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Palm Springs developer Robert Alexander had one of the country’s leading architects – William Krisel – design this house as a gift for his wife in the early 1960s. In 1967, Elvis Presley rented it from the Alexanders and staged his and Priscilla’s getaway to their wedding (avoiding the press) and then enjoyed their honeymoon in the home afterward. Many iconic photographs were taken of the happy couple as they sat on this built-in curved couch in front of the now-famed stone wall the night before the wedding. This photo of famous Honeymoon Hideaway’s living room was taken by Jill Ellis-Worthington when she was on The Modern Tour researching the travel story on Palm Springs.
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Homestyle Cutting edge sustainability Eco-friendly development in west London
Celebrate 25 years of good work At the LHBA Parade of Renovations
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editorial editorial “Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
– Lauren DeStefano, Wither
o bones about it, I’m a summer person! I love hot weather, going to the beach, backyard barbecues, swim parties, wearing shorts and sandals, being able to leave the house without putting on two more layers of clothing, not having to scrape my car in the morning – all the poetic and more pedestrian parts of summer. But I will say, like Lauren DeStefano, I love the burst of colour that autumn brings to our part of the world. Much as we love the warmth of the late summer sun, its dry heat leaves everything a bit baked-looking. But then autumn frosts paint the foliage and liven it all up again, bringing colour and revitalization to the landscape. Fall is often the time we start to turn inward, feathering our nests to make them more comfortable to inhabit during the long, snowy time that is on the horizon. Whether you want to make your current home cozier or are looking to buy a new one, we have two stories to help. On page 15, the London Home Builders’ Association is celebrating its 25th year of hosting the Parade of Renovations. On page 35, we take you on a tour of new construction around the area. If you’re thinking about doing a big renovation job, you’ll want to read Ellen Ashton-Haiste’s story on page 48. She tells us about a renovation that John Dias
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and Stefanie Coleman-Dias of Coleman Dias3 Construction did on their house – now it’s ready to enjoy all through the winter. Time is money, so if you’re getting ready to sell your house, check out my story on page 22. Ann DeBono, Cheryl Trudell and Bruce Smith were kind enough to share their professional wisdom on how to achieve the quickest possible sale. Freshening up your fall wardrobe with some new footwear or a great new purse can bring a smile to your face, and on page 70 Heather Toskan has fashion-forward ideas to offer. Autumn is auto time, so don’t miss Clare Dear’s story on page 53, where he gives all the scoop on new luxury models and some advice on what to look for when you’re in the market for a car. Sleep is a necessary part of our daily renewal process, but a good night’s rest is all too rare for many of us. On page 76, get some good advice from others who are in the same boat, as well as from doctors and other professionals in the field. Our Lifestyle Magazine team is growing and we are welcoming some new writers to our roster. Erika Faust, John Milner and Jason Menard have all contributed to this issue and we welcome them aboard. Look for their stories on pages 25, 31, 46, 66 and 75. Enjoy some time on the road touring Oxford County and tasting some of their award-winning artisan cheeses (page 62) or take a flight of fancy to Palm Springs and start planning your winter getaway (page 60). Autumn is a time to celebrate life indoors and out, so let’s renew and rejuvenate together!
future is now By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
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he 21st-century movement to a greener, smarter and healthier environment is one that’s being embraced by community developers. “The entire construction industry is trying to go more green,” says Rick Gooyers, vice-president of new homes with London’s Sifton Properties. “Everyone is going to be focused on doing it better, doing it tighter, reducing their carbon footprint, reducing energy requirements.” The federal government, through Natural Resources Canada, is promoting the movement to net zero-homes and buildings, meaning the energy consumed is equal to renewable energy generated
through measures such as solar technology. Its Path to Net Zero project is part of a four-year study to develop a framework and methodology for construction recommendations aimed at gradually improving energy efficiency in homes, with the ultimate goal being net-zero. Sifton Properties is not only embracing that commitment but taking it to a higher level with its new community, West 5. Homes and businesses in this development will be built on a smart grid, generating all needed electricity and then some. “West 5 is going to be a sustainability leader in Canada,” says company president Richard Sifton. “We’re going beyond just Continued on page 11 September/October 2015
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shaping the future of how communities are made This 70-acre mixed-use community will be comprised of retail and office spaces, as well as some 2,000 homes, encompassing condominiums, townhomes, apartments and retirement residences. It will also offer a wealth of green space, parks, playgrounds and a network of walking and biking trails. There will be solar streetlights and parkades that have solar canopies to shade cars and generate power for electric vehicle charging. Energyefficient technologies include green roofs, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and flushing toilets, and highperformance road surfaces that help melt snow and ice, reducing salt use.
building a community; we’re shaping the future of how communities are made.” Sifton calls the development a “revolutionary new experiential lifestyle destination” for London, a multi-faceted place where people can live, shop, play and even work. The 70-acre mixed-use community will be comprised of retail and office spaces, as well as some 2,000 homes, encompassing condominiums, townhomes, apartments and retirement residences. It will also offer a wealth of green space, parks, playgrounds and a network of walking and biking trails. Buildings will be powered by solar energy, which Sifton maintains is
widely acknowledged as the future of alternative energy. It’s unlimited, reliable, non-polluting and an important tool in curbing the negative effects on climate that result from the use of fossil fuels, Sifton says. There will be solar streetlights and parkades that have solar canopies to shade cars and generate power for electric vehicle charging. Other energy-efficient technologies include green roofs, rainwater harvesting for irrigation and flushing toilets, and high-performance road surfaces that help melt snow and ice, reducing salt use. Sifton’s new head office, currently under construction as the first building Continued on page 13
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Social interaction is also incorporated into the West 5 design. “There will be specialty retailers, seating areas outside storefronts for relaxing or people-watching, and lively public spaces with various activities,” says Sifton. The Central Park will be a hub that buzzes with activity – farmers markets, food festivals, music in the park and holiday events such as a Christmas tree lighting. “We’re talking arts, music, food and culturally themed festivals that will have everyone eagerly anticipating every year,” he says. Now that the company has a century of building in London under its belt, Sifton believes it is taking the next step into the future. “My hope is that West 5 will provide a model for other builders across the country to follow and help kick start a new wave of eco-conscious development and living.” n FOR MORE INFORMATION Sifton Properties 519-434-1000 • www.sifton.com
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aintaining a successful annual event over a quarter century is no small achievement. That’s what the London Home Builders’ Association and its Renovators’ Council is celebrating October 4 with its Parade of Renovations. “It’s pretty remarkable that an organization can maintain a program consistently for 25 years,” says Patrick Malloy, owner of Duo Building, which has been part of the event since the beginning. “The Parade has been the most consistent marketing opportunity to showcase renovation contractors’ work. And it’s really stood the test of time.” Part of that success may be attributed to the fact that it’s the only opportunity for the public to see renovation projects and current trends first-hand, he says. A $10 passport can be purchased at any home on the Parade. For the second year, proceeds will support the Unity Project, providing relief for London’s homeless. Malloy says the projects each year are “extremely diverse,” ranging from whole home makeovers to individual room facelifts. This year is no different. Homes on the Parade include the following:
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This bungalow renovation by Covenant Construction removed walls to open space for a white-themed custom kitchen. New hardwood flooring and a fireplace with ledgestone were added. A bathroom was fully renovated as well.
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Covenant Construction completely refurbished the main floor of this North London home, including the addition of warm maple cabinetry and vinyl plank flooring. A renovated bathroom features a walk-in shower.
