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18/6/2015

Trendy Kitchen Backsplashes

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Top Backsplash Trends for 2015 Tile expert Sophie Belanger ranks the best kitchen backsplash trends for the year. By Ashley Macey

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Photo Credit: Jared Sych Brace yourself: kitchen renovation season is upon us. From the first design meeting to the final coat of paint, renovations are a recipe for stress. Luckily ICON’s Sophie Belanger, who recently talked tile with Western Living, is divulging even more trade secrets to help us through the chaos, this time in the world of kitchen backsplashes.

Here are Sophie’s Top Kitchen Backsplash Trends for 2015   Artisanal Artisans, rejoice: handmade backsplashes are back. “If you’re looking for a handmade, one-of-a-kind look, Artisanal tiles are perfect,” says Belanger. With warm tones complementing an imperfect elegance, this trendy tile, rocking an upscale Etsy vibe, is a must-have for the kitchen. “Just like the Artisanal tiles, cooking is art,” notes Sophie. “It’s what makes them the perfect backsplash for a lively kitchen.”

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  Industrial Every kitchen needs a statement piece and an Industrial backsplash is certainly one to consider. Masculine meets rustic, these backsplash tiles have “a strong character” according to Belanger. “It screams touch me,” notes Sophie. From beiges to dark greys, an Industrial backsplash is as inviting as it is daring.

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Middle Eastern Ornamentation It doesn’t matter if you’re a Montague or a Capulet, this one is for the romantics. With a nod to the 18th Century, these backsplash tiles are a modern interpretation of a centuries-old classic. With a focus on shape and pattern, these tiles will sweep your kitchen off its feet in the best kind of way: “Middle Eastern Ornamentation backsplashes are embellished, to be sure, but not in a crazy way,” notes Sophie. It’s fashion meets romance, all in the comfort of the home.

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Trendy Kitchen Backsplashes

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  Tri-Dimensional We’re not sure if it’s time for a “Love Revolution” but it’s sure time for a backsplash revolution. Kravitz Design, founded by the great Lenny Kravitz himself in 2003, is the trendsetter of this highly tactile new backsplash craze. “It’s high-end and contemporary,” says Belanger. “I can imagine someone sipping Pinot Noir and just gazing at their amazing kitchen,” Sophie says. (With Lenny playing in the background, of course.) http://www.westernlivingmagazine.com/homes-and-design/top-backsplash-trends-for-2015

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  TAGS BACKSPLASH | ICON | KITCHEN | KITCHEN BACKSPLASH | SOPHIE BELANGER | STONE | TILE | TRENDS

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Trending: Tile Talk with ICON Stone & Tile's Sophie Belanger

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Trending: Tile Talk with ICON’s Sophie Belanger We caught up with tile expert Sophie Belanger to talk about what’s new and trending in the world of tile. By Ashley Macey

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of ICON Stone and Tile Get ready, Calgary! ICON Stone & Tile has just opened a one-stop shop close to Calgary’s city centre. Curating with Italy in mind, this new showroom is packed with the latest flooring trends from across the globe. In true Italian fashion, make sure to get your caffeine fix at their in-store cappuccino bar before setting off to explore the expansive showroom featuring ICON’s entire range of natural stone, quartz and tile products. With the exciting opening of Calgary’s newest ICON showroom, we thought it was the perfect time to ask Sophie Belanger, 20-year veteran of the stone business and Vice President of Marketing for ICON Stone and Tile, what’s new and hot in the world of tile?

Here are Sophie Belanger’s Top 5 Tile Trends for 2015: 1. Hexagon Hexagon tile isn’t new—in fact, I’m sure most of us have childhood memories of hexagon-tiled bathrooms in our parents’ (or even grandparents’) old homes. But today’s hexagon tile is entirely redesigned. Featuring tactile elements, bold geometric patterns and naturalistic designs, “hexagon tile adds texture to a room”, Belanger says. Unlike the classic square tile, “It’s the detail of the hexagon tile that really makes the floor or wall pop.”

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2. Neu Wood Hardwood floors will never go out of style (fingers crossed!). Neu wood, or porcelain wood, mimics the natural products available in the market and is a sustainable option for hardwood lovers. Unlike other wood sources that are http://www.westernlivingmagazine.com/homes-and-design/trending-tile-talk-with-icons-sophie-belanger/

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easily damaged, neu wood is easy to clean and maintain. Blend Dart, a contemporary neu wood ICON tile, is so popular ICON can barely keep it in stock. “Personally, I can see it working in almost all living spaces,” Belanger says.  

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3. Cementine The charm and beauty of the 19th century is back! Handmade Moroccan cementine tile is flying off the shelves, according to Belanger. With its pure, http://www.westernlivingmagazine.com/homes-and-design/trending-tile-talk-with-icons-sophie-belanger/

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geometric shapes and turn-of-the-century appeal, it’s a perfect statement piece for a bathroom or kitchen. “We live such busy lives,” notes Belanger, “that we need a sense of calming when we come home. Geometric tiles do that for you.”

4. Black and White White kitchens and baths are definitely on trend for 2015. Therefore, it is no surprise that black and white tile is big in flooring design at the moment. It really is the perfect neutral. “You can always go wild with your accessories,” says the tile expert. “But floors last longer, so you want to have a nice base to play with.” http://www.westernlivingmagazine.com/homes-and-design/trending-tile-talk-with-icons-sophie-belanger/

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5. Marble Marble tile has been an interior design mainstay for years. “Marble will always be around,” Belanger says. “It’s an Italian classic.” So what makes it a trend in 2015? According to Belanger, people are being more courageous with their houses and not scared off by marble’s rigorous upkeep. “Aged marble has its own appeal,” says Belanger. Like the old cafés in Italy, aged vintage marble carries a certain personality that homeowners are loving (and buying) in droves.

