Living Luxe Magazine - Design 22 • Vol 4 Issue 4

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Design Issue Contemporary Homes — Hot Events — Health & Beauty — Giving Back TORONTO EDITION BRIAN GLUCKSTEIN & RICHARD WENGLE The masters of design on working together and what inspires their impeccable work
TO YOUR DREAM HOME This spacious estate won’t be on the market for long A MODERN MARVEL IN MARKHAM An architecturally magnificent abode north of Toronto THE ART OF DESIGN
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Vapour: A beautiful flowing design! It is the modern personification of vapour smoke as a work of art, that dances through the air. The rhythmic movement of the design combines with warm tones capturing your imagination floating through the breeze while displaying tranquil balance and harmony.

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IN THIS ISSUE 52 Artistic Licence 54 The Epitome Of A Role Model 56 Breaking Barriers 58 A Life Well Cruised 64 The Psychology Behind Cosmetic Surgery 66 Accolades For Armour Heights 68 Spreading Their Wings 70 The Rule Breaker 76 Work The Room 78 A Century In Fashion 82 Cheers To The Power Of Nature 84 Sustained Success 90 The Artistic Alchemist 96 Peace Of Mind In A D.I.Y. World 100 One Wood, One Vine 102 A Taste Of Luxury 104 Welcome To Nashville 106 Most Valuable Player TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME TO YOUR DREAM HOME PG.142
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FEATURES 112 Double Act 122 The Home On Huckleberry Lane 126 Join The Club 130 A Modern Marvel In Markham 134 Live In Colour 138 The Private Life 142 Welcome To Your Dream Home IN EVERY ISSUE 42 Masthead/Contributors 44 Letter From Jennifer 46 Letter From Anthony 50 What’s New 147 The Market 154 Jennifer’s Picks TABLE OF CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE ON THE COVER Brian Gluckstein & Richard Wengle Photography by Ryan Emberley THE PRIVATE LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY BY: DIGENOVA MEDIA (TOP IMAGE), NAV SOHI (BOTTOM IMAGE) PG. 138 PG. 130 A MODERN MARVEL IN MARKHAM 40

JERRY HAMMOND

LUXURY REALTOR

“I’m drawn to the transitional look where the home showcases traditional design with modern decor in earth tones and a splash of colour. Well-appointed furniture, chandeliers, rich hardwood and solid doors give an authentic and timeless appeal and sets the stage for elegance.”

MARIN ZABZUNI

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

“I find I’m really drawn to modern empire style lately.”

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“I like how we’ve had to get creative with our homes because of the pandemic. We’ve created transitional living spaces where we’re able to work, exercise, dine and socialize. Using outdoor space is likely a trend that will have much longevity.”

DARLENE WATSON ARTIST

“I am loving minimal, modern, colourful, and I think that in the New Year, I may be creating more with that thought in mind. More Franz Kline “Black Reflections” original, for example.”

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To Come ings

I hope my letter finds everyone healthy and in good spirits. I am writing this letter in the summertime. The weather is spectacular, and I recently enjoyed a lovely staycation with my family at Toronto’s Hotel X. Soon, my kids and I will be heading to Montreal to see my parents. I am so excited to see my family. I have spent a lot of time reflecting over the past few years. I am now enjoying each moment I get with my family and friends, and I’m focused on creating fond memories.

When it comes to Team Living Luxe, we are working on several incredible initiatives that we are all very passionate about. I’m so proud to share that we are hosting a fundraiser for SickKids called City Couture on November 17, 2022, at Toronto’s esteemed Distillery District. We will be having a fashion show featuring four Canadian fashion brands. Follow us on Instagram (@livingluxemagazine) for more special announcements on how you can support our charity fundraiser. We will be opening ticket sales very soon. This is an event you will not want to miss.

We will also be hosting a Living Luxe Design exhibition with wonderful vendors, designers and incredible collaborations in November. We will have celebrity designers on-hand as guest speakers, so please follow us on social media for more information.

I truly hope you all enjoy our annual Design issue. We have featured two incredible gentlemen on our cover: Richard Wengle and Brian Gluckstein. Both are leaders in their industries and are so inspirational. They also have an incredible friendship, and they collaborate beautifully on many projects, including the incomparable Armour Heights development at 89 Avenue Road. We were thrilled to invite them to participate in our special issue.

Have a wonderful September. Until the next time,

Design artwork painted by Jennifer’s child.

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a Hero Be

What or who makes a hero in our lives? Could it be a friend, a relative or someone who is there for us just at the right time? I know that it seems like a superficial question, since we are constantly infiltrated with the media’s version of what constitutes a hero in our lives. But they are imperative, since they can have a lasting and permanent impact on our lives and destiny.

Having said that, in order to understand heroes on a deeper level, I think we need to talk about villains. Through some reflection, I believe that there is one core difference between heroes and villains: Forgiveness. That’s it — the hard simple truth. The most influential people in my life, or, it seems in the history of the world, have in one way or another shown us a form of peace either from within, throughout or both.

I have been very blessed to have heroes in my life. Some have passed (like my father) and some are still with us, and their truth and righteousness live on. May I be more like them.

I have written a poem: Eyes are open Self-reflection is true Like a knight arriving on their noble steed Their sword is tested in fire and earth Still water becomes like a mirror, the answers within There in the end…You will be!

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While our glossy Living Luxe print issues grace Carrera coffee tables, piano-lacquered bedside tables and teak spa loungers every two months, readers can now sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, full of a selection of stories from our current issue, issues past, as well as web-exclusive content you’ll only get on livingluxe.ca.

If you’re behind on your Living Luxe reading, don’t fret; our past issues are online now. Not only will you find gorgeous homes by some of our favourite designers, you’ll get to meet many of Toronto’s most inspirational creators — designers, architects, builders and artists at the top of their fields and the mark they’re making in our city.

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LUXE LIFE PHILANTHROPY — JEWELLERY — TRENDS

Vapour is a beautiful flowing area rug. It is the modern personification of vapour smoke as a work of art, as the pattern dances through the air. The rhythmic movement of the design combines with warm tones capturing your imagination floating through the breeze while displaying tranquil balance and harmony. Each shape and curve draws a striking contrast of dramatic colours within the impressions of wool and silk portraying the elegance that a smoke trail makes.

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WHAT’S NEW

Dining Diaries

The new Don Alfonso 1890 space on the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel is airy, elegant and modern in design. It’s not just the visual effect of the city and water view that greet your eyes when you enter, it’s the wealth of small details that keep you riveted. Details such as the simple organic pattern and slats of metal on the bar mimic the natural shoreline visible in the background. At sunset, the backlit columns blend into the glow of the sky. But what is most striking is how the design mirrors the food: sophisticated yet simple, like the elegant creations on uniquely modern designed plates, but with the sum of the parts adding up to so much more. Creating a striking atmosphere is always the icing on the proverbial cake. Somehow it just makes the food taste even better. donalfonsotoronto.com

The Slipper Revolution

Mave & Chez Co-founders Dani Kagan & Victoria Marshman have designed stylish ergonomic slippers for the go-getter woman. Feel supported, cozy and chic whether you’re lounging at home or on the go. With a washable insole, your Maves will stay fresh and last longer. Launching on Kickstarter September 13. Join the presale list now at maveandchez.com and follow on Instagram @maveandchez.

Natural Beauty

Forget everything the beauty industry has trained you to accept what it takes to stay beautiful, here comes the Sous La Face Skin Restoration Studio, professing that beauty comes from within. “We believe in seeing and harnessing beauty below the surface — sous la face,” says founder Amanda Jeppesson. Defined as a quiet rebellion in a complex beauty industry, the studio promotes ancient beauty techniques combined with modern science to restore skin to its natural state. Sculpted from the inside out, this innovative approach offers immediate and non-invasive anti-aging options like their signature Radical Radiance Regime; it works intensively with the muscles (buccal) to release tension, increase blood flow, stimulate collagen and engage the lymphatic system. Their latest treatment, Morpheus8, involves micro-needling with radio frequency. Touted as a highly effective treatment of the underlying layers of the face and skin, it is designed to stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of scarring and stretchmarks, while tightening the skin on the face and neck for a more youthful appearance. souslaface.com

The Art of Grazing Perfected Grazing Platters in the 6ix create stunning edible pieces of art with their elevated charcuterie boards, grazing platters, decadent boxes and edible tablescapes. Their culinary creations are inspired by the desire to bring people together over a shared love of delicious food. The company takes great pride in incorporating international foods into each platter, emblematic of “the 6ix.” From baklava, macarons and caviar to date truffles, Belgium chocolates and kebabs, Grazing Platters in the 6ix has luscious, unique offerings. grazingplattersinthe6ix.com

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ARTISTIC LICENCE

Quebec City-based, French-Canadian

artist Paul Béliveau told us about living luxuriously and how he lives his best life.

Living Luxe: What does living luxuriously mean to you?

Paul Béliveau: For me, living luxuriously is having the freedom to choose what I want to do in life, like being an artist and being able to live off it without any constraints. Not to have any obligations that have implications in my creations means living luxuriously. Also, having the time to take time is a luxury that is rather rare in a consumer society.

LL: Tell us about your work and how luxury and extravagance factor into it.

PB: Over the years, I have had many series of works with different themes that always

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questioned the notion of memory, homage and culture (it has often been said that I have a so-called cultivated painting), which are the attributes of post-modernism. The beauty of the series of book spines came as a surprise to me, seeking an audience that I had not suspected. For the book is a luxury object without us seeing it as such. It instructs us, cultivates us and it is especially a transmissible object. And it is a luxury that we have here in North America to transmit this knowledge to others without any censorship, which is not really the case in other countries. Here in Canada, we have the opportunity as artists to criticize, challenge or simply celebrate our society with extravagance.

LL: What plays a role in allowing you to live your best life?

Art is a determining factor that allows me to explain and question situations that we live. I feel involved in society and live my life to the fullest by feeling committed. Also, by acquiring works of art I surround myself with beauty.

LL: What objects do you surround yourself with to inspire and support your everyday

growth and why?

Works of art have always inspired and supported me in my daily growth. They offer me the luxury of questioning myself daily. Over the years, my wife and I have acquired works of art from Canadian and international artists that bring us aesthetic joy every day.

LL: How important is it to you to refresh and revitalize either your work or yourself?

The basis of creation is to be in constant research, both on the subject and on the medium. It is therefore very important for me to continually refresh and revitalize my artistic approach. The number of series I have produced over the past 40 years demonstrates the importance I place on renewing myself.

LL: What would you tell others about living their most luxurious life and how they can strive to be their personal best?

I would say by being convinced and committed to our respective careers, we have the most chance to live the most luxurious life possible. Luxury here takes the form of freedom, which is essential for creators. So, we strive to be the best we can be.

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THE EPITOME OF A ROLE MODEL

Inspiring the next generation of models, Coco Rocha Model Camp is leading the way for model education in the fashion industry.

Models are the faces behind the fashion, inspiring people to buy from designers and creating the exposure that makes us love particular pieces. International supermodel Coco Rocha has designed Coco Rocha Model Camp (CRMC) to teach, inspire and empower models of any age to be their best, all while preparing them for a challenging career in the modelling industry.

Coco Rocha has been living her dream career in fashion for 18 years. Being on more covers than I can count, she has graced the world’s most influential magazines, brands and photographers, and is now using that knowledge to empower and teach young models. Despite having more than 17 million social media followers and paving the path for models having a digital presence, Coco has always stayed true to herself and believes that success does not need to come at the cost of sacrificing who you are and what your core values are.

With the development of Coco Rocha Model Camp (CRMC), models at any stage of their careers are taught to refine their posing and runway skills and to feel confident in their business decisions. True to her style, Coco is present for the entire experience, available to answer questions and

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truly allow a one-on-one boutique experience. Coco is an experienced mentor, having guest mentored on “America’s Next Top Model.” Famously nicknamed the “Queen of Pose” by her fans and contemporaries like Tyra Banks, Coco has the professionalism and experience to mentor her students like no other in the industry.

Over the four-day schedule, models participate in portfolio reviews, pose and runway classes, social media, branding seminars and a professional photo shoot. Teaching her models dynamic posing, social media strategy and negotiating with clients, among many other important skills for the industry, allows her students to leave with confidence and a unique set of skills to help them navigate the little-known and challenging career of international modelling.

“TRUE TO HER STYLE, COCO IS PRESENT FOR THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE, AVAILABLE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND TRULY ALLOW A ONE-ON-ONE BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE.”

BREAKING BARRIERS

From daily-wear jewels to specialoccasion masterpieces, Messika has been a force in the world of fine jewellery. And Valérie Messika is the trailblazer and creative genius behind the impressive line. Here’s what you need to know about the Maison, and its signature collection.

