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EDITOR’S LETTER

SPRING – it’s traditionally a time of renewal, and in few places is this more obvious than our homes. We give rooms a new coat of paint, clean the drapery, rearrange the furniture, and generally seek the light we’ve been craving through the winter. In this issue we show you several homes that have been built or renovated to maximize the natural light available. A new build in Humber Valley is bright and also enlightens us with its innovative use of non-traditional materials. A reno in the Scarborough Bluffs is in tiers, each storey stepped back from the one below to create a series of terraces viewed through large windows. A common spring ritual is fixing up decks, and we offer expert advice on how best to do this. Keeping with the emphasis on light, and advice, we profile a business that offers thousands of lighting fixtures and is happy to advise clients on which ones are perfect for them. We also feature a small bathroom with mirrored walls and lighting carefully chosen to banish shadows so that the room seems bigger. Opening up the cottage is also a Canadian ritual of spring. Transplanted Glaswegians Colin and Justin opened up a run-down cottage in Haliburton, as chronicled in their television show Cabin Pressure. Actually, “opened up” is a bit of a misnomer. They didn’t just open windows and doors; they replaced them entirely and then added more. They tore down walls, resurfaced ceilings and floors, replaced decks, transformed bathrooms, and turned a rather dismal fixer-upper into a rustically sophisticated cottage. We show you some of the results, accompanied by their usual exuberant and witty commentary. Perhaps you have your own rituals to joyously welcome spring into your lives, perhaps you don’t. Whatever the case, enjoy this wonderful season.

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SUSAN SEMENAK Susan Semenak is the Montreal writer and journalist who wrote about two very different houses in this issue, one a thoroughly spare and modern white-and-walnut Scarborough home, and the other an eclectic Yorkville condo filled with plants, rugs and furniture in many styles. “What I love best about my job is the opportunity to talk to designers about their ideas – where they go for inspiration, how they overcome obstacles, why they chose the materials they did,� Susan says. “Every interview is a window into the fascinating world of design.�

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TRACEY ARIAL Tracey Arial creates notable nonfiction about such inspiring people as Mahzad Pahlavan, who built a Richmond Hill couple a dream home reminiscent of their Monte Carlo honeymoon. In addition to journalism, Tracey writes historical nonfiction. She’s currently examining the economic expansion and social wounds caused by Canada’s participating in the Second World War.

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Candice Olson has a knack for designing sophisticated contemporary interiors – just ask the legions of fans of her television shows and the “Candice Olson look,� of which writer Susan Kelly is one. Our frequent contributor was thrilled to have a private peek into the home Olson shares with her husband and two children. “She is just as down to earth and gracious as she appears on screen,� Susan says, “and kept me laughing with all the funny stories about her family.� Susan is a long-time contributor who specializes in writing about style and design.

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CONTENTS

120 ON THE COVER

Television’s Candice Olson applies her design flair to her own home. Photo by Brandon Barré

HUMBLE NO MORE

Powder rooms become spaces for strong design expression

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THIS JUST IN

An array of new products for your home

112 OUR HOME AND VIVID LAND

Artist Darlene Kulig interprets the colours of Canada

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CONTENTS

FIXER-UPPER FUN

Colin and Justin transform a down-at-heel cottage

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HUMBLE NO MORE Powder rooms become spaces for strong design expression

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GRAND ILLUSION Clever design visually enlarges a small bathroom

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MONTE CARLO MEMENTO A couple’s honeymoon destination inspires their home’s interior design

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HIP AND HEALTHY Juice bar design gives it street-art presence

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LIMITED EDITION Treasures & Co. sells unique decor accessories

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TRES CHIC Fine reproductions make antique styles affordable

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DECKED OUT Successfully refreshing a deck takes preparation and the right products

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OUR HOME AND VIVID LAND Artist Darlene Kulig interprets the colours of Canada

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AN OENOPHILE’S ORIGINALS Former logistics executive finds a new career building wine cellars

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VERSATILE STONE Cast-stone range hoods complement any style of kitchen

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GOOD FIT A pre-engineered home is perfectly adapted to its site

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TAKE OFF FOR THAILAND The Southeast Asian country is a welcoming destination for Canadians

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BRIGHT IDEAS Litemode staff helps clients choose the perfect light

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BATHED IN LIGHT Tiered storeys bring light into a formerly dark home

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TRANSITION TIPS Sandra Rinomato explains how to downsize to a smaller home

130 WALLFLOWERS WIN

A condo’s decor is inspired by dramatic wallpaper

IN THE VANGUARD

Unusual building materials make this home a standout

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1. CONVENIENT AND GOOD-LOOKING The DrainLine 100 is a stylish one-metrelong trench drain made of long-lasting polymer concrete. We show one made of stainless steel in a longitudinal bar design. Grates made of galvanized steel or black plastic (HexaLine) are also available. The DrainLine 100 can be used in front of or inside a garage, for patio drainage, or around a swimming pool. ——— ACO Systems, Ltd. 2880 Brighton Rd., Unit 1, Oakville www.acocan.ca ~ www.acoself.com 905-829-0665 

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2. DISTINCTLY ELEGANT The Defined Distinction Collection, crafted in Canada of solid cherry, features a minimalist design that combines a brushed stainless steel base with solid wood construction. A sculptured, concave bar pull adds elegance. The Collection is offered in two finishes; Autumn Wind, which is a reflection of warm autumn colours, and Molten Night, a dark, rich brown. ——— Almira Fine Furniture 4747 Highway #7 E., Markham www.almira.com 905-477-5524

4. THE BEST, BAR NONE Love to entertain? The Kohler Artifacts Gentleman’s bar faucet is sleek, contemporary and timeless and will make a splash with your guests. ——— Atlantis Bath Centre 665 Caledonia Rd., Toronto www.atlantisbathcentre.ca 416-307-2570

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3. WELL PROTECTED They’re adorable now, but will you feel the same way if they make a mess on your carpet? You needn’t worry with a Mohawk SmartStrand Forever Clean carpet. Pet accidents aren’t absorbed into the fibres, so cleaning up is easy, and odours are banished. With All Pet Protection and Warranty, it covers all pets, all accidents, all the time. ——— Allan Rug 103 Miranda Ave., Toronto www.allanrug.com 416-787-1707


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1. VERY VINTAGE This stunning vintage cocktail table was restored with a modern sensibility. The top consists of mahogany veneers finished to show the depth and variation of the grain, and it’s trimmed in bright polished brass. The table rests on an ebonized x-base with chinoiserie influences, ball feet and brass mounts. $3,200.00. ——— Carrocel Interiors 245 Bridgeland Ave., Toronto www.carrocel.com 416-999-2525

2. REST AND RELAXATION Just in time for the warm days of spring, the Belmont Club Chair by Casualife is available in a Kubu Grey finish and custom fabric. It measures 29" D, 26" W and 34" H. $935. ——— Casualife Outdoor Living 6 Shields Crt., Unit 1, Markham ~ 905-475-8353 100 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~ 905-990-5433 www.casualife.ca

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4. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Andersen’s E Series of windows and doors offers plenty of ways to create great design. With custom colours, dramatic, large sizes and exotic woods, they’re available in any shape, style or colour. ——— Cheney Window & Door Specialists 2345 Wyecroft Rd., Unit 23, Oakville www.cheney.ca 905-847-2071

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3. SUMPTUOUS SCROLLS The Garbo chest of drawers features meticulous scrollwork in pale burl wood, set off against a glossy black finish. Complementary seating pieces and cabinet are available to create a finished look. ——— CHIC by Janssen 1184 Castlefield Ave., Toronto www.chicbyjanssen.com 647-925-3098


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1. VANITY PAIR Spring into a new bathroom design with GODI’s Dancing Room series, paired with warm moss-coloured walls and white marble floors. Soft­close drawers with beveled mirrors reflect light from all directions, a signature white­wash finish highlights the beautiful ash wood grain. Rounded legs are carved by master wood tradesmen. ——— GODI by Dezign Market 1641 Langstaff Rd., Unit 8, Vaughan www.godibathroom.com 1-888-398-8380

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2. PILLOW PERFECTION Luxuriate in elegant texture with Creative Avenue’s pillows. Featuring hand-dyed fur, crushed velvets, watercolour silks, and beaded glamour, these are throw pillows you'll want to hold onto and admire. ——— Creative Avenues 378 Fairlawn Ave., Toronto www.creative-avenues.ca 416-783-0220

4. TAKE A STAND Create an elegant urban sanctuary with a hint of rustic flair by incorporating the Chen media stand into your home. Crafted of hardwood in a grey zebra-wood finish, the collection features bold frames with clean lines, highlighted by metal accents for lustre. Both functional and practical, it offers ample storage space with four deep drawers and a wide centre cabinet, making it a perfect addition to any living space. $2,999. ——— Decorium Furniture 363 Supertest Rd., North York ~ 416-736-6120 1212 Yonge St., Toronto ~ 416-515-1212 www.decorium.com

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3. GLORIOUS GLASS This vintage glass-facade bar cabinet, restored by Carrocel, is in pristine condition. It features delicate backlighting for visual effect, and is accessible from the side and rear for serving. It also includes hand-carved interior glass holders. $5,800.00 ——— Carrocel Interiors 245 Bridgeland Ave., Toronto www.carrocel.com 416-999--2525


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1. FIT FOR A QUEEN The Ma Belle queen-sized bed is inspired by French design and is an elegant and romantic addition to any modern or metropolitan-style home. Deeply tufted, the headboard, foot-board and rails are covered in a naturalhued linen, complemented by stunning metal feet. Also available in king size. $4,399 ——— Decorium Furniture 363 Supertest Rd., North York ~ 416-736-6120 1212 Yonge St., Toronto ~ 416-515-1212 www.decorium.com SPRING 2016

2. A STUDY OF CONTRASTS This beautifully grained, highlacquered rosewood table base is contrasted with a polished stainless steel spine. The masculine bolts create a perfect synthesis of modern and classic design. ——— Creative Avenues 378 Fairlawn Ave., Toronto www.creative-avenues.ca 416-783-0220

4. ELEGANCE UNDERFOOT Wide, white plank flooring, such as Terra Bianco Perla, makes a great back-drop to any contemporary interior. Available from European Flooring Group. ——— European Flooring Group 1310 Castlefield Ave., Toronto www.europeanflooring.ca 416-967-9200

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3. COLOURFUL KALEIDOSCOPE Kaleidoscope is a handmade contemporary felted wool rug. It features intertwined multi-coloured strands of wool that give movement, texture and a threedimensional look to this work of art. Available in all standard sizes. ——— Dominion Rug & Home 52 Samor Rd., Toronto www.dominionrug.com 416-485-9488


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1. X MARKS THE SOFT SPOT Make a statement with this sheepskin leather-upholstered ottoman, which is lovely to behold but even softer to the touch. The x-shaped base is crafted in polished acrylic with brassplated stainless steel feet. This special combination has a unique item number, but you may choose custom fabric or custom leather options, too. ——— Elizabeth Interiors 409 Brant St., Burlington www.elizabethinteriors.com 905-333-6670

2. SWIFT AS AN ARROW This elegant arrow bangle set with diamonds will make an immediate impression. We show it in yellow gold, but it’s also available in white and rose gold. ——— Mark Lash 480 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto ~ 416-256-5229 9033 Leslie St., Richmond Hill ~ 905-881-5229 www.marklash.com

