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EDITOR’S LETTER

Stephanie Whittaker, Editor-in-Chief

IN THIS ISSUE, I have the honour and joy of introducing Toronto Home’s new associate publisher, Dr. Sharon Azrieli, who has a robust vision for the future of this magazine. “We want Toronto Home to be the most creative and innovative voice in interior design, the magazine that readers will look to when they want to beautify their homes … when they want to know exactly what the trends are,” Sharon told me recently. With her illustrious background in the arts, Sharon has a deep love of design and a reverential respect for heritage architecture. She holds several degrees – from a bachelor to a doctorate. After completing a bachelor degree in art history at Vassar College, she graduated from the Parsons School of Design in interior design and illustration, and later

acquired degrees in music, first from the Juilliard School and then a doctorate of music from Université de Montréal. She is an opera singer, a jewelry designer, a businesswoman, a philanthropist. A strong patron of the arts, Sharon also sits on the boards of directors of many institutions, including the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the McCord Museum, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation, and the National Arts Centre, among others. And to add to her list of accomplishments, she is also the saviour of a chunk of Montreal’s architectural history. “In 2011, I fell in love with a mid-19th-century home that had been very neglected and desperately needed to be saved,” she says. Within four years, she had restored the soul of this exquisite home that is perched halfway up Mount Royal. It was profiled in the Summer issue of Montreal Home in 2015. Sharon’s most recent venture is a line of furniture that she is designing. With a style described as “sophisticated classical,” the pieces will be available in retail outlets within the next few months. With publisher Leah Lipkowitz, she will launch a sister publication to Toronto Home that will serve the communities west of Toronto, including Oakville, Mississauga and Burlington. As the daughter of the late David Azrieli – real estate developer, architect, philanthropist – Sharon learned early how to spot geographic regions that are “up-and-coming.” “My dad developed Les Promenades de l’Outaouais in Gatineau, which created many jobs,” she says. “I learned that we should always look to grow in areas that are adjacent to large, urban areas.” Bringing that idea to Toronto Home magazine, she says, will result in the launch of Toronto Home West magazine. Another intention that our new associate publisher has is to broaden the magazines’ distribution.

Dr. Sharon Azrieli, Associate Publisher

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

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CONTRIBUTORS

LARRY ARNAL Photographer Larry Arnal photographed several homes for this issue, each quite different from the others. From a contemporary basement renovation to a traditional luxury home and a unique architectural gem that he says is “nothing short of a work of art, inside and out,” Larry got the best out of these interesting spaces. “My goal was to bring readers inspiration for their homes, regardless of their styles or budgets,” he said. “It is a pleasure and honour to work with such talented professionals, showcasing their work.”

SUSAN KELLY The kitchen was truly the heart of the homes that writer Susan Kelly profiles for this issue. “But when it came to renovating them, the design inspiration couldn’t have been more different,” she said. For one, the kitchen was the locus of family activity for the homeowners and their extended brood, who like to cook together and need plenty of elbow room. For the other, the kitchen’s central location made it the natural starting point of a strong style statement. “And where the designers of both homes took it from there made for great stories,” says Susan, who specializes in style and decor, and is a regular contributor to Toronto Home.

KELLY HORKOFF Photographer Kelly Horkoff says he believes in enriching one’s surroundings with meaningful possessions that evoke memory and embody experience. “The two assignments I shot for this issue reflect my commitment to capturing spaces that are brimming with personality,” Kelly says. “Filled with eccentric local finds and treasures from travels abroad, both homes emphasize the importance of personalized and expressive design.”

PHILLIPA RISPIN Phillipa Rispin has always enjoyed interviewing celebrities. “They often reveal aspects of themselves that one never suspects,” she says. For this issue, Phillipa interviewed actress Hélène Joy, who plays Doctor Julia Ogden in CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries. “Who would have guessed that Hélène has a thriving side business acquiring charming but run-down old properties and turning them into highly desirable rental dwellings?” she says. Phillipa is the former associate editor of Toronto Home.

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CONTENTS

98 ON THE COVER

Murdoch Mysteries actress Hélène Joy makes her home in a charming Victorian house that she renovated

STAYING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

A couple enlarges their home to accommodate their growing family

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A couple renovates their North York home with elements that ensure they can age in place

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BLACK AND WHITE AND STYLISH ALL OVER A Toronto home is designed in two neutral colours for a timeless look

22 EDITOR’S LETTER 30 THIS JUST IN An array of new items for your home 60 A WINDOW ON QUALITY A Toronto company installs high-quality windows and doors for the long run 78 EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN A Canadian company specializes in backyard shade systems

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A guide to products that transform backyards into luxurious garden rooms

92 SUSTAINABILITY AT HOME Technology is enabling the building of homes that are in harmony with Mother Nature 94 GLITTER AND GLOW 108 REST, ROMANCE AND REJUVENATION This resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect getaway for respite and renewal 128 POWER PUNCH Though small, powder rooms are getting big design consideration 150 TECH TIME OUTDOORS Backyards become havens with entertainment technology 160 FOR THE FAMILY A kitchen is designed to permit a family to cook together 168 ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS A Stoney Creek furniture store specializes in understanding exactly what customers want 172 ROCK SOLID An Ontario company transforms rock it quarries into spectacular residential elements

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NO ORDINARY REC ROOM

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1. WISE WORK ———

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2. CLEAN LINES ——— The Modern Simplicity collection for the bedroom, made of solid maple,

1. AL FRESCO DINING ———

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4. STUNNING STONE ———

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The Desarté collection is a new Swiss line of minimalist bathroom

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vanities and bathtubs made of organic mineral solid surface stone. The

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3. THE PERFECT BREW ——— The Jura E6 is an automatic espresso/cappuccino machine, made in Portugal of a Swiss design. Its platinum-coloured casing makes it an aesthetic appliance in any kitchen. But its function is what really creates magic. Select your favourite drink from the full-colour display and wait. The E6 grinds beans and froths milk for the perfect cup of coffee.

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4. STYLISH SAMANTHA ——— The Samantha sofa blends textures and clean lines into a classic piece of furniture that easily fits into casual or formal environments. It’s the perfect spot on which to curl up on a cloudy day.

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1. PENDANT POISE ——— Ancient Egypt, the land of the pharaohs, is evoked in this delicate handenamelled necklace by Frey Wille for the Magic Sphinx Collection.

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4. BAND STAND ———

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6. STONE STYLE ———

Dominion Rug & Home’s newest addition is called Turner. It’s a soft,

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1. MODERNIST AND SLEEK along with tooled leather-strap arm rests. The steel frame is finished in

2. PENDANT POWER ———

bronze with bronze bolts. It offers comfort while being a work of art.

Reminiscent of candle chandeliers

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The Halo armchair has a steel frame and acrylic seat and back panel,

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3. MIRROR MAGIC ———

4. REMEMBERING MARILYN ———

The Luna LED lighted mirror casts a magical glow. It comes in several

Based on the iconic work by Andy Warhol, titled Marilyn 1967, this

models, including Halo, pictured here, and Sunrize, which has two LED

high-quality hand-knotted area rug is crafted of fine-quality materials,

strips down each side. Each model is available in a broad range of sizes.

including 100 per cent silk at 120 knots per square inch. Every piece is

Made of 5mm distortion-free glass with an acid-etched light band, the

numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Available are

warm light (3500K) is ideal for makeup and shaving. It also features a

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1. SEEING RED ——— For artist Tommy Zen, red is the colour. His vases are more sculpture than simply decorative pieces. This master ceramist’s works give an air of finesse and refinement to any surroundings.

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2. A LOVE OF LACE ——— The Lille Serveware Collection by Maxwell & Williams features a delicate, lacework-inspired pattern to add a touch of romantic charm to any table.

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3. GOOD AS GOLD ——— This chandelier is designed with a white glass-bottom diffuser for softness. Geometrically intriguing, it has diamondand oval-shaped links, and uses four 60watt bulbs. It’s available in the following finishes: polished nickel with white marble, modern brass with black marble, and polished nickel with black marble.

