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HOMES And to All a Good Night

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Dreamy bedrooms with a relaxed style By Jane Lockhart

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Feature Home: 54 M. Knight Construction’s ‘Windward Oaks’ Unassuming modernity meets old world elegance By Jessica Krippendorf

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Fort Street – gateway from history By Danda Humphreys

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Tony Parsons takes a humorous look at BC weather By Tony Parsons

Celebrity Profile: Premier Christy Clark

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Our beloved broadleaf evergreen By Robert Amos

AGGV: Throw Down

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Loving for the survival of a creative workforce By Jill Lang

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| PUBLISHER’s message

The Mountain Climber A Vancouver Island mountain climber, desperate to conquer a challenging cliff face in Strathcona Provincial Park, initiated his climb after years of preparation. He wanted all glory all to himself so decided on a solo ascent. He struggled against his timeless adversary, utilizing all his knowledge, experience and strength. The warm day bled slowly into chilly night, but still he continued to climb. Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. There was no moon, no stars, no sound.

P Publisher’s Message With a new year often come resolutions. I’m going to get into shape this year, I’m going to quit smoking, or I’m going to start my own business. In order for any resolution (change) to happen, you must take action and let go of whatever you’ve been holding onto that has held you back. And so, as we begin a new year it reminded me of a story that had a profound effect on me (see right); helping me to achieve. I hope this story helps you or someone you know. Happy New Year everyone… may all your resolutions come true. Robert Read, Publisher/Founder

He was climbing a ridge about 100 metres from the top, when he slipped and fell. The rapid descent brought him close to the mountain’s side, and he could only see blotches of darkness that passed. He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked in by gravity. He kept falling, and in those anguishing moments, a succession of memories passed through his mind. In that moment, he thought he would die. Suddenly, he felt a jolt that almost tore him in half. “Yes!” Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope tied to his waist. In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air he had no other choice but to shout, “HELP ME! HELP ME!” Suddenly, from the darkness came a deep voice. “What do you want me to do?” “Save me.” “Do you really think that I can save you?” “Yes I do.” “Then cut the rope that is holding you up.” There was another moment of silence and stillness, as the climber’s grip tightened on the rope. The following day, a rescue team found a frozen mountain climber hanging to a rope... two feet off the ground. Sometimes you need to let go of what you’re hanging onto in order to live.

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| editor’s message

E Editor’s Message 2012 is well underway and what a spectacular new year it has turned out to be. The weather has been exceptionally good and the city is vibrant and buzzing with activity. Homes & Living magazine has also been busier than ever, with an increase to 6 issues starting this year, and H&L’s expansion into Vancouver for 2012. In the pages of this issue, I am pleased to share my interview with BC Premier Christy Clark in our Celebrity Profile feature. Premier Clark was insightful, down to earth and a pleasure to talk with. Read the full article [page 68] to learn how Christy Clark sees the personal side of life as a woman, mother and native British Columbian. H&L’s feature home [page 54], Windward Oaks by M. Knight Construction Ltd. is nothing short of breathtaking. This sprawling 13,000 square foot custom dream home rises up out of the sea with a castle-like presence that invigorates the streetscape. Carefully chosen materials to fulfill the homeowners’ specific requirements make this new build look as though it has been there for 100 years... a must read in this issue.

In British Columbia, it has been said that if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it’ll change. Celebrated broadcast journalist and H&L columnist Tony Parsons shares his unique and often humorous take on this subject with Tony’s Take on BC Weather [page 36]. If you love the winter weather of British Columbia, and want to see it in full force during storm season, experience Storm Warming at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in this issue’s Resort Escape [page 130]. Homes & Living magazine has a stellar 2012 editorial lineup including interesting columns and extraordinary articles. Watch for my exclusive interview with music industry legend, David Foster in our April/May issue. Also in 2012, H&L is proud to have some of the most incredible feature homes we have ever showcased in H&L. Stay tuned – it’s going to be a great year! Tracey Drake, Managing Editor Member: Canadian Society of Magazine Editors editor@hlmagazine.com

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


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| contributoRs

Publisher & Founder Robert Read

With the new year comes new opportunity.

With the expansion of Homes & Living magazine into a franchised cross country organization, comes new creative options.

This has become the perfect time to evolve the look and feel of the magazine, making it more modern and direct.

Karla Peckett

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

Cleaner, fresher layouts to carry the magazine successfully into the future.

Managing Editor Tracey Drake

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Creative Director Karla Peckett Junior Art Director Leia Vik Advertising Sales Tel: 250.383.READ (7323) Office Manager Chelsea Forman Photographer Alec Watson Office Assistant Gabriela Gorea Bookkeeping Kathleen Sebastian Contributing Writers John Adams Robert Amos Roberto Bernardi Michelle Hopkins Danda Humphreys Kyle Kolkman Jessica Krippendorf Jill Lang Jane Lockhart Dr. Mark Lupin Tony Parsons Ben Vorst Rebecca Wellman

Leia Vik

Junior Art Director Born and raised in Victoria, Leia moved to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Graphic Design for Marketing at Kwantlen University. Back in Victoria to stay, Leia is passionate about design and lives and breathes creativity.

Chelsea Forman Office Manager

After living throughout North America, Chelsea has come back to her beloved hometown of Victoria. With a degree in Business Management, she will be furthering her education by completing a BA in Communications. As the newest member of the team, Chelsea looks forward to getting to know H&L’s valued advertisers and loyal readers.

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CELEBRITY WRITERS

Jane Lockhart

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

Tony Parsons

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

Robert Amos

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

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

John Adams

Jill Lang

Ben Vorst

Michelle Hopkins

Kyle Kolkman

Rebecca Wellman

Pat Burkette

Danda Humphreys

Jessica Krippendorf

Roberto Bernardi

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

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Kyle Kolkman is a personal trainer and owner of Adonis Body Sculpting. Kyle works with clients of all ages and walks of life to achieve and maintain optimal physical health.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Danda is an author, historian and storyteller who also conducts historical tours of Victoria’s downtown. Sometimes referred to as ‘Victoria’s favourite street walker’, Danda is fascinated by the people behind the street names in Victoria.


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1. David Foster in Victoria recently to announce his upcoming 25th Anniversary Miracle Concert, coming in May 2012. Watch for H&L’s exclusive interview with the legendary Victoria born ‘Hit Man’ in our April/May issue. 2. Home Couture owner Ali Assadi celebrating the opening of his new world class furniture showroom in Vancouver. 3. BC Premier Christy Clark on a recent trade mission to India. Tracey Drake, H&L’s Managing Editor, interviewed Premier Clark recently. Exclusive interview on page 68. 4. A warm H&L welcome to our newest team member, Chelsea Forman, who joins READ media Inc. as Office Manager. 5. H&L is proud to announce Dr. Mark Lupin as our newest feature writer for a forward thinking 2012 column, REjoice! [page 128]. Dr. Lupin is a renowned Dermatologist and owner of Cosmedica in Victoria. 6. Gorge Rowing Club members enjoying the water on the Selkirk Waterfront, outside H&L office on Jutland Road.

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Did you know? In the early 1840s, the Hudson’s Bay Company was just a small trading post on Vancouver Island. Briefly called Fort Camosun and then Fort Albert, the post was officially named Fort Victoria, after Queen Victoria, in 1843.

Words on the Street Words by Danda Humphreys

Standing at Fort and Wharf today, it’s hard to imagine how this area would have looked to James Douglas, way back in 1842. Now, Fort Street is a busy thoroughfare; then, it was a rough trail leading east from the harbour called Camosack. Douglas was here to search for a suitable spot for a new Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post. A year later, he and a group of 19 men returned aboard the SS Beaver. They landed in Lekwammen territory at Clover Point, waded through knee-high red clover to Beacon Hill, and then walked through the trees to the sheltered harbour that lay beyond. There, on a grassy slope above the waterfront, where a steep drop off would allow seagoing vessels to tie up, they built a fort.

Left. The Philharmonic Hall on the north side of Fort Street, Victoria; looking east. BC Archives C-06121.

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Seeing few cedars around to provide pickets for the palisades, Douglas approached the Songhees people for help. The Songhees understood the concept of forts; their fortified village at Cadboro Bay had for centuries protected them from marauders. Douglas offered one blanket for every 40 pickets cut—even lent axes to help them with their work. They dragged and floated more than 400 logs from Cedar Hill (today’s Mount Douglas) to the inner harbour, then helped the HBC men build the fort.

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Designed to be the company’s new northern headquarters, Fort Victoria (named after the young British queen of the day) was a suitably impressive sight. Six metre high palisades formed a 91 metre by 91 metre quadrangle. Inside, large log buildings contained residences, a mess hall, postmaster’s office, a school, stores, and warehouses filled with beaver and otter pelts. Two eight-sided bastions equipped with nine-pound cannons protected the fort’s inhabitants, who came and went through its east and west gates. The trail that crossed the fort compound and now continued from its east gate was part of the Songhees peoples’ traditional winter-time route across the peninsula.

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Above. Looking east on the south side of Fort street from Government street in Victoria. BC Archives B-02006.

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The naming of Fort Street beckons back to the birth of Victoria, when James Douglas established the area as a trading company

Main image. The gatehouse for ‘Fernwood’; 1618 Fort Street, Victoria. BC Archives B-05443.

In 1849, when the British Crown leased Vancouver Island to the Hudson’s Bay Company for seven shillings a year (roughly three dollars today), Chief Factor James Douglas and his family lived inside the fort enclosure. Two years later, they moved to their newly completed residence on the south side of the Inner Harbour. Gradually the settlement around the fort spread, as HBC retirees and other colonists arrived. But in the spring of 1858, when news of a major gold find on the Fraser River spread south to San Francisco, the population exploded. The first shipload of prospectors who sailed into our harbour doubled our numbers from 300 to 600 in a day. The next weeks saw 30,000 newcomers arrive, all intent on finding a fortune on the Fraser.


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The miners bought licenses and equipment before setting sail for the mainland. When they returned a few months later with gold dust, they found prices had increased as eager entrepreneurs and others sought to service the rapidly growing population. Now, there were houses, a local newspaper, and a jail, hospital and fire hall. Soon there would be gas-lit street lamps, drains, piped water and parks—all the trappings of a modern township.

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In August 1862, Victoria was incorporated as a city. By that time the HBC, seeing the writing on the wall, had ordered Douglas to demolish Fort Victoria. By the end of 1864, it was gone. Today, the only evidence of its existence is a set of mooring rings embedded in the rocks below Wharf Street, and the remains of its water well in the lobby of a commercial building nearby.

Fort Street. Today it’s a mecca for antique seekers, art aficionados and cappuccino lovers. Yesterday, it was where Victoria began.

Join us again next issue as H&L’S Words on the Street explores Pemberton Road in Victoria’s historic Rockland neighbourhood.

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The long since demolished home that Douglas built for his family in James Bay is now the site of the Royal BC Museum. And what was once a simple trail leading from the fort’s back gate now continues up to Moss Street, then crosses Oak Bay Avenue, Richmond, and Foul Bay, where it changes its name and continues on to Cadboro Bay.

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| JANE LOCKHART: And to All A Good Night

By Jane Lockhart Jane Lockhart B.A.A.I.D, Intern, A.R.I.D.O is the 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 info@janelockhart.com | janelockhart.com Photography by Brandon Barré courtesy of Colour Confidential, W Network

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A Good Night Dreamy bedrooms with soothing colours and a relaxed sense of style

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We spend at least a quarter of our lives sleeping, or at least in our bedrooms trying to sleep! There are some important things that can be done to any bedroom to make it more comfortable, relaxing and sleep-inducing just by addressing key areas of the room… and style doesn’t have to be sacrificed either!

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Start by creating a soothing and relaxing colour scheme. Choose soft, warm colours like Dulux China Rain, a warm gray/green, Martha Stewart Home Ice Rink, a warm gray/blue and Benjamin Moore Bed of Ferns 1511.

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom, so make sure that it really stands out. No matter how big or small the bedroom is, place lots of attention on this piece. A proper headboard, whether it is upholstered or wood, is important to keep the mattress and sheets in the right place as the night progresses. Bedskirts aren’t as popular as they use to be, so purchasing a platform bed or one with rails and a footboard can eliminate the need for skirts entirely. If your sleeping space is small, choose a low footboard that it won’t close the room in or make it feel smaller.


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Soft fabrics, a serene colour scheme and flexible lighting make this bedroom a dream come true.

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Above. A reupholstered antique chair and mirrored nightstand lend a touch of romance.


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After. A deeper wall colour and the addition of white ceiling beams add architectural detail. The four-poster bed with flowing floor length sheers and bedding in warm, neutral tones is now the dramatic focal point in the elegant room.

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Before. The beautiful bed dressed in a hodge podge of tailored bedding is understated in a plain beige room.

Pillows are the accents that cause the most division between couples. Women love them, men hate them! Adding large decorative euro shams are a good way to add softness to a large wood headboard if you sit up in bed to read. These square pillows also add an attractive decorative base to a bed and will hide your sleeping pillows that are often smaller and not always the best to look at.

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For bedding, there are multiple choices available. For sheets and pillow cases, cotton is the easiest fabric to deal with as it’s breathable, washable and comes in a wide variety of styles and colours. Consider shams and duvet covers in one of the new durable microfibre fabrics to create the look of suede; a nice addition to your bed in winter months. This chic, washable fabric will stand up to the wear and tear of pets and children, should they happen to inhabit your bed from time to time!

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Probably the most important element in a bedroom is lighting, both bedside and windows. Ultimately, a good night’s sleep is more likely to be achieved if your bedroom is entirely dark at night until you rise in the morning. Most city dwellers have become accustomed to the urban lights around them but it’s unhealthy to allow this light to enter your bedroom at night, as your body doesn’t know to shut down. Adding both light filtering blinds which provide privacy, and light during the day, paired with drapes with blackout lining are the ideal combination.

For comfort under foot, opt for either area rugs on hardwood flooring or add broadloom to your bedroom if you like the comfort of carpet to walk on daily. Make sure that the area rug covers the area where you get out of bed so you don’t have to step on a cold floor first thing in the morning. There are wonderful broadloom options for bedrooms that are modern and stylish if this is the route you want to take - anything from wool to bamboo are now available.

Bedroom lighting should be flexible so that you can have a lot of light when you need it, but low and soft when you want to relax. Bedside table lamps should be at least 26 inches high, so that it casts a large enough pool of light when you sit up in bed to read. A bright overhead light is also a good addition for tasks like cleaning, packing or making the bed. Put this light on a dimmer switch, since there will be times when you won’t want or need the maximum amount of light.

Keep the bedroom as uncluttered as possible so when you do finally get the chance to enter it, it feels like a retreat. Keep as many papers and day-today items in other rooms or out of sight in a pretty desk or night stand. A comfy chair and ottoman set in a corner is the perfect place to curl up and read or watch the news before bedtime. A clutter-free space that is both comfortable and stylish will create an atmosphere designed for sleep so you’ll wake refreshed and ready for a new day.


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| Tony’s Take on BC Weather

Bad weather always looks worse through a window

Tony’s Take on bc weather A very wise man named Kin Hubbard made this observation many years ago. And, when you think about it he was probably right on the money. Hubbard said; “Don`t knock the weather. If it didn`t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn`t start a conversation.”

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Well, spring lies ahead and we have a lot to talk about in British Columbia, don`t we? We`ll start with “isn’t this a great day?” Or, “If you don`t like the weather, wait a few minutes and it`ll change.” And a few months later, or perhaps even days later, the opener may be something like; ‘’Boy, do you think this rain will ever stop?” Or, if you live in the northern reaches of our province you might well ask,

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

During the early days of our arrival in Canada, we saw titanic snow drifts sweeping across Ontario fields and snow banks piled so high you could barely see the sun hovering over them. Some days, when even the ploughs couldn`t negotiate the rural roads, we would stay cocooned in our warm parlours gathered around blazing wood fires waiting to be rescued, but secretly hoping help might never come at least until we`d run out of books to read and grilled cheese sandwiches to munch on. We knew, as someone once said, “Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” Of course, help always came and we eventually shrugged the snow off our shoulders and slid our way back to school or work.


