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EDITOR’S LETTER

THE CONCEPT OF THE OUTDOOR ROOM – a space filled with the comforts of home minus a roof and four walls – is gaining ground, so to speak, in Canada. Many homeowners are transforming their backyards into lifestyle spaces designed for lounging, swimming, cooking, dining, entertaining and maybe singing Kumbaya around a firepit. I believe that the interest in lifestyle-oriented garden rooms comes from our collective need for refuge from the frenetic pace of modern life. There’s nothing new about outdoor rooms. The ancients had them. One place to see historic outdoor rooms in a relatively intact state is in the archeological ruins of Pompeii where, until Mount Vesuvius blew its stack in 79 ad, burying the city in volcanic ash, people lived in aesthetic surroundings. Villas belonging to wealthy citizens boasted enclosed outdoor spaces replete with water features, potagères and patios for dining and entertaining. Even the humblest abodes had tiny gardens that bore herbs, fruits and vegetables. The citizens of Pompeii spent a lot of time outdoors, and their gardens gave them an opportunity to enjoy private, contemplative space. Two millennia later, we still love our outdoor rooms. Some of us even eschew leaving town during the summer, opting instead for staycations around the backyard swimming pool. In this Outdoors issue, we take you into several well-designed outdoor rooms. We show you one designed for a Westmount couple who craved a sophisticated space for dining and entertaining once their children had grown up and no longer played on the lawn. The design of the multi-level deck and patio marries well with that of their Victorian home. And like those villa gardens of Pompeii where water played such an important role, the Westmount garden boasts a pond with a burbling fountain.

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Another outdoor room profiled in this issue replaced a formerly unremarkable backyard. Now well-outfitted with a barbecue, spa, firepit, dining area and bar, it is a full-service outdoor living space that its owners use every day during the warm season. And finally, we take you into the home of designer Jean Monet, who downsized to a bungalow from a large two-storey home a year ago. Jean’s backyard is an outdoor room that has a covered patio designed for al fresco meals and a garden that is a verdant backdrop for sculptural art. What all of the gardens in this issue have in common is that they are circumscribed by hedges or tree screens to create a sense of enclosure and privacy. They are perfect getaways, places in which their owners decompress and escape the demands of the workaday world. Life was slower in ancient Pompeii, but I’ll bet its inhabitants felt the same way about their villa gardens.

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CONTRIBUTORS

TRACEY ARIAL Writer Tracey Arial participates each summer in an urban agriculture cooperative. So she appreciates landscape designer Maxime Desrosiers’s accomplishment in combining stunning views with practical family needs at the waterfront property in LÊvis she profiled. Desrosiers’s decision to take the time needed to do the project struck a chord with Tracey, given that she’s still working on her latest book, which examines Canada’s economic expansion and the social wounds to families caused by World War II. Tracey is the author of several books, and she contributes regularly to local newspapers in Montreal.

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DREW HADLEY Drew Hadley is a Montreal photographer who specializes in advertising and interior design. “What struck me about the Longueuil home I photographed for this issue was the well-designed kitchen with its strong, clean lines and minimalist approach,� he says. “Having seen the original layout of the home, I was amazed to see what the designer, Jean Monet, did to rejuvenate the space.� Drew also photographed two gardens for this Outdoors issue.

JEAN MONET Designer Jean Monet loves summer weather, and says it was a particular treat for him to be outdoors styling two urban gardens for this issue. What the gardens have in common is that they are both designed for al fresco living and entertaining. Jean says he is also thrilled to show Montreal Home’s readers his own Longueuil home, which he renovated and redesigned to suit his downsized lifestyle. Jean’s home boasts a beautifully appointed garden that draws him outside to enjoy the warm weather all summer long.

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88 SUNNY WAYS

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BACKYARD BLISS An uninspiring yard becomes a lifestyle-focused garden room

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LOVING IT, NOT LISTING IT TV’s Hilary Farr adores her own home in Deer Park and plans to stay

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COLOURFUL ABSTRACTIONS The paintings of Mathieu Carrier come from his experience of synesthesia

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SMALL SPACE, BIG IMPACT Tips on how to make a modest-sized bathroom seem large

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DOWNSIZING TO THE RIGHT SIZE A designer transforms a modest-sized bungalow into his perfect home

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A guide to the best items for outdoor living

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BLISS A new outdoor room becomes a focus for entertaining

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THIS SUAVE AND CONTEMPORARY BACKYARD was a mundane patch of grass and concrete just one summer ago. “It was really a mess,” says Vic Bertrand bluntly. Bertrand, the president of full-service landscaping company Northstone, describes the area’s 2,000 square feet as an unappealing concrete patio and “just grass, weeds, shrubs.”

Homeowner Howard Codas says the family “usually hung out inside the house.” But they wanted better. “We love to entertain, to sit outdoors, cook outdoors, drink outdoors and have people over,” Howard says. “We enjoy our nighttimes as well, so we wanted something that was great

for nighttime entertaining, nighttime parties, nighttime barbecuing – all that type of stuff.” For that kind of life, the family needed an outdoor room. And Howard was certain of the style. “We’re pretty modern,” he says. “We like greys, whites, blacks.” He even knew that he wanted “stone that was not grainy or veiny.” •

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He turned to Northstone because “they’re “What was difficult about Howard’s backyard was “Breaking that concrete patio, which was young,” he says. “They understood what I was the access,” Bertrand says. “Like many homes in part of the foundation of the house, that trying to do. And they were able to complete Hampstead or Westmount or tmr, where we took three guys three days with equipment. it fast because I wanted to enjoy my summer.” work, there’s often tight access. We had a two- Howard’s project was difficult in terms of site It was fast indeed. Northstone started and ton excavator versus a five-ton. We had no skid- preparation, but once the site was prepared, it completed the project in three weeks. Despite steer; we had to use a gas wheelbarrow instead. was smooth from there.” the simplicity of the original space, the going wasn’t entirely easy.