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For more information about ICON Stone and Tile check out their website and make sure to stop by their brand new Calgary showroom, located at 521 36th Ave. SE.   TAGS CALGARY | CEMENTINE | HEXAGONS | ICON | ICON STONE & TILE | ICON STONE AND TILE | MARBLE | NEU | NEU WOOD | SOPHIE BELANGER | TILE | TRENDS

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Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region

2013 SAM Awards Winners (Winners appear in uppercase. Finalists are listed in placement order.)

ADVERTISING & MARKETING AWARDS Best Billboard (Indoor/Outdoor) Sponsored by Prominent Homes Ltd.  CALBRIDGE 2010 LTD. Move In Date Guaranteed | Move-in-itus Billboard

 Streetside Development Corporation The Edge – Pouring Money Away

 Truman Homes Westpoint Superboard

 Truman Homes Savoy

Best Brochure Sponsored by Watermark Development LP  ALBI HOMES LTD. Vistas Brochure

 CUE Creative Services Limited DISTRICT – Project Sales Brochure

 All Weather Windows Ltd. All Weather Windows Brochure

 Jayman Modus, a division of Jayman Group of Companies Ebony in Mahogany

 Calbridge 2010 Ltd. Villas of Riverstone | Sales Trailer

Best Direct Mail Piece Sponsored by Stepper Custom Homes Inc.  ICON STONE & TILE Simpler & Better Stone Program

 Albi Homes Ltd. Galleria Invite

 Homes by Avi Urban (2006) Inc. The Post - Brochure

Best Moving Media Sponsored by Rockford Developments Inc.  LUX WINDOWS & GLASS LTD. Lux – Brand Television Commercial

 Mattamy Homes Cityscape Sales Video

 Soligo West

 WestCreek Developments Ltd.

Are you ready for Rubi Thursday?

 Jayman Group of Companies Cochrane for Life, Jayman for a Lifetime

 Sabal Homes LP SabalSmart – Beauty + Brains

Best Print Ad Sponsored by Stonetile (Canada) Ltd.  DOUGLAS HOMES LTD. Find Your Perfect Fit

 Brookfield Residential Muskoka Auburn Bay

 WestCreek Developments Ltd. Legacy – Calgary Herald “Wrap”

 Sabal Homes Multi-Family, a division of Sabal Homes LP Chalet No4 – You Complete Me

 CUE Creative Services Limited DISTRICT – Condo Living Ad

Best Website Sponsored by Kon-Strux Developments Inc.  MORRISON HOMES Morrison Website

 Watermark Development LP Watermark at Bearspaw Website

 Jayman Group of Companies

Building Our Legacy

 Genesis Builders Group Inc. Canals Landing Show Home Grand Opening

 The Remodelers Ltd. Remodel It! TV Promo

Best Audio Media  TRUMAN HOMES No Excuses

 Shane Homes Ltd. Shane Homes and Kids Up Front

 Truman Homes Christmas Bonanza – Skywest Condos

 Brad Remington Homes (2010) Ltd. I Love It, Mom – CFP II Fall Campaign

 Morrison Homes Name Game

Janine Coughlin Marketing Campaign of the Year Sponsored by WALL2WALL Media Inc.  HOPEWELL RESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT LP Mahogany Lakefront Grand Opening

 Jayman Modus, a division of Jayman Group of Companies Overture in Currie Barracks

 Stepper Custom Homes Inc.

Jayman.com

EV18 by Stepper Custom Homes

 Truman Homes

 Homes by Avi Urban (2006) Inc.

Skymills

Who is Avi Urban?

 WestCreek Developments Ltd. Legacy – Website

 Jayman Group of Companies Cochrane for Life, Jayman for a Lifetime

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Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region

2013 SAM Awards Finalists (Finalists listed in alphabetical order per category)

ADVERTISING & MARKETING AWARDS Best Billboard (Indoor/Outdoor) Sponsored by Prominent Homes Ltd.  Calbridge 2010 Ltd. Move In Date Guaranteed | Move-in-itus Billboard

 Calbridge 2010 Ltd. Villas of Riverstone | Sales Trailer

 Streetside Development Corporation The Edge – Pouring Money Away

 Truman Homes Savoy

Best Brochure  Albi Homes Ltd. Vistas Brochure

 All Weather Windows Ltd. All Weather Windows Brochure

 CUE Creative Services Limited DISTRICT – Project Sales Brochure

 Homes by Avi Urban (2006) Inc. The Post - Brochure

 Truman Homes Westpoint Superboard

Best Direct Mail Piece Sponsored by Stepper Custom Homes Inc.  Albi Homes Ltd. Galleria Invite

 Jayman Modus, a division of Jayman Group of Companies Ebony in Mahogany

Best Moving Media Sponsored by Rockford Developments Inc.  Genesis Builders Group Inc. Canals Landing Show Home Grand Opening

 Icon Stone & Tile Simpler & Better Stone Program

 Jayman Group of Companies Cochrane for Life, Jayman for a Lifetime

 Sabal Homes LP SabalSmart – Beauty + Brains

 Soligo West

 Lux Windows and Glass Ltd. Lux – Brand Television Commercial

 Mattamy Homes Cityscape Sales Video

 The Remodelers Ltd. Remodel It! TV Promo

 WestCreek Developments Ltd.

Are you ready for Rubi Thursday?

Best Print Ad Sponsored by Stonetile (Canada) Ltd.  Brookfield Residential Muskoka Auburn Bay

 CUE Creative Services Limited DISTRICT – Condo Living Ad

 Douglas Homes Ltd. Find Your Perfect Fit

 Sabal Homes Multi-Family, a division of Sabal Homes LP Chalet No4 – You Complete Me

 WestCreek Developments Ltd. Legacy – Calgary Herald “Wrap”

Best Website Sponsored by Kon-Strux Developments Inc.  Jayman Group of Companies Jayman.com

Building Our Legacy

Best Audio Media  Brad Remington Homes (2010) Ltd. I Love It, Mom – CFP II Fall Campaign

 Morrison Homes Name Game

 Shane Homes Ltd. Shane Homes and Kids Up Front

 Truman Homes Christmas Bonanza – Skywest Condos

 Truman Homes No Excuses

Janine Coughlin Marketing Campaign of the Year Sponsored by WALL2WALL Media Inc.  Homes by Avi Urban (2006) Inc. Who is Avi Urban?

