Louis Vuitton jolted us with bright fluorescents. As with fashion, a little goes a long way in your home; a chair reupholstered in this fun print adds bold character to a room.

When thinking trend, however, to the “all or nothing” 1980s V i s u a l i z e be d d i n g , c u rta i n s , and lamp shades all in pattern. Needless to go overboard.

Try incorporating it in subtle hints, such as flowers, a bulletin board or a pretty frame. If you’re feeling bold, create a feature wall in Honeysuckle. Remember, it’s only paint. If you’re a modernist with a predominantly white palette and you want to liven things up, add pops of intense orange, navy and turquoise – the hottest colour combo for decorative accents.


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After being virtually passé for two decades, tassels are coming back in fashion and décor. They’re showing up extra-long on modern window coverings and are embellishing simple throws. Use them in contemporary ways as opposed to on hand towels, bedposts or drawer pulls.

A popular trend in 2010 and great compliment to the luxury tassel, the equestrian style is going strong thanks to Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2011 collection for Hermès. Equestrian stores such as Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies (Brentwood Bay) offer authentic tack that can be used as décor. Dig for vintage horseshoes, sumptuous wool rugs or stallion-inspired art at auctions or estate sales.

As with fashion, a little goes a long way in your home; a chair reupholstered in this fun print adds bold character to a room

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Home

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FEATURE

The ‘Stonecrest ’ Terry Johal Developments - Uplands, Victoria BC

The premier episode of the HOMES & LIVING SHOW airs in primetime: Monday March 7th and 21st at 7:30 pm on Chek TV READ EVERY ISSUE ONLINE! HLMAGAZINE.COM

Art in Bloom

This spring, a botanical celebration is blooming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Priestley’s Paradise

Vancouver native Jason Priestley transports us to Terrace Beach, his serene family-run Ucluelet resort

Pacific Rim Whale Festival

The 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the migration of 20,000 grey whales passing through Vancouver Island’s West Coast

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erry Johal can honestly say, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he has created his family’s dream home. Upon walking into the opulent estate, you are greeted by lofty vaulted ceilings, an asymmetrical stairwell, breathtaking décor and superb craftsmanship throughout.

Johal, the exclusive second generation builder grew up building homes with his father, and in 2001, he started his own company — Terry Johal Developments Ltd. “I’ve been fortunate to build many beautiful, extravagant and challenging homes for my clients,” explains Johal. “When it was finally my turn to build something special for myself, I wanted to build something that reflected the essence of the craftsmanship from all the previous homes we so proudly built.”

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Every home begins with a visionary and a dream. That’s when Johal decided to enlist the talented Michael Nixon of Broadmead Designs to create the architectural drawings, entrusting him with the task of assisting him in creating this masterpiece – a 1900s estate. “I wanted to make it an Uplands home in that it had a lot of traditional elements in regards to the exterior, mass and scale,” says Nixon.

“Certain aspects of the design, for example the entry and staircase, were similar to the original house.” The layout of the home, while grand, maintains a traditional feel with contemporary enhancements. A home that boasts five bedrooms and six bathrooms, The Stonecrest features two spectacular master retreats, one


on the top floor and one on the main floor, each with an ensuite fit for royalty. “The master bedroom [upstairs] is pretty generous,” says Nixon, referring to the steam bath and vanities. Binder Kelsall at ‘The Ensuite’ worked with Johal in deciding which fixtures would work best for his elegant powder room, bathroom and kitchen. In the ensuite, the Venco tub and Kohler water tiles offer state-

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of-the-art technology, while preserving the desired panache. “These are the latest designs, providing a traditional look in the home, but with modern fixtures,” explains Kelsall. From blueprints to completion, attention to detail and superior craftsmanship remained the top priority. The newly completed 8,000 square foot home is world class in every single regard. “The reason why we like this style of home is because it gives us a chance to really showcase the kind of craftsmanship that we can do,” says Johal.

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The large open lot in prestigious Uplands allowed room for creativity, a sense of freedom and was essentially a blank canvas. Upon the initial visit to the property, all that remained were two sets of large granite columns; attributes that played a large role in the origin of the design and direction of the home.

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While excavating the site, a massive white granite boulder was unearthed. For anyone else, this may have been an obstacle, but for Terry Johal it was a landscaping opportunity

and a monument that would represent the vigour that went into creating this magnificent residence. Two days later, inchby-inch, landscaper Pat Hicks managed to move the rock to the front of the property. “It was such an inspiring site that we named the home ‘Stonecrest’ and placed the name on the rock,” says Johal. The limestone columns, wrought iron staircase and high cathedral ceilings are but a few of the qualities that showcase the design style of the early 20th Century. “It’s the type of thing you’d see in Monaco,” he says of the space that Terry and his wife Angela furnished. Staying within the parameters of the Victorian 20th Century style, the furniture (from Dodd’s Furniture) played a key role in refining the home’s overall splendid look and feel. Continuity is prevalent in the way that the flooring moves fluidly through the expanse of the colonial residence. Hourigan’s Flooring laid 4,000 square-feet of 4 ¼ inch wide planks of maple wood with a rich cashmere finish. On the main floor, there is a

During the excavation phase, a massive white granite boulder was unearthed, and became Johal’s inspiration for the home’s name, Stonecrest. The inscribed boulder now sits proudly on the front lawn – a testament to the effort that went into making this dream a reality.


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“Angela and I did all of the interior design; thankfully we have similar decorating tastes and usually agree on everything,” he says. “All of the trades people and suppliers worked to exhaustion to make this home the splendour it is. To create this type of home, it really takes a great team and I’m very proud of all of them.” Staying true to its history, Uplands was designed in the early 1900s and Johal wanted to create something that would have been built during that era — something stately. The Victorian style limestone columns framing the sitting room fireplace (by Lyonstone) are a significant architectural accent representative of that time period. Even the gardens (designed by Jason Parks) are formal; the manicured grass, cobblestone driveway and clipped hedging represent a garden that one might see in England. The outdoor area

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The Stonecrest features an impressive 4,000 square feet of 4¼ inch wide plank maple wood flooring with a cashmere finish

polypropylene fibred carpet that Hourigan’s owner Martin Kalsbeek says is commonly used in high end custom homes. The elegant ambience is conveyed through wall-mounted ornate light fixtures. McLaren Lighting played a large role maintaining a traditional and elegant atmosphere throughout. The opulent chandeliers are a key inspiration from the architecture of that time, the antique distressed finishes and strands of beaded accents are reminiscent of genuine Victorian chandeliers, prevalent in any dining or seating area during that era (provided by Illuminations Lighting Solutions).

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At the front of the property, Duane Ensing Landscape Design manipulated the steep driveway in order to bring the grade down and create a more open space. (The driveway is now heated thanks to Gorge Electrical Services, which provided all electrical work on the property.) From here, a staircase meanders through a garden to the charming front porch; extensive West Coast-style rockwork provides continuity between the garden and exterior of the home. Sandy Nygaard of Nygaard Interior Design echoes Miller’s statements. “We tried to pay homage to the era of the house with a contemporary take on it,” she says. “It’s nice to juxtapose the two styles.” The designer—who lent her expertise to Victoria Homes & Living’s fall feature home, the ‘Touchstone’—incorporated an earthy colour palette, elegant mouldings, traditional paneling, rich millwork and chic finishing materials, including tiles, handles, knobs and door hardware.

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The adoration is shared amongst the team members, and Peter McCutcheon, president of Swiftsure Woodworker Ltd. agrees that a home of this calibre couldn’t be done without an exceptional team of experts. “Terry is one in a long list of local builders whose personal home builds we’ve had the privilege

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of participating in,” says McCutcheon of his custom millwork and cabinetry company. Swiftsure caters to high end custom homes and has been in business in Victoria for 35 years, taking pride in the fact that there is no design that they cannot produce. “We take pride in that,” says McCutcheon.

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There are a lot of homes in Victoria that date back to that turn of the 20th century, and McCutcheon notes that it has become typical of the west coast to stay in tune with that era. To foster that look throughout the interior, Swiftsure did the work in the wine cellar, crafted the magnificent coffered ceilings in the office and completed all of the cabinetry and millwork throughout the expansive home.

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”The style of cabinetry we used is full-heritage profiled face frame. We call it Fascina,” describes McCutcheon. It consists of walnut rails and stiles with solid walnut raised-panel inserts. The doors and drawer fronts are recessed flush with the frame of the cabinetry. This produces the look of fine furniture and is characteristic of homes from that era. Keys elements in a home are the kitchen and master suite, both of which McCutcheon says tips the scale when it comes to really selling the space. “These are the single most important areas in the home,” says McCutcheon. At times, Terry Johal finds himself sitting down with his wife Angela and two young children, taking in the sheer beauty of the home and marvelling at the masterpiece that’s been created.


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ocated at the entrance of Desolation Sound and the top of the Georgia Strait, Hollyhock Educational Retreat Centre is nestled on the natural wonder that is Cortes Island.

The founders of the centre came together in 1983 to bring people a lifelong learning centre in a curriculum surrounded by nature, and as their mission statement says: “Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better.”

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“We have quite a spectacular wilderness setting,” explains Greg Osoba, marketing manager with Hollyhock for 22 years. In his years working with the organization, Osoba says that he has seen a shift in its primary focus. “It used to be quite focused on personal development, but now there is much emphasis on social change and creating a better world.”

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The non-dogmatic centre was founded by a group of six visionary environmentalists, of which included Rex Weyler (one of the founders of Greenpeace International and renowned author) and Shivon Robinsong, who is currently uplifting the community choir scene in Victoria. Some of the masterminds behind the creation of Hollyhock have since moved on, but their legacy and continual contributions to the centre helps it to flourish and expand its influence. “We have over 100 programs to offer,” says Osoba. “The bulk of the programs are held here on Cortes Island, but there are a dozen programs in Vancouver as well.”

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Programs cover a vast spectrum and fit into four main categories: arts and culture, wisdom teachings, well-being as well as leadership and professional development. Programs include meditation, personal development, relationships, communications and mediation to name a few.

