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Building on a Legacy Autumn 2010 $4.75

A perfect balance of elements, style & details A Ray of Hope A safe haven for society’s vulnerable youth Homes & Neighbourhoods Manitoba builders & developers ramp up for the Fall 2010 Parade of Homes


Volume 15, Number 1 Autumn 2010

In this issue

M A N I T O B A

8 42 FEATURES

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Building on a Legacy A fresh contemporary home design strikes a perfect balance of elements, style & details A Ray of Hope A safe haven for society’s most vulnerable youth Landscaping A plethora of landscaping ideas from the pros Homes & Neighbourhoods Manitoba’s builders & developers ramp up for the Fall 2010 Parade of Homes

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FAQ on Auto Importing Stepping Out With Style On the Bookshelf Styling the Stereo

LIFESTYLES

CUISINE DU JOUR 26 Delectable Dining 30 Noshing Out 32 Recipes

HEALTH & BEAUTY

35 Connect with your sixth sense 41 Beauty Buzz 43 New styles for fall

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FAB & FASHION FINDS

46 Cool new things for the season ahead

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29 S’more Pez Please! 40 Lady Sings the Blues

DEPARTMENTS 2 5 7

Style Was There The Agenda Your Thoughts

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49 Picture Perfect Setting for Seniors

RENOVATIONS 108 Bold & Beautiful

DESIGN & DÉCOR

111 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals

KITCHEN & BATH SHOWCASE

123 Show-stopping ensuites & delightful designer kitchens

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Variety’s Wayne Rogers gets some needed Charlie Scott & John Tennant of Piston Ring catch support from Nancy Militano, Maxine Diamond, up with Jolene & Chance Toder at Variety’s Gold Caroline Mehra, Gloria Mancini, Romey Whitwell, Heart Gala. Andrea Mancini & Anne Marie Brownell.

Matt & Tera Kroeker, Nancy & Dale Hendry, & Mary Lou Albrechtsen attend Keeping Abreast – a fundraiser in support of breast cancer survivors.

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Filmmaker Stefanie Johnson, GFF board member Arnold Bjarnson, MP James Bezan & Icelandic visitor Bryndís Gudjonsdottir connect at the 10th Annual Gimli Film Festival. 2 | STYLE MANITOBA | autumn 2010

Alexander Mickelthwaite, Dorothy Dobbie, Tom & Irmgard Baerg (recipients of the WSO Golden Baton Award), William Baerg, and Trudy Schroeder looking stellar at the WSO Spring Gala.

Al Snyder & Ida Albo share some laughs with comedian Rick Mercer & Annitta Stenning at CancerCare Foundation’s Gold Plated Evening.

Larry Vickar, Bill Knight & Jim Rondeau looking sharp at a Concordia Hospital Foundation event.

Music to their ears… Bob King, Heather Bishop & Al Simmons at The Manitoba Museum’s “Shakin’ All Over” exhibition.

John Einarson & Burton Cummings hold court at the “Shakin’ All Over” opening.

Dr. Al Kristofferson, Phyllis Lang (GFF Board), Stephen McIntyre (Actor – High Life), Senator Janis Johnson (Chair and Founder GFF) & Ruth Asper (GFF Board) kick back at the Gimli Film Festival.

Ruth Asper, GFF Executive Director, Kristine Sigurdson & actress Mia van Leeuwen take a break from film watching to mingle at the festival.


Carol Phillips, Alix Sobler, Moti Shojania & Dominic Lloyd show their support at the 4th annual Council for the Arts Luncheon.

Debby Gray, Marlene Stern, Jordan van Sewell & Kenny Boyce smile for Style at the Council for the Arts Luncheon.

Dream Big! Sandy Hopkins, Jessica Kripniski, Tammy Aime & Greg Hanson at The Insurance Institute of Manitoba’s Dream Build Gala, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

Thea Ostermann, David Woodcock, Al Thompson, Tracy Mainland, David Truthwaite, Lyle Thompson & Wayne McIntosh dress the part at the 100th Anniversary of the St. Andrews Lock & Dam Gala Dinner.

It was a family affair for the CNIB Gala Honouring Dr. Daya Gupta and Chander Gupta. Pictured are Dr. Anjali Gupta, Dr. Abhay Gupta, Ronik Gupta, Shyla Gupta, Dr. Chander Gupta, Shivi Gupta, & Dr. Daya Gupta.

Tom Milroy, Frazier (BOB FM), Marnie Strath, Karen Ilchena, and Beau (BOB FM) kick off the World’s Largest Social at the Convention Centre.

Kristen Olafson, Lisa Thibeault, artist Victor Popow, and Jeff Olafson at the “Spiritus” exhibition hosted by Framing & Art Centre.

Gallery owner Gary Green (Framing & Art Centre) & Victor Popow pose for Style’s shutterbug.

Jean Curd, André Thibeault, Victor Popow, Brenda Thibeault & Alan Curd share a moment.

Joni Veldman, Emily Burt & Gillian Norgate attend the Southwood Daisy Golf Tournament for CancerCare Manitoba.

Gerry Price, Connor McGarry, Taylor Ethans, Barb Price, Adam Coates & Wayne Rogers at the Travis Price Classic Golf Tournament.

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the agenda There’s no doubt about it – everybody loves a parade! Just as this issue of Style hits the streets, the Manitoba Home Builders Association will be rolling out the red carpet at the kick-off ceremony for the Fall 2010 Parade of Homes. Only instead of floats, this parade offers a stunning line-up of spectacular showhomes constructed by some of Manitoba’s finest builders. Situated within beautiful housing developments in Winnipeg and beyond, these display homes feature the latest and most innovative designs to be found. As with each year’s event, Manitoba builders strive to outdo their previous parade home designs, introducing new layouts, adding unique architectural features, using building products in novel ways, and generally giving the public plenty of showhome “wow” factor. Land developers have been equally fastidious when it comes to the details. Today’s residential communities have been extremely well planned, offering much to potential homebuyers. In some neighbourhoods, this means more diversity with architectural controls, and a move away from the cookie cutter style of housing found in certain older communities. With an eye to the future, some land developers have also been diligent in creating ecologically sensitive developments, designed to preserve and restore natural prairie ecosystems. And in most communities today, ample green space abounds, affording residents winding pathways and hiking trails, and sometimes lakes as well. In fact, homebuyers have never had so many appealing housing and relocation options as they do now. The toughest problem they’ll face is making a decision on what home design they like best and which neighbourhood to reside in. Visitors to this season’s Parade will be delighted! Aside from enjoying parades, everybody loves weddings – one of the most joyous occasions for celebration along life’s journey! While the builders were carefully putting the finishing touches on their new showhomes, and our staff members were in the midst of putting the fall issue together, Style’s Art Director - Paul Butters - finally tied the knot.

On a picture perfect day at The Gates on Roblin, Paul married his long time love Tannis Brown in a touching outdoor ceremony. With his son and her daughter at their sides, the two exchanged vows in the presence of family and friends, some of whom travelled from as far away as England to share in the couple’s joy. The weather was balmy, the food was fabulous and spirits ran high. After dinner and speeches, the talented Jennifer Scott (profiled this issue in Lady Sings the Blues) entertained wedding guests with her sultry voice. Thanks to Tannis and her excellent planning skills, the day went off without a hitch. (Or should I say with a hitch?) Needless to say, Paul’s Style family wishes him and his gorgeous new bride a lifetime of wedded bliss!

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Building on a Legacy By Christine Hanlon Photography: Daniel Wexler

If over the years, Maric Homes has come to be known as a leader in Manitoba’s homebuilding market, it is because the innovative team is always building on its legacy of superb designs to bring something fresh and new to the public. This home is certainly a case in point. The homeowners wanted a fresh contemporary design that would reflect their style. But they wanted everything that Maric stands for as well: the perfect proportion of all the elements, a balance between open and defined spaces, unflinching attention to details and finishes, and, mostly, the ability to take the design to places that intrigue – places that reflect the builder’s renowned ability to combine distinction with innovation. As a backdrop to the contemporary styling, Maric Homes combined white walls and drywall casings with no returns so they blend seamlessly with the walls. “We wanted to allow the materials and the design to do their job,” notes Tanya Maric, who recently joined the company with her husband Dan Rolfe.

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Indeed, edge-grain fir cabinetry and millwork, interior ledgestone walls, and upholstered panels speak for themselves. At the same time, the Maric team relied on founder Steve Maric’s legendary eye for scale to ensure the 10-foot ceilings were matched with proportionate eight-foot doors. This seemingly small design decision makes the home feel both spacious and warm. Because none of the doors and baseboards are standard, the builder turned to Western Millwork for all the woodwork, including timeless contemporary cabinetry. “Western Millwork is the definition of custom, just as much as Maric Homes is,” says Tanya. She adds, “We have the reputation of being a certain type of builder, which is great to define style, but really doesn’t do justice to our custom capabilities. It’s not about the size or the cost or the style of the home. It’s about creating a space that’s right for you and works with your budget.” The owners of this home, for instance, are a young family with a modest budget. Because they were expecting a child when the home was being built, they worried they might have

to compromise on style. So they were more than pleased when Maric Homes pointed out that using durable surfaces, such as porcelain tile, hardwood, and CaesarStone would fulfill their needs in terms of both lifestyle and design. “We build homes for families,” notes Tanya. She points out that the home has a staircase from the garage to the basement, another convenient feature for growing families. In fact, along with sloped window returns that allow more light into the basement, this design element is now standard in most Maric homes. Just like several other Manitoba homebuilding innovations—for example, open concept design—it was Maric Homes that pioneered this popular feature. In fact, the company has a long-standing reputation for being at the forefront of advances in the industry. Now, Rolfe is looking forward to working with the Maric team to continue that tradition of innovation. “We’re really happy working with them,” he says. “They’re great teachers.” At the same time Dan and Tanya bring to the company some industry experience of their own. During their years in British Columbia, Tanya worked for an established multi-family developer on the management of both single and multi-family homes. Rolfe’s years of project managing related construction projects

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Across from the frameless shower by Shodor, light fixtures from Superlite are installed right into the mirrors by Fort Rouge Glass. developed into the managing of condominium renovations and new home construction, including homes that the couple designed and lived in. Having been through the building process, both professionally and as homeowners, Rolfe and Maric know that custom construction is a very personal and emotional experience. “We work hard to provide the best customer service,” says Dan. “It is paramount that the people we are dealing with are comfortable with the process of building their new home.” For 35 years, Steve Maric has been the face of Maric Homes. Now Rolfe is working closely with his father-in-law to learn about Maric’s clientele, many who are repeat customers. His strong listening and communication skills are serving him well. So is his keen eye for fresh design ideas. But he acknowledges that this is a business in which one is always learning.

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recognize the true value of this grit and determination to be successful through what you do every single day.” He also recognizes the importance of the relationships Maric Homes has built over the years, not only with homeowners, but with tradespeople and suppliers as well. In this home, for instance, the builder knew that Western Millwork could create cabinetry that would meet the homeowners’ needs—everything from contemporary styling to touch-latch functionality. The team at Maric Homes also knew that Interior Illusions could create the interior decor the clients envisioned for their contemporary home, everything from designing and manufacturing custom bedding and upholstery to sourcing area rugs and furnishings. In the great room, it was Prairie Fireplaces who provided the ribbon style fireplace, an ideal complement to the contemporary décor. On the exterior, the builder relied on IXL Brick for the façade and Overhead Door of Winnipeg Ltd to supply the coordinating garage doors. Tanya points out that suppliers are always introducing new products to the industry. “Their support and how we incorporate these products into our homes are a big part of our success,” she says. And at the very core of the builder’s ongoing ability to continuously build fresh and exciting homes is the Maric team. One needs to go no further than the HSC Lottery House in Bridgwater Forest to appreciate the combined effort of all the members. “The entire team had a lot of input into that house,” confirm Tanya and Dan. Just like this home, the display home is only the latest of Maric’s accomplishments, with many more to come. Never content to sit on their laurels, the team prepares to astonish once again, as they get set to write the next chapter in the ongoing story of Maric Homes.

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To import or not to import... that is the question By Kelly Gray Photography: Michael Roberts

The combination of a strong Canadian dollar, poor US economy and cheap US vehicles makes importing a vehicle a viable option for Manitobans. The United States is a country of 335 million people. Chances are that if you’re looking for a pink polka dot BMW convertible, you might find one, and it may be going for a great price. Supply and Demand… the ABC’s of consumerism. Never before has the Canadian consumer been in a better position to cash in on a fantastic deal on a US car. We all know someone who saved thousands buying down south. We also may know people who tried the process themselves, and found that there is a lot more to it than you would think. Is buying the cheapest car on eBay a good idea?? Are there hidden details? Experience has taught us there is usually a lingering reason. Following is a list of concerns Canadian consumers may have about importing. Frequently asked questions: Q) If importing from the US, will I face unknown expensive modification requirements? A) At Nott Autocorp (NAC), many requirements are done right at our service department for less, and we handle all importation requirements. Our experienced staff of professionals researches all mandatory RIV requirements. Q) How will I know if the vehicle has prior damage or was written-off? A) NAC has each vehicle pre-inspected at the manufacturer’s auction mechanical department. They check the frame, engine, transmission, etc. In addition, any prior negative history would easily be detected by searching the VIN number. If any issues are found during inspection, the sale is cancelled immediately.

Q) Is it true that there are no warranties on US cars? A) This is not true. Most manufacturers transfer the remaining warranty North America wide. Only two to three manufacturers won’t transfer the warranty into Canada. In these rare cases, NAC does a 150-point inspection of the vehicle, which allows the further ability to upgrade the warranty in Canada, valid at the Franchise Dealership or in our service department.   Q) What about fraudulent US sellers, eBay scams, etc? A) This is a huge issue that happens everyday. Bypassing fraudsters is the only sure way not to get ripped off. NAC is a member of MUCDA and BBB. We only purchase cars that are reinserted and direct from large manufacturers. IE: BMW, Lexus, Honda, Toyota, etc.   Q) Will I face pre-inspected border holdups, shipping issues and title problems? A) NAC is an authorized Canadian border services importer. Also, we use the same timetested, insured, bonded, and reliable shipping sources for all our US vehicles. The titles for all our vehicles are always kept at auction with the vehicle until ready for shipping.   Q) Is it true that you can’t finance or lease a US vehicle? A) This is not true. NAC is an authorized agent for most of the major banks. We offer low rates and onsite flexible terms; all paperwork is completed onsite, no running around.   Q) I want to keep my money in Canada! If importing, how is that possible?

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FemFest 2010: On The Edge – Sarasvati Productions’ eighth season of annual theatre festival of plays by women returns this fall. FemFest’s exciting line-up features four touring shows, local productions, readings of new works by local playwrights, development workshops and two evening cabarets. Highlights include: internationally acclaimed artist d’bi.young and her new piece she, audience favourite The Vajayjay Monologues by Lindsay Burns and No Offense, an interactive theatre performance that explores the racial tensions between Aboriginal and white youth in Manitoba schools. FemFest runs at the Canwest Centre for Theatre & Film at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street (Sept 25-Oct 2). MTC Warehouse – Experience Jake’s Gift, the award-winning Canadian play that is touching the hearts of audiences everywhere. Jake, a cantankerous WWII veteran finds his match

when he meets Isabella, a precocious 10-yearold, who challenges him to confront the ghosts from his past. Jake’s Gift is about the importance of remembrance and tells the personal story behind one soldier’s grave. Performances take place at MTC Warehouse Theatre (Nov 4-Nov 20). Manitoba Theatre Centre – Theatre lovers will not want to miss the Tony Award winning play by Dale Wasserman - One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Based on the controversial novel by Ken Kesey, this funny yet terrifying story of rebellion and courage in the face of conformity is as relevant today as it was when the novel was published in 1962. Performances take place at MTC Theatre (Oct 14-Nov 6). Prairie Theatre Exchange – Get ready to laugh with The Savannah Disputation, a comedy made in heaven. A Pentecostal Missionary sparks a crisis of faith when she encounters two Catholic spinsters, setting the stage for a battle of biblical proportions (Oct 13-Oct 31). If you love a good comeback tale then get in line for Back To You, The Life and Music of Luicille Star, Canada’s first female singer to sell a million albums. Full of hurtin’ country tunes, sung in French and English, this production tells the true story of Star’s rise, fall and return to fame (Nov 10-Nov 28).

Manitoba Theatre For Young People – Catch the international hit Butterflies, an interactive spectacle that transports viewers into the world of a butterfly. Audiences will experience the entire cycle of metamorphosis, as two actors and dancers lead them through the literal and symbolic life of a butterfly (Oct 14-Oct 24). Go back in history with Jake’s Gift, the award-winning Canadian play about a WW II veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. On his journey, Jake meets Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old, who challenges him to confront the ghosts from his past (Oct 26-Nov 2). The company that brought Cyrano and The Red Balloon returns to Winnipeg with their retelling of the classic tale Jason and the Argonauts. Packed with monsters, romance, heroism and revenge, this is one adventure you don’t want to miss (Nov 18-Nov 28). Celebrations Dinner Theatre – Hold on and dig your heels in! Tom Jones and The Temple of Doom! is an adventure waiting for you. Join “Tom Jones” as he leads a cast of fortune seekers through music and song as they search for the famous Crow’s Eye Diamond (runs until Oct 9). ABBA and Bee Gees fans get ready to sing along with Mamma Mio!, a light-hearted spoof of the hit musical Mamma Mia! (Oct 15-Jan 8).

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DANCE

Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers – Experience the Prairie Dance Circuit this October as the most promising choreographers from Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary take the stage (Oct 15 & 16). In November enjoy Shuffled, a selection of works from Rachel Browne, Lesandra Dodson and WCD’s own Brent Lott. All performances take place at the Rachel Browne Theatre (Nov 25-28). Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet – The RWB presents the supernatural romance –Dracula. Mark Godden transforms the classic vampire story into a bitingly dramatic and unexpectedly witty dance masterpiece. Set to a glorious score by Gustav Mahler, with opulent sets and costumes, this dark fantasy is faithful to Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, brimming with forbidden passion and fearful suspense (Sept 29-Oct 3).

MUSIC

West End Cultural Centre – The WECC continues its tradition as an intimate place to experience the best in live music. Must-sees this fall include: celebrated American singersongwriter Jesse DeNatale with special guest Scott Nolan (Sept 24), alt-country experimenters The Wooden Sky with special guests Yukon Blonde (Oct 6), Juno award winning banjo sensation Jayme Stone (Oct 10), alt-country star Justin Rutledge with special guest Jenn Grant (Oct 14), rising indie rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage (Oct 27), folk singer-songwriter Josh Ritter with special guest Basia Bulat (Oct 28), and 2010 Winnipeg Folk Festival favourite, Dehli 2 Dublin (Nov 22). Burton Cummings Theatre – One of the best live performance venues in Canada boasts an exciting fall line-up of world-class musicians and entertainers including: L.A. rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars (Sep 18), psychedelic indie rock vets Flaming Lips (Sep 21), former Guns & Roses guitarist Slash with special guest Myles Kennedy (Sept 24), rapper and philosopher K’Naan (Sept 29), alt rock masters Primus (Sept 30), comedian and former SNL member Norm MacDonald (Oct 2), indie-rock force Broken Social Scene (Oct 6), Winnipeg’s own Crash Test Dummies (Oct 9), electro-pop artist Lights (Oct 15), indie rock band The Trews (Oct 21), vocal trio The Wailin Jennys (Oct 24), indie pop group Stars (Oct 29) and Scottish comedian Billy Connolly (Nov 16). Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – The WSO season opens with MASTERWORKS A series that features the virtuoso violinist and composer, Mark O’Connor and his Double Violin Concerto. Alexander Mickelthwate also conducts the orchestra for Mahler’s rich and biting parody, Symphony No. 1 (Sept 24 & 25). A SERIES continues with the celebration of Chopin’s 200th anniversary with one of Canada’s top pianists, Janina Fialkowska (Oct 29 & 30). MASTERWORKS B series returns this fall as Alban Gerhardt makes his WSO debut with Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, the most famous and beloved cello concerto

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in the literature (Oct 8 & 9). Up next is the world-renowned Romanian conductor Cristian Mandeal conducting the WSO in this program of Mozart and Richard Strauss (Nov 12 & 13). The WSO POPS series welcomes home Chantal Kreviazuk for the world premiere of her all-new symphony show (Oct 22-Oct 24). The WSO POPS continues with audience favourite Simply Sinatra, led by vocal sensation Steve Lippia (Nov 5-Nov 7). Film lovers will not want to miss the SOUNDBYTE SERIES’ Music, Movies & Maddin. Celebrated film auteur Guy Maddin will lead the audience through a journey of music and film as he explores how classical music is used in Hollywood films (Nov 4). SUNDAYS WITH THE FAMILY kicks off the season with House of Halloween hosted by Frank Oden. Oden merges original poetry, humour, theatrics and education with a live symphonic performance to create a captivating experience that leaves audiences wanting more. Come in costume and be eligible for prizes! (Oct 31). Jazz Winnipeg – Sue Foley and Peter Karp return to Winnipeg for a special performance of their hit show He Said – She Said at the Park Theatre (Nov 2). Two of Canada’s finest touring and recording talents, Michael Kaeshammer and Jill Barber share the stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre (Nov 26).