CELEBRATING A DIAMOND LEGACY

Valérie Messika, the founder and artistic director of the incomparable Messika, comes by diamonds and fine jewellery honestly. Her father, André Messika, was a key player in the international diamond trade back in the 1970s and ’80s. Valérie’s childhood memories include travelling with André as he searched far and wide for exceptional gems. It wasn’t long before she followed in his footsteps, becoming enamoured by all things diamonds. Not only did she devote herself and her career to the sparkling gem, but she also took her passion a step further: In 2005, she took an entrepreneurial leap and created her eponymous brand. The company is rooted in creativity and innovation, and under Valérie’s leadership and vision, it’s matured into an industry leader when it comes to jewels dedicated to femininity, modernity, strength, elegance and timelessness. “Messika is a story of passion and savoirfaire, a deeply rooted family and business venture,” says Valérie. “I have let my creativity and diamond expertise run free at the heart of the Maison. I like to break the codes of the diamond industry. I think of my creations as fashion jewellery with an exceptional know-how. I create pieces that are sensual, like

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precious tattoos, and can be worn by all women. Each piece of jewellery brings the final touch of light, the unique note that will make the difference.” Valérie has broken barriers in the diamond industry by creating pieces that women can wear every day, other than engagement and wedding rings. She’s a trailblazer who created a brand for multifaceted women everywhere. “The Messika High Jewellery Maison is anchored in French jewellery traditions, and it’s known for its innovation, like the Skinny concept, which features slim diamond lines of surprising flexibility,” she says. “We strive to create new and surprising shapes that will enhance female beauty and blend the timeless with the contemporary.”

The red-carpet brand has been seen on countless celebrities (think Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez), and the company has worked with Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid in the past. The latest face of Messika is model Kendall Jenner. “Messika calls on powerful women. Recognized worldwide, Jenner perfectly represents Messika’s spirit of a free and assertive woman. She embodies the fashion part of Messika’s DNA.”

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her gems. Messika has perfected its mobile diamonds, which slide on rails, thanks to a truly impressive system. Diamonds in all categories of jewellery — from pendants and bracelets to rings and long necklaces — feature this incredible design. Simply move the diamonds and watch them sparkle and glisten in new ways.

The Move collection was expanded in 2019 with the release of the Lucky Move. For the first time in the company’s storied history, a collection was created using coloured stones. “Unconventional and radiant, the Lucky Move colour collection emphasizes the unique spirit and character of each stone through their different veins and gradients,” she says. “The gems give a more casual and delicate aspect to the Lucky Move range, allowing the pieces to be worn as a more day-to-day style.”

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her jewellery — from pendants and bracelets to rings and long necklaces — feature this incredible design. Simply move the diamonds and watch and Gigi Hadid in the past. The latest face of Messika is model Kendall Jenner. “Messika calls on powerful women. Recognized worldfree

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A LIFE WELL CRUISED

For those who’ve never experienced the ecstasy of a luxury cruise to an exotic destination, this kind of holiday lies just as much in the state of mind it evokes as it is in the adventurous and scenic voyage it provides. Lifestyle editor Jeanne Beker and her partner, Iain, had the opportunity to take a weeklong Silversea cruise to Alaska — and it proved to be a master class in luxurious relaxation.

DAY 1. We arrive at Vancouver’s Canada Place harbour and head for the bar at the magnificent Pan Pacific hotel, which provides a view of the stellar Silver Muse, patiently awaiting our embarkation. Already, I’ve been transported to a mindset ready for ultimate relaxation. An Alaskan luxury cruise offers the best of all worlds: The opportunity for nature lovers to dive into the unparalleled rugged beauty of magnificent northern climes in a relaxed way, as well as the chance to dress up in the evenings and sample the finest cuisine, be entertained by an eclectic array of performers, test your luck at the casino, chill at the spa, workout at the gym or just nurse flutes of Champagne all night long in glamorous lounges or in the privacy of your own verandah. If there ever was a sure-fire way to set your worries aside, this is it.

We board the ship, delighted by the arresting architectural design and fabulous art our floating hotel has to offer. The 698-foot Silver Muse is Silversea’s crown jewel. We’re taken to our suite, complete with large-screen TV, the most comfortable bed imaginable and a marble bathroom with a bathtub. Our personal butler, Wendell, arrives to let us know he’s at our disposal for anything we may need: Simply call him anytime. There are nine restaurants aboard, and nine bar/lounges to choose from, as well as 24-hour room service. But we decide on having dinner this first night at Indochine. I indulge in delicate

tuna sashimi and lobster pad Thai with a flambéed banana served with coconut gelato for dessert.

DAY 2. After sailing all night, our morning view is staggeringly beautiful, as we lazily drift by forested, snowcapped mountains. We delight in sitting out on our verandah in the cozy Etro bathrobes provided, soaking in the scenery. Great coffee, lovely pastries, smoothies and light breakfast fare are readily available at the Arts Café, just down the hall from our suite on the 8th deck. Lunch at The Grill on the pool deck is a treat, capped off by a late-afternoon glass of wine in the chic Panorama Lounge. We visit the jewellery and fashion boutiques onboard. In the evening, it’s Kasakei for dinner, a modern Japanese tataki restaurant, with intimate tables and the finest culinary fare.

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DAY 3. We pull into Ketchikan and our butler brings breakfast to our room. Ketchikan is a charming port, rife with colourful buildings and countless shops. Iain buys me a fabulous “fetish” necklace, featuring an array of small hand-carved gemstone animal figurines. Back to the ship for lunch, and this time we feast from a beautifully eclectic buffet at Terazza. Dinner tonight is at Atlantide, the ultra-elegant dining room that features an impressive haute cuisine menu. We start with caviar, followed by filet mignon and my favourite — lemon sorbet for dessert.

DAY 4. We cruised overnight into Juneau, Alaska’s capital. The harbour is bustling, despite the rain. We get comfy with a cup of tea in the Arts Café. A visit to the onboard gym does not disappoint — it’s well equipped, with a gorgeous panoramic view from the ship’s stern. Later, we do dinner and late-night disco boogying with wild abandon in the Panorama Lounge, where a vocal trio called Three’s Company warms up the dance floor for us.

DAY 5. We wake up in Skagway and though it’s another rainy day, it doesn’t stop us from boarding the White Pass and Yukon Route railway train for an unforgettable three-hour excursion. The views are stupendous — shades of green and blasted granite and cliffs and valleys and waterfalls and streams, all nestled beneath snow-capped peaks. After the ride, we wander down the boardwalk streets of Skagway, visiting assorted shops before heading back to our Silver Muse. Dinner is at La Dame — the ship’s primo haute cuisine restaurant. The service, directed by the impossibly suave Piotr, is first-class, and for a couple of precious hours, it feels like we’re dining at the ritziest eatery in Paris.

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“THE SERVICE, DIRECTED BY THE IMPOSSIBLY SUAVE PIOTR, IS FIRST-CLASS, AND FOR A COUPLE OF PRECIOUS HOURS, IT FEELS LIKE WE’RE DINING AT THE RITZIEST EATERY IN PARIS.“
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DAY 6. The charm of Sitka lies in its eclecticism. We opt for a tour called “The Best of Sitka” for to day’s excursion. The first stop is the Alaska Raptor Center, a hospital and rehabilitation reserve for some of the most magnificent birds I’ve ever seen. The second stop is the 105-acre Sitka National Park, which is filled with amazing carved totem poles and features a small museum rife with ancient Tlingit artifacts. The final tour destination is the Fortress of the Bear, where we get to watch brown and black bears in a natural setting.

DAY 7. The final day of our journey is spent cruis ing Hubbard Glacier, and we soak in the luscious display of small icebergs and majestic white mountains. The rain has subsided, and the sunny blue skies provide the perfect backdrop to all the visual delights. We luxuriate in the cool breeze coming off the glacier.

Throughout our holiday, it’s been the romantic, intimate atmosphere that we so appreciate — the kind of feeling you’d think would be hard to cap ture on a large cruise ship. Perhaps that’s precisely the appeal of this luxury cruise line: Silversea’s vessels are so exquisitely designed, with such impressive attention to detail and such inspiring decor features, that we feel we’re living in the lap of luxury. We truly savoured every second of what proved to be a precious and memorable adventure of a lifetime.

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THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND COSMETIC SURGERY

There are many things to consider before seeking cosmetic surgery. Dr. Philip Solomon MD, FRCSC, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgeon, practicing Facial Plastic Surgery in Toronto, understands that the desire to enhance one’s facial features must be accompanied by a healthy psychology and realistic outlook.

Living Luxe: What are the reasons patients choose to undergo cosmetic surgery? Of course, this can vary from patient to patient, but what are some of the more common reasons?

Dr. Philip Solomon: Patients often express to us that what brought them in for a consultation has been a concern for many years. Whether it’s to discuss their nose shape, chin projection or a genetic

issue that affects their appearance, the consultation process is very important. We also have a demographic of patients who want to address their aging face to correct drooping eyelids and skin laxity of the jawline and neck.

We conduct thorough consultations with each patient to assess them, learn more about their goals and what’s driving their desire for

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cosmetic surgery. It’s important that they not only understand the technical aspects of their desired surgery but also what’s needed psychologically to go through the process.

A surgery such as cosmetic rhinoplasty may seem straightforward, however, the technical process can be quite complex. Some nose jobs can be very straightforward, while others can be technically more difficult. The surgical outcome is dependent on multiple factors, including surgical technique, pre-surgical anatomy, skin type and how one heals.

Other considerations that contribute to patient satisfaction include patient expectations — did the consultation process with the surgeon establish a common goal? It also matters what’s going on in the pa tient’s personal life, the amount of work/family stress they have and the patient’s emotional state and stability.

If the patient isn’t satisfied with the surgeon’s surgical plan and projected outcome, then we recommend holding off on surgery. Our No. 1 priority is setting our patients up for success.

LL: What questions should patients ask themselves before proceeding with a cosmetic procedure?

Dr. Philip Solomon: You’ll want to ask yourself the following: Am I doing this surgery for myself and do I have realistic expectations? Do I have confidence in my surgeon as I have researched them, met them and trust them? Can I manage the recovery process that can take months to see the final result?

LL: What role has social media and video conferencing played in your cosmetic surgery practice?

Dr. Philip Solomon: The effect social media has had on our society is undeniable. Throw in a pandemic where interaction with fami ly, friends and work redirects everyone to video conferencing, and you have a society focused on facial appearances. Improving your appearance in a healthy way can be a very positive experience, as it can improve self-esteem and confidence. The risk is when people are driven to change their appearance in hopes of achieving what may be unrealistic.

LL: How do you manage patient anxiety, as this can be a very natural emotion prior to surgery?

Dr. Philip Solomon: Surgery of any kind is something to be entered into cautiously, as there are risks with any surgery. Jumping into surgery too fast may not allow for time to process all the information that’s required. Alternatively, overthinking and planning can manifest anxiety. Anxiety is a very normal feeling prior to surgery, however, if it becomes excessive, it’s up to the surgeon to discuss with the patient if surgery is, in fact, the appropriate path.

“OUR NO. 1 PRIORITY IS TO SET OUR PATIENTS UP FOR SUCCESS.”

LL: What should patients know about healing physically and mentally post-operation?

Dr. Philip Solomon: Final results from cosmetic surgery can often take many months and, if for some reason there is a minor complica tion, that can add time to the healing process. Being able to have the patience and understanding of the healing process is crucial. I have a wonderful team that provides tremendous care and support to our patients. However, the body heals at its own pace, all we can do is support our patients throughout the process. Most of our patients do very well as they are well prepared, are given realistic expectations and set up for success.

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ACCOLADES FOR ARMOUR HEIGHTS

Armour Heights is all about luxury. So it’s no wonder why the project recently won a few highly prestigious awards celebrating the passion and ingenuity of those behind it.

