Lifestyle Magazine: November - December 2013

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It's probably not unusual to feel an affinity for the season in which we were born, but I've always felt most “at home” during the fall months. I love the scent of leaf mold in the air and the sight of mist that swirls beyond the streetlights as dusk turns to night. Even more than winter, I think fall is the best season for feeling cosy indoors and appreciating everything good in life. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, it would be difficult not to think of others and explore ways of helping those in need. Pets make wonderful companions and, with cats of my own that were rescued from terrible situations, I can't imagine living without them. In this issue of Lifestyle, we've included two features with animals in the forefront: one focuses on the London Humane Society and the adult dogs the organization has for adoption. While many people are drawn to kittens and puppies, adult pets have just as much, if not more, to offer and far too many are awaiting homes. Our second story focuses on Gateway Equine Healing Centre, which helps people and horses from abusive backgrounds increase their confidence by relating to one another. In the spirit of Christmas, Renee Carpenter of Jennings Furniture and Design suggests ways of getting an early start on our festive decorating to avoid stress and make sharing the season with friends and family more enjoyable. She outlines what's new in colours and textures, and provides decorating tips for all areas of the house, from the front porch to the guest bathroom. And, if you're interested in outdoor pursuits, you'll want to read our story on winter camping, a growing trend throughout the province. At Pinery Provincial Park, campers can bring their own tent or trailer or they can reserve one of 12 yurts that are heated and furnished. Activities include snowshoeing, hiking, skiing, skating and tobogganing down a lighted hill. On the art front, writer Beth Stewart has profiled London artist and teacher Greg Ludlow who has an exhibition, Overloaded, at the Westland Gallery in Wortley Village. The exhibition deals with a familiar topic – the overburdened, overloaded and the overworked nature of modern life – and it runs from Nov. 5 to 23.

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Decorating Holidays for the

By RenĂŠe Carpenter

ADVANCE PLANNING HELPS REDUCE THE STRESS OF THE FESTIVE SEASON Christmas is nearer than we realize and will soon be upon us. The concept of decorating for a holiday party or a Christmas gathering can seem overwhelming when it becomes a last-minute duty. However, many decorating techniques can be carried out in advance, allowing you time to plan your party and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season. To create a welcoming approach to your home, arrange luminaries along the walkway 8 Lifestyle November/December, 2013

and plant small cedar trees in large urns next to the porch. If you're using lights, make sure they are white and straight! The traditional door wreath is still popular, but it now comes in a variety of styles, colours and sizes. Some favourites this year include silver- and pewterfrosted cedars with long dripping branches. Other than a nice ribbon, not a lot more is required. If you focus on creating more of a winter theme than a Christmas theme, the results will last well into the winter.

Allow the scents and sounds of Christmas to greet your guests when you open the door. Nothing compares to the sound of Christmas music playing while the aroma of cedar and apple cider on the stove or gingerbread in the oven waft through the air. You may also want to burn scented candles, oil or incense. Accentuate the power of the senses by turning off all the lights, except burning candles and white Christmas lights on the tree and throughout the house. Add a touch of the holidays to every room. Your guests will probably explore your home, or need to retrieve their coat from the guest bedroom. You can start by placing a scented wreath on the door to designate the coat room. Make the room glow with a small lighted tree on the dresser or in a corner of the room. Christmas pillows look great on the bed and a throw across the foot of the bed can pick up your holiday colour of choice. In the guest bathroom, encircle burning candles with greenery on the vanity. A group of small wreaths on the wall provides an overall holiday theme. Don't forget to hang holiday towels on the towel rack. Select a colour to enhance your decorating theme and place a small floral centrepiece or a cluster of candles on a coffee table, piano, desk or side table. To add a festive look, sprinkle glitter on every surface – lamps, table tops, buffet, bathroom countertops, dining table and under glass serving plates. Be sure to keep the glitter clear of food serving dishes. Facing page: The traditional door wreath is still popular with many coming in a variety of styles, colours, and sizes. Make sure to choose a size that is in proportion to your door. Above right: Seasonal aromas such as pine, cedar, cinnamon, gingerbread and cider will add atmosphere to your occasion. Right: Accentuate the magic of this holiday by turning down all the lights, except burning candles and white Christmas lights on the tree and throughout the house.

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Greenery, ribbon and lights can create a festive look on mantels, banisters and doorway entrances.

Tree ornaments are ideal for arranging in decorative bowls or trays and suspended in wreaths.

The Christmas tree should dominate the room so you and your guests can fully benefit from its placement.

Greenery can be draped from the tops of bookcases and branches can be arranged on the mantel or combined with ribbon and twined through the staircase banister. Poinsettia creates a burst of colour in the kitchen, at the base of the staircase, in the foyer, or on a console table. A mini Christmas tree on the coffee table forms a focal point. Decorative bowls or trays piled high with coloured glass tree ornaments make a pretty centrepiece in place of flowers. Wired ribbon is a fantastic way to decorate because of its versatility. Choose your favourite colour or design and tie the ribbon into gigantic single or double bows with long trailing tails.

