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COVER STORY: BUILDING CHARACTER Heritage-inspired infill home blends right in Savvy tips for pet-friendly living DOWNSIZING This tiny house is big on style Meet HGTV Canada’s newest stars: Mickey & Sebastian Seeing red GROWING SASKATOON Brighton continues to expand Something for everyone at HomeStyles 2018 Bridges Awards honour industry’s best Gardenscape 2018 sure to inspire

design & renovation 12 SHOW HOME SPOTLIGHT: Arbutus sparks conversation with “The Ford” 24 SHOW HOME SPOTLIGHT: Gems on the Lake by North Prairie Developments 38 TREND REPORT: How to bring your kitchen into 2018 40 No mo’ lawn?

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hat’s on your ‘to do’ list this spring? This edition of LIVING SPACES Magazine is sure to inspire exciting new home construction, design and renovation ideas. In this issue, we explore a beautiful riverfront infill home with outstanding character. Micro-living has arrived in Saskatoon; we’ll take you on a tour and talk to the owner of the city’s first permanent tiny home. Saskatoon developer and style guru Colleen Wilson chats about cats and shares her savvy tips for pet-friendly living. Find out what’s new at HomeStyles 2018 and meet this year’s special guests: Mickey and Sebastian, the hosts of HGTV Canada’s “Worst to First”. ENJOY!

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Our cover photo showcases Westridge Homes’ heritage-inspired infill build located on spadina Crescent. photo by Elaine Mark, D & M images.


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eautiful mature trees, a gorgeous river view, walking paths and a sense of history are enough to make Saskatoon’s newest infill project eminently desirable. Add its location on Spadina Crescent East, one of the city’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, and you’ve got a rare winner. The bigger story is the stunning dwelling itself. Built by Westridge Homes, the stately



white exterior evokes a grand style. “The house was designed with the understanding we wanted to fit in with the character of the neighbourhood, not be overwhelming to the street,” says Regan Tameling, co-owner of Westridge Homes. The interior opens to a spectacular blend of traditional and modern design elements. “Ultimately our goal for most of our homes is that timeless feel. This house will continue to look classic in years to come,” says Tameling. Homeowner Lesley Behl worked closely with Westridge on the project. She’s been

intrigued by home design since she was eight years old, when she first started doodling house plans. “I love older homes, the high ceilings and intricate moldings. I wanted the house to feel appropriate for the space but still have a bit of a modern, kind of a youthful feel to it as well.” Standing in the front foyer, you first sense that interior sight lines are very important. To the right, a spacious den hints at comfortable seclusion. A paneled grand central hall leads to other zones including the back of the home, and the main living area to the left. The

This Spadina Crescent house stood for over a century before making way for new development. A beautiful new home by Westridge Homes makes better proportional use of the lot, expands living space considerably and does a fine job of harmonizing with the neighbourhood. Photo: Westridge Homes

living room, kitchen and dining room form a progression from front to back. “We wanted to allow for the views as much as possible,” says Tameling. “Here, you have the river views from the dining room, the living room, the kitchen and the den.” The classic feel is achieved by keeping the palette fairly neutral, he says. The main floor features 10-foot ceilings and eightfoot doors. The living room is anchored by a large traditional fireplace and offers views in three directions. Kitchen cabinets are painted white maple, a big item on Behl’s wish list. A marble tile backsplash is complemented by marble-look quartz countertops. Integrated flush appliances – a six-burner stove, double oven and Sub-Zero refrigerator – disappear within the cabinets. The return of gold is seen in matte gold faucets and cabinet pulls. A bar area subs in for a butler’s pantry, separated from a second matching hutch by an opening to the central hall. The city has stopped allowing driveways on the front of Spadina Crescent homes, so a new double detached garage was added to the back. A huge mudroom accessible from the rear of the home is suffused with natural light and offers plenty of storage. A number of unique custom details, like the solid wood stairway and bannister, reflect Behl’s abundant clippings from Pinterest and other design sources. Matte-finish red oak hardwood floors extend throughout the home. Each of the three spacious upper bedrooms has a walk-in closet and views of the treetops. Two have river views. A vaulted ceiling elevates the master bedroom. Dual sinks are separated by a central soaker tub in the luxurious master ensuite, while a couple of windows once again extend sight lines from all areas including the jetted shower.

Westridge Homes created a spectacular blend of traditional and modern design elements, in keeping with the homeowner’s vision for the property. The home has a timeless beauty that can be enjoyed for decades to come.

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“It’s part of the design, so in every direction you’re always looking toward natural light, and seeing something in the distance,” says Tameling. The master walk-in closet’s deep built-in cabinetry is designed to encompass and frame the hanging clothes and give a clean, organized feel. A laundry room next to the master bedroom accesses the walk-in closet as well as the upper hall. This second entry to the master suite can allow one person to get up and get ready without waking the other person. “We find master bedrooms are getting smaller. The master is becoming more of a sleeping space and that’s it,” says Tameling. “Closets are becoming dressing rooms so those areas are getting bigger.” The basement holds a huge family room, exercise area, potential future wine cellar and a couple of additional large bedrooms. It could function as a nanny-zone. Home audio and temperature throughout the house can be controlled remotely through your smart phone. Behl’s vision incorporated unique design elements, like different floor tiles, lighting fixtures and furniture pieces in different areas, while retaining the flow and unity of the home. “I love that mix of the traditional and midcentury modern styles, so I tried to source lighting with more of a mid-century modern feel to it.” The home isn’t trying to be trendy but could easily be punched up by pops of colour. Tameling and Westridge Homes interior designer Tara Lefebvre help clients keep the total picture in mind. “Our goal is to bring the customer’s vision to life.” Both take time to hear customers, not just check the right boxes. “The more time we spend with you the better sense we have of who you are and the closer we’ll get to exactly what you want,” says Tameling. The infill project didn’t present any special challenges. As is their custom, Westridge Homes makes every effort to be respectful of neighbours. City policies determined setbacks and certain design limits. Big old underground lead pipes had to be replaced and upgraded. New underground electrical and gas services were run to the home to update for today’s standards. “With infills, there are always areas that require special attention but we are used to it,” Tameling says. “Things went very smoothly.” For more information on this stately, yet fresh and liveable home, contact Regan Tameling at



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ith every show home they build, Arbutus Properties gets people talking. “When we plan our show homes, we want to spark conversations,” says Jody Minakakis, sales manager with Arbutus Properties in Saskatoon. “People find our show homes quite inspirational. A lot of customers that we build custom homes for select the same colours and finishes that we use in our show homes,” says Minakakis.



Arbutus Properties’ new “Ford” model home definitely has people buzzing. Located at 622 Meadows Boulevard, the inviting 2,133 square foot two-storey home stands out in many ways – including its colossal four-car tandem garage! Minakakis says that the home’s West Coast Craftsman exterior, with its graceful front veranda and “bulked-out” pillars covered with large stone, has generated a lot of positive reviews. The home’s interior melds classic Craftsman charm with industrial chic. Arbutus designer Jen Lapsiuk opted for a palette of crisp white tones, with warm

touches of wood, rich stone and the dazzle of blended metals. In the living room, the natural gas fireplace is dressed with a tumbled white marble tile surround. “I really like this tile because it offers the look of painted brick. It can go either way – vintage Craftsman or a more modern look – depending on the style of your furnishings,” says Lapsiuk. While white kitchens are still on trend, Lapsiuk says it’s important to add flair and personality to the space. She injected excitement into this white kitchen with contrasting black door pulls and door handles, a bevelled subway tile backsplash

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Arbutus Properties’ new “ford” model home melds classic Craftsman charm with industrial chic. The family-friendly home’s crisp white décor is accented with warm touches of wood, rich stone and blended metals.

