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Great style & an efficient floor plan characterize a high performing bungalow OUTDOOR LIVING Fabulous landscaping ideas & innovative outdoor products for the season ahead HOMES & NEIGHBOURHOODS Homebuilding excellence & well-planned communities beckon at the Spring 2013 Parade of Homes

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6 Going with the flow Great style & efficient floor plan characterize high performing bungalow 53 Outdoor Living Fabulous landscaping ideas & innovative outdoor products 79 Homes & Neighbourhoods Homebuilding excellence & well-planned communities beckon at the Spring 2013 Parade of Homes 129 Home & Heart Lucky lottery winners build the home & community they’ve always dreamed of


15 Stepping Out With Style 34 On the Bookshelf 35 Styling the Stereo



37 Accepting emotions, controlling actions 39 Taylor Avenue gets an adjustment 40 Headturning spring styles


36 Drive to Dance An interview with celebrated dancer Jolene Bailie

DEPARTMENTS 2 Style Was There 5 The Agenda 30 Your Thoughts


69 The latest buzz on homebuilding & reno products


44 California Calling 46 Live Like A Sultan In Istanbul

49 Right at home 51 Easy Living



20 Delectable Dining 24 Recipes 26 Wine & Dine


42 Fashion, accessories, home décor & more


115 Show-stopping ensuites & delightful designer kitchens


119 Creative decorating ideas from the professionals


Style’s Eric Green toasts 2013 MHBA Chairman John Daniels.

Bubba B, FLO, Ariel Shatsky, Gwen Repeta, Lisa Lester & Dane Bjornson smile for the camera at the Ten Thousands Villages Annual Christmas Warehouse Event.

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MHBA President Michael Moore addresses the crowd at the MHBA Chairman’s Reception.

Eric Green with Janet Constable, MHBA Membership & Special Events Coordinator.

Darren Burtniak, Dane Bjornson, Ariel Shatsky, Roland & Julie Cote, James Roth & Curtis Paull from two bands, Starry Skies Collide & Hot Stone Road, entertained at the event in support of K.I.D.S. (Kenya Initiative for Development & Sustainability).

Backstage with event coordinators & performers at Ten Thousand Villages.

Enjoying a sneak peek on media night at IKEA (L-R): Leigh McKenzie & Bahia Taylor (Covet Magazine), Geoff Kirbyson (Free Press), Madeleine LowenborgFrick (PR Manager, IKEA),Tannis & Paul Butters (Style Manitoba) & Amanda Fitzpatrick (IKEA).

Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick & Amanda Fitzpatrick (IKEA) with Style’s Paul Butters.

On hand at the Winnipeg Robert Burns Club 106th annual Robert Burns Dinner: (L-R) Kirby McCrae (club piper), Colin Harris (addressed the haggis), Lawrence Cormack (President), Joyce Cormack & Gordon Goldsborough (gave the toast to Canada).

Also in attendance, Judith & John Perrin, James Christie (guest speaker) & Jan Christie.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 6th Annual Ice Crystal Gala is expected to raise an amazing projected total of $275,000. Held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the Thiessen family presented this year’s event.

Local media was treated to a taste of Louisiana epicurean fare as Winnipeg’s Mardi Gras celebrations drew near. (L-R) Samantha Stevens (QX104), Brody Jackson (QX104), Rick Ralph (TSN 1290), Beau (Bob 99FM), Chrissy Troy (Virgin Radio), Kerri Salki (Clear FM 102.3), Holly Thorne (Clear FM 102.3).

Also present (L-R): Lee Wenaus (Manitoba Blues Society), Roseanna Schick (RAS Creative - Publicist), Bernice Sharples (Mardi Gras Spokesperson), Chef Quentin Harty (Winnipeg Convention Centre Executive Chef), Vicki Zachanowich & Dorothy Ross, (both from Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

Practicing for the 2013 Dancing with Celebrities Gala in support of SMD Foundation/Easter Seals™ Manitoba: Derek Taylor (Global Winnipeg); Julia Kolesnik (Arthur Murray Dance Studio); Wade Miller (Pinnacle Staffing Solutions); Jennifer Grayda (Arthur Murray); Colin Mathieson (Canadian Paralympian) & Alicia Cascaval (Arthur Murray).

2013 Committee members pictured at the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba’s “A Night to Remember in Africa.” (L-R): Karen Duha, Don Dybka, Sylvia Rothney, Kim Madero, Brad Mason, Dian Lee Sousa, Tammy Mowat Blair, Breanne Mitchell & Stan Casar.

Evans Coffie and the Royal Awada Dancers entertained a crowd of more than 900 people at the Alzheimer’s event.

The Future Leaders of Manitoba Council pauses for a photo at their 5th annual awards ceremony, an event recognizing exceptional Manitobans for their dedication to the social & economic growth of our province.

Pictured here (L-R): Bob Silver, Chris Loewen (President FLM), Michael Embury (Business Award Winner), Christine Cyr (Community Service Award Winner), Alan Greyeyes (Arts Award Winner), Kevin Chief (MLA Point Douglas), The Honourable Philip S. Lee (Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba).

Sharing a Kodak moment with presenters, Ace Burpee (Virgin Radio) hosted the evening & was also a nominee for the Community Service Award.

More than Just Shoes, a Winnipeg Harvest initiative, was created to supply school children in need with winter boots. Pictured here (L-R) Eric Laquette (Support Worker, Cecil Rhodes),Ted LeBlond (Stantec), Shawna Mercredi (More Than Shoes recipient), Wendy Erlanger (Founder, More Than Shoes) & Kenny Stevens (Winnipeg Harvest volunteer).

The Ogniwo Polish Museum Society held a beer tasting fundraiser in their museum at 1417 Main Street. On hand (L-R): Ivan Banjas (Beer Presenter), Ken & Dorothy Rhymer, Richard & Frances Lalonde, Cheryl & Peter Rhoden, Fay & Larry Stuart.

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the agenda As Manitobans settle into 2013 and what seems to be a healthier national economy, it certainly feels good to be Canadian. While consumer budgets for home renovation projects like kitchen and bathroom upgrades appear to have shrunk just a bit, the industry in Manitoba is buoyant. The same is true of our new home market. In fact, Winnipeg and Manitoba were tracking well ahead of national averages at the end of 2012. Based on numbers released near the end of the year, single family detached new home starts were 7% ahead of what was a very successful 2011 (noted as the best year since 1987). And multi-family starts, which include semi-detached units, condominiums, row houses and apartments, were at an incredible 51% ahead of 2011. The year ended well, with Manitoba showing a strong economy for building and renovating, and homebuyer confidence robust. Our Spring 2013 edition is all about homebuilding and buying. Whether upsizing or downsizing, looking for a maintenance-free condo or opting for a full size family home, this season’s Parade of Homes has it all. From the increasingly popular visitable home to luxurious bungalow or two-storey designs, there’s virtually something for everyone. Those who are interested in relocating to a new home and / or neighbourhood should not miss it. On from March 2nd to the 24th, the Spring 2013 Parade of Homes showcases the finest our builders, industry suppliers and developers have to offer.

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Going with the flow Great style and efficient floor plan characterize high performing bungalow By Leigh Patterson Photography: Michael Roberts

Imagine a place where living seems effortless. Everything is where you expect it to be, movement from room to room is naturally fluid and functionality abounds. Impressive structural and mechanical features ensure unparalleled performance and your peace of mind. An attractive, low maintenance façade envelops a stylish and inviting décor that warmly welcomes you home. That’s what the owners enjoy in this 1,974-square-foot open concept bungalow and former showhome in Oak Bluff built by Paradigm Custom Homes. The double-sided gas fireplace surrounded by a real quartzite mantle infuses warmth and charm. A modern curved entertainment wall was cleverly built to house a large flat screen TV and highlight objets d’art. Since 2004, Paradigm has been steadily raising the bar when it comes to custom-built homes. “Design and function is first and foremost in all our custom homes,” notes Paradigm’s Jeff Baertsoen. “We imagine ourselves living in the home and make sure it matches our clients’ needs and lifestyle.’ RE/MAX realtor Kevin Hamm, who arranged the sale of the home, agrees. “All of Paradigm’s partners have families and so they approach a home with practicality in mind,” Hamm says. “At the same time, they add unexpected touches of glamour that can take your breath away.” Paradigm is owned by partners who have vast experience and a common understanding of how houses should be built: with premium specs and quality standards. This is the foundation for every home they build. 6 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2013

The large living room is a blend of contemporary and traditional. Here, a signature tray ceiling with curved bulkheads frames dark wood beams. singles out the large windows flanking the front door, big transom window above and the window inset into the door itself. Discreetly to the left of the foyer is a large mudroom and laundry area. Having the laundry room on the main floor located adjacent to the bedroom wing of the home makes this chore easier and more efficient. Another handy feature here is the central vacuum with 24’ retractable hose installed in a laundry room cabinet. This makes clean up of the foyer and mudroom/laundry areas a breeze. The home’s showpiece can be seen just beyond the foyer, where a spectacular contemporary double-sided gas fireplace infuses warmth and charm. The see-through fireplace is set into a wall graced by real charcoal quartzite stone. This feature acts as a beautiful division between the entrance and the living room – without interrupting the overall flow. Understated style defines the spacious living room beyond. “Because this is a home in the country, we wanted a somewhat traditional feel to the interior,” Baertsoen notes.

Maintaining a high level of consistent quality also means partnering with key trades and suppliers that have the same high expectations of craftsmanship. This contemporary home in particular exemplifies Paradigm’s standards of function and style. It starts with the impressive front entranceway, which boasts a large double closet, hinting at the thoughtful and abundant storage that exists throughout the home. “As in all our homes, we wanted to let in as much light as possible,” says Baertsoen, who

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The Paradigm team achieved a consummate blend of modern and homey throughout. A signature tray ceiling with curved bulkheads surrounds dark-stained maple beams. Multiple potlights highlight the room’s features, which include the fireplace and a funky curved entertainment wall built to house a flat screen TV and showcase objets d’art.

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Perfect for entertaining, the lower level delivers with media room, wall-mounted electric fireplace and a walk-up bar area. The mirrored walk-up bar comes well stocked with granite countertop, stainless trough sink, wine/bar fridge and built-in dishwasher. replete with “Blumotion” hardware – enabling doors to close silently. Full extension soft-close drawers and rollout garbage/recycling bins and a walk-in corner pantry equipped with motion activate lights are among the many perks. Add a stainless steel dual fuel range with gas top combined with an electric oven to make this kitchen a gourmet’s dream. White “Lennon” granite countertops around the kitchen perimeter provide light reflecting contrast to the dark wood. The same granite is used on the adjacent computer desk area, complete with storage and charging stations for various electronics. Three main floor bedrooms are housed in the hall past the living room. Two of the bedrooms are perfect for kids, as a guest bedroom or an office, and both have large closets. Since consistency of materials is key to maintaining the home’s cohesive quality, the same white granite in the kitchen is found on the countertop of the main four-piece bathroom. Here, in another Paradigm nod to innovation, a wall-hung toilet maximizes the space, makes it easier to clean and eliminates visual clutter. The large, luxurious master bedroom has a huge walk-in closet and a tray ceiling to give it volume. In the well-appointed ensuite, Paradigm has ensured no detail is overlooked.

This includes a five-foot custom tile/tempered glass shower with built-in bench, granite countertop with dual sinks and a carved maple display unit for a striking custom look. Simple, elegant fixtures supplied by Robinson Bath complete this relaxing retreat. The 1,500 square-foot lower level exudes the same style and function as the main floor. Plush carpeted stairs lead down from the front foyer, on a stairwell topped with Titanium granite and inset with glass panels. Once below, this expansive space offers plenty of possibilities. There’s enough room in the main room for a games table and a media area. An electric fireplace mounted on a white quartzite wall heats up the space in contemporary style. It’s the perfect room for entertaining, with a fabulous sleek mirrored walk-up bar complete with stainless trough sink, wine/beer fridge and built-in dishwasher. A large bedroom and another four-piece bathroom are located in the lower level. As well, a separate room has been set up for use as a home gym but could just as easily be used as another bedroom or home office. Baertsoen notes the house is completely wired with a Control 4 home automation system. This gives the homeowner the capability of running their home from their iPad or iPhone – controlling lights, temperature, media

(including the seven-point surround sound system) and more, even when they’re away. A mechanically heated and ventilated crawlspace below the suspended basement wood floor ensures the entire home is always comfortable. The high efficiency gas furnace, all electrical and electronic devices are housed in an easily accessible room in the lower level. The lower level can also be accessed from the attached, oversized double garage. Another mudroom with additional storage and closet keeps clutter from migrating into the main living areas. The builder’s care and attention to detail shows on the outside too, thanks to the lowmaintenance exterior. Finishing touches include aluminum clad tripane windows with wood grain finish on the front elevation. Acrylic stucco was applied to the entire home, with white quartzite stone accenting the front porch pillars and garage façade. Paradigm brings vast amounts of experience and quality craftsmanship to bear on each and every home it builds. This bungalow is clearly no exception. “This home presented an opportunity to showcase how efficient a well thought out floor plan can be,” Baertsoen says.

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About the Builder Idealistic. Exemplary. Leading edge. As the company’s name suggests, Paradigm Custom Homes has established itself as a leading full custom design builder in Manitoba. Based in La Salle, Manitoba, Paradigm Custom Homes is a thriving family-run business with homes built in La Salle, Winnipeg and surrounding areas in southern Manitoba. Formed in 2004 by partners Jeff Baertsoen, Gerry Martel, and Klaus Schneider, Paradigm Custom Homes was created to provide a true custom homebuilding experience. Together, they are making personalized, family-oriented service a priority from design through to production. The partners have over 40 years of combined experience in the residential building industry, and together, this formidable team has custom build knowledge and expertise literally gained from the ground up. With all design consultation and drafting from concept through to engineered blueprint done in-house, the Paradigm team also utilizes the services of interior designer Michelle Wiebe. Paradigm’s owners collaborate with their clients to determine their unique needs and wants. Then, they bring their ideas to paper and help them work comfortably within their budgets. Customer service is paramount. Paradigm works side-by-side with clients from the initial meeting to handing over the keys. No open-ended contracts eliminate the guesswork before the contract is signed. With the highest levels of craftsmanship and technology, coupled with outstanding customer service, it’s no wonder that clients of Paradigm Custom Homes experience the greatest pride of home ownership.



