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In Style pp.10-12

Expert advice for dressing and feeling more confident

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Top Trends p.23

Making a statement in your home this year

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Table of Contents

magazine

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Spring 2014 Celebrating the Town of Oakville – the shops, dining, businesses, events and tourism.

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Publisher

Steve McNeill sm@q4communications.ca

Creative Director Eric Pezik ep@q4communications.ca

Art Director Patti Whitefoot-Bobier

Contributor Nicolette Little, Greg McMillan

Director of Marketing Suzy Godefroy sg@q4communications.ca

Director of Sales Joe Giraldi jg@q4communications.ca

Celebrating 25 Years! It’s all about fun,

fashion and friendship at Chatsworth & Hall Distributed in The Globe and Mail and available at local hotels, participating retailers and GO stations in Burlington and Oakville. Oakville Magazine is published four times a year by Q4 Publishing, a division of Q4 Communications. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

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Retailers tell us what’s hot this Spring season

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IN STYLE

Expert advice for dressing and feeling more confident

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Outdoor Dream

Kitchen combines Muskoka and Sonoma Valley

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What’s On p.4

Exciting things happening in Oakville

In Style pp.10-12

Expert advice for dressing and feeling more confident

Randall Residences p.18 Discover the finest in Oakville luxury

Top Trends p.23

Making a statement in your home this year

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Randall Residences Discover the finest in Oakville luxury A Cultural Hub The little town has a mighty flair for the arts Top Trends Making a statement in your home this year Smart Home More convenience through technology Leaving a Legacy The Oakville Community Foundation has been serving for 20 years OAK VILLE MAGAZINE

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HAPPENINGS

What’s On in Oakville

april Masterworks of Oakville – Chorus & Orchestra Spring Concert April 12 & 13 St. John’s United Church, 262 Randall Street, Oakville Featuring soprano Gillian Grossman and baritone Matthew Cassils. masterworksofoakville.ca

2014 Birmingham Bank Bed Challenge May 4, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Downtown Oakville, Lakeshore Road (between Dunn and Navy St.) Raising money for patient beds for the OakvilleTrafalgar Memorial Hospital. ohf.akaraisin.com/bankbedchallenge2014

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TERRY FOX Kick-Off Breakfast

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April 23, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Atrium, Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, Oakville Special breakfast to kick off Oakville’s 2014 Terry Fox Run (Sept. 24 at Coronation Park). RSVP to Keri Schoonderwoerd at keri.schoonderwoerd058 @sympatico.ca or phone 905-469-0828 by April 10.

June 19 to 22

MAY Oakville Chamber Orchestra May 3 & 4 Central Baptist Church, 340 Rebecca Street, Oakville Concerto Competition junior and senior winners from the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s inaugural concerto competition. oakvillechamber.org

OAKVILLE’S CANADA DAY FIREWORKS IN BRONTE VILLAGE July 1 Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park There will be a shuttle bus service from different parking lots for the evening fireworks. brontevillage.net

DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE MIDNIGHT MADNESS July 18, 6 p.m. – Midnight oakvilledowntown.com

OAKVILLE FAMILY RIBFEST June 20 to 22 1430 Trafalgar Road – Sheridan College oakvillefamilyribfest.com

Relay For Life 2014 (Oakville) June 20, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Parish Grounds 1039 Dundas Street West convio.cancer.ca

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Tri-FUN Kids’ Triathlons August 24, 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre Tri-FUN Kids’ Triathlons puts family fun into swim, bike and run. Register for the race at trifunkids.com.

OAKVILLE TRAFALGAR LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST July 1 Royal Canadian Legion – 79 Jones Street

Men Making a Difference The Women’s Centre’s first awards gala The Women’s Centre announced the winners from among 20 nominees for the 1st Annual Men Who Make a Difference Awards Gala on March 26 at The Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre. And the winners are (in photo, back row L-R) Angus Coll-Smith and Dan Blackburn with keynote speaker Dr. Michael Kaufman; (front row L-R) Scott Graham, Judah Hernandez, (Centre’s Executive Director Melvina Walter), MPP Kevin Flynn and Ron Couchman. Others nominated for this award were: Leslie Baylis, Todd Courage, Trent Courage, David Foster, Chris Giles, David Haslett, John Howlett, Brad Kerr, Tom Ormerod, John Sawyer, Ron Shantz, Murray Etherington and Peter Wilson. “All of our 2014 nominees have made a difference in the lives of women and children by going above and beyond the call of duty as wonderful role models of kindness, leadership and compassion. The bigger picture is eradicating the cycle of violence. We will only be successful if men step up to the plate” Melvina said. OM 4