and white quartz countertops. The island, which is almost nine feet long, is painted in a contrasting shade of grey with a decorative finish. Mismatched industrial-style light fixtures illuminate the island and adjacent dining area. “Light fixtures are more interesting if they don’t match. You don’t have to select a family of light fixtures,” says Lapsiuk. Lifestyle also greatly influenced the home’s design. “The Ford is the latest in our collection of single-family homes. It’s geared towards family. All of the materials and finishes that Jen selects for our homes are carefully researched, whether it’s the cabinetry, laminate flooring or quartz countertops. We’re not just going for esthetics; we’re also going for longevity and durability,” says Minakakis. Arbutus selected Torlys wide plank laminate flooring in a clear oak finish for the great room. “It’s super durable and easy

to maintain. I opted for a lighter colour, which people really seem to like. It’s more of a natural finish,” says Lapsiuk. Storage space is a priority for families and Arbutus’ Ford plan satisfies that need. The front entrance has a large coat closet. The rear entrance is a mudroom, with a double coat closet, lockers and bench seating. The adjacent powder room is an added convenience. The home’s second storey is unique in its layout. A bifurcated staircase leads upstairs, then splits into two smaller flights – dividing the space into two distinct living quarters. On one side is a huge flex room occupying the bonus space over the four-car garage. “It’s a wonderful family space for watching TV and playing games,” says Minakakis. On the opposite side of the stairs are the home’s three bedrooms. The large master bedroom is an inviting sanctuary. Behind a stylish white barn door

is a luxuriously appointed ensuite, with a glass-enclosed custom tile shower, soaker tub with a tile surround, a quartz-topped double-sink vanity and tile floors with a stunning marble mosaic motif. The walk-in closet is finished with custom shelving. The two children’s bedrooms are adjacent to another family-sized bathroom, featuring a built-in linen closet. The upstairs laundry room is central to all three bedrooms. The Arbutus team doesn’t just get people talking, they pay attention. The decision to integrate a four-car garage into the Ford’s design was in direct response to comments from numerous Saskatonians who expressed interest in having largersized garages. “That became the inspiration for the design of our new Ford model,” says Minakakis. The Ford is affordably priced at $599,000, including all taxes. To check out viewing hours, or to make an appointment to tour the home, visit Arbutus Properties’ website at “We’re anticipating an exciting spring with a new release of homes in The Meadows, including our popular Brady design, as well as the introduction of a brand new plan – The Clark,” adds Minakakis. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements!



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Colleen Wilson and husband Ken Achs can’t imagine life without their pets at their side. The couple rescued these adorable red tabbies, Beau and Finnigan, and have welcomed them into their home.

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pet-friendly living by Jeannie Armstrong

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olleen Wilson wouldn’t consider living anywhere without her beloved pets and she doesn’t think anyone else should have to make that choice either. Wilson co-owns Meridian Development Ltd. with business partner Karl Miller. Meridian Development has established a reputation in Saskatoon for its many highprofile residential and commercial projects. The company’s outstanding portfolio includes the stylish King George building



downtown, LUXE Condos on Broadway and Aria Condos in Evergreen, just to name a few. Meridian is currently marketing the final units of its urban chic Sequoia Square condos, located at 223 Evergreen Square. “Karl and I agree that we won’t build something we wouldn’t live in ourselves. I have to have my pets. Karl likes animals as well. We’ve always welcomed pets. All of our projects are pet-friendly,” says Wilson. “There are other pet-friendly condos now, but we were the company that started it – even when we were advised by people in the industry, ‘don’t do that.’

“We are big believers that our animals are part of our family. If you change homes, they change homes with you,” says Wilson. Wilson and her husband Ken Achs share their own home with two delightful red shorthaired tabbies, named Beau and Finnigan. The brothers were abandoned as kittens near the couple’s home and rescued by Achs. Beau and Finnigan now live a very pampered, cosmopolitan lifestyle. They often accompany Wilson on buying excursions as she selects décor elements for Meridian's show suites. “From the time they were little, I used to take them shopping

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with me in their travel carriers. They’re very used to it.” The cats also join the couple on their frequent travels to California. Matching Ellen DeGeneres turtleneck sweaters helped them adjust to the change in temperature after recently returning to Saskatoon. The tabbies have helped soothe the sorrow Wilson felt when she recently lost the last of her oldest cats. “She was 20 years old. I knew it was coming but it was really heart-breaking.” Wilson isn’t just devoted to her own pets, she is an ardent animal advocate. She is one of the co-founders of the annual Pets in the Park event which raises funds to support the medical needs of homeless, sick and injured companion animals being cared for by New Hope Dog Rescue, SCAT Street Cat Rescue and the Saskatoon SPCA. Designing a pet-friendly residence doesn’t mean sacrificing style. In her own

home, Wilson protects her Italian silk furnishings by ensuring the cats have a choice of corrugated cardboard scratch pads, liberally treated with catnip. “I keep them close to the area where the cats sleep because they like to get up and claw after they’ve been asleep,” says Wilson. “These guys also love the cat trees we bought for them. They claw them and climb them for exercise.” She also recommends using pet pens with zip-on mesh tops for cats and small dogs. While Finnigan and Beau have a designated room in the couple’s home, Wilson also uses the pet pens to provide a safe haven for her furry pals. “At night, they sleep in our bedroom, but in their pen. They love it in there. The pens are lightweight and collapsible, so they’re great for travelling. When we entertain outside, I’ll take them out in their pet pen. They can be with us, but they can’t escape and get lost,” says Wilson.

The pet pens are available on Amazon as well as from local pet stores. "Despite the fact that I love to have nice décor in my house, it's punctuated by a few cat trees and pet play pens. People who know me know that's just the way it is." When designing pet-friendly projects, Wilson also opts for surfaces that are not just visually appealing, but very durable. Meridian’s Sequoia Square condo is evidence of that. Wilson brought in design elements and influences from around the globe to create the finish packages for Sequoia Square, including marble-style quartz countertops, designer light fixtures, sleek slab-front linear-grained cabinets and built-in frosted glass custom closets. Attractive laminate flooring extends through the open concept kitchen, dining and living space, while bathrooms feature lustrous oversized porcelain tile. “The laminate flooring we chose for Sequoia Square is great for pets. Some of the laminates now are just beautiful. The high-end luxury vinyl floorings are also a sprinG 2017


good choice. They look remarkable; some of them are more expensive than hardwood,” says Wilson. Sequoia Square even has a doggie wash located in the building’s heated underground parkade. “That’s something we commonly install in our projects,” says Wilson. Not all residents at Sequoia Square are pet owners says Wilson. “There’s a mix, some with pets, some not. We haven’t had any issues at all with it. The rule is, you’re not to let your pets disturb anyone else. For the most part, people are very responsible.” For pets who develop anxiety when their owners are away at work, Wilson recommends one of the many pet sitting services available in the city. “You can

take your dog to doggy day care. I have a pet sitter who has looked after my pets for about 18 years. She comes to our house and visits with our cats. She’ll also walk dogs. For people who work regularly and have a pet who gets lonely during the day, I think doggy day cares are a great option. They help the dog stay socialized.” Meridian Development has a new project on the drawing board that promises to be truly spectacular. Escala, located at 637 University Drive, will feature a limited number of streetfront “city homes” and the seven-storey “Sky Estates” tower. “They will be exceptional in design and space,” says Wilson. “Escala is going to have more of a luxury

boutique condo feel because there aren’t a lot of units in it. It won’t be more than 45 units.” Escala’s spacious glass terraces will capture the city’s most breathtaking river views, including the Bessborough Hotel and Spadina Crescent. “It doesn’t get better than that for river views in Saskatoon,” says Wilson. “We have looked at condominiums all over North America and even in Europe to get ideas for this project. Escala will offer a contemporary elegance that will appeal to the taste of people who are discerning buyers. And absolutely and for sure, it’s going to be pet-friendly. We’ve already had enquiries about that.” To learn more about the project, visit

Colleen’s tips for pet-friendy living Apart from the obvious like neutering, spaying and vaccinations, after a lifetime of living with dogs and cats, here are my tips for living happily ever after with your pets: If your pet does a lot of travelling with you, use a different pet carrier for travels than you do to go to the vet. Your pet will understand the difference and it will help reduce any anxiety. Start travelling with your pet when it’s young so it gets used to it. Outings to local stores are a good way to begin. Practice clipping your pet’s nails. The younger you start the easier it will go. Never declaw a cat! If your pet likes to hide around the house put • a “tile“ (designed for keeping track of your keys) on their harness. They work up to 150 feet through an app on your cell phone. If your pet is home alone during the day while you are at work be sure they can see out a window for amusement. Better yet get a second pet. Even older cats can adapt to a young friend. Toy breed dogs often prefer a friendly cat as a buddy to a larger dog. There might be some socializing needed at first but introduce them gradually, keep separate feeding bowls and they will work it out. Take your pet for a walk on a leash or in a stroller. Pet strollers are not just for dogs; they work great for cats. They come in extremely lightweight options so they are easy to lift in and out of the car.