 Morrison Homes Morrison Website

 Truman Homes Skymills

 Hopewell Residential Management LP Mahogany Lakefront Grand Opening

 Jayman Group of Companies Cochrane for Life, Jayman for a Lifetime

 Watermark Development LP Watermark at Bearspaw Website

 WestCreek Developments Ltd. Legacy – Website

 Jayman Modus, a division of Jayman Group of Companies Overture in Currie Barracks

 Stepper Custom Homes Inc. EV18 by Stepper Custom Homes

100, 7326 10 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 8W1 P: 403.235.1911 F: 403.248.1272 www.samawards.com


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SPLASH IT UP BACKSPLASHES MAKE BOLD KITCHEN STATEMENTS

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ake the most functional room in your home also the most beautiful. Liven up that old kitchen with a bright backsplash. "Your backsplash should make your heart sing," says Sophie Belanger, of Icon Stone & Tile, based in Calgary. "A backsplash should meet your needs and express your personality." If you are a chef, a foodie or even an at-home cook, there's bound to be grease, dust and other food particles flying through the air. Protect the wall from mould, stains and greasy food splatters with a backsplash that is not only functional but beautiful. When installing a backsplash, you can do one of two things. You can make your backsplash neutral, with popular whites or greys, using trendy stone or glass. "Consider the colour of your countertop and have a nice colour flow and blend into the backsplash," says Priscilla Cheung from Ames Tile & Stone. "Instead of contrasting colours, the blending colours will create a nice zen/spa feeling to your space." This way, the backsplash becomes part of the background in your kitchen, instead of competing for attention with the new countertop, the LG internet refrigerator with touchscreen LCD panel and smartphone app, or the LG Smart Oven. Or, you can use the backsplash as a bold statement for the kitchen, kicking up the oomph factor. Tiles these days come in stone, glass, stainless steel and other metals, and porcelain/ceramic. They come in square, subway, listello, round and oval shapes. Pick a material you like, Belanger says. "The simplest way is to choose the same tile for your backsplash as you've chose for your floor, just in a smaller size or mosaic style." And when it comes to style and colour, the sky is the limit.

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The tile should match the size, scale and dimension of the room.

“A statement backsplash combined with an we should be looking at,” Belanger explains. “Busy granite and a busy backsplash does not equal beautiful, it screams ‘we should have consulted with a designer!’” Countertops often dictate the backsplash colour and style. If your cupboards are light, go with a lighter tile. If your cupboards are dark, go with a darker tile. Grout colour is also very important.

There are at least 20 colours of grout. It’s important to match grout colour to the tile. “Take a clue from the other colours in your kitchen, to connect everything harmoniously,” Belanger says. “It’s a small detail, but it should match.” The tile should match the size, scale and dimension of the room. Don’t use oversized tiles in your teensy kitchen. Don’t use teensy tiles in a large kitchen, else your design will get lost. And if you’re going the whole nine yards and doing a complete kitchen renovation, consider a full backsplash, which is a full slab of stone, cut to fit perfectly. “It changes the look and feel of your whole kitchen,” Belanger says. And before you jump whole-heartedly into a tile store, plan your foray into backsplashes first. Look at magazines, blogs, websites, and figure out what you want. Consult a designer.

Photos courtesy Icon Stone & Tile.

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“A kitchen backsplash is a personality piece,” Belanger says. “Get excited about designing a fresh look for your space.” Whether your style is sophisticated, bold, sexy, neutral or eclectic, backsplashes will make a statement. Determine a budget and have some idea of what these things cost. Belanger says existing fittings or cabinets might make some backsplashes impossible to install, so check that out before you buy a wall’s worth of tile. As for trends, the Mediterranean look is well-known in Europe, Belanger says. This means bright and bold colours, like cerulean blue and stark white of Santorini, or the fuschia and orange of a Mediterranean sunset. More popular in this province is the contemporary style, with minimal or urban influences of metallic, neutral colours. Whatever your style or colour preference, there will be a tile manufacturer who can procure it for you. “We can show you the colour you want,” Belanger says. “We can even print your face on a tile.” (That option might be good for kids photos.) And once you’ve installed your new personality statement, keep it clean. For maintenance, cleaning tile depends entirely on the materials. Avoid anything abrasive or a solvent-based cleaner. Stone and metal tiles can be cleaned with a soft cloth, warm water and dishwashing soap. Glass tiles can be kept clean with household cleaner designed for glass. And porcelain or ceramic tiles can be cleaned with most household surface cleaners and a bit of water. CL


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Bold, beautiful backsplash Create your kitchen’s character with the perfect backsplash

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ake the most functional room in your home also the most beautiful. Liven up that old kitchen with a bright backsplash. “Your backsplash should make your heart sing,” says Sophie Belanger, of Icon Stone Tile, based in Calgary. “A backsplash should meet your needs and express your personality.” If you are a chef, a foodie or even an at-home cook, there's bound to be grease, dust and other food particles flying through the air. Protect the wall from mould, stains and greasy food splatters with a backsplash that is not only functional but beautiful. When installing a backsplash, you can do one of two things. You can make your backsplash neutral, with popular whites or greys, using trendy stone or glass. “Consider the colour of your countertop and have a nice colour flow and blend into the backsplash,” says Priscilla Cheung from Ames Tile & Stone. “Instead of contrasting colours, the blending colours will create a nice zen/spa feeling to your space.” This way, the backsplash becomes part of the background in your kitchen, instead of competing for attention with the new countertop, the LG internet refrigerator with touchscreen LCD panel and smartphone app, or the LG Smart Oven. Or, you can use the backsplash as a bold statement for the kitchen, kicking up the oomph factor. Tiles these days come in stone, glass, stainless steel and other metals, and porcelain/ceramic. They come in square, subway, listello, round and oval shapes. 54