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The construction process was also hastened because Howard had previously had a plan drawn up that accommodated all the features he and his wife wanted. They had already bought a barbecue, and a fridge and freezer for the bar they envisioned. •

The bar and the cook station were fabricated by Mario de Cicco, of Contempo Design. They are treated with marine paint to withstand the elements.

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The space that resulted from those three busy weeks in June is a multi-level outdoor room. Having various levels adds character to the landscape and breaks up sightlines, says Bertrand. It also helps to delineate distinct areas of activity. Closest to the house is the outdoor kitchen, incorporating the barbecue, and dining area.

“They understood what I was trying to do. And they were able to complete it fast because I wanted to enjoy my summer.”

A limited colour palette contributes to the sophisticated design of the backyard. “We utilize the space extremely well,” says the homeowner.

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Between it and a lounge area that is centred around a firepit is the bar. The spa beyond the lounge area is used by the family year-round. Howard and family are now into their second summer enjoying their outdoor room. “We have people outside almost every night, drinking scotch or tequila or wine,

just sitting around,” says Howard. “We have the fire going if it’s cold, and we have electric infrared heat lamps also to keep us warm. Pretty much every night there’s someone there having drinks or cocktails or making a barbecue, and we use the hot tub a lot. It fits our lifestyle totally.” •

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SHE LOVES IT Far from listing it, TV’s Hilary Farr is enamoured of her own Deer Park home

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INTERIOR DESIGN has been called an Art plays a big role in the decor of her three-bedart form that creates works people room home, too. Selections from her collection enjoy every day. Designer Hilary – much is in storage – of paintings, sculpture Farr, co-host of the hit television show Love and objets d’art are strategically placed throughIt or List It (HGTV and W Network), certainly out the two floors. “Art is a big part of my life, has an artful way about her, and in more both for my work and as a passion,” she says. ways than one. “Even when I was a student in England and so Always impeccably dressed, on-air she cre- broke, I bought an L.S. Lowry, who is now a ates beautiful and functional homes for frus- very famous artist.” And because her parents trated homeowners to get them to stay, while were avid collectors, she knew enough to have her rival, real estate agent David Visentin, tries him sign the print, then priced at £9, which to find them a new home. Not only are her increases the value. designs artful, but so is the way she handles Among the many works on display, a large homeowners who sometimes have meltdowns work by Toronto street artist Menno Krant hangs because of the stresses of filming. over the dining table. And one wall of the main But Hilary’s Deer Park-area cottage is all floor living room is dominated by a massive work about her. We caught up with her during a hia- by Polish artist Tadeusz Biernot. It seems to have tus from the show, which now takes her across been designed to fit the room’s colour scheme, the border to points south. She shares her home as does the iconic coffee table by famed sculptor with Mimi, a 13-year-old Pomeranian-Chihua- Isamu Noguchi. But the white walls and white hua mix, and a mismatched set of three cats who sofas, and the rug and accent pieces in shades of “wandered in at different times and just stayed.” grey, were intended to create an oasis of calm, HilHer son, now a young adult, has moved out. ary says. It’s a spot she likes to retreat to often. •

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Hilary stands in front of a large-scale painting by artist Tadeusz Biernot. She considers this room an oasis of serenity, her main-floor retreat. White sofas – “so comfortable and have been reupholstered at least three times” — are by Roche Bobois. The coffee table is by sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

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cottage, which she bought intending to flip. But then the beautiful back garden, which has a centenarian apple tree that still bears apples, seduced her. And a vision of opening up the tiny rooms emerged. It included an addition that houses a second bathroom and palatial master suite on the second floor along with two other bedrooms. •

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On the main floor, a design masterstroke: Hilary installed French doors that lead directly into the garden, with an identical set on the opposite wall. In the summer, she can open them to allow a balmy cross-breeze, thus requiring little air conditioning. They also let in enough natural light to flood the nowopen-concept main floor. The family room off the kitchen gets the most use by both residents and visitors. Long

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glass shelves hold a great number of objects, yet the whole arrangement appears remarkably uncluttered. And none is chosen for aesthetics alone. Most hold memories of important people and experiences in her early life. Born in Toronto, she grew up in England and has lived in Australia, New York and Los Angeles. She studied classical ballet and was an actress for a time. Among the treasures on display are some small Nigerian sculptures inherited from

her father. “Even with the artwork, I make an effort to spend time with the artist, so there’s a personal connection there as well,” she says. The only thing about the home Hilary would change is the kitchen. The wood cabinetry, ordered as book-matched but delivered as not up to her exacting standards, still bothers her. “I love the kitchen,” says David Visentin, her co-host on the show for its entire eightyear run. “It may be my favourite room in the


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house.” But then, fans of the show will know they are often on opposite sides of an issue, bickering like an “old married couple” before having a final celebratory martini at the end of every episode. They are close friends in real life. David says Hilary’s home is “beautifully appointed, as you’d expect.” He’s been to the house when Hilary has thrown parties for the show’s cast and crew, and their families. She’s a very gracious hostess, David says, remarkably unperturbed

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when kids start running around chasing the pets. “This is absolutely the perfect house for me Such relaxed moments are rare when they are now,” she says. • on the road filming the show. “She’s always the designer,” he says. “Anywhere we go, a restaurant (Opposite) A view of the family room, with two French doors leading into or airport or wherever, she can point out things Hilary’s prized garden. The artwork on the window wall is by Toronto that should be changed. It’s just who she is.” artist Steven Nederveen. Sofa, coffee table: Scott Shuptrine Interiors. Despite her dissatisfaction with the kitch- (This page, left) Hilary’s worlds combine in this appealing vignette. en, and David’s standing offer to handle the (Right)From her formative years spent in England, an antique breadmaking table. The large artwork was bought when she lived in Los Angeles. transaction should she wish to sell, Hilary has no plans to “list it.”

