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Hidden getaway


Shades of summer


By a mile

Bayfield cottage renovation

Hues for the hot months

Horse lovers’ dream property




A special bond


Partial to patios

A grandparent’s love

Delightful al fresco dining



Slip into summer Dresses you’ll love




Sail on Sarnia


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LIFESTYLE PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington WRITERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Lisa Brandt Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Mary Jansenberger Kathy Mueller Wayne Newton Kathy Rumleski Heather Toskan ACCOUNT MANAGERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 annettegent537@gmail.com Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 lorrainelukings@hotmail.com Carla MacGregor 519.464.3230 carlalifestylemagazine@gmail.com Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 jm@lambtonshores.com Elaine Norris 519-702-5583 lifestyleelaine@hotmail.com Wilma Van Vaerenbergh 519-476-5571 lifestylewilma@gmail.com EDITORIAL & AD DESIGN Wendy Reid AD DESIGN Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield PHOTOGRAPHY Richard Bain PRINTING Sportswood Printing WEB ARCHITECTURE Redding Design Inc. www.reddingdesigns.com Lifestyle is published six times a year by 2251632 Ontario Inc. c.o.b. Lifestyle Magazine 108 Tuyll Street, Bayfield N0M 1G0 519-873-0989 lifestylemagazinepublishing@gmail.com Copies are distributed to selected homes, magazine stands and local businesses in London and area.

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EDITOR’S note BUILDING ORIGINAL HOMES FOR ORIGINAL PEOPLE We’ll make your next home as original as you are Why settle for a run-of-the-mill custom home when you can have an entirely original one? With a planning process that starts with nothing more than your dreams and a blank sheet of paper, you can be sure your Riverstone Original Home will be every bit as unique and remarkable as you are. We’ve been building original homes for well over 20 years now, and each one has been entirely different than the one before it. And that’s exactly how it should be.

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. LOU HOLTZ


eroes, heroines, people we admire, people whom we pattern ourselves after – what do all these folks have in common? At some point they have overcome adversity. Such was the case for Steph Ferris. Gentle readers, you’ll remember that she nominated her aunt, Tammy Ferris, as a candidate for our annual spring makeover. Tammy Ferris has travelled a rough road, navigating her way through cancer treatments and surgeries to find her way back to health. In turn, Tammy took to social media to show her appreciation to Steph and our partners in the makeover. (See below.) Tammy is just one example of the thousands of people dealing with cancer each year in our area. In 2018, 18,921 adult patients had at least one visit to the London Regional Cancer Program, according to London Health Sciences Centre. Over and over we hear stories of friends, friends of friends, relatives and acquaintances rising and meeting this challenge. Or we learn that others have decided to become victims of circumstance. In the story (on page 28 of the May/June issue), Tammy talked about “dealing with the new normal.” When you’re given this type of diagnosis or your child or your parent or a sibling – any close relative or person you support – is told that they have a major illness life changes on a dime. In the

aftermath, we deal with the fall-out and adjust to new normals. To quote a meme going around social media: The problem isn’t the problem. The problem is how you react to the problem. So choosing our reactions to the stuff – good and bad – life throws at us is our choice. Do we rise to it gracefully, like Tammy, or do we fall short and let it run us over? Summer in Ontario is a time of relaxation and, often, celebration. Perhaps we can use some of those longer summer days to take time to reflect on how we want to meet each day’s challenges and think about how life’s bigger obstacles have moulded us into the people we are and continue to become. Then let’s celebrate them, because without some bad times, how do we know what the good ones mean to us? We are the sum of our experiences – good, bad and ugly – so they make up who we are in this moment. The strong, wise, determined, take-no-guff people we are right now. And that’s something to celebrate because all of that ‘overcoming’ makes us people that others look up to, like Tammy. Celebrate summer friends,

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READERS: We’d love to hear your thoughts about issues and ideas. Send your letters to my email address above or comment on our Facebook page, and we’ll feature a reader letter or comment in each edition. www.riverstoneoriginalhomes.com 519 . 666 . 3537 Mike Loyens • Travis Loyens

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR A year ago today I was ringing the chemo chimes. Things can get better with time. I’ve always thought I was meant to be a princess and thanks to a nomination from my sweet niece Steph, I was treated like royalty when I was awarded a day of pampering by Lifestyle Magazine. It was such an incredibly fun experience. I met a group of truly giving/amazingly beautiful women – so blessed to have been given this awesome opportunity! A heartfelt thank you and kudos to (writer) Mary Jansenberger, Julie Vriesinga of Salon Entrenous, Florencia Taylor, Jocelyn King of Curiosities Gift Shop and Heidi Morgan-Rhea of Mugford Shoes for making me feel so fabulous. Everyone check your tatas. ~ Tammy Lynn Ferris





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on the lake By Jill Ellis-Worthington


TOP Enjoying a morning coffee while taking in the beauty of Lake Huron is one of the many things that the Harts love about their Bayfield home. ABOVE Jeff Hart and Billie Duncan-Hart love spending time with their daughters and extended family in their renovated cottage. INSET Lake Huron sunsets are just one of the attractions of this home. The one-acre wooded lot it sits on affords total privacy to enjoy the views away from the busy buzz that is Bayfield on summer weekends.