Virtuosi Concerts – Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Virtuosi Concert Series at the opening gala Quartet a la Carte. The multi award winning Miro String Quartet takes the stage for a special performance of Beethoven and Schubert and Quartet a la Carte - 5 movements chosen by the audience (Sept 25). In American Pianist Treasures audiences will be treated to the talents of master pianist Jeffrey Siegel (Oct 9). Zodiac Trio infuses folk influence with classical music in their show From Paris With Elan (Oct 23). All Virtuosi Concerts take place at the University of Winnipeg Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall. Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra – Back by popular demand the award-winning composer and saxophonist Andy Farber returns to kick off the fall season. Farber who has performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and the Duke Ellington Orchestra will lead the band in Music from Stage and Screen (Oct 17). Winnipeg jazz icon Ron Paley is turning 60 and WJO is throwing a party! Former Winnipegger and current director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Jim Mair will lead the Jazz Orchestra band through a tribute performance of Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite (Nov 7). All performances take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

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Groundswell – Celebrate Groundswell’s 20th season with The Lady With The Hammer, an evening dedicated to Galina Ustvolskaya. Also featured is the exciting world premiere from Winnipeg composer Jerry Semchyshyn. Performance takes place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Oct 21).

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – Experience This October Is Going To Be A Real Scorcher! with the musical energy of guest conductor Odaline de la Martinez and featured guitarist Fabio Zanon. They will lead the MCO to the equator and back with their favourite compositions from both hemispheres. Concert takes place at Westminster Church (Oct 19). The Woman’s Musical Club of Winnipeg – Celebrate the multi awardwinning violinist Jeff Dydra (Oct 24). Next up is Claudia Chan, winner of the 33rd EckhardtGramatte National Competition (Nov 14). Concerts take place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Camerata Nova – The Winnipeg choral ensemble continues their 14-year tradition with a free Christmas concert to inspire the holiday spirit. This year, the ensemble will focus on early French music with two new arrangements of Noël Nouvelet, beautiful French carols and motets by Francis Poulenc (Nov 28). Concert takes place at Crescent Fort Rouge Church.

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Mark O’Connor a fundraising event for the Manitoba Opera. Experience an evening of exceptional singing as some of Canada’s most talented new opera stars perform the best in world opera (Oct 16). Opera lovers will not want to miss Tosca, the epic love story of Floria Tosca based on Victorien Sardou’s drama La Tosca, with music by the legendary composer Giacomo Puccini. All productions take place at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall (Nov 20, 23 & 26).

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS Winnipeg Art Gallery – The WAG continues there commitment of exhibiting Inuit Art with a retrospective exhibition devoted to the veteran Cape Dorset carver, Kiugak Ashoona. Kiugak Ashoona: Stories and Imaginings from Cape Dorset is on display until (Dec 5). Winnipeg’s own Wanda Koop continues to explore the impact of technology on nature, with an impressive body of work that spans three decades. Wanda Koop… On The Edge of Experience runs until (Nov 21). Nunavik North of 60 will feature 30 sculptures dating from the mid 1950s to the early 2000s. The exhibition is an opportunity for art enthusiasts to see original works created in lesser-known Inuit communities; highlights include sculptures by Mattiusi Iyaituk, Thomasie Kudluk and Makusikalla Qullialu (opens Oct 16).

Gallery 1C03 – The University of Winnipeg run gallery presents Pilgrims, a series of oil paintings and ink drawings by Winnipeg artist Dominique Rey. Pilgrims, which explores our relationships with the “unbeautiful” is on public display until (Oct 9). Open your eyes and

witness the work of internationally published photographer, author and educator, Gerry Kopelow. Two solo exhibitions of Kopelow’s photography, Where The Buddha Walked and Forty Years Ago Today, will be featured (Oct 21-Nov 20).

conversations, book launches, and other events. Thin Air is an infusion of energy into the thriving literary culture of this city with programming for adults and children in English and French. Check local listings for event details (Sept 19-26).

aceart – Break free from the mundane with Natural disasters, pets and other stories, the latest exhibit from contemporary artists Jessica MacCormack and Elisabeth Belliveau. The exhibition combines new drawings and animations that explore fragmented narratives, psychic spaces and surreal animals (until Oct 1). aceart and independent curator Milena Placentile team up to offer a unique opportunity to get involved! Showing Up, Speaking Out explores the extent to which artists can motivate civic participation by connecting international artists with people in diverse communities (until Oct 5).

The 5th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival – This festival for All Nations welcomes everyone to share their knowledge, gifts and history over a five-day celebration in Winnipeg. Festival highlights include: The Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, a showcase of the best in Aboriginal Music from across North America at the MTS Centre and an International Competition Pow Wow and Indigenous Marketplace and Tradeshow at the MTS Centre (Nov 3-Nov 7).

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art – The grand opening of the relocated gallery with its new state of the art facility happens this fall. Expect a slate of stimulating exhibitions that push the boundaries of art. We are the revolution by internationally renowned artist and General Idea co-founder AA Bronson reveals the private ritual collaboration between Bronson and Peter Hobbs that took place at the former United Army Surplus Store before its final destruction. The premiere of Eleanor Bond, an exhibit dedicated to one of Winnipeg and Canada’s leading artists, showcases a series of paintings that expand her past visions of urban structures. International artist Shezad Dawood found his inspiration in the works of Buster Keaton and Harry Houdini for his short film, A Mystery Play. The atmospheric black and white film explores the plausible connections between different characters and Winnipeg, intercut with the various stages of initiation incorporated into the architecture of The Legislative Building. All exhibits can be viewed at Plug In’s new location at 460 Portage Ave (Nov 5-Jan 2). The Manitoba Museum – Grab the kids and escape from the day to explore the past, present and future! Experience new exhibits and old favourites at the Planetarium and Science Gallery this fall or take the time and explore Manitoba’s rich history in the Discovery Room. MTS Centre Exhibition Hall – The world-renowned Bodies…The Exhibition, an exhibition of real human specimens, opens the doors of the new MTS Centre affiliated gallery located at 311 Portage Ave. Bodies… has astounded audiences around the world, providing an intimate and informative view into the human body. To date, over 15 million viewers have witnessed the 3D spectacle from New York to Amsterdam (until Jan 9, 2011).

SPECIAL EVENTS

Thin Air Winnipeg International Writer Festival – Winnipeg welcomes writers from Canada and around the world for an exciting week of readings, lectures, interviews,

MTS Centre – Hometown hero Jonathan Toews returns to Winnipeg with his Stanley Cup Champion team the Chicago Blackhawks to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in an NHL Exhibition game (Sept 22). Indie-rock superstars Arcade Fire return to Winnipeg for the first time since 2005 to promote their latest album The Suburbs (Sept 23). Metalheads get ready for UPROAR Festival, a heavy metal event headlined by Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold (Oct 2). Recognized as one of country music’s finest singer/song-writers, Brad Paisley brings his distinctive style to Winnipeg (Oct 7). Zeppelin fans unite for Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Oct 17). The world’s #1 preschool entertainers The Wiggles bring their brand new live tour to Winnipeg (Oct 19). WWE returns to Winnipeg with SuperShow, a hardcore night of wrestling (Oct 23). Platinum-selling Canadian folk rockers Great Big Sea return with their energizing live show (Oct 24). My City’s Still Breathing: A symposium exploring the arts, artists and the city – This exciting event will gather local and international experts to deliberate and debate the current and future relationships of art and design to city-making. A dynamic line-up of speakers has been confirmed, including legendary cult-film director John Waters who will kick off the event. See local listings for complete details (Nov 4-Nov 7). Culture Days - Discover your artistic talents by taking part in Culture Days, a collaborative volunteer movement that runs across Canada and features free hands-on interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers. Highlights include: Nuit Blanche, an all-night celebration of the arts with free events and shows throughout the city, and City Stories, a mobile story-exchange project that will engage citizens in the creative process by retelling their personal stories through a fortune telling process. See local listings for complete event details (Sept 24-26).

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Let’s Make Something of It. Art Exhibit and Sale of Jim Corbett’s Paintings Opening November 25th - 6 PM until November 28th - 5 PM at the Forum Art Centre (Institute) 120 Eugenie Street (at Tache) 25% of the gross sales will go to Siloam Mission 25% will go to the Forum Art Centre (Institute) www.forumartinstitute.ca for further information

Classic English Pubbing It’s ta ta Tubbies, and HELLO Grove Pub & Restaurant! Owner Miles Gould brings classic English pubbing to the historic neighbourhood intersection of Grosvenor and Stafford. Integrating bar and dining room, The Grove’s spacious flat welcomes diners and drinkers alike. Perks include wooded decor, televised sports, and (God save the Queen!) super-friendly service. The menu comes care of Chef Norman Pastorin. Expect a mean Bangers & Mash plus a variety of English-accented sandwiches, salads - and, yes - even pizzas! Starters are a fancy few, and include Slow Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly and a mustard vinaigrette splashed Cucumber Salad. Hungry for fish ‘n’ curry, we order Breaded Fish Bites. This fun fry features panko breaded salmon and halibut. These chubby ocean morsels are addictive dipped in mellow curry sauce. A more refined starter is The Grove salad. Dressed in a sweet sherry shallot vinaigrette, this toss sports blue cheese gobs, poached pear slices, and candied walnuts. Michel Torino “Cuma” Torrontes accompanies, and in true Argentinean style, throws peachy floral notes into our English spread. But The Grove ain’t a pub for nothin’. Fans of local lager will thirst for the 12 on-tap beers, including house-made Stafford Street Lager. Into imports? A sampler permits a beer flight with three 1/3-pint glasses. Frothing up our fish ‘n’ greens are a foamy Danish Carlsberg pilsner and an Irish duo: Harp pale lager and Kilkenny cream ale. For mains, gravy-licious “sauce supreme” enrobes assorted veggies in the grand and piping hot Vegetable Pie. Capped with flaky puff pastry, this home-style dish is a spot-on comfort with Caesar salad. The Grove’s Fish and Chips does not disappoint. Thick meaty cuts of halibut are battered, fried golden, and served with fresh cut chips and a big ol’ bowl of tartar sauce. Lively Canadian Malivoire Chardonnay elegantly complements with lemony nose, low-alcohol (9%), and zesty grapefruit palate. Desserts come care of nearby Lilac Bakery. Carrot Cake folds sweet carrot into spiced mix, then lathers it up with fluffy cream cheese icing. And pucker up for Lemon Tart. Squares see tangy lemon custard layered on buttery pecan shortbread.

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Authentic Inspired Cuisine Chomping at the bit for Asian fusion? Chomp no more - Champa has sprung! Champa Bistro is named after the Dok Champa, the sweet-scented Laos flower of sincerity and joy. Featuring authentic inspired cuisine using free range, local, and organic ingredients, Champa’s menu is certainly something to smile about. Fusion begins with design. Hefty wood cuts through brick and textured walls. Green accents add serenity. One can also admire paintings by Franco-Manitoban artist Michel Saint-Hilaire. For pre-dinner drinks, Shanghai Soda Pop swirls tart white cranberry juice and sparkling water with splashes of Skyy brand vodka, Soho Lychee liqueur, and raspberry Chambord. A frothy Young Coconut martini drinks like piña colada - mixing Malibu rum, pineapple juice, coconut milk and cream. Starters include yam fries, Teriyaki Beef Tacos, and beefy Pho Soup. Magic Garden Balls are served up in spoons laced with pineapple curry. These rolled minced veggies get tossed Japanese-style into panko breading and fried up. Crispy and fibrous, they disappear fast. Tidy toppings of sunny mango and cucumber wasabi cusabi sauce leave cool zing.

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Crab rangoonies should scramble to the Creamy Crab and Togarashi Wontons. Snappy wontons enwrap taste-mines of crab, cream cheese and chives spiced with a Togarashi blend of chili, seed and peel. Mains crisscross the globe with slanted curry bowls and entrees like Lao Bratwurst. Green Curry with Tiger Prawns delivers a taste barrage. Fluffy Jasmine rice beds, droves of plump tiger prawns, snap peas, zucchini, baby corn, carrot, red pepper, and bamboo - all sautéed in rich coconut sauce. Crownings of diced mango, roasted peanuts, and cilantro pack this bowl with crunch, cream, and colour. Red Sangria washes down the curry. Blending wine, syrupy peach schnapps, and tangy pineapple, orange, and mango juices, this cool libation sips sweet. A Shiitake Ravioli “Feast” plate reinvents classic Italian. Delicate ravioli-styled wontons are filled with earthy shitake mushrooms, leek, and smooth ricotta. Prawn and scallop scatterings add a rustic touch. Wafting green apple, fruity palate-cleansing Luccio Pinot Grigio ups the Italian ante. Seared banana finishes. Butterfly cut, this hottie’s doused in Butter Ripple Schnapps, caramel, and coconut sprinkles. Vanilla ice cream folds in cool and creamy.

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Sweeping Changes Continue for Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel It’s full speed ahead for downtown’s Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel. Thanks to innovative Westcorp Properties Inc, sweeping changes continue to make Winnipeg’s 3rd largest hotel a leader in boutique style accommodation. “The quality is really remarkable,” attests General Manager Krista Mask. “Guests enjoy so much more space and amenities.” Tailored for executives, conference-goers, and pleasure travellers alike, Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel’s multi-million dollar rejuvenation smartly blends contemporary design and comfort. Modern luxuries are standard in spacious studio, one, and two bedroom suites complete with full kitchens and open living spaces. Guests bask in leather furniture, large desks, king size beds, plush duvets, woollen bed scarves, triple sheeting, California style closets, granite countertops, soaker tubs with rain showerheads, flat panel televisions, complimentary wireless high-speed internet, fitness room access ... but that’s just the beginning. Home to one of North America’s largest private collections of Aboriginal and Naturalist Art, the hotel showcases nearly 2000 original works

by well-known Manitoba and Ontario artists. Twelve new vibrant works by Winnipeg artist Shirley Elias are also on display.

Omelettes, while lunch and dinner boast offerings like the signature Ground Floor Burger and Rigatoni with hearty meat sauce.

Stunning views of downtown Winnipeg, St. Boniface, the Manitoba Legislature, and the forthcoming Canadian Museum for Human Rights are also guaranteed.

“And we’re still moving forward,” Krista adds, inviting guests to join Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel on Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare to get sneak peeks into all the newest developments, ongoing package offers, contests, and local events.

Feasting for the senses extends to The Ground Floor urban diner. Sporting a new look and flavourful menu, the eatery plates comfort fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients. All-day breakfasts include Free Range Organic

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S’more Pez Please!

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Hankering for a hunk-a O’Henry? Looking for a tequila lolly lick? Or maybe just cravin’ classic loot bag surprise? Skip up candy lane to Sugar Mountain, THE Confectionary Company. “Sugar Mountain is a total blast back to your childhood!” beams Winnipeg’s candy man, Sherritt Sobey, owner of the city’s two Sugar Mountain locations - 657 Corydon Avenue and 1A Forks Market Road. Boasting every sweet a sweet tooth could ever hope to eat, Sugar Mountain has gained cult status by making sweet dreams reality in Canada for over 18 years with its eight treat-studded outlets. Cartoonishly cluttered with colourful eye candy and retro décor that spurs sugarplum dances in your head, this hyper-nostalgic sugarland is designed to delight your senses as you pick out your perfect confections. “We provide a definite ‘for-sure’ candy experience,” Sherritt affirms, “novelty and nostalgic candy galore!” Sugar Mountain’s two Winnipeg locations reveal why.

The new Corydon store epitomizes the classic Sugar Mountain experience, with its bright rainbow palette, spinning disco ball, and imaginative novelties. And it’s open late! Winter hours go until 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. In the summer, you can visit the candy man as late as 1am! Meanwhile, The Forks location lets you to climb aboard a historic train car to get your sugar fix. “The train goes hand-in-hand with the candy,” Sherritt muses, adding that if Pez is your pleasure, head to The Forks location. Where else could you find a Limited Edition 2-foot 1970s Elvis Giant Pez? But even if you’re not a Pez freak, there’s something for everyone at Sugar Mountain. The Corydon location has 187 Gourmet Bulk bins awaiting your scoop: Cola Bottles, Whoppers, Chocolate Covered Gummi Bears, Hockey Puck Gum ... the list goes on and on. And since all bulk is 2 cents per gram, you can go crazy mixing and matching without worry. But save room for the worldfamous Jelly Belly Jelly Bean! Bellies come in every flavour imaginable, from toasted marshmallow to cherry cola, and are bagged at guaranteed low prices. Trotting the globe brings in Imported Rarities such as American Wonka bars and UK Panda Licorice and Nestle Yorkie bars. Sherritt reveals that candies to come include eight new Mexican candies, including marzipan, chili suckers, and even beer lollypops! Looking for more adventure? Rethink sweet. Real bugs get dipped, coated, and powdered to produce flavoured crickets, larvettes, and even scorpion suckers. But don’t fret. Insects are humanely prepared and safe to munch.

Dizzy? Sugar Mountain lets you stick to what you love with favourites like Smarties and Mike & Ike. Local treats also get showcased, including addictive Clodhoppers and fizzy Pic-a-Pop. For birthdays, Pre-made Loot Bags and Surprise Bags are sure-fire hits. Have special tastes? Sugar Free and Kosher options are also available. So you name the occasion - wedding, party, holiday, making it through a hard day - Sugar Mountain’s got the goodies. And if not, they’ll happily order it.

WAIT! Your candy culture lesson is not over! Fun giftware and novelty items are Sugar Mountain standards. Funky lunch boxes, action figures, bobbly dashboard Jesus figures, party snaps, crazy mugs and coasters, yummy lip-glosses, and cool t-shirts are also available. “We even have Bacon Air Freshener!” Sherritt chuckles. Still don’t know how to best treat your sweet? Gift certificates are available in $10 denominations, redeemable at any Sugar Mountain store, and never expire.

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Noshing Out Boon Burger Café

79 Sherbrook Street Scratching together the healthiest platters around, Winnipeg veggie lovers are now blessed with Canada’s first all-vegetarian burger joint. Ingredients are local and organic, and get transformed into ancient whole-grain buns, sesame-potato fries, soups, salads, and a variety of “stop being so delicious” burgers. Sidle up to the picnic table with creations like the signature Boon Burger, featuring a grilled mushroom-rice patty sandwiched with mayo, dijon, peach chutney, crispy onion, cucumber, tomato, and lettuce. “Thanksgiving” and “Buddha” also get the burger homage. Wash it down with a smooth Boon Lassi, mixing banana, strawberries, and o.j. over ice.

Fresh Café

775 Corydon Avenue Serving’ up fresh breakfasts, lunches, and quenchers, this popular café is rife with natural and organic pickings from Manitoba’s bounty. Alongside Fresh’s founding Watson Sisters, Chef Beth McWilliam tables killer breakfasts like Eggs Benny with cakey scone, creamy Hollandaise, and house cured salmon. Lunches include a vegan smashed chickpea salad wrap with roasted red pepper, grilled eggplant, and tahini, as well as a big ol’ Slow Roast Bison Sandwich. From the juice bar guzzle traditional juices, combos like the Sweet Dreams fusion of pear, orange and pineapple, or shakes like Morning Fuel, a wake-me-up of espresso, banana, vanilla, and milk.

EAT! Bistro

274 Garry Street Housed in Aqua Books, the food at this smart bistro ain’t just for thought but for eating! Red Seal chef Candace Hughes’ vegan-friendly menu is packed with elevated comfort food and international spins. Harvest time heralds a bumper crop of delights, including harvest soups and a new round of famous chicken potpies. Also available are chipotle-smothered Mexican Wontons with Tex Mex rice for little eats, and a rich Chicken Spanakopita layered with sundried tomato and brie for filling fare. Simple Simons will go gaga for EAT!’s fresh apple, peach, and pumpkin pies.

The Velvet Glove

2 Lombard Place Seasonal Manitoba flavours tantalize at Winnipeg’s only Four Diamond CAA-AAA restaurant. Chef Eric Lee’s menus let you breakfast, lunch, and sup like a gourmet. At the Eggs Benny Bar in the A.M. get a Classic Eggs Benedict with Manitoba cured back bacon. For lunch, comforting Beer Battered Manitoba Pickerel gets served with sweet potato fries, Asian slaw, and dijon dill aioli. Dinner sees appetizers like Carmen Creek Bison Carpaccio drizzled with black truffle aioli. Mains include Fig & Herb Stuffed Roasted Chicken Breast, as well as Stonewood Elk Striploin with spaetzle. Sample a vintage (or two!) from the Glove’s sexy wine list.

Step’N Out

157 Provencher Boulevard This intimate eatery has been charming diners for over a decade with its quirky antique atmosphere and “from scratch” French, Italian, and Asian cooking. But still expect the unexpected. Reflecting availability and freshness, Chef Alan Shepard’s menu is devised daily, hand-written on a big board, and grandly presented to your table. Time-tested favourites perfect for fall feasting include Curried Pumpkin Ravioli and a super creamy Vol au Vent. Meaty Main Fare ranges from New Zealand Rack of Lamb to Moroccan Spiced Duck to Seafood Crepes. As the cookery is “at the minute” dishes can be created allergy and celiac friendly.

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Raw, Rustic & Hearty Autumn Eating

Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar

179 Bannatyne Avenue Craving South American flavour? Tango on over to this joint for lunch, dinner, and evening getaways. Housed in the Exchange District’s Ashdown building, Hermanos romances with friendly service, quality fare, and finely tuned rustic style. Gazing upon photos detailing southern sights and personalities, you’ll enjoy creative cocktails and inspired plates. Peru meets Lake Winnipeg when Peruvian ceviche makes Manitoba pickerel a citrusy catch. Two can indulge on a Le Cabrera big board, featuring a spice-rubbed 24oz Angus Reserve Ribeye finished with aged balsamic and port reduced bacon and mushrooms. Samba and Chilean jazz heat the lounge up on the weekends.