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OWNING THE RIVER A landscape atop a cliff seems to merge with the St. Lawrence River beyond

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A distant view of the Quebec Bridge frames three decked levels: an intimate eating area, a gathering area and poolside

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HOW DO YOU OVERHAUL A PROPERTY’S LANDSCAPE when the house and pool already exist and you’re building on solid bedrock next to a cement wall? That was the challenge that the owner of a cliffside waterfront property in Lévis gave to landscape designer Maxime Desrosiers a few years ago. To handle it, Desrosiers focused on making the St. Lawrence River part of the property. “The primary goal behind this project was to highlight the view of the water,” says Desrosiers. “We wanted to integrate the water so much that the homeowner could have the impression of the river belonging to him.”

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The homeowners have young children and often hold parties for people of many ages, so the deeply sloped 2,500-square-foot space had to include lots of hardscaping on two levels that connect seamlessly. A large crane enabled a team of three men to bring in heavy items, such as the stairs. They spent 1,500 hours building walls, setting fountains and laying down decking to make the six-foot drop between the house and the pool disappear. “The homeowners already knew us, so we had carte blanche for our design, but it took time to do right,” says Desrosiers. “We took an entire year to do the project.” •

“The primary goal behind this project was to highlight the view of the water.” Industria pavers are available in multiple sizes so that they can be used as decking, pool coping and edging.

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Glass panels in the riverside fence provide a seamless view of the St. Lawrence River beyond.

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The walls and planters, in a colour called choice proves that the material also works Greyed Nickel, were all made of Raffinato well in contemporary residential projects. from Techo-Bloc. The decking was a com- “The Raffinato wall goes really well with the mercial product known as Industria. Industria paver because it has a similar shape Jessica Ciccarello, director of marketing contouring, in that the edges are chamfered,” strategy and branding and the company’s says Ciccarello. “This outline produces a creative director, says most contractors shadow around the stone, deepening the use the 100-millimetre Industria paver for seams for a very linear look that is true to commercial projects. Desrosiers’ original contemporary design.”

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Desrosiers’ initial design included two platforms of composite wood decking for the chairs and tables to mimic the house cladding. Later, the homeowners asked the designer to install easy-to-care-for Borealis slabs in a similar wood-look colour instead. • Modern hardscaping in standard colours mimics the materials used in the contemporary house.

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“This outline produces a shadow around the stone, deepening the seams for a very linear look that is true to contemporary design.” The landscape architect took building on a cliff with a cement wall in stride, but he says now that he struggled to integrate the home’s contemporary style with a kidney-shaped pool. “We had to exchange the pool canvas for a black one,” he says. “We also used a large black aluminum basin on which you can walk, to change the curve of the pool.”

The basin operates as part of a two-tiered water fountain into the pool. A black stand-alone fountain on the upper level duplicates the water theme set by the river, which is visible through clear glass panels on the fence. Frosted panels on the fence at the side of the property ensure privacy from nearby neighbours.

The view of the full backyard from the house offers multiple focal points, from the Quebec Bridge to the grassy play area.

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Several borders contain easy-to-care-for plants, including Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), hostas, Anthony Waterer spirea (Spiraea x bumalda) and yew (taxus); they soften the edges of the corners and link the distant river view with the pool, fountain and sky. •


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The sun is shining, the air is warm, and you’re itching to get outside, to bury your head in a good book or to bury your hands in a flower bed. We’ve unearthed the good stuff that will help you enjoy these – and all the other – pleasures of summer.

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1. NATURE ON A PEDESTAL Greenhouse boasts an austere but beautiful geometry in ash and glass, tempered by the warmth and tactility of growing things. Top: 95 x 40 x 60 cm; base: 85 x 40 x 75 cm. www.themodernshop.ca.

2. A STRIKING IDEA Keep your matches dry and at the ready with the strike-on-bottle Skeem match jar. It includes

60 matches in a choice of green, orange or white, and it’ll be a nifty container for little treasures once the matches are used up. www.anthropologie.com.

3. PLANTERS

WITH PANACHE These Cityscape planters on your balcony can mimic the urban skyline, but they’re just as comfortable adding elegance to your country patio. Made of lightweight resin composite and lined for drainage, they’re frostproof for year-round easy care. www.westelm.com.

4. A COLUMN OF A CARAFE The I’m Boo carafe from

Norway Says has a sleek minimalism typical of Scandinavian design. It’s 11 inches tall and holds 35 ounces. Available in blue-grey or clear glass. www.anthropologie.com. 5. FROM ITALY, WITH GUSTO The Forno Ciao wood-burning pizza oven from Alfa comes from Italy, where they know a thing or two about pizza. Bonus: this model can be used with or without the cart and features a cool-to-the-touch outer surface. Available in green, red or yellow, it measures 71.26" h x 32.28" w x 32.68" d. www.wayfair.ca.

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1. A BIT OF BOHO STYLE The Canyon Fringe hammock is a welcoming spot for a quick snooze. Available in your choice of four vibrant colours with contrasting netted fringe, it’s made of 100 per cent cotton. 84" l x 43" w. www.anthropologie.com

2. SHOWSTOPPING SHELTER Find respite from sun and wind with a garden pavilion by Cuscini

Design. We show just one of several styles and designs available, all made with high-quality aluminum and uv-resistant fabrics. www.jardindeville.com.

3. FRIENDLY FOX

Welcome guests indoors or out with the Ringed Fox doormat. Within a circle of botanicals, the fox heralds summer in coir fibre on a vinyl backing. Shake clean. 18" l x 30" w. www.anthropologie.com.

4. AN ILLUMINATING IDEA The chamber light by Menu is versatile, accommodating either a tea light or a pillar candle. It’s elegantly simple in

smoked glass and zinc. 15 cm diameter, 17 cm h. www.jamaisassez.com.