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25 Years

Celebrating 25 Years T

It’s all about fun, fashion and friendship at Chatsworth & Hall

wenty years of fun, fashion and friendship were celebrated at Chatsworth & Hall, fine ladies’ clothier in downtown Oakville in March. More than 80 customers enjoyed a threelayer birthday cake from Black Forest Bakery, also in downtown Oakville. Many could not believe it had been 25 years since owner Sue Pritchard’s first store opened in Port Credit in March, 1989. Remember long, full skirts, belted sweaters and big shoulders? Mr Leonard, Susan Bristol and Jax were among the collections in the store in ’89 – all now sadly gone. Spring 2014 new arrivals are from German designers Betty Barclay and Gardeur, and Canadians Joseph Ribkoff, Cartise, Simon Chang, Lyse Spenard and the iconic Canadian knitwear manufacturer, Parkhurst. Americans Not Your Daughter’s Jeans and Nic + Zoe are also featured. Customers received a coupon offering them a discount on purchases once a month for the three spring months. Along with free alterations, and expert help, this gives an extra incentive to shop at Chatsworth & Hall. If you’d like to receive a coupon, you just need to ask at the store. “A large part of the good times over the past years has been getting to know the fine and caring business people in downtown Oakville”, says Sue. “There are few shopping districts like this left in Southern Ontario where there is a true sense of community. Customers benefit from the excellent service and selection offered by store owners who really care about their business and their town.” www.chatsworthandhall.com

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Oakville is ready to celebrate its first annual film festival

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Oakville Festivals of Film and Arts (OFFA) is an organization committed to breathing new life into the Town of Oakville by promoting cultural and artistic diversity using the cinematic arts.

his new community cinema and arts festival offers a fresh and new artistic vision to the community, providing awardwinning world and Canadian festival premieres that will appeal to dedicated cinephiles, as well as the Oakville film-going community, says one of its creators, Judah Hernandez of Black & White Media. At the same time, its unique vision includes photography exhibits that will appeal to the burgeoning artistic community, he adds. “The festival fills a void in the Town of Oakville, which boasts a diverse and thriving artistic and film community which, until now, has not had a film festival to call its own,” explains Judah, who has harboured a desire to create a film festival for a number of years. Now, he says with a large smile, the dream is about to come true. All we need is community support and the people to come. The inaugural festival will occur on Saturday,

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June 21 with a full day of programming and events at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts (www.oakvillecentre.ca) beginning at 12 noon. The festival will show three films, Judah explains, saying that his partner in the festival, Programming Director Wendy Donnan, is in the process of screening and selecting films from around the world. Wendy is also an Oakville resident who has been involved in the film and television community for more than 30 years, and has been instrumental in launching and adjudicating other festivals. “This festival will showcase award-winning cinema from around the world, including features, documentaries and short films. Our theme for the inaugural festival is Rogues and Heroes. Submissions will showcase humanity at its finest, and at its worst.” Highlights include the world festival premiere of the documentary, Sex, Fame, and Murder, which examines the quest for fame of Luka

Magnotta, who has has been accused of the murder of Chinese international student Jun Lin. The trial begins later this year. The documentary will air on A&E networks, and on Discovery networks in the English Canadian market, and Canal D in the French market, as well as around the world. OFFA’s biggest hope, however, is to get the community involved. They will even be taking film submissions through their website, which will be vetted and selected to be shown at the festival. “We would love to showcase Canadian talent in short films and features” says Judah. Visit www.OFFA.ca for all the event details and submission guidelines. To purchase tickets go to: oakvillecentre.ca, or call the box office at 905-815-2021, toll-free 1-888-489-7784.

