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POWDER ROOM POWER Small rooms that pack

ISSUE

a design punch

OUTDOOR LIFE

Lifestyle goods for the backyard

A TOUCH OF THAILAND A Terrebonne garden

designed with an Asian vibe

LA CARMINA The Canadian blogger’s unusual

take on fashion, travel and design

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Stephanie Whittaker, Editor-in-Chief

IN THIS ISSUE, I have the honour and joy of introducing Montreal Home’s new associate publisher, Dr. Sharon Azrieli, who has a robust vision for the future of this magazine. “We want Montreal Home to be the most creative and innovative voice in interior design, the magazine that readers will look to when they want to beautify their homes … when they want to know exactly what the trends are,” Sharon told me recently.

With her illustrious background in the arts, Sharon has a deep love of design and a reverential respect for heritage architecture. She holds several degrees – from a bachelor to a doctorate. After completing a bachelor degree in art history at Vassar College, she graduated from the Parsons School of Design in interior design and illustration, and later acquired degrees in music, first from the Juilliard School and then a doctorate of music from Université de Montréal. She is an opera singer, a jewelry designer, a businesswoman, a philanthropist. A strong patron of the arts, Sharon also sits on the boards of directors of many institutions, including the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the McCord Museum, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation, and the National Arts Centre, among others. And to add to her list of accomplishments, she is also the saviour of a chunk of Montreal’s architectural history. “In 2011, I fell in love with a mid-19th-century home that had been very neglected and desperately needed to be saved,” she says. Within four years, she had restored the soul of this exquisite Westmount home. It was profiled in the Summer issue of this magazine in 2015. Sharon’s most recent venture is a line of furniture that she is designing. With a style described as “sophisticated classical,” the pieces will be available in retail outlets within the next few months. When I visited Sharon two years ago in the home she had lovingly restored, I had the sense that she rarely slows down; she seemed to be in constant motion.

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Dr. Sharon Azrieli, Associate Publisher

And the conversation I recently enjoyed with her about the future of Montreal Home simply confirmed my impression. She was preparing for a performance at Carnegie Hall, scheduled for two days later. “Shouldn’t you be resting your voice?” I asked her. “Yes, I probably should,” she said. But I could hear sound in the background as we talked. I learned that while we were on the phone, Sharon had been creating jewelry: stringing pearls, and finishing three pieces by the end of our conversation. Once a creative soul, always a creative soul. Welcome to Montreal Home, Sharon.

STEPHANIE WHITTAKER Editor-in-Chief stephanie@movatohome.com


CONTRIBUTORS

JULIE GEDEON With a penchant for the past, seasoned writer/editor Julie Gedeon appreciated how both an Outremont couple and one in Point St. Charles worked with their respective designers to dramatically open up their historic properties without sacrificing the homes’ Old World charm. Julie’s foray into a Thai-inspired garden in Terrebonne for this issue made her wish she had a similar retreat to share with her creative writing students.

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SUSAN KELLY It may be the smallest of rooms, but the powder room has great design potential, and is the place regular contributor Susan Kelly can’t resist taking a peek at whenever she’s a guest in someone’s home. There always seems to be a bit of extra flair on display, which the latest trends are taking up a notch. “Gone are the days when all it took was some funky wallpaper,” Susan says. “Today, it’s more about distinctive, even one-of-a-kind, fi xtures with personality and punch.” Susan is a Montreal writer specializing in style and decor.

PUBLISHER Leah Lipkowitz ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Sharon Azrieli

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CONTENTS

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A Terrebonne garden is given a serene Asian design

PAST PERFECT

Original architectural elements are preserved in a renovation that updates a centuryold home

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ON DECK FOR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

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Well-built decks and patios provide the perfect outdoor rooms

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH

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Blogger La Carmina chronicles the offbeat side of fashion, design and travel


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REST, ROMANCE AND REJUVENATION

This resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect getaway for respite and renewal

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12 EDITOR’S LETTER 20 THIS JUST IN A selection of new items for your home

40 THE RIGHT NEIGHBOURHOOD A new condo development makes homeownership accessible in NDG

44 ANYTHING GOES A design company creates unique interiors by giving its clients exactly what they want

70 WOW WIZARDRY A kitchen is designed to capture attention

74 GO PLAY OUTSIDE A guide to products that transform backyards into luxurious garden rooms

58 WATERSIDE LIVING IN THE CITY A Nuns’ Island condo development offers an urban lifestyle by the river

80 DRAIN GAIN The newest shower drains offer special technology for reliability

96 HIGH-END SERVICE A real estate company quickly claims its share of Canada’s luxury market

100 A STABLE INVESTMENT How to invest in the real estate market

106 STAYING PUT Baby boomers are equipping their bathrooms, which allow them to age in their own homes

110 PARTY TIME A West Island company provides everything necessary for the perfect get-together

114 SPACE SAVER Architectural firm La Shed creates a sense of openness in a modest-size 19th century home

126 A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING A Westmount couple who downsize into a condo get a clever design for their storage needs

136 MARVELLOUS MEETINGS Centre Mont-Royal is a venue for everything from corporate gatherings to movie premieres

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POWER PUNCH

Though small, powder rooms are getting big design consideration

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N I T S U T HIS J 1. UNLEASHING THE GENIE ———

2. INDUSTRIAL VIBE ———

This mischievous and

Hobhouse chandelier

fantastic character, by

by Currey and

renowned sculptor Nicole

Company Lighting

Taillon, has the appeal of

is generously

a genie that has suddenly

proportioned and

come to life and wants to

balanced by meticulous finishing

share some playfulness

techniques and creative design. A

and merriment. Available

galvanized metal finish gives the

at Le Balcon d’Art.

triple-tiered metal basket frame a

Pointe Claire Nursery Maison

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machine feel, while the exposed

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bulbs of this 10-light fixture add

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to its stylish rough-hewn vibe.

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The industrial-chic

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3. GARDEN GREETING ———

4. BY THE YARD FOR THE YARD ———

Welcome the garden to your table with the Water

Add elegance to your outdoor space with Fabricville’s new outdoor fabric

Garden dinnerware collection from Portmeirion. It

collection. Have cushions and chair pads or lounge pads custom-made

features exquisitely painted flowers on white porcelain.

to match your decor. Choose from tropical greens, serene blues, vibrant

Colourful and modern, it will bring a breath of fresh

corals, sunny yellows or classic black and white, as pictured here. All

air to any meal.

outdoor fabrics are stain- and mould-resistant, water-repellent and

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1. SERVING UP ELEGANCE ———

2. EASY DRAINAGE ———

The Dauphine server by Bramble is a delightful hand-crafted piece in

The QuARTz Premium stainless steel shower channel drain

solid mahogany. It is available to order in custom colours, and measures

has a pre-attached waterproofing membrane, making it easier

34˝ high by 57˝ wide by 22˝ deep. $2,500. Available at Pointe Claire

than ever to install. It can be used for drainage in the shower

Nursery Maison.

or any wet room. Available from ACO Systems Ltd.

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Pointe Claire Nursery Maison

ACO Systems Ltd.

Plaza Pointe Claire

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3. SMOKIN’ HOT ———

4. A-OKAY ———

Breville’s Smoking Gun allows you to smoke meat, fish,

This one-of-a-kind mixed-media work by painter

vegetables, sauces and cocktails for a delicious smoky

Sarah Fecteau is called “It’s not right but it’s okay.”

flavour. Included with the Smoking Gun: wood chips

It measures a generous 24-by-30 inches.

(hickory and applewood), two mesh filters, nine recipe

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cards, and four batteries.

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Linen Chest

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1. CIRCLES AND STRAIGHT LINES ———

2. MIRROR MAGIC ———

The starkly geometric Rowan

Pointe Claire Nursery Maison

The Luna LED lighted mirror casts

ideal for makeup and shaving.

chandelier by Worlds Away

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a magical glow. It comes in several

It also features a defogger pad,

features six globes that encircle an

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models, including Halo, pictured

UL listed components, and safety

angular frame and rest on thin

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here, and Sunrize, which has two

back film.

metal rods. The spherical shape

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LED strips down each side. Each

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of the lights balances the fixture’s

model is available in a broad range

Fleurco Products Inc.

dramatic, sleek-lined form. $1,550.

of sizes. Made of 5mm distortion-

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free glass with an acid-etched light

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band, the warm light (3500K) is

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3. MISTY BLUE ———

4. A LOVE OF LACE ———

The Blue Mist Organic coffee

Pointe Claire Nursery Maison

The Lille Serveware Collection by

tables by Notre Monde are

Plaza Pointe Claire

Maxwell & Williams features a

individually created with swirls of

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delicate, lacework-inspired pattern

pigment and metallic inks that are

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to add a touch of romantic charm

layered on and designed to create

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to any table.

a sense of flow and movement

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NOUS SOMMES

LA VOIX DE L’IMMOBILIER DE LUXE

Campground Domain With Private Lake Ste-Agathe, QC | $3,950,000 | MLS 19693084 237 acres with a pristine spring fed private lake, sandy beaches surrounded by mountains & spectacular views. Currently established as a 4-star campground with 300 campsites & infrastructure, 2 homes, sport facilities and trails. Direct access to 200 km Petit Train du Nord. Ideally located between Ste-Agathe & Mont-Tremblant access 117 & 15. Build your own community retreat. 1.514.606.7200 We sell homesmcaro@sothebysrealty.ca just like yours.

MELISSA CARO*

Architectural Masterpiece Magog, QC | $2,995,000 | MLS 26388437 Elegant 4 bedroom country home that has been impeccably renovated with distinctive features. The inground pool, large terraces and lakes provide the perfect setting for entertaining. Magnificent views throughout the house. Double garage with upstairs guest house. Exclusive and peaceful environment. The perfect retreat!

MARIE-PIERS BARSALOU ** JOHANNE MEUNIER*

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Majestic Manor Outremont, QC | $2,495,000 | MLS 24445513 Large home located in a prestigious area, with 6 bedrooms and 3+1 bathrooms, 5,100 sq.ft. of living space and quality finishings. Includes high ceilings, French doors, wood flooring and a 2-car garage.