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faster In the competitive local real estate market, it makes sense to listen to the experts By Jill Ellis-Worthington
Home stager CHeryl trudell asks: Does your home present as a paper bag or a beautifully wrapped present? If you want to have a successful open house and sell your house faster, follow the advice from these three professionals. Curb appeal Most home sales pros will tell you that this is key for your open house. Trudell, of Home Staging 4 Success, goes one step further and says to make sure that the outside of your home looks great all the time, not just for the open house. “Many people drive around neighbourhoods after work and in the evening to see which open houses they’ll attend or which houses they want to make appointments for. Make sure the exterior gives a good sense of the nature of your home.” tHis means:
• Grass cut and trimmed • Weeds and flowerbeds tended • Front door painted or cleaned • Windows cleaned • Sidewalks and driveway swept • House numbers well illuminated (for those evening drive-bys) • Add an extra touch: an attractive urn or container with seasonal foliage by the front door shows that the home has been well loved and taken care of 22 Lifestyle September/October 2015
extend tHat first impression If they like the look of the exterior, potential buyers next view the foyer as they step into your home for an open house. This first impression needs to knock them out, according to Trudell. “Home buyers make their decisions fast, as most home tours last six minutes.” She adds that 72 per cent of buyers make their decision in the entranceway (according to the Real Estate Staging Association). tHis means:
• Entranceway impeccably clean • Tidy, with no shoes or boots impeding entrance • Paint chips repaired • Light switches cleaned or replaced
Clear Clutter Ann De Bono, real estate professional with Remax Advantage, says extending that good impression is important. “I advise my clients to do a good cleaning. Things that you maybe don’t clean every day, like cobwebs, baseboards and windows. Buyers are very aware of cleanliness, even if their own homes aren’t clean.” tHis means:
• Declutter by pre-packing for the move and storing boxes offsite • Remove collections of objects – De Bono recommends no more than one object on each horizontal surface • Remove personal pictures ➤
A money man offers Creative adviCe to speed tHe proCess furtHer Make sure you’re targeting the right demographic for your home: first-time buyers, move-up or move-down buyers, says Bruce Smith of Casb Management Group. Work with a real estate agent to ensure your marketing is on target. “Often it’s the wife who makes the homebuying decision,” says Smith, a mortgage broker with 10 years’ experience. Ask your real estate professional to show your home to couples, as they usually both need to see a property to make a decision. Time your sale: buyers often want to be into a home before school starts or before Christmas. Once you get an offer, your home is tied up. If the deal doesn’t go through, the time your home is off the market is wasted. “A buyer being pre-approved for a mortgage means nothing, as no due diligence by their bank or broker has been done. It’s just an estimate of what they can spend on a house.” By working with buyers who have been pre-qualified for a mortgage (those who have gone through the qualification process with documentation of income, down payment and credit), sellers have better odds that the sale will go through and their house will be off the market, explains Smith. To get creative with your marketing, he espouses offering your neighbours a finder’s fee. “Neighbours know who wants to live in that area.” Older homeowners who aren’t buying another house can hold the mortgage. “There are many creative ways to obtain a mortgage, so sellers would be smart to explore options with their bank or broker to be informed about how they can help buyers,” says Smith.
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Doing it differently
We’ve done it all,” Scott Pym says of the 23 years since he returned to London to start Pym and Cooper Custom Homes (London), which specializes in high-end builds of homes, additions and renovations. “We like to do things for clients who are looking for something different. We’ve done all kinds of things,” he says, listing drug stores, dentist offices, bars and, of course, custom homes as examples. Currently, Pym and Cooper is involved in a multi-million-dollar project, building a seven-plex in Wortley Village. “It’s going to be a great spot,” Pym says. The seven-plex isn’t the only project the company is involved in, however, with builds as diverse as a $15-million single-family dwelling and several bathroom additions. “There’s a lot on the
go at any given time,” Pym says, not that he’d have it any other way. Pym and Cooper’s ability to tackle such a wide range of jobs comes from the team of architects and designers the company can call in, depending on the job and the budget, all to suit the client’s needs. “We’re very versatile and are able to work with the clients and meet their budget,” Pym says. The most important member of the Pym and Cooper team is the client. Pym and Cooper encourage their clients to be involved in the entire process from the first notes on the drawing board to the final coat of paint. “The best time spent with the client is before the project gets underway, making sure the details are on plan,” Pym explains. This allows the company to get materials ordered and to smooth
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estate lots ranging in size from 3/4 to 1-1/2 acres. These spectacular lots either back onto the golf course or a wooded ravine. The Otter Creek Golf Club is located in Otterville, Ontario, a short 20 minute drive from Woodstock. Designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Dick Kirkpatrick, Otter Creek encompasses 300 acres carved through the wooded valleys of Otter, Cedar and Spittler Creeks, and meanders cleverly over former farmer’s fields and tobacco lands. Measuring just over 7,100 yards and featuring six sets of tees, Otter Creek was designed to challenge players of all skill levels. From the forward tees, minimal forced carries make the golf course extremely playable for those new to the game. Our rustic 5,000-square-foot clubhouse and 1,500-square-foot patio offers a stunning view of the 18th hole.
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Life in the fast lane By Jill Ellis-Worthington
utumn means back to school, back to work and back to routine for many of us, so it’s natural to get your digs cleaned up and in shape so you’ll have everything at your fingertips when you need it. Peggy Brenneman loves a sparkling home and has been helping people achieve a clean and organized setting since 2008. With Peggy’s Clean Team, she works with dozens of Londoners. She finds homes that have a large, stiff mat in front of the door are generally cleaner than those without. It takes less time to clean if less of the outdoors is brought in from family members’ footwear. At this time of year, she advises clients to clean out closets, stowing away all the summer sporting gear, beach bags, flip flops, sandals and sun hats, so they don’t have to reach around it to get to coats and boots all winter. “It’s a long season, why stumble over (summer stuff) for six months?” says Brenneman. Morning time crunch causes a lot of family angst, and having a closet or entryway with lockers, cubbies, baskets or hooks for backpacks, coats, mitts and hats solves many problems getting out the door and off to school in the morning. Shayne Thournout, owner of Tailored Living London, is often asked to customize closets or mudrooms to maximize the space for organizing all of the family’s fall and winter clothing and boots, as well winter sports paraphernalia. He advises a heavy clothing rod firmly screwed into a stud will “easily hold a couple dozen heavy winter coats. A regular coat rack will often pull away from the wall.” Having a shelf to hold a cubby, box or wire basket for each child to stow his or her mitts, hats, scarves and smaller items helps keep the peace as kids scramble out the door in the morning.
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Having a closet or entryway with lockers, cubbies, baskets or hooks solves many problems getting out the door and off to school in the morning.
Thournout also advises installing at least two hooks for each child to hang backpacks as a budget-friendly way to keep order. A bench for pulling boots on or off is essential, as well as adjustable shelves to hold all of the family members’ footwear – taller for ladies’ dress boots and shorter for running shoes.