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“Take a clue from the other colours in your kitchen, to connect everything harmoniously.” Pick a material you like, Belanger says. “The simplest way is to choose the same tile for your backsplash as you've chose for your floor, just in a smaller size or mosaic style.” And when it comes to style and colour, the sky is the limit. “A statement backsplash combined with an exotic looking at,” Belanger explains. “Busy granite and a busy backsplash does not equal beautiful, it screams 'we should have consulted with a designer!'” Countertops often dictate the backsplash colour and style. If your cupboards are light, go with a lighter tile. If your cupboards are dark, go with a darker tile. Grout colour is also very important. There are at least 20 colours of grout. It’s important to match grout colour to the tile. “Take a clue from the other colours in your kitchen, to connect everything harmoniously,” Belanger says. “It's

a small detail, but it should match.” The tile should match the size, scale and dimension of the room. Don't use oversized tiles in your teensy kitchen. Don't use teensy tiles in a large kitchen, else your design will get lost. And if you're going the whole nine yards and doing a complete kitchen renovation, consider a full backsplash, which is a full slab of stone, cut to fit perfectly. “It changes the look and feel of your whole kitchen,” Belanger says. And before you jump whole-heartedly into a tile store, plan your foray into backsplashes first. Look at magazines, blogs, websites, and figure out what you want. Consult a designer. “A kitchen backsplash is a personality piece,” Belanger says. “Get excited about designing a fresh look for your space.”

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Whether your style is sophisticated, bold, sexy, neutral or eclectic, backsplashes will make a statement. Whether your style is sophisticated, bold, sexy, neutral or eclectic, backsplashes will make a statement. Determine a budget and have some idea of what these things cost. Belanger says existing fittings or cabinetsmight make some backsplashes impossible to install, so check that out before you buy a wall’s worth of tile. As for trends, the Mediterranean look is well-known in Europe, Belanger says. This means bright and bold colours, like cerulean blue and stark white of Santorini, or the fuschia and orange of a Mediterranean sunset. More popular in this province is the

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contemporary style, with minimal or urban influences of metallic, neutral colours. Whatever your style or colour preference, there will be a tile manufacturer who can procure it for you. “We can show you the colour you want,” Belanger says. “We can even print your face on a tile.” (That option might be good for kids photos.) And once you’ve installed your new personality statement, keep it clean. For maintenance, cleaning tile depends entirely on the materials. Avoid anything abrasive or a solvent-based cleaner. Stone and metal tiles can be cleaned with a soft cloth, warm water and dishwashing soap. Glass tiles can be kept clean with household cleaner designed for glass. And porcelain or ceramic tiles can be cleaned with most household surface cleaners and a bit of water. NL


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Icon Stone and Tile

shovels and glasses made out of old beer bottles. Previously an online retailer, Reworks opened a storefront in Inglewood this fall. Drop by to peruse an assortment of home decor, furniture, accessories and housewares, many of which are one-of-a-kind. 1217B – 9th Avenue, Calgary, 403-263-4366; www.shopreworks.ca

ICON UPGRADE

If you’re in the market for a hard surface – whether manmade or natural – chances are good you’ll find it at Icon Stone and Tile. Especially now that the company’s Calgary showroom has been revamped. Now, customers, contractors and designers can peruse 2,500 stone slabs and more than 80 tile collections, or attend lunch-and-learn sessions in the new boardroom. 525 – 36th Ave. SE, Calgary, 403532-3383; www.iconstonetile.com A FINE MOVE

about to get even more popular. This fall, the company launched a home services division to provide installation, too. Now, homeowners won’t have to fiddle with new garage door openers or central vacuum systems. 1-855-682-4663; www.canadiantire.ca UPSCALE UP-CYCLING

With so much unwanted junk clogging up landfills and closets, it makes sense not just to recycle, but to up-cycle. Calgary’s Reworks Upcycle Shop proves that what’s old can be new again – and even better than before. Think chairs made of

Since 2008, Henry’s Purveyor of Fine Things has sold an eclectic mix of home decor, furniture and gifts from its location in Edmonton’s gallery district. This fall, it packed its bags and moved to a location with better street visibility and parking, just two blocks away. Henry’s continues to sell distinctive products (like smokeless fireplaces and hand-made kitchenware) and offer interior design consultation (including feng shui).10216 – 124 St., Edmonton, 780-

They say if you do what you love, the money follows. That’s certainly been true for Calgary’s Tara Jamieson, an accountant who’s carved out a new career in furniture refinishing. Last year, she took her hobby full-time and began designing and contracting from her home, but this fall she opened her own studio, Lauren Lane Decor, in Calgary’s Ogden neighbourhood. In addition to selling her own creations, Jamieson is offering furniture refinishing classes for DIY enthusiasts.

BEST BUILDER

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta has honoured Edmonton builder White Eagle Homes with the prestigious Ralph Scurfield Builder of the Year Award, which is determined in part by a homeowner survey. While it may not be a household name, White Eagle Homes has built houses all over Edmonton, including the brand-new suburbs of Callaghan and Allard.

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4020 – 15A St. SE, Calgary, 403-265-7751; www.laurenlanedecor.ca

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With everything from Tupperware containers to Christmas decorations to tires, Canadian Tire is a regular shopping destination for many Albertans. But now, everyone’s favourite hardware store is

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eing a young mom taking care of children when you’re not much older than a kid yourself can be a really challenging — if not dire — life circumstance. There are a lot of admirable institutions in the city that give support to these women, one of these is the Highbanks Society. Nine years ago, I volunteered for a charity event called Designers’ Showcase, in support of the Highbanks Society. Highbanks is an amazing local organization creating subsidized housing for young mothers who need support while finishing their education and creating a career path. A few months back I received another

call from Highbanks Society President, Bette Mitchell, asking me if I would like to participate in helping design a suite for the expansion of their building in West Hillhurst. Knowing what an amazing organization it was, and all the great work they have been doing, I, of course, said yes. After a few weeks of planning and collecting donations from suppliers, the building came together beautifully and the end result was a fun, energized 600-square-foot space that will hopefully help a young woman on her way. This month I want to share with you how each space was designed and the inspiration behind the suite.

