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or me, autumn signals new routine. Bed times, wake times, meal times and activity times all become more enforced than during the lax summertime blur. I think of this time during the calendar year as the best opportunity to introduce new habits that enhance the daily routine. Autumn is the time to review!

While we are savouring our summer vacation memories, autumn is the time to plan our winter escape. Local author Dean Johnston shares his journey from financial planner to world traveller — which will inspire you to get your travel plans in order! One of our regular columnists, HGTV star Jane Lockhart, claims the kitchen backsplash should not be limited to a functional item in your kitchen, but rather a piece of art — and I agree! And in our special Tiny Talk section we cover everything from RESPs to math education to proper mom-wear and baby gear. Let the fantasy-driven images of CHEL photo’s Fluidity & Form inspire you to dream. Immerse yourself in locally-produced art and spirits. And for the business savvy, forward thinkers let our Enterprise section instil a new revolution of achievement. REFINED Saskatoon thanks our readers, contributors and advertisers for another successful issue celebrating this amazing city we call home!

Erin MESSAGE FROM THE ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Autumn is here! For some, this turn of season is like the New Year. Whether you are looking for a new style, a new fitness regime, vacation planning ideas, home, skin or a spiritual makeover you will find it all here in the pages of REFINED Saskatoon! For the second year in a row, Haven Builders was awarded the privilege of designing and building the Saskatoon Hospital Home Lottery grand prize showhome. It’s so exciting to see how once again they’ve wowed us with their unique architectural design and bold décor. They did not disappoint! The grand prize showhome home boasts many conversation starters that will have you exclaiming, “I love it!” My two personal favourite spaces are the ensuite bath, complete with a skylight and the feeling you are outdoors and on vacation, and the basement office, which was light and airy, functional and inspiring. This home is a must-see — give it a visit, let us know what you think, and purchase your Hospital Home Lottery ticket!

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Volume 2 Issue 4 Editor Erin Legg Design Amber Moon Cover Photography CHELphoto Photography AMResorts CHEL photo Dean Johnston Desiree Martin Photography Erin Crooks Photography Garrett Kendel Heather Fritz Jared Robinson (Nebulus Entertainment) Contributing Writers Brook Thalgott Candace Fox Carson Arthur Courtney Tait Crystal Reich Darlene Gulas-Bomok Dean Johnston Desiree Martin Erin Legg Jane Lockhart

Jesslaine Elise Photography Lisa Landrie Memories by Mandy Photography Neek Photography Nicole Romanoff Photography

Jill Poulton Jocelyn de Moissac Kelsi Kendel Laurissa Kainz Lecina Hicke Libertee Muzyka Vicki Holmes Sarah Moore Susan Busse Tommy Europe

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RUNWAY, CONFERENCE & MARKETPLACE HIGHLIGHTS Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival (SFDF) hit another high note with its two-day summer festival weekend on August 26th and 27th. Festival activities included two evening runway shows, a two-day business and industry conference along with a weekend Marketplace for individuals to shop the runway pre and post shows. Housed under the swanky Delta Bessborough in downtown Saskatoon, the weekend was jam packed with education, art and amazing fashion from local designers and boutiques.

See, Want, Purchase

No need for runway envy! Most outfits on display by models strutting down the European-style catwalk were available for purchase in the SFDF Marketplace or at local boutiques found right here in Saskatoon. Filled with vintage furs, eclectic jewelry, beautifully cut designer wears and trend-setting boutique finds, the pop up Marketplace was buzzing all weekend with the following vendors: Ashnita Mehabeen, Authentic Brave Apparel, Goldie’s General Store, Cedar and Vine, Wear Our Heritage, Missie and Tifé Bridal and Special Events Accessories, Howling Wolf Jewelry, Natalia K Exclusive Fashion Designs, Metanoia Malas, Byond the Looking Glass Gems and Silver Icing Clothing.




Expert Talks

Creating a two-day SFDF Conference that focused on two key areas, Marketing & Business Development and Fashion Industry Development, festival talks and workshops were geared towards entrepreneurs, young professionals, industry newcomers and curious spectators. With an impressive lineup of presenters for the Conference, the speaker roster for Day 1 included: Stephanie Yong: Design Thinking Consultant, Nicole Parmar: Entrepreneur, Growth Marketer and Google Partner, Harrison Hall: Golden Media, and Candace Fox: Freelance Writer and Marketing Consultant. Day 2 found industry insiders taking the mic including Erin Crooks: Photographer at Erin Crooks Photography, Melissa Squire: Designer and Owner of Alchemy Clothing, Eva Vas: Designer of Opinion Atelier, and Jess Tetu: Owner of Just For You Day Spa and Founder & CEO Lia Reese Canada. A modelling workshop was also offered by Stray Model Management, a Saskatoon-based boutique talent agency interested in developing and scouting local talent. Always creating a space for education and learning, SFDF hopes to grow their festival Conference while maintaining a diverse topic range that will attract a wide array of individuals – fashion industry focused and beyond.

Photographer: Nicole Romanoff Photography Festival: Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival Hair: Revamp Salon Company Makeup: JacquiTri Makeup, Kelsey Rae Makeup Artistry, Mallory Makeup, Science of Makeup



About SFDF

Hosting some of the city's most vibrant and elite fashion events, SFDF is a volunteer-run organization that promotes and showcases local emerging and established fashion designers, swanky boutiques and the crème de la crème of industry talent. Celebrating six years of continued success, co-founders and directors Jacqueline Conway and Mandy Pravda are always so grateful for the community's support – noting how far the organization has come and how vital it has been to those working in Saskatoon's beauty and fashion industry. Each year the community is treated to SFDF organized fashion forward and art-centric events and festival weekends that clearly highlight the diverse talents of fashion designers and artists across Saskatchewan. In the past six years SFDF has launched and hosted a variety of branded events including trend and style workshops, high-end fashion shows, pop-up shops, industry mixers, fashion art installations and large outdoor fashion features. While the majority of SFDF's shows and programming is free to the public, all profits are reinvested into the organization to build a bigger and stronger platform for local artists and designers to showcase their work. Recognizing the support of sponsors, suppliers and contributors with each event is vital – without the help of many in the community SFDF could not make their events a reality. Special mention to our SFDF event sponsors for their support and contribution to SFDF's latest festival weekend: Midtown Plaza, Cooperators Wiens Insurance, SaskTel and Revamp Salon.

“Werk” It: RUNWAY

Never disappointing in the RUNWAY arena, the SFDF fashion filled weekend wrapped both days with a high energy showcase of wearable art, designer wares and curated outfits via local boutiques. With an eclectic mix of spectators, the show highlighted Saskatoon's home grown talent and the latest looks from the city's favourite boutiques. Opening both Saturday and Sunday's RUNWAY shows with SWAG: SK Wearable Art Collection, the crowd was treated to interpretive and interesting takes on textiles, social issues, fantasy and function in clothing form. Saturday's RUNWAY saw the designs of Ashnita Mehhabeen, Melissa Squire, Authentic Brave Apparel with curated ensembles by Saskatoon's White Dhalia by Dutch. Closing off the festival weekend was an equally as entertaining set that included designs by Siwinikan Designs, Missie and Tifé Bridal Accessories, ELEVEN03, and Cedar and Vine with curated fashions by retailers The Sandbox in the City and Goldie's General Store.



For more information on the Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival or to learn how you can get involved, please visit To stay connected to SFDF all year round make sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and catch their updated blog posts! Photographer: Erin Crooks Photography Festival: Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival Hair: Revamp Salon Company Makeup: JacquiTri Makeup, Kelsey Rae Makeup Artistry, Mallory Makeup, Science of Makeup








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have a very specific memory that will forever be burned in my brain. I was 12, Libertee was 17 and she was in the process of getting ready for a party. To me, Libertee was perfect; her skin was made of some sort of ambrosia-like substance, good enough for the gods. Her hair was shiny and thick. She actually had a reason to wear a bra; something I can’t identify with, to this day. It wasn’t just the rose coloured glasses of being the younger sister, I could see her, inside and out — and to me, she was perfect. You can imagine my frustration when we both stared at the same reflection in the mirror and I felt nothing but envy, and Libertee, nothing but disdain.

I didn’t understand... until I turned 17.

There’s a day in every woman’s life that surreptitiously transfers the onus and ownership of our bodies to an “other.” Somewhere along the way, we allow, accommodate and seek the outward approval of our body from a story written outside of the scope of our own reality and control. Happiness becomes meeting someone else’s measure of success, and as a result, becomes as elusive as crossing a non-existent finish line.

This is our friend, Candice.

Lecina and Candice have been best friends since forever, and for that same amount of time, Candice has been successfully pursuing her musical career. To this day, Lecina considers herself Candice’s de facto manager, and has been known to introduce her as: “This is my friend, Candice. She’s on iTunes. Here, give me your phone, and I’ll download her albums. You’re welcome.”

You think I’m kidding, but I’m not.

Given the span and depth of their relationship, Lecina thought she knew all of Candice’s secrets. Good and bad. Candice, like many women, kept a secret from her friends, her family, and in many ways herself, for 15 years. It started when she was 12, and when asked to identify precisely what triggered it, she asserts it would be nearly impossible to name simply one thing. “We live in a society that literally tells us your value is your appearance. You can argue whether this is wrong or right, but the reality is, it’s the truth. We celebrate drastic weight loss, we critique celebrities who gain weight, and we openly shame ourselves for not fitting into a cookie cutter version of what everyone thinks ‘pretty’ is. The scary part is, we deem this behaviour as normal at best, and acceptable at worst.”

It started innocently enough. I would skip a meal here and there.

“I was 12 years old when I became bulimic. I left school for a summer, and ultimately came back a different, smaller version of myself. Everyone told me I looked great. All of the sudden I had more friends… all of the sudden, I was popular. The positive reinforcement was intoxicating; it perpetuated a cycle of finding validation through my physical appearance that would stay with me well into my adult life.”



“And then I went on vacation with my boyfriend. Like every vacation I’ve ever been on, I took a book with me. This particular book ended up changing my life. It is called The Happiness Project. In the very first chapter, it suggested that to be truly happy we need amongst many things, a roof over our head, an organized home, and to eat when we are hungry.”

I didn’t do that. Nor could I remember the last time I had done that. I’d been hungry for 15 years.

“For the first time, I felt myself facing my problem. I started to educate myself, to understand what to do next, and all of the literature I read stated that I should tell my doctor.”

I’ve gotten on stage and performed for thousands of people, but I can tell you, with absolute certainty that I have never been more afraid in my life. “The thing was, I never saw myself as fat. I didn’t look at my reflection and see a different version of myself. I simply looked at myself as something that needed fixing. I picked myself apart, piece by piece; I participated in a cycle of an incessant search for perfection, but when you’re searching for something that’s subjective, you’ll never really find it.”