JOHN DI PIETRO*

514.726.1400

Luxe Location | Cours Mont-Royal Golden Square Mile, QC | $1,495,000 | MLS 13743989 Elegant open-concept living is what you will find upon entering this beautiful 12th floor apartment. Adorned with high-end finishings throughout, this fully renovated apartment is turn-key and will appeal to any discerning purchaser. The spacious master suite includes a grand master bathroom with its separate showers and double sinks, leading to custom built cabinetry in a comfortable walk-in closet. JESSICA LOMBARD* ELIZABETH COX*

E&O.E: This information is from sources which we deem reliable, but must be verified by prospective purchasers and may be subject to change or withdrawal. *Real Estate Broker, **Certified Real Estate Broker, ±Residential Real Estate Broker. Real estate agency. Sotheby’s International Realty Québec, Independently Owned & Operated.

514.476.9700 514.577.2737

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Domaine des Huards St-Sauveur, QC | $2,950,000 | MLS 9871656 Magnificent stone manor situated on 3 acres in the mountains. A charming European ambiance with spacious rooms. Luxurious dining room, cathedral ceiling, gourmet kitchen, security system and cameras, and entrance from private road with electric gated fence. Completely furnished. 5 minutes from Mont St-Sauveur & 45 minutes from Mont-Tremblant. JENNIFER VIENNEAU *

514.265.3669

Luxurious Condo Le Plateau Mont-Royal, QC | $569,000 | MLS 17071037 Fully renovated from top to bottom, this unit boasts premium quality construction materials & amenities. High ceilings, heated quartz flooring & beautiful hardwood. A chef’s kitchen complete with high-end stainless steel appliances, central heating & a/c. Combined interior & exterior usable space of over 1,650 sq.ft.. Historic property and originally built near the turn of the last century. Situated in one of the up and coming area’s in Montréal, the McGill Ghetto. GABRIELE DI IORIO**

514.267.8596

View of Lac Masson Estérel, QC | $1,395,000 | MLS 17238727 Modern architecture combining natural elements to its environment. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms plus a double garage, shed with a terrace above and a private dock with sandy beach. Prestigious and sought after motorized lake. 175 feet of shoreline. Near a ski resort, restaurants and all amenities. Only 1 hour from Montréal. STÉPHANE LARRIVÉE*

514.809.8466

Louis Boheme | Quartier des Spectacles Montréal, QC | $640,000 | MLS 11533600 Bright open concept with 1,100 sq.ft., 2 bedrooms and 1+1 bathrooms in modern tower with all amenities. Direct metro access and parking included. Located on de Maisonneuve at the corner of rue de Bleury, in Montréal’s emerging Quartier 0 Spectacles. Experience the freedom to live life with a difference in an inspired and inspiring environment! Slightly bohemian, somewhat chic. JOHN R. DOW *

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514.586.3032

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Les Sommets sur le Fleuve Nuns’ Island, QC | $998,000 | MLS 14184349 Impeccable open-concept 1,732 sq.ft. condo, offering a panoramic view of the river with an abundance of natural light. The refinement and attention to details come together to offer you well planned spaces. Featuring 3 bedrooms (one used as den/home office), 2 bathrooms, a superb kitchen, intimate balcony, 2 garages, complete sports center and 24/7 doorman. DIANE OLIVER**

514.893.9872

Penthouse Montréal, QC | $1,349,000 | MLS 21461357 Unique 2,105 sq.ft. penthouse located in the heart of Plateau MontRoyal. 4 bedrooms, huge private terrace on the roof with panoramic views of Montréal. Incredible open kitchen and rotunda living room providing a contemporary look and plenty of daylight. KEVIN PERREAULT * VINCENT G. BUSSIÈRE

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514.774.5932 514.816.3231

Superb Country Chic St-Sauveur, QC | $1,098,000 | MLS 9041933 Superb country chic home warm and welcoming. Offering rooms of generous proportions, ideal to receive family and friends. Refined interior design, large equipped kitchen with oversized island, wood fireplace and 3 season solarium. Many terraces overlooking the mountain views, pool and much more. Only 5 minutes from ski resorts and services. MICHEL DAVIDSON*

514.239.7399

Stunning Gardens St-Lambert, QC | $749,000 | MLS 23016920 Beautiful renovated Canadiana style turn-key residence, with stunning backyard and professionally landscaped gardens. Perfect for a family with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs. Walking distance to the Longueuil subway station. Steps away from the best private and public schools. ROGER QUIRION**

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514.246.2017

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Riverfront Oasis Laval, QC | $1,599,990 | MLS 24514101 Spectacular property located on a huge lot on the shores of the Rivière des Milles-Îles. 100 feet of shoreline and a private dock. Well set back from the street, this enchanting site offers absolute privacy, breathtaking views of the water, a beautifully landscaped lot with an inground pool, fountains and ponds, and a three-car garage. SERGE BÉLANGER*

514.926.5319

Centennial Triplex Facing Park Montréal, QC | $1,475,000 | MLS 20680345 Downtown triplex in an exceptionnel area, Shaughnessy Village. This centennial building, rarely on the market, offers a lot of character; exposed brick wall, high ceilings and a superb wooden staircase. Each apartment is equipped with a fireplace and are available for occupancy in 2017: 8 ½, 4 ½ and 3 ½. Great income opportunity, located in a sought after area. Includes 3 outdoor parkings. MARIE-JOSÉE ROULEAU *

514.660.6682

West Island Waterfront Beaconsfield, QC | $4,400,000 | MLS 20484177 Magnificent contemporary residence located on the shores of lake Saint Louis. Design and architecture by Gagnier & Villeneuve. Exquisite coupling of warm natural materials and stylish lines. Spacious 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art construction. Luxury living at its finest. BARBARA BAUDINET **

514.825.9890

Magnificent Condo Nuns’ Island, QC | $448,000 | MLS 23409557 Spacious and elegant open-concept condominium with sophisticated interior. Includes a chef-style kitchen and 2+2 bedrooms. This residence also offers direct access to bike paths. A true gem. JOHANNE TURENNE**

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514.909.9029

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Tropiques Nord Waterfront Montréal, QC | $714,000 | MLS 13254755 Unique tropical theme with 60,000 plants, palm trees, waterfall and a lagoon shaped pool (video tour available). Waterfront condominium with 2 bedrooms and office, 2+1 bathrooms and over 2,000 sq.ft. of living space, 24-hour doorman, 2 pools, tennis, 5-minute private shuttle to town. Only 2 condos per floor. DAVID WILKES*

514.947.5152

Impressive Townhouse Golden Square Mile, QC | $2,195,000 | MLS 20345623 Located in the heart of the prestigious Golden Square Mile, Chelsea Place is elegant and charming. With its classic Georgian architecture, this townhouse offers luxury finishes, high ceilings, wood burning fireplaces and original woodwork throughout. This home boasts stunning rooms, perfect for dining and entertaining! SAGUY ELBAZ*

514.892.7653

Impressive City Views Golden Square Mile, QC | $3,590,000 | MLS 22790057 This stunning stone mansion sits proud atop Redpath Crescent, one of the most prestigious streets in the Golden Square Mile. Built in 1915 this residence exudes an abundance of style and elegance. It offers magnificent woodwork, moldings, high ceilings and rare two car garage. Amazing city views! CARLO PAOLUCCI** BO SHI LI ±

514.802.4004 514.998.1835

Navigable Waterfront Pointe-aux-Trembles, QC | $1,195,000 | MLS 11954468 Stunning residence with breathtaking river views. This home has access to the river and is conveniently located close to amenities and public transportation. Featuring 10,118 sq.ft. of land, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a double garage. BO SHI LI CARLO PAOLUCCI** ±

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514.998.1835 514.802.4004

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URBAN

LIFE A couple who yearned to live in the city breathe new life into a century-old Outremont home BY JULIE GEDEON PHOTOGRAPHY: LEAH LAPALME

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CONSTRUCTION PROJECT CONSULTANT EDGAR ROSA realized his childhood dream of living in Outremont when he and his wife, Ana Da Silva, bought a circa 1913 home on St. Joseph Blvd. almost two years ago. “I love being in the city again after living in Ahuntsic,” says Edgar. “I love being able to walk everywhere.” The house offered almost 5,000 square feet of space over three floors in a sturdy, grandiose structure. But its small rooms, narrow windows and location among taller buildings made it gloomy despite its impressive wainscotting, moldings, cornices, and nearly 11-foot-high ceilings. The historic features also didn’t figure into the expansive, modern home that Ana wanted. Using Edgar’s 20-plus years of experience and passion for renovating older properties and the expertise of two designers, the couple achieved a striking balance of old and new. “Catherine Condoroussis and Jodi Ostrzega of CCJOD helped us to figure out how to open up the existing rooms to optimize the space and maximize natural light even though we couldn’t install larger exterior windows on the original building under the city’s historic property bylaws,” Edgar says. Ana had initially wanted to remove the existing archway and Ionic columns in the foyer, but Edgar and the designers persuaded her to keep them. “We really wanted to preserve the elements that showcase the home’s original craftsmanship,” Condoroussis says.

“It’s the perfect transition from past to present.” The archway and Ionic columns were painstakingly cleaned and lacquered in white to restore their original lustre and create a showstopper entrance to an expansive ultramodern kitchen. The historic elements marry well with the white quartz countertops and grey floor tiles.

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The result is stunning, with the lacquered white archway and columns framing the expansive quartz-clad island of an ultramodern kitchen. “It’s the perfect transition from past to present,” says Edgar, who admits he wasn’t sure at first about having guests look directly into the kitchen from the foyer, but now appreciates how the unique contrast redefines their house. “We had to open up the two existing kitchens and get rid of a short hallway, small bedroom and narrow back staircase to create the necessary space, but the kitchen is the hub of our home with the busy schedules that my wife, our three kids, and I have,” Edgar says. “It’s also where our guests naturally gravitate.”

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The couple also transformed a patio enclosure into a dinette, creating more light with taller windows. Ever attentive to quality restoration, Edgar had the exterior kitchen wall sandblasted before it was repainted, and lighting installed in the former window to display a vase reminiscent of yesteryear. He and Ana kept most of the architectural features in the living room, boudoir and dining room. “We just couldn’t see ourselves destroying all the work that went into the dining room’s built-in hutch with its beautiful glass inlays,” Edgar says. “Or the vaulted ceiling … you couldn’t find someone to do all the intricate plasterwork now.” •

A small island and convenient cabinetry in the butler’s corner make it a cinch to pour a glass of red or white, especially given the wine cellar’s dual doors that open to the kitchen and dining room.

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A secret pantry gives the family loads of storage, as well as counter space for a juicer and other small appliances.