5. LOW MAINTENANCE, HIGH ENJOYMENT Lounging means relaxing, and you can relax in the

rust-resistant Huron large lounge chair. It’s made of all-weather cord handwoven around a lightweight aluminum frame; there’s no maintenance to worry about. 39.5" w x 35.5" d x 42" h. www.westelm.com.

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1. ROCK ON The front-porch rocker has never looked so sleek. Nap by Roda features a stainless steel and teak frame that’s durable; its generously sized seat and back are welcoming. 92 cm

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2. LANGUID LOUNGING Take it easy anywhere you like with this hammock and portable stand.

Whether you’re by the pool or on the patio, you’ll be cradled by durable Sunbrella marine fabric ingeniously slung from a handsome kwila hardwood frame. Hand-crafted in New Zealand with a five-year warranty. www.lujoliving.com.

3. CHILL OUT Warm days call for cool drinks. The Stelton chiller and ice bucket do the job in sleek

stoneware, with leather handles for an organic touch. www.jamaisassez.com.

4. RUGGED SEATING The Métis chair provides a welcome alternative to the Adirondack

chair. Fabricated in western red cedar, with nylon glides, it will handily survive winter. 29" h x 22" w x 31" d. www.etabli.ca.

5. DOUBLE DUTY While you’re lazing on

your porch or patio, you’ll need somewhere to put your snacks and long, cool drinks. The Grid table by Gloster has a powder-coated aluminum frame and a top of slatted teak and black stone. 50 cm l x 151 cm w x 30 cm h. www.jardindeville.com.

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1. CAGED STARLIGHT Add a warm, old-fashioned effect to evenings on the patio or in the garden. The Caged Bulb string of 10 lights comes in two finishes, copper or gold, and takes 70-watt bulbs. 12' l. www.anthropologie.com.

2. WHILE AWAY THE DAY WITH KWILA This sinuous ripple of a seat is outlined by beautiful kwila hard-

wood and can rock you gently or be locked into your favourite position. It’s hand-crafted in New Zealand with stainless steel fittings, Sunbrella marine fabric, quick-dry outdoor foam, and uV-resistant stitching. Five-year warranty. www.lujoliving.com.

3. TIMELESS TRAYS Carrara marble has a noble history, having been used since

ancient times for monuments and sculptures. It has humbler uses also, such as lending its beauty to these elegantly simple trays. 22 x 22 x 4.5 cm; 54.5 x 25.5 x 4.5 cm. www.themodernshop.ca.

4. FASCINATING FACETS Extend your summer day into the night with pillar candles protected by these faceted lanterns. Made in India of

glass and solid brass, they’re available in three heights: 10.25", 12.25", and 15". www.westelm.com.

5. PIZZA DELIVERY The UUNI pizza package includes the UUNI 2S

wood-fired pizza oven (takes only 10 minutes to heat up), an extra pizza peel, and an oven bag and cover. Take it to the beach and bake pizza in two minutes, but use it also for cooking fish, meat, bread, etcetera. www.outdoorpizzaovens.ca.

6. SIMPLY SOPHISTICATED The clean-lined Métis table is made of rugged western red cedar and

resists winter weather. If it’s kept indoors, nylon glides at the ends of the legs mean it will be kind to floors. 72" l x 36" w x 30" H. www.etabli.ca.

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1. BEACH BLANKET BEAUTY Lazing on the beach this summer can be as elegant as it is relaxing with the John Robshaw Alabat beach towel. Textile designer John Robshaw studied for years alongside local artisans in Asia, evident in the geometric design of this all-cotton towel. Available in coral or turquoise. 70" l x 40" w. www.anthropologie.com. 2. AL FRESCO DINING DELIGHT The Jardine expandable dining table, crafted of wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, has a rugged, driftwood-inspired finish as if cured by sun and salty air. Weather-resistant, it expands to seat as many as 10. www.westelm.ca.

3. WINSOME WATER BOTTLES Reusable water bottles are the

environmentally conscious choice, and S’well offers a line that is elegant enough for home but rugged enough for a hike. Made of stainless steel, they’ll keep liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for as long as 12 hours. Available in 17-ounce and 25-ounce sizes, in a choice of four colours. www.anthropologie.com.

4. WEATHER THE STORM Wood, iron

and glass combine in pleasing proportions in the imported Four Corners hurricane lamps. Choose from two sizes (13.75" h and 8" square or 23" h and 8" square) or get one of each for double the outdoor style. www.anthropologie.com.

5. WARM COMFORT ON CHILLY NIGHTS Add some edgy style to the patio with the Board Form propane

outdoor fireplace. In fibre-cast concrete, it features highly detailed texture from hand-built wooden molds. Includes push-button ignition, levelling feet, black fire-glass filler and 65,000 btus (max.) of heat. 18" h x 50.25" w x 36.25" d. www.wayfair.ca.

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1. THE BAY AT THE BEACH Flaunt the unmistakable Hudson’s Bay colours with the Luxe Beach Towel. Generously sized and machine washable, it’s made of thirsty cotton terrycloth. 70" w x 40" l. www.thebay.com.

2. STAY FOR DRINKS Chill out on the patio this summer. The Bubbled Beverage Dispenser holds 16 quarts of your favourite

cold drink. Made of recycled glass, blown by skilled glassworkers, it’s shaped like a soap bubble being puffed out of a wand. It’s topped with a sheesham wood lid and fitted with a stainless steel spigot. www.anthropologie.com.

3. PLEASANT PLANTING An updated design of a traditional gardening staple, the Verdo watering can is made of

stainless steel and has a wooden handle for carrying and pouring. It stands 13.8 inches high and holds six litres of water. www.grshop.com.

4. COOL SHADES Restoration

Hardware’s premium octagonal aluminum umbrella offers as much as 98 per cent uv protection thanks to Sunbrella fabric that tops a powder-coated aluminum centre pole. Its pin-lift pulley operates the canopy, which is vented for wind passage and stability. 9' w x 8'7" h when open. www.restorationhardware.com.