Use it to tie back your drapery, around candle holders or napkins at the dinner table. Feed the ribbon through the posts in your banister, mingled with greenery. Trim the tree with ribbon and bows instead of using a multitude of ornaments. Choose your Christmas tree according to the scale and balance of the room. Decorate to enhance the theme of the season in whatever manner matches the rest of the dĂŠcor. Location is everything! Be mindful of where the tree sits in the room so you and your guests can fully benefit from its placement. It really should dominate the room!

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Pile the fireplace high with logs and recruit a friend to keep it blazing during the party. If your fireplace doesn't burn actual logs, arrange pillar candles in varying heights and light them. They'll cast a beautiful flicker around the room. Decorate the table or buffet with elements chosen for the theme. The centrepiece, table linens and even the food can complement the decorating plan. For example, arrange coloured candied apples around a roast, sprinkle green parsley or rosemary on white potatoes or mix pearl onions with green peas. The possibilities are endless. Use your holiday china and linens to contribute to the colour scheme. Be sure to remember the polished silver and crystal.


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Create a memento of the occasion by placing a small gift at each place setting. You can personalize a tree ornament and use it as a place card or decorate cookies with your guest's name on the favour and date it. When it comes to Christmas decorating, you really can't overdue it at this time of year. And what a difference these special touches will make! Renée Carpenter is proprietress of Jennings Furniture and Design.




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The sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays are plentiful in Stratford this season. The Victorian Christmas Trail, Nov. 1-Dec. 18, offers $25 passes to collect unique gifts from local merchants. The Christmas Open House Heritage District, Nov. 23-24, includes horse-drawn carriage rides and, on the same weekend, four homes decked out in seasonal finery are on display for the Yuletide Tour of Homes. Amongst many theatrical offerings is the Wind in the Willows Christmas, with local professional actors, presented by The Alternative Theatre Works at Factory 163, Dec. 14-29.

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By Beth Stewart This is an exciting year at London's Innuit Gallery. Not only are owners Janet Evans and Howard Isaacs celebrating their 30th year, but their business has also been named Canadian Host Gallery for the Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection. The 2013 collection boasts 32 images by 11 artists. Subjects range from traditional animals and spirits to mass-produced buttons and some rather “funny” money. The Innuit Gallery has received Set Number One of the 50 distributed across Canada and the United States. With close to record sales on opening day – 21 Ningeokuluk Teevee, Ravens in Amautik, 50 x 62 cm out of 32 pieces sold – Evans says, “It was one of Stonecut & Stencil, 2013 the best starts to the show in many years.” Kenojuak Ashevak, a mainstay of the annual collection for more than 50 years who died in January, is represented by seven prints. Her “Above and Below” presents a beautiful blend of simplicity and complexity. Ningeokuluk Teevee, described as an emerging artist as little as five years ago, has stepped into the limelight with four well-defined images of birds and another of legendary sea goddess Sedna. Two fresh faces stand out amongst this year's artists: Nicotye Samayualie and Saimaiya Akesuk. Samayualie's “Many Buttons” and “Polished Buttons” unabashedly exploit the bright colours of these otherwise unremarkable bits of plastic. Akesuk, working hand and hand with several printmakers, has revived two lesser-used printing techniques. Her “Tender Moment” and Ningeokuluk Teevee, Okpiarait (Owl Chicks), 35 x 43.7 cm, Stonecut & Stencil, 2013 “Reflection” use a traditional Japanese block printing method taught years ago to the community. Akesuk's “Looking Up” is printed using one colour over another colour. Bill Ritchie, studio manager at Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset where the artists work, says the technique, common in the early prints, causes each impression to be slightly different. It would be unjust not to mention Qavavau Manume's single print, “Lucky Man,” which features a small figure carrying a large bundle of cash whose luck is destined to be of short duration as the carefully marked “hundaen” dollar bills are obviously counterfeit. In general, Evans says, this year's collection shows a great imagination and intensity of colour. She promises that the mix of styles presented by the older and newer artists means there is broad appeal. Pg. 5 Malaija Pootoogook,Winsome Owl, 91.5 x 66.5 cm, Etching & Aquatint, 2013

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Fresh and homemade classic Italian cuisine is what's on the menu at London's Bertoldi's Trattoria, says owner Bob DiFruscia who has operated the popular eatery with his daughter, Jessica, since 2002. Under the guidance of chef John Fisher, who has been with the restaurant since its inception, Bertoldi's lunch, dinner and feature menus showcase all of the delicious regional cuisine of Italy. “We feature dishes from all over Italy,” says DiFruscia. “We are continually searching for not only the finest, but also the freshest products available in our region. We want to give Londoners a taste of Italy in a simple surrounding.” DiFruscia says the concept for Bertoldi's was inspired by his grandparents, Nonno Gelindo and Nonna Marie, who cooked the true Italian way where everything was made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients possible. “All of our sauces are made onsite and our bread and desserts are baked on the premises. We use vegetables from a local farmer all summer and flour from the Arva Mill, except pizza crust flour which is imported from Naples, Italy for authentic crust,” says DiFruscia. Bertoldi's uses fresh hormone-free meat and its chicken is never frozen. And the team handpicks its wine list for its patrons.