Preserving the ornate features posed significant challenges when it came to updating the wiring and other systems. “We used suspended lighting because we didn’t want to risk drilling into the plaster,” Condoroussis says. The oak wainscotting found throughout much of the main floor and all the doors and moldings were stripped bare to maintain the sharpness of their indentations and corners when they were refinished.

A third prep kitchen attests to how much work it once took to prepare meals for a prominent family’s guests. By removing a concrete slab and earthy subf loors in the steet-level basement, the couple has the ceiling almost nine feet high at the property’s side-street entrance. Energy-efficient doors and windows, urethane insulation, and heated polished concrete flooring on the ground level have the new furnace working only a few days annually. •

Reclaimed barn wood creates a distinct sitting area within the master bedroom. The dividing wall and chandelier pick up on the warm elements in the downstairs kitchen. The new engineered white oak floors were ‘aged’ a bit with a black-brown stain.

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By relocating a hidden stairwell into a main hallway and removing the floor of an existing octagonal cupola-like structure, the designers helped the couple to maximize the home’s natural light and have a more convenient and architecturally interesting access to the rooftop terrace. The structure’s panelling echoes the reclaimed barn wood features elsewhere in the home.

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The designers helped the homeowners to relocate a secondary staircase on the upper floor into a hallway. They removed the flooring from an existing octagonal cupola-like structure so that it now provides abundant natural light through its windows, while still leading to a rooftop garden terrace.


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A main-floor powder room was fit into the elongated space adjacent to the secret pantry. The concrete tiling offers woodsy warmth but is practical. The Aquabrass sink and faucet provide greater openness in a relatively narrow space.

The designers also worked at length with the homeowners to reconfigure the seven bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second floor into a master with ensuite, a bedroom and bath for their young daughter, and two bedrooms and another bath for teenaged boys. “I can’t say enough good things about how Catherine and Jodi helped us to reinvent this home’s existing space,” Edgar says. And to give him and his family the urban life they craved. •

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THE RIGHT LOCATION IN A BELOVED NEIGHBOURHOOD

THE FAMILIAR REAL ESTATE DRUMBEAT OF “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” resonates loudly in some areas of Montreal. It drives prices up and availability down. It creates a buzz, a push in the market. But when its reverberations are sustained over long periods, it often creates another effect. It causes hardship for first-time homebuyers to get their foot in the door. For an example, simply look to N.D.G. Notre Dame de Grâce is one of the oldest residential areas on the island of Montreal. It began to establish itself in the mid-1850s, when the construction of the Church of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce was completed. It was

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officially declared a municipality in 1876, and then annexed by the city of Montreal in 1910. The first tramway glided along its streets in 1908, ushering in a new era of accessibility. Anglophones were drawn to this area around the 1920s, building schools and churches. By 1966, the Decarie Expressway was opened in time for Expo 67. N.D.G. had it all: proximity to the downtown core, a stock of traditional housing that consisted of detached homes and semi-detached duplexes and, although predominantly a residential area, it had commercial arteries and a wide range of available services.

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Over the generations, N.D.G. never lost its appeal. In fact, it did the opposite. By the turn of the 21ST century, this area with its streets lined with mature trees had the added cachet – that of being an established neighbourhood. The real estate drumbeat of “location, location, location,” continued to pound its rhythm. And with it, housing prices continued on an upward trajectory. But by now, there were no new developments, no new construction. Families were being priced out of the area and forced to look further west. Until now.


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Those looking to buy into N.D.G. have a new option: the Beaumont Condos. Facing Côte St. Luc Rd. at Clanranald Ave., the project, by developer DevMcGill, is now under construction. The plan encompasses 142 units divided into two towers and a ground-floor supermarket. “It is unique. It’s the only new construction in N.D.G.,” says Alexandra Serafini, the director of sales and product development for DevMcGill. “What distinguishes our project is you can walk to Monkland Village. You don’t have to wait for the neighbourhood to develop. All the restaurants, stores, lifestyle are within walking distances. N.D.G. is a great neighbourhood. It is a mature neighbourhood.” The complex also offers a rooftop terrace with a heated pool, a gym, underground parking, ample storage lockers and bicycle parking spots. And a wide range of choices when it comes to finishes, with many opting to go with exposed concrete ceilings, which can be glazed or painted, giving the units more ceiling height and enhanced lighting options. Serafini says the project is proving popular with first-time home buyers who grew up in the area, but were finding it difficult to purchase their own homes, and an older clientele looking to downsize from single-family homes who still want large spaces without having home maintenance and yard work. She refers to these individuals as “people who are already in love with N.D.G.” Some of these people were forced out of the area because prices were too high, and are now returning. Some are mature students. “It’s an exciting project,” Serafini says. • The Beaumont will have an 11-storey tower with an IGA grocery store on the ground floor, and a neighbouring eight-storey tower with a rooftop terrace. Units still available range in size from 800 square feet to 1,750. About 60 per cent of the development has already been sold, including all one-bedroom and penthouse units. Prices for remaining two- and three-bedroom units range from $325,000 to $632,000 before taxes, Serafini says.

Buyers still have the f lexibility of customizing the floor plans, such as combining smaller units into larger living spaces. Being set in a mature residential area, the complex will offer residents of the towers extensive views of the area in all directions, including the St. Lawrence River and Lake St. Louis, Mount Royal and as far as the Laurentians, Serafini says. “It gives residents really nice views. You can see Mount Royal really, really well.”

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ANYTHING GOES Design company delivers whatever style and materials homeowners want BY JULIE GEDEON

WHEN A HOMEOWNER APPROACHED Galleria Design to renovate her kitchen so it would have the same high-gloss impact as the private airplane interior she admired, the company delivered with flying colours. “We applied a high-gloss finish to the ebony components and a luminous white lacquer to the MDF cabinetry,” senior designer Manon Riendeau says. “The sheen is incredible but there’s still the warmth and depth of the dark wood and its unique grain.”

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Riendeau has been with the company for 17 of its 22 years because every day offers a new challenge. “It’s a fantastic place for a designer to work because it’s possible to create virtually anything in wood with our 15 experienced cabinetmakers and own paint shop on site,” she says.


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Nothing about Galleria Design is cookie cutter. “We design and create every single piece according to a client’s specific preferences and exact space requirements,” Riendeau says. “And we pay close attention to the columns, footings and other small details because we consider our cabinetry to be fine furniture.” The in-house expertise evolves to meet changing tastes. Classic and contemporary kitchens, for example, are getting such innovative elements as mirrored panelling with a crossover framing. Breakfast nooks feature out-of-the-way horizontal cabinetry. Reconstructed wood now offers a greater array of colours, such as the bright blue panelling recently installed in one kitchen. White-lacquered MDF and exotic wood have gained popularity for bathroom cabinetry. “While powder rooms tend to be the same style as kitchens, homeowners are opting for a much more modern look for their upstairs bathrooms – especially the master ensuite,” Riendeau says. “We’re able to deliver virtually any look with the wide variety of natural and composite materials we have.”

The made-to-measure service ensures that space is optimized and every bit fits perfectly. “We first meet with our customers to determine the look and elements they want,” Riendeau says. “Then everything is measured a second time by our production manager, and the precise dimensions sent to another designer who sketches it all for the shop.” A Galleria Design team installs every project. “Nothing is subcontracted,” Riendeau says. “That’s how we ensure the highest quality.” Designing customized libraries, wainscotting, fireplace mantels, wall units and walk-in closets keeps Riendeau and the other two designers on staff busy, too. “Virtually anything you want designed and crafted in wood, we can do it,” she says. •

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Practical whimsy creates a peaceful haven in a Terrebonne backyard BY JULIE GEDEON PHOTOGRAPHY: ISABELLE GINGRAS STYLING: MÉLANIE COULOMBE

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THE SOOTHING SOUNDS OF CASCADING WATER among Buddha heads and bamboo shoots are some of the natural elements that have transformed a Terrebonne backyard into a Thai-inspired oasis. “We incorporated four small but separate water features, so the relaxing sound would carry throughout the space and into the house when the windows are open,” says Mélanie Coulombe of Plani-Paysage, who designed the garden; its construction was overseen by the company’s landscape foreman, Benoit Bleau. “The meditative semi-circle is located to be in full view from the kitchen, dining area and family room so that its tranquility can be appreciated even when it’s raining or too chilly to sit outside.”

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The large and densely forested backyard inspired Coulombe to play with foliage rather than introducing flowers. “Limiting the amount of exotic plants to smaller areas or containers also makes them affordable to replace if some don’t survive the winter either indoors or out,” she says.

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Bricks, stone and pebbles winter favourably, while the cedar seating and pergola add a warm richness. “The diamond focal point is filled with various mosses from the forest to provide a further array of greenery,” Coulombe says. “The permanent seating is practical and instantly made cozier with a few cushions.” •

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Subtle but strategic outdoor lighting casts a magical glow on the waterfalls, built-in bench and seemingly enchanted forest at nightfall.

Overhead lighting discreetly installed within the pergola gives the area a magical glow in the evening, as does the fireplace. “We also installed smaller lights under the floating plants in the central mini pond so that water shimmers along with the water flowing onto the rocks on each side of the main seating,” Coulombe says. While the homeowners adore the meditative space, there are times when they want their family and friends over to party heartily. The scarlet cushions, lanterns and cooking utensils on the main deck say it’s perfectly fine to get a bit loud during afternoon barbecues or evening soaks in the hot tub.

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Yet the space playfully integrates a transition to the quieter retreat with a bright red lotus made of porcelain, juxtaposed by a pure white living bloom on the table.. Glazed scarlet pots filled with frilly greens and towering bamboo sticks are contrasted by a quieter trickling bamboo fountain that spills into a container filled with aquatic vegetation. Other pots contain papyrus. The bright oval seating on the lower deck provides an ideal midpoint between the active living area and the serene location. The ambience of a smaller but still warming fire is created with the flick of a switch. “It’s great for when friends drop by for just a little while,” Coulombe says. •

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Wall sconces on each side of the patio doors, and lighting within the deck stairs cast a glow on the spirited red pots and help everyone to safely navigate the space without any obtrusive brightness. All of the decorative accents are fairly rugged or relatively inexpensive, so if a raccoon or squirrel decides to endure the karma of knocking over a Buddha head or a sound bowl, it’s not the end of the world for the animal or homeowners. It will also be easy to refresh the space – and even give it the flavour of an entirely different Asian country – down the line with new ornamental features.

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“The retreat is an example of how you can landscape a small area of a huge property to redefine the entire space in a truly unique way.”

A columned water feature combined with large stones and river rocks at the perimeter of the landscape signifies the return to the wilder forest that serves as the lush backdrop for the newly tamed space.

