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She holds several degrees – from a bachelor to a doctorate. After completing a bachelor degree in art history at Vassar College, she graduated from the Parsons School of Design in interior design and illustration, and later acquired degrees in music, first from the Juilliard School and then a doctorate of music from Université de Montréal. She is an opera singer, a jewelry designer, a businesswoman, a philanthropist. A strong patron of the arts, Sharon also sits on the boards of directors of many institutions, including the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the McCord Museum, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation, and the National Arts Centre, among others. And to add to her list of accomplishments, she is also the saviour of a chunk of Montreal’s architectural history. “In 2011, I fell in love with a mid-19th-century home that had been very neglected and desperately needed to be saved,” Stephanie Whittaker, Editor-in-Chief she says. Within four years, she had restored the soul of this exquisite home that is perched halfway up Mount Royal. It was profiled in the Summer issue of Montreal Home in 2015. IN THIS ISSUE, I have the honour and joy of Sharon’s most recent venture is a line of introducing Vancouver Home’s new associate furniture that she is designing. With a style publisher, Dr. Sharon Azrieli, who has a robust described as “sophisticated classical,” the pieces will be available in retail outlets within the next vision for the future of this magazine. “We want Vancouver Home to be the most few months. One intention that our new associate creative and innovative voice in interior design, the magazine that readers will look to when publisher has is to broaden the distribution of they want to beautify their homes … when Vancouver Home’s Chinese edition. Her plan is they want to know exactly what the trends are,” to distribute it in China. Sharon told me recently. When I visited Sharon two years ago in the With her illustrious background in the arts, home she had lovingly restored, I had the sense Sharon has a deep love of design and a reveren- that she rarely slows down; she seemed to be in tial respect for heritage architecture. constant motion.

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

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SUSAN KELLY It was a grand tour for writer Susan Kelly, who profiled four Vancouver-area homes for this issue. “Each one had a different starting point when it came to style,” she says. “One home took interior design cues directly from its contemporary architecture, while for another, it was prized Persian carpets and other precious heirlooms. The design of the other two homes was inspired by art: one from recently purchased works, the other from the homeowners’ love of Mondrian paintings. Though each one had a very different take, I think the endpoint is artful living.” Susan is a frequent contributor who specializes in style and decor matters.

NEGAR REIHANI Negar Reihani has more than 20 years of experience in the design industry, and is the founder and lead designer of Space Harmony. Her extensive experience in the luxury market – as an interior designer and home stager – has facilitated real estate transactions worth millions of dollars. Her work has been featured in many national and regional magazines, and she is the winner of the 2016 NKBA Designer of the Year Award. For this issue, Negar styled the interiors of a home that she designed. “I think there is a great harmony and balance between different elements in this house – from contemporary finishes to classic, intricate furnishings,” she says. “The final product doesn’t belong to a specific style group, and because of that, it will stay timeless.”

TRACEY MACKENZIE Tracey MacKenzie, Vancouver Home’s editorial manager, has more than 30 years of experience in the design field. So she enjoyed writing about blogger La Carmina for this issue. Vancouver-based La Carmina, who blogs about fashion and travel, loves Harajuku outfits and travelling to destinations that are off the beaten paths trodden by most tourists. “La Carmina brings a lot of visual flair to her work, whether she’s touring the Golden Temple in Myanmar or the Godzilla Hotel in Tokyo, or she’s dancing in the streets with William Shatner,” says Tracey.

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A West Vancouver home gives its owners vast windows on the landscape beyond

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A contemporary White Rock home reflects the natural beauty that surrounds it

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Blogger La Carmina chronicles the off-beat side of fashion, design and travel

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FAMILY HOME IN A HOT NEIGHBOURHOOD A Yaletown townhouse is given a unique and funky design for a young family

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REST, ROMANCE AND REJUVENATION This resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect getaway for respite and renewal

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16 THIS JUST IN A selection of new items for your home 32 ART BY DESIGN An interior designer uses a slow period to push her art career into high gear 42 FIVE-STAR STAYCATIONS A luxurious lifestyle-oriented backyard can make us stay home all summer 54 RELAX OR ROAM? This La Jolla resort offers everything from outdoor activity to kicking back and chilling

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

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78 RECOGNITION AT HOME The work of a Canadian artist, much loved in the U.S., is shown for the first time in Canada

An empty-nest couple buy a larger house to host their children and grandchildren

84 CLEAN CLOSETS Creating an organized home starts with cleaning out closets 86 FORGET THE RULES Designing a powder room allows one’s inner wild child to be set free 124 SEEN AND HEARD Tom Lee Music opens its flagship store in Vancouver

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IN LINE WITH THE GREAT OUTDOORS A White Rock home is designed to have maximum exposure to the views beyond PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL GRDINA

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WHEN YOU LIVE IN WHITE ROCK, it’s all about the view. But wait, that is not completely accurate. If the truth were told, it’s about how you get to see that view. Call it perspective. Or, in the case of this four-storey house set back from the shore, but with gorgeous sight lines of Boundary and Semiahmoo bays, call it a superbly appointed frame of reference. So how do you maximize that view while not distracting from it? That was the challenge interior designer Sarah Gallop, of Sarah Gallop Design Inc., faced when creating the look for this 6,000-square-foot home, built by Gallery Homes, that is carved into the hillside in the heart of this seaside community.

“We had to find a balance between being enough and not being too much,” Gallop says. “Everything can’t be the star of the show. You need certain focuses.” Adding to the challenge was the shape of the building: “It’s a typical White Rock house: narrow and deep. The difficult thing with these houses is the width,” she says, explaining the space measures only about 22 feet across. “The difficult thing is to make it feel open and spacious,” and avoid bowling-alley-style rooms. “We wanted to make it look appropriate in size and scale, and have it oriented toward the view, especially at the top level.” •

Although discreet, the main entrance features a six-foot custom-made mahogany pivot door. Inside, the floors, which run throughout, are walnut; the closet doors are made of dark-stained sapele wood.

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A patio area opens off each of the three top floors, offering views of the water.