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Stepping Out with Style MUSIC Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - WSO’s 65th season continues with a dynamo series of concerts. MASTERWORKS: A presents Berlioz’s staggering Symphonie fantastique alongside Ravel’s harmonies and Prokofiev’s fine strings (Mar 15&16). Next, Beethoven 9 unleashes majestic music, poetry, vision and feeling; paired with Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch’s moving Hebraic Rhapsody (May 10&11). MASTERWORKS: B illuminates one of Mozart’s most powerful and moving creations: Requiem (Mar 30). SOUNDBYTES presents Chaplin’s 1925 silent masterpiece The Gold Rush in a restored print with Chaplin’s own score performed live (Apr 20). POPS soars with a live music screening of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Mar 22-24). Cirque Musica blends the grace and thrills of great circus performers with symphonic favourites (Apr 26-28). CONCERTS FOR KIDS lets three meddlesome spirits – Music, Noise and Silence – invade the symphony hall for audiences to grapple with in Music, Noise & Silence (Apr 21); and next, two great children’s classic stories get staged by vaudevillians in Symphony Tales (Jun 23). Concerts at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Virtuosi Concerts - Some the world’s best chamber musicians heard here! Travel an exotic map with Mignone, Piazzolla, Brahms and Mendelssohn when performed by Volante Vento and Sid Robinovitch’s new Ports Of Call Trio (Mar 16). Slavic Soul unites three spectacular virtuosi in tribute to McGill University’s Charles Reiner (1924-2006), a beloved pianist and teacher (Mar 30). And Shanghai Quartet celebrates its 30th Anniversary (Apr 6). Manitoba Chamber Orchestra - Two family-friendly works will be offered in Concert 6: Hans Krasá’s opera Brundibár performed with the Pembina Trails Voices children’s choir, as well as Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat (Mar 12). Concert 7 is an encore performance of the MCO’s first concert ever (Apr 2)! Concert 8 lets you hear two incredible vocalists: Daniel Taylor & Suzie LeBlanc. Concert 9 rounds out the 40th season with English cellist Colin Carr (Jun 5). Performances at Westminster United Church. Winnipeg Chamber Music Society - The acclaimed multi-season Beethoven String Quartet project continues alongside two visionary works for piano by Mozart and

Beethoven (May 5). Then, 2013’s Mozart and More! presents masterpiece repertoire (Jun 11&13). Concerts at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Canzona - Bask in Baroque! The season’s second concert features a collaboration with Musikbarock Ensemble in a performance of Bach’s sacred oratorio St. John Passion. Concert at Westminster United Church. Camerata Nova - The Full Monte: Vespro Della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi features seven soloists, 14 top-calibre period instrumentalists, and the Westgate Mennonite Collegiate Concert Choir (Apr 6&7). Concert at Westminster United Church. Troubadours and Tricksters sees Andrew Balfour team up with singer-songwriters John K Samson and Christine Fellows (May 23&24). Concert at Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Groundswell - Concert 4 features the unusual combination of bassoon, percussion and piano in eclectic new works (Apr 25). Next? A Latin party! Concert 5 presents new music with the Papa Mambo Sextet and Winnipeg’s finest classical musicians (May 16). Concerts at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg.

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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra - This big band inspires musicians and jazz listeners alike. In 1001 Arabian Jazz Nights, sounds get exotic with classics like Slide Hampton’s “Go East, Young Man,” the Duke’s Far East Suite, and Grammy winner Nikolaj Bentzon’s own multi-movement “1001 Arabian Jazz Nights” (Mar 24). Next, King of Swing clarinetist Ken Peplowski mirrors Benny Goodman’s virtuosity (May 12). Concerts at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Jazz Winnipeg - As a part of the Nu Sounds Series, guitarist Keith Price assembles jazz quartets to perform a new score to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Mar 17). Next, a CD release party for new music by Cain-FournierGatien-Platz that blends new compositions with re-imaginations of standards (Apr 13). And Iceland’s Bjorn Thoroddsen gathers the very best guitarists for Guitarama – a celebration of guitar playing (May 11). Performances at the Park Theatre.

THEATRE Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre - Plays of passion and imagination continue. THE JOHN HIRSCH MAINSTAGE THEATRE presents the Canadian Premiere of Daddy Long Legs, a Cinderella story with a modern twist (Mar 14-Apr 6). The season closes with Other People’s Money, a witty satire about 1980s corporate excess and family heart (Apr 18-May 11). THE TOM HENDRY WAREHOUSE THEATRE rounds it all out with Ride the Cyclone: A Musical, a wild musical ride with an ill-fated teenage chamber choir (Mar 21-Apr 6). Manitoba Theatre for Young People Get ready for a spectacular celebration of the animal kingdom with ZooZoo! Gastronomic anteaters, lethargic frogs, playful polar bears, competitive penguins, and insomniac hippos test the limits of gravity as well as our laugh meters (Mar 20-31). Theatre Projects Manitoba - A season of plays in translation closes with Morwyn Brebner’s translation of Bashir Lazhar by Evelyne de la Chenelière. A substitute teacher helps a traumatized middle school in the wake of his own violent upheaval (Mar 14-24). Performance at the Rachel Browne Theatre. Prairie Theatre Exchange - Canadian writers take center stage in PTE’s 40th season. Hannah Moscovitch’s This is War delivers a searing social drama about military reality (to Mar 10). Next? Noir! A murdered mogul, a missing heiress, a woman with a past, a crooked cop, and a world-weary private eye come to life in Gunmetal Blues, a musical mystery (Apr 4-21). Winnipeg Jewish Theatre - An epic finale is upon us! Catch the thrilling conclusion to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America with Perestroika (May 1-12). Winnipeg Studio Theatre - Bold Canadian premiere musicals! In Rooms: A Rock Romance 16 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2013

Celebrations Dinner Theatre - Great food, good music, laughter and fun for all! My Big Fat Winnipeg Wedding spoofs the madness that surrounds wedding day (to Mar 23). Johnny B. Goode: A Rock and Roll Reunion sees one lone music nerd stage one of the best Rock n Roll concerts ever (Mar 29-Jun 1). And Best of Friends Reunion follows up on the success of Best of Friends, Celebration’s popular tribute to the iconic sitcom (opens Jun 7).

The Momentum Collective - See new dance works by some of Winnipeg’s finest dancers and choreographic voices when Natasha Torres-Garner, Johanna Riley, and Ali Robson present Desire to Collide (Mar 21-23). Performance at Gas Station Arts Centre. Young Lungs Dance Exchange - This hub for independent dancers and choreographers presents a line-up of raw new work. New explorations come from Treasure Waddell, Tanja Woloshen, Lise McMillan, Laura Pethrick Elliott, and Sarah Helmer & Rachelle Bourget (May 24&25). Performances at Rachel Browne Theatre.

Rainbow Stage - The Buddy Holly Story, one of the world’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musicals continues to thrill with classic songs and an unforgettable fame story (opens June 11).

Bolero Dance Theatre - Hungry for creatively recreated traditional Hispanic dance? See the premiere of Bolero Dance Theatre’s new production of Carmen (Apr 6&7). Performance takes place at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain.



Manitoba Opera - The grandest of operas, Verdi’s Aïda, descends upon Winnipeg with impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music (April 13, 16 & 19). Performance at Centennial Concert Hall.

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Canada’s oldest civic art gallery showcases new and continuing exhibits this spring. Creation & Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art sees 115 artworks revealing the genesis and evolution of contemporary Inuit art (to Apr 14). Also, Highlights of Inuit Sculpture features outstanding sculptures by Inuit artists from the collection (to May 1). The WAG Century tells the story of the WAG’s first 100 years (to Sept). The Academic Tradition in Europe & Canada, 1700-1900 surveys the art that supplanted Medieval and Renaissance guild systems (to Jan 2014). Modernist Traditions: 1900-1950 shows artists pushing away from pictorial illusion (to Jan 2014). European Renaissance and Baroque Art: 1500-1700 exhibits northern Renaissance painting and art from leading European centers (to Jan 2014). In Drawn and Fired: Recent Vessels by Robert Archambeau shows new ceramic vessels born out of drawings (to May 12). And 100 Masters: Only in Canada is a historic show for the WAG and for Winnipeg – masterworks borrowed from museums across Canada showcase paintings by the likes of Rembrandt, Monet, and van Gogh (opens May 11). Also, 2013 sees the launch of a new partnership with the National Gallery of Canada: NGC@WAG, allowing the WAG to host exhibitions drawn from the NGC’s collection. The inaugural exhibition, Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet, is a sound sculpture from 2001, which reworks a 16th century English composition (to Apr 28).

Little Opera Company - The comical close of the 17th season is a double bill! Talk Opera by Milton Granger sees Verdi characters rehash tragedies on a ridiculous talk show. And The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti follows a love-struck fellow’s foiled attempts to propose to a gal who’s always on the phone (May 2-4). Performances at Prairie Theatre Exchange.

DANCE Royal Winnipeg Ballet - Two spectacular ballets to sweep you off your feet! The Sleeping Beauty whisks you to a magical kingdom populated by the fairytale likes of Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, Little Red Riding Hood, and Puss in Boots. Be enchanted by thrilling choreography, soaring music by Tchaikovsky and lavish sets (Mar 6-10). Next, confection, glitter, and seduction take hold with Moulin Rouge! This high-kicking ballet follows two innocents drawn to fin-de-siècle Paris in search of romance and stardom (May 1-5). Performances at Centennial Concert Hall. Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Montreal’s Sasha Ivanochko returns with a provocative duet about sculptural body as a metaphor for transformation, as well as a new work for WCD company dancers (Apr 25-28). Performance at The Rachel Browne Theatre. School of Contemporary Dancers Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, SCD presents three unique evenings of dance with a range of Winnipeg-bred professional companies and creators, as well as its own emerging talent (May 1-Jun 2). Performance at The Gas Station Theatre.

Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art - My Winnipeg: The Artists’ Choice see works by artists plucked by Plug-In from a pool of nominations by showcased My Winnipeg participants. My Winnipeg explores the city’s self-deprecating humour and surrealist-inspired allusions to a troubled past, political tensions, and gothic histories (to Mar 17). Gallery 1C03 - In conjunction with International Women’s Month celebrations, Herstory exhibits work by 21 Manitoba

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FESTIVALS Freeze Frame Festival - The 17th annual international festival for kids present films from around the world to be enjoyed on their own or with workshops inviting hands-on media experiences in animation, video production, documentary, and interactive digital media (to Mar 10). Events at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre.

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Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival - Winnipeg’s most dynamic take on contemporary art and sound promises POP + NOISE for 2013. Expect artists to experiment and collaborate in the creation of unapologetic and innovative works (Mar 9-16). All concerts take place at The Urban Shaman Gallery. Winnipeg Comedy Festival - After 2012’s record-breaking program of killer comics, the Gas Station Arts Centre 2013’s edition of this super-popular festival promises even more laughs (Apr 8-14). Performances at various venues. Winnipeg Wine Festival - This annual wine tasting charity event held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre features tempting food and more than 500 wines (Apr 28-May 4). Winnipeg International Jazz Festival - Jazz, blues, urban beats ... hear it all in downtown Winnipeg from stellar local, national, and international performers. Check out free concerts in Old Market Square or choice artists at various venues throughout the city (Jun 13-22).

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All things Italian Nestled in Osborne Village is Buccacino’s, a relaxed home-style spot for everything Italian: fantastic food, spacious comfy piazza stylings, friendly service ... and luckily, all at “that’s amore” prices. Starters promise an array of Mediterranean tastes, including gnocchi in goat cheese, shrimp in wine and basil, and saucy P.E.I. mussels. Can’t decide? Bucca’s Combo Platter offers golden calamari, toasty bruschetta tumbling fixings, crispy frittes of zucchini and ravioli, and herby sautéed mushrooms. Garlicky, dip-able, and packing oodles of sensuous flavours, these bites disappear quick. From the lounge, a Strawberry Margarita is a sweet slushy treat. And since its Friday ... draught special! A cool pint of Rickard’s White ale deliciously washes it all down with hints of coriander and spice. For bigger bites, expect classics like pizza and pasta. Feeling adventurous? Entrées come from land and sea. Try boozy honeyed “AAA” beef tenderloin, or lemon lime curry creamed salmon. A gourmet selection of pastas yields Lobster Ravioli. Delicate lobster encased by pillowy pasta is topped with rich and rosy champagne cream. Fresh crab accents. For wine, a glass of sunny Italian Pinot Grigio refreshes. Gabbiano’s silky version of this ever-youthful vintage has a floral nose, lemon palate, and nutty finish. For personal pizzas, selections range from spicy vegetarian to seductive Chicken Alfredo. We order Della Casa: classic pepperoni and mushroom find smokey accent with meaty roasted red pepper on buttery crust. Gooey mozzarella heartily unifies. The perfect pizza chaser? Long Island Iced Tea! Bright and quenching. And while Buccacino’s new dessert menu makes a big impression with poached pears, decadent chocolate and pastry, two traditional temptations get tabled. The first – Cannoli - rolls up fried pastry and dense chocolate, then fills it with ricotta rich as ganache, airy as mousse, and mellow as yogurt. Hidden chocolate chips provide sweet crunch surprises. But Tiramisu takes the cake! Whipped on the top and drunk at the bottom, these ladyfingers are up to their knuckles in vanilla-accented mascarpone cheese and soaked to the bone in espresso liqueur. Easily the city’s best interpretation of this sweet pick-me-up! For brunch, Buccacino’s All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch satisfies weekend appetites; and throughout the summer, makes their expansive street-side patio your go-to for big bites, gourmet snacks, or casual bevies.

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Some like it hot… Hungry for the Mucho Bueno! of Winnipeg’s growing Mexican cuisine scene? Look no further than the newest Wow! Hospitality Concepts taste adventure nestled in Whyte Ridge’s shopping and dining range.

