Lifestyle Magazine Online - Jan/Feb 2022

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022

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Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

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am pretty excited to get back to my somewhat nomadic lifestyle, spending the coldest months in warmer climes. Snow birding is the usual moniker for this, but I prefer the term ‘winter avoiders’ or the ‘just say no to snow coalition.’ As anticipatory as I am, I feel equally trepidatious at times. To me and others who love to see and experience new things, travel is the best way to do that. During the past two years, many of us have become armchair tourists, looking at pictures and reading books to live vicariously through others. Conversely, these last 20 months have been comforting to introverts and those who feel most at home . . . well, at home. It has had a familiar feel to people who like a predictable routine and eschew gathering international memories. Even we who are outgoing and love socializing have found succor in being able to do so while wearing pyjama bottoms or yoga pants with a frilly blouse and earrings because of our enhanced virtual world. We have become comfortable wearing sports bras, wearing headbands to cover our roots and using the pandemic as an excuse to stay home to Netflix rather than making an effort to go out. And it is an effort since we are out of practice: getting dressed all the way to shoes, including accessories, and doing a self-frisk every time we head out the door to make sure that nothing has been forgotten (mask, sanitizer, vaccination certificate, along with the usual phone, keys, etc.).

Climbing out of that comfort zone and resuming ‘normal’ life is what we have been anticipating but also dreading because it means we may have to see people we don’t care for; do things we have not had to do in a while and have people breathing on us again. But all the pundits – the ‘theys’ that say things – say that travel is the best way to get out of our comfort zones, to experience new things; taste new foods; drink unfamiliar cocktails; take a bus instead of a car; walk paths of old wisdom; learn about the world and generally get out of our own ways. Just before I started working on the travel story about cruising on page 52, my husband and I were bemoaning having had to cancel four trips so far during the pandemic. We wondered if it is a good time to contemplate a Mediterranean cruise again. While asking others about their comfort levels with international travel in researching the story, I got so many differing responses – from “can’t wait” to “never again” and everything in between. Are you ready to get out and socialize? Was the holiday season full of parties or quiet nights at home? Is a trip abroad on your list for this year or will you stick closer to home? I am interested in hearing from you,

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EDITOR’S NOTE Because of the ongoing changes concerning the pandemic, Lifestyle Magazine urges you to adhere to national and international guidelines when considering travel. 8 Lifestyle January/February 2022


LIFESTYLE

magazine

contents JA N UA RY | FEB R UA RY 202 2

PUBLISHER Lana L. Breier

HOMESTYLE

EDITOR Jill Ellis-Worthington

10 A river runs beside it

EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Ellen Ashton-Haiste

Couple builds dream home

WRITERS Ellen Ashton-Haiste Clare Dear Jill Ellis-Worthington Janis Wallace

17 Find your style

Natural, dramatic, neutral

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ACCOUNT MANAGERS Annette Gent 519-200-0283 annettegent537@gmail.com Lorraine Lukings 519-520-7676 lorrainelukings@hotmail.com

44 Large and lovely Building in Ilderton

58 Colour of the Year From Benjamin Moore

YOURSTYLE 22 The designer’s eye

Jan McGrath 519-243-2932 jm@lambtonshores.com

North America’s finest

EDITORIAL & AD DESIGN Wendy Reid

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AD DESIGN Nancy Greenfield Bill McGrath PRODUCTION Nancy Greenfield

BESTLIFE 40 Perchance to dream Sleep is a precious thing

49 Look inside yourself To reduce stress

PHOTOGRAPHY BAIN IMAGES Richard Bain / Jesse Bellringer

TRAVELSTYLE 52 Time to travel

WEB ARCHITECTURE Redding Design Inc. www.reddingdesigns.com

Cruising is back

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For an old favourite in Grand Bend

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SPECIAL SECTION 31 Home and Décor

BIZLIFE

Copies are distributed to selected homes, magazine stands and local businesses in London and area.

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Renovation by Duo Building.

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homestyle

RIVERSIDE vision

A DREAM HOME ON THE WATER By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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hen Karen and Eugene Hartman purchased a riverside home in Port Franks, they were delighted to realize their dream of having a waterfront property. But the 1950s-era cottage on the site didn't fit their lifestyle, so they turned

to Arne and Peder Madsen at CCR Build + Remodel. The Hartmans met the builders at the London Home Builders' Association Parade of Renovations in 2019, and “clicked with them right off the bat,” Eugene says. That confidence was rewarded when, after numerous back- 


Karen and Eugene Hartman met Arne and Peder Madsen at 2019's LHBA Parade of Renovations and decided to hire CCR Build + Remodel to build their dream home.

FACING PAGE The kitchen features an eating and working island, with hidden storage compartments crafted by a local cabinetmaker. Countertops extend into the windows, eliminating jambs and offering extensive outdoor views. TOP Matching the kitchen island's base, the coffee and beverage bar in the dining room adds counter space. BOTTOM Oversized windows allow panoramic views of the river from the master bedroom. 