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ottaging on Lake Huron is as natural to Jeff Hart as breathing. The 56-year-old Woodstock native can’t remember a time before his family had a small place a few miles north of Bayfield purchased in 1958, six years before he was born. It was a hard decision to sell it, but at 550 square feet it was just too small for their current family of three generations who want to enjoy life on the lake. He and wife Billie Duncan-Hart (50) want their two daughters and their families to have a place to visit, so the 2,200-square-foot home they purchased in 2016, and have now renovated, is perfect. With three bedrooms (plus a workout room) and two bathrooms, ample outdoor living space and openconcept common rooms, it’s large enough for the whole gang but fits the couple perfectly when they are there alone. 

TOP This V-shaped window is one of the few remaining features of the original home. The great room resides on the main level, one floor down from where guests enter the cottage, as it has an inverted floorplan. ABOVE The entry way to the home is graced with a print that celebrates the Wright Brother’s feats. “We stumbled on it at Warehouse 74 in Exeter,” Duncan-Hart explains the happy accident that brought this homage to her home town to be part of the cottage’s décor. RIGHT A second kitchen was converted to the owner’s suite. The beverage centre and sitting room lead out to a private balcony.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT A popular place for friends and family members to gather to cook and chat, the large chef’s kitchen is equipped with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. • The lookout – part of an addition made to the cottage in 1993 – now serves as a relaxing space to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sunset year-round. • Two of the three bedrooms enjoy lake views, while the third one looks out onto the serene woods that surround the property. • Duncan-Hart chose subtle shades from Benjamin Moore Paints to allow their passion for original art by area artists to shine. Steve Cook, of Lakeridge Décor, did all the painting in the home. INSET Stairs lead to the private beach that is part of the property, a feature enjoyed by the Harts, their guests and, especially, their grandchildren.

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Roes Stairs installed a user-friendly staircase to the tower that replaces the original circular stairs. Porcelain tiles that mimic the look of wood ensure that the Harts enjoy the low-maintenance beach lifestyle they were after. All the tiling in the home was installed by Johnny DeVuono of J.D.’s Tile and Marble.

The Harts split their time between Dayton, Ohio – Billie’s hometown – and Bayfield, visiting the lakefront property every two or three weeks yearround. Both work in Ohio. Jeff oversees operations for a large fleet management company and Billie is a realtor. After 20 years of searching for a property that met their stringent criteria – it had to be lakefront, in Bayfield and secluded – they found one on Tuyll Street. Sitting at the end of the street on a one-acre wooded lot, they had been driving by it on ice cream runs to the village for years without knowing it was there. Built in the 1950s, with a tower room addition in 1993, the house’s rooms were cramped and dark. Since the couple has renovated and flipped 15 properties previously, their design-and-implementation approach is solid, and they were confident that they could make this into their dream home. “I do the visualization and architectural design, and Billie’s got great taste in the finishings and furnishings,” says Jeff. They worked with general contractor Jeff Postma, of Postma Construction in Clinton, to execute their vision. The home is essentially a ranch that has an inverted floor plan. Visitors enter the ground level where the “owner’s suite” resides. It was previously a small second kitchen and living area. To make the area more usable, Jeff had some of the walls moved and the space reconfigured. It contains a sitting room with beverage 

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summer activities SARNIA & AREA



all ships, rock music and fine art – what do these have in common? A three-day festival in Sarnia. August 9 to 11, Centennial Park will be alive with the sounds of music, crowds of art lovers and the creaking of big wooden boats. Sailing into the harbour on Friday, August 9 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. the six vessels will be led by Bluenose II during the Parade of Sail. “The ships meet up out in the lake (Lake Huron) and sail into port together,” says Vicky Praill, special events and sports marketing co-ordinator for Tourism Sarnia-Lambton.

These six ships are part of a contingent of 28 vessels taking part in the TALL SHIPS Challenge touring 11 ports around the Great Lakes this year. In addition to Bluenose II, Empire Sandy, Picton Castle, Fair Jeanne, Appledore IV and Nao Santa Maria will be open for viewing. The Nao Santa Maria is a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships. They will anchor in the deepest part of Sarnia’s harbour, behind Sarnia Bay Marina, on Seaway Road. This isn’t the first time tall ships have visited Sarnia. The last time was in 2003 and 79-year-old Leona Holland was excited to see the five vessels that sailed into 

The Flag Court at the south end of Centennial Park is a popular place to take a respite during ARTZscape by the Bay.