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Expansive, brightly hued, folk-accented, and piping traditional Latino tunes, Los Chicos hosts hungry muchachos of all types in two dining rooms, private party space, and lively sport cantina. Crunchy salted tortilla chips land upon your table the moment you sit, as does a bowl of plunge-worthy salsa. Fresh guacamole? Your table avocado gets whipped up with all the fixings (or just faves) right before your eyes! House drink specialities are a must. The Mexican Bulldog is a frosty Margarita monument with a Corona bottle upturned into citrusy tequila blend. And Los Chicos’ sangria is a quenching ruby quotient of ruddy wine, spirit, and zesty fruit. For starters, classic Quesadillas hot and crispy from the rustic fire oven are satisfyingly loaded with sliced Carne Asada (grilled steak), fresh peppers, and accented with the likes of lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and smokey chipotle mayo. And count on finding your favourite Tex-Mex mains. Tacos, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and grill selections come in meat, seafood, and vegetable variations with traditional sides. Our fajitas come seafood-themed. Perky shrimp sizzle in the skillet with onions and peppers and come with a warm stack of flour tortillas. Flavours wash down nicely with Negra Modelo lager’s sweet nut and herb notes. Big appetites should brave Chipotle BBQ Ribs. Basted in gummy smokey chipotle bbq sauce and slow roasted, this generous half rack of St. Louis ribs are meaty, juicy, and fall-off the bone. (Chico Size your ribs if you share or if you dare!) Perfect rib-chew chaser? Tequila! Los Chicos couldn’t be a better spot for it - they boast the city’s biggest selection of the agave spirit. Sauza Blanco shimmers down the gullet with peppery aroma and sweet oak tang. Dessert dulce is classic: Mexican Flan. Homemade, drenched in caramel, and dolloped with whipped topping, this chilled vanilla creme is so soft and silky you’ll want seconds! (And if you check out Los Chicos’ weekday lunch buffet - nothing will stop you!)

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Alluring eatery hits the mark There’s a sleek little Italian lady perched on the second floor of Tre Visi’s century-old Exchange District digs. Her name? Sensi. Casually stepping onto the scene in 2010, this 50-seat wine lounge and eatery dazzled with its supple leather seats, chrome mobiles, crystal fixtures, striking cityscape views, and awe-inspiring climate-controlled glass vault flaunting hundreds of vintages. Now a jam-packed Saturday night affirms Sensi’s seductions hold true. Something to drink? Whites, reds, sparklers, roses, champagnes, infused cocktails ... Sensi’s love of wine has us Chin, Chin, Chin! with her themed Tritico di Vin sets. Wine flights land on your table as three 3 oz. tasting glasses arranged with informative wine spec cards. The “Bubble-licious” keeps things effervescent with Italian spumantes: a clean Chardonnay-based fizz of fruit and mineral, a berry splash with lemon pepper finish; and a froth brimming papaya, nutmeg, and orange. Since we’re frequent flying, it also gets red red red with the disorienting “Raz-a-ma-Cabs” set with a dark berry and spicy oak Shiraz, jammy Cabernet Sauvignon, and blend billowing cassis and spicy cedar. The menu? Tre Visi’s Chef Giacomo Appice lines up share-friendly palate-pleasers. Piattini, or small plates - like bruschetta, eggplant parmigiana, and tomatoey meatballs - are all steals at $5 each: perfect mix ‘n’ matchers. Madorle Dorate (golden almonds) is simple but stunning. Tossed in olive oil and sea salt and roasted, these hot ‘n’ crunchy nuts munch like buttery kettle-popped popcorn. Gnocchi al Pesto sees pillowy pasta knots flooded with dreamy creamy pesto. Syrupy balsamic drizzled Barbabietole con Arancie dominoes crunchy sliced beet with orange, then dusts it all with crushed pistachios. Swamped in a sunny rosé comes Pepperoni Farciti. Creamy ricotta and earthy mushroom get stuffed into ruddy Pequillo peppers.

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Dolci tempts with house-made gelati and the notoriously sinful Zucotto. The winner? Cheesecake del Giorno: Chocolate Cadillac. This rich moussey cake’s husky with cocoa and smooth with dense cream topping.

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Ham & Asparagus Strata

10 slices white bread (crusts removed), cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes 1 ½ cups (375 mL) ham, diced 3 cups chopped asparagus (about 1 ¼ lb/750 g) ½ sweet red pepper, chopped 2 cups (500 mL) shredded Old Cheddar cheese 6 eggs 3 cups (750 mL) 2% milk 3 green onions, chopped ½ tsp (2 mL) salt ½ tsp (2 mL) pepper 1 tsp (5 mL) Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon mustard Pinch of cayenne pepper Blanch asparagus in a saucepan of boiling water for 2 minutes; drain and refresh under cold water. Reserve ½ cup (125 mL) tips for garnish. Grease a 9 x 13 inch (23 cm x 33 cm) baking dish. Layer one-third each of the bread cubes, ham, asparagus, red pepper and cheese in the baking dish; repeat to make two more layers. Beat eggs with milk, onion, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and pinch of cayenne. Pour over strata. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. Bake at 350°F (180°C) uncovered for 60 – 70 minutes, or until center is set. Makes 10 servings.

Tangy Fruit Custard Pie

¼ cup (50 mL) granulated sugar 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 ½ cups (375 mL) buttermilk, 1% m.f. 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice 1 frozen pie shell (9 inch/23 cm) 3 medium kiwis (sliced) 10 strawberries, halved ½ cup (125 mL) pineapple chunks Pineapple glaze Combine sugar, flour, eggs, buttermilk and lemon juice and beat with a fork until well blended. Keep frozen pie shell in its foil pan and place on cookie sheet. Pour egg mixture into the shell. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 30 minutes or until set. Remove from oven. Once cool, add fruit slices and top with glaze. Chill until serving time. Makes 8 servings.

Pineapple Glaze 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch ½ cup (125 mL) pineapple juice ¼ cup (50 mL) sugar ½ tsp (2 mL) lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in small saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil for 1 minute over medium heat; remove from heat.

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Noshing Out Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano

1697 Corydon Avenue Wednesday is Winesday! Featured wines and pasta come to your table half off the regular price! You’ll lose your noodle for plates like Capellini con Vongole with fresh Manila clams, as well as Cannelloni e Carne, manicotti stuffed with veal, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. And be sure to check out neighbouring La Cantina. Vintages get poured by the ounce, thanks to the Tuscan “Enomatic Wine System,” a state of the art wine bar that lets you use a prepaid card to try a wide variety of wines. And with over 250 wines to try, the sky might as well be your limit!

The Velvet Glove

2 Lombard Place This Four Diamond CAA-AAA restaurant holds nothing back. Slip inside and indulge on dishes artfully combining global influences and quality ingredients. Starters go gourmet local with Manitoba Applewood Smoked Salmon with potato, lemon crème fraiche, and fennel pollen dust. Entrées include Roast Shallot Crusted Venison Loin with Morel mushroom and barley risotto, celeriac puree, and poached Morden apples. Or go for the Mule Foot Rack of Pork plate featuring brown butter sweet potato, chorizo corn foam, and poached peach. And thanks to its resident sommelier, you’ll find the city’s “sexiest” wine list (and the Gold Medals to prove it)!

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529 Wellington Crescent This other Wow! Hospitality wow-er is built upon some hefty legends the legend of its prestigious Wellington Crescent home (a splendid 1912 mansion), legendary Canadian prime beef, and the legendary status of boasting Manitoba’s highest rated wine list. Add to all that being surrounded by polished woodwork, drapery, and chandeliers ... a blissful dining experience is indeed inevitable. Lunch packs Real Baked Onion Soup with port, “always prime” Steak Sandwich of the Day, and Mini Yorkshire stuffed with prime rib au jus. Dinner is a poultry, beef, lamb, fish and seafood extravaganza! And, thanks to sommelier Christopher Sprague, wine pairings promise snug flavour fits.

Fusion Grill

550 Academy Road Fresh, local, organic (and even a bit wild!) this top spot for fare with flair and fine wine always makes for a sensational dine out. Surrounded by smart retro-style energy, you’ll snap up yummies like panko crusted Pickerel Cheeks with orange snap pea, crème fraiche, and caviar, or dig into Vegan Napoleon with garbonzo bean cakes with Winkler corn tostadas, pickled onion, strawberry port sauce and - gasp! - avocado emulsion. Pair ‘em with a glass (or bottle!) from Fusion Grill’s Cuvee Award winning All-Canadian Wine List - stocked with rare and highly prized labels. The PEI mussels love it too! They’re steamed in Pinot Grigio!

Bistro 7 1/4

725 Osborne Street Cozy, happening, gourmet - what’s not to love about this spot for Frenchinspired cuisine? Of course, the Moules et Frites here are among the best in town! Dip your frites into fiery harissa, curry mayo, Fort Garry bbq sauce or blue cheese. Meanwhile, choose from the likes of coconut curry or tequila cream to drench your fresh mussels. A bottle from Bistro 7 1/4’s handsome stock of vintages is bound to pair perfectly. Want to bring the Bistro home? Word is there are plans for a pre-made meal service. Load up on the likes of bourguignon with grilled polenta and enjoy it with your own house wine!

Promenade Café and Wine Bar

130 C Provencher Blvd. Promenade Café and Wine Bar is after our French heart: The view of the Forks is breathtaking, the décor elegant, and the service expert. But don’t forget their stellar wining and dinning! The Prix Fixe 4-course for two makes a perfect intimate night out. Two share a fixed tapas menu for $25.00 each. Past menus have included Mixed Mushroom Soup with Olive Tapenade, Smoked Duck, and Chocolate Concorde with chocolate meringue and mousse torte for dessert. Wanna punch-up your Prix Fixe? Go on a flight of wines from Promenade’s stock of premium Enomatic poured bottles.

Terrace Fifty-Five Food & Wine

Unit B - 55 Pavilion Crescent This elegant spot is a shoo-in for one of Winnipeg’s fanciest wine and dines. A sparkling atrium enwreathed in the natural splendor of Assiniboine Park, this Wow! Hospitality Concepts’ pride and joy doles out delicate fare and a variety of pair-friendly vintages. Chef Resch’s regionally influenced and seafood-tastic carte includes smaller plates like grilled scallop and marinated tenderloin “Surf & Turf” with Thai red curry vinaigrette and alluringly coined “forbidden rice.” Big appetite? Try Grilled Manitoba Berkshire Pork Chop. Wash it down with a fine vintage from an award-winning Canadian and International wine list.

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Sydney’s at the Forks

215-One Forks Market Road No other restaurant pulls the stops like this splendid prix-fixe fuser of Asian, French and Italian influence. Executive Chef Michael Schafer crafts menus monthly. Past offerings included starters like Beet Borscht with Manitoba beets, Serrano ham, crème fraîche & chive, appetizers like Minted Green Pea Ravioli, mains like Salmon Filet with ginger & white balsamic blaze and wilted baby spinach, and desserts like Pink Grapefruit Panna Cotta with vanilla chiffon, rose meringue & spearmint gastrique. Whet your palate with a vin from Sydney’s Canadian and international bottles of white, red, blends, ports, dessert, and fortifieds. Toast to stunning views of the river and the historic Forks site.

Hermano’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

179 Bannatyne Avenue South America comes alive at this eatery housed in the Exchange District. The bites and vino here make it the next best thing to being in Buenos Aires! Head to the handsome lounge, classic white linen dining room, or dive in to some comfy communal seating. Sip Chilean and Argentinian wine by the glass or bottle whilst dipping crostini into garlic eggplant mouse or Israeli hummus, or whilst chowin’ down on “Churrasco Barbeque,” traditional Brazilian barbecue serving beef, pork, and sausage with zesty salads and sides. Live Samba and Chilean Jazz heat up Friday and Saturday nights.

De Luca’s

950 Portage Avenue Your one-stop shop for everything Italian! The grocery will have you promenading the streets of Italy with its comprehensive selection of classic ingredients, fresh produce and homemade pastas and breads. Can’t cook it up? De Luca’s Cooking Studio promises to hone culinary skills under expert guidance. Need something quick? Prepared foods make completely satisfying meals easy. Eating out? The fully licensed restaurant on the mezzanine level lets you savour all the flavour. And be sure to visit Deluca’s adjoining wine store! This new renovation offers wine giftware, accessories, and bottles, including an exclusive Uruguayan section. And you can try before you buy!

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Quick & Easy Slow Cooker Roast Turkey Dinner

Granny’s Seasoned, Stuffed Turkey Breast is a wholesome & nutritious product that can be prepared from frozen. Slow Cooker Frozen Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast INGREDIENTS: 2 kg 2 1/2 cups | 625 ml 1 cup | 250 ml 1/2 cup | 125 ml 1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml 1/4 tsp | 1.25 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 tsp | 5 ml 1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml

Granny’s Frozen Stuffed Turkey Breast Roast baby potatoes, halved or quartered peeled baby carrots homemade or low sodium turkey or chicken stock sea salt freshly ground black pepper mild paprika ground coriander seed dried ground rosemary

DIRECTIONS: 1. Microwave potatoes on high for 4.5 minutes. Place in bottom of a 6-7 quart slow cooker. 2. Microwave carrots on high for 2.5 minutes, add to cooker. 3. Mix in stock, salt and pepper. 4. Remove the roast from plastic bag; do not remove netting. Place the roast breast side up on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker. 5. Mix paprika with coriander and rosemary and sprinkle over roast. 6. Cook on high setting for 5.5 hours. Recipe courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman

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Another delicious Omega-3 Product from Granny’s Poultry

Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast is packed full of nutrition. It’s frozen, ready to cook and infused with Omega-3. Omega-3 Turkey Breast with Porcini Mushrooms INGREDIENTS: 1

Granny’s Seasoned, Boneless Turkey Breast, thawed 1 tbsp | 15 ml olive oil 1 tbsp | 15 ml garlic, finely chopped 1 - 10 g pkg dried porcini mushrooms 1 1/2 cups| 375 ml arugula 1 1/2 cups | 375 ml fresh baby spinach 4 tbsp | 60 ml fresh parmesan, grated 2 tbsp | 30 ml pine nuts, toasted 1/2 - 150 g pkg fresh mozzarella, diced 1 egg white 1/4 tsp | 1.25 ml sea salt To taste freshly ground black pepper

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DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). 2. Soak mushrooms in 1/4 cup of water until soft. Drain, reserving liquid. 3. Sauté garlic and mushroom in a pan over medium heat with olive oil for 2 minutes. Add mushroom liquid & cook until almost dry. 4. Add arugula and spinach and sauté until fully cooked; let cool. 5. Mix with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 6. Cut a large pocket in turkey breast. 7. Place the stuffing mixture into the pocket. 8. Place the breast on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 9. Cover the stuffing area with a greased piece of foil. 10. Bake for 40 minutes, remove foil and continue baking for another 20 minutes or until meat reaches a minimum internal temperature of 170°F (77°C). 11. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Recipe courtesy Chef Jason Wortzman

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Thoughts I was visiting friends in Winnipeg for Christmas and saw Style Manitoba on their coffee table. Since Adam Beach was the cover story and I faithfully watch Arctic Air, I immediately picked up the magazine and read through it. What a great Manitoba based publication! There should be a Style magazine for every province!