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4. ADJUSTABLE ACTION The Guru table has an industrial look with its crank-action metal base that can be adjusted to bar height. The tabletop boasts clean lines with its white-washed hardwood planks. Seats 10. ——— Hide House 49 Eastern Ave., Acton www.hidehouse.ca 519-853-1031

3. WOOL WALL-TO-WALL Parthenon by Luxelooms is a machinewoven broadloom in wool and a prewashed art silk, which is cleanable and makes an excellent choice for a contemporary area rug or wall-to-wall installation. Available in the three colours shown. ——— Dominion Rug & Home 52 Samor Rd., Toronto www.dominionrug.com 416-485-9488


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1. SILVER SECRET The Argento cocktail table features an inset black lacquered base and a silver box top with a secret compartment. The compartment is veneered in sycamore within a stainless steel molding and is hidden under a central inset lacquered panel. ——— Import Temptations 1287 Caledonia Rd., Toronto www.import-temptations.com 416-256-3150

2. CEILING CASCADE Here’s a contemporary take on a traditional design. This chandelier features a waterfall of clear crystals into a sleek bowl with a gold matte finish, for a refined effect. ——— Litemode 8355 Jane St., Unit 2, Concord www.litemode.ca 905-738-8889

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4. SERENE SLUMBER Shifman two-sided hand-tailored mattresses feature natural cotton and a real eight-way hand-tied box spring. Available in all price ranges, Shifman mattresses are available exclusively at Manderley Fine Furniture. ——— Manderley Fine Furniture 545, 567 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto www.manderleyfinefurniture.com 647-435-4268

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3. CHAIN OF JEWELS These leaf-and-chain earrings provide a sophisticated look with diamonds set in gold. We show rose gold, but white and yellow gold are also available. ——— Mark Lash 480 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto ~ 416-256-5229 9033 Leslie St., Richmond Hill ~ 905-881-5229 www.marklash.com


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1. PANELLED FOR PIZAZZ Bring architectural detail to a room with Omega’s signature feature mold panels. The customized panels will complement existing wainscoting or add interest to a wall or ceiling. An extensive selection of styles makes them suitable for any decor: home, office or commercial space. ——— Omega Group of Companies 260 Jevlan Dr., Unit 3, Woodbridge www.omegafeaturemould.com 905-851-7089

SPRING 2016

2. CONCRETE BENEFITS The Polish Plus system offers a concrete floor that’s durable and easy to maintain. It can be jointed or left seamless, and granite chips or coloured glass or aggregates can be incorporated. There is no finish or sealants that can wear off. Installed over a floor heat system, Polish Plus saves the step of having to apply an additional floor covering over the required concrete finish. ——— Patterned Concrete Ontario 249 Supertest Rd., Toronto www.patternedconcrete.ca 416-661-3007

4. ALCHEMY FOR CABINETRY Metal-X2 is a proprietary finish from luxury German kitchen manufacturer Zeyko. It’s derived from raw metal sources, milled, and liquefied into a metallic paste that is skilfully applied by hand to produce a soft ripple-like texture. Metal-X2 is sealed, food-safe and suitable for all surfaces of the kitchen. Available exclusively through O.NIX Design Boutique – Kitchens & Living. ——— O.NIX Design Boutique – Kitchens & Living 550 Queen St. E. #G121, Toronto www.onixdesigns.ca 647-499-1150

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3. DYNAMIC LIGHT Concentric rings somewhat askew impart a sense of movement to the O-O swivelling suspended lamp, with adjustable height, designed by Julien Groboz. It’s crafted in aluminum and has integrated LED lights. Two versions of cable length are offered: 70 cm and 120 cm. Available in black. ——— Roche Bobois 101 Parliament St., Toronto www.roche-bobois.com/en-CA/products 416-366-3273


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1. REINVENTING SPACE Adding dimension, texture, and visual interest to a wall has never been so easy. Omega 3D wall systems can easily transform any room or space with customized and unique design combinations and textural patterns. ——— Omega Group of Companies 260 Jevlan Dr., Unit 3, Woodbridge www.omegafeaturemould.com 905-851-7089

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2. IN ORBIT This orb-silhouette chandelier by Feiss would grace any foyer or dining area. In polished nickel, it features inlaid crystal detailing along the inner surface for dramatic sparkle, and the centre candles appear to float airily within the rings. ——— Royal Lighting 1549 Avenue Rd., Toronto www.royallighting.com 416-782-1129

4. BOLD BIJOU The Bijou collection, designed by Fabrice Berrux, consists of a cocktail table, an end table, and a pedestal table. All feature a structure of iron with a choice of matte black lacquer or chrome-plated finish. Tops are marble in either Graphite or 20-mm-thick white Carrara. ——— Roche Bobois 101 Parliament St., Toronto www.roche-bobois.com/en-CA/products 416-366-3273

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3. CLASSIC KERMAN Classic design never goes out of style. This beautiful Kerman rug in an original design suits modern, transitional and traditional decor. Made of fine, densely knotted wool and silk in vivid colours. ——— Weaver & Loom 88 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill www.weaverandloom.com 905-747-0477


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1. RANGE HOOD WITH A DIFFERENCE Think “stone” for a range hood. Cast-stone hoods in traditional or contemporary style become feature elements for kitchens, adding style and functionality. A lightweight hood, large or small, can be customized for any space. ——— Omega Group of Companies 260 Jevlan Dr., Unit 3, Woodbridge www.omegafeaturemould.com 905-851-7089

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2. ELEGANT FOXTROT An accomplished sculptor from Lladró has captured the spirit of the foxtrot, a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements. The moment depicted, with the legs of both dancers stretched out behind them, makes the balance of the piece very difficult. Porcelain, 14.75" x 14.25", hand made in Spain. Limited edition of 3,000 introduced in 2012. ——— Treasures & Company 8101 Yonge St., Thornhill www.treasuresco.com 905-763-0349

4. MOOD ENHANCER Your deck is an extension of your home, like an outdoor room. The right lighting can make it more usable and give it great atmosphere. Installing a few infloor or overhead warm white LED lights is usually all it takes to bathe the deck in the right amount of mood light. ——— Royal Decks B10–996 Westport Cres., Mississauga www.royaldecks.ca 905-901-3560

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3. WATER’S EDGE The almost symmetrical design of the Shoreline rug has a whimsical edge. The lines and shapes flow together in a subtle alternating colour palette while still maintaining great balance throughout the entire design. All wool, hand knotted, plush pile. ——— Weavers Art 1400 Castlefield Ave., Toronto ~ 416-929-7929 162 Bedford Rd., Toronto ~ 416-923-7929 www.weaversart.com


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1. ON A ROMANTIC NOTE Influenced by Chinese art and reflecting 18th-century romanticism, the chinoiserie decorative work on this piano is both elegant and delicate. Made by Steinway’s master craftsmen in a traditional English furniture style, the piano features straight lines in the legs, painted accents, lyre pedals, and a matching bench. ——— Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto Unit 8-2651 John St., Markham www.steinwaytoronto.ca 905-940-5397

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2. CATCH THE WAVE The Landscape rug incorporates a fragmented, cool wave of ocean blue – a refreshing note. The erased quality of the motif makes it look as though it’s hand-scraped stone. Pile height alternates throughout the design, further complementing the look. Hand knotted silk and wool. ——— Weavers Art 1400 Castlefield Ave., Toronto ~ 416-929-7929 162 Bedford Rd., Toronto ~ 416-923-7929 www.weaversart.com

3. PASSIONATE TANGO The sensuality, passion and feeling of the tango (once described as “a sad thought that dances”) are captured to perfection in this piece from Lladró, which shows the couple executing one of the dance’s most spectacular steps. Porcelain, 14.5" x 12.5", hand made in Spain. Limited edition of 3,000 introduced in 2014. ——— Treasures & Company 8101 Yonge St., Thornhill www.treasuresco.com 905-763-0349

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ROSE BARROSO IS CONSTANTLY UPPING HER GAME as she builds contemporary homes in Toronto. “I look for materials that aren’t yet being used by others,” says Barroso, who is a builder and designer and the founder of the eponymously named Barroso Homes. A case in point: to create a bow curve in the upper façade of a home in Humber Valley, her team precision-cut panels of glass-fibrereinforced concrete. The fibreC is normally used to cast the exterior walls of apartment or office buildings. “It looks great and won’t need any maintenance,” Barroso says. She further characterized the home’s exterior by framing the portico with cedar slats on black stucco. “The windows open inwards so they can be cleaned,” she says. A mahogany door is made grander with glass sidelites and concrete stepped framing. Barroso aided in the design of this 7,300-square-foot home for two busy doctors and their young children. She always differentiates the foyer flooring to create a unique welcoming space that’s practical for Canada’s weather. “The client and I agreed and chose porcelain slabs with a gold vein and framed •

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The foyer is both original and practical with its MaxFine porcelain floor slabs that have a delicate golden vein. The heated Fuzion Flooring in a wire-brushed red oak retains some of its natural knots. Barroso encourages all of her clients to install heated flooring to minimize dust and possible allergens.

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Lighting again doubles as art with the Viso Cubies in amber, clear and smoke tones suspended from the ceiling in the two-storey living room. The comfy leather sofas are from Roche Bobois.

them in the wire-brushed red oak flooring we installed elsewhere,” she says. “CasaLife had the cushioned bench custom-made for the client, to fit the wall and complement the front door.” The homeowners call their new home Luminoso, a fitting name given the abundant natural light flowing through the living room’s expansive windows, well aided by the discreet recessed lighting installed throughout the home.

Fixtures double as art, such as the white linear profiles where the wall is painted the same grey as the staircase. An industrial edge is created by the stainless steel standoffs grasping the frameless glass with chrome railing caps, but it’s softened with the open risers stained in the floor’s darkest pigment. A two-sided fireplace has a sedate setting in the living room where the backyard views steal the show anyway. Barroso bought the lot after falling in love with the multi-levelled

property that is adjacent to a treed ravine. “I immediately visualized a basement walk-out to a covered patio, sliding doors off the kitchen, and a pool with an integrated Jacuzzi,” she recalls. “My clients didn’t see it as readily, but trusted my vision and enthusiasm.” Lighting again becomes art in the living room, where a collection of pendant lamps called Cubies, in amber, clear and smoke tones, draw the eye upward. The installation required a reinforced ceiling and a •

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Barroso nearly always calls on Perola Kitchens & Interiors to achieve the vision she has for a kitchen, as well as for other cabinetry. She chose Gaggenau appliances for their durability, and such conveniences as the way the doors open to one side on the wall ovens. Orange leather stools with brushed nickel: Palazzetti Modern Furniture.

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transformer large enough to accommodate the 21 fixtures. A chandelier provides the focal point in the dining room where the two-sided fireplace is also dressed to the nines in a shimmery multi-grey cladding called Laminam. Barroso put her clients in touch with Perola Kitchens & Interiors to have their favourite black dining table re-lacquered in white. Linear lighting takes centre stage over the kitchen island. “My client wanted something really different, so I advised her to visit AM Studio, a lighting place I fell in love with years ago, where she found these rows of decorative led lights,” Barroso says. “I love how they intriguingly fill the space without hindering sight lines.” White-lacquered cabinetry is made brighter by the grey ash veneer elsewhere. Porcelain slabs provide a marble-like look on the backsplash and island. The cost is lower than marble while the practicality is higher. Steel reinforcement prevents the porcelain from bowing along the lengthy island that becomes the hub of every gathering. “It really lends •

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The Napoli-style freestanding tub and sinks from Victoria + Albert provide a bright contrast to the various styles and sizes of CÊragrès wall and floor tiles.