Gallop created the main living room and kitchen on the upper level. This is also where the largest of the three outdoor patio areas is located. The aim was to ensure a sightline to the water and not compete with the view. Another element to juggle: the owner had not yet decided whether he was going to live in the house or put the property up for sale. “Because we didn’t know really who the end person would be, who would be living here, we had to make sure it had mass appeal and not hinder resale,” Gallop says.

In the kitchen, a Caesarstone quartz counter on the island has a seamless look thanks to the waterfall edge at both ends. Appliances: Thermador; pendant lights: Elan.

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She set out with a plan to set a transitional tone with contemporary detailing. “It was a mix between what the client was attracted to and what we thought would attract a broader audience,” she says. “Our colour palette was quite light and bright, except for the millwork and the floors.” The living room fireplace would be a focal point. Gallop put a Marquis by Kingsman zero-clearance linear gas fireplace in an impressive slab of Brazilian Arabascato blue marble. The surround is topped with sapele wood panelling in a dark finish and a decorative half-inch metal reveal. Although a prominent feature, it does not compete with the view. •

In the living room, the Kingsman fireplace from Vancouver Gas boasts an impressive surround of Brazilian Arabascato marble from Terrastone Industries.

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The office, located on the top level, has the same dark-stained sapele wood used in other rooms. Danolite double-drum light fixture: B.A. Robinson.

The steel-framed staircase has walnut floating treads and glass panels.

In the kitchen, what draws attention first are the circular pendant lights by Elan. Two hang over the island, one over the stairwell, which features a steel-framed staircase with walnut floating treads that match the floors. The kitchen’s island is topped in Caesarstone quartz with a waterfall edge. The backsplash is two-tone marble in a chevron pattern. The size, scale and distance between the quartz and natural stone elements prevented competition between these features, Gallop says. “That separation allowed these two elements to stand on their own and not compete.” The dark panel next to the refrigerator is a door that gives access to an enclosed spice kitchen.

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The vessel sinks and tub in the master bedroom’s ensuite bathroom are by Blu Bathworks. Faucets: Riobel; pendant lights: LBL Lighting.


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The house also includes a separate in-law suite with another kitchen, one bedroom and a full bathroom. In all, the house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, an elevator that serves all four levels, a media room with a 120-inch screen on the ground floor, a twocar garage, and a bar area with a climate-controlled wine cellar. “I think that there is a lot of house here, and it doesn’t feel like a really big house,” Gallop says. “It complements the view.” •

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A RT BY DESIGN An interior designer finds the right moment to exercise her gifts as an artist

PATRICIA GRAY HAS MADE A NAME for herself as an interior designer in Vancouver, building a career and reputation over a 40-year span. Casting an artist’s eye on kitchens, family rooms and entire homes, she has created living spaces that are works of style and function. And with the tools of her craft – colours, fabrics and furniture – she has used three-dimensional spaces as her canvasses. But serendipity happened in 2009 that added something special to her career. The financial slump that year brought with it a dramatic dip in the number of design projects, which gave the designer time to paint. Gray found herself with the excuse – or rather, the lack of an excuse – that finally enabled her to stop putting off what she had long thought of: tackling the challenges of a new canvas. •

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“Running a business, I never seemed to be able to create art,” she says. But when the recession hit: “I was sitting around in the eerie silence. I couldn’t do anything in interior design because of the economy. I didn’t have an excuse. Now, I had all the time in the world.” She had dabbled with painting over the years as a way to relax. But in 2009, she ramped it up. She took several courses at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and eventually converted the garage of her downtown Vancouver townhouse into a studio.

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“Now, I am pretty much able to paint full-time,” Gray says. She describes her work as “contemporary abstract impressionism.” She sells her work internationally, as well as through her website (www.patriciagrayart.com), to her interior design clients, and through other interior designers and architects. It’s an avenue that, as a designer, she had long identified as a niche that had demand. “One of the hardest parts was finding the right art for my clients,” Gray says, explaining the challenges she experienced while searching for the perfect pieces for the walls of rooms she had designed. “I could never find the right sizes. And if I found the right sizes, they weren’t the right subject matter. I needed big, bold statement pieces.” •

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Today, some of Gray’s design clients have collected seven or eight pieces of her artwork in their homes. But getting to this point, she explains, has been a journey of discovery and learning. “I wanted to be versed in all the mediums of paint,” she says. As a designer, she was adept at using fabric, furniture and lighting. As an artist, she had to become versatile with brushes, surfaces, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, and encaustics, which are a mixture of pigments and hot beeswax. And recently, she has added oil paints to her repertoire. “I wanted to learn thoroughly all the materials to express myself all the better,” she says.

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“Sometimes, people see totally different things than what I had intended.”

Gray has studied with other artists, including American Richard McKinley, a member of the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame at the National Arts Club in New York City. Her learning and experimenting is an on-going process. She acquires much of the inspiration for her pieces from her travels. A trip to Desolation Sound along the north coast of British Columbia, for instance, provoked and influenced some of her work. She attempted to capture the feelings that were stirred by the depth and luminosity of the water in this remote and pristine location. •

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When a client saw one painting that resulted from that trip, Gray explains, it conjured up memories of the person’s childhood, reminding her of where she had grown up in Nova Scotia. Gray was fascinated by how a piece of art inspired by a scene of the Pacific Ocean resonated and invoked memories of the Atlantic Ocean for someone else. “Sometimes, people see totally different things than what I had intended,” she says. “They fill in their own blanks. They can finish it off with their memories. I love that. I never correct them.”

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Gray recently sold a work composed of layers of gold leaf with a resin finish to U.S. billionaire businessman, conference speaker and author Jay Abraham for his office in Los Angeles. “I am quite honoured it will hang in a beautiful office space,” she says. “It’s quite exciting.” Owning original artwork is something everyone should experience, Gray says. “It’s an investment in your life and your lifestyle. It enriches your surroundings. Original art can be looked at over and over and over again. You get so much more energy and vibration from it. It’s an acquired taste, something everyone should experience.” •

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THE LUXURY THAT COMES with a five-star resort vacation and the convenience and sheer indulgence of having it all at home when you want it, and – let’s not be coy – to make an impressive statement when friends are over: Who wouldn’t want that? Walk into a backyard equipped with a hot tub, an infinity-edge swimming pool and a fire table, where the flame is flickering while the sun sets. You pour yourself a glass of wine, put the music on and sit back on a fully cushioned patio sofa. Sure, it was a tough day at the office, but the evening is all about kicking back and relaxing in a setting that puts a smile on your face.