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My wife and I have watched Style Manitoba evolve for more than 15 years, and we’re very impressed with its growth. Not only does it provide consistently great coverage on what’s available in homes and décor in our province, it also does so in an attractive layout each and every issue. We are always pleased to see the arts and entertainment section included in your magazine, proving that it’s not always about advertising. Our arts groups need all the promotional help they can get. Thanks for keeping them covered.

Thanks for the Holiday Gift Guide featured in the winter issue of Style Manitoba. It was actually a helpful resource when I had to go on my annual Christmas shopping excursion this past season. It would be nice to see more gift ideas for children in the future. Sarah Potts, Winnipeg

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Fiesta Mexican Pork Tostadas

1 pork shoulder blade roast, well-trimmed, 2 - 2 ½ lb / 1 - 1.25 kg 1 Tbsp / 15 mL canola oil 1 medium onion, sliced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 Tbsp / 15 mL balsamic vinegar 2 tsp / 10 mL dried oregano 1 tsp / 5 mL ground cumin 1 tsp / 5 mL salt ½ tsp / 2 mL ground pepper 3 bay leaves 10 - 12 tostada shells

This versatile pork dish can also be used for tacos, wraps, pizza topping and more.

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add roast; brown on all sides. Meanwhile, place onion slices on bottom of slow cooker. Sprinkle garlic over onion. Place roast on top. Drizzle vinegar over roast; season with oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Add bay leaves. Cover and cook on LOW until meat is tender, about 8 hours. Remove roast from slow cooker onto a clean plate. Remove and discard onion and bay leaves. Skim fat from braising liquid if required. Shred meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH, about 15 minutes more. For tostadas, serve pork on tostada shells, topped with your favourite fresh condiments.


Enjoy slow cooker recipes for all seasons with Manitoba Pork’s Slow Cooker Guide. Send your full name and mailing address to info@manitobapork.com, or call 204-237-7447 to get yours.

Topping suggestions: diced tomato, chopped avocado, shredded lettuce, thinly sliced red onion, finely chopped cilantro. Serves 10-12

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Vietnamese Pork Pho 1 lb / 500 g lean ground pork 1 Tbsp / 15 mL Asian garlic chili sauce 2 green onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated

Fresh ingredients and bold flavours turn this slow simmering broth into a traditional Vietnamese dish that excites the palate.

2 cloves garlic, minced

In large saucepan, brown pork over medium-high heat, breaking up with 2 Tbsp / 25 mL light soy sauce a spatula until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain fat. Add chili 1 Tbsp / 15 mL unseasoned sauce, whites of green onions, garlic, rice vinegar ginger, soy sauce and rice vinegar. 6 cups / 1.5 L sodium-reduced Cook 2 minutes. Add chicken broth chicken broth and Chinese Five Spice. Bring to boil. Add carrots and mushrooms. Reduce 1 tsp / 5 mL Chinese Five Spice heat; simmer 10 minutes. Stir in rice ½ cup / 125 mL matchstick carrots vermicelli noodles; simmer until noodles are tender, 8–10 minutes. 1 cup / 250 mL thinly sliced Ladle into large bowl. Garnish with shiitake mushrooms remaining green onion, bean sprouts 5 oz / 150 g rice vermicelli and sprigs of Thai basil.

For more pork recipes, watch Great Tastes of Manitoba on March 9th & May 4th at 6:30 pm on CTV Winnipeg.

2 Tbsp / 25 mL minced gingerroot

noodles, dry

½ cup / 125 mL bean sprouts

Serves 4-6

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The Marsh Keepers Journey: The Story of Ducks Unlimited Canada (Ducks Unlimited) by Elizabeth Hay

Ducks Unlimited has been in Canada for 75 years. To celebrate, the waterfowl conservation organization has come out with this history of their work. Bruce Batt writes about the conservationists, the biologists, and the hunters who work at preserving this country’s wetlands, and the ducks and other creatures they shelter. With lots of colour photographs of DUC artifacts, scientists, scenery, and of course, ducks.



STEREO Reviewed by Randal McIlroy Brian Eno Luxe (Warp) After two beguiling experiments in using other people’s speaking voices as the foreground attraction, and one churning instrumental evocation of the sea, Brian Eno returns to the ambient genre that bears his watermark. Luxe blossoms, pulses, hovers and surprises too often in its 75 minutes to be an undemanding sonic bath, however. From its initial drone and shimmer, it expands gracefully to promote slow, wandering piano lines and high, sustained guitar, to become less a background than an absorbing terrain. Just how it was experienced in its initial application for an installation in Turin is one to ponder. Scott Walker Bish Bosch (4AD) Light relief arrives in the closing track. “The Day the ‘Conducator’ Died (An Xmas Song)” imagines Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s last thoughts as he faces the firing squad. The lyrics are presented as a multiplechoice job interview; the music sets unnerving guitar over sleigh bells and glockenspiel. Scott Walker will not make it easy. In an interview for his earlier album, The Drift, he noted he needed six years to cast the lyrics properly for one song. Bish Bosch may warrant even longer to plumb properly. With his pop years long behind him, save for that handsome, yearning baritone, Walker twists dramatic thickets that allude to dark, disquieting business on the periphery – two sets of machetes number in the percussion detail – with words to make you work. Bish Bosch warrants the effort through deep, intoxicating fascination. Those who held fast for the arresting storytelling and moments of startling, sunrise beauty in Tilt and The Drift may give up before braving the full 21 minutes of “SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter),” where the doomed life of Attila the Hun’s court jester spurs astronomical allegories and Borscht Belt quips. Others may keep this to display alongside that unread copy of Finnegan’s Wake – more admired than loved. Remember, though, that James Joyce, too, is worth the concentration.

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Peter Gabriel So – 25th Anniversary Edition (Realworld) For the cover of his fifth solo album, Peter Gabriel chose portrait photography over previous surreal drollery. Significantly, So was equally straightforward in its music, with Canadian co-producer Daniel Lanois pushing guitars and percussion to heat the mix while Gabriel wrote from the hips as well as the head. “Sledgehammer” had those dancing chickens in the video, “Don’t Give Up” had a tremulous Kate Bush, but this was Gabriel as the progressive musician who wanted to dance. So’s 25th anniversary brings an expensive box set, but the modest 3CD edition is appointed handsomely, with crowd favourite “In Your Eyes” added to the original disc, and a fun, punchy concert from Athens comprising two more. spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 35

By Ian Mozdzen

Drive to Dance

Jolene Bailie

Based on the impact of experience and how feelings often override evidence, Aspects of Alterity saw the dancers achieve a unique aesthetic and dynamic. Set to the music of 20th century avantgarde luminary John Cage, fluidly choreographed group and solo dances were weighted with precise open shapes. Folk and abstract movement carved the air. And audiences proclaimed it all seamless, hypnotic ... beautiful. Yet Jolene could not have predicted it.

Liquid to static ... energized by life’s conundrums ... heroic... Words to describe the dance of Jolene Bailie, celebrated soloist and Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works, one of Winnipeg’s most prominent contemporary dance companies. Add relentless. Having toured nationally and internationally to the tune of 300 solo performances, produced five full-length ensemble works, completed a Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University/ The American Dance Festival, worked with leading creators, including iconic visual artist Wanda Koop (2010’s Hybrid Human), and all in addition to teaching fleets of aspiring dancers ... having accomplished all this ... to say that Jolene Bailie “loves to dance” is an understatement.

“It’s amazing how the piece you create is never the piece you thought you’d create. I had kooky ideas, but with the synergy of everybody and the spontaneity of life, we got to a place we never thought existed!” Old hat for the 35 year old. Over a decade of choreographing always sees Jolene feeling the same when her dancers hit the stage. “I sit there and I watch it and I am just in awe: Wow! That all happened!”

is this same self-motivation that propels her practice. Enter the addiction: “My life has been one thousand percent dance ... I just HAVE TO dance. Nothing is like dance. ”

obsessed, there was a fear that maybe she had missed her chance. “I came into formal dance training quite late for a girl. Very late. I started ballet in high school, which is considered NO WAY.” Fortunately, some inspiring role models helped her prove any naysayer wrong.

But, in 2009, the inconceivable happened to Jolene ... something else: Jolene became a mother. Hello baby Simon! “It’s not that I am less committed now. I am just finding a healthier way to approach dance. Chilling out is of value,” she proclaims, and then adds (ironically), “I still don’t get to do that very often.” Has motherhood changed Jolene?

Who else? Mom and Dad. Of her civil engineer/land surveyor Father and endlessly nurturing Mother-of-alltrades, Jolene reports, “One thing I got from my parents: work ethic. My Dad especially loves to work,” she nods seriously. “I think it’s his favourite activity.”

Step back. Like father like daughter. First found taking turtle-paced pas in Community Club-style Irish, Tap, and Jazz classes, Jolene laughingly reveals a number of her early dance faux pas: “I expected to finish my school homework rather than dance!” and “I didn’t have a body suit!” and most shockingly, “I didn’t know you could lift your leg to the back!” So when she finally did catch the dance bug, and like many dancers, became

“I had a key to the studio. I skipped school to practice. My first year, I did two ballet exams - not just one. I danced everyday for hours. My Dad came to the studio late at night. He’d jog in the neighbourhood while I practiced.”

“Every moment means so much now. I’m much more present and available for everything.” And her dancing?

And even after graduation from The School of the Contemporary Dancers (founded by the late Rachel Browne), it

“Less precious. I overthought things. Now I am always open to trying something different.”

She’s plain addicted to it. What’s next? “When it comes to dance, I attack,” she affirms. One afternoon I catch up with the dance junkie at Parlour Coffee in the Exchange District. And since Parlour is only a hop, skip, and jeté away from Jolene’s second home - The School of Contemporary Dancers - the studio is luckily kept within comfortable radius. Perched on stools at big windows overlooking Main Street, rubbing elbows with fellow joe devotees, the Winnipeg-born dancer/choreographer smiles big at the artful espresso heart lacing her café latte foam - a smile that radiates when she talks about Aspects of Alterity, a choreography for five dancers presented at The Gas Station Theatre in November 2012. 36 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2013

Here’s the list: Tinkering with emerging solo material; prepping works for The School of Contemporary Dancers’ 40th Anniversary concerts (May 31-June 2); continuing to mentor dancers; touring Hybrid Human; planning Gearshifting’s 2014 project. And yes, readying herself for baby #2 (due in February 2013). Sounds like a tall order, but with an empty mug now before her, Jolene’s indeed got more than enough fuel for it: “I’ve always had a drive, a fierce inner fire.” For more information about Jolene and Gearshifting Performance Works check out www.gearshifting.org.

Psychotherapy & Personal Coaching Tips from Dr. Darek Dawda of PRAIRIE Psychology* By Mathilda Waters

According to our psychologist expert, we should accept our emotions and control our actions. MW: Your clinic, now called PRAIRIE Psychology, specializes in psychotherapy and personal coaching. Over the years of our interviews, we’ve never talked directly about your views on psychotherapy and coaching. First of all, what is the difference between psychotherapy and personal coaching? Dr. DD: At the risk of grossly oversimplifying matters, psychotherapy helps people obtain relief from suffering, stress, or emotional discomfort, whereas personal coaching helps facilitate growth and wellbeing. For most people, a combination of both works best. MW: How do psychotherapists or coaches help people? Dr. DD: I find it useful to think about four different areas that one can focus on, each area having its own therapeutic rules and methods. You can work on your THINKING, FEELINGS, BEHAVIOUR, or ENVIRONMENT. MW: Which of those levels is most important to focus on? Dr. DD: They are all important in their unique way, and a change at any one level will usually affect all the other levels. For example, many people don’t like the way they FEEL and they spend extraordinary amounts of energy and time to try to feel differently, at the same time neglecting to DO the things that would automatically make their lives better and help them feel better. MW: So do not control your feelings? Dr. DD: What works best is to apply control to actions, and to not control emotions. In other words, do what is good for you, no matter how you are feeling, and you will feel better. MW: And what are you supposed to do with the difficult emotions? Dr. DD: All feelings, in fact all of your inner life, needs to be accepted, one hundred percent. The most effective way to achieve relief from uncomfortable emotions is by getting in touch with and accepting these emotions, no matter what they are, as they are, completely! MW: What if these emotions will lead you towards destructive or violent actions? Dr. DD: Actions are not feelings. Emotions are internal states. Our emotions should not control our actions. Our actions are best to be controlled by deliberate decisions that we make for ourselves. If we act too much on the basis of our emotions, especially when these emotions are strong, we usually end up getting ourselves into trouble. But that does not mean we should control our emotions. Accept your emotions, control your actions.