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We live in a land of contrasts and Ontario`s weather is not what we experience in BC. So I have never seen the likes of those Eastern winters again. I`ve travelled around this province since arriving here decades ago. A lot of it I did in good company on a less than grand scale when we used to take BCTV`s News Hour on the road. Sometimes, depending on the distance to the next outpost, we had the luxury and convenience of flying. More often than not though, we used our own cars. I remember one Saturday morning, after one tour wound down, tackling the so-called “Connector” that linked Kelowna to Merritt and the Trans-Canada Highway. A snowstorm briefly escalated to dramatic proportions and left me wondering why I`d ever started the journey in the first place. Throughout the snowy ordeal, I was talking to the dog who accompanied me on the tour, reassuring him that I had learned long ago how to drive a car on an icy highway. Above. Typical BC weather on an empty ferry deck.

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A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.

— Marcel Proust

I asked Claire Martin, my weather forecasting mate at CBC Vancouver, how tough her job is…

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She`s a bonafide meteorologist who says: “It`s location, location, location. I sound like a realtor, don’t I? Most of BC’s population lives in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and so, most of us know all too well those ‘sunny today’ forecasts that end up grey, cloudy and drizzly. That`s the marine layer sliding in from off the coast. Just a slight shift in prevailing winds and that layer will slide in and ruin a forecast. For those that live in the interior,” Claire says: “BC is literally made up of Micro climates.” If you live in the valley in the autumn, you’ll see lots of foggy, grey mornings. And if you live closer to the mountains, you`ll see far more snow and clearer days. Whenever I’m asked for a forecast I always say, “Where exactly do you live in the Province?” It doesn`t come more authoritative than that I think.

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There are those among us who will tell you that there`s no such thing as bad weather, just different weather. Rain can ruin your picnic, but it can also fill your rain barrel. Wind can punish, but it can blow the clouds away and make way for the sun. And sun can bake the earth, but also bring purpose to drab lives. And snow is snow, until you consider this quote: When it snows you have two choices - shovel or make snow angels. Above. National television weather presenter, Claire Martin, with CBC Vancouver.


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| The Building Of Craigdarroch Castle

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Craigdarroch Castle boasts more than 20,000 square feet of interior space

Above. There are no photographs of Craigdarroch Castle while it was being built, but this one from 1890 shows some of the fencing erected during construction. BC Archives A-02119.


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Left. Joan Dunsmuir in her widowhood moved into Craigdarroch in 1890 and lived there until her death in 1908. BC Archives A-01256. Above. Robert Dunsmuir, the man for who Craigdarroch was built, died before it was finished. BC Archives A-01253.

Most of us don’t live in castles. Robert Dunsmuir didn’t either, although he dreamed about owning one. He almost succeeded, but never achieved his goal because he died suddenly before his stately home was finished. Nevertheless, Craigdarroch Castle is one of his legacies and Dunsmuir’s untimely demise was just one of many hurdles that impeded the construction of this heritage landmark. Robert and Joan Dunsmuir arrived on Vancouver Island in 1851 so Robert could work at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s coal mines at the north end of the Island, and later in Nanaimo. Once he discovered a new seam of coal, he never looked back.

To begin with, Robert had to acquire the land. He chose a spectacular site, but had to acquire it in parcels as they became available. Today we call the neighbourhood “Rockland.” In 1882, Dunsmuir acquired the first piece of land, and by the time construction began, he had amassed eleven hectares (twenty eight acres).

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Dunsmuir’s wealth grew exponentially and he moved his family to Victoria where he acquired “Fairview,” the largest house in the city, located on Menzies Street. However, he longed for a country estate and planning for his castle began long before the work every commenced.

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Dunsmuir then had to find the right person to make his dream come true. He chose Portland architect Warren Heywood Williams, whose previous work in Portland and Victoria was on a grand scale, including the Bank of British Columbia (now the Bard and Banker) on Government Street. After Williams prepared initial plans the contract to start the foundations was signed in September 1887. Four months later, Williams died unexpectedly and the work was taken up by his assistant, Arthur Smith.

Above. Stonemason, tombstone carver and contractor John Mortimer had the contract for masonry at Craigdarroch Castle. He is seen here with some of his employees at his yard on Courtenay Street. Photo courtesy of Mortimer’s Monumental Works.

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Construction did not go smoothly because of a shortage of skilled tradesmen in Victoria. Stonemason John Mortimer was selected as one of the contractors, but often was forced to stop work because there were no bricklayers available to complete the interior partitions. At least the sandstone for the exterior walls was relatively easy to obtain because it came from quarries at Koksilah, owned by Dunsmuir himself. He also was a shareholder in the Albion Iron Works that supplied architectural metalwork for Craigdarroch Castle. Robert Dunsmuir died in 1889 before any of the interior finishing or landscaping was done. The entire project seemed jinxed. Who was going to manage the project now? Joan made it known that she wasn’t going to, who left on an extended European holiday with her two unmarried daughters. The unwelcome task fell to her two sons, James and Alexander, who probably had little commitment to their father’s grandiose scheme. Nevertheless, decisions were made and work continued.

Above. An early view from the turret of Craigdarroch shows the carriageways and original landscaping. The view from all directions was considered the best in the city. BC Archives E-02282.


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Lottery winners Solomon Cameron and Parker Clarke became the proud owners of Craigdarroch Castle, with Cameron’s brother living in the massive residence until his death in 1917 and the castle, riddled with debt, became the property of the Bank of Montreal.

Above. The north entrance to Craigdarroch Castle. Photo by the author.


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Right. The original concept for Craigdarroch Castle as designed by Warren Heywood Williams of Portland appealed to the eye of Robert Dunsmuir who wanted a mansion befitting British Columbia’s richest man. BC Archives B-09380.

Hugh Campbell, a newcomer to town, was given the landscaping contract. It was a monumental task, and he was given virtually no direction or supervision, except for the verbal instructions to do it as he thought best, as economically as possible. He had less than a year to plan and implement the work. Assisted by more than twenty Chinese labourers and nine quarrymen, Campbell created artificial lakes, terraces, carriageways and bridges in the Garry oak meadows and amidst the site’s rocky terrain. The Dunsmuir brothers called for tenders for interior woodwork and mouldings. The Chicago firm of A. H. Andrews received the contract to provide pre-fabricated staircases, panelling, doors and everything else needed. It took five railway cars to transport the material. Woods included white oak, walnut, jarra, rosewood, maple, holly, Spanish mahogany, cherry and Hawaiian koa.

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Red slate to cover the steep roofs was quarried in New York State. Beautiful stained glass windows, some of the finest in any Victorian residence in North America, were likely fabricated by an American studio, although the studio name remains unidentified. The final tally for Craigdarroch was $500,000, a staggering amount at the time. Before Joan moved into Craigdarroch Castle, her daughter Agnes and her husband died of typhoid, leaving two orphaned children. In her widowhood Joan occupied the castle with them and with three unmarried daughters. Unhappy marriages for several daughters and ongoing bickering with her two sons must have made Craigdarroch a tense place. Joan died in 1908, and the property left the family. The immense property was subdivided into 144 parcels and the castle was given away as the prize in a lottery, open to purchasers of the lots.

Credit. The author wishes to acknowledge Craigdarroch: The Story of Dunsmuir Castle by Terry Reksten and curator Bruce Davies for many of the details used in writing this article.

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Today, after many ups and downs, Craigdarroch Castle is beautifully restored. It is owned and operated by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open for visitors throughout the year.

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As British Columbia struggles with the soaring costs of homes, homebuilders are changing their vision of what families want in a house. In many BC cities, homeowners are selling their large family homes and choosing to downsize; trading space and responsibility for freedom, lifestyle and energy savings. This shrinking trend appears to be permanent as land becomes more and more scarce and pricey — there simply isn’t much left in the urban areas where people want to live.

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the Modern urban home wears many hats

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In many small condos and townhomes, dens double as guest rooms and offices, living rooms turn into bedrooms, and kitchens convert to dining spaces.

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Living in a smaller home makes the homeowner rethink furniture needs. One solution is to dispose of excess furniture or de-clutter by getting rid of rarely used accessories. However, many homeowners are opting for multi-functional streamlined furniture instead. This trend opens up a world filled with innovative and compact furniture designs – so think well-made and think quality.

Above. From the collection of transformable space-saving furniture at Resource Furniture, two elegant solutions for that Study/Guest Room: The Poppiboard (left) and Lollibook (right) systems designed and manufactured in Italy. Available at Resource Furniture.


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Choosing trendy yet timeless furnishings used to be difficult for a smaller floor plan Not anymore! Niche industries and specialty furniture companies are popping up everywhere – offering attractive solutions to small space living. No longer is smaller furniture simply built to fit into a space, the hallmark of change is to create double duty but attractive pieces of furniture. Manufacturers have answered the call and are building pieces, which are at once multifunctional and sophisticated.

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“In Canada, we are catching up to a trend that has been going on in Europe for decades, and that is living in smaller homes,” says Peter McCutcheon, owner of Resource Furniture BC Ltd. “Now that people are living in less space, they expect their furniture to do more.” There was a time when Murphy beds were simply wall beds. Once your guests’ left for the day, the bed was pulled up and wasn’t of any other use.

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“Today, we have Murphy beds that become coffee tables or incorporate dining room tables,” says McCutcheon. “Also, today’s new Murphy beds are far easier to raise because they are driven by hydraulics … so you can adjust the hydraulic tension so even grandma can bring it down.” Even the traditional multi-functional hide-a-bed has evolved — there are some multifunctional sofas that convert into two separate swivel chairs; chairs that then fold out into two single beds. Other sofa options offer attractive storage drawers tucked underneath the seating area. Today’s dual-purpose furniture doesn’t stop there. There are coffee tables with drawers for television remotes and magazines that switch open into a desk; regular beds transform into sectional sofas; children’s play desks transforms into two beds; and drop leaf rectangular tables, which when raised, turn into a dining room sized tables able to accommodate four to six people.

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In smaller spaces, closets and other hidden spaces become critical for easy living. Walk-in closets often double as storage and many condo owners have turned these spaces into an at home work station. Smart closet options, both in the kitchen and the bedroom have become a necessary element of successful small space living.

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For the man cave/living room, there are even leather reclining chairs with coolers built right into one of the armrests. “There are also ottomans which can become a regular size chair,” adds McCutcheon. “There are even beds designed with shelves in the base that make wardrobes and dressers superfluous.”

It’s an ongoing evolution and the choices are getting increasingly more sophisticated and beautifully crafted. This new technology doesn’t come without a price. By comparison, versatile furniture can be more expensive than traditional furniture, but when you take into consideration the multifunctional capabilities, the price might well be worth it.

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“If you want good quality you will probably pay more for multi-functional furniture, but it will last decades,” says McCutcheon. Meanwhile, there was a time when furniture was a discretionary purchase. Today, more and more consumers are going for quality pieces — ones that stand the test of time. Perhaps one of the biggest influences in smaller furniture is technology. At the forefront of the movement is Italy, where manufacturers are creating innovative and contemporary pieces by teaming up with German engineers to work on hardware that is highly technologically advanced.

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“The lines coming out of Europe are extremely well-built, ergonomically functional, and are outfitted with hardware guaranteed for life,” says the longtime furniture retailer. “It might take another generation to get accustomed to this new trend, but it is one that is here to stay.”

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Unassuming Modernity Meets Old World Elegance in 13,000 Square Feet

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Windward Oaks is an enthralling collaboration between brooding, old world elegance and the inviting, location inspired setting that typifies custom homes on Vancouver Island’s southern coast. With an enormous sky and vast ocean to its back, the 13,000 square foot mansion seems to rise up out of the sea with a castle-like presence that invigorates the streetscape. Decorative Tudor styling, cedar shingles, and extensive rock work are a mixed array of finely detailed materials chosen to fulfill the homeowners’ specific requirement to make the completely new build look as though it has been there for 100 years.

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The homeowners modelled their vision for the home after properties created by Samuel Maclure—a residential architect from New Westminster, B.C, widely known in Victoria for his Tudor Revival and Arts and Crafts designs. Windward Oaks homeowners selected M. Knight Construction Ltd. as builder and general contractor on the project. Mike Knight has completed more than 60 custom homes in Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula with his team of respected trade professionals; all committed to excellence, teamwork, and continuity. Owner Mike Knight is adamant about the importance of start to finish continuity. “The outcome is beautifully crafted, distinctive homes that will stand the test of time.”

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Above. Secluded sun trap overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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M. Knight Construction provides full scale services from rock removal to turnkey completion, including carpentry, framing, and millwork. “The more services we provide in house, the more continuity we bring to the project,” says Knight. “The guys want to be able to complete the job, which is rare in the industry. The staff takes a sense of ownership over the job.” Windward Oaks was a prized project for its scale and the stylistic specifications. It is constructed on an angular, sloping lot that created an interesting challenge for project architect Michael Cullin, who is also known for his work restoring Maclure homes. One part of the lot, which boasts 550 feet of prime waterfront, is 40 feet below the elevation from another corner, which had an enormous effect on the allowable height. This challenge turned opportunity was solved by constructing a flat roof, the shape of which is hidden from the street by a series of dormers that create dimension on all sides of the home. “It isn’t the typical Maclure layout,” says Cullin. “I wanted to splay the two wings so every room had a view of the ocean or mountain, but the layout was dictated by the lot.”

A covered garden space and a 2,500 square foot boathouse are positioned along a wide granite stone path that carries along to the back of the property and on to the ocean. The property is enveloped by a curving granite stone wall that layers on the street sides creating mass and interest beyond the footprint of the home.

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The blending of home and gardens was an important component of the Maclure tradition—at Windward Oaks, the “wild and tiled” mix of carefully laid stone work, sculpted lawn areas, and native plantings creates an engaging breadth of movement around the base of the home.

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Uncomplicated beauty with medieval undertones and elements of classic Edwardian

“its continuity and cohesiveness reads like a pure Maclure home�


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The grand entrance is a stone and wood detailed opening, under one of three balconies visible from the street front, and is the first hint of the majestic scale and style that awaits on the inside. The entrance foyer is a wide open, welcoming space where an exquisite display of custom millwork in vertical grain fir begins. The form and scale are large and exude uncomplicated beauty with medieval undertones, and features of Edwardian classicism. The ceilings are 12 feet in the hall and 24 feet in the great room, and even the doors are oversized at 2.25 inches thick with cast iron pulls.

Period essence is captured with wainscoting, paneling, and crown mouldings throughout. Oak flooring runs throughout most of the main floor with a classic border detail, and custom rugs—many of them Persian—are art forms in each room. To the left from the entranceway, an oversized staircase curls upward to the second level, and to the right, two pillared half walls announce the great room, which calls for attention with its meticulous, period charm and vast view of the ocean and mountains beyond.

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To the left of the front door and facing the street a set of three, tripled tiered stained glass windows stretch upwards 15 feet flooding this crossroads for the home with natural light.

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The back wall is a panoramic ocean view through large scale picture windows that are drawn into the home’s ambiance by three rows of tiered, smaller square windows above. The central window header is curved, mimicking four exposed timber trusses that form the structural and aesthetic integrity of the space. Their moulded edges and exposed peg fastening on the trusses are careful and meticulous details. Large lantern-style chandeliers hang over the 24-foot-high ceiling, celebrating its brilliance, but also bringing it to a human scale.