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Keep kid’s rooms neutral and simple, with colour being introduced through artwork and accessories. Alykhan Velji Having a successful design career for the last several years, Alykhan Velji has definitely made a name for himself on the Alberta design scene. Coming in as one of the top three finalists for HGTV’s Designer Superstar Challenge in 2006 and then landing a role as a Stylist/Design Assistant on The

Living Room/Kitchen Being a small space, and open concept, I wanted to keep the living room and kitchen area bright and airy. The look has a mid-century feel and is inspired with a touch of whimsy to keep it young and fresh. The eco-friendly bamboo floors added an organic touch and were carried throughout the house. The space is small, so carrying the same flooring throughout helped to create flow. In the living room, we chose to install sheer, floor to ceiling draperies that spanned the entire wall to create softness. There was room for a substantially sized sofa and a side chair for extra seating. We opted out of using a coffee table as the space is quite confined and we wanted to keep the traffic flow moving. Under the TV is a storage bench for toys and we made our big splash in the room with bold wallpaper on two walls in the space. The original ‘60s-inspired Marimekko print really adds the whimsical touch and the George Nelson light fixture completes our mid-century vibe.

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The kitchen’s high gloss, white cabinets were chosen for durability and for their sheen, perfect for a small space. The stainless appliances update the look and the blizzard Ceasarstone counters add luxury to the space. For a big punch of colour, we added the gorgeous blue mosaic tiles on the backsplash in keeping with the fresh approach to the space. Kid’s Room If you read my article last month, you know that I like to keep kid’s rooms neutral and simple, with colour being introduced through artwork and accessories. A gorgeous mid-century inspired walnut dresser grounds the space and adds functional storage. The sheer drapery is carried in this space to create softness and unify the home. The crib is kept white, as is the chair. We chose a fun polka dot for the bedding and added a smaller pillow on the chair to repeat the pattern. The artwork is bold and contemporary — as is the light fixture — but still young and bright.

Style Dept. also was a great boost

Mom’s Room We wanted to create a retreat. We kept the warm grey walls that we used in other rooms but injected splashes of purple to keep the space feminine. To keep costs down we did one of my favourite DIY projects and used groupings of artwork in lieu of spending on a headboard, something that can be easily changed in time. The chrome and black side tables scale perfectly in this small space and help to create balance and symmetry. The lamps too are smaller and have a reflective base done in a tarnished mirror for an antiqued look. The bedding is a gorgeous neutral paisley to add some pattern to the space.

to his career. As well as having his own design business, Alykhan Velji Design, Alykhan has been featured in many local and national publications, offering his expertise on design and trends. Finding inspiration in his travels and keeping abreast with the design industry’s new and innovative trends ensures his design esthetic is always fresh, all the while remaining original and timeless. In its fourth year as a design firm, Alykhan Velji Design

Bathroom Function was key but we also wanted to create a spa-like atmosphere. A deep soaker tub was used to help mom relax after a hectic day and set on a modern 12” x 24” ceramic tile: durable and easy to clean. The tub surround is a small-scale rectangular white tile to keep the smaller bathroom bright and airy. Repeating the high gloss white for the vanity and the Ceasarstone counter tops, aided in keeping the bathroom light and with consistency. The mirror goes from the top of the counter all the way to ceiling with the light fixture installed on top of the mirror so that more light is reflected. All the plumbing fixtures are sleek, contemporary and uber stylish to give the Highbanks expansion an oasis-like feel. It has been my pleasure to work with the Highbanks Society and I hope that whomever is chosen to stay there feels inspired to take on the world! NL As Seen in New Home Living Magazine

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Salone Internazionale del Mobile | April 14–19, 2010 | Milan, Italy More than 2,300 exhibitors will showcase the latest furniture, accessories for every room in the home, including kitchen and bath, at the 49th annual edition of the event. Hot topics at this year’s event include “Everyone to the Table,” a look at the world of dining deconstructed from food prep to table settings, and more. www.cosmit.it

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EVTEKS | May 19–23 | Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul’s home textile exhibition is expected to grow this year, with 850 exhibitors from 20 countries showcasing 2,000 brands during the fair. Last year’s highlight – the Trend Forum – will return one again, and for the first time, a carpet section will be present, showcasing the latest industry trends. www.itf-evteks.com

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The reaction to the word “doily” can be both comforting (thanks grandma!) and cringeinducing, but Modern-Twist has come up with a way to give the doleful doily a muchneeded makeover. Clean lines and organic detailing make the hand silkscreened Doileez a modern choice for slipping under a vase or using as a decorative touch when serving up sweets (they’re made from foodgrade silicon and are heatproof to 480 F). Choose the cluster or loop pattern in an assortment of colours. $41-47/ pkg. of 2, Kilian International Design

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2009 SAM Awards Finalists ADVERTISING & MARKETING AWARDS Best Billboard (Indoor/Outdoor) Albi Renova Hopewell Residential Communities Jayman MasterBUILT Rockford Developments Inc. Sabal Homes

Best Direct Mail Piece Hopewell Residential Communities Jayman MasterBUILT Pinnacle Group Renovations Pinnacle Group Renovations Pinnacle Group Renovations

Best Print Ad

Best Brochure Augusta Fine Homes (a division of NuVista Homes) Baywest Homes Ltd. Kitchen & Bath Classics(a Wolseley Company) Mattamy Homes Calgary Limited Rockford Developments Inc.

Best Moving Media Sponsored by Rockford Developments Inc. Albi Renova Baywest Homes Ltd. Homes By Avi Shane Homes Ltd. Trico Homes

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Hopewell Residential Communities Medallion Development Corporation Shane Homes Ltd. Streetside Developments Corporation Trico Homes

Best Website Sponsored by Bridgewater Bank Crossley Custom Homes Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd. Heartland and Hawthorne Homes Icon Stone & Tile Landmark Homes (Calgary) Inc.