But I kept looking. I looked for 15 years.

“I had a consistent conversation with myself that I would be better the next day. But as an adult who was pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, I became conflicted. As a woman who stood 5 foot 8 inches, and weighed 110 pounds, I was getting booked consistently for modelling jobs. My success rate at this weight was concertedly higher than when I weighed 15 pounds more.” “Not only did this success validate my behaviour, it introduced me to women who were living the same life. Deep down, I think I knew what I was doing was wrong; but in these situations, on the surface, it seemed like my behaviour was almost normal. As time went on, I became more obsessive. I wasn’t just purging; I was dieting, restricting my calories, trying to capitalize on the latest fad — South Beach diet, zero carbs; you name it, I gave it a go. I relied on dieting to meet my goals, but anytime I stepped outside of what I thought was acceptable, or ate a food that was generally considered off limits, I purged to erase my mistake. “I knew that what I was doing wasn’t necessarily in my best interest. I told myself it was okay to diet, and that I just had to commit to doing a better job of it. If I did a good job of dieting, I wouldn't have to purge. Purging became an eraser for “mistakes” I made. Every time I purged, I told myself it would be the last time. I was essentially chasing a finish line I could never feasibly cross. I would set a goal of losing five pounds and ultimately recalibrate that goal once it was met. I was living a life wherein food was something to be restricted and exercise was penance. I specifically remember running on a treadmill and feeling as if I was literally trying to run out of my own skin.”



“Somehow, I managed to get the words out of my mouth, and I will forever be grateful for the gracious understanding of my doctor. She got me into treatment. was diagnosed with EDNOS — Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.” “I spent seven months dissecting the monsters that had led me down this path. Self-reflection, honesty and acceptance were all a part of this journey. It took time to be patient with myself, strength to be kind to myself, and a new perspective to frame my future.” “Years later I’ve learned that my appearance doesn’t contribute to things I actually want to accomplish in my life, nor does it foster my happiness. I eat when I’m hungry; I appreciate the foods once considered sinful and for exercise, I only do things that I love and really enjoy.”

It’s one thing to say these words to your doctor… it’s quite another to tell the world.

“I made the decision to share my story in the hopes of helping people facing the same struggles I did. I want people to know that it’s not necessary to live a life constrained by the limitations of your physicality. Restricting you calories, excessively dieting, and chasing a number on a scale not only limit your experiences, they dictate your story. I wanted people to know that there is a happier, freer side of life and that their story should be representative of what they want to accomplish, not what they want their body to look like.” Candice is an advocate for the organization that helped her, NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre), a non-profit, Canadian institution committed to providing resources and raising awareness about eating disorders and weight preoccupation. Be sure to check out their website And don’t forget to download Candice’s albums on iTunes… Follow she and her on libertee.she lecina.her

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Fashion flowing in a dream ‌ this visual reverie is the result of when beautiful, soothing art forms work in unison. Photographer Kim Regier of CHEL photo invited some aerial silk performers and dancers to collaborate on this photo shoot focusing on the beauty of movement, graceful strength and soft malleability. With the help of Laura Crossman of Whiskey Teacup, Regier’s vision was articulated as a stunning, colourful display of fluidity and form.

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by Kelsi Kendel, desiree Martin, Jocelyn de Moissac and susan busse



’m one of the lucky ones. I earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1999. Since then I’ve had opportunities and blessings at every turn in my career, and I have my parents to thank for the gift of education. They started saving for my sister and I when we were little girls, and those funds gave us the opportunity to go to university, debt-free. Today we’re chatting with a few moms from Our Collective Muse about why it’s important to save for children’s education, to start early, and how to make that work with so many wonderful things to do and buy that cost money! Here are their thoughts:





Saving for our daughter Bella’s future was a priority for my husband Garrett and I. We wanted to start as early as possible. In fact, we even tried to set up her savings account before her arrival, but quickly learned that we would have to wait for her grand entrance. As I’m sure all parents would agree, when a new baby makes their debut, life as you know it is turned upside down. It is difficult to find time for the everyday tasks, let alone things that are far off in the future (such as little Bella Boo going off to college). Being the Type A personality that I am, I made sure to contact my friend and CST Sales Representative Susan to set up a meeting to start saving for Bella’s post-secondary education right after she was born. Even though my income was reduced due to being on maternity leave, we budgeted what we could for education savings and will increase that amount once I return to work. I figured that, at least for me, if money is not allocated for something specific, it always finds a way to be spent. Bella just turned one year old and I feel proud when I see how much we have already saved for her future, as well as when I think about how much that amount can grow.


My husband and I both faced separate struggles when it came to paying for post secondary education. While I had my tuition covered, I had to work full-time while attending university to cover living costs, which proved difficult to focus on my education. My husband had an education fund that turned out to be partially inaccessible as the terms were not flexible to his

circumstances. We knew we wanted to do everything we could to make sure our children could easily focus on their education (should they choose that path) without the stress of costs during that time. We met with an advisor and spoke about the predicted costs of post secondary education when our children are of age, and we knew for our sake and theirs we should start saving/ investing ASAP. It was important to us to find a savings plan that was a safe, reliable and flexible investment. Knowing that our children will have access to the savings no matter which path they choose solidified our decision. Finding out that the government grants top up our investments was a bonus. We feel excited and confident that we are investing wisely in our children’s future and chance at success. top left Kelsi’s family, photo by Desiree Martin Photography right Desiree’s family, photo by Garrett Kendel



“Whatever journey our kids choose, they will be well set up to get a good start on things.”

Susan Busse

Kelsi Kendel


I’ve known Susan for a very long time, coming from the same town, so choosing her to help provide this set-up for our three kids was a no brainer. She came into our home for our appointment, which normally bugs me, but with Susan she made us feel so comfortable and at ease. Explaining things in black and white. No surprises. We got started while kid one was still very itty bitty and by kid three we were planning whilst he was in the womb. You can never start too early. Putting away for our children’s post-secondary education was huge for my husband and me. My parents did this for me, and we want to give our kids every opportunity we can. It’s a high value and priority in my family - ahead of vacations and extra fluff for sure. We have sacrificed a few things along the way to make this education savings plan happen. It’s evident that it’s very important to both my husband and me. Whatever journey our kids choose, they will be will set up to get a good start on things. So how do we go about this? I take all that the government gives me for our monthly child benefits and those all go straight over to their education accounts, divided equally amongst the three. It comes directly out of my account. So in and out she goes. And voila!



The numbers that have already grown for all three of our kiddos are a beautiful thing. My family also contributes lump sums annually for their birthday presents instead of toys. Susan Busse is a Sales Representative in Saskatoon with C.S.T. Consultants Inc. Branch 567. The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (CST) is one of Canada’s largest and oldest group Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) providers with over 56 years of experience providing education savings solutions to families across Canada. To learn more about starting an education savings plan for your child, contact Susan at Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan is sold only by Prospectus. Please see the prospectus for more detailed information. Copies may be obtained from

Our Collective Muse

Desiree Martin

Our Collective Muse is a collaborative blog written by 12 local women who love to explore their city and beyond. With a professional makeup artist, hairstylist, event planner and interior designer on the team there are always good reads about beauty and lifestyle, and with a few photographers on board the blog always looks gorgeous. Driven by a mission to celebrate all aspects of beauty in life, OCM delves beyond the aesthetic into motherhood, sisterhood, friendship and community. Keep up to date with the ladies by visiting

left Jocelyn’s family, photo by Jesslaine Elise Photography right Susan Busse photo by Lisa Landrie, Kelsi Kendel photo by Erin Crooks Photography, Desiree Martin photo by Erin Crooks Photography, Jocelyn de Moissac photo by deMo Photography


Jocelyn de Moissac


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or some reason, the warm weather brings out the worst in many of us; exercise seems to go on the back burner as we indulge in fatty foods and alcoholic beverages that don’t really help our bottom line. If this rings true for you, have no fear. I have the antidote to get you back in tiptop shape! With so many ways to exercise and eat healthy, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, causing you to end up doing nothing. In extreme cases, the inactivity and lack of drive leads you to the point where you’re already talking about New Year’s resolutions! The good news is that all effective fitness programs contain the same core elements, making it easier then you may think to get back on board the fitness train. It will just take some focus and dedication to make exercise a habit. You’ve likely heard me say this many times before, but it’s imperative that you start with a plan, and that means setting a goal that you’re going to go after — write it down. Once your goal is in place, it’s time for action, and that starts with you making your health and fitness a priority, along with consistent efforts. First, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself.

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You will also make better choices when it comes to food, because you’ll crave things that will fuel you through your day. As I’ve mentioned before, I love the 80/20 rule (eating clean 80 per cent of the time) because it will keep you grounded and allow you to still have the odd treat without feeling guilty about it. mission should be to build a championship team, so whatever nottime good at,being hire afit, you may be surprised If you spendyou’re enough not pro who is. This may be a fitness coach or with things in life that that fit folks can more easily deal trainer,require nutritionist or dietician. Your job is carrying a baby through strength. Whether it involves not to reinvent the wheel, so don’t waste the supermarket, picking up a few bags of groceries, moving a pile time doing a mediocre of bricks from your truckjob. bedEvery to yourdollar garden, or just getting up the you spend on your overall wellness an It will also allow you to stairs, fitness enables you to do it withisease. investment in yourself. And it doesn’t make everyday household duties into an exercise. have to be pricey; you can do a lot online Now it’s just time to price hit theof“GO” for a fraction of the a livebutton coach.and join me in living a happier, more fit life! What are you waiting for? Ahealthier, large part of my business is online training, so if you want me as your coach, May the SHRED be with you. just visit and we’ll make that happen!

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iving a healthier, mindful lifestyle with the use of essential oils is becoming widely embraced globally. To help Saskatchewan residents live happier, healthier lives with high grade 100 per cent pure essential oils, aromablends, and bath and body products, Escents is opening its doors in Saskatoon. Leane Zborosky opened Saskatchewan’s first Escents location in Regina in 2015, and is expanding to Midtown Plaza this July. Leane’s love for Escents is engrained with her passion for aromatherapy and her deeply connected family. Escents is a family company, that was founded by cousin Jacqui MacNeil, 25 years ago in Vancouver BC. “When Jacqui offered the chance for me to open locations in Saskatchewan, I grabbed it,” says Leane. “I have enjoyed and benefitted from Escents products and I am so happy to share Escents with the province.” Aromatherapy combines power of nature and science of scent to provide alternative health solutions and create happier, healthier lives. It can provide relief and healing for all kinds of issues, from relieving stress to alleviating headaches, respiratory issues and skin conditions. “Essential oils can help relieve issues, or prevent them from occurring,” says Leane. “If you’re looking for relief from something physical or mental, we can help find you the oil or product that may help ease away the problem.”