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and-forth deliberations on renovation designs, they landed on their dream home. The renovation involved taking down the entire structure and rebuilding from the foundation, adding a front entry and office for Eugene plus a two-car garage. While the rebuild added only about 200 square feet of living space, the new home feels spacious, thanks to higher ceilings and a wealth of windows, Arne Madsen says. The cottage’s low ceilings have been raised to a minimum nine

TOP An addition to the front of the home includes a spacious entrance foyer.

feet and vaulted to 13 feet with solar panels over the main living area. Eightfoot windows, along with 10- and 12foot patio doors, bring in natural light and offer panoramic river views. To take advantage of those views, a patio was built across the entire back of the house, including a timber frame covered sitting and cooking area. “It’s a really relaxing space,” Arne says. The master bedroom includes a walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with a glass shower and built-in sauna.

BOTTOM LEFT The centerpiece of the living room is a stone fireplace with a custom mantle made by the craftsman

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The two offices for the work-at home couple double as guest bedrooms. Eugene’s office also serves as a music room, as they play a variety of instruments. Karen’s office includes a Murphy bed and is also an exercise room. “We love that every room in the house is used every single day,” Eugene says. Arne agrees: “There’s no wasted space. They don’t have more house than they need, but consumption can fit different circumstances.” The transformation of the property 

who built the kitchen island, and an opening at the top for efficient heat flow.

BOTTOM RIGHT The master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom features a large glass shower, as well as a built-in sauna.


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The exterior was completely made over: the lawn was resodded and irrigation was added; the patio's timber frame portico provides covered seating; by the water, the entertainment area called for a gazebo and new decking.

TOP A timber framed covered sitting and cooking space on the rear patio offers an ideal spot for outdoor relaxing.

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CENTRE RIGHT The patio, stretching across the rear of the home, as well as a riverside gazebo, provide a variety

of entertaining options. INSET Stone pillars and black exterior trim on windows and doors enhance curb appeal.

BOTTOM A home office doubles as a guest bedroom, with a Murphy bed, and is also the couple’s exercise room.


Stone accents and pillars and black trim on the windows enhance the curb appeal. extends beyond the house. “There’s not a piece of the property, except maybe the maple tree in the front yard, that is the same as it was,” Eugene says. “Right from the river, they put in new decking, sod and irrigation, lights at the water, gazebos and sheds, all new landscaping with armour stone. Every bit is different.” And that is a bonus for the Hartmans. “We entertain a lot,” Eugene says. “When you live on the water, you have family and friends over all the time. To be able to access indoor and outdoor living is very important.” The Hartmans are also impressed by CCR’s attention to detail, from the aesthetics down to the placement of electrical outlets and the fact utilities, such as hydro and gas hook-ups, are tucked away in a space above the garage. “I don’t want to see any cables anywhere and you don’t,” Eugene says. “The craftsmanship is fantastic.” “The house is fully updated to 2022,” Peder Madsen says. The exterior is Hardie Board siding with a standing seam metal roof. Stone accents and pillars and black trim on the windows enhance the curb appeal. All in all, it was an amazing job, says Eugene, and one carried out during “probably one of the toughest times in history.” The renovation was started during the first COVID-19 lockdown. “There were challenges,” Peder says, “but we made it happen.” “And my wife and I are still smiling at the end of it,” Eugene says. n

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DESIGNERS DELIGHT By Jill Ellis-Worthington

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he oft-repeated refrain of ‘buy local’ may be getting a bit worn

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1. Wear it long, short, or anywhere in between because a string at the slit puts you in control of this flowing blouse. 2. A lovely lavender sweater slips over a dress in complementary colours for layering on changeable spring days. 3. Float into spring in this buttery beauty with a ruched elastic chest. It can be worn on or off the shoulder. 4. Zest up your day in this tangerine sweater paired with a woven skirt (shown here) or your favourite jeans.

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Available at Studio Style.

5. Choose the Perfect Knit Snap Jacket on a cloudy day, in ‘cloud blue’ (shown), ‘butter’ or black. 6. With a ruffle detail at the neckline, the Sunrise Floral Live-in Top is an easy-care rayon/ spandex blend. 7. The intriguing Fresh Perspective Sweater is a fun play on stripes with an asymmetrical hemline. 8. Versatility is key with the Indigo Stamp Dress that takes you from desk to dinner. The most important feature – pockets.

Available at Lifestyles Women’s Wear and Studio Style. 

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DESIGNER

Mi JongLee 9. With a cowl neck drop back, this bold crimson ankle length gown is made of one hundred per cent silk satin, 10. Depending on your mood, wear the ties of this silk satin blouse loose down the back or draped around the neck.

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DESIGNERS DELIGHT ~ Continued from page 24

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1. Purchased in London, England, the 12 carat Swiss topaz stone is set in 90 per cent recycled sterling silver to suit a contemporary buyer. It is part of the Architecture Collection being featured at a show in Paris, France in March. 2. This delicate choker-style necklace is a vintage offering, crafted in the 1980s and purchased at auction. The stones are peridot, citrine and amethyst set in 18 karat gold. 3. These earrings were designed to show off the highquality spinel stones, purchased in Spain, by setting them in an open bezel cast. Photos by The Shutter Creative. Available at Yatta Brands. 4. Designed and created in Manitoba by dconstruct, this bracelet is made of 40 per cent recycled materials. 5. Quebec-based designer Tamara Bavdecks designs art deco jewellery for This Ilk using rare fabrics, like these earrings made of vintage lace. 6. Hailey Gerrits Design uses artisan-cut gems and reclaimed metals to create jewellery that is designed and made in B.C. 7. One-of-a-kind wearable art is made by recycling and restyling old silver serving platters, trivets and other items by LCarr Designs. Designed and produced in Ontario. 4 - 7 available at Curiosities.