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5 4 These six ships are part of a contingent of 28 vessels taking part in the

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1 Popular groups, like the Arkells, attract thousands of concert goers to Borderfest each year.

2 Shopping for all types of art, jewellery and crafts is one of the most popular activities at this creative event, now in its seventh year.

3 ARTZscape attracts more than 100 artists and artisans from across Ontario.

4 Appledore IV is one of 28 vessels sailing the Great Lakes this summer as part of the TALL SHIPS Challenge 2019.

5 The Bluenose II will lead six tall ships in to port, where they will be displayed in Sarnia’s harbour from August 9 to 11.

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Borderfest is in a great area by the waterfront and a short walk from downtown restaurants."

the harbour. Now she’s co-convenor of volunteers for the event and is thrilled to recruit friends and family as volunteers to share the exciting experience. “It’s probably the chance of a lifetime,” she explains, “because it’s fine to see it (the Bluenose) on the dime but it’s unbelievable up close.” Holland is also pleased that she’ll be able to share this historical experience with some of her 17 grandchildren. She points out that the Nao Santa Maria is sailing from Spain to take part in the TALL SHIPS Challenge. General admission to the festival area is $10 per person. Admission plus boat touring is $15 for boarding passes. Only 5,000 of the latter will be sold each day as that is the expected capacity of the boats. In addition to being able to board ships while in port, tickets for sailing on the Empire Sandy are available. Five sailings are available: twice daily on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to Friday evening's Parade of Sail. Ticketing information can be found at www.ticketscene.ca. Be prepared for pirates in the festival area. Captain Fishbone and the Crew of the Forgiven will be visiting from Michigan and setting up pirate camp. So bring your camera and be prepared to protect your treasure. Sponsors for the event are Carpenters’ Local 1256 and Imperial Oil. The latter will bring its Mobil Performance Zone with an iRacing simulator and tire change competition. In addition, food vendors, a beer tent, memorabilia and souvenir stands and face painting will be available in the festival area. Expecting crowds in excess of 35,000 people from both sides of the border the tall ships festival is joined by two other events: Bluewater Borderfest Music Festival 24 Lifestyle July/August 2019


Get your ticket to hop aboard the Empire Sandy all weekend long, starting Friday night and twice Saturday and Sunday, to sail around Lake Huron.

and ARTZcape by the Bay. For the seventh year, over 100 artists from all over Ontario have been invited to show and sell art at this cultural extravaganza. All types of visual art are included so there’s something for every taste, from traditional paintings to jewellery, sculpture, metal art work and high-end home décor. Shelley Ambroise has attended the event several times and says she always goes home with finds. “I can’t resist the jewellery.” She first started attending because her cousin is one of the featured artists but last year she was there as part of her job as special projects coordinator with Tourism Sarnia Lambton. Her duties included surveying attendees on how far they’d driven to be at the event. “The answers were surprising,” she says. “There were people from Michigan, Hamilton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and London.”

This year she’s coordinating bus tours attending the three simultaneous events and is expecting crowds from all across Ontario, including Peterborough, Hamilton, Kitchener and Bowmansville. ARTZcape is popular with adults but kids aren’t left out, with a kidzone featuring pirates that will be doing crafts and painting with the little ones. Stop by to take on the captain in a sword fight. Professional chalk artists will be creating art on the spot all weekend and these will be auctioned off at the end of the event. This is a fundraiser for Pathways Health Centre for Children. In the licensed tent area, bands, food trucks and a cash bar will be available for enjoyment. According to organizer Sandi Grimshaw, a check area will be provided for those who purchase works of art but don’t want to carry them around all day. “We’ll take care of that for them,” she says. An interactive indigenous fair will see a crafts table, dancing and storytelling areas. ARTZcape kicks off on Thursday night with a ticketed, pirate-themed event at Sarnia Yacht Club. Grimshaw explains that there will be special snacks, an auction of selected art work, pirate-friendly rum drinks and entertainment. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by emailing artzscapeinfo@gmail.com or by calling 519-339-9735. Celebrating its third year of offering top musical acts to festival goers, Borderfest will feature music on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. More than 7,500 people attended last year and more are expected this year to see entertainers like Lou Gramm of Foreigner, John Payne of Asia, and Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger. Mark McNair has attended

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Borderfest both years of its existence and was thrilled to see classic rock groups. The 30-year-old Sarnia resident was happy to share the experience of seeing Guess Who and Honeymoon Suite with friends and family last year and was especially pumped to hear the Arkells perform. “It’s just a great venue, outdoors with in the park with the waterfront view and just a few minutes’ walk from the restaurants downtown,” he explains. He’ll definitely be back this year.