MW: Well, it’s easy to say, but how many people can actually do this? Dr. DD: It’s true, many people act in self-destructive ways, and hate the emotions that they are experiencing. We have all been programmed to doubt and judge ourselves. It takes some work, and often the guidance of a therapist, to gradually adopt the model I am proposing here. MW: If I feel horrible, I just want that horrible feeling to go away. How do emotions get better if I accept them? Dr. DD: Difficult emotions, such as sadness or fear, become less intense when you accept them, just as a child who needs comforting usually calms down when she’s comforted. MW: OK, so do what you need to do and accept your emotions. What about your thinking? Dr. DD: Some ways of THINKING are useful, others are not. The cognitive part of therapy is concerned with creating a healthy way of thinking about yourself and the world that can guide your actions in the right directions. MW: OK, so finally, what about the environment? Dr. DD: The ENVIRONMENT we choose to live in, which includes everything outside of you (your work, the people you surround yourself with, your physical environment), will have a great effect on your wellbeing. Like plants, we too will tend to grow healthy if we are in a healthy garden. MW: And which of these four areas can psychotherapy help the most? Dr. DD: Psychotherapy can help with all these areas. However, the area that psychotherapy is uniquely qualified to provide help with (which is very difficult to find elsewhere) is the emotion part. Psychotherapists should guide you towards complete acceptance of your inner life. In our culture, there are few other avenues to obtain guidance in this respect. And that acceptance is a pillar of both psychological health and personal freedom. * PRAIRIE Psychology is a psychotherapy and personal coaching clinic. For an initial consultation call 204.253.2832. To find other Manitoba psychologists, visit www.mps.ca

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In the pursuit of life, we are all faced with health obstacles. When those obstacles arrive, Thrive Chiropractic is here to help. The new, dynamic health centre, located in the Courtyard of River Heights on Taylor Avenue, is dedicated to providing topnotch care with a one-of-akind experience. With two Chiropractors, an Athletic Therapist, and Registered Massage Therapist, Thrive has been creating a holistic buzz since its debut in June 2012. “Our goal is to get you well and keep you well,” says Dr. Chantelle Lussier. Dr. Lussier, together with fellow Winnipegger, business partner and fiancé, Dr. Bryon Doerksen, established Thrive shortly after completing their degrees at Life Chiropractic College West in California. Passionate about their craft, Drs. Lussier and Doerksen travelled to Central America with the annual El Salvador Outreach Program of Life West, before returning to Manitoba. There, they were able to provide education and chiropractic care to people of all ages with a variety of health concerns. Thrive offers a unique approach to patient care: one that considers both your immediate needs and your long-term health and fitness goals. “You’re an individual, and at Thrive you’ll be treated like one,” explains Dr. Doerksen. “We create a customized care strategy for every patient,” he adds. “It takes time, but it’s time we’re happy to spend on you.” The practitioners at Thrive address a wide range of muscle and joint problems, including headaches and migraines, vertigo, numbness and tingling, and chronic neck, back and jaw pain. They also manage common injuries, such as those to the knee or shoulder, and plantar fasciitis pain. “At Thrive we like to create an experience, not just a treatment,” says Dr. Lussier. Upon arrival, you’ll exchange your footwear for a pair of cozy, hand-knit slippers, then be directed to the reception area, where you’ll fill out the new patient forms while sipping on a warm cup of herbal tea or water.

“You’re an individual, and at Thrive you’ll be treated like one,”

Taylor Avenue gets an adjustment By Leigh Patterson

Photography: Mike Sanders The office was designed to be soothing and comfortable. The chosen building materials of wood, stone and steel not only give the space a modern feel, but also allow you to relax and re-energize. Once your forms are completed, you’ll take a tour of the office and be invited to try Thrive’s zero-gravity chairs. The luxurious chairs are utilized after every visit, giving your body a chance to unwind and rest before returning to your busy day. The office was created with the most up-to-date tools and patient resources in mind. Thrive uses stateof-the-art technology, such as digital X-ray Imaging and thermal scans to help achieve the finest results possible. “People say they feel balanced and centered following treatment,” says Dr. Doerksen. “They’re sleeping better, moving better and have more energy.” Leading the therapy branch, Certified Athletic Therapist Eleni Karasoulis focuses her practice on MPI (Manitoba Public Insurance) auto injury claims. She helps with a wide range of conditions: from whiplash recovery and low-back injury, to chronic and acute shoulder pain. Karasoulis is inspired by helping her patients return to their everyday lifestyle without pain or limitation.

Don’t let the word ‘athletic’ keep you away. In fact, the majority of her clientele are everyday people looking to lead a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. Rounding out the Thrive team is Registered Massage Therapist Tara Mowat. Her services include therapeutic, relaxation, deep tissue, and pregnancy massage. Whether you need a moment of relaxation, relief from chronic pain, or to reduce shoulder tension, massage therapy can enhance your overall sense of wellbeing. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and looking forward to your next session. As Thrive Chiropractic’s reputation as a one-stop shop for complete wellness grows, so does its commitment to the community it serves. From collecting expired medications through the Medications Return Program, offering lifestyle tips through its website and social media pages, to future plans for a walking group for seniors, the centre is dedicated to healthy patients and a thriving community.

Trained in soft tissue release, patients respond well to Karasoulis’s customized hands-on treatments.

No referrals are required to book an appointment at Thrive Chiropractic. Most private insurers i.e. Blue Cross and Great West Life, cover the cost of services provided. MPI and WCB are billed directly for Chiropractic and Athletic Therapy expenses.

“Clients really appreciate the one-on-one care,” she says.

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e l y t S Wintery Wow! Mariana and Robyn focused on giving Krystal the feel of a winter warrior. Mariana used Aveda’s Air Control and a Volumizing Crimper to create this wonderful fo-hawk shape. (This combo is great to create volume, thicken fine textures for larger shapes in hair, or maintain fullness). Braiding is all the rage and a four-strand braid will give you that full shape. If you need more hair, have some extensions installed and get that long hair you always wanted. Robyn used M.U.D. makeup to create shades of muted bronze and gold to give Krystal softer smoky eyes and bring out her beautiful cheeks.

Picture Perfect

Emilia’s sexy but natural look can be pulled off for any occasion, while David’s sharp yet laid back style is perfect for a man on the go. Emilia’s peaches and cream complexion is complemented by a soft blush and natural highlighter to make her skin glow. A neutral eye palette and bold black liner make her beautiful eyes pop. This couple’s natural look is perfect for any photo shoot or wedding day. Salon: Root 37 Hair Designs Ltd. Photo by: Kaitlyn Marie Photography Models: Emilia & David Knoch Stylist: Lynne Mestdagh Makeup artist: Kayla Leigh Esthetics Ltd

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The Muckies are a creation of Julie Pedersen, designer moccasins that can be custom made just for you. She will also create for your wee ones. Check out www.juliepedersen.com This is a sister act, because the photographer is Julie’s sister, Jodee. Check out www.artography.pro to see more of her work. Salon: rituals in hair and skin Hair Artist: Mariana Makeup Artist: Robyn Photography: Jodee Pedersen Muckies: Julie Pedersen Styling: Kim Slezak Jewellery: Dconstruct and vintage bling jewellery Model: Krystal Check out rituals’ website for all their services at: www. ritualsinhairandskin.ca Join them on Face book and enter a contest to win a complementary set of LCN nails!

Spring Hive ”The Bigger the Better” might be a good headline for this new purple and red glaze conditioning application on brown hair with added depth and shine from Italy, now available at Society The Salon. ”The process for this style’s height here is a technique I have developed so less backcombing is needed, resulting in a smoother, larger retro-curl with only one extension added for a little more thickness. Samantha’s hair is just beyond the base of her neck, with one piece at the back of the head, that is all,” says stylist Eve. She’s ready to go out, have some fun and get noticed. A day, night or evening look for a formal or funky event along with a Fellini movie and martini as a nightcap Bravissimo! Hair: Eve at Society the Salon Makeup: Shelby Fraser Photography: shelbyfraserphotography@gmail.com Model: Samantha Fraser

Beautiful Blonde With spring right around the corner, wedding season will be in full effect and so will our need to lighten our locks to get that sun-kissed look for summer. On our beautiful bride, Tara, Kelly did a honey blonde base colour with vibrant blonde highlights to add dimension. For some extra length, volume and fullness, she then used clip-in extensions that were pre-coloured to match her hair perfectly. To complete the look, Kelly styled Tara’s hair with gorgeous soft, loose curls and finished with Kevin Murphy’s Session Spray for that allday hold. For Tara’s makeup, the focus was on her beautiful eyes. To do so, deep shades of brown shadow were mixed in the crease and highlighted with some bronze for that soft summer look. For some extra drama, lashes were applied and finished with Mud Makeup’s volume mascara. Salon One Eleven (formerly Sets On Fort) Photo by Jeremy Hiebert Photography Bride - Tara Eby Hair Stylist - Kelly Evans Makeup - Lorraine Lee

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Form and function unite with an elliptical grid of annodized aluminum panels that offer both ambient and down light. “Jazz up your space” with the Chicago Jazz by LBL Lighting. Total Lighting, 347 William Ave

Rock the latest eyewear looks this season in fashion forward frames & sunglasses from Hakim Optical. Visit www.hakimoptical.ca for a location near you.

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Our design team has a serious crush on the spring line! It’s a heartbreaking choice between this 2.3 carat blue topaz ring ($899.00) and our five-row, 1.50 total carat weight round and princess cut diamond ring ($2999.00) Both are set in 14 karat white gold and incite envy among all fashionistas. mokada custom jewelry design studio 1-530 Waterfront Drive www.mokada.ca

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Thalia in sapphire by Empreinte, available in sizes up to an H cup. Leissa Lingerie St Vital Square, 26-845 Dakota St

Satin evening bag with pearl bead embroidery & three-strand glass bead necklace from the Tara Projects group in India. Items featured are Fair Trade products, providing vital income to artisans from more than 30 countries & work for nearly 60,000 people around the world. Ten Thousand Villages, two locations: 134 Plaza Drive & 10-963 Henderson Hwy. www.tenthousandvillages.ca Silk chemise with crystal detail on adjustable straps. Leissa Lingerie St Vital Square, 26-845 Dakota St

Sparkling & whimsical, The Zigzag is a unique signature set sure to capture your feminine side. Available as finished jewellery, or can be handmade by you in a class setting. Easily add more whole fruits and vegetables to your menu with the Vitamix TurboBlend VS. The Vitamix makes the perfect green smoothie! Vita Health Fresh Market 6 Winnipeg locations to serve you! For a store near you, visit www.myvita.ca.

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California By Christine Hanlon

Sitting in the hot tub at Santa Monica’s luxurious Fairmont Miramar Hotel, the last thing on my mind was celebrities. All right - I admit that earlier in the afternoon I was strolling Montana Avenue hoping to spot a Hollywood star. But after an intense hour of Core Fusion toning at Exhale Mind/Body Spa, my head was spinning like the solar-powered Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier. Then Adam Sandler walked up. A visit to Southern California certainly doesn’t guarantee a star sighting. On the other hand, there is no better place to feel like a celebrity. A wide range of shopping, accommodation, recreation and dining options deliver the red carpet treatment at all price points.


Downtown Santa Monica offers two blocks of open air shopping along trendy Third Street Promenade. Anchored by Bloomingdales and Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place, the pedestrian mall includes designers such as Hugo Boss, Burberry and Michael Kors, along with celebrity favourites such as Kitson and unique boutiques such as Eva Varro. Or visit the iconic Fred Segal, an oft star-studded emporium of ultra-hip boutiques that includes a lending library of eveningwear accessories. However, you don’t have to spend like a celebrity to dress like one. Instead, travel downtown where the LA Fashion District has become the city’s premier shopping destination for trendsetting couture, at prices within reach. If the 90 blocks, 4,500 apparel and accessory lines and more than 1,000 stores of America’s largest fashion industry have you feeling overwhelmed, head straight for the Cooper Design Space, a nexus of leading-edge design since 1927. Plan to be there for the sample sale, held the last Friday of every month. Or for a taste of Hollywood glam that’s available anytime, veer off the beaten path to Shareen Vintage on North Spring Street. Star of television’s Dresscue Me, fashionista Shareen Mitchell stocks her unassuming warehouse with Hollywood hand-me-downs, parti-

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tioned by period and colour. Those who prefer their one-of-a-kinds newly minted can head for Venice Beach, where Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become the go-to place for local brands. At the other end of the spectrum, designer label shopping from the world’s most famous brands is what you will find at the South Coast Plaza. In this case, it’s the refined New Port Beach and Laguna Beach areas of Orange County that lay claim to this international destination, encompassing sought-after couture and accoutrements by the likes of Harry Winston, Hermès, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent,

Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Ermenegildo Zegna and more. There is no question that, along with the influence of New York, Paris and Milan, these lines have drawn inspiration from Hollywood and their celebrity patrons. Nowhere is this more obvious than at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum and Gallery, particularly during the Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit that runs until the end of April. Peruse the Oscar-nominated costume designs from some of Hollywood’s hottest films. But as much as the SoCal crowd likes to dress up, they sure know how to dress down in style. During LA Fashion Week, held each March in venues across the city, the golden state’s runway fashionistas parlay SoCal beach culture into an eclectic array of oh-so-cool couture. The source of this inspiration can be found on the sandy shores of Huntington Beach, aka “Surf City USA,” home of the longboard, shortboard and the board short, along with brands such as Quicksilver and Roxy, which have transformed surfwear from a niche market to a mainstream trend. But make no mistake, catching a wave is more than a trendy pastime on Orange County’s Pacific Coastline. Ever since legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku introduced surfing to the area, there’s been no better place to rent a board, book a lesson and surf the swells. Or if you prefer the sand to the surf, the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort has all the necessities for a sunset bonfire on the beach, including S’Mores. Many of the hotels along the coast also rent bicycles. The 21-km Huntington Beach Bike Trail is only one of the many bike paths skirting the coast from Newport Beach to Santa Monica. No need to pack a lunch. Instead, stop in for a Shrimp and Crab Louie at Duke’s Restaurant at the base of Huntington Beach pier. Or grab a snack from the popular food trucks that cluster in the heart of these coastal towns. Serving up everything from lobster tacos to Korean barbecue to grilled cheese, gourmet food trucks are an LA institution. You can even follow them on Twitter. These go-to lunch spots are everywhere, including Hollywood Boulevard and Santa Monica. For dinner, treat yourself to AnQi’s exquisite Asian tapas. Located at the edge of South Coast Plaza, the gourmet bistro and noodle

bar showcases global ingredients in a glamorous décor, which includes a catwalk for the monthly Couture & Cuisine. (You haven’t lived until you’ve tried the Pink Lotus, a blend of Finlandia Pink Grapefruit Vodka, Cointreau and hand-pressed pink grapefruit and orange juices poured over a ball of pink cotton candy!) There is no shortage of exciting chef-driven restaurants along the coast, or for that matter, throughout Greater Los Angeles. In fact, the very doyen of haute cuisine, Gordon Ramsay has a Michelin-starred restaurant at The London West Hollywood, where cosmopolitan chic meets California cool. Located in the heart of the Hollywood Hills on the legendary Sunset Strip bordering Beverly Hills and Hollywood, the hotel’s expansive suites are all elegantly appointed by the renowned David Collins Studio design team. Glamorous features like mosaic tiles, a raised ultra-spacious soaker tub and a private balcony or terrace are sure to make you feel like a celebrity. Dine on the rooftop or enjoy a full range of locally infused delicacies reinterpreted for the California lifestyle by the Gordon Ramsay culinary team. Guests staying at The London enjoy a complimentary Breakfast Table, a sublime spread of artisan breads, international cheeses and charcuterie, specialty coffees, and sweet and savoury pastries accompanied by a bounty of seasonal fruit from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market.

