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EDITOR’S LETTER

SOME YEARS AGO, I took a fascinating course in home restoration and renovation. Each class was taught by one of several architects, home inspectors and renovation specialists. The lecture on how to restore a Victorian home was given by an architect who specializes in rehabilitating historic buildings. As she spoke, she illustrated her lecture with visual aids: photographs on the lecture hall’s screen of Victorian rooms, taken during the late 19th century. These rooms were exquisite. They were replete with complex cornices, vast chandeliers, rosettes, wood inlays in f loors, deep baseboards and imposing hearths. But the element that provoked gasps among the viewers in the lecture hall was the decor, the heavy aesthetic we associate with the Victorian era. Hefty furnishings crafted of dark wood, brocade fabrics, damask wallpapers, dark panelling, substantial velvet drapes with their valances and swags, and deep, saturated colours created an ambience of weightiness.

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

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Some years after taking the course, I interviewed a woman who had restored a Victorian home. But instead of slavishly imitating the design aesthetic of the 19th century, she painted all those cornices, rosettes and deep baseboards white and filled her rooms with contemporary furnishings. While respecting the history of her magnificent home, she was allowing it to reflect her contemporary lifestyle. The shift toward clean, minimal spaces has been coming from the past couple of decades but we’re now seeing it everywhere – in commercial, industrial and residential design. Most of us want to live and work in light-filled, uncluttered spaces. The world is a complex place. The antidote to all that complexity is clean-lined, open spaces that are not ponderous and overbearing, homes that welcome us as soothing retreats at day’s end. In this issue, we show you several such homes. Less is more in these spaces. Paradoxically, the uncluttered, contemporary home may exemplify simplicity, but a lot of complex thought and effort goes into its design and creation, as you’ll see in the homes on these pages. Windows are large (and not covered by heavy drapery). Colour palettes are neutral and light. And while there is a distinct lack of clutter and fewer furnishings than our Victorian forebears had, there is no loss of comfort or beauty. This is what home is all about now. This is how we live.

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CONTRIBUTORS

JANE AUSTER Jane Auster is an inveterate home renovator who loves to read and write about how other people tackle home improvements. This writer-editor takes a keen interest in urban development as well as home decor, and has written for various publications on these subjects. She says she was captivated by the calming marine colour palette in the First Shaughnessy home project she profiled on these pages.

JULIE GEDEON Julie Gedeon is a long-time writer, editor and writing coach who is a regular contributor to Vancouver Home. For this issue, Julie wrote our annual report on the trends that are driving the design of powder rooms. Her research enabled her to learn “why today’s powder rooms are never a mere afterthought when it comes to decor,â€? she says.Â

SUSAN KELLY Writer Susan Kelly was eager to have a guided tour of the Kerrisdale family home profiled in this issue. For one, it affirmed for her the power and beauty of superb modern design. And there was an intriguing twist: “I loved delving into the history of the home’s update, which spanned three generations,â€? she says. “But then, not everyone has a designer in the family!â€? Susan is a long-time contributor who specializes in writing about style and design.Â

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A homeowner is guided by her feelings when designing her new home

HUMBLE NO MORE

Powder rooms become spaces for strong design expression

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FOR ART’S SAKE

Vancouver’s second international art show set to attract artists and collectors

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THIS JUST IN

A selection of new items for your home.

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KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING Store offers many types of fireplaces for homeowners who love warm hearths

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FAMILY NEST Homeowner updates the house she inherits from her parents

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MAKING WAVES An innovative company creates spas for every size of backyard

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MAKING SPACE A designer creates a home to welcome her widowed mother

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FRENCH ACCENT Hugues Chevalier Paris opens its first North American store in Vancouver

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NO DOWNSIDE TO DOWNSIZING Great tips that make a move to a condo easy

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BUILT TO LAST How to find furnishings that are created for the long term

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PERSONAL TOUCH Store makes personal customer service the touchstone of its business

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SETTING THE BAR HIGH OPUS Vancouver does a stunning redesign of its bar

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LIVING LARGE IN A CONDO Clever ways to make the most of downsizing from a house to a condo

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BUSY GUY TV home reno expert Scott McGillivray launches new shows

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

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MATERIAL OF THE AGES Natural stone is and always has been the durable surface of choice

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RARE AND PRECIOUS People wait as long as a year to buy a Patek Philippe watch

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

How to create your best outside living space

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1. A PANOPLY OF PANS A well-made saucepan is a joy to use. The Wolf Gourmet 10-piece cookware set features seven-ply bonded construction and riveted handles designed for comfort. Form and function combine to produce good-looking pots and pans with even heat distribution, fast heating and superior heat retention. ——— Wolf Gourmet www.subzero-wolf.com

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2. LINEAR INTEREST The Spacewalk series is a collection of Italian porcelain tiles with linear movement. Each colour has a set of different linear variations, creating a dynamic visual layout for your design. The 12" x 24" tiles are available in five colours with a matte finish. ——— C&S Tile Distributors 2820 Ingleton Ave., Burnaby www.ceramstone.com 604-435-4431

4. WHO’S THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL? Find the answer with the Kioo tabletop mirror. This large tabletop vanity mirror is encased in a softtouch metal frame and is adjustable to whatever angle makes the reflection the prettiest. It’s made in Italy and comes in a choice of matte black, matte optic white and matte red. ——— Calligaris Store by Adobe House 3331 Jacombs Rd., Richmond www.calligarisstore.ca 604-270-4833

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3. PERFECTLY PINK Here’s a sinuous sculpture with a commanding presence that demands its own spotlight! Made of solid acrylic and standing 27 inches tall, this glass-like piece of art sparkles in all directions. ——— RodRozen Designs 1463 West Pender St., Vancouver www.rodrozen.com 604-558-4443


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1. DOUBLE DUTY The Ode coffee table has a few surprises up its sleeve. Part of the top surface can be raised to form a shelf for TV-time dining, and a wide drawer pulls out to reveal storage space for board games, remote controls, coasters and more. It has a European oak veneer, solid oak legs and edging, and a charcoal lacquer top. Available in dark oak; light oak available on order. ——— Home Delight Furnishings 3331 Jacombs Rd., Richmond ~ 604-270-4833 1348 United Blvd., Coquitlam ~ 604-525-4831 www.homedelight.ca

2. GET AN EDGE ON THE REST The infinity edge comes to hot tubs. Known appropriately as The Edge, this acrylic spa sports an overflow waterfall that overhangs the tub shell and allows a soothing stream of water to drop directly into the hot tub. It comes in nine colours and offers many choices of surround, ranging from traditional cedar to synthetic. The Edge features commercial-grade hydrocyclonic filtration, which cleans the water faster and more efficiently than skim filtration. ——— Coast Spas Lifestyles 20363 Langley Bypass, Langley www.coastspas.ca 604-534-7727

3. WIDE APPEAL The Artistique Collection by Pravada offers ultrawide (9.5 inches) planks made of European white oak for a stunning floor. Most items in the collection are available in wire brush finish and are UV-lacquered. One item, Monet, has an oiled wire brush finish with saw marks. ——— Casa Madera Hardwood Floors 3744 Hastings St., Burnaby www.casamaderafloors.com 604-294-9663

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4. TUXEDO TUB This freestanding tub from Slik Portfolio will add a dash of sophistication to any bathroom. It features a matte-black riveted steel skirt with a white enamelled cast-iron bathing well. Access is provided from the rear for waste and overflow. ——— Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware 8351 Ontario St., Vancouver www.cantubathrooms.com 604-688-1252

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1. SLIM SEATING The Arc folding chair’s design engages the back directly on the rear legs and locks the chair in a minimum amount of space. Solid and sturdy, the Arc features seat and backrest in a variety of colours and finishes in either plastic or wood; the legs are made of extruded aluminum. $320. ——— Resource Furniture 861 Richards St., Vancouver www.resourcefurniture.ca 604-681-0104

2. SPARKLING RAIN Piova means rain in the Venetian dialect – a perfect name for these raindrop stud earrings. Designed and handmade by Palladio Jewellers in 19-karat white gold, they feature diamonds that sparkle and flash on even the gloomiest day. ——— Palladio Terminal City Club 855 West Hastings St., Vancouver www.palladiocanada.com 604-685-3885

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4. CIRCLING THE SQUARE From the new Paris collection comes the Alma armchair with its sleek curved back and square seat. It can be upholstered in custom fabric or your choice of 35 colours of leather, and the metal base is available in bronze or chrome finish. ——— Hugues Chevalier Paris 75 West 7th Ave., Vancouver www.hugueschevalier.com 604-708-9701

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3. CURVACEOUS CONSOLE The Chamonix console table is a contemporary take on baroque styling that’s bound to add impact to a foyer or hallway. Crafted from solid mahogany, it’s available in a variety of finishes and colours; we show white lacquer. ——— Jordans Interiors 1470 W. Broadway, Vancouver ~ 604-733-1174 1539 United Blvd., Coquitlam ~ 604-522-9855 2269 Douglas St., Victoria ~ 250-385-6746 1788 Baron Rd. , Kelowna ~ 250-861-8656 www.jordans.ca


Brio represents the Natuzzi Italia technological evolution for sofas. Its proportions are excellent and its precious aesthetic details emphasize the handcrafted heart of the product. The particular stitching and the quilting on the outer side of the arms are two of those examples. It has a design that “breaks� the typical style of relaxing sofas, it perfectly integrates the technological heart of the product without sacrificing aesthetic, which remains unchanged even when the mechanism is completely open. The exclusive Soft Touch mechanism allows you, simply sliding your finger along the sensor on the armrest, to change the seat and backrest position for optimum comfort.