According to Mark Perrin, executive director for Tourism Sarnia Lambton, in addition to tickets for each night’s music, there will be multi-day passes and VIP options. For the first time this year, one of the event sponsors, Labatt’s, is bringing its Budweiser side stage, which will host local bands between the big name acts. Bev Hand, mayor of the Village of Point Edward - sister city to Sarnia, has experienced tall ships at other venues and is a boater herself. She’s thrilled with the prospect of her part of the Sarnia/Point Edward community hosting these three events simultaneously and expects the economic fall out to be beneficial to the restaurants, hotels and retailers in the area. Praill echoes this sentiment citing TALL SHIPS Challenge events in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Brockville, Ontario in the past couple of years as having brought over $4 million in visitor spending to their respective cities.

Perrin’s numbers for last year’s Borderfest are also significant, with that event bringing more than $1 million into the community. Organizers are expecting good attendance so check www.sarniatallships.com for parking and shuttle information. Updates will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/SarniaLambtonTallShips/. For shiploads of fun, head to Sarnia the second weekend of August to experience Tall Ships, Borderfest and ARTZcape. n

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RIGHT Add some whimsy with this blue lagoon-coloured pairing: a LĂ greme necklace and plus-size bracelet, handmade by Miani Venetian Jewelry.

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SO MANY CHOICES, SO LITTLE TIME. Bold patterns, bright colours and interesting textures will convince you to toss away heavy garb and drab garments in favour of light, bright and fun dresses this summer. LEFT This silk stretch charmeuse slip dress, from Hale Bob, goes from office to patio without taking a pause and is available at Juniper Dress.

Step out of your comfort zone and experiment with a wide variety of sleeve options. Everything from cap sleeves to cuffs are currently trending. But if you have given the cold shoulder to the cold-shoulder style sleeve, you will want to give this trendy cut-out a try ASAP. Regardless of where you find yourself on the style spectrum, from cool conservative to boho-chic, this summer your casual dress options are plentiful. 


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RIGHT From Cartise and available at Apropos, this watercolour floral print sleeveless A-line dress, with mesh neckline and scalloped hem detail, is perfect for summer office wear.

BELOW A belted stretch satin shirtdress, from Hale Bob, features adjustable sleeve length and pockets. Available at Juniper Dress.

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by serenity by Jill Ellis-Worthington



hispering wind, a hawk’s screech, the scurry of a chipmunk, an egret’s call – sitting on a rock bluff above a stream that leads into Georgian Bay – that’s what you hear as a mantle of peace surrounds you. To some achieving this level of meditative state involves canoeing to an isolated camping spot; to others it might mean pulling the trailer to a provincial park. If you’re the type of person who wants to be surrounded by the serenity that is a visit to Ontario’s north country but longs for a plush bed and three meals a day prepared for you, then making Killarney Mountain Lodge (KML) your destination should definitely be on the summer ‘to-do list.’ Sitting on the edge of the village of Killarney, KML inspires guests to stop, drop and breathe. STOP - worrying, texting, planning, executing or calling. Yes, there’s free Wi-Fi in the common areas, so you’re not cut off from civilization, but not in the rooms, so the kids can’t play games online and you can’t stream the latest on Netflix. You’re forced to slow down even before arrival as the two-lane highway (637) – the only way in or out of the area – is a bit worse for winter wear. But this is good because moose, deer and wolves are often seen in the woods off the highway and the kids don’t want to miss seeing them. 32 Lifestyle July/August 2019

This highway will also take you back out to Killarney Provincial Park when you’re ready for a longer hike through some of that pristine northern wilderness or to try kayaking and canoeing. Stop at Killarney Outfitters to rent a complete kit for inland canoe camping if you’re really gung-ho. DROP - onto one of the comfortable mattresses, specially made for KML. After a sunset sail on Stormy Night (the resort’s 46-foot sloop), you’ll be ready to get some rest in your large quiet quarters. The resort was first developed as a private business retreat and then as a resort by the East family. Present owner Holden Rhodes, who has London ties as a Western University student and lawyer at McKenzie Lake, purchased it and has been steadily improving and expanding the property. The covered portage building offers suites overlooking the channel with king-size beds and pull-out couches so the kids or grandkids can also drop off to sleep after a full day. Self-contained cabin suites are dog-friendly so Rover can drop after a day of canine fun. There are also a couple of larger chalet accommodations for multi-generational family getaways. KML’s sister property – the Sportsman’s Inn – also offers accommodations. BREATHE - there are many spots on the property with Muskoka chairs which invite you to


elegance of Killarney Mountain Lodge is a welcoming, relaxing environment, inside and out. • Set sail on Stormy Night, or one of the lodge’s other launches, to enjoy the area on the water. Guests can borrow kayaks and canoes, as well. • July and August see increased traffic in Killarney’s harbour as recreational boaters navigate their ways to this popular Lake Huron port. • Artist Pierre A.J. Sabourin welcomes visitors to enjoy the panoramic view from the rocky ledge behind his studio. Locals call it Sunset Rock.