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The fireplace is shrouded in intricately detailed wood and blended hues of Pennsylvania blue stone that mosaic and pull colour from the rest of the room. Punched copper plates with a flower design are inset in the wood work, and are the first of several appearances the copper plates make throughout the home. The hammered brass plates in the fireplace, posts, and exterior gates are one element that pulls through the space. Another is a basket weave pattern in the sunroom and upstairs bathrooms, and a third is a series of handcrafted, West Coast inspired art glass pieces commissioned from a pair of artists from Mayne Island. This repetitive and celebratory use of handcrafted materials is a key element of Maclure architecture. “Because of the continuity and cohesiveness of the entire home, it reads like a pure Maclure home,” says Cullin. “This home was something genuine. There are lots of homes that have some of the features, but seldom follow through to this extent.” A fireplace fender from Victoria’s historically famous Empress Hotel wraps around the fireplace, its deep green-grey fabric paying tribute to a subtle, but rich palette set by the room’s carefully selected furniture. Three chairs in grey, green, and cream maintain an air of sophistication while the deep green of the sofa is a warm and grounding presence. The furniture collects ambiance around a simple wood and glass table where conversation can evolve in front of the fire. To the left of the great room is the dining area where eight black and gold striped chairs surround a wooden table with tinted glass centre insert. The assembly is positioned centrally in front of a brass-faced fireplace. A millwork hearth extends upward to house an inspiring piece of art, and out to either side in glass-faced cabinetry. The room closes off from the rest of the house with glass pocket doors.

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Beyond the dining room, the kitchen and family room are combined at the end of the hall with the use of white cabinetry and lighter shades of beige, brown, and orange create a brighter palette that still adheres to the home’s over-arching aesthetic. Two types of granite appear in the kitchen—an orange and golden sand pattern on the perimeter counter and an orange and black pattern one on the Island. Onyx and metal pendant light fixtures hang over the island while copper plates appear again over the stove.

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With an eye on the future, a gated elevator is built into the hallway, which features a stunning array of artwork. The homeowners’ tendency to purchase art for the feeling it inspires is obvious in this place where warmth and personality radiate. Classic style meets cutting edge technology with in-floor radiant heating and an air exchanger unit hidden in the crown moulding.

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The fridge and freezer are built-in and the island’s curved edge on one side and solid fir base blend with the furniture. A butler’s pantry is off the kitchen—a smaller, fully-equipped, and purely functional space with doors to pull shut when the guests arrive.

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An oceanview breakfast nook is tucked away between the main kitchen area and the family room where two deeply recessed window benches flank a fireplace in the main seating area, for ocean gazing and storm watching.

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To the right of the great room is the sunroom, where a soft yet bright palette reflects beautiful light through extensive glazing. Custom art glass in the crowning top sections of the windows adds a graceful touch, while the room’s wood elements are emphasized by the lighter palette. A heated deck leads out from this room to a wide seating area under a pergola.

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Architectural glass takes the eye from the sunroom to the billiards room where the mood shifts once again to a darker, refined ambiance. Extensive millwork shelving an impressive book collection wraps around the room, offering a backdrop of sophistication for the billiards table. A green-black granite tops the counter beneath the shelving and overtop a refrigerated drawer and scotch bar. The mood throughout remains reserved and refined with recessed directional pot lights and wall sconces in matching shapes and materials. A signature trait of Cullin’s is the use of granite in the window ledges for functionality and these appear in the stairway windows on the way to the second floor. The handrail up the main grand staircase is hand carved with intricate detail and leads to a balcony that overlooks the great room. The master bedroom is completely windowed with a loft-like feel from exposed timbers in the ceiling. Two walk-in closets are 12 x 14 for endless space among mill worked shelving and custom art glass inserts in the windows. The master ensuite is a remarkable collection of features that stay with the home’s décor, but still exude the Zen-like ambiance of a spainspired environment. A glass steam shower is positioned just beyond a free-standing, jetted soaker tub that is a newer take on the traditional clawfoot tub. Double sinks are set into black granite counters with a stepped centre, contrasting beautifully with the grey and white softness of the marble floor. Directly across, Japanese maples are etched into the opaque window glass.

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A guest suite on the upper floor offers refuge and ultimate comfort with a computer station, and a Jack and Jill bathroom that pulls green, grey, and beige tones from the rest of the home. The suite itself offers a bed in a custom milled wooden frame, and cozy seating area from which to appreciate the view. The soft and neutral beige and sage invites relaxation while a beautiful oak floor grounds the space. Guests can also take in the ocean air from a private deck that stretches out over the pergola below.

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The office doubles as a showcase for some of the homeowner’s collections—a guitar collection and several prints of vintage racecars set the tone for playfulness and dedication to life’s finer offerings. Reserved charm and sophistication is apparent in every detail from the leather paneling on the floor to the over-size, custom built oak desk at the back of the room. Leather furniture and a wraparound counter with green and brown patterned granite complete the look.

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vince klassen Photographer, Vince Klassen, was born and raised in Victoria, BC. He shot his first photographs at the age of 9, experimented with film and video during his teens, and became a self-taught professional still photographer in 1987. Klassen has a thriving freelance photography business, and his commercial success includes dozens of corporate clients, projects with national and international publications, awards from the Graphic Designers of Canada, and his personal work has been exhibitioned and collected by the international photography hall of fame and museum. “My approach to photography is a combination of imagination, pre-visualization, and the utilization of science to obtain anything I desire. I love the challenge of creating a moment in time which explores concepts and creates beautiful and unique tableaux.”

On the lower level, the games room boasts a series of pinball machines from various ages that the homeowner enjoys collecting and repairing, a working jukebox and patio doors that open all the way up to the outside to create a true insideoutside space.

capacity make the room highly functional, along with a full-service hoist for working on cars. The second part of the boathouse is a “waiting area” where leather furniture and a 70s style teardrop table welcome guests for a seat by yet another ocean view and small exterior patio.

“We wanted to create some private, quiet spaces on the exterior too,” says Cullin. “We blasted down and built a protected exterior fireplace that you can’t see from the water. It was a wonderful opportunity to give the homeowners a place to sit outside and still be warmed by the sun.”

From the boathouse, the property stretches away from the buildings and a path ends at the ocean’s feet. The patio curves and twists like the surf on a stormy day and the landscaping grows wilder the closer it gets to the ocean.

Back inside, art glass doors with inset LED lighting—wired through the hinges—open up to a fully-equipped fitness room with cork flooring and a wall of mirrors. A half bath and guest room with double beds means the homeowners’ dream of having a place their friends and family can visit comfortably has been realized. In the media room, eight recliners tip back to a wide screen TV with projector that displays movies on an electric actuated screen.

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The attached fully equipped garage houses an impressive car collection. At the end of the yard, the boathouse features a full-scale service station-themed shop for some of homeowner’s vintage cars. The epoxy floor and stainless storage

In many ways, the team reinvented the wheel at Windward Oaks, says Cullin, because contemporary homes are rarely built in this style. “Being observant about what is authentic and honoring the style and not trying to impose a contemporary aesthetic is important,” says Cullin. “With this home we were really pulling threads together and creating something genuine.” “The contractor was great with marvelous tradespersons,” he says. “It was a strong collaborative effort”. Windward Oaks is a master class in custom home building – a massive residence with a warm, comfy feel – a home where modern innovation blends discreetly with classic old world elegance.


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“The most important building block of any society is family”

While preparing for my interview with Premier Christy Clark, I had concerns in how to approach this article. After all, Homes & Living magazine doesn’t have a political column; we primarily concentrate on beautiful homes, interior design and lifestyle editorial. I needn’t have worried. Less than five minutes into our interview, it was clear to me that Christy Clark has an amazing personal side that H&L readers would love to learn about. After all, before she bravely dived into the role as the 35th Premier of this province in March 2011, Christy Clark was a woman with a point of view, a trailblazing mother with a genuine concern for family and community, and of course, a born and raised British Columbian. Those are qualities worth talking about...

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Christy Clark was born in Burnaby, BC and aside from attending school at the Sorbonne in France and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland; Christy has lived her life happily in British Columbia. Her son, Hamish, was born in 2001, making her only the second woman in Canadian history to give birth while serving as a cabinet minister [Minister of Education].

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Above. BC Premier Christy Clark with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in India. Photographed by Deb Ransom.

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Having spent so much of her time in the public eye, either in government or as a radio personality, it is fascinating that Christy Clark has managed to keep the down to earth heart and spirit of a true British Columbian. As a woman and mother, she has learned to turn to family and the community to help raise her son, so that she can best serve her community as Premier, and be a better parent.

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“In 2001, when I served as Deputy Premier, I didn’t do such a good job of juggling my family and career, and everything suffered a little bit because of it. This time around, I admitted that I needed help, and I am now much more open to ask for that support from others: my hockey parents’ family, my school parents’ family and biological family. As a result, my son Hamish has this big, wonderful family and I worry less about being a working mom who can’t be all places, at all times.” Above. The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and Premier Christy Clark at the opening of the fourth session of the 39th Parliament. Photo provided by the Office of the Premier of British Columbia.


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She has managed to finally find balance between personal and professional obligations and felt that living in British Columbia, a place that is so accepting of different lifestyle choices and family units, makes it all possible. Premier Clark just recently returned home from a trade mission to India and China, two countries that believe that raising children is the lifelong job of the entire family and the community at large. In the Chinese and South Asian cultures, the tradition of having multiple generations in a household is still very much alive. Christy was aware of how closely these values reflected her own. “My take on it is this – the most important building block of any society is family. Governments and schools are not the people who instill character in our children. As a government, we need to recognize, support and honour the work that families do. That is at the core of why I decided to run for office.”

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Christy Clark was instrumental in bringing the ‘Pink T-Shirt Day Anti-Bullying Campaign’ to British Columbia. After talking with a woman on her radio show who was a former bully, the woman challenged Christy to make a difference. “I didn’t really know what to do and then I read an article about those two boys in Nova Scotia who started the t-shirt movement and I decided to bring that to BC.” This was a life changing experience for Christy Clark, who had no idea how profoundly bullying affects so many people. She is adamant about her continuing commitment to this issue, and she reports she is working hard to get the government involved in this initiative as well.

Above left. A former radio personality and long-time public figure, Premier Clark is right at home behind a microphone. Photo provided by the Office of the Premier of British Columbia. Above right. Christy Clark announces new anti-bullying initiative at a Burnaby kindergarten class. Photographed by David Proctor, Metro News, davidproctor.ca.


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The Personal Side Q&A: Where is your favourite vacation spot in British Columbia?

“The Gulf Islands. My family got a cottage there in 1969, and since my father was a public school teacher, we would spend every summer there. It is a special place for me where I got to spend all summer long with both my mom and my dad. It is somewhere that I still love to get away to, whenever I can.” What activities do you love to take part in with your son, Hamish?

“I used to think of myself as a runner. I love to run. Actually, if truth be told, I don’t love running but it’s the quickest and most effective way to burn off a lot of calories. I do love kayaking and own a little kayak that I like to take out whenever I have time. Also, my son and I just recently took up skiing together. It was a sport that we can do together. Hamish was amazing – four hours into our first day and he was up on the blue runs. I love it because it’s a family sport and we get to spend time on the chairlift, talking and laughing together.” In your role as Premier, what is the most important legacy you would like to leave behind for future generations of British Columbians?

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“I would like to leave a province where every child can get the education they need to fulfill their potential. We have to strive to be the smartest place on earth where every British C olumbian has the chance to succeed. I want to make sure that I leave behind a province that is just as beautiful and clean as the way we found it.”

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Top. A happy ‘mom’ moment - Christy Clark with son, Hamish. Photo provided by the Office of the Premier of British Columbia. Bottom. An advocate of family values and strong communities. Photo provided by the Office of the Premier of British Columbia.

Christy Clark is fiercely proud of being a British Columbian. “People will willingly share with me what’s on their hearts and what’s going on in their families. That is the best part of my job because I got into this business because I wanted to help others.” She is a firm believer that we are a province full of people who care about each other – that is one of BC’s unique and greatest qualities. “Although I was born and raised in British Columbia, we are mostly a province of people who have chosen to live here. What is better than that? I think that makes British Columbia the most special place in the country, and one of the best places in the world to live. And because people from different backgrounds choose this as home, as a people, we welcome difference here in British Columbia. I never found that when I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland or Paris, France and I missed the ocean.” Being near the ocean has a peaceful effect for Christy and she is one of those people who will always want to live near the water. Premier Clark was a pleasure to speak with. She is engaging, energetic and teeming with enthusiasm to affect positive change for the province. However, what I took away from my discussions with her was this: first, foremost and always – Christy Clark is a strong woman, concerned parent and very proud British Columbian.


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In his day, Francis Mawson Rattenbury was the most famous architect in British Columbia. But, he also had many detractors who would have been quick to point out that he had several serious characters flaws, namely his vast ego and his unbearable professional arrogance. If that wasn’t enough to sully his reputation, he also had an eye for the ladies, which didn’t sit very well with some people in ultra conservative early twentieth century Victoria. All of these factors have conspired to bring him back to haunt his most famous buildings: the Parliament Buildings and the Fairmont Empress Hotel. How it all came about is a fascinating tale combining fame, love, jealousy and murder.

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The handsome young architect arrived in Victoria in 1892, just in time to enter the competition to design the Parliament Buildings. The fact the he was barely twenty five years old and that he won over all the other much more experienced men, may give a clue to the animosity some of them had for him throughout his career. There were disputes over the quality of the stone, construction delays and the final cost (far in excess of original estimates), but when the official opening took place on February 10, 1898 everyone agreed that the final product was the most handsome edifice in the land. That is precisely why Rattenbury was soon doing work for the Bank of Montreal and Canadian Pacific Railway and more work for the BC government.

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Above. An older Francis Rattenbury. Royal BC Museum, BC Archives photograph F-02163.

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In the 1920s Rattenbury fell in love with Alma Packenham, a woman half his age. His first wife, Florrie, divorced him and Rattenbury lost no time marrying his young lover. To many, the newlyweds were both pariahs and were shunned by the people Rattenbury once included as his admirers. The couple moved to Bournemouth, England, where they could start life together anew. However, their world came to a brutal end when Alma started an affair with their chauffeur, who in turn bludgeoned Rattenbury to death. Alma committed suicide when her boyfriend was convicted of murder.

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Until recently, Rattenbury’s grave in the Bournemouth Cemetery was unmarked and, except for one tour guide in the town who includes the sordid details of Rattenbury’s murder in his repertoire, almost no one knows his name. Ghosts have the same needs they had as living beings and, if necessary, that they will travel long distances in search of fulfillment. Rattenbury’s ego remains, but his name is virtually ignored in Bournemouth. In Victoria, however, his reputation as a prominent architect is still well known. Why shouldn’t he return to haunt the buildings that made him famous?

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Not long ago a middle aged couple from Victoria celebrated their wedding anniversary by staying two nights at the Empress. One evening they ventured into the Archives Room, an alcove off the Lower Lobby where showcases hold memorabilia from the hotel’s early days. The lady sensed someone else was there, but it wasn’t until they were heading up the staircase to the Main Lobby that they both saw him. He seemed to materialize out of nowhere and was even more remarkable because of the old-fashioned suit he wore. Then suddenly, as both were looking at him over their shoulders, he vanished into thin air. They hurried into the Bengal Lounge to calm their nerves because both knew they had just witnessed a ghost. One fact stood out in their memories: he looked oddly familiar. It wasn’t until the next morning, when they retraced their steps to reconstruct the episode, that they saw Rattenbury’s photograph hanging on the wall. “That’s him!” they both exclaimed.

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Several summers ago, a young actor portrayed Rattenbury as one of the Parliamentary Players who stage dramatic vignettes during the guided tours in the Parliament Buildings. He looked remarkably like the character he was impersonating and, when fitted out in a suit similar to one the architect had worn, could have been his twin. To his amazement, many tourists told him that they had just seen someone who looked exactly like him. The odd thing was that when he asked them where they had seen him, he hadn’t been there. None of the other actors looked like, or dressed like, the one playing Rattenbury. It became obvious that Rattenbury’s ghost was roaming the corridors of the Parliament Buildings. Though some people might be frightened by the very fact they have seen a ghost, not all ghosts are scary. It’s almost certain that Rattenbury’s ghost is not intending to be nasty and has never been known to cause harm to anyone. He’s simply there because he craves the recognition denied to him in his lonely grave in Bournemouth. But, once he has been recognized, or even just noticed, he will disappear. His purpose for returning has been fulfilled.