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[HOLLYHOCK] “We are so eclectic,” says Osoba of the centre’s celebration of diversity. Every season, board members introduce new programs and fresh faces. “We have different teachers for every program. They come from all over the world and are often renowned in their fields,” says Osoba, estimating that Hollyhock is host to roughly 140 accomplished teachers. Open from March through November, Hollyhock sees visitors of all ages, though the majority of guests fall within the ages of 35 and 60. “We’ve had people at the centre in their 20s, all the way up to those in their 80s,” he says. The expansive beach, oceanfront property and beautifully forested escape cares not of the visitors’ age – all are welcome to experience Hollyhock. Whether guests come for a vacation, a mental cleanse or to learn something new, the hope is that they will depart with a true sense of wellness and rejuvenation. For a truly unforgettable experience, climb onboard a kayak for a night paddle with Misty Isles Adventures — a company that works closely with Hollyhock, providing guided schooner cruises, kayak trips and sailing programs.

No matter the activity or program of choice, Osoba says that the hope for Hollyhock guests is that — “Number one, they are going to relax; secondly learn something new and ultimately connect with other likeminded people. We want them to reconnect with nature, eat fabulous local and organic foods and potentially get a glimpse into how they could transform and share their experience to their communities” — what Osoba calls “the ripple effect.”

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“Bioluminescence paddles have been lifealtering for a lot of people,” says co-owner Mike Moore of Misty Isles Adventures. “You put someone in a kayak at twilight, and head off into the setting sun. As you look down and wave your hand in the water, it’s a three-dimensional universe as the light given off by the agitated plankton is truly spectacular,” he says.

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Vancouver native Jason Priestley transports us to Terrace Beach, his idyllic family run resort in Ucluelet


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ost women my age know Jason Priestley as clean-cut good guy Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210. While his megawatt smile hasn’t faded, the tapered jeans and voluminous tresses made famous by his character in the 1990’s are a distant memory. Priestley has since grown and diversified his career as an actor and director, and has settled into family life with his wife and two young children. These days, the native Vancouverite plays the role of shady car salesman Richard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick in the HBO series Call Me Fitz and spends some of his treasured spare time at Terrace Beach Resort, the Ucluelet property that he owns with his family.

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Like many islanders, much of Priestley’s fondest memories are of time spent on Vancouver Island’s West Coast - a place where he is vested both emotionally and physically. Priestley acknowledges that this connection began at an early age. The area, he says, “gets in your blood and in your soul. [It’s] a place that has so much charm and simplicity.” Today, he and his family go there to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life whenever possible, no matter what time of year it is.

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Adjacent to the Wild Pacific Trail, Terrace Beach Resort is designed to resemble a 1920’s West Coast fishing village

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“I get out to Terrace Beach [Resort] as often as I can,” explains Priestley. “It’s quite an arduous journey with two little ones, but we make it out every year.”

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Adjacent to the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, the family run resort is designed to resemble a 1920’s West Coast fishing village. The sound of crashing waves is inescapable from the accommodation, which is built on pilings only 15 metres back from the shoreline. Priestley remarks that this special place is an absolute getaway.

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“I think that our place is an escape for everybody. That’s what it’s intended to be,” he says. “It’s a very rustic and simple resort, but it is designed to be a place where people can go, truly relax and shut off from the stresses and problems that chase them from day to day.”

The rustic fishing village of Ucluelet doesn’t reveal secrets, and when the Priestley family comes to town, their secret is safe within the quiet community, allowing them to unwind. “I think exposing my kids to this way of life is beneficial,” Jason says. “Everything is so easily accessible for us and our children that I think it’s important to visit places like Ucluelet and reconnect with nature.” Priestley speaks fondly of his 30-plus year love affair with the West Coast. “My father first brought me here when I was eight years old. We went on a family fishing trip and my father took me to Long Beach. I was awestruck with the power and the beauty of that place.”


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Today, he is doing the same for his children, taking them from their lives in Los Angeles to experience what he did as a child. He reminisces about feeling the cold Pacific water on his hands, looking into tide pools, counting starfish, touching sea cucumbers and learning about Anemones. “Those things are very important to us as parents,” he says. “For me, doing those things with my children deepens my connection with them.” The beautiful and rustic fishing village of just over 1,500 residents has so much to offer. Located on the southern tip of Clayoquot Sound, Ucluelet attracts world class surfers, camping enthusiasts, whale watching tourists, experienced fishermen and anyone who just needs to get away. “To me, Ucluelet typifies what the West Coast was 100 years ago,” reflects Priestley. “It’s very much like a throw back. It has so much of that charm, simplicity and slowed down lifestyle that has been lost in today’s modern world.”

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When asked to look into the future, Priestley scoffs at the unfamiliar idea of retirement. “I’m only 40 years old,” he says in jest. “I’ve never even thought about it, but it wouldn’t be a bad place to retire.”

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According to Priestley, Ucluelet is a place that remains somewhat undiscovered; a trait that he says is what makes it magical. “We will always [have] this quiet little beach that is just a beautiful little piece of solitude. That’s what makes our place special. I love and relish my time there because I know I never get enough of it.”

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ames Dunsmuir was a member of B.C.’s richest family and built Hatley Castle to prove it. His father, Robert, had come from Scotland in 1851 to mine coal on Vancouver Island and had discovered a rich seam near Nanaimo that provided the basis for their wealth. Craigdarroch Castle was his legacy. James was his oldest son, so perhaps it is fitting that his showplace home, Hatley Castle, was designed to make his own mark on the world.

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1851 while his parents were on their way to Vancouver Island, James Dunsmuir spent his formative years in Nanaimo. He married Laura Surles, descendant of the famous Byrd family of Virginia; together they had eight daughters and two sons. After his father’s death, James moved to Victoria. Soon he commissioned Burleith, a palatial new house on eight hectares overlooking the Gorge.

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Once a Dunsmuir residence and now the jewel of Royal Roads University, Hatley Castle is a treasured piece of Victoria’s architectural history

While living at Burleith, James Dunsmuir served as the premier of the province (19001902) and later as lieutenant governor (19061909). He asked Samuel Maclure to prepare plans for extensive renovations in preparation for his eventual retirement. In 1907, however, he began to assemble approximately 131 hectares in Colwood overlooking Esquimalt Lagoon and totally changed his plan in favour of developing a stately home there. It was said that Laura was the one who chose the rural location and collaborated on the design details with the architect, while James was content to give Maclure — and apparently his wife — “an absolutely free hand.”

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Samuel Maclure, one of the city’s foremost residential architects, turned his attention to what eventually would be called Hatley Castle. This entailed 248 working drawings, two years of construction and $4 million. Whether the style was Maclure’s or Dunsmuir’s idea is not known, but it was inspired by — possibly copied from — English stately homes such as Compton Wynyates. The overall appearance was of a crenellated Norman keep with Tudor additions, blended with Arts and Crafts detailing.

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Thomas Catterall, one of the best in his field, was the general contractor. The stonework was completed by William Heatherbelle supervising a crew of 60 masons and labourers. Theirs was a major undertaking because the exterior walls in some places were one metre thick. They were made of grey and pink granite (flecked with large pieces of mica) that was probably found

In keeping with English country houses, Hatley Park included a working farm, a dairy , extensive greenhouses, formal gardens and a village for up to 100 staff


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“The windows crew were totally respectful of me, my family and the needs of my dogs as well. They worked quickly and carefully. They were terrific and the windows are so incredibly amazing. The house is quieter all around. Such a huge difference. I don’t want to even put blinds up now as they are so nice to look at.” – Frances Gardens Resident

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on the site and hand split by Heatherbelle’s team. Trim around doorways and windows was crafted from sandstone from Saturna and Valdes islands and Koksilah, south of Duncan. The expansive roofs were covered with sea-green slates specially hand split for the job in Westmoreland, England.

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The interior housed four levels, along with a basement. Access to the main floor was from the stone porte cochère on the landward side of the house or from a broad balustraded terrace facing the lawns which stretched gently downward to the waterfront. The immense kitchens, formal drawing room, dining room (featuring a dining room suite designed by Maclure himself) and living room-cumlibrary dominated this floor. In a separate wing on the main floor was what modern designers would call James Dunsmuir’s “man cave.” The panelled billiard room, smoking room, gun room and office were all accessed via private entrance.

A massive double staircase of quarter-cut oak wrapped around the entrance hall and rose to the second story where the principal bedrooms were located. The third floor was devoted to guest bedrooms. The fourth level, within the central tower, comprised a spacious ballroom.


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After the Dunsmuirs moved into Hatley in 1910 the work of developing the grounds began, based on advice from the firm of Brett and Hall in Boston. In keeping with English country houses, Hatley Park included a working farm, a dairy, extensive greenhouses, formal gardens and a village for up to 100 staff. The only difference between an old-country estate and Hatley was that most of the Dunsmuirs’ servants were Chinese.

James Dunsmuir died in 1920; Laura followed in 1937. By then their children had dispersed around the world and several had predeceased their parents. During World War II the estate was acquired by the federal government as a naval college, which eventually became Royal Roads Military College. Since 1995, the original castle building has served as the nucleus of Royal Roads University. Now a National Historic Site, Hatley Castle and many of its surrounding heritage features are undergoing careful conservation. For more information about Hatley Castle, please refer to the main sources used for this article: The Dunsmuir Saga by Terry Reksten; Samuel Maclure, Architect by Janet Bingham; The Buildings of Samuel Maclure by Martin Segger; and Hatley Park: An Illustrated Anthology by Geoffrey Castle.

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Ghost stories abound at Victoria’s historic Hatley Castle

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hen James and Laura Dunsmuir commissioned Samuel Maclure to design Hatley Castle, the result was a stately home that gave the appearance of having been there for generations. This was a home befitting the English landed aristocracy and a clever way of disguising the family’s status as nouveau riche. Laura Dunsmuir even sent Maclure to England in search of suitable furnishings to complete the illusion. The architect did his job well — perhaps too well — because the finished building not only had the correct physical appearance, it also developed a metaphysical aspect that is associated with old-country castles. It was haunted.

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Young minds are sometimes the most susceptible to sensing ghosts. When the Dunsmuirs moved into Hatley in 1910 their youngest daughter, Dola, was only eight years old. She would romp through the place with her nieces and nephews who were her own age. Soon they discovered the ballroom on the top floor of the central tower, accessible by a winding stone staircase. Rising another level above that was the tower room, decorated with a picture of the devil Mephistopheles, which never failed to strike terror in the youngsters who ventured there. “They would run shrieking and screaming down the stairs,” remembered James Audain, who was one of those children.