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eauty products can be toxic, a fact that Mairi Shewfelt learned at one of the darkest times in her life. But this epiphany led her to create Yatta Brands, which offers safe vegan, eco-friendly options for hair, skin and body care. A life-threatening struggle with ampullary cancer prompted the young mother to research the disease. She discovered the cause can be toxins found in many beauty and skin care products usually used on a daily basis. She was no exception. Not wanting others to go through what she did when there are alternative options available, she switched her career focus, previously in the financial sector, to providing non-toxic vegan products. “That is the birth of Yatta,” she says.

“It came from a very dark spot in my life, but has transformed into something absolutely amazing.” Launched in 2019 at the beginning of the pandemic as a primarily online retailer, Yatta Brands now operates a store, studio and event venue on Adelaide Street North. It offers a variety of makeup, skin care and hair care products, as well as clothing and jewellery. Shewfelt sources all offerings locally after she’s researched them to ensure that all ingredients are toxin- and cruelty free, as well as sustainable. As examples, the clothing uses vegetable dyes, while jars and lids are made with recycled materials. Even the jewellery boxes are biodegradable. Having a physical studio allows

Shewfelt to assist customers with choices by letting them see how their bodies and the Earth itself benefit from those practices. “My focus is what Yatta can do for other people,” she says. “Through my experience, I aim to offer everyone who comes through this door an opportunity to experience something they won’t get elsewhere, the opportunity to be involved in something that is changing the world to a better place.” She has found that knowledge is what her clientele is seeking. Customers range in age from 20 to 70, “all wanting to look good but not harm themselves or the environment. We educate them about what a healthy diet looks like and what not to put on their skin.” 

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styles with designer brick, stucco and craftsman vertical siding. Oversized rear windows take advantage of woods and river views. Interior packages by London designer Sue Jory are available. Westhaven custom homes at Edgewater Estates will be showcased on 60- to 85-foot lots with oversized side yards. Homes in both neighbourhoods feature high ceilings and chef-inspired kitchens, with large islands and pantries. The open-concept great rooms have large gas fireplaces and the bedrooms directly access full washrooms. Both communities have easy access to London’s big city amenities and the Highway 401/402 corridor. 

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Covers Designers’ Edge LIFE IS EASIER WHEN WE THINK AHEAD Our window on the world is changing and newer homes are being constructed with more and larger windows. This results in new challenges for designing and installing shades and draperies that cover them, says Kevin Fellner, president of Covers Designers’ Edge. Homeowners are increasingly looking at automation and motorization for efficiency in dealing with their window coverings. Batteryoperated motors have traditionally been a common automation method. But, despite improvements in recharging and longevity, Fellner says the lower-tech options often are not able

to handle larger, heavier shades on today’s expansive windows. Additional time and effort are required to change or recharge batteries on each one. The entire system works best when efficient low-voltage hardwired systems are roughed-in as the house is being built. “But, more often than not, people don’t think about putting wires in at that time (of construction) and afterwards it’s too late,” Fellner says. “When they’re building, they’re not thinking about it. The builders aren’t thinking about it. Our ongoing challenge is to educate people to think longer term.”

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Domus Developments Port Stanley NEW CONDO ENCLAVE COMES TO LANDINGS Landings Port Stanley is located on the top of the hill on East Street south of Dexter Line. It is set to launch a new phase of 52 attached condominium bungalows, anchored by its own community pool. The two-bedroom homes will be themed with deep and contrasting colour choices, as well as varied material choices. This will tie them into the lakeside character of the village. Vaulted ceilings over the openconcept kitchens and great rooms, along with extra-high nine-foot ceilings throughout, afford a feeling of space and grandeur, says interior designer Pat Kadlecik. Large rear windows with transoms fill the space with abundant light. Home interiors include engineered hardwood floors and ceramic tile in kitchens and bathrooms. Quartz

counters and undermount sinks are standard. Ensuite bathrooms feature custom glass showers, which are normally an upgrade. Kadlecik says buyers can choose from a selection of colours to pair with their choice of black or nickel lighting packages. They can also customize details. For instance, they can incorporate crown moulding or kitchen pantry cabinets. Basement levels are ready for upgraded finishing with rough ins for bathrooms and full-size windows. All units have covered front porches and rear wood decks. End units have two-car garages. Landings is nestled in a natural setting in the Lake Erie village that has long been a drawing card for boaters and sun seekers. 