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1. BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET Look closely: Le Bouquet is a charming piece of wall art that’s actually a mosaic comprised of 17,000 pieces of hand-coloured glass. It’s available in a choice of two sizes, both of which impart a touch of elegance to their surroundings. ——— Jordans Interiors 1470 West Broadway, Vancouver ~ 604-733-1174 1539 United Blvd., Coquitlam ~ 604-522-9855 2269 Douglas St., Victoria ~ 250-385-6746 1788 Baron Rd. , Kelowna ~ 250-861-8656 www.jordans.ca

2. PUFFY PERFECTION The Philo sofa from Natuzzi has refined quilting and specially shaped metal feet (available in various finishes) that give it a modern and elegant aspect. One version features a soft-touch reclining mechanism for each seat. Offered in a variety of leather, fabric and microfibre coverings. ——— INspiration Furniture 1275 West 6th Ave., Vancouver www.inspirationfurniture.ca 604-730-1275

3. MARVELLOUS MEDUSA Like the medusa jellyfish that inspired its name, this chandelier seems to float in its surroundings. In glass with bronze or chrome finish, it’s illuminated by two LED strips. Also available as a single-tier wall lamp. ——— Hugues Chevalier Paris 75 West 7th Ave., Vancouver www.hugueschevalier.com 604-708-9701

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4. CUBIC CONFIGURATIONS Totem, by Vincent Van Duysen for Pastoe, is a series of segmented cubic boxes that can be arranged many ways and set on a swivel base. Open or closed on one side, with or without interior shelves, partitioned down the centre or not – the choice of configurations is tremendous. Totem is available in all the colours and finishes in the Pastoe collection, including veneer. ——— Inform Interiors 50 & 97 Water St., Vancouver www.informinteriors.com 604-682-3868

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1. X MARKS THE SOFT SPOT This versatile piece of furniture can be used as a bench at the foot of a bed or as an ottoman in any room of the home. The X-shaped base is crafted in polished acrylic with brass-plated stainless steel feet. Select from hundreds of fabrics to personalize your space. ——— Paramount Furniture 5520 Minoru Blvd., Richmond www.paramountfurniture.ca 604-273-0155

2. REST EASY Natuzzi’s Duca sofa offers wide armrests and seats and adjustable headrests. An innovative version includes a motion mechanism for headrest and footrest, and storage and an audio kit inside the armrest. Offered in a variety of leather, fabric and microfibre coverings. ——— INspiration Furniture 1275 West 6th Ave., Vancouver www.inspirationfurniture.ca 604-730-1275

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3. TERRIFIC TRANSFORMATION The Cristallo is three tables in one. It can be adjusted from coffee table to desk or dining table height, and extends in length to seat as many as 10 people. Its sleek mechanism consists of two integrated extensions, a gas-opening system, and hidden wheels embedded in the metal frame. Available in a variety of finishes including glass, wood, soft leather, natural stone and ceramic. From $3,310 to $5,745. ——— Resource Furniture 861 Richards St., Vancouver www.resourcefurniture.ca 604-681-0104

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“Traditional chrome and brushed nickel remain popular but the new materials such as rose gold, titanium and matte black and matte white are strongly trending.�


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White sinks and chrome faucets making way for bold new powder room alternatives

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QUAINT, FUNCTIONAL POWDER ROOMS are being given a new lease on life with splashy caprice. “This is where people are expressing their whimsical side with bold new materials, designs and colours,” says Denise McIntosh, owner of Genesis Kitchens & Design. “Everybody basically wants their home decor to flow nicely from room to room, but here’s a confined space where you can really have some fun.” Barn wood, stone and/or sassy wallpaper patterns are forming the backdrop along with a wall or two painted in navy, burgundy or another bold colour. “You want to make an

impact on guests,” McIntosh says. “Yet no one is there long enough for an intense colour to become overwhelming.” Yesteryear’s glitter is incorporated anew into the crystal knobs of cabinetry, small chandelier lighting and the glitzy frames on rectangular and oval mirrors. “People are also being a lot more adventurous when it comes to vanity countertops,” McIntosh says, noting that Caesarstone has come out with a stunning selection. “The other huge trend is towards floating vanities with open shelves and lighting under the kicks.” •

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Vessel sinks remain hugely popular and have become available in more shapes and sizes. “Companies are producing a larger selection with a shorter profile so homeowners don’t have to lower an existing vanity to accommodate them,” says Darren Henry, supervisor of Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Showroom in Burnaby. “They’re a great way to update a powder room without major expense.” Seamless sinks carved of solid marble or other stone present as new Art Nouveau. “They definitely make a statement and yet are so elegantly smooth,” Henry says. Vessel and undermount sinks in amber, smoky grey, cobalt blue or clear glass, and various patterns continue to gain in popularity. “What we’re seeing more often is the bottom of the sink lit up with one or more lights within the vanity,” Henry says. Faucets provide another new opportunity to be audacious. “Traditional chrome and brushed nickel remain popular but the new materials such as rose gold, titanium and matte black and matte white are strongly trending,” Henry says. “The black against Kohler’s white cast-iron sink is amazing.” Wall-mounted faucets are gaining traction because of the clean – and easy-to-clean – modern lines they create when it comes to counter space. Some manufacturers have one sturdy rough-in for the behind-the-wall installation but offer handles and spouts in several different styles that can readily be connected and removed. “They’ll be easier to change when a homeowner is seeking a new look in future,” Henry says. More people are opting for waterfall spouts. “It sounds like a babbling brook instead of the aerated faucet’s more bubbled outpour,” Henry says. “So it has more of a Zen feeling to it.” •


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Then again, the Chinese horoscope’s Year of the Red Monkey is demanding some oomph. “We need to have that wow factor now,” says sales associate Tabitha Jackson at Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware. “If it’s not being done with the new kinds of fixtures then it has to come from the wall colour/covering, floor or wall tiles or the mirror.” Jackson is seeing non-lacquered brass faucets gaining in popularity, especially with a wooden basin and or countertop. “The wood really brings out the warmth of the unpolished brass,” she says. Of course, many people are still choosing polished chrome fixtures and white porcelain sinks, but the clean modern lines of the past few years are becoming more eclectic with increasingly ornate wall sconces or accessories. “We’re also selling a lot of electronically operated faucets now,” Jackson says. “Stern, Hansgrohe, Fantini and other manufacturers have done a very nice job of streamlining touch-free faucets so they look less industrial.” For a muted industrial edge, people are still opting for the clean lines and flexibility of concrete tiles, she adds, because they’re available in so many sizes and styles and yet retain a neutral timelessness. Another big shift is toward wall-mounted sinks and toilets. “Being compact, they create more room and make cleaning easier,” Jackson says. “They’re especially popular in Vancouver where so many people are opting for condo living and need to maximize their living space.” •

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“Invisible accessories are increasingly popular.”

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1. CLASSY CANDLES Baobab candles from Belgium are a product of high-quality craftsmanship and respect for the environment. The mineral wax is non-oily, the wicks are made of fine Egyptian cotton, and the fragrances are elaborated by a renowned perfumer in Grasse. All the candles are poured by hand into vases that are blown by artisan glassworkers, making each item unique. Available in three lines (we show the Prestigieuses), each with its own distinctive style. ——— ROOM8 Suite 110 – 1706 West 1st Ave., Vancouver www.room8.ca 604-734-1323

2. PRECIOUS PERIDOT Spring has arrived and the world is turning green again. You can put a little spring on your finger with this Brinkhaus 8.42-carat Munsteiner-cut green peridot ring. The central jewel is framed by round brilliant-cut diamonds and set in 19-kt white and 18-kt yellow gold. ——— Brinkhaus Jewellers 1018 West Georgia St., Vancouver www.Brinkhaus.com 604-689-7055

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3. FLEXIBLE FUNCTION The Michel Club seating system by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia has a variety of elements for flexible arrangement. The 34 linear and modular units in various sizes, as well as five ottomans (square and rectangular), allow for many compositions with functions ranging from familial to formal. ——— Inform Interiors 50 & 97 Water St., Vancouver www.informinteriors.com 604-682-3868

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1. MARVELOUS MARBLE The Porada Ziggy collection of low tables, consoles and side tables with drawers is designed by Carlo Ballabio and combines the warmth of solid Canaletto walnut with Calacatta Gold marble. Porada prepares its Calacatta Gold marble using a technical process that slices it into thin slabs and then reinforces it with a special resin backing, resulting in thin but strong marble slabs with subtly rounded edges. ——— Spencer Interiors 708 Main St., Vancouver www.spencerinteriors.ca 604-736-1378

2. REST IN GLAMOUR This bed hints at the glamour of Art Deco design while being thoroughly contemporary. In walnut and fine leather, it provides a striking setting for sweet dreams. ——— TJY Home Furniture Collection 150–12551 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond www.tjyfurniture.com 604-278-2278

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3. STREAMLINED COMFORT This two-seater sofa from Modart combines the tactile nature of walnut with the texture of fine leather. Walnut is one of the hardest wood materials used in furniture design, providing excellent quality. The sofa’s streamlined look makes it a standout in Modern and contemporary decor. ——— TJY Home Furniture Collection 150–12551 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond www.tjyfurniture.com 604-278-2278