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The double-door entrance and chandelier add glamorous touches to the large walk-in closet.

itself to the charcuterie trays that the homeowners often set out,” Barroso says. It wasn’t easy, but the Barroso team managed to get the range hoods that the homeowner bought installed into the upper cabinetry. “We had to make a cavity in the wall for it and put filler behind the counter so that it would extend out a bit farther,” Barroso says.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is expansive with its double doors to a walk-in closet that features the same cabinetry finishes as the kitchen. An elaborate chrome lighting fixture above the bed commands attention while a chandelier from the couple’s previous house bedazzles the closet.

A pocket door seamlessly opens to a large ensuite bathroom where a grey and white colour palette creates a soothing ambience. The chrome light fixture above the freestanding tub has an opaque cover so the bulb doesn’t show. “That’s the kind of attention to detail I like to think gives me an edge,” Barroso says. •

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Despite their diminutive size, powder rooms can still pack a design punch BY JULIE GEDEON

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POWDER ROOMS are no longer a functional afterthought; they’re a place to add a wow factor to a home. “This is where you can be bold, having some real fun with the decor,” says interior designer Dvira Ovadia of Dvira Interiors. “When people open the door to a powder room, they should find the unexpected – perhaps a grand elegance or maybe something vibrant and quirky – whatever personal statement you want to make.” Vintage classic is experiencing a modern metal twist. “Pedestal sinks are still popular but with a nickel finish on the legs now,” Ovadia says. Artificial stone is making a comeback for vessel sinks. “White, grey and black are all popular, but we’re also seeing a wider array of intense colours to make the sink the room’s primary accent,” Ovadia says. Brushed brass, matte black or rose gold faucets can give the room an eclectic atmosphere. “The faucet is something that everyone will touch,” Ovadia adds. “You want something that not only looks but feels luxurious.” Waterfall faucets remain popular because people can see, hear and feel the cascading stream. “It’s an element that stands out and creates a relaxing oasis,” she says. Mirrors are calling attention to themselves in arabesque, Venetian, circular or tall and slender shapes – all of which can work as long as they’re proportional to the vanity. “The sconces on each side of a mirror should have the same type of finish as the faucets,” Ovadia adds. “You want cohesion, especially in a smaller space.” The powder room is the place in which to splurge on mosaic tiles without breaking the bank. “We’re seeing basket weave, snakeskin and so many other gorgeous patterns these days – all of which really make a statement,” she says. “A striking mosaic patterned tile can be the jewel of the room.” •

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Designer Beverley Binns of Binns kitchen + bath design is also seeing a surge in the style and size of tiles used to jazz up powder rooms. “Diamond, bubble and other geometric shapes in various textures and styles are creating a lot of visual interest,” she says. “We’re also seeing the opposite of this whimsical trend in large tiles, 24-by, 48 inches – in earthy textures and tones for the spa-like spaces that are still very popular.” Subway tiles remain a frequent choice but are being installed in a chevron pattern for greater interest. “Some people are even using coloured grout to emphasize the tile lines,” Binns adds. “A dark green grout on a white tile, for instance, can make quite a dramatic statement.” A small room is made to seem bigger by extending an interesting floor tile up an entire wall. A floating vanity and a wall-mounted toilet allow a mosaic-tiled floor and/or wall to be fully appreciated in addition to maximizing space. Mounted and regular toilets are being innovatively streamlined and, like Kohler’s hatbox model, hide all the plumbing elements. Vanities are more often floated than fitted now. Freestanding pieces are popular in transitional settings. “We’re also seeing metal elements introduced in hot-rolled steel or wrought-iron stands,” Binns says. “All the warmer metals – brushed bronze, brushed gold or a rose gold – are being sought as a nice change from standard silver finishes for the faucets, towel bars and other elements.” Lighting is assuming a new role as part of the room’s architecture and art. “Let’s face it: the pot lights that have become standard in most rooms often cast an unflattering shadow on the person standing in front of the mirror,” Binns says. “So you want to play with more favourable ‘human’ lighting from a chandelier or wall sconces or, especially if you have an intriguing art fixture, from the corner of a room.” Binns also suggests led floor or wall lights to create allure as they lead guests to the main switch. Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to jazz up a powder room. “Classic damask patterns are being replaced with an influx of geometric shapes that create a 3d effect,” Ovadia says. “Modern florals and stripes are also quite popular.” •


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Ovadia suggests either continuing the wallpaper over the ceiling or painting it the same colour. Binns says interest is also generated when only the ceiling has an eye-catching wall covering. This year’s trends remain in the cooler zone of the colour wheel but the monochromatic tones are being made punchier with black, purple and other strong accents. “Everybody is also talking about yellow becoming a trend again,” Binns adds. “Wallpapers are huge right now in all kinds of patterns and colours,” Katerina Zherinova, the general manager of Dezign Market, echoes. “Modern florals are trending, along with geometric shapes in a range of intense colours but various shades of grey remain popular, and white is always in vogue.” Pizzazz is being added in other ways. “Towel rings and other accessories have become ornate in floral and other patterns as intricate as artwork,” Zherinova says. “The sparkle of a chandelier also personalizes the space.” Further glitz abounds in silver- or gold-leaf vanities that offer a change from painted wood cabinetry, although Zherinova says quality wood never goes out of fashion. “People are freshening up wooden vanities and flooring with white-wash paint that still reveals the natural knots and grain,” she says. Marble and porcelain tile remain popular in neutral tones that are contrasted by a splash of intense colour elsewhere. Nathalie Tremblay, principal designer at Atelier Cachet, says it’s as much about the feel as the look these days. “Texture is so important with reptile exotics, for example, providing a luxurious and sensual wall covering,” she says. “Metallic wallpaper is also creating a sparkling interest to this space. And you can use mirrors cleverly to add interesting dimensions as well as to make a small room feel more spacious.” For those favouring a quieter retreat, planked walls, wood panelling or precast concrete all offer tactile comfort. •

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RECLAIMED SPACE Maximizing the space in a small en suite leads to innovative use of materials BY SUSAN SEMENAK PHOTOGRAPHY: LARRY ARNAL STYLING: NATHALIE TREMBLAY

EVEN A TINY BATHROOM can be turned into a highly functional, spacious and posh retreat, as evidenced by the airiness of a successful do-over within a master en suite’s original 75-square-foot area. “The room hardly fit one person with its original awkward layout,” recalls designer Nathalie Tremblay at Atelier Cachet. “Now the husband can shower while the wife bathes their baby, or they can both use the sink.” Atelier Cachet transformed the en suite by reorganizing the space to put every possible inch to best use. “We had to change the location of all of the amenities,” Tremblay says. “We also selected materials that would create the illusion of a larger area.” The whole room is made to feel bigger by extending the porcelain floor tiles to encompass the soaker tub and wall behind it. The deep but fairly narrow tub is made grander by placing it into a boxed frame so that it appears to float in the space. Mirrored walls combine with wood-like porcelain tiles to create interest and the illusion of depth behind the tub and vanity. “Separate faucets at the trough sink allow each homeowner to wash up at the same time while maintaining sufficient counter space,” Tremblay says. “The open shelving in the vanity for towels was another way to make a tight area feel larger.” •

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“The open shelving in the vanity for towels was another way to make a tight area feel larger.”

Recessed lighting brightens the entire room, including the shower area, to prevent shadows that would make the room feel smaller. Sleek black pendant fixtures over the vanity are bejewelled with diamond-cut Swarovski crystal lights. An airy geometric lighting fixture over the tub plays with scale while maintaining the required openness. The room’s spaciousness was facilitated by separating the shower area with clear tempered glass. The wood-like tiles cover the shower bench and extend up the wall to add warmth and to create an eye-catching architectural element. “The bench, like the tub, appears to be floating, which again creates the illusion of a bigger space,” Tremblay explains. A sizeable white frame on the door makes the room’s entrance seem grander, with the door’s opaque glass adding to the room’s openness while providing the necessary privacy – a grand illusion in this cleverly designed small space. •

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SUMPTUOUS DETAILS and classic French design “The owners showed me some pictures of “The design went back and forth two or three bring romantic moments spent in Monte Carlo the hotel that they stayed in during their times,” says Pahlavan. “They wanted a lot of into everyday life for a couple living in the South- honeymoon,” says Pahlavan. “They wanted natural light and a very open layout. Usually rich Vale neighbourhood of Richmond Hill. something French – a timeless, classic house, when you say ‘open layout,’ it leads you to a studio finish or more of a modern look, so to Their timeless home results from a chal- but not quite as loud as the pictures.” manage to have this openness but still give lenge they gave to Mahzad Pahlavan, owner During the first few months of the job, a lot of classic French details was a bit of a of Mahzad Homes. The builder specializes in Pahlavan interviewed the couple to determine challenge, but we managed very well I think.” turning her clients’ desires into elegant homes. key wants and needs for their new home. In After the initial drawings were finished, She takes care of everything, from obtaining addition to a French ambience, they wanted the couple’s involvement was over. Pahlavan permits and hiring an architect to managing an office with windows at the front of the the build, hiring trades, handling interior house so clients could be seen arriving. They set out to grant their wishes. • design and supplying furnishings. wanted four bedrooms and three bathrooms upstairs, so that their two children could have their own space, and there would be an extra bedroom for guests. A family room was crucial, Coffered ceilings and an elegant fireplace add and the dining space had to include room dimension and Old-World for Grandma and Grandpa. A formal dining charm to the milky walls room was also required, so that some meals in the living room. (This could include more people. page) The solid mahogany front door plays off an oak staircase with wroughtiron railings. Lead-paned French doors, inspired by Monte Carlo, were made by Solarium Design Group and lead into the home office. Crema marfil marble flooring: Marble Granite Depot.

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Her initial step was hiring architect Georgio “For the island, we used the best possible slab Lolos to design the house, which is clad in of Calacatta that we could find in Toronto,” Indiana buff limestone. To make the narrow says Pahlavan. “It took a month and a half to lot seem bigger, Lolos designed an enormous find it. There wasn’t a supplier that I missed.” kitchen and family room with a six-person Hardwood floors from Chestnut Flooring, a dining nook. “We built a very large kitchen,” solid mahogany entrance door, and specially says Pahlavan. “It’s a narrow lot, only 45 feet, leaded doors were included in the design to rebut when you walk into the kitchen and family call the mood of the Hermitage Hotel in Monte room, you feel like it’s a 100-foot-wide lot. It’s Carlo. “The office has a set of French doors with leaded-glass details that I designed in a simpler a huge kitchen.” Most of the elements in the kitchen are oversized too. The island in the middle spans nine by four and a half feet. With the extension, it extends to five feet. Painted mdf cabinets by Arthaus Millwork and Calacatta Gold marble counters ensure an airy feeling.

and smaller version of the door at the hotel that they stayed at,” says Pahlavan. “We did the same design on the glass on the single door between the kitchen and dining room. There’s also similar beading on the skylight, although it’s less detailed because we wanted more light.” An led pendant light in the skylight provides visibility on the staircase at night. The rest of the lighting in the home comes from Swarovski crystal chandeliers. •

The kitchen features white and brown mdf cabinetry, glazed to a sheen. Grey Swarovski crystals in the chandeliers above the island recall the grey in the Calacatta marble counter. A wall unit in the hotel reception area in Monte Carlo inspired the fish design glass-doored cabinets. Potfiller: Taps; range: Thermador; mother-of-pearl and Calacatta marble: Marble Granite Depot. Water jet Calacatta and Thassos marble backsplash: Versatile.

