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In 2005, we published our first edition for
Pie Media Group. It was a clear vision of what I wanted the future to look like.
This issue celebrates an evolution. It is a multi
cover issue that will guide you to discover more about relaxed luxury lifestyle and design.
With this part of Pie Digest, you embark on
a new experience as we journey into the stories and values of designers and brands. Fashion designer, Stella McCartney teams with Adidas to get women outdoors with her active wear collection, while SGC bikes redesigns the bicycle with the revolutionary Celaris.
We've captured and share in these pages the
spirit of designers working in our community
and beyond like Madison Taylor with her firm's
taking a small space and refreshing it with a hint
integrated designs, Caroline Harrison with her
of organic modernism and motivation using
comfortable and luxe decor tips, and
custom made reclaimed wood furniture and
Samantha Thomas who creates spaces that
objects, lime paint, innovative lighting,
resemble boho elegance. All three designers will
succulents and of course outdoor heaters.
inspire you with their style and expertise.
not have it all and get out on the lakes with
Further, we detail the homebuilding history
The Pie team had fun doing a cottage restyle,
And, if the cottage is ready for a social why
of Pratt Homes and help launch their family crest
Executive Yacht Canada and experience
and motto: Welcome to the family. Meanwhile,
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like pumpkin patches, skating ponds, and corn
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like industrial designer Karim Rashid, who
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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
THE PRAT T HOMES LEGACY
Pratt Homes is a legacy business that has been building homes of all shapes and sizes for everyone no matter what stage of the family life cycle they're in: from childhood to retirement years. The family's tradition of building in Barrie, Ontario started in 1890, and has continued for six generations.
Don Pratt is a Barrie boy, born and raised.
Barrie, Ontario is a thriving real estate market located 45 minutes north of Toronto. Much like the previous generations of his family, Don spent the majority of his life in construction in the Barrie area then passed the family building legacy on to his daughter Karen Pratt-Hansen and son-in law Heljar Hansen.
Don recounts a grade school memory of
being surrounded by peers as his teacher asked questions about career dreams. As the teacher went through the questions, Don didn’t raise his hand. The teacher asked him directly, “What do you want to do, Don?” He simply responded, “I want to build homes.”
The Pratt family has been building homes
in Barrie since 1890 but the company namesake Pratt Homes was founded by Don in the early 1970s. At the heart of the company is building attractive and affordable homes to help people achieve homeownership.
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photo: brandon smith
The Pratt family legacy began when Stephen
Karen Pratt-Hansen and Heljar Hansen are
Pratt emigrated from England in 1890 and
positioned beside each other prepared to recollect
constructed two houses in the Cundles Heights
memories of the pinnacle moments that built the
area of Barrie. Don was inspired by past family
foundation for The Pratt Hansen Group.
generations building new homes. When he took over the family business in the mid ‘70s, he evolved
THE EARLY YEARS
from building houses to creating communities.
Don and his wife Chris Pratt started Pratt
when discussing her childhood in construction.
Homes in their basement. They created the logo
“The family has always been in construction. It’s
and began a new legacy. They carried on the Pratt
been my life. It’s what I know,” says Karen.
family business by growing it and becoming the
largest builder in Barrie. To this day, Pratt Homes
the family business. She remembers her Mom as
continues to be a family business that creates
the chief cook and bottle washer who kept things
meaningful communities while supporting
on track. When Chris was book keeping, Karen
industries, families, charities and organizations.
would wander in and play on the adding machine,
making for a cute distraction. “My Mom was an
Karen and Heljar sit in the boardroom at Pratt
Karen Pratt-Hansen has a proud demeanor
Karen has fond memories of growing up in
Homes’ Head Office. The entire office is meticu-
integral part of Pratt Homes, as well as teaching
lously designed including photography from Peter
me about business,” says Karen. “She showed me
Lik in every room. There is a gorgeous reclaimed
how to dress professionally because a Pratt Homes
barn wood table; wood acquired from the Pratt
representative must care about their presenta-
family farm. As you enter the boardroom you’re
greeted by a picture called Sacred Sunrise taken
of Cayonlands National Park in Utah. The photo-
they asked for a withdrawal from the bank of Dad.
graph commands your attention.
The result was different than anticipated.
When Karen and her brother were younger
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“Mom and Dad gathered up cleaning materi-
Karen wanted to put down roots where her
als, put us in the car, stopped at one of our model
family created a legacy. Karen and Heljar made the
homes and said they’d be back once it’s clean.”
decision together; they would take the risk.
The Pratt’s had a family tradition. They were
first to see new model homes. Proudly they walked
A NEW ERA
through the home their Dad built, praised the
gorgeous decorating their Mom did, then played in
ber of 2002. Heljar remembers it well saying it
the kids room.
snowed five straight months. They returned home
on Friday, then Monday started at Pratt Homes.
Karen remembers her parents steering her
Heljar and Karen moved to Barrie in Novem-
towards the family business. “Even when I was
thinking about practicing Law, my parents encour-
introduced him to the Site Superintendent: “Meet
Don drove Heljar to the construction site and
aged me to be a Real Estate Lawyer.”
my Son-in-Law, teach him about building.” Judging by the look on the Super’s face, Heljar was pos-
HOW IT STARTED FOR THE PRATT-HANSEN’S
itive Don hadn’t informed him until that moment.
Karen embarked upon a journey most students
“When we came back from Australia, we were
dream of and attended University in Australia.
learning the business. Dad was still running things.
Her major was Law. During her schooling, Karen
The goal was to take over but we didn’t want the
met and fell in love with her husband Heljar
learning curve to be too much,” said Pratt-Hansen.
Hansen, a Norwegian descendant who obtained
Karen and Heljar wanted to ensure the ownership
his Australian residency to get his MBA and minor
transition didn’t have a negative impact on the
in computer sciences.
Unfortunately, in early 2002 Heljar
Heljar continued Karen’s point, “We jumped
experienced the devastating loss of his mother.
into the deep end of the pool. We knew we could
Heljar and Karen went to Norway for the
handle the challenge, we’re not afraid of hard
funeral. “It was a very sad time for my family. We
work but to be honest, we felt overwhelmed.” The
honoured and celebrated my mother’s life,” said
family worked together to make the transition as
Heljar. While in Norway, Karen received a call
seamless as possible.
from her parents sending their condolences and
asking if they could stop in Barrie on their way
head office. She wasn’t sure of her Dad’s plan but
back to Australia; Karen and Heljar agreed. It was
Karen recollects forcing her way into the payables
during the stopover that Don and Chris Pratt
department; “I was a qualified lawyer so I wanted
expressed that retirement was on the horizon and
an immediate challenge,” she says with a brief
Karen, Heljar and Karen’s brother should be their
laugh. Karen had grown up working around the
family business so even though she was nervous
she felt comfortable.
There wasn’t one particular moment that
After dropping Heljar off, Don took Karen to
defined them taking over Pratt Homes — it was
a process. “We were both thinking about living
field Links. I had an entire house to myself.” Han-
in Australia. Karen had applied for her residency
sen was responsible for everything from sched-
and I already had mine. We weren’t considering
uling trades to constructing certain things. “I did
moving to Barrie and running the business,” said
construction growing up. I was also in the army.
I am detail oriented so my first house was likely
Karen continued, “I loved living overseas but I
missed my family. I missed Barrie. It was my home.”
Heljar was learning quickly, “I worked at Bay-
But Hansen was reminded to be more efficient
“We hadn’t been building that long and it al-
if he was going to finish the rest of the site, on
ready felt repetitive.”
create a community with a unique identity.
Karen continued to learn managing the
They wanted to innovate, be memorable and
business while Heljar was studying construction
leading a 48 townhouse development. Then
ney Opera House; it’s where Heljar proposed and
Karen and Heljar worked with the sales manager
our daughter is named after the city.” The grand
learning the system that drives the machine.
vision for the two homebuilders was a community
inspired by art.