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There was a time that kitchen redesign was a tale of compromises: sacrificing style for function, flair for conformity, warmth for ease of cleaning. No longer: the explosion in kitchen options means that there is a design out there that should satisfy each and every one of us, regardless of peccadilloes (I’m talking to you, countertop deep-frying fans). Advanced technology, flexible storage, and a rethinking of colour are opening new doors to a fresh and useful kitchen.

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All of us foodies have a dream deep down: to wake up one morning and find our tired old kitchen magically transformed into an inviting and functional workshop just waiting for our masterful skills to bring it to life. Now that many of us are ready to make that dream come true for ourselves it helps to have an idea of what kitchen options are hot with designers these days, so that we can create a splendid cooking (and eating) space that will be the envy of all our friends; here’s a few tips.

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KITCHENS WELL DONE! The 2012 Trend Report for Cutting Edge Kitchen Renovations

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Most home kitchens these days are flooded with sunlight, and there’s no better complement to a sunny room than the natural look of hardwood. Wood floors are comfortable, resilient, and they reflect all the natural substances prepared and served in the room in any given season. The hottest trends in kitchen flooring are for exotic woods, including previously overlooked ones like Brazilian Walnut and Siberian Birch. Also, reclaimed wood comes with the upshot of built-in character, doing away with the worry of that dreaded first mishap ding in a new floor. Whatever wood you choose, go with the broadest boards you can find: they’re most attractive, make a room look visually larger, and feel nice under the feet.

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Tile floors are also a popular choice for kitchens, especially ones that incorporate stone into the countertops, and there are a tremendous number of options to suit your taste for visually stunning tile. It can make fine china endangered and mornings a bit chillier (unless you go with in-floor heating – highly recommended for any type of flooring), but there is no replacement for the classy effect of brilliant stone.

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FUNCTIONALITY GETS FRESH IN 2012 Fashion Forward Plumbing Insatiable Islands Even in 2012, no kitchen is complete these days without an island, or at least a breakfast bar. Indispensable for preparation, storage, even as a spot for informal meals, islands of all shapes and sizes are a staple of the modern kitchen. They’re also a great place to work at the laptop while cooking. If you have the space, take the plunge.

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Kitchen islands are a great place to show off both your refined taste and foresight; contemporary islands come with built-in features such as microwave ovens, refrigerated drawers, and virtual wine cellars, most with digital controls discreetly placed.

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Best of all, islands are highly visible and interactive, especially with bar-style seating around them; they are a fantastic way to show off your choice of exotic countertop materials, like cultured marble or attractive imported alternatives. A single slab of dazzling stone shows a taste for durability and fashion without going industrial.

No, we’re not talking the depths under the sink here; faucets and sink basins have come a long way in recent years. Elegant is the name of the game with faucets, kitchen or otherwise, and stainless still is still the preferred choice, although different finishes like oiled bronze are gaining ground. High arc or gooseneck faucets are all the rage, as are faucets with complete water filtration (and even carbonation) systems built in – say goodbye to the old, clunky plastic water filter. Manufacturers are trying hard to stay on the cutting edge of sinks, as well, with a spate of innovations popping up: copper basins benefit from the inherent antiseptic properties of the metal; black graphite and granite sinks are sleek and easy to maintain; and basins of all types are appearing with built-in amenities like cutting boards, colanders, and drying areas. The hottest trend right now is for apron-front or farmhouse sinks, large (usually square) basins that emphasize function and exude old-world style.

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Above. Crisp, modern kitchens are still on trend in 2012. Consider the use of bright white, clean lines and fresh functionality. Photo provided by Harbour City Kitchens.


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Reinventing Your Kitchen No Longer Means Choosing Between Style and Function

Colours that Whet the Appetite Kitchens are visually busy places, so it’s not always easy to settle on a cohesive colour scheme that incorporates all of the elements that will be in it. When appliances came in black, white, and steel finishes, it was far too easy to settle on a neutral theme that left you with a chessboard for a kitchen… but who wants to feel like a pawn for half the day? Busting out of the black-white cycle is easier now, with the variety of finishes on accessories and the return to embracing natural substances like granite and wood. Harvest colours like burnt oranges, deep reds, soft browns and faded yellows are an increasingly popular choice. Still, by all accounts this year’s “hottest” colour for kitchens is going to be grey.

Custom Look Cabinetry The obsession with European-style, ultra-efficient cabinetry is fading – finally! Long banks of simple, uniform cabinets, adorned with (yawn) minimalist steel fittings, are falling away as quickly as they appeared, and people are returning to the host of original, craftsman-style cabinets of the past. While the institutional cabinet trend is cooling off in 2012, people are reminded that: • Cabinets do not all have to be the same size, shape, and colour

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• Flat doors create a wall-like effect – not perfect for dynamic, active areas • Simple can be classy, but so can ornate and expressive With this in mind, stained wood custom cabinets with profiles and mouldings are surging back into popularity, as are rustic touches like cracked paint and brass & copper fittings. If you plan to have a lot of visible stainless steel in your kitchen (instead of black glass or ceramic), consider the attractive complement of grille inserts for your cabinet doors, especially in black steel or even wrought iron – they’re instantly classic and tone down the contrast between wood grain and shiny metal.

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Even with vintage elements like these, the overall trend for 2012 is clever combination of old and new: cabinets with built-in appliances are the future of kitchens, make no mistake. With planning, cabinets can be safely installed to seamlessly house ovens, warming drawers, and dishwasher s, tucking away the less attractive parts of our essential appliances. This makes going with brighter colours or stains – an increasing trend – a bit of a challenge, but you can look for appliances that offer alternative finishes like burnished copper to create a more even flow.

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Appliances that Work The feel of the modern kitchen is still bound in some ways to its largest residents: the appliances. Thankfully, designers have been thinking outside the icebox for some time now, and the result is some fresh and funky ideas for cooking in style. Refrigerators will always be large, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be attractive. Innovations in cooling have translated into well insulated glassfronted fridges (cutting down on the sterile metal aura), as well as refrigerated drawers that hide nicely in the cabinetry. Cooktops are becoming increasingly popular, freeing the stove from the oven; the independent cooktop can be installed in convenient countertop locations separate from the aforementioned wall oven. Cooktops come in a variety of cool designs, incorporating glass and ceramic (mostly) and they can use electrical, gas, or induction methods. Look for the hottest trend with raised pin cooktop elements if you want to impress. Left. Cabinets in horizontal grain teak with slab style fronts, upper ‘lift up’ doors and continuous hardware. Granite countertops (Stone Age Marble). 48” Sub-Zero fridge with teak panels, microwave drawer in island, indoor charbroiler, 36” island cooktop, teak panelled dishwasher on both sides of sink. Photo provided by Jason Good Cabinets.

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I’m happy it’s February. In our part of the world, it is the month where we start to see winter grey turn to longer and brighter days. It’s the month of the celebration of love. Mostly, it’s the month where we are encouraged to drink chocolate martinis! Over the years, in a bold act of seasonal rebellion, my family and I

would choose to deny the dark and cold, and we would instead, put on a ‘to hell with winter’ BBQ. We’d make burgers and potato salad and have a picnic in front of the fire. We’d blend chocolate martinis and raise a glass. “To February!” we’d say, because by this time, the fire (and the martinis) had reached all the way to our chilled bones and we knew that the season no longer had a grip on us.

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Double Chocolate Martinis for TWO 1tbsp dark chocolate sea salt Mexican chili powder 4oz crème de cacao 2oz espresso flavoured vodka 8-10 oz 2% milk

I bring to you, with encouragement to do the same, our famous chocolate martini. This time though, I’ve decided to rim the glass with even more chocolate. Choose your favourite dark, and if you are brave, add a tiny pinch of Mexican chili.

Melt chocolate chips; add a small pinch of sea salt and a small pinch of chili powder. Roll the rims of 2 martini glasses in the melted chocolate and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more. Add crème de cacao, vodka and milk to a martini shaker filled with ice.

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Braised beef short ribs Start the day before. 4lbs meaty, bone in, beef short ribs, cut English style 1 bottle red wine 10 black peppercorns 4 star anise 4 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 2 strips of orange zest, approx 3 inches long 4 large garlic cloves, smashed 2 bay leaves Cut ribs apart, between the bones, and trim excess fat. Season with salt and pepper. Wrap peppercorns, star anise and cloves in a square of cheesecloth and secure with kitchen twine. In a medium saucepan, bring the wine to a soft boil and add the cheesecloth pouch and the remainder of the ingredients. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 min. Remove from heat and let cool. Meanwhile, place ribs in a single layer in a long wide pan. Once the wine has cooled, pour over the ribs, arrange cinnamon, zest, garlic, bay leaves and cheesecloth bundle amongst ribs, cover and refrigerate overnight, up to 24 hours, flipping ribs once or twice.

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The best cuts of meat for braising do not have to be expensive. The marbling of fat and the connective tissue in cheaper cuts breaks down and lends itself to the tender outcome. A lean piece of beef won’t do. The best cuts are chuck flat from shoulder, or bone in beef short ribs. Ask your butcher to cut them English style.

Braised Beef Short Ribs. Serves four.

Day of. 1 large onion, chopped 1 large leek, white and light green only, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped 2 medium celery sticks, chopped 3 large cloves garlic, smashed 4 star anise 3 sprigs thyme 2 tbsp vegetable oil Flour for dredging Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar chicken, beef or vegetable stock flour or cornstarch whisked with water to thicken Preheat oven to 300 degrees Heat oil in a large dutch oven or braising pan. Pat each rib dry and dredge through flour. (reserve marinade). Add to hot oil in batches if necessary and brown until a nice crust forms, approximately 4 minutes per side. Remove ribs from pan and put aside. Deglaze the pan with some of the marinade, scraping up brown bits. Add oil or drain fat so there is approx 1 tbsp of fat in pan. Add onions and leeks and cook approx 5 min. Add garlic, carrots, celery, anise and thyme and continue to cook until vegetables are softened and slightly browned, approx 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper. Remove vegetables from pan. Place ribs back in pan, single layer. Pour reserved marinade over ribs until it comes about halfway up the meat. Do not cover the meat. Place vegetables over top of meat. Tear off a large piece of parchment paper and press tightly over vegetables, creating a tight ‘package’. Place the lid tightly on top and put in oven. Cook for 3-4 hours, flipping ribs every hour or so. Add more marinade or stock if necessary. Remove from oven and take ribs out, tenting with foil to keep warm. Strain liquid through small sieve, pressing on vegetables to get all liquid. Place liquid in a medium saucepan and bring to a soft boil, adding flour or cornstarch to thicken if necessary. Add balsamic vinegar and season to taste. Serve ribs with mashed potatoes drizzled with truffle oil or Moroccan couscous, pouring gravy overtop. Serves 4.


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I often find inspiration in my cooking equipment. For example, my dutch oven. There’s something about it that screams comfort food. That common go-to that warms hearts and bellies; even better when it doubles as a gourmet dinner for friends. Braised beef - tenderizing in the oven all afternoon, the scent of anise and red wine bubbling along with it. Serve it with truffle mashed potatoes or pearl couscous topped with the rich gravy, and be prepared for silence at the dinner table. While this recipe is long, there is a lot of downtime, while things marinate and cook. Be sure to save a few glugs of wine for yourself, when pouring the red for the marinade.

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Left. At the top of Beacon Hill a mature and well-formed arbutus stands in a garry oak meadow. With my back to the spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains and the Straits of Juan de Fuca, I spent a sunny afternoon painting this tree’s various greens.

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Our Beloved Broadleaf Evergreen Words and Acrylic Paintings by Robert Amos

Right. While it is usually the form and the context which draws me to paint a particular arbutus, one summer morning I decided to make a study of the peeling bark, attempting to come to terms with its unique surface and colour.


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When I am not busy painting homes and gardens of Victoria, I paint the nearest arbutus tree. The radiant orange bark of the arbutus madrona, lit by the golden rays of sunset, stands out in the dark forest; the sinuous contortions of its branches make a charming counterpoint to the upright firs; the silky skin of the arbutus, almost human, begs to be stroked. The spirit of this place lives in the arbutus, and she is feminine.

The Saanich people used arbutus leaves and bark for medicinal purposes

Arbutus are rare north of Nanoose Bay, and not seen at Port Renfrew on the west coast. Known as the Pacific Madrone in America, it occurs as far south as the San Gabriel Mountains in California. The arbutus tree is at home on the east coast of Vancouver Island. You can also see it on the adjacent islands and nearby mainland coast. Victoria has an Arbutus Road (beyond the University) and Arbutus Way (on the north edge of Beacon Hill Park). Arbutus trees form a canopy along Torquay Road near Gordon Head.

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The arbutus is a contradiction, Canada’s only native broadleaf evergreen. The west coast arbutus madrona was named for its resemblance to the Mediterranean strawberry tree (A. unedo), as Arbutus means ‘strawberry tree’ in Latin, and madrono is Spanish for “strawberry tree”. Ours is the Arbutus menziesii, named for the botanist who came with Captain Vancouver on his voyage of discovery.

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Above. While creating a commissioned painting of a waterfront home south of Patricia Bay, I couldn’t take my eyes off the magnificent tree standing by the shore. At the end of a day I waded out into the water where the cool of the evening was offset by the warmth radiating from the rocky shore.


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Below. The orange-reds and deep shadow tones of the arbutus stand out against the cobalt blue of the ocean water. These make up a deeply satisfying colour scheme when matched with the pale ochre of dried summer grasses.

Tourists are fascinated by the massive arbutus tree at Victoria’s Empress Hotel The contorted multi-limbed trunks often grow tenaciously from rocky outcrops. Because of its inability to compete with conifers on better growing sites, it forms a twisted under-storey among firs or chooses open sites with poor soils. Willing to endure dense shade, it requires at least partial top light for best growth. It seems to be happiest near the sea and thrives under the influence of fog. In favourable locations, the arbutus can be a stately tree from 60 to 80 feet high, with a straight clean trunk 2 to 3 feet in diameter. Large drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers, said to smell like buckwheat honey, form in the spring and resemble lilies of the valley. The round, orange-red berries appear in the fall and, though not eaten by humans, they are popular with birds. I have often painted a healthy specimen standing in the parking lot at the top of Beacon Hill. It has bright orange skin, peeling as the tree grows to reveal patches of soft green. On the upper stem, limbs and twigs this skin is very thin, peeling off in irregular flakes, as it does on a sycamore. That “soft green” which is revealed is a sort of pistachio colour, or olive drab, showing areas of yellow ochre where the flakes peel back. On the lower trunk the bark is brown and loosely scaly, especially on the side away from the wind and weather. You can understand why it is a challenge for an artist.

Canada’s only native broadleaf evergreen, the arbutus is a protected species If you have tried to bring one home you know it does not transplant easily. When people see me painting an arbutus they often tell me that they don’t like the ones in their yard at home. Apparently they are “messy” growers, throwing off leaves and branches all year round. And, because they are a protected species, you can’t just cut one down. You really have to accommodate yourself to an arbutus. The First Nations of this area held the arbutus in special regard. In a Straits Salish story, told by the late Chief Phillip Paul of the Saanich people, arbutus was the tree used by the survivors of the Great Flood to anchor their canoe to the top of Mount Newton. To this day, the Saanich people do not burn arbutus in their stoves, because of the important service this tree provided long ago.