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There have also been stories of Boy’s ghost, dressed in his army uniform, rising up from the artificial lake in the Japanese garden, saluting, then disappearing

Above: Boy Dunsmuir in uniform. After he was lost in the sinking of RMS Lusitania, his ghost is said to have appeared at Hatley Castle | BC Archives H-02839 courtesy of Royal BC Museum

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James Dunsmuir had Hatley Castle built as his retirement home, but he only lived there for 10 years until he died in 1920 at age 69. His last five years were tormented by the memory of his youngest son’s

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tragic death. Jim (known as Boy) had booked passage on RMS Lusitania in the hope of getting to Europe to see action in World War I. When the ship was torpedoed on May 7, 1915, Boy and thousands of others perished. Boy’s body was never found. After that James would often retire to his smoking room and play “Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight?” over and over on his gramophone. One day Laura, fed up with the melancholy ritual, smashed the record. Since then, when the castle is quiet in the evening, many


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people have heard the song’s eerie strains coming from the smoking room.

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After Hatley Castle became a naval officers’ training college, a number of the young men discovered how haunted the old building was. Some reported seeing a spectral shadow in one particular room. Later they discovered it was Boy Dunsmuir’s room. Little wonder that his ghost returned to this place because

his parents had insisted the room be left exactly as it had been before his death. It was also said that for many years they had Boy’s horse saddled every day, as if they were awaiting his visit. Laura Dunsmuir outlived her husband by 17 years and until the end hoped one day her son would walk through the door. This belief was reputedly instilled by a tea-leaf reader who predicted Boy


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would reappear one day. Before new structures were built on the grounds to serve Royal Roads Military College, the upper floors of the castle building were used as dormitories. Some of the cadets were terrified to go to bed at night because the white, misty form of an old woman would appear at the foot of their cots and pull the sheets down to reveal their faces. On several occasions they could feel someone — or something — tugging on their legs, as if trying to pull them out of bed. Was this Laura’s ghost? She had every reason to be there because these young men were almost exactly the age Boy was when he was lost. Had he come back at last, or did one of these cadets know where he was?

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There have also been stories of Boy’s ghost, dressed in his army uniform, rising up from the artificial lake in the Japanese garden, saluting, then disappearing. This story is perhaps the most suspect of all the Hatley ghost stories because the person he appeared to was his younger sister, Dola, well known in later years for her drunken sprees. Another story, often told, but probably quite apocryphal, is of the Chinese servant girl, Annabelle, who was stood up at the altar by her fiancé who turned out to be married already with two children. Disgraced and distraught — one version claimed she was pregnant — the young lady threw herself out of a third-floor window. Her ghost is said to have haunted the third-floor hallway from that day forward. Find out more about Victoria’s favourite ghost stories on Ghostly Walks, or take part in a two-hour workshop to learn the basics of ghost hunting. Details at www. discoverthepast.com.

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As manufacturing technologies have advanced, the options for wood flooring are immense - there are a dizzying array of products, species and green options to choose from. Aaron Roworth, general manager at the Finishing Store knows that so many choices can leave clients confused and overwhelmed. He emphasizes that by educating yourself on the basics of wood flooring and emerging trends for 2011, you may be floored by what you learn.

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Before you pull out your wallet, there are a few factors to ponder. It’s not just the variety of timber available; there are stains, colours and size of planks to select from as well. Wider planks, between 10 to 15 inches in length and as wide as 10 inches, are growing in demand as they lend themselves beautifully to our West Coast homes. “Today’s market seems to be continuing towards wider planks, and not surprisingly, back to wide plank stained oak floors,” adds Roworth. Jesse Ferguson, hardwood and flooring specialist at Island Floor Centre, agrees with his colleague and adds, “What’s new in hardwood flooring is actually old, but improved. We have seen an emergence of the oil and wax finishes again.” Oil and wax finished floors are easily repaired and maintained with natural oils and detergent.

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There are two categories of wood – hardwood and softwood. Hardwood refers to mainly deciduous species such as white and red oak, maple, beech, hickory, ash and bamboo. These woods are more commonly used for wood flooring because of their durability. Softwood such as pine, cedar, hemlock, and fir are prized for their rustic charm, but are not recommended for high traffic areas.

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The general rule is, when it doubt — choose hardwood. According to Michael Masse, spokesman for Victoria’s Hourigan’s Carpet and Linos Ltd. the real catch is grain. Oak is softer than maple, but much more forgiving to live on. “There are some soft woods that are still trendy today, such as American cherry and walnut because of their distinctive shades,” says Greg Holtz, flooring manager, Jordans Victoria.


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Over the last few decades, consumers began investing in exotic wood furniture and flooring because of the unique look. Species such as the Brazilian cherry (Jatoba), Santos mahogany, Brazilian teak, African rosewood (Bubinga), ebony, cork and bamboo varieties have exploded onto the marketplace. However, as prices stabilized and the world became more ecologically aware, the demand for these timbers began to wane. “Part of the reason why exotic hardwoods were becoming popular was that they were harder, more dense, and unique in appearance,” says Ferguson.

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Although Inkster agrees exotic woods have diminished in popularity, it doesn’t mean they won’t be back in vogue next year. “Fashion trends come and go and I don’t think the primary reason people aren’t buying exotics is because of environmental consciousness,” says Inkster. “I think consumers choose their flooring based on cost, look and their lifestyles.” Holtz agrees with much of what his colleagues say, although he believes there are two possible pitfalls to choosing exotic woods. Typically, exotics have some variation of a red shade, which limits one’s choice of colour, and they also tend to show any dents, more so than a ‘character’ wood such as oak. “Browns are very popular right now in wood flooring, be they mid-toned or quite dark, so you can see that this would have a negative effect on the sales of exotics,” says Holtz.

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Engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood because it is made of layers of plywood base with a layer of hardwood. The top layer is the decorative hardwood you choose. Engineered hardwood is also more environmentally friendly than solid hardwood because the sub-surface layers are made from recycled scrap wood. “Up until a few years ago, hardwood flooring accounted for 70 to 80 percent of our sales,” says Martin Kalsbeek, president of Hourigan’s. “Now, 80 percent of sales are from engineered floors and that is a trend across Western Canada.” According to Kalsbeek, the reason engineered wood flooring is so appealing on the West Coast is because plywood doesn’t absorb as much water; therefore it improves moisture resistance and stability.

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Many British Columbians are demanding eco-design trends from renewable sources. For those who want hardwood floors, but with little impact to the earth, look for wood that has been grown and harvested in an earth-friendly way such as selective harvesting or farmed timber. Bamboo is considered one of the greenest flooring options because it grows incredibly fast and is highly sustainable. Another is cork. Its beauty lies beyond its sustainability — it comes in a dozen different colours and textures.

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Sourcing out reclaimed floorboards from barns, churches and historical buildings is also an excellent choice for the eco conscious consumer, but does come at a price. Although you are purchasing old materials, often you are paying for a hundred years of history and worn-in character.

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Seven West Coast Contemporary View Homes at Moss Rock Park. Open concept living with expansive City and Oceans views from every floor! Living area ranging White Background from 3,300 – 3,800 sq. ft.

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Welcome to Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community – An extraordinary master-planned community encompassing 871 acres, located in beautiful Comox Valley.

Qualicum Landing is an exclusive residential community, which once completed, will consist of 62 luxurious homes on 17 acres of unspoiled ocean shoreline.

Located on the hillside with spectacular views of the harbour and coastal mountains, The Gales in Ladysmith is an amazing place to call home.


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Discover Essencia Verde located in the heart of Cook Street Village, Victoria BC

Marijane Smith, Sylvia Therrien and Toby Trembath of Newport Realty, the team selected to bring Essencia to market, are set for the final release. “We anticipate the Townhouse/Garden Collection featuring two-level 1,400+sqft homes with separate entrances to move quickly,” notes Smith. “The initial response was overwhelming with 21 accepted offers,” comments Therrien, “not only because it’s the only new offering in the Village, but also a unique building.”

A testament to sustainability, featuring airy, light-filled interiors and bamboo flooring, signature kitchens with slab granite countertops and European-style bathrooms are standard, along with underground parking. Just a stone’s throw from the ocean, steps to Beacon Hill Park, and minutes to downtown, the Village is considered by many to be the heart of Victoria and offers a mix of eclectic heritage homes, hip eateries, coffee bars and boutiques. “Opportunities in this neighbourhood are limited,” comments Trembath, “and this is your opportunity to own the best.”

Essencia Verde Own the best of Cook Street Village The exclusive Townhouse/Garden Collection features: • Private entrances with exterior garden patios • Spacious 2-story living with 1,400+ sqft • Signature kitchens with slab granite countertops • European-style bathrooms • Secure underground parking • 2, 5, 10 Year Home Warranty Program Register online for pricing and floorplans:

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Essencia’s premiere collections include 41 exclusive condominiums, townhomes and work/live spaces showcasing modern construction, open floorplans, and luxury finishings.

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Open concept living with expansive City and Oceans views!

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• Living area ranging from 3,300 – 3,800 sq. ft. • Four Bedrooms, with Private Master Wing • Four Bathrooms, with Spa like Ensuite • Goumet Chefs Kitchen with Quartz Counter Tops • Media Room and built in Bar, Climate controled Wine Cellar and Excercise Room

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Seven Contemporary View Homes at Moss Rock Park, Victoria BC Imagine waking up in the morning and being greeted by spectacular views of the Juan de Fuca Straits. Then, picture stepping out the door of your brand new upscale home and walking a short distance to coffee shops, fine dining and boutique shopping at its best. Welcome to VUE - an elite terrace of seven contemporary and fully landscaped homes starting at $2 million. Situated at the top of Moss Rock Park, VUE features high end, one-of-a-kind executive-style residences with spectacular panoramic views. Inspired by West coast architecture, VUE offers contemporary sophistication for buyers in this collection of finely crafted homes, complimented by the flare of Sandy Nygaard’s interior design. This assortment of deluxe homes features the

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richness of natural wood and stone throughout. Each home has private patios with fire pit or an outdoor fireplace, punctuated by a stunning water feature. The outdoor area is truly an extension of the indoor living space. Another exclusive property by Mike Miller and Abstract Developments, VUE is already garnering accolades for its design, quality and sustainability, with one of the homes already pre-sold. Buyers will be attracted to how the homes have been tiered to provide unobstructed views and each house boasts angles that will delight the eye; a common element of the Keith Baker Design. VUE - where distinctive style meets urban living.