Groups of family and friends can meet and dine in the restaurant's Masottina Room, a private dining room inspired by the winery of the same name, located in the Conegliano region of Italy. Located just off the Bertoldi's main dining room, diners can feel at home in the room's comfortable surroundings, with walls lined with beautifully crafted wine storage shelves that showcase some of Bertoldi's extensive wine collection. Diners can also enjoy a fantastic view of London's vibrant Richmond Street from Bertoldi's rooftop patio – the ideal spot to enjoy the pleasure of open-air dining – featuring a dedicated bar and forno (pizza oven). Bertoldi's also offers pre-selected menus for events of 10 or more people. An event planning guide is available for download on the website. “Bertoldi's is a restaurant that is continually evolving with the goal of offering the best in dining at reasonable prices while anticipating the needs of our guest. Whether it is the professional level of the staff or new menu items, the guest is always foremost in our minds,” says DiFruscia. Bertoldi's Trattoria is open daily for lunch, dinner and take-out. Reservations are encouraged.

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Glam's the word as thoughts turn to wearing apparel for the upcoming holiday festivities. Holiday dresses and accessories spark up the season in amply embellished, elegant fashions. “Holiday fashions are all about glamour,” says Rachael Fisher, a stylist and wardrobe consultant for Fisher and Company. Adding glamour to your holiday season wardrobe is as easy as donning an elegant cocktail dress or shifting your outfit from day to night with sparkling toppers and accessories. Fashions shown may not be available by the time Lifestyle is published. Please call the retailer to inquire about availability.

Above: Boat-neck, capsleeve dress with black lace skirt is from the Theia Fall 2013 collection and is available at Susan J in London. Right: Classic t-shirt-cut top is covered with front gold beading, the Ava skirt in an optic herringbone pattern, and the Cassie dress also in an optic herringbone pattern with a leather belt. All are from the Nicole Miller Artelier collection and available at Fisher and Co. in London. November/December, 2013

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Far Left: Boat-neck black dress with gold filigree centre panel. Also available in floor length. Left: Sequined cap-sleeve hunter green dress. Right: Cap-sleeve lace floorlength dress in hunter green. Also available in knee length. Pg.5: Slim-fitting black floorlength gown with gold floral shoulder details. All fashions shown are from the Theia Fall 2013 collection and are available at Susan J in London.

Designer and silver screen-inspired dresses are among the many seasonal stand outs. “Variations on longer, mid-calf-length dresses reminiscent of the sophisticated, feminine styles of the 1940s and 1950s are popular,” says Marian Bentley, of Sara Sohan. Highlights include nipped-in waists, lots of lace and variations on sweetheart, V and high scalloped necklines. Cap and longer sleeves detail long and short dresses which often hover around the knee or rise above. Black and gold are no-fail fashion colours. Gold paired with red forms a close second, and jewel tones of emerald, sapphire and amethyst also light up the night. Fancy appliqués, brocade, beaded trim, lace and velvet burnout insets are among the many elegant details that turn up the heat on many seasonal styles. Draping and gathered details are


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You'll also get into the holiday spirit with accessories such as glittering chandelier earrings, sparkling bracelets and splashy cocktail rings which are especially important add ons when exercising your option to dress up simpler clothing. Real and faux fur stoles are super luxurious, while fancy shawls and ¾-length cardigans with sheer sleeves also rank highly among seasonally stylish toppers. When heading out for holiday fun, be certain to replace day-to-day shoes and bags with elegant evening clutches and shoes. High-heeled pumps and evening sandals made of satin and other fine materials dance up a storm in fancy metallic materials. “Metallic shoes in gold, silver or bronze tones complement any outfit without overwhelming it,” notes Fisher. Having your hair styled and your makeup professionally applied offers the perfect finishing touch to whatever you wear. Now's the time for glamorous red and rosy-toned lips accompanied by a glamorous cat eye achieved with liquid eye liner and a stylish up do or other elegant hair style.