“In the early years we did everything,”
Karen mentions, “we were inspired by the Syd-
says Karen. “During the week at head office,
on the weekend at the sales office handing
Station property, we knew it was a main corridor
to Barrie and the perfect place for public art. Then
we met Ron Baird and he got us inspired.” Ron
Heljar steps in and mentions, “We even
Heljar joins in: “When we acquired the Yonge
cleaned houses before Pre-Delivery Inspections.” It took under two years for the Pratt-Hansens to transition ownership of the family business to the Pratt Hansen Group. They laugh about not having an office for the first few years. THE PUBLIC ART PEOPLE
The Pratts and
Pratt-Hansens strongly believe in philanthropy. Don and Chris Pratt are
supporters of Royal Victoria Regional Health Cen-
Baird is the artist behind Barrie’s famous public
tre (formerly RVH), as well as many other chari-
art piece The Spirit Catcher, installed at the city’s
ties and organizations. “My parents are passionate
about medicine and health care. The entire family
has a passion for it,” says Karen. However, the
or more pieces. It was fun. We got really involved.
Pratt-Hansens focused their philanthropy toward
We went to the studio where Ron produced the art
arts and culture in Barrie. “As individuals we are
and watched.” Heljar finishes by saying, “there is
passionate about different things. Heljar and I
a parallel between building a community and art.”
have a love affair with art.
Yonge Station’s feature piece is the Spirit Clock,
cousin to the Spirit Catcher which connects the
“It really began after we acquired the Yonge
Karen continues, “It went from one piece to 14
Station property,” says Karen. Yonge Station is a
south end of Barrie to the waterfront.
condominium development in Barrie, ON.
Yonge Station gave the Pratt-Hansens a taste
Karen and Heljar are passionate about the
of implementing public art into a community but
future. Heljar says, “The fact that the brand
they wanted more.
has evolved says something about the business,
because we’ve changed.”
The Gallery Condominiums, located on Essa
Road in Barrie is where the Pratt Hansen Group
would change the skyline forever by partner-
logo because her dad created it — but she has con-
ing with local, female Anishinaabe artist Aylan
fidence, “The way the community has embraced
our new direction has given me great comfort.”
After winning a global award for her work,
Karen had a great attachment to the previous
Karen and Heljar are doing things the Pratt-
Aylan Couchie won the opportunity to have her
Hansen way. “We love change. We love doing
art installation H.I.O Big Chiefs lifted 70 feet into
things new, different and better. That has been a
the air and secured to the roof of a condominium
philosophy of ours but it was different when we
evolved the brand. The logo was a foundation of
what previous generations built before us,” says
As the Pratt Hansen’s continue to solidify their
family legacy as home builders they parallel it
Karen. Heljar continues, “but just because the logo
with their passion for the arts.
changes doesn’t mean the foundation changes. We’re an innovative company that makes fresh
A LOOK TO THE PAST
new changes but we also believe in tradition.”
Several things change when building homes
The Pratt Family Legacy became the Pratt-
for six generations like materials, methods and
Hansen family legacy. Karen and Heljar hope
standards. However what stayed the same is the
their kids will continue the family business. Both
family’s passion for building homes for families.
kids attend community opening and closing
It’s interesting to consider what previous
events as well as clean homes before pre-delivery
generations would think of the family’s progress.
inspections. When it comes to the next generation
“I think if Stephen Pratt walked out of 1890, he
of Pratt Homes the preparation work is happening
would be shocked about how fast we can make it
with Mom and Dad’s help.
all happen. He would be proud he started it.” says
them but hopefully they’ve seen what we do and
what we’ve done,” says Heljar. “We’ll support
Karen Pratt-Hansen thinks for a brief moment
“We can only hope … we’re not going to force
then says, “He would never imagine that two
them in whatever they want to do but hopefully
homes would evolve into what it has…” She
they want to build.”
continues, “he would be proud that 125 years ago
he ignited a passion in six generations of family.
go off in their own directions and pursue their
We can all be so lucky if future generations of our
own paths, but if one day they get a feeling in their
family are inspired to follow in our footsteps.”
gut and remember what it was like to be a part of
Karen feels similarly: “I think, like us, they may
what we’ve done, we hope they come home to the A LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Karen and Heljar are leading Pratt Homes
during exciting times.
The company is designing a new product line,
preparing to launch new communities and just released their new brand.
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THE ELEVATED CATERING EXPERIENCE Chef Marco Ormonde by
Dave Gordon | photo Jennifer Klementti
Headed by internationally renowned chef and
Anything. We can go to people’s homes and cook
owner, Marco Ormonde, The North is Barrie’s re-
for ten people having fun, or cater for up to four
laxed dining destination.
hundred people at a big event. Wherever you want:
we can go to your cottage, your house, as far as
Those who have been guests at The North
already know Chef Marco invests his deepest pas-
anywhere in Muskoka to Toronto. With catering,
sions in his food creations.
they get the same quality and hospitality they do
with my restaurant.
That love of creating stunning food is mani-
fested in his versatile and eclectic menu, featuring
quality ingredients that become dazzling plating
fish. I make a great venison stew, and a great moose
With his signature skill and ingenuity, guests
What is something extravagant you like to cook? Different wild game – venison, moose, and
are treated to what can only be described as an
elevated dining experience.
can walk around with hors d'oeuvres.
In 2017, The North celebrated ten incredible
What’s trendy in the food scene these days? Instead of sitting down to eat a meal, you
years, and continues to delight guests with exhil-
Especially if you’re serving food at the cottage,
arating culinary journeys, both in the restaurant,
with many people who just want to walk and eat.
and off site catering.
A couple answers from Chef Marco…
When did you discover your love for making
Two ingredients you can't live without? Garlic and ginger.
How would you describe your style?
I live off of improvising. I don’t like to
make the same thing twice. My biggest goal is I have been cooking since I was 8 years old,
providing the best experience I can provide to my
with my grandmother.
guests. And whether catering or at the restaurant,
guests are treated as though they were in my own
How would you describe the idea behind your
We can cater to whatever your needs are.
We can make whatever you need us to make.
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Coffee COCKTAILS by
Tamara Rossignol | photos Scott Cooper
Reaching for caffeine has slowly transitioned from a morning ritual to an adaptable solution for an afternoon pick-me-up, social excuse, and beverage experience worth perfecting. Many trends have come and gone when it comes to the classic 'hot cup of joe' but the following timeless tweaks to regular java are sure to be sticking around.
Maintaining traditional flavours is at the
heart of any coffee trend and nitrogen cold brew coffee is hitting its mark. With rising popularity, nitro cold brew is becoming the new summer go-to perk-up beverage and is available locally at Ashanti Coffee in Collingwood during the summer months. Infused with tasteless nitrogen gas, this iced coffee alternative is poured from a tapped keg creating the appearance of a Guinnessstyle stout with the creamy smoothness of a full fat cappucino, sans guilt.
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Served without ice and unsweetened, this is
With the added immune benefits of zinc found
an unexpectedly smoother textured cold coffee
in maple syrup and the necessary protein offered
experience great any time of the day.
from the chia seed, Ripe has created something you
can truly feel energized about.
Finding a place for coffee outside of daytime
hours is a unique challenge but nonetheless totally
do-able with this next option. Meeting up with
the conventional coffee flavour that many of us love
friends for dinner on the garden patio of Urban
and crave. Whether sitting down to sip something
Dish sets the stage for a great Friday evening filled
indulgent or stopping in for a quick lift, these on-
with fabulous food and expertly crafted cocktails.
trend coffee mods are sure to take up a role in your
summer social events, mid-afternoon pick-me-ups,
Whether it be the in-house Dishtini or classic
These inventive alterations have maintained
Espresso Martini, the mingling of sweetness and
and perfect morning send-offs. When it comes to
rich espresso depth stylishly offered up give the
caffeine, know where to get your fix.
feeling of sexy elegance with every sip. Kevin, the on-staff mixologist, not only gives you the extra jolt needed to carry you through your evening, but makes the preparation of this perfectly executed drink seem effortless and fun.