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In the heart of the historic Fairfield /downtown district, there’s an address inspired by old world charm. Terra Verde offers sophistication in each of its 16 executive style town homes. This intimate collection of refined homes is within walking distance to Cook Street Village, Beacon Hill Park, city centre and the waterfront. These incredibly stylish, open concept residences feature contemporary interior design by Robyn Meredith Bryson with quality finishes like granite, engineered hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchens and luxury custom hardware and lighting. The homes boast bright south facing exposure, private green spaces and entertainment sized patios. In addition, each unit includes a private, secure underground two-car garage. The

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professional landscaped design will enhance outdoor entertaining. A three bedroom or two bedroom plus media room/den starts at $749,900. Built by award-winning Abstract Developments you can expect quality and unquestioned craftsmanship has been put into the construction of these exclusive residences.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Terra Verde LUXURY STARTING FROM $749,900 PLUS HST Fabulous South facing exposure!

“These luxurious town homes provide great design, great location, security and low maintenance. You are buying a lifestyle,” says Todd MacKenzie, marketing director at Abstract Developments. “A homeowner can lock up, go travel, and forget about everything.”

• 3 Bedrooms or 2 Bedrooms plus Media/Den • Gourmet Granite Kitchen & 4 Designer Bathrooms • Individual underground 2 Car Garages • 2 - 5 - 10 Year New Home Warranty

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

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• 870 Acres zoned for 2700 Residential units • Future site of the new Comox Valley Regional Hospital • Condominiums from $269,000 • Patio homes from $339,000 • Single family homes from $399,000 • Building lots from $152,900 • Custom builders available • 48,000 sq.ft. resort centre • 18 Hole championship golf course (Membership Available)

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Own a Piece of True Paradise in Comox Valley BC No matter your stage of life – a young first time buyer, empty nesters, or active seniors - Crown Isle is a perfect place to call home. Our golf resort community is close to all amenities, schools, the ocean and mountains, and everything in between that the amazing Comox Valley has to offer.

Isle further enhances the overall vision of our master planned community. The vision is to have all of the amenities right in your own backyard: shopping, recreation, dining and healthcare… all within walking distance of your home. Crown Isle has been imitated by many but never duplicated.”

“This is absolutely the best time to purchase real estate within Crown Isle,” says Jason Andrew, Director of Real Estate. “We believe that we have created one of Western Canada’s most complete and dynamic communities. In addition to having Costco and future commercial developments, the recently announced new site of the Comox Valley Regional Hospital within Crown

From a real estate perspective Crown Isle is well established with a 20 year history of fiscal stability and sustainability. At Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, we are not selling real estate, we are selling lifestyle! COME FOR A TEE TIME, STAY FOR A LIFETIME


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Selected as H&L’s Summer Central Island 2010 Feature Home!

“Qualicum Beach is a property featuring high end custom homes on beachfront property in a park-like setting … quite unique for this area,” says James Ferrie, project manager. There are seven distinctive floor plans to choose from. Designed by award-winning C.A. Design, the homes are a superb mix of Cape Cod and West coast styles. Your dream home consists of open concept great rooms with luxury finishes throughout, including granite countertops and engineered wood flooring. “Our beach houses range from 1,180-square-feet for a twobedroom and den and 2,000-square-feet for a four bedroom home with garage,” adds Ferrie.

As a buyer in Qualicum Beach, you will enjoy a clubhouse complete with a pool, two hot tubs, a large fitness centre and a well-appointed owner’s lounge. Meanwhile, you are only eight minutes away from the picturesque town of Qualicum Beach, with its charming shops, galleries, a thriving farmers market and cafés. Qualicum Beach is one of Vancouver Island’s year-round natural playgrounds, with its seemingly endless golden sandy beaches, spectacular golf courses, sports fishing and its aweinspiring scenery. The opportunity to buy into a waterfront community in a lush park-like environment is rare indeed and with only 18 homes left, the time to act is now.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS Qualicum Landing Luxury homes from $379,000 plus hst 17 acres of rare walk on waterfront • • • •

Close to golf courses, marinas and parks First class amenities A true legacy property 2 - 5 - 10 year new home warranty

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The amazing views of everything West Coast on Vancouver Island BC

Ocean, mountains, inner islands, harbour activities.

Located on the hillside with spectacular views of the harbour and coastal mountains, The Gales in Ladysmith is an amazing place to call home.

Each residence features remarkable attention to detail, including vaulted ceilings, spacious rooms, and top-quality finishing such as granite countertops and rich hardwood floors.

• Prices from $599,000 - $659,000 • Luxury and Quality: Extensive hardwood, granite, custom lighting, huge decks and patios, heat pump • Ladysmith’s wonderful secure sense of community with all the important amenities, but only 20 minutes to the Big Box Stores. • Some of the best kayaking, boating, marina facilities, golf and hiking at your doorstep. • High levels of spacing between streets for more privacy, natural light and comfort.

The Gales is a 42 home development that awes from the minute you drive up to the property. Nestled between the ocean and mountains, these West Coast contemporary residences boast open floor plans and expansive windows so that each home takes advantage of the sweeping outdoor landscape. “We have built 12 homes so far and eight are sold,” says Keith Mazurenko, sales agent with the project since its inception. “It’s the only development on Vancouver Island to offer luxurious views from each home, as well as generous space between each home …. Nothing compares to it.”

An entry level home in this exclusive enclave starts at $599,000 to $650,000 for 2,700 to 3,000 square feet of magnificent view living. The Gales is only minutes away from the quaint little town of Ladysmith, which has many of boutiques and shops housed in restored buildings with an Edwardian charm. Located a convenient ½ hrs drive to either Duncan or Nanaimo and a comfortable 1hr. 15min to Victoria, The Gales offers a great location at unparalleled value.

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NEXT Stop: Victoria’s Design District

DISCOVER the Design District You never know what you might find…

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A few years ago, the Design District was an up and coming area in the downtown core of Victoria; today it is one of the city’s most fascinating destinations. Through the vision of property developer Chris Le Fevre, a large section of this former warehouse district has been transformed into a captivating live, work and play neighbourhood that people are flocking to in order to find that ideal piece for their home, go for lunch, or to enjoy a leisurely stroll.

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The Design District features streets lined with illuminated trees, cafés, shops, restaurants and century old brick buildings— all creating

a rich, warm atmosphere for a day trip. Located in the quadrant between Government and Store Streets, Herald Street and Pandora Avenue, the vibrant Design District is home to a mosaic of shops and boutiques where one can find unique furnishings, eclectic accessories, luxurious fabric, exquisite lighting, handsome antiquities, hand knotted rugs, and culinary kitsch. Wanderers will be delighted to discover outdoor adventure stores, as well as patio and garden shops offering a wide selection of plants, pots, urns and even hot tubs. Visitors to the area will delight in historic Chinatown while meandering through the famous Dragon and Fan Tan alleys. To cap off the day, stop in for a pint and a bite to eat at one of the District’s fine restaurants or brewpubs. A charming mix of retail and residential space, the Design District is one of the most colourful and distinctive regions of our downtown. Pamela Robert, Chair of the Design District tells


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The Design District features streets that are lined with illuminated trees, cafés, shops, restaurants and century-old brick buildings— all creating a rich, warm atmosphere for a day trip us, “…it was formed to establish a connection between the residential and commercial tenants and businesses located in the area to promote a lifestyle. And we offer it all here.” Associate memberships are also available to businesses in the design industry, even if they are located outside of the Design District boundaries. For those who want to take up residence in this area, three new compelling residential developments are emerging: 601 Herald, Kunju and Union are all under way or coming soon to the Design District. No need for a car

when you live here! Water taxi service through Victoria Harbour Ferries is now available from two Design District locations: behind the Canoe Brewpub Marina & Restaurant and behind Capital Iron and Ocean River Sports at Rice Mill Landing. Whether you seek to immerse yourself in beauty and charming home décor, or you simply wish to browse, the Design District is the ultimate destination.

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1. #3 Fan Tan Alley 2. 601 Herald 3. Canoe Brewpub, Marina and Restaurant 4. Capital Iron 5. Victoria Harbour Ferries 6. Parc Modern Interiors 7. Miroirs 8. Mo:Lé 9. Ocean River Sports 10. Sowobo 11. Swans Boutique Art Hotel 12. tdSwansburg Design Studio 13. Vixen Hair Studio 14. Eclipse Creative 15. ulla Restaurant 16. Silk Road Tea 17. Design District Studio Inc.

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Canoe Brewpub is located in an 1894 brick heritage building featuring the largest waterfront patio in Victoria. Canoe is known for brewing award winning handcrafted beer! Getting to Canoe can be half the fun; arrive harbour side via one of the city’s popular harbour ferries direct to the Canoe dock!

A charming mix of retail and residential space, the Design District is one of the most colourful and distinctive regions of our downtown Associate Members Ambiance Consulting Inc. ambianceconsulting.com 250.472.0663 Edgar and Miner Floor Coverings 250.388.6208 edgarandminer.ca Incredible Closets incredibleclosets.ca 250.381.6511

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Spice-Roasted Chicken Ingredients

Spring Chicken By Hilary Malone

When it comes to cooking, nothing excites me more than being introduced to an ingredient that I’ve never used before. My friend Cory Parsons, author of Cooking with Cory, acquainted me with za’atar this past fall and it became a staple in my pantry overnight. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with this aromatic spice blend — a combination of salt, sumac, sesame seeds, thyme and oregano — on meats, vegetables and breads.

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For this special recipe, I’ve kicked my beloved roasted chicken up a notch by marinating it in a mix of za’atar and sumac, a Middle Eastern spice that is also the primary ingredient in za’atar. Look for both products at local specialty food shops.

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Lemon and fresh mint imparts bright flavours, while cinnamon and allspice convey warmth; pistachio nuts provide sweetness and texture. Earthy and exotic, the resulting chicken is perfect when accompanied by tangy plain yogurt and warm flatbread.

1 large chicken, quartered 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 red onions, thinly sliced 5 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp za’atar 1 tbsp sumac 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp cinnamon 1 lemon, thinly sliced ¾ cup chicken stock 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tbsp butter ¼ cup fresh mint, roughly chopped ¼ cup shelled pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

Preparation Combine chicken with garlic, onions, stock, olive oil, lemon, all spices (except za’atar), salt and pepper. Marinate in the fridge for at least two hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place chicken skin-side up on a large baking sheet. Ensure that all pieces are flat and spaced apart. Top chicken with marinade and za’atar; roast until golden and thoroughly cooked, approximately 35-40 minutes. Melt butter in a frying pan. Add pistachio nuts and toast over medium heat until golden. Transfer chicken to a platter, then top with pistachios, mint and a drizzle of good olive oil.