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That’s what a lot of people are looking for, says Jon MacAulay, sales manager of Coast Spas Lifestyles, an outdoor lifestyles retailer in Langley that specializes in spas, patio furniture and backyard amenities. “We’re a destination for people looking to be current and get their backyards updated.” With housing prices on the rise and homeowners investing heavily in their principal residences, the idea of transforming an outdoor space into a well-appointed oasis is gaining traction. “It’s the staycation mentality,” MacAulay says. “You are reclaiming your yard, reclaiming your home.”


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“People want to increase the value of their outdoor living area and maximize its use,” he adds. And to do that they are designing backyard spaces with hot tubs, cooking islands, comfortable patio furniture and fire tables. “Everyone wants a fire table,” says MacAulay. “Turn it on, turn it off. There’s no need to deal with firewood. Homeowners want the convenience of stepping into the backyard to enjoy the ambience of their space.” There are many models of fire tables to consider – from coffee-table styles surrounded by comfortable chairs that create a conversation area, to full-size dining tables with a natural gas or propane fire pit in the centre to host a gourmet meal. And many can be customized, MacAulay says. Homeowners can select from an array of colours and tiles, surrounds and types of lava rocks or artificial logs.

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The other feature for the backyard: hot tubs. “Hot tubs are so popular,” MacAulay says. Coast Spa’s line-up includes swim spas, which are 12-to-19-foot units that provide a current, allowing the user to swim in place. These models offer the benefits of a pool and the convenience of a hot tub. And, MacAulay says, “you can take it with you when you move.” They’re also great for low-impact exercise workouts …. workouts, that is, in a five-star resort that’s right in the backyard. •

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Minimalism reigns in this highly designed West Vancouver home BY SUSAN KELLY • PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRIS ROLLET • STYLING: CLAUDIA LECCACORVI

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UPSCALE DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN UPTIGHT, as demonstrated by this laid-back West Vancouver home with very forward-looking style. The 6.000-square-foot house was designed by custom home designer Craig Chevalier for a family of four that included two children under age 12 and a chocolate Labrador retriever. “He very much captured that sought-after West Coast aesthetic, which we carried into the interior,” says interior designer Claudia Leccacorvi, a partner at Raveninside Interior Design, who with her husband and business partner Paul Mason designed the home’s interiors. “And it was designed to be lived in by a very lively family.”

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True to this style of home, the plans called for few exterior walls and many floor-to-ceiling windows on two storeys. They run double high in the living room, which has soaring ceilings that range from 14 to 19 feet, and patio doors that fold seamlessly out of the way. All that glass serves to let in as much natural light as possible and enhance the sense of openness to the surrounding green space. The idea was to maximize enjoyment of the inside-outside lifestyle that is becoming the norm for Vancouverites, says the designer. “A love of nature helps give West Coast interiors a distinct look and palette,” says Leccacorvi, “and people like earthy colours in their surroundings.”

Colours were chosen to echo the home’s beautiful natural surroundings. Here the vibrant blues of the sofa and silk rug seem to reflect sunlight dancing on the surface of the backyard pool. Sofa, coffee table and rug: Baxter; fireplace surround tiles: C & S Tile; chairs: Artisan.


The designers ran light grey wide-plank European oak hardwood flooring throughout; they were given an oil finish for a natural look. All millwork is of engineered veneer in a soft, smoky grey. Walls were painted a gallery white to show artwork to best advantage. The main f loor design calls for plenty of wide-open space, especially in the living room. A fireplace column, soaring 19 feet tall

and open on four sides, exploits the doublehigh ceilings to their fullest. The design duo ran a slab of basalt horizontally along the fireplace base, providing a seat in front of the fire. They covered the rest of the column with tile that emulates board-formed concrete so well, most people are fooled and surprised that it’s porcelain, says the designer. •

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“But once we had the bones of West Coast style – clean and tailored lines, natural materials with beautiful finishes – it was time for some fun, eclectic touches,” Leccacorvi says. For instance, the living room’s curvaceous and tufted blue sofa, 10 feet long, is intended to be a showstopper. Under it lies a blue silk rug with distinctive hand-knotted trim, which Leccacorvi notes reflects light and has a watery wave-like effect. A mirror-finish coffee table is flanked by two purposely mismatched side chairs, designed by Karim Rashid for the Artisan brand. The dining table’s slightly sprawling legs also have a ludic touch. Overhead hangs a light-weight metal chandelier with myriad lights, inconspicuous by day, spectacular by night. In a minimalist interior, what few decor elements there are need to be both special on their own and in synergy with what’s around, the designer notes.

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Minimalist lighting fixtures provide special effects by night while remaining unobtrusive by day. Dining area chandelier: Quasar; dining table: B&B Italia; bed: Twils. Original artwork in dining room and master bedroom by Tanya Slingsby.

The home has four bedrooms, one on the main floor, three on the upper. Each has an ensuite, with a bonus bathroom on the basement level. The master bedroom decor is surprisingly spare, as per the homeowners’ request. A painting by Vancouver artist Tanya Slingsby hangs over a low-slung leather-upholstered bed with naturally rumpled linen bedding. Two wood tables with unusual and curvaceous shapes stand on one side, a floor lamp on the other. •

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Serenity reigns in the master bathroom, thanks to a muted, neutral palette and mix of textures. On the wall behind the sink, the luxe look of board-form concrete was recreated with the use of more practical lookalike porcelain tiles. Wall tiles: Porcelanosa; floor tiles: Stone Tile; faucets and vessel sinks: Blu Bathworks.

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Like parents, designers are not supposed to play favourites. But Leccacorvi has a soft spot for the main-floor powder room, which doubles as a changing room for the swimming pool. Along one wall of the long narrow space runs an imposing vanity that appears to be a solid stone block but is made of thin vein-cut travertine slabs. A seamless sink-and-counter unit, the kind usually used atop a wood cabinet, is inset off-centre into the stone; a long frameless backlit mirror sits above it. Porcelain tile that has a linear stone-like texture was paired with 3D tile on the back wall to create textural interest. “It’s a quiet oasis off the pool during the day, but at night has a really cool nightclub vibe,” says Leccacorvi. “And it shows that even with very simple materials it’s possible to create very cool effects.” •

The homeowners’ love of minimalism and easy living carried over into the backyard pool area. Outdoor furniture: Viteo, courtesy of ROOM8.