In addition to essential oils Escents also provides skin care, bath and body products. There are lovely shea milled soaps, bath bombs, body butters, hand lotions, shower gels, body scrubs, and more. All are made with Escents' 100 per cent pure, essential oils. For home fragrance, there are diffusers, candles and sprays. You can even make your own blends, customized to your needs in the form that works best for you be it diffusers, lotion, facial serum, bath oil or room spray. No matter what you need, Escents can find the oil and product that works best for you. Escents is also celebrating its 25th anniversary, and giving guests fantastic offers on products now through October. “We’re proud to celebrate what’s been a remarkable 25 years, and sharing with our guests who have made our success possible,” says Leane. “Check our website and come in for wonderful offers on our products.” Open Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday until 9 p.m., Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., now is the time to see what Escents can do for you. You can also learn more at or follow them on social media @escents.

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he way we approach retirement has a lot to do with how we have prepared for most things in life. The majority of the articles about retirement have to do with finances and assessing if you have saved enough. Of course, this is essential to how your retirement will play out but it isn’t the entire determinant. What determines your life after employment is what you have invested in — not just monetary investments but also your investment in personal development and relationships. Many of my friends saw how invested I was in my career — time, effort, heart and soul. They wondered what I would do when I retired. I carefully considered my decision before I cancelled my medical license. Incidentally, when I told the College of Physicians and Surgeons office that I was retiring, the response was, “Is this your first time?” Apparently many doctors make a few attempts before they successfully retire. Some of the things I have learned since my retirement are: 1. Planning your exit may take a long time. There is never a perfect time to retire. For me it was important that I had a good replacement for my patients. I simply could not leave my long-term patients without coverage. Many people have difficulty retiring if they truly love their work. You and you alone can determine when you have worked long enough that you deserve time to play. Of course, this gets more complicated if your retirement is not of your choosing. It takes a lot of soulsearching and acceptance to come to peace with being a casualty of downsizing, being rejected by a new administration or by a medical condition. 2. Leaving is not easy. Honestly, losing a major part of my family of long-time patients felt like I was going through a divorce. It was painful. Not only did my relationships with patients come to an end, but also my relationships with co-workers, colleagues, other professionals. Some people feel that retiring means that




Advice for A MAjor Life TrAnsiTion

By Dr. Vicki Holmes



they have lost their authority and identity. The good part is you alsotoleave behind over game and “awfulize or catastrophize” the point thatresponsibility, we see no other commitmentItofistime and lack sleep. a rational options or logical explanations. important toofdevelop interpretation of the event. One needs to maintain an open mind about 3. The actual leaving is much easier than the interpreting the information and calmly strategize other solutions in anticipation of leaving. I truly believe that reviewing, order to get to a state of equanimity. taking the time to say good-bye and to celebrate your Seeking Support: It iscareer tremendously helpful to know your allies andtotothis are important steps in attaining closure reach out to them when youof need goodofpoint here is that we needyou phase It’s a A mark completion allows to develop these supportive relationships before need to move forward. Itlong doesn’t takewe long forthem. your focus to shift toward more meaningful things like spending Cultivate Diversity: We all need to have several sources of support time with family, especially those loveable grandkids. and validation: family, friends and hobbies that we feel passionate It is wonderful to be able to engage with others in a about, church and community organizations, and the work place. If we different way. The luxury of time is indescribable! encounter difficulty in one area, we have other compassionate people around us, diminishing the impact the change/challenge. 4. Leaving a busyofwork situation allows you time to explore other things that interest you. I became Fitness: Exercising regularly and intensely is a great way to reduce more active in my other career that allowed anxiety and depression. It also helps us think more clearly. Not only will for more writing, TV appearances and public you have many health benefits to reduce disease but you will also have a speaking. Psychologists describe this as a “need for better functioning mind. cognition – an opportunity to engage in and enjoy Develop Gratitude: You can make a conscious choiceIttohas seebeen the world effortful cognitive activities.” shown in a positive way. This also contributes to emotional intelligence. Dr. to that people with healthy curiosity, commitment Alex Korb from UCLA has examined brains with MRIs. learning and involvement have functional better quality of life He has shown that having an attitude of gratitude with high emotional and health outcomes. intelligence actually increases the density of neurons in the ventromedial 5. Connections with others evolve differently when and lateral prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that is involved in you’re retired. Hopefully, you will have done your reasoning and decision making. Activation of this area inhibits the homework in building a wonderful relationship amygdala in the limbic system that is responsible for anger, aggression with your spouse and maintaining friendships and lack of impulse control. because now you will actually have time for them! Name your feelings: Shifting Consciously and naming the emotion rolesrecognizing of responsibility and negotiating plans that you are feeling can impact awaretoofdo forreduce wherethe you wantoftothe beemotion. and whatBeing you want the triggers of your emotion also an important gaining control. can be aischallenge if you dostep not in have a good method When women are suffering mood changes innever perimenopause, simplyThe for communication. It is too late to learn. recording feelings in most a special diary allows us to cyclical impact important element in see thisthe is to treat each other of our menstrual cycle andrespect! helps identify that hormones are having a with profound effect on our thought processes. Practicing Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a state of being intentionally aware of internal and external experiences that are present in the moment. You observe your thoughts and emotions from a distance without judgment. It takes practice and fortunately there are many resources you can access to develop this further. Many believe that there is a mind-body connection to which we should pay attention. When we struggle with making a decision, dealing with our emotions or accepting change it may have an actual physical effect on our body. An example of this is the pain in my hip that has been present for two years had become much worse since last August. Dr Ling diagnosed gluteus medius tendonopathy but my yogi niece told me that it represents leaving something. I was agonizing over retiring from the Women’s Midlife Health Program and, funny thing, a month after my retirement it is almost gone. 32


6. Now you can focus on yourself. The evidence is clear that maintaining a normal weight and exercising are important determinants of good health. You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and more by being as active as you can possibly be. I was thrilled to recently give a presentation to a seniors’ group and to discover that the majority of them were exercising, were very knowledgeable about diet and had a great social life together. What a great example of doing things right!

Tools to help you enjoy retirement: • Realize that life is precious and fill your thoughts with gratitude. • Accept responsibility for your health, leading you to healthy lifestyle choices that will benefit not only you but your loved ones as well. • Be curious. Revive old passions for activities of explore new ones. Commit to lifelong learning. • Have a positive attitude and spend time with Other examples of this are developing hypertension, those headaches who are positive as well. Simply going of not migraine and insomnia as a result out with that make you happy dealing well friends with stress. We may catch boosts every virus your immune system! going around because our immune system is being suppressed by stress. There are countless more • Discard those old injunctions about what you examples — if you take stock of how you are feeling I’m should and shouldn’t do or be. sure you can recognize your stressors and how they are I truly hope that you can find your centre and affecting your body. your joy. Sometimes we plod along doing the same thing, thinking the same way and it is not helping. Don’t accept this. Pay attention from a different perspective. You may surprise yourself and find a happier way of being. Dr. Vicki Holmes is a family physician who has activeactive in obstetrics, palliative care whobeen has been in obstetrics, and administration before becoming part of palliative care and administration the group that created before becoming part ofthe theWomen’s group Midlife Health Program, now situated at Saskatoon that created the Women’s Midlife City Hospital. Shenow is a situated teacher and Health Program, at a public speaker andCity is passionate about Saskatoon Hospital. She is ahelping people to better health. teacherfind andaaway public speaker and is passionate about helping people find a way to better health.





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CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN SASKATOON By Crystal Reich Photos Memories by Mandy Photography

REFINED congratulates Jessica Tetu, owner of Just For You Day Spa, for the 10th anniversary of the local spa in Saskatoon, its 5th anniversary in Regina, and 1st anniversary in Lloydminster.


recently had the pleasure of attending a beautifully organized and well deserved celebration of Just For You (JFY) Day Spa. The evening, held at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon hotel, brought together clients, friends, family and the business community to share memories, make new connections and laugh the night away. And we did … thank you, Kelly Taylor. Not many know this, but I grew up in the same small prairie town as Jessica Tetu (Jones). Although years separated us, and I was a typical self-absorbed teenager, I was not oblivious to the challenges Jess’s family faced. However, it wasn’t until years later when I re-connected with Jess that I learned the realities of her life back then. Jess is a very private and proud woman. She wanted to change her story. And she did. Entrepreneurs are a special breed, and successful ones are not created by accident. Today we see the product of resilience, determination, and courage. Jess made sacrifices, took risks and accepted challenges. And she did it all with grace and integrity. Blessed with the gift of a dynamic creative vision, she’s developed a brand with Lia Reese Canada that we all can feel good about. Thank you to all our entrepreneurs for being brave, leading and building our communities. Thank you Jess for never quitting, always believing and giving hope to the underprivileged young people struggling to find their way. Keep sharing your story. You never know who you needs to hear it most. 1




1 Power Duo: Jessica White, Regional Director and Jess's right hand woman, with Jess Tetu 2 Team JFY! Staff from Regina, Saskatoon and Lloydminster 3 Jess and her mom Kathy Stradeski 4 These Saskatoon boss ladies are no strangers to success! L-R: Jordana Jacobson of Cravings, Rebecca Simpson of Centennial 360, Molly Lux of Lux Events, Lacy Degelman of LACYKINDRA Real Estate, Desiree Hubbs 5 L-R: Whitney Jones and Jasmyn Jones enjoying the show 6 event planned and styled by Lux Events 7 Homegrown comedian Kelly Taylor entertained the crowd with “Saskatchewan humour.” 8 with REFINED's Crystal Reich











ART By Brook Thalgott

left Castle Guardians (Hotel Bessborough), 2016 right Tex Mex at the Fringe (Saskatoon Fringe Festival) opposite Bessborough Hotel - Gothic view

passion into a living,” says Michael. “And, by teaching, I get to help others cultivate their own passion for art.” Michael’s early years were highly influenced by the life of Vincent Van Gogh who stayed with his passion despite the difficulty of supporting himself as an artist. In developing his distinctive style of painting, he says the Group of Seven’s use of colour and light had a strong impact. “I describe my style as ‘painterly realism’,” he explains. “I work to show a level of realism that while accurate, isn’t photographic. I like to show texture, lighting and detail with an edge of artistic interpretation.”