Staying motivated through the daily grind is
accomplished much more easily with the help of a little liquid boost. Ripe Juicery in Barrie has made it convenient to get the stimulant you need in their version of the classic latte without needing to throw your summer body goals away. The Cashew Latte is a perfect blend of low-cal cashew milk, cold brew coffee, chia seeds, and a hint of maple syrup. Despite this being a healthier alternative to an iced latte, the flavour is not lacking in creamy indulgence.
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“Being on the water is a beautiful place. Those who haven’t experienced it can’t really know that feeling"
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passion on the water by
David Silverberg |
So says Derek Mader, President and co-founder
As to what can be customized on their
of Executive Yacht Canada, which describes
boats, customers can modify everything from
itself as a “yachting experience company.” Mader
countertops to bow design to the technology
is enthusiastic about boating because he truly
embedded in the boat. “Customers want to build
gives off an aura of someone deeply passionate
their boats, and it’s their dreams not ours, and we
about being on the water. It is that love that is
are here to help facilitate those dreams,” Mader
encouraging him and his staff to work diligently to
bring customizable yachts to Canadians.
the living areas inside and out with different
Instead of selling to customers boats
He adds the firm has had clients personalize
immediately in front of them, Executive Yacht
seating and lounging arrangements quite different
Canada allows clients to customize what they want
from the normal set-up. “We’ve had clients request
on their vessel. Mader encourages his customers
specific stone from particular quarries around the
to tailor their yachting experience to what fits for
world,” Mader says. “We’ve painted boats to match
them and their lifestyle.
their favourite car or personal item. On larger
yachts the conversation of hot tubs comes up often.
“People don’t want to invest in something that
isn’t personalized,” says Mader, comparing what
It’s a very desirable feature.”
his firm does to a car dealer that can add or modify
the purchased vehicle. “There are no cookie-
emotional experience and buyers want to match
cutter boats here.” He adds, “We don’t just sell
their personality to the brand of boat that fits their
customized boats. Customization is something we
stand out for, and so we are different than the rest
of the marine industry.”
to gauge which boat is right for them, what makes
yachting so appealing?
Executive Yacht Canada, based in Toronto,
Mader believes “A yacht purchase is an
But even before someone steps onto a marina
has partnered with some of the leading brands in
boating, such as Sunseeker, Frauscher, Benetti,
a passenger, to being mobile versus being in a
Carver, Azimut, Marquis, Everglades, Vanquish
fixed position. Some families invest in cottages,
and many more.
but Mader has noticed his clients don’t often enjoy
just staying in one place, like a Muskoka cottage.
Boat size can vary, from a 21-foot centre
Mader equates boating to being a driver versus
console up to 200 feet and beyond.
Rather, they can be drivers, instead of passengers,
when they vacation in a yacht. “You get to change your scenery on a whim,” Mader says.
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That kind of flexibility is attractive to Ontarians
“Anyone who’s played Pacman can dock a
who want to see more than lakes and the usual
boat,” he adds.
an in-house captain. There is no charge to those
Also, Executive Yacht Canada yachts can be
Executive Yacht Canada also offers training via
fitted with high-tech solutions ideal for boating
who purchased a vessel through the company, and
beginners. “My kids can dock boats up to 70 feet
the training duration is a reflection of the client’s
without any training at all, thanks to what we have
on board,” says Mader.
into the celebrity level, with Mader adding how
He refers to the popular Skyhook or DPS
As expected, the company’s clientele can veer
(Dynamic Positioning System) GPS technology
some of their customers are major league athletes
found in the marine industry. Using a boat’s GPS
who often need to be mobile with their summer
system, it can pinpoint the yacht’s exact position
homes, since they may get traded from one team to
and moves the drives independently to maintain
the next within a year.
the correct heading and it’s ideal for holding
over a hot fishing spot, waiting for the locks or
compared to the familial feel of cottaging, with
drawbridge to open.
neighbours surrounding your home, but Mader
counters that argument by saying “Boating is a
Joystick controls are now common on boats,
You might think boating is a solitary experience
although the classic wheel mechanism is still
very social community. The marina can be a hub
available. "Using a joystick benefits the rookie
for many boaters. So, you’re not on an island when
boater immensely," Mader says.
you get into boating.”
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CRAIG BUSCH Everything is Design photos
“Design is everything and I love to create. It's
“I see different styles and designs when I
what gets me up in the morning."
travel. I take time looking at what I like and don't
like and sometime later on, either subliminally
Craig Busch has had a love of business for as
long as he can remember despite taking Political
or consciously, pulling that contact back and
Science at York in his younger days. His passion
incorporating it back into a new innovative
for recycling was evident from a young age too,
and he finds it amusing that this is where he has
made his mark.
invigorating when I'm working on the business
rather in the business.”
“I remember collecting all our cans and stuff
"At this stage in our growth, I find it more
as a kid back in the ‘70’s,” says Busch. “We would
drive out to the nearest landfill and sort them
information is another key to Busch’s success.
into the appropriate bins. I’ve been doing it since
before it was the thing to do; now I just want
Information is everything. Working smarter is
to make sure that everyone is drawn to doing
better than working harder and you cannot do that
it and making sure it’s not only accessible but
without knowledge. It’s a good thing my CEO and
eye-catching. I love to focus on integrating both
innovators groups keep me in line and up to date.
function and design by combining new processes
Learning from other CEOs has been invaluable
with new materials.”
and it's my role to bring that key learning back to
His way of thinking is Blue Sky; or, imaging
While travel is great for inspiration, “I like to stay current with my knowledge base.
what could be...
But, design is what supercharges Busch.
"I create. That's my word. What word gets me
Design elements are very important to Busch,
who finds inspiration for those elements from his
up in the morning? Create. I make progress on
creating something every day.
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We get there with a team of over 80 people. I
take this responsibility very seriously. I feel really good about what we do."
Sounds hectic! How does he know when to
“Sometimes it's hard. You are like a hamster
on the wheel going hard. Again, that’s why travel is important; to step away and see it different than when I was in it. Sometimes I step away and come back to it and the solution will crystallize,” Busch says, before adding, “Best advice I have is to be calm and stay present. I always feel I should be somewhere else, but I try to stop and be present with what I am doing in this moment." pie:
What’s are your ideal modern luxuries?
Nice towels and a variety of juices in the
fridge. Good bed linens and nice soap in the shower. And a good coffee in the morning. The French press replaces all coffee makers. Beach front in the Eleuthera, Bahamas. pie:
What do you value most?
Shared creativity. It is fun for me to get
Here are some important truths he has learned
around a table in our company and brainstorm
with bright people.
1. Only keep the things you love.
I’m an aspiring minimalist. If I’m not in love with
What would you say are the best life lessons
it, I get rid of it.
2. Recognize that there will be times of imbalance.
Surround yourself with really good people,
the right suppliers, the right customers. Every
Becoming great at something—a business, a skill,
single day; stretch, meditate and be present, focus
etc.—takes time, usually lots of it. If you want to be
on my contribution rather than productivity. My
great at something understand there will be times
reminder: quality vs. quantity. We are all about
of imbalance, particularly when you’re young
knocking stuff off the list. Sometimes we need to
in your career and trying to make a name for
focus on making our best contribution by doing
yourself. The hardest thing is learning when it’s
the right thing at the right time.
time to slow down, reassess and rebalance.
3. Hold yourself accountable and do what is really
Best advice for being a boss?
I have realized that if it's clear to me, I need
important. I like to ask myself, "What’s the most
to make it clear to my staff; why we need to do
important thing I should be doing right now?" Do
this, how they are important in it, and making the
not mistake busyness or just knocking things off
time to think about it and make it happen.
your to do list for real productivity.