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The Lodge at Torrey Pines offers serenity, natural beauty, and a gamut of activities

THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PROFESSIONAL GOLF KNOW IT. Seasoned destination shoppers who visit California’s La Jolla region keep returning to it. And outdoor enthusiasts who simply want to get away for a weekend of hiking, biking or paragliding have discovered it. It’s the Lodge at Torrey Pines. This relaxed, upscale 170-room hotel and resort was recently ranked among the top 120 hotels in the U.S., receiving a AAA Five Diamond Award in January. “There’s no pretentious attitude,” says general manager Bill Gross. Guests receive service that he describes as “confident, but in a very relaxed style.” •

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The location of The Lodge at Torrey Pines is one of its best assets. Set on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego, the seven-acre resort is adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Club, which hosted a Professional Golf Association event in 2008 and will welcome back the biggest names on the PGA tour in 2021. The property is also next to the Torrey Pines State Reserve, a 2,000acre natural preserve that includes miles of untouched beaches and a network of trails. The reserve, which offers guided nature walks, is also home to its namesake, the Torrey pine, a tree that is indigenous only to the immediate area and nearby Santa Rosa Island. The needles on this species of pine are uniquely formed in clusters of five. It was named in 1850, the year California became a state, after botanist John Torrey. This connection with nature is also part of the Lodge’s charm, Gross explains. The architecture of the hotel is styled in the turnof-the-century Arts and Crafts tradition. It’s one of the first things visitors notice. “The style of our property is such that the beauty of the wood brings the outdoors indoors,” he says. “There’s a sense of tranquility.” •

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“There are just so many activities to do here. It is what people live here for and travel here to do.”

But that sense of calmness has its counterweight: activity. “There are just so many activities to do here. It is what people live here for and travel here to do,” Gross says. “San Diego is a destination for running, biking and cycling.” It’s also a great place from which to visit nearby attractions. The Lodge is about five minutes from the Torrey State Beach and the La Jolla shore beaches. The Del Mar racetrack, which features thoroughbred horse racing from July to mid-September and during most of November, is nearby. And for those who are into hang gliding and paragliding – what Gross calls “one of the signatures of the area” – the Lodge is minutes from the glider port. Del Mar and La Jolla village areas are also popular shopping destinations. And not to be overlooked are the museums, the nearby SeaWorld and Legoland theme parks, and the Birch Aquarium. “There’s something for everyone here,” Gross says, adding that the resort offers a complimentary chauffeur service to take guests to and from a list of destinations in the area.

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IF YOU GO THE LODGE at Torrey Pines is in La Jolla, a 20-minute drive from the San Diego International Airport. Take Interstate highway 5 heading north to La Jolla and exit at Genesee Ave., which becomes North Torrey Pines Rd. IF YOU PLAN a round of golf, book early. The Lodge can offer guests priority tee times. The Torrey Pines Golf Course also offers club rentals if you are travelling without your golf equipment.

TAKE YOUR walking shoes to enjoy a hike through the Torrey Pines State Reserve. There are guided walking tours twice daily. Even those who are not conditioned for a vigorous hike, will enjoy the experience. DO CONSIDER an evening at the nearby La Jolla Playhouse, a Tony-award-winning professional non-profit theatre. Many of the productions staged here move to Broadway.

One thing that guests might not want to venture too far for, Gross says, is the food. The resort has two restaurants that are not just popular with guests but attract a large clientele of local residents, a testament to their quality, he adds. The Lodge’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien, is named after artist Albert R. Valentien, whose original paintings are on display throughout the hotel and restaurant. In fact, the works of a number of artists are featured throughout the resort, with the artists lending their names to the meeting rooms and conference halls. •

VISIT THE BEACH. Several beaches are nearby, including the Torrey Pine State Beach. They are not quite within walking distance, but drivers at the Lodge are ready to drop and pick up guests, free of charge.

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The other restaurant is The Grill, which features a 30-foot fireplace and rotisserie grill in the centre. “It’s the first thing you notice,” Gross says. “It’s massive. It’s almost big enough to be a lighthouse.” The wood-fired rotisserie produces a number of delectable dishes by head chef Jeff Jackson, a pioneer of what is known as the “farm to table” movement that draws on a tradition of preparing meals using the freshest items available according to season. Beauty, pampering, comfort and the paradoxical combination of serenity and activity make the Lodge at Torrey Pines a go-to destination in the San Diego region. •

The Lodge at Torrey Pines 11480 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, California 92037 858-453-4420 www.lodgetorreypines.com

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

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

TEAK A LOOK AT THIS The Teaka chair is made of 100 per cent teak with an eco-friendly resin webbing for the seating and back. A loose cushion offers added comfort. The wood will weather to a lovely silvery grey colour. Article www.article.com 888-746-3455

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

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

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

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BENCHED FOR HIGH STYLING

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

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

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LANTERNS STEAL THE LIMELIGHT

For a romantic atmosphere during al fresco dining, these teakwood lanterns cast a gentle illumination. Light the candles as the sun sets, and enjoy your meal. Anthropologie 2912 Granville St., Vancouver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Marinaside penthouse is stripped down to the concrete and beautifully reimagined BY SUSAN KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY: JANIS NICOLAY STYLING: ERICA SCHMIDT AND IVAN QUINTANA

AN 18TH-FLOOR PENTHOUSE in a coveted neighbourhood. Windows that extend 12 feet from floor to ceiling, the better to enjoy an enviable panoramic view. What more could anyone want? Much more, it seems, for the owner of this Marinaside-area condo. Especially since renovating and building projects is the main business of Al Dietrich of Reotech Construction. To entertain clients, there had to be a level of sophistication in keeping with the upscale area. But it was also to be a home for him and his wife Cindy. •

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(Above) The vibrant blue in the New Orleans street scene, painted by artist Vena, inspired the second-floor family room’s easy-going decor. In contrast, a more sophisticated and formal approach was taken in the living room (left).