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Domus Developments Bellevue North SUITES DESIGNED WITH LUXURY IN MIND From its chateau-inspired architecture to its quality interior features and finishes, Bellevue North is designed to radiate style inside and out. The four-storey building, set amidst the natural North London countryside, offers 60 one-, two- and three-bedroom rental suites, ranging from 850 to 1,650 square feet. Expansive windows plus spacious balconies and ground-level enclosed courtyards afford panoramic views of the surrounding ponds, forest and parkland from every unit. Interior features include custom kitchens with large islands, quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances, as well as luxury vinyl plank flooring and porcelain tile in the bathrooms. All units have convenient

in-suite laundry facilities, as well as heat and cooling controls. Outdoor parking and storage are also available. Located at 200 Callaway Road, northwest of the Sunningdale Road and Richmond Street intersection, the neighbourhood offers opportunities to enjoy outdoor living, with networks of walking trails and both Village Walk Commons and Pebble Creek Park at the doorstep. Sunningdale Golf and Country Club and Medway Valley Park are just minutes to the west. The city’s lively north end has a wealth of amenities that include entertainment venues, casual and fine dining, as well as major retail outlets, such as Masonville Place shopping centre. 

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DUO Building NEW PARTNERS AND NEW TALENT From DUO’s launch in 1979, the business was intended to develop with the ability to transition to new ownership at the appropriate time. Patrick Malloy and Gayle White-Malloy have transferred ownership shares to long-time and extremely talented employees Keelan Malloy, Mark Malouin and John Relouw. Patrick and Gayle will continue in a leadership and coaching role as the partners focus on the company’s growth and future. Keelan is pursuing opportunities to streamline the business, such as utilizing cloud-based software and reducing their carbon footprint. As the company evolves, Keelan is focused on using environmentally friendly products and streamlining

processes to give DUO’s clients the best possible experience. Mark is the numbers guy focusing on ensuring the estimates and contracts are transparent and hold no surprises for the clients. Mark also sees, through experience, the value of open dialogue on a regular basis. John spends most of his time on production, managing projects and dealing with staff. He is very involved with LHBA and community activities. John sees the role of DUO as being a respected and contributing partner to promote the business community. Two design positions have been added to the awesome pool of employees this past year. DUO is here to stay. 

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Progressive Countertop GLASS TO COUNTERS – A BUSINESS EVOLUTION Progressive Countertop is celebrating 15 years as a regional leader in hard surface countertops. But the fourgeneration family business traces its roots back much further, to its birth in 1946 as Strathroy Glass. Six decades after establishing itself as a premiere glass provider, the company diversified into the countertop market. From its start in the London to Sarnia area, the company has grown to provide services from Windsor to Toronto. Dana Wilton, third-generation co-owner, attributes this success to superior customer service. “Our staff takes a lot of care with our customers throughout the entire process,

from selecting materials to installation.” Progressive Countertops collaborates with homeowners and has developed strong relationships with builders and kitchen and bathroom dealers. It also has a longstanding history supporting London’s Dream Home Lottery. Versatility is another asset. Progressive Countertops provides an array of solid surface products. These include kitchen and bathroom counters and shower cladding, in a variety of materials: quartz, granite, marble, soapstone and porcelain. “Porcelain is becoming more popular, but quartz is our big seller, at least 90 per cent of our jobs,” says Wilton,

adding that the company works closely with quartz provider Cambria. The evolution continues as Progressive Countertop endeavors to keep up with demands of a burgeoning housing market. 

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TREATMENTS FOR A SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION By Jill Ellis-Worthington

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ouples sit across the desk from Dr. Brian Rotenberg every day. They are not there for marriage therapy, well not exactly, but often the relationships are suffering. Rotenberg is a specialist in otolaryngology; he is a head and neck surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital and runs a sleep surgery clinic. “I often have couples in my office who are yelling at each other because they literally can’t sleep together any longer.” Often, it is the bed partner of the

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person who snores who initiates this visit because he/she is not sleeping well. Partners are also concerned because the snorer may have frequent periods of quiet, which often means he/she is not breathing. Though it occurs in people in their 20s and 30s, snoring often becomes a bigger problem with age, according to Rotenberg. “As we get older, the soft tissues of our throats stretch out and (snoring) can get worse,” he explains. This can be compounded by weight gain and aggravated by heavy night meals, along with greater alcohol consumption.

Rotenberg says half of men and 20 to 30 per cent of women snore, which can cause relationship angst. But the biggest problem is sleep apnea, a condition that can be a moderate to serious health issue. “All people with apnea snore but not all snorers have apnea.” Ten per cent of men and five per cent of women who snore have sleep apnea. This means that they stop breathing for 10 or more seconds several times each minute they are asleep. This causes oxygen levels in their blood to drop, impacting health in significant ways:


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First steps to deal with snoring: losing weight, avoiding fatty meals and excessive alcohol consumption later in the evening. high blood pressure that can result in heart disease and stroke; sleep deprivation that can cause auto accidents and short-temperedness. Most people who end up in Rotenberg’s office have been diagnosed with apnea through a sleep study. Though their bed partner is affected, most will also notice symptoms themselves: being sleepy during the day and nodding off, being short-tempered, feeling short of breath. They often have a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine recommended to ease the issue. Because most of the cost of the machine is covered by OHIP, it is seen as a good option but has only about a 50 per cent success rate. Some do not care for the feeling of it and stop using it within a year. With a mask, hose and pump, the CPAP sends a steady flow of air into the nose and mouth during sleep to keep airways open, allowing normal breathing. Londoner Nina Badr, 39, has used her CPAP for four years, since she was diagnosed with sleep apnea. “I feel so much better. I get up once or twice a night now, instead of several times. I won’t sleep without it, even if I take a cat nap.” Instead of a full mask that covers both the nose and mouth, Badr uses one with small prongs that lets air flow into her nose. This makes sleeping on her side comfortable, which is often a complaint of those who stop using a CPAP. Some turn to a dentist to deal with snoring and sleep apnea issues. Specialists, like Dr. David Rawson of TMJ and Sleep Therapy Office of London, create an oral device that opens the airway by holding the lower jaw downward and forward so the airway cannot collapse. Rawson describes it as looking like “two mouthguards joined together – a double mouthguard.” After being assessed as a suitable 

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The future is clear BEING BUSY IS A GOOD PROBLEM FOR BUILDER By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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he skies ahead definitely look clear for Vranic Homes as it begins construction of 19 singlefamily homes in Ilderton’s Clear Skies neighbourhood. The Sifton Properties development

is launching a second building phase of 57 homes.


FACING PAGE AND LEFT Vranic Homes’ model home in Ilderton showcases a custom kitchen with locally manufactured HanStone quartz counters and cabinetry by London Kitchen Studio. A spacious entrance foyer leads to the open-concept main floor living space.

“Everything is selling fast,” says John Vranic, who is off to a good start with several houses on the go, plus a model home showcasing his custom design features. Vranic built 10 homes in Clear Skies’ Phase 1 and has a long-standing relationship with Sifton, formerly building in its Deer Ridge and Riverbend communities. He has already been offered more lots when Phase 3 opens.

The current homes are set on 40to 50-foot lots, with some oversize pie-shaped parcels backing onto a retention pond. The one- and twostorey options, ranging from 1,550 square feet for the bungalows and 1,800 square feet for the two-storeys, are priced from just over $800,000. Vranic has 10 floor plans available. “People can pick from those and work with my designer,” he says.

He’s also offering a $7,500 package for window coverings through London’s Made In The Shade Blinds & More. “It’s something new and different,” Vranic says. He’d previously offered appliance packages, but pandemicrelated supply issues have made that impractical. However, the window treatments are being welcomed by buyers. 

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THE FUTURE IS CLEAR ~ Continued from page 46 “The clients are thrilled,” he says. “It’s one thing we often forget when moving, and some are saying the last time they moved they had to temporarily hang up sheets.” Now they can pre-order their blinds, shutters and curtains with confidence that they will be installed before move-in. He has also forged a relationship with Raven Windows, a German company, to supply his windows and doors. He says the products are appealing and provide superior energy efficiency. The Clear Skies neighbourhood offers myriad advantages, Vranic maintains. Ilderton, a rural community north of London, boasts a homey, small-town charm, with much lower taxes than the city. It has plenty of business, service and recreational amenities, as well as access to trail systems and natural spaces. And it is less than 10 minutes to North London’s Hyde Park and Masonville shopping and entertainment districts. Vranic says that 60 to 70 per cent of buyers are coming from Toronto. “They’re moving away from the GTA and heading our way because of the price points. Even though prices (here) have increased dramatically in the past couple of years, it’s still a bargain compared to Toronto.” In addition to Clear Skies, Vranic has also been building in a number of communities west of London. Between Phases 1 and 2, he completed a dozen homes in Mount Brydges and several others in Kilworth, where he also showcased a Fall 2020 Dream Lottery home. “Being busy is a good problem to have,” he says. Vranic credits his success to his hands-on commitment of being onsite to oversee all of his projects. “I want to be in the trenches,” he says. “I love being outdoors and on the site and connecting with clients.” He believes the slogan, depicted on his van, says it all: “We don’t just build homes. We build relationships.”n

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT THE KEY TO REDUCING STRESS By Patricia Berendsen, RMFT-S, CCFT, RSW, RP, SEP, SSE and Andrea Bessa, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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key to staying healthy and vibrant is by paying attention to our bodies. We all have a body. It is speaking to us all the time. And yes, sometimes yelling at us! In this feature, you will be invited to be curious about how your body actually talks to you. When we listen to what our bodies are saying, we support our ability to deal with stress. 

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HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT ~ Continued from page 49

HOW IS THIS DONE?

The first step is by paying attention. What are you experiencing in your body right now as you read this article? Pause for a moment and check in with yourself. How does your stomach feel? Are you breathing easily? Is there any tension in your shoulders or somewhere else? Are you experiencing any pain? This process of checking in with ourselves is called tracking. We are noticing our body’s responses through sensations. Some words that we can use to describe what we feel in our bodies are: tightness, warmth, burning, buzzing, tingling and lightness. You get the picture. The reason this is important is because tracking sensations in real time helps us be in tune with our bodies and how they are responding to the current environment. When we notice tension patterns, we can soften them, slowly and steadily, with practice.