just sit and be: at the coffee shop called Curds n’ Whey, on the porches of the accommodations, by the outdoor barbecue and fire pit, on the outdoor decks and eating area. Or perch yourself on the dock or smooth rocks of the shoreline and watch the pleasure boat traffic that floods the area in July and August. Killarney is a popular boating destination for mariners from both sides of the border. Speaking of perch and pickerel, the dining rooms at Killarney Mountain Lodge and the Sportsman’s Inn are turning out dishes that feature local lakefood, including smoked trout. Delicious locally-sourced menu items can be enjoyed three meals a day at both resorts. At breakfast, the ‘mile high omelet’ is a fluffy treat. It was termed thusly by server Jocelyn because her sister is the chef who whips up these wonders. Part of a large crew of staff recruited from across Ontario, between them the sisters have more than 80 years of employment at KML. Breathe deeply and slowly because it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The original part of the resort – dining room, games room and Carousel Lounge – have the same ambiance as the resort in the movie Dirty Dancing. KML’s most recent addition is its 37,000-square foot convention centre. This massive timbered building will host events of all kinds, with weddings as a special highlight in the indescribably beautiful setting. The pine logs – measuring more than two-feet across – were sourced across Ontario and Quebec. Trek across the bridge that connects KML to the village. The charming hamlet of Killarney boasts a general store, dating from the 1800s, world famous Herbert Fisheries (excellent fish and chips) and the Channel Marina, which is serving up delicious Farquhar’s ice cream – a real taste of nearby Manitoulin Island. Pop into Big Willy’s Bait Shop, located on the dock of the Sportsman’s Inn. At this outdoor watering hole, William Thaine is shucking oysters that he personally transports from Toronto each week. He’ll entertain with a yarn as he serves local craft beers. Come early evening, don’t miss a hike or bike (they have bikes you can borrow at the resort) to see sunset rock or the lighthouse. The front desk clerks are happy to provide directions. n


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Rural roots

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By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

TOP Con Brio means ‘with heart’ and it is the moniker for this appropriately-named 110-acre property, comprised of housing for a family and for the horses they love. INSET Barn manager Mary Phillips walks Kitten, one of the equine residents of this award-winning horse farm.

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on brio. It means “with heart” or “with spirit.” Those qualities are present in abundance on the 110-acre estate, north of London, that’s home to the world-class Con Brio Farm equine centre. The equestrian facility, built in 2009 by current owner Paul Hayman, has put the property on the map for horse lovers. But there is also a significant lifestyle appeal to the vast natural expanse of meadow and forest, intersected by the meandering Oxbow Creek. “It’s about being in nature, in a sylvan environment,” says John Crosby, sales representative with Royal LePage Triland

Realty, who has the property listed for $3.4 million. “It’s a place where people can come to enjoy nature.” And they do, agrees Hayman, recalling winter hockey games on the pond, summer outdoor celebrations and traversing miles of wooded trails on foot, ski or horseback. Con Brio and an adjacent farm to the east comprise more than 200 acres that include 10 miles of trails. Hunting is not allowed on either farm so the area effectively creates a nature preserve, harbouring a variety of wildlife including deer, turkeys, foxes, hawks, eagles and owls. Anchoring the property is a comfort- 

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RURAL ROOTS ~ Continued from page 35 able five-bedroom family home, built in 1974 by previous owners and upgraded by the Haymans. Recent renovations include an updated living room with a stone wood-burning fireplace and oversize windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding nature, including two dozen maple and oak trees that are more than 200 years old. Running a long one side of the house, the master wing has received a down-to-the-studs makeover. This created a sizeable suite with a master bedroom, featuring a propane fireplace. The ensuite has a soaker tub and shower, as well as a custom-designed walk-in closet/ dressing room. The kitchen has also been fully renovated, now boasting an earthy décor in tones of brown and beige and a hand-scraped floor. A lower level includes four bedrooms and a large family room with a walkout and a wood-burning fireplace built with brick from the property’s original 19th-century homestead. The house is environmentally responsible and sustainable, featuring geothermal heating, minimal chemical use and ultraviolet water purification. The equestrian centre also exudes heart and spirit. Constructed by Dutch Masters, Canada’s premiere builder of equine facilities, the complex, which has won two national awards, was designed with the needs and personality of its four-footed residents at heart. For example, says Hayman, the stalls are separated by bars rather than solid walls, allowing the horses, which are herd animals, to see each other and socialize. The stable area also features heated interlocking brick floors and walls and ceilings of tongue-and-groove ash and pine, the wood milled onsite. It includes a 220-by-80-foot indoor arena and riders lounge with massive viewing windows. Accommodating 65-75 people, the lounge is available for social events and features a propane fireplace, kitchen and bar, plus pool and ping pong tables. The facility also includes a separate two-bedroom apartment, to allow a barn manager to live and work on-site. n

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GREAT grandparenting By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


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here’s a distinctive bond between children and their grandparents, who shower them with love and playtime and favourite goodies. But it is a bond that grandparents sometimes feel is broken in the transition from childhood to adolescence. However, experts in the intergenerational field maintain those bonds are not broken, merely different. “Relationships change post-puberty

because children’s priorities start to focus more outside the family. But grandparents are still important to grandchildren,” says Dr. Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor in social work at the University of Toronto and director of the Institute for Life Course and Aging, a centre for research into the processes and consequences of change over a lifetime. “If they’re choosing between going out with friends or baking with grandmom, the competition gets a little steep.