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1. THE PERFECT PERGOLA ———

Named “Orama,” Newform’s single-lever kitchen

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mixer with its swivel and spray spout has a magnetic

a modular pergola that’s available

and custom items. It requires no

connection to support its arm. Made in Italy, it’s

in anthracite grey and many

specialized labour and can be

available in chrome or brushed nickel with a white

sizes. It has a 10-by-12-foot base

easily assembled by homeowners.

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4. GARDEN GREETING ——— Welcome the garden to your table with the Water Garden dinnerware collection from Portmeirion. It features exquisitely painted flowers on white porcelain. Colourful and modern, it will bring a breath of fresh air to any meal.

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3. BLOSSOMING WITH BEAUTY ——— This painterly pattern with its spring-like colour palette is appropriately named Spring Blossom. This hand-knotted rug in wool and silk is redolent of wonderment and airy freshness.

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1. CLASSIC STYLING ———

2. OUT OF THIS WORLD ———

The Magnolia Home Parlor Settee Sofa by Joanna Gaines is an old style made new. The Sheraton-style sofa is sturdy and comfortable thanks to its solid wood frame and thick cushions. Scaled to fit almost anywhere, its neoclassical trim comes finished in Jo’s White, and it has a bold onyxcoloured striped cover.

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3. THE REAL DEAL ——— Named “Real,” Newform’s single-lever kitchen mixer has a swivel and spray spout. Made in Italy, it’s available in chrome or brushed nickel. Retail price in chrome: $795; brushed nickel: $895.

——— Nortesco 6345 Netherhart Rd., Unit 3, Mississauga 416-675-3434 www.nortesco.com

4. COMPOSED CONSOLE ——— The Jarrett console table is topped with a striking engineered ebony veneer with a tuxedo finish. Its base is made of polished stainless steel and adjustable glides. 64˝D x 30˝H.

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2. STRIKING SPIKES ——— The Strada large-spike pendant by designer Kelly Wearstler is available in four

1. DISCREET SOUND ———

finishes: Polished Nickel, Burnished Silver Leaf, Gild,

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STAYING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Rather than moving, a growing family renovates to create more space in the home they love BY SUSAN KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHANI BUCHMAN STYLING: JODIE ROSEN

AND BABY MADE THREE — children under six years of age, that is. Which for the owners of this detached two-storey home triggered a stay-or-go dilemma. The family definitely needed more elbow room than 1,500 square feet afforded them. But after seven years, they had grown attached to both the 1930s-vintage home and the Humewood area of Toronto, with an elementary school and a park so nearby. “My husband and I hemmed and hawed a long time about moving,” says one of the homeowners. “But our love for this neighbourhood won out.”•

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Punches of colour enliven the family room, the area that gets the most use. The vibrant blue of the contemporary tufted ottoman is picked up in the large area rug. Sectional: Marcantonio Designs; area rug: Distinctive Broadloom & Interiors; ottoman: Impressive Furniture Design; side chair: Structube.

A photo taken in Thailand by photographer Brent Lewin is a striking piece of artwork. Sectional: Marcantonio Designs; area rug: Distinctive Broadloom & Interiors; ottoman: Impressive Furniture Design.

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And so the family packed up and moved into a nearby rental home for 10 months. During that time, construction crews from Haddington Developments were hard at work, executing architect Drew Laszlo’s plans for an extension to the rear of the house. It adds another 556 square feet and an extra second-floor bedroom to the existing three, plus a home office. A playroom area was carved into the basement and a family room with patio doors for easy access to the deck and backyard was added to the main floor.

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It also gave the homeowners – she’s a freelance copywriter, he’s a wealth advisor – an opportunity to take the home’s style to the next level. “My approach had always been on the modern side and somewhat eclectic,” says one of the homeowners. “I wanted it have an even more contemporary and cohesive look.” Designer Jodie Rosen, owner of Jodie Rosen Design, was called in to help with the upgrade. “The homeowner knew what she wanted and did a lot of research,” Rosen says. “It made my job easier; it was a team project.” •

Eliminating a hallway closet opened the space and showcased the striking, locally crafted custom stair railing. Stair rail: Railing Excellence; custom bench with storage and all millwork: Chubin Fine Cabinetry.

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The kitchen design, for instance, began with many disparate elements that the owner had seen and liked, such as the funky black counter stools and light fixtures. To balance the look, Rosen added a black frame around the range area, echoed in a black detail on the island, which contains the sink and a dishwasher. For the perfect backdrop, a porcelain slab emulating white marble with striking charcoal-grey veining was used on the backsplash. Counter space is maximized by the peninsula that also serves as both a visual divider and a sideboard area. A spacious walkin pantry that is off the kitchen compensates for the lack of overhead cabinets. “The kitchen is the heart of the home, literally,” says the designer. “It lies at the central point between the front and back of the house, the more public and private sides.” The living room runs off the dining area at the front of the house, while the family room faces the backyard. •

The right choice of sideboard and overhead light fixtures allowed the homeowners’ existing table and chairs to look right in the new space. Sideboard, mirror: Structube; light fixture: Nuevo.

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The kitchen’s clean lines and a black-and-white colour scheme set the tone for the rest of the home’s update. Counter stools: Kartell, Masters model; light fixture: Nuevo; appliances: KitchenAid and Dacor.

The kitchen’s black-and-white colour scheme set the new, more contemporary style. To ensure it carried throughout the entire home, all doors on the main floor are black, walls are painted white. The living room’s existing gas fireplace received a very dramatic makeover. Rosen framed it in black Caesarstone and then covered the face with MDF panels painted a shade of slate with contrasting lines in between painted black. Shots of bright, cheerful colour accents add a sense of fun to all the sophistication. They appear in accessories throughout the home, especially in the children’s rooms. •

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Wallpaper provides the wow in the powder room. Porcelain floor tiles in an oversized hexagon shape and a plain wall-hung sink reference the home’s 1930s origins. Wallpaper: JF Fabrics.

Colour takes centre stage for the main floor powder room. Rosen calls the multi-hued wallpaper pattern “dizzying, but a lot of fun;” she and the homeowner liked that it pulled in all the colours used in the home. Upstairs, a vanity original to the home was given a coat of bright turquoise paint and moved from the master bathroom to the one shared by the children. In contrast, the master bath remains a serene oasis in shades of white and grey. To tie all the main floor spaces together, Rosen suggested running prefinished engineered white oak flooring from the front door straight through to the family room. “The original plans called for a front hall closet,” says Rosen, “but as construction was underway, we realized it detracted from the beautiful staircase railing the homeowner had selected.”

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Designer Jodie Rosen repurposed the master bath vanity, original to the home.

A serene retreat was created in the master bathroom using a mix of hexagonal Carrara

Now in the second-floor bathroom and shared by two girls and a boy, it was

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Since the family mainly used a side entrance, it wasn’t much of a sacrifice. To make up for it, space that would have gone into the kitchen was used to create a utility area. Along the corridor are found the pantry, powder room, and a mudroom to which the designer added more cabinets and benches to store coats, boots, strollers and sports paraphernalia. Now back in their “new” old home, the homeowner couldn’t be more thrilled with how it both functions and looks. “It feels really open, spacious and airy now,” she says. “It’s stylish, but also fun. We’re really happy here.” •

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HIGH QUALITY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS In business for 30 years, this company specializes in high-quality windows and doors BY TRUDY KERMAN

T OM CHENE Y HAS SPEN T the past 30 years selling windows and doors, staking his claim on a niche market that focuses on quality over quantity. In those 30 years, the owner of Cheney Window & Door Specialists has seen a decline in the quality of windows and doors on the market. “When we first started, we were, on average, replacing windows and doors in 30- to 40-year-old homes. Now we are working on houses that are 10 to 15 years old. The quality and longevity of products has declined significantly.”

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He cites several reasons for this trend, including the fact that homeowners move more frequently now than in the past, so the longevity of building products is less important to them than it once was. Cheney says his company continues to sell the kind of high-quality products it sold when he got into the business. “We are still installing the highest-quality products,” he says. “The difference is we have become a niche market because we won’t compromise in quality. If you’re looking for good quality, don’t go to the big box stores. Go to a specialist whose business is windows and doors.”

