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One of the first elements visitors to this estate home notice is the sense of serenity. Located on 11 acres outside Kilworth, the home backs on to a forested area, a ravine and THIS ESTATE HOME, LOCATED IN LONDON, a creek that flows into the Thames River. IS SURROUNDED BY NATURE “You feel like you are truly in the country, but it's very central, just 20 minutes from London's downtown core,” says Heather Matheson, a sales representative with Sutton By Ellen Ashton-Haiste Group-Select Realty. “It's not often you find something like this within the city limits.” Matheson has listed the home, at 2397 Oxford St. W., for $2.25 million. Above: This secluded estate home is surrounded by nature. The gated property, accessible through stone pillars and a winding laneway, is private. Below Left: From the two-storey foyer, a curved Bordering the 107-acre Easter Seals Camp Woodeden, the home and its owners are staircase leads to the second floor. unlikely to be disturbed by future development. Below Top Centre: The bright kitchen is outfitted with white cabinetry that provides a contrast to The house is about 30 years old but was completely renovated by the current owners dark granite counters. 10 years ago. “It was totally gutted. There's nothing that's not new and all the finishings Below Bottom Centre: The focal point of the great room is a stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace, are high-end,” Matheson says. The renovation included a 20-foot addition to all three flanked by built-in cabinetry. levels to accommodate a lower-level recreation room, a main-floor great room and Below Right: The second-floor landing overlooks second-floor bedrooms. the two-storey dining room.
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Right: A state-of-the-art theatre room includes two-tiered seating and a full bar, as well as remote-controlled blackout blinds. Below: The lower-level recreation room has a second fireplace and a walkout to a covered patio. Inset: An adjacent games area with a kitchenette also opens to the patio.
The interior's airy ambiance is evident in the soaring, two-storey foyer, which features an oversized arched transom window. Arched windows and transoms are repeated throughout the home. To the left of the foyer, an office incorporates wraparound corner windows, as well as built-in bookshelves and cabinetry with a granite counter. To the right, the foyer leads to a breakfast room that flows into an open-concept kitchen, dining room and great room at the rear of the home. In the kitchen, creamy white cabinets offer a contrast to the grey-veined black granite counters along the perimeter and on the two islands. Other features include a built-in wall oven and a microwave, an induction cooktop with retractable venting, a wine fridge and a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with panelled doors.
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A two-storey dining area separates the kitchen from the great room. Expansive windows throughout this area, and a terrace door, overlook a wood deck that spans the rear of the home. The focal point of the great room is a stone floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning fireplace flanked by built-in cabinetry. A hallway from the kitchen provides access to a mudroom, a powder room and stairs inset with lights leading to a theatre room above a two-bay garage. This state-of-the-art theatre room includes a 100-inch roll-down screen, remote-controlled blackout blinds, concealed media storage, a removable tiered deck for theatre seating, as well as a full bar and a two-piece bathroom. It also has a small outdoor deck. From the foyer, a curved oak staircase leads to the second-floor landing which overlooks the foyer on one side and the dining room on the other. The master suite at the front of the home encompasses the east end of this floor. The suite features oversized windows, built-in cabinetry and a walk-in closet, as well as a laundry area, concealed by double doors. The ensuite bathroom includes a glass shower with body jets and an air jet tub with a granite deck. The tub is positioned beneath a large window that overlooks the ravine.
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MODEL HOMES Thinking of building a new home in 2014? With continued record low interest rates and a positive economic outlook, this year can be an ideal year to build your dream home. BENEFITS OF BUILDING A NEW HOME: b New homes use the most advanced building materials b Choose your own builder, based on his or her track record and reputation b Todayâ€™s builders are using quality construction techniques and craftsmanship
from a wide array of unique finishes that will give your new home flare b Many green choices in todayâ€™s construction will save money for years to come b Well-designed communities encourage good neighbourhoods in which to live
sifton new homes RIVERBEND GOLF COMMUNITY The Abbey is one of the newer home plans in RiverBend Golf Community, Sifton Properties’ active adult lifestyle development in west London. RiverBend originated 14 years ago as an early Ontario masterplanned community for the retiring boomer demographic. It will eventually encompass 450 homes bordering its 18-hole course, designed by golf-course architect Doug Carrick. Surrounded by farmland and Carolinian forest, RiverBend is just minutes away from downtown London with its shopping, entertainment and heath-care facilities. The 2,188-square-foot, one-floor Abbey model home features an all-brick exterior, a covered front porch and a two-car garage. Inside, generous room sizes offer ample space for entertaining. On the right, off a spacious foyer, is a den with a vaulted ceiling that could double as an office. A laundry room, accessible from the garage, and a two-piece bathroom are conveniently located on the left. At the rear of the home, the kitchen opens to an expansive great room/dining room that overlooks a covered porch. The bedrooms are private, set apart from the main living areas. The master bedroom retreat has a spacious walk-in closet and a luxurious ensuite bathroom with a double vanity, tub and shower. The second bedroom also has its own ensuite bathroom.