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“Our challenge was to give the home some personality, reflect what makes them unique, while keeping a highly contemporary, minimalist look,” says Erica Schmidt, designer and partner at Medina Design House, who designed the home’s interiors with co-designer Ivan Quintana. The owner had his teams completely gut both floors of the 1,950-square foot condo. Almost nothing was kept from the original 2007 floor plan. Exterior walls were stripped back to the concrete and interior ones shifted, the three bedrooms and bathrooms were relocated. Ductwork was moved to extend ceiling heights. Only the kitchen remained in the same area because of the plumbing.

What went in: Dietrich wanted the very latest technology, in particular a very sophisticated smart-home system. From music to ambient temperatures to lights to security, everything can be regulated from a smartphone. All kitchen appliances are state-of-theart as well. Custom millwork was installed throughout and a grand open staircase connects the two floors. The canvas was prepared. “We worked a bit differently for this project, selecting big pieces for each room to make a statement rather than many smaller ones,” says co-designer Quintana, a partner at Medina Design House. “This was done with either furniture or artwork.” •

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Furniture was chosen as the defining element for the living room on the main floor. Open to both the kitchen and dining room, it is where Al and Cindy entertain the most. Focal is a 113-inch low-slung contemporary sofa that had to be custom-made in two pieces to fit into the elevator; it takes pride of place against one wall. In front of it sits an imposing coffee table, designed by Medina Design House, crafted of a rough-hewn slate slab mined on Vancouver Island. Italian black marble facing on the fireplace adds impact. Walls were kept white so as not to detract from the amazing views of the city; they contrast with wide-planked maple hardwood with a dark stain. “In such a large space, we felt it was important to select elements that had a presence without overwhelming or making it feel smaller,� says Quintana.

Custom pieces add distinctive touches. (Left) The living room coffee table was designed and crafted by Medina Design House of metamorphic slate from Vancouver Island. Dining table and credenza: designed by Medina Design House and fabricated by Jamie Douglas of Douglas Solutions in collaboration with Fine Line Metal. Framed photograph: Walking Man, Versailles, France, from Captured 52 Photography.

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The duo also designed the imposing dining room table and credenza. The sleek table seats six, and has no centre support or apron underneath. A local company fabricated the one-eighth-inch steel legs inset into the maple top, which was also crafted locally. Two very different materials used, yet the end result is totally seamless. A coordinated credenza was crafted of the same gray-stained maple and metal. Other elements, such as the Philippe Starck-design pendant light, were chosen to be unobtrusive and to allow the custom pieces to speak for themselves. “We like to support local trades and artisans, and enjoy the creative process of making one-of-a-kind pieces for our clients,” says Schmidt. “And buying local also means quicker delivery.” •

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A very personal work of art served as the design inspiration for the second-floor family room. The couple refer to it as the “Blue Room� after the painting by artist Vena that they purchased while strolling along a New Orleans street. The room is intended to be an informal space, where younger family members can feel comfortable. Off of it is the 850-square-foot patio that boasts panoramic views and a hot tub. One of two guest bedrooms is also located on the second level.

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For the main-floor master bedroom, the designers took their cues from a work by Richmond photographer David Burdeny called Rising Moon Maui. The duo found an Italian-made bed with the right lines, then designed custom cabinets to flank it, and topped them with the same granite that was used on the fireplace. Cindy had wanted a cowhide rug, but the black-and-white colour didn’t fit the subdued palette. Schmidt proposed an ottoman covered with cowhide, dyed in a soft grey to harmonize with the wood, an original solution the clients loved.

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But it wasn’t only big-picture thinking for the designers; the finer details were also important. They chose everything from wall sconces and bathroom mirrors with embedded lighting to hand soaps, towels and bed linens. “The first thing Al mentioned was luxury,” says Quintana. “And in the end, it’s the way all the elements, big and small, come together that create a home that’s both elegant and very liveable.” •

Original works add an artful final touch to the bedrooms’ decor. In the master bedroom (opposite, top), Rising Moon Maui, a photograph by David Burney, is positioned above the bed. The painting in the guest bedroom, (opposite, bottom) is a landscape (oil on canvas) by Zoë Pawlak. Hallway painting: Forces of Light and Dark (acrylic on canvas) by Sasha Rogers.

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AN ARTIST’S HOMECOMING U.S.-based Canadian artist James Verbicky exhibits his work for the first time in Canada

WITH HIS FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION IN VANCOUVER, which opened in April, Canadian mixedmedia artist James Verbicky marked a milestone, a sort of right of passage, if you will. His triumphant return home as an accomplished artist came after he’d made a name for himself abroad. It’s a familiar route for many in the Great White North’s art community. It makes recognition as a Canadian artist more than merely a function of his status as a native son, but a measure of appreciation of a tested creative force. “Canadians started buying my work once I was established down here,” Verbicky says during an interview from his home in California. His hope now is that his work will gain greater traction on this side of the border. •

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“If you look at my work, there are many messages in one piece.”

“He was so excited to show in Canada,” says Jennifer Kostuik, the owner of Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver, which hosted Verbicky’s exhibition and sells his work. She will include Verbicky’s work in her contribution to the Toronto Art Fair in October. Kostuik describes his work simply as “very cool.” “Graffiti art is really popular, and you can find that in almost any country … and collage work has always been popular … but his work is a combination of the two. It’s a time warp, but it’s also very current. It’s extremely current,” she says. Verbicky’s art reflects on the role media, advertising and branding play in attempting to inf luence and manipulate. He uses images and vintage magazine advertising to create three-dimensional works that are part collage, part painting and part almost sculpture. These abstract panels capture persistent messages and challenge viewers to see the influencing scripts differently. “If you look at my work, there are many messages in one piece,” Verbicky says. “It’s my voice. It’s my language – every piece I make. What I love to hear from collectors is that they are constantly seeing new things.” Each piece, he says, contains a cheeky message. “I want them to start thinking.”

Verbicky’s work has found a market with a number of celebrities in the U.S., including television personality Dr. Phil, designer Calvin Klein, supermodel Lara Stone and actors Cameron Mathison (All My Children), Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In the Middle). He also gained recognition in Europe when, in 2008, he was selected by the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts to be part of a juried exhibition at the Louvre in Paris, where one of his works was on display for a month.