askatoon’s Michael Martin has been an artist since he was a child. Growing up in a military family, Michael spent many childhood hours drawing and painting on the backs of old forms his dad would bring home from work. “I was a pretty introverted child, and art was a great escape for me and my imagination,” says Michael. When he finished high school, Michael had plans to be an architect, and moved to Saskatchewan from his family’s posting in Nova Scotia. “I changed my mind on architecture and moved into education because of my love of art,” he says. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Education, planning to teach English and Art. By the 1990s, Michael fell into a position with the Saskatchewan Craft Council, and that began his shift into paid art. “I started doing commercial graphics in the ’90s, and began a new career in art full-time,” says Michael. In 2003, he opened his own studio, teaching art classes and selling his own works. Today, his works can be found in private collections across Canada, in Japan and the U.S. “I have been incredibly lucky to turn my




These days, Michael is reconnecting with acrylic painting, after some of his art students asked him to demonstrate the medium. “I forgot how fun acrylics can be,” says Michael. He also enjoys working with watercolours and pencil crayons. As for subjects, Michael enjoys looking at local landmarks from unique angles. “We take our surroundings for granted because we see them the same way every day,” says Michael. “I am capturing the things we see every day in brand new ways, simply by changing the angle.” Michael is also grateful to be part of the vibrant arts community in Saskatoon. “We’re lucky to have an arts community so robust and passionate,” says Michael. “Our city is packed with talented people working in all kinds of media, turning out amazing works all the time. The diversity is wonderful and should be celebrated.” If connecting with your artistic side is something you want to try, Michael offers classes for every level of artist. “As a teacher, it is important to me to help others find their own artistic voice,” says Michael. “I believe we all have something to say and contribute, whether we create or verbalize our message.” His classes are available for aspiring artists aged 10 and up, and allow students to try many techniques and media. Drop-in sessions and custom classes are available. To view Michael’s works and learn more about his studio, visit for details or call him at 306.241.9711.

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Within the walls of Yvette Moore Gallery, every turn offers a different delight. Built in 1910 as the Land Titles Building, the extensive restoration completed in 1999 by Yvette Moore turned an artist’s dream into a masterpiece.


hrough copper doors and beneath 18-foot ceilings, walk into a handcrafted world where art and history harmonize. As each element and careful touch creates every unique piece of art, the unparalleled architecture is a work of art on its own. “If I had to build it from scratch, I would not build it differently. The layout and materials used are perfect and irreplaceable,” says Yvette.




“...I hear comments such as ‘that is my childhood,’ and ‘the art reminds me of growing up.’ I could not be more humbled,” says Yvette.”

Yvette transformed passion and vision into reality throughout her career as an artist and advocate for heritage preservation, and Yvette Moore Gallery exemplifies this. Yvette’s dedication to detail and artistic realism has adorned the walls and inspired the memories of collectors from around the world. Her articulate style gracefully tells the stories of the Prairies through her portrayals of the life, the people, and the surroundings that make Saskatchewan such a rich and fulfilling place. “Day after

day, when customers visit the gallery, I hear comments such as ‘that is my childhood,’ and ‘the art reminds me of growing up.’ I could not be more humbled,” says Yvette. Yvette Moore Gallery is dedicated to showcasing artistic beauty and quality in many forms. Whether it is the painstaking detail of a brushstroke on canvas, the intricate elements of exquisite pottery, the mesmerizing pattern of exceptional woodwork, the elegance of

quality jewelry or the deliciously crafted lunch available in-house at The Gallery Café, Yvette and her staff want you to be inspired with every visit. Inspiration might be the perfect gift, or the memory evoked from a moment passed in time — and art has the capacity to engage it all. Yvette Moore Gallery offers an exceptional collection of quality products crafted uniquely and individually by hand. “There is something to be said about a product that is the result of an artist’s vision and hard work,” Yvette adds. When visiting Historic Downtown Moose Jaw, Yvette Moore Gallery is a must-see. Step back in a time where quality remains unmatched. The walls and the art they display offer stories and an atmosphere that will leave you breathless. Are you ready to be captivated by art and history? Plan your trip to Moose Jaw and visit Yvette Moore Gallery. Yvette Moore Gallery 76 Fairford Street W. Moose Jaw 306.693.7600








It appears to be almost an art form, the perfect cheese platter. Believe it or not it is relatively simple to create a beautiful cheese masterpiece for your next social gathering. Here is some advice to get you started. How Much?


or an hors d’ouvré cheese platter, consider lighter cheeses, such as goat or fresh mozzarella, and allocate between one to two ounces per guest. If it’s an after-dinner platter, between one and one and a half ounces per person is plenty. Richer cheese such as aged Gouda or Gorgonzola are suitable selections.

What Kinds?

Try to offer at least three types of cheese, and no more than five. Also, try to mix different flavours and textures. Here is a brief list to consider when selecting your menu: Fresh: Smooth and creamy texture with milky and buttery flavour. Consider fresh mozzarella or ricotta. Blue: Salty and pungent, blue cheeses provide the most intense flavour. Select Gorgonzola, Fourme d’Ambert or Roquefort. Semi-firm: Slightly crumbly in texture, these cheese have a subtle yet rich flavour. Think manchego, young cheddar or fontina. Firm: With dense flavours these cheeses have more moisture to keep them from crumbling like hard varieties. Examples: colby or Gruyere. Hard: Offering a nutty and sharp bite these dry cheeses are perfect for your platter: Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago or aged Gouda. Pungent: Yes, “stinky” cheese can be a hit! Try incorporating one of the following: Limburger, Epoisses or Pont-l’Évêque. Smoked: Depending on the type of wood used to smoke these cheese, the flavours can range. Examples include brezain, smoked mozzarella or havarti. Mild: Soft and creamy, these cheeses are velvety and delicious. Consider Brie, Camembert or Fromage d’Affinois.

Offer your guests baguette slices, slightly toasted with olive oil, or neutral crackers. Sticking to mild flavours here will enhance the cheeses’ flavours. That said, bread or crackers with olives or dried fruits in their ingredient lists pair very well with any type of cheese Other accompaniments include: • grapes, pears, peaches or figs • tangy chutney, especially with pungent cheese • honey • nuts or olives • dried sausage or prosciutto To further impress your guests, pair your wine and cheese well. Fresh and soft cheeses — such as ricotta, mozzarella, chèvre or Brie — pair well with Moscato, Champagne, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Avoid reds high in tannins, such as Malbec. Semi-firm or firm cheeses — havarti, manchego or Edam — need a wine to balance their stronger flavours and firmer textures. Think of a medium bodied white, such as Chardonnay, a vintage port, Zinfandel or Gewürztraminer. The hard, dryer cheeses (aged cheddar or Asiago) need a full bodied white or tannic red, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Reisling. Even those “stinky” cheeses need a sweet and equally-as-bold wine to complement the salty, savoury flavours. If you’re serving Stilton or Gorgonzola pair it with a red port or Oloroso sherry.

Presentation Tips

Cheese has its fullest flavour when it is at room temperature, so keep this in mind when your guests are arriving. Keep the platter as uncrowded as possible. Depending on the size of your guest list you may need several trays prepared that can circulate the room. Prepare name cards identifying each cheese. This could also include a brief description of the flavour for those who will be trying it for the first time. And remember: have different knife available or each type of cheese.







ilver’s Local Market is the first liquor store and market of its kind in the province, dedicated to sourcing and selling only locally produced products! Situated on the convenient corner of 21st Street and 2nd Avenue in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, this beer, wine, spirits and goods market is truly dedicated to everything Saskatchewan. Highlighting the province's micro breweries, wineries and distilleries the Market also sources snack food items, nick-knacks, savoury and sweet sauces, honey, coffee, flasks, travel mugs, jewelry, and stemware made by talented locals, artists and entrepreneurs. Owned and operated by the Sperling Silver Distillery team, they believe in local businesses truly supporting other Saskatchewan based companies, entrepreneurs and brew masters. "There are a million products for a million different taste buds and that is why we try to source as many diverse food items, sauces, beers, wine and spirits. Yes, we believe in consumers buying local but we also believe in businesses supporting local, too. There is room in the market to support many local players and we want to promote that," explains Silver's operator, Ted Boisvert. Customers can find the full range of Sperling Silver's 32 signature spirits, wines, liquors and locally brewed beers at Silver's Local Market. Products include: their French Laundry Silver Series Vodka, Holy Spirits London Dry Gin, Ole Jeds Moonshine, Killya Saskatchewan Cactus Juice, and Golden Stag – Aged Rye. If your taste





palette is on the sweeter side, Sperling Silver Distillery has some tasty liqueurs including their Coconut SK Rum, Ginger Spiced Liqueur and vibrant green Hemp & Honey Shine. Interested in tasting before you take home? Not a problem. Silver's is happy to offer you a small sample test to ensure your taste buds are happy with your choice of beer, wine or spirits. Bring friends, coworkers or just yourself and sample what Saskatchewan's best breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries are cooking up! Pick up your favourite local brews in cans, bottles or purchase a growler and fill with your top pick of ale or lagers on tap. Silver's currently has 12 options from your favourite Saskatchewan breweries including their own sweet to the taste buds Old Jeds Rootbeer, which is as delicious as it sounds and is fresh for the pouring or available in cans. Opting for a cider instead? Silver's has a large selection of your favourite locally crafted ciders in a variety of mixes and flavours. Not forgetting the local wine connoisseurs, Silver's has all your local favourite fruit wines and sangria mixes from some familiar Saskatchewan wineries and likely some new-to-you that Silver's is happy to introduce. Of course, always on the shelf are Sperling's own Merlot, Rose and Pinot Gris. These three locally produced wines are perfect in beautiful summer sangria mixes, paired with a gourmet meal or an at-home happy hour with friends. For more information on Silver's Local Market or Sperling Silver Distillery products visit their websites, and Keep up to date and in the loop with contests, new products and samplings via Silver's Local Market Facebook, Instagram and social media pages.

Silver's Local Market 183 2nd Ave S 306.477.2000








During Canada 150, we're celebrating our communities, and Refined has started with these 75 things we love about the Moose Jaw area. If you have something special about this region or your community to include in the "final 75" in our upcoming winter issue, email it to Happy birthday, Canada!

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Go underground and peer into Moose Jaw’s colourful history of Al Capone’s bootlegging passageway and the oppressive past of Chinese immigrants at the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Soak it up at Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. All aboard! Roll back through history and see Moose Jaw in grand style on the Moose Jaw Trolley Car. The Ghost Tours and Tales of Murder will give you goosebumps. History abounds in Downtown Moose Jaw. Entertainment and culture harmonize in the exquisite setting of the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre and the Mae Wilson Theatre — built in 1916.