Keep pills and other medications in cabinets. Always keep lids on all medications. Think of your pets like children. You don’t want them to get into things like that. Always know a great pet sitter who can look after your pet at your own home when you go away. Get references. They also provide the service of bringing in the mail and checking your house while you’re gone.

Especially for Cats: Get a cat tree. They are perfect for cats to sleep on, play on and claw. Reward them when they claw it! They provide great access for them to look out high windows, and a save haven out of harm’s way. Get cardboard s c r a t c h pads and keep them sprinkled regularly with catnip in a location close to where your cat sleeps because cats like to claw when they wake up. Switch to silica litter for low tracking, no odors and easy cleanup. It’s a life changer! For lengthy travel with your cat get a small rectangular storage container with a tight lid and to keep a bit of silica litter for emergency bathroom breaks.

If you have a cat that sheds and you can’t keep up with daily grooming....clip it. Then be sure to buy a pet sweater to keep your kitty cozy. Turtleneck sweaters and longer lengths designed for dachshunds are often the best fit for kitties. Having a sweater on your cat also seems to calm them down.

Especially for DOGS: If your dog is alone during the day while you’re at work, think about the option of taking them to doggy day care or hiring a pet sitter to take them for a walk to break the day up. Have lots of toys for your dog to play with. It’s always smart not to tempt fate; keep your shoes in the closet! If your dog likes your shoes a little too much, buy them a leather toy and praise them for playing with it. They will learn it’s more rewarding to play with their toys than your shoes. And last but not least, give your pet lots of love and attention and you will get it back tenfold, because after all it’s the only creature in your life that will truly ever love you unconditionally!

Downsizing: This tiny house is big on style

Tiny houses are a growing phenomenon across North America. Now the trend is reaching Saskatoon and the first Tiny House has been built as an infill project.

by Hilary Klassen Photos by Hilary Klassen


iving in Saskatoon’s first tiny house is a dream come true for Donna Irvine. She moved into the 228-square foot home on Avenue F in early November and is extravagantly thrilled with her new space. “I love it!” she says. “I’ve never had a dream come true like this. It’s like I won the lottery.” Vaulted ceilings, generous windows and white walls ensure the space doesn’t feel

tiny. It feels bright, airy and even spacious. Like others attracted to the tiny house lifestyle, Irvine had grown weary of the responsibility and costs of maintaining the 2,400 square foot home she occupied alone. The move presented a welcome alternative. Irvine is well-suited to tiny house living. “Being an organized guru in the first place made it easy to purge.” Her tiny home is well ordered and she even has leftover storage space. “I love everything about it because I have enough space. It feels luxurious,” she says.

Her favourite feature is a large countertop in the living area adjacent to the full-sized kitchen where she does everything from folding laundry to making soup to doing woodwork. A full-size stove and farmhouse sink are also prized items. A standard bathroom holds an apartment-style stacking laundry set. Builder Andrew Machnee hopes the house will inspire a growing tiny house movement. “My goal is to try to use it as a model for the City to expand their infill horizon and their density building spring 2017


Homeowner donna Irvine says her tiny home feels bright and spacious. The home’s strategic design included a full-size kitchen to accommodate Irvine’s prized farmhouse sink and full-sized stove.

approach.” Machnee envisions building 10 tiny houses per single plot of infill land to form small communities. Homes would line each side of the lot with a central pathway, and garden planters and parking for each. The smaller size allows him to include more high-end custom features. The City of Saskatoon has not embraced Machnee’s vision, to date. The Avenue F tiny house was built with regular ‘big house’ permits and codes. He suspects it might have been easier to build a 5,000-square foot house than a tiny house. But he hopes they’ll come around. Machnee has been in construction for 20 years. For the past three, he’s been doing infill projects exclusively. “The smallest unit I build is 804 square feet and there’s lots of demand for that product.” He’s not primarily motivated by the economics of building tiny homes. “I’m busy enough. I’m passionate about tiny homes because of affordable housing, things that are important to me as a person,” he says. “The government has added PST to construction costs, property taxes are increasing and utility costs are increasing, but wages aren’t going up. The core idea here is affordable living.” Tiny houses are a natural next step for



Machnee. He takes his already small model home and scales it down again. A sectional sofa in the living room pulls out to become a queen bed and fits perfectly. A hidden compartment holds a small table and chairs. Machnee loves the high-end craftsman exterior with its timbers and green stucco. Inside, the high ceilings and natural light are strong design elements, giving the home a fresh look, he says. People may assume tiny homes appeal mainly to young hipster types. But through attending Tiny House Saskatoon meetings and holding an open house at his Avenue F house, Machnee discovered that’s not necessarily the case. “I had lots of 50-plus people come to me and say this is an answer for them; a lot of people that are maybe looking to down-size, to get some money for retirement possibly. They want to have a little yard and their own space.” Machnee is able to offer tiny houses for a $500 monthly mortgage payment or less, whereas a typical home may have a $1,500 monthly mortgage payment. He wonders what people would do if they had an extra $1,000 a month. “This is the ideology behind compact living. We spend so much of our lives working constantly, extra jobs, working evenings and weekends, trying to get the

I had lots of 50plus people come to me and say this is an answer for them; a lot of people that are maybe looking to down-size, to get some money for retirement possibly. They want to have a little yard and their own space. – anDrEW MaCHnEE

bigger house and another car. At the end of it we’re saving up so that we can maybe do what we love when we’re old, hopefully. Why not down-size now and start living your life doing what you want to do every day? It’s an option for people.”

A sectional sofa in the living room pulls out to become a queen bed when guests arrive. A hidden compartment holds a small table and chairs.

For Irvine it’s the right option. Attending Tiny House meetings helped clarify her needs. She didn’t want a house on wheels, she wanted a house on a foundation with City infrastructure and services. She and

Machnee met at the Avenue F open house where she managed to get her name to the top of the list. Irvine’s tiny house is surrounded by nature. When her head hits the pillow at

night, she doesn’t see another house, she sees mature trees and birds, and peace surrounds her. For more information on Andrew Machnee’s tiny house, call 306.880.8284.

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Meet HGTV Canada’s newest stars:

Mickey & Sebastian, hosts of “Worst to First” By Jennifer Jacoby-Smith


s hosts of “Worst to First”, Vancouver contractors Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo are among HGTV Canada’s newest stars. The two first met when Fabbiano’s sister, Amy, started dating Sevallo’s brother, Christian. “Literally, within the first five minutes we were finishing each other’s sentences,” explains Fabbiano. “It was a love-hate relationship.” “A competitive bromance, let’s call it,” Sevallo jumps in. With a common background in the construction trades, the pair immediately bonded and soon started working together. Now they’ve made the leap to HGTV and “Worst to First”. The series debuted last fall and while the premise is simple, it’s Fabbiano and Sevallo who make it so fun to watch. Each episode centres on a couple looking to find their dream home. Fabbiano and Sevallo then take them to two bargain homes in their desired neighbourhood. However, the homes need a lot of work to become the forever home the couple envisions. Once the clients choose a home, Fabbiano and Sevallo each present a design plan for renovations. It’s not easy to take these fixer uppers from the worst home in the neighbourhood to the best, but they always seem to find a way. All while the pair banter like old friends. While they acknowledge it is a risk to buy a fixer-upper, there are some things to be mindful of when looking at a home to