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COLLECTORS, CURATORS AND VIRTUALLY EVERYONE else curious about today’s international art scene will descend on the Vancouver Convention Centre for Art! Vancouver 2016. The art fair that came into being last year is anticipating about 10,000 visitors from May 26 to 29. Attendees will have the opportunity to peruse the work of more than 90 innovative artists. “It’s for absolutely everyone who loves art and wants to see what’s happening these days,” says Lisa Wolfin, the fair’s creator. “It’s amazing to look at all the incredibly varied work and wonder what happened in each artist’s life to spark that particular creativity. One artist, for instance, builds totems out of the pages of old books.” The artists hail from Europe, South America, the United States, across Canada and, of course, British Columbia. With no set theme, everyone presents his or her best and typically most recent work. “There’s contemporary, portraiture, abstract, photography, and even art fashioned from recycled materials,” Wolfin says. An artist and curator herself, Wolfin decided to undertake the creation of the art fair after visiting five Toronto events all held in the same year. “It’s amazing how popular art fairs are becoming everywhere, with 90,000 people in Madrid and 70,000 in Miami, and yet Vancouver didn’t have one,” she says. The mother of three certainly had enough other things to do, but with her children also being artists, she couldn’t let go of the idea of Vancouver missing out. “So I approached Market Edge Media to help me with the logistics,” she says. No one walks out of the fair without somehow being newly inspired. “Absorbing all of that creativity definitely causes a shift in how you view things, and even how you think on a subconscious level,” Wolfin says. “It’s amazing how many people who aren’t collectors fall in love with a piece and have to buy it on the spot.”

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The artists couldn’t be happier with the vast exposure of their work. Some of last year’s success stories are impressive. Vancouver artist David Tycho, who’s studied under renowned Canadian artist Gordon Smith and draws inspiration from the calligraphy of Zen monks, was asked to exhibit his work at Gurevich Fine Art gallery in Winnipeg and South Main Gallery in Vancouver. For Andrés Dorigo, who’s well known in his native Argentina, it was an adventure to travel at the age of 71 from Santa Fe, Argentina to exhibit at the show in Vancouver, and it dramatically changed his life, as his art representative, Annamarie Jones, explains. “Gary, my husband who’s a collector, bought several paintings,” she says. “Finding out that Andrés recently lost his beloved wife, we invited him to our studio in Hawaii for a month to relax and be inspired by the palm forests. Some of that collection will be displayed at Art! Vancouver.” The couple are now his benefactors and have arranged shows for him in New York City, Hawaii and Australia. •

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MICHELE RIGHETTI creates sculptures, pop art and graphics that attract viewers with their bold shapes and colours. Born near Florence in 1974, he is the descendant of a long line of Italian craftspeople. After studying fashion, applied arts and textile design, Righetti freelanced as a designer for Versace, Hermès and other renowned brands. He later studied under the Slovak maestro Stano Dušik, mastering fine art techniques and later working on projects in Europe and Canada. ••••••• LISA WOLFIN, the founder of Art! Vancouver 2016, is a Vancouver-based artist who works in various media and styles. Her most recent series involves rendering the best photographs of her subjects using digital programs to create cartoon-style imagery. She then paints and further manipulates the imagery with her hands, adding beads, rhinestones and other jewelry as embellishments. After winning the Most Creative Design Award from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles, she completed a twoyear apprenticeship at Christian Dior in Paris. In Vancouver, she launched Wear Wolfin Designs, a line of women’s clothing that sold throughout Canada and the U.S.

Born and raised in Vancouver, 19-year-old SKYLA WAYRYNEN excelled in fine arts in high school. Her wild animal portraits were inspired by a recent trip to India. She creates their realistic texture by using a palette knife rather than a brush to sculpt paint layers. Her work has been shown at Hollyburn Gallery, the Ferry Building Gallery and at Art! Vancouver 2015. ••••••• Quebec multidisciplinary artist FRANCE MALO has garnered national and international awards and honours during her 40-year career. Her talent was recognized when she was only 14 and was selected by Radio-Canada television to participate in a series of televised art camps in several European nations. A painter, ceramist, sculptor and muralist, Malo often favours black-and-white expression but is also a renowned colourist. The vibrancy is evident in the images that she painted after teaming up with 2002 Canadian cycling medalist Katy St-Laurent. ••••••• CECILIA AISIN-GIORO is a descendant of the Qing Dynasty, the grand-niece of the last Chinese emperor Pu Yi Aisin-Gioro. She learned watercolour painting in the court tradition from the age of five. She also knows hardship, losing both her parents during China’s Cultural Revolution and subsequently living with her grandmother. “Painting can tell people what you cannot say in words,” she recalls her grandmother telling her. “When you feel weak, painting can make you stronger.” She is now one of more than 100 famous artists from the Aisin-Gioro family throughout the world, but the sole oil painter.

Working towards a masters degree in adolescent psychology, TAISHA TEAL WAYRYNEN explores the synergy between psychology and art. She hopes to open a counselling centre where art therapy will help children to overcome traumatic events. Her Pop Icon collection was featured at Art! Vancouver 2015 and received praise during the show. When Burt’s Bees prepared to launch a new line of lipsticks, the company selected her as one of the Canadian artists to create art using the lipsticks. As part of the product launch, the painting was featured at Arta Gallery in Toronto and then auctioned with proceeds going to Canadian wildlife preservation. ••••••• Of ten called a Renaissance woman, KIRSTEN NASH is a Canadian artist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who has played saxophone with Long John Baldry and jammed with Stephen Stills, Boz Scaggs, Jeff Healey and Tom Jones in Vancouver. She often incorporates her love of music and nature into her visual artistry, which spans from ceramic sculptures to acrylic and oil paintings. Self-taught, she follows her heart, which allows her the freedom to constantly evolve. “As soon as I feel like I’m being put in a box, I start looking for a way out,” she says.

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KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING Gas fireplaces are suitable for nearly any type of decor THERE IS AN IRRESISTIBLE ALLURE about a flickering flame in an open hearth. “It’s about warmth and comfort, and seems to improve the mood,” says Noel Cormack, owner and president of Fireplace by Maxwell. “Fire attracts and brings people together, too.” Cormack’s passion for the business has burned steadily since 1987 when he first joined Maxwell. He bought the business in 1993 and has since steered this North Vancouver store to sell and install a full array of gas and wood-burning fireplaces – from traditional to the newer frameless European models that are so popular now. Cormack brought technical expertise from working in the gas industry – essential knowledge when it comes to gas fireplaces, which involve the complexities of proper piping, venting and creating non-combustible air chambers. Most of what this store offers, from traditional to contemporary styles, is fuelled by gas. That’s as true in the living room as on the patio or in the garden, as the store sells outdoor options as well. Maxwell is part of the movement to convert to green heating solutions, whether it’s a clean, European wood stove, or the most efficient gas technology available. “Maxwell customers are able to make an educated decision when the environment is an important factor in their purchase,” says Cormack.

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“Today’s gas fireplaces offer convenience, an excellent heat source, and a stylish fit for almost any decor.”

Vancouver’s booming housing market brings a steady stream of designers and architects through the door at Fireplace by Maxwell. “Just this morning a designer came in shopping for three of her clients,” Cormack says. “In any given day we might get requests for a downtown condo, townhouse or mansion.” The technical and design considerations vary for each client, and the designers are shown various options in the 2,800-squarefoot showroom. In the event the right conventional, multi-sided or freestanding fireplace is not available, a custom solution is found. When it comes to style, the company stocks eight lines of contemporary options and another four for clients with traditional tastes. Stûv of Belgium is one manufacturer that marries the appeal of an old-fashioned wood fire with contemporary design. And while Europe used to have the corner on forward design, there is now a host of exciting new options designed and made in Canada, Cormack says. These include several manufacturers in British Columbia – including Valor of North Vancouver, Town & Country Fireplaces of Vancouver Island, and Marquis of Mission – as well as Kingsman Fireplaces of Winnipeg. Products are in stock with an ever-expanding number of new options available. “Today’s gas fireplaces offer convenience, an excellent heat source, and a stylish fit for almost any decor,” says Cormack. “They also look fantastic.” •

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Homeowner updates a Kerrisdale home inherited from parents

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MODERN ARCHITECTURE, with its geometric angles and gleaming metal surfaces, may appear soulless to some. The intent was just the opposite when it came to renovating this two-storey home in the Kerrisdale area on Vancouver’s west side. “The design is very contemporary, yet incorporates a lot of the family’s history and their vision of what the home was meant to be,” says Tammy Upward, co-owner of Upward Construction & Renovation, which executed the home’s complete update. The three-bedroom house, built in the 1960s, once belonged to the homeowner’s parents, who had lived there happily without making extensive upgrades. The basement rec room that served as Dad’s workshop to tinker with airplane engine parts remained.