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The problem is that many of us have been conditioned to ignore body sensations and the emotions associated with them. “Have another coffee!” “It’s almost wine o’clock!” “When the going gets tough the tough go shopping!” “There’s no problem that another beer can’t solve!” These solutions may work as a short-term strategy, but not for the long haul. Improving life satisfaction and health in a sustainable way begins when you bring your attention to your body, its sensations and the emotions that show up – not pushing them away or sweeping them under the rug, so to speak. It may seem counter-intuitive, but “not feeling” will actually get in your way down the road. There is nothing wrong with feeling sensations and emotions. However, it is common for folks to feel uncomfortable, or judge themselves harshly as sick, wrong, or weak, when emotions surface. That is probably because we have been told to “buck

up, be tough.” Tracking sensations in our bodies and giving ourselves space and time to experience them, offers us valuable insight so we can take better care of ourselves.

GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY

Imagine a scenario or a time when you recall feeling most like yourself or the person you want to be, perhaps a time when you felt amazing. It could be how you felt on your wedding day or snuggling with your four-legged fur baby, hiking a trail, playing your favourite sport, seeing a sunset or sunrise, experiencing the birth of a child. As you recall that past event or experience, notice how your body is responding. Locate where in your body you are feeling something. See if you can name the sensation in your body. Is there an accompanying emotion(s) in your experience right here, right now? Interesting, is it not, how just remembering might bring a smile, brightness to


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When we listen to what our bodies are saying, we support our ability to deal with stress. your eyes, warmth in your stomach or heart area, and your shoulders might soften a bit, just by paying attention to what is happening in your body. Bringing a positive event into our awareness, even for a moment, tends to relieve tension in our bodies – and tension reduction is good for us.

A FOUR-STEP SEQUENCE FOR TRACKING SENSATIONS These steps can be done anywhere, anytime, throughout your day. 1. Pause and notice how you are feeling in this moment. Are you calm, tense, frustrated? 2. Where in your body do you feel this? Describe the body sensation.

As the owner of Patricia Berendsen & Associates Trauma Healing Centre of London Counselling and Psychotherapy Services, Patricia has over 25 years of experience in the counselling field. Patricia Berendsen is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT), Certified Couple and Family Therapist (CCFT), Registered Social Worker (RSW), Registered Psychotherapist (RP), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and Somatic Sex Educator (SSE).

3. Is there is an emotion associated with the body sensation? Just let it be there for a few seconds. 4. Using your imagination, think back to an event or experience that made you feel amazing. Notice how your body feels now. Developing body awareness and learning the skill of tracking can feel like learning a whole new language. However, once you give your body an opportunity to ‘speak’ and you listen to your body’s responses, you are tuning into yourself like you would tune into a radio station. It is the foundation for ultimately working with ourselves instead of against ourselves. Knowing your body is a key to living a more fulfilled, healthy and vibrant life. 

ANDREA BESSA Andrea Bessa is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and an advanced level somatic experiencing practitioner in training. Andrea is providing psychotherapy services at Patricia Berendsen & Associates Trauma Healing Centre of London. She completed her Master of Arts in counselling psychology at Yorkville University in 2019 and has continued her learning through the NeuroAffective Touch Institute, the Toronto Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing International.

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On Celebrity Cruises’ newly launched Apex, the adults-only solarium offers a peaceful atmosphere (left), while on the resort deck, the two-story hot tub is a popular spot (centre) and the art installations (right) offer a unique touch for a floating holiday. Photo credit: Maxine Gundermann

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ome pre-pandemic cruise enthusiasts, like Gord Fansher, are eager to return, but holding off until next year. Others, like Joan Ball, doubt they’ll ever cruise again. But some, like Noreen and Pat Flynn, are so eager that they’ve already been on a cruise and are looking forward to the next one. These Londoners are all veteran cruisers and love it for various reasons. For Fansher, it is the social element that he most prizes. “I love meeting and talking to people from all over.” He considered booking a cruise in 2022 but thinks now that 2023 is more comfortable for wife

Jan and himself. They usually travel with Carnival Cruise Line. Joan Ball and her partner, John Prouty, both over 65 with some health issues that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19, have travelled on most of the major cruise lines over the years. “The great thing (about cruising) is being able to see a number of things without unpacking and the cruise company takes care of everything – food, accommodations, activities – for you.” But the pandemic has her doubting that the couple will be cruising ever again, or at least not for a long time. Conversely, the Flynns were so excited to get back on the water that they did a


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Insurance coverage varies and should be thoroughly researched before departing. seven-day Mediterranean cruise last September on one of Celebrity Cruises’ new ships – the Apex. According to Michelle Whalen, at Uniglobe Enterprise Travel, some travellers are still hesitant to reserve a cruise because of the federal government’s Level 4 travel advisory against international travel. Maxine Gundermann, of Celebrity Cruises, agrees, saying that this is confusing, as the CDC has changed its

advisory to a Level 3, which allows for cruising with restrictions. According to Gail Ducharme, of Ellison Travel and Tours, these restrictions include many that Canadians will be used to, like masking in indoor public areas, extra spacing between chairs and tables, and limited numbers allowed in pools and hot tubs at one time. Some differences that veteran cruisers will notice are that not all routes are available on all lines and that