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Art in Bloom highlights the talents of local and international artists, writers, floral designers and garden experts This year’s headliners include: Michael Ableman: farmer, author, photographer. Ableman is a recognized practitioner of sustainable agriculture and a proponent of regional food systems. Lecture: 7pm | Mon Mar 28 Thinking Like an Island: Food Security and Sustainability Dominique Browning: author, columnist and former editor of House and Garden magazine. Browning’s recent book Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pyjamas and Found Happiness, is about reinvention and seizing new opportunity in gardening and in life. Lecture: 7pm | Wed Mar 31 New Garden, New Life. Tomas De Bruyne: internationally acclaimed Belgian floral designer whose innovative techniques emphasize natural elements and simple elegance. Lecture: 7pm | Tues Mar 29 Workshop: 10am-4pm | Wed Mar 30 Contemporary Design: Styles & Techniques from Nature Dan Hinkley: plants-man, garden writer and horticulturist. Hinkley has been widely published and lectures globally. Lecture: 7pm | Fri. April 1 The Forgotten Elements of Good Design: Texture, Movement and Fragrance

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Thomas Hobbs: acclaimed gardening expert, author and floral designer. Hobbs tours widely and operates the Southland Nursery in Vancouver. Lecture: 7pm | Thur Mar 31 Creating or Curating: Knowing when it’s time to make a change

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aptivating visitors from Vancouver Island and beyond, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Art in Bloom fundraiser celebrates what’s blossoming in botanical art. The bi-annual event, which takes place from March 28 to April 2, 2011, happily coincides with the arrival of the spring season to B.C’s capital city. Highlighting the works of local and international artists, as well as designers from all walks of life, this week-long celebration of flowers helps to raise funds for future exhibitions and programs at the gallery.

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As spring knocks on our door, a sense of awakening and renewal is brought to all living things. The Artist’s Garden Series mirrors this restoration process with the exhibition Flora, named after the Roman goddess of flowers. This series takes a glimpse at the growth and fertility of life through works such as Emily Carr’s Dream Picture, along with many others. If feng shui is more your cup of tea, Serenity, The Asian Garden explores Asian art through woodblock prints, ceramic works and landscape paintings. Visitors to this corner of the gallery will get the opportunity to see the 87 year old, 13.4-metre Memories of a Lotus Pond in Fine Rain by Jin Cheng.

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The main attraction for many visitors will be Floral Interpretations. Over 20 professionals from varying backgrounds such as architecture, floral design, interior design and theatre, to name a few, will present their botanical interpretations of a masterpiece of their choosing from the gallery’s permanent collection. Some of the works to be recreated in flower form include portraits, sculptures and iconic fashion pieces.

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Rediscover the joy of cooking. To complement the exhibitions and interpretations, the gallery is hosting a lecture series over six days at the Victoria Truth Centre. An exciting line-up of 17 horticultural experts will speak about food, flowers and garden design. Some of the topics include how to grow irises, growing and foraging your own organic salad, plant hunting in China and how to prune an overgrown garden.

both form, function and the finest materials are blended together by a skilled team of craftsmen. no detail is too small; from

Epicureans rejoice! For the first time in Art in Bloom’s history, the gallery has dedicated one day in their lecture series specifically to food. On Monday, March 28, Byron Cook, Carolyn Herriot and Michael Ableman will each be speaking about their area of expertise. Of note, Ableman — noted author, foodie superstar and practitioner of sustainable agriculture — will present his much anticipated lecture entitled Thinking Like an Island: Food Security and Sustainability.

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ART IN BLOOM 2011 Event Calendar Date Time Session

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Monday March 28

Thursday March 31

1 pm 2:30 pm 3 pm 7 pm

Byron Cook Growing and Foraging the Ultimate Organic Salad Midday Reception Carolyn Herriot The Zero Mile Diet Michael Ableman Thinking Like an Island: Food Security and Sustainability

1 pm 2:30 pm 3 pm 7 pm

Kelly Dodson Plant Hunting in China Midday Reception Judith McLaughlan Garden Art: Plants and Objects Tomas De Bruyne Contemporary Design: Styles and Techniques from Nature

Tuesday March 29

Wednesday March 30 10 am

1 pm 2:30 pm 3 pm 7 pm

Workshop: Contemporary Floral Design with Tomas De Bruyne (10am-4pm) Writer’s Panel: The Garden as Muse with Linda Rogers Midday Reception Des Kennedy Some Eminent English Garden Dominique Browning New Garden, New Life

1 pm 2:30 pm 3 pm 7 pm 8:30 pm

John Greenlee Making a Meadow Midday Reception Brenda Beckwith Camas & Garry Oak Meadows Thomas Hobbs Creating or Curating: Knowing when it is time for a change Evening Reception Location: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

1 pm 2:30 pm 3 pm 7 pm 8:30 pm

Cass Turnbull How to Prune an Overgrown Garden Midday Reception Douglas Justice Great Trees for Small Gardens Dan Hinkley The Forgotten Elements of Good Design: Texture, Movement and Fragrance Evening Reception Location: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

10 am 11:30 am 1 pm 7 pm

Bob Duncan How to Grow Citrus Fruit Outside in Saanich Ted Baker How to Grow Irises Allan Mandell Beyond Flowers: The Experience of Beauty Gala & Auction: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon Location: The Atrium Building, 800 Yates St.

Friday April 1

Saturday April 2

Tickets on sale now: www.artinbloom.ca Afternoon lectures are $20. Evening lectures are $25.

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To wrap up a week of floral festivities, guests are invited to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon gala to be held on April 2 in Victoria’s new Atrium building. This exotic themed, red carpet event is sure to arouse the senses with sumptuous cuisine, cocktails, live entertainment from Indian dancers, violinist Kytami from Delhi 2 Dublin and a chance to bid on some coveted auction items.

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From garden art of all kinds to an informative lecture series, Art in Bloom has something for everyone to stick their green thumb into. Indeed, spring is blooming all around us.


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ainting Victoria has been my life’s work, and over the past 35 years I have visited homes and gardens large and small. One of the finest was a complete surprise to me.

During the summer of 2010, I received a call from Debra Pile, wife of Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile. That year marked the 125th anniversary of Admiral’s House, Pile’s official residence at Duntze Head within the naval dockyard in Esquimalt. In addition, Canada’s senior service was established 100 years ago with the signing of the Naval Services Act, and Rear Admiral Pile was about to retire. Something had to be done to mark these occasions. A few days later I was waved past the gatehouse to enter the base, truly one of this region’s most remarkable neighbourhoods. Driving slowly past modern shipyards and along narrow streets with old brick buildings right out of Dickens, I eventually came to the Admiral’s House right out on the point.

The Admiral’s House was designed by John Teague, an English architect who arrived in Victoria in 1862 via the California goldfields. He immediately established himself as our premier designer and builder. First, he worked for the British Admiralty on dry dock and harbour installations in Esquimalt. Later, in 1885, he designed and constructed

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Mrs. Pile welcomed me into the spacious entry hall, with its hardwood floor which leads to a grand dining room. There, the gleaming mahogany table can seat up to 22 guests. Next is a formal servery and, beyond it, the family’s cozy private kitchen and breakfast room. Through a circular window at the end of the counter I spied a vista of the garden beyond – truly a “picture” window.

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a “House For the Naval Stores Officer” which became the Admiral’s House. Victoria is rich with Teague’s work. Still standing are the Deluge Fire Company Hall on Yates Street (1877), Victoria City Hall (1878), the Masonic Temple at Douglas and Pandora (1878), the Oriental Hotel at 566 Yates Street (1883), the central wing of St. Ann’s Academy (1886) and the New England Hotel on Douglas (1892). A collection of five “Queen Anne”-style wooden houses which Teague built at the corner of Vancouver and Richmond streets remains one of Victoria’s finest streetscapes. In Exploring Victoria’s Architecture (Sono Nis Press, 1996), Martin Segger describes the Admiral’s House as “an Italianate style brick building using a vaguely Georgian form.” Noting its hipped roof, bracketed eaves and corner quoins, he further draws our attention to the off-centre doorway and balustrade portico. Rear Admiral Pile’s wife may have been expecting me to paint a formal, frontal view of this building. However, when she led me out to see the gardens I knew that it was the waterfront side which had to be emphasized.

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Above: The Admiral’s House from the west looking across the garden | Robert Amos

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Left: Continuation of the view above: The Admiral’s House from the west looking across the garden | Robert Amos


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This would be a long painting showing the two bay windows looking south — past the patio and hillside forested with Garry oaks and arbutus — and culminating in a view of the private cove which opens to a view of Race Rocks and the Olympic Mountains beyond. As part of the centennial celebrations

last summer, Governor General Michaëlle Jean officiated at an outdoor gala reception set amid these oceanfront gardens at the Admiral’s House. The Piles evidently took such delight in living there that I wanted to paint it all.

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“ Painting Victoria has been my life’s work, and over the past 35 years I have visited homes and gardens large and small. One of the finest was a complete surprise to me.” – Robert Amos

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The Admiral’s House was designed Rear Admiral Pile soon met us in the garden and together we considered the many details which tell the story: flag staff, signaling light, new deer-proof fencing and the sundial which was to be the Piles’ parting gift to the residence. With camera and sketchbook I took notes and later made repeated visits, recording the summer plantings which grace every side of this lovely property. In the end, I created three watercolour paintings which show the various aspects of life at the residence: the formal entrance, the family’s sunny garden to the south and an intimate moment looking out through that circular window.

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Together we had entered into a creative collaboration to paint heirlooms for the future. When the project was complete, the Piles took with them into retirement a record of a remarkable building and a treasured souvenir of a place they had called home.

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The 25th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates the migration of roughly 20,000 grey whales passing through Vancouver Island’s west coast

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Whale Festival By Lynsey Franks


The whales are coming!