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“Classic French details was a bit of a challenge, but we managed very well I think.”

(Opposite) A subdued grey colour palette in the master bedroom contrasts with an off-white wall unit and crown moldings. French doors lead to a Juliette balcony. (This page) The master bathroom epitomizes European luxury. A 72-inchdeep tub is situated in front of sparkling grey damask wallpaper from Chestnut Flooring. Each dolomite floor tile is framed with Sicis silver-leaf glass mosaic tiles, imported from Italy. Arabesque mosaic tiles in shower: Ciot.

Other elements that give the home its European flair were handled by millworkers. They included Artpix cornices, aria wood wainscoting, fireplace mantels, large closets in the bedrooms and office, and a built-in make-up desk in the master bedroom. After the home was built, the interior design phase began. Pahlavan was careful to continue combining light, convenience and luxury in every room. A raised countertop on the kitchen island facilitates food preparation for tall family members.

Before handing keys to the owners, Pahlavan ordered contemporary furniture from Virez Home Interiors for every room. Each piece of furniture fits the space and decor so well, it looks custom-made. Mahzad Homes completed the project within seven months. And the family moved into their new dream home, which reminds them of a happy time in Monte Carlo. •

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EVERYTHING ABOUT UNION JUICE on Bloor St. W. was designed to promote healthy living. “They do serve coffee, but they’re trying to get people to drink fresh-pressed juice more often,” says project architect Thomas Tampold, the owner of Yorkville Design Centre. “Our client, Jesper Wahlberg, comes from Denmark and he saw how fabulously it worked there, so he wanted to bring the concept to his new home.” Wahlberg wanted to create a new, funky location in the Annex with a street-art presence to attract students and young professionals. He worked with consultants from Jacknife Branding Digital Web and Industrial Design to define his vision. The company developed a contemporary design featuring a bleached white-oak countertop bordered by an indoor mural. It was then up to Tampold to turn the 2d drawings into reality. Originally built as a 19th century home, the location already had a facade of white-painted brick, so Tampold was able to carry that exterior motif inside to give the juice bar the ambience of an outdoor vendor. He extended the mood by setting a community table inside a glassed-in alcove next to the front door. Other design elements took a bit of creativity to work out. “The bar design had a very interesting tile motif that they proposed for the side,” says Tampold. “The tiles were cut on the diagonal, but no tile like that exists, so how do you simulate that in real life? We used Corian and we routed the design into it so that it looked like tile.” The end result is a happy, sunny place to have a drink. •

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EVERY ROOM NEEDS AN EYE-CATCHING ELEMENT that conveys beauty, elegance and style. Whether large, such as a coffee table or mirror, or as small as a candle, the showpiece should be unusual and well-made. That’s the kind of item found at Treasures & Company. “Many of our items that we sell are a limited edition,” says general manager Amir Nejatian. “The customer can be very confident that their items are unique. People who want our line may have difficulty finding it anywhere else around.” Less than 30 per cent of the merchandise at Treasures & Co. is repeated. Most of the time, Treasures owner Maryam Khatmi orders five copies or fewer of any of the unusual home accessories she discovers. Often, she orders only a single copy. The family-run Treasures & Co., which specializes in decor accessories, operates a store on Yonge St. in Thornhill. Two full-time employees (owner Khatmi and husband Nejatian) and five part-time employees also run an external warehouse and delivery service. An e-commerce site is planned for the summer of 2016.

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The company has evolved over time. When Khatmi bought Treasures 15 years ago, it focused on gifts and accessories. She was passionate about quality home accessories, so she began stocking hand-crafted accessories by leading designers and manufacturers. Najatian says the new merchandise attracted two types of clients. Those with European tastes appreciate goods from the Louis or Victorian eras. Others do not like opulence, preferring contemporary styles with clean lines. Those clients liked smaller accessories, but also sought out unusual chairs, end tables and other contemporary furniture. He says that each piece is chosen to be a perfect accent in any decor: chairs, lamps, bronzes, tapestries, paintings, figurines, ottomans and armoires.  “We understand the importance of creating a warm and inviting home environment,” Najatian says. “Home is a place that reflects who you are.  We know that decorating a home can be a challenge and we are committed to making this process fun and easy.” •


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REPLICAS THAT ARE TRÈS CHIC Perfectly rendered reproductions of historic French furnishings can fool the experts BY SUSAN KELLY

IN THE HEART of the Castlefield Design District is a furniture store that is hors de l’ordinaire. Chic by Janssen sells its own signature line of fine furniture reproductions inspired by the past, in particular the styles of royal tastemakers Louis xiv, xv and xvi and their fashionable courts. It seems a growing number of homeowners want to bring some European palatial splendour to modern-day interiors, including young condo dwellers. “It’s become trendy to have an eclectic mix, like placing an antique side table beside a low-slung modern leather sofa,” says the store’s design and marketing specialist Leah Sherwood, whose father founded the business. The company also caters to people who favour traditional design throughout the home, from living room suite to occasional tables and accent mirrors. There are exact replicas of furniture in historic styles to be found here. Among the items with perennial appeal: Louis XVI chairs with their neoclassical lines, and English-style pedestal desks. And some designs have been modified for the convenience of modern users with keyboard trays or holes for wiring on traditional writing desks, for instance. Less ornate, smaller-scale versions of furniture are also on the drawing board, to accommodate the current trend toward transitional-style interiors, Sherwood says.

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Chic by Janssen has been in business for 28 years, and has a small boutique in the town of Jordan in Ontario’s wine country. It also operates throughout the Middle East, China, Russia and parts of Europe. “We’re an international company that operates like a small family business when it comes to values,” says Sherwood’s brother, Jesse Janssen, the company’s operations manager at its North American head office and showroom in Beamsville. Every item is designed and manufactured at the company’s own facilities in Indonesia. The region is renowned for its skilled artisans who choose the best materials for each project, then finish it using time-honoured techniques. Such additions as hand-tooled leather, chinoiserie painting and gilding are all artfully rendered, and available at a fraction of what an antique would cost. Chic by Janssen reproductions have been known to fool even a trained eye; the quality is so good that people think they’re looking at a refinished antique. “And everything we make is made to last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations, too,” says Janssen. What’s also trendy now: making an entranceway grand. “Adding a period mirror or some other accessories in the foyer is a simple way to experiment with elegance,” says Sherwood. Among the accessories collection are elegant floor and wall mirrors, bronze statues and coat racks. We love the pet beds, especially the puckishly ornate Louis xv version, found in the Chic by Janssen store. Just the thing to ensure every family member lives in regal style. •

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ALL HANDS ON DECK Refreshing a deck requires good preparation and the right kinds of products

AH, SPRING, when a homeowner’s fancy turns to thoughts of gardening, outdoor living and…well…painting the back deck. If your deck seems to have suffered the worst of the winter and is in need of a refresh, read on. We asked David Bell, owner of Village Paint & Wallpaper in Etobicoke, for his expert advice on how to paint a deck so that it will be a delightful place to hang out this summer.

“Do not apply any coating to a deck that is hot to the touch, as heat prevents products from penetrating.”

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Q: David, what needs be done to prepare a deck’s surface for a new coat of stain or paint? A: Preparation is everything! You wouldn’t wax a car without cleaning it first, and it’s the same for a deck. If your deck has been previously painted or stained, that finish should be removed either by sanding or with a chemical stripper. If your deck is bare wood, then it should be cleaned with a deck-wash product.

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Q: What kinds of weather conditions are necessary for successful outdoor painting? A: After stripping or cleaning your deck, you should wait a minimum of three days of dry weather. The temperature should also remain above 10 degrees morning, noon and night, and rain should not be in the forecast for two days. Do not apply any coating to a deck that is hot to the touch, as heat prevents products from penetrating. Q: What advice can you offer about the best way to apply a stain or paint to an outdoor surface, such as a deck? A: The best way to apply deck coating is by brushing. There are large brushes that can be attached to a pole, which will save your back. Unlike rolling or spraying, brushing pushes stain deep into the wood for longer-lasting results.


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Q: What kinds of products do you recommend? A: The Flood Company has excellent products for decks, including a stripper cleaner and a deck wash for preparation. Flood’s Solid Wood Stain combines oil and latex, giving the penetration of oil and the flexibility of latex. It comes with a five-year guarantee. For clear wood finishes and semi-transparent stains, I like Duckback’s oil-based Superdeck products.

“Solid stains will last five to seven years because they are highly pigmented.”

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Q: How long does a paint or stain job last? A: Clear wood finishes last one to two years on decks as they have very little pigment in them. Semi-transparent stains last three to four years. Solid stains will last five to seven years because they are highly pigmented. Keep in mind that all coated decks need regular cleaning with a deck wash to look their best, just like you clean your car. •

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Artist Darlene Kulig portrays her country in strong shapes and vivid hues

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It was one of these Cynthia Steljes drawings, entered into a juried art show, that proved to be a turning point for Kulig. “She is the reason for it all,” says the artist. Kulig has been painting and showing her vibrant acrylic works in galleries in Ontario, Barbados, and the U.S. For the past five years, she has been represented by Natures’ Scene, and through Artbomb, a service run by Carrie Shibinsky (who worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario for two decades).

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Darlene Kulig can hardly remember a time when she wasn’t drawing. From the first day she stood as a nine-year-old in front of her mirror at home in Nepean, Ont., trying to get the braids just right in her first self-portrait, she knew she had found the perfect expression of her personality. “Art was a place I could be quiet with myself,” says Kulig, who now calls Etobicoke home. “At first, drawing was just a hobby I could do on my own and get better at and enjoy, and it didn’t cost a lot of money.” •

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ARTIST DARLENE KULIG had all but given up painting eight years ago when her dearest friend, Quartetto Gelato oboist Cynthia Steljes, died of cancer. “She was a worldclass oboe player who had such a gift. We were more than just friends; we were strong women together,” recalls the artist. “When she was ill, she encouraged me not to give up on my creative side and let it fall by the wayside. After she passed, I managed Quartetto Gelato for about a year to keep it going and to keep her legacy alive. Once the group was established again, I consciously committed to painting as a way to carry Cynthia’s memory forward. I would actually draw some of her clothing items.”

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It wasn’t long before she moved on from her early black-and-white pencil sketches to a wider colour palette as she toted her sketchbook with her wherever she went. “I would draw the Breck girls (of shampoo fame) and was known in high school as the artist who drew the Breck girls,” she says. She also sketched everyday life around her: neighbours’ houses, familiar faces, local scenes, and more self-portraits.