The ultra-extravagant 89 Avenue Road is so much more than your average Toronto address — it’s a coveted, highly sought-after residence in Yorkville where its chic residents will soon live the lap of luxury. Inspired by a private and exclusive Park Avenue building, the residence is situated in what’s arguably Toronto’s most stylish neighbourhood. Surrounded by impressive art galleries, posh cafés, ritzy salons, gorgeous green parks, top-tier restaurants and refined retail, the soon-to-be 20-storey building — with just 28 bespoke suites being constructed — is guaranteed to be an exclusive, remarkable standout. “A Fifth Avenue-inspired limestone residence that will be viewed as a piece of art, 89 Avenue is private, with no commercial or hotel component yet steps away from all that the area has to offer. It’s far less busy than streets like Hazelton and Yorkville — more discreet,” says Frank Mazzotta, president of Armour Heights Development. 89 Avenue is surely the company’s crown jewel. Between

benefitting from the sheer opulence of Richard Wengle’s architectural aptitude and Brian Gluckstein’s incomparable design prowess, residents will also enjoy a vast array of services and amenities, including a grand lobby staffed 24/7 by a lifestyle concierge and security team, valet and porter services, housekeeping, a private fitness studio, an indoor heated pool, three sun-lit cabanas and even a service elevator for pets. In each suite — they range from 1,400 to 6,000-plus square feet — residents will find only the finest features and finishes, including La Cornue gas ranges, herringbone floors, heated flooring in the bathrooms, outdoor terraces, gas fireplaces, Gluckstein customdesigned kitchens, Miele appliances and Kohler fixtures. “Armour Heights is essentially creating 28 custom homes in the sky. No floor plan is the same and each one is designed to the preferences and lifestyle of the individual owner. This is what we call the ‘Armour Heights difference.’ This residence is like a Birkin bag — not everyone

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can own one. In fact, there are only 10 remaining for purchase,” he says.

This is a project the Mazzottas hold dear, so winning awards for this upcoming residence even before it’s built is a testament to the company’s reputation and dedication to only building the best. Not only did salesperson Michael Mazzotta win the popular and highly respected BILD Award for Best Salesperson, but 89 Avenue won BILD Awards for Best Innovative Suite Design and Best Rendering. “Our entire team was extremely proud to be recognized in such prestigious categories, as we are not satisfied with the ordinary. We are constantly looking for ways to be better, build better and push the boundaries on our projects while we set the standards for other builders in the industry,” he says.

When it comes down to it, Mazzotta says all the heart and history of Armour Heights will be expressed in 89 Avenue. “We truly stand behind our product with members of our family who will also be residing in this building. We always put ourselves in the shoes of our clients and build each project as if it were our own home.” For more information, visit 89avenueyorkville.com.

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SPREADING THEIR WINGS

The Boost for Kids Butterfly Ball is in support of helping children who’ve been the victims of abuse. Supporter Séan McCann sat down with us to share his story and o er words of encouragement.

The Butterfly Ball is an elegant affair dedicated to raising funds to support Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC), which was founded in 1981. The food, beautiful decor, music and fashion were all impeccable, and the atmosphere was elevated knowing that the sole purpose of why we were gathered was in support of Ontario’s children, youth and their families.

For me, the star of the show was Séan McCann. He vulnerably, bravely and candidly shared his own story — and his heart — with those in attendance. McCann is known as the founder of the iconic Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea, but he is also an Order of Canada recipient for his advocacy of helping those with mental health and addiction issues. He knows all too well because he is a survivor of child abuse, which lead to a battle with addiction in his adult years.

I had the opportunity to chat with McCann after the Butterfly Ball with the intention of learning more about Boost for Kids and its impact. He was willing to tell his story in hopes that others will feel comfortable to share theirs. “I believe it is incredibly difficult for children to say what has happened, or what is happening, to them,” he explains.

Boost CYAC believes in giving kids a lift when they need it most, and so does McCann. “In my

performances, people will hear me sing and say my truth and go through the journey with me through the lowest low up to where I am now — healthy, sober and happy. I try to help them see that by facing their secrets, they too can thrive, not just survive.” He reveals that he was never able to tell his mother what happened to him except through the lyrics of a song.

McCann was in his 40s when he was able to talk about the sexual abuse he endured. His story is unimaginable because he was groomed and sexually assaulted by his parish priest — someone his family trusted. “He was a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” he says.

McCann believes organizations like Boost for Kids can truly make a difference in the lives of children who are survivors of abuse because of the important work they’re doing on the ground. They aim to help as many children as possible. “It’s an organization where a child can feel safe. When you feel safe, you can tell the truth.”

Boost is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and violence through education, awareness

Lab named Iggy, a specially trained accredited facility dog that joins a child during counselling and when testifying in criminal court. “I don’t know of a more important type of work out there. They’re boots on the ground. They are working within the communities they serve so they know their audience. That’s how you help affect the greatest change, and I believe that’s what they’re doing,” he says.

The statistics of child abuse are alarming. Sixty percent of children who have experienced abuse may later face some negative physical and/or mental health outcomes as adults. The focus is to support children and youth through abusive situations so they can go on to live their best lives. Every child deserves this.

Despite all that he has been through, McCann continues to be a pillar of strength for many. The last words he left us with are both deeply inspiring and so true. “I know as humans we all need to feel love. Unconditional love. It allows us to flourish, to feel safe, to grow. Love allows you to touch the scary places in your heart and head, and lets you know it’s still going to be okay. Love and a place for them to be listened to. Sometimes people are telling us what we need to know, we’re just not listening.”

and collaboration with community partners. The work includes trauma care, abuse investigation, advocacy, therapy, court preparation, accompaniment and immediate crisis support and counselling. One of the most terrifying things for a survivor is when children must testify against their abusers, so Boost has a black

I believe that every child deserves to feel and be safe and it is up to us as their community to build a world where they are protected so that they can thrive and spread their wings like butterflies. Boost is that safe haven where adults are dedicated to listening, love and unconditional support.

Please support boostforkids.org. All children and youth have a right to grow up in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.

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THE RULE BREAKER

With a name like Luxeme Kitchens, there are certain expectations. But when the interior design extends far past the kitchens and travels throughout the entire home, one immediately realizes that this is a company that doesn’t set limitations on its capabilities. This is a company that breaks the rules.

“Our kitchens aren’t limited to one design or shape. We play with colour, functionality and innovation,” says Kam, the founder of Luxeme Kitchens Inc. “Because we are creating the heart of your home.”

A heart that pulses with style, quality craftsmanship and purpose, not to mention custom cabinetry and woodwork — it’s the modus operandi behind the high-end kitchen and home design company Kam launched in 2011. With a headquarters in Vaughan, Ont., and a showroom inside 7250 Keele Street’s Improve Canada Home Improvement Centre, there is no stopping this

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thriving company from continuing to grow, while creating masterpiec es and pushing boundaries.

“I always wanted to be in the design field and create real pieces for the home,” says Kam. “I had the education, I’m an engineer and a designer, and then I got the experi ence doing what I love back home before everything came full circle in Canada.”

Back home is Iran, where Kam was born and raised and honed his skills by learning the artistry of European design. His move to Toronto 20 years ago landed him right where he belonged — inside the North American interior design industry working for a major kitch en supplier. As equally intrigued with Canada’s use of the imperial system with its inches, feet and pounds as he was with Canadians’ penchant for traditionalstyle homes with their corbels, dark woods and appliques, Kam watched, learned and adapted. Applying his personal mantra that everything is an opportunity for growth, he fuelled himself with design ideas and techniques, excep tional standards and a vision for his future by following the rules creat ed by the topnotch manufacturers he did business with. “I knew I could be more than who I was and that I could be more creative than what I was seeing,” Kam explains.

“OUR KITCHENS AREN’T LIMITED TO ONE DESIGN OR SHAPE. WE PLAY WITH COLOUR, FUNCTIONALITY AND INNOVATION, BECAUSE WE ARE CREATING THE HEART OF YOUR HOME.”
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“But I wanted to learn the rules first, because then I could break them. I don’t want to duplicate someone else’s style and I never want to repeat my own.”

So, he doesn’t, and he hasn’t. This refusal of conformity is evident in everything he and his team create. From sleek fluted and trend-wor thy reeded cabinetry in bathrooms to exquisite millwork throughout entire homes and multi-tiered built-in wine cellars in basements, Luxeme’s capabilities extend far beyond kitchens. As they should, the

company’s 32 staff — four in-house kitchen designers and a plethora of the best carpenters, CNC operators, painters and more — embrace Kam’s corporate culture where quality of work, respect for customers and a bold approach to design reign.

“No challenge is too big for us,” Kam affirms. “You can find 10,000 cabinet makers in town who can do the job, but we listen and we col laborate with our clients. We bring what they expect to the table: har mony and balance in our relationships and in our beautiful designs.”

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When it comes to your home, the kitchen is truly where it all happens. Wondering how to update this special space? Here’s what’s trending in the heart of the home.

There are few things we love more than outfitting our kitchens with the latest and greatest, but it’s not always easy to know what will stand the test of time and what’s merely a fad that will burn out before we know it. The thing is, no one wants to invest in trends that don’t have staying power. And since it’s the most coveted room in our residence — the kitchen is certainly the heart of the home — investing more in the place where we spend so much time and energy just feels right.

So, what should we be looking at when it comes to equipping and furnishing our most utilized room? We brought in a professional. Danielle Paul, an Alberta-based designer and the president at Designer’s Edge Group of Companies, who shared a few of the top kitchen trends to pay attention to. If you’re renovating or redecorating, or simply looking to add a little love to your space, give these three a try.

KEEP SMALL APPLIANCES DISCREET.

Easy-to-use appliances that don’t get in the way are popular. And hiding these appliances is even more trendy. “It’s no secret that small appliances, like microwaves, are not loved by designers — myself included,” says Paul. “While I love the practicality of them, the designer in me wants them hidden, purely because they can take away from the luxury look and feel of a kitchen.” Enter Signature Kitchen Suite’s Microwave Oven Drawer. “This works really well — the appliance is built alongside cabinetry, flush against the wall, so it blends into the elegance of the rest of the kitchen space,” she explains. “The drawer allows us to place this appliance in the island and it operates like a drawer where you can access the microwave from top-down instead of straight on.” Concealing smaller appliances creates more counter space, and that’s always a plus.

CHOOSE PANELS AND COLUMNS.

“Panelled appliances are top of mind for the kitchen, ensuring the kitchen is cohesive and feels timeless,” Paul says. These are one of the biggest kitchen trends right now and panelled appliances aren’t going anywhere. “Signature Kitchen Suite appliances fall beautifully into trends we’re seeing in kitchen design. The line offers fully customized panelled appliances, as well as column-style appliances, which are also popular choices for kitchens today.” Not only are there panelled refrigerators and freezers, but there’s also even a panel-ready Signature Kitchen Suite PowerStream Dishwasher, which fits seamlessly into a modern kitchen. “I love that there are a variety of options to choose from. For example, when it comes to wine fridges, Signature Kitchen Suite offers several options, including the 18-inch Integrated Column Wine Refrigerator and the 30-inch Integrated Column Refrigerator. These appliances give a cohesive, luxurious feel to any kitchen,” she says.

GIVE INDUCTION A TRY.

There continues to be a growing interest in induction ranges, and for good reason: Induction ovens and stovetops cook more precisely than gas or electric, plus they make prep time quicker and cleanup time easier. “Signature Kitchen Suite’s 48-inch Dual-Fuel Pro Range with Built-In Sous Vide and Induction is one of my favourites,” says Paul. “It has a two-zone induction so you can really get instant temperatures and precision control but have the flexibility of using gas when you want to, and the built-in sous vide, an industry first, is a game changer.” The entire line of Signature Kitchen Suite appliances truly delivers on luxury, design, precision, and performance, and demonstrates a respect for food for the home chef. Find out more about this premium line at signaturekitchensuite.com.

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A CENTURY IN FASHION

A CENTURY IN FASHION

Beker Fashions is an institution in the Canadian fashion industry. In its nearly 100 years, the luxury evening wear designer and manufacturer is thriving, thanks to its exceptional knowledge of dressing today’s modern woman.

Beker Fashions is an institution in the Canadian fashion industry. In its nearly 100 years, the luxury evening wear designer and manufacturer is thriving, thanks to its exceptional knowledge of dressing today’s modern woman.

It’s not every day a Canadian company celebrates its 99th year in business. Since 1923, Beker Fashions has made a name for itself as one of Canada’s most respected manufacturers of luxury evening wear — think red-carpet affairs, mother-of-the-wedding dresses and special event garments — Beker Fashions has been a mainstay in Toronto’s fashion industry, weathering the difficult times, including COVID-19. The company produces its collections — Frascara and Audrey+Brooks — in Toronto and sells to boutiques across Canada, the United States, and most recently in Mexico. It’s a business built on family, understanding the customer, and one that celebrates creating high-quality pieces using luxury fabrics and exceptional craftsmanship.

and suits were a little more forgiving in their fit. That still runs through the company’s DNA today. The Frascara collection continues with the same philosophy. We understand how a woman’s body shifts as they age, so our styles are designed to both flatter and fit. It is a winning combination of contemporary styling with exceptional form.”