These magnificent 36-tonne creatures navigate the seas, cruising at a speed of two to five knots, travelling an average of 160 kilometres each day, stopping only to feed and rest. From March 19 to 27, the coastal communities of Tofino, the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Ucluelet will once again becoming gracious host communities for the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival; celebrating its 25th year of embracing the migration of these magnificent mammals. To commemorate this silver anniversary, there will be a theme of “Sea Change,” a foundation that will be prevalent throughout the many events and discussions.

Every year, the grey whales are welcome visitors along Vancouver Island’s west coast. “They are headed towards the summer feeding ground in the Bering Sea,” explains Marny Saunders, co-chair of the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. “They will travel 20,000 kilometres (round-trip) between their summer breeding grounds and winter feeding grounds.” With their calves in tow, these whales are headed north for the rich plankton and krill blooms that flourish in the summer months. Said to be the longest marine mammal migration, Saunders says that the distance is also thought to be the largest migration of any mammal on the planet.

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et ready! Starting in early February, grey whales will embark on their 20,000 kilometre journey from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Sea, as they do every year.

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“The festival is nine days and nights,” explains Saunders. “It’s designed to inspire, educate and entertain by celebrating our coastal traditions, unique environment and the spring return of the grey whale.” It started in the early 1980s when Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce and whale watching company owner Brian Congdon suggested a whale festival, similar to that of the Californian celebration of whales. Since that time, the whale festival has grown into a highly regarded and much anticipated annual affair. The society is run by more than 300 volunteers, is host to 90 different events, all to honour the thousands of majestic creatures. Jamie’s Whaling Station owner Jamie Bray says, “In 1982, when Jamie’s first started the whale watching industry on the west coast there were only 11,000 grey whales. That [migratory] number has increased to about 22,000 since,” he says of the improvements that have occurred in 30 years. “The festival coincides with the onset of spring,” explains Saunders. “There are activities for all ages - children, families, nature lovers, adventurers, young and old with a variety of cultural, culinary, musical and educational activities.”

At this time of year, guests can expect to see these travelling whales in pairs or even groups of six or more

Title Page and Lower Right: Grey whales migrate from their winter quarters near the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to their summer feeding ground in the Bering Sea every spring | Photo by John Forde (tofinowhalecentre.com) Main: A visiting Grey Whale presents its fluke in Barkley Sound near Ucluelet | Photo by Marla Barker (pacificrimwhalefestival.com)

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Upper Right Top: The Pacific Whale Festival is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Each year thousands of international tourists flock to the island to witness these magnificent mammals | Photo provided by Adele Larkin of Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

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Upper Right Center: Sunset over Frank Island on Chesterman Beach in Tofino | Photo by Adrian Dorst (adriandorst.com) Upper Right Bottom: Grey whales migrate from their winter quarters near the Baja Peninsula in Mexico to their summer feeding ground in the Bering Sea every spring | Photo by John Forde (tofinowhalecentre.com)


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A number of grey whales remain in the Clayoquot Sound area, explains Kati Martini, program coordinator with Remote Passages Marine Excursions. “Local residents such as Two-Dot Star and Black Jack remain here all through the summer and fall. Last year, Two-Dot Star arrived at Hot Springs Cove several weeks earlier than his usual schedule, almost on the opening day of the Whale Festival.”

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During the northern migration, the whales travel close to the shoreline, allowing viewers to catch a glimpse from land over the period of roughly three months. Joined by countless underwater wonders, Saunders says that wildlife worshipers can also witness “acrobatic, fish-feeding humpbacks, resident grey whales, orcas and the occasional minke” during this same time of year.

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When attempting sightings from land, Martini says to look for spouts from lookout points such as Radar Hill, Green Point Rock, Amphitrite Point, along the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet and the height of land above South Beach in the National Park. At this time of year, Martini notes that guests can expect to see these travelling whales in pairs or even small groups of six or more animals.

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While the festival is important to locals, it’s also a valuable and educational experience for visitors who may want to reconnect with nature

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Unlike the tireless grey whales, visitors will need a place to catch some shuteye. With much celebrating, many local accommodations are playing host as well as providing a retreat for guests. The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet is situated along the Wild Pacific Trail, and is one of the best lookout points for whale watching. The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort offers phenomenal culinary and aesthetic experiences at its oceanside restaurant, Fetch. Discover the essence of Vancouver Island’s West Coast while savouring fresh cuisine, divine wines and spectacular ocean views, not to mention a front row whale watching seat. Another, great location is the Tin Wis Tofino Hotel Resort overlooking majestic Mackenzie Beach. Tin Wis provides the perfect opportunity to sit on the balcony or patio and feel the pulse of the Pacific Ocean and look for whale sightings. The Weigh West Marine Resort’s general manager Joseph Sopp says that the Whale Festival is one of the most exciting events in Tofino. “It is an amazing celebration of our coastal communities which highlights the respect and admiration the people in these communities have for all sea life,” says Sopp. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the Browning Passage from the resort rooms, marina, Dockside Pub & Blue Heron Restaurant. While the festival is important to locals, it’s also a valuable and educational experience for tourists and newcomers who may want to reconnect with nature. “The Whale Festival is an important part of our year,” explains Lorne Priestley of Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet and treasurer for the local tourism board. “It coincides with spring break so we can help many children get to see and experience whales in the wild.” The Wild Pacific Trail is a 10-minute walk from Terrace Beach Resort, one of the best-known lookouts in all of Ucluelet. On occasion, Priestley says that the grey whales can be seen from Terrace Beach, “cruising across the mouth of the bay,” a locale that Priestley says is grand, but recommends binoculars for optimal viewing.  

For a closer look, whale watching companies are always ready to take guests out to sea for the real deal, a considerably lucky phenomenon to witness firsthand. “Grey whales have, on two separate occasions, fought their way back from the brink of extinction,” explains Ocean Outfitter’s owner Ken Thompson. “They were commercially hunted and at one time, their numbers were reduced to a just a few hundred.” All the more reason to celebrate these resilient mammals, owner of West Coast Aquatic Safaris Keith Phillips adds, “One of the most important elements of the festival is education. Experts provide a number of activities and presentations of the past, present and future of the grey whale, as well as all coastal life in the area.” During the festival, visitors can learn more about grey whale behavior with the accompaniment of Parks Canada naturalists and biologists, the Raincoast Education Society and Ucluelet Aquarium members.


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Main Left: Grey whales can reach a length of up to 15 meters and weigh as much as 30,000 kg | Photo by Adrian Dorst (adriandorst.com) Left Top: Exhilarating zodiac whale excursion with Jamie’s Whaling Station. Jamie’s has been offering whale tours since 1982

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Middle Top: A trip on a zodiac is an exciting way to see whales up close - proper attire is provided to keep you warm | Photo by Adrian Dorst (adriandorst.com)

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Right Top: A beach sunset rounds up a day of excitement at the Pacific Rim Whale Festival | Photo by Adrian Dorst (adriandorst.com)

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Calendar of Events Saturday, March 19th – Opening day! Join in for the annual parade, Tug-O-Whale and the opening of the Ucluelet Aquarium. Above: The Pacific Rim Whale Festival is organized with the help of many dedicated volunteers.

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“I think that the Whale Festival is one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to,” says Tourism Tofino’s executive director Sharon Lingenfelter. “Not only is it bursting with great things to see, do and learn, it’s also the quintessential celebration of spring.”

Sunday, March 20th – Chowder Chowdown, whale watching and much more. Monday, March 21st – Today marks the start of the second annual “Sea Change” series of educational speakers with topics and events throughout the festival including: species at risk, basking sharks, rainforest walk, dolphins talk and in the evening the ever-popular “Sweet Indulgence” dessert reception. Tuesday, March 22nd – Low tide interpretive walk, how to eat like a whale, Margaret Horsefield presentation, photographer Matt Moran and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

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Wednesday, March 23rd – Beach seining (specimen collection) with the Ucluelet Aquarium, “Wanted Dead or Alive,” sea lions talk, and the Martini Migration (adult event). Thursday, March 24th – Traditional cedar weaving interactive workshop, Jamie’s Whaling Station Maritime Kids Day (Ucluelet), Living Oceans, Bobs & Lolo concert, Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Barnacle Blues with Jim Byrnes (adult event).

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Friday, March 25th – Dunn’s restoration walk, Humbolt squid talk, West Coast Aquatic’s Maritime Kid’s Day (Tofino), Music & Whales talk, Bobs & Lolo concert, Surf Rider movie night.

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Incredible 4.82 acre Gated Estate List Price: $2,995,000 Contact: Lisa Williams Tel: 250-514-1966 Web: lisawilliams.ca The centerpiece around which this stunning gated home radiates is a dramatic two story foyer with vast skylights. The entryway welcomes you into this opulent home, opens up to a magnificent great room that showcases several sitting and conversation areas, rich hardwood floors, wall-to-wall windows, and features a huge granite fireplace. Double sliding glass doors open to the fabulous slate terrace with custom remote controlled awnings that provide shade on hot days. Upstairs, the piece de resistance: the incredibly opulent master retreat is located on its own level, with more than 1,064 square feet. Enjoy stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the twinkling lights of downtown Victoria from the exquisite private deck with cozy fireplace. This prestigious address offers up expansive manicured lawns and a new swimming pool framed by native grasses and maple trees. Besides the pool, nearly 2,000 square feet of spacious patio area includes a built-in hot tub.

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Today, if you have a home automation system (HA), there is no need to worry. With your iPad or iPhone, you can simply punch in a code and have your HA take care of everything, explains Larry Druet, owner of Victoria’s Simply Automated.

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Home automation refers to electronic control of various systems in the home

Home automation refers to electronic control of various systems in the home. The types of systems that can be controlled are entirely up to the homeowner, depending on their lifestyle, usage patterns, needs and wants. That may include lighting, heating and cooling, security and surveillance, entertainment, window treatments and more. As well, systems can be programmed to coordinate with the homeowners’ daily routine.

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“A truly integrated home automation system is designed with a holistic approach by a qualified electronic systems contractor with a focus on making the home work for the homeowner,” says Utz Baldwin, CEO of Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA).

Functions can include features such as one-touch scene setting that allows the homeowner to activate their preferred lighting, temperature, and music settings at the touch of a single button, which comes in handy when entertaining guests or simply relaxing. An HA may also be programmed to adjust lighting and window treatments based on the family’s schedules and availability of natural light.

A home automated system allows a homeowner to control tasks both within the home and remotely through their web browser or smartphone — from anywhere in the world.