, Vancouver contractors and best friends Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo are among HGTV Canada’s newest stars with their own show – Worst to First. They’re coming to HomeStyles in Saskatoon with their tricks and tips on home renovations. Supplied photos

renovate. First, you’ll need the right home in the right neighbourhood, with the right configuration or a way to make it the right configuration. Then you’ll need to make sure the home is structurally sound. You can’t look into the walls, but you can be a detective and look for signs of shifting in the foundation which may cause cracks in the walls. “If you see yellow staining, any kind of mould or moisture build up or you don’t see ventilation in the soffits, these are signs that could have caused problems in the last 50 years,” explains Fabbiano. “If you look at homes, they tell you things. They give you clues. It lets you know if there’s something going on,” Sevallo adds. The costliest of repairs will have to do with structural repairs or water damage, so it’s important to do some detective work. Look for signs that the home has been maintained, even if the decor is straight out of the 1970s. While they have similar styles, Fabbiano and Sevallo like to offer homeowners on the show different approaches to achieving their

dream home. Throughout the entire process, Fabbiano and Sevallo make all the design decisions – a sharp departure from their construction business where a client would choose the type of wood, what grain, what colour, what plank size, and what finish for a hardwood floor for instance. But on the show, it’s all up to Fabbiano and Sevallo. This means the clients have no idea what the finished product will look like until they walk into their forever home. In the end it’s seeing the faces of clients during the big reveal that makes the show so special for Fabbiano and Sevallo. As Fabbiano explains, “Just to see the look on their faces and in their eyes is unreal. They’re seeing it all for the first time. There are so many different aspects to it and it’s so overwhelming for them. It becomes overwhelming for us.” He likens it to buying his nephew a snowboard for Christmas. Sevallo interjects, “Our nephew?” “Our nephew,” Fabbiano corrects himself. “There’s no better feeling than that, seeing the pure joy. Usually. We haven’t had any clients

that hated what we did yet.” “You didn’t get me anything for Christmas,” says Sevallo. “I thought the gift of my presence was gift enough,” protests Fabbiano. The pair will be bringing their expertise and humour to HomeStyles, taking place March 8 through 11. You can catch Fabianno and Sevallo on the StarPhoenix Main Stage, Friday, March 9. They look forward to getting to know the prairie city, as neither has been to Saskatoon before. “Mick and I are both looking forward to meeting fans or anybody that’s interested in home construction,” says Sevallo. They plan to talk about tricks and tips on home construction, specifically how to save money on home renovations. The session will be very practical with lots of audience interaction and practical application, so audience members can take home some ideas to apply on their own projects. For more details about HomeStyles, including the StarPhoenix Main Stage show schedule, visit spring 2017



Gems on the Lake

by north PrAirie deveLoPments by JeANNIe ArmSTroNg


y definition, a “gem” is something likened to a precious stone because of its beauty and value. North Prairie Developments’ newest home series – The Gems on the Lake – lives up to that definition. North Prairie has brought a rare find to Saskatoon home buyers – the opportunity to purchase one of 17 lakeside walkout homes from its popular Craftsman design series, priced starting at just $429,900. The aptly named Gems on the Lake series of homes is located on the 800-block of Kensington Boulevard, extending along the scenic George H. Clare Park, in the



heart of Kensington. Marketing manager Tannis Miller says that two popular home designs are featured in the Gems on the Lake collection: The Ruby and The Sapphire. “Both home designs feature large windows, walkout basements and extended decks that take full advantage of the lake views. We wanted to maximize that feeling of living at the lake,” says Miller. “The Ruby is currently exclusive to Gems on the Lake. This plan was so popular at our Cottages at Trimble development in Willowgrove!” The Ruby is an attractive two-storey walkout, with two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, measuring 1,502 square

feet. Classic Craftsman architecture has inspired the design of this inviting family home, with an attractive exterior featuring upgraded cement fibre siding by James Hardie Building Products. The rich, warm exterior colour palette enhances the gemlike quality of these Craftsman-style homes. Designed for modern family life, The Ruby features an exciting array of contemporary features and design touches, including the latest smart technologies from Nest and Amazon Echo. The Nest thermostat learns the homeowners’ behaviour and then automatically sets temperatures according to their daily routine. “The Ruby will be the first home where we’re introducing the Amazon Echo,” says

Phase one of Gems on the Lake features 17 two-storey walkout homes backing onto George H. Clare Park on Kensington Boulevard. North Prairie Developments is showcasing two different floor plans from its Craftsman Home Series in this streetscape: The Ruby and The Sapphire.

Miller. The smart speakers connect devices to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant “Alexa”, a popular hub for today’s smart homes. The layout of The Ruby is smart and makes efficient use of space. There’s plenty of space to gather with friends and family on the main floor, from the front foyer and adjacent mudroom to the open living room and dining area overlooking the sparkling waters of the adjacent lake. The second floor features a large master bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in closet, as well as a generously sized second bedroom. The upstairs laundry is an appreciated convenience. Also on the second floor is a bright, sun-filled bonus space, referred to as the “lifestyle room.” The space can be used in many ways – as a family relaxation zone, a home office, a fitness studio or a media room. “It can even be turned into a third bedroom, depending on the owners’ needs,” says Miller. The lower walkout level is open for future development, with lots of space for a family

room opening onto a covered patio, an additional bedroom and a third bathroom. Phase One of Gems on the Lake includes six Ruby models and 11 Sapphire models. The Sapphire is a bestseller from North Prairie’s Craftsman Series. Larger in scale at 1,793 square feet, The Sapphire offers three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. A spacious lifestyle room is also offered on the second floor of this plan. “The Sapphire has got real wow factor, especially when you see that big lifestyle room!” says Miller. All of the innovative smart technologies offered with The Ruby will also be available in The Sapphire model. The price of this plan, which includes a double attached garage, starts at $454,900. “Both The Ruby and The Sapphire come with fully landscaped front and rear yards. The back yards are fenced. Each home also features a large covered deck, with incredible lake views. That adds so much value to your home purchase,” says Miller. Customers purchasing a home from North Prairie Developments can buy with

confidence, knowing they are dealing with one of Saskatoon’s most experienced family-owned builders, serving Saskatoon and area for over 30 years. “Our awardwinning customer service doesn’t stop when we hand over the keys. We have a great team of professionals who are always here to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need,” says Miller. Located in the popular new neighbourhood of Kensington, The Ruby show home will be open to the public for viewing at the end of March. Miller says that the continued growth and development of Kensington – including new restaurants, retail stores, banks, professional services and a future school – ­ is proving appealing to many families. “Buyers are seeing the value of getting into Kensington now, while they can take advantage of the best pricing available.” To learn more about the Gems on the Lake, visit, and watch for updates and sneak previews on Facebook and Instagram.





spring 2017



Red by hilary klassen




ou don’t need to know Spanish to appreciate the Latin-esque quality of Benjamin Moore’s 2018 colour of the year. ‘Caliente’ means hot and with this shade, we’re talking red hot. The shade was inspired by a diversity of colour cues, taking home design in a bold new direction. When Ellen O’Neill, Director of Strategic Intelligent Design at Benjamin Moore attended the Women’s March on Washington last year, she was moved by the sea of pink; knitted hats in many shades from pink to raspberry to reds. “That was the first big colour impact of the year. Obviously, at that women’s march, colour was voice. It registered as feminism or solidarity or protest, but it was all about the strength of colour to communicate.” After Washington, O’Neill headed to Paris for “Maison Object”, a semi-annual trade

“I think people are thirsting for bold, impactful statements whether it’s a reaction to politics or a new election or change or maybe feeling more economically secure, and its time to be playful again and take some risks. Bold colours are optimistic.” Ellen O’Neill PHOTOS COURTESY OF BENJAMIN MOORE

show that brings together an assembly of vendors in the home furnishing industry in multiple categories – textiles, table tops, lighting and furniture. The event provides a good thermometer of what’s current in design, including insight into the colours and palettes that the industry has recently designed with. These are colour stories headed for the shores of North America in three to six months. “What I saw a lot of at that show was a much braver use of colour. It wasn’t mid-tones, not blushes or pinks necessarily. These were strong bold colours.” Europe offered additional inspiration. A renovated bar at the Ritz Hotel in Paris was beautifully redone in red. “It was definitely a tonier red, yet almost a private, intimate red,” O’Neill says. All the Gucci flagship stores in Europe had been upholstered in red velvet with detailed stitching. “There was something heralded and arresting and dramatic about them.” Back home, O’Neill did a photo shoot for a project at the JFK airport in New York, where a friend is converting a TWA terminal into a hotel. A chili red wall provided another striking example of how red could be used effectively, even in a commercial setting. Another colour cue was the symbolic use of red in the culturally significant TV series,