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It’s not every day a Canadian company celebrates its 99th year in business. Since 1923, Beker Fashions has made a name for itself as one of Canada’s most respected manufacturers of luxury evening wear — think red-carpet affairs, mother-of-the-wedding dresses and special event garments — Beker Fashions has been a mainstay in Toronto’s fashion industry, weathering the difficult times, including COVID-19. The company produces its collections — Frascara and Audrey+Brooks — in Toronto and sells to boutiques across Canada, the United States, and most recently in Mexico. It’s a business built on family, understanding the customer, and one that celebrates creating high-quality pieces using luxury

The company’s story begins with Sam Kayman, a Jewish immigrant from Poland who came to Canada at the age of 16 to escape a difficult life in Europe. His goal was to make some money to send back home to his family. He began working in the garment industry on Spadina Avenue, in Toronto’s Fashion District. “He developed his skills as a cutter and sewer. It wasn’t too long before Sam was able to bring his brother over from Europe and they decided to go into business together,” says Ron Beker, president of Beker Fashions and Sam’s grandson. “Together, under the name Kayman Dresses, they produced outfits that were geared to middle-aged women. The dresses

and suits were a little more forgiving in their fit. That still runs through the company’s DNA today. The Frascara collection continues with the same philosophy. We understand how a woman’s body shifts as they age, so our styles are designed to both flatter and fit. It is a winning combination of contemporary styling with exceptional form.”

In 1952, Sam’s daughter, Simmie, met and married Abby Beker, a holocaust survivor from Lithuania. “My father ended up joining the business in 1953 and my grandfather took a step back.” says Ron. Abby Beker was a born salesman who wore a suit and tie to the office every day. He had a great love of the business, which he ran with great fervour until 2013. Ron joined the company in 1980. He explains, “We survived and thrived well in Canada, with its focus on domestic business. We were at the higher end of the market so we could afford local labour and production. We kept our head above water during difficult times and always managed to design and manufacture in Toronto,” says Ron.

The business has continued to attract family. Kelly Beker is Ron’s daughter and the company’s chief brand officer. She says, “It’s a really exciting time for our brands as we are size-inclusive, manufactured locally with minimal textile waste and promote slow fashion, which has never mattered more than it does today.”

In 1952, Sam’s daughter, Simmie, met and married Abby Beker, a holocaust survivor from Lithuania. “My father ended up joining the business in 1953 and my grandfather took a step back.” says Ron. Abby Beker was a born salesman who wore a suit and tie to the office every day. He had a great love of the business, which he ran with great fervour until 2013. Ron

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Frascara and Audrey + Brooks, are the company’s main focus. Frascara has been around since 1993, and it’s devel oped into a trusted name in specialoccasion wear. The Frascara name was created to incorporate

the two designers, Francesca Mammoliti and Sarah Polster, who worked together until 2013. When Sarah was ready to retire, her daughter Cindy Fine stepped in to co-design the line with Francesca, who has been at the company since 1988. Only the finest fabrics are used for these gowns, and customers benefit from its modern and feminine style. The Audrey+Brooks label was established in 2021 and designed by Francesca Mam moliti. “It has a designer fit, but it’s still size inclusive,” says Ron. Prior to this collection, Wayne Clark designed for his own label at Beker Fashions for 10 years. “Wayne Clark was a force in Canada’s fashion industry and it was an honour to produce his collection,” Ron says. After his retirement the company continues to sell Wayne’s legacy styles.

Currently, Frascara and Audrey+Brooks create two collec tions per year. Retailers visit the showroom in Toronto or New York and place their orders. Garments are put into production and shipped out to boutiques across North America. “If a wom an goes into a store and loves one of our dresses but doesn’t like it in emerald green, for example, the store can pull out our swatch card and she can order it in one of 20 colour options,” Ron says. “And if she has specific measurements, we can let out the waist or drop the neckline, etc. This kind of serviceability has given us a huge special-order business.”

Now that weddings and events are back and booming, Beker Fashions has been busier than ever. What’s more, the company is now servicing Mexico. “Launching in the Mexican market has been exciting — it’s so nice to see how the Frascara brand has been received in a new country,” says Kelly. “We’re even see ing younger women in Mexico buying the collection for proms and special events. We are a luxurious brand with impeccable

quality, but our price point is attainable. They also like that we’re manufactured in Canada as younger consumers care about where their clothing comes from and how it is made.”

Not only has Beker Fashions always empha sized having close relationships with custom ers, but it has also retained much of its talent over the past 99 years. “Our employees are loyal and multigenerational; the average staff member has been with us for 25 or 30 years. Fatima Ferreira, head of our cutting-room department, is celebrating her 50th year with us. She’s been here longer than me, starting when she was 15,” Ron says proudly. “Our production manager, Suzette Pacecho, Fatima’s niece, has been with the company for more than 30 years.”

Today, the company is poised to con tinue dominating boutiques across North America. The designers are working on Fall/Winter 2023 and next year, Beker Fashions will celebrate its centennial. “We’ve succeeded because we really try to stay in our lane. People know us for mother-of-the-wedding dresses and red-carpet events, and we haven’t strayed from that in all these years,” Ron says. It is a tremendous achievement for the Beker family to be in business all these years. There has always been an abundance of pride in the company — pride in its brands, in their skilled employees, in being a distinguished Cana dian fashion business, and in the generations that have carried the company forward. Let’s hope the next century for Beker Fashions means continued momen tum, inspiring consumers and industry alike to support the wave of slow fashion.

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Alois Lageder harnesses biodynamic practices to perpetuate and fulfilL its family’s legacy of Italian wine.

Beehives, chickens and purple artichoke flowers. Fresh garlic, piglets and clusters of green grapes — all create a smattering of snapshots captured on Instagram in tiny framed squares. They’re picturesque. They’re perfect. They’re life at Alois Lageder Vineyards. And when all combined, they make up a reality that spans across 135 acres of land and is a family legacy steeped in winemaking for almost 200 years.

“Alois Lageder was founded in 1823,” says Helena Lageder, the head of marketing and communication and export manager for Alois Lageder. She and her brother Clemens are the family’s sixth generation winemakers and together they oversee the present and future of the Lageder business. “The winery is lead and managed by the family’s sixth generation and carries on a tradition, which goes back more than two centuries,” she affirms.

Roots of the Lageder tradition can be traced back to Johann Lageder, who started it all as a wine merchant in Bolzano, Italy. Later, and after acquiring a number of vineyards, Johann’s successors began producing their own wine to sell. Then, in 1934, Alois III, the great-grandson of Johann, purchased the Löwengang wine estate in Magrè, in the Southern part of Alto Adige, Italy. With the support of small winegrowers who initially supplied him with grapes, Alois III was able to develop, nurture and grow the first wines under what has since become the world-renowned Alois Lageder label.

“By embracing experimentation and the power of innovation, we have created a place to explore the region’s diverse potential,” explains Helena. She is, of course, referring to the company’s perpetual exploration of the Alto Adige’s variety of climates. How the landscape, comprised of cool and warm air, soil, water and rocks, all play into grape growing and winemaking. “We are connected to nature,” she adds. “It challenges us to adapt to it, to take risks, to persevere and to allow it time to do its work.” Work, which is well grounded in the company’s belief in and use of biodynamics.

Derived from the Greek words “bios” and “dinamikòs,” biodynamics means life and movement. It

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is also a holistic practice, a philosophy developed at the turn of the 20th century by the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Farmers worldwide have since embraced the philosophy, including those who tend the Alois Vineyards and implemented the biodynamics practice in the 1990s.

“The anthroposophical view is that a farm is an enclosed microcosm containing a variety of plants and animals,” says Helena. “A cultural landscape, too, is a closed system involving the soil, plants and nature. Our objective as wine growers is to maintain and develop this complex ecosystem.”

Practically speaking, this means that Alois Lageder does not use chemicals or synthetic products such as herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and mineral fertilizers for their plants’ growth and protection. Rather, the company promotes biodiversity by sowing ground-cover plants and planting shrubs and fertilizing the soil with compost. Additionally, the winery has zero carbon production. Instead, they pack cow horns with manure and then bury them underground for the winter. Once the ground thaws and spring arrives, the horns are dug back up, the manure is mixed with water and the solution is sprayed across the land. As for the cows and chickens featured on Instagram, they help fertilize the soil, while keeping weeds at bay. “All these measures lead to improved soil quality and vine fertility,” confirms Helena. “Our objective has always been to develop and maintain a natural cycle.” Later, once the vines have been harvested and the bottles have been filled with each Classical Grape Variety, Composition and Masterpiece wine’s vibrant, fresh and crisp flavour, they are placed deep within the cellar to age. Through this legacy of tradition paired with the future of innovation, Alois Lageder has mastered both experience and patience to create a unique viticulture.

“These influences are connected to each other and are the expression of the quality and special characteristic of our wines,” adds Helena. “In this sense, we direct all our efforts, in order to reach a balance between all elements as well as a dynamic improvement.”

By embracing experimentation and the power of innovation, we have created a place to explore the region’s diverse potential. ”

SUSTAINED SUCCESS

Markville Carpets + Flooring certainly walks the walk and talks the talk when it comes to providing clients with everything they need.

The best way to approach a full-scale renovation is to ensure you choose tried-and-true experts with a long history of helping clients attain their dream home. When it comes to flooring, a step in the right direction is to partner with profes sionals who have an unbeatable reputation offering standout service for more than four decades. The three-part management team at Markville Carpets + Flooring describe themselves as very hands-on owners/operators who successfully manage all aspects of the business while ensuring excellent customer service is at the pinnacle of the entire client experience. “We are pleased to offer our clients a complete turnkey experience when shopping for floor coverings. Markville offers a collaborative approach to our clients with all our team members working to gether to provide the absolute best customer service,” says Perry Galanis. Thanks to their low-key approach, unwavering desire

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FLOOR COVERINGS. MARKVILLE OFFERS A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO OUR CLIENTS WITH ALL OUR

TEAM MEMBERS WORKING TOGETHER TO PROVIDE THE ABSOLUTE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE.”

to provide triple-A service, achieving and surpass ing expectations since 1980 has inevitably made the Markham location a go-to design centre for designers and homeowners alike. Using the barometer, “Would I accept it in my own house?” is the standard they have set for themselves and one of the many reasons behind their success.

The management trio, which includes Hessam Ghazanfari and Ryan Miranda, seem to have come about their industry expertise in a similar way — by beginning their journey in floor coverings early on in their careers. Master carpet installer Galanis started as an installer’s helper during summers while in high school, and after graduating from Seneca College with a business degree, he returned to the flooring industry and never looked back. “I started the same way as Perry, working in the summers as an installer’s helper throughout my years in college and it is pretty much the only job I have ever had,” says Hessam Ghazanfari.

With floor coverings in its DNA, Markville carries all major name brands, from Mercier hardwood floors to Shaw carpet, offering a vast selection of carpet, hardwood flooring, luxury vinyl plank, laminate and sheet vinyl, with anywhere from 20 to 30 reputable suppliers in the showroom at any given time. “We have everything, from high-end and mid-range to low-end,” says Galanis. “We can hit all budgets.”

Carrying the latest styles and colours from all leading manufacturers, Markville is constantly ex panding its product offerings, which include the latest trends, colours as well as ensuring proper installation and finishing processes. “From the showroom to the home, we always do what we say we are going to do and stand behind what we supply and install,” says Galanis.

The no-pressure sales approach in the bright, comfortable showroom is further enhanced with deep product knowledge and an earnest approach to understanding their customers’ needs to make the best product suggestions. “We ask a lot of questions in

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order to get our head around the project,” says Galanis. Even designers who have an understanding of the different fabrics and fibres in floor coverings and know the look they want to achieve benefit from their expertise before selecting the proper flooring. “It’s function first, as our job is to always make sure that what the designer wants will be functional in a particular space of the home,” confirms Galanis.

The community-based company supports several charities locally and internationally, including youth sports teams, Evergreen Hospice as well as a blind children’s camp in the Philippines. “We are blessed to give back and donate to whatever we feel is a good charity,” says Ghazanfari.

Over the years, Markville Flooring has received numerous consum er choice and reader’s choice awards, and after four decades, the trio is thrilled to be opening a second location in Toronto this fall. A stun ning, brand-new fully loaded, state-of-the-art showroom, catering

to all budget levels, is slated to open in mid-to-late October. Consid ering the influx of Toronto designers and homeowners travelling to Markham over the years, this second showroom is welcome news and another milestone for the company. “We are looking forward to becoming part of the Toronto community,” says Galanis, which will carry all the same brands in a very curated design centre.

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THE AESTHETIC ALCHEMIST

Designer Vanessa Ferro knows how to blend century-old style with modern-day luxury for everyday living.

“My design specialty is creating a century-old feel or reimagining an existing one,” says Vanessa Ferro, the owner and principal designer for her eponymous design company at 90 Lakeshore Road West in downtown Oakville, Ont. Ferro’s coveted for it, too. The one part architectural-history buff, another part world traveller and third part designer is renowned for her mix-mastering touch, bringing layers of texture and dramatic tension along with comfort and luxury into every home. “I appreciate the architecture, the crown mouldings, ceiling medallions and other Old-World details,” adds Ferro. “I respect time periods and a house’s bones, but a home doesn’t have to be stuffy or untouchably ‘magazine ready’ to be beautiful. It’s not how we live.”