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It was one of these studies that earned Kulig a “I found I had an aptitude for the business,” she prestigious scholarship to study at the Ontario says. “I have a brain that works on both sides. College of Art (now Ontario College of Art With all that training, you’d think I would and Design). After finishing the four-year pro- settle for being a graphic designer, but thanks gram, she moved into a small design studio to Cynthia, now my priority is my painting.” run by Dennis Rose, then set up her own shop, and spent the next 25 years as a successful graphic designer. She was content indulging her love of art as well as learning the ins and outs of running an art-related business.

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When Kulig thinks of her old friend, she sees vibrant colours and natural, bursting Canadian landscapes. She has travelled the world and found inspiration in such places as a café in the Ringstrasse across from the Vienna State Opera House where she observed the bubbles dancing in her champagne glass. She has since added champagne bubbles to her paintings.

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But her great love, like that of the Group of Seven, whose work hers has been compared to, is Canada. “As a Canadian, I am continually awestruck by our country’s natural beauty,” she says. “I am currently focusing my creative energy on developing a recognizable, signature Kulig Canadian landscape. I’ve fallen in love with Canada.”

Her travels through the country have taken her from Whistler, B.C. and Emerald Lake, Alberta in the west, to Muskoka, Ontario and Little Fogo Island in Newfoundland. Kulig’s Canada is so bright, it’s almost electric. Colour makes her happy, and she is happiest when her art makes others stop, look, and smile. With her understanding of colour theory and the psychology of colour from her days as a graphic designer, she knows which hues elicit the greatest responses. Various shades of turquoise, yellow, orange, green, pink, and red figure prominently in her works. •

(From left) Autumn light fractures. 36" x 36" Crimson sunset. Port Rexton midnight calm. 36" x 36" Moon river with Northern Lights. 48" x 48"

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“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.”

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“I went to Newfoundland last year and did a Jellybean Row series of the Victorian rowhouses in St. John’s,” she says. “I bought jelly beans just to have them in my studio. I always keep a jar with me for inspiration.” Her studio is the converted dining room of her Georgian-style home, which she shares with her husband, three children, and Darwin, an

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Old English sheepdog. Kulig takes a disciplined approach to painting. She uses photographs as a starting point, designs her compositions, and then draws everything on her canvas in green pastel against a dark sienna background. Once she’s satisfied with the outline on the canvas, she paints shapes (“like adult colouring”), and wipes away the pastel with a wet cloth. “As

Matisse said, ‘I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.’ ” Kulig hopes her desire to develop a distinctly Canadian look takes her painting to new heights. “Nature is my church,” she says. “I see things in nature as sentient beings and I paint them with feelings. My work is different. I’ve found my voice.” •

(Clockwise from left) Northern Lights midnight dance. 36" x 36" Mountain view on the way to Pemberton. Little Fogo Island, reflections of days gone. 30" x 40" Moon river meandering. 36" x 48"

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DIVINE DESIGN AT HOME Television’s Candice Olson applies her design flair to her own home BY SUSAN KELLY ◆ PHOTOGRAPHY: GILLIAN JACKSON ◆ STYLING: CANDICE OLSON

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“It’s very much a home meant to be lived in and not just looked at.”

CANDICE OLSON’S FLAIR for creating elegant contemporary interiors has been showcased for more than a decade on two hit television shows – Divine Design and Candice Tells All (W Network/HGTV) – and in six best-selling books. Her ability to break down the basics of superior style in a down-to-earth way, spiced with a bit of wacky and irreverent humour, has won her legions of fans. When it comes to the design of her home’s kitchen and bathroom, it’s very much a family affair. The designer shares the home with her builder husband, Jurij Sennecke, and two children: Pyper, 12, and Beckett, 10. “My husband and I really designed the house together to suit our personal lifestyle and how we saw it evolving with our children,” Candice says. “It’s very much a home meant to be lived in and not just looked at.” With busy professional parents juggling two careers and kids involved in countless sports, home life is laughingly described by Candice as “more zoo than Zen. It’s like living with a tribe of baboons but a lot less civilized.”

Candice goes on to say “that’s probably why we all love the home’s wilderness setting.” Perched high above a forested ravine with an expansive golf course view, the Don Mills home allows the children to roam freely while Candice and Jurij enjoy the picturesque scenery. Whether it’s the colours of the sky during an impending summer rainstorm or the ever-changing seasons, Candice cites Mother Nature, whom she considers “the biggest and the best designer of them all,” as her major source of design inspiration for her extensive collection of signature home fashions. “I get to see some of her finest work on display every day,” she says. “It’s inspiring, to say the least.” Candice admits she approached the kitchen’s design a little backwards. “I fell head over heels for some onyx slabs with wonderful stormy blue-grey veining and caramel accents,” she says. “And they became the starting point for the rest of the home’s palette and finishes.” The couple decided to •

The kitchen design was inspired by the onyx countertops and their “wonderful stormy blue-grey veining and caramel accents.” In contrast, the island is topped with leather-finished black granite. Candice and Jurij love to cook and entertain, and they appreciate the style and performance of Thermador appliances. Their custom cabinetry is by Dundene Homes, and the pendant lights over the island are by Restoration Hardware.

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Candice wanted something a little more contemporary amid the kitchen’s traditional style, so she chose counter stools by McGuire in a mix of wire and wood. The sinks and streamlined faucets are by Kohler.

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(Opposite) Onyx slabs not only top the counters, they also run up the walls for dramatic effect. (This page) The designer has a rare quiet moment in a life that she describes as “more zoo than Zen.”

use the spectacular slabs like pieces of art in the kitchen, running the stone from the countertops vertically up the wall so that it could be viewed and enjoyed from other areas in the open-concept layout. For contrast, Candice chose a material she has long loved – aged, leather-finished black granite – for the island countertop. It crowns a pine cabinet whose antiqued surface was intended to stand up to such punishment as restless children kicking their feet as they spin on the counter stools. And even though the family’s pups chose one corner to gnaw on while teething, she finds the cabinet is aging as gracefully as she anticipated. The striking wood-beam ceiling detail, she says, is “brilliant,” her German husband’s idea. With its two-storey skylight, the kitchen area is always treated to ample natural light. Candice’s brainstorm was to inset panels of woven brass on the large cabinet doors that discreetly conceal several refrigerators, freezers and pantries. (“We feed a lot of kids in this house!”) She loves the metal’s gentle gleam, which will develop a soft patina over time. Brass details on hardware also add warm

contrast against the cool blue-grey painted cabinetry. The top-floor master bathroom is part of a new addition to the 1960s split-level home and was designed as a private sanctuary. “Well, that was the original idea, but I have to admit that all four of us – and our two little Cotonpoo pups – have been in there all at once,” says Candice. “It could double as a car wash.” The bathroom divides the bedroom by a long marble-clad, European-style shower, with glass walls on both sides. For privacy, she installed a frosted film on the glass, inspired by a personal favourite pattern from her 11 top-selling Candice Olson collections for York Wallcoverings. She loves the pattern so much that it’s featured in her latest textile collection with Kravet Fabrics. Everything was chosen to create a serene retreat. Still taking cues from the onyx in the kitchen downstairs, “it’s more about the rich caramel colour upstairs,” Candice says. There’s a hint of it in the Calacatta marble counters and the warm mushroom-coloured marble floor tile, her hubby’s fave. •

“My husband and I really designed the house together to suit our personal lifestyle and how we saw it evolving with our children.”

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Candice’s eclectic style means that a sleek, contemporary floating walnut vanity and makeup counter meet a furry Tibetan yak-hair stool in the master bathroom. Further evidence of her approach to decorating is found on her website at www.candiceolson.com.

Medium-toned walnut cabinetry contains a multitude of drawers to tame the usual bathroom clutter and to keep clean contemporary lines reading as such. It also floats above the floors to instil a sense of lightness and space, further enhanced by under-lighting for a special effect. The vanity area epitomizes her style in more ways than one, Candice says. It practises what she preaches: that contemporary yet comfortable design is about a mix of periods and styles, playing pared-down, modern elements against embellished traditional ones. Here it’s an ornate vintage Venetian mirror paired with contemporary cabinetry and a Tibetan yak-hair stool. That stool features another signature style element: fur. The Calgary-raised designer points out that an affinity for furry things may be in her genes, since her grandfather was a trapper by trade. “And I think that stool softens the look and makes the whole room,” she says. “Plus it’s just so quirky and funny. When you put it all together, it’s just me.” •

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COLOUR CUE DESIGNER TAKES INSPIRATION FROM WALLPAPER TO CREATE A COHESIVE CONDO DESIGN

The Ellie Cashman Design floral wallpaper is inspired by old Flemish botanical paintings

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IT STARTED WITH THE WALLPAPER. Interior designer Svetlana Tryaskina had not yet begun to renovate her newly purchased Yorkville condo. But she’d fallen deeply in love with the lush roses on a dramatic wallpaper inspired by 16th century Flemish botanical paintings. “It was a big risk, I know, especially since I had plans to re-sell the condo. It was very daring,” Tryaskina says. “But I love bold things and I had to go with my feelings.” She used that wallpaper in the entrance of the condo and then pulled a few of its colours into almost every room in the house, repeating them in sofa cushions, bed linens and upholstery fabrics to create a cohesive design. Then to tone down the drama, Tryaskina painted the walls throughout the 1,400-square-foot condo in subdued neutrals – a dark Benjamin Moore grey called Wrought Iron and a pale, luminous blanc cassé called Thunder. As a counterpoint to the traditional floral motif, she introduced sharp graphic patterns – in the geometric motif of the black and white tiles that clad the fireplace in the living room, for example. That’s how it usually goes with the Toronto-based interior designer behind the fi rm Estee Design. A painting, a pattern, or the foliage of an exotic plant sparks an idea - and from there a design theme emerges. Tryaskina creates interiors that are luxurious and liveable by juxtaposing myriad styles and contrasting colours. She mixes antiques and contemporary furniture, budget finds and high-end items. An heirloom oak side table finds itself alongside a metallic modern stool, for example. A neon-red acrylic side table sits next to a wrought-iron bed. And somehow it all works. “People say that my interiors are organic and liveable and inviting – not too contemporary,” Tryaskina says. “There is always plenty of personality in them.” •

“I love bold things and I had to go with my feelings.” In the kitchen, Tryaskina removed two walls to create an open space. She chose a sleek palette of charcoal grey and white. The backsplash and island counter are clad in Nuvolato Grigio marble from Olympia Tile. Appliances: Fisher & Paykel. The designer stopped the marble backsplash short of the upper cabinets to create a graphic horizontal line as a counterpoint to the vertical orientation of the floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinetry.

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Before filling the two-bedroom condo with beautiful things, Tryaskina’s fi rst order of business was to create a vestibule in the entry. It’s a European feature that makes comings and goings more pleasant, she says, creating a welcoming place to meet and greet guests, or to take one last look in the mirror before heading out the door. Next, she took down the walls of a tight galley kitchen to create a large, open space that encompasses living and dining rooms and kitchen.