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European imports arriving daily

Blueheel Dance Studio showcases the rhythms of Havana BY NICOLETTE LITTLE

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hen Caroline Augustin first tangoed 12 years ago, she knew she was meant to dance. The steps’ rhythm swept her along a path that eventually led to her co-ownership, along with Fernando Rodriguez, of Blueheel Dance Studio, specializing in Latin and ballroom styles and with locations in Oakville and Mississauga. To enhance the learning that can be experienced in their studios, Caroline and Fernando have created a series of world city-themed evenings that bring dance showcases, culture, upscale dining and the opportunity to dance to the public. The next showcase will be called “Havana Night.” Taking place on July 22 at Famee Furlane, one of the GTA’s top ballroom venues, the event will offer a showcase of student works by day, and a salsa and mambo competition, Cuban-inspired foods and live music by night. “We’ve had Paris nights where we showcase the foxtrot, and Rio nights, for example, but our Havana Night will take guests back to the height of the 1950s in

Cuba,” says Caroline. She describes mid1900s Havana as an “incredible place for music and dance,” and cites this period and locale as being seminal for the development of the mambo, which later developed into salsa. Besides the sheer fun and entertainment of it all, is there a deeper reason for the thematic focus on world cities? There sure is, Caroline assures, indicating that—besides her drive to share dance’s physically and mentally salubrious benefits with others, and put on a stellar social event (between 150 to 200 people typically attend)—such evenings produce “a larger dance scenario, so that the movements are more meaningful, exciting, glamorous.” Havana Night’s daytime showcase is $35. It’s $99 to enjoy the showcase as well as the open dance floor, shows and fine dining into the evening. Blueheel Dance Studio is moving to 344 Church Street this spring.

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GIFT GUIDE BOWL Stainless Steel salad bowl, made in Canada $128.00. To Set A Table

PILLOW Bird themed feather-filled pillows. Made in Canada. $79.00 each. Swiss Interiors

CUTLERY Twig cutlery from the Madhouse series by Michael Aram. Meant for single use, but can be hand washed. $7.99 set of 4. To Set A Table

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STYLISH ALUMINUM BUNNIES WITH A NICKEL FINISH 10˝and 13˝ high, $59.00 and $79.00. Swiss Interiors

CASUAL JUTE PILLOWS $42.95. VARIETY OF CANDLEHOLDERS, GLASS AND METAL (Shown $129.00) Swiss Interiors

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fashion finds Gifts and party wear—it can all be found conveniently in Oakville

BELTS The latest fashion rage in accessories is the Flatter Me belt. $35.00. Chatsworth & Hall

DRESS FROM SUMMER COLLECTION OF SAO PAULO $149.99 Avante Boutique

SCARVES Light, colourful scarf by Betty Barclay. $75.00. Chatsworth & Hall

KEY FINDER Canadian handcrafted key finder. $25.00. Chatsworth & Hall

BUTTERFLY BLOUSE BY ALISON SHERI $69.00 Avante Boutique

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IN STYLE Expert advice for dressing and feeling more confident

A variety of factors play into a confident appearance, but many women are unaware of simple ways they can come across as more poised and self-assured every day. Experts recommend some easy approaches to feeling and looking your best.

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et in touch with your personal style: Pull the inside out. This is the key to self-expression and the definition of true style. To do this, women should ask themselves, “What do I want to say? Attract? And what is the most important thing I want others to know about me?” Then, take an honest look in the mirror and make sure your reflection matches that message. Lastly, invest in yourself - learn your best colours, most flattering cuts for your body type, and then take the time to edit your closets according to your goals. Consider your body language: Women’s confidence comes from within, but it is just as

important to be conscious of messages communicated nonverbally, as you are important to other people’s perceptions. Your body language speaks louder than words and says a lot about your comfort and core confidence. What can make a huge difference? Focusing on posture and standing tall, making eye contact when speaking to people and even smiling can communicate confidence. Stretching every morning or practicing yoga are also great ways to learn how to balance and improve the way you carry yourself. Plus, not only does good posture help with exuding strong self-confidence, it can also contribute to overall health Oak ville Magazine

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and even make your clothes look their best. The owners and staff at Oakville’s fashion stores have built their reputations, and loyal clientele, through their exemplary customer service, fashion knowledge and their ability to get to know what looks good on their customers. With arrival of spring, a trip to Oakville’s fashion retail stores and boutiques is a must for the women looking for the latest styles and helpful advice.

their basic black, navy, sand and white. They have jackets, jeans, capris and shorts, all in techno stretch fabric for easy care and comfortable wear. Chatsworth & Hall, of course, is well known for its line of Joseph Ribkoff, as well as Bylyse, Parkhurst, Foxcroft, Lisette and MAC Jeans. 146 Lakeshore Road East chatsworthandhall.com