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wastell homes SUNNINGDALE GREEN Wastell Homes is showcasing its new model home, The Newcastle, in Sunningdale Green, off Sunningdale Road and Richmond Street, in north London. Homes in this neighbourhood are built on lots with 60-foot frontages and depths up to 180 feet. “These lots provide great backyard spaces to fit pools, covered porches and room for a family to grow,” says company spokesperson Sue Wastell. The location offers many conveniences, including nearby schools, shopping, dining, and health-care facilities, she adds. One-floor homes start at 1,700 square feet and two-storey homes at 2,400 square feet. Homes are priced from $454,900. The Newcastle, at 2,837 square feet, is a four-bedroom, twostorey home with a three-car garage. The interior features maple hardwood floors throughout and granite counters in the kitchen. The main floor includes a living room and a dining room to the left of the foyer. At the back is an open-concept kitchen and a dramatic two-storey great room with a 12-foot stone fireplace. The second-floor landing overlooks the great room. A centre front bedroom could be converted to additional loft space. The master bedroom retreat, at the back, has a spacious ensuite bathroom with a double vanity, a shower and a corner tub.
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rembrandt homes STONEBRIDGE ON SUNNINGDALE The Kane, one of a few bungalow-with-loft model homes in Rembrandt Home’s Signature Series collection in Stonebridge On Sunningdale, is proving an attractive option for empty nesters. “It has a main-floor master suite and the loft is ideal for guests, like visiting children and grandchildren,” says sales representative Christine Davies. The bungalow features a covered front porch adjacent to a two-car garage. Inside, the foyer opens to a study/bedroom, as well as a four-piece main bathroom and laundry room. Beyond is an open-concept great room, kitchen and dining area, and the master suite with an ensuite bathroom. The bathroom includes a walk-in closet, double vanity, shower and corner soaker tub. The master bedroom and dining area open to a partially covered wood deck. An open maple staircase leads to the loft, which encompasses a bedroom and a four-piece bathroom. The loft also overlooks the great room below. The lower level includes a bedroom and bathroom, as well as recreation and games rooms with a walk-out to a patio. Davies notes that the community still has two walk-out lots available where this home could be built. The north London community borders the Sunningdale Golf and Country Club; the Masonville shopping district is nearby.
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mp custom homes SHAW VALLEY On a quiet cul-de-sac in Shaw Valley – a master-planned community in south St. Thomas – is the newest model home by MP Custom Homes. The Rousseau is a 1,660-square-foot bungalow with a spacious open-concept plan, enhanced by 10-foot ceilings in the foyer and formal dining room, as well as a cathedral ceiling in the great room. The home, which has a covered porch and a two-car garage, is clad in a combination of stone and James Hardie fibre cement siding. Inside, a den and a two-piece bathroom are positioned to the left of the foyer. A mudroom on the right can be entered from the insulated garage. The main hallway leads to the dining room with the kitchen and great room beyond. The focal point of the great room is a fireplace faced with stone, which adds a rustic ambiance. The kitchen is anchored by a large, granite-topped island and opens to a covered rear deck. The master suite includes an ensuite bathroom with a tiled shower, a soaker tub and an L-shaped double vanity. The unfinished lower level could accommodate a spacious family room, two bedrooms and a bathroom with plenty of utility space left over.
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bridlewood homes UPPER RICHMOND VILLAGE Bridlewood Homes is opening a new model home in March in London’s Upper Richmond Village, a community that is being designed to emulate a small town with generous green spaces and its own commercial centre. The model home is a 2,848-square-foot, twostorey home with four bedrooms and a finished lower-level walkout. The exterior is clad in natural limestone. Interior features include HanStone engineered quartz countertops throughout, white cabinetry in the kitchen and dark hardwood flooring on the main floor. The foyer opens to a study on the right and a dining room to the left. A hallway off the dining room leads to a two-piece bathroom and an oversized mudroom and laundry room, which can also be entered from the two-car garage. At the rear of the main floor, an open-concept kitchen, dinette and great room provide access to two composite decks with glass railings on either side of the home.
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A covered deck on the left is balanced by an open sun deck on the right. “They’re great for entertaining,” says Bridlewood Homes’ Cheryl deValk. The second storey encompasses the bedrooms and the main bathroom. The master suite includes a spacious ensuite bathroom with a shower, a soaker tub and a spacious walk-in closet.
doug tarry homes ORCHARD PARK The newest model home from Doug Tarry Homes showcases more than an attractive floorplan and decorative upgrades. The Edenbrook, in St. Thomas’s south-end Orchard Park com munity, is a Discovery Home and a participant in Union Gas’s Optimum Home Program, which encourages builders to increase the energy efficiency of their homes. This model home also demonstrates two pilot projects aimed at providing improved comfort, better indoor air quality and reduced energy use. An innovative basement wall system, which incorporates a “smart membrane,” is designed to reduce vapour collection and the resulting mould. As well, Doug Tarry Homes is working with Dettson Furnaces to incorporate “right-sized” furnace equipment, better suited to today’s tighter, more energy-efficient homes. The 2,170-square-foot, two-storey home also features upgrades including an alarm system, a fully insulated two-car garage, and hardwood and ceramic tile flooring throughout the interior. The main floor includes laundry facilities and an open-concept kitchen, morning room and great room across the rear of the home, which opens to a deck. The second storey comprises an upper landing that overlooks the two-storey foyer, as well as four bedrooms. The master retreat includes a spa-like ensuite bathroom. The unfinished lower level could incorporate a family room, a hobby room and a three-piece bathroom.