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The Moscow-born designer who lived and worked in New York before settling in Toronto says each of her projects is the result of a long, experimental process of pulling together disparate styles, colours, textures and patterns before arriving at a cohesive design. She’s not afraid to pair an inexpensive Ikea bedframe with a precious antique rug or high-gloss contemporary kitchen cabinets with rustic natural-oak shelves. “If I see a good antique rug, I’ll buy it because I know that anything sitting on a beautiful carpet will be elevated by its history and texture and colour and character,” she says. “I recognize good names and I like expensive, iconic pieces. But I’m also drawn to interesting and unusual finds from secondhand shops. I have a knack for creating balance between simple and fine, high and low, colourful and subdued, rustic and refined.” •

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DO WHAT YOU LOVE; the money will follow – so says a popular book on finding one’s metier in life. It’s been working just fine for Wilfred Yu, thank you very much. An oenophile, he’s been building custom-designed wine cellars for nearly a decade with the company he owns, H2O2 Wine Cellar Design. Yu was originally in the logistics business, working in an office but not keeping office hours because, like many business owners, he was on call 24/7. “I’d have drivers calling at 2 a.m. to tell me ‘My truck broke down; it needs repairs,’ ” he says. “I didn’t have enough time for my family. I was sick and tired of the logistics business life.” Yu sold the company in 2008 after 10 years of hard work. But the genesis of Yu’s wine-cellar business lies further back in time. In the early 2000s he belonged, as he does now, to several groups for oenophiles. He discovered that many of his fellow enthusiasts used wine fridges because, they said, they couldn’t afford wine cellars. “These were professionals, high-equity people,” he recalls. “I thought ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ ” He found that they were being quoted between $100,000 and $250,000 to build a wine cellar. Yu encountered prices like those when, in 2006, he thought of having his own walk-in wine cellar in the first home that he bought. “I went to several companies,” he says. “One told me that the job was too small. Another guy said that he couldn’t remember doing a job under $50,000. Another also said that the job was too small, and that I should get a contractor to build the room, and buy the racks myself and put them up.” Which is exactly what he did. “I bought the racks retail,” he says. He wondered, “How do they come out with those crazy prices when I built my own wine cellar for one quarter of what they say?” Friends were impressed. A few asked him to build cellars for them, word spread and he got more requests, and by 2008 he was ready to leave the logistics business and concentrate on wine cellars. •

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“My business is bespoke,” Yu says. “Every project is different because customer needs are different. We work around whatever our customers like and need. [When necessary] we educate them as to what they need and what would work.” The large part of Yu’s business is residential, either working directly for homeowners or with designers and home builders. Besides designing and building the cellars, H2O2 Wine Cellar Design provides such after-services as maintaining cooling systems and updating cellar inventories. An inventory is started when a new cellar is built. A company employee puts a barcode on every bottle, then racks it and registers its location. After that, homeowners put any new purchases in a designated spot in the cellar, and once a month one of Yu’s employees goes in, barcodes and racks them, and adds them to the inventory. Once the wine has been drunk, the empty bottle goes to a designated spot to be noted and removed from the inventory. “Once a year we do a complete overhaul of the cellar,” Yu adds. Wine cellar design is as important to many owners as the design in the rest of the home. Yu says that when he started his business, classic and traditional looks with lots of wood and monochromatic stone or tile floors were popular. He’s finding that, lately, tastes are changing. More contemporary looks – such as the one in the photos illustrating this article – are increasingly popular. “Most contemporary cellars have very little wood and a lot of metal components,” he says. “This one has lots of metal, so we made a feature wall in white oak to make it cozier. The owners chose funky flooring, too. These are imported six-by-six-inch tiles, and every one is different.” Regardless of how classic or funky his cellars are, Yu is in his element away from the logistics business. “I’m 150 per cent happy that I made the change,” he says. “I make my own hours; I have a lot of jobs. It was the best decision of my life.” •

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STYLISH IN STONE Cast stone range hoods add unique style to a kitchen

FEW THINGS ARE AS INVITING as a cozy fireplace. And when that fireplace is in an attractive setting with a cast stone fireplace mantel, good design complements comfort. Stone fireplace mantels have now made their way to the kitchen, where they adorn the cooking area in the form of cast stone range hoods. Toronto Home asked Leo Montagnese, President of Omega Mantels, to discuss the popular trend of adding stone range hoods to our kitchens.

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Q: Leo, we’ve seen homeowners adding stone hoods to their kitchens – above their gas or electric ranges – that recall historic European kitchens. When did this trend begin and where does the concept originate? A: Stone hoods have been in kitchens for many years in different forms, such as brick and natural stones like limestone and granite. Crafting one used to be a painstaking process, but years of manufacturing experience has made the process much more friendly and the choice of designs endless. Omega has been an industry leader in cast stone manufacturing for over 35 years and has always strived to be innovative and ahead of the game.

Q: Is there a particular architecture or interior design ethos that lends itself to a stone hood in the kitchen? A: We’ve seen a large movement from more traditional-type kitchen hoods – for example, incorporating elements such as corbels and friezes – towards a transitional-type hood with less ornamentation. Regardless of trends, however, a stone hood can be custom made to complement any architectural or decorating style. We can also provide custom finishes, including metallic looks such as copper, pewter and stainless steel.


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Q: What materials are stone kitchen hoods made of? A: Our kitchen hoods are made from a combination of crushed stones, sands and some specialty-type interior cements, all backed with a fiberglass mat to keep the weight down.

Q: Describe the process of integrating a stone hood in a kitchen. Can one be retrofitted into an existing kitchen or can it be installed only in a new build? A: A cast stone hood can be installed in a new-build kitchen as well as an existing or renovated kitchen. Once a kitchen hood style has been chosen, a cad drawing is made to scale based on the kitchen dimensions and pertinent appliances such as fans. It’s then referred to so that the hood dimensions will be right for the space. We offer a wide variety of kitchen hoods to choose from, and all can be customized to work within the space and design requirements of any kitchen.

Q: Stone is a heavy material. Can all kitchens accommodate stone mantels? A: Cast stone hoods are actually lightweight and therefore can be installed in any kitchen without the need for additional wall reinforcing. Q: What advice do you have for homeowners who want to add a stone hood to the kitchen? A: The kitchen is the heart of the home, with the focal point often being the hood. Omega takes great pride in each and every hood we manufacture, and our best advice is to have functionality as well as the proper design and style to suit your kitchen. •

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ROOMS WITH A SWEEPING VIEW Homeowner gets a turnkey home in the Quebec Laurentians BY PHILLIPA RISPIN • PHOTOGRAPHY: ULYSSE LEMERISE • STYLING: NADINE RODRIGUE

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LORNE SCHECTER WAS WORRIED. The foundation for his new country home, being built by BONE Structure on Lake Ouareau in the Quebec Laurentians, had been laid, and it seemed too small. Lorne admits that he’s not one for understanding blueprints, so he’d already had one site visit from Michelle Tremblay, vice-president (and co-founder with her husband) of BONE Structure. Tremblay walked the site with Lorne before construction began and laid out sticks

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along the ground to show him where each wall would be, so he could visualize the rooms. Lorne’s anxiety was assuaged then, but now it was back. “When the foundation was poured, it seemed very small to me,” he recalls. “Michelle actually came to the site and, on the foundation, showed me where each room would be to make me feel comfortable that I had adequate space. Where the master bedroom was I said ‘I can’t even fit a cot,

never mind a king-size bed.’ She proved to me that I can fit my king-size bed; I can fit my end tables; I can walk out onto my patio and there’s no problem. We laugh about it today.” When asked about this, Tremblay says simply, “This is what we do. If something happens, we’ll be there for the client.” That approach is indicative of the care that BONE Structure, a Quebec company that specializes in building custom homes, puts into the homes it builds


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and its commitment to keeping clients happy. Lorne didn’t know this when he first sought a builder, but happenstance seemed to lead him to BONE Structure. “I read a magazine and saw a picture of one of their homes,” he says. It was love at first sight. “I like ultramodern style, and I wanted an all-glass house because my property is on a lake,” he says. “A week later, I was at a client’s home. She and her husband were rebuilding their cottage and her

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husband, who is an engineer, recommended BONE Structure. They showed me their site, and I called BONE Structure the next day.” The appeal of BONE Structure homes is that they are pre-engineered and then erected on-site. Because all the components arrive together, already made, there is no need to do wholesale clearing of the site to allow heavy machinery to manoeuvre. The ground where the foundation will be laid

is cleared, but the surrounding trees and other elements of the landscape remain as undisturbed as the homeowner wishes. Another advantage is that there’s no waiting around for the various tradespeople to come and work on one element, such as plumbing, and then wait while, say, the floorers come in, and then wait for the millwork to be cut and installed. In an ordinary build, the stairs are delivered near the end, but BONE •

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Structure delivers the stairs the same day as the rest of the parts. Marc-André Bovet, Tremblay’s husband and the president of BONE Structure, likens it to building a giant Meccano house. “Everything is decided beforehand,” Tremblay explains. “All the pieces are pre-measured, and it’s easy to work within the structure. The trades won’t fight because everyone has room to work without compromising. We can schedule the trades

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accurately.” As a result, building is quick. In fact, says Tremblay, “Lorne’s home was delivered more than three weeks early.” “They started the teardown of the existing house in October 2014, and the house was finished in May 2015,” Lorne says. “It was a turnkey operation; BONE Structure did everything, from getting permits to helping me find furniture. They really held my hand, made the process idiot-proof. Hugo Beauregard, the construction foreman, was great.”

(Left) A table and chairs from Maison Corbeil fit stylishly into the dining area, which is adjacent to the kitchen and living room. The light fi xture is a series of black rectangles called Revealed, from Swarovski. (Right) Maple cabinetry in the kitchen is a warm counterpoint to the cool-coloured flooring by Céragrès in 24-by-24-inch slabs.


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Lorne got the stone fireplace wall that he wanted in the living room. The fireplace itself is surrounded by Atlantic Black granite. Sofa, coffee table, chair, lamp: Maison Corbeil. Clear panels instead of railings show off the structure of the staircase, which has hickory treads that match the engineered floor.

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Lorne is president of L.E.S. Financial Services, a company that provides life and disability insurance to doctors across Canada. He’s a busy man with little time to fuss over building details. He also needs a place to entertain clients, and a cottage on the lake would be the perfect place. “Not only is it a great place to entertain clients,” he says. “The bedrooms are at opposite ends of the house so there’s maximum privacy when my kids, who are now older, come to visit.”