Fusion Grill

550 Academy Road Food’s more than fuel here, it’s love. Chef Lorna Murdoch works wonders by whipping up some of Winnipeg’s most pioneering cookery. Foie Gras Poutine puts a gourmet spin on a classic, with fried Russet smothered in rich foie gras gravy, melted New Bothwell smoked Gouda, and white truffle oil. For entrées you’ll go wild for the Wild Boar Cassoulet’s combination of grrr-eat northern white beans, wild boar bacon, duck sausage, oats, and tomato red wine sauce. In for lunch? French Canadian Dip sees roast bison striploin on crusty baguette with garlic butter and jus. A must-try with a Canadian Shiraz!

Chop Steakhouse & Bar

1750 Sargent Ave Offering a dining experience that boasts fine dining perks in casual comfort, Chop delights with choice cuts, adventurous flavours, and luxury. Lounging in plush leather seats and surrounded by modern ambient touches, you’ll savour skillfully made plates featuring fresh produce, meat, and seafood. Appetizers include the addictive Lobster, Scallop & Gorgonzola Dip with crotinis, as well as Dry Ribs tossed in sweet chili. Aged Chop steaks include a classic Filet Mignon and a satisfying Top Sirloin Oscar with choice of jumbo prawns or lobster fritters all finished with roasted peppers, asparagus, and buttery Béarnaise sauce. House-made desserts include a spiced Caribbean Rum Cake.

Bistro 7 1/4

725 Osborne Street Alexander Svenne’s culinary hub needs no introduction. Against a backdrop of a bustling open concept kitchen and the clinks and chatter of neighbouring tables, diners sit down to some serious eating. The menu changes with the season at Bistro 7 1/4. And if Summer’s menu was any indication - including Small Plates like foie gras with blackberry and port on toasted brioche, as well as Large Plates like grilled lamb sirloin with eggplant relish, tzatziki, grilled veggies, and polenta - Fall’s sure to be rich and inventive. But never fear, staples like Moules et Frites and the Gnudi Bar are here to stay.

Oui Bistro & Wine Bar

100-283 Bannatyne Ave Winnipeg’s finest French fare? Mais oui! WOW! Hospitality’s classic bistro and wine bar doesn’t know the meaning of “no” - revitalizing traditional French cuisine with new cooking techniques, offering French wine and turn-of-the-century cocktail lists, and conjuring Paris with luxurious antique decor. And quel surprise! The menu is accented with local offerings. Lunch features robust bites like a smoky Bison Meatloaf served over pommes purée. Dinner lets land and sea meet with Pétoncle, which lays out ocean friendly Weathervein scallops with fig, local free run organic chicken sausage, and a divine champagne beurre blanc.


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There’s nothing better than kayaking on the Assiniboine River in the fall. Eating eggs before an endurance exercise like this one will help ensure your body has the energy to maintain strength and stamina. Just two eggs provide 12 grams of high quality protein, which helps build and repair body tissues and gives you lasting energy.

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Pumpkin Cheese Slice Crust: 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, melted 1 ½ cups (375 mL) gingersnap cookie crumbs Filling: 3 eggs 1 cup (250 mL) light ricotta cheese Grated rind of 1 orange 2 ½ tsp (12 mL) ground cinnamon ¼ tsp (1 mL) ground allspice 2/3 cup (150 mL) granulated sugar or low-calorie granulated sweetener 1 tbsp (15 mL) molasses 1 ¼ cups (300 mL) canned pure pumpkin 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger Whipped cream (optional) Combine butter and cookie crumbs until well blended in an 8 x 8-inch cake pan. Press onto bottom of pan; refrigerate. In a medium glass mixing bowl, beat eggs with molasses until very light and fluffy. Add ricotta cheese, orange rind, pumpkin, flour, cinnamon, allspice and ginger; beat at low speed until blended. Microwave mixture at medium high (70%) for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring every 90 seconds or until mixture is heated through and thickens. Immediately stir in sugar or lowcalorie sweetener and spread onto prepared crust. Bake at 350°F (180°C) about 15 minutes or just until set. (Top remains moist and shiny). Cool on wire rack; dessert will continue to set during cooling time. Refrigerate until serving time. To serve, cut into circles or squares. Garnish with orange slices or twists of orange peel, and whipped cream (optional). If cutting into squares, the recipe will make about 24.

Ham & Cheese Puffs 1 cup (250 mL) water 1 cup (250 mL) flour 5 eggs 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter 2 cups (500 mL) shredded Old Cheddar cheese 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped ham ½ tsp (2 mL) dry mustard 1⁄ – ¼ tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper 8 Cooking spray Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a cookie sheet with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. Add water and butter to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the flour all at once and

stir constantly until the dough comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a thick smooth ball (about a minute or two). Remove from heat. Cool for one minute. Using an electric mixer, add eggs one at a time, beating after each, until dough is smooth. Mix in ham, cheese, and dry mustard (if using) by hand.

Drop mixture by a rounded teaspoon about one inch apart onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 5 dozen/60 appetizers. Tip: These appetizers can be frozen for up to a month. Reheat in the microwave or 325°F (170°C) oven. autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 33


GE Café Market Bag: GE Café is excited to make a broader impact on hunger awareness in Canada. Their partnership with Food Banks Canada - the national organization representing the food bank community - involves a new initiative that encourages people to make “good food” and fund donations to their local food bank. Because GE Café celebrates good, healthy and nutritious food, the goal is to help stimulate people to make healthy food donations to their local food banks or provide funds so that they are able to buy the healthy food items they need. As part of the commitment, GE Café will be hosting their 1st Annual ‘ GE Café Harvest Party’ - a weeklong cause marketing campaign that will be activated across 9 Canadian markets during the first few weeks of October in 2010.   The objectives are to raise awareness, grow community investment, and encourage involvement in the work of local food banks in 2 key ways:

1. Cause-Marketing Campaign This includes GE Café contests and in-store promotions that help raise awareness for hunger.                2. The Good Food Drive GE Café will promote this important fundraising initiative across select promotional and grassroots activities planned as part of our overall “campaign”.   To assist in local efforts here, GE Café is contributing 20,000 “highend” GE Café Market Shopping Bags (with a removable and washable liner) to local food banks. Participating chapters will receive a portion of the bags to use as a fundraising tool in their local activities and initiatives. Through distribution of these premium, biodegradable bags, the goal is to stimulate much needed donations for participating food banks in Canada.   GE will also be making a corporate donation of $25,000 on a national level, to support Food Banks Canada.   For more information on Food Banks Canada, visit www.foodbankscanada.ca  

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Connect with your Sixth Sense Tips from Dr. Darek Dawda of DAVDA Psychology* By Mathilda Waters

According to our expert on well-being, Dr. Darek Dawda of DAVDA Psychology, sixth sense is not only real but also key to emotional well-being. MW: What do you mean by ‘sixth sense’? Dr. DD: Traditionally, we think we have five senses: vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. These senses put us in touch with the external world. But there is the sixth sense called interoception - that allows us to experience sensations inside our body. Our bodies are loaded with feeling receptors that allow us to physically feel pain, discomfort, anxiety, hunger, pleasure, excitement, and so on. MW: Why then do we commonly speak of five senses, and neglect this inner sense? Dr. DD: My best guess is that we neglect to talk about the inner sense because we generally neglect to experience it. Language reflects how people in a particular culture experience the world. In Western culture, we are used to living in our heads and are relatively unaware of our bodies. We value thinking over feeling. MW: How does thinking make us neglect the inner sense? Dr. DD: You can’t physically feel thoughts in your head, because there are no feeling receptors in your brain. So when you are deep in thought, it is possible to be unaware of the physical sensations altogether. This is frequently what we do. MW: It’s like your mind is disconnected from your heart? Dr. DD: Yes. All emotions are physical states that can be experienced in our bodies. Paying attention to the body is the most direct way of bridging the gap between the mind and the heart. MW: What happens when the mind and the body are disconnected? Dr. DD: We make bad decisions. The best decisions are made when we pay attention to our emotional responses and think carefully. Emotions tell us what is and isn’t good for us, for others, for the planet. Thinking provides us with sophisticated ways of analyzing complex situations that might otherwise overwhelm us emotionally. Thinking also creates a more stable perspective to rely on at times of emotional volatility. We need both to make sound decisions. For example, if we allowed ourselves to fully experience the

suffering we’ve been causing this beautiful planet, we’d be moved to rethink our behaviour and make different decisions. MW: In your experience, what are the greatest obstacles people face when trying to regain access to their sixth sense? Dr. DD: Most people are in the habit of avoiding unpleasant sensations altogether. They try to change, escape, judge, or suppress ‘bad’ feelings. They do anything but what is most effective, which is to completely accept, stay with, and experience the unpleasant sensations. MW: Why would anyone want to experience inner pain, anxiety, or sadness? Dr. DD: For two reasons. First, these emotions help you understand yourself and empathise with others. Second, when these emotions are completely accepted and embraced, they typically subside, just like a crying child will calm down when soothed. You can avoid sadness, anxiety, anger, etc. in the short-term, but negative feelings will stay with you until they are addressed and their causes resolved. Negative feelings also tend to intensify with time unless they’re dealt with, leading to depression, anxiety disorders, interpersonal problems, etc. MW: How can people become more connected with their bodies? Dr. DD: It’s a matter of practice. Many techniques are available to help people connect with their feelings. At first, it might be difficult to overcome old habits on your own. A good first step is to find someone to guide you on your journey inwards. * DAVDA Psychology is a psychotherapy and personal coaching clinic. For an initial consultation call 253-2832 (253-DAVDA). Visit www.davda.ca for free SLEEP QUIZ with SLEEP TIPS or for more information. To find other Manitoba psychologists, visit www.mps.ca

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A ray of hope By Leigh Patterson

Sarah MacKinnon

In this special place, on any given day, upwards of 60 young people might be relaxing and enjoying a movie in a comfortable lounge, surfing the ‘Net, doing yoga, playing board games or participating in art and drama workshops. And it’s also here that they might get addictions counselling, receive medical attention, and get food and clothing. For society’s most vulnerable youth, Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY) is a safe haven from a tough life on the streets. A non-profit, streetbased community organization that provides a wide range of supports to street-entrenched

and homeless youth up to the age of 29, RaY has become an invaluable drop-in resource centre for youth in need and a role model for the community as a whole. RaY helps street youth from all walks of life to overcome societal barriers and issues like substance abuse, safe housing, FASD-related issues and illiteracy. “Often the youth we see do not have adequate parental support or appropriate adult guidance,” says RaY Executive Director Kelly Holmes. “Much of our success with these youth is

based on the fact that they’re not mandated to be here. Like parents, we help youth by teaching them basic living skills and showing them the options available. It’s a common sense approach.” A self-described “wolf mother,” Holmes says she and staff at RaY “work within the system, but in our own way. If the larger social government agencies are like ocean liners (slow moving and difficult to turn), we’re like Sea-Doos.” Through a harm reduction approach, advocacy and innovative programming, RaY is breaking down barriers and helping fill the gaps that the system is unable to address. ”We’re the grout in the cracks,” Holmes adds. Having a clean comfortable place to go gives street youth a sense of dignity. RaY’s programs operate from a new Sherbrook Street location with a stainless steel façade and a striking yellow, black, red and white tattoo-like mural by muralists Mandy Van Leeuwen and Michel St. Hilaire. “We wanted the new building to reflect the neighbourhood, so the mural was developed with street youth, RaY staff and local community input,” Holmes notes.

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Inside the funky 8,000-square foot building, officially opened in June 2010, is a spotless, friendly, open space. Vibrant artwork by


left to right Jason Neufeld, Program Director and Brian Haines, Cook

renowned aboriginal artist Jackie Traverse intermingles with art donated by Art City, some created by kids as young as five. A row of computer stations along one wall lets youth job hunt, learn skills, or keep in touch. “Social sites are a means of connecting, so it’s very important to them,” Holmes says. A family room is available for those with children and a private room is a space to make personal calls, “or just to cry”, says Holmes. Coffee is always on and a daily hot meal is served in the cheery, diner-style café adjoining a fully equipped kitchen operated by a former RaY youth client. Other amenities include showers, laundry facilities, and free clothing, hygiene and food banks. RaY offers counselling for addiction and mental health issues. A Winnipeg Regional Health Authority nurse practitioner is available two times per week to meet emergency and longterm health care needs. In keeping with its collaborative and inclusive culture, RaY’s spacious boardroom is available for use by other community groups.

After hours, in all seasons, RaY’s street outreach team travels throughout downtown Winnipeg, providing support in the form of water, blankets, food and other staples to help homeless youth cope with the long evenings on the street. RaY is governed by a board representing a spectrum of professionals, including from the corporate sector, pastoral workers and police officers. “It’s a really invested, great group of volunteers who are wonderful mentors and our guiding light,” Holmes says. Holmes is also grateful for the financial support RaY receives, particularly from the private sector, which raised the bulk of the money needed for the capital campaign.

While RaY staff have known youth who have perished while enduring a life on the street, they have also been privileged to know those who have overcome addictions, earn gainful employment, return to school, receive scholarships and go on to university, thanks to RaY’s “Growing Opportunities” program. There is so much more potential to be realized. “There can be more successes,” Holmes says. “Bettering the lives of youth is possible with the engagement of the whole community. We just need more resources, and everyone to pitch in. There are many opportunities to get involved.“ Website: www.rayinc.ca

A striking tattoo-like mural by muralists Mandy Van Leeuwen and Michel St. Hilaire.

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Bookshelf Shedden, Ontario was easy to overlook, until April 8, 2006, when the discovery of eight dead bikers made the tiny town the scene of one of the worst mass murders in Canadian history. Peter Edwards, crime reporter for the Toronto Star, delivers just the facts, ma’am, in The Bandido Massacre: A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood, and Betrayal (Harper Collins). He retells the events leading up to the killings and follows up with the trial, which found six men, three of them from Winnipeg, guilty of murder. And what was it all for? Nothing really, it seems. Just some patches for a leather jacket. At the same time, Edwards pulls no punches describing the last moments of the victims, most of who were harmless nonentities on the very fringes of criminal biker culture. A sad, engrossing story. The Fingers Twist (Turnstone Press) is a crime novel with a twist or two of its own: Who broke the law and which ones are the bad guys? Lee Lamothe has written extensively on organized crime but this time he’s let his imagination go free. Charlie Tate is a tough individual with all kinds of connections on both sides of the street. He makes ends meet doing some PI work with his wife Elodie Gray, a wheelchair-using member of Toronto’s elite. When Charlie’s daughters get involved in some anarchist-led mayhem - eerily prescient of G20 Toronto - Charlie has to get to the bottom of things. Lamothe has come with a compelling tale of clashing social castes, professional duties, and family responsibilities, and I’m already looking forward to further exploits of Charlie and Elodie.

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For something completely silly, there’s Wombat: The Collected Comic Strip (Anvil Press) by Rob Filbrandt. Wombat got its loony start in the pages of the UBC campus paper in the early 1980s, but then morphed into a wild take-off of noir mysteries before ending its run in 1994. This new volume gathers all the strips in their super harebrainedness. The collection starts off as quirky fun but really gets interesting as our hero (I guess) turns into an absurdist gumshoe. It’s a story with equal parts jazz and punk rock, complete with mysterious babes, booze and guns, and the ghost of Montgomery Clift worrying about his looks and obsessed with the size of Marlon Brando’s derriere.


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Sambora in the touring Bon Jovi tribute band, Bed of Roses, which just returned from El Salvador.) She’s shared the stage with big name bandleaders, including Ron Paley, Walle Larson, Danny Kramer, Pat Riordan and Dave Lawton. She landed her current gig because Lawton, who was a mutual understudy with Michael Bublé in the musical Forever Swing, was so taken by one of her performances that he tracked her down and asked her to join his band. You’ve no doubt had the chance to hear Scott’s powerful voice at any number of local establishments, like Paragon, The Current at Inn at the Forks and the Casinos of Winnipeg. She’s also a familiar face on the corporate circuit, having performed at events for the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, Festival of Lights, Rainbow Stage fundraisers, and most recently, the Variety Gold Heart Gala, where she sang with well-known Canadian singer Alfie Zappacosta. Scott has also performed at a couple of Gail Asper’s milestone birthday bashes.

Lady Sings the Blues By Aileen Goos Bérard

There’s more to Jennifer Scott than meets the eye. By day she works in an engineering department and by night she’s a sultry blues singer who holds her own among six guys in the Dave Lawton Band. And if that weren’t enough to keep her busy, she’s also a mom who’s happy to belt out anything from Hannah Montana to Queen for her two little girls. “I get to share the stage with musicians I’ve respected and admired for years,” says Scott. “I’m spoiled, because I work with the best.” That includes her husband Eugene Romaniuk, whom the singer met while performing in Almost Blues, a little blues band that did the circuit of local haunts like Times Change and The Windsor Hotel. (Romaniuk also plays Richie

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“I was hired to be part of Divas in Pop for her 40th birthday, which was held on the seventh floor in the Fort Garry. It was quite the party! I was blown away,” says

Scott. “I just performed at her 50th, where couples came dressed as their favourite celebrity couples. It was a blast!” It’s easy when you’re the life of the party! Scott’s a self-professed ham who draws on some acting experience to help crank up the personality when she performs. Unlike some of us, who were likely grateful to land the part of a tree in school productions, Scott was a natural who effortlessly worked the stage in high school productions, like Grease. And if she looks a bit familiar, it’s probably because of a TV spot she did as the spokesperson for Premier Insurance, which ran for nearly five years. When time permits, Scott says she’d like to pursue acting again. But for now, after taking some time off to have children, she’s clearly ready to share her experiences through song. She’s working on a CD, and would like to eventually record a collection of lullabies inspired by her children. “Even if they’re the only ones who listen to it, I would love to do it,” says Scott. “I really want to record a CD that’s soulful - not R&B but mature songs that tell stories. Those are the best.”


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Beauty Buzz Makeover Magic Loyal customers of Rituals in Hair and Skin on Pembina Highway will notice some changes the next time they visit their favourite hair or skin artist. The popular salon sanctuary recently had a makeover of its own, expanding in more ways than one. “We thought about how to make what we do better, and did a lot of research into products and services to expand on what we offer clients,” says owner Kristina Poturica. “I want our clients to feel comfortable when they’re here, and know that we strive to represent professionalism, creativity, honesty and integrity.” She worked with a design consultant to create the new, more open space with clean, simple lines and warm, inviting colours. She also hired a local craftsperson to create functional and fashionable pieces in the colour bar and client lounge. Some of the new elements include a generoussized colour station, a larger relaxation area where clients can relax while their colour is processing, two private rooms for facials and waxing, and new pedicure chairs that are more hygienic with shiatsu massage. There’s also environmentally friendly lighting throughout and electric chairs to replace the traditional hydraulic chairs, which were a hit with the stylists.

In addition to the physical expansion, Rituals in Hair and Skin has also expanded on their menu of products and services. There are now two types of pedicures, both use the signature Rituals product line, which is made in Manitoba. Clients can choose to enjoy either a dry pedicure, which can be done while hair colour is processing, or a spa pedicure complete with foot soak. Poturica has introduced CND Nail Shellac, which is a varnish that lasts 10 to 14 days. It has the feel of a gel nail, but without the damaging side effects of roughing the nail that traditional gel nails produce. The hair artists have made it easier to maintain your colour between touch ups with a new “10-minute colour” colour system by Schwarzkopf. It’s all in keeping with Poturica’s four main goals: staying focused on continuing education, current fashion and trend, creating a positive, creative environment, and giving back to the community. “We’re mindful about what we’re doing to create the kind of results our clients want,” says Poturica. “We’re also mindful of the environment and each other, and I think that makes a big difference. And it shows because we’ve continued to steadily grow our business over seven years.” autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 41


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It’s not just the sparkling personalities or the freshly baked pastry and tea that keeps clients in the chairs for hours that makes this place stand apart from the rest. It’s the fact that this is Winnipeg’s first green-certified salon. “It’s a new concept in beauty. It’s a fresh take on fresh hair,” says owner Praise Okwumabua, who’s been in the business for 10 years, and has always dreamed of owning her own salon. She’s been styling hair since she was a fetus, she jokes, but it was when she was pregnant with her first child that she took stock of her own impact on the environment and decided to open a salon in February. “People are pleasantly surprised when they come here,” she says. “I think you can make environmentally conscious choices without sacrificing style.” Freshair offers a product and colour line that is made with organic essences, and they take steps to recycle what they can of the packaging. The boutique only uses recycled post-consumer paper products, they recycle everything, and clients are encouraged to reuse their empty bottles and have them refilled at the salon. Okwumabua is looking into going paperless as soon as she can find the technology that will make it possible to email clients receipts rather than having to print copies. Stylists also save cut hair and send it to various aid organizations that use it for different purposes, including making mats to soak up oil spills. “I feel good about what we do,” says Okwumabua. “Looking good doesn’t have to cost a lot or be fussy.”