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SGC BIKES Passion Project by
Shawn Gibson | photo Jeff Buchanan
SGC Bikes didn’t just make a new bike, they
used in the design and construction of planes.
revolutionized the bicycle and feel that once
you’ve ridden a Celaris, you won’t want anything
the weight of the bike as well as the cost,” said
Coyle. “One way to do that is eliminate all the
welding, paint and extra pieces that come with
Having been in the works for close to two and
“One thing we really wanted to do was reduce
half years, the state of the art bicycle takes a new
putting the bike together and using strong adhe-
look at an industry that has been relatively un-
sives instead. Some might think its a little odd to
changed for decades. While there have been some
use a type of glue for a bike, but planes and a lot of
alterations to bikes over the years, nothing as
vehicles do it as well, you just may not have real-
drastic as the Celaris has been completed before
and SGC President Robert Coyle feels it came at
the right time.
the placement of the seat in relation to the ped-
als. The majority of bikes have the seat lined up
“Everyone wants clean, durable and light-
One very unique design trait of the Celaris is
weight everything these days and that’s truly what
directly with the pedals; that mixed with the low
they get with this product,” said Coyle. “I took
handle bars leads to the hunched over rider hav-
what I knew of the bicycle - and from design - and
ing a lot of discomfort. The Celaris changes the
added what I know of people and that is that now-
way you ride and how you enjoy your riding expe-
adays they want comfort and common-sense in a
product; the Celaris is both.”
Some of Coyle’s knowledge of bikes comes
even just slightly and the handles being higher
from working at the Henry Ford Museum which
than usual, the rider is not forced to be leaning
has a large section dedicated to the two-wheeled
forward and can sit upright,” said Coyle. “This is
mode of transportation. Also a sculptor and an
not only just a comfort thing, but imagine being
aviation buff, Coyle took those two loves and used
able to look around and take in your bicycle ride.
what he could from them by adopting techniques
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“With the seat tube being behind the pedals
It allows for a much more desirable ride
I’d much rather just step though from my seat
through the city.”
than have to lift my leg over the bar and risk dirty-
ing or ripping my suit if I were heading to work.
The bike is for anyone, but in particular the
Celaris is aimed at those urban folks who have the
The bike is about bringing back the basics and
city to compete with.
As most people want to stay green and debt-
Only 150 of the stainless steel bikes were made
free by not using a car for inner-city traveling, the
in first production, a perfect accident with the ses-
Celaris is perfect for them; it even has the step-
quicentennial celebrations that Canada is having
through design that is popular in the busy streets
this year. Only 80 of the bikes remain and Coyle
says they are moving fast.
“People see the step-through bike and think
“The best way to get them is online from our
it’s a women’s bicycle which just isn’t true,” said
site but we also have some in Curbside Cycle in
Coyle. “The design is much more logical especially
Toronto, Berlin Bicycle Cafe in Kitchener and City
for those who are dressed in a suit and heading to
Cycle in Windsor.”
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NETGAIN Top of their game by
Shawn Gibson |
NetGain SEO is a respected leader in graphic
The calling seems to be helping other
design and web development and one of the top
companies get recognized online using Search
companies of its kind in Central Ontario. Many
Engine Optimization (SEO). While SEO has to
would say that NetGain has been in the graphic
some always seemed to be a type of mystical
design business for close to ten years, but founder
formula, it is rather quite simple in that it’s the
and COO Drew Dekker is adamant that they’ve
process that search engines like Google use to see
excelled this long by being something else.
if your site is worthy enough to be among some of
“We’re in the functionality business,” said
their top searches. Being trustworthy and having
Dekker. “If you’re advertising your business on a
a high-quality site go a long way in being “Google-
big, fantastic billboard but it’s in a remote area of
approved” and Dekker advises that without a
Nunavut, you haven’t made the best of your dollar.”
vast knowledge of SEO, you and your business are
missing out on lots of business and missing great
Founded in 2008, NetGain was originally
formed to assist Busch Systems, a company owned
by his friend and Busch founder Craig Busch.
What started as a way to launch Busch into the
online,” said Dekker. “If you’re not one of the
next level of business, successfully turned into
first businesses to pop up, you’re invisible. You
doing the same for many other companies. The
need to find a way to be among some of the first
much-travelled Dekker had found his calling.
businesses that people see if they’re searching for
the product you sell; we do that and our clients
“I had been all over, from working in Ireland to
“90% of new business inquiries happen
Toronto, in broadcast television and then into the
obviously feel we do that well.”
graphic design business,” said Dekker. “But I had a
real knack for this type of work; I remember being
what NetGain does. Getting people to your site
a student at Innisdale Secondary School here in
and making it work for all your client’s needs are
Barrie and the Communications teacher saying
the next steps. NetGain handles your company’s
he’d never seen anyone take to the course the way
social media platforms making sure that your posts
I did; I guess it was kind of a calling.”
are informative yet engaging.
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Setting up a great website is just the start of
In 2016, 81% of Twitter users said that the
Clients such as Napoleon and Public Storage
social media platform was more responsible for
Canada have obviously done very well in getting
their purchases than television. Now that they’ve
exposure, which leaves Dekker with a sense of
come to your site through the means that NetGain
pride and accomplishment. Having long been a
provides, you as business owner want them to buy.
part of the coding and graphics, the 40-year-old
In 2016, e-commerce sales in Canada were at 18.3
father of two says his favourite thing now is seeing
billion dollars and expected to hit $29 billion by
his staff help NetGain’s clients get the best return
2021. NetGain makes sure that when people do
on investment they can.
end up at your site, that whatever your product is
you’re able to sell it with the click of the mouse.
how we are positively affecting companies,” said
“Your site definitely needs to be more than a place to have your company’s information,” said Dekker. “Social media is absolutely crucial for businesses and when used properly can grab so many different age groups at once. For sure you want to get the proper information to your potential clients but you have to throw a bit of fun, lightheartedness in there; you don’t want to make them feel they’re reading from a manual. As for e-commerce, it isn’t the way of the future, it’s here now. Anyone not on that train is really not maximizing their company’s full potential;
“I’m more of a strategist now and love seeing
"Our programmers now are better than I was and that's exactly what I want. Every business is forever changing and becoming more competitive, we have to stay alert in our own area as well as being informed in the area of our clients."
we’re able to handle all the aspects of your online business.
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THE HOUSE HUNTER Connecting others to their dream homes by
Dave Gordon |
Donna Hunter’s interest in homes began in
For Hunter, it’s all about excellent customer
1983, when she drove past an old abandoned
service and going above and beyond.
125 year old house, with grass growing up to the
windows. It was that purchase, and subsequent
lawn, and hopes someone’s going to come buy
learning experience in fixing it up, that infused in
the home,” she exclaimed. “My clients have full-
her the passion to help others connect with their
service support. If you ever have questions, you
own dream homes.
have somebody there who has your back.”
Hunter has been a full time real estate agent,
“Somebody hasn’t just stuck a sign on the
Clients also know that she can call in an
licensed since 2009, and focusing on Barrie
experienced support team of renovators, stagers,
and the surrounding area. She takes a great deal of
and interior designers, should they ever need.
pride in employing a holistic approach to helping
(That also includes her husband Kevin’s high end
clients understand truly what they’re looking for.
renovating business, The Finishing Touch).
“We try to look at all the aspects of their
In addition, it’s helpful to know she’s
search, so that they are making an informed
developed an incredible referral program available
decision,” she noted.
throughout North America.
Some of those factors include whether the
Indeed, Hunter has staked her reputation on
buyer wants to be close to a school, a highway,
always going the extra mile to make sure that the
how or when they entertain guests, EMF concerns
selling or buying experience is as comfortable,
and an address which may reflect personal
and as stress-free, as possible. “I really do my
standing or even varying price points.
best to make a measurable difference in their
“Every situation is different,” she explained.
experience,” she adds.