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This was also the feeling of Torontonian Marsha Mowers, of Canadian Travel News, who took her first cruise in August of 2021. She “was very impressed with the protocols.” On Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, she noticed that room service carts are not wheeled into the cabins; rather the cart is brought to the door and guests take over from there. Gundermann says Celebrity is further assuring passenger safety with Muster 2.0, which is a combination of watching safety videos on the cabin TV or on a phone app and later checking in with a muster leader at the appropriate muster station. The cruise lines have also upgraded air filtration systems as well as their already-stringent cleaning protocols. Elmhirst and Flynn both mention that they were asked for their vaccine certificate in shops and restaurants in European ports. They were relieved to see that locals and tourists wore masks when in port. Both were pleased that the cruise lines on which they were travelling provided complimentary PCR testing for returning Canadians. Flynn, like Gord Fansher, appreciates the sociability of cruising that, she says, she and Pat found at the large martini bar on the Apex, which doubles as the lounge area. Spacing of tables and chairs limits socialization in other areas. Mower, Flynn and Elmhirst all enjoyed their travel experiences since cruising has restarted and recommend the experience. All information was correct at time of writing. Because restrictions change rapidly, Lifestyle Magazine advises checking with travel agents and cruise lines for accurate information when contemplating a trip. n

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travelstyle LEFT Grand Bend’s historic Colonial Hotel has been transformed into a boutique hotel with luxury suites. INSET Cozy courtyards provide alfresco spaces for relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

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ondoners seeking a great escape, a chance to indulge in quality time with friends and family, don't need to travel far. The newly renovated Colonial Hotel in Grand Bend offers luxury suites in five buildings, steps from the beach, shops and restaurants. Corey Deneire, senior marketing manager for new owner Obsidian Group Inc., says the goal was to make it “a true destination for even the most discerning traveller. Colonial Hotel is a superior boutique hotel, operated by a passionate team and with a personal approach that makes every stay more exceptional than the last.” The attention starts with a welcome from the concierge in a beautiful lobby. The design was chosen to make guests feel special. Suites offer amenities for ultimate comfort. Daily suite cleaning,

replenishment of towels, toiletries and water bottles increase the pampered and protected feeling. “All brand-new luxury suites are oneof-a-kind. However the House of the Rising Sun are accommodations you won’t want to miss,” says Deneire. “Experience everything you would in our hotel, but in the privacy of a house containing four beautiful suites, a full kitchen and dining area, living room with fireplace, laundry machines and a personal patio with fire pit. All of the things you’d want from a private cottage rental, but the features and amenities from a luxury hotel.” Step onto the street to discover plenty of options for fun and food. Stroll the beach, enjoy the variety of activities, including unique shopping. After exploring Grand Bend, return to the Twenty Beach

Club at the Colonial for gourmet entrees and cocktails with live music. Chill out by a fire pit in the courtyard to end the evening. The Colonial Main, Main Street Suites, and House of the Rising Sun are joined by two buildings whose names reflect the past. Brenner House was the 1868 name of the hotel; Gable Suites refers to Red Gables, rental cottages converted to a tavern at one time. “All amenities inherit the original purpose of this historic site where the intent is to provide private and social spaces to guests but with luxury, quality and comfort at the forefront,” says Deneire. “A perfect blend of boutique comfort with full-service amenities, top-notch hospitality, distinct beach vibes, this is the ultimate hotel for the modern traveller.” n

● FOR MORE INFORMATION • THE COLONIAL HOTEL • 1 Main Street West, Grand Bend • 519-238-4000 • www.colonialhotel.com January/February 2022 Lifestyle 57


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2022 colour of the year By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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October Mist is versatile enough to be used as an accent or as the main colour of a room. It can be paired with other colours in a variety of ways, with softer hues on woodwork and trim or with darker tones on furnishings for a pop of colour.

hat does the world need now more than a feeling of tranquility at the beginning of a new year? Benjamin Moore answers with its Colour of the Year.

October Mist is a soft sage green Benjamin Moore colour specialists believe can create a canvas for the rest of the 2022 colour palette and for clients’ imaginations. “October Mist and the corresponding Colour Trends 2022 palette reflect an effortless harmony of colours, while inspiring unique combinations for any paint project,” says Andrea Magno, director of colour marketing and development. “The palette is very natural looking,” says Leisa Bertelsen, general manager for Clancy’s Rainbow paint stores in London. “People are looking for neutral colours. They want something calming in their homes.” “The colours are soft, comforting and

easy to live with,” agrees Cathy Cloes, owner at Hyde Park Paint and Paper. “It’s exactly what people are searching for right now.” The 14-colour collection runs the gamut from Gloucester Sage, a dark grey with a green undertone; Mysterious, a rich denim/navy blue; and Wild Flower, a deep red dusted with hints of pink and orange, to a soft white called Steam, the sandy Natural Linen and Collector’s Item, a pink-tinged off-white. “We wanted to create a palette that was flexible and encouraged consumers to play and experiment with paint colors,” says Benjamin Moore colour marketing and development specialist Arianna Cesa. “Our homes can be the ultimate form of self-expression. We curated our Colour Trends 2022 palette with that in mind.” Cesa says October Mist is a bridge colour with opportunities to be paired with other colours in “endless” ways.