HORSE POWER GATEWAY EQUINE HEALING CENTRE HELPS PEOPLE AND HORSES FROM ABUSIVE BACKGROUNDS LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER By Ellen Ashton-Haiste Learning to trust. Establishing boundaries. Achieving assertiveness. These life lessons aren't easy and can be especially difficult for those who come from an abusive environment. Yvonne and Leslie are two students who have been learning those lessons from some unique teachers. Amazing Grace, Contigo and Raphi are part of a small herd at Gateway Equine Healing Centre, where horses and people learn from and heal one other. “It's just amazing what you can actually learn through a horse,” says Leslie, who has concluded two eight-week sessions at Gateway. “I've never learned so much.” Yvonne first went to Gateway four years ago as a student. Today, she's working with students as a volunteer leader. “Now I get to flip and see the amazing stuff that happens in people's lives when they go there.”

Above: Gateway's newest rescue, Contigo, is shown in his stall at the auction where Nancy Drew acquired him.

Above: The Gateway staff members are committed to helping both the horses and the human students.

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GREG LUDLOW WEATHERING THE STORM By Beth Stewart Greg Ludlow, a Canadian artist and teacher who lives in London, is taking the Westland Gallery by storm. His new exhibition – Overloaded – extends his 30-year painting-based practice into less familiar mediums, bringing together three concurrent bodies of work, all of which explore the overburdened, overloaded and the overworked nature of modern life. The acrylic-on-canvas paintings in the Storm Series spring from Ludlow's fascination with weather conditions, especially those that result in catastrophic change. The abstracts, which Ludlow describes as a “heavy mess above,” strive to channel the duration and intensity of storms into paintings; paintings which are a metaphor for the chaotic and unpleasant situations we face in daily life. “We all face storms,” says Ludlow. “Some are brief; others last a lifetime.” Below: "Puppetry," correction tape and acrylic on printed photography, 32 by 32 inches, 2012

Above: "Untitled" (detail), correction tape and acrylic on printed photography, 32 by 32 inches, 2012

Thus he paints about weathering those inevitable threats to our physical or psychological well-being, but does so with a subtext that alludes to hope, and survival as they are endowed with enough literal references – often a bit of blue sky – to ground the viewer. The Spacemen Series sees Ludlow appropriate public domain images of the Apollo 11 moon landing which he modifies through the application of washes of acrylic paint, whiteout and correction tape. The correction tape, he says, reminds him of early black and white television: it crackles and splits; its reliability varies. The tape acts as a conduit between things by which energy arrives or dissipates. “The astronaut's mission can be seen as an abbreviation of our lives here on earth: the high expectations that a multitude of tasks need to be done over a short period of time,” Ludlow says, adding: “Screw up and you're dead.” The sculptures in the Overloaded Vehicle Series were inspired by images Ludlow saw of the small motorized vehicles that crowd the streets in Pakistan and India. Overloaded with piles of belongings, they allude to the tenuous balance of life itself. Any moment they – we – could topple. 34 Lifestyle November/December, 2013

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Above: "Untitled," whiteout and acrylic on printed photography, 9 by 13 inches, 2012

The five sculptures, each supported by a 1/18-scale model of a car or truck and displayed on a 12-inch plinth, range between eight and 11 feet in height. Depending upon your point of view, each piece represents anxiety and activity or spectacle and anticipation. One features a tower of Kraft-paperwrapped boxes of various sizes. “The ridiculousness of its height warns that there is no way this could be real,” Ludlow says. “It is a metaphor for all the stuff we carry around.”

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LUSH LIVING INSIDE AND OUT A PARK-LIKE LANDSCAPE SURROUNDS THIS CUSTOM-BUILT STRATFORD HOME By Ellen Ashton-Haiste There's more than casual elegance that sets Lloyd and Roberta Vandenberg's Stratford home apart. The 3,400-square-foot bungalow with a lower-level walkout is set on a 3/4-acre lot that backs onto conservation lands bordering the Avon River. “There's really nothing comparable in the area, tucked in away from the road and steps from the Avon Trail, while still inside the city,”says Roberta Vandenberg. “In the winter, when the trees are snow capped and you can see the river, it's truly a winter wonderland.” The home, at 137 Oloane Ave., is listed with Carol and Geoffrey Cheney, of Remax a-b Realty, for $1.15 million. The exterior of the home is clad in maintenance-free James Hardie fibre cement siding with stone accents. The Vandenbergs have enhanced the landscaping with limestone rockery. At the side of the house, they fenced in a pet yard with a fire pit. A concrete deck, with a glass railing, spans the rear of the main level. The floor-to-ceiling windows and terrace door in the open-concept great room and kitchen offer panoramic views of the park-like setting. The focal point of the great room is a gas fireplace with a dry stacked stone overmantel. The traditional kitchen features white cabinetry with a double-crown moulding and leather-finish granite countertops. The centrepiece is the 10-foot walnut island with a gas cooktop and griddle. Panel doors 36 Lifestyle November/December, 2013

matching the cabinetry conceal a 54-inch side-by-side refrigerator/freezer. A pantry hidden behind a wall panel provides a unique touch in the short hallway leading from the kitchen to the laundry area. The main floor also includes an office, a formal dining room and a master suite with an ensuite bathroom that features a large glass-block shower, freestanding bubble jet tub and white quartz counter. There is also a laundry room and twopiece bathroom on this level. In the lower level, a spacious recreation/games room has a second gas fireplace and wet bar with dry stacked stone walls and built-in glass shelving. The room opens to a patio with a hot tub. “In the winter, when the trees are snow capped and you can see the river, it's truly a winter wonderland.” - Roberta Vandenberg