His company’s 2,500-square-foot showroom in Oakville carries products from such high-end manufactures as Andersen Windows & Doors and Lepage Millwork. “We continue to sell Euro Vinyl windows, which we have sold for almost 25 years,” he says. Cheney places high value on proper installation. “That means respecting the person’s house as if it’s your own: installing casings, trims, and properly foaming and sealing the exterior so that there are no air or water leaks, and working on one opening at a time,” he says.


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Keeping up with current trends, Cheney says there are options for both home renovators and builders to choose from in sliding doors. “Lift-slide doors are a system for large openings. If the wall you wanted to knock out in your family room has a five-foot slider and you wanted to have a 12-foot opening, you could have a four-panel folding system, where all the doors fold to one side, opening the family room to the outdoors,” he says. A lift-and-slide model has a contemporary look with narrow sight lines while bi-fold doors have a more traditional look, he says. Cheney also guides his buyers on changing building codes. “The building code in Ontario

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is energy-focused. The latest update improved the energy efficiency of the home by 15 per cent over the previous code. This results in improved energy efficiency in windows, walls, doors and furnaces,” he says. “That means that anyone putting an addition on a home, or building a new one must meet higher efficiency ratings than before. All our suppliers have to meet these more stringent requirements.” Looking back over his three decades in business, Cheney says: “We are in a very competitive business, putting in very high-quality products, and we have fun. Many lasting friendships have come out of these jobs.” •

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A STUDY IN CONTRASTS Black and white create a strong design statement in this Forest Hill home PHOTOGRAPHY: SILVER HOUSE PHOTOGRAPHY & LARRY ARNAL // STYLING: SAMANTHA SANELLA

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Black-veined “Titanium” granite was used in the surround of the gas fireplace in the main-floor office. It creates continuity with the materials used in other rooms.

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THE GOAL IN DESIGNING THE INTERIOR of this two-storey home in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood was to create contrast. So it is easy to understand how the owners were mesmerized with the result. The use of white and black is striking, and draws attention in each room, including the bathrooms and powder room. “Black and white are both neutrals” that make the look timeless, while at the same time more contrasting than “beige on beige on beige, ” says interior designer Samantha Sannella.

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Sannella, creative director with Urban Retreat Homes, used a black granite called “Titanium” in strategic locations to anchor the effect. The dark veined stone is found on the floor in the main entrance; as the backsplash, and atop the kitchen’s island, where it also covers the sides in an impressive waterfall effect. The same granite is used in the surround of the fireplaces in both the living room and office. “I think the house is very dramatic but also very relaxing,” Sannella says. “It’s relaxing because of the natural lighting in the space and the floor and open concept.”


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“All good design has an element of surprise.”

The light floods in from a skylight above the stairs that is set in a tiered pyramid frame, which also holds recessed lighting. “It’s really easy imagining yourself living in this house,” Sannella says. But it is the contrast that sets the tone. It is evident in every room – from the black railings that play off the white wainscotted walls along the stairs and the hall, to the black and white artwork in the living room set in white built-in shelving units, to the black-framed glass doors set in a white-framed wall of windows opening onto the backyard patio. “I try to choose little bits of things to make people say, ‘Oh,’ ” Sannella says. “All good design has an element of surprise.” •

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And that surprise keeps coming. Consider, for instance, the main-floor powder room. The black walls provide a powerful backdrop for the white marble floor and marble vanity, part of the Dancing Room Collection of GODI vanities from Dezign Market. The vessel sink is made of a single piece of Absolute White marble, as is the vanity countertop. The vanity provides practical storage space with push-to-open drawers, while the white oval mirror framed in solid ash wood, creates a monochromatic look that dazzles. “I believe powder rooms should be dramatic,” says Sannella. “If there is anywhere you can be creative, it’s there.” •

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The master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom is outfitted with a tub and vanity from Dezign Market.

And that approach can be seen in the ensuite bathroom off the master bedroom. “I love the master bathroom,” says Sannella. “Who wouldn’t love that bathroom? I think it’s timeless and it’s also like an oasis. It’s beautiful and romantic.” The bathroom floor and walls are clad in marble. The double vanity, part of the Isabella Collection of the GODI line, is topped with Absolute White marble. The rounded base is made of white ash and coated with a multi-layered varnish to protect it from water, stain and mildew. The mirror is framed with a solid piece of ash wood carved to create a builtin bottom shelf. The tub is a free-standing modern Desarté Dahlia model from Dezign Market, part of its new line of mineral solid surface products. Adding statement pieces to a bathroom, such as the Dahlia tub, are on trend, says Katerina Zherinova, owner of Dezign Market. They are more like furniture than a fixture but have the same function.

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And the black and white theme, Zherinova says, offers a sophisticated, timeless look. The bathroom finishes, she adds, “are really a mix of traditional and modern. People are looking for really unique pieces.” The master bedroom is also equipped with a narrow walk-in closet that maximizes the vertical space, with storage space reaching almost all the way to the ceiling.

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The other upstairs bathroom offers a sleek look in keeping with the contrast theme. Its black floor, clad in geometric quartz tile holds court as the Jack and Jill modern f loating vanities – also part of the Desarté line from Dezign Market – are made of a white mineral solid surface stone, with the countertops and sinks made of one seamless surface. The owners of the house, Sannella says, love the overall look of their home. There was no ambiguity, you could say. Their reaction was clear – as clear as black on white. •

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Canadian company creates a shade system that’s for big events and backyards alike


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CANADIANS WAIT ALL WINTER for the warm weather to return. We yearn for the heat of the sun. And then, when we get it, what do we want? A little shade. Actually, we want them both: sun and shade. And as long as we are making demands, why not throw in a little style, too. It’s a wish list that Dominic Larin and Alain Bourdages have worked on for about three years. The industrial designers have figured out how to put it all together. In fact, they can even deliver it to your door in a box. The result will make your friends and neighbours a little envious. It’s called the Modulounge. “It’s the first shade system that you can design for your budget and your needs,” explains Larin, who is vice president of The Lounge Factory, the Quebec-based outdoor furnishing company that manufactures the structure. The product won Agence PID’s 2017 Grand Prix du Design in the residential furniture category. Modulounge is a 10-by-12-foot aluminium frame that can be fastened to just about any base – concrete, wood, tile – with a retractable pergola-style canopy. It can be expanded by adding modules, and customized with a long list of accessories, including sections with slatted roofing, curtain walls, slatted walls, privacy walls, misters, lights, valences, flowerbox fasteners, and speakers.

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The design of the roof ensures that water will not accumulate, Larin says, adding it’s also the most wind-resistant shade structure on the market, making it popular with people who have rooftop decks. The Lounge Factory has a worldwide patent pending on the design. “When we designed the product, we made a list of what we would wish for,” Larin says. The result is something he is very proud of. “It’s a huge success.” And it can all be put together with an Allen key. “This is going to be our product that will take us to the next level,” he says.