After the entranceway and closet are fitted up for fall, Brenneman advises turning your attention to a couple of areas that are often overlooked during spring cleaning. “With spring cleaning, we’re opening everything up. But in the fall we’re closing up to live more indoors. It’s a good time to give the drapes and furniture a good Continued on page 29 September/October 2015
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vacuuming, throw the throw rugs in the laundry and wipe down the window sills,” she says. Because you’ll spend the next few months looking through them, it is also a good time to give the windows a thorough cleaning to relieve them of dust and dirt built up over the spring and summer months. She adds that because the lights aren’t turned on as much in the summer months, fixtures accumulate dirt, cobwebs and, sometimes, dead bugs, so taking them down and washing them is a good fall cleaning measure. To clean safely and thoroughly, Brenneman and her Clean Team choose chemical-free supplies. They use Enjo products but there are many brands of microfibre products on the market that can lessen the need for harsh detergents and cleansers. Brenneman says she and her six staff members “feel better since we’ve stopped using chemicals,” citing that they breathe easier. “If you’re doing fall cleaning and closing up your house, do you want to breathe in all those chemicals left behind?” According to Lynn Grushka, who is Canada’s top salesperson for Enjo and lives in London, using Enjo negates the
need for disinfectants to kill germs. “Chemicals kill germs and partially wash them away. Enjo products (cloths) pull dirt out of the pores (of surfaces). Germs and bacteria get picked up and washed away without chemicals.” Since barbecue season is over and it’s time to make soups, stews and casseroles, having a well-organized kitchen pantry or cupboards is a time saver. “Many pantries are deep and it’s difficult to see everything you have in there,” says Dennis Beker, co-owner of Gliding Shelf Solutions London. Installing glides in the pantry allows his clients to see their entire collection of olive oil – for gourmands – or have all the baking supplies together – for busy moms and dads. To make lower cupboards more accessible to children and encourage them to be more independent and helpful in the kitchen, have glides installed so the cereal is easy to see and reach. With the aging demographic, gliding shelves are becoming a popular retrofit in kitchens to “help clients keep the Tupperware and pots and pans organized so they can see them without getting down on the floor and pulling everything out.” n
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Goris Electric provides safe alternative for electrical needs By John Milner
hen working with electrical components, whether it’s live wires or advanced equipment, it is always better to leave it to a professional. “Having a licensed electrical contractor involved in your project is very important,” Mark Goris of Goris Electric says. Goris worked for a large contractor for approximately 10 years. As he began to get busier and busier doing his own work on the side, he made the decision to form his own company. That was 10 years ago, and since then Goris Electric of Thorndale has become known for their quality workmanship, efficiency, organization and 24-hour service. They’ve also been providing customers from Sarnia to Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton to Goderich, and across London a safe, professional alternative to tackling electrical repairs and installations themselves. Their commitment to safety is shown in the team of certified electrical journeymen who have a solid understanding of electrical systems. “Our electricians have a wide range of skills: residential, commercial, industrial and aggregate. No one guy does it all,” Goris says, pointing to the fact that a specific team member will be engaged depending on the job. Goris notes recent projects they’ve worked include the Children’s Aid
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Society of Oxford County building in Woodstock, school board buildings across the regions and numerous dairy and poultry barns. Goris Electric’s great reputation when it comes to safety can be endorsed by the fact that they are part of the Electrical Safety Authority’s Authorized Contractor Program (ACP), which according to their website “provides a process for recognizing Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) compliant work performed by a contractor based on current practices and previous work for specific types of electrical work/installations.” One of the most important tools that Goris utilizes to ensure the safe completion of any project is thermal imaging. This is a common diagnostic tool used by electricians to carry out ongoing maintenance. The scan can locate and identify potential problems such as defective components, poor connections
and overloaded circuits in order to keep equipment at peak performance. “They’re great for plant maintenance and annual building inspections,” Goris says. Goris Electric employs a team member who is specially certified in employing thermal imaging. Goris Electric’s customers can feel confident that by calling the company, they can access a full range of costeffective, quality electrical services. Their well-maintained service vehicles are stocked with the right equipment and materials to serve customers’ needs and complete the job properly. “We have a large quantity of equipment and tools that allows us to get the job done,” Goris says. In fact, they have so much equipment that they will soon be opening a tool equipment rental shop at their present location in Thorndale. Clients will be able to rent excavators, generators and other equipment. “It’s going to be one-stop shopping,” Goris explains. Customers will be able to rent the equipment to build a structure, and then Goris will be on hand to install the electrical components. b
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he phrase pura vida plays a large role in Costa Rican culture. Translated to “pure life” in English, it’s a greeting used to say, “Life is good.” The phrase stuck with realtor John Crosby after a recent trip to Costa Rica. He names each home he is selling to give it a unique identity, and when he learned about pura vida, he knew it would be the perfect name for one of his properties. “Sure enough, when we came back from Costa Rica, I was called out to this property and it’s exactly that: it’s the feel of Costa Rica,” he says. “When you go through the home and out to the gardens at the back, it’s like you’ve gone to another world.”
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The Pura Vida property, off Bluewater Highway, truly is a slice of paradise right here in Ontario. The sprawling acre and a half features gorgeous flora, a 2,250-square foot house with an attached two-car garage and a slice of private beach. Charmaine McCuaig and her husband Bruce have owned the property for three years. One of her favourite areas is the luscious backyard where vibrant perennial gardens abound. “There’s something in bloom all the time, starting with the tulips in the spring to the irises [in summer], and the lilies [in autumn]. It’s just a myriad of colour,” she says. The aura of oasis continues inside the home. “When we came into this house, we virtually gutted it,” says Charmaine.
CLoCkwise fRom t0p Left: Life is Good Stone pathways lead around the property and down to the private beach. Homeowner Charmaine says her grandchildren love to play and explore along the paths.
Costa RiCan inspiRed This 14-year-old house has been completely renovated and redecorated by its current owners, whose goal was to bring the outside in.
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Model Home Tour By Ellen Ashton-Haiste
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omfort and functionality are combined with high-end accents and finishes in The Chestnut, a model home in Warbler Woods, Sifton Properties’ new West London neighbourhood adjacent to the RiverBend golf course community. The neighbourhood will include one- and two-storey homes on sizeable lots with 50-foot frontages. The heart of this 1,784-square-foot bungalow is the spacious kitchen and café dining area opening to the great room, with its gas fireplace and soaring cathedral ceiling. The high-efficiency kitchen showcases durable concrete countertops, a central island and walk-in pantry. The adjacent dining area features engineered hardwood flooring and has patio doors to a covered porch and the backyard. The foyer accesses a front-facing den and the hallway leading to two bedrooms. Both have generous walk-in closets. The master retreat, at the rear of the home, includes an ensuite bathroom with a glassed-in shower and double-basin vanity. A laundry room behind the kitchen has entry from the twocar garage. A finished basement includes a large recreation room, bedroom and three-piece bathroom. The home’s exterior is brick and stone with vinyl shake in the gables. All Sifton homes are Energy Star certified, with high-efficiency heating and cooling systems plus heat recovery ventilation providing healthier air quality.
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n ambiance of grandeur and elegance juxtaposed with comfortable and functional family living spaces has earned Fusion Homes’ Renaissance model the Ontario Home Builders’ Association’s Most Outstanding Architectural Design award for its size category. The two-storey 3,520-square-foot four-bedroom home in North London’s Sunningdale Green neighbourhood has an immediate awe factor on entry. From the foyer, visitors view a spacious living room and formal dining room. Beyond is the main hall with its grand maple staircase that splits at the top to allow double entry to an upper-level catwalk. Across the rear of the home, the open-concept kitchen, breakfast area and great room offer a laid-back family-living ambiance. The kitchen features a large central island, generous walk-in pantry and a butler’s pantry leading to the dining room. The second-storey hallway accesses the four bedrooms as well as an office and laundry room. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet. The master retreat includes a spa-like ensuite bathroom with two engineered-quartz-topped vanities, a separate water closet, ceramic shower and free-standing soaker tub. An oversized walk-in closet leads to the laundry facilities. Exterior features include stucco and rustic stone accents plus an interlocking-stone driveway and walkway to the covered front porch.