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donwest custom homes DALEWOOD MEADOWS and LITTLE CREEK The St. Thomas and Elgin Home Builders’ Association 2013 Best Model Home is one of three homes being showcased by Donwest Custom Homes. The Langford – in Dalewood Meadows, in St. Thomas’s north end – is a 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow. Art Pol, Donwest’s vice president, says the home appeals to the retiree demographic. The home comes with many upgrades, including a finished lower level. The focal point of the great room is a fireplace with an overmantel that’s comprised of dry stacked and polished stone, balanced on either side by floating shelves. The overmantel draws the eye upward to the ceiling. “We really concentrate on different ceiling lines in almost every room, either a cathedral or a tray,” Pol notes. “The foyer in this home has a black ceiling with black crown moulding, so it’s set apart distinctly.” Across the street, the two-storey, 1,958-square-foot Hampton with four bedrooms is designed for a family.
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And, in Port Stanley’s Little Creek subdivision, a neighbourhood geared to empty nesters, Donwest is showcasing its 2011 Model Home of the Year. At 1,712 square feet, the Sandpiper bungalow has one bedroom and a den on the main floor and a second bedroom in the lower level.
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Rembrandt Homes – one of London's largest builders – enjoys making the dream of homeownership a reality. Led by founder and owner Tony Marsman, Rembrandt Homes identifies niche markets and makes sound business decisions, solidifying its position as a leader in the new-home industry. The company, with its team of professionals, is committed to bringing new and innovative ideas to the marketplace and creating communities for family living. With more than 45 years in the home-building business, the company offers a wide spectrum of housing possibilities in five communities in London and one in Woodstock. From entry-level townhomes to luxurious bungalow condos and exceptional custom homes, Rembrandt offers a range of housing for those who are just starting out, as well as buyers who want to downsize or empty nesters who want to focus on hobbies or travel. Rembrandt Homes offers many options for purchasers to consider in their dream homes. The sales team at each of the locations encourages buyers to meet their needs and desires by customizing their homes. All of Rembrandt’s homes are Energy Star-compliant and are tested by an independent third party. Rembrandt Homes also believes in contributing to worthy local causes. The company is a principal sponsor of major fundraisers aimed at finding a cure for metachromatic leukodystrophy. Tony and his wife, Abbe, support the research being done by Bethanys Hope Foundation in the hopes that they will see a cure for this disease in their lifetime. In 2000, Tony was recognized by the London Home Builders' Association with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recently named Laureate 2013 with his induction into the London and District Business Hall of Fame. Tony's contribution to the housing industry, Junior Achievement, the Salvation Army and other community work has made him an inspiration to his fellow LHBA members.
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By Heather Toskan Banish the dregs of winter's polar vortex and jump-start spring with clothes in sunny hues to brighten your wardrobe and your spirit. â€œCustomers are craving new spring clothes and colours, which include watermelon, yellow, orchid, turquoise and other shades of blue,â€? says Kim Ariesen, of Studio Style in Port Stanley. All fashions shown on this and the facing page are available at Studio Style in Port Stanley. Layered sweater and slim Capris are from the Spanner 2014 Spring Collection.
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Sleeveless aqua print dress is from the Spanner 2014 Spring Collection.
Other bright colours in demand this spring include orange, red, fuchsia and royal. If you prefer softer hues, a slew of designer-driven pastels, including peach, lilac, mint and soft pink also dress to impress. Navy and sandy beige are strong contenders for neutral territory this spring, joined by dove grey which surfaces in combination with other colours such as lemon yellow and white. If colour is not your strong suit, solid neutrals of black and white offer plenty of presence, in colour-blocked, checked and striped fashions. Floral, paisley, nautical, animal and soft abstract prints are among the other patterns at play on clothes and accessories, including the many flowing scarves that remain must-haves.
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Tailored, sporty and feminine fashions take soft turns in cotton knits, sandwashed denim, light-weight chiffon, polyesters and other materials with a light hand. “Many of my clothes are lightweight knits made of natural fabrics such as bamboo and spandex,” says Trish Wiggell, owner of the recently opened Bijou Boutique in Byron. “I like to support Canadian designers who seem to understand that Canadian women like to look stylish while remaining comfortable,” adds Wiggell, who stocks several Canadian fashion labels as well as others from Paris, New York City, the U.K. and California.
