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BURLINGTON/OAKVILLE EDITION

SUMMER 2016

GET YOUR HOME READY

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Summer Camp Directory

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Trends

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OAKVILLE & BURLINGTON

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John & Stefan Catering: Cooking Up Experiences Unlike Any Other

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Invidiata Presents: A Collection Of Fine Homes

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Pick the Best Summer Camp: Camp Directory Burlington & Oakville

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Home & Lifestyle Magazine PUBLISHER Preferred Publishing EDITORS Christopher Invidiata Caleb Invidiata Lauren Lowe Erica Nelson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Sarah Young CONTRIBUTORS Tammy Leigh Erica Nelson CREATIVE DESIGNERS Jennifer Douglas Cathryn Haynes Gary Macdonald Katie Taylor PHOTOGRAPHERS Chris Bacik Geoff Grenville Caleb Invidiata Lauren Leies Sam Michaud Tina Picard Ross Rock ADVERTISING SALES Katie Taylor FOR ADVERTISING INQUIRIES Please contact Katie Taylor at 289.337.0765 or email info@preferredpublishing.ca www.preferredpublishing.ca

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Lifelong friends John and Stefan have created a career out of providing unique and completely customized catering experiences. By: Erica Nelson the ice. In the winter he is devoted to his professional hockey There are a number of milestones we will all cross over career, and in the summer he works alongside John. While throughout our lifetimes; certain moments that will create the process of going from friends to business partners has not lasting memories with those we love. Weddings, showers, always been an easy one, the two have discovered a strong birthdays, anniversaries and many more are amongst these balance that works very well now. moments. Weeks, sometimes months go into planning these occasions and one of the most important “Our driving goal for the business has always elements within that planning is truly great food. remained the same. We want to provide a No one understands this better than John Black Food has very customized experience to our clients. and Stefan Legein, owners and founders of John The events we are hired to cater are important and Stefan Catering in Oakville, ON. always been pieces of our clients’ lives, so we want to ensure about bringing each experience with us is as unique as the event “Food has always been about bringing people itself,” John shared. together. Whether it’s a bridal shower, an people anniversary party or a corporate event, food together. can elevate that experience so much further Each menu is created custom to each event than many realize,” John explains. with complete flexibility for dietary restrictions. A vegan and gluten-free option are always John and Stefan Catering is a company born of made available with each menu John and Stefan a lifelong friendship between the two owners. John and Stefan create. The company is focused on modern techniques have known each other since they were very young. John is with sophisticated yet clean flavours. John himself draws a trained chef who has worked in the industry for 12 years. inspiration for his cooking from Italy and France, but was He studied at George Brown College, which is known for its quick to add that their team is very passionate about using programs in the culinary arts. Stefan is a professional hockey flavour profiles from within our own borders. Celebrating player and is currently playing in the United States. He splits Canadian cuisine and buying locally are two of the guiding his time between his passion for cooking and his passion for goals behind their company.

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“I am extremely proud to be Canadian and being able to celebrate the food of those around me is a very satisfying achievement. For me to create a dish and say ‘Oh these beets were grown in Milton, and this Goat Cheese came from Woolwich, and these organic sprouts were grown in the Niagara Region and these apples came from Chudleigh’s Farm,’ I say that with a strong sense of pride.”

John shared that the team is very committed to paying a high level of respect to each ingredient they use and where those ingredients come from. They truly enjoy getting to know each member of their local network and have developed strong and loyal relationships with a number of farmers, suppliers and purveyors nearby.

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“It’s a mutually supportive dynamic. We support their business and they support ours,” John elaborated. When planning an event with a larger number of people in attendance, John said it is crucial to keep a few key items in mind. The first might seem obvious, but it is often overlooked. It is important to understand your demographic and who will be eating the food. This goes hand in hand with number two, which is to create a balanced menu. “For each course, we recommend having a balanced variety of beef, seafood, chicken, vegetarian and gluten-free options to offer. They say you can’t please everyone, but we beg to differ on that. Now more than ever we encounter a wide range of allergies and intolerances to food, so we operate on the basis of always being prepared for these. We want to ensure guests with dietary restrictions get to enjoy their experience just as much as the person next to them,” John explained. The third thing John stressed to keep in mind is quantities. Having too much food is better than not having enough. Accurately predicting how much you will need is difficult, but when you have as much experience as John, Stefan and their team do, it becomes much easier. John and Stefan Catering is hired for everything from wedding ceremonies to family birthday parties to corporate events. The team started out working with mostly residential clients, but through nothing more than word of mouth, they have quickly gained recognition throughout the Greater Toronto Area as a highly-skilled catering company for any occasion. “It really is unbelievable to look back on our growth and how quickly its happened. We could not be more grateful to our local partners and clients for the part they’ve played in our success. Our next step has been our dream since we were just kids. We want to open a place of our own. A great spot right here in Oakville that we, and others, can call home,” John said.