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ayhoe Homes’ Ashbrook Presentation Centre in St. Thomas’s Orchard Park South neighbourhood has been designed for family flexibility, says company partner Joe Hayhoe. The open-concept layout flows from a foyer to a great room, kitchen and dining area with patio doors to a rear deck. The foyer also accesses a front bedroom with its own bathroom and sizeable closet, which could be used as a suite for a young adult or in-law or as a home office, Hayhoe notes. Tucked behind the kitchen and great room, a private master retreat includes an ensuite bathroom with custom shower and free-standing soaker tub plus a generous walk-in closet. The finished lower level, with its family room, bedroom and three-piece bathroom, features an additional six inches of ceiling height to avoid the cramped feeling of being in a basement. Notable interior features include a floor-to-ceiling stacked stone fireplace in the great room, an oversized kitchen island and walkin pantry, and the use of ceramic tile and hardwood flooring in a palette of soft greys and warm browns complemented by lighter wall tones and white kitchen cabinetry. Particularly distinctive is the home’s exterior natural architectural stone complemented by pillars and arches. It’s a look that is rapidly gaining in popularity, Hayhoe says.
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ophisticated and tailored is how Carmine Gargarella, president of Bridlewood Homes, describes his company’s model home in North London’s Upper Richmond Village. The model is a 2,862-square-foot two-storey home with four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The main level includes a front study and formal dining room on either side of a spacious foyer, which is open to the upper level. At the rear are the open-concept kitchen, great room and dinette, opening to a covered back deck. The kitchen features dark wood cabinets complemented by white engineered-quartz countertops and a waterfall tile backsplash. The gas fireplace in the great room boasts an engineeredquartz surround. A spacious mudroom and laundry is accessed from both the backyard and the two-car garage with space for an additional car or expansive storage. The upper level master retreat features a generous walk-in closet and ensuite bathroom with glass-and-tile shower and freestanding soaker tub. A unique element here is a feature wall of resin-and-glass mosaic tile that adds sparkle to the space. A front bedroom has its own three-piece ensuite bathroom and the other two bedrooms have a shared bathroom. The home’s exterior is stone and stucco in grey tones, offset by striking black windows and shutters.
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cMillan and Companyâ€™s model home, in North Londonâ€™s Meadowlands of Sunningdale neighbourhood, showcases a blend of traditional and contemporary elements, says Bruce McMillan. These are highlighted in the great room, where a soaring cathedral ceiling of tongue-and-groove paneling is accented by white pine timber beams with decorative steel braces. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace sports a timber mantle. The rear wall is a window to a covered screened porch, which has entry from both the kitchen and master bedroom. A hickory bookcase with a granite top, which separates the great room and kitchen, matches the hickory-and-granite island, the dark wood offset by white perimeter cabinetry and stainless steel appliances. A walk-in pantry has dark wood shelving and motion sensor lighting. The master retreat features a large transom window overlooking the backyard, enhanced by the standard 10-foot ceiling height. A hallway, accessing his-and-hers walk-in closets, leads to the ensuite bathroom with a glass shower and free-standing soaker tub. The lower level includes a media room with sliding barnboard-style doors, as well as a games room with wet bar and a feature wall of reclaimed brick. This level also has two additional bedrooms, one with a cork floor allowing for use as an exercise room.
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Forest Park Homes
country lifestyle in the city is a key attraction of Forest Park Homes’ Central Park, an enclave of 42 townhomes in Fanshawe Ridge. On the edge of London’s northeast boundary, this neighbourhood is enveloped by rural landscape yet is close to North London amenities. The homes back onto a pond that’s home to ducks and geese, says Forest Park’s Erin Morschauser. An onsite park with a custom-designed playground, paved pathways and sitting areas is planned. The two-storey three-bedroom homes, in four designs, are 23 feet wide and all units have a rear-yard access. The interior units have been provided with a convenient exit via an outdoor walkway from the garage. Both features are outside the norm for many townhomes, Morschauser says. The Hudson Two model is an end unit featuring upgrades including granite countertops in the kitchen and maple cabinetry throughout. The open-concept kitchen and living room are separated by a central island. Patio doors lead from the kitchen to the rear yard and the living room is anchored by a gas fireplace. Laundry facilities are located on the upper level and the master ensuite bathroom features a glass shower. Forest Park is developing a similar community of 89 town villas in the southwest London neighbourhood of RiverBend.
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he Mapleridge, Doug Tarry Custom Homes’ model in St. Thomas’s Orchard Park neighbourhood, is an ideal family home, says sales representative Allison Fish. She says viewers are impressed with the airy ambiance and functionality of space in the 1,700-square-foot two-storey home. The back area of the main floor is open concept and includes a great room, dining area and kitchen. The great room is anchored by an electric fireplace with ceramic and hardwood overmantle. The kitchen includes a central island with engineered-quartz top and breakfast bar plus Tarry’s signature corner walk-in pantry. The dining area leads to a deck and rear yard. On the upper level are three bedrooms, a main bath with tub/ shower and laundry closet. The master bedroom features generous his-and-hers walk-in closets connecting the sleeping area to the ensuite bathroom with its glassed-in tile shower with bench seat. The finished lower level includes a spacious recreation room, three-piece bathroom and a home office. There’s plentiful storage space in the utility areas and under the stairs. Exterior features include stone cladding, a covered front porch and paver driveway leading to the insulated two-car garage. The home has R5 sub-slab insulation, is built to Energy Star specifications and is solar ready.
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he attention to detail that’s integral to Gentrac Homes’ “love your home experience” motto is evident in the company’s model in Woodholme Park in North London’s Wonderland and Gainsborough area, says president John Gilvesy. A spacious covered porch leads to a foyer that opens to the front dining room, rear great room and kitchen. The focal point of the great room is a gas fireplace with limestone surround bracketed by built-in cabinetry. Garden doors lead to an expansive covered entertainment patio. The designer kitchen, with dinette, features engineered-quartz countertops on the perimeter and central island. An adjacent laundry and mudroom accesses the two-car garage. To the right of the dining room is a front bedroom/ den, three-piece bathroom with large glass shower, and rear master retreat that features a walk-in closet with built-in wooden cabinetry and ensuite bathroom with glass shower and free-standing soaker tub. Throughout the main level, nine-to-11-foot tray ceilings add to the airy ambiance. A finished lower level includes a recreation room, three-piece bathroom and third bedroom or office. An expansive unfinished area could also be finished
as a games or exercise room or additional bedroom. Exterior Arriscraft stone and Hardieboard siding add to the home’s curb appeal.
esthaven Homes is opening its latest model this fall in London’s Uplands North community near the intersection of Sunningdale Road and Adelaide Street. This neighbourhood is nestled amongst heritage lands in the local watershed and protected forest areas, and a public trail system within the wetlands allows residents to enjoy nature, yet the area is close to the many amenities available in the city’s north end. Westhaven’s 2,628-square-foot model home, professionally decorated by Sue Jory Interiors, boasts an open-concept kitchen with an oversized granite island ideal for entertaining. The design also includes a cozy main-floor den. On the upper level are four bedrooms, including the master retreat, which features an ensuite bathroom with walk-in closet. A spacious lower level also offers myriad possibilities for future development. Notable features in the home include Kohler plumbing products throughout, transom windows, nine-foot main-floor ceilings, a gas fireplace, and hardwood and tile flooring as well as upgrades to the cabinetry and built-ins. The exterior is stone, brick and stucco with detailed trimming. Westhaven will customize any of its several floor plans or collaborate with clients on a new design. The company is also building in the West London community of Warbler Woods.