5. GREAT GREY GRILL

Enjoy authentic barbecue flavour with the Broil King Keg 5000 charcoal grill. Its durable body is made of double-walled steel with high-grade insulation in between, keeping the heat in and creating an efficient, thermal convection-style oven while delivering superior cooking performance. www.thebay.com.

6. SITTING PRETTY The Betty, a

stackable chair from Bend, is made of powder-coated steel that is resilient enough for the outdoors but delicate and attractive for indoor use, too. Available in black, peachy pink and white (seen here). www.themodernshop.ca.

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CITY STYLE Westmount backyard is transformed from English country garden to urban retreat BY PHILLIPA RISPIN // PHOTOGRAPHY: DREW HADLEY // STYLING: JEAN MONET // FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS: LE MARCHÉ AUX FLEURS DU VILLAGE

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(Opposite) A charming gate beckons visitors into the garden. (Below) Wide treads and low risers soften transitions between levels. Landscape designer Kal Lee Sterling, of Speshel K Design, worked closely with the homeowner in choosing window box plantings and the containers and plantings that adorn the deck.

WHEN ONE LEADS AN URBAN LIFE and has no country house, a city garden becomes important. The owners of this Westmount property have a moderately sized backyard (2,440 square feet) that had done yeoman service for years but was in need of an overhaul. The couple had bought a home on the flats near Westmount Park so their then-young boys

would have plenty of space to play close to home. The house’s backyard had the requisite patch of lawn (which did see plenty of activity by the boys), a deck, and flower beds meandering along the perimeter, but was otherwise unspectacular. One of the homeowners describes herself as an enthusiastic gardener. Originally from California, she says “I had to learn a whole new way

of gardening. For instance, what are considered annuals here can be perennials in California.” Besides dealing with a radically different climate, she also had less space to work with. She was able to indulge in a small way her love of gardening but it was not entirely satisfactory. She and her husband also found that the existing deck was high enough to create a sense •

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of disconnection from the rest of the backyard. recommended RobitailleCurtis, a multidisci Their boys are now young men, so the plinary firm, that is co-owned by the husbandcouple decided last year to have the backyard and-wife team of Sophie Robitaille, a landscape landscaped to provide a more sophisticated look architect, and Andrew Curtis, an architect. and be more like the urban refuge they desired. “Between the two homeowners, there was They talked to two companies whose work they an interesting dialogue,” says Sophie Robitaille. had seen and liked, but ultimately found the “She loves traditional detailing but also appreciright match after a nephew enthusiastically ates contemporary design; he’s more traditional.”

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What they have in common, she adds, is “their attention to quality and detail. They were really part of the process. The outcome was the result of good collaboration and high expectations.” When drawing up their wish list, one of the homeowners had expressed a desire for a brickpaved patio reminiscent of a Beacon Hill garden in Boston. Upon seeing a completed project featured


on RobitailleCurtis’s web site – a Philadelphia residential garden that used the desired brick and also had several other elements the couple liked, such as bluestone pavers – the choice was obvious. “My husband met Sophie in the morning, and we had decided by the evening to go with her,” says the homeowner. “We found her lovely, easy to work with. We clicked.”

Robitaille immediately concurred with the homeowners about the existing deck. “There was a lack of integration between deck, lawn and planting area,” she says. “I could tell that the homeowner enjoyed gardening, but within the planting area there was a lack of definition and opportunity to actually engage besides gardening. You could go and

garden, but it wasn’t really usable social space. “However, as far as urban gardens go, it’s quite a large space, and there was the opportunity to add more of a living room, more spaces, more chapters in the garden.” At the request of the homeowner, Robitaille and her colleague, landscape architect Teressa Peill, designed a subtly terraced •

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(Preceding page and opposite) The deck ends on one side where steps lead to the side garden and then farther down to the basement entrance. The homeowner requested a shelf at the end of the deck, which functions as a container garden for herbs. The pots can be moved to transform the shelf into a buffet or bar for parties. Deck table, wicker chair: Jardin de Ville; metal patio set: Hauser.

garden. They raised the lawn’s level by more than one foot. The uppermost level is a new deck, shallower but wider than the original, with a pergola above. Two feet below the deck, but spreading slightly wider than it, a patio of natural clay bricks is laid in a herringbone pattern and edged in bluestone with a thermal finish. Because the difference in height

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between deck and patio is not large, the front of the deck is deliberately left without a railing so that the two levels feel integrated. That sense is reinforced by the stairs between the two: the homeowner requested that the steps have a low rise and deep tread, making them inviting to use and softening the transition from deck to patio.

A little less than two feet below the patio is the garden, with bluestone outlining the demi-lune lawn, which is flanked by flower borders. Directly opposite the deck, at the lawn’s apex, a lounge area is paved in clay bricks and outlined by bluestone. In a sense, the backyard, with its geometric layout, has been landscaped in somewhat


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“It’s quite a large space, and there was the opportunity to add more of a living room, more spaces, more chapters in the garden.”

formal style, but this is softened by informal plantings so that the effect is sophisticated but relaxed. The landscaping, carried out by contractor David DaRocha of L’Artisan Inc., makes use of many fruit trees and ornamental shrubs that the homeowner had planted over the years. Some were left in place, some carefully transplanted to more advantageous spots.

In one back corner of the garden, a fountain burbles softly in a small pond. “One day I looked out and there was a pregnant raccoon washing in the pond,” the homeowner says. She also points out the opposite back corner, where “the neighbours were kind enough to leave an opening in their cedar hedge so we could have a view of their pond.”

Although there are a few finishing touches to be done, the couple have enjoyed their new backyard since late last summer and are delighted with it. Paramount among its many charms is the “more gracious and gentle transition from house to garden,” says the homeowner. She’s pleased that architect Andrew Curtis was part of the project, citing the design of •

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“The house is a beautiful Victorian with wonderful detailing. We wanted to be sure we brought that quality of construction and detail in our work.”