This level also includes two bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower, tub and floating vanity. An area off the recreation room could be used as an office or a home theatre. LED lighting throughout the home saves more than 30 per cent in electricity costs, Vandenberg says. Other upscale features include automatic lighting in all closets, heated floors in the lower level and oversized two-car garage, and engineered hardwood flooring through the main level, except the laundry area which has a slate tile floor.


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More than 6,000 camping enthusiasts took advantage of the Pinery Provincial Park's overnight camping facilities in 2012 and park staff expect that number to rise this year due to the growing popularity of winter camping in the province. By definition, winter camping is a back-country camping experience where proper gear, clothing and appropriate food are essential for survival. At the Pinery, it can take the form of a bring-your-own tent or trailer experience in the park's electrical and non-electrical campground sites. Or, if campers don't think their equipment is adequate, 12 yurts – eight-sided heated and furnished tent-like structures – are available for reservations in Area 1 of the Riverside campground. Each yurt includes bunks for accommodating six people, as well as a table and chairs, electric lighting, a gas barbecue for cooking and a heater for cool-weather camping. All sites are on a first-come-first-served basis. Winter campers can engage in a variety of activities including snowshoeing, guided or self-directed winter hiking and skiing the park's 38 kilometres of packed and groomed ski trails of varying difficulty. The five ski trails around the park have loops ranging from three AM to 11 kilometres. A lighted toboggan hill and skating rink are also available and both are open daily, conditions permitting. Campers can also warm themselves by the roaring fire in the park's Winter Chalet. Or they can spend time in the Pinery's new Visitor Centre with free indoor theatre programs and an “Ask the Naturalist” table introducing the sights and sounds of winter every weekend. Winter camping at the Pinery may be just the tonic to make the winter more attractive.


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But the designing is what he enjoys most. Personalizing details, whether it's incorporating a library, exercise room, or extra-high ceilings and oversized windows in a basement to expand living space, allows him to flex his creative muscles. “I don't get bored. Each job is so different,” he says. He also loves working in “beautiful locations.” A lack of available city building lots – except in subdivisions where building homes with pre-set plans is “not where I'm at” – takes him to rural areas for many of his projects. 42 Lifestyle November/December, 2013

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Little girls love tea parties. Many continue that passion into their grownup years. Joan Hepburn is one of them. “What's better than sitting around and drinking tea with friends and family,” she enthuses. “For me, tea is a passion. Always has been.” Now, that passion is also her business. Hepburn is a consultant with Steeped Tea, a direct sales company marketing more than 100 flavours of loose tea, plus a full line of accessories from teapots to infusers and measuring spoons. There's also a line of muffin mixes and sweet and savoury sauces, all with one common ingredient: tea. The seven-year-old company has taken tea to new heights, this year ranked No. 27 on PROFIT 500's list of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies and No. 1 in food processing and distribution, thanks, in part, to an appearance on CBC's Dragon's Den last year, which drew investment from David Chilton and Jim Treliving.

All of this is no surprise to Hepburn, who describes tea as the universal drink. “Five out of six North Americans drink tea and it's second only to water as the most consumed beverage in the world.” Although always an avid tea drinker, Hepburn had not experienced loose tea until she attended her first Steeped Tea party. She was hooked and signed up for a party of her own. That evening she netted $1,200 and booked 12 parties, an impressive start to a promising career. Today she's the company's longestserving consultant and has topped sales records for two years running. She loves introducing people to the vast array of available flavours. Even coffee lovers can get their flavour fix with the Macchiato Dream. “My favourite thing is when someone at a party says 'I don't like tea,'” she notes. “That's my challenge. By the end of the evening I'll have created a tea enthusiast.”

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IMPROVING ON NATURE WITH RHINOPLASTY ACHIEVING A NATURAL-LOOKING NOSE IS THE AIM OF TODAY’S COSMETIC SURGEONS By Heather Toskan If you're not happy with the shape or size of your nose, you may wish to consider altering your appearance with cosmetic nasal surgery.

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“The desire to alter the shape or size of one's nose goes back to distant history, as does its surgical remedy, which is called rhinoplasty,” says Dr. Corey Moore, a facial cosmetic surgeon with a private practice in London. Rhinoplasty, which is often colloquially known as a “nose job,”was first performed circa 800 BC in India and as early as AD 14 in Europe during the days of the Roman Empire.