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any people already have come to expect the superior quality and workmanship that goes into each Buehler Custom Wood working piece. That’s because for Buehler’s owners and proprietors, creating something with their own hands is simply, well, ingrained. “Dean is a thirdgeneration woodworker,” explains Cindy Buehler, who coowns the business with her husband. “When he came to London, he worked at a few places that were starting to bring in massproduced pieces and he wanted to do more custom work. So we started this business.” Cindy and Dean met while the former was attending school in Calgary. They started Buehler Custom Woodworking eight years ago and have recently opened up their first showroom: a 1,000squarefoot facility that’s not open to walkin traffic, but can be opened up during the process. The showroom features a bath centre and a kitchen centre, along with examples of other custom wood working, including kitchen displays, bar areas, and mud rooms. By keeping it small and not having a huge footprint, the Buehlers are able to keep costs – and, by extension, prices – down. “One of the biggest mis conceptions is that custom woodwork is going to cost 10 times as much as what you would find in one of the bigbox stores,” Cindy says. “We have less over head and we work with local suppliers, so we are able to minimize costs.
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By Jason Menard “And cost is just one factor – quality is really the key. High quality, including things like dovetail drawers, is standard.” Cindy adds that installation is included in their pricing – something that’s extra, and often unexpected, at larger chain stores. The Buehlers are flexible when it comes to helping customers find the right piece or the right style for their renovation. And London – especially Old South – is a veritable trea sure trove of inspiration. “People fall in love with the look of a house, but often realize that they need new cabinets or a new kitchen,” she explains. “We can come into a home and create some thing that matches the style of the home so that it looks natural.” Other customers come in armed with ideas. “Every customer is different and with technology and oldschool flipping through magazines and catalogues, people can find something that will inspire them,” Cindy explains. “They can meet with us, show us what they like, and we’ll go back, do some drawings, and bring them back for approval. “Even if they have no idea what they want, we can help them by offering suggestions of styles, colours and finishes.” Business has been steady in the eight years since its inception – a fact Cindy attributes to the appreciation their clients have for their work. “We’ve been really fortunate that most of our customers either come through word ofmouth or are repeat business,” she says. “We want to continue to keep the business small so that Dean and I can be personally involved with our customers and make them feel comfortable.” b
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Balancing the needs of a modern family with a desire to retain a home’s character during renovation is a rewarding challenge
hen their family and growing home-based renovation business dictated a need for additional space, John Dias and Stefanie Coleman-Dias embarked on a quest to find a house they could renovate to meet their needs and showcase their expertise. They found it in a modest two-storey home on Sunset Drive and, during three years of intensive labour, have transformed it into a comfortable family residence and a showplace for Coleman-Dias³ Construction. From the first visit, they “liked the feeling in the house,” Stefanie says. “We felt we could do what we wanted here.” Today, she maintains that of all the houses she’s lived in, “this is the one that really feels like home.” In creating the transformation, John and Stefanie combined their own tastes with respect for the heritage of the 48 Lifestyle September/October 2015
dwelling, constructed circa 1940, and a desire to preserve its colonial revival character. To that end, they retained as much of the original décor as possible, repurposing elements like the vintage chandelier from the foyer now hanging above the dining room table and classic casement-style windows from a den that, today, form the walls of a backyard greenhouse. The exterior was stripped down to the cedar sheathing, a process that revealed original trim around the front door that mirrors interior trim around doors, windows, built-in shelving and even the main-floor fireplace. Layers of insulation were added and finished with insulated siding to maximize energy efficiency. This is a passion for Stefanie, who’s a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Net Zero Energy Housing Council. In fact, this commitment has resulted in the home receiving
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Healthy Housing certification. John and Stefanie also added decorative stone veneer to the outer front wall and built a covered porch and U-shaped interlocking stone driveway. The single-car garage was replaced by a double-car version. Behind it, a large workshop for John opens to the rear yard, which includes an in-ground pool where they have added a waterfall. There is also a covered patio with ample seating and an outdoor kitchen, creating a summertime oasis. Entering the home, the foyer leads to a front-facing living room. Here the couple kept double glass doors from the hallway and the fireplace mantle and trim. They added a stone veneer overmantle, matching the front of the house. For Stefanie this is reminiscent of her great-grandmother’s stone fireplace. New built-in cabinets bracket the fireplace and floor-to-ceiling
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE A backyard oasis was created with an outdoor kitchen, covered patio and in-ground pool. Original doors and corner shelves retain the home’s original character. The ‘60s era kitchen was brought up-to-date with a complete overhaul, including granite counters, marble backsplash and an oak butcher block matching the original oak hardwood flooring in the home. The range hood is original to the house. Indoor original trim matches the outdoor trim found when the couple stripped the exterior to the sheathing and is mirrored in the main-floor fireplace. The stone veneer matches the front of the house. Cabinets were designed by GCW Custom Kitchens.
bookshelves create a library-like sitting room. Corner shelving units were retained in the adjacent dining room. A den/ sunroom behind the dining room was converted to an office. Some of the most substantial changes were made in the ’60s-era kitchen. It was opened up to the
dining room with an island that is topped with an oak butcher block, matching the original oak hardwood flooring through much of the home. Perimeter counters are white-veined black granite, resembling soapstone, and sport a marble backsplash. Above the sink, a leaded glass window to the hallway enhances the airy ambiance.
Cabinets were constructed by GCW Custom Kitchens. The pièce de résistance is a unique pantry. Narrow floor-to-ceiling doors appear to enclose more cupboard space but actually open to a walk-in pantry with counter and storage shelves along two walls. Continued on page 51
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Refreshed ILX making its own mark as a luxury sedan The Acura ILX is stepping out on its own for 2016. Often considered in the past as simply a dressed-up Civic sedan, this gateway to the luxury Acura brand has been given a makeover that sets it far apart from its Honda cousin. Up front, the ILX now features Acura’s unique jewel-eye LED headlamps, while the rear end has been freshened with modern LED tail lights. The standard wheels are 17-inch alloy, although sporty 18-inch aluminum rims are included with the A-SPEC trim. A one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature is standard. The well-appointed cabin, with improved sound deadening, features front seats that provide excellent comfort and support, while the rear seatbacks fold down for additional cargo space. The rear centre armrest also folds down. The quality of materials has been upgraded from previous generations and the attention to detail has increased with such touches as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. The ILX has been upgraded under its stylish skin, too, with a larger, more powerful engine and a new transmission. There’s a new direct-injected 2.4-litre four-cylinder under the hood that generates 51 horsepower more than the previous model’s 2.0-litre engine. It’s connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with a torque converter that transfers the power to the front wheels smoothly. The new powertrain delivers excellent fuel efficiency.
All-new XC90 a benchmark for the Volvo brand There’s no doubt the 2016 XC90 is a Volvo – the genes are apparent – yet this completely new, premium-quality, seven-seat SUV has been subtly restyled, giving it a fresh, handsome look that likely defines the company’s design theme for future Volvo products. Note the use of glass above the door lines that creates an airy openness inside the cabin. The interior has the clean lines of Swedish design, and the craftsmanship and quality of materials is top drawer, with supple leather and real wood trimmings. A large vertical touchscreen panel replaces the usual array of pushbuttons that control various in-car systems. There’s also a heads-up display that provides a readout on the windshield in front of the driver and thumb controls on the steering wheel. This new XC90 is the first step in Volvo’s global relaunch and it appears nothing has been compromised to ensure this vehicle is a suitable benchmark for the brand. The XC90 is offered with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard equipment. However, there are two engine variants available: the base T6 and the T8 PHEV. Both are supercharged and turbocharged, with the T6 generating 320 horsepower. The T8 PHEV, however, integrates an electric motor and battery pack into the powertrain that boosts the power output by an additional 80 horsepower. As expected, Volvo’s reputation for innovative safety features continues with the XC90, including a system that recognizes when the vehicle is veering off the road and tightens the seat belts to keep everyone onboard safely secured.