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

In an ideal location, the arbutus can grow as tall as 80 feet, with a trunk diameter as much as 3 feet

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Above. My friend Jim commissioned me to paint his favourite arbutus at his father’s home on Mayne Island. The sun sparkle on the water was a delight to capture, and as I stood on the deck my hosts plied me with sandwiches and wine. I call this “ideal working conditions”.


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Above. Ted and Phyllis loaned me a boat to row out into Silva Bay, a sheltered waterway at the south tip of Gabriola Island. There is a deserted islet there where I imagine myself as Robinson Crusoe. Entirely undisturbed, I spent a few hours painting this grove of trees seen against the distant shoreline of the Coastal Range.

That said - I’ve heard it is a very good hard wood to burn. Apparently it makes excellent charcoal. Because of its irregularly curving shapes and tendency to crack, it’s not often used for cabinet making. The dense, heavy, close-grained wood is pale reddish-brown with thin whitish sapwood; it cuts like soft wood when green, and becomes brittle when dry.

Above. The deck at Windsong, a hilltop home on Gabriola Island, provided me with expansive vistas but in this case I chose to paint a view looking directly into the woods. It’s a bit of a jungle, which makes painting the arbutus even more of a challenge.

Personally, I am content to just look. That gorgeous inflection of orange among the deep green forest catches my eye every time. They are graceful spirits of the forest and I think of them as ‘our beauties’. Robert Amos is a Victoria artist and writer. His paintings and commissioned work can be seen at robertamos.com.

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The Saanich people were less interested in the wood than the leaves and bark. They use them for medicinal preparations for colds, stomach problems and post-childbirth contraception.

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Above. E300 Leather Corner Stressless Sofa by Ekornes. For the ultimate in luxurious corner sofas, only leather will suffice. A sofa that is more than a seat, it is a lifestyle enhancement. Available at Scan Designs.


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The furniture we choose for our homes says a lot about who we are: flamboyant or reserved, indulgent or ascetic, daring or traditional, our home is an extension of our attitudes toward style, space, and sociability. When it comes to modern seating, today’s market offers a host of sensational sofa options – allowing every home body to express their unique style without sacrificing functionality or comfort.

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Sofas hold a unique place in every household; they are central both in body and spirit. We count on them to be there when we come home exhausted, welcoming us with a familiar embrace, and they’re often the site of our recalibration from the outside world to our inner sanctum. And yet we also count on them to serve as a nexus of activity and hospitality during our social times, representing our desire to welcome friends and family into our homes. As if this is not asking a lot, we also expect a couch to fit seamlessly into our overall vision of a stylish home, anchoring our most visible rooms and marking our place in the world of interior design. We ask a lot from our sofas – let’s give them the attention they deserve (and this does not mean covering them in plastic).

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Modern sofas come in as many styles, colours and patterns as can be imagined, but the upholstery still comes down to two main choices - fabric or leather. The sumptuous nature of hide coverings make them attractive, not to mention durable, and the demand for leather home furnishings remains strong. Traditional fabric upholstery is much more dynamic, with a variety of choices, from casula cotton and linen, to formal velvet and damask, and all the jacquards, chenille and microfibre options inbetween. Classic buttoned sofas are still very popular thanks to their timeless, attractive design. The statement of style made by a couch, divan, settee, or well placed

chaise longue is often due to its shape and frame materials. These days, the broad range includes traditional woods, steel, bronze, copper, and even rattan. The elegant use of richly grained and heavily lacquered woods is as popular as ever; nail head trim is another graceful touch that never seems to go out of vogue in traditionally styled homes. Shape provides a wealth of options, from the usual tripartite lounger to cutting edge designs of various forms. High-backed sofas are very hot at the moment, especially in love seat varieties and cocktail sofas; angular peaks on backs and armrests are a natural complement to the high back, and the result is a renaissance in art deco design, with a touch of the modern optional through vibrant colours and reflective textiles like crushed velvet. The exaggerated presence of higherbacked seating can embrace historical themes as well, with daunting 19th century throwback scrolled profiles and even gothic elements on dark, imposing crowns.


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For a less austere touch that loses none of its class, a mix of rounded form (with ballooning armrests and elliptical shapes, at times), dark woods such as mahogany or ebony, and light and richly toned fabrics make a stellar but comfortable combination that’s ubiquitous in showrooms. Demilune love seats are also getting popular lately, with the aesthetics of the clamshell backing providing a picturesque backdrop for a tableau of domestic relaxation or formal encounters.

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When purchasing a new sofa, take some time to understand the bones of your room and the personality of the space

The balance between art and function is present in the modern sofa; there’s a philosophy behind every element, obvious or not. Deep, heavily cushioned chesterfields speak to an ethos of comfort and familiarity, of long hours in contemplation or engrossed in conversation. Remove the armrests, and the piece is suddenly a stopping point along a journey through the room, a juncture for new connections and fresh, open discourse. Love seats demand intimacy (as the name suggests) from their inhabitants, whether old friends or new acquaintances. Sectional and corner sofas, too, are specifically designed to encourage interaction between people, and give a fun aura to what can otherwise end up as dead space; their orientation also dissuades fixations on a single point (like a television), guiding the activities in the room and, therefore, in life.

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| H&L’s Galleria: Area Rugs as an Art Form

Area Rugs as an

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Previous experience with area rugs leads me to believe I grew up amid the machine-made variety, which (call me Capricorn); in my mind has always meant “crap.” I didn’t know tapestries too precious to be stood on existed. I didn’t know all area rugs weren’t crap.

My mother seemed to understand the value of area rugs, however, which seemed to her an innate appreciation of the art form. She did the best she could on her modest Saskatchewan budget, but had she access to the disposable income, I’m sure our home would have been adorned with at least one Persian trendsetter, if not matching Persians for our pooches, their names etched into sacred geometric shapes upon which they slept and astral traveled into the night through clouds of bacon.

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Even if she didn’t consciously know that the three-dimensional medallions on Persian rugs hold keys to unconsciousness states of being, I’m sure the Leo inside my mother secretly knew. Leos, after all, know everything, which is probably why they’re never surprised. If a red carpet can be the centre of attention and praise for millennia, so, too, can a Leo. Ancient rugs inspire the true art of celebrating the self, a celebration no Leo should ever be chastised for. The Centre of Attention is a happy place where Leos go to be played with as shiny things.

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“The selective eye must be an experienced eye, an eye that knows the genuine pleasures of harmonious colours and textures, of sensitive line and proportion, of the play in contrasts of light and shade. The selective eye must see beyond immediate limitations, recognize possibilities that a fertile imagination suggests, and translate the difference between the genuine and the false.”

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Above. Available in a multitude of colours and patterns, the right area rug can instantly pull a room together.


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The oldest known surviving carpet, the Pazyrych, dates back to the 5th century B.C.

“A pattern is either right or wrong...it is no stronger than its weakest point.”

From the geometrically complex Ayacucho designs of Peru, to the wildly contemporary sisal rugs of Brazil, area rugs play a significant role in the artistic traditions of cultures worldwide. The art of carpet and rug weaving dates back to 3000 B.C. when nomadic tribes in Turkey and Mongolia wove rugs from camels, sheep and goats to keep earthen floors warm. The oldest surviving area rug, the Pazyrych carpet, and was discovered in 1949 in the Pazyryk Valley of the Siberian Altai Mountains. Although exact origins remain unknown, the ancient carpet dates back to the fifth century B.C. and exhibits qualities found in most Oriental rugs, except it has a red field enclosed by two borders instead of one, and features design motifs seen in Persian and Assyrian architecture, rich colours absorbing symmetrical patterns and a handknotted technique still popular today.

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Scheherazade undoubtedly understood the innocent seduction of magic when she told the story of Aladdin and his flying carpet. Hand made area rugs captivate and seduce like shiny, sparkly women. At their finest, most living Leos embody all three qualities with honour and ease. If we consider the essence of a woman “divine superfluous beauty” and define art as such, then it makes sense to treat area rugs as art in the home. My mom instinctively knew this.

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The Spring of Khosrows, one of the most magnificent carpets ever made (to a Capricorn or a Leo anyways) dates back to 550 B.C. and belonged to the King of Persia, who was most likely a Leo. My dad also happens to be a Leo, and I can imagine him strolling across a rug of that magnifitude for hours, eyes wide open and endlessly scanning all the shiny things sparkling up at him from the floor. Of course that enormous carpet made of wool, silk, gold, silver and precious stones weighed a few tons! It belonged to a royal class of Leo!

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Luckily for my clean Capricorn tastes, though, my mom would have never considered the tattered Pazyrych a dÊcor option upon which to construct her home. And, since our four-level-split couldn’t accommodate the Spring of Khosrows, my mother would have opted for an aesthetically pleasing Persian. Of course she knew (and knows) Persian rugs are among the most exquisite investment purchases you can make for your home.

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Above. With a kaleidoscope of interest, it is easy to see how this fascinating carpet is considered a work of art.


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Nowadays Persian carpets mimic IKEA designs and IKEA designs mimic Persian carpets

Above. Sedate in earth tones or vibrant in jewel tones, there is a perfect area rug for every home.

Nowadays in carpet stores throughout Vancouver Island and the mainland, you’ll see Persian rugs that mimic IKEA designs and IKEA designs that mimic Persian rugs. The Persians can take credit for some of the most beautiful rugs ever created, but all hand-made area rugs—from Turkey, Nepal and beyond—are full of inconsistencies, making them investment pieces that will only ever appreciate in value; no two carpets are alike and each is a gift from the divine as honest as birds chirping. But, like Paramahansa Yogananda said, a carpet is just a carpet, shiny or otherwise. At their most basic, floor coverings add warmth and depth to a room, sound absorption and floor surface protection. Area rugs also moonlight as the simplest design element available to totally reinvent a room or to revitalize existing décor. And perhaps what makes these magical carpets art is not their investment value in units of money, but their ability, like art, to transcend human experience.

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Loving for the Survival of a Creative Workforce

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Throw Down 2012 Exhibit Dates: January 27 - May 6 Curator: Nicole Stanbridge AGGV: The LAB & Centennial Galleries Complete details: Online at aggv.ca

Above. Tyler Hodgins | Please Try Again, 2009 | losing crossword scratch tickets, donation box | 259 x 259 cm approx. | courtesy of the artist.


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What happens in a society—a human race— that’s racing towards a mountain like a tidal wave? Rome is a less dense representation of what we humans face in the adversity of dire economic times; the environment can’t sustain current rates of consumption. (Insert technological revolution here.) How are we different from Rome? Judging from artifacts, the Romans at least supported their artists. Somewhere along the line, modern society forgot that artists form an integral part of ‘culture and tradition’.

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From January 27 to May 6, 2012, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria will boldly go where no Canadian gallery has gone before by hosting Throw Down, an exhibition both controversial and necessary for the health of an otherwise burgeoning Canadian arts community. The exhibition will showcase five artists who currently choose to stay in BC and contribute to their communities as artists, and, in many cases, as educators, administrators, promoters and writers. Featured artists include Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins, Alison MacTaggart, contributing writer Wendy Welch and catalogue designer Ross Macaulay. Nicole Stanbridge, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at AGGV, defines the act of throwing down as “celebrating something in a big way, fighting for something meaningful or contributing resources to make things happen.” Megan Dickie’s 2009 sculpture Submission instigated a conversation between Dickie and Stanbridge, and incidentally, the premise of the show. “The Submission sculpture is a controversial piece in that it critiques Canada’s primary arts funding agency,” says Dickie. “AGGV is the first institution that has been willing to take a risk and show this work.” Submission, an adult scale bop-bag in the shape of the Canada Council logo, speaks to the shared challenges faced by artists, institutions and funding agencies to keep art thriving in BC. Currently Dickie teaches in two departments at the University of Victoria to support herself and her practice, and struggles to maintain workstudio balance.

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Above. Megan Dickie | Submission, 2012 | leather, vinyl inflatable, sand | 106.5 x 76 x 213.5 cm | courtesy of the artist.


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Above. Sonny Assu and Eric Deis | Museum of Anthropology, 2011 | 71 x 106.5 cm | courtesy of the artists.


‘I need to work more to pay for larger, more ambitious sculptures, but by working more I have less time to create those sculptures’

Top. Megan Dickie | The Tangler, 2010 | leather, vinyl inflatable, sand, steel rivets | 147.5 x 147.5 x 239 cm | courtesy of the artist. Bottom. Megan Dickie | Tussle with the Tangler, 2012| video still | courtesy of the artist.

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“A significant portion of my teaching salary goes toward my art practice, which results in a bit of a catch-22 situation,” Dickie says. “I need to work more to pay for larger, more ambitious sculptures, but by working more I have less time to create those sculptures.” It is well known that many artists – painters, sculptors, writers and actors alike - tend to have many unrelated jobs that pay the bills and support their artistic endeavours. The extent to which artists sacrifice to make things happen embodies this spirit of throwing down. Stanbridge hopes this exhibition draws attention to the circumstances most artists face, and could perhaps pave the way for artists to just be artists. “Art becomes about popular consumption in the corporate model,” says Stanbridge. “To have enough resources to allow artists to continue to be creative is really important.” If artists and the practice of art were able to thrive in modern society, then artists wouldn’t be throwing down to save Canada’s creative workforce. The Beatles were on to something when they sang, “all you need is love.” And art, after all, is the purest expression of love.

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Works selected for the exhibition—Dickie’s sculptures Submission and The Tangler; Hodgins’ wall installation Please Try Again and Sleeping Bag; MacTaggart’s Egg Throwing Apparatus; Assu’s photo-documentation series Artifacts of Authenticity; and Gregory Ball’s video installation and drawings You Suck— all share at least one common thread: love.

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Left. Alison MacTaggart | The Egg Throwing Apparatus, 2002¬/2012 | wood, hardware watercolour on paper | dimensions variable | courtesy of the artist.

This exhibit brings to light the struggle that most artists face; a struggle only because they believe in themselves enough to throw down their livelihoods and careers. More than anything, this act of ‘throwing down’ is about getting honest, letting the past go, and moving forward. It’s time to race towards that mountain like a tidal wave filled with love and artful intentions. When in Rome…


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The Wonderful World of Aesthetic Dermatology

In 1960, the first working laser was used. The following year saw the first medical use of a Ruby laser which treated retinal tumors of the eyes. As tools, lasers have revolutionized our ability to treat the skin. Over the last half a century, this evolution has opened up possibilities of treating sun damage ranging from premature wrinkles and lines to brown spots, dilated red and blue vessels and even precancerous sun spots. Various scars can be improved as well as treating disfiguring birthmarks. In short, lasers improve the quality of the skin.

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There are four aspects of aging skin, termed the 4-D’s • Deterioration – this refers to the skin itself – approximately 90% of our skin’s aged appearance is from sun damage – lasers help address this • Deflation – we lose volume as evidenced by hollowing around the eyes, cheeks and mouth – dermal fillers address this by supporting and lifting • Descent - skin laxity, a result of collagen loss, leads to jowls and neck folds – this can be addressed non-invasively with focused ultrasound and pulsed radiofrequency therapies • Dynamic lines – this refers to excess lines such as frown and crows feet lines due to over expression – Botox is the common treatment used to soften these lines

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Dermal fillers have also evolved such that we treat the entire face rather than simply chase wrinkles. By restoring lost volume, more natural and longer sustained results are possible such as with the non-animal hyaluronan fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm. Botox has been around for over 20 years and while being a worldwide phenomenon, it originated here, in Canada – Vancouver in fact. Paradigm shifts have occurred that have led to more natural and better results while reducing risks and minimizing downtime.

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Words by Dr. Mark Lupin Dr. Mark Lupin BSc MD FRCPC FAAD Dermatology Director – Cosmedica Laser Centre, Victoria Regional Director – Canadian Dermatology Association Clinical Instructor – University of British Columbia

Another exciting area is non-invasive body contouring. Utilizing focused ultrasound technologies, systems such as the UltraShape V3 and LipoSonix permanently remove fat around the tummy, hips and thighs as well as provide gentle skin tightening.