For example, she suggests pairing it with soft white Steam for trim and interior doors or turning up the contrast for a bolder combination, using the dark blue Mysterious or grey-green Gloucester Sage. Those darker colours, she adds, can look amazing on kitchen cabinets with Steam white walls balanced by October Mist in an adjoining room. She says October Mist can stand out as a focal point as an accent wall when it is combined with Morning Dew, a soothing cool grey with a touch of green, on adjacent walls. Or for a more playful pairing, clients might consider Hint of Violet, which she describes as “a frothy lilac with a cool grey cast.”

Bertelsen agrees that October Mist is versatile enough to be used as an accent or a whole room colour. “It’s a type of green that’s neutral enough to be used in a larger area.” She predicts it may promote dusty rosy pinks coming back into play.  January/February 2022 Lifestyle 59


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PALE MOON Benjamin Moore's Colour Trends 2022 collection offers both warm and cool options. Though it is primarily made up of pale shades, the darkest of them offers a sharp contrast for decorators.

Cloes agrees the colour of the year can provide a neutral background for use in multiple rooms. “It works well with the historic collection and in older as well as newer homes.” She says the range of colours will “integrate beautifully with the warm greys that have been so popular lately and make it easy for our clients to make subtle updates to their décor.” Cloes suggests Pale Moon, a pleasing soft yellow that is uplifting but not overwhelming, and Quiet Moments – a mix of blue, green and grey – are attractive options for baths or bedrooms. Both Cloes and Bertelsen say customer reaction to the new colour of the year and its accompanying palette is positive. “We were excited to see the green,” Bertelsen says. “I thought it might have been a grey, but they brought a

little more pop of colour, yet still calm and subdued, nothing loud.” Bright colours, she says, are initially eye-catching but often not what clients want to put on their walls. They are more likely to choose those colours for less permanent accessories such as bed pillows or sofa cushions. October Mist has enough green and enough grey to appeal to the neutral trend, Bertelsen notes. “People are attracted to green tones.” That played into Benjamin Moore’s ultimate decision, Cesa says. “Green exudes balance and stability, but also pairs perfectly with a variety of colors, enabling personalization. October Mist had that right combination of presence and subtlety to form the cornerstone of the palette.” “I think it will be popular and people will use it a lot,” Bertelsen says. n

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● FOR MORE INFORMATION CLANCY’S RAINBOW • 1030 Adelaide Street North • 519-434-3201 and 595 Fanshawe Park Road West • 519-472-1116 • www.clancysrainbow.com HYDE PARK PAINT & PAPER • 1175 Hyde Park Road, Unit 3 • 519-472-4100 • www.hydeparkpaintandpaper.com 60 Lifestyle January/February 2022


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ABOVE Acura West general manager Paul Jennery shows off the company’s RDX Platinum Elite model. INSET The dealership showcases a variety of upscale vehicles like these TLX luxury sport sedans.

Plugging into the future ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON THE HORIZON By Ellen Ashton-Haiste

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he automotive industry is undergoing a paradigm shift as electric vehicles begin to move into the mainstream marketplace. “It’s been something people have talked about but hadn’t really considered, but now it’s hit the mainstream and you have the populace talking about it on a regular basis,” says Paul Jennery, general manager at London’s Acura West dealership. Staff members are dealing with customer queries about EVs daily. Jennery and his team are excited to participate with Acura in this transition to an electrified future, with the general consensus that the next decade will bring a full complement of EVs to the marketplace. That is not as distant as it may sound, Jennery says. “It’s a huge tran-

sition and not just the electric vehicles themselves but the infrastructure that goes along with them.” It will include adequate recharging sites, which Jennery predicts could take a few years to get in place. Other issues that must be considered include range and Canadian winters, when batteries drain more quickly. But the transition is definitely on the horizon. “It is the way of the future,” Jennery says. “I don’t think there’s anybody who doesn’t understand the implications of climate change and what it portends for our children and for the environment.” In the meantime, there is no shortage of exciting happenings at the dealership. Resurrecting the name of one of Acura’s earliest models, the Integra – a five-door

hatchback with a manual transmission option – will come out this spring. The original was offered as a coupe or sedan style and was extremely popular, helping Acura break into the automotive industry. There is also eager anticipation about the release of the latest Type S – or high performance – versions of the TLX and MDX models. The all-new TLX, introduced in 2021, has been well received. Its aggressive yet sophisticated new body styling appeals to many. And, the RDX, a best-selling mid-size luxury SUV, will be getting a mid-cycle refresh. “So, there are a lot of great things happening here against the backdrop of the coming EV launch,” Jennery says. It’s an exciting time for the automotive industry. 

 FOR MORE INFORMATION • ACURA WEST • 759 Wonderland Road North • 519-657-1557 • www.acurawest.ca 62 Lifestyle January/February 2022


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