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According to Wiggell, “smart-casual separates and easy-to-wear flowing and cotton tie-dyed dresses” are just a few of the many spring styles that are currently in bloom at her shop. The season's dresses, tops and skirts often feature ease and volume. High-low hem lines, gathering and draping are all fashionable features on tops, dresses and skirts. Other spring trends include softly fitted trousers that drape and taper in at the ankle to offer a fashion-forward casual look that pairs well with gussied-up sportswear-inspired tops, including coordinating tanks and hoodies. “Body-skimming, figure-flattering spring styles include Capri pants and slightly looser- fitting pants silhouettes,” Ariesen says. “Some of the new loose pants feature gathered hem lines and are made of crinkled material for an easy-towear style that can be dressed up or down.” Below: Black-and-white colour-block sleeveless dress is from the Spanner 2014 Spring Collection.
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Versatile clothing pieces appear as a common theme that runs throughout much of spring fashion. Knee-length tunic tops that can be worn solo as dresses or paired with Capri pants or leggings are especially popular and go virtually anywhere. Other versatile spring looks include softly coloured knit motocross-inspired jackets, textured sweaters, and a modern spin on twin sets that pairs tanks with coordinating hoodies. Finesse your look with accessories. Flowing scarves, long necklaces, dangling earrings and stacks of bracelets all remain important. Tan and pastel-coloured shoes and spring ankle boots are updated with cutouts, lace-up and ankle-strap styling. Floral and geometric patterns also jazz up the season's many pointy-toed flats and pumps.
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By Heather Toskan It may be too cool to wear your new warm-weather clothes, but you can still spring forward by updating your look with the latest makeup tips and trends. “We've had a long, cold winter,” says Allison Rinkel, a London-based makeup artist. “Depending on one's personal preferences and the type and amount of makeup applied, women of any age can adapt the latest spring makeup trends to suit their style.” Whether you prefer natural or more colourful-looking makeup, achieving an even, glowing skin tone is the first step towards creating a polished canvas for spring makeup.
Left: The eyes hold emphasis in this natural-looking spring makeup, which features the use of bronzer, soft pink cheek colour and lip gloss. The model's blue eyes are accentuated by golden bronze metallic eye shadow on the lids and around the lower eyelid. Eyes are highlighted with soft champagnecoloured eye shadow. Brown eyeliner and brown-black mascara follow through on the natural makeup theme.
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Above: Highlights of this natural-looking makeup include taupe eye shadow on the eyes, soft peach blush and natural-coloured lip gloss. Extra lashings of brown-black mascara help accentuate the model's eyes.
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Washed-out skin tone, blotchiness, dark circles and dull, flaky dehydrated skin are common at any age, but are usually more pronounced on women aged 35 and up. These issues and others can be improved by the use of moisturizer, skin primer, corrector-concealer, foundation, CC (Complete Correction) and BB (Beauty Balm) creams, each of which offers varying degrees of moisture, coverage, protection and luminescence. “I often recommend moisturizing with natural oils, such as coconut oil, which helps to give skin a dewy, luminous look. Follow with a makeup primer to lay the groundwork for a professional-looking makeup application that lasts,” says Rinkel. Translucent, peach and pink-coloured makeup primer can be applied with the fingers to fill in enlarged pores, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and give skin a smooth, healthy appearance. Translucent makeup primers work well on any skin tone, while peach and pink-tinged primers can help add “warmth” to ashy and pale skin tones. Red blotchy areas, broken capillaries, dark under-eye circles and other
discoloured areas are often the result of sun damage and are typically more prevalent with mature skin. To neutralize and cover redness and other areas of discolouration, apply a yellow or green corrector-concealer with a brush or a sponge. “After corrector-concealer, apply a CC or BB cream, both of which offer various benefits as well as a hint of colour. Add a light film of foundation where extra coverage is needed,” advises Rinkel. Brush a flattering warm glow across your cheekbones, nose and forehead with a light dusting of bronzer. “If your skin is pale, a light gold or rosy-gold bronzer is most flattering. Dark skin tones look best in deeper, redbased bronze tones,” Rinkel notes. Flushed lips and cheeks add a bright, youthful look to the skin and are an important spring makeup trend. Rosy, berry, and peach-coloured all-inone lip and cheek stains are a recently issued product that can be applied to both cheeks and lips, or you can use cream or powder blush on the apples of your cheeks for a radiant appearance. Below: A brighter “balanced” look features sheer bright colour applied to the eyes and lips. Raspberry lips and cheeks play well off a vibrant wash of turquoise eye shadow. The model's cheek bones and orbital bone are given soft emphasis with shimmering highlighter powder. This more dramatic look is enhanced by eyebrows filled in with auburn powder to match the model's hair colour and strong black eye liner. Fantasy eye lashes complete the look.