Heartland Homes Hopewell Residential Communities Morrison Homes Morrison Homes Morrison Homes

Janine Coughlin Marketing Campaign of the Year Sponsored by Consumer Strategies Group Augusta Fine Homes (a division of NuVista Homes) Elmont Green

Hopewell Residential Communities “The Love Affair” Campaign

Landmark Homes (Calgary) Inc. DesignFlex™

Sabal Homes I Want a Home With Room to Grow…

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ICON STONE & TILE – A FINALIST FOR THE ALBERTA BUSINESS AWARDS OF DISTINCTION Calgary, December 19th, 2009 – ICON STONE & TILE, one of the most important importer, fabricator and purveyor of natural stone products in western Canada, is pleased to announce that it has been recently selected as a finalist for the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction in the Marketing Award of Distinction category. This great honour was announced by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce on December 19, 2009. Along with being a finalist for the Marketing Award of Distinction, ICON STONE & TILE is also eligible for the prestigious Premier’s Award of Distinction. ICON STONE & TILE Design Center and manufacturing facilities, located in Calgary, showcase its innovative and exotic granites, marble, limestone, quartz, travertine in a European-style showroom.They manufacture the granite countertops that are so popular in the renovation industry along with other custom stone products. They provide exquisite product lines to many of the top interior designers, architects and retail customers; furnishing high-end homes, businesses, and other renowned commercial projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia. ICON provides you with a one-stop – shopping experience for all of your natural stone, tile, faucet, sink needs. ‘We are thrilled to be honored this way. To be acknowledged is an experience we’ll never forget.’ said Jean St-Onge, President. The awards will be announced at a gala dinner on February 19, 2010 at the Marriott River Cree Resort in Edmonton. For more information, please go to the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction website at www.abbusinessawards.ab.ca

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ARCUS DEVELOPMENTS Homes by Avi (Calgary) Inc. Albi Homes Ltd. The Remodelers Ltd. Shane Homes Ltd.

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UNITED DRYWALL LTD. United Drywall Ltd. Spindle, Stairs & Railings (2002) Ltd. Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd. Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd.

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2008 SAM Awards Finalists NEW HOME AWARDS Best New Home – up to $249,999 Sponsored by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation ƒ

HOMES BY BELLIA INC.

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Ð Stallion 3, 24 SkyView Springs Garden NE, Calgary

Douglas Homes Ltd. Ð Curacao 3, Private, Airdrie

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Ð Fairmont, 1228 Sherwood Blvd NW, Airdrie

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Ð The Whittenburg, 1593 Copperfield Blvd SE, Calgary Ð Miranda, 309 Everridge Drive SW, Calgary Ð Hall Residence, Private, Calgary

Stepper Custom Homes Inc. Ð The Cascade, 177 Heritage Bay, Cochrane

Best New Home – $370,000-$404,999 Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank ƒ

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Albi Homes Ltd.

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2008 SAM Awards Finalists NEW HOME AWARDS Best New Home - $1,000,000-$1,499,999 Sponsored by United Drywall Ltd. ƒ

PROMINENT HOMES Ð THE BERKSHIRE, 67 COUGAR PLATEAU CIRCLE NW, CALGARY

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Vintage Fine Homes Inc. Ð The Vasari, 144A Springbluff Blvd SW, Calgary

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Grandscape Homes Ltd. Ð Ribecco Residence, Private, Calgary

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Ð Private Residence, Private, DeWinton

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Morrison Homes

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Laratta Construction Ltd.

Ð THE MARKHAM, PRIVATE, M.D. OF ROCKYVIEW Ð The Aspen House, 6 Aspen Ridge Gate SW, Calgary Ð The Morrison Residence, Private, M.D. of Foothills Ð Legg Residence, Private, Calgary

PARTNER AWARDS – BUILDERS CHOICE Supplier & Installer of Products (with Showroom) ƒ DIVINE HARDWOOD FLOORING LTD. ƒ Icon Stone & Tile ƒ Diamond Fireplace Distributors Ltd. ƒ Trecc Electric ƒ Spindle, Stairs & Railings (2002) Ltd. Supplier of Products (with Showroom) ƒ ƒ

GIENOW WINDOWS & DOORS INC. Kitchen & Bath Classics, a division of Wolseley Canada ƒ Regal Building Materials Ltd. ƒ All Weather Windows Ltd. Supplier of Service: Trades ƒ SMART SITE INC. ƒ Volvo Rents

Supplier & Installer of Products (without Showroom) ƒ UNITED DRYWALL LTD.

Supplier of Products (without Showroom) Sponsored by Streetside Development Corporation ƒ ZYTECH BUILDING SYSTEMS INC. ƒ Double R Building Products Ltd. ƒ Nascor Ltd.

Supplier of Service: Professionals ƒ VRPHOTOS COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY CORP. ƒ NORR Architects Planners, formerly Poon McKenzie Architects ƒ Enhance Marketing Corp., a division of Lockwood Design Group Ltd.

100, 7326 10 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 8W1 P: 403.235.1911 F: 403.248.1272 www.samawards.com


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Distinct Vetrazzo certification awarded to ICON STONE & TILE

Cobalt Skyy • imagine a festive evening with friends, laughing together, sampling savory treats, drinking top shelf spirits poured from a lovely cobalt blue bottle. When you leave, take away the warm glow of time well spent with friends. And you leave behind the bottles. Those bottles are here, in Vetrazzo top shelf mix, cobalt sky.

Calgary, March 10th, 2009– ICON STONE & TILE, one of the most important importer, fabricator and purveyor of natural stone products in western Canada, was recently awarded the distinct merit of certified fabricator for Vetrazzo, a line of exquisite surfacing materials crafted from recycled glass which are used for countertops, tabletops, flooring and architectural cladding. Vetrazzo surfaces are comparable in both price and durability to high-end granite and other premium surface materials. When launching this new product, California-based Vetrazzo is making sure that only the top fabricators in major regions be given the opportunity to work with this unique product. Mark Johnson, Fabrication and Technical Representative for Vetrazzo congratulated ICON STONE & TILE for the quality of ‘their’ fabrication techniques and attention to detail, which have been recognized as outstanding. In looking for certified fabricators, Vetrazzo looked not only at quality of work and reputation, but also the level in which the particular fabricator took in environmental responsibility. ICON STONE & TILE’s commitment was emphasized in many ways


including its use of recycled water throughout its operating facility as well as its recycling program for stone waste. As a result, ICON STONE & TILE became a certified fabrication partner for Vetrazzo who leads the industry in their commitment and dedication to the environment. ICON STONE & TILE is excited about the opportunity to add a sustainable and unique new collection to their already extensive lines of surfacing materials. Vetrazzo surfaces offer a stunning and lively signature for residential or commercial projects. They have one of the highest percentages of recycled content of any "green" building surface material, so they allow homeowners, architects, designers, and builders to exhibit both their style and their respect for the environment.