It’s this philosophy Ferro’s clients desire. Predominantly living in centuries-old mansions, farmhouses and cottages, clients prefer her timeless vintage and contemporary-chic aesthetic to the please-look-but-don’t-touch museum quality often associated with historic homes. Never mind that her design style is oh-so lovely. With Ferro at the helm, you’ll find sparkling antique chandeliers hanging above worn, wooden kitchen tables. Oversized white, fireclay farmhouse sinks punctuated with the perfect patina of unlacquered brass hardware. Cozy cushioned window seats dotted with French-country

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fabric-covered throw pillows. Lush jewel-toned, custom-made wing chairs nestled within rooms wrapped in the most luxurious and unique wallcov erings. Ferro doesn’t miss a beat. Every space is well thought out, layered and crafted with the personalities of both the home and the homeowner in mind. It’s this aesthetic that has earned her a reputation as both an expert with deep-rooted knowledge of historic homes and as a tastemaker with one-of-a-kind decor and furnishing finds at her fingertips. “I love finding and sharing beautiful things with people,” affirms Ferro. “Curating and handpicking architectural salvage and unique home decor pieces doesn’t feel like work.” It does, however, require hours dedicated to unearthing the right pair of vintage monkey sconces, velvet sofas, and artwork featuring antique etchings and more — it’s a shopping technique Ferro describes

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as searching “for just the right mix of the new and the old.” Some treasures are found in Toronto stores while others are found on forays, traipsing through London, Paris and New Orleans, to name a few of her favourite cities.

Recently, while on a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Ferro discovered a local artist whose series of whitewash-framed, paintembellished European Vogue covers became a must-have purchase. The dozen she carefully packed and brought back with her are now showcased alongside other rare finds in her newly opened store, The Boutique at Vanessa Ferro Design. Conveniently located on the main floor, steps above the Vanessa Ferro Design studio, this entrance into Ferro’s world, features exotic wallpapers and everything from Sicilian orange-scented hand soap and perfumed Parisian candles to an assort ment of pillows under Ferro’s own label, each one custom-sewn from a favourite fabric pulled from her personal collection. All combined,

the store is a co-mingling of Ferro’s best pieces and a sneak peek inside her imagination with all its design possibilities.

“The Boutique is like a business card, really. It advertises my work. People can see me, who I am and what I can do,” says Ferro. “Down stairs in the design studio is where it all comes to life. It’s where I get to conjure up ideas for my next project. I just love spending time down there…and why not?” she asks, laughing. “What’s better than designing people’s dreams?”

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PEACE OF MIND IN A D.I.Y. WORLD

When should you lean on experts to help you plan? Here’s what financial expert Libby Wildman learned when she took her children on vacation.

Travelling to new countries is a lot like the ups and downs of life and managing our life’s expectations.

I recently took my three oversized toddlers (ages 21, 25 and 26) to Spain for eight days. It was our first trip together in years and I was desperate to have everything go smoothly. I started to plan the trip with the hope of finding the perfect spots and the most fun guides; I went to Trip Advisor to find super-cool experiences that we would all enjoy — a tall order, given, like all families, we are all completely different people who happen to like and love each other and are from the same clan.

We all love eclectic places to stay as opposed to five-star hotels, so I invested a number of hours looking at home-rental apps and I

started to get overwhelmed. How will I possibly make all the right decisions, know that I am not being scammed and feel comfortable if something goes wrong, I have a good back-up plan? Questions like COVID-19 rules, minimum stays and which neighbourhoods we wanted to be in were daunting. I finally had an epiphany.

There are people who create and curate trips for just this sort of occasion and reason. I wondered how much that would cost me. Will they understand my tastes and the likes and personalities of my kids?

I reached out to a friend who works at Truffle Pig and got intro duced to their Spanish expert, a gentleman named Sebastian. I then made sure to take the time to describe all of us, what we like, what

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kind of food we eat, how we prefer kitschy over five-star hotels, and that adventure and being in nature was a must. Then we got to the money part. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be a “big enough” client to warrant Sebastian’s attention and hard work planning this important family trip.

I realized that without being honest about my budget and where I was willing to spend more (such as tickets to the Real Madrid game!), he couldn’t possibly plan a trip I would be comfortable with. Import ant information on things like wanting an apartment and not a hotel, so that I could be under one roof with my kids and not have to meet

in the lobby to see them came out as Sebastian was very thorough in asking the right questions and getting to know us.

I started to think that my experience was so similar to what my clients and potential clients must go through when choosing who they should trust when it comes to looking after their family’s financial needs. It’s a decision that should create peace of mind. The people and firms that grow and invest your money, which represents your future, should be investing time in getting to know you on many different levels. The firm you choose and how your financial house is handled and what advice is given and acted upon, will shape and change your future. The managing of your portfolio will drive what you can or want to do with your financial resources. This is a huge and hopefully long-term decision and relationship.

So how do you know if you are the type of investor who should reach out and interview people to be your expert or continue to do the work yourself? Do you have a DIY resource pool of great writ ers to use for your own research and resources? Do you subscribe to paid research papers by those who write about the markets and the economy and dedicate time every day reading them? (P.S. Your local paper is not a legitimate source of the non-biased news and research you need.)

I find that many very smart people tend to stick to their lane — they recognize what they are good at and enjoy and delegate the rest. If this is you, you may feel overwhelmed like I did about taking care of things on your own, and just need to find a firm you can trust and will put your worries and needs at ease.

Do you love stock picking, are doing well and can afford to lose some money? Maybe try a Robo firm. It also does not have to be an all-or-nothing decision. When your money’s growth is a “big deal” and it’s important for your way of life, retirement or long-term goals, it may be best to find a fiduciary firm that suits you and stay in the game by investing 10 percent of your money on your own. Knowing your limitations and comfort is crucial. Involving your kids with the 10 percent, plus the money professionally managed, will create connection and learning with your kids, no matter how old they may be.

I ultimately chose to use the experts for my planning, knowing that my needs were being taken care of before and during the vaca tion. During the trip was the best part of their exceptional service and knowledge. The ease I felt and the decrease in stress, was what I was looking for and got. Trusting experts has its perks.

Wildman is Head of Wealth Advisory at the Toronto-based investment firm Davis Rea and the founder of Liminal Escapes creative curated retreats.

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SIPPING SOMETHING SPECIAL.

Courtesy of its warm and sun-drenched climate, the South of France is synonymous with vineyards overflowing with plump and flavourful grapes. Stomped and aged, the exquisite fruit is transformed into white and red wines that are poured into empty glasses, lifted, swirled and sni ed, then clinked across tables with a shared nod and a “santé” before being savoured and deemed “magnifique.” As they should be, too, particularly when their bottles brandish the Brumont label.

A family name, Brumont wine has, one could say, been a part of French culture since 1836 when the first stone was marked and placed in the creation of what would become the label’s landmark, Château Bouscassé.

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In 1979, with visions of excellence and innovation, Alain Brumont stepped into the brand’s role of vintner. A year later, he expanded both his journey into creating world-class wine and his father’s estate with the purchase of Château Montus. Today, 76-year-old Alain Brumont is a legend within the industry, his company boasting two vineyards in southwest France, both with diverse terroirs, grapes and bottles. “At Château Bouscassé, the diversity of clay terroirs produces deep, elegant and complex wines, with roundness and subtle tannins,” explains Antoine Veiry, the current owner of Alain Brumont and stepson of its founder. “At Château Montus, river stone terroirs create elegant wines with freshness and a long finish. It is on this kind of soil that the best aging potential cuvées are developed.”

Soil that is carefully tended to, never trod on with machines or vehicles, shares space with bugs and birds and is often dug deep into to plant saplings or place pieces of wood to protect the vines and their growing grapes. It’s a technique the label employs to help preserve the biodiversity of the land its vineyards grow upon, complete with access to natural sunlight, flora and fauna. At the foresight of Alain Brumont, who believed that if trees could grow organically then so could grapes, all chemical sprays and pesticides were halted in 1985, allowing the grapes to flourish naturally. This, along with the brand’s wood-to-vine process, is part and parcel of what makes the Madiran region unique in its grape production. “One wood, one vine is the watchword of the team and the most powerful advantage for growing vineyards in the region,” a rms Veiry. “As we have the chance to grow the vines on the slopes, we can have a purity of soils by adding a tree to a vine planted, protecting and sharing resources such as nutrients, water, sun and shadow.”

Each row of vines is purposefully planted 20 centimetres apart using just one cane for bunches, not the typical two. Additionally, instead of the standard 15 bunches per cane, a mere five to seven bunches are encouraged, forcing all the vine’s energy and growth to go directly to the grapes. It’s just another way Alain Brumont adapted his vineyards to benefit from the Madiran region and its central position between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. “This richness of soils and this complexity of terroir bring balanced, complex and structured wines,” Veiry says. “With this influence from the mountains and the ocean, the sloping lands of Madiran have di erent expositions from south to north and east to west allowing the vines to fully develop.” Successfully developed, too, with undisputed tannins and flavour. With approximately 30 bottles combined, the label o ers everything from Château Bouscassé Vieilles Vignes’ rich and spicy blackberry aromatic red to Château Montus’ creamy and energetic

and longtime favourites alongside the Château Montus Cuvée Prestige 1985, Château Montus La Tyre

to 150 Euros per bottle. “Alain Brumont, visionary and perfectionist by dint of research and innovation,

Veiry. “He has established much more than a brand or a concept. He has created an iconic Brumont taste.”

apricot-fuelled white. Both are award-winning and Château Montus Dry White. Prices range from 40 has created wines of very high quality,” adds
“HE HAS ESTABLISHED MUCH MORE THAN A BRAND OR A CONCEPT. HE HAS CREATED AN ICONIC BRUMONT TASTE.”
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A TASTE OF LUXURY

To celebrate the launch of The Imperial, a luxury venue set to open in 2023, event planners, media, content creators and fashion industry influencers gathered at the chic Hazelton Hotel to experience a feast for the senses.

Guests mingled while enjoying Champagne, Imperial martinis, seafood towers, canapes and caviar, while listening to a live DJ playing Imperial-inspired music. The evening concluded with an exclusive look at renderings of the renovated venue spaces.

“We are excited to give our guests the opportunity to experience first-hand all that The Imperial will offer,” Rino Perruzza, proprietor of The Imperial told party-goers. “We are more energized than ever to bring this level of opulence and glamour to every Imperial experience when we open early next year.”

The venue is a decommissioned historic church located in Forest Hill and is currently undergoing a transformative renovation that will preserve its distinctive architectural features and create unique spaces to allow for many upscale experiences under one luxury brand.

The Imperial is set to open in spring of 2023. Follow @theimperialto on Instagram for updates and visit theimperialto.com to book your event in 2023.

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of SickKids Foundation gathered in the spirit of giving and the excitement of a Nashville theme to raise funds for a brand-new facility.

Scrubs in the City raised over $1,000,000 to support Canada’s first Cellular Therapy Facility at Toronto’s renowned Hospital for Sick Children. This firstof-its-kind facility in Canada will provide life-changing treatments that will allow SickKids to harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer and other diseases using patients’ cells. Living Luxe was honoured to participate in this truly spectacular night.

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Christine Rezvanian Fashion 1. SCRUBS IN THE CITY PERFORMER. 2. LEFT TO RIGHT: ANTHONY SIRIANNI, JENNIFER LIPKOWITZ, A. PEROUZI. 3. LEFT TO RIGHT: JOAN KELLEY WALKER AND CHRISTINE REZVANIAN. 4. SCRUBS IN THE CITY COMMITTEE (LEFT TO RIGHT): CANDICE SINCLAIR, LARYSSA MCCLUER, LUCINDA KOGAN, MOLLY FITZPATRICK, SUZANNE ROGERS, SYLVIA MANTELLA, HOLLY MIKLAS, VIVIAN GREENBERG, JULIE CROSSLAND, ROMELIA DILAWRI AND JULIA MORDINI. 5. LILY LI. Friends and supporters
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This year’s All-Star Gala in Support of SickKids was a resounding success, thanks to all who attended and selflessly donated to an incredible cause.