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skin and its ability to interact with the environment. I spent part of my Dermatology Residency studying photobiology, the interaction of light and the skin, at St. John’s Hospital, in London, England. In 1998, I established Cosmedica Laser Centre in Victoria, BC. The concept was to offer a comprehensive service to my patients, employing the latest in technologies. I am thrilled to be working in this field of ‘happy medicine’ to brighten people’s days and see the extra degree of confidence they now wear. In upcoming 2012 issues of Homes & Living magazine, I will address some of the latest trends and exciting developments that restore healthy skin and help to create the “wow” we all deserve. — Dr. Mark Lupin BSc MD FRCPC FAAD

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If there is a cautionary point, it is the footnote that, concurrent with the rapid evolution of technologies, there is also a rapid increase in treatment providers which include many non-physicians such as dentists, nurses and nail technicians. For the public, the lines are blurred when they seek treatments with so-called aesthetic specialists who are not true medical specialists. Their learning curves are necessarily steep and they do not have the knowledge that a five year Residency and Royal College certification in Dermatology provides to properly diagnose and treat the skin.

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Each year, on the shores of Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, 20,000 grey whales migrate from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Bering Strait and beyond. During the month of March, in the shoreline communities of Tofino and Ucluelet, spring arrives with a big splash thanks to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival. More info at PacificRimWhaleFestival.com Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is the perfect basecamp to enjoy all the festivities. Make your travel plans now to join the celebration for 2012! Info at blackrockresort.com

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One of the greatest winter treats in British Columbia is experiencing stormy weather on the west coast of Vancouver Island. One of the few places in the world where bad weather can be a really good thing, storm watching is a wondrous West Coast spectacle on British Columbia’s Pacific Rim. All winter long, a low pressure system builds, delivering storm after storm of natural spectacle – raging waters, turbulent shorelines and mesmerizing storm watching. One of the best places to witness the angry winter seas is in Ucluelet, BC, and specifically from the viewpoints at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort. The entire staff at Black Rock, starting at the top with general manager Adele Larkin, see storm season a little differently, and I was eager to experience their unique take – storm warming – firsthand. Sticking with the ‘different is better’ state of mind, instead of a couples retreat [the usual focus of this column], I decided on a girls getaway, and brought along a very dear friend from Nanaimo, Karen Evans. What I hadn’t realized was how great it would be to see the resort through the fresh eyes of a newcomer, as I have stayed at Black Rock on three previous occasions, and Karen had never been. Armed with the perfect company, and settled into the ultimate storm watching hotel, it turned out to be an ideal resort getaway. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort is a luxuriously laid back, oceanfront resort property; an extraordinary retreat on Vancouver Island’s rugged Pacific Rim coast that everyone should experience at least once – especially during storm watching season. Built with an obvious respect for Mother Nature and the natural elements that surround the resort property, Black Rock effortlessly blends wood, glass, steel and rock into unpretentious architecture brilliance.

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The oceanfront suite we checked into was the epitome of understated elegance and no amenity was overlooked. Our guestroom featured a large living area with fireplace, complete gourmet kitchen with separate dining room, splendid sleeping quarters, and spa-inspired bathroom with heated floors, soaking tub and rain showers, and a furnished balcony with the most remarkable views. If you come to the Pacific Rim to do a little storm watching, the private terraces at Black Rock are where you want to be. The unobstructed views were too amazing for words and the crashing wave show and ever changing marine scenery was just metres from the balcony. Karen and I only see each other a few times a year, so we had a lot of girl talk to catch up on, and given the extremely warm and cozy room, it would have been easy to stay put, with a few bottles of good wine, for the entire weekend. I was beginning to understand why they called it storm warming here. Left. The spectacular main lobby that exudes West Coast charm and sensibility.

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

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“The word Fetch is an oceanographic term referring to the distance a constant wind blows across a body of water without interruption of the generation of wave. The longer the Fetch length or distance, the higher the wave” Expect casual sophistication in the oceanfront Float Lounge

Above. Fetch Restaurant, with its awe-inspiring views is the ideal place to start the day.

Later the first night, we headed to the resort’s celebrated restaurant, Fetch, which is located in the main lodge building. The dining atmosphere is one of decidedly West Coast graciousness, with a touch of eclectic art and a wall of windows to the vast oceans below.

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Asking Chef Morné to choose the menu for us, Karen and I feasted on a magnificent dinner that included sampling two starters, four different main courses and a shared dessert. The dinner service was outstanding, the atmosphere was absolutely warming, and the food was simply sublime.

Photograph by Mark DeVries

With a new Executive Chef in residence, I knew, just from perusing the menu, we were in for a culinary treat. Internationally acclaimed Executive Chef Morné Van Antwerp, who joined the Black Rock team in June 2011, is a South African born chef who came to Ucluelet from The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts in Singapore. Having worked with noted Michelin star chefs including Daniel Boulud, Charlie Trotter, Thierry Marx, Alfonso Iaccarino and Carlo Cracco, Chef Morné brings a level of international flair to the new menus at Black Rock, but never forgets to add the infusion of local flavours. “Our menus are created with locally sourced seasonal ingredients in mind”.

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The ‘warming’ experience continued the next morning when we arrived at the hotel’s Drift Spa. We were met by Drift Spa Director, Judy Berwick who was kind enough to give us the grand tour. Drift Spa is a sanctuary with signature treatment rooms, including a private couple’s massage room overlooking the ocean, a hydrotherapy tub, and a serene oceanfront lounge for total relaxation.

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Karen experienced a thalassotherapy seaweed soak; a treatment that uses nutrients from seaweed, ocean water, marine minerals, sea salts and heat to nurture and purify the body. Although it can improve blood circulation and prevent inflammation in the joints and arthritis, the soak will leave you in a total state of relaxation - body, mind and soul.

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FETCH MENU Starters

Oven Roasted Fall Squash Soup Toasted pumpkin seeds, spiced crème fraiche and cariboo birch syrup West Coast Chanterelle Risotto Shaved black truffle, caramelized cipollini onion, thyme butter and parmesan tulle

Mains

SearED Scallops and Confit Pork Belly Parmesan liquid ravioli, red and yellow beet cured Uclulet sunchoke Smoked Pacific Black Cod Outlandish mussel and clam, lemongrass broth, shaved baby turnip and carrots, Du Puy lentil and rainbow chard Canadian Rangeland Elk Tenderloin Soft herb crusted maple butter braised salsify, smoked blue potatoes and huckleberry jus Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast Foie gras and duck rilette ‘bar’, Nanoose Edibles Farm quince paste, pickled beets, fingerling potato press and arugula puree

Dessert

Cinnamon Sugar Dusted Beignets Maple whiskey toffee and crème fraiche

I was treated to Drift’s signature Perfect Storm spa treatment which incorporates a thalasso seaweed gel wrap, Vichy shower, hot stones and aromatherapy massage to create an exceptionally unique spa experience. Drops of rain hit your body at a speed set to relieve sore muscles, revitalize the skin, and stimulate lymph circulation to help the body rid toxins. The combination of the wrap, water shower, and massage was a wonderful treatment, which left me in a warm state of overall wellbeing for many days to follow. Before checkout, Karen and I took some time to explore the Wild Pacific Trail, which runs right through the resort property. Perfect for a family outing, leisurely walk or novice hikers, this trail offers spectacular scenery that is up close and personal, without unmanageable or rugged terrain.

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Whether you live close by, are coming across from the mainland for a week or driving up from South Vancouver Island for a weekend break, this stunning resort in Ucluelet is just minutes from some of the world’s best surfing, beaches, forests, restaurants and natural attractions including Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach, Ucluelet Aquarium, Barkley Sound and the village of Tofino.

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GARDEN Splendour Planning a Spring Garden – How to Choose Plants for Our Climate Words by Pat Burkette

Preparing soil for spring planting isn’t just about digging and weeding. Savvy gardeners get down and dirty with their soil’s pH, texture, and nutrient content. Soil pH, which is a measure of soil alkalinity or acidity on a scale of 0 (acid) to 14 (alkaline), should ideally fall between 6.5 and 7, a level where most nutrients in the soil are available to plants. You can test soil pH with a kit from a garden centre. Gary Lewis, owner of Vancouver’s Phoenix Perennials, recommends home gardeners not worry too much about moderate pH variances. “Most soils in our area are slightly acidic due to the winter rains and the fact that this area was originally a conifer forest, but most garden plants are really quite tolerant of a range of pH,” explains Lewis. Plants may not be as tolerant of soils that are too wet or too dry. To identify, and then improve, your soil’s texture, grab a handful and squeeze hard. You’re aiming for a ball that crumbles easily when you open your hand. If the soil holds together as a firm ball, you’ll need to amend with more organic matter, like peat moss. Working wet soil can

compact and damage its’ structure, so let it dry out before you do a lot of digging. For longer term solutions, observe and correct drainage in your garden, considering bioswales planted with water loving plants to absorb excess rainwater. To boost soil nutrients, all soils will benefit from the addition of compost or well-aged manure prior to planting, about a 5 cm. layer in both spring and fall. Early spring is a good time to rejuvenate your plant collection, along with your soil. Move shrubs before they leaf out, and generally, prune summer or fall flowering shrubs before they bud out. Cut out dead and woody stalks on perennials. When new growth is about 4 inches tall, dig and divide perennials for re-planting and re-positioning. Hostas, daylilies and mums can be divided in March. Remove old canes from roses and cut back healthy canes by about a third. Dormant lime sulphur spray, to stop bugs in their tracks, can be applied now. Rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas can also be fertilized, with plant specific fertilizer. Whether you’re moving existing plants, or choosing new ones, right plant/ right place is the garden mantra to remember. Consider sun exposure, shade, water, wind, and eventual size of plant when you’re matching plant to place. Although southern BC gardeners should choose plants suitable for climate zone 8, trying an occasional marginal (a plant for a slightly higher climate zone) can be fun.

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In February, the mind of a gardener begins to focus. Seed catalogue fueled dreams give way to the reality of a burgeoning gardeners-dolist. In southern BC, early spring is the time to lay a strong foundation for this year’s garden by conditioning soil, pruning, dividing and moving plants, choosing new plants, and starting seeds.

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FEBRUARY/MARCH TO-DO LIST 1. Check soil pH. 2. Determine soil texture with a squeeze test. Turn over planting beds in late February. Amend soil with compost and well-aged manure, plan and implement drainage solutions for soggy soils. 3. Prune spring and fall flowering shrubs while they are dormant. Thin and divide perennials. 4. Take note of sun, shade, water, wind, and size of plant when planning for new plants or moving existing plants, so that the right plant goes into the right place. Get plant advice from your local nursery.

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Lewis cautions gardeners really need to temper passion with planning when making plant selections. “You find a new snazzy, sexy plant, but you have to ask, do I have the right place for it?” Both newbie and experienced plantaholics will make better plant choices by visiting greatplantpicks.org. Here, expert gardeners take the guess work out of choosing plants for our area by regularly selecting and describing outstanding plants. Why not try growing some of your new plant choices from seeds? Easy annuals to try growing indoors six to eight weeks before planting outside include: cleome, nicotiana, snapdragons, impatiens, petunias, ageratum and lavatera. Hardier annuals to plant right in the ground after danger of frost are sweet peas, marigolds, cosmos, annual poppies, nasturtium and zinnia, calendula. To start seeds indoors, take note of the germination time on the seed packet, and the date of the last spring frost in your area (usually after March 30), so you can time seedlings for outdoor planting. Use a good seed starting mix in clean containers, and follow seed packet instructions for depth of planting. Containers should be kept moist, but not soggy, until the seeds germinate. Then give the containers bright light and warm temperatures, 65 to 70 degrees. When seedlings are a couple of inches high, they can be transplanted into individual containers. When they have a third set of leaves, the plants can be hardened off in a cold frame or outdoors for a few hours at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be watching them, and the rest of your garden, flourish.

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Words by Jill Lang Think of BC as synonymous with Arizona or Florida. The West Coast is Canada’s paradise, a home away from home in the heart of nature’s gleaming elegance, where golf courses flock like the salmon of Capistrano. More and more Canadian retirees are purchasing investment properties in BC as opposed to warmer counterparts to the south, because you can golf all year round and keep health insurance costs down. Snowbirds looking to purchase property in BC should first choose where on Vancouver Island they want to invest (Victoria or Nanaimo, perhaps), and then find a real estate agent who absorbs the ebbs and flows of the market. To determine the exact use of the property (investment vs. rental), the agent should be equipped to offer realistic estimates on costs, including mortgage payments, property taxes and strata maintenance fees, as well as offer suggestions to maximize revenue: location, location, location.

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With location in mind, the core is usually a better investment. Retirees generally choose BC’s West Coast for its sparkly water, so residential enclaves around a city’s centre are typically a good investment. In Victoria, snowbirds can be found regaling the James Bay, Fairfield and Oak Bay areas for part of the year and choose city life because it gives them access to entertainment, shopping, musicals, fitness—everything. If you want to enjoy all the conveniences of everyday life and maximize your revenue potential in the furnished rental market, occupy the city hub; the majority of clientele prefer to stay close to the core.

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However, properties purchased solely for investment [and rented out unfurnished] tend to have a wider selection to choose from. Local real estate professionals state that condos are the wave of the future. Researching the condo market before you invest may indicate a higher demand for studio and one bedroom suites in the furnished market, for example, and two bedroom suites in the unfurnished market. Keep in mind that the demand for specific types of suites is volatile in a soft market, which means it’s not always easy to predict the future. Some real estate brokers handle both sales and property management; otherwise any realtor can point snowbirds towards a licensed property management company, too. Because managing a residence from out of town can get complicated if a problem arises in the building or with a tenant, a local management company will provide all necessary services, anticipated or not, including voting on behalf of snowbirds at council meetings. An industry standard fee that property management companies charge is 10% ($130 a month if the property rents for $1,300), and any other costs above that, the unit owner pay out of their snow-filled pockets.

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Canadian retirees are purchasing investment property in BC instead of Arizona or Florida, because you can golf all year round and keep health insurance costs down Main photo. Snowbirds choose BC’s West Coast to have a home by the water, making residential enclaves around a city’s centre a very good investment.


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Metabolism Words by Kyle Kolkman

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Metabolism is the process whereby the body builds and maintains itself by breaking down food and nutrients to produce energy; the burning of calories. When you increase your metabolism, your body burns more calories and you experience higher energy levels. Boosting your metabolism is very helpful when seeking a healthy weight loss plan. One of the most important factors of a healthy metabolism is proper eating.

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It starts from the moment you wake up A person’s metabolism substantially slows down while sleeping, so eating a well-rounded breakfast soon after getting up is a great way to jump start your metabolism and to get your body burning stored fat as well as giving you energy to begin you day. No time for breakfast? I suggest squeezing half of lemon into a warm glass of water. This will get the metabolism started until you are able to eat.

Eat smaller meals more often Adopting this pattern provides a number of great benefits to both your health and weight loss goals. You’re less likely to overeat, and you’ll have a regular flow of energy to help keep you active, all the while your body will be burning calories more efficiently. If you skip meals your body will store what you eat as fat because it doesn’t know when it is going to get more energy.

Drink cold water The Canada Food Guide suggests we drink 8 or more glasses of water a day. Water intake helps with the

digestion and abortion of vitamins and essential nutrients. Here’s a hint: Drink your water cold! Cold water takes more energy to heat the water back up to body temperature, thus making your metabolism work harder for you.

Eat your food spicy! Eating spicy food boosts your body’s production of heat and the activity of your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for our fight or flight response), creating a spike in your metabolism.

Don’t stress the carbs Everyone is worried about carb intake, but in reality eating the right carbohydrates will also boost your metabolism. Healthy complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and grains) fuel your metabolism. Consuming slow digesting, long lasting carbs like oatmeal, brown rice, whole grain cereal, whole wheat breads and pastas, as well as vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and squash, will make you feel full longer. Eating complex carb also makes your body work harder during the digestion process, which in turn burns more fat and maximizing your metabolism.