“The Handmaid’s Tale”, she says. But red, of course, comes in many shades. Caliente was attractive because of its warm brown undertones, which made it liveable. “We kept saying we need it liveable, we can’t have a jarring red,” says O’Neill. What is liveable becomes an individual decision. She suggests a few ways to test your comfort level with the bold and confident Caliente. If you want to paint a whole room, do some large swatches on a wall and you’ll find out how colour brave you are. “Get live samples on a wall. Paint a big patch by the window and another in the corner and observe the colour three times a day, and see what you gravitate towards.” Some might tiptoe toward the colour by painting a mantel or bookcase or the inside of a bookcase. At a photo shoot, O’Neill discovered a Chippendale chest of drawers with the insides of the drawers painted a lacquered aubergine colour, offering a little surprise every time you open the drawers. You can paint the trim around the windows or the window seat, the interior or exterior doors. The decision is whether your red is the focal point or the backup singer. Use of colour also creates emotional impact. A room like a library or dining room can reflect the energy of Caliente, or its

charismatic, intimate and soothing qualities. Caliente has a whole supporting cast of 23 influential colours in Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Colour Trends palette. O’Neill is partial to Cranberry Cocktail, Cherry Wine and Texas Rose. Reds can be paired with greys or other neutrals for effective colour combos. A look at the Benjamin Moore colour card will help determine how ‘red ready’ you are. “When choosing the colour of the year, we talked about pinks and blushes. Those colours were good companions and good support systems to the story, and we wanted to highlight them because they were prominent in some of the colour landscape. But we felt red was a stronger statement,” she says. O’Neill gets excited about every colour of the year. Each one is her ‘baby’ until the next one comes along. With over 3,500 Benjamin Moore colours to choose from, narrowing the field is useful to customers. “That many colours is overwhelming to a lot of people. This helps people edit down a colour statement for the year. They don’t have to agree with it. We’re not mandating anything, we’re reporting back what we see out there. We’re reporting on what’s in the air from a design perspective.” Now, it’s up to you. Where will you be seeing red? spring 2017


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3. Maximizing street appeal is key to making an initial first impression. Make your home shine from the outside in. To spring clean the exterior, be sure to: - Wash your windows. - Dispose of any pet excrement left behind during the winter. - Power rake and thoroughly water your lawn. - Sweep and rinse away any sand, gravel or debris from your driveway and garage. - Take down Christmas lights. - Remove debris from flower beds and plant some colourful flowers. - Ensure eavestroughs and downspouts are clean and in good condition. 4. Once the outside is shining, move inside: - De-clutter your home and remove excess personal photographs and items of value. - Make the bathrooms and kitchen sparkle. Wash grimy cabinets, fixtures and mirrors. - Fix leaky faucets. Replace burnt-out or dim light bulbs with regular bulbs for maximum luminance. - Empty out full closets and storage spaces. - Re-arrange furniture for an open, bright feel and easy flow between rooms. - Wash windows, blinds and light fixtures. - Store pet food in airtight containers, empty litter boxes daily and clean pet blankets, baskets and kennels regularly. 5. List your home with a REALTOR® on MLS®. They are trained to provide advice to buyers and deal with buyer objections. Remember, the first impression of your home is often the lasting impression. If a buyer’s agent is impressed, their clients will be too, resulting in a quicker sale and higher price for your home. For more information on preparing your home for sale or for a professional market evaluation, call or email Jacqueline Chilliak. She’s happy to help and has 24 years of experience as an award-winning REALTOR®.

spring 2017



Brighton continues to


by JeSSe greeN


ith the first two phases nearing capacity, the community of Brighton offers a vibrant, new neighbourhood while avoiding some of those new-area headaches that can leave homeowners feel like they’re pioneers on the prairie. Brand new homes come with a front yard landscaping package. Builders are filling whole streets rather than leaving vacant lots dotted throughout, parks and ponds are in and leases are signed for the retail centre. “We’re bringing these amenities in early, so that Brighton residents can see and use them right from the word go,” said Brad Zurevinski, general manager with Dream Development.



Brighton is part of Saskatoon’s Holmwood Suburban Development area, and its master plan includes 10 phases of development. With the first two phases about 90 per cent sold, Dream has released Phase 3 lots to their builder group. Phase 3 lots are northwest of the first two phases which surround one of the larger ponds and the retail centre. Options for housing in Brighton are diverse: single detached family homes, semi-detached homes and multi-unit housing like townhouses, walkup apartments and condominiums. Adding some lots that will overlook the parks is a unique part of the community. The ‘fused-grid’ street layout is a marriage of those suburban cul-de-sacs (loved by residents, not so much by commuters) to

the classic grid with back lane system. This means there will be easy access to pathways and green spaces but also that driving the traffic loop system will be manageable. Brighton’s retail centre will include the

Dream Development has made beautifully landscaped park spaces a priority in Brighton.

Magic Lantern theatre, Saskatoon’s first new cinema in more than a decade; a new SaveOn-Foods; and Motion Fitness. Just along Highway 5 is the impressive glass building that houses Wilson’s Lifestyle Centre. Wilson’s carries a huge range of plants and trees, greenhouse supplies, gourmet foods and kitchen tools and Hillberg & Berk jewellery, just to name a few. In the same building is the fun stuff: Stoked Centre has ziplines, go karts, bouncy houses and rope courses. This retail centre is located at the major interchange of McOrmond and College

Drive. Dining options will range from The Keg to quick stop restaurants like Subway, Panago and Tim Hortons. Insurance, beauty, pharmacy, eye care, dentists and pet stores are just some of the retailers who have leased space in the retail centre. Brighton is constructed around a village centre which includes a large public plaza, a variety of amenities, a skating rink and a grand water feature. This village centre was designed by the award-winning KPMB Architects. The information centre has played host to many community events like visits Brighton’s retail centre is quickly being leased to a diverse range of businesses.

from Santa Claus, painting classes, hip hop dance workshops, cooking with Simons Fine Foods and succulent gardening, to name a few. Connectivity and green space are a big priority in Brighton, with many walking, hiking and biking trails that run through the community. Six pocket parks are dotted throughout, while 41 acres of protected wetland and another 82 acres of parkland are also included. One of Brighton’s parks was reviewed by and was given props for the cute theme and range of play for different aged kids. Visit the south end of Brighton where Underhill Way and Road meet to see the climbable bears, caves, tunnels, stones and more. With the first two phases in place, as well as some big-name retailers, parks, playgrounds and ponds, the neighbourhood of Brighton is becoming a prime Saskatoon destination. The master plan for Brighton includes 10 phases. When complete, the neighbourhood is expected to house 15,000 people. Stay tuned this summer for a second Parade of Homes which will feature nine prominent Saskatoon builders’ homes in Phase 3. To read more about builders, connectivity, the village square and a whole lot more, visit Brighton’s website at www. Dream Development can be found online at

The master-planned community of Brighton continues to evolve. Dream Development is now releasing lots to their builder group in Phase 3.

Photos/renderings courtesy of Dream Development.

spring 2017


Something for everyone at


by JeANNIe ArmSTroNg


nticipation is building, as Saskatchewan’s premiere home show gets ready to open the doors! HomeStyles 2018 returns to Prairieland Park March 8 to 11, presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA). What’s the number one reason thousands of people attend HomeStyles every year? “When we surveyed people why they were at HomeStyles last year, the number one answer is that they were there to get advice on an upcoming renovation,” says Krystal Rudyk, SRHBA communications manager. “For others, HomeStyles is a great place to get inspiration for a project, shop for unique items, learn from local experts or even just a fun reason to get out of the house and enjoy a day of activity and entertainment.” Attendance at HomeStyles 2017 increased by 11 per cent over the previous year, an indication of the show’s continuing popularity and appeal. This year, over 250 exhibitors will participate in the HomeStyles trade show, offering expert advice and product displays on every aspect of home building, design and renovation – from windows, doors and floors to the latest home automation systems. “Smart homes and energy efficiency are really big trends right now and we’re seeing that reflected in the booths and presentations you can see at this year’s show,” says Tanner Braaten, HomeStyles show manager. Two of HGTV Canada’s newest home reno stars will make their first appearance at HomeStyles this year. Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo, the hosts of the new HGTV Canada series, “Worst to First”, will appear on the Saskatoon StarPhoenix Main Stage in Hall C on Friday evening, entertaining audiences with their friendly banter and reallife renovation experiences.