A bustling neighbourhood meeting place, Urth is also the perfect perch from which to peruse the street for a stray celebrity or two. Not that I saw any while I was there. But that’s okay. I’ll always have Santa Monica. In that hot tub at the fabulous Fairmont Hotel, I not only saw Adam Sandler. In fact, he came right up to me and asked where I was from. Turns out he was at the hotel participating in a fundraiser for his children’s school. It’s nice to know that he’s just a regular guy. Now every time I see him on the big screen, I’ll remember Southern California, that fabulous place where it’s possible to come close to the friendly face of fame… and feel just as special as the stars themselves.

Serving local seasonal produce is a badge of honour for many SoCal restaurants and in West Hollywood it’s de rigueur. Urth Caffe on Melrose Avenue takes this mission very seriously, coupling its healthful food selection with organic fair-trade coffees. Located in the The Avenues shopping district, it makes an ideal refuelling spot between multi-designer boutiques such as Tenoversix and Arcade, and designer-focused boutiques such as Balenciaga and Christian Louboutin. spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 45

Live like a Sultan in Istanbul By Greg Klassen The late afternoon sun casts its glow on the Istanbul skyline and we’re feeling tourist tired. We’ve walked the steep lanes of the central Beyoglu district all day, visited the galleries of Istanbul Modern, and now my husband and I are heading back over the Galata Bridge to our hotel in the old part of the city. As we descend to the bridge, passing the Karakoy fish market, we are struck by what lies ahead: the Suleymaniye mosque lit by a shaft of splendid light across the Bosphorus. Then I realize it. This is the Istanbul I have dreamt of. The bridge is packed with pedestrians and fishermen - shoulder to shoulder- sharing the wide walkway that joins the new city with the old. The mosque on the horizon appears like an exotic version of a Disney castle and there’s palpable electricity in the air as the sun sets on ancient, exotic Istanbul. The only city in the world that straddles two continents, Istanbul is a kaleidoscopic brew of many cultures and religions. The sophistication of Europe mingles with the exoticism of Asia. East meets west, contemporary meets ancient, Islam meets Christian. The most visited part of the city sits on the southeastern tip of Europe, separated from Asia by the much-lauded Bosphorus strait. Istanbul has historically guarded the Black Sea, and with its prime location on the Silk Road, once served as one of the world’s great trading meccas.

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We have chosen to spend our first six nights at the Empress Zoe Hotel in Sultanahmet, the historic section of the city. Ideally located within walking distance of all the glorious must-see’s of Byzantium: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, as well as a few less-trumpeted sites that are no less tantalizing for their historic appeal. For our final three nights, we crossed the Bosphorus and indulged ourselves by checking in to the Pera Palace, a short five-minute walk from Istanbul’s most frenzied street, Istiklal Caddesi. It is one of the world’s legendary hotels, having served as the final stop on the Orient Express, a train that connected Paris with Istanbul. Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express while staying here, and Ernest Hemingway, Greta Garbo and Graham Greene imbibed at its legendary bar.

If you only have time to visit one site in Istanbul, make it Hagia (pronounced Aya) Sophia (Holy Wisdom), often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. Originally built as a Byzantine church in 500 AD, it is now a museum resplendent in historical and religious art, artifacts and Iconography. For 1000 years, it was the largest domed building on the planet. In the 16th century it was converted into a mosque, when sadly, many of its glorious mosaics were plastered over. Its transformation into a museum in 1935 allowed it to unite Pagan, Christian and Islamic symbols harmoniously in a structure that is beautiful on the outside and inside. The first time you see the interior of Hagia Sophia, you may be rendered speechless. Is it the sheer size of the dome? Or the beautiful soft colours and lighting? How does this circular

dome sitting upon a rectangular structure trick the eyes in so many ways? All of these will cause you to reflect on Hagia Sophia long after your visit. You know something is special when you feel calm and centered surrounded by thousands of tourists. If you want to experience the Istanbul of centuries ago, one of the best places to visit is the Egyptian Spice Market. Here you’ll shop the narrow alleys with row upon row of bins filled with sensually appealing mounds of spices, sweets and dried fruits. The smells and sights are of another era. Cleverly tucked away in this market is the delightful mosque, a little gem really, the tiny Rustem Pasa Mosque. Its stunning Iznak tiles, almost luminous in the soft light, offer a quiet refuge in a bustling city. Designed by legendary Turkish

architect Sinan, the tilework is almost perfectly preserved and its smaller scale, compared to the famous Blue Mosque, allows a much better view of the ceiling and walls, and is a profoundly worshipful place. Unlike other Muslim countries, in Turkey, nonMuslims can enter the mosques, although access is limited to specific areas and times. If you do any research at all, you can eat like a sultan in Istanbul without spending a lot. In fact, some of our most exceptional meals were the most modestly priced. Memorable food experiences include chicken kebabs and crepes, arugula and pasta salad, beef carpaccio, fresh pomegranate juice on the street, strawberries dipped in powdered sugar, and the list goes on. Fish is one of the local specialties. The food is fresh and the portions are small by North American standards,

so you can sample many dishes. The restaurant that we returned to several times was Rumeli in Sultanahmet; every time provided a fresh revelation. Perhaps what I most wanted to do in Istanbul was sample a few hamams (public baths). I skipped the touristy ones and opted for the real thing, heading to Kidirga Hamam on my second night and Getiksray Hamam a few days later - both of them centuries old hamams in the old city that cater primarily to local clientele. The massages are rough by Western standards, but there is still something immensely satisfying about participating in this age-old tradition of communal bathing. Almost all visitors to Istanbul feel they don’t have enough time. To us, 10 days felt just about right. Our stay in Sultanahmet was delightful. We woke up every day

at the Empress Zoe to the call of the muezzin at about 4:30am. The haunting religious vocalization was joined by a chorus of distant voices from around the district. After a few more hours of sleep, we ate breakfast in a lush, Zen garden setting. There was also a rooftop patio with incomparable views of the Marmara Sea and the many mosques and minarets in the area. Crossing over to Beyoglu gave us a completely different view of Istanbul, definitely one closer to the local’s experience. Istanbul is a true sensory experience, and it is certainly one of the most beautiful cities on earth. It feels unlike any place I’ve ever been. Writer John Freely says, “This city grabs you by the heart and never lets go.” With a little planning and an open heart, the magic city is yours to discover in Istanbul.

5 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN ISTANBUL Hamam. If you don’t hamam here, you won’t anywhere. You can join all the tourists at Cemberlitas and Cagaglu, but if you’d rather mix with the locals, try a local hamam. Tour the Old City. Whether it’s the epic glory of Hagia Sofia, the stunning remains of glass mosaics at the Chora Church or the glorious Iznik tiles of the tiny mosque Rustem Pasa, spend a few hours marveling at the glorious sites of Istanbul. Take in the view. You can lunch at Konyayi restaurant at Topkapi Palace or take in one of the hundreds of rooftop bars in Beyoglu, but you must have at least one meal outdoors with Istanbul on the horizon - a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Cruise the Bosphorus. A very cool experience (literally – it is considerably cooler on the water than in the city), it is a beautiful boat ride on the lovely body of water that divides Europe from Asia. Last stop is The Maiden’s Tower, with a lovely view overlooking old Istanbul, with Europe on one side and Asia on the other. Have a drink at the Orient Bar. The Orient Bar, at the stunning Pera Palace Hotel, oozes charm and history, and recently had a $10 million dollar renovation. Sure the food and booze are a bit overpriced, but sometimes you have to pay for fabulous. Writer Greg Klassen works for The Manitoba Museum. He loves Istanbul and hopes to see more of Turkey one day. His next trip is an “open to the public” guided group tour to Bali, Indonesia in February 2014. He can be reached at: gdklassen727@hotmail.com

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Comfort. Family. Friends. Security. Independence. Community. The concept of “home” has many meanings. For over a decade, Homestead Manitoba Ltd. has maintained a steadfast focus on helping residents feel at home in every one of its developments for independent seniors. “Ultimately, we try to create safe, comfortable and familiar places for all of our residents to live,” says Rya Janzen, Homestead Manitoba’s marketing director. Homestead operates five assisted living residences located in every corner of the city: Devonshire House I and II in Transcona, Kildonan House in North Kildonan, Sterling House in Lindenwoods and Dakota House in St. Vital. The company’s newest property, Homestead South in the town of Morden, welcomed its first residents in 2012. Homestead also owns the Kildonan Green Apartments, a 55-plus rental apartment building for seniors located in Transcona. Being right at home at any of Homestead’s assisted living facilities means enjoying a bright, one or two-bedroom suite that is wheelchair and walker accessible, with individually controlled heat and air conditioning, a large in-suite storage room and a kitchen equipped with a full fridge and stove. Large windows and balconies provide residents with a connection to the outdoors. Maintaining a relaxed, carefree lifestyle is easy thanks to the weekly light housekeeping, daily garbage collection and complimentary laundry facilities on each floor. Maintenance staff ensure buildings and grounds are cared after all year round. Other onsite conveniences may include a library, hair salon and banking services. Homestead’s assisted living facilities are renowned for their delicious dining. All meals are professionally prepared from scratch so residents can enjoy fresh and nutritious meals served twice daily in the informal central dining room. Because meals are prepared onsite, dietary restrictions and allergies can be easily accommodated. Homestead understands how important it is for seniors to stay connected. That’s why all buildings have a private dining room available

Right at home By Leigh Patterson

for residents to entertain larger gatherings of family and friends. Residents can reserve a private suite for their out-of-town guests. A variety of planned activities and events throughout the week means residents can also keep as active and as socially engaged as they wish. Activities may include professionally instructed exercise classes, tai chi, bingo, theme dinners, card and video games. Shuttle excursions are offered to nearby shopping and various events. Because many residents choose Homestead’s developments specifically to remain close to a familiar neighbourhood, connections to the wider community are nurtured. “Local organizations are invited to come in to speak about a wide range of topics of interest to our residents,” Janzen notes. While many of the same services exist between each property, each building has developed its own personality. The caring and professional staff are attuned to residents’ needs and wants, “and we adapt our programs accordingly,” Janzen says.

One example is the Wii bowling community that residents have established. An annual Wii bowling tournament brings teams from every building together at Dakota House in St. Vital for a fun day of friendly competition. “Some of the residents bring pompoms so they can properly cheer on their favourite players and teams,” Janzen says. Janzen notes that the Kildonan Green Apartments has also seen a vibrant community of its own emerge. Kildonan Green is an option for the active 55+ tenant who is ready to downsize, but doesn’t require assisted-living services. Since opening in 2012, “the building has done wonderfully with tenants organizing their own activities and social gatherings.” Kildonan Green is located in the same complex as the assisted-living Devonshire House I and II. “We’re excited about the new Sobey’s and other retail stores and amenities that are being built literally across the street,” Janzen says. “It will be so convenient for our residents.” For more information about Homestead properties, including photos and floor plans, visit www.homesteadmanitoba.ca spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 49

At Revera, your options are endless, but your choice is easy. Call today for a tour & see what we’re all about.

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Easy Living By Kelly Gray

The Portsmouth is a choice being made by many Winnipeg seniors looking for an uptick in lifestyle. Like an all-inclusive resort or a cruise ship that stays in port, the Tuxedo residential community offers no-compromise full-package living amid the leafy streets and parklands of one of the city’s best neighbourhoods. The Portsmouth really delivers with 120 suites in three formats, with as many as 20 floor plans. “There is nothing cookie cutter about the design and style of our facility,” says Portsmouth Director David Ganetsky. He reports that studio, one and two-bedroom suites have a number of different layouts that are peppered throughout the three floors to create a characteristically residential feel. “We are also situated in a quiet family neighbourhood away from busy streets, a factor that really differentiates us from the other fullpackage independent living seniors’ residences in Winnipeg. However, we are still close to major shopping and activity sites, such as Assiniboine Park and Kenaston retail stores. Here, it’s a best-of-all-worlds scenario where you can relax with the quiet of the surrounding parks or travel a short distance to find Winnipeg’s best shopping,” he says, noting

that The Portsmouth sits on a 3.5 acre parklike Tuxedo property just a stone’s throw from Grant or Kenaston Blvd. Inside, The Portsmouth’s 55,000 square feet of space offers a design that is open and airy. For example, the second floor exercise room, a room that offers all the latest in health and activity equipment, features a great view from expansive windows. The same is true from the large third floor library, where residents can sit with a book and look out to the park from inside a room with 18-foot ceilings. The third floor even has an outdoor verandah, a great place to watch sunsets on warm summer evenings. The facility is operated by Revera Living, Canada’s number one name in senior care. According to Ganetsky, Revera has a wealth of experience and it shows in the design, programs, and the staff training at The Portsmouth. “Our approach is one of support, where we act as facilitators. Our mission is to make living easy for residents. We have professionals on staff with whom residents can consult on things like nutrition and healthy living, or even the best plan for a coming shopping excursion where residents can travel back and forth with our shuttle service.”

The Portsmouth also offers several private dining rooms so that residents can have family over for catered celebrations. “There are even facilities to permit residents to cook the meal themselves if they wish.” With community in mind, The Portsmouth comes forward with a wide range of programs. In fact, Ganetsky note there are as many as seven unique offerings each day, many of which are the result of resident input. For example, after specific requests, they have just launched a knitting group and a baking group to complement exercise programs and entertainment options. “What it’s all about is just being able to relax and enjoy a well earned retirement in a tastefully designed residential setting. Residents have all the privacy of independent living without having to consider the small daily details like meal planning and housekeeping. We iron out the creases to make living easy so that seniors can just get on with enjoying life to its fullest.”