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New Franchise Owners for Homes & Living Magazine – Central Vancouver Island Edition

Perhaps it’s the recession; perhaps the trend in car design; or maybe our growing awareness of how others live: the fact is that downsizing has arrived in North America and will be the prevalent theme for years to come. In B.C, 9 out of 10 new developments are offering suites in the 300 to 600 square foot range, a far cry from the 1,200+ we are accustomed to.

Showcased in Victoria, Central Vancouver Island, and now Vancouver, Homes & Living magazine continues to expand through an exciting cross-country franchise initiative. All production, content, and quality control will be retained by the original Read Media editorial & design team – a dedicated group of creative professionals that have made this publication the success it is today and who share one thing: their love of Homes & Living magazine!

For almost 40 years Swiftsure Woodworkers (www.swiftsurewoodworkers.com) have been manufacturing cabinetry for some of the finer homes on the West Coast. Recognized for excellent craftsmanship and quality of design, the company is now diversifying to offer functional solutions for small spaces. Prototypes for a fold-away kitchen are being developed and will be displayed this Spring in a demonstration project in Victoria. Together with partners, Livtona Interior Design and Stoneage Marble, Swiftsure has acquired the distribution license for Resource Furniture in B.C, a New York based company specializing in imported space saving Italian furniture. RFBC has opened showrooms in Vancouver and Victoria and carries all the transformable systems advertised on their web site (www.resourcefurniture.com). With 4.5 million hits, you need to check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAa6bOWB8qY

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Home Couture Opens New Upscale Showroom – In a Class of Its Own For discerning customers who appreciate the finer things in life, Home Couture, an outstanding new furniture store has opened its doors in Coquitlam, BC. Home Couture offers expertly crafted designer furniture collections that grace the most beautiful homes in Canada. One of the unique aspects of Home Couture is their nationwide shipping service. Owner Ali Assadi explains, “I want to offer the lower mainland a West Coast shopping experience unlike anything they have seen before, and at the same time, offer our exceptional line of home furnishings to clients across Canada.” This unique level of service and selection will also be appreciated by discerning interior designers, home stagers and high-end custom builders alike. Expect white glove service at the new Home Couture showroom, that boasts exclusive furniture lines by some of the world’s leading designers including Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Barbara Barry, Thomasville and Steven and Chris, to name but a few. Free design consultations are available and the new showroom features a state of the art design room, complete with computer, wireless internet, and a 70 inch HD television. The design room can be booked for private consultations, allowing interior designers and customers alike the opportunity to create the perfect interior design space in total comfort. Home Couture, the largest brand showroom in Canada, is located at 1311 United Boulevard, Coquitlam, BC. Home Couture 604-521-7727 info@homecouture.ca


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Christy Clark introduced the province to the pink t-shirt AntiBullying Campaign. Since then, many organizations have followed suit with new ways to get people talking about this important issue that affects our children and families – leaving invisible wounds that often last a lifetime. Two Vancouver Island companies, Vancouver Island InsuranceCentres Inc. and SunFM (part of Vista radio) have partnered to make the 2012 Anti-Bullying Campaign bigger and better than ever – reaching more schools, more youth and more families on Vancouver Island than ever before. Vancouver Island InsuranceCentres has been insuring generations of islanders since 1863. With 14 branches, VIIC and its employees lives, plays raises their families in the communities that they do business, so they take a very personal interest in important issues. This year, VIIC has designed, ordered and paid for 20,000 pink t-shirts, that will be distributed free of charge to school aged children. SunFM is a central island radio station with a wide play region and devoted listening audience. From January 9th through the end of February, SunFM has pledged more than $15,000 in online air time to ensure people are talking about the Anti-Bullying Campaign. SunFM has also committed to advertising on their website and through special events t-shirt distribution. PinkWall.ca is a new online resource with downloads for parents and teachers, enabling them to begin the difficult discussions with kids of all ages. There is also a section for children who can download colouring pages and enter a VIIC contest. The best part of PinkWall.ca is the Stand Up to Bullying Wall – an online wall where website visitors of all ages can sign their name on the virtual wall to show their support for this worthwhile initiative. The goal is to make it an open topic of conversation in every classroom and around every family dinner table on Vancouver Island. Anti-Bullying Vancouver Island PinkWall.ca

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Luxury furniture manufacturer, Natuzzi Italia, is thrilled to announce it has partnered up with Sandy’s Furniture to open its first store in Canada early next year. The 7,000 square foot ‘Natuzzi Italia Store at Sandy’s Furniture’ will add Vancouver to an elite list of international locations and offer customers the chance to furnish their living spaces with innovative and luxurious pieces. In March, the newest store along United Boulevard in Coquitlam will showcase Natuzzi Italia. Shoppers will be able to sip cappuccinos while they take in the stunning collection of models including the ‘Wave’, ‘Surround’ and bestselling ‘Avana.’ Pasquale Natuzzi, Chairman and CEO of Natuzzi Group says all models are entirely designed, hand stitched and made in Italy. Sandy Seney, owner of Sandy’s Furniture says they’re proud and honoured to have partnered up exclusively with the visionary to bring the first storefront to the country. ���Natuzzi furniture stands out far above the rest when it comes to the authentic, cutting-edge designs. At Sandy’s Furniture, we’ve strived to offer fine furniture for over 35 years. It just made sense for this chapter to include Natuzzi. Those looking for a new piece of furniture can feel confident they’ll find it here.” Dayna Tukutau, General Manager of Sandy’s Furniture agrees. “The brand new location will make the shopping experience exciting, comfortable and offer people that finishing touch for any room.” Sandy’s Furniture Coquitlam 604-520-0800 sandysfurniture.ca/natuzziitalia

JORDANS OPENS NEW BURNABY AND NORTH SHORE SHOWROOMS Jordans Rugs new flagship warehouse outlet on Byrne Road in Burnaby This new showroom, opened in September 2011, is home to Jordans newest and largest showroom, offering endless flooring possibilities including a huge in stock selection of laminate, hardwood, vinyl plank and one of the lower mainland’s largest selections of area rugs. This building, designed by Christopher Bozyk Architects Ltd., also houses Jordans Restoration Division, Commercial Flooring Division and a new mezzanine showroom for the company’s Office Furnishings Division. Jordans Flooring opens new showroom in North Shore After 50 years in Park Royal, Jordans is pleased to announce the September, 2011 grand opening of a massive 7,000 square foot showroom in North Vancouver. This new location showcases a huge selection of area rugs, displayed in three swinging racks that allow the customer to see each rug in full size, and flip through choices at their own pace. Jordans new showroom boasts the largest selection of all flooring – from carpets and hardwood to laminate and vinyl plank – on the North Shore. Colour. Texture. Design. Quality These elements are important considerations in a room setting and must be in harmony. At Jordans, you’ll find every item essential to fulfill these criteria. Superb furniture, draperies and accessories and fashionable, beautiful floor coverings from around the world, are all coordinated by Jordan’s experienced Interior Designers and expert Flooring Consultants to create your own unique environment. Come home to Jordans, where providing the best quality, value and service is more than a promise - it’s a commitment. Jordans 250-385-6746 (Victoria) 604-990-9305 (North Vancouver) 604-419-5885 (Burnaby) jordans.ca

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sleek and stylish Improviste sectional in leather, design Sacha Lakic. Contact us for showrooms, collections, news and catalogues. Available at roche bobois vancouver 716 Hastings St. W Vancouver | 604.633.5005

Available at jordans

roche-bobois.com

2680 Blanshard St. Victoria | 250.385.6746

jordans.ca

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turning on the glitz Authenticity Lighting’s Palladium Crystal Chandelier merges traditional and modern, radiating beauty and filling the room with an unsurpassed elegance. Streamlined Polished Chrome finishing and optic crystal shades and teardrops make this fixture unforgettable. Available at illuminations lighting solutions ltd. 2885 Quesnel St. Victoria | 250-384-9359

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classic comfort Clarice sofa, classic French country styling featuring  performance fabrics and a soft comfy sit. A casual elegant look, available in custom fabrics. Available at generation furniture 977 Langford Parkway Langford | 250.391.0033 1365 United Blvd. Coquitlam | 604.777.1365

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“imagine” series limited edition To commemorate Lennon’s 70th birthday, this limited-edition Steinway & Sons piano is modeled after the white Steinway grand piano the artist presented to Yoko Ono on her birthday in 1971. Each piano incorporates Lennon’s signature, music, and a medalion indicating its uniqueness. Available at tom lee music 105-2401D Millstream Rd. Victoria 250.383.5222 | tomleemusic.ca


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LED Retrofit pot light Nora Lighting introduces a new series of LED retrofit recessed downlights classified for use in existing 4”, 5”, and 6” pot lights, replacing incandescent, halogen, and CFL’s. Features include smooth dimming, energy star rated, super long life CREE LED’s up to 50,000 hours and 7 year limited warranty.

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appliances

carpets & rugs

Coast Wholesale Appliances

hourigans

736 Cloverdale Ave. Victoria | 250.475.0277

477 Boleskine Rd. Victoria | 250.475.2401

Trail Appliances 2360 Millstream Rd. Victoria | 250.475.1511

1995 Boxwood Dr. Nanaimo | 250.753.3327

mission doors 2062 Henry Ave. Sidney BC 250.415.0550 | missiondoors.com

jordans floor coverings

tedford overhead doors

2680 Blanshard St. Victoria | 250.385.6746 jordans.ca

755 Vanalman Ave. Victoria 250.727.6811 | tedforddoors.com

pg. 47

pg. 59

jordans warehouse outlet

architects

882 Langford Parkway Victoria | 250.478.2989

electrical contractors

d’ambrosio architecture + urbanism

rugs by alexandria

belltech systems

2960 Jutland Rd. Victoria | 250.384.2400

2353 Douglas St. Victoria | 250.381.5590

496 John St. Victoria | 250.360.2233

dhka Architects

babaks oriental carpets & rugs

houle electric

919 Fort St. Victoria | 250.480.7114

831 Devonshire Rd. Victoria | 250.388.5665

977 Fort St. Victoria | 250.658.3367

kb design

HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw is all about making your floors HGTV fabulous! For beautiful floors that can stand up to life, visit our showroom.

island floor centre

5043 Rocky Point Rd. Victoria 250.384.1550 | keithbakerdesign.com

pg. 109

innovative • sustainable • inspired

design

3375 Tennyson Ave. Victoria | 250.475.3323 islandfloors.com pg. 89 3375 Tennyson Avenue Victoria 250.475.3323

islandfloors.com

250.384.1550

fireplace Since 1980

keithbakerdesign.com

Custom Designs

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the finishing store

401-1245 Esquimalt Rd. Victoria | 250.475.2702

780 Topaz Ave. Victoria | 250.384.3003

ARK SOLAR 6-1950 Government St. Victoria 250.386.7643 | arkathome.ca

pg. 59

It’s a pleasure working with Mike Knight Contracting building Victoria’s finest homes.

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incredible closets

beds / mattress / bedding

Victoria blinds & closets 103-700 Shawnigan Lake Rd. Shawnigan Lake 250.590.8060 | vicbc.ca

2655 Douglas St. Victoria | 250.386.7632

Unit 6 - 1950 Government Street | 250-386-7643 info@ArkAtHome.ca | ArkAtHome.ca |

decora tile 3205 Quadra St. Victoria | 250.475.2033 pg. 51

hourigans

Murphy Beds

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462 Burnside Rd. E. Victoria | 250.381.6511

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in 1984, it was sold in 2007 and has been run by two different international companies until just last month, when Garth bought his Dad’s business back. Now, this local business has come home for good to help people keep their home fires burning in the smart efficient way they’ve come to expect. Stop by our showroom for a visit and some warmth.

3075 Douglas St. Victoria | 250.744.2195

doors

477 Boleskine Rd. Victoria | 250.475.2401

scan designs

aurora woodworking

island floor centre

661 McCallum Rd. Victoria | 250.475.2233 scandesigns.com

pg. 1

6-2062 Henry Ave. Sidney BC 250.655.3837 | aurorawoodwork.com

pg. 61

HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw is all about making your floors HGTV fabulous! For beautiful floors that can stand up to life, visit our showroom.

3375 Tennyson Ave. Victoria | 250.475.3323 islandfloors.com

pg. 89

3375 Tennyson Avenue Victoria 250.475.3323

islandfloors.com

PREPARED FOR: ISLAND FLOOR COVERINGS PUBLICATION: ISLAND HOMES AND LIVING INSERTION DATE: FEBRUARY / MARCH SIZE: 7.875” X 4.75” PREPARED BY: BRAVO ADVERTISING 250 590 1169

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Sandy’s is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the first Natuzzi Italia store in Canada!

Contemporary & exquisite Italian design.

matrix marble

sandys furniture

2890 Allenby Rd. Duncan 250.746.7257 | matrixmarble.com

975 Langford Parkway Victoria 250.391.6646 | sandysfurniture.ca

pg. 127

mac renovations 825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria 250.384.6091 | macreno.com

pg. ibc Q u a l i t y, I t a l i a n f u r n i t u r e d e s i g n e d f o r t o d a y ’s l i f e s t y l e .

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975 Langford Parkway, Victoria | 250.391.6646 | sandysfurniture.ca/natuzziitalia

David Coulson Design Ltd.

sagers

345 John St. Victoria 250.386.5954 | stoneagemarble.com

5372 Miller Rd. Duncan 250.746.5372 | davidcoulsondesign.com

1802 Government St. Victoria | 250.386.3841

pg. 39

CUSTOM MADE AFFORDABLE

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jordans floor coverings

scan designs

terry johal

2680 Blanshard St. Victoria | 250.385.6746 jordans.ca

661 McCallum Rd. Victoria 250.475.2233 | scandesigns.com

4569 Gordon Point Dr. Victoria 250.418.1660 | terryjohaldevelopments.com pg. 25

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250-746-5372 | coulsondesign@shaw.ca QUALITY | davidcoulsondesign.com CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

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250.475.2233 | 661 McCallum Road (Millstream Village) | Victoria VICTORIA

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jordans warehouse outlet

coastal construction

546 Herald St. Victoria 250.590.1110 | parcmodern.com

882 Langford Parkway Victoria | 250.478.2989

1986 Mills Rd. Victoria 250.656.8006 | coastal.cn

pg. 47

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bosa properties

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home & building inspections

lazyboy furniture galleries

all-points home inspection

3501 Saanich Rd. Victoria | 250.382.5269

874 Monterey Ave. Victoria | 250.213.6700

80 Saghalie Rd. Victoria 250.382.2672 | bosaproperties.com

pg. 103

kb design 5043 Rocky Point Rd. Victoria 250.384.1550 | keithbakerdesign.com

pg. 109

innovative • sustainable • inspired

design

250.384.1550 keithbakerdesign.com

Custom Designs

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chintz & company

amerispec inspection services

1720 Store St. Victoria | 250.381.2404

314 Wale Rd. Victoria | 250.590.6912

hot tubs & saunas

homecheck

aqua pacific pool & spas

Victoria | 250.727.1928

11-3318 Oak St. Victoria | 250.475.1922

couch potato 661 McCallum Rd. Victoria 250.474.3414 | generationfurniture.ca

for

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Hundreds of fabrics to choose from!

generation furniture

borton’s spas & pools ltd.

977 Langford Parkway Langford 250.391.0033 | generationfurniture.ca

Many great selections on sale now!

pg. 23

home builders & renovators

2614 Sooke Rd. Victoria | 250.478.9808

Did you know...

We are a family business? Two generations working together and we have been furnishing homes throughout British Columbia since 1978. We have a fantastic selection of affordable, quality furniture. The Right Style At The Right Price.