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the pergola and deck and pointing out with pleasure the many small details that add to the design, executed by carpenter Gerard Rossiter of H.G. Rossiter Inc. “The house is a beautiful Victorian with wonderful detailing,” says Robitaille. “We wanted to be sure we brought that quality of construction and detail in our work.” She says

that she and her husband relish projects that combine their talents. “We’re not purely landscape architects,” Robitaille says. “We have an in-house architecture toolbox. We work closely on these projects.” The homeowner admits that while the plans were drawn up and executed, “I had to let go of my territory a bit. The process is

daunting.” She settles into a sofa in the lounge area and looks around with satisfaction, adding that “working with the right people makes it so much easier.” • In one corner, a fountain burbles, masking street noise. It’s surrounded by some of the many perennials planted by the homeowner, including alliums.

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PAINTING OUTSIDE THE LINES

BY JULIE GEDEON

Geometry and exuberant colours inform the paintings of artist Mathieu Carrier

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The colourful lines in Mathieu Carrier’s abstract paintings come as no surprise given the way he experiences sound. “When I listen to music, especially jazz, I see – even taste – the colours of the notes,” he says. “I must have some degree of synesthesia and derive great pleasure from illustrating a tempo or a sound in my art.” Synesthesia is an unusual blending of the human senses that a minority of people experience. Their brains process sensory information differently so that they may experience a particular scent with every letter of the alphabet, for example, or – as in Carrier’s case – immediately visualize a colour upon hearing a certain sound. Nature figures in Carrier’s art but has to fight for space within urban settings. In Les vertiges humains, for instance, tree roots clamber through ever-narrowing gaps and cracks within a city’s vibrant streets. The remaining space depicted by whiteness doesn’t align perfectly because city life can be off kilter, even dizzying at times, regardless of the quality of urban planning. Drawing since early childhood, Carrier, who lives in Lévis, discovered acrylics in art classes during his last year of high school and has been passionate about painting with them ever since. “They’re like a liquid plastic and don’t lose their brilliance or smoothness once they’ve dried,” he says. “And they retain these qualities for a long time.” Carrier studied various artists and media in cegep and obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Université Laval, followed by a collegial teaching certificate. His favourite artists include Wassily Kandinsky, who created one of the world’s first wholly abstract paintings, as well as Piet Mondrian, whose non-representational form of horizontal and vertical lines was dubbed “neoplasticism,” which aptly describes Carrier’s work, too. •

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“The abstract composition is most important to me,” Carrier says. “I’m always searching for the ideal balance or contrast between structure and free form, between the definitive lines or squares and where the ink must be allowed to flow as if casually strolling throughout the work.”

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Living in Quebec, he is often inspired by autumnal colours, but urban elements tend to dominate. For instance, Carrier started out with a dark green base to reflect vegetation in Euphoria Avenue but ended up inking the lines darker to make the other colours more

vibrant. “It’s now more reflective of a city’s multicoloured lights, I think, although the linear aspects work like an urban forest whereby you feel the trees but on a subliminal level.” Carrier works directly on each canvas, starting out with a specific idea for every quadrant


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of the space, but sometimes the inks or acrylics do something unexpected and the art takes on a life of its own. Ginger Ale came about when Carrier remarked on the effervescent quality of the intensely coloured black ink he used to resemble the knots, hollows and roots of some

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trees vying for space within their urban context. “People are immediately transported to an“I was reminded that the ink, which turns greyish other era to have lunch with this Egyptian when it spreads on acrylic paint, is like a soft queen,” he says. “I wanted this to be fun but drink. It can’t be controlled once it spills,” he says. not clichéd in any way, so the base colours are Sometimes an intriguing title sparks his desert-inspired while the greys, although more imagination, such as Un déjeuner chez Néfertiti. neutral, are always warm.” •

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Place has a defining role in Carrier’s art. He chose to create a “beauty pageant” series featuring Miss Ungava, Miss Pompeii and Miss Everest to coax the female muse who occupies each of these destinations to inform his work. “The series also speaks to Nature’s fertile elements, while

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the white spaces represent the people who are no longer there but have left their imprint,” he says. White space – bla nk or textured by squares – also represents the enduring openness within or surrounding a colourful human settlement. It remains quite

vast around the remote but vibrant community of gold rushers in Umami Klondike. The somewhat frenetic tones of San Andreas include blues representative of California’s coastal waters, whereas “the dark lines represent the fault while the vibrant colours


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suggest the power existing within that place that can erupt at any time,” Carrier says. Mon microclimat is a self-portrait. The bold colours reflect his masculine influences and thinking, while the cracks in the black ink show Carrier leaving his mark without always having kept his life perfectly together or knowing where it would flow. It’s his personalized example of an informed contrast between structure and free form. “I studied to be a college art teacher,” he says, “but decided I want as much as possible to live my life as an artist who’s primarily focused on my art and where it might take me.” Carrier’s work, represented by Galerie Le Luxart, opens the world to his unique interpretation. •

“The dark lines represent the fault while the vibrant colours suggest the power existing within that place that can erupt at any time.”

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SUNNY WAYS A solarium can make the most of solar rays BY JULIE GEDEON

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“The 12-millimetre glass provides security and durability without sacrificing views.”

“Most everyone is opting for larger windows in their new or renovated homes, but our solariums also provide a sturdy glass roof to fully enjoy the sun, stars, clouds, rain and even snow,” says Roger Lavoie, president of Zytco Solariums. “It’s also nice to be able to adjust our shades from the bottom upwards, according to how much outdoor light and privacy you want.” Lavoie hit on the idea of solariums 35 years ago after noticing how wonderfully a regular greenhouse expanded a U.S. home featured in a small brochure. “Of course, we need better insulation because of our winters, so I spent a few months learning about the best glass and aluminum products available and how they worked,” he says.