New Beauty Hot Spot Vixin Salon + Beauty Bar is one of those places where you walk in, survey the stylists and make-up artists, and know that no matter who you get, you’re bound to get an incredible new look. It may look like your average salon on the outside, but inside is 2,500 square feet of pure, hot style with crystal chandeliers, white lacquered walls and hairdryers suspended from the ceiling. It’s as fresh and unique as the 24-year-old owner, Ashley Newton, herself. “There’s nothing else like it in Winnipeg,” says Newton, who’s the sole shareholder of the city’s latest beauty hot spot. “We want everyone to feel comfortable when they come here. We’re pretty relaxed and we hope our customers feel that way, too.” Vixin, which opened at 123 Princess Street in June of this year, is open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, making it easy for the downtown business crowd to squeeze in an appointment before or after work. Newton hopes that the salon and spa will become a destination place, as well, where patrons from all over the city come for either a quick style or treat themselves to a full day beauty bar experience. The menu list runs from styles, cuts, colours and curls to tinting, make-up applications, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing treatments and even airbrush spray tanning. “I want people to tell their friends about us, and not be afraid to switch it up,” says Newton. “It’s not cheating on your stylist!” 42 | STYLE MANITOBA | autumn 2010


Fall Style

Hot Runway Looks Colour Your World Live a colourful life with hints of golden blonde, caramel and platinum. Pulling off the look to perfection, the model featured here boasts customized colour and highlights that work well with her skin tone and hair texture. Hair colour & Makeup from Aveda Available at Oxfords Salon Spa

To achieve this fall’s hottest runway look, it’s as easy as putting a simple braid in your hair - anyone can do it! This season, braids are everywhere, and they are no longer the tight, conservative braids of the past. Fall’s braids are feminine and chic, as well as exceptionally low maintenance. For this photo, the hair was kept loose around Jacqui’s face to create a wind-blown look, and the sweep to one side adds a girly charm to her tomboy style. Tip: For those of you out there with shorter hair, consider extensions. Jacqui has added length and thickness to her chin-length hair, and she loves the extra versatility they provide to carry her from summer to fall. Salon: Freshair Boutique Hairstylist: Amy Make-up: Praise Styling: Tony Chestnut Model: Jacqui Photographer: Tristan Fast

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Classic James... “Fame is a vapour, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.” What inspired us? A strong woman comfortable in her own skin, breaking down the social status, and feeling beautiful inside and out. Soft eyes, long lashes and a shimmering lip embody a free spirited not overdone look. The hair was let loose for a wild moveable style that is off the straight path. Salon: Vixin Salon & Beauty Bar Makeup & Photo: Ashton Lethbridge Hair: Catherine Herbster Assisted by Laura Whyte

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A modern day take on a retro look is in high demand! A version of the mullet meets the crew cut. Jamie’s thick hair is textured to the max on top and tapered around the sides and back, leaving the hair slightly longer at the nape. His hair was coloured chocolate brown with subtle highlights to enhance his style and form. This style is easy to manage; just rub in some pomade, wax or hair paste. Ideal for a rock star, bad boy image as needed when he’s playing in his band. Yet, still classic enough for his day-today business. Haircut & Style: Susie Cross Make-up: Rochelle Senoir Salon: Society the Salon


The New Bride The brides of late have been looking for more of a non-traditional wedding - from time of year to any day of the week, understated, unique and price savvy. It’s a good idea to use a wedding planner, even for portions of the day. (A highly recommend wedding planner is Lesbia at Savvy Weddings. Check her out at: www.mysavvywedding.com) Planning is the key and following are recommendations for hair and make-up that will lead to a smooth wedding day: • Book hair and make-up appointments for yourself and the wedding party at least 6 months in advance. Also schedule any aesthetic services, manicures, pedicures, etc., on the week of the wedding. • Book hair and make-up trials for yourself and those in the wedding party one to two weeks prior to the big day. (For the bride, a trial is a must; the rest of the party could just go for a consultation.) • Book your colouring, facials, and waxing at least a week prior to the wedding. This will leave room for the skin to calm down and colour to settle in. • On your wedding day, make someone else responsible for remembering the veil, other things for the hair, make-up, and an umbrella (just in case). • Most of all - remember to have fun on your wedding day; do not sweat the small stuff - just let the day happen. Salon: rituals in hair and skin Hair & make-up: Mariana Model: Michelle Photography: Alex Palma

The Perfect Mess Mess things up this fall with a not so structured look. Whether you wear your hair up, down or in a braid, make sure it’s soft, subtle and not so perfect! Neutralize fall and winter’s bold fashions by toning down your make-up with natural earthy colours. Try a soft smoky eye but skip the liner and just apply mascara. Finish it with a nude lip colour and a hint of blush and you’re ready to go! Salon: Sets On Fort Model: Kelly Kathleen Hair Stylist: Bobbie-Jo Perrick Colourist: Jill Price Make-up: Lorraine Lee Photographer: Justin Pokrant

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FAB FINDS A trio of solid alder nesting tables custom finished by Faveri’s in a coffee bean stain. Faveri’s Unpainted Furniture, 625 Wall St

On Kristin: Comfort meets style in a luxurious soft knit top & leggings from the Nally & Millie line. On Monica: Chic zip front jacket with gunmetal chain detail paired with this fall’s must-have pants. Both from the Joseph Ribkoff line. Featured fashions available at: spalifestyle & fashion boutique, Unit 2-2001 Henderson Hwy

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Distinctive carved samsa wood serving bowl & servers from Laos; lustrous shesham wood & marbled burma teak cheese tray with mouse-shaped silver knife from Pakistan; hand-worked silver hors d’oeuvres forks with jacquard bag from Nepal. Ten Thousand Villages, 2 locations: 134 Plaza Drive 10-963 Henderson Hwy

Put a new twist on your style by adding this unique, three bladed design to your interior. The Torto by Fanimation is sure to be the much-envied centrepiece of your room. Total Lighting, 347 William Ave


Breitling Navitimer, first launched in 1952, is now the world’s oldest chronograph. Available on calf leather, Navitimer bracelet or as shown on the Air Racer bracelet. Priced from $5185.00. Dimitra’s Jewellery, 1700 Corydon Ave

The beauty of nature is woven with leucadendron and orchids, and the unexpected raku pottery to become transformed into a living art centrepiece. Signature Floral Gallery, 160 Provencher Blvd

Handmade recycled oil drum sculptures created in the Haitan drum art tradition - a socially conscious art form that provides fair wages to Haitian craftspeople. Framing & Art Centre, 3 locations: Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave 6-200 Meadowood Drive 3143 Portage Ave

Fall into style with fabulous fashion forward frames. Available at Hakim Optical. Visit www.hakimoptical.ca for a location near you.

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Seniors will also appreciate the presence of the professional, competent and caring staff, available 24 hours, as well as the expertise of a staff nurse who allows Seine River to provide various levels of assistance. Seine River Retirement Residence is operated by All Seniors Care Living Centres, one of the most experienced groups in Canada with an expansive portfolio of properties. In Winnipeg alone, the team operates four separate retirement communities, with Seine River being the most recent. “A lot of what makes the new facility popular is the location,” says All Seniors Care Marketing Director Bruce Lillie. “This area is like no other. We are situated on the banks of the Seine River and views from the suites and the dining room are impressive winter and summer.” Further, Lillie comments that the facility comes with considerable ‘wow’ factor. For example, there is an interior courtyard and stunning natural elements. “We have been able to use our experience in building seniors’ communities to create what we believe is the very best residence in the city. We have the programming and the amenities, not to mention a well considered interior design that really places us in a level above other similar facilities in the city,” he notes. “The food is so good here residents typically eat only breakfast in their apartments,” Lillie adds, mentioning that the food service component extends to all meal segments, but special attention is placed on lunch and dinner service in the well-appointed dining

room. “We have a creative chef who can handle special requests, as well as nutrition and dietary needs.” In fact, Lillie remarks that the total lifestyle package at the residence is such that many newcomers find their health and outlook improve after making the move. “There is a very positive social aspect to the residence and the fact that we have things like an on-site nurse that can work with the kitchen to finetune a menu for residents means people often thrive in this setting,” he says, adding that the host of activities includes an indoor bocci court to programmed social events to Sony Wii bowling tourneys. The centre has been open just under a year, and to date, the attributes have made it one of the most sought-after addresses among seniors considering a lifestyle change. “Leasing has been occurring at a very fast pace, but there is still ample opportunity to get in on a great suite in the residence,” says Lillie. According to Lillie, people have been wowed at the centre when they first walk in. “Then people discover the tremendous value in a relaxed lifestyle where there is great dining, on-site services like hair styling and a shuttle bus for shopping expeditions, as well as the safety of in-house medical staff, and the companionship of active seniors. These attributes combined with the natural beauty of the setting and the attractive decor have been making Seine River Retirement Residence an easy decision for many.”

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Many of the materials and products are on display to help customers visualize how an interlocking stone patio, pond feature or retaining wall might look in their own yards. According to Irene Penner, “We are continually striving to make the experience of choosing project material as engaging and efficient as possible. It’s much easier to see how a product looks when it’s built or assembled rather than trying to work from a small photo in a brochure.”

The Yard Décor Store also stocks the finishing touches that make outdoor spaces a true extension of a home inspiring imagination and creativity. A variety of distinctive planters, fountains, statuary, garden benches, wall art and other decorative and functional items appeal to all tastes, from traditional to contemporary. Playful, nearly life-sized bronze garden sculptures of dancing children are among the statement pieces unique to the store. Irene carefully sources the indoor/outdoor

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As with all of its projects, whether commercial or residential, J&D Penner’s focus is always on the customer. Residential clients in particular appreciate the care and respect they receive and often respond with letters of thanks for their positive experiences. “Thank you for making the dream in my head come true,” wrote one Linden Avenue resident, who added, “Your customer service has only gotten better from 13 years ago when we had our first job done by you.” Homeowners

who had paving stones installed at the entrance to their garage said that “Your young men were neat, tidy, courteous and a pleasure to deal with, and most importantly, they listened to our concerns.” J&D Penner has also been Manitoba’s recognized leader in the commercial paving stone and construction industry, earning kudos for their work on high profile projects at the U of M, U of W, The Forks and countless others. The

company had a major role in the completion of Central Park and is currently working on the extensive duck pond renovations at Assiniboine Park. J&D Penner’s devotion to individualized, personal service and quality workmanship has contributed to the company’s longevity. As co-founder Dick Penner notes, “We have a great team of people who are committed to creating and promoting excellence in everything we do.”

accessories, buying “only the pieces that I would love to see in my own home or garden,” she says. In addition to the extensive landscaping supplies and garden accessories, do-it-yourselfers can tap into the extensive know-how available from friendly, knowledgeable staff onsite who are prepared to help take any project from dream to reality. Of course, J&D Penner can also help with installation – from patios to driveways, sidewalks and stairs, pool decks and retaining walls. No yard is too large or too small for the residential division, led by Jake Penner, who ensures that the company keeps on top of recent developments in residential hardscaping. He notes that “More clients are grading their yards to change the elevation and add visual interest,” a trend perhaps being embraced by Manitobans eager to offset our flat prairie landscape.

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Along a stretch of Prominence Point, in the Bridgewater Forest neighbourhood of Waverley West, small Dreamscape Landscaping signs are gracing the front lawns of homeowners who have enlisted the services of Mitch Gagnon. A 2001 graduate of Red River College’s Greenspace Management program, Gagnon spent several years honing his talents working for local landscapers before establishing Dreamscape Landscaping in 2007. Now in his fourth year, Gagnon is gaining word-of-mouth references one yard at a time. In addition to residential clients, Gagnon has provided his landscaping expertise to a number of diverse projects including the patios at Pizzeria Gusto on Academy Road and Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Osborne Village. Gagnon works closely with all of his clients, either working from landscape design plans or guiding the design himself. While he excels at yard renovations, Gagnon’s passion is doing complete large properties from scratch. “I like it when I’m given a chance to complete a whole project, from excavation through to the 54 | STYLE MANITOBA | autumn 2010

final result,” he says. The yards at Bridgewater Forest showcase his skills, and people are taking note. At one of his first backyard projects at Bridgewater Forest, Gagnon and his Dreamscape Landscaping team designed and installed a large water feature not part of the original landscaping plan. A circulating pump system transfers water up from the koi pond and releases it so that it cascades over a natural stone waterfall. Low-lying junipers and lady’s mantle were planted around the perimeter of the waterfall and pond so that the view from the home is not obstructed. Black granite rocks were incorporated into the design to complement the home’s stone façade. Down the street, Gagnon was able to showcase his design skill to the benefit of homeowners who wanted a low maintenance, but distinctive yard. Along both sides of the property Gagnon built raised berms and proper drainage channels to eliminate low lying areas where plants might drown. The berms were covered in crushed black granite and large boulders were installed to add interest. A Freeman maple tree, Amur cherry tree and “Fat Albert” spruce were incor-


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porated for visual appeal, privacy, shade and height. At the foot of the yard and overlooking the prairie wetland beyond, Gagnon built a circular patio of Barkman Roman pavers, surrounded by a half-circle Roman “Pisa” retaining wall that has been cut into the yard and disguised from the back by a crushed rock garden filled with perennials and small shrubs. It’s a seamless transition from yard to patio and firepit area. Opposite the retaining wall is a strong focal point: a large chunk of grey granite with a flat top that offers additional and unique natural seating. Directly behind the house, Dreamscape Landscaping installed a large Roman paver patio in “Antique Brown” to accent the home’s exterior. Polymeric sand was used in the patio installation to solidify joints, prevent weeds and aid drainage. A low quarry stone wall was built into a corner to define the space and a planter installed below the window.

Gagnon worked closely with another area homeowner to build a seating area overlooking the scenic wetland. He achieved a cozy functional space using Roman pavers for the patio and a tiered retaining wall of Roman Pisa stone. Together with the central perennial garden bed, established trees, the result is an easy care, but aesthetically pleasing yard with all elements flowing together. Even though the spaces he tackles are large and ongoing recommendations keep him busy, Gagnon is intent on keeping Dreamscape Landscaping small to ensure that the personal touches, hands-on approach and onsite supervision of projects can continue. “Clients tell me how much they appreciate that we keep our job sites tidy, my staff is friendly and they like the quality of our workmanship – to me it’s the best compliment.”

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Taste of the tropics Having a tropical paradise in Manitoba is not only attainable; it’s becoming more and more common. There are a number of new products available that can help you achieve a relaxing, personal oasis. Gary Weinberg, owner of 3 Seasons Landscaping, created this tropical look by building a synthetic rock waterfall and slide on an existing pool edge. Low maintenance, decorative and playful, this feature’s form, functions, and colour can be customized to suit individual preferences and blend with the environment. Water is recycled from the pool through the water feature, contributing movement and sound to the atmosphere and enhancing the surroundings. Planting tall, large-leaved exotic vegetation like palm trees, castor beans, and elephant ears can completely change the look and feel of a poolside or patio. When combined with pots of brightly-coloured, profusely-flowering annuals and other perennial plants, the effect is a practical, layered and lush landscape. Add a comfortable chair, a good book and a cool drink

and you are ready to enjoy your custom spa-like retreat!

and imagination we can help clients create the perfect getaway in the privacy of their own backyard,” says Weinberg.

“Many people have little or no time for summer trips or lake life. With a little inspiration

Game on Asking the kids to “go outside and play” takes on a whole different meaning for families who have an outdoor Sport Court. Just beyond their back door, every day of the year, family members can enjoy tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball, inline skating, skateboarding and almost any other sport on these safe, versatile and fun surfaces. “Game Courts are an easy and affordable way to transform any yard,” says Gary Weinberg, owner of Athletic Flooring Systems, the exclusive dealer of Sport Court® flooring in

Manitoba and northwest Ontario. Weinberg has seen the popularity of outdoor Game Courts grow since they introduced them to the Winnipeg market a few years ago. Known for their quality, versatility, visual appeal and low maintenance features, Game Courts can be customized to fit any space, and multiple sports, all on one court. Installed over any hard surface, they provide a suspended playing area with high shock absorbent qualities. Game Courts are available in a wide array of colours and are UV stabilized to ensure longevity.

Useable all year round, these unique outdoor courts can be flooded and used in the winter as an ice rink. Because they are made of interlocking polypropylene tiles, Game Courts are easy to install and are virtually maintenancefree. Best of all, Game Courts are made for years of fresh air, fitness and family fun.

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fireplace kit, then added countertops and firewood boxes on either side to complement the fireplace package. It’s a prime example of the details and pride of workmanship inherent to Rosscreek Landscaping. More evidence of their creativity and quality work are found at Vern’s own Teulon-area property, where they constructed a 40-foot stream and pond complete with circulating pump and filtration system that keeps the water crystal clear and the koi in the pond healthy. Against a backdrop of mature trees, the water in the multi-level stream splashes along a channel constructed between large boulders before wrapping around a curved patio made of Barkman Roman pavers and into the large pond. “Making it as natural looking as possible is very important to us,” Vern says. A boulder was cut into the retaining wall around the patio to maintain consistency and a planter built next to the sunroom completed the look. Visitors to a St. Vital home enhanced by Rosscreek Landscaping are ushered from the front driveway by a curved sidewalk flanked by river stone planters accented with small globe cedars and other shrubs. A wide multi-tiered planter of Roman stack stone opens up the entranceway. “Flow was a consideration for this low-maintenance yard,” Nolan says. “By avoiding hard-to-trim corners, we even made it easy to cut the grass.”

Growing Pride By Leigh Patterson Photography: Michael Roberts For Vern and Nolan Kroeker, the personable and hardworking father and son team behind Rosscreek Landscaping, adaptation and attention to detail are key to achieving beautiful landscapes for their clients. Whether tackling a commercial property, a large residential project or preparing a concrete foundation for a shed, every job is held to their high standards. In the new Van Hull Estates development of south Winnipeg, Rosscreek Landscaping turned a blank slate of a yard into a showpiece property. Among the most striking features here are the handpicked granite boulders, artfully placed in the curved front yard garden, and anchored by decorative crushed Gull Lake Stone and a variety of low shrubs. The backyard features two patios made of Barkman “Old Town” flagstone built on either side of an existing concrete deck. The smaller 58 | STYLE MANITOBA | autumn 2010

patio is designated for a future hot tub, while the larger circular patio is made for entertaining, replete with a large area for seating, a retaining wall to define the space and provide additional seating, and a stone firepit. Behind the retaining wall, natural boulders were incorporated into a striking pondless water feature the homeowners can enjoy from the adjacent patio. “Moonglow” junipers were planted for privacy, and “Fallgold” ash and American linden trees provide shade and colour into the fall. Rosscreek Landscaping sources most of their plants, shrubs and trees from Jasperson’s Greenhouse near Stonewall. A Teulon homeowner hired Rosscreek Landscaping to construct an “outdoor room” with a large woodburning fireplace as the highlight. After completing the patio, the Kroeker duo built a concrete base as the foundation for a Barkman

Stairs leading from the rear of the home were built on piles to avoid frost shifting. The stairs lead to a patio of Tuscan pavers, and from here, the homeowner can enjoy the scenery that unfolds at the perimeter of the yard. Nestled in one corner, water cascades gently in a pondless water feature surrounded by shrubs like “Summer Wine” ninebark and a Toba Hawthorn. In another section of the yard is a mix of flowers and vegetables. Rosscreek Landscaping’s signature natural stones link the settings together and complement the home. With every project, family-run Rosscreek Landscaping is growing a strong reputation. “We pride ourselves in doing a job right from beginning to end, and working with the customer to meet their needs,” Vern says.


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Sunrooms for Everyone In Manitoba, sunrooms have evolved from a luxury item to a popular home improvement. When Sunshade first started building their Glastar sunrooms in the late 1970s, most of their clients were over 60 years old with discretionary income and time on their hands. As the cost has come within everyone’s reach and people spend more time at home, sunrooms are increasingly on everyone’s to-do list. And they’re usually much bigger than the common 12’X10’ addition Sunshade was building in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “When I ask customers what they would do differently, they usual respond that they would make their sunroom bigger,” says Steve Sarens of Sunshade. “They use it way more than they thought they would.” In fact, many report they spend a few days a month in their three-season room right into late fall and throughout the winter. As word gets around, some homeowners are no longer waiting to settle into their home before adding a sunroom. “We are doing more and more brand new homes,” notes Sarens. “People see a lot of value in doing it right away instead of waiting.” And because all Glastar sunrooms are custombuilt to seamlessly blend with the home, it’s an investment that pays dividends not only by improving their lifestyle, but also by increasing the value of their equity.

Superb Spirals A spiral is a superb solution when space does not allow for a standard staircase. Ron Schellenberg of Spirals by Ron constructs all his staircases from steel so they last a lifetime. Adding beauty and durability, the powder finish is done by Central Sandblasting. Treads, railings and balusters can be made of glass, steel, wood or concrete. Ideal for both outdoor and indoor applications, spirals are a popular way to connect a patio off a walkout basement to a deck on the main floor. Other applications include access to boathouse roof patios and second storey lofts at summerhouses and cottages. Indoors, spirals create sightlines and light flow in places that would be blocked by a traditional staircase. Acting as functional sculpture, they also add an aesthetic element to any space. Over a span of 35 years, Schellenberg has perfected his craft, creating simple to complex custom spirals, including a popular design with a stringer up the middle. A standard spiral takes approximately two weeks while certain custom designs may take longer. Public examples of Schellenberg’s work can be seen at the Forks Market as well as the Royal Canadian Mint. He is also available to do custom welding for projects of all kinds.