“I have a genuine interest about the person
and what is important to them. Everyone has
“I just love helping people. That, I think, is my
different goals. A lot of times, what you think you want, actually underneath is something else. So, I always try to find out what motivates them a little bit, and what’s important. Then we work from there.”
Once she knows what the client is seeking, she
is determined to find as many properties that fit
the criteria, and offers the client several options.
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Passionate about design and creating “livable art”,
find out how it is put together. I then try to apply
Barrie-based Benson Wellington Co. is receiving
this to my designs and I am always thrilled when
widespread attention for their made to order,
it is a success!
urban chic furniture line. Founder, Mike Crombie
discusses his passion for reclaimed wood and how
he has gained a following for his sleek, yet rustic,
incorporate our love of working with wood and
metal with the customers’ vision of what they
How did you transition your love of working
What makes Benson Wellington Co. designs I think we have found a way to
with wood, into a successful venture?
really want in their finished piece. My goal has
always been to make something that you don’t see
I remember shopping for solid wood
furniture that was both unique and functional. I
everywhere else. Our clients share this end goal,
was frustrated with the limited durability of the
and admire the piece in its’ entirety.
“trendy” options that seemed to be everywhere, so
I love when a new client lifts up one of the pieces
I started making pieces to add to my home. I loved
the industrial feel of metal and decided to mix it
“Holy cow, there is some weight to this, you can
with real wood. Once I started receiving positive
tell the difference!”
reviews and orders from my family and friends, I
thought, hey, I could have a business here!
think consumers are falling in love with your
Our passion forges beautiful, unique and one-of-a-
izable and made to fit perfectly into any space.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I am constantly studying architecture and
Your social media is blowing up! Why do you
All of our pieces are completely custom-
They like that the finished piece isn’t “perfect”.
am always asking questions. For me, when I see
Our wood is 90 to 100 years old, so there are some
a really unique looking structure suspended with
characteristics like nail-holes and cracks that you
very few visible load-bearing supports, I need to
can’t get from a reproduction piece.
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What are some of your most popular sellers?
Coffee tables, laptop stands, bar stools and
Benson Wellington Co. has only just begun.
What are some of your future plans?
benches are always in high demand. We receive
orders for larger pieces like harvest tables, espe-
commercial spaces, restaurants, bars and working
cially just before Thanksgiving and Christmas! We
with more people that are looking to add a natural
also work with interior designers and new home-
component their space.
builders, so we are doing work for clients who like
the look of exposed beams, custom kitchen islands,
mantles and accent walls.
What better way to decorate your space than to
delivery and I find out that the client loves it. This
have a really nice tabletop that is a piece of livable
is where I find my motivation, and my passion is
We are looking forward to expanding into
How do you remain passionate about what you The best feeling is when the piece is on
When I am building nothing else matters. I forget everything else and get into the zone. It is truly what I love to do.
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The role of a designer today is to make the world a better place. By replacing the clutter of poorly designed objects with beautiful, high performing ones that are hopefully sustainable, ergonomic, and sensible yet seductive, we reduce the stress in our environments.â&#x20AC;? - Karim Rashid
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A BOUTIQUE DESIGN FIRM With you in mind by
Leah Simpson |
Looking to change the way your home or
Since that time, her company has received
business decor looks and feels?
two awards from the Canadian Decorators’
Association for residential design, including
Caroline Harrison may very well have the
right solution. Her company, Caroline Harrison
placing Gold for Kitchens Under $50k, as well as
Designs, is an award-winning boutique design
placing Gold for Interior Decorating over $100k.
firm located in Simcoe County.
She designed across Ontario, while working on
HGTV’s I Wrecked my House.
The company offers a variety of services,
including: project management, technical
planning, design and rendering, custom furniture
she and her associates aim to create classic spaces
and décor, lighting, cabinetry, exterior landscaping
with distinctive presence.
and design, and more.
my own home or business: with a clear objective
“Our commitment is to deliver interior design
With an appreciation for comfortable luxury,
“I approach every project much like I would
concepts that are personal and timeless, at an
to achieve an orderly and pleasing arrangement of
extraordinary value,” explains Caroline.
“We navigate your design objectives to ensure
From the informal and casual, to the sleek and
the results fulfill your dreams and wishes. We
sophisticated, Caroline brings her personal flair
promise that, regardless of the space, it will be
to any abode, to bring it to life, and add unique
both distinctive and truly inviting.”
character. At the same time, it’s a collaborative
effort that takes into consideration the clients’
Having graduated from Georgian College’s
School of Interior Design, she honed her skills
style and tastes.
through extensive travel in Europe and the Far
East, cultivating her signature style.
functionality to your needs and expectations.”
“We want to ensure you have comfort and
A Guide to Luxe Living Decor
Home is the ultimate place to unwind, relax, and enjoy the company of family and friends. If you’re in the mood to add some style to your interior, local designer Caroline Harrison has compiled five well-loved luxe décor items to bring opulence to your home.
#1 Fine Bed Linens Irresistibly soft and cozy bed linens are a must in comfortable luxury. For the finest bed linens, we love to source from Restoration Hardware, Au Lit Fine Linens, and Elte. Blends with 100 per cent pure Egyptian cotton will offer the most quality of the extra-long fibers, offering strength, durability, and a soft hand. Feeling extra lavish? Opt for cashmere throws and pillows. For a subtle pattern and simple elegance, a Hermes blanket is the perfect stylish addition to the end of your bed.
#2 Tranquil Scents Introduce lavish scents into your home with linen spray, candles, and diffusers. With scents like Wood Sage and Sea Salt, you can’t go wrong with a Jo Malone candle. If room spray is more your style, take a peek at Diptyque’s woodsy and elegant Ambre room spray. We also love natural aromatherapy: check out Saje’s collections of essential oil blends. When placed in a diffuser, your home will fill with the delicately scented vapours – perfect for a busy home or those with young children or pets, as you can easily leave diffusers unattended
#3 Biophilic Décor Refresh your home with vibrant greenery. Your local greenhouse or florist will be able to help you select the perfect plant or tree. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are fabulous faux options for you, including the Grand Faux Cavendish Banana Tree from Restoration Hardware or the Fiddle Leaf Tree from Elte. Revive your study area or powder room with a gathering of succulents – add river rocks or decorative pebbles to the top of the soil to finish the look.
#4 Natural Fiber Rugs Walk on a cloud with hand knotted or woven rugs made from natural fibers such as silk, wool, and alpaca fleece. These plush and silky-soft rugs will feel like heaven under your feet while also grounding and defining your space. Weavers Art and Elte are our go-to suppliers for upscale area rugs. These luxury rugs have a higher initial cost but are worth the investment: these pieces will become an heirloom.
#5 Coffee Table Books Kick your feet up and snuggle into your sectional or favourite comfy chair: coffee table books are the ultimate key to divine relaxation or a great conversation piece. Whether you wish to read about your most adored public figures, explore the most fabulous places to travel, or imagine life as a sommelier – check out your favourite art gallery gift shop, Assouline, and other online bookstores. Filled with stunning photography and informative script, you’ll be cozied up and unwinding for hours.
ichal Pudelka her Michal Pudelka, and beginnings.
N E H E R A AW 2 0 17 C a m p a i g n b y M i c h a l P u d e l k a With its AW2017 campaign by photographer Michal Pudelka, ntino, Moncler, Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan,NEHER and A explores the themes of nature and beginnings. me heritage.