The initial solariums were designed by Lavoie with materials cut to specification in his cousin’s small workshop. “We completed five projects within the first six months and launched full-time in early 1982,” he says. “Now I have some 40 employees working at a large manufacturing facility, a showroom in Laval and one in Longueuil, as well as installers.” Lavoie insisted from the outset on triplelayered glass for extra insulation and durability. “And I’m always on the lookout for new and improved materials,” he adds. The result is lifelong customers. “Every year, we get at least three couples who bought a solarium from us 20 years ago,” Lavoie says. “And they

want another one for their new or downsized home because they enjoy that space so much.” He recently perused Google Earth to see how many Quebec properties have solariums. “In areas like Laval, it’s amazing; one in about every seven homes has one,” he says. “My goal is to have Zytco make all of the new or replaced ones.” Zytco sells classic and customized solariums, along with a suite of other products that includes glass railings for outdoor pools. “In Quebec, swimming pools must be fenced off from a home,” Lavoie says. “The 12-millimetre glass provides security and durability without sacrificing views.” Glass awnings have also become popular as more people seek ways to enjoy the outdoors without getting wet in the rain or exposed to excessive sun. “The solid roofing has built-in screens for shade that don’t have to be rolled up every night,” Lavoie says. “Our awning keeps outdoor furniture dry and even the barbecue free of snow during winter.” And while temperatures dip during the winter months, the sun continues to shine. A solarium allows homeowners to enjoy its sunny ways. •

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MAXIMIZE SPACE IN A SMALL BATHROOM There are many ways to renovate a modest-sized bathroom to make it seem large YOU’RE CONSIDERING A BATHROOM RENOVATION but wonder if you have enough space for all the amenities you’d like to include in it. Do you scale back your wish list or is there a way that you can have it all in your modest space? Montreal Home asked Erin Brick, marketing manager at Fleurco, a company that manufactures showers and bathtubs, for her input on how to make the most of a small bathroom space.

Q: Erin, retrofitting a small bathroom space can be challenging for homeowners who might want such amenities as vanities, free-standing tubs, and showers. Is it possible to have all of them in the same modest space? A: Of course! There are various sizes of freestanding tubs on the market, and sizes under 60 inches fit into an existing alcove tub space. There are also many different and unique tub shapes available, from square to round; choosing a design that fits your space is very important. We also suggest using a corner shower door unit, which can be an excellent space-saving option. Another option is a seated base, which offers a regular shower unit that can be retrofitted into an existing tub space. For homeowners who have limited space in their bathrooms, the seat feature offers the option to sit and relax in the shower.

Q: What can homeowners do to make their small spaces seem larger? A: To make a small space seem larger, homeowners can choose the option of clear glass around the shower. This will make the space feel much more open. Q: Shower doors that swing outward can be a problem in small bathrooms. What is the answer? A: The solution is to opt for a sliding door or a bypass one. The sliding configuration has one sliding panel and one fixed panel. This allows entry from either the right side or the left side. The bypass configuration allows entry from both left and right sides. Another option is a shield or walk-in shower unit, which does not require any movement of the door. These shower doors eliminate the extra space needed for a swinging door.

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Q: Is it possible to combine a shower and tub in the same fi xture? A: It is definitely possible to combine a shower and tub. An alcove-style tub allows homeowners to enjoy the tub for soaking while still giving the option of installing a tub door for an enclosed shower unit. Q: Storage space is always at a premium in small bathrooms. How can homeowners address this problem? A: There are shelves that can be added to your shower unit. These shelves allow for shower products to be stored within reach, eliminating clutter on the shower floor. On trend currently are small powder room vanities that offer storage while still fitting into tight or small spaces. •

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THE OLD ADAGE ABOUT SMALL BEING BEAUTIFUL often resonates with people who downsize from large homes. Interior designer Jean Monet decided it was time to move to a small and beautiful home when he realized that the upkeep on his capacious two-storey house in Boucherville was demanding an inordinate amount of his time and energy. “The catalyst for downsizing was my elderly mother’s illness,” Jean says. “I don’t

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have children, and as I was looking after my mother, I began to wonder who would care for me in my old age.” Negotiating stairs and taking care of his 37,000-square-foot garden – complete with swimming pool and fish pond – would become increasingly difficult, even overwhelming, he surmised. So in March of this year, Jean bought a bungalow in a new development in Longueuil that has allowed him to scale back his living space

to 2,300 square feet from 4,900. He redesigned the house and had it renovated to suit his lifestyle. And as a man who has a strong need to be surrounded by beauty and harmony, he affirms that “small is indeed beautiful.” The challenge he faced was a tight timeline for the renovation. “We had 15 days to completely transform the bungalow into my custom home,” Jean says. To do that, he engaged architectural


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designer Nataly Houle and Entreprise de Construction Gonzalez (ECG Inc.), with whom he often collaborates on design projects. “I carefully chose my team and planned every last detail. I was on site day and night during the renovations. I think the key ingredient is to find the perfect contractor,” he says. Because the bungalow was built in 2008, only one minor structural change was needed, and most of the renovation was focused

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on creating the aesthetic that Jean wanted. “The only structural change I made was to alter the laundry room, which had been open to the master bedroom’s closet,” he says. “I had a wall built to separate the two spaces; it turned the laundry room into a utilitarian space and created more room in the closet.” The house originally had three bedrooms. Jean transformed one of them into a formal dining room and the other into a home •

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“I carefully chose my team and planned every last detail. I was on site day and night during the renovations. I think the key ingredient is to find the perfect contractor.”

The powder room was once a full bathroom. In the space formerly occupied by a bathtub, a custom-built acrylic shelving unit, backlit by a window, displays exquisite objets d’arts.