The artist described that opportunity at the world-renowned gallery as a “once in a lifetime” experience that has left him with one regret: He sold the piece that was on display at the Louvre. “I should have kept it because it was stamped ‘From the Louvre,’ so it was priceless,” he says. •

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An Edmonton native who spent his teenage years in Victoria and then Vancouver, Verbicky always knew he was an artist, but he struggled to establish himself in his career. He moved to the United States in 2000. “I started out so small; my studio was so small,” he says. Back then, he worked on unstretched canvases because he could roll them up. But being in the U.S. without a green card added extra pressure. He could not take on odd jobs to support himself. This meant that he had to prevail as an artist. “I was put in a position where I had no choice but to succeed.” The situation had its obstacles, but the hurdles also served as opportunities. In his quest to obtain a green card, he met a few key people, including a lawyer who petitioned for his green card based on his talent. This process required that he solicit the support of several gallery owners who would write letters attesting to his contribution to the art scene. This, in turn, helped him make connections to get his work seen. Today, Verbicky’s success can be measured in several ways. It’s not all financial, although he admits he makes a comfortable living. “I know I’m successful as an artist, and I look at it from who is collecting me now,” he says. He did an exhibition last summer in Sun Valley, Idaho, that coincided with a big tech conference in the same town. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the King of Jordan as well as many titans of the tech industry saw his work. “Josh James came into the show and started pointing – ‘I will take that. I will take that,’ ” Verbicky says, explaining how the tech billionaire who founded firms including Omniture and Domo, bought several of his pieces. He likes that a growing list of high-profile people understand what he is doing and trying to say. Many of his works deal with influence. He mocks plagiarism. He calls out those he refers to as ‘sheeple,’ people who follow without questioning why. “I always thought of my work as branding warfare,” he says. •

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James Verbicky’s art is being exhibited at the Kostuik Gallery, 1070 Homer St., Vancouver. For information: 604-737-3969, www.kostuikgallery.com

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SPRING INTO GETTING ORGANIZED Cleaning closets of winter’s detritus can free up valuable time BY TRUDY KERMAN

SPRING IS A TRADITIONAL TIME of year in which to clear clutter from our homes. Slogging through a jungle of boots, shoes and clothing that has been accumulating throughout the winter can rob us of one of our most valuable commodities: time. If you’ve accumulated stuff that no longer serves you, and your closet is overdue for a clean-out, there’s no need to get overwhelmed by clutter. The right closet, properly organized, can be a solution to time-consuming searches for seasonal clothing. Seek the guidance of a professional, advises Tara Blanchet, design and sales manager of California Closets in Vancouver, a company that builds closets, cabinets and shelving. “The whole thing is about getting organized so our clients can find things,” Blanchet says. “We’re not (professional) organizational experts, but I’ve had to work with people who are too emotionally attached to their stuff. To get rid of things, I tell them to get a box, put in the things they want to keep but aren’t sure about, and close it up. Label what’s inside. If you don’t open it within six months to use what’s inside, drop it off at the Sally Ann or Value Village.”

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This mother of two small children knows a thing or two about tackling the stuff that proliferates in a home. She photographs her children’s art and puts it into an electronic album, such as Shutterfly, interspersed with photos of them. “Kids like to be organized. They love to see where their stuff is. When I design for kids, I use a lot of baskets and hooks. Drawers and shelves are low so they can help themselves to jammies and underwear. I’m building independent little people,” says Blanchet, who drew inspiration from her three-year-old daughter, who declared ‘I do it myself’ when she was being helped to get dressed one morning. Toy storage with desk-and-dresser combinations is in high demand in children’s rooms because their closets are often taken over by parents.

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“Part of the service we offer is the designer who wants to help the customer find their storage style. Some people like to have their jeans folded, on a shelf. Some like having them hung up. I like shoes on shelves above my hanging clothes, but some clients say: ‘I won’t put my shoes away, up there.’ So I move the shoe shelf to the bottom,” she says. “If you have a seasonal swap-out, you can adjust the space for storing sweaters on the shelves. I like to hang my t-shirts. I like to be able to see everything I’ve got at once,” she says. “A lot of clients say ‘I should have tidied up before you came,’ and I say ‘No. I need to see the chaos you live in so I can help.’ ” •

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FORGET THE RULES

Designing a powder room allows one’s inner wild child to be set free

DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF RULES? There are rules for everything. You can’t mow your lawn before 8 a.m. You can’t park there after 9. I’m sorry; you will have to shut off your phone. Please try us again later; our service desk does not take calls on Saturdays. Sign here next to the X. You can’t wear stripes with polka dots. Don’t even think of walking your dog without a leash. But what if there were a tiny space where there were no rules? Walk into the modern powder room. It’s where homeowners are being bold. It’s also where anything goes. •

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“With the rest of the house you don’t want to be too risky, but you can have more fun in the powder room.”

“It’s the room to have fun and express yourself with,” says Denise McIntosh, the owner and senior designer at Vancouver’s Genesis Kitchens & Design, which also specializes in bathrooms. “It’s closed off from the rest of the house. It’s a small space. If they want to express themselves, it’s the space to do it.” And how they are doing it, she says, is with textures, pops of colour and bling. “Wallpaper is coming back,” McIntosh explains. Specifically, textured wallpaper and textured tiles, with which to create a wainscotting effect. There are quite a few options to choose from, too. Wallpaper is also a way to play with colour, she says, adding that florals are coming back, as well as black-and-white patterns with a punch of colour. “A lot of it is not necessarily to be different. We don’t want to be too trendy. With the rest of the house you don’t want to be too risky, but you can have more fun in the powder room,” she says.