Event organizers are attracted by the look of the Modulounge and have used it for receptions instead of erecting standard event tents. The Modulounge will be the backdrop this August for Tennis Canada’s VIP lounges at the men’s event in Montreal. Larin is awaiting confirmation on whether the modular units will also be ordered for the women’s event in Toronto. Concert promoter Evenko will use the structures for its VIP spaces during the popular Osheaga event in Montreal in August. And invitees to the Just For Laughs’ VIP events will attend cocktail receptions in Modulounges this summer. The units are easily shipped and installed, saving homeowners additional costs, Larin says. The structure gives a backyard a sophisticated look, while expanding the quality of the space without costing a fortune. It creates an intimate setting for a glass of wine in the evening. After all, it’s summer in Canada. •

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A HOME FOR THE LONG RUN A North York home is redesigned and rebuilt to allow its homeowners to age in place PHOTOGRAPHY: LARRY ARNAL STYLING: VANESSA SUPPA

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THE TOTAL MAKEOVER of this Art Deco-style bungalow in North York started with two specific “must-haves,” a healthy list of “don’t wants” and a vision of ensuring the homeowners could live there well into old age. At the top of the “must-have” list: the owners wanted to keep the distinctive rounded front of the existing house that included an Art Deco-style curved corner of windows. The other item was rather unique: the kitchen had to be designed “in the shape of an eye” (featured in Toronto Home’s Kitchens issue). The owners had a very precise concept of how they wanted their kosher kitchen to look and function. On the “don’t-want” list: no stucco, no brick, nothing that required maintenance or upkeep on the exterior. And they didn’t want it to look like a box. •

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As for the vision of living at this address for the rest of their lives, this was based on very practical realities. The woman of the house had once worked in the health-care field. She had seen first-hand how aging homeowners are often forced to leave their private residences because they can no longer function in them. She and her husband did not want that. So they requested features that could accommodate the possibility of reduced mobility. That meant the installation of an elevator to access all levels, including the second storey that would be added; zero-clearance tubs and showers; light switches at hand level to prevent

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having to reach; faucets that take aging into account; and pull-down levers to give easy access to clothing in the master bedroom’s closet. “We created this for ourselves,” explains one of the homeowners. “I like its uniqueness.” “Most people have never seen anything like it,” adds his wife. The house definitely has a one-of-a-kind vibe. It’s a quality that architect Thomas Tampold of Yorkville Design Centre explains came from the owners’ appreciation of modern art and shape. •

The extension at the back of the house takes the shape of a boat’s prow. It is clad in sheets of corrugated steel. The secondstorey extension is covered in dark flat-panelled steel.


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“It was a small house,” says Tampold, who designed the home’s transformation. “It was a matter of making it a decent size.” This meant adding a second storey. The curve on one corner of the house’s front facade was maintained and given new windows that resemble the original ones. Key design elements of the interior helped shape the contours of the exterior, he adds. Referring back to one of the owners’ “must haves” – a kitchen shaped like an eye – “generated the shape of the back of the house.” The back wall of the original building was removed and replaced with a curved bowshaped structure. From the exterior, “the back of the kitchen becomes a prow of a ship that provides much more interesting views,” says the architect.

The walls and floor in the master bathroom are clad in porcelain tile. The vanity is topped in Caesarstone.

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Extending the house upward and outwards at the back posed some challenges. “When it’s well designed and integrated,” Tampold says, the extension “doesn’t seem like a distinct entity. It doesn’t feel like an add-on at all. It feels like it’s connected. It flows from the original shape.” The distinctiveness of the look and the use of shape carries through right down to the finishes used – both on the exterior and in the interiors. The exterior facade is finished with dark flat-panelled steel on the upper level and white Japanese porcelain tile on the lower level. The back is wrapped in sheets of corrugated steel. A colourful glass mosaic by the main entrance, which is now at the side of the house, adds artistic flair. “Even though it has a ver y modern, clean aesthetic, it’s warm,” the homeowner says of the couple’s new 2,700-square-foot living space. • The master bedroom on the second storey has a walled patio that sits above the kitchen.

A colourful custom-designed glass mosaic (by Artaic) flanks the main entrance of the house. It was designed by Thomas Tampold’s daughter, Evi, when she was 16 years old, in conjunction with one of the homeowners.

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It’s coming: the day of the sustainable home. Technological innovations are moving us ever closer to homes that exert a soft footprint on the planet. Toronto Home asked builder Rose Barroso of Barroso Homes for her input on how to incorporate technologies into a custom-built home for environmental sustainability. QUESTION: Rose, how can new technologies permit us to make our homes more environmentally sustainable? ANSWER: With the constantly changing environment and technology, it’s important to be environmentally aware, and we must be proactive. This means using less electricity and trying to eliminate products that have a negative impact on the environment. Although it’s obvious that there are cost-effective ways to go green, some of them are forgotten because of cost or lack of education. Some improvements can easily be done immediately and be cost-free; others will take longer and require a larger investment.

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Q: What are some of these technologies? A: There are several: • Radiant in-f loor heating that transfers warmth from the floor directly to your body in addition to heating the air around you. • A heat-recovery ventilation (HRV) system, which exhausts stale, polluted air and replaces it with fresh air. The exhausting air preheats the incoming fresh air to conserve valuable heat, which stays in the house. • Geothermal heating and cooling systems, which pump, collect and transfer heat through buried pipes from the earth into a building. Ground-source heat pumps do not create heat through combustion; rather, they move it from one place to another, taking advantage of the earth’s energy. • Solar power generated by rooftop panels can supply power, and homeowners can sell excess electricity to local utilities. A meter hooked up to a homeowner’s system measures electricity going both ways. During the hottest, brightest part of the day, solar systems can pump electricity back into the grid, lowering electricity bills. All of these technologies can be used alone, combined, or in conjunction with a fossil fuel system to create a hybrid system.


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to install a dedicated circuit conveniently near where you will park your Tesla or any other electric vehicle. To charge with the standard equipment, install a 240-volt NEMA 14-50 outlet. Q: Which sustainable technologies particularly pique your interest as a builder? A: All Tesla, all the time … An interesting comment by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, puts the company’s new philosophy into perspective: “The world does not lack for automotive companies,” he said. “The world lacks for sustainable energy companies.” Tesla Energy recently introduced stationary batteries, designed to wean the world off fossil fuels. While the creation of a battery may not seem like a world-changing event, it actually announces the beginning of an energy revolution that will remake the world. In the near future, power generation will become clean, reliable, global and low-cost. Q: Which technologies are you incorporating into the houses you build? A: We’ve put Tesla car-charging stations into all of our most recent builds, regardless of whether our forthcoming purchasers will drive a

Tesla. We ascribe to the idea represented by the phrase in the film Field of Dreams that “if you build it, they will come.” We believe the best approach is to offer as much technology as possible. Q: We are being told that within a generation, the internal combustion engine will give way to the electric car. What will homes need to accommodate this shift? A: Electric vehicles are not a passing fad; they will increase in popularity. Canada has nearly 20,000 plug-in vehicles on the roads. If provinces meet their targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions, there will be more than 500,000 electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. In the future, cars will be able to interface with “smart” electric grids that convey the price of electricity moment-by-moment, so charging can be automatically engaged during periods of low overall demand. Preparing a home for the shift is easy: hire an electrician

Q: What do you see in the future in the way of environmentally sustainable technologies for the home? A: A better tomorrow starts with what we do today. Tesla is accelerating the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable future with batteries that enable homes to store sustainable and renewable energy, to manage power demand, and to provide backup power. Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy in a residential setting for consumption of solar power. The Tesla Solar Roof complements a home’s architecture while turning sunlight into electricity. Made with tempered glass, Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles. •

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VICTORIAN CHIC A former rooming house is a personalized home for Murdoch Mysteries actress Hélène Joy

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“I LOVE THE WHOLE VICTORIAN VIBE,” says Hélène Joy, owner of this charming old Toronto home. It’s a good thing she does, because she plays Dr. Julia Ogden on the popular TV show Murdoch Mysteries, which is set at the end of the Victorian era. After a hard day of work playing a Victorian, Hélène returns to her home, another Victorian. Born and raised in Australia, she says “I had never seen anything Victorian before I moved to North America. I do enjoy old architecture and craftsmanship; they knew how to make things.” Hélène has lived in several places on the continent, but settled in Toronto a decade ago. “This is the longest I’ve ever been in any city,” she says. “It’s the only city where I’ve bought into real estate.” Toronto, she says, is a great city for actors and, at the time, was an excellent place to invest in real estate. “It’s really fun to be here. Toronto has an eclectic vibe.” •

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Although she’s serious about her acting career, Hélène has a parallel career buying old houses and turning them into rental properties. She’s helped by her real estate agent and property manager, Marco Pontes, and she says, “None of this would be possible without him.” In addition to her own home, she has eight apartments in five properties. Several are in the west end, which she says has “lovely old homes that are untouched. They’d never really had any major renovation work done, so there’s a great clean slate.” The clean slate that was her own home spoke to her as a beautiful, solid old edifice. Only a few changes had been made over the years – for example, sinks were installed in every bedroom when it had been used as a rooming house. Otherwise, “it was really untouched,” Hélène says. “There was a bathroom with the oldest bathtub, the oldest toilet, a little sink on one side, and then room after room with nothing in it. It was kind of like a beautiful rustic farmhouse shell.” This was exactly what she had been looking for: something that would give her the feeling of living in a beautiful cottage, albeit in the city.