“The retreat is an example of how you can landscape a small area of a huge property to redefi ne the entire space in a truly unique way,” Coulombe says. Her clean design and construction of the Thai-inspired retreat minimize necessary maintenance, leaving the homeowners with a lot more time to enjoy their oasis in contemplative bliss. •

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BUILDING COMMUNITY Construction of the latest Pointe-Nord building in Nuns’ Island starts this summer

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IT ALL STARTED WITH A SITE AND A QUESTION. The site was about one million square feet at the northern tip of Nuns’ Island. The question: How to create a place where people would love to live? That was back in 2007. What has evolved is described as a master plan for an entire community that aims to bring together Old World concepts of a neighbourhood-based lifestyle and New World innovation and technology. Welcome to Pointe-Nord, and its latest component, the EvoloX condominium tower. “Montreal is an island, and yet, we are so cut off from the water. We created a waterfront community on the river, near downtown Montreal,” says Ilan Gewurz, executive

vice-president of Proment Corp., the developer behind the multi-tower, townhouse and low-rise neighbourhood that is redefining the concept of the modern urban lifestyle. The idea for Pointe-Nord was explored from a sociological perspective, Gewurz explains. “We went to some of the best urban planners and said: ‘How do you create a world-class community?’ ” The goal was to build a European-style neighbourhood with what Gewurz calls “a walkability lifestyle,” which includes cycling paths, artisanal shops, a local restaurant, a café, a French bakery and other services. And all of it only minutes from downtown Montreal.


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About 10 years later, Pointe-Nord includes about 1,000 homes: condos and lofts in the mid-rise Zuni complex, which also includes townhouses; three high-rise condo towers – Evolo, Evolo2 and EvoloS; and the low-rise Pavillon complex. And coming soon: EvoloX, a 285-unit, 36-storey condo tower in what Gewurz calls “the most exciting location,” right at the tip of Nuns’ Island’s northern point, giving almost every unit a double view of the St. Lawrence River and the downtown skyline. “It’s quite exciting to feel the energy of the Pointe-Nord,” says Mylène Trudel, a designer contracted to decorate one of six model units in the EvoloS tower, which potential buyers can browse through. Each of these condos has a distinct style, and offers a strong visual suggestion of a how units can be a transformed in a vibrant space that appeals to all age groups. Construction of the complex will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by early 2020, about a year before the planned opening of the nearby commuter-rail station that will be part of the Montreal region’s new rapid-speed train service, and two years after the completion of the new Champlain Bridge. With about 80 per cent of units already sold, the beneficiaries of having a convenient commuter rail station will be the residents, Gewurz says. “It’s very exciting.” EvoloX will be the tallest building on Nuns’ Island with unobstructed views. “It’s a symbol for us that Pointe-Nord has arrived,” Gewurz says with enthusiasm. The complex will include about 50 units that are much larger than the norm, aimed at “the more established buyer.” And every unit will have expansive views of the water and downtown. Two of the completed towers in the Pointe-Nord neighbourhood are certified LEED Gold, and the company will seek the same designation for the latest additions, making the project unique in the Quebec residential market. • EvoloX 101 de la Rotonde, apt. 1407, Montreal 514-612-3388 www.evolox.ca

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WAY OFF THE BEATEN PATH Blogger La Carmina brings unusual fashion, foods and travel destinations to her readers BY TRACEY MACKENZIE

CARMEN YUEN WAS SEARCHING for a way to exercise her creativity after completing her first year of a law degree at Yale University in 2007. During her undergraduate years at Columbia University, she had enjoyed a well-rounded curriculum that included art and music, and she yearned for some creative self-expression. “I was in love with Harajuku fashion (the alternative, experimental styles found in the Harajuku district of Tokyo) and Japanese subcultures,” Yuen says, adding that she launched a blog under the name “La Carmina” to connect with others who shared her interests. Within a year, the blog had several hundred thousand readers, and Yuen found herself travelling to Japan to meet with celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern to film an episode of Bizarre Foods. “This was a life-changing event for me,” says Yuen, who is known in the blogosphere as “La Carmina.” •

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“Not only did Andrew teach me to be fearless with food, but also with life itself. He made me realize that I should think bigger and that I should expand my horizons. Up until then, I had mainly focused on Japanese culture.” Yuen has since, as La Carmina, written and illustrated Cute Yummy Time, a cookbook based on Japanese character bento, which features food decorated to resemble people, animals and plants. It was followed by Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo, a book that explores the bizarre world of such themed venues as the Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire Café, where chocolate pens are used to decorate crepes. Born to a father who is an architect and a mother who is a real estate agent, Yuen learned about style and aesthetics at home. “I used to walk around and look at buildings with my dad and visit houses with my mom,” she says. Growing up in Vancouver, she also spent time in Hong Kong and Japan, where she developed a passion for Japanese subcultures. Influenced by both Gothic and Harajuku fashion, Yuen has a personal style that attracts attention, and her clothes have become popular. So popular, in fact, that she recently listed hundreds of unique items for sale on Depop, an online shop. Yuen admits her fashion sense is not for everyone; she once described her style as “Morticia Addams meets Hello Kitty.” However, there is a perfect balance to it. “I am a shape-shifter who likes to combine styles,” she says. “I like to be original.” Travel is another favourite activity. “I am addicted to travel,” she says, adding that many of her trips are sponsored by airlines and fashion houses. “Some destinations are a lot of fun, like the Gracery Shinjuku Hotel, a.k.a. the Godzilla Hotel in Tokyo,” she says. “There is a towering Godzilla statue that looks over the terrace and which moves and roars and has flashing eyes. There’s even a Godzilla room that you can rent if you want to really get up close and personal with the monster.”

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However, despite her predilection for kitsch culture, La Carmina writes about travel experiences that are off-the-beaten-tourist path. For her, “inspired travel” includes visits to temples in Myanmar and art exhibits that portray local cultures. “I like to ask myself questions such as ‘what are young people doing in Vietnam?’ or ‘What’s the art scene like in Myanmar?’ I want to connect with the people and learn about their culture,” she says. Yuen wrote about “Inherit the Dust,” an exhibit of photos by photographer Nick Brandt at the Stockholm Photography Museum. The photographer overlaid images of wildlife onto pictures of slums and quarries in east Africa. The result is a compelling effect of elephants roaming through industrial wastelands. In Myanmar, Yuen visited the Shwedagon Temple – also known as the golden temple – one of the country’s most sacred sites. Photographs portray children, their faces painted to protect their skin from the sun, punk rockers praying, monks and nuns, and chanting Buddhist children. “Since Myanmar has only recently opened its doors to foreigners, there are very few tourists in landmarks like these,” says Yuen. “It is still very locals-only.” •

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La Carmina has also appeared on “Better Late than Never,� a realty-travel show on NBC that features celebrities William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, Henry Winkler, George Foreman and Jeff Dye as they travel around Asia. She is pictured here with William Shatner.

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So how does Yuen decide on where to visit? “I’m not a tourist,” she says. “If I visit Amsterdam, I’m not going to visit the Anne Frank House or the Red Light District. I’m going to search out the underground scene instead.” She follows subcultures and underground lifestyles globally. What’s in this successful blogger’s future? In addition to chronicling off beat trends in travel, food and fashion, Yuen has turned her attention to interior design. She recently redecorated her Vancouver apartment, which she has profiled on her blog at www.lacarmina.com. Wherever she travels next, it’s a sure thing that she’ll seek out the unconventional and share her discovery with the rest of the world. “I blog about the things that inspire me,” she says. “I want to inspire others.” •

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THE WOW FACTOR. It never really goes out of style, especially in the kitchen. It’s like a signature secret sauce you make from scratch. It infuses the whole house with an exquisite essence that your guests marvel at as they raise their glasses to the host. And you? Well, even when you enjoy it alone, it conjures up thoughts of your grandmother while at the same time reminding you of just how far you’ve come. The owners of this house on Nuns’ Island were looking for a little wow factor when they remodelled their kitchen. The end result: Mission accomplished. It’s evident in every corner of the space. For designer Veronique Darsigny, who put together the drawings for this design by Montreal-based Cuisines Denis Couture, the biggest wow is packed in the custom-built transitional-style buffet. “The buffet is the gem,” says Darsigny, but then, she adds, there is also the range hood along the opposite wall. The ventilation hood finished in white polished lacquer is 60 inches wide, and hovers over an industrial-style 36-inch Wolf gas range with porcelain-coated cast-iron burner grates, stainless-steel trim and signature red control knobs. “It’s rare to see a hood that wide,” says Darsigny. The range hood is set above a 60-inch expanse of white quartz that serves as a show-stopping backsplash.

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Then, of course, there is also the arched doorway to the living room. With glass-paned panel doors that slide open as they disappear into the walls, and the glass-panelled arch, the access point offers its own brand of “wow,” opening an elegant passage to the rest of the house and framing the view of the stone fireplace in an elegant composition. Spectacular in all directions, yet none of the elements compete. Darsigny is impressed with the graceful flow. “It’s one of the nicest kitchens I’ve seen,” she says.

Designer Veronique Darsigny calls the buffet the kitchen’s “gem.”

And don’t overlook the little extras, including the walnut butcher-block-style counter on the island and the Dornbracht restaurant-style faucet. In addition, Darsigny points out, a series of subtle features adds to the functionality and high-end detailing. Custom cabinets conceal an additional interior drawer, magic corners maximize cupboard space, and the built-in appliances include a 24-inch SubZero wine fridge under the island. It all leads to the question: Who would want “wow” to go out of style? •

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These products make it easy to create a beautiful deck, patio or lawn

CANADIANS LOVE TO LIVE OUTSIDE during the warm months. We cook, dine, swim, lounge and hang out under the sun and the stars. That’s why the outdoor room is an important extension of the decor we enjoy indoors. These items are on trend to help you decorate the perfect outdoor space.

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OVER THE MOON Reminiscent of the best of 1960s design, the Luna chair is crafted of responsibly sourced rattan with a polypropylene binding and powder-coated steel frame. Put it on the patio, but it’s equally at home indoors.

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We love the plush vibe of the Kyoto outdoor collection, which has a waterproof inner liner and a Sunbrella outer shell to withstand rain and shine. Free shipping worldwide.

It’s lightweight but sturdy. The Akello outdoor dining chair has a polyester rattan seat and back, coated with a clear lacquer for easy cleaning. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth.