Oh, what a night! I was excited and very honoured to walk the runway for the All-Star Gala in Support of SickKids celebrity fashion show this year. (Kudos to Jason Cameron of Toronto Fash ion Academy, who curated this year’s fashion show.) The theme was the Olympic Games, and the show was hosted by Tyrone Edwards and attended by numer ous olympians, athletes, sports stars, sports media personalities, celebrities and politicians includ ing our Mayor John Tory. The live entertainment, open bar and a silent auction made for a mem orable and fun night. More than 1,400 guests showed up to the Toronto Event Centre in support

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1. JOAN KELLEY WALKER. 2. HARJAS SINGH. 3. BACK ROW: MAYOR JOHN TORY, JAMES BLACKBURN AND CAM HEALY. FRONT: CHARLIE THOMAS. 4. LEFT TO RIGHT: RAANA KALPAKJI, A. PEROUZI, JENNIFER LIPKOWITZ AND ANTHONY SIRIANNI. 5. MILLIE DAVIS AND CHLOE WILDE.
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of a great cause. The evening was a huge success, raising more than $85,000 to support congenital heart disease research within the Labatt Family Health Centre at SickKids. Important work is being done through these gatherings and so many people are involved. This event would not have been possible without the dedication of the volunteers, sponsors, donors and attendees. It is beautiful to see how people come together to truly support children and their families facing congenital heart failure. This work needs continued support and events like the All-Star Gala create the awareness about what is needed and how we can help. I love to hear the stories of these special children, who only wish to grow up to have big dreams filled with hope, joy and love.

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Brian Gluckstein and Richard Wengle.

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Richard Wengle and Brian Gluckstein are household names, and for good reason — both excel at their respective craft s. When they came up as a duo to grace the cover of our annual Design issue, we couldn’t have been more enthusiastic — Wengle and Gluckstein are impressive enough for their own covers, but we loved the idea of combining these collaborative geniuses and telling their story — as only lifestyle editor Jeanne Beker can — together. Here’s what the pair told us about their backgrounds, their passions and their extraordinary careers.

It’s not often that you encounter a duo that makes you feel as though you’re getting a warm hug and a brain massage at the same time. But that’s exactly the feeling I got spending a cozy hour conversing with two of Canada’s most successful and beloved design experts — architect Richard Wengle and interior designer Brian Gluckstein. The affable pair, who have collaborated on dozens of residential

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projects together, are lifelong pals, initially meeting when they were just seven or eight. They grew up in the same North York neighbourhood, attended the same public school and rubbed shoulders at the Richmond Hill Golf Club as kids. Even now, they live a block away from each other in Forest Hill. It’s obviously a match made in design heaven. And being on the same “design page” has made for both personal and professional joy, to say nothing of all their satisfied clients who, thanks to Brian and Richard, have a new appreciation for what great design entails.

It doesn’t take long to understand why these two vi sionaries are able to work together as well as they do: They both come to their respective crafts with an enormous amount of respect for each other’s talents and are adamant about both inspiring and pleasing their clients. And the like-minded design partners share values, insights and philosophies that enable them to finish each other’s sen tences. “I think that we have a real and uncompromising passion for design. And I think that has attracted the same client. The client who really wants a fabulous house archi tecturally also wants a fabulous interior,” explains Brian.

Originality and informed design references are what both these creative forces pride themselves on. And their seasoned, critical eyes have given them very specific points of view that have resulted in making their brands house hold names for upscale homeowners. It’s been decades of

hard work, of course, that have helped grow their business es into luxury brands. But their unerring focus and drive is evidently based on the fact that they both knew what they wanted to do from a very young age. “It started as a child really, always building things,” reflects Richard. “And I loved construction. But then I started watching every thing get built. I just watched buildings from the ground up. I was fascinated by that.” Though he was groomed to be a doctor, he was determined to pursue his own dreams, eventually studying architecture at the University of Toronto. “I also loved art, art history, all the things that contribute to architecture. It's an all-encompassing profes sion. It's not just about design and technicalities — there’s law, there's philosophy,” he says.

Brian’s path was apparent from an early age, too. His parents owned a furniture business when he was grow ing up, so it’s no surprise he found his calling with ease. “I'll never forget there was a very dear friend of my father's who made mattresses and upholstered furniture, and this man would go to Europe and get all the Italian design magazines, ones that you couldn't buy in Canada,” Brian reminisces. “And he would give my father stacks of them to give to me. I don't know how he knew that these maga zines would appeal to me. But I loved them! I loved looking at the interiors. They were so adventurous, so modern and so cutting-edge.” Brian’s sister was also studying interior

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I THINK THAT WE HAVE A REAL AND UNCOMPROMISING PASSION FOR DESIGN. AND I THINK THAT HAS ATTRACTED THE SAME CLIENT. THE CLIENT WHO REALLY WANTS A FABULOUS HOUSE ARCHITECTURALLY ALSO WANTS A FABULOUS INTERIOR.
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89 Avenue PH Interior Living and Terrace Architecture by Richard Wengle Interior design by Brian Gluckstein Image by Pureblink and Armour Heights Developments

design before him at the former Ryerson University (now Toronto Metropolitan University). He became very in trigued with all her projects and remembers sitting in bed at night poring over the stacks of international design publications.

It was shortly after graduating from his Ryerson design studies that Brian ran into Richard again. The two hadn’t really seen one another since high school. And somehow, they knew they were destined to work together. Their mu tual appreciation for both architectural and design history and details served as a rich backdrop for their compelling collaborations, and both concur that they’re only getting better with age. “You never stop learning,” states Richard. “And things that you maybe saw 10 years ago, you look at them differently, maybe in a little more educated and sea soned way, because you just keep owning the skill. And it's amazing what your brain and your hand and your eye can do.”

Gaining confidence with age is also something that’s served both Richard and Brian well. Life experience is something that figures greatly for both men in terms of giving them a frame of reference. Some of the best ed ucation comes from their many global travels, when they’re exposed to monumental historical design. “It’s that knowledge of history that allows you to do things, wheth er they're traditional or modern, because there's propor tion, there's detail or scale that you can only do well if you understand the history of design and architecture. Unfortunately, a lot of the schools are not teaching that. But there is an appetite for design. Richard and I are very similar in that when we go and travel, Richard will come back with thousands of pictures of details of the buildings and doors and balconies and railings and I’ll do the same thing.”

Richard is quick to show me a photo he just snapped a few days earlier in Italy, of the detailed base of a Roman column. “Gorgeous, isn't it? Yeah, that's probably from 300 BC. And the security guard who was guarding this display said: “What are you doing?” as I was shooting this thing,” he laughs. “And I said, ‘We don’t’ have this stuff at home!’ I took about 8,000 pictures over the last two weeks,” boasts Richard.

Brian admits he’s also constantly photographing design details that help plant seeds of inspiration for many of the team’s projects. “We just did a project in Palm Beach and I had photographed an old mosaic floor in the antiquities department at the Metropolitan Museum,” shares Brian.

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“It was mosaic in black and white, and the floor is thousands of years old. And we reproduced it for this bathroom in Palm Beach and it looks so modern! And people walk in and go “Oh wow! It's so cool.” I'm like, 'Yeah, that design is 3,000 years old!' But it’s black and white and modern and cool. And they can't believe it. And that's what gives soulfulness to design.”

Context and interpretation are key to individual expression and great style, and both Richard and Brian delight in playing with juxtaposition and mixing eras. Lightening up the heavi ness of architecture with the freshness of modern furniture is also something that has great appeal. But as much as these two are kindred spirits when it comes to design philosophy, they also realize how different their chosen métiers can be. While architecture has more of a sense of permanence, interior design can be more fleeting and even disposable. “Architecture influ ences the whole neighbourhood,” notes Brian. “Something like an interior, where if you like it, you don't like it — it doesn't matter. Architecture really affects everybody around it. So a building really changes the city.” While one might think that as an interior designer Brian would be consumed with mere decor, he claims he had a sense of the importance of space from early on. “It wasn't just about a drawing. I could visu alize three-dimensionally what a space looked like and how it should function,” he tells me. “And that's why Richard and I collaborate so well, because Richard will come up with the designs and the point of view of the structure of the house. And then he’ll say, ‘Okay, what do you think about the layout?’ And we'll look at the way we're going to furnish it or lay things out and say, ‘Well, what if we open this opening a little bit, and when we move this this way, and what if the kitchen was turned out this way?’”

As with any successful relationship, it’s what the players glean from one another that keeps things fresh and productive. What is it that Richard gets from Brian? “I think Brian presents a certain formality in his planning, which is good because it helps us set up the home,” says Richard. “When I know I'm going to be working with Brian, I know there are things that he'll be looking for that we can automatically start on. It saves a lot of time because I know he has a direction and certain principles that we want to adhere to. And it’s good lessons for architects because interior design is a very complicated disci pline. People just think it's fabric and colour. It's anything but! It's space. It's volume. It's light. So, we’ve had some very, very large projects that we hit 75 to 80 percent on the first shot. When Brian's the interior designer, I feel very good because it means we're on the right path.”

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Princess Margaret Home, Oakhill Interior design by Brian Gluckstein Photography by Angus Fergusson

And what has Brian gleaned from Richard? “He’s one of the only architects in our city, if not our country, who really understands classical detail and proportions,” states Brian. “Because of Richard, I have a completely different eye when it comes to classical detail, and how it can be done in a contemporary way. All the proportions have to be correct. So things aren't chunky, things aren’t stubby. There's a proportion to classical architecture. It's like the human body. And it is that discipline of propor tion and that discipline of those details and why they exist that have helped us because it is translated to all our interiors.”

Still, as classically sound and respectful as all Wengle-Gluckstein residences are, the magic lies in the modernity and soulfulness of what they stand for. But modern design can be hard to define. “So much of mo dernity has roots that are historical,” explains Richard. “Modern design really has roots from beyond and it's just a reinterpretation of older ideas, of something that has been done. Materiality will change, maybe some of the linear proportions for buildings. But much of what we see today just becomes a copy of a copy of a copy,” he says. “I find there is a lot that's being built today that is so of the moment and that is trying too hard,” adds

Brian. “And almost, I don't want to say disposable — but it really is. If you want a modern space, you have to think about how you bring a soulfulness into it? How do you bring a real personality into the space — not a copycat, not something for shock value, not something gimmicky? There is an intrinsic beauty to a space in its simplicity sometimes, and where you mix history in with a modern environment. Because I find a space that is all done ‘of the moment’ to be very soulless and static.” “And the layers are often missing,” says Richard. Ultimately, it’s the kind of design storytelling that Richard and Brian manage to do with their creations — storytelling that’s inspired by history — that serves to both educate and inspire their clients. “You have to re member that in ancient Greece and Rome they had no electricity. They had no artificial light. So, what made those spaces work?” asks Brian. “Well, it was the way they did skylights and domes and the way they placed windows where they did overhangs so the sun didn't cook the space. And when we bring these ideas back to these houses, our clients say, “I just love this environ ment. It’s changed my life! I look at the world differently after I've worked with you guys. I go to places and I never noticed details before. Now, I notice the details.”

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The Home Huckleberry Lane on

Welcome to Bayview Glen, where modern luxury and urban amenities come together in this highly sought-after neighbourhood. This is true opulence.

Tree-lined streets. Large lots. Desirable addresses. An area of prominence. Markham’s Bayview Avenue and Steeles Avenue, affectionately dubbed Bayview Glen, is filled with affluential families and stunning estates. The prestigious neighbour hood is a quick drive from the Bayview Golf & Country Club, one of the nation’s toprated courses, as well as impressive private and public schools, easy access to three of the province’s major 400 highways and all the urban amenities folks look for when searching for their dream home.

The Altona Group, a luxury real estate builder, built and designed this incredible property, which was finished last year. Never

having been lived in, the home on Huckle berry Lane is a palatial 6,200-square-foot (with another 1,300 square feet on the lower level) masterpiece. “This is the perfect home for large families who are looking for space. It’s also suitable for empty nesters enjoying the fine life of retirement. It would make a wonderful space for anyone from entre preneurs looking for a home with style and modern conveniences, to multigenerational families looking to live under the same roof,” says Irina Garanina, the listing agent and a sales representative at Hammond Interna tional Properties.

The expansive lot features a three-car garage and circular drive into the two-storey,

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five-bedroom (plus one) smart home. Altona Group used the highest quality of materials and finishes to outfit the space, including imported marbles, tiles and light fixtures from around the world. The façade is done in stone with a Mansard-style roofline complete with wroughtiron trim. There are incredibly large windows and a double-entry door with an arched-covered entrance leading into the interior, which encapsulates an Art Deco modern feel. “Every time I walk into this house there’s a wow factor,” says Garanina. “Your eyes just light up and you smile when you see this home. You have a joy and appreciation of the work that was done in this space. It’s truly like a piece of art. It’s

like when you go to a gallery and see an incredible work of art. That’s how this house feels.”

The entryway is grand and one of the features you immediately take note of is the use of wood throughout — the natural material shines with a highly lacquered finish in the doorways throughout the main level, the office is clad in wood and the wide-planked floors are gorgeous hardwood. Like wood, metallics are used impeccably in this residence — there’s silver and gold veining through the tiles and marble, giving the estate a more modern feel. “This house really has a great flow. When you step in and go through the whole home,

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everything flows — there’s nothing that feels separate, nothing that feels like it doesn’t fit. Design themes and elements are repeated throughout,” she says.