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Boldly coloured lips in shades of red, raspberry, pink and coral remain on trend, with orange receiving high-style status. “Orange is certainly one of this spring's most fashionable lip colours,” says Rinkel. “If you want to wear orange or other bright lip colours, but don't wish to wear them full strength, choose a sheer formula or blot opaque lip colours for a softer effect.” Add flattering texture and softness to lips by topping lip colour with a layer of lip gloss or petroleum jelly. “Use lip primer and line lips with a lip pencil or colourless lip liner to prevent lipstick from bleeding and smearing,” suggests Rinkel. In eye shadow, the gold standard rules in metallic shades such as champagne, gold and bronze. “Gold and reddish-toned bronze eye shadows really enhance blue eyes and offer a flattering way to update naturallooking eye makeup on other eye colours as well, but don't be afraid to have fun experimenting with makeup and spring's more vibrant colours,” Rinkel says. Other popular eye shadow colours include turquoise, blue, lilac and green. The practice of wearing soft lips with stronger eye makeup and vice versa still works, but a balanced approach that pairs sheer bright eye and lip colours is also fashionable. “Avoid wearing heavy black eyeliner, especially under the lower lash line, where it can really appear to drag the eye down and contribute to an aged look. Dark brown and brown-black eyeliner and mascara often looks most flattering,” Rinkel notes. Last but not least, don't forget to fill in your eyebrows if they're sparse. Full, natural-looking eyebrows inspired by the popular model Cara Delevingne are most current. “Don't over tweeze and if your brows are too sparse, fill them in with taupe brow powder on an angle brush for a natural look,” advises Rinkel.
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FANCY DANCERS STRUT THEIR STUFF By Beth Stewart You may have seen Betty Nelson-Daniel's work at Artistix, a funky local gallery once located off Richmond Row. Alas, she's since flown the coop. Although her work can be found in most major cities in Ontario, and at a smattering of galleries across Canada and the U.S., London is sadly bereft of her fanciful figures. Nelson-Daniel, who now nests in Midland, Ontario, has had a passion for sculpting bird-based figures since she studied art at H.B. Beal Secondary School in the late 1960s. Top Right: Standard Mocking-Bird. Made with leather, beads and feathers. Centre Left: Thunderbird, feathers, fur, fish and shells. 9" tall. Centre Right: Organic Mocking-Bird. Made with beautiful birch bark, twigs, acorns, fall leaves, pine cone necklace, raffia, miniature flowers. Earth tones. 9" h. x 14" w. Newest creation of the Mocking-Bird figures. Below: This American Southwest bird has been created with a mixture of leather, beads, metal filigree, feathers and moose mane. All are original, one-of-a-kind pieces.
She began creating her Mocking-Birds in 1983 and had her first art show in 1985. In 1986, she was invited by the National Ballet of Canada to create figures that captured La Belle Epoque. This kicked off an avalanche of invitations from other organizations, including Stratford Festival, Boston Ballet, New York's American Folk Art Museum, and Cirque du Soleil. Like their Northern Mockingbird namesakes, Nelson-Daniel's Mocking-Birds are apt mimics. They pose as humans, often dancers, and reflect the artist's fascination with movement and theatrical aplomb. Each figure is carefully constructed from 14-gauge galvanized wire and sports a colourful conglomeration of materials – including feathers, fur, leather and beads – as clothing. Each is a one-of-a-kind piece. They are built from the ground up. Says Nelson-Daniel: “By starting at the feet, I can create the balance required to make them freestanding.” Each figure evolves as it is made. “I am so familiar with the character, I let my mood influence the design, and the materials at hand dictate the finished piece,” says Nelson-Daniel.
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Above: Handmade, organic birch bark shoe with a tree house mounted on a sponge mushroom and reindeer moss.
When the pressure is on, the artist may produce up to three a day. She never uses an assistant. The ballet figures, which she refers to as “Standard Mocking-Birds,” are the most popular with collectors. “They have been described as dramatic, and spiritual sculptures that evoke a physical experience in some who view them,” the artist notes. Nelson-Daniel has produced a variety of other figures as well, including ones based on Egyptian gods and Japanese Kabuki players. The artist has sold work to numerous celebrities and their associates, as well as doll and art collectors, and has done custom work for corporations. Last summer, the vice president of Walt Disney Productions bought two of Nelson-Daniel's mockingbirds at Davis Canadian Arts in Stratford. Recent work includes earth-toned “Organic Mocking-Birds” created with bark, twigs, acorns and other materials found in her own garden. She has also branched out to construct organic containers and table-top-sized tree houses. The Organic Shoe uses a recycled shoe as its base. “I remove the heel, add a tree branch, cover the shoe inside and out with birch bark,” says NelsonDaniel. She then adorns it with other natural materials. “The Mocking-Birds have had many opportunities to evolve in all kinds of forms, purposes,” says Nelson-Daniel. “Each day is a new day of discovery for the Birds!”