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DANCE. AVANTE BOUTIQUE Colour and prints are all the rage this spring, says Anna Cammarata of Avante Boutique. Hot this season are loose-fitting flowing tops that come in solids or prints with skinny pants. And we’re seeing more printed bottoms, she says. Ankle pants and boyfriend jeans are big sellers. Dresses are hugely popular and while we are seeing a lot of neutral soft colours, the corals, hot pinks, yellows and cobalt blues are also doing fabulously well. Matched with white, these combinations are providing a very fresh look. Bling is still around, but fashions this year are concentrating more on texture and fabric – and lots of stretch material for comfort and coolness. 312 Lakeshore Road East CHATSWORTH & HALL Pastels appear to be the trend this spring and summer, and Chatsworth & Hall have just the right apparel from a variety of popular designers. Windridge tunics, for example, come in an array of brights and pastels, from sunshine yellow to soft pistachio and blush pink. Simon Chang also has pastels as well as 12

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“There’s enough space here, with the fire, for hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, chairs that can be drawn close for a little romance … for a gathering of four to six, with the glow, and the night falling down around you … it’s spectacular.”

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he first thing Sherry Beaudry did was sit down and talk to her clients for several hours. And as it turned out, that was just what the doctor ordered. The Burlington designer was then able to perfectly envision the kind of outdoor kitchen they wanted – a rustic Muskoka dream space with a touch of Sonoma Valley thrown in for good measure. “Through our conversations, I learned about her love for the Muskokas and his love for the wineries in the Sonoma Valley,” says Sherry, of The Beaudry Group, serving Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Burlington and Hamilton areas. “Then, together, we created it.” Natural products, such as hand-chipped stone and rough-hewn fir pillars, were acquired to tie in with the barns and the grand old house that sits on the property. Granite countertops were added to “give it that little modern edge” without taking anything away from the natural appeal. The same stone that was used in the kitchen and

bar areas was added to all the pillars throughout, providing a balance, plus “an additional area to lounge, have a drink and converse.” To give it a Sonoma Valley look, Sherry says, “we incorporated the darker wood to contrast with the lighter wood.” Lighting became another important element in the design and different fixtures were utilized to great effect. “Lighting changes everything. Some of the fixtures light downward, some upward and some do both. We create this warm glow that makes the wood come alive and the granite shine – as a result it’s not only a man cave, but it’s a woman cave, too.” With easy access and “tons and tons” of workspace on the counters, entertaining is a delight, Sherry says. “There’s enough space here, with the fire, for hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine, chairs that can be drawn close for a little romance … for a gathering of four to six, with the glow, and the night falling down around you … it’s spectacular.” oak ville Magazine

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Balcony Barbecue New to Canada and just in time for the grilling season

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lready the winner of International Design and BBQ innovation awards, in just months the patented LotusGrill has taken the world’s barbecue market by storm. And it’s no wonder with a shopping list of features that includes: smokeless cooking, ignition ease, ready to grill in 3 minutes, heat control dial, fuel efficiency, multiple safety features, healthy, mess free and dishwasher safe. Backed by German design and engineering with a two-year warranty. And now it is available in Canada at To Set A Table in downtown Oakville. The LotusGrill is ideal for balconies, kitchen, backyards and the beach. It may be charcoal, but the unique feature that makes this great for balconies is the fact it is smokeless. Easy to transport, the barbecue is cool to the touch and takes only three minutes to heat up to provide the perfect grill. The LotusGrill uses its built-in variable speed fan to force air into the burning charcoals which are held in a compact basket. The superheated air is forced through the burning charcoals, radiating out and up off the stainless steel bowl. The result is even heat distribution across the entire area of the grill. The efficiency of the LotusGrill results in a 90 percent reduction in the consumption of charcoal compared to kettle charcoal barbecues. There are also accessories available such as carrying case, charcoal and starter gel. The charcoal packages are easy for pickup and storage. www.tosetatable.com To see how it works, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoSJtmCPWls

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A CULTURAL HUB The little town has a mighty flair for the arts

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akville has long been recognized for its encouragement of cultural events and the arts. The annual Jazz Festival is one of the town’s largest draws, attracting tens of thousands of music lovers from around Southern Ontario. The Oakville Museum is a favourite spot for many visitors, Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts offers an intimate venue for local and international talent alike, and launching this year is the town’s first film festival (more about that on page 6). Quietly among these more visible champions of culture are an array of art galleries that may be considered some of the best kept secrets in the area. Three such galleries offer a wide range of artists and styles, making a trip to Oakville that much more rewarding. In Bronte we have the opening of Trias Gallery, which recently moved from Toronto and whose owner has exciting plans to help bring more life to the quaint waterfront community. In Downtown Oakville, Towne Square Gallery and Native Art Gallery offer original and unique works of art. Their stories are told here.