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This minimalist rendition of a classic picnic table and bench is great for the backyard deck or the kitchen. The teakwood tops of the Bennett table and bench sit atop A-frame bases and are unsealed for a natural finish.

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What better place to nap under the trees on a hot afternoon than in this Moroccan-inspired hammock with its decorative fringe. It can be strung between two trees or in a sunroom for maximum repose.

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LANTERNS STEAL THE LIMELIGHT

For a romantic atmosphere during al fresco dining, these teakwood lanterns cast a gentle illumination. Light the candles as the sun sets, and enjoy your meal. Anthropologie 2130 Rue de la Montagne, #105 Montreal

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Chilly evenings call for the Baltic rectangle propane fire pit table by Real Flame. Cast from a lightweight fibre-concrete, it comes with lava rock filler and a matching lid for when the burner is not in use. The Baltic Collection is CSA-certified and features an electronic ignition. Free shipping. Wayfair www.wayfair.ca

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These melamine plates bear the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company stripes, and are perfect for adults and children alike. This set of four plates is dishwasher safe.

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Lounging poolside is an elegant experience with the three-piece Wyler wicker seating set. Cushions and an outdoor rug contribute to that outdoor-room ambience. Cocktails not included. Free shipping. Wayfair www.wayfair.ca

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THE COMFORTS OF HOME

Durable polyethylene wicker is a perfect material for weather resistance. The Amezcua three-piece patio set is low maintenance but comfortable with its durable cushions. This set includes a loveseat,

a right-facing chaise and an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. Free shipping. Wayfair www.wayfair.ca

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The Philodendron wood outdoor chaise lounge by Bay Isle Home features a slatted acacia wood design and a curvy, ergonomic shape. Perfect for poolside, use it as is or with throw pillows for added comfort. Free Shipping.

The Ameland retro-inspired chair from Distinctly Home is a new take on an old design. Eco-friendly Petan wicker combines with a natural wood base to add a touch of luxury to an outdoor space.

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DRAIN GAIN

A new generation of linear shower drains opens up practical and design possibilities

Water drainage in a bathroom shower is something we tend to take for granted. That is, until it doesn’t work. New drainage technologies have been introduced to the Canadian market that ensure smooth and reliable function. We asked Dinu Filip, president of ACO Systems, to tell us about new drainage options for home showers that work reliably. QUESTION: Dinu, what trends are you seeing in shower drainage systems? ANSWER: In recent years, we have seen many interesting developments in design that include the European open concept i n bat h room s a nd, for d ra i nage, t he introduction of linear drains. For decades before 2010, all Canadian showers were equipped with a central-point drain; it was rather uninteresting and never part of the shower’s or bathroom’s design.

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Q: What is the advantage of linear drainage over traditional, conventional varieties? A: There are a number of advantages: design, aesthetics and function. From a design perspective, large tiles can be used on the floor thanks to its flatness, opening up many possibilities. The linear grate is an attractive aspect. From a functional perspective, linear drains make it easier to create a barrier-free (or curbless) shower. This is important for an aging population. Also, these drains are most often placed at the wall or the entrance of a shower, which means you don’t have to stand with your feet in water as it moves into the drain.

Q: What is a linear drain? A: The linear drain is not that different from a traditional point drain in its function and the way it is connected to the shower waterproofing system. The main difference is in the top visible part. It is stretched into a channel, covered with a grate. Q: How is a linear drain different from its traditional round cousin? A: The linear drain collects water along its entire length, not just at one point, as a centre drain does. As a result, the shower floor no longer needs to be shaped as a three-dimensional funnel that steers water to the centre. With the linear drain, the floor is a two-dimensional flat surface with a unidirectional slope towards the drain line. The shower drain can be located anywhere within the shower area, and is not required to be at the centre.

Q: What types of linear drains are available on the market in Canada? A: There is a good variety – all stainless products or a plastic body with a stainless steel grate for smaller budgets. There are also many poor-quality products from dubious sources that can be found online. I suggest people decide on the products after they actually see them, not based on an Internet picture. Even with a plastic body channel, the visible part (grate) at the surface is still stainless steel. The plastic channel is made of the same material as the plumbing it’s connected to, and we know this will last for a long time. As for the stainless steel products – not all are equal. Stainless steel will become sensitive to corrosion because of the manufacturing process – bending, punching, cutting, welding, etc. Without a quality surface treatment applied after manufacturing, the stainless steel will rust quickly and once it starts, nothing will stop it. There are also differences dictated by the waterproofing membrane the drain is connected to. This is important because certain drains do not work with certain membranes and a user should always know the membrane type used before buying the drain. •

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Powder rooms offer plenty of opportunity to get creative with design BY SUSAN KELLY

BACK IN THE 18TH CENTURY, the powder room was a retreat in which guests freshened the powder on their ample wigs. This little room’s purpose may have changed in the past two centuries, but it’s still a retreat, and one that homeowners have reclaimed when it comes to design. As one of the least expensive rooms in the house to renovate, why not push the envelope? In recent years, we’ve gone all out, tossing convention aside and experimenting with a bold colour palette, arresting wallpaper, glitzy chandeliers. But a more sophisticated approach to powder room design is emerging, a search for style statements that will stand the test of time. •

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Splashing out for some attention-riveting tiles, for instance, can create an immediate focal point. And that is an essential design ploy in powder rooms, says Stéphanie Bénard, marketing and social media advisor at Ciot. “Cramming too many elements in such a small room makes it appear cramped,” she says. “It’s more about injecting one unique element, using rare and precious design or materials to capture the eye.” In tiles, for instance, geometric designs remain in vogue, with many new and artistic riffs on the theme. Consider Naive Slimtech 5plus, an Italian-made laminated porcelain stoneware with scribbled black lines interweaving to create digital wall art. Still trending strongly are 3D tiles, whether undulating and curvy or squared-off and geometric, especially in the “it” shape of 2017: the hexagon. Rendered in shades of white, pale gray or blue, these tiles’ raised texture adds depth and visual interest to small spaces. “The look is very simple and complex at the same time,” Bénard says. “Very chic.”

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And what could be rarer and more precious than a custom architectural feature? Ciot Studio now offers clients the opportunity to commission a work by master mosaic artist Igor Marziali, who was classically trained in Italy and has gained international recognition. A 118-foot-long work of his – called Iridescent Lightning – graces the walls of the new Ground Zero subway station in New York. But Marziali and the Ciot team take on one-of-a-kind projects on a much smaller scale, too. He recreates works of the masters, past and present. He also works with clients to execute original designs, using a melange of natural stone, ceramic and glass tiles. •

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And there is no better way to show off luxe floor tiles than to have the powder room’s sink float above them, says Erin Brick, marketing manager at Fleurco, a Montreal company that produces high-end shower doors and bathroom products. “It creates the illusion of more space, which is always important in a small room,” she says. And it is not only heritage homes, in which the powder room may be a converted closet, that feel the pinch. Many newly built condos dotting the Montreal skyline devote little square footage to the water closet.

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Fleurco recently launched Luna, a series of five wall-mounted vanities with integrated sink. With powder rooms in mind, the smallest measures just under 18 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Response at the design shows was strongest for the most contemporary version. The essence of simplicity, the sink and open shelf below are carved from a block of composite marble. Other models have lacquered wood doors for closed storage, and are available in either glossy white or a natural grey or brown finish.


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Above the vanity, a lighted mirror is not only on trend, but can add ambient light to the powder room, Brick says. One version in the Luna series casts an all-over glow using LED technology, which could eliminate the need for an overhead fixture or chandelier. It’s a good move, as light cast downward is the most unbecoming. Fleurco also produces a mirror lit by two side strips, which is perfect for spaces where there is no room for flanking wall sconces. “And the light is designed to be as warm and flattering as possible, a thoughtful touch most guests will appreciate,” she says. •

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Faucets in an unexpected black matte finish are in, he says. There are also the chiselled good looks of the Myriad faucet by Horus in black chrome or gold. Its masculine squared-off shape, with a faceted surface, gives a nod to an Art Deco cigarette lighter. Gold is having a moment in 2017. No more easing into the trend with satin or brushed finishes, either. Bright, shiny gold gives a contemporary faucet new life. But there are plenty of more conventional curved and gilded faucets f lanked with ornate knobs, some with inset crystal or ceramic. “It is part of a swing towards more traditional design in the bathroom,” Millan says. “Even younger people are gravitating towards it; they like the enduring quality of the style.”

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The quest for unique and original style extends right down to the faucets on the sink, says Gary Millan, national sales manager at Nortesco. “In a two-piece bathroom, you want one of them to stand out,” he says. “Just like a luxe accessory for a basic black suit or dress, a beautiful tap can make or break the look of the sink.”

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The appreciation for trends of yore extends to toilets, where more conventional models that sit firmly on the ground are coming on strong. Some designs harken back to days when toilets had an elevated tank mounted on the wall and a pull chain to flush. The Canova Royal toilet from Catalano gives the concept an update with sleek contemporary design. In contrast, vintage-looking wall tank toilets are still available. Authentic versions from Thomas Crapper, the British company founded by the alleged inventor of the modern toilet, might set you back as much as $7,000, Millan says. There’s no denying that modern floating versions remain the most sought-after look in toilets. But toilets that sit solidly on the floor are making a comeback, albeit with a twist, says Pierre Descoteaux, chief executive officer at bathroom design company PierDeco. “The latest have the tank and controls neatly tucked behind the wall, like with a floating toilet,” he says. “But because they sit so close to the wall, you save lots of space.” •

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And as for shapes, anything goes – from ultra-contemporary glazed cubes or rounded apples to Zen garden rock-like and Old World glamour. Giving the tankless toilet total elegance is AeT Italia, a venerable family-run design house based in Italy. One version consists of a graceful bowl with a capitoné finish in white or black with gold accents, resembling a beautiful tufted ottoman. Other toilets have finishes that emulate subtle ivory damask or have black lace edging around a white bowl.