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There’s a perception held by many that buying a new car is a man’s game. Not so much. Some marketers say 80 per cent of all household buying decisions are made by women, and any salespeople or dealers who ignore the influence they hold in the process are doing it at their own peril, says Acura West sales manager Paul Jennery. However, while they hold most of the cards when couples go shopping, some women looking for a vehicle on their own may feel intimidated when they walk into a showroom. Mary Bissonnette has been selling vehicles for a decade with Ultimate Automobiles. She says some women still consider the car business “a man’s world” and have trust issues dealing with sales and service personnel. They have concerns they won’t get as good a deal or that the staff (especially males) will take advantage of them. That’s why female shoppers tend to gravitate to Bissonnette when they walk into her Volvo showroom. “They just want to be treated as an adult, not to be seen only as a gender,” she explains. Jennery and Bissonnette agree a key step in the buying process is to do your research first. Decide what type of vehicle you need versus what vehicle you may want. “Be as well educated as you can before ever going to a dealership,” says Jennery. Numerous credible automotive websites and consumer publications are available to help you narrow your list of vehicle choices. Set a budget so you aren’t swayed by emotional choices once you’re in the showroom. Once you have a short list, it’s time to check those vehicles out in person. Don’t just go to one dealership
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nce the playground of West Coast rich, Hollywood elite and mobsters, Palm Springs now celebrates its desert roots and unique architecture heritage. If you’re an architecture nut (and who isn’t, if you’re reading a shelter mag), Palm Springs will make your heart go pitter-pat. The city is filled with houses and commercial buildings designed by Bill Krisel, Donald Wexler and Richard Neutra: midcentury modern architecture is everywhere. Even the Starbucks on the ‘strip’ is architectural. According to architect Bill Krisel, “midcentury modern architecture is a language of its own,” so speak like the natives and stay in one of the several renovated MCM lodgings available in this city. The Skylark Hotel was built in 1955 and has been restored to its MCM-period glory but with attention to how the modern traveller lives: king-sized beds, lush linens, kitchenettes (some rooms) and lots of space to spread out. The restoration has been so thorough outside that, sitting by the pool, I expected Marilyn or Frank to stroll out of the rooms and dive into it. The hot tub is
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The couple rented this amazing house for a year and used it for their honeymoon in 1967. You’ll also see homes previously owned by Jack Benny, Eva Gabor, Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford. Though both hotels have facilities to cook for yourself, eating out in Palm Springs is also an adventure. Many of the restaurants have outdoor patios and decks to enjoy the night air during cooler months and offer lovely views of the San Jacinto Mountains. At J.J.’s Oasis or Las Casuelas Terraza, you can have a taste of Mexico. At the latter, bands entertain while you dine or dance. Downtown, Lulu’s has a touch of Hollywood glamour with its large white banquets and long list of cocktails. The ceviche, served in a martini glass, is tart and tasty. If you want to kick it old school, head to Melvyn’s Restaurant, where tuxedoed waiters serve in the cool confines of the airy solarium. The elegant brunch includes endless champagne and a wide
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were 98 cheese factories in the county at its peak, and currently seven are producing cheese and carrying on this legacy. According to Meredith Maywood, tourism specialist with Tourism Oxford, cheese-making in Oxford goes back to the mid-1800s with the first factory located in what is now the Elm Hurst Inn. The Elm Hurst Inn – formerly the James Harris Cheese Factory, maker of the world-famous 7,300-pound wheel of cheese that travelled the world on display in 1866 – celebrates that heritage by serving many locally crafted cheeses alone and in dishes. Chef Michael Davies knows that today’s informed gourmand prefers locally sourced ingredients, so he “likes to support local purveyors and producers” by coming up with creative recipes that celebrate the dairy culture of Oxford. With such menu stars as Upper Canada Ale and Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers Cheese Soup, and many others that feature area cheeses, Davies makes the most of local products to fill out his offerings. Shep Ysselstein, of Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese, grew up on an Oxford dairy farm. He is the cheese maker responsible for introducing Five Brothers Cheese in 2011. Two years ago this farmstead cheese was chosen as the premier product in its class at Canada’s World Series of cheese, the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. Since then Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese has won several other awards at this and other competitions.
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By Jill Ellis-Worthington
Having worked on the dairy farm since he was five years old and having trained in Switzerland, upstate New York and Vancouver Island, Ysselstein is just one of several cheese makers in Oxford taking artisan cheese making to the next level. Two years ago, Tourism Oxford put together a cheese trail to introduce travellers to the many options for enjoying cheese around the county. This fall it will be expanded, according to Maywood, to include “more restaurants and food experiences involving cheese. For instance, all the Woodstock Art Gallery openings are going to be featuring local cheese.” Stops on the cheese trail include the Ingersoll Cheese Factory, where you can don an apron and have your picture taken with an old-fashioned cheese wheel, and a selfie with the statue of Springbank Snow Countess, an award-winning Holstein that won the world record for lifetime butter fat production, at the corner of Springbank and Dundas in Woodstock. The new cheese trail launches in October. For more information, contact Tourism Oxford.
Two years ago, Tourism Oxford put together a cheese trail to introduce travellers to the many options for enjoying cheese around the county.
Upper Canada ale and GUnn’s Hill Five BrotHers CHeese soUp
PreParatIon: 1. Melt butter; add leeks, onions, and celery. Cook vegetables until tender, four to five minutes.
Makes six servings. IngredIents:
2. Add flour and stir well with wooden spoon. Cook four to five minutes, stirring constantly. Add the dry mustard and beer, stirring to make a roux. Add the broth in batches, using a whisk to work out any lumps between each addition.
1/2 cup butter 1/2 lbs. leeks, white and light green parts, finely diced 1 onion finely diced (1/2 cup) 1 celery stalk, finely diced (1/2 cup) 1/4 cup flour
3. Bring soup to simmer and continue to simmer gently one hour. Stir occasionally and skim as necessary.
2 tsp dry mustard 1 cup Upper Canada ale beer 3 cups chicken broth
4. Puree soup with liquid and solids together, return to pot bring to a simmer. Whisk in cheese until melted. Season with tabasco, salt and white pepper. Serve in heated bowl, garnish with sautéed sweet pepper and chopped chives. n
1/2 cup grated Five Brothers Gunn’s Hill cheese 1/2 cup white cheddar grated Tabasco sauce to taste Salt to taste Freshly ground white pepper to taste 1/4 cup fine diced red, green, yellow peppers (garnish)
Recipe courtesy of Chef Michael Davies, Elm Hurst Inn and Spa
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BAYFIELD By Jill Ellis-Worthington ABOVE Four In Hand Taproom
he Little Inn of Bayfield is little in name only. The owners, Joanne and Mike Oliver, are from Toronto, but they’ve adopted Bayfield as their new home and are investing in their business and community. A nearly two-century-old establishment, the Little Inn began life as a stagecoach stop and has been a continuously operating inn since 1847, providing 168 years of service and counting. The Olivers took over as owners in October of 2014 and have been busy putting their stamp on this Bayfield favourite. With their careers firmly entrenched in the Big Smoke, the couple visited Bayfield at the urging of their eldest son who was working as technical director at the Blyth Festival Theatre a couple of years ago. “When we saw it we fell in love with the beautiful old building. Then we found out it was for sale and thought it would be an interesting retirement plan,” chuckles Joanne.