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By Leigh Patterson Now that it is fall and temperatures have

Warm up to winter

taken a plunge, there’s no reason why you still can’t take one, too, in a hot tub or spa from Krevco Lifestyles. And now that Krevco has acquired Embers Fireplaces & More, the company is giving customers even more reasons to warm up to winter.

be personalized with custom art pieces like driftwood, bamboo or birch. Krevco also carries zero clearance gas fireplaces that don’t need to be vented through a chimney and are installed when there is no existing fireplace, typically during new home construction or as part of a renovation project.

“We truly are a year-round ‘Gotta Have’ store now that Embers is part of the Krevco family,” says Krevco president and CEO Don Carson. “We’re noticing that customers who rely on us for their summer lifestyle needs are now coming back to invest in fireplaces. It’s exciting for us to be a one-stop shop for their great indoor and outdoor escapes.”

When it comes to the year-round pastime of outdoor grilling, Johnson is also noticing an increase in popularity of charcoal barbeques. But these aren’t the slow burning grills of burned burgers past. Krevco carries the Primo Grill and Smoker, a high-end barbeque with a ceramic grill and heat control options to deliver even, superior flavour to everything you cook.

Even more exciting, Carson says, is that “at Krevco you can now earn up to 1000 AIR MILES reward miles on hot tubs, pools, water maintenance needs and fireplace installation.”

The Vermont Castings line of gas barbeques favoured by professional chefs is also perfect for the home outdoor cooking expert. In addition to this product’s fine craftsmanship are details like a light source over the grill.

The season is heating up at Krevco, thanks to the diverse product offerings of gas, propane, electric, wood burning and specialty fireplaces available at the Embers Showrooms found in the Sargent and Berry, Brandon and Kenora stores, and soon the other two Winnipeg Krevco Lifestyles locations. Bringing over 20 years of fireplace industry experience to Krevco is Kerry Johnson, managing partner of the fireplace division. Johnson owned the former St. James Street Embers store, which was closed and then reopened as part of Krevco’s 700 Berry Street location. “Linear electric and gas fireplaces are one of the hottest trends,” notes Johnson. With clean styling suited to any décor, the gas- or propanefuelled Xtreme by Fireplace Extrodinair can

“Outdoors or indoors, if there is a way to improve your lifestyle – we’ve got it,” says Carson. Krevco can help transform a dark cold basement into a family entertainment room complete with bar, billiards and gaming tables. Enjoy a workout in your own fitness room with a Krevco-installed Bowflex machine or other equipment from the company’s ever-expanding line-up of exercise products. Then, relax in a home tanning bed, sauna or steam shower. Krevco offers a large selection of bathroom products and accessories through its bathroom renovation department to bring out the “wow” factor. Of course, Krevco Lifestyles is best known for one of the largest selections of hot tub and spa collections in Manitoba. Made by award-win-

ning manufacturers like Master Spa and Dream Maker, there is a style that suits all budgets. Krevco has been voted Consumer’s Choice best hot tub retailer four years in a row. “Something we’re proud of,” Carson notes. “How would you like to swim outside all year round, even in the winter?” Carson asks. Krevco can make it happen with the line-up of H2X Swim Spas, where a propulsion system at one end and a hot tub at the other can give you yearround enjoyment. “Swim spas are the new wave of the future,” says Krevco general sales manager William Lyburn. “We’re excited to carry the world’s best swim spa line, so our customers can extend their swimming season right through the winter. It’s insulated and costs less than you think to run, even in the coldest months.” Best of all, Carson notes, “It’s a portable investment – you can take it with you when you leave. It’s great for finished, pre-landscaped yards and smaller backyards.” Another option for areas where space is at a premium is the new Twilight 240 3-person hot tub.” It has all the amenities you would find in larger tub, such as Ecopur filter system and neck rests, but in a smaller package,” Lyburn says. “We’re seeing a record year in spa sales,” notes Carson. “People are rewarding themselves.” Krevco’s friendly and knowledgeable staff, and an updated website with an improved online ordering system make it easy to get the “Gotta Haves” on your list. If it’s time to reward yourself, go where the heat is on year round: Krevco Lifestyles. autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 63


Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a national conservation program that encourages Canadians coast to coast to make a difference by removing litter from along local shorelines and thus protecting our oceans and waterways. This national conservation program began in 1994 with a handful volunteers who wanted to make an immediate effect on their local shorelines. In 2010, there are currently over 1,000 cleanup sites registered across Canada, 12 of them in Manitoba alone. In 2009, nearly 57,000 Canadians registered to cleanup 1,568 sites across Canada. Nearly 161,000 kg of litter was removed from a cumulative distance of 2,500 km of shoreline, which is equivalent to the approximate driving distance from Vancouver to the Manitoba/Ontario border.  In Manitoba alone, over 1,300 people signed up to remove litter from 28 cleanup sites along shorelines last fall. In total, over 1,950 kg of litter was removed from 51 km of shoreline across the province. Now in its 17th year, this year’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup takes place from September 18–26, 2010. For more information on the program, check out shorelinecleanup.ca or call 1-877-427-2422.

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One only has to take a drive down Main Street, Portage Avenue or stroll through the Exchange District to see that Manitoba has a rich history of brick masonry and a flair for detailed architecture.   At the turn of the century, Winnipeg was the portal to the new west. From the 1880s through to the 1920s, both railways established the city as a major distribution point. Warehouses popped up everywhere, the city’s population swelled, and new businesses were abundant. This growth led to a number of new brick making operations in the province, as brick’s thermal mass, fireproof and weatherproof nature made it an ideal building product for Winnipeg’s cold winters and hot summers, and brick followed the Eastern Canadian and Chicago architectural trends where masonry was preferred.  At the turn of the century, there were over 50 small, family-run, brick-making operations spread throughout Manitoba. Many of these brick plants had very temporary beginnings. Rather than constructing a permanent kiln structure, brick-makers sometimes used unfired bricks to build a temporary kiln, so they were fired from the inside out. Though this is a far cry from the robotics and tunnel kilns used in brick manufacturing today, brick is noted for its durability; many of the bricks made in these makeshift kilns are still seen on buildings in Winnipeg today.

Like stone, brick that is locally produced also has a significant natural tie to its landscape. The predominance of buff coloured brick in the area is a result of the lime found in local clay, particularly around Portage la Prairie. Lime typically burns in a mustard yellow or buff colour, compared to other areas in Canada where the clay more commonly contains redorange burning iron oxides. The smooth but slightly sandy finish of the soft mud brick-making process is yet another feature that makes Manitoba brick unique and distinct.

Manitoba’s last brick manufacturer, Red River Brick & Tile of Lockport, was built by I-XL Industries Ltd. in 1970, and continued to produce brick for another 20 years. Though that specific plant is now closed, I-XL continues to operate and is now the only brick manufacturer in Western Canada. The company will be celebrating its’ 100th birthday in 2012. While we take for granted the millions of bricks that make up some of our city’s finest architecture, it’s worth a second look, as each brick tells its own little cultural and geographical piece of history. 

Nisby also obtains all necessary permits for every project and helps clients apply for Power Smart loans or financing, as required.

Knowledge, reliability and integrity: that’s what Nisby is all about.

A Question of Trust For 27 years Manitobans have repeatedly turned to Nisby for their exterior home renovations. By specializing in vinyl siding, soffits, fascia, windows and doors, Nisby Home Renovations has developed the knowledge, expertise and staff upon which homeowners can rely. “By concentrating on several specific services, we are committed to being the best that we can be,” says Vice-president Dan Walker. “We take pride in helping people understand how to make their home more energy-efficient and aesthetically pleasing.” From craftsmanship to installation to product, Nisby does the homework for their customers, using only tried-and-true products and staff. “If you select a window from us, you can be guaranteed the due diligence has been done as to the performance of that product,” notes Walker, adding that gathering feedback from customers at the end of every project ensures a climate of continuous improvement. Long-standing relationships with suppliers—some from 17 to 20 years—and diligent record-keeping translate into effective handling of warranties for customers. “If issues arise, we make sure they are promptly rectified,” says Walker.

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The Beauty of Stone without the Mason.

This Easy Rock project in Winnipeg was installed by it’s owner

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Good Looks, Versatility & Easy Installation Four years ago, Easyrock was launched to the public, and Grant Jehle, President of Fort Distributors Ltd. hasn’t looked back since. A “star” as far as quality home finishing products go, Easyrock continues to be the favourite fauxstone product to home and business owners, contractors and others in the industry. “We have had the most outstanding response to this product, “ says Jehle. “The proof is in the sales numbers. People just love it!” He notes that many are initially attracted to Easyrock for its amazing good looks, but soon realize and appreciate how easy it is to work with and its versatility.

Easyrock is a synthetic but extremely authentic-looking rock face. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and is applied much the same way as siding. Panels are joined with a lap indent, making portions seamless in appearance. It is lightweight - each panel weighing only two and half pounds - and requires only eight screws a piece to fasten to walls. Easyrock comes in a variety of colours and styles. “There really is something for every taste. We have so many different styles and colours, you can definitely find the look you want with Easyrock,” says Jehle, who adds that there is matching caulking to cover screws, making them virtually invisible for a flawless finish. Recently Easyrock has taken steps to improve its already exceptional product – it is now available in what is called a 2nd generation panel, meaning a new hard coat has been applied to all Easyrock panels making them ultra-durable. “These panels are so strong, you can take a hammer to them and they won’t crack or chip. Real stone can’t stand up to that,” says Jehle, adding that panels are also extremely fade resistant. Easyrock has been a steady winner with homeowners and cottagers. Now it is gaining in popularity with architects, contractors and developers who are opting for a beautiful

product they can work with any time of year regardless of weather temperature. “It’s also readily available and is so easy to apply, contractors or developers don’t have to wait on skilled masons to finish a project,” says Jehle, noting further that culture stone can only be applied in summer months. Jehle and the staff at Fort Distributors invite everyone to visit their offices, see the product firsthand, and if need be, receive “Easyrock training” to ensure a successful do-it-yourself project. With a full time carpenter on staff, customers can get an explanation and demonstration right on the spot. “Our product is available, in stock and ready to go home with you. You can be working on your new fireplace, exterior walls or whatever your project is on the same day!” says Jehle. Fort Distributors Ltd is located just North of the Perimeter at 938 McPhillips Road in St Andrews MB (visit www.fortdistributors.com or call 284-6647 for more information). They have two other showrooms conveniently located in Winnipeg: Durabilt Windows & Doors Design Centre, Unit 2 – 1600 Regent Ave, and Kesay Design Centre, 693 Taylor Ave, across the street from the Round Table restaurant on Pembina.

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It’s Only Natural Come see our show homes. Monday to Thursday Saturday and Sunday Friday by appointment Hours will vary by builder. Please check builders’ websites.

Enter off Waverley Street at Arbour Meadow Gate.

Imagine your future in Bridgwater Forest It’s only natural to want a beautiful home in a dynamic community with a pristine backdrop.

Nestled in the city’s southwest, Bridgwater Forest has it all. Wide open green spaces and untouched, mature forest throughout. Stunning homes blending traditional neighbourhood style with distinctively modern architectural features and an impressive array of amenities close by. Gorgeous lakes, an extensive network of pathways, a unique future town centre, playgrounds, a central fountain and other elements that promote a sense of community. Bridgwater Forest offers everything from starter homes to premier properties including singlefamily and multi-family houses, condominiums and select geothermal lots. Bridgwater Forest is also one of Canada’s first neighbourhoods with a selection of “visitable” homes — houses with wide doors and hallways, and no-step entries for everyone’s convenience. Bridgwater Forest – it’s only natural to be impressed by Winnipeg’s most desirable new neighbourhood.

Find out more at bridgwaterforest.com

Bridgwater Forest Builders Arlt Homes Artista Homes Ltd. A & S Homes Bentley Homes Discovery Homes Gino’s Homes Greentree Homes

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Hearth Homes Hilton Homes Huntington Homes KDR Design Builders Kensington Homes Maric Homes Qualico Homes

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Popular Attraction Bridgwater Forest is growing. In fact, this new Winnipeg neighbourhood in the city’s southwest quadrant off Waverley Street is the fastest growing new home community in the province. How fast? According to Dwayne Rewniak, Director of Land Development with Manitoba Housing, lots are being snapped up almost as fast as they can provide access to them. ”It has all taken place a lot more quickly than we had anticipated,” he says, pointing to the 176 building permits issued in the neighbourhood by July this year. He reports that Phase I (459 lots) of the six-phase development is almost completely sold out, as is Phase II (80 percent of 245 lots sold), and Phase III has seen 85 percent of the 140 lots taken. What this means is that the collection of 17 premier homebuilders are ready and able to deliver on new home dreams in the community. The area has become a wellspring of development with every imaginable amenity, from shopping to theatres to luxury spas and fitness facilities all located close by. People have flocked to the forest, lake and traditional lots schemes and are now looking closely at the new 85-unit townhouse development currently being constructed by Streetside Development. Popular as well is the access to green space.

“A quarter of the 375 acres in the development is dedicated to natural open space like forests and lakes. In fact, the forest alone encompasses 25 acres with walkways that deliver a deep-in-nature feel. So encompassing is the treed area that one might think they were at Bird’s Hill Park rather than in the midst of a major urban setting,” says Rewniak, adding that they built in much of the basic infrastructure, like 20 kilometres of sidewalks that course the roadways, an extensive network of pathways and some of the five lakes in Bridgwater. “This gives the community a more mature aspect than most new home communities.” He comments that there are architectural guidelines in the development that contribute to a cohesive design. For example, garages are recessed to limit the dominance of this design element. There is also a neo-traditional aspect with some homes located on lots that are serviced by back lanes to create an old Winnipeg touch. “We are now seeing the creation of 15 viewable lots in Phase II, and three of our builders will show examples of these homes at the coming Parade of Homes. Our second neighbourhood will offer 50 percent of the available lots in this format,” he says, noting that these homes feature grade level entry, wider doorways and hallways that make life easier for seniors, fam-

ilies with small children and those with mobility challenges. There will also be an opportunity to take advantage of geothermal technology for heating and cooling. Currently there are 54 lots that are designated geothermal and other lots that have been identified for potential geothermal development. These lots are perfect for shallow loop installations and the geothermal technology will help homeowners reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This development is all part of Manitoba Housing’s integrated plans and social commitment that include taking profits from Bridgwater Forest’s lot sales to assist in revitalizing Winnipeg’s aging core area. “Part of our larger vision for the Bridgwater neighbourhood is to create a mixed community that offers a town centre at the heart of the multi-phase development. In this 188-acre centre there will be retail, residential and commercial opportunities with up to 1000 multifamily housing units in a mixed use scenario,” says Rewniak inviting Manitobans to stop by the variety of showhomes on Bridgeland Drive South, Hunterbrook Road, and Highland Creek Road during this year’s Parade.

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Life Redesigned. Let us show you how to realize it‌

Visit this spectacular Artista Show Home at 59 Wood Sage Crescent in Sage Creek

River Ridge The Oaks Pritchard Farm Southlands River Park South

Visit Artista Homes at their 2 other Luxury Show Home Locations:

Artista Homes Sales Office: (204)

415-6615 Artista Homes Head Office: (204) 415-6625

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60 Brookstone Place (South Pointe) 54 Highland Creek Rd (Bridgwater Forest)

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Fresh European Style Natural elements such as concrete and beam work combine to create a fresh European style in this Artista showhome at 59 Wood Sage Crescent in Sage Creek. Visitors will know they are in for a unique experience even before stepping through the door. With its roof sloped in two different directions and curved in the middle, the exterior signals that this is a home like no other. The rooflines translate into striking peaked and angled ceilings in the interior spaces, the white and black walls forming the perfect backdrop for the clean crisp continental design.

“We chose not to use an accent colour so the beauty of the architecture could speak for itself,” says Enzo Cotroneo, one of the four brothers behind the innovative artistry that defines Artista Homes. The builder used a bleached maple hardwood on the floor so as not to detract from the strong vertical features. Emphasizing its rectilinear form, the fireplace sits at eye level, surrounded by a concrete frame, the same material that was used for the backsplash in the kitchen. The choice of upward opening cabinets further underlines the home’s European styling.

But then we should expect nothing less from Artista Homes, a builder that loves to push the envelope. Artista promises to have some more surprises at each of the other two display homes it has entered into the Parade of Homes. At 54 Highland in Bridgwater Forest, visitors should watch for a built-in 10-foot long aquarium. Meanwhile, at 60 Brookstone Place in South Pointe, Artista used brick inside the sunroom and created some spectacular views. Like the Sage Creek showhome, these are sure to be must-sees at the Fall Parade.

So does the careful use of space. To make the home even more functional, Artista positioned the dining room in between the kitchen and the great room. Wedged in between the two staircases, a stunning wine cellar in glass, concrete, wood and steel graces the eating area. One staircase leads to a mezzanine loft area with a balcony towards the front of the house. The other leads to the lower level. Undoubtedly the most striking feature of this home is that part of the lower level—it’s hard to call it a basement—has a soaring 19-foot ceiling open to the main floor. It’s an ingenious reversal. Instead of having a second storey loft that overlooks the main floor, it is the main level that overlooks the one below. The result: an incredibly bright open design that takes the lower level beyond the walkout. autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 73


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Huntington Homes are changing the typical into the extraordinary. In the process, they have become originators in the local new home market and a leader in the Manitoba custom building trade, where the company has occupied the upper tier segment of the industry for nearly a quarter century. The principals at Huntington Homes have approached the business differently than most. Indeed, they have been described as perfectionists who are not willing to accept typical specifications when there are better options available. To do this, they pay more attention to the details by offering services like an in-house design team, a capability that has allowed them to incorporate the very latest in design software over the past 20 years. In fact, it is this team that has allowed Huntington to stay ahead of the curve and win numerous prestigious awards each year, as well as make appearances in national and international trade publications such as Canadian Home Builder, Custom Builder, a New York Times Publication, and New Zealand-Based Trends Magazine.

Evidence of this was apparent in the first three years these custom builders were in business, when they changed and redefined some 156 ‘typical’ custom building specs by using better quality materials and techniques that they sourced with their engineers, architects and design team. Over the next 20 years, Huntington Homes continued to incorporate improved technologies and still source products that are not readily available in Manitoba - or sometimes - even Canada.

top names like Grohe and Kohler are standard in every Huntington Home.

It’s this attention to detail that has created a lot of buzz about the Huntington showhome at 21 Hunterbrook Road in Bridgwater Forest at this year’s Manitoba Homebuilders’ Parade of Homes.

“Higher standards in everything we do is what sets us apart and has made us a leader in the Manitoba custom homes market,” says Huntington Homes co-owner Rob Swan. “We are about best quality/performance and best value. The display home at 21 Hunterbrook Road in Bridgwater Forest is a perfect case in point.”

Consider that Huntington was the first new homebuilder in Manitoba to incorporate the great room concept for the Parade in the early ‘90s. Now, designs such as those at 21 Hunterbrook offer a large open concept main floor, where functionality easily flows between well-designated sectors such as great room and kitchen. The design at 21 Hunterbrook offers more than 900-square feet of open space kitchen, great room, and dining, with features like ceiling bulkheads and flooring variations to provide room differentiation and create a feeling of separateness between these rooms.

At Huntington Homes, it’s not just what you see from a design perspective that is most impressive, it is also all the construction details behind the walls that you don’t see. For example, there are things like multi-zone heating / cooling systems, special electrical and systems rough-ins, unique vapour barrier and insulation details to name just a few.

For more information, visit the website at www.huntingtonhomes.com

The total home offers 2,343-square feet, plus a full walkout lower level to a park on a lake, allowing for great views and easy access to the community’s natural elements. Other attributes highlight the company’s attention to detail, such as in the ensuite and bathrooms where

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Ladco Introduces Stage 2 of South Pointe Ladco is proud to present the second stage of our latest and most exciting community in Winnipeg. South Pointe continues Ladco’s tradition of quality and innovation. Come visit any of our show homes to see what South Pointe has to offer.

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Point South Winnipeggers looking for new home excitement are setting a course for the southwest. In fact, approximately 30 percent of all new home construction is occurring in this quadrant of the city. Not surprising then is the popularity of locations such as South Pointe, a fast growing community located off Waverley Street. South Pointe is developed by none other than Ladco, a company among the most experienced and innovative in Winnipeg with a long history that saw them originate some of the city’s best known communities, such as Windsor Park, Southdale and Royalwood.

In South Pointe, a 480-acre master planned, mixed-use community, expectations are the complete development will incorporate 1,500 single-family homes, 25 acres of multi-family properties, and eventually accommodate upwards of 2,000 homes. A large portion of South Pointe will be public reserve, which will include more than 64 acres of lakes and parks. Also included in the area will be approximately 55 acres of commercial land that will host a wide variety of services, such as retail, office space, and entertainment. According to David Borger, Ladco’s Vice President of Land Development, there will be 514 lots serviced by this fall, with 450 of these already sold. “We are releasing an additional 60 lots in the fall, and I expect they will be sold in a couple of months,” he says. The reasons for the popularity of this development are many. Perhaps first is the location. South Pointe is nicely situated just off Waverley Street near the proposed Kenaston extension. This means great access to a number of amenities, not to mention close proximity to the Perimeter Highway and routes to cottage country. Inside the development are characteristic features of a Ladco development. These include lakes and parks, as well as pathways and even a creek system that is instrumental in ground water abatement.