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Think outside the box when it comes to the sink, too, Descoteaux advises. You might do away with the vanity, letting one exquisite sink pack a lot of design punch. For the space-challenged, PierDeco carries a wallhung version touted as the world’s smallest, measuring a scant 10 inches wide. And there is no need to opt for basic black, white or grey in sinks today. Many come in an array of fashionable colours, including chic metallic finishes. Pedestal sinks also get updates, taking the shape of a long sculptural cylinder. “Just because something is functional doesn’t mean it can’t have extraordinary style,” says Descoteaux. “We’re not looking for throwaway style here, but rather something that will be appreciated over time.” •

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A HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE Offering the best, Sotheby’s International Realty captures the Canadian market

IT TOOK VERY LITTLE TIME for the blue signs to pop up on lawns across the country. While it may seem as if Sotheby’s International Realty Canada has always been entrenched in this country’s real estate market, in fact it arrived in Vancouver in 2005 and quickly made its mark by capturing a niche, and expanding nationally. “After we came into the Canadian market, our focus was to service the luxury market and high-net-worth clients,” says Sacha Brosseau, vice president of brokerage for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. “We wanted to be at the top of service.” The company opened an office in Montreal in 2006, and one in Toronto the following year, and it did so with a business model that is considerably different from that of other real estate companies. “Sotheby’s is one franchise for all of Canada,” says Brosseau. There are now 31 offices located acorss Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia; there are also plans to expand in each of those markets in the coming years. Brosseau is one of four top executives in Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. The others are Brad Henderson, chief executive officer; Andrew MacFarlane, executive vice president, operations and finance; and Elaine Hung, vice president of marketing.

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Brosseau attributes the company’s fast rise in the Canadian market to the fact that “we are able to assure a top level of service because the same executives run all of the offices. For us, luxury is an experience, not a price point.” And while the company has captured the high-end market, it is not the only market that its brokers represent. “We recently represented a property in the West Island that was

listed at $337,000,” he says. “It received 60 visits, 15 offers, and sold well over the asking price. All of our clients receive the same level of service from our brokers regardless of the price of their home. All we want to do is provide premium services and professional real estate advice nationwide. Your home doesn’t need to be a $1 million home to be listed by Sotheby’s. It’s all about the quality of service.”


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“Passion for the work trickles down from the top of the company.” Brosseau got his start in real estate in 2005, when he teamed up with his mother, Maureen Brosseau, in the Westmount market. He joined Sotheby’s in 2009 and was named director of projects in 2011, overseeing the sales of the 333 Sherbrooke E. condo project. He became the company’s director of operations, overseeing Quebec, in 2013. “Since then, I’ve been able to grow our business; we opened the first real estate office in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile,” Brosseau says. “We also opened an office in the West Island last year, and are now in the concourse of Westmount Square, which gives us exclusive positioning.” Under Brosseau’s leadership, the company has also relocated its Knowlton office to “a more strategic position,” on the town’s main street.

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“We’ve recruited some of the best real estate brokers in the province, including some up-and-coming ones,” he says, adding that the company’s brokers are able to offer a high level of service to their clients because the company supports their needs. “Our intention is to service our brokers who are already successful in their markets. It’s not our intention to have a large number of brokers in Quebec,” says Brosseau, who was named vice president for brokerage last year. “We have the best brokers in each area.” Brosseau says the “passion for the work trickles down from the top of the company.” “The four executives who run Sotheby’s International Realty Canada have a strong working relationship as well as friendship, and our people can tap into their expertise anytime they like,” he says. There are also strong working relationships at the company’s local level, he adds. “While this is a corporate entity, it has a family feel. We are all reachable.” •

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HOW TO BUY REAL ESTATE AS AN INVESTMENT

Buying a condo or ’plex to rent out can bring excellent financial returns

BY STEPHANIE WHITTAKER

HISTORICALLY, REAL ESTATE HAS BEEN VIEWED as one of the best investments available. More tangible and less risky than the stock market, real estate offers investors an opportunity to earn income from rents and reap profit when they sell. However, real estate experts warn, no one should leap into the real estate market without doing plenty of homework first. While there is great potential for profit, there is also potential for problems for those who are unschooled about the market and unprepared for it.

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“Now is a good time to invest in real estate in Montreal,” says Sylvie Ménard, a real estate broker with Royal LePage Humania. “Compared with other urban markets in Canada, we still have the cheapest real estate per square foot.” Ménard has helped various clients invest in Montreal real estate, and has some advice for anyone considering a leap into the market. One of the best buys, she says, is in divided condominiums. “I’m talking about older condos. By ‘older,’ I mean between 10 and 15 years old,” she says. “The reason they


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“If your tenants lose their keys or need services in the middle of the night, an onsite concierge is of great value.” represent a good opportunity is that whatever work needed to be done on them – new roof and so on – has likely been done. That means that the condo fees are stable.” When choosing a unit, she adds, be sensitive to noise. “Ask your broker if the walls, ceilings and floors are made of concrete.” Another important consideration, Ménard adds, is whether there is a concierge who lives onsite. “The value of this is incredible, and it upgrades the quality of the building,” she says. “If your tenants lose their keys or need services in the middle of the night, an onsite concierge is of great value.” She suggests that buyers ask for documentation about the building. “You want to know if something happened three or four years ago to the building that the owners are still collectively paying for,” she says. “Moreover, you want to know if all of the owners are regularly paying their condo fees. You want to become aware of the building’s flaws and strengths.” •

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A current phenomenon that can be a nightmare for many condo owners, says Ménard, is Airbnb rentals, which create a transient climate in a building. Potential buyers should learn whether rules prohibit owners from temporarily renting out their units. “Ideally, the minimum rental period should be one year,” she says. “If condo owners in a building are permitted to rent short-term, you get a lot of people coming and going and partying.” Out-of-town investors should hire a local real estate broker to be a go-to resource for tenants and to trouble-shoot problems. Another advantageous way to invest in real estate is to buy a ’plex, says Ménard, referring to buildings that have between two and six units. “If you can afford to, it is better to invest in a ’plex than in a single condo unit, because if one of your tenants defaults on the rent, you have several others,” she says. This is particularly important for investors who use rental income to pay a mortgage and other expenses.

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Choose a neighbourhood wisely, she adds. “It’s better to buy a ’plex in a high-end area, because it’s likely to be more solid and better maintained than one in a working-class neighbourhood,” she says. Buying in an up-and-coming area that is undergoing gentrification may look like a bargain, she adds, “but you’ll probably have to invest $100,000 in upgrades, such as the roof, foundation, plumbing, electricity, and bicycle storage (which is much sought after these days) before you can even look at the aesthetics of the property.” And apropos of aesthetics, the wise buyer invests in new kitchens and bathrooms when renovating a rental property because it increases the potential rent, but these rooms should not be high-end. “Save the marble counters for your own residence, not your rental property,” Ménard says.

She suggests repeat visits to the neighbourhood you’re targeting. “Walk in the area in the middle of the day, at about 2 p.m., and then again between 4 and 5 p.m. Weekends, too,” she says. “You’re looking at the quality of the people on the streets. Are there families, children, schools, markets?” And her two symbols of an up-and-coming neighbourhood, or one that has already arrived: “Starbucks and a sushi shop. If these businesses are in the neighbourhood, your potential clientele is there, too.” Finally, she suggests, talk to a real estate broker about the potential for return on investment. “Call a broker who knows about investment properties,” she says. “No one should go through this process without help.” •

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AGING GRACEFULLY

Baby boomers are redesigning their bathrooms for the future

Canada’s population is aging, and as its citizens enter their senior years, many face difficult decisions about housing. Should they maintain the single-family homes in which they raised families or downsize into smaller accommodations? Many, it seems, are opting to stay put in their homes, albeit with a few modifications. One key area for revision in homes for aging homeowners is the bathroom. Montreal Home asked Russell Dagenais, business development manager and marketing director at Fleurco, a Montreal company that specializes in the design and manufacture of high-end showers and other bathroom fixtures, for his take on how a bathroom can be transformed into a safe haven for aging homeowners. QUESTION: Russell, what are aging baby boomers doing with their homes after their children fledge? ANSWER: The baby boomers now have space! The bathroom was originally designed for speed and functionality. Homeowners are now aging gracefully and have the space to create showpieces. Size does not matter – they want comfort, safety, beauty and functionality. The traditional alcove tub can be replaced with a shower that has a low profile base or a tiled floor. Q: How are people modifying the bathrooms in their homes to enable them to age in place? A: As we get older, the bathroom area feels larger because the children have moved

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out. The desire and finances are available to update the space. We’ve noticed that baby boomers are enlarging their bathrooms, redoing the tiles, installing heated floors, and adding stand-up showers, lighted mirrors and free-standing tubs. Q: Have showers replaced bathtubs? Are bathtubs becoming obsolete? A: Bathtubs will never disappear as they are needed for young children. But with the aging population, in many cases the standard alcove tub is being replaced with a shower for safety reasons. Some homeowners add a free-standing tub if the space allows. The latest generation of tubs are works of art. Clean, sharp

lines, quality materials, and they’re designed to last. They are made of acrylic (in which there are many different qualities), and polymarbles that are heavier and can offer a different look and feel. Q: What can be done to outfit a bathroom to allow residents to remain in their homes into old age? A: Baby boomers are not aging as their parents did; they’re still healthy and will stay in their homes longer. One change they’re making is removing or minimizing the potential of slipping and falling. There are bases designed to fit directly over the space where a tub was. In many cases, there are seats built into the base with minimal complications for the


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Q: What recommendations do you have for anyone who wishes to remain in his or her home after retirement? A: Look at the space with the goal of designing for the future. We all know that at some time in the future we will need the bathroom to be as safe and comfortable as possible with items in place to aid us: low or non-existent thresholds for showers, heated floors, grab bars, faucets that prevent burns by not exceeding a specific temperature, large shower spaces, easy-to-open cabinets, and tubs that will add resale value. • installation. There is also the option of lighting. We are seeing more and more lighted mirrors in the bathroom. These mirrors offer an ambient light that can be dimmed so it can be used at night or at any time. Q: What new technologies are being used to that end? A: The key criteria in the design of bathrooms now are safety, beauty and functionality. We’re seeing grab bars in showers or

strategically placed in bathrooms, thicker glass for support in the shower space, low thresholds for easy access into showers, and higher glass panels with a minimal shield. Manufacturers are offering showers prepped with easy-to-clean coatings to minimize maintenance. Some companies produce bases and tubs in top-quality acrylic to maintain the colour and ease of repair and to minimize risks of wear and tear.