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Our MAIN goal for the business has always remained the same. We want to provide a very customized experience to our clients.

Since they began their journey in the culinary industry, this dedicated duo has always dreamt of owning their own restaurant. The vision for their space is gastro pub inspired. A gastro pub is a restaurant that specializes in high-end beer and bistro-style cooking. “It’s comfort food, if you will,” John explained. The premise will be to incorporate some fan favourites they’ve developed over their years of catering, and have both menus and beer and wine lists that change weekly. They want to craft an atmosphere that is relaxing but, as the night draws on, becomes entertaining and exciting. “It’s all about creating an ambiance for guests that is unlike any other spot in town. I think Oakville needs that. I think Oakville wants that.” For more information on John & Stefan Catering, please visit:

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Featuring

HOMES LISTED FOR SALE Spencer’s at the Waterfront | Burlington


HOMES FOR SALE IN BURLINGTON

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4115 Upper Middle Road | Unit 12 Millcroft | Burlington *Christopher Invidiata & *David Bakowsky

$419,900 WebID: 2967

427 Smith Avenue Central Burlington *Christopher Invidiata & *David Bakowsky

817 Glenwood Avenue Aldershot | Burlington *Christopher Invidiata, *Aimee Kain & *Kelly Rowe

$2,298,000 WebID: 2863

3262 Lakeland Crescent $4,555,550 Roseland | Burlington WebID: 2861 *Christopher Invidiata, *Marija Kolesar & *David Bakowsky

4164 Inglewood Drive Shoreacres | Burlington *Christopher Invidiata, *Marija Kolesar & *Mariola Broder

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$1,349,000 WebID: 2974

$5,495,000 WebID: 2995

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


4251 Britannia Road North Burlington *Christopher Invidiata, *Claudia Chopik & *Marija Kolesar

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

$5,998,000 WebID: 2636

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HOMES LISTED FOR SALE Lakeshore Harbourfront | Oakville


HOMES FOR SALE IN OAKVIILE

3500 Lakeshore Road West | Unit 623C $659,000 Bronte | Oakville WebID: 2888 *Christopher Invidiata, *Aimee Kain & *Kirsten Leggat

11 Bronte Road | LPH03 Bronte | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Shae Invidiata

3500 Lakeshore Road | Unit 206 Bronte | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & **Ping Shu

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

$714,999 WebID: 2216

$799,000 WebID: 2984

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SOLD 186 Charnwood Drive Morrison | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Pamela Gottschalk

$1,088,000 WebID: 2924

2409 Eighth Line Joshua Creek | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Pamela Gottschalk

$1,190,000 WebID: 2988

350 Queen Mary Drive Central Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Mike Howarth & *Mera Sobeih

$1,199,500 WebID: 2923

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Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


HOMES FOR SALE IN OAKVIILE

SOLD 117 Tavistock Square South West Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Mike Howarth

$1,398,000 WebID: 2894

433 Lakeshore Road West South West Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Mike Howarth

129 Wolfdale Avenue South West Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Mike Howarth

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

$1,548,000 WebID: 2978

$1,588,000 WebID: 2819

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SOLD 2033 Joshuas Creek Drive Joshua Creek | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Patsy Gauer

$1,599,000 WebID: 2918

100 Lakeshore Road East | Unit 809 Old Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Claudia Chopik

$1,798,000 WebID: 490

SOLD 521 Trillium Drive $1,819,000 West Oakville WebID: 2879 *Christopher Invidiata, *Aimee Kain & *Kirsten Leggat

1499 Pembroke Drive College Park | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Aimee Kain & *Kirsten Leggat

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37 Birkbank Drive Lot size 150 x 169 $1,995,000 Ford | Oakville WebID: 2931 *Christopher Invidiata, *Kirsten Leggat & *Aimee Kain