“The linear parkway system runs right through the development like a backbone,” says Ken Oblik, Ladco’s Manager of Land Development. “This provides access to things like the city’s active transport network and the variety of community services,” he says. South Pointe has also been designed as a neighbourhood attractive to a wide range of Winnipeggers. While the community would never be described as an entry level development, it is designed for mixed use with multi family properties, locations ideal for seniors and premier homes all working together to create a thriving social fabric. “South Pointe is a development that offers a very real sense of place,” adds David Borger. “Once you pass the large stone entrance gates, there is a definite ambiance and separateness that let’s one know they have arrived in a unique community.” Both Borger and Oblik comment that there are many home designs from which to choose. Indeed, there are 13 showhome builders present in South Pointe, making the destination an exciting prospect for this year’s Parade of Homes.

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At Parkhill Homes we build in prestigious locations within Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Parkhill Homes would be pleased to construct your dream home on your lot or ours. Visit our show home at 64 Brookstone Place in South Pointe.

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Finishing touches such as an alcove for the hood fan in the kitchen, an art niche in the dining room, and a recessed fireplace in the great room attest to the builder’s eye for detail and the skilled craftsmanship of the team. This is the kind of carefully planned design and expert finishing that homeowners can expect in every Parkhill home. “We’re able to design exactly what you want,” notes Lori Thorsteinson. “You can determine the size, style, combination of materials and we’ll make everything work together to fulfill your vision.” The Parkhill display home in the fall Parade is a fine example of the wide variety of design ideas the builder can execute. Built for the needs of a younger family, it features an exercise area and a huge rec room in the fully finished lower level. Thorsteinson points out that even when homeowners prefer to have their basement finished at a later time, Parkhill makes sure the windows, roughed-in-plumbing and electrical are designed for future expansion. “If you tell us how you live, we’ll suggest options that might work for you,” she explains. One popular option has been adding stairs from the garage to the basement, something integrated in both the showhome and the executive-style home seen here. (The fully finished lower level nearly doubles the living space.) True to the homeowner’s needs, the home features a huge master bedroom with poolside access and a fireplace. The adjoining master ensuite with its tile-clad tub, frameless shower and double sinks also lives up to its name.

Master Builder

Not that this level of attention to both design and detail stops at this home. Visitors to the 64 Brookstone Place showhome in South Pointe will be more than pleased by the ribbon fireplace and double door access to the covered deck. This is the kind of master touch that is evident in every Parkhill home, time and again.

It takes years of dedication, education and hard work to become a master builder. No one knows this better than Derek and Lori Thorsteinson and their team at Parkhill Homes. Now in its 25th year, Parkhill continues to demonstrate an outstanding mastery of the trade in every home they build. Take this 2,707-square-foot executive home for instance. A perfect blend of contemporary and craftsman styling, this bungalow features an impeccable flow between the spacious rooms. Fully equipped for cooking, the state-of-the art gourmet kitchen abuts the great room area, autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 79

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making it ideal for entertaining. And by leaving the dining room open rather than closing it off, Parkhill provided the flexibility to expand the table to accommodate as many guests as the homeowners want.


Leading the way home...

Display homes open for viewing on Amber Trail For information on available lots contact the participating builders or Genstar

488-6537 www.genstar.com

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The pleasure of a small town meets city convenience in Kildonan Green, a community in well-established west Transcona. Developed by Genstar, Kildonan Green is located on Plessis Road, north of Regent Avenue West, and features a combination of single-family homes, townhome condominiums, attached homes, and seniors’ independent living apartments and condominiums. Lots are selling quickly in this third year of the development. In the near future, 44 to 46 foot wide lots will be sold facing the centrally located six-acre park. “The park will be a really nice focal area for the community,” says Dave Boles, development manager with Genstar, adding the community also will have a small shopping centre with a food store and various shops to help create a tight-knit, hometown feeling, while putting shopping within easy reach of the residents. “There is truly a lot going on in this very nice, very family-friendly community.”

Other features of Kildonan Green include a number of smaller lots on Kildonan Meadows Drive, for those looking for a lot within their budget, with homes to be built by Qualico. Randall Homes is building a four-plex townhouse condominium project on Tommy Douglas Drive.

development by adding a 55-plus apartment building.

Devonshire House is an assisted living complex in the neighbourhood, which will soon be moving into the second phase of its

For more information on Kildonan Green, visit Genstar’s website online at: http://communities.genstar.com.

is currently a gravel road, will be paved and become a main entrance street for the neighbourhood.

Phase 12 for an elementary school expected to be built there at some time in the future.

In keeping with Kildonan Green’s intimate feel, only 400 lots will be available. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to build a new house in an established Winnipeg community.

Family-friendly Community Located in northwest Winnipeg, Amber Trails is one of Manitoba’s most desirable, family-friendly communities. Developed by Genstar, Amber Trails boasts nearly 40 acres of landscaped parks and paved walkways, three large lakes, playgrounds, a brand new school, transit access, and is close to shopping, recreation facilities and Seven Oaks Hospital. This community has had great success in the past, and Genstar is currently finishing up Phase 10 of the project, and getting ready to move to Phase 11. “Phase 10 sold out extremely quickly. The lots just flew off the shelves,” says Dave Boles, development manager with Genstar. “We just opened that phase last year, so it shows you how popular Amber Trails is as a neighbourhood.” Phase 11 will feature 107 single-family lots, and three multi-family parcels for apartments or condominiums. This will be the first phase north of Templeton Avenue. Templeton, which

The trail system is what sets Amber Trails apart from other communities. The paved and landscaped trails that meander throughout the community and connect the lakes and parks for enjoyable strolls will be continued in Phase 11.

There are five showhomes ready for the Fall Parade of Homes, including Gino’s Homes’ house on Lakebourne, and showhomes by Silverton Homes, Qualico Homes, Randall Homes and Ventura Custom Homes on Amber Trail.

Residents live within walking distance to abundant shopping, restaurants, a hospital and more. A new school site has been set aside for

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Small Town Charm Meets City Convenience


ShowhomeS are open now

…and here’s a sneak peek at 43 Wood Sage Crescent in SAGE CREEK Come and visit this and Gino’s other spectacular showhomes in:

Bridgwater Forest 15 Bridlewood Road 15 Hunterbrook Road

Royalwood

74 Eastoak Drive 58 Edenwood Place

SouthPointe

70 Brookstone Place 79 Brookstone Place

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If Gino’s Homes has no less than seven entries in this year’s fall Parade, it is to demonstrate the company’s commitment to building homes in all styles and sizes, each with the same dedication to outstanding design and craftsmanship. Whether it’s a 1,600-square-foot bungalow or a huge two-storey walkout, the builder takes the same pride and care with every home. This display home at 43 Wood Sage in Sage Creek is a case in point. Abundant large windows maximize the view of the lake and parks beyond. From the entrance, the drop

foyer sets the tone, superbly finished in tile and hardwood steps with a closet on the side. The adjacent dining room is enclosed in a 12 mm thick sheet of decoratively etched tempered glass. “We wanted to create a formal dining room but open it to the rest of the main floor,” says the builder. Many of today’s homes have very open designs, but clients have been telling Gino’s that they would prefer more balance. Accordingly, the builder used a double-sided fireplace and entertainment unit to separate the great room from the kitchen, while still keeping the design open enough for a comfortable flow from one space to the next. The fireplace is raised so it can also be enjoyed in the kitchen and informal eating area.

This is just as evident in the compact bungalow at 58 Edenwood in Royalwood as it is in Gino’s Cadillac of showhomes at 74 Eastoak Drive. Somewhere in between, there is another family-sized two-storey at 15 Bridlewood Road, accompanied by a spacious walkout bungalow with a traditional front porch at 15 Hunterbrook Road. Both located in Bridgwater Forest, these homes boast choice park side and lakeside lots accordingly. And in South Pointe, Gino’s has a two-storey at 79 Brookstone. Across the street is a bungalow with a central great room and incredible ceiling details! “When some people hear the term ‘custom builder,’ they immediately think expensive,” notes the builder. “But custom is really about getting exactly what you want. The beauty is that no matter what you build with us, we’re going to give your home the same care and attention to detail it deserves.”

“All these details are taken into consideration when we are designing the house,” notes the builder. Another example is the double pocket door leading to the sunroom. This gives homeowners the option of interacting with the rest of the house or creating a secluded oasis. Beamed ceilings and a private balcony are further thoughtful touches.

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“We always ask ourselves how we can make this home work best for our next customer’s family,” says the builder. “We put our love of what we do into each home.”


Leading-edge Living Sage Creek offers the possibility of a more holistic lifestyle, in a pedestrian-friendly place where nature is part of the plan. Set amidst a serene landscape of wetlands and parks, with trails throughout, a home here is a welcoming retreat. Choose from a diversity of homes designed to suit a variety of lifestyles, tastes and budgets. All trails will converge on a future Village Centre with the warm, friendly feeling of a small town. This will be the social centre of the community, where neighbours gather and shopkeepers know their ‘regulars’.

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Boulevard Homes are a Step Up by Lynne Mustard In Sage Creek, Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager and his team at Qualico Communities are encouraging builders to stretch their imaginations and excel at creating distinctive home designs. “Our goal in Sage Creek is to offer an engaging diversity of home styles, while achieving an overall harmony in the appearance of the community,” states Mr.Vogan. “We’re very pleased that a number of builders have contributed to the vision with innovative ideas and new concepts that have resonated well with Winnipeggers.” The new Boulevard home style is one result of this exciting collaboration. “These striking, two-storey homes are built on compact, low maintenance lots with rear garages,” explains Vogan. “The front yards vary between 10 and 15 feet and are graced with a retaining wall and wrought-iron fence.” He adds that the rear yards are ideal for intensive landscaping or extending your living space by creating an outdoor room. “Boulevard homes offer lots of square footage without taking up too much of your wallet,” quips Mr. Vogan. “Yet, these homes are as elegant as any you will find in Sage Creek.” The Fall Parade of Homes features 13 showhomes in Sage Creek, including two in the Boulevard style. According to Vogan, builders have included many interesting features in the various showhomes. “On Blue Sun Drive, homes with a standard front drive have backyards looking out onto a vast open area. Here again, the builders have focused on rear yard features such as porches and more intensive landscaping.” He notes that showhomes on Wood Sage Crescent have rear yards with long views to the wetlands and parks interlaced with trails. “The builders have enhanced these homes with special features such as a three-season room or a door for outside access to the home’s basement or creative landscaping that frames the vista.” “Some of the custom builders are really showing off,” chuckles Vogan, “and I think that will be a great attraction in this fall’s Parade.” In addition to the luxury offerings of Sterling and

Sage Creek’s striking, new Boulevard homes Foxridge Homes, five custom builders: Hearth, Arlt, Artista, KDR and Gino’s Homes have Sage Creek showhomes in the Parade. Beyond the Showhome Villages A large number of homes in Sage Creek have frontage on the park and wetlands, so the housing diversity includes walk-outs, as well as homes that feature oversize windows on the lower level. “The Daylight Lower Level home style gives as much light downstairs as you get on the main floor of the house,” claims Vogan. Building on its success with the townhomes on Red Moon Road and Tansi Lane, Randall Homes is undertaking another townhouse project on Burning Glass Road. Vogan notes that there is always a strong market for more traditionally styled bungalows and two-storey homes as well, so there are good quantities of those in the Sage Creek housing mix.

This environmentally smart neighbourhood includes thriving wetlands, breath-taking vistas of native grasslands, and kilometres of interconnecting trails that entice residents to walk and bike. “We’re working hard to make our trails the most interesting in the city,” Vogan says. “And as the Village Centre takes shape, the trails may be the best shortcut to get there.” Sage Creek’s Phase 5 was recently approved by the Riel Community Committee and will include another 200 single-family homes, a recreational park, and 15 acres of park and wetlands. Land has also been designated for a proposed school site. “We see Sage Creek as a very inclusive place, where people of all ages and stages of life are welcome. When people move here, they comment that the whole neighbourhood feels like home,” Vogan concludes.

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All those who enjoyed the Arlt showhomes in the Spring Parade will be glad to hear that the builder has two new exciting entries in the fall event. Like the former two-storey display home pictured here, the new bungalow at 50 Highland Creek features a glass tile backsplash, Caesarstone countertops and a chimney-style hood fan in the kitchen. All the finishing details are completed with the same care and craftsmanship as every home Arlt builds. But this new home is also full of surprises. Undoubtedly the most striking difference is the absence of steps between the foyer and the entry from the street.

“This is a very good concept,” adds Arlt. “I think it’s going to be very popular.” The second bedroom is wheelchair-friendly, as is the main bath next to it. In the past, Arlt Homes has even installed elevators in between the different levels of a home. Here, the lower level is a walkout with two more bedrooms, a craft room and huge windows facing the lake. Nor has style been sacrificed for functionality. There is a two-sided fireplace in the entertainment area, with a television located behind the wet bar. On the main floor, the entertainment unit is complemented by a ribbon-style fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass tile. In addition to the large windows, several walls have glass accents to allow the transfer of natural light. After dark, the home can rely on ample potlights, some of them computer-controlled.

An abundance of natural and artificial light also graces Arlt’s second showhome at 70 Blue Sun Drive in Sage Creek. Once again, the home has a fully finished walkout lower level backing onto the wetlands. On the main floor, a vinyl plank covered deck with glass panel railings provides shelter for the patio below. The kitchen features a large rounded island with seating on two sides and cabinets in Seashell maple. On the exterior, Arlt Homes used such upgraded finishes as acrylic stucco and architectural shingles. Just as striking is the design of the home, its side-entry garage creating distinctive curb appeal. Via these two showhomes, the builder once again demonstrates an expertise for building homes that look great and work well, now and for years to come.

“You can conceivably drive a wheelchair off the street right into the living room,” says Ken Arlt, the founder of Arlt Homes. New to Winnipeg, this ‘visitable home’ concept is one that Bridgwater Forest has chosen to highlight in this year’s Fall Parade of Homes. Accordingly, the garage entrance of the Arlt showhome is equally accessible.

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Enduring Homes


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More than What You See There’s more than meets the eye in the new Trikor show home at 9 Riley Court in Oakbank’s Sage Place subdivision. When visitors to the Fall Parade of Homes walk into this 1,540-square foot bungalow, they will encounter a stunning foyer that opens up to 10-foot ceilings and a great room bathed in natural light. “There are five large windows along the back, two glass doors and one huge window across the way,” notes Victor Giesbrecht, one of the three partners - with Brian Arnold and Fred Giesbrecht - at Trikor Builders. In the kitchen, while an eight-foot island provides a hub for cooking and entertaining, a convenient work desk has been recessed along one wall. “That means no more laptop and papers on the island or kitchen table,” says Giesbrecht. He adds that modern amenities and technology are an essential part of the Trikor building approach.

For instance, this is a home that meets all the standards of Manitoba Hydro’s prestigious Power Smart Gold designation. Along with granite countertops, hardwood floors and sumptuous cabinetry, Trikor Builders have installed the latest generation in LED lighting, dimmable potlights that combine energy efficiency with flexibility and style. And that’s just what is visible. “It’s about more than what you see,” says Giesbrecht. Upgraded insulation and a high efficiency furnace will save the homeowners money while providing a home that is comfortable and draft-free. Lowflow showerheads, a permanently wired car plug timer and a gas fireplace with electronic ignition are features visitors might easily miss but homeowners will truly appreciate. This is not the only way Trikor offers more than a fabulous looking home. With more than 30 years of combined experience in the industry, Giesbrecht, Arnold and Giesbrecht have heard all the horror stories about some people’s homebuilding experiences, and have vowed never to put their clients through that kind of pain.

effectively. That reasonable response time is a huge benefit to customers. So is Trikor’s access to a complement of design and architectural professionals. Thanks to their extensive new home construction experience in areas such as Oakbank, West St. Paul and other outlying communities, the trio know how to assist customers with their design plans and know when to reach out to their network of connections. It’s the best of both worlds, combining personalized service with all the opportunities that go into custom building a dream home. For another glimpse at some of the outstanding results the builder can achieve, visitors to the Fall Parade should be sure to see Trikor’s other display home, at 24 Ruttig Street in Sage Place.

More than just providing a good product, they are committed to delivering a home and an experience that exceeds expectations. How can they make that promise? “We pay complete attention to each project,” says Giesbrecht. “A member of the team is on the job site every day.” This means that when issues arise, they are addressed promptly and

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City Close Country Comfort Imagine living next to a lake, watching the breeze ruffle the water from the deck of your brand new home in Stone Ridge Meadows in Stonewall. Developed by Genstar, Stone Ridge Meadows is located on 12th Street, adjacent to an existing upscale development in the northwest corner of Stonewall, and within walking distance of the town’s premiere attraction, Quarry Park. “Compared to what you would receive for the same price in the city, the lake lots in Stone Ridge Meadows are a fantastic value. These are high amenity lots, and at 75 feet in width, that gives you a lot of room to build on with plenty of room left over to play,” says Dave Boles, development manager with Genstar. “Stonewall is so close to the city, that it’s a fast and easy commute to get to work.” Landscaping is being completed in Phase One, which consists of 50 lots that already have full underground services including sewer, water, gas and hydro. The development will see a total of 94 lots sold, which range in size from 62 to 75 feet in width, and 125 to 150 feet in depth. Prices for the lots start at $85,000 and go up to $115,000 on the lake.

The character of Stone Ridge Meadows has been designed to complement the surrounding community. The 12th Street entrance provides majestic evidence of Mother Nature’s handiwork - demonstrated in the existing wooded area entrance leading to two ponds, further reflecting the priorities of conservation and preservation. The ponds, located on the west side of the development, will serve a functional purpose as an internal storm water system for the Meadows, while also picking up drainage from the rear lots on Montgomery Avenue and Procure Drive to the south. The shorelines will be visible for both pedestrians and motorists to enjoy, and will create a rolling landscape with a mix of grassy areas and rock edges. Plants such as Black-eyed Susans, Prairie Switch Grass and Bottlebrush Sedge will dot the shoreline.

A number of well-known homebuilders have showhomes ready for this fall’s Parade of Homes – including A&S Homes, Discovery Homes, Warkentin Custom Homes and Hilton Homes - all of which have reputations for quality and professionalism. “Lot sales are moving quickly,” says Boles. “The builders have an inventory of lots, so I would suggest contacting them as soon as possible. This is a great community to live in, with easy access to schools and other amenities in Stonewall.” For more information on Stone Ridge Meadows, visit Genstar’s website online at: http://communities.genstar.com

The lot price isn’t the only selling feature for Stone Ridge Meadows. Every lot has a pathway leading to green space or the lake behind it, and homes will be situated to conserve as many of the mature trees as possible. The pathway winds through the neighbourhood, and will be a great place for walking, biking and other rolling sports.

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Some homes are so well designed and built that they are destined to become classics. Already, Discovery Home’s Grandin design has proven to be very popular with prospective homeowners. Now featured at 24 Stoneridge Drive in Stoneridge Meadows, this superbly finished specimen is certain to make an impression at this year’s Fall Parade of Homes. “It’s a very classic look, both inside and out,” confirms Joshua Rist, General Manager of Discovery Homes. Clad on all four sides with James Hardie siding, the two-storey home exudes a distinctive presence from every angle. At the same time, each detail works seamlessly with the others to create a simple elegance. Hardie shakes in Woodstock Brown distinguish the gables from the Evening Blue siding, while flared and tapered posts in accenting Navajo Beige match with the trim on the windows and doors. Fire, dent and fade resistant, Hardie’s durable fibrous cement board is available in a wide variety of colours. “The colour stays rich for years to come,” notes Rist. He adds that the trim is made from the same material as the siding. Cultured stone adds another element to the façade of the wrap-around porch. Details such as decorative crossbars on the gables as well as handles and hinges on the double garage door complete the front elevation. The garage is attractively recessed below the second floor. The same attention to detail carries into the interior, where French doors alternate with a board and batten style of cabinetry that sets a traditional tone. The island carries the same combination, while a granite countertop finishes the polished look.

In the great room, the gas fireplace is clad in a striking ceramic tile, while the large window overlooks a pond that wraps around the side and back of the property. The dining room is equally well served with natural light, and features a built-in buffet in a style that matches the kitchen cabinetry. Nor have comfort and functionality been overlooked. In the master ensuite with its double sinks and separate toilet area, a stylish frameless shower is outfitted with dual showerheads and a seat. The patterned ceramic tile continues seamlessly to the drop-in tub. The ensuite also leads to a walk-in closet. In fact, storage needs were carefully taken into consideration throughout the home. At the back entry, Discovery Homes installed storage lockers with pullout drawers. “It’s ideals for families who want to contain the mess,” notes Rist. This area is connected to a walkin pantry. It is that combination of style and functionality that makes every Discovery home not only an elegant showpiece but also a comfortable place to live. The builder knows that no matter what the size or style, this is what it takes to make a dream house a home.

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Naturally Inviting Inspired by the lush natural surroundings of Stone Ridge Meadows, Warkentin Homes has built a display home that not only captures the stunning views but also minimizes the environmental footprint of home ownership. Rated Power Smart Gold, the home boasts such features as R50 Attic insulation, low-flow showerheads and a permanently wired car plug timer in the garage. “It doesn’t cost a lot of money to do this but makes a significant difference,” says Warkentin’s Melanie Snow. The resulting energy efficiency translates into lower utility bills and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions related to operating the home. The 2-inch polyurethane insulation around the hot water tank and the electronic ignition that replace the pilot light in the gas fireplace further increase efficiencies. So

does the use of fluorescent and LED lighting throughout the home. “This sleek new generation of LED lighting is not intrusive like it used to be,” notes Snow.