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It’s just that their centre of gravity is growing more towards their peers. But, research shows that even at university age and beyond, grandparents are still important people in their grandchildren’s lives,” Fuller-Thomson maintains. St. Thomas grandparents, Lisa and Glenn Heard, epitomize this view. They have maintained a close relationship with their four granddaughters, ranging in age from 11 to 21, the oldest now in university. But, says Lisa, it doesn’t happen automatically. It requires effort and commitment. Keeping lines of communication open is key to maintaining the bond, Fuller-Thomson says. “Sharing their interests, even if it means hearing a little bit more about video games than they might want, gives kids that sense of unconditional interest and love 

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from their grandparents that can keep the bonds together.” The Heards have done that throughout their granddaughters’ lives. Two have equine interests and three are musical. Says Lisa: “We have gone to many, many horse shows and concerts, as well as school events and performances. “Be involved as much as they will let you,” she advises, adding a codicil. “It has to be what they want. There is no point in asking a 15-year-old to do something he or she doesn’t want to do.” Family traditions are another important factor. Activities that have created a bond throughout their lives – be it apple or pumpkin picking in the fall or seeing The Nutcracker at Christmastime – will continue to be important through teenage years and beyond, Fuller-Thomson says, calling it the “pay-ahead plan.” Lisa and Glenn hit pay dirt here with Friday-night suppers, initiated 15 years ago and still continuing. Started as a way to help two working moms at the week’s end, they became an important time for family bonding. “In many ways, they became a support network, a place to get help with school assignments or hash out problems,” Lisa says. “The kids don’t always come now but they come more often than not.” Then there was the family cottage in northern Ontario that the Heards maintained for more than two decades until they had to give it up a few years ago. “It was set up for the kids, like a resort, and they came every summer,” Lisa says. Fuller-Thomson enthusiastically agrees “the luckiest are those with a family cottage, grandmom and granddad and the cottage magic! It’s a touchstone for the whole family.” But any travel, from camping to intergenerational cruises, can cement those bonds, she says, recalling personal trips with her grandmother in her teens. Lisa, who has always lived in the same city as her grandchildren, believes geographical proximity does help. However, Fuller-Thomson says today’s technology – the Internet, Skype, Facebook – are affording grandparents at a distance much greater opportunity to stay involved in their grandchildren’s lives than ever in the past. n





Story by Jill Ellis-Worthington, Photography by Agata Lesnik (Fanshawe College)


f barbecuing every day of the summer is your idea of how to enjoy the warmest months of the year, Chef Kyle Fee agrees with you. This dedicated foodie instructs students in the ways of the professional kitchen at Fanshawe College’s culinary program at the downtown campus, as well as running a catering service and letting his creativity flow in his home kitchen. “I love the simple meals of summer, like barbecued chicken thighs, grilled zucchini and sweet potatoes,” he says. The latter are washed, with the skin left on, quartered (zucchini) or sliced (sweet potatoes) and tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled on the barbecue. With the popularization of outdoor kitchens, eating and entertaining al fresco isn’t limited to barbecuing anymore. And the plethora of choices in fresh produce ensures that summer meals will be fresh, delicious and inventive every day. While outdoor kitchens – fitted with refrigerators and cooktops – have widened the array of possibilities there are some cautionary notes from Chef Fee. • Compound salads (those with a mayonnaise base) should be served in a bowl placed in a bowl of ice to ensure food safety. • Net tents help keep food bug free. • Charcuterie and cheese boards should be prepared, served and consumed fairly quickly. Left overs that have been sitting in the sun should be disposed of.