$1,999,000 WebID: 2962

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


HOMES FOR SALE IN OAKVIILE

48 Walker Street Central Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Mariola Broder & *Mera Sobeih

$2,098,000 WebID: 2892

2356 Belyea Street Bronte | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Aimee Kain & *Kirsten Leggat

$2,195,000 WebID: 2970

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

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SOLD 276 Douglas Avenue Old Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Aimee Kain & *Kirsten Leggat

$2,198,000 WebID: 3001

11 Bronte Road | Penthouse 5 Bronte | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Pamela Gottschalk

$2,395,000 WebID: 2763

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Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


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540 Lakeshore Road East Old Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & **Ping Shu

$2,449,000 WebID: 2929

1510 Durham Street Morrison | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & **Ping Shu

$2,580,000 WebID: 2975

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

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HOMES FOR SALE IN OAKVIILE

1340 Lakeshore Road West South West Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Pamela Gottschalk

$2,659,000 WebID: 2880

1254 Lawrence Crescent Morrison | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Marija Kolesar & *Mariola Broder

$2,898,000 WebID: 2987

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Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


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410 Drummond Road South East Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Marija Kolesar

$2,899,000 WebID: 171

13 Lambert Common South West Oakville *Christopher Invidiata

$3,195,000 WebID: 2921

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

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1 Colonial Crescent Morrison | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata & *Mike Howarth

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$3,888,000 WebID: 2605

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


495 MacDonald Road Old Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Kirsten Leggat & *Aimee Kain

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

$3,998,000 WebID: 104

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228 Lakewood Drive Central Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Marija Kolesar & *David Bakowsky

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$5,998,000 WebID: 2885

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker


1399 Lakeshore Road East Morrison | Oakville *Christopher Invidiata, *Mike Howarth & *Shae Invidiata

Make Your Move Today • 905.339.3444 • www.invidiata.com The Invidiata Team Re/Max Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated *Sales Representative • **Broker

$6,998,000 WebID: 2886

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CAMP DIRECTORY The top rated camps in five different categories to help parents in Burlington and Oakville find the perfect camp that their child will love. SPORTS CAMPS

DANCE CAMPS

EDUCATION CAMPS

1. All Star Sports Camps (905) 336-1653 www.allstarsportscamp.org

1. Boogie Down (905) 331-9804 www.boogiedown.ca

1. Bricks4Kids (416) 473-2043 www.bricks4kidz.com

2. Burloak Sports (905) 631-0000 www.burloaksportscentre.ca

2. Creative Edge (905) 220-0741 www.creativeedgedance.ca

2. Mathnasium (289) 245-1345 www.mathnasium.com

3. Appleby College Sports and Adventure Camp (905) 845-4681 www.appleby.on.ca

3. Oakville School of Classical Ballet (905) 302-5383 www.oakvilleballet.com

3. Safari Science (647) 848-4258 www.safariscience.com

4. Grace Academy (905) 338-0210 www.graceacademy.ca

4. Sylvan Learning EDGE Camps 1 (888) 338-2283 www.sylvanlearning.com

5. The Dance Station (905) 632-5608 www.thedancestation.ca

5. Western Heights Montessori Academy Summer Camps (905) 847-6617 www.westernheightsmontessori.com

4. Iron Horse Equestrian Complex (289) 838-5768 www.ironhorsecomplex.com 5. Oakville Club (905) 845-0231 www.oakvilleclub.com

1. Art Gallery of Burlington (905) 632-7796 ext. 307 www.artgalleryofburlington.com

1. Camp Muskoka (705) 645-6000 www.campmuskoka.com

2. Addison Music (905) 825-8668 www.musicisfun.ca

2. Muskoka Woods (416) 495-6960 www.muskokawoods.com

3. Klaudia’s Music Studio (289) 242-1517 www.klaudiasmusicstudio.com

3. Canadian Adventure Camp 1 (800) 966-1406 www.canadianadventurecamp.com

4. 4Cats Burlington (905) 681-4343 www.4cats.com

4. Olympia Sports Camp (705) 635-2491 www.olympiasportscamp.com

5. Rock This Way (905) 331-4800 www.rockthisway.ca

5. Camp Kawartha (705) 652-3860 www.campkawartha.ca

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SUMMER CAMP

ACROBATIC ARTS CAMP

1. “Wild Things” July 11th-July 15th, 2016

July 18th- July 22nd, 2016 With Miss Veronica! (Acrobatic Arts Specialist)