HER A’s & Michal’s Slovak roots. The vast soil of ich PudelkaBratislava-born – who was inspired by who the natural Pudelka, previously worked for the likes of Valentino, Moncler, Vogue Italia, Vo position ofAnOther, modern workingwomen old vision with NEHER A, but the same heritage. not only shares versus a common
Through visual metaphors and surrealism, the campaign explores NEHER A’s & Michal’s Slovak roots. pockets create flaps seeding when opened, the fertile fields is unzipped used as a strong visual background in which Pudelka – who was inspired assics – a materials NEHER A and signature are redefined earthy– tonal colours of the clothes – created a juxtaposition of modern workingwo umes controlled reshaped with martingales schooland field workers. ailored pieces cut in asymmetric patterns wrap The clothes show impressions of life and movement. Deep square pockets create flaps when op constructivist shapes move like panels when in motion. Mannish classics – a NEHER A signature ch photograph for awith certain group oversized of clothes,constructions. Their generous volumes controlled and reshaped w this time elaborate mony that emphasizes as of points of coats and jackets. Elsewhere, tailored pieces cut in asymmetri cinching theasymmetries back or front sartorial its wearability. across the body, adding a notion of fluidity.
Pudelka who draws his images before he shoots them, designed each photograph for a certain gr inspired by their cuts and overall dynamics. The result is a visual harmony that emphasizes asymmetr differentiation – pushing the classic into the abstract without losing its wearability.
Styling: NEHERA Make-up Artist: Ľubica Krajňáková Hair Stylist: Tatiana Hromadová Models: Milota Havránková, Linda Novotná (EXIT MM), Stills Credits: Mária Petrovičová (EXIT MM), Klára Vizárová (EXIT MM) Photography and Visual Direction: Production Manager: Sofia Žiaková,Michal JANDLPudelka Bratislava Creative Producer: Joyce-Pudelka Produced by JANDLPaul Bratislava Photo postproduction: Richard Lavrík, LTD JANDL Bratislava Photographer´s agent: KATY BARKER
CREDITS Video Credits:
Director: Michal Pudelka
Make-up Artist: Ľubica Krajňákov
Creative Producer: Paul Joyce-Pudelka
Hair Stylist: Tatiana Hromadová
DOP and Video Edit: Jakub Šteinecker, Patrik Gubiš
Models: Milota Havránková, Lind
Music: Kurt von Stetten, Undone (Instrumental)
Mária Petrovičová (EXIT MM), Kl
Production Manager: Sofia Žiakov Produced by JANDL Bratislava
IMPRESSIONS OF LIFE AND MOVEMENT
N OT I O N S O F F LU I D I T Y
P U S H I N G C L A S S I C I N TO T H E A B S T R A C T
N AT U R A L M AT E R I A L S A N D TA N G I B L E C R A F T S M A N S H I P
I N N O VAT I V E S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y
V I S UA L M E TA P H O R S A N D S U R R E A L I S M
ORGANIC MODERNISM BY SANDRA ROBERTS
PHOTOS SCOT T COOPER
A COTTAGE RESTYLE
A Perfect Blend of Chic Minimalism A modern appearance that is down to earth and soothing with decor that adds much needed warmth. With timeless adaptable furniture, this restyle was transformed to suit the cottage without overwhelming the visual context of the space. The design considers materials and processes in order to minimize the environmental impact. Clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. 88 PIE DIGEST
INHABIT INTERIORS AND DESIGN
To maximize the boho elegant style for the modern nomad in a poetic setting, downtown Barrie quickly became the go to for this cottage restyle.
PURE AND ORIGINAL PAINT
Ecologically and sustainably produced natural paint composed of hydrated quicklime and natural pigments.
ART IN BLOEM
A synthesis of Laurie and Nemo's great passion for design and extensive experience. They brought healing properties into the cottage that are easy to keep alive bringing some of the desert's vast, wild and free spirited vibes. Botanico Creative Decor: Ghost wood, coco, cork, vine balls, grape wood heart, escada branch.
BARRIE REGIONAL GLASS
Custom Fire rated glass insert that gives a clean impact to the fireplace after it was powdercoated.
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Custom wrought iron insert, a non invasive installation and privacy glass give this cottage entrance a lasting first impression.
Durable and certified non-slip with a tough tactile surface, notable designs, and signature vintage character. Each pattern has a distinct feel inspired by the past. Phthalate free and easy to clean with a damp cloth and water. With proper care, can be used in outdoor settings exposed to rain, such as a covered porch. We embraced the existing floor by layering these amazing floor cloths throughout the cottage.
Hauteville low arm chair. Mid century design with a modern twist. The chairs composition brings to light the unique qualities of industrial materials and repurposes the polished, raw materials to create a minimal and contemporary chair.
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Protection stones and crystals for the cottage.
Switches that dim. Outlets that pop. Lighting that responds to the tap of a smartphone. The adorne collection by Legrand combines the world's most innovative light switches and charging solutions with an array of stylish and custom finishes. From ordinary to extraordinary, inside and out - welcome to a brighter home.
Made from reclaimed and
recycled wood, a simple peel and stick installation process that was a cost effective design solution.
Karim Rashid's 'decant design'. An innovative and artistic design representative of the vineyard. Embodies the stratus philosophy of 'form followed by function'. PIE DIGEST 91
See yourself from any angle. Its Tru-lux light system closely simulates natural sunlight's full colour spectrum. Capable of over 50,000 colour variations, you can use the phone to choose light settings. It is wi-fi enabled and has smart features. Recharges and lasts up to 4 weeks.
Salvaged and reclaimed wood handcrafted and designed custom for the cottage.
Our European inspiration in Collingwood with their unique items weaving together in a light and airy ambiance of contentment that is characterized by the use of earthy muted tones and honest materials and minimal ornamentation.
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GRAHAM AND BROWN
Made from the bark of the cork oak. A beautiful embossed texture with a neutral palette, brought to life with rich metallic highlights to compliment American Standard.
ActiClean is the self-cleaning toilet that cleans and removes stains with a simple press of a button. The Loft Counter Sink is a clean contemporary design with sleek lines and striking, angular shapes that is the perfect addition to the modern bathroom. The American Standard Faucet has a simple design that focuses on function and performance.
The Vivre Sconce has exquisite vintage details with a decidedly modern profile in the agate stones providing harmony and balance in the bedroom.
NAPOLEON ELECTRIC FIREPLACE
Is a perfect solution for the calming aesthetic of a fireplace without the need for venting.
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There is something to be said about gathering around a roaring fire. The Napoleon Patioflame table and the SkyFire Bellagio Patio Torch, are artforms that can be enjoyed 365 days of the year.
BARRIE POOL AND PATIO
C.R. Plastic products are saving the environment manufacturing recycled plastic furniture.
Bringing vacation to our dock with these indoor/outdoor bean bag chairs.
Arborcoat in black is the perfect shade for this daring dock. To see the cottage restyle before and after visit http://piemediagroup.com/organic-modernism
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REVOLUTIONIZING What it means to be clean
What household chore do you dislike the
Cleaning solution travels through the
most? Is cleaning the toilet high on the list,
designated channel in the tank and is mixed
or perhaps top of the list? American Standard
with water, then released into the bowl with the
addresses the cringe-worthy task and makes
powerful VorMax jetted force, which allows the
Canadian households easier to clean with the
cleaner to completely scour the bowl from top to
launch of their new self-cleaning toilet, the
bottom. Its fresh fragrance and foaming bubbles
indicate it’s hard at work. When the soaking time
has ended, the system automatically siphons the
In 1963, the home appliance industry was
revolutionized with the introduction of the
cleaning agent and rinses the bowl with clear
first ever self-cleaning oven. Now, over 50 years
water. The cleaning solution cartridge will last
later, an equally revolutionary fixture has been
up to nine weeks and eliminates the need for
introduced to market, eradicating one of the most
after-market add-on cleaning solutions that are
dreaded household chores: cleaning the toilet.
unsightly, ineffective and may even cause damage
Gone are the days of scraping and scrubbing; this
has now been replaced with the simple touch of a
makes the ActiClean one of the cleanest toilets of
the modern world. Its pioneering design features
The new ActiClean system is the ultramodern
But it’s not just the self-cleaning feature that
toilet that cleans itself, combining the power
a bowl with a CleanCurve rim that eliminates
of revolutionary VorMax flushing technology
the rim cavity, a common place for dirt and
which delivers the cleanest flush ever engineered
buildup. The toilet tank and bowl uses EverClean
combined with a fully integrated self-cleaning
technology, the brand-exclusive permanent finish
system. Simply press a button, walk away, and let
that inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing
the toilet do the rest – it really is that easy.
bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface. Even
the entire toilet seat is easily removed with the tap
“Everyone wants a sparkling clean home,
especially for entertaining family and friends,
of a release button, making every inch of the seat
but when it comes to cleaning the bathroom, and
more specifically the toilet, it is undoubtedly a
job that none of us want to do,” said Michael Del
contention when it comes to chore time. The self-
Guidice, Marketing Director LIXIL Americas in
cleaning properties of the ActiClean combined
Canada. “The ActiClean toilet solves that problem
with its state-of-the-art efficient design gives it
with two self-cleaning flush cycles, in which the
an advantage over any other toilet on the market.
toilet cleans itself. This is true innovation that
Its launch truly is a significant milestone for the
improves daily living."