7 Travel back in time at the Western Development Museum. 8 Sports and entertainment do not disappoint at Mosaic Place. 9 Walk through the heart of the city and the “Jewel of the Prairies” in Crescent Park. 10 First visit to Moose Jaw must include a stop at the Visitor’s Centre — reminiscent of the Temple Gardens Dance Hall from the 1920s. 11 Say hello to Moose Jaw’s faithful guardian, Mac the Moose. 12 Relive memories of Saskatchewan’s past at Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Museum. 13 Get back to nature at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. 14 No bootlegging necessary — get in the “spirit” of nostalgia at the Liquor Store, housed in the former CPR Station. 15 Be inspired at the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. 16 Trace the painted path around the city’s Murals. 17 Join the Tribe and cheer on the Moose Jaw Warriors. 18 Check in to elegance and grandeur at Grant Hall. 19 Choose from over 100 flavours of wings at Déjà Vu Café, featured on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here! 20 All members of the Royal Canadian Air Force call Moose Jaw and 15 Wing home while earning their Pilot Wings. 21 Over 340 metres of concrete and steel connect North Hill and South Hill as the decorative 4th Avenue Bridge. 22 History, art, and creative cuisine combine at the Yvette Moore 23 24


Look up — way up — and revel in the mastery of the Snowbirds, the internationally renowned Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Squadron based out of 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

Gallery that is housed in the heritage gem of the former 1910 Land Titles Building.

A feat of engineering, the Wakamow Suspension Bridge connects the Trans Canada Trail through the valley. Stars are born with RuBarb Productions.


25 The reward is the worth the work at Bend in the River Berries “u-pick orchard.” 26 Be dazzled with Fifth Avenue Collection. 27 Christmas comes early to the Friendly City as Christmas in October lights up downtown Moose Jaw. 28 Immerse yourself in new worlds at Motif Multicultural Festival. 29 Straight from the skies, a decommissioned Snowbirds Tutor jet beckons you into the city. 30 Relax and rejuvenate in grand style at Sahara Spa — housed in the former CNR Station. 31 Ready. Aim. Fire. Get ready for battle at Prairie Storm Paintball. 32 Expand your imagination in the historic Moose Jaw Public Library nestled in Crescent Park. 33 You will never dine alone at Hopkins Dining Parlour, rumored to be home to a (friendly) ghost. 34 Feeling lucky? Try your hand at Casino Moose Jaw. 35 You can almost feel the prairie breezes in the artistic realism of award-winning artist, Yvette Moore. 36 Tantalize your sweet tooth at Common Café + Bakery. 37 Attention! The future of the military looks bright because of Moose Jaw Armouries. 38 “Take me out to the ballgame” and catch a Moose Jaw Miller Express game. 39 From the farm to your fork, the Homegrown Farmer’s Market has something for everyone. 40 Set up camp in picturesque River Park Campground. 41 Taste world class artisan cheese made right here at home at Coteau Hills Creamery. 42 There is no shortage of musical talent with resident names like 43 44 45 46 47 48 49

Megan Nash, The Bromantics, Scott Benson Band, The New Montagues and many more.

More than just planes, 15 Wing Fellowship Highway to Heroes Concert and Car Show brings just as much excitement at ground level. Future X-Game Stars kick up dirt at the new Moose Jaw Police Association Bike Skills Park. Celebrate and support diversity at Moose Jaw Pride. “Canada was discovered in a canoe” and you can too with Moose Jaw River and Adventure Tours. Pub crawl around Moose Jaw’s unique locally owned and operated joints like Bobby’s Place, Bugsy’s Irish Pub, Cornerstone Bar & Grill or Rosie’s on River. Moose Jaw Court House is not only an architectural gem, it is the oldest continuously functioning provincial court house in Saskatchewan. Wakamow Valley is “a park for all seasons” and will not disappoint with over 20 km to walk or bike in the summer, or take a loop around the famous winter time hub, the Kiwanis Park Skating Oval.



50 Repurposing a church to create beautiful art is what Parsons Dietrich Pottery is firing up alongside Highway 1. 51 Got the guts? Free fall with Skydive South Sask. from over 12,500 feet. 52 Dive into summer fun at the Phyllis Dewar Outdoor Pool. 53 Help get burrowing owls off the Endangered Species list at the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre. 54 Trade up for a brighter future at Moose Jaw’s Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus. 55 The world watched as Moose Jaw’s own Siera Bearchell took the stage as Miss Universe Canada. 56 Music and design hit a high note at Nebulus Entertainment through the creative lens of Jared Robinson’s imagination. 57 Broaden your mind through the power of the written and spoken word the Saskatchewan Festival of Words. 58 The skies are alive and captured in a moment of beauty by Dre Erwin. 59 The façade has definitely changed, but the infamous stories of River Street reverberate through time. 60 Delight in nature’s bounty at Grandpa’s Garden and be sure to try the locally produced honey wine at Saskatchewan’s first craft meadery, Prairie Bee Meadery.

61 Jam along at a Concert in the Park at the Crescent Park Ampitheatre. 62 Nothing beats the ever-changing wonder of a prairie sky. 63 Cemented in time, the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site tours you back to 20th century industrialism. 64 After 68 years of hosting the Moose Jaw Band and Choral Festival, it’s no wonder Moose Jaw is deemed “The Band City.” 65 No trip to Moose Jaw is complete without the expert guidance of Gord Johnson. 66 Life’s most precious moments are immortalized by photographer Andy Hamilton. 67 Defy reality and step into a virtual playground at Sir Viver. 68 If you look to the skies, chances are a fly-by of a Harvard II is likely — the aircraft of choice for the early stages of the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) program.

69 It is impossible to not be taken by the whimsical charm of Laura Hamilton Art. 70 Find out for yourself why the nickname “The Friendly City” welcomes you to the city. 71 Deadpool may have gotten a laugh from the city’s name, but the name is proudly embedded in its Cree roots. 72 Peak into the creative worlds of local artists on the Moostletoe Artists Studio Tour. 73 Home of the Sandy Creek Gospel Jamboree, Run to Besant Car Show 74 75 50


and Connect Festival, Besant Campground is worth the drive to the peaceful prairie oasis.

If you are from Saskatchewan, you know the difference between a blueberry and a Saskatoon Berry. Your dog ran away? Don’t worry — you can see him for days.



ecently, a client of mine asked me for some ideas for a winter getaway for her and a few of her friends. Their wish list includes: a beautiful beach to lounge, dining options that are tasty and diverse, spa and wellness options, and the opportunity to mingle with other people their age. Her request started me thinking about a group of resorts I often recommend to my clients because of their diverse destinations and packages that suit everyone, from a single vacationer to a multigenerational group. AMResorts is a global brand that currently features a collection of 52 luxury resorts in 23 destinations in six countries. I am confident in recommending these resorts to my clients who are searching for fun in the sun, luxurious accommodations, delicious dining and a variety of amenities to make the vacation just that much more memorable. With diverse clientele, AMResorts has established six resort brands that cater to different travellers and their vacation goals. • Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts combine luxury and wellness to reinvigorate one’s body and spirit. • Secrets Resorts & Spas are the ultimate romantic destination today’s couples are seeking. • Breathless Resorts & Spas provide sophisticated, luxe experiences for modern, trend-setting adults. • Dreams Resorts & Spas offer a variety of children’s programming

Planning Your Winter Getaway

and are designed for families to create memories.

warm wind blowing the palm trees behind you. Ahhhhh …

• Now Resorts & Spas are family-friendly destinations suited for grandparents, parents, teens and children.

I arranged a getaway for my client and her girlfriends, and they are eagerly looking forward to their winter getaway. Have you been thinking about your own, but not sure where to start? I can assist you with planning a vacation that will create lasting memories.

• Sunscape Resorts & Spas focus on fun in every moment of your vacation, and provide an exceptional kid experience. AMResorts also offer a variety of themed packages that pair well with many travel intentions. For example, if you’re planning on bending down on one knee for a romantic marriage proposal during your vacation, the “Pop the Question” package provides added perks for the couple to enjoy. The “Baby Moon” experience becomes unforgettable for soon to be parents, and the “Sip, Savor & See” package caters to foodies and entertainment seekers. So when my client inquired about ideas for her group of girlfriends, I knew her perfect winter holiday would be covered by AMResorts. Their “Girlfriends Getaway” features an opportunity for friends to unwind and receive much needed pampering (think manicures, yoga, spa treatments and more), in a warm tropical environment. The “Breathless Bachelorette” theme unites the bride to be with her closest girlfriends and celebrates the upcoming union with top-quality food and beverages, bonding activities and beachside service. AMResorts is also a popular choice for groups such as yoga clubs, with Zoetry and Secrets Resorts, the go-to destinations for yoga retreats. Just imagine yourself on a tropical beach with the

“Let Lucille Brown book it for you. She's been my travel agent for years. She's amazing!” —Kinga

Lucille Brown, CTC Travel Consultant

Travel Professionals International 306.850.1697

photos courtesy AMResorts



The Call of The

By Dean Johnston Photos courtesy of Dean Johnston

Everest Base Camp Trek (Nepal)




opposite Everest Base Camp Trek (Nepal) below l-r Kasbah Taourirt (Morocco), Lake Atitlan (Guatemala), Laguna Jakob, Patagonia (Argentina)

It all started

with a Banks beer. Well, more specifically, my passion for travel all started with a three-week jaunt to Barbados right after I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. Sure, I’d been to the States a few times as a kid (isn’t Disneyland a rite of passage for any lucky Canadian child?), as well as Mexico (and what teenage kid hasn’t spent time browsing leather jackets on the streets of Tijuana?) but it was that June in Barbados with three university friends that really ignited my somewhat surprising new loves of both travel (which endured) and calypso music (which didn’t). After that the trips became more frequent, eventually leading to a seven-month “honeymoon” in Southeast Asia that introduced both my wife, Laynni, and I to culture shock and traveller’s diarrhea. Upon returning home we rejoined the Saskatoon workforce and set our minds toward the 10-year plan of giving it all up to travel once again. Since much of my job as a financial planner involved retirement planning, it wasn’t long before I had meticulously mapped out our own version of “retirement” — albeit one that would start at 35 instead of the more customary 55 or older. Fast forward to 2008 and thanks to some good fortune — a position with one of the more successful financial advisors in the city, some profitable returns in the real estate market — and our 10-year plan had been whittled down to seven. For the second time in our short careers we were leaving behind jobs that seemed too good to quit for destinations unknown and even more uncertain futures. Being a financial planner and certifiable numbers guy, embracing transience and unpredictability doesn’t come naturally. However, over time we’ve learned to be as financially responsible as possible in the way we structure our annual travel schedule, while still allowing us to do things such as gaze at the world’s tallest mountain after spending an entire morning vomiting in a frigid Nepalese guesthouse, or learn just how heavy a Kazakh hunting eagle is when perched on my arm, or enjoy the view of a Balinese rice harvest from the comfort of our bed. Now, almost a decade later, we have visited all seven continents and more than 60 countries, and are still spending most of each year travelling (summer in Saskatchewan is still too much fun to pass up, and missing Christmas at home is obviously unthinkable), thanks in varying parts to careful planning, cooperative financial markets, trips