When the homeowner inherited the property, her young adult children were all established in their own homes. She knew it would make an ideal empty nest for her and her husband. But the couple wanted an updated and contemporary look. They called upon a daughter, who is a professional interior designer specializing in commercial design, to take on the project. The plans called for doing away with all the small, cramped rooms on the main floor. So the house was gutted from basement to rafters, with only some of the exterior walls preserved. One original feature was kept almost wholly intact: the basement fireplace’s facing, made of rocks the designer’s grandfather, a geologist, had collected in northern British Columbia. The wood-burning components were removed and a gas insert installed. •

The fireplace adds warmth while creating a stylish divider viewable from the living room and kitchen. Slate stone facing in rustic gold colour: Daltile; fireplace: Fireplace by Maxwell; walls: painted in Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace.

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A soft monotone colour palette further enhances the sense of openness. The walls on all three floors are pale grey, with a darker shade used on accent walls and some doors. It’s the perfect backdrop for the walnut hardwood floors and doors, and the imposing open staircase of the same wood, played against steel railings and glass panels. “Splashes of colour were used in private areas of the home only,” says Upward. The pantry walls, discreetly tucked behind a closed door, are painted a retro watermelon pink. And accent walls

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in the master bedroom and bathroom are bathed in a rich shade of turquoise. True to the home’s roots, the millwork has a Mid-century Modern look, thanks to a plastic laminate finish. It’s a sophisticated take on faux wood – riffs on a driftwood theme – with a grain-like texture to provide design interest. A pale and bleached tone was used in the kitchen, along with an extra-glossy finish for ease of maintenance. The medium taupe in the master bedroom and bathroom help create a calming atmosphere. •

A dropped ceiling feature was incorporated to add design interest and define the kitchen area. Dishwasher in island: Kitchenaid; all other appliances: Jenn-Air.


“The design is very contemporary, yet incorporates a lot of the family’s history and their vision of what the home was meant to be.”

The main staircase was kept in its original position facing the front door, but given a contemporary makeover in walnut hardwood. Stainless steel handrail and glass panels: Lieff Shower.

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The same millwork was used throughout the home in a serene grey tone for the master bedroom and bathroom. Millwork: Alrich Custom Cabinets.

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“Splashes of colour were used in private areas of the home only.”

Closed cabinetry in all rooms means clutter is kept out of sight. The millwork was also used on a dropped ceiling in the kitchen to define the area and add architectural interest. The designer added a distinctive touch to the bathroom tiling. A contrasting strip of tiny mosaic tiles runs vertically up the wall in the shower and then down across the floor for a waterfall effect. The renovation project wrapped in late 2015, having taken nine months to complete. The family reported that the designer’s grandmother, the original owner, had a chance to review the proposed updates before she passed away. “She loved the plans, and I think the rest of the family is pleased with the end result,” says Upwards. •

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ALFRESCO LIVING How to make the most of your outdoor space THE GREAT OUTDOORS: it’s great if you have a home with a garden, but it can also be great if you have just a balcony on a high-rise building. Either way, you’ll want to make the most of what you have. Nancy Bendtsen, coowner of Inform Interiors, offers her advice on making your outdoor space even greater.

“A large hammock or chaise adds luxury no matter what size the space is.”

Q: Why pay attention to outdoor settings? A: Having the outdoors as part of your home opens your living space to nature, light and fresh air, which will directly and indirectly increase your quality of living. We are a little spoilt with how beautiful Vancouver is, and are fortunate to be able to include that beauty in our spaces. Q: What elements are common to any outdoor setting, regardless of size? A: Everyone loves to lounge in the sun with a good book and a cold drink. This can be achieved with a simple lounge chair and side table or, with space and budget allowing, a full outdoor living room setting with sofas, armchairs, tables and umbrellas. You could easily make that yard or patio your favourite “room” of the house.

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Q: If space or budget are really tight, what basic elements do you suggest? A: A small cafe table and chairs don’t take up much room and can be obtained at all price points; they can offer a serene place to enjoy a meal or cup of tea on a beautiful day. Sacco, a beanbag chair from Zanotta, is available as an outdoor version and is a wonderfully comfortable place to nestle while taking up very little space. Q: What design choices will make an outdoor space seem larger than it is, or cosier if it feels too large? A: A large hammock or chaise adds luxury no matter what size the space is. It can be a kind of nesting area in a large space, or somewhere to stretch out in the sun in a small one. Surround the area with things that you love – potted flowers and plants and a small fountain, for example. Adding layers of beauty and calming noise makes the space that much more welcoming and desirable.


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Q: Are there special considerations for dealing with the effects of weather? A: Vancouver has a lot of moisture and salt in the air, being in a rainforest and so close to the ocean. Choice in construction and materials, such as stainless steel frames and waterproofed textiles, can ensure that your pieces last for years. Having good covers and protecting your furniture in the winter months is also crucial.

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Q: What direction do you see outdoor settings taking in the next year or two? A: Natural fibres, woven textures and earthy colour palettes are becoming more popular. Having furniture that fits in with its surroundings can generate additional tranquility. Should you be looking to make more of a statement, brilliant white pieces against lush greenery remains stunning and timeless. Richard Schultz’s collection for Knoll has been in production since 1963 and is a good example of how slight yet bold pieces can greatly complement any outdoor space for decades. •

“Having the outdoors as part of your home opens your living space to nature, light and fresh air.”

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MAKING WAVES Innovative company makes it easy to have a spa despite backyard’s size BY SUSAN SEMENAK A BACKYARD OASIS doesn’t have to be large to be luxurious. At Coast Spas Lifestyles, outdoor luxury comes in many sizes – from a hot tub diminutive enough to fit on the balcony of a condo to a party-sized spa that fits 10.

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“Instead of a large pool, you can swim very comfortably in a swim spa that is 12.5 feet long by eight feet wide.”

Jon MacAulay, general manager of the Langley-based swim spa, hot tub and backyard lifestyle store, says homeowners are looking for new ways to make their outdoor spaces both comfortable and functional, regardless of the size. He points to Coast Spas’ swim spas, which have become hugely popular in recent years. Larger than a hot tub but smaller than a swimming pool, a swim spa uses propulsion to create a current of water in which users swim in a stationary position. “Instead of a large pool, you can swim very comfortably in a swim spa that is 12.5 feet long by eight feet wide,” says MacAulay. Among his clients are homeowners looking

for a family gathering spot, athletes wanting to keep fit, and people with muscle weakness, injuries or health conditions who benefit from the therapeutic benefits of aquatic exercise. “Not everyone has space for a lap pool in their backyard, but that doesn’t mean they need to go to the community pool,” MacAulay says. The swim spas come in various sizes and may be equipped with a host of features, including rowing bars and exercise bands. Coast Spas is known worldwide for its design and technological advances. It holds numerous patents for such features as infinity-edge hot tubs and swim spas, two-foot blade

waterfalls, and hydro cyclonic filtration systems. The company’s hot tubs and swim spas, for example, all come with a commercial-grade hydro cyclonic filtration system, which cleans the water faster and better than conventional skim filters. Its hot tubs were the first to feature modern lighting and audio-visual systems. And the company boasts the largest hot-tub waterfall – a 24-inch LED-illuminated cascade with a continuous blade. The units can also be controlled from a mobile device anywhere in the world. More recently, Coast Spas patented one of the biggest innovations in the hot tub industry – the infinity edge. “A lot of people in the greater Vancouver area who purchase a hot tub live on the coast. They have magnificent views of the mountains,” MacAulay says. “Or maybe they want to look out onto the backyard oasis that they have spent years creating.” In Coast Spas’ Cascade series of infinity edge hot tubs, water flows off the vanishing edge and is filtered and returned to the tub. “Coast Spas has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation and technology,” MacAulay says. • Coast Spas Lifestyles 20363 Langley Bypass, Langley 604-534-7727 www.coastspas.ca

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A home is given West Coast design to accommodate two-generation lifestyle

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“Low-to-the-ground construction is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.”

PHYLLIS LUI HAD TRIED EVERYTHING to get her widowed mother to move out of the post-war bungalow that had been the family’s North Burnaby home since Phyllis was a toddler. “We didn’t want her living alone,” says Phyllis, the coowner of Kalu Interiors. “Finally, my husband Shelby and I suggested replacing the house with a larger home for all three of us, and she agreed.” The metamorphosis began with re-orienting the new house to face a quieter street on the corner lot. Phyllis called upon home designer Alex Voth to build the 4,500-square-foot home and had Aleem Kassam, her partner at Kalu Interiors, help to realize her West Coast contemporary vision. Clad in fir, the home’s “low-to-the-ground construction is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture,” Kassam says. The spacious entrance leads to the expansive kitchen that forms the hub of the house. Its l-shaped island allows the cooks to enjoy company without having guests in their workspace. “There’s also an efficient sinkfridge-stove triangulation,” Phyllis says. •

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A lively splash of Phyllis’s favourite colour – turquoise – is added to the living room in the upholstery on a Club Sofa from CB2. The table subtly repeats the marble surfaces found in the kitchens and bathroom.

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Cabinetry in a medium-toned veneer for the lower units and a high-gloss white for the upper sections delivers a modern look but is softened by Calacatta marble that extends to the ceiling. A second kitchen off the main one is specifically for stir-frying. “We built it so my mom could do all the cooking she wants without the whole house smelling like food,” Phyllis

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laughs. The Bosch stove contains a wok cradle, and a commercial-grade hood ventilates the smoke. (No wonder Phyllis’s mother agreed to the new home: she has a third kitchen in her downstairs suite.)