Not only are there cathedral ceilings with ornate millwork, inte grated light fixtures, heated tiled floors, four fireplaces and an elevator, there’s a wine cellar, 12-seat movie theatre, sauna, gym and steam room on the lower level. Upstairs you’ll find the bedrooms, each with perfect ly appointed ensuites and closets. But when asked what her favourite room in the home is, Garanina doesn’t hesitate: It’s the kitchen. “It’s off-

white with luxe gold finishes, including the faucet and hardware. And the tiles are just spectacular,” she says. “There’s also a separate chef’s prep kitchen and server’s area. There are state-of-the-art Sub-Zero appliances too, including three refrigerators, four dishwashers and three stoves.” The kitchen has a tiered island, granite countertops, a glass-enclosed wine room and a breakfast area with a walkout to the backyard.

“It’s truly a rare find — these kinds of houses in this area don’t come on the market often. It won’t take long for the right buyer to make this house his or her dream home.”

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“ YOUR EYES JUST LIGHT UP AND YOU SMILE WHEN YOU SEE THIS HOME. YOU HAVE A JOY AND APPRECIATION OF THE WORK THAT WAS DONE IN THIS SPACE. IT’S TRULY LIKE A PIECE OF ART.”

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You’ve opened your favourite bottle of red wine, decanted it to breathe and now, you are ready to pour yourself a glass. The burgundy liquid flows smoothly into the bowl, its brilliant colour moving along the sides as you gently swirl it, inhaling its deep scent.

When a membership comes with a built-in sense of community, it’s worth its price in wine.
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Perhaps you smell blackberries, strawberries or cherries, then a hint of rose or vanilla. Lastly, possibly, a waft of oak, coffee or smoke comes through. You take your first sip, rolling it across your tongue to taste all the flavours. It’s an experience, a won derful one with seemingly never-ending options to drink in and enjoy. And perhaps the best part — you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to participate.

“Being a member of a Wine Club is one of the best ways to learn about and experience great wines,” affirms Angela Marotta, who, with her sister Melissa Marotta-Paolicelli, is the co-proprietor of Two Sisters Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. “When we opened in 2014, we knew we wanted to create a wine membership program so that we could create a sense of community and an extended family with other people who love wine like we do.”

In true Two Sisters-style, the two sisters over-delivered on this promise, offering two membership-based Wine Clubs: the VIP, with its open-member policy, and the Cellar240, which caps its membership at its current 240 members. The 1,000+ VIP mem bers receive six bottles of the vineyard’s select red, white and/or rosé wines each quarter.

The Cellar240’s exclusive 240 members are sent an additional six wines — all 12 bottles are red. “Anyone can be a member to both, but we give first priority to join 240 to the people in our VIP club,” says Marotta-Paolicelli. “There is always a wait list, so be ing a VIP member has that extra advantage.” Wine maker Adam Pearce takes this opportunity to create special wines outside of the current portfolio for Wine Club members exclusively that are not available for sale to the general public. This is an exciting col laboration between Adam and the sisters, who take these curated Wine Club exclusive wines very seriously.

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Being a member of a Wine Club is one of the best ways to learn about and experience great wines.”

Advantages to both memberships, however, flow aplenty. Beyond providing award-winning wines to sip and savour each March, June, September and December, the clubs offer a long list of perks that include everything from complimentary wine tastings, invitations to Wine Club exclusive events and access to the Barrel Room or Veranda to host private dinners, to dessert and icewine pairings at the Vineyard’s restaurant Kitchen76 and front-line access to parties and events held at the Estate. They also afford loyalists the comfort of knowing where and what types of grapes are grown and nourished, how the wine is crafted and that each bottle will feature five-star quality and flavour — benefits that come from buying directly from a vineyard.

“But the real beauty of our clubs is the community they bring,” says Marotta-Paolicelli. “Our members say they feel like family, be cause when they come to the Estate for dinner or for any Wine Club

event, they feel a sense of belonging,” adds Marotta. “Our Wine Club concierge Erika Cirocco-Cayouette, events manager Tara Moore, all of our wait staff and entire team know who they are. Our members have relationships with each other and with all of us.”

This personalization is part and parcel of the Two Sisters DNA and is representative of the real-life sisters. With a family-first mentality, they exemplify bonding through homemade Italian food, shared memories and good wine. Trips to Italy inspire new dishes on the restaurant’s menu, wine and food pairings, serving Chardonnays in a wide barrel glass and icewines in a small Grappa glass and more.

“We think outside the box so that we can share different experi ences,” affirms Marotta-Paolicelli. “Everything we do is what we love and enjoy. It’s all very personal to us.” Says Marotta: “We don’t know how to and wouldn’t want to run our Vineyard including our Wine Clubs any other way.”

The real beauty of our clubs is the community they bring. Our members say they feel like family, because when they come to the Estate for dinner or for any Wine Club event, they feel a sense of belonging.”
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designer Marin Zabzuni calls this home an interesting and unique build from conception to completion. The founder and owner of Toronto-based design firm Contempo Studio, Zabzuni met the clients of this remarkable abode when they were recommended by an acquaintance. Fans of Contempo Studio’s work, the homeowners had recently gotten engaged and were looking to upgrade their space and turn it into their forever home. The initial plan was to build an addition onto the house, but knowing they’d hopefully fill their home with children in the future, they opted for a new build altogether. The project evolved into what stands today — a two-storey residence and one of the first few modern homes to be built in this particular pocket of Markham, Ont., which is north of High way 7 between McCowan and Markham Roads. “There were a lot of existing bungalows back in 2017 when we started the design of this house,” says Zabzuni, who brought Zarcon Homes in to work on the build alongside Contempo Studio.

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“Soon, new builds started developing in the neighbourhood and this teardown was one of the first on this street.”

Zabzuni says the homeowners wanted a ful ly modern look and feel, and not only did they want something very chic and contemporary, they also wanted to replicate that Los Angeles vibe in their Ontario suburb. “They really love that atmosphere and wanted to bring that cool feeling here. They’re very passionate people and contributed a lot to the design of the house.”

The first thing you notice when you drive up to the 3,200-square-foot place is the excep tional landscaping, as well as the gorgeous façade Zabzuni designed. “It’s my favourite part of the house. It’s very grand, very lush, elegant and sophisticated,” he says of the large precast stone wall panels and hotel-like smoke-tinted windows. “I also really like the landscaping. It's a mature area and the greenery adds that pop of colour. It feels like a home in Forest Hill — it’s well put togeth er and there was a lot of care and detail to ensure the exterior was very modern and had that California aesthetic.”

The builder and homeowners took the reins when it came to the interior of the house and opted for a black-and-white space with lots of bold brass accents. “There are a lot of little details and they put a lot of love and energy into creating the right ambiance to match the modern LA feel they were going for.” For example, in the powder room, the couple chose onyx vanities that light up and glow,

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creating a moody air. And the heated driveway is done in a herringbone pattern, which adds a touch of richness and whimsy to the exterior. “These are really nice details that elevate and emphasize the house,” he says. The kitchen is done in a modern black-and-white palette with gold accents. An imported leatherette marble with an attention-grabbing texture was used on the wall and countertops, and the wall of black cabinetry is super sleek. There are also big Euro pean sliding doors at the back of the house that go out to the yard to make the transition from indoor to outdoor living more seamless. The back deck features a cantilevered area which offers protection from the elements. Underneath is a charming sitting area with a pizza oven and barbecue — perfect for entertaining.

“We were smart with our architectural and design decisions, and the homeowners love it,” Zabzuni says of the build. “A lot of energy, time and heart went into this project, and the clients, builder and I got to be good friends during this experience, which is always so great.”

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Contemporary abstract artist Darlene Watson knows

no bounds.

Garden flowers in bursts of lilac, green and purple; ocean waves in swirls of turquoise, indigo and white; graphic slashes in thick lines of grey, moss and black are just a few ways to describe the brilliant colours that leap off every canvas contemporary abstract artist Darlene Watson paints. “They’re all abstract, no real objects unless it just happens to look like something, which I find so fascinating,” says Watson. “A lot of my art is like shapes — impressionistic florals, graffiti, free-flowing brush drippings. I just get in there and dig deep and try to let whatever’s inside of me to come out, to have that freedom

of expression.”

Expressions so vivid, so wondrous, that even when they are captured on Instagram’s tiny squares the impact of their magnitude literally takes your breath away. The social media platform is where most of Watson’s work is featured, along with her eponymous website and a handful of prestigious international art gallery websites inclusive of London’s Saatchi Gallery, Singapore and Shanghai’s The Artling, New York City’s 1stdibs Gallery and Pennsylvania’s Zatista Gallery.

“When I first started, a lot of gallery settings seemed like a place to go and

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have wine and cheese and mill about and then go home,” explains Watson. “My son, Sean, who was 16 years old at the time, said, 'You don’t want to be dragging your paintings all over Guelph and Toronto. Why don’t you sell them online?’ It was 2011 and all I could fit in the back of my Volkswagen were 30-inch canvases, so I thought maybe he’s right. He also got me hooked on shopping on Amazon, but that’s another story!” she laughs.

Embracing a technology-first approach by providing access to and showcasing her art on the internet has expanded both Watson’s reach and her sales. A prudent move for one who works remotely in her studio-converted garage in Southampton, Ont., just off the shores of Lake Huron. It’s not traditional, but neither is Watson.

In 2010, when Watson was working as an interior designer, a client approached her about creating a custom piece of art to fit inside an unused narrow wall space in her home. Inspired by a rust-hued pillow in the client’s living room, Watson created an abstract painting embellished with copper leaf. The client was thrilled. After a second client commissioned her

to make a Swarovski crystal-enhanced abstract painting of a woman’s body and paid her $3,000 for the piece, Watson was hooked. “I just decided I could do it,” affirms Watson. “I have a background in design. I did consultations on paint colour and where to place furniture in previous clients’ homes. I dabbled in photography and a friend said I had great composition. I’m super visual. I see in vignettes. It was a process, but it just made sense.”

This natural artistic sensibility is evident in all of Watson’s work, from her small paper line drawings in ink, acrylics, oil pastels and mixed media to her expansive acrylic paintings. And as inspired as she may be by Monet’s use of light, Gustav Klimt’s penchant for metallic, Joan Mitchell’s messy free-form, Banksy’s graffiti and Helen Frankenthaler’s large-scale methods, Watson has found her way in both style and range.

Her large “Twilight” and “And Then I Could Breathe” paintings feature autumn-esque hues that evoke a floating-like sensation. The oversized canvases “Faith,” “Anticipation” and “Summers in Cali” radiate passion and heat with their pooling brush strokes in fuchsia and orange and pops of teal, gold,

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yellow and white. Subdued greens mixed with white and lapis blue allude to new beginnings and growth in the moderately sized “First Sign of Spring,” while flower petals drip down entire walls in electrifying colours in a plethora of oversized canvases. “I don’t make huge collections, which is maybe why there isn’t a lot of repetition in my work,” explains Watson. “I tend to do three or four that are similar in emotion and colour and then I move on. But everything is similar in that it all stems from my imagination. I’ll have an idea, a colour will get me thinking, I’ll hone in on it and then I’m oblivious to everything else that’s going on, until I resurface. And then I start all over again.”

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ABOVE IMAGE: Darlene Watson, International Contemporary Abstract Artist

THE LIFE PRIvATE

This exquisite mansion, designed and built by Stonebrooke Homes, is the epitome of luxury.

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DAVIDSON DRIVE IN VAUGHAN IS ABOUT AS SECLUDED AS IT GETS.

The quiet enclave is just a short stroll from one of the most beautiful golf courses in the city, The Country Club. In this prestigious area, west of Islington Avenue and east of the Humber River, the trees are mature, the lots are large and the families are affluent. It’s the perfect neighbourhood to raise a family, walk the dog, welcome friends for dinner or simply sit on your back patio and take in the view of your own private oasis.

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When Robert Di Toro, president of Stonebrooke Homes, had the opportunity to purchase the property, he knew exactly what he wanted to do: He’d build the first in a series of luxury modern homes with the main purpose of inspiring professionals and lovers of good design to settle in Woodbridge. Designed and built from scratch by Di Toro and his team, this mansion is the epitome of a classic modern villa that pays homage to Los Angeles-style architecture and uses top-quality European finishes in its unique bespoke exterior and interior.