A button is located under a convenient flip-
The bathroom will no longer be a place of
The new ActiClean toilet is now available in
up lid on the tank top with two cleaning cycle
the Canadian retail market and is available for
options. The Quick Clean option takes only one
purchase at Lowe’s and in select kitchen and bath
minute and leaves the toilet sparkling fresh
afterwards. The Deep Clean option offers an extended 10-minute intense cleaning cycle.
© 2017 AS Canada ULC
ActiClean™ Self-Cleaning Toilet
Murphy’s Law of Surprise Visitors: anytime they can show up, they will. Introducing the ActiClean™ self-cleaning toilet. In a world full of surprises, it’s nice to know you can always count on a sanitized, deep-scoured toilet. With a simple push of a button, the new ActiClean™ toilet takes one of the most dreaded jobs on your to-do list and scrubs it right off. The best part? It’s more affordable than you think. See how it works at americanstandard.ca
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a seat to dwell in
1. ARTERIORS- Ferguson Lamp ILLUME- Tonka Noir Mercury Glass Candle PENGUIN HOUSE- Smugglers Cove Hard Cover Book Small World- Cushion Shaggy BUGATTI DESIGN- Futura Swivel Glider Chair 2. DUTAILIER- Orlando Swivel Glider Recliner in Leather DUTAILIER- Orlando Ottoman Glider in Leather LOLOI- Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines, Tulum Collection, Hand knotted Wool, GRAPHITE/BLACK VIVA DESIGN- Cromwell Floor Lamp Black/Brass UMBRA- Black Ribbon Clock
3. NOIR- Candelabra Black Resin UMBRA- Kera Tumbler Black/Cork CANFLOYD- Side Table Black Iron w/ Glass Top Dash & Albert ROPE GRAPHITE- Indoor/Outdoor Rug YOUNGER- Bale Chair SMALL WORLD- Starry Night Black Cushion 4. YOUNGER- Watson Chair DASH & ALBERT- Terra Dove Grey Woven Cotton Rug ARTERIORS- Frey Lamp NUEVO- Anika Side Table TORRE & TAGUS- Spike Sphere Gold CANFLOYD- Compass Antique Brass
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BOHO ELEGANCE MAKE YOUR BEAUTIFUL HOME FULL OF BEAUT Y by
It all starts with your wish list – what you want
Just as important when factoring in cost is who
your home to have, or be filled with. From there,
will be using a certain room, which may change
Samantha Thomas applies her flair, creativity, style
the way the room is set up.
and experience to bring as much of what your
dreaming of, to reality.
someone with toddlers. It would be destroyed
As the Principal of Barrie’s Inhabit Interiors
“I definitely wouldn’t sell a linen sofa to
and Design – a boutique retail store and interior
design firm - Thomas offers it all: interior
expense might be necessary, such as something
design services, customer renovations, modern
that will get a lot of wear, and needs to be durable.
furnishings, bedding, exquisite home accents and
unique items for your home or cottage.
to spend anything in your home, spend it on your
bed. So, it’s the one room that’s the most used. If
She’s a one-stop home décor expert, who’ll
Still, there are other times when an added
“One of the things I preach is, if you are going
do all of the buying, purchasing, and sourcing
you think about it, a bed is an investment. Sleep is
– including seeking out reputable electricians,
super important, and when you are sleeping, you
contractors, and local cabinet makers.
want to have that comfort, and that luxury,” she
All the while, she knows how important it is
to stay true to the home owner’s vision. “I aim to
reflect your wants and needs,” she notes.
cheap and cheerful. Toss cushions, throws – you
don’t necessarily need a two-thousand dollar
“It’s not that I’m just taking over an entire
Accessories, however, can be “a little more
space, and just giving you something completely
different. I’m supposed to understand and read
you, and know what you would like, and what you
suggest to clients that they choose based on
wouldn’t like. We need to, definitely, be on the
functionality and comfort, depending on the
same page for that to happen, so it works well.”
situation. It would be better, for example, to buy a
sofa that’s really cozy, than one that is hard to sit
Describing her style as a combination of West
As important as design aesthetic is, she will
Coast Modern, Mid-Century and Boho, she notes
in, even though it looks amazing, she noted.
she likes “spaces that are warm, comforting, and
program at Georgian College, Thomas knows the
ins and outs of function, construction, building
And with Thomas, none of that has to come
A graduate of the Professional Interior Design
with a gratuitous cost. She’ll explain to the
code, safety, decorating and interior design.
customer where and when they don’t need to
spend excess money, such as whether a wall really
textiles from India or Turkey or Morocco, or a full-
needs to be taken down or not.
on home make-over, Samantha Thomas and her
So whether it’s new paint, new wallpaper, or
team have the expertise.
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Would you believe that the same strategy be-
The Madison Taylor team has taken this theory
ing taught to air force fighter pilots at Top Gun
and used it to develop a method of design com-
School is being used to drive innovative design at
posed of the initial gathering of information, the
a boutique design firm in Midhurst Ontario? At
detailed analysis of that information and then the
Madison Taylor, that is exactly what is happening.
decisions which make up the development of a
process coined, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Integrated Design.â&#x20AC;?
The OODA loop, short for Observe, Orient,
Decide, and Act, is a strategic decision making
process, which is the backbone of training fighter
building design that relies on the combination of
Integrated Design is a strategic approach to
pilots for air-to-air combat.
multiple disciplines to synchronize the function and form of a building.
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Madison Taylor utilizes a combi-
nation of architecture and engineering and then takes it a step further by adding interior design to create a truly collaborative concept that allows the form of a building to be dictated by its required function. Madison, the founder of Madison Taylor, now ensures that all designs conceptualized and implemented at the studio are created from the inside out so that all the functions and requirements of the building or home are met while the structure takes form.
When you enter the studios of
Madison Taylor, you can instantly see the welcoming combination of practicality and modern grit that have now become the MT trademark.
A style that can only be achieved
through the direct experience of being a business woman, a wife and a mother. The firm follows suit by creating both commercial and residential designs that are inspired by function, practicality and a simple, streamlined edge that makes every design unique in its own right.
But why are builders, developers,
home-owners, small businesses, hotels and restaurants flocking to work with Madison Taylor? The world-class designs certainly help, but the real reason lies within the firms combined experience in hospitality design, construction management, and both commercial and residential architecture.
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This experience has allowed Mad-
ison Taylor to develop a complete design system that integrates interior design and architecture into one service followed by a construction drawing package that is so detailed that it removes all assumptions from the construction process, creating projects that can be easily tendered and easily managed.