She adds that Warkentin Homes elected to use bamboo flooring as an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood, as well as carpet made from 37 percent renewable bio-based materials.

“To produce this carpeting takes a lot less energy and results in much lower GHGs than using nylon,” explains Snow. And the look is beautiful, as Fall Parade visitors to 46 Rossmere Crescent are sure to confirm.

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Expanding Possibilities Having a custom home constructed involves sharing a dream with the builder, who then translates that vision into reality. It is difficult enough for us to describe what we envision, but what about explaining what we need? We know what we want our home to do for us but not necessarily how that need can be fulfilled. That is where a truly skilled and experienced builder comes in. By engaging in continuous research and exploring new options in design and technology, a true custom builder not only takes what we bring to the table, but also opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Display homes are one way for builders to showcase this skill and at 218 Oak Forest in The Oaks, Irwin Homes has provided plenty of fresh new ideas for contemplation. At the same time, the builder once again reminds us of the importance of craftsmanship in the entire process. The result is nothing less than inspiring. Take the bathrooms, for instance. Instead of the usual matching cabinetry throughout, Irwin selected a rich chocolate maple for the main bathroom and a soft Karena Rose maple for the ensuite. “We wanted to try something new and change it up,” confirms Irwin Homes’ in-house designer, Krista Koop.

And why not have double sinks in the main bathroom? What a perfect solution for two teenagers who want to use the space at the same time. Separated by a tower, the two vessel sinks are set in floating cabinets in a Yorkshire style from Norcraft Cabinetry and features a separate toilet/shower area. Complete with large mirrors and accent lighting, this bathroom is very spacious, with ample storage.

Then there’s the master ensuite. This bathroom really takes the word ‘suite’ to heart. This spacious haven includes a vanity desk with a vertical bank of three drawers and a 4” high desk style drawer in the seating area. An oversized soaker tub and a five-foot walk-in shower complete the array of luxurious amenities. On the opposite side of the bedroom area, at the entrance to the his and hers walk-in closets, a bar fridge is set in built-in cabinetry that matches the main bathroom. The master bedroom also features a gas fireplace. The entire second floor, including the master bedroom and the loft, is carpeted in a luxurious tone-on-tone frisée from Curtis Carpets. This durable Stainmaster product is ideal for everyday living. It’s the perfect choice for the huge loft with its built-in desk area. Again, this innovative idea presents a fresh solution for those who want a separate area for their children to play and study. Large wrap-around windows create a bright, welcoming environment. The main floor, with its built-in bar and flowing spaces, is the place where the adults come to play. Expertly created by Norcraft, the bar features letter slot style openings to house wine bottles, with a hanging wine glass holder below. Crown moulding completes the top of the upper units, with valance moulding finishing the bottom of the cabinets. As interior designer for the home, Krista Koop selected a more traditional patterned carpet for the great room and study. “It creates an autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 95


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area rug effect,” notes Curtis Carpet’s Gail Bannatyne of the curving foliage motif. The subtle colour variation is a perfect complement to the fireplace tile made to resemble sheet marble for a unique look.

working with Norcraft’s Karen Neufeld to create a design that is harmonious with nature. By combining the two cabinetry styles and stains, the in-house designer also tied the kitchen into the overall décor of the home.

Around the fireplace, a bank of windows bathes the great room in natural light while offering a stunning panorama of the forested setting. Irwin Homes also took advantage of space in the stairwell to include yet another bank of windows.

The 6” wide raised columns on the back of the island are boldly displayed in the rich chocolate stain of the bar and main bathroom. A wide raised granite counter provides ample seating for three. Beaded panels frame the back and sides of the island, adding to the country flavour of the design. The front of the island houses a farm-style sink and dishwasher.

“We miss no opportunity to maximize the view,” notes Koop. “The windows in the stairwell give a beautiful view of the pond as you’re walking up.” Irwin Homes carefully selected this lot for its vista over the Assiniboine River as well as its location beside a pond with walking trails. Koop ensured that the country style kitchen reflects this connection with the outdoors by

between carpet and hardwood and still ensure the space flows really well,” notes Bannatyne. The fact that everything in the design works so perfectly together is a testament to the expertise and meticulous design process of Irwin Homes. At the same time, the flawless execution of each detail attests to the true craftsmanship the builder continues to offer homeowners year after year. “It is a rare accomplishment for a builder when their name becomes synonymous with quality and integrity

Behind the island, the main cabinets are closed to the ceiling by three mouldings, stacked to create an ornamental capping to the upper units. Glass display shelving coordinates with the distinctive transom detail Irwin Homes selected to grace the top of the large windows. The cabinets’ Karena Rose stain offers a certain softness to this spacious country-style kitchen without being bland. Details such as the beaded panel inserts of the Lakeside style drawer fronts tie in with the beaded panels surrounding the back and sides of the island. The satin nickel cup pulls on the drawers combined with the satin nickel knobs on the doors further add to the country design of the kitchen. A natural black walnut hardwood from Curtis Carpets creates the perfect backdrop for the kitchen’s contrasting tones and rural flavour. Beyond the kitchen, the textured carpet resumes in the study. “You can alternate autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 97


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impressed with the open design and breathtaking views,” states Cale.

“Combining the superior design and construction of Irwin Homes plus this magnificent river lot truly offers something special to the Winnipeg real estate market,” comments Powell.

Consumers are invited to contact Powell Property Group for details on how Irwin Homes can transform their dreams into reality.

of design,” notes David Powell, the marketing agent, along with Liz Cale, for Irwin Homes. The broker and owner of Powell Property Group is proud to represent the builder through his real estate brokerage firm. As an award-winning realtor since 1994, Powell is well versed in what the market has to offer. Even still, he describes Irwin’s latest showhome with unbridled enthusiasm. “As soon as you walk through the front doors you will be

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Powell adds that he loves the peaceful feeling of sitting on the balcony off the fitness room and admiring the property. Throughout the home, the builder has placed a strong focus on maximizing the site lines of the breathtaking setting.

He notes that Irwin Homes always pays close attention to customer feedback. Using this information, the builder has taken the opportunity to showcase in this latest display home some of the innovative solutions developed in response to various lifestyle needs. It is this absolute responsiveness to the customer that underlies every Irwin home.


Ongoing Quality & Innovation Home design is an evolving process, a fact that Kurt and Heather Streu take seriously. Listening carefully to their client’s concerns for balancing openness and privacy, they found an innovative solution that has proven very popular. In their latest display home at 5 Dovewood Court in Pritchard Farm Southlands, a twosided fireplace in the front foyer provides both privacy and warmth to the great room, as well as a welcoming entrance to the home. Iridescent tile graces one side, while travertine differentiates the other. Display homes are a great opportunity to highlight new materials, and K. Streu Homes does not miss the chance to do just that. While Winnipeggers may have seen the occasional walnut floor, this home has walnut cabinetry as well. The natural stain shows of the beautiful grain, while the accenting rift oak, in a darker stain, provides an element of contrast.

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The rift oak reappears in the master ensuite where a split floating vanity provides convenient space for towel storage. The huge walk-in shower has two showerheads, along with body sprays on one side. Nor has the exterior been neglected. In addition to the cultured stone, K. Streu Homes used specialized EFIS stucco for a distinctive smooth look. This is a home that visitors will definitely want to see more than once.

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KDR Design Builders proves again that if you can imagine it, they can build it. 2010‘s Fall Parade of Homes sees KDR put its award-winning building forward. A luxurious open concept bungalow strikes harmonious balance between executive taste, entertaining possibilities, and home-style comfort. High curb appeal shows off the hop. Handsome cultured stone wraps around the exterior, fine details frame all-weather triple pane windows, and sculpted greenery fills a yard fitted with screened-in deck, covered patio and arbour. A concrete driveway also paves the way to an oversized double garage. Inside it’s the same “must see” story - attention to detail, quality, and innovation. Decked out in solid hardwood, tile and granite, the home is equipped with appliance-studded gourmet kitchens, 10 ft. ceilings, sleek built-in entertainment units, altar stone fireplaces and custom tile showers.

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Moving into the finished basement, residents will not only have space for an open gym, but also a pool table and wet bar. Walkout stairs provide seamless access to a spacious backyard.

Add to these comforts central air, central vac, 30-year shingles, high efficiency gas furnace, central exhaust system, and alarm system, and you’ll be living the life you imagined in this KDR creation.

Entertaining? A superior sound system lets audio filter throughout lower levels and outside to the patio.

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by Lynne Mustard

For those tired of raking leaves and shovelling snow, living in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village is the perfect solution. It’s a bare land condominium community of luxurious bungalow homes, located in East St. Paul, just north of the Perimeter and east of Henderson Highway. Here all the chores of property maintenance are the responsibility of a professional property management firm. “This is a very appealing lifestyle. It works so well for people who made the decision to move to this upscale residential community, where they could choose a builder and a custom home design and then enjoy life in their brand new home, without all the outdoor work,” says Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager, Pritchard Farm Southlands Ltd.

the lower level. A variety of styles are on offer, including walkout or lookout lower levels, as well as completely custom designed homes. A selection of landscaping options is also available. “In a condominium community such as Pritchard Farm Southlands Village, the buyer holds title to the lot and the home, with a shared interest in the common elements,” Vogan explains. “Residents pay a monthly condo fee to fund all shared common area expenses.” This includes maintenance of all landscaping; streets, sewer and water services of the common elements; and removal of snow from driveways, front walkways and front steps.

“The condo fee is not only reasonable, it’s offset by the lower property taxes of East St Paul,” he adds. Home maintenance is also minimized through the exterior finishing materials mandated by the Village’s architectural standards, which are specifically selected for quality and longevity. “The allure of Southlands Village in Pritchard Farm,” sums up Mr. Vogan, “is that you can be part of a sophisticated, spacious neighbourhood, designed for an adult lifestyle, without having to worry about all the features you enjoy.”

Vogan reports there are just 28 lots currently available: half of these border on Southlands Creek and the rest back onto a beautiful stream of stones, sculpted to form a dry creek garden. The builders of choice in this exclusive retreat on the City’s edge are three of Manitoba’s best: Maric, Arlt and Irwin. Both Maric and Irwin have showhomes open for this year’s Fall Parade of Homes; you can visit Maric at 8 Shadowwood Court and Irwin at 6 Hearthstone Grove. Arlt Homes will be unveiling their Pritchard Farm Southlands Village showhome in the spring of 2011. “Every home plan is subject to an architectural approval process,” Vogan states, which ensures that architectural standards are met and a consistent quality maintained. He says homes average from 1,600 to 1,800 square feet plus autumn 2010 | STYLE MANITOBA | 103

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No Need for Compromise Visitors to Maric Homes’ detached bungalow display home at 8 Shadowwood Court in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village may have a hard time believing they’re perusing a condominium. Boasting Maric’s trademark flair for inspired architectural design and unwavering dedication to fine finishing details, this is condominium living without compromise. Those who want a turnkey lifestyle without giving up all the advantages of a private custom home need look no further. The 1,706-square foot main floor and the fully-finished lower level offer the best in carefree living and entertaining. Right from the entrance, the message is clear. With its built-in niches, waterfall and floor to ceiling tiles, the foyer is spacious and superbly elegant, as are the kitchen and great room. A ledgestone wall, glass dividers and ribbon fireplace grace the latter while the huge double island in the kitchen leaves no doubt that homeowners will have ample space for both storage and food preparation. Nor will they want for room in the master ensuite, with its spacious frameless shower and tub, each accented by a superb tile detail. The floating vanity is a must see. In fact, a visit to this entire showhome should be at the top of the list for anyone thinking of making the move to condominium living.

Downsize & Upscale In Pritchard Farm Southlands Village, the Irwin Homes display home at 6 Hearthstone Grove highlights all the advantages of transitioning to a detached bungalow condominium. “It’s the same level of quality as all our homes, just on a smaller scale,” notes the builder. Maple cabinets, hardwood floors, granite countertops and ceramic tile are only some of the upscale features that can work handin-hand with the carefree lifestyle of condominium living. The result is an enduring style, finished with materials built to last. It’s a level of finish and design that is available throughout. For instance, this home features a gas fireplace on both the main floor and the lower level. In the ensuite, a fully tiled shower and tub surround attest once again to the no-compromise quality. As for the front elevation, it exudes the distinctive look of an Irwin Home. Nor does downsizing mean having to give up functional space or design flexibility. Located on a creek, the condominiums offer the option of upgrading to a walkout lower level to

enhance the living and entertainment areas of the home.

a myriad of possibilities open to homeowners who decide to custom build their condominium with Irwin Homes.

The display home’s open floor plan and large central island demonstrate another way to maximize space. These are only a few ideas in

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Build to Power Smart Gold or Silver standards and include: Energy efficient lighting Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) use less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to eight times longer - for about four years or 6,000 to 8,000 hours. Planning high or vaulted ceilings? The longer lifespan of a CFL requires fewer bulb changes in these hard to reach places Water saving showerheads Water saving showerheads can reduce hot water consumption by a third. Save 5.5 litres of hot water per minute and still get good water pressure. Prevent up to 11,000 litres from going down the drain every year, and save $30 to $35 a year in electric water heater energy use. Increased insulation A well-insulated home requires less energy to heat or cool. A higher insulation R-value equals less heat loss and a more comfortable home. Insulated hot water tank A well-insulated hot water tank ensures hot water is ready when you need it. Insulation reduces heat loss so your water uses less energy to stay hot. Improved draft proofing Air leakage can increase your home’s energy use dramatically. Carefully sealed walls, ceilings and floors reduce heat loss and cold winter drafts. A Power Smart New Home is built airtight. A Heat Recovery Ventilation system (HRV) An HRV system exchanges the air in your house on a regular basis, making the interior air fresh and healthy for your family to breathe. It removes stale, polluted, humid air from the home. At the same time the HRV unit brings in an equal amount of fresh exterior air from the outside to replace the exhausted air. An HRV allows homeowners to control the amount of fresh air exchange in the house based on their individual needs and lifestyles. Programmable thermostat Heating your home accounts for as much as 50 percent of your home’s energy bill. A programmable thermostat set to lower the heat by 3°C (for at least eight hours a day) will save three to four percent on heating costs.

The built-in value of a Power Smart* new home The best time to install energy efficient systems is during the construction of your new home. Build your home Power Smart, and you can save energy, reduce your monthly energy costs, and enjoy more comfort. Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart New Home Program helps homeowners use energy more efficiently by providing features to include in a new home. Your builder includes the features in your new home plans to be added during construction. Power Smart features can be added to any type of new home, so you can enjoy the benefits from the day you move in. There are two levels of Power Smart features to choose from - Gold and Silver. Gold offers a higher level of energy efficiency, while Silver offers a basic set of features. Gold homeowners are eligible for Manitoba Hydro and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) incentives, an EnerGuide for New Homes rating and label, and Power Smart certification. A Power Smart Gold home can save you up to 26 percent on your monthly energy bill. A Power Smart Silver home can save you up to 16 percent on energy bills, but homeowners are not eligible for incentives. Paul and Tracey Porco built a Power Smart New Home in River Park South. “For our family, Power Smart was the right option, and with Manitoba Hydro’s incentives, it’s a win-win experience,” says Tracey.

build a Power Smart New Home is to discuss the program with your builder. “They can offer expertise and advice about integrating the Power Smart features into your new home. Your builder will also help you fill out the necessary application forms and register your home with Manitoba Hydro,” says Sachvie. Your builder can help you select between Gold and Silver. For more information about local builders, visit the Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA) website at www.homebuilders.mb.ca “We chose to build a Gold home after discussing the options with our builder, Sterling Homes. In addition to the Power Smart energy efficient features, we also added low flush toilets and dimmer switches in bedrooms,” says Tracey. “The value surpasses the initial cost and we feel we’re contributing to a cleaner environment.” The Porcos learned about Manitoba Hydro’s New Home program during the MHBA Parade of Homes after picking up a brochure. Sachvie encourages people to visit a Power Smart show home. “Showhomes are open during the Parade of Homes and year-round,” says Sachvie. For more information about the Power Smart New Home Program talk to your builder or contact Manitoba Hydro at 480-5900 in Winnipeg, or 1-888-MBHYDRO (1-888624-9376) toll-free.

According to Kevin Sachvie, Marketing Specialist, Manitoba Hydro, the first step to

Permanently wired car plug timer Four hours is all it takes to warm your engine to starting temperature on cold winter nights. A permanently wired car plug timer uses less energy by powering up the heater at a pre-set time so your car is ready to roll when you are. Natural gas fireplace with electric ignition A standard natural gas fireplace has a pilot light that runs constantly and uses more energy than it takes to operate the fireplace. An electronic ignition replaces a running pilot light, so you can start your fire when you want to and save energy the rest of the time. Energy efficient heating Benefit from energy savings and reduce your household greenhouse gas emissions with high efficient natural gas, electric heat, or geothermal heat pump.

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Bold & Beautiful By Christine Hanlon Photography: Rebecca Croft

Over the years, Chris and Jeannette Snow decided they wanted to improve their property and make their home a more enjoyable place in which to live. “I slowly got interested in cooking,” says Chris, adding that he and Jeannette also do a lot of entertaining. But the 1970s-style oak kitchen and the L-shaped living room dining room were no longer meeting their needs. At the same time, they wanted a larger ensuite bathroom and an updated master bedroom.

Working with Interior Designer Christine Wozney of Two Degrees Interiors, the couple came up with a plan. Then they had to find a renovator. After interviewing different companies, they decided on All Canadian Renovations (ACR). “I was particularly attracted to them because they seem to have a good track record and good references,” recalls Chris. Because the renovation would involve taking down walls, ACR called in an engineer to determine if any of them were load bearing. It turns out they were. To maintain the structural integrity of the house, All Canadian installed a truss system in the attic. Chris remembers leaving for work in the morning as the renovator prepared to remove a section of the roof. When he returned later that day, the work was done. “That was a big job but they did it remarkably quickly,” he notes. The result of moving the walls was astounding. “We ended up with a lot more space,” says Chris. “I was amazed.” The open design allowed for the installation of a large custom island finished with a stainless steel reveal beneath the granite top and matching stainless accents in the woodwork. The homeowners already had a piece of red dragon granite in their sunroom and enjoyed the look so much that they wanted to extend

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it to other areas in the home. In the living room, a new gas fireplace features a surround cut from one piece of granite. The top of the island is also seamless as is the granite backsplash behind the stainless steel fan hood that coordinates with the built-in appliances. Extending right around the window, the rest of the backsplash is finished in porcelain tile with stainless steel capping. Fluted glass adds a beautiful accent to the dark-stained maple cabinetry. Using the same glass on the den door and staining the maple millwork to match the cabinets created a harmonious look throughout the main floor.


The floating vanity in the powder room features a matching stain, as does the cabinetry in the master ensuite. Prior to the renovation, the main bathroom was slightly larger than the ensuite. By transforming the main bath into a more compact powder room and eliminating some of the hallway space, ACR was able to double the size of the ensuite which now includes a large frameless shower with a riverstone floor. The rest of the space is clad in tile, right up to the ceiling, with a heated floor and towel bar. Chris remembers the tile installer as being particularly meticulous. “The tradespeople were very proud of their work and took their time doing it,” he adds. For the flooring throughout the main floor, the Snows sourced their own acacia hardwood which was then installed by All Canadian. “They had to take a lot of the old sub-floor out because the electrical and plumbing people had to get in there,” Chris explains. At one point during the process, one of the workers accidentally put his leg through the floor, right into the basement. As a professional renovator, ACR has the insurance to cover such mishaps. The floor and basement ceiling were promptly repaired and the renovation carried on. “That’s the mark of a good renovator,” says Chris. “If fixes need to be done or there’s miscommunication, they sort it out.”

He also appreciated the resourcefulness of ACR’s in-house designer, Jaclyn Wiebe, throughout the renovation process. Part of the facelift for the master bedroom involved combining two closets into one. It was then a question of selecting the right door. Wiebe suggested sliding frosted glass panels with a dark stained frame. Backlit for maximum effect, the doors coordinate perfectly with the rest of the house.

“They were Jaclyn’s idea,” confirms Chris. “Both Jeanette and I are very pleased with the result.” In fact, Chris says that he and his wife are very happy with the entire renovation. They have already had several dinner parties so they could share their joy with friends. And judging from Chris’ enthusiasm about cooking and entertaining in his fabulous new space, they will be hosting many more.

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When having a romantic dinner at home in the dining room, it’s wonderful to have a table where a couple can sit close enough to hold hands. But what happens when that same couple wants to have the entire family over for Thanksgiving dinner? Dufresne has found the answer in this exciting new Montreal dining table. “It is truly an innovative solution that solves two problems,” says Kelly Krentz, Dufresne’s Category Business Manager responsible for the purchasing of all the company’s case goods and motion sofa furniture. The table has three 24-inch long self-storing leaves. This means that when closed, the surface measures only 38 by 60 inches. But when fully extended, the table extends to an amazing 132 inches long! “You can squeeze in 14 people or seat 12 comfortably,” says Krentz. “There’s no longer any need to have some of your guests eat in the kitchen.” Constructed from solid wood, the table features a handy self-storing system so the leaves are always conveniently on hand in a secure, dust and scratch-free environment. With all these advantages combined, the Montreal dining table is proving to be very popular with customers. “I’ve never seen a table sell like this before,” says Krentz, adding that the table is exclusive to Dufresne. Because the Montreal has enjoyed such success, the supplier has

broadened the selection to include two other colour options. Aside from the original espresso, the table is now also available in a two-tone honey finish top with chestnut legs, and an antique oak top with dark espresso legs. “And customers can mix and match the table with any chairs,” notes Krentz, adding that there are chairs available in numerous styles, including a variety of wood tones, polyurethane and microfiber fabrics. Dufresne prides itself in offering maximum flexibility and innovative product selection to its customers. The Ellice location alone offers about 60 dining rooms, more than any other store in the province.