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Breathing New Life

INTO BRONTE

Trias Gallery reveals refreshing art pieces—just in time for spring BY BY NICOLETTE NICOLETTE LITTLE LITTLE

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o one can deny new life is being breathed into Bronte. This lakeside locale, with its revamped and utterly walkable waterfront, and the new luxury condos at Bronte Road’s base, is benefiting from new people, new ideas and new character. One sign of Bronte’s changing face is Trias Gallery. Formerly located in Toronto, Trias opened its Oakville doors in September of 2013. Just in time for spring, its owner, Indira Roy Choudhury, is coming up with plenty of ideas to interest visitors. Her current plans involve collaborating with neighbouring restaurants and spas to form art packages, as well as creating a series of “pop-up” art shows, in which one artist will be featured for an evening of wine, canapés and art. Indira, a longtime resident of Bronte, is excited to share the beautiful work she curates, and believes that “removing the intimidation factor” is important when inviting people into a gallery space. “People sometimes feel worried about the hard sell,” she tells me, “but we just want them to feel they can walk in off the boardwalk, look at beautiful art, and enjoy.” With her collection changing every three weeks, there’s always something new to intrigue walkers-by. Currently on display are Ewa Stryjnik’s Garden Studies—an alluring profusion of wild flowers in an outdoor landscape scene—and colourful pieces by Ernestine Tahedl. These works, along with many others, are perfect for wayward wanderers on the hunt for spring themes. We’re all curious to see what businesses pop up beneath Bronte’s new lakefront condo—and Trias Gallery provides a great indication of things to come… Trias Gallery is located at Unit 29, 11 Bronte Road. Visit www.triasgallery.com for more information. Nicolette Little is www.english-mechanic.com. OAK VILLE MAGAZINE

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Renew. Rejuvenate. Reinvigorate. The same objectives people have when making their personal New Year’s resolutions can be just as easily applied to their homes. There’s no better time to give a home a fresh look, whether it’s incorporating a new colour palette, adding accessories, repurposing furniture or putting something interesting up on the walls. Accessorize Julie Eldridge at Swiss Interiors advises that for spring, it is nice to freshen up a space even if just with new accessories. A new picture can change the feel of a whole room. Adding a mirror can brighten up an entire space, especially if the mirror reflects some daylight from a window. Accent pillows are fun to change up with the different

seasons. Some popular designs this year are birds of all kinds, script writing and sea/lake themes. A kaleidoscope of colour Designers are recommending happy hues such as turquoise for a kitchen, chartreuse for a dining room and coral for a bedroom. Roger Hazard, who starred in the Emmy-nominated Sell This

House, agrees that colour palettes will embrace a variety of bold, punchy accent colours but also notes a seismic shift in neutrals from the “brown fatigue” of browns and beiges to bright gallery whites and truly neutral greys. Purples can be paired with accents of copper and well-worn leather in a masculine den; layered with gold, grey and white for an elegant bedroom; or highlighted Oak ville Magazine

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iT’s oNlY NATurAl Natural elements are increasingly created into luxurious furnishings. Look for lamps embellished with geodes and natural gems, feather-adorned pillows and sharkskin as a rich table finish. Stone and stone veneers make for an interesting organic interior wall covering, as do sticks gathered in groups as triptychs or propped up against the wall. liGHTeN up Lighting can make a key difference in a home by setting the atmosphere of a room or helping showcase decor elements. LeD bulbs deliver the same warm glow as traditional incandescents but use 84 percent less energy and last up to 20 years, according to Don Parans of concept Lighting, with stores in Oakville, Burlington and mississauga. Try using LeD lights in multi-tiered chandeliers and other ornamental fixtures to give a modern twist instead of traditional artificial illumination.