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STAN PORTLEY’S OFFERS DO-IT-YOURSELF ARTISTS TECHNIQUES TO BRIGHTEN UP THEIR HOMES By Ellen Ashton-Haiste Tye Dye and custom stencilling for furniture are just a couple of new techniques awaiting do-it-yourself artists at Stan Portley's – Timeless and Unique. The company, with locations in London and Port Stanley, is the region's exclusive retailer for the van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection, created by British Columbia artist Kathy van Gogh. The paint – comprised of water, pigment and chalk as the binder, with no toxic chemicals – gives a velvety finish to wood furnishings. It has been attracting fans and customers to Stan Portley's, says Bobbie Robinson, who operates the business with her husband, John. These new products and techniques are providing innovative artistry options for customers, she says. Tye Dye for Furniture is one such option. Robinson says the finished products really do have the look of the colourful T-shirts and clothing items with swirls and patterns of bold colour, popularized in the 1960s. “The process is a bit messier (than the regular chalk painting) and it takes a bit longer to dry, but it's definitely cool!” Stencils are another new offering. The store carries a full line of
the stencils, made in Ontario by Joanne Mudd at Muddaritaville Home Studio in Pefferlaw (northeast of Toronto). Mudd will custom design stencils for clients, as well. Stencils also allow three-dimensional detailing to be added to furnishings by using a spatula to spread van Gogh's Furniture Facelift, an embossing plaster, through the stencil. Another new product is the Furniture Frosting, which Robinson describes as a “layered coating of different colours that give the effect of an abalone shell or mother-of-pearl.” It hardens to a durable finish, she adds. The van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection has 26 standard colours, including a new opaque red called And Your Little Dog Too. Robinson says custom colours can be created by mixing the standard colours in various combinations. “We call it Mix This With That Technology and you can get hundreds of colours,” she says. Stan Portley's conducts classes and workshops, from introductory to advanced techniques. They also offer studio time, allowing customers to use their space and stencils. Above: The drawers on this dresser were given a threedimensional pattern using stencil and embossing plaster, then re-stencilled with a lighter-toned chalk paint. Left Top and Bottom: The table is chalk painted then stencilled with the Napoleonic Bee, produced by Muddaritaville Home Studio. Below: Kathy van Gogh, centre, founder of the van Gogh Chalk Paint Collection, is shown with Stan Portley's owners John and Bobbie Robinson.
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By Jill Ellis-Worthington Solid-surface countertops made from natural substances are both agelessly beautiful and hightech efficient. Offered exclusively in London by Coni-marble Manufacturing, Neolith is manufactured from all organic materials, so it doesn't emit any environmentally harmful substances. This green product is also fully recyclable. “This is a porcelain product, so it's made of natural ingredients,” says Deborah Clemens, general manager administration. A product that can withstand heat is a boon to the Coni-marble crew. “Other solid surfaces are heat resistant, but this one takes direct heat,” Clemens notes. That ease of care extends to upkeep as Neolith is impervious to chemicals, making it simple to clean. Food safety isn't a concern as Neolith is hygienic and non-absorbent. Neolith offers flexibility of design, as well. “With a thickness of only 10 millimeters, it presents a unique design perspective with a new look for contemporary design with sleek, clean lines,” Clemens says. Although the product is available in thicker profiles, its lean look appeals to the design sensibilities of modern families, she adds. Available in a variety of shades and textural finishes, Neolith appeals to those who want to take a modern approach to their kitchen design. The Iron line “resembles aged metal,” says Clemens, and it's available in six colours, while the Colorfeel
group offers 11 colours that will brighten up a contemporary design. The Timber line is Neolith's take on a wood finish and it's offered in four earthy tones. By comparison, the Textil line resembles a finely woven fabric and is available only in black or white. Coni-marble has carried the Neolith line for one year and it's been experiencing a growth in popularity, in large part due to its sleek, thin profile. “This is very big in Europe but trends take a while to make it here. It's grown (more popular) significantly over the past few months,” Clemens says. Some homeowners have been resistant to the product, preferring the more traditional appearance of natural stone countertops. Neolith answers by introducing the Classtone line, with its veined and mottled resemblance to stone products. Classtone won't be available in Canada for a few months, having made its recent debut to great acclaim at the KIBS (Kitchen and Bath) Show in Las Vegas. Coni-marble's showroom features a large island, “with a cooktop cut into it, so you can really see the product,” says Clemens, as well as colour and texture samples of all the lines that Neolith offers.
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TRICAR IS BUILDING ITS NEWEST CONDO RESIDENCE IN NORTH LONDON
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Panoramic views will be a feature attraction for residents of VillageNorth, The Tricar Group's newest London condominium tower, now on the rise in the Sunningdale area. The 14-storey building, under construction on Sunningdale Road just west of Richmond Street, will offers vistas of the city to the south and forested natural areas, and the Sunningdale Golf and Country Club to the north. Walkways, gardens and large courtyards, featuring a selection of trees and shrubbery native to the region, will bring nature right to the building's doorstep. Amenities, including shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation venues are just steps away. A development for boutique shopping and an assortment of private shops and businesses is also planned. “Londoners want to live in this area,” says Adam Carapella, Tricar's vice president of operations. “We have already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback and have over 30 sales in just over three months.”
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VillageNorth purchasers will be among the first to take advantage of the company's new Tricar Condo Living Centre, a decor and presentation facility slated to open this spring in downtown London. There, residents can receive help with their colour selections and design features to match their new suite to their individual tastes. “For some people, the colour selection process is intimidating and overwhelming,” Carapella says. “Our state-of-theart centre was developed to take away stress and keep the process of purchasing your new home both positive and exciting.” The condos are priced from the mid$200s and purchasers can expect occupancy in the spring of 2015, Pepe says. An on-site presentation and sales centre is now open Saturday through Wednesday, from noon to 5 p.m.