favouring good value destinations and steadfastly resisting any urge to invest in foreign vacation property. Recently we have also been saving money by spending two to three months of each year ensconced in an apartment on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala (same great rental apartment, same morning swim routine, but at least one new fly-swatter annually). I have also taken these twin opportunities of time and topic to spend more time writing travel books, articles and blogs, both documenting our travels and providing some supplementary income. Maybe the clearest lesson we’ve learned over these years of wandering is that travel bucket lists are impossible to complete, as we can’t seem to stop adding new destinations. Plus, these days we spend much of our time returning to places we’ve already been, but enjoy so much we can’t help but keep going back. Bangkok isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but can be terrific in short doses between long stretches on one or another of Thailand’s sublime islands. Our devotion to hiking can be traced in large part to three separate trekking visits to the breathtaking Nepal Himalaya. Incomparable, and one of the cheapest destinations on earth. Morocco offers all the exotic splendour of the Middle East without the inconveniently deadly conflicts. The list is long and constantly changing. A languid afternoon spent sipping Pacífico beer on an endless Mexican beach. Patagonia. Bruges. One specific hammock on one specific lake in Guatemala. Some people will love these places as much as we do, while others will question either our sanity or our sobriety. Ultimately that is the true beauty of travel, however, the fact that it is such a personal experience. Every journey is coloured by the circumstances and experiences of the moment, from a new friend who completely changes your perspective to weather luck to chance encounters with a naked man offering free massages and tarot readings. The important thing is to pack your bags, hit the road and find out for yourself. Dean Johnston is the author of three travel books, including the recently published Roam: The 9 Greatest Trips on Earth. He also has written numerous travel articles and you can find stories and photos from all his travels at



Grow Your Business with refinedseo By Laurissa Kainz






is seo?

SEO or search engine optimization is the language that allows web content to communicate with search engines. In a nutshell, the goal of SEO is to improve search engine rankings.

How does it work?

Search engines are like phone books or web directories. They list websites so that people can easily find a related website when they are looking for a product or service. But, out of two billion websites online, which one will come up in the top results? To answer this question and deliver better content and services to search engine users, modern search engines started considering various factors to determine the ranking of a website. For any search engine, better understanding, relevance, performance, social connectivity, mobility and security means a higher ranking.

why do you need it?

Eighty-nine per cent of consumers use search engines to make a purchase decision, and any business can use SEO to reach these consumers with their products and services. Most businesses have fantastic websites, but they aren’t always showing up in search results. It’s like buying a Lamborghini or Ferrari, but keeping it in your garage where no one can see it! Since 97 per cent of users never go to the second page of a search engine, your website must be on the first page for most users to visit it.

inTeresTinG fACTs ABouT seo • People think their website will show up as number one when doing an online search, when it’s usually not even in the top 100.

• Every second, Google™ handles over 30,000 searches. To make the process faster, Google™ stores your search history, which significantly impacts the results you see when you’re not clearing your browser cash and browsing history. • If you want to see your true ranking in Google™: + Open your browser + Click on File + Click on New Incognito Window or New Private Window + Go to or and search by key words and location (i.e. Restaurant in Saskatoon) + Now see where you rank on Google™

wHY refinedseo?

There are over 200 different things you can do to improve a website’s ranking, but to do this successfully, you need a strong team with proper training and experience. RefinedSEO has a skilled and motivated team with years of experience in SEO, including several certifications from Google™ and Stanford University. RefinedSEO has experience working with small businesses to large international corporations.

what results are people seeing? Ninety per cent of clients get to the first page of Google™ within three weeks to three months, and usually rank in the top three within six months. “After working with RefinedSEO, we’ve definitely noticed that we’re getting way better traction, more inquiries and our sales team is being run off their feet,” says Dustin Halvorson, Director of Sales and Business Development with Altern Properties and Deveraux Homes. “Prior to working with RefinedSEO, we were on the second page of Google, and now we’re consistently in the top three. They’ll help you with making sure your website doesn’t just look pretty to everybody who’s finding it, but also that the back end is communicating with Google properly.”


achieve their goals. Providing people with a positive experience is what motivates me to work hard and keeps me going forward.

What kind of education/experience do you have with SEO? I’m a software engineer with a Ph.D. from the University of Regina. I was awarded with the most prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (worth $150,000), and I was the first student from University of Regina to receive this award in the Science and Technology category for my quality of work in the software engineering field.

Why do you like working with SEO? I understand the importance of Google™ in today’s business world. It is a challenge for me how I can beat the search engines by using their guidelines and businesses growing faster by ranking higher. SEO is not just a business for me, it is a way of helping people.

Kazi Mamun, SEO expert

I have been in the web industry for more than 15 years, and I have seen, experienced and worked along with the changes search engines made in their search algorithms over the years. I have worked with many companies and helped them grow across the globe.

Kazi Mamun from RefinedSEO with his dog, Leo



What motivates you? I like technology, innovation and creating new products for the web world to make people’s life easier. I love seeing my products, my techniques and my algorithms being used to help people


Tell me a bit about yourself. I am a workaholic, but at the same time I like travelling. I have travelled throughout North America and a few other countries. I am a self-proclaimed foodie; I like trying different kind of food from different cultures and different part of the world. I also like being around nature and animals. Right now, my wife and I have a five-year-old Maltipoo named Leo. He was a tiny baby when we got him, but since then he has grown to be an intelligent, loyal and compassionate dog. After a busy day at work, the unconditional love I get from him cheers me up and helps me work for a few extra hours.

Expert Advice

Taken Hostage in CyberSpace Complete Technologies can help analyze your risks and install the best alternative, alleviating threats to you and your company.

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Plan for and run scheduled scans with your anti-virus software. You can set up a weekly run during a particular night while not using your computer.

ansomware is a disturbing system of cyberattack that plays no favourites – individua ls, institutions, small and big business are all possible victims. This malicious software obstructs retrieval of data, essentially all your files within your computer system, until ransom is paid. Small business can be the most vulnerable with effects that are overwhelming. Practices to subvert damaging effects are not only there for governments or big business. In fact, Complete Technologies can help you protect your business. Advanced ransomware techniques such as cryptoviral extortion in Wanna Decryptor (WannaCry or wcray) encrypts your files, making them totally unattainable. Once downloaded, you have access to two files: one describing what has happened and threatening you and the second, the Wanna Decryptor program. You are given instructions about how to pay in bitcoin, which is an online cryptocurrency using unidentifiable addresses. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that paying the ransom will restore your data. What is important to know is how you can be stricken. Ransomware has to be downloaded onto a device within a network. This is achieved by getting you to click on a link or download it inadvertently.

Here are strategies that are good habits to get into:


Do not open attachments you are unsure about from a source you do not know. Ransomware is often incorporated within an attachment to an email and looks innocent. Use caution when opening an email that has no subject line or is from an unknown or unanticipated source.


Keep your anti-virus software and operating systems current. Virus, malware and ransomware creators continually infiltrate systems with new handiwork, therefore, you too must be upto-date. The issue of ransomware is so significant that the majority of insurance providers offer cyber insurance policies. This type of policy should cover any monetary losses or impending lawsuits owing to the breach of confidentiality. Keep in mind that you can only qualify if you follow best practices for your network security. With our help your business can be well protected. Complete Technologies can ease your worries when you feel unsure or at risk. Call me at 306.361.6787 or email andrey@

Consult with your IT service provider to find out whether your network is configured according to best safety practices, in the event that if your computer does get the infection, it doesn't spread on the network and servers.


Make sure you have all of your critical files backed up, both locally and offsite. Having just an on-site backup doesn't guarantee protection as it can get infected as well. With the above strategies, probability of assault reduces. Anti-virus software also protects your computer. Here are 3 more factors to consider:

owner and team lead

Install anti-virus/malware protection. Some “managed security suites” include content filtering, which lessens the risk of clicking on a dangerous link.

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ne of the pivotal points in my career was when I was asked to put together a plan for building leadership bench strength. The department I worked in at the time arrived at a place where there was no one ready or even identified as a high-potential for stepping into a management position, and there were some changes looming on the horizon. This gap posed a potential risk to productivity, continuity and overall performance. In large organizations, initiatives like this one are often delegated to the human resources department, but time was of the essence and we needed to move quickly. It’s difficult to sustain success without succession, and so when the project came to me I recognized the multiple opportunities it afforded — to add meaningful value to the people I worked with, to stretch and grow my strengths, and to set myself apart from my peers for future opportunities. Little did I know at the time the greater impact it would have on the business, my career and the careers of others!



As a student of the world’s leading authority on leadership, John Maxwell, I knew right away that to increase the leadership capacity of others, I first had to level up my own leadership. It’s easier to take people on a journey that you’ve already been on — like the difference between a tour guide and a travel agent, experience versus information. Building bench strength would require a transition in thinking from production achieved by others to the development of their potential. As the plan came together, there were a few key elements that made the entire process work. Leadership pool vs. pipeline. According to Jack Zenger, “The leadership pipeline is used to create a more systematic, visible system of identifying candidates for succession, combined with the processes for their development.” The challenge with a pipeline is it is narrow in scope and does not allow for the fast-paced changing demands of modern business. Having a pool of leadership-ready talent allows organizations to be nimble and responsive to the needs of the business, now and in the future.