Kassam suggested integrating the entertainment console across the family room wall to link it with the kitchen cabinetry. “Everyone loves open concept these days, but there can be awkward gaps if you don’t connect areas smoothly,” he says. •

Bocci’s pendant lighting from Ocean Pacific adds a touch of glamour over the white quartz countertop without overwhelming the space. Thermador appliances fill the main kitchen, except for the Fisher & Paykel drawer dishwasher. “We love the dual drawers that allow us to run one level at a time,” Phyllis says. (Opposite) The homeowners went to Coast Appliances to obtain the commercialgrade hood as well the Bosch stove with a built-in wok cradle. The marble backsplash echoes the marble used elsewhere in the home.

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Folding doors lead to an outdoor deck, which is In the master bedroom, built-in seating under an extension of the living space. A long down- the windows provides a contemporary touch. filled sofa from Van Gogh Designs flanks the “After a long workday, we wanted a tranquil passage to the deck while providing comfort space,” Phyllis says. “Gold pillows were an easy that Phyllis says “you never want to leave.” way to add a bit of opulence.” The whimsical white credenza in the living She and Kassam stayed up late one night to area is by Jonathan Adler, one of Phyllis’s favour- figure out how to place the master bathroom’s ite designers. “I love the simplicity of his work,” Calacatta tiles. “The materials that Phyllis she says. “And being lower, it’s less formal.” chose for her home – marble, steel, glass – contain strong, lavish elements, but she kept the overall look subtle with clean lines and light colours,” Kassam says. •

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The entertainment console was integrated across the family room wall to connect with the adjacent kitchen and create a single living space that further expands when the Eclipse folding doors are opened to the outside deck.

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Wood in soft colours creates a relaxing retreat in the master bedroom where the designers shook up the look by changing the accent pillows.

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The only room with a skylight, the ensuite is naturally bright yet private. The clean lines of the sinks, freestanding tub and fixtures from Blu Bathworks create the relaxed atmosphere of a spa.

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An elongated bathroom vanity in a light-coloured wood veneer and a quartz surface, along with the geometry of the circular sinks and rectangular tub, is elegantly contemporary. “The shower pan is sloped towards a linear drain alongside the wall so we could have a seamless floor in and out of the shower,” Phyllis says. The designer did add her favourite shade of turquoise in the Club Sofa from CB2. “It’s my go-to colour,” she says, and Kassam adds that it’s even in the Kalu Interiors’ logo. A Best Kitchen finalist at the 2015 Georgie Awards, the home attracted a buyer offering a price the Luis couldn’t resist. Fortunately, Phyllis’s mother didn’t object to moving again, knowing what her daughter and business partner could dream up next. •

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TIMELESS FURNISHINGS FOR LA BELLE VIE Paris-based Hugues Chevalier brings a European furniture aesthetic to Vancouver BY SUSAN SEMENAK

HUGUES CHEVALIER’S FRENCH ACCENT is attracting attention in Vancouver. The Paris-based designer and furniture maker’s penchant for voluptuous curves and Old-World charms is quite the departure from the modern minimalist West Coast aesthetic. Its grand sofas in rich-hued leather and bibliotheques in elegant honeyed sycamore have been turning heads since Hugues Chevalier opened its only North American showroom on West 7th Ave. last fall. “Our shapes are all rounded and voluptuous, with square arms that evoke the Art Deco era and a comfort that you can sink right into. It is a whole different look than what people are used to seeing in other high-end stores,” says Marc Flimon, owner of the Vancouver Hugues Chevalier Paris showroom. “We are still new in town, but people are already enthusiastic about our appearance on the scene.” The collection made its debut in Paris nearly four decades ago when Hugues Chevalier, a former art and antiques dealer who worked with elite designers including Philippe Starck and Christian Liaigre, became enamoured with pre-war Art Deco furniture. He revived and reworked the 1930s aesthetic and attracted a chic clientele of actors, directors and restaurateurs. The brand has been synonymous with luxury and sophistication ever since, gracing the dining rooms, boardrooms and offices of embassies, consulates, fine restaurants and high-end brands. “The Hermès of furniture,” they call it in France. •

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Hôtel Matignon, the official residence of the French prime minister, is furnished with a Hugues Chevalier sofa, armchairs and coffee table, for instance, and the boardrooms at Cartier’s headquarters in Switzerland gleam with the polish of Hugues Chevalier. Flimon says Hugues Chevalier’s aesthetic resonates among his Vancouver clientele for the same reasons it does all over the world: the furniture is solid and timeless, its classic construction and quality materials are meant to endure. Each piece is manufactured, one at a time, in the company’s ateliers in the small town of Liffol-le-Grand, east of Paris. For all their sense of history, the pieces also feel completely contemporary, Flimon says. He points to the Charleston sofa, with its spare, elegant mix of wood and leather. He bought his own, upholstered in vanilla-coloured leather, almost 25 years ago, and, he adds, it still feels right and looks great. The beauty of Hugues Chevalier furniture, Flimon says, is that it fits in a traditional Victorian house as seamlessly as it does in a contemporary condo. “These are like pieces of art,” he says. “They are meant to last a lifetime.” •

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CONDOS ARE PERFECT for homeowners who are downsizing, people who want ownership without the headaches of a big home and property, and anyone who thinks that less is more. However, condos have their challenges in terms of kitchen and bathroom design. Vancouver Home asked Tabitha Jackson, a product and design consultant at Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, for her expert advice.

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Q: What design and function challenges are common in condo kitchens and bathrooms? A: Condo owners are still looking to have tubs with separate showers, and this can be extremely challenging in small spaces. Storage is always an issue; there never seems to be enough. They are still looking for that spa feeling in their bathrooms, even though it is a smaller space. Both kitchens and bathrooms need to have a visual design as well as a functional design.

Q: How can these be turned from challenges into advantages? A: There are many options for smaller freestanding tubs that are less than 60 inches and most are available as soaker tubs, air system tubs or jetted tubs so owners can have the luxury spa experience at home. Wet zones are growing in popularity, as they help with space restrictions, and give the feeling of a more open space. Mirrored cabinets are a great way to help with storage for small items. They’re available with and without lighting and electrical plugs. Shower accessories, such as corner wall-hung trays, make easy storage solutions. Kitchen sinks are available with built-in side drawers to hide sponges and scrubbers.


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“Both kitchens and bathrooms need to have a visual design as well as a functional design.”

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Q: If space is really tight, do homeowners have to give up their little luxuries? What fi xtures does it make the most sense to forgo? A: I don’t think they have to give up any luxuries. There are so many options for smaller-sized fi xtures. There are also steam units on the market made for small spaces, so you can house a generator in a cabinet or closet. Small pieces of furniture such as beautifully designed shower stools that are meant for wet spaces can be moved to different areas if needed. A small shower can still turn into a luxury spa with just a few items.

Q: What design choices can homeowners make so that rooms seem more spacious than they are? A: Wall-hung toilets and f loating vanities are a great way to open the space. Frameless shower doors and large-format tiles make rooms appear larger. Mirrors reflect light and make spaces feel bigger. Using a large mirror and mounting light fi xtures to a mirror work well. In the kitchen, undermount sinks keep countertops seamless.

Q: What is up-and-coming in kitchen and bathroom fi xtures? A: Polished chrome and brushed nickel are still very popular for fi xtures, but non-lacquered brass and satin brass are making an impact and not only in fi xtures, but in hardware, lighting and furniture pieces. Matte black and matte white are also on the rise. Copper and rose gold finishes are making their way into kitchens in a very modern, clean, slick look. •

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Company creates tranquility yoga pods made of hand-carved Himalayan salt

HIMALAYAN SALT has always possessed a special quality because of the pink diamond-like crystals formed by enormous pressure over millions of years. In ancient times, it was regarded as “the king’s salt,” unavailable to ordinary people. Now everyone can feel royally pampered in one of Circle Wellness Studios’ tranquility pods, in which Himalayan salt bricks line the walls. Numerous homeowners already have a candleholder or lamp fashioned out of Himalayan salt. Many people believe the salt – especially when warmed – purifies air and helps

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eliminate the positive ions generated by tvs, computers and other electronic devices that fill most homes. Walking into a therapeutic escape pod is definitely the next big luxurious step to unplugging for a while. “The walls of hand-carved bricks and radiant heating create a beautiful, warm and relaxing space to meditate, do stretches or practices warm or hot yoga,” says Paul Hennessey, the company’s founder. “The salt walls function as insulation and give off not only a unique glow but also act as a thermal mass, increasing the

efficiency of the heating system. When you’re inside the space, there is radiant heat coming from all surfaces: the ceiling, floor and walls.” Unlike a regular sauna, the radiant heat is more comfortable on the lungs and skin, especially with a ventilation system regularly introducing fresh air. Maintenance is minimal with the salt sterilizing the air and bacteria unable to survive on the bricks. The thermally modified wood on the inside of the structure doesn’t absorb moisture. “It doesn’t expand or contract,” Hennessy adds.