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At the end of a long, cold winter, thoughts of vibrant gardens, weekend barbecues and relaxing days spent on the patio seem little more than fleeting dreams. But, come April, when the Western Fair District Agriplex overflows with flowers, garden exhibits, indoor and outdoor decorating displays and the delectable scents of barbecued steak and hickory chips, those dreams will morph into reality. The 38th London Spring Home and Garden Show – with the
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The sporty prototype sedan that Acura unveiled at the recent Detroit auto show demonstrates the direction the automaker is heading with its completely new 2015 TLX performance luxury sedan, which arrives in dealers' showrooms this summer. The TLX blends refined luxury and athleticism in a premium mid-size model that tucks into Acura's sedan lineup between the compact ILX and the full-size RLX. The TLX is 9.65 centimetres shorter in length than the current TL sedan, but rides on the same 277.6-cm wheelbase. Despite the reduced length, Acura engineers have created an interior that rivals the spaciousness of the current TL. There's comfortable seating for five adults, ample cargo space and the open, airy greenhouse minimizes blind spots. Sporty performance will be provided by a choice of two advanced, fuel-efficient engines – a new 2.4-litre, 16-valve, four-cylinder featuring direct injection and Acura's i-VTEC variable valve timing or a 3.5-litre, single overhead camshaft V6, also with direct injection and i-VTEC plus fuel-saving variable cylinder management technology. The 2.4-litre four will be paired with a new eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, while the V6 will be mated with a new nine-speed automatic featuring closely spaced gear ratios and a wide overall ratio range to enhance performance and fuel efficiency.
The 2015 Volvo V60 sports wagon continues the brand's commitment to safety, but this new model also features elegant styling, exciting performance and impressive handling. Although Volvo has a tradition of offering products that also place an emphasis on function and utility, the luxurious appointments in the spacious interior of this sports wagon reinforce the fact it is truly a premium vehicle. Safety features in the V60 include advanced software that extends Volvo's blind spot information system to include a lane change merge aid and cross traffic alert. Its City Safety system can now operate up to 50 km/h and its pedestrian detection system with auto brake technology can now identify cyclists. The V60 is available with a 2.0-litre Drive-E four-cylinder mated to an eightspeed gearbox driving the front wheels. The T5 version is turbocharged and generates 245 horsepower, while the T6 features a turbo and a supercharger combining to produce 302 horses. If you prefer all-wheel drive, powertrain choices include: the T5 with a 250-horsepower, 2.5-litre five-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; the 3.0-litre inline six T6 putting out 300 horsepower, or the turbocharged, 3.0litre inline-six R-Design boasting 325 horsepower. The 2015 V60 is now in dealers' showrooms, with pricing starting at $39,800.
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Cadillac is taking aim at the mid-size luxury sedan market with its all-new 2014 CTS. In particular, segment-dominating brands such as MercedesBenz and BMW are in the crosshairs and Cadillac engineers have upped the ante by making this third-generation CTS longer, lower and leaner. To make the new CTS the lightest in its class, lightweight features such as aluminum doors have replaced the heavy steel units used on previous models. The result is a near-50/50 weight distribution to give the car better balance and handling. Not only is the 2014 CTS lighter overall than the previous model, but it also weighs 90 kilograms less than its rival BMW 528i. A 127-millimetre increase in overall length improves the CTS's exterior presence and it also results in a more spacious cabin. The wheelbase has been stretched 3.0 centimetres to
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improve legroom, especially in the rear seat. The CTS is available with a choice of three engines: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder that produces 272 horsepower; a 3.6-litre V6 that kicks out 321 horses and the 3.6-litre V6 with twin turbos generating 420 horsepower that powers the Vsport model. Two transmissions are offered: a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and electronically controlled overdrive or an eight-speed automatic, also with paddle shifters and electronic automatic overdrive. The quick-shifting eight-speed tranny, a first for Cadillac, delivers 1.5 per cent better fuel economy than a six-speed box. Rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel system is offered (except on the Vsport.) Pricing starts at $50,895 and can range up to $74,495 for the Vsport.