2. “Out of This World - Outer Space” August 8th-August 12th, 2016 3. “Monsters & Superheroes” August 15th-August 19th, 2016

RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE DANCE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Visit us online at boogiedown.ca for class descriptions, rates & more! 2180 Itabashi Way, Unit #4, Burlington Ontario L7M 5A5

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By: Erica Nelson I myself am not a parent, so I would never speak to the feelings or thoughts that mothers and fathers have on a daily basis. The hopes and dreams they must have for their children, the fear they must feel when their child walks out the door everyday; consistently praying for their well-being and that they make the right choice when life presents them with a difficult decision. I imagine this to be incredibly overwhelming at times. And, unfortunately, strong and dedicated parenting can only go so far. Sometimes things outside of their control take over.

utton B n i m enja B . .a .k dy A n When Chase Sandy was only four years old, his a S e parents Jeff and Tamara heard the four words that all parents Chas dread, “Your child has cancer.” It was February 20th 2010, a date the Sandys will never forget, that Chase was diagnosed with Stage III Nephroblastoma (aka Wilms’ Tumour), which is cancer of the kidney. The life they had brought into this world, and cared for deeper than anything in their lives prior, was now in danger.

Chase and his parents were embarking on the hardest battle they may ever have to fight. For Chase, bike riding, hide-and-go-seek and recess had now been replaced with chemotherapy, surgery and countless visits to the hospital emergency room. This is a life no child deserves to live. In the first 7 days of his diagnosis, doctors confirmed that the histology of Chase’s tumour was favourable, which meant he had very high chances of survival. Chase began his chemotherapy almost immediately and received treatment weekly for the following four months. It was after these four months that specialists felt his tumour was small enough to operate on. Dr. Helene Flageole and her team at McMaster Children’s Hospital performed Chase’s surgery to remove his left kidney. The surgery took a total of 10 hours, but Chase’s parents described it as a lifetime. Chase was in the Critical Care Unit for several days following his surgery, which was then followed by a week of radiation therapy at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton.

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The next five years of the brave child’s life were constricted by quarterly visits to McMaster for blood work, CT scans, ultrasounds and ECGs. Due to the chemotherapy Chase underwent, he will be monitored the rest of his life to ensure there is no damage to his heart. But for Chase, Jeff and Tamara, none of this really matters. All that matters is that he is still here, brightening the days of those around him with nothing more than his smile and quick wit.

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Since their journey began, the Sandy family has wanted to do something to give back to those in need like they were. Tamara says she and Jeff were incredibly lucky to be surrounded by supportive friends and family since day one of Chase’s incredible story. Their employer, Halton Region Police Service, was extremely accommodating to the two parents. Tamara’s work partner, Andy Forde, spent six months changing his shifts around to help ensure Tamara could be with Chase whenever she needed to be. The entire team at Halton Regional Police Service organized a collection to provide financial support to the Sandy family. Seeing their friends, family and community come together to help support them during their tumultuous year really inspired Tamara, Jeff and Chase. This year I was lucky enough to attend a yearly fundraiser called Chase’s Gift.

We watched so many families at McMaster struggle financially. Some had to quit their jobs to be there for their children. We knew how lucky we were during our fight against cancer with Chase. We wanted to help other families in our area,” Tamara shared. Since 2014, the Sandy family has worked with friends, family and other members of the community to organize a toonie auction and raffle event in Burlington, ON.

“This entire experience has turned Chase into a very compassionate young man who is able to empathize with people on a very high developmental level. He’s been nicknamed Benjamin Button by a friend for his ability to talk to adults,” Tamara explained. The funds collected through the fundraiser are distributed to a number of causes that help families like the Sandys. This past year, a portion was given to Camp Trillium, a year-round recreational experience for children with cancer and their families. A large portion was allocated to individual families who need assistance financially. In some cases, the parents are receiving unemployment insurance and/or did not have a benefit plan through their work to assist with medication costs, etc. In others, the child battling cancer is from a single-parent family, and the financial support from Chase’s Gift would allow the parent to cover some of his/her household expenses directly. The rest of the funds were used to purchase gift cards for other families of McMaster Children’s Hospital to help pay for hospital parking, fuel for their cars, meals, etc. No parent or child should have to endure the fight the Sandys have fought. No child should have to spend an entire year of their life inside a hospital, wondering when they’ll get to run around with their friends again. But should anyone encounter adversity such as Chase and his family, let us hope they turn it into as positive an experience as they have.