“The nearly 6,200-square-foot home is the perfect balance between handcrafted statement pieces and more neutral, functional elements. The result is a very comfortable home fit for a modern luxury lifestyle,” says Di Toro. The luxury starts before you even step foot inside the home. The exterior façade is finished in imported porcelain from Spain. The aluminum windows and bifold doors are also imported from Europe. Not only is the driveway outfitted in snow-melt technology, but so are the terraces, the area surrounding the pool and all outdoor walkways and stairs.

When you walk inside the palatial entrance of the fully automated home (which has four bedrooms and a nanny’s quarters), you’re greeted by a sublime neutral palette, heated floors, natural gas fireplaces, black window casings and hardware and plenty of natural wood accents. The solid white oak doors with custom black imported hardware really make a statement in this contemporary space, as does the French 7¼-foot white oak engineered flooring on the second and lower levels. “Luxurious interior finishes include architectural custom millwork throughout, like suede fab

ric panelling and inlayed bronze mirrors,” Di Toro notes. Glass also figures prominently in the design and execution. Not only does it surround the impressive staircase, but there’s a glass wine display case (with backlight ing) and a slew of huge glass windows throughout the home, allowing the sunlight to stream in. “There’s also a custom suspended see-through glass floor on the second level — it really adds an architectural element to the space. So do the custom oversized aluminum glass skylights, which add a ton of natural lighting.” The streamlined kitchen is done in neutral shades and features a Miele kitchen appliances package, which includes a panelled fridge and freezer, warming drawer, dishwasher, hood range and espresso machine — all built-in for efficiency and for a sleek, modern look. The office has its own private quarters — the desk is surrounded by windows and dark built-ins that offer a contrast to the light floors.

The lower level is outfitted with a theatre room with suede walls, a gym, a custom cedar sauna and Zen four-piece steam shower room, a kitchenette, laundry room and mudroom. And outside, the yard boasts a large salt-wa ter pool and pool house, with full wet bar, built-in beverage fridge and a three-piece bathroom and change room. “The professionally landscaped property has an outdoor prep and grill station, a concrete natural gas firepit and custom concrete walkways in a limestone finish,” he says. “The house is exquisite indoors and out. It’s the kind of property you fall in love with when you see it. It’s really quite remarkable — from the private location and the design to the execution and craftsmanship of the build, it’s exactly what homeowners are looking for today.”

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Welcome to your home Dream

Christina

Clavero started in the real estate business in 2014.

Focusing on luxury resale in the Oakville and Burlington areas, she recently joined The Agency (where she’s the managing director of the Oakville o ce, alongside her husband, Carlos Clavero and David Bakowsky) because she says The Agency is redefining the way luxury properties are marketed and sold. “They don’t take a cookie-cutter approach. Every home is unique and di erent, and we create a narrative around the home’s character and personality,” she says. “You’re selling a lifestyle when you sell luxury real estate. You’re selling a dream. The Agency has mastered this.” An expert in negotiation and a certified luxury home marketing specialist, Clavero is known for her hands-on approach and calm demeanour — her clients know they’ll benefit from her consistency and laud her ability to collaborate with other agents and her incredible network of realtors and buyers.

So, it’s really no surprise, then, that the homeowners of this exceptional custom-built estate on Pomona Avenue in Burlington turned to Clavero and her team, CB Group Realty, when they decided it was time to list their stately house. Built in 2020, this impressive 8,000-plus-square-foot residence is in the highly sought-a er Roseland neighbourhood in the south end of the city near the lake. “This

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is the area where homeowners are tearing down bungalows and building their dream homes. There’s a huge value to living in this area. For example, it’s home to one of the top-rated school districts in all of Ontario. Families really want to move in — young professionals who want a nice, quiet lifestyle in a neighbourhood that’s comparable to Toronto’s Forest Hill or Rosedale are coming here,” she explains. “It’s also a quick drive to downtown Burlington, which is full of shops, restaurants and other great amenities. And it’s not a far commute to downtown Toronto.”

Clavero says the family who built the house did a spectacular job and thought of everything when it comes to creating a well-appointed abode. “They thought of every detail, including how well it flows and works for entertaining.” With five bedrooms and six bathrooms, the home — which has a more traditional look and feel but brings in modern design elements — features 10-foot ceilings on the main and upper floors. When you walk into the grand entrance, you’re greeted by a double-height foyer with an incomparable view of the backyard (which has been turned into a virtual oasis). There’s an o ce on that level, as well as a dining room, mud room, formal living room and family room (separated by pocket doors, which can be le open when the family entertains) and a gleaming white kitchen in the heart of the home. Complete with marble countertops, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, an oversized island, servery, walk-in pantry and large black windows that look out into the yard, the relaxing space is a home cook’s dream. The kitchen and family room are seamlessly connected with a double-sided gas fireplace, which makes the space feel even more inviting. The shiplap detail on the walls o ers a touch of personality and design savvy.

Head upstairs and you’ll find four bedrooms, each with their own ensuites (and heated flooring) and walk-in closets, as well as a huge laundry room. Clavero describes the primary bedroom as a true retreat — not only does it have a spa-like ensuite, but it has a spacious sitting area for rest and relaxation. The basement was also thoughtfully planned and executed and focuses on leisure and entertainment. Aside from the bedroom, there’s a cigar room with proper ventilation, an

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exercise room, rec room and a glass-enclosed wine cellar that stocks more than 200 bottles. Plus, the floors are heated, keeping the lower level super cozy.

The backyard is an utter paradise. There’s an inground salt-water pool with a waterfall, as well as a covered back patio, hot tub, a large cabana, an outdoor television with surround sound and wet bar. It’s perfect for summer entertaining and family get-togethers. “It’s quite big and there’s a lot of space,” says Clavero. “Backyards like this are real selling features these days. People are looking for more living space since COVID, and a landscaped outdoor living area is high on buyers’ lists.”

Clavero doesn’t think it will take long for the right family to take this house o the market. “It’s always rewarding to get people into their dream homes,” she says. The new owners of this residence will certainly be in theirs.”

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Rome Collection: Design your backyard or cottage patio for your maximum outdoor enjoyment. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for a striking, modern design. Visit our showroom in Richmond Hill to shop today. Don’t forget we deliver to the cottage country.

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cordierite stone floor, designed specifically for

Toscana Counter: Comes with a high-grade cordierite stone floor, designed specifically for this type of oven. These floors heat up much quicker compared to the traditional firebrick backing stones. More heat retention = less wood. At La Piazza Wood Ovens, we take pride and passion to another level!

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Fontaine bedroom collection: Our bedroom is the perfect space for rest and relaxation, so why not add touch of embellishment to your bedroom oasis with the Fontaine bedroom collection? Available in both king and queen size.

Looking to revamp your outdoor living space? You can easily repaint or stain, your existing outdoor patio furniture in a weekend. Come check us out in store for more information.

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Stressless Tokyo chair: Embracing comfort. Stressless Tokyo has a slim back with a comfortable and soft padded cushion. Add the well-known Stressless features, and you get a modern-looking recliner with sublime comfort.

DECORIUM 363 Supertest Road, North York, decorium.com, 416-736-6120

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Whether you are dreaming of curling up in bed or relaxing on the couch with a cup of tea, the specialized team at David’s Fine Linens invites you to experience the best in bedding

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Wood/Aluminum: Introducing a wide and innovative range of top-quality timber lift-and-slide doors. The sliding window-door solutions create especially wide setting, an excellent aesthetic and functional result. We focus on Ontario’s more discerning architects, builders and homeowners who are seeking the ultimate in performance, aesthetic appeal, environmental awareness and sheer luxury, but at realistic prices.

EUROSTAR WINDOWS & DOORS

55 Administration Road, Unit 22-24, Concord eurostarwindows.ca, 416-633-5921

The New Z10: With the touch of a button, prepare authentic and trendy coffee drinks such as espresso, latte macchiato and flat white. Say hello to your personal barista. Coffee pleasure – freshly ground, not capsuled. Jura is the leader in producing super-automatic specialty coffee machines.

JURA 115 Matheson Boulevard East, Mississauga. ca.jura.com/en 905-501-8600

Oval Cane Bench: Colonial-style oval seating bench that provides a simple storage solution. The matte white bench is contained with a natural woven cane panel. It’s completed with an elegant white linen cushion, and the legs are capped with polishedbrass details.

panel. It’s completed with DARLENE JANEIRO DESIGN 92A Dunn Street, Oakville darlenejaneirodesign.com, 905-339-8118

AMISCO: New Designer Bar Stools. Be creative, design your bar stools to your taste. Select a seat style with your choice of fabric, leather or birch wood finishes. All seat styles come in a variety of fabrics, leather and birch wood finishes with wood or cast-iron legs. Enhance your home entertaining with your custom-designed bar stools. We are showing only two designs that can be manufactured from your design selections. Many samples of our exclusive designer bar stools are now on display in our furniture gallery.

Join our VIP Club at hidehouse.ca and get a 15% discount on Canadian-made leather furniture! Save hundreds of dollars now! Come see it at the Hide House, the largest leather fashion and leather furniture store in Canada.

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Inspired by abstract paintings, these timeless designs will be the star of any contemporary/ modern space for years to come. Made with hand-spun, hand-carded wool and natural silk fibres, they are bound to be future heirlooms.

WEAVERS ART 1400 Castlefield Avenue, Toronto weaversart.com 416-929-7929

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Espresso Herring Bone: First Class Flooring is a retailer in Etobicoke that specializes in unique hardwood flooring typically sought out by custom builders and designers. We have a 10,0000-square-foot showroom, a designer lounge and conference room, and installed virtual room kiosks to help customers with their flooring decisions. We have knowledgeable staff on-hand and qualified to answer any of your questions.

FIRST CLASS FLOORING

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Created by Art Boulle, this custom bar piece showcases a modern and artistic design. The composition of gold shapes produces a unique three-dimensional appearance, while the solid marble accentuates the design beautifully.

ART BOULLE

7250 Keele Street Unit 41 & 42, Concord artboulle.com, 905-878-6833

Contemporary design with clean lines. The all-Aluminum windows and doors blend beautifully with stone and wood accents, making this for a very desirable living space. We are also excited to announce that we have moved — come check out our new showroom! Please book your appointment today!

CHATEAU WINDOW & DOOR SYSTEMS

170 Tycos Drive, North York chateauwindows.com 416-783-3916

Orto System: This is the perfect system to place along a wall without making it feel heavy or overbearing. Frames available in black, white and aluminum with a large selection of panels to choose from. Our designers can customize the cabinet to fit your needs.Contact us to find out more.

KOMANDOR

863 Rangeview Road, Mississauga komandor.ca, 416-251-0880

Representing more than 60 international artists including world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.

SANDRA AINSLEY GALLERY

100 Sunrise Avenue, Unit 150, Toronto sandraainsleygallery.com, 416-214-9490

Dale Chihuly, Fire Orange Basket Set, 2013, 27H x 21W x 21D”

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EXTRA SPECIAL

We can’t get enough of the unique and whimsical pieces from Toronto’s Bergo Designs.

BLUE-CHECKED HANDBAG

This eye-catching 2D-looking bag from JumpFromPaper unzips to become a real 3D bag. Playing with high design graphics and illustrations, JumpFromPaper creates bags that look as if they literally “jumped from paper.” This bag can either be carried by its adjustable strap or handle and is perfect

for holding a wallet, makeup and phone. any space.

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FOOD À PORTER LUNCH BOX

The lunch box becomes a sophisticated fashion accessory with Alessi’s Food à Porter. Designed by Sakura Adachi and inspired by bento boxes and Japanese lacquerware, the Food à Porter looks like and can be carried as a handbag.

BRONZEMÄR WHISKEY GLASS

With designs by artist Olaf Hajek, the Bronzemär Whisky Glass from Ritzenhoff is dedicated to legendary stories about “aqua vitae,” the water of life. Shaped like the quaich, a vessel used by the Celts, the wide body of the glass allows the spirit’s flavour to unfold perfectly.

The JinGoo Bluetooth Speaker brings together light and sound for the perfect blend of Eastern aesthetics and superb sound quality. Easily pair the JinGoo with your devices to play your favourite tunes. With a 3-way light level control, the ambient light, combined with great music, brings a soothing atmosphere to

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Kalidoskopio Water Bottles are eyecatching accessories for on-the-go hydration. Colourful illustrations of pop icons decorate front and back of the removable neoprene-style cover that protect the glass bottle. Designed and made in Spain, they are an eco-friendly and fun alternative to disposable plastic bottles.

Bergo Designs is a gallery of industrial design and it’s the ultimate store for those looking for that special gi or piece to take home. Located in the heart of Toronto’s historic Distillery District, the store opened in 2006 as a passion project by owner and founder Robyn Berman to bring great design from around the world to Toronto homes. Bergo Designs has grown to be the largest store in the Distillery District, with more than 10,000 square feet filled with the creations of internationally recognized designers, architects and artists.

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