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design&decor Contemporary Curves

Two of several pieces from Bugatti’s new Linea Vincenzo collection, the Italia sofa and loveseat combine a European-inspired design with Canadian-made comfort, durability and flexibility. Wing-shaped arms embrace a one-piece seat cushion to create a sleek tailored look. The zippered backs that are standard to Bugatti further define the sculptured shape. “The way the back is made, this sofa is perfect for dividing a room,” notes Richard Mandarano of Contessa Fine Furniture. Little square legs subtly raise the seating off the ground giving it the appearance of floating. The same subtlety is evident in the choice of upholstery, a soft ash for the base combined with a distinctive tone-on-tone for the cushions. The metallic sheen of the floral leaf makes a statement just as elegantly as the design of the frame. These are only two of a virtually infinite array of fabrics available, along with a wide selection of leather. “With Bugatti, you can have exactly what you want,” says Mandarano. Contessa has long being committed to providing their customers with the utmost in options and quality. Now homeowners in south Winnipeg will have easier access to this combination than ever, thanks to a new satellite location, poised to open in late fall in the Fort Whyte Business Park at 3000 McGillivray.

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design&decor No Compromise When Paul Friesen met Paul Hak, they immediately realized they had something in common. “It’s exciting that there’s someone out there who’s as committed to hardwood flooring as we are,” says Friesen. The owner of Heartland Flooring was in Holland meeting his namesake, the owner of Hakwood Flooring, not just because he was looking forward to sharing a good Dutch meal—which he did—but because both Pauls wanted to know with whom they would be associating. It’s that same kind of personal touch the Heartland team brings to all their dealings. Whether they are thinking of bringing a new supplier into their family of exclusive hardwoods or trying to understand clients so they can direct them to a product that meets their needs, building a personal connection is key to the process. So is making sure that customers understand that there is little significant difference in price between an exceptional product and one that is only mediocre. “Hey, it doesn’t take that much more to get excellent,” says Friesen. “When it comes to hardwood floors, we know we’re putting down a permanent product, so why would we create a floor that is anything but the best that it can be in its category? Your hardwood floor is a place where compromise should not be part of the options as far as quality goes.” That is why Hakwood is such a good fit for Heartland. With widths of 7 or 9 inches and a minimum length of 5 ¾ feet, this hardwood engineered floor feels and looks like a solid board floor but with the dimensional stability and moisture resistance of engineered flooring. “It’s the way engineered should be made,” says Friesen. “It doesn’t just meet minimum standards. It sets the bar. You can sand it and finish it as much as you would solid wood. You’re not just buying a look. You’re buying substance.” And this product is completely a la carte. Planks are available in 15 wood species, in different grains, colours, and bevel options. “If a client wants a custom colour, we can get the raw wood and create it for them,” notes Friesen. “This is a product for people who like to have it done right—no compromise.” Which is why it’s the only engineered product he has ever wanted to put in his dream home. Now, if only he had the time to build it…

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design&decor More than a Paint Store

There are many reasons Western Paint & Wall Covering was selected as the Consumer Choice Award Winner for 2010. A Winnipeg institution since 1908, the store offers such tried-and-true lines as CIL, Pratt & Lambert and Para Paint, including a palette of 75 colours recently developed in partnership with designer Sara Richardson. Low VOC paint such as Para Essence and self-priming paint are among the many other options. “It’s amazing what you can change with paint,” says General Manager Jennifer Schimnowski-Frederickson. She adds that the store offers complimentary assistance with colour selection as well as the convenience of a Décor Centre, complete with Hunter Douglas blinds, a wide variety of wallpaper and a broad selection of both hard and soft surface flooring. Meanwhile, for exterior applications, there are not only paints but stains as well. One outstanding product, Flood Stain, even comes with a five-year warranty for decks and 15 years for fences or siding. Western Paint also has qualified painters on staff, available for both exterior and interior projects. As well, the store has a customfinishing spray booth for commercial and residential applications, including garage doors, millwork, furniture and kitchen cabinets. Adds Schimnowski-Frederickson: “We can create custom finishes in virtually any colour.”

Visit our Décor Centre. We now carry wallpaper, Hunter Douglas Blinds, carpet and vinyl flooring; installation available.

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Every parent wants childhood to be a magical time for their son or daughter. While expecting their first child, these parents turned to muralist Mandy van Leeuwen to create the perfect nursery for their new arrival. Using three of the four walls as a canvas, the artist adapted the stylized safari scene from a sample of bedding the mother provided. “I used a blending technique to make it feel soft, which is what the client wanted,” says van Leeuwen. She worked closely with the clients throughout the entire process, discussing everything from the type of paint (low VOC) to the placement of furnishings. “The design also works with their future plans for the room,” notes van Leeuwen. It was important that there be an appropriate space not only for a crib but eventually for a toddler bed. The parents also wanted the mural to have the flexibility and longevity to take either a girl or boy from infancy to early childhood. Past clients often tell van Leeuwen that figures in the nursery become characters in the daily stories that surround their child’s first experiences with language. Along with children’s rooms, Van Leeuwen creates artwork for all types of spaces and settings, including theatrical sets, themed spaces and public murals on exterior walls all across the city.

Three Stores Within A Store

In its ongoing pursuit to offer Manitoba a singular design experience, Kesay Furniture has expanded to include three distinct stores within one location. A new entrance right off the parking lot on Stafford opens the doors to an entirely new way of exploring cutting-edge furniture, design and décor possibilities. Also new is kesay.ca, an opportunity to preview the furniture possibilities available at the store. At Kesay, the journey begins on the traditional furniture side of the store and progresses through transitional and then contemporary, spanning the full length of the building. Elements of the Kesay Design Centre (kesaydesigncentre.ca) are interspersed along the way. Just like at the Home Expression Show, manufacturers have the opportunity to showcase their products. Loewen Windows, for instance has a 1,700 square-foot exhibit, their first in Winnipeg. Other partners include Gen-U-Wine, EasyRock and Wolseley Kitchen & Bath. This unique concept allows anyone trying to pull together any kind of design or renovation to undertake a complete study of ideas, furniture and products. The three furniture stores within a store approach is ideal for those who want to mix it up a little, such as adding a traditional element to a contemporary room. Kesay’s sales and design staff are only too happy to move furniture from one gallery to the other, helping clients visualize new looks and ideas.

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Variations of tone in this maple hardwood floor pick up the darker hue of the cabinetry in this elegant great room. The hand-scraped planks come in the wider width popular with today’s contemporary homes. “This semi-distressed look is ideal for everyday living,” notes Robyn Goldstine, Sales Manager at Bill Knight Flooring. With its attractive foliage motif and subtly varying colours, the area rug also coordinates perfectly with the décor. Bill Knight Flooring has the largest collection of area rugs in the province. Recently, the showroom added a collection of reversible rugs, traditional and one side and modern on the other. “You can change your décor with the flip of a rug,” says Goldstine. “And because both sides are in the same colour combination, the rug will still go with your furnishings.” She adds that Bill Knight is more than just a flooring store. “We did all the custom tile work in this house as well,” notes Goldstine. This includes the fireplace, shower, tub skirt, and backsplashes, each with decorative listello accents. A great way to personalize a space, customtile designs can be used everywhere from bathrooms, to kitchens and sunrooms. Bill Knight Flooring also has a selection of tile suitable for exterior applications, specifically rated for our cold winters.

Setting the Stage

Just as set design creates the backdrop for a story to unfold, our homes are the setting in which our lives play out on a daily basis. Tired of having a formal living room that was outdated and rarely used, RSDR redesigned this space into the bright, updated dining room with smaller butler’s pantry (photo inset) to better suit the homeowners entertaining needs.  “You can create a new house inside the one you already have,” says Jennifer DonovanFaubert, owner of Real Estate Staging & Decor Redesign (RSDR). Updating the décor on a regular basis also conserves the market value of real estate. Whether the space is commercial or residential, preparing it for selling is much easier if the décor has been maintained.

“Staging is another service RSDR provides, helping sellers obtain the best price with the least amount of traffic. In fall and winter when the market is slow, staging is even more important,” notes Donovan-Faubert. But even before staging or redesign, it is often necessary to de-clutter a space. Some people hire RSDR to do just that. “It’s amazing 117

the emotional effect clutter has on productivity and comfort,” says Donovan-Faubert. Homeowners, realtors and businesses alike can count on RSDR for their organizing, staging, re-design and event decorating needs.

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Introducing One Of North America’s Most Exciting New Flooring Showrooms. 1042 Waverley Street At Seel 956-9720 www.thefloorshow.com

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design&decor They Have it Covered As a complete flooring provider, The Floor Show continues to meet and exceed the flooring and finishing needs of all facets of the Manitoba market. In partnership with Qualico, the 12-year-old company has a stellar reputation with the builder community, both in terms of single-family and multi-family homes. But that is not the only way in which the province’s homeowners have come to count on the company’s extensive selection, expert craftsmanship and access to superb quality products. In cases of fire or flood damage, restoration companies turn to The Floor Show’s Insurance Flooring Division because they know they can count on the finished result. In addition to the residential markets The Floor Show is involved in a wide range of commercial work in the province. In its Property Management Division alone, the company addresses the needs not only of residential property management but of everything from office buildings to shopping centres. Whether it’s getting one apartment unit ready for new tenants, rehabilitating an entire apartment building or redoing the flooring of an office complex from top to bottom, The Floor Show has the buying power and work force necessary to complete the job on time and within budget. With 35 staff in the office alone, the company has anywhere from 100 to 150 installers in the field at any given time. “Today, there is no job in the province beyond our scope,” notes Dan Rosenblat, President of The Floor Show. Commercial construction is another area of expertise, with projects that range from car dealerships to schools to entire hospitals. The Floor Show even has the capability to do very

large commercial tile projects. Recently, the company completed the tiling of an Olympicsized swimming pool and deck for the North End Recreation Centre in Winnipeg. Nineteen

tile setters spent 10 weeks installing the 1” x 1” tile. Hotels are yet another area of specialization. A Hospitality Division handles all flooring for hotels along with window coverings and custom draperies. “We are continuing to push forward with growth, quality of service and quality of installation,” notes Rosenblat. Over the years, The Floor Show has gradually expanded its geographic market as well. Besides its strong foothold in the main Manitoba market, the company is now regularly involved in projects in northern Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Nunavut. Adds Rosenblat: “We must grow responsibly and sustainably. Our newest job is going to be done at the same level of quality that all our jobs have always been.”

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design&decor An Extraordinary Experience A fully equipped design center, The Floor Show combines a boutique experience with an extensive showroom. The focus is not only on providing the widest possible range of finishing products — and options within each category — but also on offering Manitobans choices well beyond the ordinary. There was a time when designers sometimes had to hop on a plane to Toronto to source their materials. Thanks to diligent purchasing, focusing on styling that is exquisite, quality that is exceptional and products that are triedand-true, The Floor Show can meet all these flooring and finishing needs. In fact, The Floor Show has become a onestop shop both for the design community and the discerning homeowner, placing a complete selection of fine finishing products right at their fingertips, all in one location. The showroom encompasses not only a wide selection

of exciting carpets, hardwoods and every flooring option in between, but also an incredible panoply of ceramics, porcelain, glass tile, stone and granite.

Product samples from one side of the showroom to the other can be placed side-by-side to build a realistic palette of actual finishes. “What can be done here in three hours could take three days when you have to source from different locations in the city,” notes The Floor Show’s Heidi Streu. Ample table space and a boardroom allow both designers and homeowners to comfortably lay out the product and work with different combinations. Streu adds that The Floor Show is as perfectly equipped for those with a keen sense of what they want to source as for those homeowners still struggling to define their style or colour preferences. The relaxed welcoming ambiance of the showroom is ideal for exploring and refining ideas for any décor. Visitors are greeted at the reception desk and offered complimentary water bottles and assistance. A popular starting point is the idea centre, where colour boards and room scenes help homeowners narrow down a palette as a starting point to identifying and articulating the look they are trying to create for their home. From there, the experienced and knowledgeable salespeople can assist them in exploring a whole world of possibilities. Clearly labelled product categories make it easy to navigate the showroom and explore the unique and innovative options for which The Floor Show is renowned. For instance, glass tile has become a very popular finish for everything from backsplashes to fireplace surrounds. But the Voguebay selection takes this product to an entirely new level with options such as glass bubble tiles. “Our goal is to offer an unprecedented, marketleading level of selection, quality and service,” says Streu. “It’s an experience like no other.”

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Hand-forged from raw steel, this elegant light fixture combines timeless beauty and artistry with modern simplicity. Using anvils, swage blocks, trip hammers and other tools from a bygone era, skilled artisans from Hubbardton Forge handcraft each piece, one at a time, at the forge in Castleton, Vermont. Robinson Lighting likes to focus on North American-made products whenever they can.

There is nothing more beautiful and relaxing than the sight and sound of a cascading waterfall. Now consumers can enjoy this soothing ambiance in their own home with a hanging waterfall from Napoleon.

“Hubbardton creates beautiful timeless pieces and we love that they still produce a large part of their products in North America,” notes Brett Robinson, Manager of Robinson Lighting.

A track light at the top adds an extra shimmer to the flowing water. Napoleon also offers an optional grooved panel for a ripple effect. “It’s a great piece for a foyer or any other feature wall,” notes Peters.

The chandelier and wall sconce, with their inner and outer glass combinations, are only two of many styles and fixture combinations from Hubbardton Forge. The company also offers three standard metal finish options - bronze, dark smoke and burnished steel - and offers others for an additional charge.

Along with a selection of interior waterfalls in a variety of shapes, styles, colours and sizes, Classic Fireplaces also has freestanding units that can be placed both indoors and outdoors. The units are easy to bring inside in the winter and are perfect for any three-season room.

“It’s a very nice feature, especially above a fireplace,” says Helen Peters of Classic Fireplaces. “Fire and water are very effective together.”

“They give the air a nice mix,” says Peters. In fact, the waterfall acts as a humidifier, reducing static and improving the overall health and comfort of the home. Some units can be used in conjunction with a UV sterilizer to keep the water pure. Classic Fireplaces has two sizes of indoor waterfalls on display, as well as a multitude of fireplaces, barbecues, stoves and accessories.

This wide range of choices enables homeowners to add the warm and welcoming presence of forged iron to any décor, from contemporary to traditional. Hubbardton also carries an ever-growing plethora of table lamps, some with a bold sculptural twist and others with more subtle sweeps and contours. In preparation for the fall season, Robinson Lighting is adding to its own selection of table lamps, a fixture that grows in demand as the days become shorter. The showroom is continuously adding to its vast array of fixtures and other lighting products. 123

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Radiant Contours By Christine Hanlon

The sweeping radius of the curved island creates a stunning focal point in this fabulous kitchen design. “We took full advantage of the spacious area allotted for the kitchen, eating and dining areas,” explains Andy Schultz of Kitchen Craft. To avoid obstructing the view of the 11-foot high windows located across from the kitchen, the design includes a lower eating area on the side of the island rather than having barstools at

the back. Instead, the raised granite counter functions to separate the open spaces and conceal a food preparation area that includes a wine fridge, dishwasher and large double sink. Topped with crown moulding, the Lexingtonstyle cabinets are stacked 11-foot, right up to bulkhead. “The wide rails on this door style are proportionate to the large scale of the room,” notes Schultz. He adds that because there are ample cabinets for storage, it was possible to leave ample space to highlight the decorative

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hood fan and continue the clean, uncluttered look that defines the entire kitchen. At the same time, the mocha glaze on the cherry cabinets adds an element of depth and detail. “You can hardly go wrong with cherry wood,” says Schultz. “No matter what door style you choose, it will create a look that is rich and appealing.”

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Kitchen&Bath The Beauty of Stone

As granite has come within reach of more homeowners, interest in other stone materials has also grown. Their popularity has much to do with their natural beauty and ease of maintenance says Brian Bollman, President of Western Marble & Tile. Although granite, marble, limestone and engineered stone all require some particular care, each features outstanding durability. As the hardest, granite has been used in both residential and commercial applications – from counters, fireplaces and vanity tops to board room tables, transaction counters and exterior cladding – for many years, ever since technology made it thinner. “We work with ¾ inch (2cm) and 1 ¼ inch (3 cm) thickness to create different edge profiles,” says Bollman. He adds that there is growing interest in stone with a lot of movement, including a resurgence in the use of marble. The showroom at Western Marble & Tile offers a full range of samples in natural stone and engineered stone (quartz) to allow customers a full range of options. Quartz presents unique colours and consistency for the design presentation. As the name implies, Western Marble and Tile also has a longstanding history with ceramic and glass tile, offering lines such as Ocean Side Glass, Tierra Sol and Pavi Gres. With all these products in one place, it is easy to create a coordinated look for the entire home.

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Kitchen&Bath Distinctive Accessorizing

Like the little black dress accessorized by striking jewellery, this kitchen combines elegant cabinets with distinctive finishes and accessories. Clear alder in a medium wheatfield stain is accented by a stunning stone backsplash, kiln form glass door, and high definition laminate top with a Corian edge. Cut from one piece, the HD laminate has no corner mitres or seams. “We often try to design the kitchen so the laminate can be seamless,” says Jason Banman of Kitchen Designs. “This increases the longevity of the tops while keeping costs down.” He points out that the high definition product is four times as strong as regular laminate but less than half the cost of granite or quartz. The clear alder is also an affordable option, with a grain pattern closer to the look of cherry but at the same price point as maple. The white appliances look striking against the backdrop of the cabinets. Using matching wood panels, Kitchen Designs created, on-site, the two six-inch wide pullout pantries that flank the fridge. “We’re not restricted to the cabinetry you see in the catalogue,” notes Banman. Other distinctive touches include custom-shaped cabinets on the back of the peninsula, a touch faucet and granite sink with built-in colander and cutting board.

Complete Cooking Perfection

The home chef now has access to the induction and convection cooking all in one unit thanks to Samsung’s newest range. “Induction has been around for a while but on a freestanding range it’s relatively new,” confirms Curtis Penner of Coast Wholesale Appliances. Induction uses magnetism to heat cookware directly while keeping the cooktop cool to the touch. Like gas, heat control is rapid and precise but spillovers never bake on the surface, making clean-up easier. In fact, induction can boil water faster than gas and twice as fast as a radiant electric cooktop, combining precision with energy efficiency. And controls are right on the cooktop so there’s no more reaching over a hot pot. The oven also features electronic controls for its three-fan true-convection cooking that guarantees precise even baking and roasting every time. Along with the huge three-rack, 5.9 cubic feet oven, the range also features a warming drawer. There is also a steam-clean option in addition to the self-clean feature. “You put 10 oz. of water in the bottom of the oven, turn it on steam-clean for 20 minutes and wipe it out,” says Penner. “And this entire stove retails for the same or less than most induction cooktops.”

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Kitchen&Bath Stunning Simplicity

Bold, simple lines and unparalleled quality distinguish this Happy D tub from Duravit. “The china is heavier and whiter than any other line,” says Astrid Bergstrom, Showroom Manager at Robinson Bath Centre. She adds that Duravit - which boasts more than 200-years of innovation, including the development of the chamber pot in 1842 - continues to manufacture all its products in Germany, using that country’s renowned ingenuity. Accordingly, the tub is available as a soaker or a whirlpool, for installation against the wall, in a corner or as a freestanding unit with a real wood skirt like the one seen here. Available in a wide variety of angles, the units are all a roomy 70” by 31 ½” and 24 ¾” deep. Consumers can choose from four different marine-grade wood veneers in American Walnut, Macassar, American Cherry or Bleached Oak. “With the free-standing, you can put the filler any way you want it,” says Bergstrom, “either floor or wall mounted.” The collection also includes a washbasin, toilet and bidet, as well as a wall-hung vanity with curved wooden doors that open, providing plenty of room for all kinds of toiletries. All Duravit products are created by professional designers, and the Happy D series is no exception. In this case, Seiger design provided the inspiration for the crisp clean look.

Completely Custom

How many times have we dreamed of a precise design for some aspect of our home’s interior, only to find that it does not exist in the market? For those discerning homeowners who want to have exactly what they envision, the answer is custom manufactured millwork. “If you can dream it, we can build it,” says Steve Brewer of Western Millwork. From traditional to contemporary, Western Millwork’s experienced design and engineering team specializes in creating custom architectural woodwork, completing the client’s unique space. For this bathroom, in keeping with the homes character, the homeowner wanted floor-toceiling cherry woodwork with oval mirrors and a skirt for the tub. With very specific ideas for the look they wanted and Western Millwork’s unique blend of hand wiped stains, this space has a warm yet polished feel. “The quality of our finish is superior,” notes Brewer. More than cabinetmakers, Western Millwork’s team can create anything made of wood or composite materials. This includes doors, frames and casings, as well as furniture pieces, buffets, and built-in entertainment areas. And not to be forgotten - walk-in closets. “We strive for the best fit and finish,” says Brewer, “so that everything functions properly and looks outstanding.”

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