Pizza ovens are a fresh component being added to many outdoor kitchens, which is a great way to enjoy this homemade treat without heating up the kitchen. If you don’t have an outdoor pizza oven, though, Chef Fee recommends using the barbecue to accomplish the task. Here are his tips for doing so: • Place the base of your pizza on the barbecue to par cook for one or two minutes per side, until dough starts to crisp up. • Build your pizza with cheeses, meats and veggies of your choice. Chef Fee prefers gorgonzola, salami, mushrooms, caramelized onions and roasted garlic. • Turn off the burners on one side of the barbecue and the opposite side to high heat. Place the pizza on the non-flame side of the barbecue and cook until done “when the cheese is golden and bubbly,” he says. Chef Fee enjoys creating prosecco cocktails to go with pizza and considers a caprese salad the perfect complement. This recipe highlights locally-sourced ingredients served at The Chef’s Table this summer. Make your own to enjoy at home or savour it in the restaurant’s dining room CH E F KYLE FEE or newly-opened patio. Reservations are recommended. n

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Your favourite salad greens Tomatoes Fresh mozzarella, sliced Vinegar reduction Extra virgin olive oil Torn basil leaves Candied bacon* Basil emulsion* Pickled shallot*

1. Lightly toss your favourite greens in a mixture of olive oil, salt and pepper. Chef Fee recommends using high-quality extra virgin olive oil from The Pristine Olive. After, place greens on large platter. 2. Slice or quarter the tomatoes and place on the greens with the sliced mozzarella. Add candied bacon. Can be eliminated, depending on your taste. 3. Spread the torn basil over top. Garnish with the pickled shallots. Spoon basil emulsion over the salad. 4. “I like to have the vinegar reduction in a small squeeze bottle, and haphazardly drizzle all over the salad,” says the chef. 5. Top with some more incredible olive oil and freshly cracked pepper. *Fanshawe College culinary classes are technique-driven, so students create ingredients from scratch.

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Fun, fast and flashy GRAND BEND HOSTS HOT CARS

By Kathy Rumleski


ool cars and hot summers go hand in hand and that’s why thousands have been motoring to a unique auto show that is coming to Grand Bend for the first time. The Berlin Klassik Euro Car Show will be held at the Grand Bend Motorplex on August 10 and 11. The event has been staged at Guelph Lake Conservation Area for the past few years and attracts about 1,000 cars from across Ontario, Quebec and the U.S. “We started this car show as a pure hobby,” says Garrett Borland, an event organizer. “It’s taken off like wildfire. We thought why don’t we take it to a motorplex complex?” The new location has more space and allows for extra activities, such as runs down the quarter-mile track and offers separate camping facilities, says Grand Bend Motorplex owner Paul Spriet. The Berlin Klassik is open to all European makes and models and features Volkswagen, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Volvo with 140 trophy classes for these models, as well as an exotic category.

While it does focus on Euro automobiles, Borland says the Berlin Klassik is more than just a car show. “We strive to really set ourselves apart. We try to offer the car-craving community…multiple things to do.” A burnout contest, free car wash and detailing area and a mobile dyno, which allows owners to test the horsepower of their vehicles, are all offered at the show. The family-friendly event will have a rock wall and bouncy castles for kids, who can also enter a limbo contest using power wheels vehicles. (Adults will have their own version.) “It’s a limbo contest with cars,” Borland explains. “The winner of the lowest car through the limbo gets the award.” Of course every car enthusiast wants to hop behind the wheel so Borland has arranged free test drives through Volkswagen Canada and another sponsor, offering exotic car test drives. “This is very unique for Canada,” he says. “There was really nothing for the European car market up here. In the last two years it has really grown.” n

ABOVE Thousands flock to this European auto event each year.

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Stop the spinning

Treat it at Pursuit Health Management

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


izziness, affecting 20 to 30 per cent of the population, is a common cause of physician visits, particularly for older adults. While the cause is most often benign, it is a “huge quality of life issue,” says Elizabeth Fox, a physiotherapist with Pursuit Health Management in London. But the good news, Fox says, is that it isn’t something people have to live with. It’s eminently treatable. Pursuit Health Management – which offers a wide range of rehabilitative services, from physical and occupational therapy to massage and social work counselling, in its clinic and through home support across southwestern Ontario – has been successfully getting people back on an even keel through

ABOVE Physiotherapist Erin Fox (left) works with Jessica Chaffe to demonstrate methods to treat dizziness.

its vestibular rehabilitation for the past five years. Vestibular rehabilitation involves exercises to resolve problems in the inner ear, which often cause dizziness or vertigo. “What’s lovely is that many people don’t know about this and when they come here we’re able to make a real difference in their quality of life pretty fast,” Fox says. That success, she maintains, is largely due to a combination of cutting-edge technology, in the form of special video goggles used in diagnosing, and her own expertise, gained from intensive programs offered through the American Physical Therapy Association. The goggles record involuntary eye movements which Fox studies, along with her assessment of the patient, to determine the root cause

of the problem and come up with appropriate treatment. One condition is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BVVP), where salt crystals embedded in the inner ear have been displaced into the semi-circular canals, possibly as a result of infection, whiplash or head trauma such as concussion. It can also simply be related to aging. Treatment can involve moving the head through a series of positions to relocate the crystals, or a multi-week course of balance, head-motion or visual processing exercises. While awareness of the issues and possible treatments is growing, Fox and Pursuit Health are focused on spreading the word that there’s no need to suffer in silence. Treatments are there for the asking. n

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Everyone loves Jessie’s Girl New boutique in Byron

ABOVE Tracey Desjardine, owner of Jessie’s Girl Boutique.