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Why Buy a Home Automation System? The main reason is to consolidate. Rather than using a number of different monitor devices to control various systems, you can now use either your web browser or smartphone, all from one control. Another advantage of home automation is that it enables simplified control over entertainment, comfort, convenience, security, and safety. “Not only that, there can be huge energy savings,” adds Druet. According to CEDIA members, many homeowners view home automation systems as a way to save time and spend more quality time with their families. Most customers invest in home electronic systems for these benefits, not for the sake of owning technology.

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Green Home Automation Sustainability is here to stay and as more of us look for ways to lessen our carbon footprint, so too are manufacturers of home automation. According to CEDIA, energy monitoring systems can provide instantaneous, actionable feedback on the resources consumed by home systems.

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“The concept of ‘daylight harvesting’ allows the system to adjust lighting and window treatments based on not only occupancy schedules and time of day but also feedback from light sensors, allowing for reduced energy consumption,” says Baldwin.

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New and Emerging Trends As technology continues to change the landscape of home automation, more and more homeowners are looking to connect their portable devices with their home network for greater control over their home systems,” says Baldwin. “Mobile apps can allow for upto-the-minute control over home systems from any location.” Designed for the second generation of Apple television, a new trend in home automation will also allow you to download iTunes with ease. Perhaps what’s even more exciting for the aging baby boomer population is digital home health. Technologies such as fall detection, wellness monitoring, and medication management can be integrated with the home’s systems to help the aging homeowner remain independent while providing their loved ones with peace of mind.


With your home at your fingertips, imagine what you could do. LIGHTING CONTROL What, Light?

Lighting Control Systems enhance your way of living. With a touch of a button set lighting levels to preferred illumination levels. Set your exterior lights to the astronomical clock to ensure proper illumination at all times. Save Energy!

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it would be hard to imagine life without music. after all, music is the spice of life. With multi-room audio, you can enjoy your favourite songs in any room throughout your home. With a multi-room audio system your rooms are acoustically prepped, ready to deliver incredible sound.

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With us, we have Tracy Reis, Tourism Penticton’s media and marketing coordinator; here to answer any questions that may arise. And on board is Homes & Living magazine’s publisher, Robert Read who took in this summer city last August. Located in the heart of wine country, there are over 100 wineries within a one hour drive of Penticton. While no one man can take in the wineries in a weekend — that remains an impressive statistic. So as not to get overwhelmed with the plentitude of options, Tracy Reis suggests doing your homework first.

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“The BC Wine Information Centre is the perfect place to start and finish any wine country journey,” says Reis. “The centre features a massive selection of local VQA wines, as well as daily tastings and information on wine routes.”

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During their stay in Penticton, Reis took Robert to a “Swirl and Sip”. Here, they learned much about the wine industry in the Okanagan — beyond the basics of colour, clarity, flavour and scent. Robert learned that the centre was the first VQA retail wine store in British Columbia which carries a selection of 400 VQA wines and is operated by a non-profit organization known as the BC Wine Information Society — all in a day’s work really.

There are many ways to experience wine country including organized guided tours, cycling wine tours and kayak wine-n-dine tours. For this, H&L’s Robert Read chose the self-guided drive along the Naramata Bench, home to more than 20 wineries. Along the way you will see the Perseus Winery, a vineyard that takes great pride in the use of old world traditions and new world viticulture;

Elephant Island Orchard Wines, a place where the vanguard spirit remains supreme; and Therapy Vineyards, where they are obsessed with producing premium wines with spirit and complexity. By this time, you may be hearing your stomach growl — I think Robert did as he stopped for lunch on the rooftop patio at the Hillside Estate Winery Bistro - a cornerstone on the Naramata Bench for over 25 years.


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There are many ways to experience wine country including organized guided tours, cycling wine tours and kayak wine-n-dine tours While on vacation, it sometimes feels like all you do is eat. But when in Penticton, it’s hard to resist the tantalizing cuisine that grows locally with such splendour. Because of its climate, Penticton provides optimal growing conditions for most any plant. The food here is fresh and prepared with great attention to detail. “Guests should certainly make local orchards, farms and food producers a must-see stop on their journey,” says Reis. “Enjoy the delicious cheeses of Poplar Grove Cheese or taste wine vinegar at Summerland’s Vinegar Works,” she suggests of a select few places to check out.

While we all like to feel a little culturally refined, it’s nice to kick back on the beach, especially while in a city that is historically famous for its beaches. “It’s one of only two cities in the world located between two lakes,” says Reis. While the scenery from the lake looks much different from land, Robert spent the afternoon swimming off a rented boat (from Pier Watersports) in the warm Okanagan waters and cruising scenic shorelines. After some fun in the sun a great place to eat is Salty’s Beach House. Salty’s offers patrons the best of all worlds: enjoy refreshing breezes drifting from the lake, moonlit dinners on a beachside patio, stunning lingering sunsets, fresh seafood sizzling to perfection, and Thai and Caribbean cuisines delicately prepared with seafood from around the world.

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After whetting your appetite with samplers, you may want to head downtown to Main Street where you can get a little Greek. At Theo’s Greek Restaurant, guests can dine on the secluded balcony or in a lovely courtyard brimming with flowering plants. This local gem has been open since 1974, offering dishes made with fresh ingredients picked from local fields, orchards and gardens. Another main street favourite is Almante run by owners Rose Amante and Chef Abul Adame, who has worked in some of BC’s finest kitchens before opening this little gem.

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At the end of a wonderful day in Penticton, it’s always nice to have somewhere to turn in for the night. The Penticton Lakeside Resort, Convention Centre & Casino is a destination all its own. While you didn’t catch Robert hiding out in the well-appointed room very often, it was a fantastic retreat from a busy day. After a long, hard day of sipping wine, dining and building sandcastles, the time comes to kick back, take in the lake and mountain views, indoor pool and live entertainment of this fabulous resort located on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Another absolute must is dinner on top of the lake at The Hooded Merganser Restaurant, located at Penticton Lakeside Resor where the food and the views are incredible. Whether you come to Penticton for the local festivals, superb wines, fabulous beaches or a little bit of everything, as the area’s tourism slogan says, there is plenty of ‘Time to Breathe’.

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4. ERISKAY Exclusive To Paul Mara Jewellers In Victoria, MaeVona “Eriskay” 18K White, Yellow, And Rose Gold Or Platinum Available at Paul Mara Jewellers 657 Fort Street (corner of Broad Street), Victoria 250.475.1444 paulmarajewellers.com

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7. 3D SCULPTURAL WALL Create a stunning three dimensional sculptural wall with Modulararts Interlocking rock panels. Available at Jivko Stone and Tile 1801 Fort Street (corner of Richmond and Fort), Victoria 250.595.9900 jivkotile.com

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Start with a neutral colour palette by turning to the hot nature-inspired colours for 2011 such as muted moss, smoky amber, the palest of blue, silvery sage and warm dove gray. With a neutral foundation in place, start layering and building by adding natural fabrics, rich wood accent pieces, space-defining area rugs in rich botanical patterns — and house plants and greenery, of course.


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Keep your eyes open for pieces that are wonderfully imperfect with knotty, aged wood, vintage patinated metal or the quirkiness of hand-thrown pottery. Whenever possible, try to incorporate a few antique pieces that echo the “reuse and repurpose” mentality of organic decorating. Weathered, earth-derived or rustic materials work best in a natural décor scheme. Scour flea markets and antique stores for accent items made from copper, bronze, wood, wicker, glass and stone. Soften the room with linen, wool, raw silk and natural cotton fabrics. Finally, choose furniture pieces and accents that blend effortlessly into your new décor plan while offering an inviting, unpretentious and unique charm.

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RENOVATION & DESIGN DIRECTORY The companies showcased in Homes & Living magazine have been highlighted. You can download their brochure and directly link to their website at HLMAGAZINE.COM! APPLIANCES Coast Wholesale Appliances 250-475-0277 736 Cloverdale Ave. Victoria coastappliances.com Trail Appliances Langford 250-475-1511

AWNINGS Pacific Rollshutters & Awnings Victoria 250-361-4714 Wizard Screens & Awnings Saanich 250-479-1525

BATHROOM RENOVATIONS BC Tub Liners Ltd. Victoria 250-479-3166 Island Acrylic Bath Systems Victoria 250-386-2284 Enerheat Renovations Victoria 250-382-1224 Mac Renovations 250-384-6091 825 Viewfield Road Victoria macreno.com Precision Marble 250-383-1955 #4-734 Aldebury St. Victoria precisionmarble.com

BEDS - MATTRESS & BEDDING

Luxe Home Interiors 250-386-7632 2655 Douglas St. Victoria luxevictoria.com Murphy Beds Victoria 250-744-2195 Scan Designs 250-475-2233 661 McCallum Rd. Victoria scandesigns.com Sleep Country Canada Victoria 250-383-5601

BUILDING SUPPLIES Rona Victoria 250-595-1225 Slegg Lumber Victoria 250-478-5509 Home Lumber & Building Supplies Victoria 250-475-3374

CARPET & RUGS

Hourigans 250-475-2401 477 Boleskine Road Victoria hourigans.com Jordans Interiors 250-385-6746 882 Langford Parkway Victoria jordans.ca Island Floor Centre 250-475-3323 3381 Tennyson Ave. Victoria islandwindowcoverings.com Mavyan & Westlake Victoria 250-380-7847 Rona Victoria 250-595-1225 Rugs By Alexandria Victoria 250-381-5590 United Carpet: Saanich 250-475-3811 Langford 250-474-5657 Sidney 250-655-4858

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ELECTRIC CONTRACTORS Amped Electrical Contracting Victoria 250-882-5282 Gorge Electrical Services Victoria 250-658-0960 Houle Electric Victoria 250-388-5665 Slater Electric Sidney 250-883-0056 Texel Electric Victoria 250-883-0238

FIREPLACES

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 Wilk Stove Ltd. Victoria 250-382-5421

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Hardwood, Tile, Stone & Other

Decora Tile Victoria 250-475-2033 European Flooring Victoria 250-483-0301 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 250-475-0333 3381 Tennyson Ave. Victoria islandfloors.com Jivko Stone & Tile 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 250-383-1955 734 Aldebury Street, Victoria precisionmarble.com Rona Victoria 250-595-1225 Stone Age Marble Ltd. 250-386-5954 345 John St. Victoria stoneagemarble.com