The event has been appropriately titled Chase’s Gift. This night was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Watching over 300 people come together to support a cause as honourable and admirable as this one was a truly moving experience. The night was filled with nothing but positivity, and it was Chase that exuded the most positivity of all.

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201 6 Interior Design Trends By Erica Nelson

The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing through your open windows and every flower in your garden has come out to say hello. Summer time weather brings fresh ideas and new perspectives to light, which is why it is one of the most opportune times of the year to give your home a crisp, new look. 2016 is going to be an innovative and exciting year for the world of interior design. The trends that are coming to light are unlike any we’ve seen in the past and will help usher your home into a new design era.

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Experts at Oakville Kitchen & Bath are noticing a shift in kitchen designs towards a more minimalist style. Clean lines that offer a bold simplicity to the space are becoming more and more popular. This goes hand-in-hand with one of the biggest kitchen design trends designers are seeing which is black stainless steel appliances. Every few years the favourable appliance colour changes and right now standard stainless steel is on its way out to make room for contemporary black stainless steel.

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While minimalistic is the driving force behind kitchen designs this year, this in no way means they feel boring or bland. A number of designers are finding ways to incorporate texture and colour into kitchen designs through the cabinets. Mixed materials and two-tone cabinets add an eclectic vibe to the space while maintaining the simple, modern trend that is so popular.

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Trend: Tech-Free Room: Living Room

Technology advancements are certainly not going anywhere, but they might be evacuating the living room. More and more families are returning to more simplistic designs that promote conversation and family-oriented activities that involve little to no technology. Rather than centering the room around a flat screen television, designers are turning windows and fireplaces into the focal points of these rooms.

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Trend: Statement Walls Room: Any

Whether it is a bold, eye-catching colour or an intricate, unique wallpaper design statement walls are making a splash in 2016. The highly-skilled employees of Neo1 Paint & Décor have encountered more and more homeowners in search of a powerful “wow” factor without a heavy price tag, and this is the perfect way to achieve that. With a variety of high-end brands available, including Benjamin Moore, Neo1 Paint & Décor is the perfect stop to create a dramatic statement wall in your home. Photo: Neo1 Paint & Décor

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Trend: Retro Style Furniture Room: Any

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Similar to clothing trends, interior trends can be cyclical. Designs and trends we thought were long gone are making the proverbial come back this year, particularly those from the 70s. The relaxed, free-spirited nature of that era worked its way into people’s clothing and has now integrated its way into their homes and as well. The 70s saw much bolder, more raw design elements that many believe to have been a reflection of the drastically changing political and social landscapes of the time. The highly creative team at Swiss Interiors believes the cyclical return of 70s-inspired designs will take over in 2016. The Swiss Interiors showroom is already full of some great pieces reflecting this trend.

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For a number of years, the idea of openconcept and shared living spaces was the most popular for homeowners. There was little to no separation created between rooms. Like many other trends we’re seeing this year, dining rooms are taking a trip back in time as well. The return of formal dining room settings is happening in 2016. It goes hand in hand with the tech-less living room trend to promote more conversation and family time.

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LIFESTYLE ZAHARA’S BOUTIQUE in Olde Oakville helps women find the clothing and style that works with their unique bodies and lifestyles. BY ERICA NELSON

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One thing that women pride themselves on is a unique sense of style. It is something that we spend a great deal of time developing and it helps us to feel confident and ready to take on the challenges of today’s modern society no matter what that might entail. At Zahara’s Boutique in Olde Oakville, ON., they take great pride in helping women develop and adapt their clothing to any lifestyle they lead. The team knows that no two women are alike and clothing should reflect and flatter the unique shape that each individual woman has. We all have areas of our bodies that we might want to change; things that we’re not entirely content with that can cause a lack of confidence in our demeanor. This becomes more and more common as women get older, and while aging and a changing body is not something that we can control, feeling great in our own skin is something we have a tremendous amount of influence on. Zahara’s specializes in clothing that is made from natural fabrics, has a natural sophistication and European flare. The team is comprised of experts who know how to help women find items that work with their unique shapes.