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In a world where words such as “eco-friendly,” “sustainable” and “recyclable” are used in an effort to green-wash too many products, it's refreshing to learn of a construction material that's truly green. Even more surprising is that it's a green product that doesn't cost more than the conventional version. Ferrell Brick and Stone is London's exclusive supplier of CalStar bricks for residential construction. Instead of being made of clay and fired in a kiln for hours, CalStar bricks are made from one of the waste products from coal-fired power plants. It's called fly ash and it's the waste that is released from the coal as it burns. Environmental standards require this ash to be collected and now, instead of having the bags of ash fill landfill sites, it's used to make the world's first green brick. Each brick is manufactured using 37 per cent recycled material. Fly ash is mixed with water, sand, pigment, and a water repellant, then poured into moulds. These are dry packed and tamped down. The bricks are cured in a 200-degree, highhumidity oven. Maranda Bennett, Canadian market development manager, describes the process as “steamed to cure in a spalike environment.” This process saves 81 per cent of the energy used in making traditional bricks. Adds Bennett: “The way that
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OAKWOOD RESORT THIS VACATION DESTINATION IS A LAKE HURON LANDMARK Whether it's a summer day trip, a weekend getaway, a corporate event, or even a wedding, Grand Bend's Oakwood Resort has positioned itself as a one-stop destination. Since 1922, it's been a landmark on the Lake Huron shoreline and, in the last 30plus years, current owners Dave and Valerie Scatcherd have continued to improve on its offerings. The 2014 season is no exception. A new website, targeted for late March, will coincide with a rebranding of Dave's Clubhouse – the resort's casual dining restaurant – as Dave's Pub and Grill, with a new menu from executive chef Mark Graham. “The resort really has everything in one location,” says marketing manager Natalie Core. “And we find people are choosing to come here, rather than battle the traffic to (Muskoka).” Oakwood is known for its 18-hole, par-70 golf course. Its location on the
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those looking for a traditional flair in a mostly modern home market aren't left out. With a shop full of the swirling colours of eastern cultures and the strong lines of hardwoods such as teak, mahogany and rosewood, these one-of-a-kind pieces won't be readily found elsewhere. From the dining room to the bedroom, Veranda has an eco-friendly solution for every room. The wide selection of imported silks, tapestries and rugs comprise just a small portion of the huge home décor inventory. Handmade clay vases, carved wooden panels, oil paintings and masks fill the interior with vibrant splashes of colour that are eye-catching and whimsical. Arches and canopies guide customers on their tour of the store. From eclectic to conventional, if it's exceptional it will be found at Veranda.
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P. 8 City Retreat Contact: Heather Matheson, (519) 852-4840, Sutton Group-Select Realty, email@example.com, www.suttonselect.com/heather-matheson P. 24 Bring on the Brights! Contact: Bijou Boutique, (519) 472-0123, 1289 Commissioners Rd., W., Byron, www.mybijouboutique.com Studio Style, (519) 782-7467, 215 Main St., Port Stanley, firstname.lastname@example.org P. 29 Spring Makeup Artistry Contact: Allison Rinkel, (519) 615-0963, www.allisonrinkel.com P. 33 Take Aim at Excess Inches Contact: Pro Health Medi-Clinic, (519) 207-8338, 1010 Talbot St., Suite 32, St. Thomas, email@example.com P. 34 Mocking Bird Original Creations Contact: Betty Nelson-Daniel, (705) 527-0996, www.mockingbirdcreations.com P. 36 Van Gogh Finishes Contact: Stan Portley's â€“ Timeless and Unique, (519) 601-3666, 240 Richmond St., Unit D; (519) 782-3805, 288 Bridge St., Port Stanley, www.stanportleys.com P. 38 Making Life Easier for Home Chefs Contact: Coni-marble Manufacturing, (519) 453-0100, 31 Artisans Crescent, www.conimarble.ca P. 41 Luxury Rising Contact: VillageNorth Condominiums, sales centre (519) 645-8500, Sunningdale Road West and Meadowlands Way, www.villagenorthcondos.com P. 53 The Automobiles of 2014-2015 Contact: Acura West, (519) 657-1557, 759 Wonderland Rd. N., www.acurawest.ca Dalmar Motors, (519) 433-3181, 475 Wharncliffe Rd. S., www.dalmar.com Land Rover London, (519) 681-9400, 1035 Wharncliffe Rd. S., www.ultimateautomobiles.ca Volvo of London, (519) 690-1600, 1035 Wharncliffe Rd. S., www.ultimateautomobiles.ca MacMaster Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, (519) 455-6200, 1470 Dundas St. E., www.macmasterchev.ca P. 59 Cruising the Mediterranean in Style Contact: Cruise Holidays, (519) 474-1111, 1422 Fanshawe Park Rd. W., www.london.cruiseholidays.com P. 61 World's First Green Bricks Contact: Ferrell Brick and Stone, (519) 652-2799, 5735 Colonel Talbot Rd., Lambeth, www.ferrellbrick.com P. 63 Rainwater Harvesting Contact: Tydan Landscape Design, (519) 672-5558, www.tydanlandscape.com P. 67 Oakwood Resort Contact: Oakwood Resort, (519) 238-2324, 70671 Bluewater Hwy., South Huron, www.oakwoodinnresort.com P. 68 Old-world Style Complements 21st-century Homes Contact: Veranda Real Wood Interiors, (519) 936-5010, 761 Fanshawe Park Rd. W., www.verandawoodfurniture.com
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THE RENOVATION CHALLENGE Though large, the original kitchen lacked connectivity. Sightlines to the backyard were minimal and a wall blocked access to natural light from the living room.
THE CREATIVE SOLUTION Removing the load-bearing wall was accomplished with a new structural beam. The real challenge was breaking up the now 22’ x 28’ space to provide a sense of scale and increasing views to the backyard. Two ﬂooring materials help distinguish the two areas while the new 8’ picture window provides the focal point in the kitchen and a dramatic ﬁreplace anchors the living space.
DUO’s team became part of our family, since we had to live in our house during the renovation. We highly recommend DUO for a stress free project
Fred and Cyndi Grossman
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