That perfect place is now reality. He has a 2,350-square-foot country home with an open floor plan and all the windows he could desire to enjoy the view of the lake and surrounding mountains. He has the bright, ultramodern house he wanted that reflects his personal style. It all happened more easily than Lorne expected. “Once the interior walls were up, I could start visualizing what the rooms would look like,” he says. “I worked with Nadine Rodrigue, BONE Structure’s director of •

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Tremblay says that certain considerations affected the home’s design: “The view was paramount. The site was beautiful. Lorne wanted high ceilings, lots of windows, lots of light...” The master bedroom is upstairs and is one of Lorne’s favourite places in the home because of the view and the balcony, where he can sit outside and have coffee.

interior design. She gave me ideas, she provided samples, she was very accommodating. “The whole place was custom-made: while the interior was being finished, we changed a few things. Nadine suggested the wine cellar. She came up with some ideas to make the house look even better – for instance, we made a change midway through to the railing for the stairs, making it all glass. Nadine presented everything in pictures on the computer so I could understand. “Nadine also helped with the furniture. I’d see something I liked and brought Nadine with me. She had the measurements and could tell me if a piece would work. She helped tremendously. “I entertain here on the weekends, and friends, clients, family – everyone is amazed. The whole place looks even nicer than I anticipated.” •

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THAILAND The Southeast Asian kingdom is a draw for vacationers in search of the exotic BY CLAIRE NEWELL • PHOTOGRAPHY: TOURISM THAILAND


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EXOTIC, FRIENDLY, MYSTICAL, LUXURIOUS. These are some of the words I use to describe Thailand following my 10-day visit there last year that has left me longing to return. The silks and scents, the tastes and temples, the experiences and beaches. I love everything about this country of 66 million people in Southeast Asia. For decades, Thailand has been a favorite place among North Americans seeking an off-the-beaten-path vacation destination that is rich with history, culture, warm weather, glorious beaches and luxurious accommodation. I began my Thailand adventure in Bangkok, which has been the capital city for more than 200 years. Built around the Chao Phraya River, it’s a study of fascinating juxtapositions. Here, traditional businesses and historic Buddhist shrines that adorn street corners exist next to cutting-edge contemporary architecture and trendy stores. Bangkok is a bustling, vibrant and colourful city with its temples, palaces and markets. It also boasts opulent hotels – from the splendor of the Oriental, Bangkok’s oldest hotel, founded in 1865, to the riverfront Peninsula and Shangri La and the high-rise Sukhumvit beside the contemporary Metropolitan. My choice was the Siam Bangkok, one of the newest and most luxurious hotels in the old quarter. The opulent Art Deco-inspired Siam sits on three acres of riverfront land on the Bangkok side of the Chao Praya River in the historic Dusit district. With its shoreline lawn and roof garden, it has the ambience of an urban resort. Each of the Siam’s 38 suites and villas has an internal garden, roof terrace, pool, butler services, and a private boat shuttle. I was content to relax in the comfort and luxury of my suite, but for those who want more, the hotel offers Thai boxing classes, cooking classes, yoga, tai chi and meditation programs. •

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“The silks and scents, the tastes and temples, the experiences and beaches. I love everything about this country of 66 million people in Southeast Asia.”

One of my favourite memories of my stay in Bangkok is of a cooking class. We headed out in the morning to a local market and bought fresh vegetables, spices, fish and meat before going back to the kitchen to pound the lemongrass, galangal, chilies and kaffir lime leaves into a paste for the green curry. I’m ashamed to admit how quickly my arms ached when I was using a mortar and pestle (there was no food processor) but the fun of the experience will stay with me forever. The lesson concluded with a feast of Thai green curry, Pad Thai, lamb massaman, and papaya salad, finished off with fresh mango, sticky coconut rice and coconut milk.

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After three days spent exploring the chaos of busy Bangkok, I headed to northern Thailand to visit its ancient cities and jungles. Chiang Mai has been northern Thailand’s main city since the 13th century. I fell in love with its temples and markets, especially its vivid night market. It is the main city of the Golden Triangle and the influences of neighbouring Laos and Myanmar are noticeable everywhere – in arts, crafts and architecture. I took a half-day trip outside the city to visit a tiny village where the lives of the hill tribes haven’t changed in centuries. This is an area of deep jungles, remote valleys and


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silent waterways. It was here where I rode a well-trained elephant on a terrifying but exhilarating trek through lush surroundings. I stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, located in the Mae Rim Valley of northern Thailand. The resort boasts spacious accommodations, including pavilions, villas and private residences, all with polished teak floors, rich Thai decor and large overhead fans. One of my favourite ways to relax is in a hot bath, so I made good use of the deep soaker tub, which opened to a private secluded garden. The Spa at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai won Condé Nast’s Best Spa In the World award in 2007. The resort’s restaurant, Menus, offers delicious fusion cuisine (I often crave the lemongrass soup) and has a breathtaking view overlooking the valley’s rice paddies. The last stop on my trip was at the island of Koh Samui, which has changed dramatically in the past 10 years from a backpackers’ destination to one that caters to stylish, well-heeled travelers who prefer the privacy of villas with butler service and spa treatments to all-night partying. The change began in 2007 when the Four Seasons opened a resort on the site of a former coconut plantation. It was the first property on the island with access to a private beach and has 74 hillside villas designed in

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“Thailand stimulates all the senses at once.”

Thai style, each with its own infinity pool. In the past few years, a swath of high-end hotels has opened on Koh Samui, including Le Méridien, the W Retreat and Conrad Koh Samui. The island, once known for cheap bars and run-down hostels on Chaweng Beach, has moved into the luxury zone. My goal on Koh Samui was to unwind before heading home. So I chose to stay at the Six Senses Samui, which is hidden in the middle of 20 acres of tropical forest on the northern tip of the island, overlooking the Gulf of Siam. The resort has 66 villas, all open to the trees and air but secluded behind lush foliage. Each villa has an infinity-edge pool, private butler and luxury amenities, including iPod docks, wireless Internet service and deep bathtubs with panoramic views. I was in heaven. There was no need for me to leave the resort; it had everything: two bars, two restaurants, •

Despite the arrival of luxury tourism in Thailand, cheap beach bungalows are still available.

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IF YOU GO … GETTING THERE: Fifteen airlines fly from Vancouver to Bangkok, albeit not directly. They include Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, JAL, China Airlines, Air China, Korean Air, British Airways, KLM, Air France and Philippine Airlines. Most fly with only one stop. The flying time varies from 18 to 21 hours depending on the airline. Economy return fares range in price from $750 to $1,000, depending on the airline and travel date. GROUND TRAVEL: Various ground transportation options exist in Thailand, from Bangkok's modern Skytrain system to tuktuks (three-wheeled automobile rickshaws). While the traffic in Bangkok can be difficult to negotiate, rural areas offer good roads with very little traffic. I recommend not renting a vehicle; inexpensive taxi service is easily available all over the country. Distances overland can be extensive. If you plan to visit various regions, consider a domestic flight, which is a reliable and inexpensive (less than $100) way to travel within the country. ACCOMMODATION: Staying in Thailand is relatively inexpensive compared with other luxury beach destinations around the world. Five-star hotels in Bangkok cost as little as cad $100 per night (trivago.ca), and private, fully staffed villas on Koh Samui start at USd $400 per night plus food costs (luxuryretreats.com).

Southern Thailand is famous for its wooden long-tail boats, also called Ruea Hang Yao. They’re still used to taxi people and goods among Thailand’s many islands.

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a full-service spa, a Pilates and yoga center, art gallery, laundry service and a water sports centre. Nevertheless, I wanted to explore the island. So the staff planned a five-hour tour for me, a highlight of which was a snake show complete with snake charmer and king cobras. I was even persuaded to place a massive python around my neck for a photograph. All my senses were engaged in Thailand: from meeting people who are untouched by

technology, and grinding spices into a fragrant paste, to running my fingers across silk at a market, relaxing in a tub to the songs of exotic birds, and holding the world’s longest venomous snake. These are the experiences that have left an indelible impression on me. Thailand stimulates all the senses at once, from the moment we step out of Suvarnabhumi Airport into the exotic kingdom that is simultaneously alive, energetic, colourful and peaceful. •

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PENDANT OR CHANDELIER? Crystal or brass or both? Traditional, transitional or contemporary? Proper lighting can make or break a home’s design. Yet for most of us, the hunt for the perfect fixture at the right price is no easy task. “There’s so much choice in lighting that it becomes daunting for many homeowners,” says Claudio Selvaggi, owner of Litemode in Vaughan, which has sold lighting for 25 years. “We serve as expert guides to help you find your way to the ideal solution.” Selvaggi has a passion for the lighting business, a field in which he has worked since the age of 16. From stock boy to president, he has continued to be fascinated by all aspects of the industry, and how lighting can change the look of people’s homes and their enjoyment of their living space. In the store’s 9,000 square feet, big-name design brands as well as lesser-known ones and those that are new discoveries are on display. The location, just south of the Vaughan Mills mall and near highways 400 and 407, makes it easy to shop. Inside, there are thousands of lighting fixtures. Fortunately, staff here shares the owner’s passion and have the expertise to help customers navigate the choices. For instance, led lighting is nothing new. Yet consumers continue to have many questions about it. “It seems like there are new developments almost daily in terms of bulb technology and fixture style,” says Selvaggi. This is a great place to learn about what’s available, including those trendy backlit mirrors and inset lighting options, plus the latest colours in bulbs.

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In its early days, Litemode supplied distinct- consultation. Most shoppers prefer to browse ive fi xtures to offices, restaurants and other the showroom armed with sample photos of businesses only. Local homeowners began to looks they like. It helps to also take floor plans request the same access to designer lighting to determine the right scale, and pictures or fi xtures at attractive prices, so 11 years ago samples of cabinetry and furniture styles and the showroom opened to the public. Some colours, Selvaggi says. And if your ideal fixture customers who then came to upgrade the or lamp isn’t on the showroom floor, it can be basic builder lighting in their condos now are ordered. “Sometimes a customer’s budget returning to upgrade a single-family house. doesn’t match their design aspirations,” he says. And when decision-making is really diffi- “We’ll always find a way to help them get the cult, a staff member will provide an in-home desired look at a price they can live with.” •


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A MODERN HOUSE bathed in light perches high above a forest canopy, soaking up a view of Lake Ontario over the treetops. It sounds idyllic, but when Esther Cheong and Paul Fantauzzi purchased this property located atop the Scarborough Bluffs, it was something else altogether. Cheong and Fantauzzi are partners in life and in the Toronto-based firm Z Axis Design, which specializes in architecture and design for modern residential buildings. To avoid zoning complications, they kept the footprint of the original structure. But their renovation was nothing short of a metamorphosis. “It was a house with an odd layout, a very bizarre house spread over multiple levels with three kitchens!” Cheong says of the property, which is now on the market. To usher the strange old place into the 21st century, Cheong and Fantauzzi pulled back the walls and created a modern three-bedroom house bathed in light and oriented toward those breathtaking views over Cudia Park forest. The whole back of the house is glazed with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, and light seems to enter from all angles. The designers envisioned the house as a series of tiers, the second storey smaller than the first and the first smaller than the basement. This allowed them to create multiple levels of large terraces rather than decks – off the bedrooms, the family room, dining room and even the ensuite bathroom – that seem to nestle right into the surrounding woodland. Each rests atop the room below it, eliminating those dark and awkward spaces that lurk below most decks. Even the basement gets plenty of natural light. •

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The kitchen’s Corian-wrapped island features an induction stovetop with a pop-up exhaust fan that is practically invisible when not in use, both by Bosch. Fridge and convection-microwave oven are by Jenn-Air from Appliance Canada. The custom walnut cabinetry, not only in the kitchen but throughout the house, was custom-made by Euronova Kitchens. The warm walnut flooring is from The Hardwood Flooring Stores.

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“With the terraces, the quality of the light is exquisite throughout the house.”

“Normally decks protrude out from a building and the rooms below feel dark and dungeon-like,” Cheong says. “But with the terraces, the quality of the light is exquisite throughout the house.” Cheong says she and Fantauzzi are passionate enthusiasts of modern design (he’s a graduate of Carleton University’s architecture school and she has an interior design degree from the University of Manitoba) and she thinks light has a lot to do with it. “Modern

houses allow for great expanses of glass in a way that traditional houses cannot,” she says. For the home’s interior design, Cheong chose natural walnut and repeated it in cabinetry and flooring throughout the house. Everywhere the walls are painted white. Carrara marble lines the floor of the foyer, and it also appears on the living room’s fireplace and the tiles in the bathrooms. The furniture, too, is chiefly white and grey with chrome and stainless steel accessories. This restricted palette of

colours, textures and finishes creates a cohesive, seamless design that flows naturally from room to room and floor to floor, Cheong says. Nowhere is the walnut shown to better advantage than in the large open kitchen, where a solid, uninterrupted wall of custom-made floorto-ceiling cabinets creates a plane of rich burnished wood and plenty of hidden storage space. An island wrapped in white Corian is positioned parallel to the window so that the cook can look up from time to time and take in the scenery. •

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“Modern houses allow for great expanses of glass in a way that traditional houses cannot.”