Despite Hélène’s fondness for the linoleum that was in the original kitchen, the expanded and radically updated room now features a wood floor. “My plan had always been to keep the floors original,” she says.

One area that had seen renovations was the kitchen ... about six decades ago. “The kitchen floored me; it’s so beautiful in its simplicity,” Hélène says. “It was probably put in in the 1940s. It had a small counter with a sink in the middle and four cupboards above. In the corner there was an old gas stove and a fridge. It had linoleum from the ’30s that I had such a soft spot for; I had to be talked out of using it.” •

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“Everything I own has colour in it. I like beautiful art and original things. This feels very nourishing.”

Hélène’s plan called for an apartment on the ground floor that would be rented out, and she would use the second floor and the attic as her private apartment, giving her approximately 2,000 square feet. The renovation involved as few changes to the floor plan as possible. One of the three bedrooms on the second floor was incorporated into a kitchen. One of the two attic bedrooms became a bathroom; the wall shared by its closet and the other bedroom’s closet was removed so that there is now one large closet in Hélène’s bedroom. On the second floor, a wall was punched out to give access to a new outdoor deck. The relatively few changes to the floor plan contrast with the changes to the structure itself. All the plumbing and the electrical system were updated, as were the boilers for the household hot water and the radiators. Many walls were rebuilt, but Hélène kept whatever original ones she could because she likes the irregularities in them dating from the lathand-plaster era of housebuilding.

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Hélène’s apartment now comprises a kitchen, a study, a large living room with adjacent dining room, a spare bedroom and a bathroom on one floor, and a large master bedroom and bathroom in what was the attic. The renovation has kept many of the elements that she loves such as the original doorknobs, floors, pocket doors, fireplaces and stainedglass windows. Some doors made redundant by f loor-plan changes have been used to make cupboards.


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The master bathroom is a former attic bedroom nestled under the eaves. The mirror is an antique, and the vanity is topped with a marble slab, acquired separately.

With the help of her friend, the photographer and stylist Susan Findlay at Scarlet’s Table, Hélène’s apartment displays treasures from near and far, some old and some new. Many were acquired during her travels to Asia and the Americas, and others were discovered closer to home. Hélène mentions The Door Store and Smash Salvage as two favourite local sources. She’s also acquired some pieces by artist Marjorie Campbell, who works in felt. It all makes for an eclectic and vibrant mix. “It’s perfect, comfortable, but also delightful,” she says with satisfaction. “I’ve always needed a lot colour around me; that’s why the place is a blank slate with white walls. Everything I own has colour in it. I like beautiful art and original things. This feels very nourishing.” •

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show will take and what that means for the fate of her character. “I’ve always been pragmatic, realistic about the acting profession,” Hélène says. Work is not guaranteed. Although real estate is currently a parallel career, it can be expanded into a full-time

occupation if necessary. However, Hélène has worked hard to ensure her financial security. She wants to keep acting until, as she puts it: “I’m a little old lady. I’ll stop only when I can’t read the lines anymore.” •

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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An Etobicoke home’s basement, used for entertaining, gets a spectacular renovation PHOTOGRAPHY: LARRY ARNAL STYLING: THERESA VERDILE

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FIRST, THERE WERE FAMILY REC ROOMS – with their thrown-together look, beaten-up furniture and hand-me-down items. Next, came the themed man caves. Over the generations, basements have had different looks and functions. But never have these downstairs spaces been elevated in status quite as they are today. Don’t think about going sub-class in the substructure any more; the bar is being raised in the basement. Come this way, be careful on the stairs and behold: the lifestyle basement – the height of style on the lower level. Gene Maida, owner of Georgian Custom Renovations, coined the term “lifestyle basement” to describe the project that transformed this 3,000-square-foot lower level in this upscale home in Etobicoke. The half-million-dollar makeover provides the homeowners with the perfect space for entertaining. “They wanted their basement to be an extension of their home and backyard,” Maida says. The family, which includes two children who both play hockey, have a hectic schedule during playing season, which means they do most of their entertaining during the summer. These events centre on the backyard; but the family also wanted a place that would lend itself to the task at times when the weather doesn’t cooperate. •

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“We incorporated the home theatre as part of the room.”

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Visual interest is added to this wall by the creation of a custom-built nook to showcase paintings by one of the homeowners. The area has dedicated lighting.

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In addition, the homeowners, who are both physically fit professionals who love to entertain, wanted the space to cater to their wish list – that included having a state-of-the-art gym. But they each wanted space for their own entertaining focus. For him, it would be the bar-kitchen area, where the beer for the guys is now kept on ice in a cut-out trough in the maple-top counter. For her, it would be the inviting lounge area, where women can gather for a chat in front of the fireplace. But when it’s game time, the hockey fans in this family – which is everyone – and their friends join together in front of the 80-inch plasma

screen TV to watch the game, pumping up the volume in surround-sound amplified style. In between periods, they can keep their competitive edge on with a round of pool. “We incorporated the home theatre as part of the room,” Maida says. “It’s organic. It’s a central focus point of the whole room.” “We had to balance the vision of the man of the house and the woman of the house.” This his-and-hers oasis is an adult space designed with sophistication, offering what Maida calls “the best of both worlds” – what he wanted and what she was looking for. •


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The pool table stands by the custom door that leads to the backyard, a space the homeowners often use for entertaining. Pendant light: Kuzco Lighting.

An ice trough in the countertop keeps beer cold. The cut-out can be sealed with a piece of maple, converting the area to regular counter space.

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Caesarstone quartz tops the counter above the Shaker-style lower cabinets, while high-gloss cabinetry is mounted above. Faucet: Mini Culina by Blanco.

And it comes with a few personalized extras, Maida adds, such as a recessed nook along one wall with dedicated lighting, customized to showcase artwork. This was achieved by moving the door to a bathroom and pushing the wall back slightly and applying detailed drywall to create a wainscotting effect. “I love the Shaker-style trim in the wall,” says Georgian Custom Renovations designer Ashley Reekie. “It’s such a nice finish.”

Other features included in the remodel: radiant floor heating throughout under the large-slab porcelain tiles imported from Italy; a separate ventilation system for the gym area, which also includes a mirrored wall; and a custom-made heavy-duty door to the exterior that accesses the landscaped backyard. It replaces the traditional sliding patio door. It was money all well spent in the booming Toronto home market, Maida says. “This is a no-brainer to finish the basement. You get a phenomenal increase in real-estate value because the space is already there.” •

This intimate lounge area, in front of the fireplace, was designed as a place where the woman of the house can entertain friends.

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THE POWER PUNCH IN POWDER ROOMS It may be small but this room allows homeowners to express their creativity

YOU KNOW THE OLD ADAGE, ‘good things come in small packages?’ It probably was never intended to refer to powder rooms, but these days it can. If ever there were a room in the house where the aim is to maximize the amount of punch you can pack into each square inch, this is it. Powder rooms are firing on all pistons. And designers are excited. There is no question of powder rooms being dealt with as if they were an afterthought. It’s all about making an impression that gets noticed. “If you’re going to spend money, that’s a good space in which to do it,” says designer Alyce Drenth, who owns Creative Avenues, a Toronto home furnishings boutique. But because powder rooms are small, it doesn’t take a crazy budget, she adds. “Redoing your kitchen is huge. Redoing your powder room is nothing,” Drenth says. •

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So people are going for the glitz. And that means focusing on making the powder room showy. “It’s all about texture and sparkle,” Drenth says. Stone surfaces, grass-cloth wallpaper, beaded wall treatments and lighting. “A powder room is a little jewel. It’s usually the smallest room, so you can make it the sparkliest. It’s the one (bathroom) that guests use. It should reflect your living space.” One way to add sparkle, Drenth says, is with lighting. An elegant pendant light can set the mood in this tiny space in spectacular fashion. Subdued lighting can be romantic. “And your guests want to look good in your powder room.” So go with the softer lighting. “There are no rules.” Keeping everything off the floor is another popular change-up, says Patricia Ee, sales and marketing director at Canaroma Bath & Tile. Wall-hung vanities and toilets are giving powder rooms more visual space. “They offer a modern, clean look,” she says, and they provide a practical benefit of making the room easier to clean without obstruction. And there is a “nice range of selection – all styles and all price points,” she says. In fact, adds Ee, Canaroma has been making space in its showroom for a wider selection of wall-hung models. The colours are dramatic. “Generally, the wall-hung option is the most popular with any budget,” she says.