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Sleekness is in. Homeowners are embracing a contemporary aesthetic, says Donna Church, marketing and communications manager with Kohler Canada, the kitchen and bathroom fixture manufacturer. It’s all about minimal, timeless beauty. Church points to Kohler’s new line of faucets called Composed as the perfect example. All unnecessary details have been eliminated. “The Composed faucet is truly a work of art,” she says. “Its clean, timeless design and elegant lines embody the beautifully understated elements of minimalist design.” •

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However, when it comes to bling, the trend is toward chandeliers – small, space-appropriate models that are dainty – and fixtures in brushed golds and black. Vanja Santic, the owner of Vancouver design firm ROOM8, is seeing the return to wallpaper, too. She’s talking papers with big, bold design elements and bright colours. Homeowners are opting to go with a feature wall, using wallpaper with, for example, a 10-foot image of a koi fish, or a profile of a woman, or even a huge parrot. “It’s different. It’s very unique,” Santic says. Textured wallpaper is also gaining traction in powder rooms. “Some look like velvet. Some look like stone. Some look like silk. It adds a different dimensional item to the wall,” she says. Chandeliers with tiny LED bulbs can make an elegant addition to a small half-bath. Another option is black marble. Single slabs with gold veining can make a statement, Santic says. Or, go bold with a black marble Boffi vessel sink imported from Italy. •


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Hilda Zeinali, a production and design consultant with Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware Ltd., says she is seeing more mixed metals in powder rooms. Chrome and brushed nickel are being pushed aside in favour of brass, copper and black-finished fixtures. Even industrial-style plumbing fixtures are trending. “It’s not modern or traditional, but a cool in-between,” she says.

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Referring to f ixtures as the “jewelry of the bathroom,” Zeinali says they are going upscale. And that sometimes includes wall-mounted faucets. “Whether it’s modern or traditional, people really like the look of faucets coming out of the walls,” she says. This option also has the benefit of clearing up space on the counter. She admits, however, that it is really more a design option. “It’s being more unique.” •

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UPSIZING RATHER THAN DOWNSIZING

A retired couple buys a larger home to welcome visits from children and grandchildren BY SUSAN KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY: COLIN PERRY STYLING: NEGAR REIHANI

THEY WERE RETIRED, but downsizing was not an option for the owners of this North Vancouver three-storey home. There would be no two-bedroom condo for them. They commissioned a new single-family house with one-third more living space than they’d had previously for a total of 6,500 square feet. The blueprints called for three bedrooms on the second floor and another three in the basement. •

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“They wanted plenty of space so their three grown children and grandchildren could feel free to visit and would want to hang out,” explains interior designer Negar Reihani, owner of Space Harmony, whom the owners called upon to complete the home’s interiors. The couple wanted to live large when it came to the decor, too. Having tired of their former traditional and classic style, they instructed their designer to give every inch of the new home a contemporary and West Coast edge. Such an approach relies on incorporating natural elements, especially stone and wood. Reihani began by suggesting bleached, wirebrushed engineered oak flooring throughout, keeping the wall colour marshmallow white. In high contrast, a darker-toned wenge wood veneer was used on cabinetry in the kitchen and in the home’s five bathrooms. “In a large home like this one, combining different wood tones can add warmth to the space in a very inviting and chic way as long as you know how to mix and match them,” she says. Against the kitchen’s rich brown cabinetry, a mammoth 16-foot-long island makes a strong contemporary statement. Topped with white quartz and with a waterfall edge on both sides, it can easily seat all the grandchildren at once for breakfast. Solid sheets of white back-painted glass serve a s a moder n-look i ng back spla sh, a nd the lack of grout lines assures easy maintenance, another must-have. Off it lies a small family room with a TV and over-sized sectional for lounging. •

The contemporary and elegant kitchen is open to the family room and views of the Lions Gate Bridge, and inlet and mountains beyond. Range: Wolf; refrigerator: Sub-Zero; sink and faucet: Kohler.

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Early in the design process, the owners discovered they were unwilling to make as dramatic a break from the past as they had thought. So many items with sentimental value just couldn’t be discarded – from prized antiques, such as 18th-century French decorative vases to memorabilia collected during their travels. Reihani proposed adjusting the design approach. “In order to make the more traditional keepsakes blend, we went with very simple and clean lines everywhere as a backdrop,” she says. “So when they introduced their more ornate pieces, there would be a nice balance.” In the open-concept main floor, for instance, the dining area is defined by a large chandelier. It has a contemporary look, but

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is crafted from the traditional materials that the owners favour: crystal and brass accents. The square table under it says contemporary, yet the owners’ gold-trimmed antique china set does not look out of place. A prized Persian carpet enjoys pride of place in the living room. On it, two identical ivory sofas in a transitional style face each other, a placement that looks uncluttered and modern, the designer says. Reihani picked up on pink and peach tones in the rug to highlight the accessories. The room’s focal point, an elegant gas fireplace, takes on a contemporary edge with a long and linear look, while the Cristallo natural stone facing is pure elegance. •


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The original drawings called for a spiral staircase, which the homeowners later decided would not look contemporary enough. Designer Negar Reihani’s solution was to cover the floating risers and handrails with oak to match the flooring. She also added sinuously curving glass panels. Walls provide an elegant backdrop, covered in textured slate-coloured wallpaper, flecked with burnished gold.

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The main floor powder room also has a bold contemporary look. The designer solved the difficult window placement by centring a floor-to-ceiling column covered with a mirror. A glass-topped wenge cabinet seems to float in front of it, topped with a 36-inch rose granite pedestal sink. For contrasting texture, the walls are covered with a luxe-look

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grasscloth wallpaper in a graphite colour with subtle metallic undertones. “The finished home is understated and elegant, as they requested,” says Reihani. “And all their memories and beautiful things fit right in with the modern decor and a new lifestyle.” •

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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STAND-OUT STYLE A Yaletown townhouse is designed to be original but also a cozy family home BY SUSAN KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY: COLIN BILLINGHURST STYLING: AMBER KINGSNORTH

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YALETOWN IS HOT; it’s a neighbourhood that is home to some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, nightspots and boutiques. It’s also the place the owners of this circa-1990 two-storey townhouse call home. When it came time to renovate it though, a hipster vibe was not what they were after. “The couple insisted that the style reflect them and that it be a fun family home for their two toddlers,” says interior designer Amber Kingsnorth, principal at MāK Interiors of Vancouver. “They have sophisticated tastes, but didn’t want it to be stuffy or pretentious in any way.”