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SPECIAL MOMENTS ARE THEIR SPECIALTY This party rental company organizes events that give their clients warm memories

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MOST COMPANIES ARE DEFINED by the goods and services they provide. But for Judy and Andrew Paquette, their company focuses on moments. That is what they deliver: special, momentous, impressive, life-defining, milestone occasions. These moments belong to their clients, of course: at weddings, corporate banquets, family reunions, engagements, community events, fund-raising extravaganzas. But the Paquettes take on the task of delivering them. It’s often no small feat. But seamless and spectacular rarely are. The Paquettes are the owners of Bravo Party Rentals, an event services and equipment rental company based in Dorval. They provide the stuff needed to stage a gathering – in a backyard, a hotel reception hall, a local community centre, at Montreal’s Grand Prix or in a massive tent with thousands at the annual Strangers In The Night gala in

the parking lot at Fairview Pointe-Claire. They take care of everything from the tents, tables, linens, cutlery and tableware, to the music, red carpets and a long list of outsidethe-box requests that clients have put on their wish lists. “In 33 years, there isn’t much we haven’t seen,” says company vice president Judy Paquette. That list has included everything from providing live exotic animals to arranging for a helicopter to shuttle guests back and forth to a location. “It’s not always simple. People dream a lot.” “It’s amazing the amount of resources we have because of the years we have in the business and the people we have on staff.” But when it’s time for the big moment to arrive, everything has to be in place. Judy Paquette refers to this as the “glamour moment.”


“When the bride comes down the aisle, or when the CEO gets up to speak, everything has got to be ready at that moment,” says Andrew Paquette. “And we appreciate that.” It is that appreciation that has built their reputation in the industry. “It’s our job as providers to keep everyone warm and keep it on time. It’s a huge deal,” he says. And it’s a deal that after three decades in the business Andrew Paquette never tires of. Because, as he sees it, it boils down to a series of joyous occasions. “It’s based on people celebrating, and people coming together,” he says. “That’s what we enjoy.” Delivering moments that people remember is how the Paquettes define their business. • Bravo Party Rentals 2055 Hymus Blvd., Dorval 514-685-8000 www.bravoparty.com

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AN EXCELLENT USE OF SPACE A modest-sized 19th century home is cleverly renovated so the family can use every square foot BY JULIE GEDEON PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEXANDRE PARENT

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THE FRONT OF THE RENOVATED HOME owned by Anick Truong and Mathieu Courtat looks similar to the other row houses on their block near the Atwater Market, but it’s a whole other story inside and out back. “The large windows that we installed make the whole place feel so much more spacious and naturally brighter,” says Anick. “And the third storey we added isn’t even visible from the street.” A modest cost, quaint neighbourhood and convenient location near downtown prompted the couple to purchase the 1875 home before the area really started trending. “We knew the building needed work, but the low price gave us the budget to renovate it to our tastes,” Anick says.

Rather than immediately beginning the renovations, the couple lived in the house for a year to get a feel for the place. “As soon as winter arrived, I knew we had to find ways to create more natural light or the place would be too depressing for me,” Anick says. The couple hired La Shed Architecture to handle the expansion and renovations. “Being familiar as a real estate agent with La Shed’s work, I knew the designers would come up with an original look that would also be highly functional,” Anick says. With only 1,200 square feet (before the third-floor expansion), the homeowners were eager to optimize the space. The project was further complicated by municipal bylaws that require the historic frontage to remain unchanged other than the addition of new doors and windows that must still be traditionally styled.

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Concrete tiles were chosen to seamlessly connect the home and the studio’s concrete floors with the outdoor space. The homeowners doubled their summertime living area with expansive patio doors and the exterior furniture that readily awaits them and their guests. A horizontal cedar fence lengthens the space in addition to ensuring privacy. “The usual tendency is to top off a fence with a fancier wood or motif, but we opted to keep the clean lines with just a gap between the upper planks to create a touch of spaciousness,” Yannick Laurin says.

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La Shed designer Yannick Laurin rose to the challenge. “The openness and third-floor addition that the clients wanted all had to be achieved at the back of the building,” he says. “We chose a plain white exterior to blend harmoniously with the existing white brick so the shift from historic to modern is actually very smooth.” The couple adores the three large glass panels that can be stacked together in the centre or to either side of the aluminum patio doorway. “We move them to the middle when we have a lot of people over so there’s a natural in-and-out flow between the house and backyard,” Anick says. •

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La Shed Architecture’s designer Yannick Laurin incorporated a kitchen buffet/cappuccino station into the base of the open staircase to optimize space in a creative way. The risers were kept open to allow natural light to penetrate into the centre of the home. The skylight at the top of the stairwell is another example of how the designer took every opportunity to increase the home’s natural light.

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Custom-built maple cabinetry adds a touch of warmth to the lightness of the otherwise white kitchen that forms the hub of this home. The homeowner’s love of cooking was kept in mind when extensive counter space and storage were designed. The steel kitchen table combines a historic industrial look with modern lines. The antique-style chairs in a transparent acrylic likewise play with time frames, adding whimsy in an airy fashion. The couple selected the same lighting they had at their restaurant table in Iceland where they announced Anick’s first pregnancy to Mathieu’s mother. Table: l’Atelier de Gaspé; chairs: Maison Corbeil; pendant lights: Tom Dixon.

One of Laurin’s signature designs is evidenced in the main stairwell that uses one end of a customized kitchen buffet/cappuccino station as the starting platform so that the homeowners literally walk over the furniture. “It’s the first time that we’ve done something like this to effectively use the space under a stairwell and clearly delineate the more private rooms upstairs from the central kitchen,” Laurin says.

“We chose open risers to allow natural light to penetrate all the way into the middle of the home,” he adds. “The skylight at the top of the stairwell also brightens the area.” Several neighbourhood power failures persuaded the couple to install a combined gas/induction range and a utility fireplace. “We’re able to stay put even if the electricity goes out for days,” Anick says. “The fireplace heats up the house within minutes.” •

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“The skylight at the top of the stairwell also brightens the area.”

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An elaborate chandelier and king-sized bed with a diamondtufted headboard have ample space in the master bedroom that has all of the couple’s belongings neatly tucked away in extensive closets. Chandelier: Bois & Cuir.

Bedrooms were kept minimalist with all of the family’s belongings tucked out of sight in extensive built-in closets. “We’re really glad that we had the closets framed so that we change the storage compartments as our children grow into bigger clothing,” Anick adds. Still without children when they initially planned their renovations, Mathieu opted for a small man cave while Anick had a seamless floor-to-ceiling mirror delivered by crane to create an upstairs yoga studio. The couple appreciates the flexibility each room offers, along with the abundant storage elsewhere in the home. •

A standalone tub makes the ensuite bathroom feel larger, as does the sliding mirror that hides additional storage space. The maple cabinetry and a steel countertop take their cue from the kitchen cabinets and table.

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The homeowner appreciates having a small office space in the alcove by the stairs on the second storey of the house. Every nook and cranny of the home is used to advantage without overcrowding any space.

The house is currently for sale by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. www.sothebysrealty.ca Search: SIRC172642

Rather than allowing the old windows to go to waste, the homeowners used them to renovate and upgrade an existing shed into a studio at the far end of their yard. The shed is insulated and heated for year-round use. Photography: Alexandre Parent / Studio Point De Vue | Sotheby’s International Realty Québec

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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING West Island company creates cabinets and storage options for the kitchen and every other room

JACK IFRAH BELIEVES that kitchens are a bit like fingerprints: every one is unique. So it follows that each kitchen his company touches carries the distinctive signature of a custom creation. “Each kitchen is unique. Every house is unique. Every job is completely unique,” says Ifrah, president of Jazzy Designs, a West Island-based cabinet manufacturing and design company that specializes in custom kitchens, bathrooms and built-ins. There is nothing modular, repetitive, or one-size-fits-all about what Jazzy creates. Each project begins with the clients – their needs and wants – and ends with ensuring that every detail of their new living space meets their expectations and lifestyle. But the road between that starting point and that end result involves a process that is as meticulously precise as it is creative. “There’s a balance between aesthetics and functionality,” Ifrah says. Finding that balance is not an accident. It’s a skill – one that his team of designers showcases in every project. To illustrate the point, he turns to a job his team took on that involved building all the custom cabinets in a Westmount home. The owners are a couple who went from a large single-family house to a smaller condo. They were renovating the entire unit, and were very concerned that they wouldn’t have enough space – for the things they needed on a day-to-day basis and for storage. “This was a huge renovation job. It was a complete job. This is the last home they figured they were going to live in,” he says.

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This quartz-covered peninsula in the kitchen was built in the space that had previously been a wall.

Jazzy’s team worked with the owners’ contractor and designer to create not only the kitchen cabinetry, but also the built-in cabinets and custom closets in almost every area – the bathroom, living room, master bedroom and office. In the kitchen, the process started with the clients making an inventory. Everything they used in their old kitchen was itemized and a space was created for it in their new kitchen.

The knife drawer was custom designed to fit the inventory of items the couple provided. Each item from their former kitchen was given a spot in the new space.


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This custom-built cabinet in the master bedroom is 11 feet wide and 18 inches deep. It conceals the television with doors that glide to the side because the owners did not want them to swing open into the room. The mirrors were added to give the room more depth. It is outfitted with crystal pulls.

The floating bedside tables were built and mounted onto the headboard in the master bedroom. “It was something they wanted,” Ifrah says.