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THe furNiTure forecAsT Sixties-inspired acrylic furnishings can be timeless when designed into a classic silhouette, with the pureness of the acrylic’s clearness creating a striking effect. Velvet sofas could be a top trend in 2014, with jewel colours or grey bringing a soft elegance to rooms after years of sharp clean lines. And sustainable eco-furniture is gaining steam, with new composites and fabrics such as hemp and sorghum making the concept more accessible. THe siMple life Internationally recognized artist and award-winning designer Pablo Solomon sees a continuation of uncluttered, simple, practical, multifunctional and renewable designs. He recommends adopting the mantra “less is more” to focus on quality, not quantity, when it comes to art, rugs and furnishings. Tie interior design with outside landscape views to evoke a feeling of openness and flow from the inside out. OM and BPT

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n fact, no longer should this top home improvement trend be considered ‘out there’ or unattainable in any way, shape or form. Technology has seen to that, to the point that many insiders are now calling 2014 the year of the smart home, says Nick Bourikas of Canadian Sound in downtown Oakville. With its popularity increasing in recent years due to simplicity of use and higher affordability, home automation is no longer some pie-in-the-sky luxury exclusively available to the super-rich. Yes, home automation has been slow to gain momentum, due to complicated, expensive systems that weren’t very user-friendly. “But with the computerized breakthrough of tablet and smartphone connectivity, there’s much more energy 26

efficiency, safety and convenience for the user. And those factors are resulting in an increase in popularity,” Nick says. So, perhaps we have to credit telecom and cable companies with opening the public’s eyes about home automation, and raising awareness. The time has come when most people can take control, manage their home and simplify their lives – whether it’s by saving money, or conserving resources, or keeping a family safe. Home automation – which utilizes technology and automated features for things such as lighting, electronics and heating – is poised to make a big impact in the year ahead, Nick predicts. It could be a combination package around energy management, helping to reduce a family’s

carbon footprint as well as their energy bill. It could be a kitchen makeover featuring motionsensing faucets or refrigerators that allow you to rapidly cool or freeze foods. It could be a surprisingly affordable interactive security system that sends a text or call out when an alarm sounds at home, allowing you to alert authorities. Essentially, it’s all about ease of control. That could pertain to automated lighting, window coverings or security and surveillance. And there’s more, with the integration of automation with audio, video and information technology. Or, further, it could even be interactive voicecontrolled home automation. You speak, the system springs into action and reacts. Yes, in many ways, the future might already be here. OM

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Leaving a Legacy

The Oakville Community Foundation has been serving for 20 years Almost 20 years ago, the not-for-profit charity called The Community Foundation of Oakville (renamed The Oakville Community Foundation) was established. An initial gift of $355,000 was provided and in just one year The Foundation made an initial grant of $10,000 to the Waterfront stage in Coronation Park. Today, The Foundation is able to grant over $2 million annually to charities. SO WHAT IS THE OAKVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION? The Foundation is a conduit between the passions of philanthropic families and the needs of the community. As a registered charity, The Foundation is one of the largest members of a national network of over 190 Canadian community foundations. It supports individuals, families and corporations who come from all walks of life, economic backgrounds and charitable interests but they have one thing in common – a desire to make a difference today and leave a legacy tomorrow for Oakville. Most of us care about our homes, our communities, the places we have lived, played, worked and raised a family. Many of us want to find a way to give back to these places. The Foundation, since 1994, has been making it possible for individuals, families and corporations to give back to the community now, and leave a legacy for the future. The professional team works with you to set up an endowment fund – a kind of savings account dedicated to philanthropy. They help you put aside money that will be used for the charity or project of your choice. Since 1994, they’ve been connecting individuals, families and corporations with causes that truly matter to them. WHY PARTNER WITH THE OAKVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION? The advantage of philanthropic giving through the Oakville Community Foundation is that the funds are invested and managed by professionals to 28

ensure your contribution continues to give, year after year. Your investment becomes an endowment; a legacy of giving that goes beyond the initial gift. The Foundation has enjoyed a reputation for nearly 20 years, of community leadership and effectiveness. Because they grant to and work closely with so many charitable organizations, they understand the most current needs, trends and aspirations of this community. They also understand what’s important to you and your family or organization – the ability to give back and make a difference – today, tomorrow and for the future. HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE The Oakville Community Foundation offers a simple, collaborative and enduring means to support your community and charitable organizations. When you make a contribution to The Foundation’s Community Fund of $20 to $2,500, the money is used in unrestricted granting and goes to the highest priority areas in the community such as the local hospital or food bank. Donations over $2,500 are the opening amount required to establish your own Foundation. There are many options available. The Foundation’s role is to make it easier for you to have an impact on the needs of your community and those causes that mean the most to you. For more information on how to establish a Fund or make a contribution to The Foundation, visit their website: theocf.org or call 905.844.3562. They would be pleased to explain more about the various gifts and ways to give forever to your community. OM

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