977 Langford Parkway VICTORIA

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abstract developments

1311 United Boulevard Coquitlam 604.521.7727 | homecouture.ca

1969 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria 250.883.5579 | abstractdevelopments.com

pg. 4

jordans interiors

Alair homes

2680 Blanshard St. Victoria 250.385.6746 | jordans.ca

Victoria 250.382.5400 | Nanaimo 250.754.5500 Comox 250.338.5600 | alairhomes.com

pg. 13

twilight hot tubs & billiards 1942 Blanshard St. Victoria | 250.384.2545 pg. 02

vintage hot tubs 2020 Blanshard St. Victoria | 250.661.7727 pg. 06

You DreaM it - we BuilD it. Winner of Five 2011 Gold CARE Awards

citta group

luxe home interiors

101-1763 Sean Heights Rd. Victoria 250.544.1837 | cittagroup.com

2655 Douglas St. Victoria | 250.386.7632

monarch furnishings 1807 Store St. Victoria 250.590.3955 | monarchfurnishings.com

interior designers

pg. 41

(Gordon) Hemsworth construction

jenny martin design

6936 East Saanich Rd. Victoria | 250.883.8300

3031 Jutland Rd. Victoria | 250.383.8206

Specializing in the DeSign, BuilDing & Millwork of cuStoM hoMeS

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444 William St. Victoria 250.381.8824 | resourcefurniture.com

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custom homes | renovations | landscapes 250 381 8700 www.landeca.ca

pg. 29

Solstice modular seating design Philippe Bouix Dervish coffee tables

716 Hastings St. W Victoria 604.633.5005 | roche-bobois.com

SPACE. REINVENTED. Hong Kong · Montreal · New York · Toronto · Vancouver · Victoria

M. Knight construction VANCOUVER 716 West Hastings Tel. 604-633-5005

pg. 85

CALGARY 225 10th Avenue SW Tel. 403-532-4401

Complimentary parking and interior design services.

Victoria 250.361.8550 | mknight.ca

Showrooms, collections, news and catalogs www.roche-bobois.com For interior design professionals only www.rochebobois-id.com

Designed for you

Date: November 29, 2011 Client: Roche Bobois Project: RBS-VAN1148 Proof number: Final

Publication: Victoria Homes & Living Magazine Format: 9" x 10.75" Bleed: 0.25"

nygaard interior design 1364 Slater St. Victoria | 250.592.4320 pg. 75

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Photo Michel Gibert. Special thanks: TASCHEN - Sophie Dalla Rosa and Laurent Dufour www.dufourlaurent.com, Galerie Talents, talents@ateliersdart.com

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kitchen & bath cabinets

kitchen & bath fixtures

eurotek kitchen & bath

cantu

727 Summit Ave. Victoria 250.381.7588 | eurotekcabinets.com

2-1010 Yates St. Victoria 250.382.1252 | cantubathrooms.com

Photograph by Mark DeVries

pg. 133

www.eurotekcabinets.com

pine lighting 790 Spruce Ave. Victoria | 250.475.0105

Cantu. Ideas made real.

mortage brokers

pg. 107

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http:/ / gettag.mobi

727 Summit Ave Victoria Tel 250.381.7588

EuroTek C A B I N E T S

Victoria Showroom 250.382.1252 | 866.787.1252 #2-1010 Yates Street, Victoria, BC

NEW Vancouver Showroom 604.688.1252 | 800.910.1252 8351 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC

www.cantubathrooms.com

harbour city kitchens 2189 Keating Cross Rd. Saanichton 250.652.5200 | harbourcitykitchens.com

flush bathroom essentials

mccollom mortgage corp.

102-2537 Beacon Ave. Sidney | 250.655.7732

754 Goldstream Ave. Victoria | 250.474.3939

pg. 145 harbour city kitchens f ine cabinetry & storage systems

Style and Simplicity 2189 keating cross road · saanichton · phone: 250.652.5200 we invite you to visit our new website harbourcitykitchens.com

Style and Simplicity

kitchen craft

splashes bath & kitchen

800 Cloverdale Ave. Victoria 250.475.1159 | kitchencraftvictoria.com

movers

712 Bay St. Victoria | 250.386.8311 pg. 71

Canadian

Canadian Made Made

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www.kitchencraft.com

www.kitchencraftvictoria.com www.kitchencraft.com

250.475.1159

jason good

Victoria speciality hardware

530 Hillside Ave. Victoria 250.384.4663 | jasongoodcabinets.comUniquly Uniquly pg. 135

1990 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria 250.598.2966 | vshl.ca

HL_VIC_Feb2012.pdf 19/Dec/11 10:54:00 AM

H A N D C R A F T E D K I T C H E N S , B AT H R O O M S & B U I L T- I N S

YOURS. YOURS. When design demands craftsmanship

bekins moving & storage 6598 Bryn Rd. Saanichton | 250.544.2245 pg. 63

250.384.4663

530 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC www.jasongoodcabinets.com

JOB # J103-12736 CLIENT: JASON GOOD PUBLICATION: HOMES & LIVING INSERTION DATE: JAN 2012 AD SIZE: 5.1875" X 7.2188" PREPARED BY: ECLIPSE CREATIVE @ 250-382-1103

1990 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria, BC, Canada V8R 1E2

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444 William St. Victoria 250.381.3574 | swiftsurewoodworkers.com

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680 Sumas St. Victoria | 250.477.6514

landeca

Proud suppliers of cabinetry and millwork for Homes & Living’s Feature Home, “Windward Oaks” For great kitchen and bathroom ideas, visit our website at SwiftsureWoodworkers.com

1275 Bay St. Victoria 250.381.8700 | landeca.ca

kitchen & bath countertops Style and Simplicity

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pg. 29

custom homes | renovations | landscapes 250 381 8700 www.landeca.ca

paint stores

Style and Simplicity

colonial countertops 646 Alpha St. Victoria 250.383.1926 | colonialcountertops.com

Hoek Van Holland Landscaping Ltd

cloverdale paint

1015 Wollaston St. Victoria | 250.381.1567

1616 Cedar Hill Cross Rd. Victoria | 250.472.6868

Jonathan Craggs Landscape Design

VI colormart paint

686 Island Rd. Victoria | 250.920.0455

1581 Hillside Ave. Victoria | 250.595.4243

pg. 08 Please visit any of our 5 locations:

colonialcountertops.com

courtenay: 2989 Kilpatrick Ave, 250-334-2126 nanaimo: 4115 Mostar Rd, 250-758-5132 victoria: 609 Alpha St, 250-383-1926 Burnaby: 3841 Still Creek Ave, 604-421-2205 Kelowna: 1630 Innovation Dr, 250-765-3004

SHIREBROOK™ fROm tHE watERStOnE COllECtIOn™

to View Our newest Colours Visit CambriaCanada.com

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Photograph by Mark DeVries

731 Summit Ave. Victoria 250.472.1200 | floform.com

Canadian Made Made

www.kitchencraft.com

www.kitchencraftvictoria.com www.kitchencraft.com

250.475.1159

727 Summit Ave. Victoria 250.381.7588 | eurotekcabinets.com

floform

12/21/11 2:28 PM

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pg. 133

www.eurotekcabinets.com

727 Summit Ave Victoria Tel 250.381.7588

EuroTek C A B I N E T S

Uniquly Uniquly YOURS.

acacia landscape

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1625 Fort St. Victoria | 250.595.0527

patio furniture & accessories

rusnak Gallant ltd.

capital iron

4351 Blenkinsop Rd. Victoria | 250.721.5646

1900 Store St. Victoria | 250.385.9703

K2 stone

Home & Patio Gallery

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731 Summit Ave. Victoria, BC V8T 5L6 | 250.472.1200 | 250.472.1201 | floform.com

granite valley & stone 1153 Frances Rd. Merville 250.337.8187 | granitevalleystone.com

pg. 61

matrix marble 2890 Allenby Rd. Duncan 250.746.7257 | matrixmarble.com

pg. 127

precision marble kitchen & bath 4-734 Aldebury St. Victoria | 250.383.1955

lighting fixtures

stone age marble & granite

illuminations

345 John St. Victoria 250.386.5954 | stoneagemarble.com

475 Gorge Rd. E Victoria 250.385.9112 | homeandpatio.ca

876 Langford Parkway Victoria | 250.727.7625

pg. 39

2885 Quesnel St. Victoria 250.384.9359 | illuminationsbc.com

pg. 141

the wicker tree C-4705 Trans Canada Hwy. Duncan | 250.748.1100

pg. 35

railings

Creating beautiful lighting for beautiful homes.

Michael Knight Construction, Winner of the People’s Choice Award and 8 CARE Awards including Project of the Year.

www.illuminationsbc.com

VICTORIA: 2885 QUESNEL STREET • TEL: 250-384-9359 NANAIMO: 201-4300 WELLINGTON ROAD • TEL: 250-756-3614

HLMAGAZINE.COM

JOB #I100-12708 CLIENT: ILLUMINATIONS LIGHTING SOLUTIONS PUBLICATION: HOME & LIVING SHIPPING DATE: DECEMBER 09, 2011 TRIM SIZE: 9" X 10.75" PREPARED BY: ECLIPSE CREATIVE 250-382-1103

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Jivko Stone & Tile 1801 Fort St. Victoria | 250.595.9900

Mclaren lighting 3400 Douglas St. Victoria 250.475.2561 | mclarenlighting.com

excalabor glass & aluminum 3-2189 Keating Cross Rd. Saanichton | 250.652.3833 obc


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windows west

elevated audio

realtors

103-3296 Tennyson Ave. Victoria 250.590.4301 | windowswest.ca

480 Bay St. Victoria | 250.361.9221

pg. 45

Doing what it takes to earn your business, and going even further to keep it. Hello All! Many thanks for the good service. We are enjoying the new windows tremendously and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Windows West. - A.C., Victoria resident

windowswest.ca

Phone: (250) 590-4301 | Toll Free: 1 888 590 4301 | Email: sales@windowswest.ca #103 - 3296 Tennyson Avenue, Victoria BC | V8Z 3P3

3206 Arrowsmith Rd. Nanaimo

NEW Duncan Location! Phone: (250) 597 3320 80A Trunk Road, Duncan BC | V8Z 3P3 Windows West supplies windows and doors to renovators, new home builders, commercial builders and multi-residential developments.

With your home at your fingertips, imagine what you could do.

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cody dreger

island window centre

HOME AUTOMATION CONTROL LIGHTS

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1-5140 Metral Dr. Nanaimo 250.751.1223 | codydreger.com

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Absolutely one of a kind residence set on a 1.2 hillside lot in the picturesque Linley Valley this stunning two storey property boasts views of Mt. Benson and ample privacy. This thoroughly modern look home features 5 bedrooms and a separate nanny suite. The Great Room is surrounded by expansive windows that invites natural light to flood the interior space. 20' high ceilings are featured here along with a steel frame staircase to the second level. The master bedroom and 5 piece ensuite feature leather floors with a carpet insert under the bed, leather ceiling with dramatic coffer, double fir French doors to the deck.

• wraparound

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$959,900

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Your home... SIMPLY AUTOMATED.

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4440 Chatterton Way Victoria | 250.744.3301

4243 Glanford Ave. Victoria | 250.384.4104

window & door screens

lisa williams

sound solutions

bravo blinds

52 Douglas St. Victoria | 250.514.1966

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17-755 Vanalman Ave. Victoria | 1-800-446-1626 “What you don't see. . .

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sundecks

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a rather large investment pg. it's65

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pg. 81

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ganges floor coverings ltd. 122 Lower Ganges Rd. Salt Spring 250.537.9112 | gangesfloors@shaw.ca

roofing

Le Spa Sereine Inc.

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Inside. And out. Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades

pg. 15

Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate

Up to 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost through its windows.

With the ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ construction and three insulating air pockets, Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades increase energy efficiency.

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3381 Tennyson Ave. Victoria 250.475.2600 | islandwindowcoverings.com

Ganges Floor Coverings Ltd. 122 Lower Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC 250-537-9112 gangesfloors@shaw.ca

Inside. And out. Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades

pg. 15

Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate

Up to 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost through its windows.

With the ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ construction and three insulating air pockets, Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades increase energy efficiency.

ruffell & brown interiors

825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria 250.384.6091 | macreno.com

1-2745 Bridge St. Victoria 250.381.1230 | ruffell-brown.com

pg. 09

Ruffell & Brown Interiors 1-2745 Bridge Street Victoria, BC 250-384-1230 ruffell-brown.com

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victoria marriott inner harbour 728 Humboldt St. Victoria | 1-866.306.5451

pg. 15

Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate

Up to 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost through its windows.

With the ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ construction and three insulating air pockets, Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades increase energy efficiency. Visit a participating dealer from January 1st to April 30th 2012 for more information about the Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate. Scan with a smartphone to view video.

Island Window Coverings 3381 Tennyson Ave Victoria, BC 250-475-2600 islandwindowcoverings.com

Ruffell & Brown Interiors 1-2745 Bridge Street Victoria, BC 250-384-1230 ruffell-brown.com

saffron window fashion drapery & blinds 107-2220 Sooke Rd. Victoria

Smart. And beautiful.

250.744.2523 | saffronwindows.com

Inside. And out.

the oswego hotel 500 Oswego St. Victoria | 1-877.767.9346

pg. 15

Hunter Douglas EnergySmart

Up to 50% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost through its windows.

With the ‘honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb’ construction and three insulating air pockets, Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades increase energy efficiency. Visit a participating dealer from January 1st to April 30th 2012 for more information about the Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate.

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raintek 46 Crease Ave. Victoria | 250.896.3478

security & smart homes systems

Ganges Floor Coverings Ltd. 122 Lower Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC 250-537-9112 gangesfloors@shaw.ca

Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades

Manufacturer’s Rebate

Victoria blinds & closets

pg. 109

Duette® Architella® Honeycomb Shades

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Le Spa Sereine Inc. 1411 Government Street | Victoria 250.388.4419 | 866.388.4419

Ganges Floor Coverings Ltd. 122 Lower Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC 250-537-9112 gangesfloors@shaw.ca

Inside. And out.

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the magnolia hotel & spa

Visit a participating dealer from January 1st to April 30th 2012 for more information about the Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate.

Island Window Coverings 3381 Tennyson Ave Victoria, BC 250-475-2600 islandwindowcoverings.com

Saffron Window Fashion Drapery & Blinds Unit #107-2220 Sooke Rd Victoria, BC 250-744-2523 www.saffronwindows.com

pg. 93

Visit a participating dealer from January 1st to April 30th 2012 for more information about the Hunter Douglas EnergySmart Manufacturer’s Rebate.

Island Window Coverings 3381 Tennyson Ave Victoria, BC 250-475-2600 islandwindowcoverings.com

Saffron Window Fashion Drapery & Blinds Unit #107-2220 Sooke Rd Victoria, BC 250-744-2523 www.saffronwindows.com

1411 Government St. Victoria 250.388.4419 | lespasereine.ca

Saffron Window Fashion Drapery & Blinds Unit #107-2220 Sooke Rd Victoria, BC 250-744-2523 www.saffronwindows.com

Island Window Coverings 3381 Tennyson Ave Victoria, BC 250-475-2600 islandwindowcoverings.com

Ruffell & Brown Interiors 1-2745 Bridge Street Victoria, BC 250-384-1230 ruffell-brown.com

Scan with a smartphone to view video.

Ganges Floor Coverings Ltd. 122 Lower Ganges Road Salt Spring Island, BC 250-537-9112 gangesfloors@shaw.ca

pacific sands beach resort

103-700 Shawnigan Lake Rd. Shawnigan Lake 250.590.8060 | vicbc.ca

1421 Pacific Rim Hwy Tofino | 1-800.565.2322 pg. 51

poets cover resort & spa

windows

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adt 104-3375 Whittier Ave. Victoria | 886.285.8345

vinyltek windows- mac renovations 3825 Viewfield Rd. Victoria 250.384.6091 | vinyltek.com

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