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Hennessey came up with the idea after visiting practitioners in southern Germany. “The exa Korean-style sauna in Toronto. The sauna perience resonated with me,” he says. had radiant heating built into its floors but He called upon his experience in carpentry, also such wall elements as jade, amethyst installing swimming pools and hot tubs, and as crystals or a mud containing a high mineral a paramedic to come up with the tranquility pod. The pod can be heated to 70 degrees Celsius. content, depending on the benefits sought. “I later visited others in Korea where family and “We typically use it at 50 degrees Celsius to friends often spend an entire afternoon relax- raise the body’s core temperature for a more therapeutic effect, enabling detoxification ing together in this space,” he says. The salt came into play after Hennessey through sweating,” Hennessey says. visited Salzheilstollen, a salt mine chamber Fully automated controls adjust the temtransformed into a spa retreat by holistic perature, ventilation, sound, lighting and

timing. “The heated surfaces need only about the equivalent power of a hairdryer with the salt’s insulating properties, so the pod can always be kept warm using very little electricity,” Hennessey says. Each pod can be constructed within a household room or as a standalone outdoor unit. To protect the outdoor version from the elements, a charred wood technique developed in Japan is used to create an attractive waterproof shell out of Cyprus wood that is also resistant to insects and Uv rays. •

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NO MORE THROW-AWAY CONSUMERISM For the good of the planet, long-wearing goods are the answer ARE YOU FED UP with built-in obsolescence? You’re not alone. Cutting down on waste is a priority for many in our society. We discussed the issue with Zechy Khoo, owner of Home Delight Furnishings in Richmond and Coquitlam, to find out what furniture manufacturers and consumers can do about reducing waste.

“It’s true that things just aren’t made as they used to be.”

Q: How does built-in obsolescence manifest itself in home furnishings? A: I’m going to sound really old by saying this, but it’s true that “things just aren’t made as they used to be.” Many consumer products now are not made with components and parts that can be replaced as the item wears out. Often, an entire item must be replaced even though only a certain component may be broken. For example, very few sofa manufacturers have the knowledge and skills to produce sofas with removable covers. Moreover, the foam is often of insufficient quality for the sofa to be reupholstered because the lifespan of the foam is made to last between only five and 10 years. It requires skill and craftsmanship to produce sofas with easily removable covers that can be put back on by the end user. It also takes knowledge to design the foam in multiple layers to maximize comfort and longevity. Upholstery can be made of a long-lasting, washable material. However, most manufacturers have moved away from producing such products because many end users aren’t willing to pay a higher initial price, even though it’s cheaper in the long run to buy a well-made piece at the outset. Over time, many manufacturers have lost that knowledge.

Q: How are manufacturers making their products longer-lasting? A: There are many techniques in each trade from upholstery to framing to hardware – hundreds of little choices that manufacturers make that can result in either shoddy furniture or pieces that will last generations. For sofa frames, there’s doweling and screws, nuts and bolts instead of nail guns, corner blocking for reinforced strength, plywood backing instead of hollow or even cardboard sides. There are also technologically advanced fabrics that are antimicrobial and stain-resistant. There are veneers and laminates that look and feel like real wood veneers but are harder, resistant to scratches, and non-absorbent. Technique and choice of materials are both important.

“Over time, many manufacturers have lost that knowledge.”

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Is the sofa bench-made or assembly line-manufactured?

Q: What should consumers look for when they want to buy home furnishings that won’t quickly need replacing? A: Ask a lot of questions. There are reasons some brands cost more than others, which transcend marketing (though you should beware of that, too). Is the sofa bench-made or assembly line-manufactured? Pay attention to details, which say a lot about how the rest of the piece is made. Full aniline and semi-aniline leathers are good, but avoid bicast leather. Solid wood and real wood veneers can also last a long time if maintained, but if you’re going for synthetic materials, ask what benefit there is besides cost savings.

Q: What information can consumers request to ensure they’re buying responsibly? A: Ask for product specs and material specs. Is it made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, harvested from ecologically managed forests? For European-made products, there are often certificates to prove where the piece is made so you’re not just relying on the company’s word. Inquire about what parts can be replaced or recycled at the end of their life. Calligaris has chairs made of biodegradable plastic polymers for example. •

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A 1958 First Shaughnessy home gets a new contemporary design BY JANE AUSTER • PHOTOGRAPHY: MARK WHITEHEAD • STYLING: DERICK RODROZEN

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Designer Derick RodRozen of RodRozen Designs produced a serene ambience through the use of both colour and lighting. A focal point is the aquamarine frosted glass staircase illuminated from beneath with LED lights.

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“What we embarked on was a four-level, split modern contemporary.”

FIRST SHAUGHNESSY, one of Vancouver’s oldest right to move in with his wife Parm and their communities, is home to some of the city’s young family, he realized he had an opporfinest heritage properties. Among them are tunity to transform the site beyond a simple stately century homes with graceful views renovation or teardown. and an aura of establishment. “I knew it was time to do something A home with a decidedly different person- interesting with the property,” Jason says. ality has burst onto the scene. For a decade, “What we embarked on was a four-level, split real estate entrepreneur Jason Hari has modern contemporary, which is apparently a owned the site, which had a 1958 four-level very rare large-estate property since most of split on it, virtually untouched since the mid the homes are designated heritage status and 20th century. When he decided the time was are, at best, partially renovated.”

Fortunately for the Haris, their home was outside the Heritage Conservation Area in First Shaughnessy, so they were able to let their imaginations run free and build a home uniquely suited to the needs of their family. With an eye for design developed over the years through his real estate work, Jason could see the potential to capture the sight lines around the house, implement a fusion of ethnic and contemporary design, and create flow in an open-concept layout.

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The Haris turned to RodRozen Designs, a firm Jason had encountered when living in Coal Harbour, to help them transform the mid-century, 5,350-square-foot house into a sleek, contemporary home. The original house featured a traditional, choppy layout of eight bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, tiny deck and small garage. Today there are just three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well

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as spacious open-concept ground-level and lower-level rooms for children’s play and sleepovers. It took RodRozen more than two years to complete a three-step process to turn 1958 into 2016: first stripping down the interiors to the studs, breaking walls to create extra-large wrap-around windows, raising ceilings to as high as 17 feet, adding just the right custom-made furniture, fixtures and led lighting; then building a large deck, multi-sport

court, garage to accommodate Jason’s car collection (including electric), fountains and exterior lighting; and finally landscaping with mature trees and shrubs. “They came into our office and we started talking about what is important to the family,” says designer Derick RodRozen, who headed the design team. “Parm said, ‘I want it to be a family home, for the kids to be able to have memories and build a life in this home. I want

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“They came into our office and we started talking about what is important to the family.”

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to be very close to them, and I want them to be around me. When they are doing their homework, I want to share it with them, for them to have a playroom and room for sleepovers.’ It was also important for Jason, who works from home, to have a comfortable office. They also really wanted lots and lots of light.” In fact, the property is bathed in natural light thanks to the large doors that open onto the deck. Three home offices feature natural

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views and wrap-around glass walls so family members can see one another as they’re going about their business. Derick RodRozen also enhanced the natural lighting with strategically placed light fixtures, including a frosted-glass staircase to the second floor, underlit by shimmery aquamarine blue leds. “The house is such a stark contrast between the before and after,” says Jason. “Something

from 1958 is typically renovated three or four times, but this house was untouched, so it went straight from the ’50s to 2016 and a Georgie Award for Best Residential Renovation over $800,000 – from one extreme to the other. The end result is quite something.”

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THE LARGE BENEFITS OF SMALL This modest-sized store is dedicated to excellent service BY SUSAN KELLY

PETER POCRNIC BELIEVES IT’S THE PERSONAL TOUCH that has made his store Casa Madera Floors, a success. “We’re a smaller store,” says Pocrnic, who opened the business in 2004, “but we’re big on service and catering to families.” The love seems to be reciprocated. Since 2012, Casa Madera has been voted “Favourite Flooring Store” for four consecutive years by Burnaby News Leader readers. Along with kitchens and bathrooms, Pocrnic calls flooring part of the “big three of renovation or new construction projects.” The trend for most homes is toward responsibly produced products and durable flooring to suit busy lifestyles, he says. For that reason, this store sells mostly solid and engineered hardwood flooring; the store’s name means “house of wood.” Among the brands found here are leading Canadian manufacturers, including Vintage, Appalachian, Goodfellow and Kentwood. Pocrnic loves talking about f loors and opening people’s eyes to options they might not have spotted on their own. “There’s a big move towards brushed finishes rather than glossy ones because a matte surface is so much easier to keep looking like new,” he says. In stock also are plenty of examples of cork flooring, which is sometimes used as a cushioning underlay as well, and laminate and vinyl plank flooring.