The master bedroom and bathroom are all about the view. In the bathroom, the vanity with a long double Wetstyle sink is all-white Corian – even the drawer fronts, which makes them water resistant. It’s the same Corian used on the kitchen counter, fabricated by ACF Surfaces. Shower walls and floor are clad in 12-by-36-inch Carrara marble tiles from Stone Tile International. The plumbing fixtures and faucets were chosen for their purity of form and are from Tapworks. (Opposite) A Spark linear gas fireplace from Woodbridge Fireplace anchors the living room. Carrara marble used on the floor of the nearby foyer continues onto the fireplace surround, fabricated by Marble and Granite Stonecraft. The walnut staircase, custom-made by Premium Stairs and Railings, features open risers to allow unimpeded views of the front garden. Its stair guard, fabricated by DI Welding, is stainless steel – appropriately neutral.

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Above the sink, Cheong and Fantauzzi forfeited upper cabinets and instead installed a window the full length of the wall to admit even more light, bathing the work surface below it in natural light. Cheong says she thinks upper cabinets are over-rated. Most people, herself included, can’t reach what’s on those upper shelves, so the space is wasted. And upper cabinets scream “kitchen,” she says. In an open-concept design such as this one, the contemporary designer is after a clean, spare look.

Cheong has a knack for finding ingenious design solutions to the biggest headaches. For instance, in her ongoing quest to maximize the forest views, even from the bathroom, she shortened a wall and cantilevered the vanity out from it to broaden the view and open up the space by the window. In another case, she installed large walnut platforms designed to look like boxes, which sit one on top of the other at the base of the stairs. This allowed her to avoid creating a standard landing. “I designed it to be more interesting

than the usual l-shape,” she says. “And it leaves the main run clean, while offering a place to sit.” There’s a separate staircase, which connects the basement and the garage to the main floor of the house. It incorporates a large rectangular walnut block that houses closets accessible from three levels – two for hanging coats on the main level, another midway down the stairs for shoes and boots and a third in the basement for off-season clothing. “It is really convenient and architecturally interesting,” Cheong says. •

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Q: Sandra, downsizing from a family home can be daunting for many homeowners. How can a homeowner know when the time is right to make this move? A: Some people actually let that perfect time slip by and many cling to the home for emotional reasons. They’ve spent a lot of time in their homes and don’t know how to get rid of their stuff. The perfect time to downsize is when the house is too big for you, when your family or your needs have shrunk, or when the house requires yard work that you cannot do. Perhaps you no longer need to be close to work, and you want to be closer to recreation. Some people move when the house needs work. Do you do a $200,000 renovation or move to avoid the whole ordeal?

Q: Once the decision to downsize has been made, what are the first steps a homeowner must take to make it a reality? A: It’s important to have a plan. Research where you want to live. How has your lifestyle changed? Maybe you want to move from suburbs into a downtown condo. The worst thing to do is to leave everything to the last minute. It’s best to take your time so you won’t regret disposing of certain things in haste. Purging belongings is something you should do over time at leisure. It allows you to say goodbye to items that might represent memories. Q: What are the advantages of condo living? A: There are many advantages to condo life. If you travel, you don’t have to worry about home maintenance in your absence. It might also save you money.

“The perfect time to downsize is when the house is too big for you, when your family or your needs have shrunk.”

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Q: What are the disadvantages of downsizing? A: Getting used to a new lifestyle. Exchanging a large living space for a limited one. I worked with a woman who had built a house with her husband and was now widowed. She had a strong emotional connection to the house but she really used only the kitchen, family room and her bedroom. Her children were encouraging her to sell the house because the maintenance had become overwhelming and they were doing all the gardening for her. I took her out to view some condos and showed her one that was 1,700 square feet. It was large but she deemed it was small. However, the more condos we visited, the more her perception started to change. She saw how people make smaller spaces work. Eventually, she bought the 1,700-square-foot condo. Some retirees spend their lives accumulating stuff, and ultimately can take only a few pieces of furniture with them; it can be distressing. Understand the floor plan and perhaps make a drawing and measure your furniture to be certain it will fit in the spacee.

Q: Condo life isn’t ideal for everyone. Have you ever had clients who regretted the move? What did they do? A: Sometimes people have reservations about moving into a condo. However, people actually tell me later that they are out all the time, have met people in the building and have a new social life. Condo living gave them a new breath of life that they hadn’t expected. I think most people appreciate condo life a lot more than they thought they would. Some people who don’t like condo life end up renting or selling the condo and moving to something more appropriate, such as a townhouse. I usually tell them to wait a year before making such a drastic change.

“You’ll want to maintain as much of your lifestyle as possible, which is why you need a plan.”

Q: Moving can be especially stressful for seniors. What advice do you have for seniors who want to keep the transition as stress-free as possible? A: Start well in advance. You’ll be surprised by how many options there are. You can buy a condo where, as your needs increase, there will be people on-site to give you extra help, a place that could start off as a condo and turn into assisted living. Talk to others who have made these moves. You’ll want to maintain as much of your lifestyle as possible, which is why you need a plan. Real estate professionals who have a Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SReS) designation – such as I have – have the tools to help you with the transition. You can talk to us even as long as two years in advance to figure out what fits you best. It could be as simple as an apartment, or sharing space with a friend, or a garden suite, which is an out building with a bathroom and kitchen on a property where your children live. A really delicate issue that has to be addressed is that some people are bullied by their families to make a move, so they should know they can get independent advice. Even when the family has nothing but the best intentions, you may still feel bullied or pressured. Sometimes your intentions are not the same as your family members, which makes an independent consultant really valuable. •

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IF YOU WATCHED the first season of Cabin Pressure, you’ll have seen our trials and tribulations as we transformed a cottage in Muskoka. For season two, we bought a ramshackle fixer-upper in Haliburton, some 200 kilometres northeast of Toronto. A big job?  Oh, yes. And then some…   First things first: the exterior. We reshingled the roof before recladding the entire facade in grey Cape Cod wood siding. Then we wrapped a western red cedar deck around the cottage and installed glass-and-metal perimeter railings. Furnished with a wicker patio set, the deck is where we spend most of our time when it’s sunny. The propane-powered firebowl is a valuable asset when temperatures dip and the sky showcases twinkling stars.    Erecting a screened porch was our next major job. A granite floor sets the scene for a comfy wicker-framed sofa and woven occasional chairs. A former basement laundry room seemed the ideal location for a guest bedroom. After tearing off the pine cladding in the room, we replaced the window with a huge fixed panel and a door that affords access to the deck. A cute wee table and chairs, positioned in front of the window, trick the mind into perceiving extra space because of the additional function.    Next up was a spot of upcycling, which we tackled using discarded boards from our old dock. Sanded back to life and installed wallto-wall, they make a commanding statement in the new guest space.  An Ikea captain’s bed with drawers offers storage. Flanked by space-saving bracketed nightstand crates and accessorized with Homesense throws and pillows, this tangerine and brown vignette is redolent of traditional cottages.  The guest bedroom complete, it was time for Cabin Pressure’s Game of Thrones. The bathroom, as we found it, was a visual washout, and it was carpeted. Yuck. •

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(This and preceding pages) The open-plan living-dining-kitchen area is flooded with light from new windows and doors crisply outlined in black. The black is repeated in the railings around the new western red cedar deck that sees heavy use on sunny days. See buyer’s guide for sources.

“Next up was a spot of upcycling, which we tackled using discarded boards from our old dock.”

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“A wooden bed gives the guest room an organic ambience, while gnarled wooden stools and Anglepoise lamps make the space practical.”

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But we can fi x anything. To streamline, we specified flush-mounted recessed lighting and, space being compromised, under-floor heating. Graphite-coloured marble creates an indulgent ambience while ebony-toned faucets and storage niches are cute finishing details. To serve as a vanity below the new window, we cut live-edge hemlock into a tapered wedge and topped it with a stone sink. Further visual softening comes from the woodtopped stool and the naturally shed deer antler found in the forest nearby. Next up: another guest bedroom. To increase connection to the outdoors, we installed an outsized window. A dramatic move, perhaps, but just look at that transformation! For a modern aesthetic, we opted for white drywall topped and tailed with timber. The brushed oak flooring is hard-wearing and attractive; its oiled eight-inch boards add a heritage look. A wooden bed gives the guest room an organic ambience, while gnarled wooden stools (topped with glass to extend their surface) and Anglepoise lamps make the space practical. The original master bedroom upstairs had a boxy feel with its pine cladding and peeling wallpaper. We removed the lowered ceiling before opening it to the roofline and recladding it with walnut-stained pine. The extra width and height infused the space with character. •

The kitchen (above and opposite) was originally walled off from the living-dining area. The breakfast bar is topped with practical Caesarstone, and concealed within is the oven. Colin and Justin used live-edge wood slabs in several places, including the dining table and the main bathroom vanity shelf, and as the vanity in a secondary bathroom (left), where the slab sits atop an old treadle sewing machine base. Most rooms in the cottage have brushed oak flooring for a heritage look.

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In keeping with the loft-apartment vibe, we added a statuesque brushed steel bed and timber-topped nightstands for a modern but friendly look, thanks to faux fur, woolen throws and plump, yielding cushions. Splashes of red add drama.    Further detail comes from the salvaged barn doors, behind which lies the ceramic-tiled ensuite bathroom. We opted for a long steelframed Unik Stone vanity which, topped with a custom black faucet, reflects the modern cottage look we wanted. If you follow our work, you’ll know we love trawling antiques barns and thrift stores for items to upcycle.  Examples of this are the ten-dollar shoe molds, which we sanded, spray-painted black and hung on a wall as towel hangers.   Next up was the kitchen renovation. First job? Removing the walls and opening the space to the main, double-height living room zone.  A tall rear elevation of white Ikea cabinets conceals refrigeration and a sink, while a run of units topped with Caesarstone form a breakfast bar that contains a built-in oven.     Our final destination was the living/dining room. Swapping out rickety windows and doors for larger, black-framed alternatives transformed our cottage inside and out. Furniture is placed in two areas – sitting and dining – with a sofa conferring the cozy, lived-in look you get with soft brown leather. The live-edge dining table delivers a wow factor and is accompanied by Wegner-style wishbone chairs. To warm the space, we added a compact wood stove, which is flanked by a pair of Mid-century Modern-style chairs. It’s a focal point and an ideal spot when temperatures plunge.    We can honestly report that rebuilding our cabin was a joy.  Working with Randy Blain, our contractor, and our team, was a blast. We’re grateful to all of them. If you’re in the area, come on by. Just make sure you bring a bottle. •

(Above, this page and opposite) A bunk room provides more space for guests. The main bathroom boasts a live-edge wooden vanity shelf and stone sink. (Bottom, this page and opposite) The master bedroom and ensuite bathroom are mostly neutral with splashes of red.

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