Throughout all four days of HomeStyles, audiences can learn about different aspects of home building and renovation at the Main Stage Learning Lab, featuring local experts speaking on a variety of topics, including when to “love” and when to “list” your home, the latest design trends, kitchen design tips, home automation and energy efficient housing. The Ultimate Man Shed, the major fund-raising promotion for the Law Enforcement Guardians, returns to HomeStyles 2018. This year’s build promises to be even more amazing than previous designs. A great way to personalize your home is with unique artwork. If you love to shop, the HomeStyles Marketplace in Hall C is a must-see. “The Marketplace will be even bigger this year, with more booths than ever. It’s an expanded boutique retail experience, featuring a variety of local vendors. People can go exploring, buy really unique things and bring them home at the end of the day,” says Rudyk. Also in Hall C, the Saskatchewan Craft Council is expanding its participation at HomeStyles this year, creating a variety of décor

HomeStyles is your chance to meet HgTv Canada celebrity home renovation stars, mickey and Sebastian, the hosts of “Worst to first.” suPPLied Photo

vignettes featuring unique handcrafts created by Saskatchewan artisans. These displays will show how artisan pieces can enhance your home and fit into a variety of different spaces

There are always new things to see and do for the whole family at HomeStyles, one reason why attendance at last year’s show increased by 11 per cent. SP file photo

and décor styles. HomeStyles will once again have two special theme days. Thursday, March 8 will be Seniors’ Day. Admission that day for people age 55 and over will be just $8.00. Sunday is Family Day at HomeStyles. “Three of the superhero characters from PJ Masks will be at the show on Sunday. Parents can bring their kids to meet them and have pictures taken with the characters. A number of our exhibitors will also have special family-centric

HomeStyles 2018 is Saskatchewan’s premiere home and lifestyle show, offering expert advice and product displays on every aspect of home building, design and renovation. SP file photo

activities going on that day.” Something new and exciting to this year’s HomeStyles Family Day are two uniquely designed playhouses being raffled off by Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon. The playhouses – one classic and one ultra-modern – will be displayed all four days of the show. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing initiatives. The winning tickets will be drawn on Sunday at HomeStyles.

HomeStyles opens Thursday, March 8 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, March 9 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12.50 for adults; children 12 and under are free. To plan your visit to HomeStyles, check out the schedule of events and exhibitors’ list at The latest details will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter (@ homestylesshow).










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Bridges Awards honour

industry’s best by Jeannie Armstrong


wards season has arrived – a time to celebrate excellence in a variety of professions. In Saskatoon, one of the year’s most highly anticipated red carpet events is the Bridges Awards, presented by the Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association (SRHBA). For 26 years, the Bridges Awards have celebrated the professionalism and achievements of SRHBA members who are leading the way in Saskatoon’s residential construction industry. The gala event took place February 10 at TCU Place. Collin Pullar, president of the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, was this year’s entertaining master of ceremonies. By joining the SRHBA, members of the residential construction industry have chosen to hold themselves to the highest levels of quality and professionalism, says Krystal Rudyk, the association’s communications manager. “The Bridges Awards really are a best-of-the-best competition. Just being named a finalist is quite prestigious.” “Competition was especially tough this year, as there was actually an all-time record number of award submissions,” adds Jennifer Lamontagne, project development associate with the SRHBA. Maison Design + Build is honoured to have been named among this year’s Bridges Awards finalists, says co-owner Jilaire Wagner. “I think it says that we are doing the right things as a company. Our work is being recognized as special and among the best in Saskatoon. Because we are a boutique builder, the Bridges Awards have helped increase recognition of our name in Saskatoon and among our peers in the home builder community.” Daryl Shannon, owner of Delonix Homes, says his company is extremely proud to be included in the elite group of Bridges Awards finalists. “We would like to think that being named a finalist for the prestigious Bridges



The coveted crystal statues presented at the SRHBA’s Bridges Awards recognize the “best-of-the-best” in our city’s residential construction industry. Photo: Jeff Lyons

Awards is a direct reflection of our passion toward what we do on a daily basis – building quality homes and renovations – and our dedication to our customers and community.” Boychuk Construction’s Rosewood Estates townhome condominium project received the Bridges Award for Best Townhouse Development (under 50 units). The company was also a finalist in the Environmental Award category. “To be recognized as a finalist in both award categories shows that all our hard work designing and constructing Rosewood Estates has paid off. As a long-time

SRHBA member, we have always felt it very important to participate in the association’s events, including this year’ Bridges Awards,” says Boychuk’s construction manager Ken Redekopp. A new recruitment process for judges was also introduced this year. “This year’s Bridges Awards were judged by a national panel, made up of judges from all across the country,” explains Lamontagne. “Different judges were selected for different award categories, based on their industry experience and expertise. For example, marketing professionals were selected to judge the marketing awards.” Bridges Awards were presented in six different categories, including Industry Awards; Marketing; New Home Awards (including both single family and multi-family homes); Design, Décor and Renovation; Sales Achievement; and Association Awards. Two new Bridges awards were handed out this year. The Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to Delonix Homes and the Safety Stewardship Award went to North Ridge Renovations. Among the evening’s most highly anticipated presentations were the Ambassador Awards. “These awards really recognize the impact our members have had on the community and the legacy they’ve established within the industry,” says Lamontagne. This year’s Ambassador Awards recognized Russell Walsh of Superior Cabinets and Joe Ehr of Ehrenburg Homes, both long-standing members of the association and steadfast contributors to Saskatoon’s residential construction industry. The gala culminated with the presentation of the Builder of the Year Award. This year, the coveted crystal statue was awarded for a third straight consecutive year to North Ridge Development Corporation – an unprecedented honour. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners! For a complete list of winners, visit

Style & Decor

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It’s All About You! We’re building a new home and are excited about using some trendy elements. How do we ensure our home is still timeless? It’s all about you! One of the strong trends is incorporating natural wood elements into your space. It adds distinctive warmth to modern settings. Consider how you can use this component to express your individual style. A home which gently reveals your dreams and aspirations gives an authentic personal touch for your family and friends to experience. Warm up to wood: Custom floating shelves and cabinetry with a distinctive walnut grain are a great way to feature the wood element. In this photo they were designed for a client’s feature walls to showcase his personal love of rock music with autographed LPs and guitar collection. For that “timeless” look: Feature a focal point item and keep the fresco Interiors design group Inc. – Winner of the 2017 SHbA bridges remaining elements neutral. Neutral doesn’t mean boring; it means Award: “Saskatoon Renovation of the Year” & Consumer Choice Awards 2017: Best Interior Design Firm - Saskatoon keeping the colour palette in the same undertone but with interesting textures, to allow your personal focal points to shine. Wrapping a room in a deep mushroom neutral wallpaper offers an inviting backdrop. Custom streamlined contemporary wood shelves provide a timeless, yet modern quality. Add unexpected elements: Dipping one room – like a den or dining room – in a trending jewel tone like eggplant, midnight navy or charcoal instantly transforms the space. Layer walls with large scale burnished gold frames with white mattes that pop off the delicious rich walls. The trending wall colour is simply paint and can be easily changed. Select engaging surfaces and art: Consider using the textural trend to tile a dramatic wall in a powder room or create a 3D free-floating fireplace in your family room. The goal is to use the trend to feature exciting elements which flow together beautifully. For artwork, consider having a precious image enlarged to an over-scaled size in black and white and framed, rather than purchasing generic artwork from big box stores. Let the image reveal a wonderful story about you or your family. Infuse your version of the trend: There is an authentic shift towards creating spaces based on how it makes a person “feel.” Whether it’s relaxed, energized or intimate, the goal is to create a home that reflects your true personal lifestyle. The process that works well for us guides the homeowner through a series of lifestyle questions and specific visuals related to them to translate their day-to-day life into a vision of what makes them completely happy. The ultimate goal is to “infuse your vision of the trend” into your space. The best trend is when it captures you!

Love where you live!

sprinG 2017


The farmhouse sink is becoming a focal point in many kitchens. Photo: dXv hiLLside CoLLeCtion/AmeriCAn stAndArd

subway tile; a square version is popping up on the market.

MiX tHOsE MEtals

This new rule-breaker remains: if you want gold and silver in the same room, then definitely go for it. Articulating and architectural faucets are bringing a taste of steampunk into the kitchen while complementing some of the more stylized lighting options. With pendants becoming more of a showpiece and often larger in size, there is room to deviate from that magic three-pendant formula when lighting above a kitchen island.