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“They give the illusion of a bigger bathroom space and a cleaner look.”

The established trend toward wall-hung vanities is echoed by Vanessa Perfetto, Toronto branch manager at Atlantis Bath Centre. And the reasoning is clear: “They give the illusion of a bigger bathroom space and a cleaner look.” Another must have, Ee suggests, is the vessel sink. But the material vessel sinks are made of is a personal choice. Natural stone – marble and granite – offers stylish options, with many homeowners playing with the thickness of the stone. Ee says Canaroma also offers a wide selection of Murano glass and crystal vessel sinks from Italy. “There is such a variety, it’s difficult to choose,” she says, “because they’re so beautiful.” •

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Sleekness is in. Homeowners are embracing a contemporary aesthetic, says Donna Church, marketing and communications manager with Kohler Canada, the kitchen and bathroom fixture manufacturer. It’s all about minimal, timeless beauty. Church points to Kohler’s new line of faucets called Composed as the perfect example. All unnecessary details have been eliminated. “The Composed faucet is truly a work of art,” she says. “Its clean, timeless design and elegant lines embody the beautifully understated elements of minimalist design.” Lighting in a powder room is another element, Ee says, that is going upscale. “Customers are looking to glamour up the bathrooms with pendant lights and chandeliers.” They lend a sophisticated look. “We have chandeliers that are proportional so that they are not too large or too small.” •

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And forget about neutral colours. Bold is in. “I find that a lot of clients are moving away from the all white-and-grey look, and going toward darker wood tones with their vanities, as well as bringing back black and gold faucets for their powder rooms to create a more dramatic statement,” Perfetto says. “Today’s consumers are definitely becoming riskier and experimenting more with colour in their bathrooms, not only in their vanities and plumbing fixtures, but also on their walls,” she adds. And if you’re going to be bold, go big, Perfetto says. “We find that clients are fond of putting larger tiles in their bathrooms, or going with the wood-look tiles for a more dramatic effect.” •

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WORLD STYLE A couple creates a delightfully eclectic decor from their global peregrinations PHOTOGRAPHY: KELLY HORKOFF STYLING: ANNE MARIE WOLOCHATIUK

IF YOU SUBSCRIBE TO THE NOTION that a home is a reflection of the people who live in it, designer Anne Marie Wolochatiuk of AMW Design Intervention would like to challenge you to broaden that view. She believes a home should do more. It ought also to tell a story. More specifically, it should tell your story. So what does that look like? Well, that all depends on your tale, of course. Everyone’s story is unique. If you would like to hear hers, just knock on the door of her home in St. Catharines. As soon as you walk into this modern 3,600-square-foot bungalow, the narrative begins to unfold. “This house is sort of like a scrapbook of everywhere we’ve been,” Anne Marie says. And she and her husband, Rick Wolochatiuk, have been a few places. Point to an item in their house – and there are plenty to choose from – and Anne Marie will tell you about its origin, how she acquired it and how it has come to be part of her story. •

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Take the impressive hand-carved wooden columns in the great room. You can’t miss these floor-to-ceiling pillars with stone bases, turned upper sections and ornate detailing. “They are originally from India,” Anne Marie says. But she bought them from the owner of a framing shop in Seoul, South Korea, while she and her husband were living in Asia. No one, including her contractor who built the house, has been able to identify what type of wood they are made of. She continues the story about the shop owner in Seoul and how they became friends. When the couple returned to North America, Anne Marie had the columns shipped back. They were kept in storage until her contractor installed them in her new house. “There are definitely things from all over the world here,” she says. “They were someone’s story and now they are part of my story.” •

The hand-carved door is from India. Anne Marie bought it from the owner of a framing shop in Seoul, South Korea and had it shipped to Canada, where it was kept in storage until it was installed in her new home.

The mantel on the media wall holds several display items, including Chinese brushes and a vintage crokinole board the couple found in a consignment shop in Illinois.

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This is one of four floating shelves in the kitchen. They are made of wood that was recovered from an old barn in Smithville, Ont. They were bolted to the wall’s framework before the drywall was installed, which allows them to support substantial weight.

Anne Marie, who is both a designer and certified home stager, has visited 45 countries; Rick has travelled to about 70. They have lived in Seoul, Singapore, Florida, Chicago and Texas before returning to their native Ontario. The columns are not the only striking elements in the room. The frame around the doorway from the front foyer is also originally from India. It was once painted; flecks of bright red are still visible in its crevices. The statue next to it is from Thailand; it was bought in Singapore.

Anne Marie found the candlestick holders on display in the dining room during her travels. They come from India, China, Korea and Spain.

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She also has incorporated a little homegrown history into her house. When Anne Marie and Rick bought the property, an old house that dated back to the early 1800s stood on the lot. The couple had considered renovating the structure but abandoned the idea when they discovered how much work would be needed to update it. They tore it down in August 2013 and immediately began construction of their new home. But before demolition began, Anne Marie salvaged many of the baseboards, moldings, cabinets and hardware. These items are incorporated throughout the new house. She calls the overall look “definitely eclectic.” That was what she intended. •

The designer describes the decor of the kitchen’s breakfast nook as “a hodge-podge.”

The kitchen counters are topped in quartz; the backsplash is porcelain tile.

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The items in every corner of Anne Marie’s house are the result of years of collecting. Hexagonal pendant light: Restoration Hardware.

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From the artwork and carved wood boxes to the sculptures, light fixtures and various styles of chairs around the dining room table, every corner has something unique that catches the eye and is linked to the couple’s adventures. “I really like the juxtaposition of the modern and vintage. It creates a little bit of tension. And tension is much more interesting,” Anne Marie says. “I think it is a pulled-together look.” However, she admits that she is not sure what pulls it together. “Did I worry about everything being cohesive? Sure,” she says. “It worked out better than I had imagined. I didn’t stress out about it.”

“I really like the juxtaposition of the modern and vintage. It creates a little bit of tension. And tension is much more interesting.”

The handle on the ensuite bathroom’s door is a Thai angel that the couple bought in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand.

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The walls in the master bedroom are painted a strong grey (Dark Pewter 2122-10 by Benjamin Moore). “I did the colours myself,” says Anne Marie. “Frankly, I think that is my strength. A master bedroom should be your sanctuary.”

The look has evolved over time. In fact, it continues to change. She is always on the hunt for an original item, a vintage-shop treasure. “Good design doesn’t need to be expensive,” she says. “Your house evolves, just like your closet and your wardrobe.” She says the look gets a bit of a mixed reaction. “Some people are wowed by how much dusting would be involved. Others are wowed by how everything is so different, but it works,” she says. “It’s a labour of love.” This is the home they now hope to stay in for awhile, Anne Marie says. “I would like to stay here as long as we can take care of it.” •

The stone vessel sink in the powder room is from Chic by Janssen in Jordan, Ont.

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TECH TIME OUTDOORS

Canadians are converting their backyards into oases, filled with entertaining technologies

Ah summer! The time of year when life moves outdoors. As Canadians increasingly transform their backyards into outdoor rooms with all the amenities they enjoy indoors, there seems to be no limit to the comforts that can be installed outside. We asked the people at Trutone Electronics for their take on how new technologies are transforming outdoor life for the better. QUESTION: What kind of electronics can be installed outdoors? ANSWER: With the advancement of technologies, we now have all-weather televisions, audio systems, and lighting, which can be easily integrated into an outdoor space.