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What had to go: bland builder-standard finishings throughout. The kitchen’s flat-front maple cabinetry, brown-and-beige f lecked marble countertops, and aging appliances all spoke of a past era. And the massive fireplace in the living room with its Mediterranean-style stucco facing, seemed out of step with the times. The designer also improved the main floor layout of the 1,900-square-foot home. The location of the living and dining rooms was switched, placing the latter off the kitchen. Working with contractors Boyes Brothers Construction, Kingsnorth had a set of French doors removed to keep an open hallway leading into the living room, which in turn opens onto a 1,000-square-foot patio. Two bedrooms, a den and a playroom are located on the second floor. •

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New f looring – spectacular at that – was one of the first things Kingsnorth changed. Now running throughout both storeys, it is what first captures the eye when one enters the home. “The owners wanted something with a lot of variation, and I went through tons of samples without finding ‘the one,’ ” says Kingsnorth. “In the end, I went to a mill in the Okanagan to have it custom-made.” Urban Acre Flooring crafted the striking engineered hardwood planks of eight types of wood: black walnut, white and brown maple, white and red oak, two types of hickory, and an exotic wood from Africa called sapele. Unusual flooring, this time hand-painted tiles, adds a distinctive touch to the new three-piece bathroom on the main f loor. It was a must-have because the home originally had only one bathroom, which was on the second floor. Now there is a full shower, and a vanity made of a Mid-century Modern-style cabinet topped with a sleek vessel sink. But it’s the tiles that really add punch. Each box of the Italian-import tiles contains a gradient of blues and greens, says the designer, which are arranged to create various effects. “Many clients would have found them too crazy,” she says, “but the tiles suited the homeowners’ sense of fun and wanting something different.” • (Above) A discreet door off the living room leads to the powder room. Rug: Flor; chairs: West Elm; hassock: Via; sofa: Nathan Anthony. (Opposite) Built-in cabinets flank the living room fireplace and help contain children’s toys and other clutter. Artwork: prints by Molly M Designs.

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The couple also have a passion for Mid-century Modern furniture. In the living room, the designer created an architectural feature inspired by the style to showcase their favourite pieces. A series of maple slats is aligned in parallel strips up the fireplace wall and across the ceiling. The pergola-like feature artfully defines the space, at the same time creating a sense of airiness and intimacy. Built-in cabinets flank the fireplace to contain the clutter, which is inevitable with small children in the house. The natural wood features provide a counterpoint to the colour scheme, also in a Mid-century Modern theme. Here the homeowners instructed their designer to use the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian as inspiration. This meant the use of bold lines and a neutral palette of white and black, punctuated by the three primary colours: yellow, red and blue. The approach is most apparent in the kitchen, where striking blue cabinetry predominates. The cabinets’ clean lines are enhanced by wood edging, a line of exposed plywood trim. They contrast beautifully with the new stainless steel appliances, pale grey quartz countertops and the backsplash with its tiny linear glass tiles. Distinctive details help pull the look together; the bold white handles on the blue cabinets echo the white upper cabinets. Tomato-red counter stools and faucet add splashes of primary colour. Practical considerations, such as storage, were also addressed. Since the couple dislike small appliances on the countertops, there is a built-in coffeemaker. A portion of the tall blue cabinet was especially designed to house Vitamix machines that the health-conscious couple use every day. Sliding drawers make it easy to access them.

But it’s what you do see, the one-of-a-kind custom touches, that really make this home stand out. “The homeowners were really open to original ideas,” says Kingsnorth. “And in the end, it paid off, as they now have a place that is not only truly unique and stylish, but also feels like home.” •

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MUSIC IS IN THE AIR

Tom Lee Music opens its flagship store in Vancouver BY SUSAN KELLY

JUST IN TIME FOR the summer music festival season, Tom Lee Music threw a big bash over the June 3 weekend. What grander way to open a state-of-the-art flagship store in the rejuvenated Vancouver Centre Cinemas building? Among the activities: classical pianist Jenny Lin was one of the headliners performing live at the new venue, which included rocker Shaun Verreault, jazz boogie-woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer and a host of other artists.

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The party may be over, but not the excitement. Any visit to the new store can feel like an event. There’s a lot to take in – an inspiring and beautifully designed feast for the eyes with soaring ceilings and special acoustic zones for the ears. “We have proudly created a new space that redefines what a music store can and should be,” says Graham Blank, vice president and director of Tom Lee Music. A lot has changed in the music world since the company first opened its doors as a piano store in 1969, he says. The way we make music, from the instruments we play to the tools we record with, has evolved dramatically. And so a great deal of floor space is devoted to advances in music technology: the latest synthesizers and other digital equipment, plus interactive displays to explore them. And, since they are increasingly inseparable for some, integrated sound and video technology. But the acoustically inclined also will feel at home here. After all, Tom Lee Music is one of the largest retailers of musical instruments on the continent. The new flagship Vancouver store also continues to carry an unmatched collection of rare and one-of-a-kind instruments, including signature-edition guitars, custom art case pianos, and folk instruments. The tradition of representing all categories of musical instruments and equipment continues, along with options to make them affordable, such as sales and financing.

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“We have proudly created a new space that redefines what a music store can and should be.” There’s a lot going on at the 728 Granville St. store on any given day. Those who missed the inaugural concerts can take in more to come in the integrated 70-seat stage. They can also catch performances on the patio as part of several summer festivals. Just want to dash in for new guitar strings or sheet music? The innovative centre was designed to create a flow to guide one’s steps.

It’s easy to find a niche, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a parent looking to get your child’s first instrument. “Whether a n a spir ing musicia n or professional artist, customers will find the products and tools they want at their fingertips,” says Blank. •

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AN ARTIST’S HOMECOMING Kostuik Gallery www.kostuikgallery.com 604-737-3969

A CLEAN SLATE Medina Design House www.medinadesignhouse.com 604-398-2668

Craig Chevalier Custom Home Designs www.chevalierdesigns.com 604-987-9365

FORGET THE RULES Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware www.cantubathrooms.com 604-688-1252

ART BY DESIGN Patricia Gray, Artist www.patriciagrayinc.com/art.php 604-681-6523

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IN LINE WITH THE GREAT OUTDOORS Sarah Gallop Design Inc. www.sarahgallop.com 604-952-4448

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