Trend Report:

How to bring your kitchen into 2018 by JeSSe greeN


ixed metals, a funky farmhouse sink revival and some bold blackand-white contrasts are on trend for kitchens this year. Read on for ways to update your kitchen with tips from experts at the Tait Kitchen Centre and Kitchen & Bath Classics. “We are seeing more drama, from patterned floors to full-on splashes of colour,” said Lori Pelletier, showroom manager at Kitchen & Bath Classics.

blaCK anD WHitE

This bold colour combo is back from the 90s, but a little more understated this time around. It is showing in small touches, like cabinet hardware or black stainless appliances. Black faucets, in a matte finish, are trending. These bold fixtures add a fresh new look and anchor in other elements. They also work very well with the luxury metals that are popular, like gold, copper and brass. Those popular warm metals can temper the harshness of black and white. Add to that white palette with a new take on the classic

GrEy is tHE nEW WHitE

While white still rules the kitchen, we are seeing softer whites like cream and soft greys. And, these greys are coloured with blue, green or purple undertones. Grey is extending to wood tones, with the greys going towards a warmer shade and even some textured wood showing up. The two-tone kitchen is here to stay, with a twist like a contrasting island or a different coloured perimeter on cabinetry. It can be subtle, not a high contrast, but enough to add some interest. No matter what the trends predict, it is important to pick things that truly feel right. Denise Graves is an expert Kitchen Design Consultant with Tait Kitchen Centre, and she likes to quote the famous interior decorator Billy Baldwin. He said, “Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.”

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The farmhouse sink is a major feature in many a modern kitchen. These sinks come in the traditional, smooth fire clay look as well as some stylish new options in bold colours. A matte, granite composite sink offers great durability. Stainless steel versions come in a variety of colours, while the hammered copper farmhouse sink is a serious show stopper.



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If you are planning a renovation or a new build, check out the automated upper cabinet which will open at the touch of a button. Functional items like pullouts for spice racks, vertical dividers for trays and cookie sheets remain a staple in the new kitchen. Appliance garages can help keep countertops clutter free, but a qualified electrician should ensure that it’s made to code. Integrated kitchens add a sleek, uniform look to the room by hiding appliances behind matching cabinetry.

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Wood countertops are showing strongly, with an exceedingly durable new finish. Quartz is still a standard wish-list item, but it’s been popping up in a matte finish which is a new take. Designing the kitchen can be planned around something as simple as a pendant light, or some cool antique handles. While the 2018 kitchen won’t be a huge departure from the year before, there are some fresh, playful and bold options that can define your modern kitchen.

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growing number of homeowners are seeking alternatives to the traditional grass lawn for a variety of reasons. They may feel they don’t have the time to properly care for it, they want to protect natural resources or avoid the use of chemical herbicides or fertilizers, or they may simply desire to have their home, with its unique landscape, stand out on the block. In addition, many major cities, especially in the United States, are encouraging home owners to plant lawns or gardens to keep runoff from going directly into the sewers, avoiding the oil and other pollutants it can pick up along the way. And greenery also helps keep drainage from going where it shouldn’t and may even help with air quality. At the same time, there is a trend in downsizing in new construction, with compact city lots, or large homes and garages that leave little room for landscaping. These kinds of lots lend themselves well to smaller, pocket gardens and lawn-free yards. “Part of the reason people want no lawn is that it takes up space,” says Janet Wanner, owner of Gentle Earth Design Studios. Wanner, who grew up gardening at her grandparents’ knees, switched gears from a career in medical research to follow her passion and get back to the earth, literally. “Some people say it’s a mistake to turn your hobby into a business, but it was great for me,” she says. Now semi-retired, she still keeps her green thumb in with landscape design. “There are all kinds of imaginative ways to have a yard without a lawn.” The solution, she says, is to find a balance that works for you. Flat hardscaping is one option, using paving stones or other hardscape materials throughout the yard. “I like a balance of it. In most yards, when you think something’s wrong with a design,



The imaginative use of hardscape, like a short wall to provide some privacy, can bolster a property’s curb appeal. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GENTLE EARTH DESIGN STUDIOS

A prairie-style garden, with drought tolerant plants like Echinacea and salvia, while not full xeriscaping, can reduce maintenance while adding colour and texture to the yard.

Layering, with a range of plants of all sizes, including small shrubs, adds texture to the yard.

there is often too much hardscaping. It’s too much of a good thing, that negative space,” she says. Wanner suggests layering to give the yard interest. “[Layering] is the important part when doing one of these no-lawn gardens. There’s different layers and they’re all different heights,” she says.

She recommends starting by lining the flat surfaces like a driveway or sidewalk with rocks to keep the plantings a bit of a distance away to protect them from the heat that can radiate off those surfaces. “I put the rocks deep because, that’s where the weed seeds go and this helps prevent them rooting, and rocks provide a different sort of texture than the plants,” she says. Follow the rocks with shorter plants, working back toward the tall plants at the back. Container gardening can elevate some of the flatness of flat hardscape. Having a yard filled with plantings including shrubs and flowers can be very aesthetically pleasing and add curb value to a home, but eliminating the lawn entirely may not work for everyone. Wanner says the best designs reflect the homeowners’ needs, and she begins her consultations by asking how much time the homeowner can spend on maintenance, their knowledge of plants and what the yard will be used for. Families with young children will need a different yard design than people who want to kick back and relax in their yard. “You have to look at the lifestyle and how much they can manage,” she says. From all-lawn to no-lawn and from no horizontal surfaces to a layered, textured garden, the choices can be overwhelming. Wanner recommends the use of a professional designer to help. “The use of a profession designer not only saves you money, it gets you the right plants in the right places,” she says. A designer will also take into account the heights of the plants when they are full grown and the times of year they flower to give homeowners a yard they can enjoy for years.

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ach spring the four conference halls at Prairieland Park are packed with blossoms in vibrant colours, plus trees, shrubs, patio furniture, décor, outdoor hot tubs, and so much more. This year the 29th annual Gardenscape takes place March 23, 24, and 25 and, as always, is set to wow and inspire attendees. Established in 1990, Gardenscape has evolved into one of western Canada’s premier backyard lifestyle and horticulture shows. The show is designed to celebrate all that backyard living has to offer from horticulture to “gardenculture”. Last year the event attracted 22,000 visitors. Saskatchewan Blue Cross Gardenscape always offers a trade show and marketplace, speakers’ theatre, the how-to stage and many experts ready to offer assistance in your next outdoor project or inspire a new look for your garden. In addition, the facility will showcase amazing display gardens throughout.

This year’s feature plant is the Celosia. Prairieland Park has forced 25 varieties of Celosia for the show and will feature about 500 of them in the gardens. Focusing on a different plant each year gives visitors a chance to see how the plant is used in display gardens and also highlights the many varieties of each plant. The University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences department will once again be on site with a major exhibit, as well as what Kuzma calls Gardening 101. “It’s an opportunity for some face-to-face discussion on some of the basics. Sometimes it involves water conservation; usually there’s a component for composting. It’s for people who want to learn about gardening and maybe lost a generation to teach them the basics of vegetable gardening,” Kuzma explains. She adds, that many young people are conscientious about where their food comes from and as a result want to grow their own. But if you’ve never tended a garden before it

can hard to know where to start. And that’s what’s great about Gardenscape. There are lots of experts on so many different topics. “There are always industry experts – whether it’s on stage at the speakers’ theatre or actual exhibitors themselves,” says Kuzma. “There’s no question that people can come and get really good information on site from lots of different areas.” The how-to stage and speakers’ theatre will tackle many topics this year – including paving stones, good bugs vs. bad bugs, Celosia (Gardenscape’s 2018 Plant of the Year), and container gardening. As well, there will be a media celebrity event on Friday at 3 p.m. Kuzma points out sometimes it’s important to learn about a project so you can do it yourself, but other times you’ll learn about a project so you can hire a professional to do it. Gardenscape also offers a feature show. The Superdogs are back again this year with a new show called Play. The show will feature dogs and some of their favourite ways to play incorporating many items you have in your backyard. This is a fun experience for the whole family as you discover some unique ways to play with your pup when you get home. Admission to Superdogs Play is free with general admission to Gardenscape. Superdogs will perform three shows Friday and four shows Saturday. As always, one of the biggest attractions are the display gardens. Bursting with colourful After a long winter, visitors flock to see the dazzling display gardens at gardenscape. from blossoms in a rainbow of colours to trees and shrubs, the display gardens offer lots of inspiration for your backyard plantings this year.



flowers and greenery, it’s a welcomed sight after a long, cold winter. While show organizers bring in plant products from outside the city for the event, bulbs and trees are also forced indoors. Last fall a large number of trees were bedded down at Prairieland Park and then put under lights in January to leaf them out. Visitors will get to see 16-foot trees in full leaf and blooms. Did you know that all plant materials used to decorate the show and display gardens are auctioned off every year after the show? The plant auction will take place Sunday evening, starting at 6 p.m. Up for grabs will be bulbs, flowering plants, house plants, perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, orchids, and more. This is an opportunity for attendees to take home some of the plants, shrubs or flowers that are used to beautify Prairieland Park during the show at great prices. (No admission is charged after 5 p.m. on Sunday to accommodate the plant sale.) To learn more about speakers, scheduled demonstrations on the how-to stage, or exhibitors visit

Gardenscape continues to be one of western Canada’s premier backyard lifestyle and horticulture shows. Last year’s event attracted 22,000 visitors. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PRAIRIELAND PARK

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Chef alicia benedetti has been with Boffins Public House for almost eight years. she loves baking and experimenting with vegan food. she shares two recipes with readers – Hong Kong Cocktail buns with a delicious coconut filling and Ciabatta bread.