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Q: Why are homeowners opting to install electronic items outdoors? A: Homeowners want an inviting and relaxing outdoor environment. Cottages are so expensive and time-consuming that our clients are investing that money in their backyard oases. Outdoor living space has always afforded an opportunity for spending time with family and friends. Outdoor entertaining is now easier than ever, so homeowners are opting to upgrade their outdoor spaces to be more enjoyable.

Q: Can electronic devices such as televisions and stereo systems withstand Canada’s harsh weather conditions? A: With advancements in manufacturing, outdoor electronics such as televisions, speakers, and lighting can now endure our Canadian weather. No worries if it starts to rain and no need to remove your outdoor electronics for our cold winters. We use quality and proven outdoor electronic products.


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Trutone Electronics Inc. 980 Dundas St. E., Mississauga 905-270-3440 www.trutone.ca

Q: How are homeowners integrating such things as TV, sound systems, and lighting into their yards? A: Our clients are typically integrating them around gazebos, outdoor kitchens and pergolas. We make sure that the electronics not only meet their needs for functionality and performance, but also that the form fits the design of their outdoor space. For example, there are outdoor televisions specifically for shaded areas and others that are ultra-bright for direct-sunlight areas. The approach to outdoor audio has grown tremendously from two speakers that face a neighbour’s property to an array of small landscape speakers that face inwards into the backyard area. This improves sound quality by creating balanced sound and an even volume while not disturbing neighbours. Q: Can smart-home technology be integrated into outdoor electronics? A: Yes. Advances in technology has made smart outdoor living possible. Integrating smart features with outdoor living is new and exciting. Making your home smart inside and out has opened the doors to new possibilities in home entertainment. •

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

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

BRAVO FOR BRAVO When evening temperatures dip below the comfort zone, fire up the Bravo fire pit for warmth. Measuring 32˝ deep by 32˝ wide and 12˝ high, it is available in two colours: ash and charcoal. Casualife 6 Shields Crt. 1, Markham ~ 905-475-8353 100 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~ 905-990-5433 www.casualife.ca

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

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

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

Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com 416-964-9700

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

Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com 416-964-9700

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TEAK A LOOK AT THIS

OVER THE MOON

The Teaka chair is made of 100 per cent teak with an eco-friendly resin webbing for the seating and back. A loose cushion offers added comfort. The wood will weather to a lovely silvery-grey colour.

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

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CAN’T BEAT THIS DRUM FOR PRACTICALITY This drum-shaped coffee table, made of hammered aluminum, is perfect for outdoor life. The bonus is that it offers storage inside. 37˝ wide by 17˝ high. Casualife 6 Shields Crt. 1, Markham ~ 905-475-8353 100 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga ~ 905-990-5433 www.casualife.ca

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COASTING IN THE SUMMER The Coast collection features sleek modernist-style furnishings made of teak. The ottoman measures 13˝ deep by 27˝ wide by 14” high, while the easy chairs provide the ideal place in which to chill out.

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

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

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LANTERNS STEAL THE LIMELIGHT

For a romantic atmosphere during al fresco dining, these teakwood lanterns cast a gentle illumination. Light the candles as the sun sets, and enjoy your meal. Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com 416-964-9700

LIGHT MY FIRE

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

HOME PLATES

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

THREE’S COMPANY Hudson’s Bay www.thebay.com 416-759-4771

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

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

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

CIRCLES AND STRAIGHT LINES These side tables are an elegant addition to the patio, and because they are crafted of metal and teak, they’re especially resilient to summer weather. YESTERYEAR STYLE This rustic club chair in an oyster colour is reminiscent of historic Adirondack camps. Relax on its deep, comfortable cushions.

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THE WHOLE FAMILY A bright new kitchen is designed for a Brampton couple who love to cook with their children

BY SUSAN KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY: VINCENT LIONS STYLING: BEVERLEY BINNS

AN ALMOST-ETHEREAL LOOK prevails in this stylish and spacious kitchen in the Castlemore area of Brampton. But behind the good looks lies a real workhorse. “My wife and I were mainly concerned with getting a kitchen that functions for our busy family,” says dental surgeon Mustafa Abouzgia, who lives in the home with his wife Manal Mami and their four daughters, aged between three and 10. The kitchen update was part of a comprehensive renovation that included the addition of an extension to the two-storey, five-bedroom home. The extra square footage almost doubled the space allotted to the kitchen. Since they do a lot of cooking as a family, which includes the extended one, a crowd often congregates in the kitchen. •

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The homeowners’ cherished Italian range becomes a focal point thanks to surrounding metalwork. Range: Bertazzoni; range hood: custom.

“They also wanted a kitchen that was contemporary and bright with a touch of classic,” says designer Beverley Binns, who headed the Binns kitchen + bath design team in designing the kitchen. The island and counters are topped with quartz for durability and with a pattern that emulates marble for a rich, classic look. The cabinetry is finished in harmonizing tones of gray with rich, warm undertones. An artful mix of three door styles, including Shaker-style and f lat-front, provides subtle design interest. The couple previously had purchased an Italian-design gas range that they loved. While its sophisticated style was a fit, Binns feared that with its modest 30-inch width, it would be dwarfed by its surroundings. To compensate, she flanked it with cabinetry finished in faceted nickel. A stainless steel backsplash and wide range hood make the cooking zone a focal point. •

Designer Beverley Binns created a light and bright kitchen. It’s also an inviting one, achieved by surfaces in coordinating shades of pale grey with rich, warm undertones. Cabinetry: Siematic; countertops, backsplash and custom dining table top: Cambria.

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“The family enjoys being there every day. Everyone agrees it’s a beautiful kitchen.”

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Metal accents also adorn a custom hutch that runs from floor to ceiling. Its glass doors are a nod to tradition while the gleaming nickel adds a statement-making contemporary touch. The feature helps define the family dining area while making it part of the kitchen, a must-have for the homeowners. “And they own a great deal of dishware and serving pieces, so I thought this would put them close at hand and show them off,” says Binns. The couple did want a distinct separation between the formal dining room and the kitchen. Binns proposed adding a servery area between the two, with an additional sink,

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refrigerator, dishwasher and coffeemaker. It would function much like the butler’s pantry of yore: When entertaining, food preparation can take place in the kitchen, everything is moved into the servery, and the doors are closed off. The usefulness of this and the kitchen’s other features was recently put to the test when the couple threw a party and invited 18 people, most of whom brought their children along. “Everything went smoothly, no one felt crowded,” says Mustafa. “And the family enjoys being there every day. Everyone agrees it’s a beautiful kitchen.” •

Designer Beverley Binns proposed adding a servery area off the formal dining room, a solution the homeowners find invaluable when entertaining.

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Taste the organic difference

Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Thyme 1 Yorkshire Valley Farms organic whole chicken 1 lemon, rinsed, cut in half 2 tbsp (30 mL) coarse sea salt 1 tbsp (15 mL) cracked black pepper

Directions: • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). • Remove chicken from packaging. Pat dry with paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Place chicken in a roasting pan or oven-safe dish. • In a small bowl, mix together salt, pepper, and fresh thyme leaves. Juice half of the lemon and sprinkle lemon juice over top of the chicken. Rub chicken skin with salt mixture to season. • Place remaining lemon half inside the chicken cavity. Cut lemon into smaller wedges if necessary to fit inside. Using kitchen twine or skewers, secure legs of the chicken to close cavity.

3 sprigs fresh thyme

Look for Yorkshire Valley Farms organic chicken products at a grocer near you.

• Roast uncovered in the oven until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 180°F (82°C) and the skin is crispy. Cooking times will vary depending on the size of your chicken. Estimated cook time for a 1.5 kg chicken is 1 hour 40 minutes.