This included every piece – from what would go into the knife drawer to how many bottles would be stored in the spice rack. “Every space was accounted for,” says Ifrah. The same process was employed in the other areas. In the bathroom, this led to the creation of not only a custom floating vanity with a marble countertop, but a made-to-measure make-up centre on the opposite wall. In the bedroom, Ifrah designed a wall unit that concealed a television. The clients did not want the doors to swing open to access the TV, so he built it with doors that glided to the sides so as to minimize the space required. Mirrors were then added to the 11-foot-wide

The floating vanity and make-up centre in the ensuite bathroom are designed with lacquered cabinets and a marble countertop.

unit that ran along one wall to give the room a greater sense of size. An additional custom storage cabinet was built to fit against an open wall in the master bedroom to give the woman of the house additional closet space, a specific request on the couple’s wish list. Ifrah also built the custom side tables that were mounted directly onto the headboard to provide another unique and stylish touch. But it was in the office that Jazzy’s custom creations were fully optimized. The couple desperately wanted to increase the storage space available to them. So Ifrah and his team of designers, which included Nadia Kies, along with the client’s designer, Barbara Yaffe,

built cabinets along three walls of this room, giving the man of the house extra closet space in addition to ample storage room. “We of fer a custom ser v ice,” If ra h says. “It’s very professional and at a very high level. When it all comes together, it’s very fulfilling.” •

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This Arizona resort promises a romantic sojourn and an opportunity for renewal WEDDINGS, ROMANTIC GETAWAYS AND SUNSHINE. These are among the specialties associated with the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, one of Arizona’s award-winning destination hotels. And just to add a little dash of style and intrigue, it all comes packaged in a setting that is heaped in ancient Spanish tradition. •

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Surrounded by the Sonoran Desert at the foot of Camelback Mountain, the resort in Paradise Valley just east of Phoenix is inspired by the whitewashed villages of Andalusia in southern Spain. In fact, artifacts from the Andalusia region can be found throughout the resort, including terracotta “tinjas,” or oil jars, that come from the Spanish countryside in Jaén, a province in north-eastern Andalusia. “When the property was f irst being planned, the architect and designer went on a trip to Italy, Spain and Mexico for artefacts and to find inspiration,” says Chloe Dake, public relations and communications manager at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Among the items they found on this expedition were handcrafted tiles. Couples taking a romantic stroll on the property might notice these hand-painted slabs that now cover the floor in the resort’s main entrance. These are the same tiles that once were part of the floor of a small 19th century tavern in the town of Guadix in the Spanish province of Granada. The tiles have witnessed generations of people gathering to enjoy a glass of wine and tapas. “It’s a really unique place with the Spanish architecture and the Spanish feeling,” Dake says of the resort. “The antiquities add to the unique sense of place; it’s not an everyday experience.”•

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Another popular feature that adds to the resort’s charm and traces its origin to an earlier time is what many guests refer to simply as “the bell.” Officially known as The Bell of El Camino Real, it is one of the original 450 bells that marked the route called the El Camino Real, or the “King’s Highway,” which was the first roadway in California. Today, guests throughout the resort hear it ring as each newlywed couple is invited to let it peal to mark the beginning of their married life. The Omni Scottsdale is a popular wedding spot, with more than 50 ceremonies and receptions held there every year, Dake says. Although both the bride and groom are invited to ring the bell, Dake admits most of the photos on display on the resort’s Montelucia’s Cherished Memories wall show the woman taking on the task. “Most of the time, the groom lets the bride ring it,” Dake says. “It rings throughout the property.”

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One of the reasons there are so many weddings at the Omni Scottsdale is because the resort caters to romance. Some of the wedding ceremonies are held at the Castillo Lucerna, a chapel. The door to Castillo Lucerna is a massive colonial handcrafted piece of solid teak from northern Portugal. It features 72 framed panels, and the original decorative bronze nails are easily visible. The massive portal also has a small “zaguan,” or door within a door. But once you walk through this history-steeped entrance, let the magic begin. The interior space, with its high ceilings and mirrored walls, can be configured to accommodate both the wedding ceremony and a reception. “It can be transformed depending on what the guest is looking for,” Dake explains. “We really are a romantic destination.”


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But you don’t have to get married to get caught up in the romance of the surroundings. One of the simplest pleasures is a romantic stroll on the many paths throughout the property, Dake says. You may want to indulge yourself at the resort’s Joya Spa, home to Arizona’s only hammam experience, a Mediterranean bathing ritual that is described as “a pleasurable, cleansing and social experience.” Guests can enjoy a range of exquisite dining at the resort – from its signature restaurant, Prado, which sets the bar for fine dining in the region with a dash of Old World charm, to the casual Mbar lounge, where guests can relax at the outdoor communal tables to share wood-fired tapas and toast with one of several unique sangria blends. •

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IF YOU GO If you are planning a visit to the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia, here are a few recommendations: TAKE A PAIR of sturdy closed-toe shoes and comfortable active wear if you plan to hike up Camelback Mountain. Echo Canyon, one of two trails at the site, is minutes from the resort. This type of excursion is best enjoyed in the cooler months, however.

IF YOU PLAN to visit during the summer months, when temperatures can reach 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, it is recommended that you rent a cabana by the pool. The shaded spaces are equipped with misters and include fruit platters, chips and salsa, water bottles, sunscreen, and lip balm for up to six guests. The cabana packages have tiered options that include drink packages and choice locations.

IF YOU PLAN to indulge yourself, it is best to book your spa treatments ahead of time. The Joya Spa is very popular with locals. Reserve your spot when you book.

With 293 guest rooms, 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites that include 2,500 square feet of living space and access to a private pool, there are many ways to experience a special couple’s getaway. Oh, and did anyone mention that it rarely rains in Arizona? The resort confidently boasts that it sees an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. •

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THE ART OF THE MEETING From prime ministers and rappers to a solo video conference, this downtown centre hosts them all

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON SPOKE THERE. Singer Chantal Kreviazuk performed there. Rapper Akon rapped there. And they did it in a tiered 730 -seat theatre. While visits to the city from internationally renowned personalities may call to mind images of such venues as Place des Arts, in fact, these events all took place at a destination that may well be one of Montreal’s best-kept secrets. The venue is the Centre Mont-Royal, a conference and special events centre that boasts multi-functional meeting rooms as well as the above-mentioned theatre. Situated downtown, across from the McGill University campus in a building once occupied by the International Civil Aviation Organization, CMR, as it’s called, hosts about 600 gatherings annually – from corporate events, charity fund-raisers and annual general meetings to weddings and film premieres with cocktails. While the centre is not a hotel, it’s located near plenty of downtown accommodation. “We are surrounded by many hotels: luxury, boutique and mid-range accommodation,” says CMR’s director of sales and marketing, Luis Ribeiro. Some, he adds, are less than a minute’s walk away. The centre opened 17 years ago and has since held a myriad of diverse events. Distinguished visitors have included comedian

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Howie Mandel, who hosted a charity event; entrepreneur extraordinaire Richard Branson; and such politicians as Jean Chretien, Stephen Harper and the late Jack Layton. Looking back on his career at CMR, Ribeiro muses that the theatre made an exciting first impression on him. “I thought about all the possibilities here,” he says. Ribeiro’s staff includes two sales managers who take care of bookings, and three event coordinators who handle all elements - from timing and logistics to food and beverage service. Once an event gets underway, “event managers are on the floor taking care of the logistics: wait staff, and food and beverage servicing. They’re in the line of fire; they make sure that all of the event details are synchronized,” says Ribeiro “You have to be a people person. Clients keep telling us week after week: ‘your staff is incredible.’ ” Ribeiro calls the Centre Mont-Royal “a chameleon-like venue” because it can be transformed quickly to accommodate various events.

“We hosted (rapper) Akon right after hosting a Bell Canada corporate event,” he says. The stage was stripped of its blue backdrop, podium and flashing Bell corporate logos, and was quickly transformed into a space filled with dancers, musicians and strobe lighting for Akon, the American rapper/ songwriter. “I took a look at some of the concertgoers’ videos and said: ‘Wow, we just did that,’ ” Ribeiro says.

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For clients who want to host business meetings or trade shows, there are 17 multi-functional conference rooms. Stage Vision, the official in-house audio-visual company, supplies technical support throughout the venue. Also onsite is an outdoor terrace for meeting and greeting in fine weather. Food and beverages are furnished from the onsite kitchen, led by executive head chef Yves Malenfant, who, along with his brigade, produces food for more than 600 yearly events, with a combined kitchen and wait staff of as many as 150. Ribeiro says CMR has hosted events for as many as 1,000 people. “We do not have a minimum; we’ve had meetings with one person doing a videoconference with a company in New York City,” he says. Recalling some of his favourite moments, he remembers the stage being set with a Yamaha baby grand piano, two musicians – a harpist and a guitarist – for singer Chantal Kreviazuk, who sat with a glass of Chardonnay, and explained to the audience that she was performing on her birthday. “I come to work sometimes not knowing how an event is going to hit me,” Ribeiro says. •

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EXTRA LIVING SPACE Decks and patios allow homeowners to extend their indoor living space outside BY JULIE GEDEON

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GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN a backyard deck is a DIY afterthought. Patios and decks have become an extension of the living space of the home as we choose to spend as much time as possible relaxing outdoors with family and friends. Stylish yet practical decks and other projects conceived and installed by Patio Design expand a home’s usability, so an entire property is enjoyed under the sun and stars. “We take great pride in the uniqueness and quality of every project,” says the company’s owner, David Cousineau. “One of our architects always meets directly with our clients so that we can determine the precise space and its configuration, the current or

planned uses for the area, the clients’ distinct preferences, the amount of time the homeowners plan to keep that residence, as well as the various options available within their budget range.” The company’s team is trained to explain the pros and cons of the many outdoor materials available. “A key question is always why one type of panel costs more than another,” Cousineau says. “We’re able to outline the reasons in detail.” With leisure time at a premium, many homeowners are instantly drawn to the maintenance-free alternatives to wood. “These days, there are many excellent alternatives. The plastic or polymer composites are, based


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on the product, guaranteed for 30 years to maintain their colour, and there’s no upkeep – sanding or staining – required whatsoever,” Cousineau says. Other considerations include whether there’s a backyard pool or a hot tub because no one wants to be slip-sliding away. “The higher-priced composites provide a better wet surface grip,” Cousineau says. “They also tend to be more scratch-resistant, which is an important consideration when a family has small children or pets, or regularly entertains a large number of people.” High-end composites also come in a broad range of colours. “A homeowner can select a shade that few if any others have,” he says. “It’s also easier to precisely match a home decor to make that outdoor-living space a seamless extension.” Of course, Patio Design has various types of wood panelling for those who don’t mind doing some maintenance to enjoy the beauty of white pine or the warmth of Western red cedar. “Wood creates a warm ambience,” Cousineau says. “Ultimately, it’s a question of taste and our clients opt for what they like.”

Exotic woods can give an outdoor space more of a tropical-paradise vibe – especially with the gazeboes or pergolas that Patio Design creates as part of a backyard oasis. Also working with aluminum, steel, glass and fiberglass, the company prides itself on handling every aspect of a project with its teams of certified, experienced carpenters. “Our clients never encounter the frustrations that can arise when dealing with affiliates or subcontractors,” Cousineau says. He encourages homeowners to begin dreaming of the possibilities for their outdoor space by visiting the company’s website. It features many of its innovative projects. •

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One of the best things about Montreal’s summer season is the outdoors. Who wants to be in the house when sun and warm breezes beckon? Many of us enjoy the summer by engaging in outdoor activities: hiking, swimming, cycling or practicing yoga in the park. And many of us just love to hang out in the backyard, albeit in high style. Canadians have fallen in love with their outdoor kitchens and dining areas that rival the indoors, swimming pools, and landscaping that make staycations as much fun as vacations. That’s why the upcoming Outdoors issue of Montreal Home is full of fascinating features about how to create stylish comfort outside, for lounging and entertaining.

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