It takes a leader to know a leader. One of the most common mistakes companies make is promoting their top producers to management. More often than not, this backfires because the skill sets and motivations are different. Knowing what characteristics makes for an effective leader help to identify who to focus energy and resources on, and who is ready for the challenge. It takes leadership to grow leadership. Most leaders produce followers, not other leaders. What’s the difference? A mindset of selflessness. Only secure leaders give power to others. Giving up some control, whether it’s for a specific task or an outcome, means giving someone else the opportunity and space to complete and achieve, or to fail and learn. Leadership development is a process, not an event. Developing leadership in others is a commitment to the long game, the greater vision. While training in certain skills can be helpful, it’s about shifting the approach from teaching to learning, from being told what to do to finding solutions, being proactive rather


NOT JUST LEADERS than reactive. It’s about experience that has been reflected on and evaluated. The benefits of developing a leadership pool were greater than initially expected. Along with meeting the objective of building bench strength, some of the other benefits were found. Every person was seen as a potential candidate for development. This approach brought out the best in people because management was looking for the best in them. It also provided a sense of possibility, giving employees hope that something greater or more challenging awaits them when ready. Life gets better when leadership gets better. When leaders are being developed, they become better at their own job and help others to do better too, working relationships improve, and performance goes up. Every person engaged in leadership development adds more horsepower to the organization. Leaders get to lead. As more people rise in their personal leadership, the load of

leadership is shared by more people. This creates space for existing leaders to shift from the inertia of daily management, to more strategic objectives and vision. Competition dissolved, collaboration solidified. Opportunities for advancement previously looked at through the narrow perspective of a pipeline had created a scarcity mindset and some negative behaviours. Once the perspective widened, and people saw an abundance of opportunity that extended beyond the linear, engagement increased, efforts multiplied and comradery emerged. Overall moral increased. Leadership is a winning advantage. We see this all the time with pro-sports teams that are drawing from a pool of liketalented players. If a star-player is injured and put out of the game, does the rest of the team fall apart, or are there other leaders at the ready to step in and not miss a beat? The same holds true in organizations.


big and meaningful ways. They often reported improvements in their personal lives, which gave them greater focus at work and the inner space to continue their development. While some stepped into an immediate management role, others found their passions led their careers to other areas within the organization and beyond. People are an organization’s most appreciable asset when developed. What leadership gold lies in wait for your organization? Jill Poulton is a Certified Executive Coach and Founding Partner with The John Maxwell Team. She specializes in leadership and small business. Questions and comments can be directed to

The employees who participated in the leadership development pool were grateful for the opportunity to be challenged in



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A Polished industriAl home by


BUILDERS By Courtney tait Photos Kim regier / CheL Photo

When Haven Builders began planning the design for Saskatoon’s fall 2017 Hospital Home Lottery house, they approached the project with a question: “What can we do that we haven’t seen before?”


ith this mindset, their team designed and built an awe-inspiring two-storey showhome at Greenbryre Estates in a “polished industrial” style. Standout features include floor-to-ceiling windows, a geometric-tiled fireplace surround, metal finishings throughout and a modern gold and navy colour palette. “There’s a European feel to the design,” says Haven’s Design Manager Charissa Surine. Along with striking botany-themed wallpaper sourced from Sweden for the powder room and an Italian-style walk-in closet in the master, the 2,952 sq. ft. home features a cedar-screened courtyard — ideal for gazing out onto the golf course while sipping your morning espresso. The Hospital Home Lottery supports three hospital foundations with




ticket proceeds helping to provide hospital equipment. Haven Builders’ grand prize showhome is valued at $1.3 million dollars, and the winner will receive an additional $10,000 in cash. Haven also built the fall 2016 Hospital Home Lottery house — a mid centurystyle home with clean lines and extensive use of glass. Haven is proud to have been one of five finalists for Best New Home in Canada under 2,500 sq. ft. for this design at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National Awards for Housing Excellence. With an open-concept floor plan, three bedrooms upstairs and an office and living area in the basement, this year’s showhome

offers plenty of room for the lucky winner to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle. The showhome property backs onto farmland, making for an unobstructed sky line — perfect for watching the sunset from the west-facing deck. “You have pretty much a panoramic view when you’re in the house,” says Charissa. Tickets for the Hospital Home Lottery can be purchased at the showhome, located at 108 Greenbryre Lane. (Open weekdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 12 to 5 p.m.) Last year’s tickets sold out earlier than anticipated, so those hoping for a chance to win should be sure to visit the showhome soon!

One-stop Shopping with a Design — Build service

Founded in 2010, Haven Builders crafts unique homes for its clients based on their particular vision. While some companies in the home sector specialize strictly in architecture and others focus on building, Haven offers both: a Design — Build service that enables clients to work with one team from concept to completion. By opting for a service that combines both the design and build of your home, a single source of accountability exists for the entire project. “This fosters teamwork and lends itself to cooperation,” says Haven’s Marketing and Sales Manager Donna Senterre. “The



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relationship built during the design sets the stage for a successful project.”

experience into one, homeowners benefit from one stop shopping,” says Donna.

Another benefit of the service is effective budget management. With one team carrying out both the design and build, the project’s scope is considered from the outset, and extra costs can be eliminated during the design stage. Lastly, scheduling time is typically reduced with a Design — Build service, resulting in the project being completed in less time overall. “By combining design and construction

Lake House Luxury and a Timber Frame Design

Anyone who has built a lake property in Saskatchewan knows how difficult it can be to find trades and access equipment necessary to completing the project. With lake locations being far from urban centres, building your dream lake house or cabin can seem out of reach.

“People kept coming to us and asking for lake properties — there is a huge demand,” says Donna. “These properties need to complement the surrounding lake land, and factors such as water levels and soil conditions must be considered. You really have to do your due diligence.” Haven Builders uses the same trades for their lake properties as for their urban residential builds, ensuring the high quality they are known for is maintained. Their current Lakeland District builds include a midcentury modern style home and a cabin-esque design. Central to the design of both homes, Donna says, is taking advantage of the views. Haven has also started construction on a 5,000 sq. ft. glulam timber frame home located on an acreage south of Stonebridge. “This architectural look is very wood focused, with laminated fir beams,” says





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Haven’s General Manager Dallas Stobbe. Glulam beams are made up of several layers of wood. “This project is very unique in Saskatoon in the use of materials,” says Dallas, “and we want people to be aware that we can build in this style. It’s not your typical Saskatchewan prairie house — it feels more like a modern mountain home.”

Expanding to Commercial Projects

Haven’s first commercial venture, started in June of this year, is a 13,000 sq. ft. care home addition at the Mennonite Youth Farm in Rosthern. The project — a joint venture with Haven and the architecture firm aodbt — will add 20 units to an existing care home for seniors. The building includes a common area, staff kitchen and chapel along with 20 individual units with bedroom, bathroom and living space. At the outset of the project, Dallas says, Haven found solutions to make it more cost effective. The Haven team is interested in working on more small to mid-size commercial projects in the future. “It takes a lot of collaboration and demands teamwork,” says Dallas, “and we build strong relationships through the process.”

Haven Builders’ Downtown Showroom and Cabinetry

Are you searching for the right builder for your home? Haven Builders’ downtown showroom

above l-r Charissa Surine, Haven Builders’ Design Manager, Donna Senterre, Haven Builders’ Marketing and Sales Manager and Dallas Stobbe, Haven Builders’ General Manager

enables clients to explore a variety of design options, including Haven cabinetry, which is custom crafted in house. While in the past Haven’s cabinetry has been used strictly in homes built by Haven, the company is interested in making their cabinets available to private clients in the future. Haven Builders welcomes visitors to the showroom Monday to Friday from 8 to 5 p.m. With a second architectural technologist recently added to their team and a range of exciting projects slated for 2018, Haven continues to evolve as a leader in their field. “We don’t choose to necessarily do what’s on trend,” says Charissa. “We like to push the envelope and try new things.”

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Tips to Master the Moody Bathroom By Courtney Tait


n contrast to the light, airy bathrooms that have dominated the design world in recent years, another trend has been smouldering: dark and moody. Like slipping into a silk robe, stepping into a black-toned bathroom feels sultry and sophisticated. Whether you’re brushing your teeth or running a bubble bath, the upscale ambience of this design trend elevates the experience. Here, we share tips to creating a chic bathroom that celebrates the magic of black.

Paint Power

The quickest way to transform any room is with paint, and the same goes for a moody bathroom redo. Black walls instantly bring a sense of drama to the space and can make flooring and fixtures pop. But before you start collecting paint swatches, make sure your bathroom has a decent amount of natural light. Black walls will darken the space, so if you use the bathroom for applying makeup (or want to avoid feeling closed in), you’ll need natural light streaming in to counter them. As with white paint, black paint comes in countless shades. Jet blacks can veer into “bar bathroom” territory, so opt for a tone with blue, gray or brown in it, which offers depth without looking harsh. Both




satin and semi-gloss paint work in the bathroom, as they ward off moisture and are scrubbable. Semi-gloss looks luxe and will reflect the most light, but keep in mind that it also shows imperfections in the walls more than a satin paint will. Not surprisingly, painting over black is a challenge, so you want to get the look right. Splurge on a few sample cans and try the colours side by side on one wall before making your decision — and remember that the shade will look different at different times of day.

Contrast is Key

Black bathrooms are at their best when contrasted with lighter tones. An all-black or all-dark bathroom can quickly feel claustrophobic, so moderation is key. If you opt for black walls as the primary way to bring black into your bathroom, keep your sink and toilet white. Choose flooring that’s light and/or bright, whether it’s one solid tone or a patterned tile. Patterns could of course include black, but avoid ones with black as the dominant shade, unless it’s a classic black and white combination. An exception? Clawfoot tubs. If you have one of these beautiful vintage soakers, consider painting the outside black (even

if you’re doing the walls black too). This will revitalize the tub and provide beautiful contrast to the white of the inside. The overall look is classy and elegant. Another option is keeping the tub’s “claws” white. This makes them stand out against the black, drawing attention to a beautiful vintage detail.

Fixture Findings

When searching for fixtures to complement black walls, think shine. The more reflective the finish, the more your faucets, showerhead, and lighting fixtures will bounce light around the room, countering the light-absorbing effect of black walls. Bronze fixtures work especially well with black walls, adding shimmer and sophistication. If you love the idea of a black bathroom but feel intimidated by black walls, consider black fixtures instead. Particularly when paired with white walls and light flooring, black fixtures in a classic style stand out as crisp and elegant.

Warm it Up

Accessories go a long way in warming up the cold feel of a black room. Consider adding wood and natural fibers in the form of your vanity, waste basket, soap dispenser and

mirror frame. Choose a bath mat or rug with a coloured pattern to contrast the black and brighten things up. And don’t forget the art and plants! A vibrant print and some leafy foliage wake up a rich, dark wall and makes the space feel cozy and welcoming.

Going Dark Daunted by black? You can achieve a similar moody aesthetic with other deep shades such as navy, indigo or charcoal. Dark patterned wallpaper, either on an accent wall or the entire room, is a dramatic look that adds instant personality. Be aware that these options are less “classic” and may date themselves more quickly than black will. But, with its small stature and out-of-the-way location, where better to experiment than the bathroom? Once your moody redo is complete, take advantage of the luxe space and use it more often! Schedule in a weekly (or daily) bubble bath or candlelit shower and take your time in there, listening to a podcast or just breathing. Before you exit to the “real” world, slather yourself with scented body oil. Let your bathroom be your haven — you deserve it!





of PERFECTION Did you know? In colour psychology white connotes purity, calmness, new beginnings, clean slates, blank canvases and facilitates efficiency and organization. White is the perfect colour choice for people who want the flexibility to update a space easily. White has elements of timelessness, elegance, serenity and the perception of space and light. Want to use more white in your home? Here are a few ideas to get you started: • create glamorous textures with white glossy, striped wallpaper, a white leather sofa and a white fauxfur throw rug • paint both your kitchen cabinets and walls semi-gloss white to create an open and airy space • give old wood furniture new life by painting it white See what colour can do for your next decorating project. Call us at 306.381.5141 and we will help you pick the perfect white!