During the renovation, the Olivers have been conscientious about preserving its historic flavour. “We realize it’s a heritage building and have a deep commitment to bringing it up to modern standards while preserving its original colour scheme and other features that make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.” One space they’ve updated to create a new dining spot in Bayfield is the Four In Hand Taproom, the name a nod to its history. “A cinderblock chimney wall was removed to join the parlour and the bar to enlarge the space for the taproom,” explains Joanne. This more casual space has a different menu than the main dining room, The Willow Room (a reference to the lovely large tree in front of the inn). Both emphasize dishes made with local ingredients. The taproom also features several locally crafted beers on tap and an extensive wine list. Those who journey to Lake Huron to enjoy its legendary sunsets, walk on
the beach, shop at its many boutiques or enjoy a meal in one of its growing list of eateries should take the time to stay at the Little Inn of Bayfield and enjoy its newly enhanced spaces. “We’ve created a sleep program, with new beds, bedding and linens, as part of the renovations,” says Joanne. The 16 rooms of the main inn have all been renovated, with the 10 rooms of the cottage annex across the street having new beds and bedding and soon to undergo renovations as well. The Olivers are also supporting the community by hosting important Bayfield events, like Vette Fest. b
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LYTE allows local youth to take the stage
By Jason Ménard
or many adults, the thought of public speaking alone is terrifying. The idea of stepping up on a stage, looking out to a packed house, and performing for a crowd? Forget it. But an increasing number of London youth are finding their voice, their passion, and a love of the dramatic arts thanks to the LYTE program, housed at the Palace Theatre. LYTE stands for London Youth Theatre Education and is part of the London Community Players’ offering. Established in 2004, the program has grown and evolved to become an integral part of the Palace Theatre’s calendar. “From what I understand, LYTE came out of a desire for the London Community Players to engage with youth,” explains John McKenzie, the LYTE program coordinator. “The program has grown – it originally started
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“I think probably the biggest thing it does is that it helps with self-esteem and confidence,” John McKenzie
as a summer-camp program and now LYTE does as many productions as LCP’s main stage.” LYTE has expanded into multiple two-week summer camps for various age groups, along with a fall/winter program that does its own show. A Fringe Festival performance – this year’s Holka Polka – also comes out of that program. There are no minimum requirements or expectations to get involved with LYTE, McKenzie explains. You don’t need to have an aptitude for acting,
and you don’t need to be versed in theatre. You don’t even need to be outgoing, gregarious or particularly talkative. “I think probably the biggest thing it does is that it helps with self-esteem and confidence,” he says. “We have had those introverted kids who, by the end of the camp, are ‘Chatty Cathys’, talking to everyone. “We’re lucky in that a lot of the kids in the program have been in it for a number of years.” With the continued growth and success of the program comes change. McKenzie says they are currently in the midst of reviewing the program so they can make adjustments and ensure they’re providing the best opportunity for London’s youth. Part of that is increasing the options for students who may not be inclined to go on stage but want to explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of theatre. ➤
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“We’re in a restructuring phase for the program, building the ins and outs of the technical aspects,” McKenzie explains, adding that they’ve already seen expansion of opportunities for technically inclined students. “With the Fringe program, the kids did all of the tech.” They’re also looking at targeting age groups to specific programs, with the mini and junior members working on a Christmas pageant and the seniors doing the March Break and Fringe shows. “There are several benefits to LCP – just having a space that is filled with kids is great,” he says. “We’re introducing the next generation of kids to theatre and they’re going to be the ones to act, work the stage, and do lights in the future. “It’s instilling a love of theatre in the youth.”
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arie Bohm is a versatile artist. Known for her iconic glass pieces, she is equally adept at painting, a process she describes as contributing more and more to her identity as a working artist. While her work runs the gamut from figurative to conceptual, Bohm aligns most with formalist tradition. “Composition, line and texture inform all of what I do.” Of late, riotous colours and complex textures have been nudged aside by purity and minimalism. “More subtle textures and effects are what I am paying attention to in my new series,” she says. This year and last, she travelled to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she was captivated by the culture and crafts. As a result, ritualistic practices and textiles have crept into her art; this can be seen in “La Calera, Oaxaca” a piece prompted by a small inlayed box. The large paintings in her new water falling series explore loss and movement within the family and self. “This series is about change, aging, disease; about helplessly watching someone fall away, as if they have been overtaken by a force of nature,” reveals Bohm. “It is about facing enormous obstacles and overcoming them.” LEFt Prairie Storm 5, oil on vellum, 14 by 22 inches, 1999
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t’s time to reboot your fall wardrobe with some fashionable new footwear and accessories. “New fashion accessories, including jewellery, scarves, bags and footwear, can quickly update, refresh, and transition your look forward into fall,” says Sharon Lamb, of Sharon’s of Hyde Park. Your fall reboot starts – literally – from the ground up with new boots and shoes that are certain to update just about everything in your closet. “Two of fall’s most versatile and popular fashion-forward must-haves include wear-with-everything over-the-knee boots and big city bottoms,” says Lisa Ferguson, owner of ACCENTS. According to Ferguson, “big city bottoms” are flatform and platform slip-ons and Oxford shoes with wide to tapered toes atop thick flat rubber soles. “More substantial footwear offers a contemporary alternative to old classics like ballet flats and loafers and are vital to better proportion and balancing current clothing styles,” says Ferguson.
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ornamental hardware are especially stylish,” notes McCowan. Pewter-, gold- and silver-toned studs, grommets and metal bits put the polish on casual and dressy boots and bags. Black remains standard issue for footwear and bags, with hues of wine, metallic bronze, camel, red, olive, cranberry, grey, plum and mauve breaking new ground on smooth and textured natural and man-made materials. Suede stands out as a designer favourite and one of fall’s richest and most prevalent materials. Calf hair, fur, patent, mock crocodile and python print find favour, as do tassels, patchwork and fringe, which are frequent fliers on many accessories. “Fringe is a particularly important stylistic element which appears on clothing, shoes and bags and crosses over into jewellery,” says Ferguson. Fringe-like metal, leather and fabric vertical tassels dangle stylishly from necklaces, earrings and belts, as do medallions, coins and sleek geometric bits. Bold and chunky jewellery continues to enthrall but an opposite trend toward sleek, linear jewellery also makes headlines. Long lariat necklaces, layered chains, metal chokers, hoop earrings, stacked rings and chain and bangle bracelets are among the many jewellery trends fashioned in gold and other metals. “Cuffs, stacked bracelets, monogrammed and layered necklaces make important fashion statements,” says Lamb. Layer on three or more coordinating necklaces or chains to create your own signature neckwear statement. Clutch, bucket, hobo, cross-body bags, backpacks and structured top-handled satchels are among fall’s favorite carry-ons. Chain straps and quilting are novelties on some bags, and mini-bucket and other micro-sized variations on bags in key seasonal styles are also trending. n
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your liFEstylE Three decades of fashion on Richmond Row
By Erika Faust
LEFT Lifestyles owner Sharon Lehman says this fall’s fashion is all about rich colours and warm shades. MIDDLE Sharon says the team at Lifestyles is what sets them apart. Lifestyles team: Rita, Teresa, Cathy and Sharon. RIGHT The team aims to deck out customers from head to toe, matching a stunning dress or outfit with perfect accessories and shoes.