One of Madison Taylor’s preferred
custom home builders has said it the best, “I don’t understand why anybody building a home wouldn’t have Madison Taylor create an integrated design package. I didn’t need to be on site as often, my build was completed 30% quicker and because everything from grout, windows, faucets and shingles were specified by make, model, colour and price, it was near impossible NOT to come in on budget. And everybody loves Madison’s designs.”
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What is the natural progression of
a design firm? Along with a team of current architectural technologists, Madison Taylor has recently partnered with architect Erin Hoffman to create the architecture firm, Hoffman Taylor, a division now poised to take on larger commercial projects and making Madison Taylor one of the few interior design firms in the region with the ability to collaborate and integrate design and architecture without having to leave the office.
Through a synchronized design approach, The Madison Taylor team looks to the future and embraces entrepreneurship, social consciousness, new technologies and how can we forget; the decision making process of a fighter pilot.
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BLACK ON BLACK Making it Work! by
Tania Richardson and Melandro Quilatan
Black is the essence of all colour, it absorbs
Contrast honed and polished flooring in your
light without reflecting any other rays of colour.
design - a subtle tone on tone floor design can pack
Yet, the thought of a black on black interior space
a powerful punch in a tiny space. Your guests will
can ignite fear in the most adventurous of souls.
admire you for daring to brave such a bold colour!
Why is that?
Are we afraid that black will instill depression
ambience. When a dining room is painted black,
Black is a colour that can instantly create
or darkness into our lives? While black can be
it creates the perfect backdrop for an intimate
dark and dramatic, when used correctly it can be
dining and entertaining experience. In a dark and
intimate and inviting.
dramatic space your guests will focus on the food
and company around the table.
Using black on black to create a jaw dropping
experience requires a subtle balance of textures
and materials, and a play on light and shadows.
on black interiors are in dens, guest rooms,
Additional spaces that work well for black
Soften hard materials with sumptuous textiles
or secondary spaces that are in need of an
like velvet or fabrics with a high degree of lustre
or texture. Introduce mirror and accent metals to
play on the drama of the space. Mirrors will help
suggest black in places where task lighting is
reflect light and add some enthusiasm, textures
required. Black absorbs all light, using black on
will satisfy your senses. Architectural details such
black in the kitchen, an office or master ensuite
as applied mouldings, oversized baseboards and
where you need high levels of lighting would not
crown mouldings will further enhance your black
be functional. Keep those spaces light and airy to
on black space by adding depth and shadows.
avoid straining your eyes and living in the dark.
Where can I use this colour?
Treat your powder room as though it were a
everyone but for those brave enough to try, prepare
Not all spaces are created equal. We wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t
Black on black interiors may not be for
jewelry box. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one space you can have some fun
yourself for a powerful make over.
and be dramatic. Think of it as an experience for
your guests. Black on black wallpaper can make
textures and materials, the results will create a
a boring powder room elegant and sophisticated.
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Focus on dramatic lighting and balancing
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WHO YOU ARE... HOW YOU LIVE AND WHAT YOU LOVE
The kitchen has evolved into the home’s hub.
With a new studio located in downtown
With open concept layouts the new norm, the
Barrie, drôrs specializes in the design and supply
kitchen boundary is now blurred with living and
of functional, modern whole home furnishings.
dining spaces integrated into a highly social and
Founded by the management team of Level
functional area that facilitates more engaging
Design Inc., a leading design-build firm focused
interactions and a more efficient use of space
exclusively on modern design, drôrs Studio
within the home.
features the Centro line of home furnishings.
Centro offers furnishings that integrate with
With this evolution in the living space comes
a need for more integrated workspaces, storage
the ‘whole home’ concept ranging from kitchen
areas and furnishings to enhance the flow and
cabinetry, vanities, wardrobes, living room and
function within the home. From open shelving
dining room cabinetry, and designer sofas, tables
units, worktops, built-in cabinetry, integrated
and chairs. Centro features a vast selection of
islands and dining tables, to smart technologies
materials, finishes, and styles with varied textures
and countless accessories to optimize space and
and colors to fit a modern/contemporary aesthetic.
efficiency within the kitchen and living areas,
Experience the drôrs Studio to explore the endless
intelligently designed kitchen and living space
possibilities for optimizing your living space for
solutions can optimize the function of today’s
who you are, how you live and what you love.
multipurpose living space; while also adding to the overall aesthetic of the home.
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CREATING REMARKABLE COMMUNITIES By David Silverberg
Gas-fired lanterns. A pumpkin patch. A Christmas tree farm. A baseball diamond encircled by corn stalks à la Field of Dreams. These idyllic features complement the farmhouse-style homes that make up the Braestone estate community, two hours north of the GTA in Horseshoe Valley. Developed by multi-faceted company Georgian International, the 229 homes sit on 556 acres in the Oro-Medonte township where these ingredients, known as “remarkables”, further entice prospective buyers. Bringing a unique approach to Ontario real estate is a hallmark of the company’s mission. “What we’re doing is not what other developers are doing,” says Mike Parker, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Georgian International’s Real Estate Division. “In the planning process, we came up with community features that will enhance people’s lives, which will be part of their active lifestyles.” Besides successful sales, Braestone’s eyecatching offerings and impressive amenities are getting noticed by the industry. It was recognized as Best New Home Community of the Year in 2016 by the Canadian Home Builders Association, and its Discovery Centre (aka sales HQ) was named 2016 Best Low Rise Homes Sales Office in Canada by the CHBA. But Braestone is not the only development Georgian International is known for in Ontario. Windfall is a 609-home project at the base of Blue Mountain, which attracts buyers who want “comfort, character, culture and community with a relaxed way of life,” says Parker.
He notes that, “it’s a place where nature and neighbourhood are in perfect balance… with community trails, Georgian Bay on one side, and the Niagara Escarpment on the other the beauty of the natural landscape is simply amazing.” Plans are also underway to release the first units of the highly-anticipated Mountain House, adjacent to Windfall. The 230-unit Mountain House will be built in two-, three-, and four-story buildings. The terrace suites will boast a chaletstyle and be complemented by a community building, a bike repair station, a sauna and relaxation room, hot and cold pools and an picturesque setting. “We will be releasing our initial units this year and, like all our projects, the standard features, such as full, glass-walled showers and exterior gas lanterns, go above and beyond expectations,” says Parker. With Toronto home prices skyrocketing and other communities such as Hamilton seeing similar jumps, you can imagine why some Ontarians might look at living in pastoral communities such as Georgian Bay or Oro-Medonte. To be closer to nature, and farther from the concrete jungles of metro cities, can harken us back to a simpler time. And for a company like Georgian International, they want to give people that sense of a home ensconced among mountains, lakes, Christmas tree parks, skating ponds. And if that isn’t being Canadian at its most grassroots, we don’t know what is.
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experience the remarkable The smell of freshly cut grass on the fairways, the bright colour green everywhere you look, the sound of the club slicing the air and then making contact. Golf season is here. What once was the Orillia Golf Club is now the Braestone Club, and a renaissance is underway that will make the experience of playing, and visiting, the Braestone Club as remarkable as the stunning natural setting.
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More than simply a new name, the Braestone Club promises so much more. The striking new farmhouse-inspired club and social house will be situated atop the ridge, and designed to capture vista views of the Horseshoe Valley. A remarkable revitalization will be made of the already much improved 18-hole golf course.
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mountain house, an exclusive collection of 230 luxurious suites. True to the vision of our Windfall enclave, these artful new homes reflect Georgian Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountain chalet-style design, balancing seclusion and simplicity, with amenity-rich sophistication. Set over 10 magnificent acres, this inspired low-rise community will offer contemporary open-concept one bedroom + den, two bedroom, two bedroom plus loft, and three bedroom options, all with private terraces, so you can enjoy the gorgeous views. Wellness is a way of life at Windfall. With the world-class Scandinave Spa as your next door neighbour, Mountain House is truly designed to soothe the soul. Warm and cold pools, outdoor wood burning fireplace, a sauna and relaxation room, and more await residents.
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