““Any post-surgical discomfort or pain is usually controlled by Tylenol 3 or Advil, and nasal spray will help to keep mucous from building up within your nose. In most cases, you should be able to lightly blow your nose seven to 10 days after rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will give you specific post-operative instructions.” Dr Moore.pdf


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“Rhinoplasty remains one of the safest and most popularly requested forms of cosmetic surgery in Ontario and in many parts of the world,” says Moore. “A symmetrically shaped nose that balances one's facial proportions and works aesthetically with one's other facial features allows key expressive features like one's eyes and lips to stand out as facial focal points.” Moore notes that although rhinoplasty is a long-established procedure, the goal of modern surgery is to achieve a natural-looking nose that suits the individual, instead of the more artificial looking “nose jobs” that were more common prior to the 1980s. According to Moore, patients often choose cosmetic nasal surgery to remove a hump on their nose, reduce the overall size of their nose, and to straighten or narrow the bridge of their nose. Rhinoplasty can also reshape the tip of the nose and create smaller nostrils. 48 Lifestyle November/December, 2013

“Rhinoplasty is truly surgery by millimeters. If overdone, the nose may end up appearing over-operated and artificial looking,” Moore says. Patient requests for rhinoplasty aren't limited to a particular age group or gender. “Patients often tell me that they've been dissatisfied with the natural appearance of their nose for years, before deciding to have their nose surgically reproportioned,” says Moore. Rhinoplasty can be performed on patients whose facial bone structure has finished growing, which often means around the age of 16 for women and sometimes slightly older for men. In addition to performing rhinoplasty on younger adults, Moore has also performed rhinoplasty on healthy men and women in their 70s and 80s who wish to avail themselves of the procedure after years of consideration.

“A symmetrically shaped nose that balances one's facial proportions and works aesthetically with one's other facial features allows key expressive features like one's eyes and lips to stand out as facial focal points.” - Dr. Corey Moore

If you're considering rhinoplasty, you'll need to schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon or a general plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing the procedure. At the consultation, you'll be asked about your health and how you'd like your nose to appear. At that point, your nose will be examined inside and out. Drawings and “digital surgery” via computer imaging that demonstrates possible post-operative results are also utilized to help you to visualize and choose the shape of nose that you'd like to have.


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Rhinoplasty generally takes between 1- ½ to three hours to perform and takes place under general anesthesia. “During cosmetic rhinoplasty, most incisions are confined to the interior of the nose, minimizing any potential for visible scarring,” Moore says. Ten days to two weeks of downtime should be expected following rhinoplasty. You'll require a cast on your nose for a week, although occasionally casts may be required for as long as two weeks. Gauze bandages are also applied.

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“Any post-surgical discomfort or pain is usually controlled by Tylenol 3 or Advil, and nasal spray will help to keep mucous from building up within your nose,” says Moore. “In most cases, you should be able to lightly blow your nose seven to 10 days after rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will give you specific postoperative instructions.” Vigorous activity and exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks after nasal surgery, but light activity is usually encouraged after a day or two.

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“There are several reasons that we chose to install the RWH system. First of all, there is all this free water going down our eavestroughs every time it rains. Why waste it? Municipal water is getting more and more expensive so we started to look at ways to conserve water and prevent soil erosion. We knew that in the past, people had underground cisterns for collecting rain water and thought, there must be a new way to collect all of this valuable resource, store it underground, and use it when we need it. We are also having installed irrigation drip lines to the plants, which conserves water as well. By using this system to water our gardens, we are using natural ‘rain water’ instead of chemically treated water, which is better for the plants. It’s neat and tidy, underground, environmentally friendly, looks good, with a permeable stone patio over the system and attractive water feature.” – Nathalie & Gary Vandenheuvel Member of Landscape Ontario

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Lois Langdon, executive officer of the LHBA, says the awards for Builder and Renovator of the Year require winners to be well rounded. Builders and renovators must submit floorplans, demonstrate their support of community organizations and the housing industry, and their commitment to customer service. The judging is carried out by homeowners and two different panels of judges. “It's a wide, encompassing award,” Langdon says.