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


randmothers bequeath many things to their granddaughters. It might be antiques or family recipes. Or it might be the realization of a dream, which is the case for Tracey Desjardine, who recently opened Jessie’s Girl Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Byron. As a graduate of Georgian College’s fashion merchandising course, Desjardine had always dreamed of having her own clothing store. After years working in offices, she decided to “bite the bullet” and pursue that goal. She says her passion for fashion came from her grandmother. “My Nana was a fan of fashion. That’s

where I got my love for it. She was always so well dressed. I wish she was here to see the store. She would be elated.” In fact, Desjardine named the shop for her grandmother, Jessie. “The grand opening was April 27, my Nana’s birthday, which was fitting,” she adds. Jessie’s Girl Boutique carries dressy, business, casual and beach/pool attire, along with accessories. These include purses from Florence and Italy, as well as unique jewellery, such as spinner rings. These are sometimes called meditation rings, as they are made up of a combination of rings that move freely around a central band. “We have something for everyone,

for all ages,” Desjardine says. “I have mothers and daughters coming in together, and they both find something that appeals to them. So I have a wide range of age groups.” She describes the shop’s ambiance as rustic chic, with crystal chandeliers and a fireplace. “It’s a unique space, very inviting, soothing and relaxing,” she says. Desjardine adds that business has been good, drawing clientele from London and the surrounding area. “People going out for walks will pass by and come in to have a look, as well as ladies from the Byron Fitness Centre next door.” n

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Better together

Companies form design community

ABOVE Making up the new Cardinal Design Project are (l-r) Laurie Bilyea and Paul Bilyea of Cardinal Fine Cabinetry, Chris Haindl and Chris McKaskell of McKaskell Haindl Design Build, Elias Polizoes of The Wood Studio, Lisa Conley and Adrian Manton of 309 Design. Photography by Jesse Gibb of Gibb Design.

By Ellen Ashton-Haiste


uilding on the conviction that there is strength in community, a group of London like-minded, design-oriented companies have created a unique collaboration of skills and talents, benefitting their clients and their businesses alike. The Cardinal Design Project includes Cardinal Fine Cabinetry, McKaskell Haindl Design Build, 309 Design and The Wood Studio. These separate business entities working together under one roof, as one umbrella collective. “It came from the realization that we’d known each other for years and we were much better off pooling our resources and acting collectively than being competitors,” says Elias Polizoes, of The Wood Studio. “We are very different as far as design aesthetics but we

see eye-to-eye in terms of excellence.” The experiment originated about three years ago, when Cardinal Cabinets and McKaskell Haindl joined forces. Eventually, they saw complementary talents and skills in 309 Design and The Wood Studio and reached out to them. The new collective launched in January at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. “I had followed Cardinal and McKaskell Haindl since they started collaborating, so I had a good sense of what they were doing and how successful the model was,” Polizoes says. He cites numerous advantages from eliminating duplication to access to tools and technology, increased buying power and a much larger production facility. But a key benefit, he says, is

the pool of design talent, ideas and the resulting sounding board relationship. “We’re not working in a vacuum. It’s great to be able to consult with another designer, ask what their thoughts are, when you’re trying to figure out a design problem,” Polizoes says. “We have a great working relationship. Being individual entities, there is no hierarchy. We deal with each other as equals and that makes the environment very pleasurable.” For clients, working with a simultaneously fully custom and fully production shop is a win-win, he adds. “They’re walking into an environment where their needs are addressed by four different entities. So we have much more to offer. They love it because whatever challenges they present, we can solve.” n

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“When I began advertising Boutique Firenze in Lifestyle Magazine last fall, I was so surprised by the positive response that I decided to place a quarter page ad in every issue this year. As a result, almost every day a shopper comes in and says “I saw your ad in Lifestyle.” People travel from as far as Grand Bend to pay a visit. One gentlemen even pulled out a folded page, ripped from the magazine, and asked for the exact gloves and scarves in our ad! Lifestyle Magazine provides a perfect platform for me to promote my business in print and online. I am pleased that Boutique Firenze is building relationships with Lifestyle’s readers in London and surrounding areas.” ~ Bettina Weber, Boutique Firenze



“Dinner’s ready!” Your kitchen is a special place. It invites you to enjoy more time together. Textbooks magically close. Computers, sleep. Our over-scheduled lives stop, for a little while anyway. From sleek and stylish kitchens, to solid construction and high-end finishes, Sifton focuses on craftsmanship, so you can focus on life.

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Profile for Lifestyle Magazine Online

Lifestyle Magazine Online - July/August 2019  

Lifestyle Magazine Online - July/August 2019