At The Portsmouth, dining is another carefree fact of life. Under the guidance of a Red Seal chef, meals are tailored to the needs of the community. “Having dietary considerations need not mean compromising flavour. Our culinary staff is highly skilled and they know how to create dishes that are both healthful and delicious so that a low sodium or glucose reduced diet need not be bland or boring. We can also accommodate different dietary needs, from kosher to vegan to gluten-free.” spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 51

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Turn The Heat On By Carly Peters

Photography: Mike Sanders The winter chill still is holding on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn up the heat. Hot tubs, swim spas, fitness equipment, and, of course, fireplaces are all available at Krevco Lifestyles - your year round, gotta have store to keep things hot until the summer sun. “Actually, my favourite time of the year is when it’s cold and I can get in the hot tub, toque on and beverage in hand,” laughs Don Carson, president. “Especially after putting a few miles on my snowmobile. It feels nice to get into the hot water and soak my a...”   Hot tubs have certainly been the hot ticket item this past winter, and new lines are arriving at all Krevco locations as the snow melts. Customers can shop the largest selection in Manitoba from a variety of series in-store, such as Master Spa; Healthy Living spas, clarity spas and the Twilight series, Krevco’s flagship brand; and Plug and Play, a fully portable hot tub that can make the move from your cabin to home and back using a normal power source.   For the client who wants to get a little physical activity in along with their relaxation, a swim spa is the ultimate in both. Krevco Lifestyles is proud to provide Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas, designed by Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman for both physical and therapeutic purposes. Just after the Olympics, Carson had a chance to speak with Phelps’ coach in New Orleans, and he shared how putting a camera under water allowed him to watch the swimmer in action in one spot as the current challenged him to swim against it.  

The company is also excited to offer the latest in sauna and steam shower technology with the world’s best line Finleo, which includes traditional and infrared saunas, as well as its own brand of steam showers and walk in bathtubs. Finleo is the only sauna that can just plug in the wall and still allow you to pour water on the coals. Keeping a hot body is certainly a priority for many people as the weather gets a bit warmer. Krevco Lifestyles recently became the Manitoba retail and commercial product sales location for the Flaman Fitness’ line of products. The Flaman Man will be making cameo appearances in the stores, on T.V. and online. Carson says the mascot is not only a great tool to market these high caliber items, but is also a way to get the entire family excited about getting and staying active year round.   Krevco is also the only store to offer the “as seen on TV” Bowflex TreadClimber. The TreadClimber combines the forward belt of a treadmill, the stepup action of a stair climber, and the low-impact motion of an elliptical to create a workout that burns up to 3.5 times more calories than the same speed workout on a treadmill. Carson shared that they have just been flying out of the stores as fast as they can get them in.   Krevco Lifestyles also offers traditional cardio equipment, such as treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes, from trusted brand names in fitness such as Nautilus, Schwinn, Bowflex, and Freemotion. Carson states his personal favourite is Freemotion’s Vertical Trainer, which offers a full incline, level incline, and a decline, so it’s like three machines in one.

Once your cardio is complete, Krevco Lifestyles can round out your fitness routine with traditional strengthening pieces, such as barbell, and Olympic weights, as well as cross training / CrossFit accessories, including kettle bells, TRX systems and resistance bands.   Yet, nothing has been hotter for Krevco than fireplaces.   “People are coming in this spring to ensure they can secure a build because they don’t want to go through another winter without a fireplace,” states Carson.   Since acquiring Embers Fireplaces several years ago, Krevco has integrated the brand into each store, ensuring they have the largest selection of gas burning, wood burning, electric, stove, pellet and specialty fireplaces in western Canada. Customers can choose from a large selection of different models from the leading industry brands, as well as finishes Krevco can install around the fireplace, like brick or metal cladding. There are also contemporary options in wood burning fireplaces, but the modern moves are more suited to natural gas with linear lines, modish metals and brighter, refined looking flames. Travis Industries is also utilizing “artwork” on the interior that simulates driftwood, bamboo, birch and even chain-links, for a look that’s sure to draw attention. Along with the innovative backgrounds, they are adding in lights that shine through the bottom, and the top so the fireplace looks good even when it’s off. spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 53

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Cast in Innovation By Kelly Gray

Since 1948, Manitoba-based Barkman Concrete Limited has been setting the tone for a growing slate of products that have made them a North American leader in paving stones, retaining walls, and stone veneer cladding. Add to this list examples like DIY kits for stonelook backyard pizza ovens and fireplaces, eye pleasing site furnishings, steps, concrete septic tanks (one of their earliest innovations) and concrete trenches, a product they have sold to points as distant as Madagascar. Barkman even makes the precast concrete materials for skate parks. If it looks like stone or it’s made of concrete, chances are it’s a Barkman product. Available at virtually every major big box hardware retailer and respected independent, Barkman quality has made them trusted like few companies in today’s building market. Simply, they look and listen before undertaking lengthy R&D, and only release products once they meet the grade with rigorous testing. “We do a lot of trips to places like Europe to discover what’s new and what might be a good addition to our market here,” says Wayne Wiebe, Winnipeg Sales Manager with the Steinbach, Manitoba company. He reports that they looked outside the box to come up with their new Broadway line, pavers that deliver a tasteful linear appearance that is similar in many respects to interior finishes such as back splashes and kitchen tiling.

“Landscape architects have been very pleased with the look and the durability,” he says, noting the product comes in 3-inch by 18-inch formats, as well as other dimensions such as 6x6, 6x12 and 12x24 with thicknesses of four inches for maximum durability. “When you have a lifetime guarantee, you have to make certain products can stand up to the harsh realities of Manitoba’s climate. In fact, if products last here, they will last anywhere.” Barkman is also well know for its Roman pavers, tumbled products that are made to look like they were pulled out of some Medieval street in Verona or Trastavere. “We have the knowledge and expertise to make our pavers look clean like Broadway, which is a Holland style, or ancient like our Roman line.”

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Barkman pavers are also environmentally responsible. Current demands from municipalities have designers looking for eco sensitive solutions and these pavers meet the need. For instance, products like Boardwalk and others are permeable in formats that allow water to escape between pavers rather than run directly off property and into storm drains. The stone also helps clean water before it runs into aquifers. Currently permeable Barkman lines include Holland Eco, Colonial Eco and Turfstone Eco.

When it comes to outdoor fireplaces and ovens, Barkman has created a number of DIY (Do It Yourself) packages that have made this patio or backyard addition so easy they can usually be built in half a day. According to Wiebe, the company put the packages through lengthy testing. “We make everything ourselves so that we can ensure quality and durability. It took us a couple of years of testing before we were satisfied with the fireplace package, and now people can reap the benefits,” he says. Fireplaces that retail in the $3350 range come delivered on pallets with every piece able to be moved by hand to the final location. In fact, every stone can be easily taken through a standard 3-foot by 6-foot yard gate. Wiebe suggests fireplaces be placed on poured concrete bases, but a compacted base using 3/4 down limestone, will do nicely as well. Another popular Barkman DIY addition has been the outdoor pizza oven. These are also made from scratch and underwent a full year of testing before being released onto the market. Attention to detail includes everything you need in one kit. This includes the adhesive and even a pair of Barkman gloves. “We’ve left nothing out, so there are no surprises. The packages are well thought out and simple to construct, meaning that even your brother-in-law can help.”

Barkman solutions extend from the backyard to the exterior of the house. In recent years, the company has developed technologies that have allowed them to introduce stone veneers that can produce remarkable facades over materials such as aging brick. According to Wiebe, this product was once only available from US sites in southern states. This meant expensive shipping costs and materials that were not accustomed to the degree of change in our local climate. “Now these stone veneers are all made here in Manitoba for our unique circumstances. They are tremendously versatile, and we have seen a lot of market acceptance since we introduced them three years ago,” he says. Wiebe remarks that he has been with the company for the past 25 years and has watched as new products have been conceived, tested and then introduced. “It all started with better ideas in septic tanks and moved to things like stairs, and then paving and retaining walls, and now we have 20 DIY kits and a huge range of paving solutions. People are looking to us for water features, patio kits and outdoor fireplaces. We are making precast sections for skate parks and trenching, and sending site furnishings to places like Istanbul. We’ve changed the face of retaining walls with products that offer a natural look or a selection of colours,” he says, concluding that an imaginative approach to concrete solutions is probably their greatest asset.

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Building pride of ownership By Leigh Patterson Properly designed and expertly installed landscaping can be both aesthetically pleasing and functional, while adding value. Just ask any of Veert Landscaping’s commercial and residential clients, who, since 1990, have relied on the company’s rock-solid reputation as a full-service landscaper. From landscape design, to planting trees and shrubs, to installing patios, retaining walls, driveways and beyond, Veert Landscaping has the experience, equipment knowledge and proven track record to make every homeowner’s vision for their yard a reality. “We bring to our residential clients the same rigorous standards we apply to our commercial projects,” says Paul Veert, owner of Veert Landscaping. Homeowners benefit from the investments Veert has made in his extensive fleet of specialized equipment used in such highprofile projects as the new football field at St. Paul’s High School, a 20,000-square-foot paving stone installation at the U of M’s Buller Building, landscaping for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, construction of the Amphitheatre at the Forks for the opening of the 1999 Pan Am Games, and the Grand Beach boardwalk reconstruction.

The company brings its dedicated customer service and unparalleled expertise to bear on every single residential project, large or small. Veert Landscaping’s landscape designers work with clients to develop a solid plan. Then, Veert Landscaping’s professional in-house staff take care of excavation through finished product. Concrete work, drainage solutions, lighting and carpentry can be accommodated. Thanks to an in-house soil production service, soil can even be custom blended to a homeowner’s needs. “Having access to many suppliers means we can achieve any look our clients desire,” Veert says. “Our goal is to personalize your outdoor space as much as possible so that your yard will look different from your neighbour’s,” he notes. In fact, many of the distinctive showhome properties in this year’s Parade of Homes have benefited from Veert Landscaping’s expertise.

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Owner Paul Veert works to ensure every client’s needs are met, and that services are “delivered as agreed upon and exactly as promised.” “We want our clients to enjoy their yards for years to come.” When it comes to peace of mind, it’s no wonder so many homeowners are relying on the experience of Veert Landscaping to achieve the yards of their dreams.

One of the company’s more sophisticated residential installations is this huge patio, featured on the cover of barkman’s 2011 catalogue. The new home in Headingly had a lower level walkout basement with large windows. The Veert Landscaping team created this unique “walk-up” outdoor entertainment area by carving out a section of the backyard to accommodate the patio and spiral staircase. Tiered curvilinear retaining walls provide visual interest while opening up the space. Low maintenance ornamental shrubs like juniper were incorporated to soften the hardscaping and add colour. An exterior lighting system accents the greenery so the yard can be enjoyed from morning to night - giving the homeowner another 4,000 square feet of living space and a protected, private oasis.

“The landscaping added substantially to the value of this home,” Veert notes. “More and more people are investing in their yards,” he adds. “Life’s busy. It’s much more convenient to have your own backyard retreat than having to drive somewhere to enjoy the same features and benefits.” Veert points to some of the latest barkman innovations that can be used to complete an outdoor living space, including outdoor fireplaces, firepits, bars, pub tables and pizza ovens. As an authorized barkman installer, Veert Landscaping can integrate these products into any landscaping project. Veert Landscaping offers free estimates and consultations. Once a project is underway, staff are available to answer clients’ questions before, during and after the job is done. The company is Better Business Bureau accredited with an A+ rating, and offers a one-year warranty on all landscape work.

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Dive into summer By Leigh Patterson

More and more Winnipeg-area homeowners are looking forward to summer because they decided to take the plunge – and have a swimming pool installed by Samson Pools. Since 2008, Samson Pools co-owners Jonathan Kreviazuk and Blair Irwin have made this important decision easier for their clients by channelling a combined 25 years of pool installation knowledge they’ve gained under the direction of Sam Kreviazuk. Most Manitobans who have had a pool installed in the last several decades know the Kreviazuk family name: in his 45-plus years in the business and as former owner of Krevco Pools & Spas, Sam oversaw over 5,000 swimming pool installations. Sam (Jonathan’s father) has been a valuable asset to the Samson Pools team by providing a wealth of knowledge and skill, allowing the two entrepreneurs to continue the family legacy. When it comes to in-ground and above ground pools, Samson Pools “is a one-stop shop,” says Blair Irwin. ”We offer complete swimming pool packages and can

work with yards and budgets of any size. It’s one of the qualities that have made us so popular today.” Irwin and Kreviazuk personally work side by side with every client through the entire project and beyond. “We’re committed to making the process stress-free, which means we are on-site during construction working with our teams, and are available night and

day if a client wants to reach us,” Irwin says. “It’s not a 9-5 job for us. Our family has built our reputation in the pool business and we make sure we complete every job as if we were doing the work for ourselves. Our clients tell us that having a direct relationship with us gives them peace of mind knowing quality and fine details are never overlooked.”

On average, Samson Pools can complete a pool project in as little as one week. “Nothing is more frustrating than a backyard renovation that takes up to six weeks,” Irwin notes. “Our clients appreciate how easy and stress-free we make the whole process and how quickly they can use their new pool.” Irwin points out that recent advancements in pool technology - like ultraviolet light systems that sanitize water, for example reduce the use of harsh chemicals like chlorine, and cut down maintenance to minutes a week. Samson Pools uses construction materials and liners that are made to withstand our harsh climate, and offer the highest labour warranty in the Manitoba pool industry. Still dabbling with the idea of adding a pool to complete your own backyard paradise? Samson Pools can help make your decision easier with free estimates and a spring booking special. Make a splash this summer with a Samson Pool! Website: www.samsonpools.ca spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 61

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new heights By Leigh Patterson

J&D Penner is a name synonymous with quality residential and commercial hardscape installations. The company is also known for staying current and innovative in the latest products and technology on the market. This year, J&D Penner customers, from all its divisions, will be introduced to several exciting developments that will take their hardscaping projects to new heights. According to Jonathan Penner, manager of the J&D Penner Playspace division, the Yard Décor Store on McGillivray Boulevard is offering an exclusive line of natural paving stone called “Global Arch” which is drawing a lot of attention. This natural stone is cut into different sizes of tile and can be installed in many patterns. It has a unique beauty that is difficult to replicate in a manmade product.