FURNITURE

Capital Iron 250-385-9703 1900 Store Street Victoria capitaliron.net Chintz & Company Victoria 250-381-2404 Couch Potato 250-474-3414 661 McCallum Road Victoria Design Source Warehouse 250-721-5530 553 Hillside Ave. Victoria designsourcewarehouse.com Gabriel Ross Inc. Victoria 250-384-2554 Governation Furniture Victoria 250-391-0033 Jordans Interiors 882 Langford Parkway Victoria 250-385-6746 jordans.ca Lane Furniture Victoria 250-384-5623 Luxe Home Interiors 250-386-7632 2655 Douglas St. Victoria luxevictoria.com Martha Stewart Living 250-474-3433 661 McCallum Rd. Victoria scandesigns.com Modern Living Furniture Victoria 250-360-1238 Resource Furniture BC Ltd. 250-381-3574 444 William Street Victoria Sandy’s Furniture Victoria 250-391-6646 Sagers Victoria 250-386 3841 Scan Designs 250-475-2233 661 McCallum Rd. Victoria scandesigns.com The Wickertree 1-877-748-1101 Duncan Woodcraft Furniture Victoria 250-598 1113

GUTTERS & SOFFITS City Gutter Victoria 250-885-4359 Pro-Tech Exterior Products Victoria 250-382-5885 Proline Roofing Victoria 250-475-1310 Victoria Gutter Installation Victoria 250-727-3042 Westshore Gutters Victoria 250-391-4506

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

HOME BUILDERS & RENOVATORS

Abstract Developments Inc. 250-883-5579 1969 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria abstractdevelopments.com Campbell Construction VIctoria 250-475-1300 Christopher Developments Victoria 250-882-1895 Citta Group 250-544-1837 #101-1763 Sean Heights Victoria cittagroup.com G.E. MIller Victoria 250-744-3038 Gordon Hemsworth Construction 250-883-8300 1118 Newton Pl. Brentwood Bay hemsworthconstruction.com Landeca 250-381-8700 1275 Bay Street Victoria landeca.ca Mac Renovations Ltd. 250-384-6091 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria macreno.com Madda Construction Victoria 250-385-6232 Pross Renovations Victoria 250-472-6436 Rannala Construction Victoria 250-360-1224 Road’s End Contracting Victoria 250-881-0706 Robinson Rd. Sooke roadsend.ca Sterling Renovations Victoria 250-885-8355 Terry Johal Developments 250-472-8557 4569 Gordon Point Dr. Victoria terryjohaldevelopments.com Unique Home Renovations Victoria 250-893-8453 VI Modular Homes Chemainus 250-324-2288 Zebra Design and Interiors Group Victoria 250-360-2144

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

INSURANCE

Vancouver Island Insurance Centres Victoria 250-477-7234 / 250-474-0156

INTERIOR DESIGN Beyond Design Victoria 250-595-5290 Harmony Creative Interiors Victoria 250-592-4303 Citta Group 250-544-1837 #101-1763 Sean Heights Victoria cittagroup.com Jenny Martin/Sky’s the Limit Victoria 250-385-5156 Kimberly Williams Interiors Brentwood Bay 250-652-6488 Mac Renovations Ltd. 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria 250-384-6091 macreno.com Robyn Bryson Design Associates Victoria 250-480-1884 Ruffell & Brown 250-412-8014 2475 Bridge Street Victoria ruffellbrown.com Western Interior Design Group Victoria 250-475-3666


KITCHEN & BATH COUNTERTOPS Cabinetree Custom Cabinets and Fine Woodworking Victoria 250-383-6903 Colonial Countertops Ltd. 250-383-1926 646 Alpha St. Victoria colonialcountertops.com Eurotek Kitchen & Bath Victoria 250-381-7588 727 Summit Avenue Victoria Floform Countertops 250-472-1200 731 Summit Avenue Victoria 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 250-383-1955 #4-734 Aldebury Street, Victoria precisionmarble.com Rona Victoria 250-595-1225 Stone Age Marble & Granite 345 John St., Victoria 250386-5954 stoneagemarble.com

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 Victoria 250-475-1120 Rona Victoria 250-595-1225 Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre Victoria 250-386-8311 Victoria Specialty Hardware 250-598-2966 1990 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria vshl.ca

LANDSCAPING Acacia Landscape Victoria 250-595-0527 Duane Ensing Landscape Design Victoria 250-881-0706 Dutch Landscaping Victoria 250-478-1023 Four Seasons Landscaping Victoria 250-391-0688 Image Cast Stoneworks 250-727-7099 561 Hillside Ave. Victoria icstone.com Island Earth Landscape Services Victoria 250-474-1003 K2 Stone 250-727-7625 876 Langford Street Victoria k2stone.ca Landeca 250-381-8700 1275 Bay Street Victoria landeca.ca Waterform Design Victoria 250-658-0828

LIGHTING FIXTURES Illuminations Lighting Solutions Victoria 250-384-9359 McLaren Lighting 250-475-2561 3400 Douglas St. Victoria mclarenlighting.com Pine Lighting Victoria 250-475-0105 Rona Victoria 250-595-1225

MASONRY Antonio’s Stone & Masonry N.Saanich 250-655-8989 Flintstones Masonry 250-880-1188 165 Barklay Terrace, Victoria flintstonesmasonry.com

Hardrock Masonry Contractors Victoria 250-380-0550 K2 Stone 250-727-7625 876 Langford Parkway, Victoria k2stone.ca Newcastle Masonry 250-514-8690 165 Barkley Terrace Victoria Rob Tournour Masonry Victoria 250-478-3364 RWB Masonry Victoria 250-216-8504

MOVERS A To B Moving Victoria 250-216-0276 Abe Moving Hauling & Delivery Victoria 250-418-1471 Bekins Moving & Storage Saanich 250-544-2245 Foster’s Moving Victoria 250-418-0418 Hendra Moving & Storage Victoria 250-477-6514 Two Small Men With Big Hearts Victoria 250-474-1117 Victoria Van & Storage Co. Victoria 250-384-4118

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

PATIO FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES

Capital Iron 250-385-9703 1900 Store St. Victoria capitaliron.net Heat Savers Fireplace & Patio Co. Victoria 250-383-3512 Home & Patio Gallery 250-385-9112 475 Gorge Rd. E Victoria homeandpatio.ca Jackson Grills Duncan 250-715-0820 The Wickertree Duncan 250-748-1100

REALTORS

AWM Alliance 604-685-3227 #401-958 W. 8th Ave. Vanvouver awmalliance.com Mark Inhoff Group 250-883-1995 #2-338 Dallas Road Victoria homesalesvictoria.om Lynne Sager 250-744-3301 RE/MAX Camosun 4440 Chatterton Way Victoria lynnesager.com 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 250-514-4750 #150804 Cloverdale Ave. Victoria nancyvieira.com Rebecca Ross RE/MAX Camosun Victoria 250-7443904

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

SECURITY SYSTEMS Absolute Security Victoria 250-475-3262 ADT Security Service Canada Victoria 1-888-711-7888 Aspin Security Group Victoria 1-866-760-2008 Price’s Alarm Systems Victoria 250-384-4104 Simply Automated 250-588-7008 #16-755 Vanalman Victoria simplyautomated.com

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 Ave. Victoria simplyautomated.com Sound Solutions Victoria 250-478-0150

SUNDECKS Cedar Hill Sundecks Victoria 250-413-7989 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 3375 Tennyson Ave. Victoria islandwindowcoverings.com Pacific Blinds & Drapes 250-383-8515 #1-416 Garbally Rd. Victoria pacificblindsanddrapes.com Ruffell & Brown 250-412-8014 2475 Bridge Street Victoria ruffellbrown.com United Carpet: Saanich 250-475-3811 Langford 250-474-5657 Sidney 250-655-4858

WINDOWS Mac Renovations 250-384-6091 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria macreno.com Prestige Joinery Ltd. Victoria 250-384-0406 Thermal King Glass Victoria 250-478-1286 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

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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KITCHEN & BATH CABINETS

Innovative Kitchens & Bath Victoria 250-590-1889 Island Custom Cabinetry Sidney 250-652-5625 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 Urbana Kitchens 250-383-2635 1745 Blanshard St. Victoria urbanakitchens.ca

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H&L’s Spring Edition Poem

Each issue, H&L is pleased and honoured to bring you a special poem written just for H&L readers by renowned poet, Michael B. Poyntz. Signing under his nomme de plume ‘Irish,’ his exciting collection of poems, lyrics and poster images are available around the world. Nature is helping the needs of our youth.

Can you? Every year, a grass roots charity called Power To Be helps vulnerable youth step into nature to assist each of them in improving their quality of life. To find out how you can help one of our participants with a donation or lending your hand as a volunteer please go to our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Spring is the essence of newness and often brings fresh beginnings. For the fortunate few, the well-earned opportunity to step across the threshold into a new home – be it old or new – a place that will become a part of you. Your home speaks to the world of your integrity, resolution and character! Where family and friends will always find the door of your heart open for them. My Home What can ever equal the sensation of turning a key and stepping over the threshold of your new home for the first time… years of sacrifice seemingly instantly forgiven as your future tumbles clearly into view the name plate proudly affixed on the door flies as if it were your banner humble or grand a new home is truly reason to rejoice Families will gather to celebrate old traditions… new neighbors will become old friends Present and future generations come to know laughter here eclectic colors set free in every room declare your uniqueness hallway galleries display priceless memories in discount frames locals let you know that you belong here…in your heart you always have a favorite view reflects an ever changing mural of seasons and life in constant motion Renovations that seems to never end … are suddenly complete …your home is stunning Sunday afternoons busy doing nothing at all becomes time you cherish together visits to the local hardware store become a weekend ritual ‘Gladys’ the perfect ceramic duck is found at a garage sale… of course wine sipped side by side on the kitchen floor tastes gloriously satisfying gentle moments shared within these walls you will never forget…ever Brick and mortar may make a building strong… but it is your happiness that make it invincible

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Life can come at you hard at times. Home is that one place where your dreams feel safe and possible! For within these walls you feel forever protected! Where a long hot shower and a steaming coffee early in the morning becomes a treasured ritual. Home, where the value of all that you are, all that you ever wanted to intertwine with your destiny! Home, where your heart is content and if you are truly blessed a cat will purr through the night.


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Spring issue of Homes & Living Magazine

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