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office/library. The electrical system was also changed to accommodate the addition of led lighting throughout the house. He also converted the second bathroom into a powder room. “As a designer, I’ve always said that the powder room is the most important room when you’re entertaining,” he says. “It should be incredible.” The inspiration for the powder room occurred at one point during the design process. “I awoke during the middle

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of the night; I had had an outrageous vision and, the next morning, I called Nataly Houle to explain what I wanted. At first she wasn’t getting it, but eventually she understood.” Jean’s vision resulted in a set of custom-built, suspended acrylic shelves in the space once occupied by a bathtub. They’re used to display a collection of objets d’art. The other major transformation was the kitchen. Jean hired Cuisines Beaucage to •

A collection of Versace vases tops the custom-built shelving in the home office. The paintings on the wall behind the desk are part of the cities collection by Canadian artist John Hartman.

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Cuisines Beaucage built the Acrylux cabinets that are edged in stainless steel. One of the many elements that Jean loves in his new kitchen is the new-to-the-market Urban Cultivator, an undercounter unit designed for the indoor cultivation of fresh herbs. The counters are topped by glass that is manufactured to resemble marble and is sold at Ciot. Stainless steel hardware: Rocheleau.

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create a functional and beautiful space. “The old kitchen had been poorly designed,” he says. “The stove door almost hit the island when it was opened, the storage space was limited, and the dark wood cabinets looked dated.” The first task was to banish the dark cabinetry. “The space had to be happy,” says Jean. “I was emerging from stormy days in my life and I wanted to return to sunny days.”

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The cabinets are white Acrylux, edged with stainless steel. “I wanted it to be ultramodern but I also wanted it to age gracefully,” Jean says. “The first concern was colour; I wanted the kitchen to be bright but not stark. In an open-plan house, the kitchen is the focus and it has to be the draw.” To prevent monotony, the cabinetry is in two colours: white on the bank of wall cupboards and a shade of

taupe on the island. And the backsplash of randomly patterned tiny round ceramic tiles is in both those tones. There are luxurious touches, too. The island is topped in a vitrified glass that resembles marble. The formal dining room is reserved for cool-weather dining. “In the summer, we eat outside or at the kitchen island,” Jean says. •

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One room that Jean didn’t want in his new home was a formal living room. “People don’t use them anymore,” he says. The openplan floor layout connects the kitchen to a comfortable family room space, where the focal point is a gas fireplace flanked by builtin maple bookshelves that display statuary and sculptural artworks. Here, a sectional sofa and two armchairs are sensual invitations to relax and gaze upon the backyard garden through large picture windows.

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The adjacent master bedroom also boasts large windows with a garden view. “I didn’t want the decor in the bedroom to be overpowering because the backyard is like a painting, a work of art through the windows,” he says. The whole house was designed to be an elegant backdrop for a vast collection of art. The little corridor space leading from the family room to the master bedroom is dedicated exclusively to the work of the late Quebec painter Bruno Côté; here, 14 of the

artist’s paintings are artfully hung. “I think Bruno Côté is one of the greatest painting talents we have in Quebec,” Jean says. One room that has become something of a sanctuary is the home office/library. “It’s located on the sunniest side of the house,” Jean says. “Because it’s so bright, I could afford to restrict the decor colours to black and white.” That includes a custom-built desk topped with Nero Assoluto granite. A wall of built-in shelves, topped by a collection


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of Versace vases, holds a collection of art books. “I spend a lot of time in here,” Jean says. “Moving from a larger home, I realize that human beings are creatures of habit. We use the same space over and over again.” That habitual use is different in the new bungalow where every room is used to its maximum. “I have never been so happy in a home as I am here,” Jean says. “This is a happy place. I’ve closed one book and opened a new chapter in my life.” •

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“This is a happy place. I’ve closed one book and opened a new chapter in my life.”

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“We like to think we provide a unique experience.”

Designers and architects have the inside track at Cosentino. “We offer training sessions and workshops for architects and designers,” Labbé says. “They can get this training either in their offices and showrooms or at the Stanstead Centre, and soon in downtown Montreal also.” But anyone, including builders and homeowners looking to install or upgrade, can find plenty of useful information at the Centre. Many arrive armed with only a cabinet sample and no idea of what would complement it. Staff members help them sift through hundreds of colour and product options and discuss the practical considerations that go into finding the perfect countertop for the kitchen or bathroom. Bonus: Cosentino stands behind its Silestone and Dekton products with a 25-year guarantee. With roots in the marble business, the 75-year-old company also enjoys a solid

reputation for innovation. Most people know Cosentino for its famous Silestone. Developed in the early 1990 s, this quartz surface now enhances countless high-quality kitchens and bathrooms. Among the latest colours for spring 2016 are terrazzo look-alikes – Ink and Aquatint – from the Etchings series. And currently popular is Suede, a texture option reminiscent of concrete but warmer to the eye and touch. The latest product is Dekton. It advances the technology by fusing porcelain, glass and quartz to create thin and highly durable slabs; the company’s manufacturing process mimics Nature’s process in an accelerated way. uv- and water-resistant Dekton slabs can be used for not only countertops and flooring inside the home, but also building facades and outdoor kitchens. Dekton is available in 38 colours. It’s virtually impossible to stain or

scratch, and heatproof enough for an ambitious cook to torch a crème brulée right on it. The company recently launched Dekton XGloss, a new line of ultra-polished, hightech, compact surfaces that boast a crystalline shine. In addition to having a highly reflective surface, XGloss is water-repellent and stain-resistant. The material is also available in various textures and patterns, from highly polished to leather-like natural looks, and those that imitate Calacatta marble, wood and concrete. Other Cosentino innovations include slabs of recycled materials and granite that withstand stains, and the Prexury Collection, a semi-precious stone line hand-made by expert craftsmen. For fans of contemporary or traditional style, Cosentino offers a wide choice of colours and textures to add panache to decor. •

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