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offins Public House might be one of Saskatoon’s best kept secrets – except everyone knows about it. What they might not know is the rich diversity of culinary events the venue hosts. Tucked away in the Innovation Place Research Park, surrounded by gardens, the restaurant opens Monday for lunch service (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and offers lunch and supper service Tuesday through Friday. There’s a team of creative chefs and culinary experts responsible. That team includes Chef Alicia Benedetti and Chef Todd Clark, who graciously chose to share some recipes with Living Spaces readers. Originally from Calgary, Benedetti came to Saskatoon in 2006 and quickly came to love the prairie city. “I wanted to be a baker. But my dad convinced me that there was no money in that one, so I should be a cook instead,” Benedetti says. Benedetti got her wish, as she is known as the resident bread innovator. Along with running the day shift, Benedetti creates soulsatisfying soups and experiments with dishes for those with dietary restrictions. “I like making vegan food,” she notes. “My dad’s a vegetarian and has been for about 20 years.” Benedetti shares two favourite recipes with readers – a classic Ciabatta bread – the perfect base for your next gourmet sandwich,

Boffins’ Chef Todd Clark attended culinary training at SIAST in moose Jaw before going on to study in france at le Cordon bleu. He shares three recipes you can make at home – easy Alfredo with blackened Shrimp over fresh Pasta, and Cheese Puffs. As a tribute to his Parisian training, Clark also shares a recipe for sweet madeleines.

and Hong Kong Cocktail buns – which have a sweet coconut filling. The Hong Kong Buns are a favourite of staff members, as a few disappeared during the photo shoot. Clark joined Boffins in 2014. His journey in the culinary arts began as a part-time job in high school. “I just kind of fell into it,” says Clark of cooking. “It was a high school job, and I kind of kept going with it.” Eventually, he enrolled in the culinary certification program at SIAST in Moose Jaw. After working at several restaurants in Regina, Clark enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France in 2005. While there he worked as a pastry chef at a Michelin star

restaurant at the Eiffel Towel. He moved back to Saskatoon to be close to family. Once back in Saskatoon, Clark even took some university classes in business, but admits, “I enjoyed it, but got back into the kitchen. It draws you back in.” In the kitchen, Clark notes he finds freedom. “The ability to learn the basics, but then you can do anything.” For Clark food tends to be the greatest equalizer. “Everybody needs to eat.” Chef Todd Clark brings creativity and knowledge of French cuisine to Boffins Public House as evening and event chef. One of those special events is the monthly “In Vino Veritas” evenings, which include five courses of delicious wine and food pairings. Other themed evenings and special events take place throughout the year, such as Mother’s Day, Robbie Burns Day, and more. Benedetti has also done themed buffets honouring Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. If you’d like to register for In Vino Veritas or check out upcoming events, visit sprinG 2017


Recipes from Chef Todd Clark

Creamy Alfredo, Blackened Shrimp with Fresh Fettuccini Blackening spice: 1 tbsp. dried basil 1 tbsp. dried thyme 1 tbsp. garlic powder 1 tbsp. white pepper 1 tbsp. black pepper 1 tbsp. kosher salt 1 tbsp. onion powder 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper 1 tbsp. smoked paprika Combine all ingredients until well combined and store in an air-tight container. Yield: 1 cup

Fresh Pasta Dough

350 grams all purpose flour 90 grams semolina flour 5 eggs 1 pinch salt

Combine dry ingredients in a stand-up mixer with a dough hook. Add eggs and mix until dough is formed. Allow dough to rest for 30 minutes. Using a pasta machine, roll out to desired thickness and cut into noodles. Cook pasta in salted boiling water for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Yield: 6 portions

Quick ‘n’ Easy Alfredo Sauce

½ cup whipping cream 2-3 tbsp. parmesan cheese 1 egg 1 garlic clove, crushed pepper, to taste parsley, chopped

Gougères (Cheese Puffs) ½ cup water ½ cup milk 8 tbsp. butter 1 cup 4 eggs ½ cup parmesan cheese ¼ tsp. nutmeg ¼ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper



Combine water, milk, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as it is boiling add all the flour and mix vigorously until a ball of dough is formed. Allow dough to cool slightly. In a mixer or by hand add the eggs one by one, mixing well to create a smooth paste. Now add the grated cheese. Using a pastry bag or spoon make small balls on a parchment lined baking tray. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375° F until golden.

Combine all ingredients and mix with a whisk To assemble dish: 1. Toss shrimp in blackening spice. 2. Heat 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan. Once hot add thinly sliced red onions and cherry tomatoes and cook for approximate 2 minutes. 3. Add the blackened shrimp, stirring gently until almost cooked. 4. Add the pre-cooked pasta, tossing gently to combine the flavours. 5. Finish by adding the Alfredo sauce, again stirring gently not to break the noodles until thickens. Once the Alfredo sauce is in the pan don’t cook over high heat as the sauce can become more like a scrambled eggs.

Madeleines 3 eggs 130 grams sugar 30 grams honey 4 tbsp. milk 200 grams butter, melted 200 grams flour 10 grams baking powder 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 tbsp. Grand Marnier Melt the butter. Combine the eggs and sugar, and whisk until well combined. Now add the honey, milk, vanilla extract, melted butter, Grand Marnier, and mix well. Add the dry ingredients in three stages while gently mixing. Allow the batter to cool. Using a pastry bag pipe or a spoon, fill a madeleine mould and bake in pre-heated oven at 350° F. (Note: Grease and flour the mould prior to filling with the batter.)




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rouX: 50 grams flour 250 ml water To make roux cook over low to medium heat until thick and set aside.


700 grams flour 12 grams yeast 110 grams icing sugar 10 grams salt 14 grams powdered milk 2 eggs 250 ml milk 60 grams butter Place all ingredients in mixer until almost fully mixed, add in roux. Mix until a soft and smooth dough forms. Let dough rise until doubled in size. Punch down. Divide the dough into 10 pieces.

CoConut filling:

2 cups coconut, shredded 1 cup powdered milk 1 cup icing sugar 2 eggs 1.5 cups butter Prepare the filling in a mixer until smooth. Divide into 10 portions and chill. Flatten dough, place a round of coconut filling in the centre. Pull up the sides of the dough to fully encase the filling. Pinch the edges shut. And place seam side down on a sheet pan with parchment. Brush lightly with egg wash and let rise for 30 minutes, covered. Bake at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Brush with warmed honey.

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9 cups flour 3.5 cups water 1.5 tsp. yeast 2 tbsp., plus 1 tsp. salt All of the poolish

5 cups of flour 1 tsp. yeast 3 cups water Mix all ingredients, wrap and place in a warm place for three days.



Mix all the ingredients until incorporated. Dough will be very, very soft and slack. Place into a heavy olive-oiled bowl. Wrap and let rise in a warm spot. Remove oiled dough to counter. Pull dough away from you, stretching it, and bring it back into the centre. Pull dough towards

you, stretching and bring it into the centre. Do the same for both the left and the right. Place dough, seam side down, back in the oiled bowl, and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes. Repeat this technique four to five times. Dough will become stiffer. Lay a bed of cornmeal onto baking sheets. Remove dough carefully from bowl. Cut into rough loaf shapes. Lay on bed of cornmeal. Let rise one last time, covered. Bake at 450° F for 30 minutes, then turn down the oven to 375° F for the last 20 to 25 minutes. Place a pan with ice cubes on the lowest rack in the oven. Avoid opening the oven it can affect the baking process.




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