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“Trends come and go, but 10 years from now, a hardwood floor in a medium tone will still look chic and beautiful.” A consultation usually begins with a prearranged session in the showroom to discuss the sought-after look, where the flooring will go in the home, and what kind of use it will get. Also taken into consideration are such practicalities as the type of subfloor. Pocrnic or a staff member pulls samples from the wide selection to show the range of what’s available. Then an appointment is booked at the customer’s home to measure the square footage, after which a price quote is drawn up. Casa Madera custom cuts and fits every project, down to such fine details as the rounded edge on stairs, called a bullnose. Installation work is done by one of five teams on standby. Because colour perception is so subjective, getting the perfect shade of stain often proves a challenge. Pocrnic takes it on, going to great lengths to custom-blend the right shade of deep taupe, silvery grey, or whatever colour is of the moment. He always encourages people to look at a good-sized sample on which the colour is used because shades look different under various types of lighting. In general, this expert suggests thinking long-term and going with more natural and classic shades of grey or walnut. “Trends come and go, but 10 years from now, a hardwood floor in a medium tone will still look chic and beautiful,” he says. •


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Opus Hotel’s newly renovated lounge invites relaxation and conversation BY JULIE GEDEON

OPUS VANCOUVER IS WELCOMING guests to its OPUS Bar, a newly renovated lounge that encourages daytime relaxation and evening fun in a decor inspired by the Pacific Ocean. “We’ve created a space where people can leisurely enjoy freshly baked pastries with a special coffee or healthy juiced beverage during the day, and return later for a sophisticated but laidback vibe,” says Nicholas Gandossi, the hotel’s general manager. “Our DJ plays hip-hop

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and other ’90s music Thursday to Saturday but maintains a volume that still permits everyone to comfortably engage in conversation.” The stylish Yaletown boutique hotel again teamed up with designer Robert Bailey, who’s been involved with the decor since the property’s inception, as well as Craig Stanghetta, who spearheads the creativity at Ste. Marie Art + Design. Zebra marble creates the splash of elegance on the L-shaped bar that defines the new space and

punctuates the more subtle marble in the lobby and elsewhere. Local artisan Brian Hembrey created the wavy effects on the wall behind the bar in Benjamin Moore’s Kensington Blue. He’s also the talent behind the polished-plaster framing around the EcoSmart fireplace. The signature O is fashioned of brass and glass shelving. And the Knoll Bertoia stools are just beachy, inviting travellers and locals to sit and sip the Opus 97, a twist on the cocktail originally


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“RBI Design Office custom-made the serpentine sofa in a pewter-grey leather for us.” named for the hotel’s room count and featuring vodka, kiwi syrup, mint and ginger liqueur. Supporting pillars remain encased in the original mosaic tile painstakingly applied for the hotel’s opening in 2002. “We couldn’t imagine destroying that craftsmanship,” Gandossi says. The beige and brown tiles contrast nicely with the zebra marble and suggest pebbles and sand in a linear motif. Existing recessed white tube lights were

replaced with sunshiny yellow ones that reverberate in the gold accent pillows and brass chandelier on the way to the upscale Italian La Pentola restaurant. The star-studded granite catwalk is as lustrous as the day the hotel opened because the buffed wax finish is removed and replaced on a regular basis to keep it sparkling next to the marble flooring and new indigo-blue wool carpeting by Colin Campbell.

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“RBI Design Office custom-made the serpentine sofa in a pewter-grey leather for us,” Gandossi says. The blue velvet chairs are likewise upholstered in a fabric exclusive to Opus. They anchor the tables with a concrete base and white quartz surface. “We accommodate many filmmaking guests, and they want comfort, service, and really fast Wi-Fi in a chic, welcoming environment.” •

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“DOWNSIZING” is a term we hear plenty of. It can have a major effect on home furnishings, requiring fewer pieces or smaller items. What does it imply, and how can people handle it? David Hooper, owner of Resource Furniture in Vancouver, has some ideas on how to downsize without compromising on function or style.

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Q: What are the various ways that Vancouver households are downsizing? A: People who are downsizing here are usually older couples who may have been used to a 2,500to 5,000-square-foot house and are moving into a condo that measures between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet. They want their new space to function the same way as their larger home. By adding expanding tables and integrated wall-bed and storage systems they can still have the guests and dinner parties they were able to have previously. That said, we also have many young couples skipping the whole upsizing step in the first place and finding ways to make their real estate work better for them. Many of these clients stay in their smaller condos, adding bunk beds and queen-size wall beds so they can accommodate a growing family.

Q: How does all this affect their choices of furniture? A: Unfortunately, many people often find that their furniture simply does not fit in their new homes and if it does, it causes space-efficiency problems. It is unfortunate because many of them have very nice items, but they are forced to get rid of them. This usually brings them into our store, where they are trying to source multifunctional furniture or simply space-saving furniture that has a great aesthetic.


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Q: How are manufacturers responding to this? A: It actually surprises me how traditional furniture manufacturers have not embraced this. We get people coming to us all the time because they can’t find a nice sofa that simply fits in a smaller space, never mind having a second function. Also, many of the ideas behind the multifunctional nature of our furniture are not new. The companies we source from have refined these ideas over half a century, so they’ve perfected the mechanisms. People’s awareness and needs are now more in line with this type of living.

Q: Is it possible to promote functionality without compromising on style? A: Absolutely. We offer our clients many high-end finishes and fabrics and can combine space-saving items from various Italian companies. Even on a small budget, style can be paramount. People’s awareness and needs are now more in line with this type of living.

Q: What trends are you seeing in multifunction furniture? A: The trend I see is not so much with the furniture but rather in people’s minds. The trend is to rethink everything and turn it on its head. By sourcing this type of furniture, people are more able to live where they want and make smarter choices about their lifestyles. It can change many other things, such as commuting time, the need for a vehicle, real estate charges, and home maintenance among others. •

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CATCHING UP WITH SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY Reno-show host launches new shows

Scott McGillivray is one busy guy. He’s got not one, not two, but three shows for HGTV in production. We caught up with him on a typically hectic day to get the lowdown on his latest projects.

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“We teach them all the other tips and tricks that we use to make profits in real estate.”

VH: You’re working on your 11th season of Income Property, and it’s a full season of vacation homes. Why is that? SM: We get to work in very aspirational areas: cottage country, beach houses, ski lodges. It’s all about showing people that you can invest in these areas and get tremendous returns, and that you can use an existing vacation home that you have to generate income while you’re not there. VH: Do you hear from viewers who’ve been inspired by the show to get their own income properties? SM: Oh my gosh, all the time! Over the years the show’s developed such a following and loyalty among people interested in developing longterm wealth. And I also go across the country, doing what I call a wealth tour. I train people on all the things that you don’t necessarily get to learn in the 21 minutes that you have of the

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show. We teach them all the other tips and tricks that we use to make profits in real estate.

There are some host-versus-host competitions, but everybody pitches in.

VH: What’s the number-one rule for anyone contemplating buying or renovating an income property? SM: Make sure it generates positive cash flow. If you don’t know what that means, then don’t invest in real estate until you do.

VH: You’re also working on Moving The McGillivrays, which is about renovating a place and making it your family’s new home. Moving is hell; why the hell are you moving? SM: (laughing) We’ve been meaning to move for some time now. We’ve lived in our place for almost 10 years and life has changed. Sabrina and I are now married; we have two children; our careers have progressed. Now we’re getting the home that we wanted rather than the home that we needed.

VH: Scott’s House Calls can help with that. Tell us about it? SM: Scott’s House Calls is all online. We found that people have so many questions, and people are afraid of renovating and real estate investing. The idea is to create an interactive real-estate renovation and investing … conversation, let’s call it … online. We go through what we call a campaign – say, a bathroom renovation. We take viewers step by step through the renovation and answer questions about it. It’s supported with articles and blogs and other professional information and documents. This is the “how do you do it” portion of what you see on television. It will be live this spring. VH: You’re also in production for Home To Win, which features 20 of HGTV’s stars and will air this spring. What’s that about? SM: It’s a collaboration of hGtv hosts working together to renovate and give away a property. Somebody’s going to win this house! I helped with selection of the property. I redid the roof recently, have been deciding interior layouts.

VH: Why make a show about it? SM: People have seen me do Income Property for a long time, and I get a lot of people asking about my design, my taste, my style, my construction techniques. I thought it was an opportunity to give my family some insight into what I do as well. I’m proud of the experience. It’s a major, major renovation. VH: Who makes the decor decisions in your family? SM: Me – and don’t tell my wife I said that (laughing). No, we work together; we’re pretty much on the same page. I do 95 per cent of the construction decisions; we work together on layout, sizes, specifications. We’re going into a design meeting right after this to choose fi xtures and hardware and moldings. We really partner at this point. Once it’s time to fill the house, it’s a partnership. •


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HEART-CENTRED HOME A homeowner is guided by her feelings when designing her new home BY PHILLIPA RISPIN / PHOTOGRAPHY: EMA PETER

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PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME sometimes know exactly what they’re looking for; some can even describe it down to the colour of the roof shingles. Other times they can’t describe the look of a home; they don’t have a particular style in mind, but they feel what they want. Andrea Youck felt what she wanted. “People had told us to drive around, look at places, find what I liked, but I was looking for a feeling,” Youck says. “I had an image in my heart. My mantra was a calm, clean organic feeling that’s welcoming and inspires conversation and creativity. That was my heart message.”

As a stay-at-home mother with a busy husband, two little boys, and the intent to have a third child, Andrea also knew what she needed. “I wanted something very functional, for a family, with no room that we wouldn’t use,” she says. Andrea and her husband, Jade Youck, were hoping to live in North Vancouver but couldn’t find a four-bedroom home in the area they wanted. They eventually chose to buy a teardown in the Edgemont Village area and build because they didn’t want to sacrif ice features they needed

to the convenience of a pre-built home. Andrea and Jade had been warned by friends that building a home was a stressful undertaking, and to alleviate stress they should choose professionals (architect, builder, designer) with whom they connected well. They interviewed four builders recommended by their real estate agent, and they felt with Todd Best of Best Builders that personal connection so necessary between homeowners and builder. A good thing, too, because “Andrea had something in mind, but she had a hard time expressing it,” Best says. “Todd figured out what style we were looking

“I was looking for a feeling, I had an image in my heart.”

(Preceding pages) The home’s “butterfly” roofs are distinctive and, in the back, slope upwards to create vaulted spaces with tall windows that overlook Vancouver. Andrea is fond of the pumpkinorange front door. “I loved that idea of something unexpected,” she says.