This year's awards included 35 categories, 30 of which are design and marketing categories. Langdon says each year's categories reflect changes in housing trends and in consumers' lifestyles. Condos, whether they are highrise suites or detached homes, for example, are a popular form of housing and are eligible to compete with traditional single-family bungalow and two-storey homes. The Tricar Group won the award for Best Overall New Home Design up to $300,000. “It was nice to see them being recognized,” Langdon says. “Condo units have come into their own as homes now.” Contractors and marketing professionals from outside the London area judge the projects submitted by nominees. However, the Supplier and Sub-trade of the Year categories are voted on by builders and renovators who are members of the LHBA. Listed on the following pages are the finalists and winners in the 2013 Awards of Creative Excellence. Their projects can be viewed in a photo gallery at

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As baby boomers, heading into retirement, begin to seek out ideal locations for their post-work years, communities targeting their demographic are increasing exponentially. Offerings range from neighbourhoods on golf courses or waterfronts to condominium towers touting resort-style amenities. Everyone's looking for something different but definite common denominators are access to a variety of activities and the socializing that results from them. “The amenities are very important,” says Sharon Vanhevel, community manager at Grand Cove Estates, a bungalow community in Grand Bend. “Activities are a big thing – whether there is a swimming pool, exercise room, that sort of thing.” Kathy Smith, sales consultant at London's Chartwell Royalcliffe Retirement Residence, agrees. “People want activities and social programs.” Even more elderly seniors need this stimulation. “(They want) to do the things that they enjoy throughout the day, to have a full range of recreational activities,” says Jaclynn Girvin, community relations manager at Grand Wood Park Apartments and Retirement Residence in London. It's a fact born out by research. A recent Canadawide Angus Reid survey commissioned by City Core Developments, a company spearheading communities in Scarborough and Barrie, revealed that 84 per cent of respondents felt active lifestyle amenities, such as spas, gyms and recreational activities, were important, says City Core CEO Jack Pong. The survey also found that an independent lifestyle was “very important” to 76 per cent of respondents. Other key factors were accessible services such as grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies (81 per cent) and close proximity to health and wellness facilities (78 per cent). Royalcliffe's Smith finds the latter to be true. “Many people move here from (outlying areas such as) Middlesex, Dorchester or Glencoe because, being in the south end (of the city) they are close to doctors and the hospital.” Space is also often an issue, Smith says. “They want the most space for the dollar. Some are working with a budget so that is a factor.” Vanhevel sees this at Grand Cove, one of the province's older lifestyle communities, first breaking ground in 1974 with a collection of modular bungalows. It's since evolved to custom-built homes and so offers a variety of price ranges to suit all budgets, she says.

GRAND WOOD PARK HISTORICAL AMBIENCE IN OLD SOUTH In the heart of London's Old South, Grand Wood Park, recently amalgamated into the family of Regal Lifestyle Communities, offers an historical ambiance and a secluded natural setting that appeals to its clientele. On a seven-acre site, set back from Grand Avenue, the residence offers a “beautiful park-like setting with gardens, walkways, fishponds and lots of mature trees,” says community relations manager Jaclynn Girvin. “It's a real pull for people, especially seniors who are from Old South or Old North (London). It's the type of area they are used to.” Proximity to Wortley Village is also something they appreciate, she adds. The residence offers two levels of retirement living. There are studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, including kitchenettes with compact refrigerators and microwave ovens, large windows allowing ample natural light and ensuite bathrooms with large sit-in showers or a traditional tub and shower. In addition, there are studio and one-bedroom assisted living suites. Services include meals, weekly housekeeping, laundry facilities, social programs, exercise and games activities, wellness clinics, in-house physiotherapy and assistance with medication management and bathing.

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APARTMENTS DESIGNED FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING Located in south London, on Wharncliffe Road just south of Commissioners, Chartwell Royalcliffe, one of the city's newer retirement residences, has apartments designed for independent living. The three-year-old high-rise has 148 rental suites from one-bedroom to twobedroom plus den units, ranging from 550 to just over 1,000 square feet. Eight terrace units on the sixth and seventh floors have expansive terraces that can be accessed from the living room and the master bedroom. All apartments have full kitchens, although the dining room, overseen by an executive chef, offers three meals a day. An adjacent coffee shop is open 24 hours a day, serving snacks and beverages. Residents choose meal packages, which can range from three meals a day to a few meals a week, says sales consultant Kathy Smith. While the residence is geared to independent living, the suites are equipped with call buttons in the bedrooms and bathrooms; the staff includes nurses and personal support assistants. Activities and opportunities for socializing are plentiful.

A large library, with computers and Internet access, is stocked regularly by London Public Library with a wide variety of books and DVDs. Other common areas include a sizeable party room and adjacent private dining room, exercise facilities, a movie theatre, games room and a large saltwater pool and whirlpool. For family members, particularly those at a distance, Chartwell's signature Stay in Touch program is a bonus. Regular updates, announcements and newsletters are sent directly to a smart phone, tablet or computer, transferred via a secure web service. With one click, all authorized family members can be reached at the same moment. With the supports offered at Royalcliffe, its residents can remain independent for an extended period of their third age, Smith says. “They can come here and be incredibly independent. Many are still driving and enjoy travelling or spending part of the year in Florida. But, as they age, there are support services in place for them. It's a great arrangement.” Royalcliffe is also available for respite care stays.