LEED Point Contribution Created by the US Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Learn more about this increasingly adopted standard at www.usgbc.org. Use of Vetrazzo can contribute to a variety of LEED points depending on job site particulars. Consult a LEED Accredited Professional for calculation o f specific point contribution. Can contribute to earning up to 5 points or more toward LEED 2.2 certification: • Recycled Content Credit MR Credit 4.1 or 4.2 (1 to 2 points) • Regional Materials MR Credit 5.1 and/or 5.2 (1 to 2 points) within 500 miles of Richmond, CA • Low Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants EQ Credit 4.1 (1 point) We do recommend low-VOC adhesives. • Innovation in Design– extensive use of Vetrazzo in flooring or walls could contribute to additional points. ABOUT ICON STONE & TILE ICON STONE & TILE, comprised of a Design Center, Slab Warehouse and a Fabrication Workshop, located in Calgary, AB provides exquisite product lines to many top interior designers, architects and retail customers; furnishing high-end homes, businesses, and other renowned commercial projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia. ICON provides you with a onestop – shopping experience for all of your natural stone, tile, faucet, sink needs. For more information, please visit www.iconstonetile.com About VETRAZZO Recycled glass transformed into artful surfaces for home and commercial applications. Vetrazzo is the original recycled glass surface. Invented and first produced in 1996, Vetrazzo enables customers to showcase their individual sense of style and respect for the environment. Vetrazzo is made in the U.S., by a certified green business with company headquarters in the Bay Area of CA. For more information, please visit www.vetrazzo.com

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Sophie Bélanger (403) 978.7002 sbelanger@iconstonetile.com

For more information: th ICON STONE & TILE • 525.36 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1W5 CANADA Phone: (403) 532-3383 • Fax (403) 532-3386 • E-mail: info@iconstonetile.com; www.iconstonetile.com


Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region

2008 SAM Awards Finalists ADVERTISING & MARKETING AWARDS Best Billboard (Indoor/Outdoor) ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Baywest Homes Ltd. Homes by Avi (Calgary) Inc. Hopewell Residential Communities Inc. Jayman MasterBUILT Lynn Donaldson and Associates Design and Contracting

Best Direct Mail Piece ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Carma Developers LP Hopewell Residential Communities Inc. Icon Stone & Tile Sabal Homes LP UBG Alpine Homes Ltd.

Best Print Ad ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

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CalBridge Fine Homes Carma Developers LP Hopewell Residential Communities Inc. Jayman MasterBUILT UBG Alpine Homes Ltd.

Best Moving Media ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Albi Homes Ltd. Arcus Developments Homes by Avi (Calgary) Inc. Shane Homes Ltd. The Remodelers Ltd.

Best Radio Commercial

Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd. Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd. Spindle, Stairs & Railings (2002) Ltd. United Drywall Ltd. United Drywall Ltd.

Best Website ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Best Brochure

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Astoria Projects, a division of Astoria Homes Ltd. Baywest Homes Ltd. Beattie Homes Ltd. Morrison Homes Morrison Homes

Janine Coughlin Marketing Campaign of the Year

Arcus Developments Homes by Avi (Calgary) Inc. Pacer Signature Homes Inc. Shane Homes Ltd. Spindle, Stairs & Railings (2002) Ltd.

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Albi Homes Ltd.

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Arcus Developments

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Baywest Homes Ltd.

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Hopewell Residential Communities Inc.

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Stepper Custom Homes Inc.

Ð Live Beautiful Calgary Ð Astoria on Tenth – Let the Romance Begin Ð Unique Snowflake Ð Live at the Lake Forever Ð The Passion to Build your “Happily Ever After”

* Honourable Mention Awards will be sent to the top Developer, Renovator, and Partner participants. *

100, 7326 10 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 8W1 P: 403.235.1911 F: 403.248.1272 www.samawards.com


Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region

2008 SAM Awards Finalists NEW HOME AWARDS Best New Home - $1,000,000-$1,499,999 ƒ

Albi Homes Ltd.

Best New Home - $1,500,000-$1,999,999 ƒ

Grandscape Homes Ltd.

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JayMack Custom Homes Inc.

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Laratta Construction Ltd.

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McKinley Masters

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McKinley Masters

Ð Private Residence, Private, DeWinton

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Canterra Custom Homes Ltd.

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McKinley Masters

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Prominent Homes

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Vintage Fine Homes Inc.

Ð Ribecco Residence, Private, Calgary

Ð Giustini Ranchhouse, Private, Calgary

Ð Young Residence, Private, Calgary

Ð Kobel Residence, Private, Calgary

Ð Casa Bella, Private, Calgary

Ð The Berkshire, 67 Cougar Plateau Circle NW, Calgary Ð The Vasari, 144A Springbluff Blvd SW, Calgary

Ð Davies Residence, Private, Calgary Ð Roland Residence, Private, M.D. of Rockyview

Best New Home - $2,000,000 and over ƒ

JayMack Custom Homes Inc. Ð The Aspen House, 6 Aspen Ridge Gate SW, Calgary

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Laratta Construction Ltd.