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GETTING TO KNOW THEM

JIM FEE HAS BEEN in the furniture business long enough to know that when someone walks into a store and says they are looking for a sofa, more times than not, what they want, basically, is a beautiful room. They just don’t articulate it that way. Or, perhaps, it’s just that they don’t realize it. But if you take the time to have a conversation, the lens can be focused on exactly what the customer is really seeking.

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Store’s employees ask many questions to help their customers get the right furnishings

“Our ultimate goal is about taking the time to have the conversation,” Fee says. “And help them see the outcome. If you don’t have that conversation, they don’t think of their out-dated side tables.” The aim is not necessarily to sell other items, but to ensure that when all is said, done, and set up, the customer is pleased with his or her selection.

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Fee is president of Stoney Creek Furniture, a home furnishings store in the Hamilton community of Stoney Creek that does business in a way that makes a big difference. The 85,000-square-foot showroom distinguishes itself on three fronts, Fee explains. The first is its size. “There’s a lot of choice.” With hundreds of room setups, or vignettes, on the showroom floor, Stoney Creek Furniture aims to help buyers see how the furniture will look in a home setting. The company has sales associates and design consultants who help a customer envision how the furnishings will appear in his or her home.  This starts with that conversation that Fee stresses is key to getting to know exactly what each customer is seeking. The consultants want to know where a new piece will be positioned. Who will use it? What is the traffic flow in the home? And unlike big-box stores, Stoney Creek Furniture’s employees try “to find eye-catching things you can’t find elsewhere, fashion-forward looks. We can afford to buy really unique things, knowing we won’t sell a ton of it,” Fee says. The third difference is a non-commissioned sales environment. “This makes for a more customer-focused experience,” he says. The person walking through the door doesn’t get that “pounced on” feeling. If one store employee is busy, another one can help the customer. There’s no pressure. And with every employee paid on an hourly rate, the emphasis is on having that conversation with the customer and building a relationship. The delivery crew “finish the experience - the full sales cycle,” Fee says. “It doesn’t finish in the store.” The customer has to be pleased with the way the purchase is placed in their home. “It feels nice to be served well,” Fee says. “In a world where more and more is just point and click – shopping online is a very emotionless thing.” Stoney Creek Furniture is about the emotional relationships: “Great service; where customers get to touch, feel, experience and be counselled on the choice they are going to make,” Fee says. •

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ROCK SOLID

Company quarries and cuts Canadian Shield stone that it sells directly to homeowners

IMAGINE AN IMPRESSIVE STONE RETAINING WALL with cut stairs leading to a beautifully appointed two-tiered patio area. Now, picture a natural stone surround contouring a gleaming pool next to a decorative stone wall and generous plantings. Or, how about a stately two-storey home finished in grey stone with distinguished wood pillars rising from solid stone bases framing the portico at the front entrance? If you can picture it, Kawartha Rock can create it.

“Anything anyone can imagine with rock, we can do,� explains Harry James, one of the co-owners of Kawartha Rock Quarry Inc. The company operates a quarry in Buckhorn, Ont., north of Peterborough, where it carves its stones from the Canadian Shield, one of the oldest rock formations on the planet. It then custom-cuts them at a facility in Brechin, southeast of Orillia. The combination of the two processes produces an array of jaw-dropping applications.

Kawartha Rock Quarry Inc. 2586 Harrigan Dr., Brechin, Ont. 905-201-8770 or 866-503-8770 www.letusrockyourworld.com

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The stone quarry business has come a long way since Fred Flintstone punched a time clock. The best word to describe the look is “impressive.” The quality of the natural stone and the craftsmanship and creativity that go into the design make a powerful statement. According to James, it all starts with the quarry, a 10-acre pit on a 200-acre site. What comes out of it is described using the same terms employed to characterize diamonds: it’s all about density, colour, character and consistency. “Our stone is very dense. It’s almost as dense as granite,” James says. “It’s going to stand the test of time, and colour fading is practically non-existent.” The stones have very rich hues – grey and buff tones. As for character – or look – James describes the pattern of lines in the stone as “rich and very attractive.” And when it comes to consistency – in height and size – he believes the company’s cutting facility allows them to boast. But the magic happens when the stone is used to create stunning custom applications. “Creativity of applying the product: This is where our company shines,” James says. With almost surgical precision, the experts at Kawartha’s new cutting facility can custom-cut stone steps, fireplace surrounds, barbecue encasings, even candlestick holders or business card holders. “Anything you can think of, we can find a way to make it from stone,” says Eric Brown, who is known as Kawartha’s senior stone executive.

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What the company can make seems limited only by imagination. For the exterior of a home, Kawartha’s cutting facility can produce custom stone veneers to create a stately facade. The company can also cut custom windowsills or capstones. “We make some of the most beautiful sills that are out there, to a five-inch depth,” Brown says. For a home’s interior, the cutting facility can create beautiful veneers for fireplace surrounds, with the beauty of natural stone without taking up too much space.

“We are a relationship-based company. We like to deliver our product to the end user. We take pride in a custom job. We are able to create on a custom basis,” James says. And being able to deliver the stones from the quarry directly to the customer eliminates the middleman and keeps prices for this natural product surprisingly affordable. “We are driven to enhance people’s designs,” says Giuseppe (Joe) Ferrara, a co-owner of Kawartha Rock and the person who personally handles the specifics of every custom job the company delivers. “For us, it’s feel, touch, look,” he says, as he explains how he offers each customer samples and templates. “We’re not just another stone company. We create things that are different from what you see in a store. We pride ourselves on the workmanship that we do. We can promise you that when we are done, you will have a smile on your face and people who see it are going to love it.” The stately look of a building’s facade in natural stone no longer has to belong to another era. Bold, elegant statements can be built today. It can all be cut and created. Kawartha Rock dares its customers to simply imagine it. •

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IN OUR NEXT ISSUE

Being outdoors is a ubiquitous rite of summer in Canada. That’s no surprise in a country that enjoys such wonderful estival weather. Increasingly, homeowners are transforming their backyards to get the most out of the season. Added to beautiful landscaping, we are installing decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, televisions and sound systems, cabanas, hot tubs, pools … in short, everything that takes the comforts of indoors outside. In our next issue, we show you the great outdoors and how you can make the most of your yard, too. Don’t miss our upcoming Outdoors issue.

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MOVING INTO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE Barroso Homes www.barrosohomes.com 416-723-9984

STAYING IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Jodie Rosen Design www.jodierosen.com 416-487-3913

TECH TIME OUTDOORS Trutone Electronics Inc. www.trutone.ca 905-270-3440

Haddington Developments www.haddington.com 416-410-1799

SUN, SHADE AND ALL THE DELIGHTS OF SUMMER Lounge Factory www.loungefactory.com 450-965-2223 A STUDY IN CONTRASTS Dezign Market www.dezignmarket.com 888-398-8380 HIGH QUALITY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS Cheney Window & Door Specialists www.cheney.ca 905-847-2071 A HOME FOR THE LONG RUN Yorkville Design Centre www.yorkvilledesigncentre.ca 416-922-6620

THE POWER PUNCH IN POWDER ROOMS Creative Avenues www.creative-avenues.ca 416-783-0220 Canaroma Bath & Tile www.canaroma.ca 905-856-7979 Atlantis Bath Centre www.atlantisbathcentre.ca 416-307-2570 Kohler www.kohler.ca GETTING TO KNOW THEM Stoney Creek Furniture www.stoneycreekfurniture.com 905-643-4121

Battiston Construction www.battistonconstruction.ca 416-516-9640

WORLD STYLE AMW Design Intervention www.amwdesignintervention.com 289-969-0180

ROCK SOLID Kawartha Rock Quarry Inc. www.letusrockyourworld.com 905-201-8770 or 866-503-8770

NOT JUST A REC ROOM Georgian Custom Renovations www.georgianreno.com 866-492-9001

THE WHOLE FAMILY Binns kitchen + bath design www.binns.net 877-509-5555 REST, ROMANCE AND REJUVENATION UNDER THE SUN Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia www.omnimontelucia.com 888-444-OMNI

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CLASSIC IN A NEW COMPOSITION Timeless Elegance in Kitchen Interior Design


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