Dressing for now, not then One thing the team tries to stress to its clients is to dress for the way their bodies look now. As women age, their bodies inevitably change and, as a result, they must adapt their clothing to reflect these changes. Inside a store like Zahara’s Boutique this is not a difficult task. “One of our mandates in the store is to ‘know that you’re beautiful,’ and this is something that we want to make sure each client knows and feels when they leave.” The brands that Zahara’s carries are from all over the world and boast a looser fit with a more breathable design. The pieces are highly versatile and can be adapted to any body shape. Zahara’s Boutique is also a great stop for any vacation needs. The store carries holiday cruise wear all year round. “The great thing about our clothes is that while we appeal to an older demographic, there are many ways to style our clothing to look great on a much younger demographic too,” the team explains. There is no reason you cannot remain stylish and edgy, as you get older. Holding onto the desire to do so is what separates the women of today from the women of yesterday. Years ago, women would simply accept that they had gotten older and would begin to dress “older” because they believed anything else was inappropriate. Today, women maintain the aspiration to uphold their style as they age.

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“ NATURAL SOPHISTICATION ” Trends in fashion come and go like the wind; what Zahara’s Boutique specializes in are brands and lines that last and exude a sense of “natural sophistication,” the team explains. Quality will always outweigh a trend; classic looks never go out of style. The ladies at Zahara’s suggest investing in pieces that are more versatile than trendy. If clients are looking to incorporate a trend into their wardrobe, they often suggest they do so through an accessory, rather than an entire outfit. With lines from places around the world including Lithuania, California, Morocco and Italy, the store has a strong international presence. Zahara’s Boutique is also known for their use of natural fabrics and materials. Nearly all of their lines are 100% natural using mostly linen, cotton, silk and combination blends of these fabrics. Buying local is another major benefit for clients who shop at Zahara’s. When women shop at major department or chain retail locations, they often find themselves lost in a sea of mass produced trends. Women often get carried away by a sales person who is focused on the sale and not on the woman. Zahara’s Boutique provides unique pieces that are unlikely to be repeated in those around you. The level of personalized service, guidance and attention that is given to clients of Zahara’s is unmatched as well. Currently, the store is completing a revamp of its online website to include an e-commerce feature for added convenience. Soon, clients of Zahara’s Boutique will be able to purchase their favourite lines and pieces online from the comfort of home. If you ever find yourself struggling to adapt your wardrobe to your shape, size and personal style, the team of inspiring and dedicated women at Zahara’s Boutique can provide guidance. They specialize in lifestyle brands that are versatile and classic, made with natural materials that will flatter any unique body. Trust in their expertise; they won’t steer you wrong.

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The team at Zahara’s notes that many women come to them with more knowledge about style and clothing than they think. A lot of the time, women instinctively know what sorts of fabrics and colours work for their form. Based on skin tones, hair colour, eye colour, etc. it isn’t hard to determine what colours best compliment a woman’s naturally beautiful features.

“Honesty is number one for us. If something isn’t the right look for you, we will tell you and offer better alternatives. We want our ladies to feel good in their own skin.”

The Zahara’s team inspires women to experiment with new fabrics, styles, fits, etc. while keeping within a complimentary colour territory. They can open clients’ eyes to a world of possibility all while remaining honest about what does and doesn’t work.

“Our goal is to take what is already there in a woman—the raw, natural beauty that they might not see themselves—and showcase it through their wardrobe. We’re all beautiful and style should be about enhancing that beauty.” SUMMER 2016

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Trends in 2016

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Pastels

Pastels have been an ongoing trend that the Zahara’s team predicts will be sticking around for a little while longer. One colour in particular that’s growing in popularity this year is sea foam green.

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Victorian and Romantic

An older, more traditional and classic look is coming back into the clothing. Cuts and shapes that were popular in the Victorian era and breathe a more romantic look into a piece are being seen more and more this year.

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Creases

This is a battle the Zaraha’s team has been fighting for a long time, but the time has come to make peace with the crease! Linen, silks and cottons have creases by nature and it is part of the charm of the clothing, embracing this charm is a major trend this year.

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