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Art is meant to be seen and enjoyed throughout our homes, but we stop short of hanging our favourite pieces in the kitchen. The heart of the home can get messy and withstands fluctuating levels of heat and humidity, making it an unfriendly environment for an original oil painting. Yet with the right medium, any kitchen can be become a gallery. By Jane Lockhart


onsider your new palette — the backsplash. The kitchen walls between counter and cabinetry is the perfect place for visual beauty and functionality to come together and elevate your kitchen’s style. There are infinite design possibilities to incorporate pattern, colour and detail if you start with a resilient surface that will stand up to almost anything you can throw at it. Consider tile from ceramic, porcelain, glass, stone, marble or even stainless steel. The most popular choice is ceramic tile because of



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its ease of cleaning the inevitable oil and grease splatters on a wall near the stovetop and food preparation area. However, any tile will automatically create interest, texture and heightened design. It’s a versatile product that comes in all shapes, colours and sizes.

pattern with plain white subway tiles. This tile “plays well” with accessories, kitchen cabinetry, windows and appliances. It can be as simple as using the same tile, changing the direction and pattern or as intricate as tile plaques with coordinating accent liner bars on the perimeter of the frame.

Just to add interest in a long expanse of wall, you can create an interesting white on white

You can add height visually to your kitchen by carrying the pattern all the way up to the

ceiling, giving your kitchen a European feel. With this style, you’ll see more open shelves and less upper cabinetry, making the wall a major focal point. A great way to add drama or a focal point is with reflective surfaces such as mirror. Traditional antique-mirrored tile with a beveled edge is an elegant choice. Stack them for a contemporary take.



Dark cabinetry set against a white kitchen creates contrast and is an effective method to bring energy to a dull space. The same thing can be said about the grout in a backsplash. Grout not only holds your tiles together, it can make them pop. For example, if you are thinking of going bold with white tiles, dark grey grout will really make the white tiles stand out. Contrast is energy. A hand-painted mural on tile is not a new idea; in fact, most ancient cultures have developed and manufactured their own unique styles and patterns for more than 4,000 years. When you think of hand-painted tile, do you automatically think of the fruit and vegetable motif of the ‘80s? Take time to visit a tile store and see what’s new on the market, and if you don’t see what you want, create it! A custom drawn, single work in a motif of your choice is an original way to bring a new focal point into an unexpected place — even the kitchen. Backsplash is meant to be functional, but play a little, and let it bring out the art lover in you! Award winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. Familiar to TV audiences for her show, Colour Confidential, and appearances on CTV's The Marilyn Denis Show and Moving The McGillivrays on HGTV, Jane is always an engaging personality. Her professional design firm, Jane Lockhart Interior Design has focused on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail projects since 1997. In addition to her full slate of client projects, Jane has created two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.



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thinner, and therefore lighter, than standard tile. Large scale tile backsplashes allow for slender grout lines, which results in a sleek appearance. Opt for tile with reflective properties to enhance the light within the room, or textured tiles to allow for a proper tone-on-tone effect. To create greater dimension, I recommend to my clients tiles with large scale patterns.

Accessorize with Lighting

Homeowners who are not ready for a complete kitchen renovation can play around with new lighting options for a dramatic update. This could be as simple as installing under-cabinet LED lights or new pendants over the island. And remember: bigger is bolder! Perhaps a dramatic statement fixture above the dining table is what your kitchen needs.

rom your morning coffee routine to cooking for friends to supervising the kids’ homework, your kitchen begs for functional design and an atmosphere that reflects your home’s personality. Here are some of my tips for creating a kitchen that will “Wow!� you every day.

Consider Your Cabinetry

There are many options for cabinetry beyond mainstream shaker white that will take your kitchen to a new level. Wood is classic, and there are ways to incorporate it without images of 80s oak cabinetry popping to mind! Sleek, clean Scandinavian-style kitchens incorporate warm woods, such as oak and walnut, with white to keep things bright and fresh. Navy blue is a modern neutral that works with any style of dÊcor — perhaps as a statement hue for your island or pantry. NEFF Kitchens cabinetry is an innovative, customizable line that I recommend to my clients. NEFF provides homeowners cabinetry options in beautiful statement colours, such as juniper, and stunning patina finishes that really give the cabinets depth and character.

Appliances Accomplish A Lot

In today’s kitchens, the right appliances can truly define your kitchen moments. Think of appliances in the same manner you consider the right accessories for your favourite little black dress! SMEG Appliances are what I recommend because of its colourful, retro vibe. If your kitchen is primarily white, consider something spontaneous, such as an olive green gas range.

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Your kitchen worktop should both complement the feel of the kitchen and increase is functionality. Cambria has put forth some delicious-to-look-at quartz countertops, particularly its stunning Rose Bay quartz. I also recommend the wood block counters by Caribou. This company has transformed the idea of butcher block with its watertight, food safe wood countertops.

Tasteful Tile

To establish a grandeur effect in your kitchen, I suggest using large scale tile as your backsplash. Porcelanosa has a wide selection of designs available perfectly suited for this application since they are

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Mattress Shopping Tips for Couples My partner and I have completely different ideas of comfort. What should we do? Like all things in relationships, it might take a little compromise, but most of the time it’s possible to find a mattress that works for both of you. If one, or both of you, has particular back or body problems, knowledgeable staff can usually help steer you towards something that might work well. But your comfort is always the most important factor. If there is no way the two of you can agree, it is possible to purchase two different twin extra-long mattresses, and put them on a king-sized frame. This is not usually necessary, but sometimes couples do have completely different ideas of what makes a good night’s sleep.


’ve said it before and I will say it again: a mattress is the single most important piece of furniture you will buy. You spend the most time on it, doing something that is so important to your overall health and well-being: sleeping. So it’s crucial that you get the right kind of mattress for you. But what about when you are shopping for two? When that purchase is a shared one, it takes even more consideration — and sometimes compromise — to make sure you’re getting the best for you and your mate. Here are some common questions couples ask about finding the right mattress.

What kind of research should we do before we buy? First, stay off the Internet. I know, it’s the go-to place for information, but when it comes to mattresses, what you’ll really find is a lot of misinformation. Manufacturer claims are made to sell you their product. Just because they say it’s the best, doesn’t make it so. And customer reviews are

There are a lot of purchases any couple will make together, and buying a good quality, comfortable mattress that works for both of you should be one of them. And remember, just like a relationship, if you take care of it, it will last for many years to come. based on other people’s comfort needs and experiences. Be cautious about big sales too, because often a huge discount is just a sign that the mattress price was inflated in the first place. You have to try before you buy, and go for the most comfortable mattress you can afford.

Is it ok for us to lie down on the mattress in the store? Of course! Like I said, you have to try it out. Otherwise, how will you know if it’s comfortable? Lie down and put your feet up. Switch into the positions you usually sleep in. If you and your partner toss and turn, move around a little to see how the mattress responds. You’d never buy a TV without checking the picture quality, or purchase a car without taking it for a test drive, so don’t be shy to lie down and see how the mattress feels. Always make sure you have a 30- to 60-day sleep satisfaction on your purchase so you can exchange it if it’s not working out for both of you.

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Homeowners By Carson Arthur

Look out housing market — the Millennials are on the move and they want outdoor spaces to play!


very spring, I like to take a look at the housing numbers, all the stats associated with buyers and what they are looking for so I can help improve the value of their homes. I’ve always known that even if you are not planning on selling today, making smart upgrades to your front and back yards have long-term dividends when it comes to home valuation. What I couldn’t predict was the colossal impact this new generation of buyers will have on these outdoor spaces and how they want to use them. The numbers continue to roll in about the size of the “Millennial” population; many online sources put this group at up to 25 per cent of our country’s entire inhabitants. That is a massive demographic when




it comes to marketplace impact. Between 20 and 35 years of age, these buyers are just now starting to search for their first homes. Much later than other demographics, the average Millennial is starting to buy at age 30, in part due to high real estate costs and even higher student loan debt (National Association of Realtors). As more than 90 per cent of this group considers home ownership an immediate priority, Millennials are expected to account for up to 35 per cent of home sales during 2017 (CNBC). So what do Millennials want in a house? Surprisingly, location has dropped in the priority list according to Century21Canada. Instead, Millennials continue to choose more space over proximity to work;



“Holistic spaces - good for you and good for the planet:” Increased awareness of what we put into our spaces is driving a movement towards using more natural items. Think “yoga studio in the jungle” when trying to picture these spaces. Homeowners seek to create spaces they can disappear into and feel at one with nature. Look for unconventional bird feeders and wind mobiles in these spaces. “Colour blocked gardens:” Colour blocking in the yard is taking a big step forward. Whether it’s using one colour group of plants or actually painting the surrounding fence and walls, adding bright solid sections of colour in the yard is replicating the indoor trend. Homeowners gravitating towards these pops of colour say they find their yards “more joyful” and “full of positive energy.” Millennials are specifically using colour to set their homes apart, treating outdoor paint choices as transitional or a temporary commitment. So how does all this impact you if you are not a Millennial? It is great news if you currently live in your starter home and thinking about moving into something larger in the next five to eight years. Just make sure to focus your outdoor renovations on curb appeal and backyard vegetable gardens, and you can pretty much guarantee yourself some interested buyers!

Carson Arthur is an internationally recognized landscape designer with a focus on meeting homeowners’ needs while creating environmentally friendly designs. Throughout his 15year television career, Carson has taught homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. His TV programs can be seen throughout the world. An experienced writer and columnist, Carson is the author of the sold out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living, with a new book scheduled to hit the shelves in spring 2018.

important to them. This group of buyers even admits to using online pages such as Google Maps when shopping for a house, opting to not go to an open house if the online “street view” is not to their liking. When it comes to the backyard, Millennials are gravitating towards three different and very clear design trends. All the experts agree: the definition of garden is changing as the idea of the big lawn with perennial beds is officially behind us. These new Millennial homeowners are demanding more from their outdoor spaces. Here are the trends to watch for in the year ahead: “Farm-to-table backyards:” Growing food continues to drive gardeners to embrace vegetables in their outdoor spaces. Whether in containers on the balcony or dinosaur kale among the flowers, the concept of growing what you eat and eating what you grow has officially landed in our backyards. Urban farmers are trying new foods from near and far, increasing our food diversity beyond what we can find at the grocery store.



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