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McKinley Masters

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Morrison Homes

Ð Legg Residence, Private, Calgary Ð The Markham, Private, M.D. of Rockyview Ð The Morrison Residence, Private, M.D. of Foothills

PARTNER AWARDS – BUILDERS CHOICE Supplier & Installer of Products (with Showroom) ƒ Diamond Fireplace Distributors Ltd. ƒ Divine Hardwood Flooring Ltd. ƒ Icon Stone & Tile ƒ Spindle, Stairs & Railings (2002) Ltd. ƒ Trecc Electric

Supplier & Installer of Products (without Showroom) ƒ United Drywall Ltd.

Supplier of Products (with Showroom) ƒ All Weather Windows Ltd. ƒ Gienow Windows & Doors Inc. ƒ Kitchen & Bath Classics, a division of Wolseley Canada ƒ Regal Building Materials Ltd.

Supplier of Products (without Showroom) ƒ Double R Building Products Ltd. ƒ Nascor Ltd. ƒ Zytech Building Systems Inc.

Supplier of Service: Trades ƒ Smart Site Inc. ƒ Volvo Rents

Supplier of Service: Professionals ƒ Poon McKenzie Architects ƒ VRPhotos Commercial Photography Corp.

100, 7326 10 Street NE Calgary, AB T2E 8W1 P: 403.235.1911 F: 403.248.1272 www.samawards.com


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I c o n Sto n e a n d T i l e

Icon Stone & Tile – Inspirational Beauty Step into a place that’s part stone design centre, part stone library and part museum.

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CON STONE& TILE is a place dedicated to the beauty of stone and tile, and its ability to endure. While many shops in the city do not have showrooms, ICON is a place to be inspired and to assist customers in visualizing the possibilities of designing with stone and tile. For over 15 years, owner Jean St-Onge has explored worldwide quarries for inspiration and to find the right stones, extracted from the deepest quarries of India, Brazil, Turkey, China and South Africa. In Italy, Jean found beauties other than stone: the finest ceramic and porcelain tiles, faucets and sinks. Products include stone, tile, faucets, sinks, and sustainable, LEED-oriented products for style-minded clients. The Concetto line is a compilation of stunning surfaces made from individually cut and set semi-precious stones such as amethyst and rose quartz. Recycled pieces of glass gathered from curbside recycling programs form the beautiful pieces in the exquisite Vetrazzo collection. Every slab sold by ICON is one-of-a-kind and every collection is hand-picked and imported. However, Jean felt it was equally important to provide a wide selection that would fit any budget. “When people come to ICON, we want the tile or stone they will choose for their home to feel as unique and special as they are,” says Jean. “We want them to have a fun and enjoyable experience.” Staff members are a mixture of younger employees, familiar with the company’s state-of-the-art CNC technology, and more mature employees who exude their passion for distinctive products and things of enduring value, bringing with them a wealth of industry experience. They are trained to help clients understand the steps involved for the duration of the project. However, the most important quality the staff boasts is their passion for what they do. In an effort to provide an even greater experience for clients, ICON has taken new space in their current location and created Galleria. Galleria is designed to provide design inspiration and information about stone in a distinctive and creative environment, in a way that’s never been done before in our industry,” says Marketing Manager Sophie Belanger. “Our goal is to make Galleria a destination, to inspire, and to unveil distinctive lines of stone which have been sourced from around the world.” Galleria will focus on encouraging creativity, exploring innovation and helping consumers acquire the stone that best captures the spirit and essence of each project. Clients can enjoy

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a peaceful experience, as they take their time and enjoy choosing their stone and tile in a quiet museum-like environment. ICON STONE& TILE Design Center and manufacturing facilities, located in Calgary, provides exquisite product lines to many of Calgary’s top interior designers and architects; furnishing high-end homes, top businesses, and other renowned commercial projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia. ICON provides you with a one-stop shopping experience for all of your natural stone, tile, faucet and sink needs. 525- 36 Avenue S.E., Calgary • Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm •Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm T: 403-532-3383 • www.iconstonetile.com


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and tile, and its ability to endure. While many shops in the city do not have showrooms, ICON believes theirs is a place to be inspired and to assist customers in visualizing the possibilities of designing with stone and tile. For over 15 years, owner Jean St-Onge has explored worldwide quarries for inspiration and to find the right stones, extracted from the deepest benches of India, Brazil, Turkey, China, South Africa. In Italy, Jean found beauties other than stone: the finest ceramic and porcelain tiles, faucets and sinks. Products include stone, tile, faucets, sinks, and sustainable, LEEDoriented products for style-minded clients. The Concetto line is a compilation of stunning surfaces made from individually cut and set semiprecious stones such as amethyst and rose quartz. Recycled pieces glass gathered from curbside recycling programs form the beautiful pieces in the exquisite Vetrazzo collection. Every slab sold by ICON is one-of-a-kind, and every collection is hand-picked and imported, however Jean felt it was equally important to provide a wide selection that would fit any budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When people come to ICON, we want them to feel as unique and special as the tile or stone they will choose for their home,â&#x20AC;? says Jean. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want them to have a fun, enjoyable experience.â&#x20AC;? Staff members are a mixture of younger employees, familiar with the

companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state-of-the-art CNC technology, and more mature employees who exude their passion for distinctive products and things of enduring value, and bring with them a wealth of industry experience. They are trained to help clients understand the steps involved for the duration of the project. In an effort to provide an even greater experience for clients, ICON has taken new space in their current location and created â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Galleriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GALLERIA is designed to provide a whole with new way of looking at stone, a way thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been done before in our industry,â&#x20AC;? says Marketing Manager Sophie Belanger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to make Galleria a memorable destination, to inspire, and to unveil distinctive lines of stone which have been sourced from all around the world.â&#x20AC;? Clients can enjoy a peaceful experience, as they take their time and enjoy choosing their stone and tile in an inspiring museum-like environment. ICON Stone & Tile Design Center and manufacturing facilities, located in Calgary, provides exquisite product lines to many of Calgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top interior designers and architects; furnishing high-end homes, top businesses, and other renowned commercial projects throughout Alberta and British Columbia. ICON provides you with a one-stop-shopping experience for all of your natural stone, tile, faucet, sink needs. 525 - 36 Avenue S.E. www.iconstonetile.com â&#x2013; 

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