One of the attractions at Grand Cove Estates, a gated bungalow community in Grand Bend, is its rural atmosphere, says community manager Sharon Vanhevel. “We're not the big city,” she says. However, London, Stratford, with its Shakespearean Festival Theatre, and Sarnia, with its border crossing, are all just an hour away. One of the older adult lifestyle communities in the region, with 450 homes, the community has all the requisite amenities – the Bend's 30 miles of continuous sandy beach just steps away, half a dozen challenging golf courses nearby, including the Oakwood Golf and Country Club right next door, and the charming lakeside town with its shops, harbour and the Huron Country Playhouse theatre. And, the popularity of Lake Huron's spectacular sunsets is no exaggeration, Vanhevel says. “People come and park by the side of the road just to watch them.” The community boasts its own wellused clubhouse with library, billiard and computer rooms, and fitness area. Outdoor facilities include a tennis court, saltwater pool, horseshoe pits, lawn bowling and shuffleboard. There's also a large pond with a fountain and a resident family of swans, plus a nature trail, community garden and a playground for visiting grandkids.

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LIFESTYLE r e s o u r c e s Address and website information for the companies and/or retailers featured in the articles in this issue are listed by order of story below.

TAMMY LAYE OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS Glencoe is a small farming town outside London where everyone waves and has time to chat. It is also where award-winning artist Tammy Laye currently finds her inspiration. Influenced by artists Paul Peel and Norman Rockwell, Laye has adhered to her roots and her belief that nothing is more beautiful than the natural world. Even ordinary sounds, such as the calming trickle of a waterfall, the chatter of song birds and the far-off sound of a train whistle, provide her with inspiration. Laye's century-old Victorian home boasts many collectibles and art treasures, and her paintings cover the 10-foot-high walls: children smile happily as they play; a mother dog nurses her puppies; a young boy fishes from a bridge and a Mennonite hay wagon carries a load of hay. On close inspection, Laye's attention to detail becomes apparent. Her acrylic paintings tell a story and they capture a moment in small-town life.

Above: Fishing Dingman Creek Right: Kiera

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Says the artist: “My current focus has been to become more aware of light and shadows, and use the contrasts to enhance a more three-dimensional quality in my art. There is a moment when the painting seems to come alive, almost breathes on its own. Sometimes this happens early on or sometimes it seems I have to work forever to capture that first feeling of life. But then I know I have to finish it.” Laye is currently working on her Glencoe home and hopes at some point soon to open it to the public.

P. 8 Decorating for the Holidays Contact: Renee Carpenter, Jennings Furniture and Design, (519) 631-0410, 432 Talbot St., St. Thomas, P. 13 Growing Presence Contact: Ultimate Automobiles, (519) 686-3754, 940 Wharncliffe Rd. S., P. 19 Conversation Starters Contact: Shelley's Unique Accent Furniture, (519) 601-4700, 1073 Gainsborough Rd., P. 23 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection Contact: Innuit Gallery, (519) 672-7770, 201 Queens Ave., P. 24 A Taste of Italy Contact: Bertoldi's Trattoria, (519) 438-4343, 650 Richmond St., P. 25 Light up the Night Contact: Fisher and Company, (519) 672-0073, 515 Richmond St., Sara Sohan, (519) 964-1006, 301 Oxford St. W.; Susan J Fashions, (519) 679-8511, 256 Oxford St. P. 29 Horse Power Contact: Gateway Equine Healing Centre, (519) 666-2668, P. 34 Artist Profile – Greg Ludlow Contact: Westland Gallery, (519) 601-4420, 156 Wortley Rd., P. 36 Lifestyle Distinctive Property for Sale Contact: Carol and Geoffrey Cheney, Remax a-b Realty, Stratford, (519) 273-2821, P. 40 Winter Camping Contact: Pinery Provincial Park, 9526 Lakeshore Rd., RR 2 Grand Bend, (519) 243-2220, P. 41 A Home that Fits Contact: Peter Drankowsky, (519) 659-2004, 367 Edgeworth Ave. P. 46 Tea for Two Contact: Joan Hepburn, (519) 281-9605, P. 47 Improving on Nature with Rhinoplasty Contact: Woodfield Surgical Centre, (519) 433-8500, 444 Waterloo St., P. 53 Awards of Creative Excellence Contact: London Home Builders' Association, (519) 686-0343, P. 61 Exploring Europe's Wine Regions Contact: Cruise Holidays, (519) 474-1111, 1422 Fanshawe Park Rd. W., P. 62 Living the Good Life in Retirement Contact: Chartwell Royalcliffe, (519) 963-3848, 609 Wharncliffe Rd. S., Grand Cove Estates, (519) 238-8308, 70592 Bluewater Hwy., Grand Bend, Grand Wood Park, (519) 432-1162, 81 Grand Ave., P. 66 Artist Profile – Tammy Laye Contact: Tammy Laye, (519) 287-2622

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