or nearly 30 years, Lifestyles Women’s Wear has been outfitting women with high-quality clothing and accessories for the many hats they wear in life. The store opened in 1987 at the corner of Richmond and Albert Streets. A little over a year later, it moved to its current location at 615 Richmond Street. Since then, it has expanded into neighbouring stores. From day one, Lifestyles has always been a convenient place where a woman can find every item she might need in her wardrobe, whether she is dressing for a business meeting, a social event, or everyday life, says Sharon Lehman, who co-owns Lifestyles with her partner, Steve. Sharon attributes the store’s success to her hard-working managers and salespeople. “We’re like a family; we support each other.” Sharon handles the purchasing of stock for the store, while Steve takes care of marketing, technology and finances. “It brings our team together in just the right way.” Customers love browsing Lifestyles’ mix of unique items by Canadian and European designers. Popular brands include Frank Lyman, Sandwich and Periphery. Lifestyles is also known for being the exclusive carrier of Mackage outerwear in London. Sharon
calls the autumn collection a knockout, and she says she has already added some new Mackage coats to her own wardrobe for this season. The store has a lot to offer young professionals in their 20s and 30s, with many accessible collections that are comparable to Banana Republic’s price point, Sharon explains. In addition to conducting complete wardrobe overhauls, the Lifestyles team can help customers shop their closets. “If you have some things you’re not wearing but still love, bring those items in for an update,” Sharon says. “Maybe it just needs a little tailoring … or a couple of options to layer under it, or a perfect shoe that will lift it up and make it work.” Lifestyles is already gearing up for fall, and Sharon says luxe, rich colours are here in a big way. Check out the new items in stock and look for deep reds and rich toffees accented with bronze accessories for a comfortably stylish autumn. b
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hen women who are 40 and older get together, the conversation seems to inevitably turn to sleep issues. Middle-aged women are sleep deprived, often because of symptoms related to menopause or perimenopause, a time of transition that occurs shortly before menopause begins. “It’s a significant problem among women of a certain age,” says Dr. Anne Souter, who’s been a family doctor for 30 years and is with the London Family Health Team. “When women are 45 to 55 years of age and going through menopause or perimenopause, symptoms like flushing become problematic for some.” She explains that waking up several times during the night from flushing – what many call ‘night sweats’ – and needing to change one’s bedclothes or sheets can cause fatigue, which can lead to other symptoms, including depression. Since Chris Yurchuk’s sleep started to be interrupted nightly because of night sweats four to five years ago, she tried taking melatonin, Gravol, and lorazepam. Now 55, Yurchuk reports rarely getting a full night’s sleep. “If I can stretch it to two or three hours of good, solid sleep before starting over again (getting to sleep), that’s a good night,” she says. Her gynecologist prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), which she 76 Lifestyle September/October 2015
Menopause and a good night’s rest – is it possible? Jill Ellis-Worthington
took for a year and found that it helped with the sweats. However, as the owner of The Fitting Room – a store in Sarnia that sells breast forms and mastectomy bras – and a certified mastectomy fitter, she comes into contact with many women working through the effects of breast cancer, and Yurchuk became uncomfortable continuing to take HRT because of its perceived association with higher rates of cancer. For some women, the symptoms of menopause become so acute that their doctor refers them to a specialist. According to Dr. Marcus Povitz, the sleep clinic at London Health Sciences Centre receives 250 referrals a month and many of those are for women between 40 and 60 years of age. “Very few come to me specifically about their sleep issues relating to menopause, but often that becomes apparent when we go over their issues,” he says. At the clinic, a sleep study is often part of the protocol, as is a physical exam. “We help people change their behaviours around sleep and their perceptions to break the cycle of insomnia,” Dr. Povitz explains. He adds that if they’re anxious about not sleeping, they don’t sleep, which can cause a negative cycle. Dr. Souter agrees. Before referral to a sleep clinic or consideration of drug therapy of any kind, she walks the patient through other treatment options. “If they are having
When they get together to chat, menopausal women aren’t shy about sharing information about what helps them sleep. Here’s a list of ‘home remedies’ that have worked for some people: •Washing bedding in lavenderscented water • Using lavender essential oils on wrists and temples • Meditation • Taking a warm bath before bed • Eating protein before bed • Drinking warm milk before bed • Taking melatonin • Having low music or white noise in bedroom • Limiting screen time before bed • Sleeping in a cooler room • Using a sleep mask and earplugs
hot flashes, are they wearing light cotton sleep clothes and using a fan or air conditioning? Have they gained weight, so breathing has become a problem?” She discusses their lifestyle habits like drinking excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol or consuming nicotine. She asks if they are eating heavy or spicy meals too late at night. After advising on these kinds of issues and discussing non-drug remedies, Dr. Souter sometimes prescribes Clonidine for those suffering from night sweats, which she says is effective 30 to 40 per cent of the time. Other options she finds are effective for some women are Ditropan or a SSRI. She also prescribes Hormone Replacement Therapy for women who have issues with flushing but also experience other negative symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and mood swings. “In the past, HRT was prescribed much more extensively than it is nowadays. This was due to a study that found HRT increased the risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, stroke, DVT and pulmonary emboli. Re-analysis of this data, however, revealed that HRT is quite a safe and effective medication in the younger women in the perimenopausal age group as long as they have been appropriately screened for risk factors and are informed about the benefits, side effects and risks of HRT. We prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest amount of time required to alleviate the symptoms,” says Dr. Souter. As a homeopath, Joanna Rogister also uses the smallest amount of medicine to treat the patient’s problem. Her treatments start with a two-hour session that includes taking a medical history and examination of the issues surrounding sleep problems. “There are a variety of remedies that we can try, and (patients) will know within a matter of weeks if the remedy is successful,” she explains. Rogister says she feels that “the menopause years are packed with changes – children growing up and leaving, job changes, changes in relationships – and can be some of the most productive in a woman’s life. Treating sleep issues is important to being happy and productive,” so she uses nutritional counselling and homeopathic treatments. Others feel that it’s a matter of mind over matter. Empowerment coach Beth Sutherland says she feels that you need to change your mind to change your behaviour. She has a treatment program that can include interrupting behaviours to get different results. “Maybe something as simple as sleeping with your head at the opposite end of the bed will help. It’s about re-patterning the brain.”
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• Use deep breathing exercises. “The mom in the book tells the kids to take three deep breaths,” says Frances. She adds that this is a technique that can help insomnia, according to the National Sleep Foundation. • Use a night light. “Knowing what your surroundings are can decrease anxiety and help eliminate fear of the dark,” she says. • Use positive self-talk. “Have the child repeat: ‘I will sleep well tonight and tomorrow will be a great day,’” advises Frances. • Use a consistent bedtime routine. Many children today live in two households because of joint custody arrangements. Whether a child lives in one home or two, having a consistent bedtime is important. “As long as each parent is consistent in their own routine, kids can be flexible.” • Use a rewards system. “The Goodnight Fairy brings a reward to kids who are making a strong effort: something small (like a checkmark on a sleep tracking sheet or a quarter under the pillow). This positive reinforcement for positive behaviour has more impact than just Mom or Dad giving a treat,” she says.
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Wortley Village Old South: live, shop, d ine! For the fifth year in a row, volunteer organizers of Halloween in the Village are stirring up a cauldron of amusement for the whole family. When they met five years ago, Maria Calleja and Laurie Tome discovered their shared love of Halloween and a joint desire to bring back some of the old fashioned good times surrounding this special fall festival.
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What started as a quickly organized, low-budget nighttime parade and costume contest – that turned out to be wildly popular in the neighbourhood – has developed into a full day of games along Wortley Road, including a family scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving, parade, costume contest and haunted house. Halloween in the Village will be held on Saturday, October 24 starting at 1 p.m. this year, and the budget has grown along with the attractions. The Old South Business Association and The Old South Community Organization are now helping to fund the project. Tome and Calleja have organized a crowd-funding campaign and those who wish to help can go to www.indiegogo.com and look for Hallween in the Village to contribute.
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One of the most popular features of last year will be repeated, with the lighting of the pumpkins at 7 p.m. Another highlight is the annual parade; this year it will be held at 4:30. Visitors from across the city and region are invited to visit Wortley Village on October 24 for a spooktactular festival of fun.
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