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for, and he connected us with architectural designer Khang Nguyen of Architrix Design Studio,” Andrea recounts. Adds Best, “A big part of the interview process was finding the right designer who could interpret her needs. The original design of the home – Khang hit it pretty quick. The Youcks wanted something unique to the area that would speak out in the neighbourhood as something different but still take advantage of the back view.” Best describes the process as asking “How do you see the house being used? We don’t care how crazy it seems. We focus on everyone’s cool ideas, and it evolves into the outer shell of the home.” The outer shell provided by Nguyen is certainly distinctive. The flat roof slopes with the lot, being higher in front than in the back and providing vaulted spaces on the top floor. The upstairs is narrower than the downstairs so there are ground-floor extensions on each side. Nguyen made the extensions particularly distinctive with “butterfly” roofs, in which the middle of the roof is lower than the edges. Seen from the side, the frame looks like an inversion of the classic peaked roof. This allows vaulted spaces at the back of the house to accommodate tall windows overlooking downtown Vancouver. Best calls it a “hand-cut” roof. “It was lucky that we have skilled carpenters working for us,” he says. “We had top journeymen working on the roof, which took about six weeks. It took as long to frame the roof as the rest of the house.” Andrea found her desires for the interior easier to explain. She calls the process “building a nest,” and she had inspiration pictures from magazines and ideas from previous homes as well as television programs. “There are some things I always wanted, such as walnut doors,” she says. “And even before I knew that my third child would be a girl, I wanted a room with birds and butterflies on the walls.” However, “I knew that, •

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(Above and bottom right) Andrea wanted the television to be hidden in the walnut cabinetry but had to keep it on display because of its size. She’s happy with the result, however. “The scale of it and the fireplace – the asymmetry works,” she says. The fireplace’s chimney breast was plastered by a local artist to resemble concrete. “I always wanted a concrete fireplace, wanted it to be a focal point,” the homeowner adds.

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Andrea calls the light fixture above the dining table “my little bit of Midcentury Modern” that goes with the style of the table and chairs. The large table has plenty of room for guests, but for informal dining, the family often gathers at the island, which accommodates five people.

being pregnant during the building process, I couldn’t be really mobile to source fixtures and details, so I asked Todd for an interior designer. “He recommended Reisa Pollard at Beyond Beige Interior Design,” Andrea says. “Reisa understood my design aesthetic perfectly. I almost felt sometimes that she knew it better than I did. If I had trouble articulating something, she knew how to do it for me. She would present me with options, and I’d always find something I liked. Reisa was really good at taking my ideas and then pushing me outside my comfort zone slightly. I really enjoyed my creative collaboration with her.” Under the supervision of project manager Matt Corbet, the teardown started in May

2014, and the family moved in in August 2015. They now have a home of 3,181 square feet on two floors with an additional 1,770 in the basement, and an attached garage. As the Youcks desired, all the bedrooms (each with ensuite bathroom) and the laundry room are on the upper floor. The main floor encompasses the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, as well as an office, a powder room and a mudroom connecting to the garage. Andrea also has what she calls “the mom cave,” a room with plenty of storage and long counters running along two walls. “It’s just off the kitchen – a creative space for myself and the children,” she says. “It’s a •

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Jade is often able to work at home in his office on the

The tub area of the master ensuite bathroom features ceramic tile with a

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faux wood effect. “It combines stone with the warmth of wood,” Andrea says.

“Thank you to all who created my home for me.”

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Grey grasscloth on a wall in the master bedroom provides subtle texture. As in most of the house, the floor is “unassuming” (Andrea’s term) white oak.

future space for homework, and I can close the doors on any mess.” The basement contains the guest room, a fitness room, and home theatre. Because the property is sloped and level ground outdoors is limited, it also has a large play area for the children. The home is still on its shakedown cruise, so to speak, and there are little glitches along the way, but over all Andrea is very happy. “Lots of spaces excite me,” she says. “There are little things that are personal that I put

in – for instance, I love the big magnetic whiteboard in the mudroom.” As with nearly any project, not all of Andrea’s dreams were attainable. “Building such a personal piece, and with cost a big factor, I learned to let go of some images I had in my head, or I pushed for things to be changed or adapted,” she says. “It taught me that there are always solutions, either creative or structural. “Thank you to all who created my home for me.” •

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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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Durable and beautiful, stone finishes enhance any home

NATURAL STONE has long been a durable choice for surfaces with substance. Variations in colour and pattern occur naturally, and no two slabs are ever identical, thus ensuring a unique and stylish look. To find out more about natural stone slabs, Vancouver Home asked Tihana Patek, a natural stone sales consultant at Margranite Industry Ltd., for her insights.

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Q: What kinds of stones are available in slabs or other formats, such as tiles? A: In slabs we carry granite, quartzite, marble, onyx, limestone, travertine, quartz (engineered stone), semi-precious stone, soapstone and slate. Tiles are available in granite, marble, travertine, limestone and slate. Q: How do the different kinds compare in terms of colour and texture? A: All stones, both natural and man-made, vary greatly in colour, texture and veining. It really depends on what look a person wants, as well as what is realistic for their application.

Q: What are the best applications for natural stone slabs? A: Natural stone can be put everywhere, but this depends on what natural stone you want to use and the intended application. The most durable products we recommend in a natural stone are granite and quartzite. Most of these are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications, including walls, flooring, countertops and fireplaces. All other natural stones that we offer (marble, onyx, limestone) are most commonly applied in areas of light usage because they’re softer, porous and non-acid resistant. These areas include bathrooms, walls, backsplashes, feature pieces and fireplaces.


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Q: What does the upkeep of stone slabs involve? A: All natural stones do require sealing as a precaution to ensure the material does not stain. However, this does not protect against etching. This process will have to be repeated over time, depending on the sealant used and the type of stone. Some soft, porous materials require more frequent sealing. The sealing process is quite simple and does not have to be done by a professional. Installers typically have a product that they use and would recommend. For cleaning, a neutral ph cleaner or mild dish soap and water are recommended. There are also special stone cleaners that can be bought, but are not necessary.

Q: How long will slabs last? A: Natural stone can essentially last a lifetime depending on how it is used and maintained. Stone has been used all around the world for thousands of years and is still standing today. Q: What trends are you seeing in the uses, and choices of colours and sizes, of natural stone? A: We find that a lot of people are choosing stones in white, grey and black colours and are also moving away from the standard polished materials, choosing other textures, such as honed (smooth and matte) or leathered (matte and textured) finishes. •

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RARE AND PRECIOUS Buying a Patek Philippe watch can require a one-year wait BY SUSAN SEMENAK

PEOPLE WAIT AS LONG AS A YEAR to buy a Patek Philippe watch and they pay as little as $25,000 and as much as $2.5 million for it. The Swiss-made timepieces are so rare and sought-after that customers order them months in advance, says Irina Denisevich, director of Brinkhaus Jewellers. “Regardless of how wealthy or connected you are, you might have to wait for your Patek Philippe,” says Denisevich. Brinkhaus is one of just three retailers in Canada authorized to sell Patek Philippe and the only one certified to do repairs for the prestigious watchmaker, which was founded 175 years ago in Geneva and has become the world’s foremost designer and manufacturer of watches, worn by kings, queens, presidents and movie stars. Though there are always models available in the store, customers often choose to order a watch – in rose gold instead of white gold, for instance. And then they wait. That’s because production is allocated a year in advance. Patek Philippe is the last privately owned independent Geneva watchmaker. It conceives, develops and builds every watch in its own factories in and around Geneva. “Every movement, every part, every little screw and wheel is hand-finished. It is a laborious process,” says Denisevich. “It can take nine to 12 months to complete a single watch.”

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The customers who buy Patek Philippe watches are often celebrating a special occasion or marking a personal victory. They are drawn by “the special and the rare,” she says. That’s true of Brinkhaus’s customers in general, Denisevich says. The downtown Vancouver jewelry store, founded by Karl Brinkhaus in 1936, has always attracted a discerning clientele. The store’s niche is in rare and unusual diamonds and precious coloured stones. Among its Asian clients, rubies, sapphires and emeralds are popular, while European customers appreciate

rare semi-precious stones such as tourmaline and tsavorite. Regardless of the stones, the jewelry is always set in 18-karat gold or platinum. “When you buy a unique and unusual piece that will become a family heirloom, you want it to be at least 18-karat, which is 75 per cent gold,” Denisevich says. Brinkhaus’s specialty is finding rare and unusual jewels that are not otherwise available. That might be a stone in an especially large size, or a tourmaline, for example, in a most intense and exquisite pink. •


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“Every movement, every part, every little screw and wheel is handfinished.”

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For far too long, Alzheimer’s has been wrongly categorized as “an old people’s disease”. It’s time for a change. Given the alarmingly rapid rate at which this disease is growing, it is time to get young folks involved … young folks who will be old folks before too long. After being actively involved in the Alzheimer’s community in recent years, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller (along with some amazing friends) created Hilarity for Charity, an amazing, one-of-a-kind and – most important – hilarious movement to raise money for and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease among the young generation. Seth and Lauren established Hilarity for Charity as part of the National Alzheimer’s Association, through which the monies raised will be: • Directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer care. • Increase the number of support groups nationwide.

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