Playtop Rubber Surfacing is a new product exclusive to J&D Penner in Manitoba. Originally intended as a safe alternative to replace messy playground pea-gravel, sand or woodchips, Playtop has also shown great promise for residential use. “Playtop can be used overtop of old concrete pads or paving stone to resurface steps, sidewalks and around pools,” Penner says. “It has a great slip-resistance and comes in a huge range of colours – neutral to bright – to suit any outdoor décor,” he adds. Playtop can also incorporate recycled materials to become an environmentally friendly product as well. A great example of this material can be seen at Assiniboine Park’s Nature Playground or at J&D’s showroom on McGillivray.

Décor Store and showroom - the perfect place to get inspired. In the showroom, they have displays built featuring nearly all the paving stone, retaining walls and accent pieces they carry. The retail store is renowned for its large selection of water features and concrete planters in every size, style and texture imaginable. Sourced from local, Canadian and international suppliers, these unique pieces make it easy for anyone to showcase and personalize their backyard oasis. Whether you require professional hardscape installation, or DIY materials and advice, J&D Penner’s friendly and knowledgeable staff are always available to lend their expertise.

Mirage, J&D Penner’s latest venture, is a custom play-feature design shop. “Here, our artists carve a sculpture, then enclose it in a polyurethane skin, which makes it solid to the touch,” Penner explains. The play features and structures at The Forks Variety Heritage Adventure Playground were made using this process. “If you wanted a custom façade wall, sculpture, moulding or even a painted mural, we can make it happen at Mirage.” These and many other yard products and accessories can be found at J&D Penner’s Yard

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outdoorl i v i n g The Future of Fire, Today

Is it a fireplace, or an artist’s masterstroke?  STIX by EcoSmart is both.  If you crave the extraordinary, appreciate clever technology, and care for the environment, then EcoSmart’s collection of versatile and award-winning bioethanol fireplaces are the perfect choice for you.   Bioethanol creates a beautiful, lively, dancing orange flame that is simply mesmerizing. It is safe, clean, and does not produce smoke or harmful emissions.  Because bioethanol is clean burning, EcoSmart Fire models do not need a chimney or a flue, or a utility connection, offering the ultimate in fire design simplicity and flexibility.   For Space Sake is the proud dealer of EcoSmart fireplaces and all models can be custom ordered. The STIX and the Ghost, two fireplaces from the Designer Range, are presently on display in the store located at 1824 Grant at Centennial.  To view the entire collection, go to www.ecosmartfire.com. Keep warm and stay true to your design expectations.

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outdoorl i v i n g Less Work, More Life Need a Deck? Think TimberTech®. Imagine never having to paint or stain your deck again. That dream is now a reality, thanks to TimberTech® low maintenance decking. TimberTech offers a wide selection of composite and PVC decking materials. Earthwood Evolutions™ and XLM Plank® products offer superior scratch, stain and fade resistance, along with an innovative hidden clip fastener system for clean lines and a splinter-free space. TimberTech® stands behind their products with a 25-year warranty. New for 2013 is their Terrain Composite Product, which has all the features and advantages of higher priced products like their four-sided poly shell wrap for added protection. It also utilizes the hidden clip system, and comes with a 25-year fade and stain warranty. White or black railing systems enhanced with hidden under rail, post cap and rail lighting will help you achieve your own personalized deck look. Combined in a complete package, these components can

create the ideal exterior space to enhance the value and enjoyment of your home or vacation property.

dream deck complete with railing and lighting.

Custom design your deck on TimberTech’s website with their Design-A-Deck feature. (Visit www.timbertech.com for details.) This feature allows you to design your colourized

Spend more time relaxing – and less time working on your new splinter free Timbertech Deck! For more information, drop by their booth at the 2013 Home Expressions Show.

The circular patioflame features a handsome stainless steel body and granite-like top that can be customized with decorative glass, river rocks or logs.

In addition to patioflames, Classic Fireplaces extends our too-short Manitoba summers with a range of patio heaters, umbrella heaters and outdoor fireplaces.

Style and ambience Adding ambience to a yard without sacrificing style is a breeze thanks to these three sophisticated pieces from Classic Fireplaces. A tall, brushed stainless steel and glass indoor/outdoor water feature delivers the “wow factor.” This freestanding sculptural piece is a “nice feature for any entranceway, patio or deck,” says Classic Fireplaces co-owner Helen Peters. With its slim profile, it would also work well as a room divider. A submerged pump recirculates water, which cascades over a glass panel to provide natural soothing sound. If used indoors, the waterfall adds humidity to the air for a comfortable home environment. The waterfall can be illuminated at night and enjoyed well into the evening hours. In addition to this beauty, Classic Fireplaces carries built-in waterfalls at its St. Boniface store. Fuelled by propane or natural gas, the linear and circular style patioflames add warmth and light to cool nights. With its pewter-like finish and modern design the linear patioflame displays an impressive ribbon of flame to spark conversation and warm outdoor seating areas.

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outdoorl i v i n g The Vinyl Advantage Winter can be hard on exteriors elements, and when the snow melts away, what’s left behind (cracked, faded decks; broken fences) might make you want to go back inside. But spring can be enjoyed instantly if you switch to vinyl. Prestige Vinyl offers full-deck and fence solutions that have great visual appeal, with little maintenance. Decks, which come in four colours, including stone, clay, almond and pebble stone, offer a cool surface when the sun strikes the material, and with the company’s eight-tread design, its also ensures slip resistance around pools and docks. The wear and tear of the seasons won’t fade colour, the vinyl won’t chip, crack or splinter, and mud, dirt or graffiti can be easily removed with a quick power wash.

When it comes to design, the sky is the limit. Customers can utilize Prestige’s ‘design a deck’ system to view a 3D image of their desired deck and fence before they commit to construction. Fence styles range from traditional lattice and picket designs, to custom inserts, as well as custom posts and spindles. Before

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The quality and craftsmanship of Prestige’s vinyl cannot be matched by any box store product, and neither can the warranty. With a 50-year, transferable guarantee, customers can relax on a deck that will stay beautiful for many years to come. If you aren’t choosing vinyl, how do you plan to spend your short Manitoba summer?

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outdoorl i v i n g Twists and Turns Spiral stairs are a timeless blend of beauty and function. Ron Schellenberg, owner of Spirals by Ron, has perfected a classic design that lends itself to many situations. With the popularity of walkout basements, spiral staircases are ideal to connect a patio to a deck or access boathouse roof patios, as pictured here. Steel pan treads can be concrete filled, formed checker plate treads are also popular and wood treads are also available. The entire staircase is sandblasted and powder coated, ensuring that both exterior and interior spirals stay durable and beautiful. A classic spiral is the perfect solution for smaller interior spaces, including cottages with upper lofts. Centre stringer and double helix stairs can also be fabricated. The quality of Schellenberg’s work is apparent in his exceptional detailing and finishing. A spiral made by Schellenberg is custom crafted to suit each customer’s needs, as he designs, builds and installs each stair himself. For consultation, estimates, and examples of stairs please view Spirals By Ron’s website at www.spiralsbyron.com or phone 204 338 1500.

A Door to Value For more than 85 years, Overhead Door of Winnipeg has been tops in service. Behind this linage is a selection of garage door products that has met the grade for cost, durability and appearance. Small wonder that when Manitoba’s premier homebuilders go looking for companies to partner with their award-winning designs, they look to Overhead Door. What’s behind these great doors? First, is a product that offers easy on the wallet pricing. Overhead Doors of Winnipeg has built their business since 1928 on being able to meet Winnipegger’s demands for solid value. Next is a door that offers superior insulation and durability. According to Overhead Door’s Taylor Wallace, the Thermacore® insulated garage door is number one, thanks to a sandwich construction with in-between section thermal seals that allows extremely low air infiltration and optimal insulation. The foamed-in-place polyurethane insulation can help with climate control in both cold and hot seasons, and help save on energy costs with ratings from R10 to R18. Construction is durable as well with Thermacore®, made from galvanized steel.

Overhead Door offers innovation in appearance as well. Wallace points to The Carriage House Collection as a prime example. These recent introductions are steel doors stamped with unique designs that are available in a variety of colours and stain looks. Check out these

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The Beauty of Stone without the Mason.

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With EASYROCK you are limited only by your imagination... Easy Rock offers a variety of decorative stone panels, profiles and colours that can be used as alternatives to real stone. a fantastic Do it yourself product that can be installed with the greatest of ease. No mason required!

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Dealer enquiries call: Fort Distributors Ltd. 938 McPhillips Road st. andrews, Manitoba R1a 4E7 Tel: 204-785-2180 Fax: 204-785-2728 e-mail: grant@fortdistributors.com


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Versatile Product – Easy Installation “Easyrock is still a “star,” says Grant Jehle, President of Fort Distributors Ltd. With home renovating virtually becoming its own industry, Easyrock remains one the most popular products for home and business owners, contractors and others in the market. “It’s just so easy to work with. The efficiency, quality, and satisfaction with this product is undeniable,” says Jehle. Many are initially attracted to Easyrock for its amazing resemblance to real stone, but it is soon realized and appreciated how easy it is to install and how versatile it is. 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. 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. Easyrock keeps improving - 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 and extremely fade resistant. “These panels are so strong, you can take a hammer to them and they won’t crack or chip,” notes Jehle. Easyrock has been a steady winner with homeowners and cottagers. It is also very popular with architects, contractors and developers who are opting for a beautiful product they can work with any time of year regardless of weather or temperature.

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!” states 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). Winnipeg showrooms: 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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Refreshing the look of your home simply by replacing the front door is a great way to liven up a faรงade. Take it a step further by windowscaping for a look all your own. Whether you are looking for windows, interior or exterior doors, chances are JELD-WEN has a solution that will fit your needs. When it comes to JELD-WEN products, the only limit is your imagination.

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Boosting Curb Appeal Add value and energy efficiency with windows and doors When thinking of ways to improve a home, two areas that can be overlooked are windows and doors. Windows and doors can be a great way to make a big impact, and a cost effective means to add that wow factor to your next project. When working with windows, there is a wealth of options available to you. Similarly, there are multiple choices and options when it comes to the front door of a home. In addition, opting for newer, higher performing fixtures can save homeowners money year after year on energy bills. Windows With today’s windows, there are number of options that can truly make a home stand out. The frame colour chosen can either complement or contrast the exterior of the home. For an old-world look, consider IGU (Insulating Glass Unit) Grilles or SDL (Simulated Divided Lites) - a window option that provides a luxury appearance through various design patterns within or on top of the glass. Externally, brickmould options frame the outside of the window to provide a finishing touch. Similarly, a neat trim detail called a J-trim lends a wider appearance to the window. An exterior extender provides improved thermal performance and a unique exterior appearance

by “pushing” the window back in to the wall. Internally, try a standard picture window with a bow or bay window for expansive views, or add interior jamb extensions to match interior décor accents.

energy efficiency with a tighter seal to lower heat transfer. Experimenting with a transom, sidelites and interesting hardware is a way to truly personalize the doorway and make a grand entrance.

Doors Create an inviting appearance for the home and boost curb appeal with a striking front door. Available in a number of construction types and countless styles, entry doors can add

Personality and Value As with any project, thoughtful window and door choices can go a long way to adding longlasting value, energy efficiency and beauty that can be enjoyed for years to come.

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Glass & Steel By Carly Peters

Glass has become a popular choice in kitchens for homeowners and builders, from cabinet door inserts to tiled back splashes. The next wave of design at Fort Rouge Glass is coloured glass backsplashes. Whether it is for the kitchen or bathroom backsplash, the possibilities are endless. Customers can choose a bold colour, a pattern, a geometric design, subtle or intricate details, or any preference to take this usual background element and turn it into a feature of the room. Feature walls can be created at Fort Rouge Glass using sliding glass doors. The heavy glass frameless doors boast exposed hardware, available with clear, tinted, or patterned glass.

Some clients choose to add their own touch with a custom film pattern applied to the glass. Fort Rouge Glass continues to be the leader in custom wall mirrors. Clients can expect fast, convenient, and custom service without ever having to leave their driveway, thanks to a mobile mirror unit that measures, fabricates and installs mirrors on site. Fort Rouge Glass’s ability to create custom glass elements, combined with the acquisition of SSG Notion, Manitoba’s leading stainless steel and glass railing and staircase provider, is a perfect match. FRG & SSG together provide clients with a range of glass options many other companies cannot. Together, FRG & SSG have resulted in innovative staircases and railing designs for many of the leading homebuilders in Manitoba. Pictured here, a South Pointe showhome features curved glass and stainless steel railings on a second floor bridge that overlooks both the main entrance and great room. SSG worked closely with their fabricator to develop solutions for this challenging and unique design. Posts were used to provide the necessary structure, and the glass was broken into segments to navigate the curve. The various components of the system were then elegantly joined by a continuous curved stainless steel handrail. This contemporary design is perfect for a new building, or a

renovation project by blending this feature with the existing design. (In many cases, tempered glass railings do not require posts for structure, and if preferred, SSG can create a completely frameless look). If clients are uncertain about what design, style or material they want for their staircase or railing, SSG Notion offers a conceptual model for client’s to view by taking an image of the area, collaborating with you to create a custom graphic design, which is laid overtop to provide a clear depiction of the new custom staircase or railing. Rather than just ‘hoping” or “trusting” that the options you choose will result in your vision, clients have confidence in SSG by seeing the results of their investment from day one.

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The Many Faces of Residential Masonry The ability to renovate a space to make it uniquely yours is one of the great benefits of homeownership. Adding brick and stone features to your home brings warmth, and a feeling of continuity and permanence that will enhance your home for decades. Brick and stone masonry options have greatly expanded in the past few decades. I-XL Masonry Supplies may have begun as a brick manufacturer, but now carries a full range of masonry products. Manufactured stone veneer is a growing trend and is such for many good reasons; it is affordable, lightweight, and easy to install. It is available in dozens of different colours and profiles, from classic river rock in a neutral palette, to the bold dark colours and modern look of stacked stone. Manufacturer Eldorado Stone even offers a fifty-year warranty so you can rest assured your investment will continue to look every bit as spectacular during the decades to come. Natural stone veneer has also gained a lot of momentum in recent years. Traditionally laid as a full bed depth stone, the new veneer system has made it easier than ever to enhance your home with natural stone. Veneer natural stone can be adhered to the wall, much like manufactured stone. It retains the solid,

natural beauty of stone but is easier and more economical to install, has increased versatility in applications, and the lower weight per square foot reduces costs and allows for greater variety from a broad range of stone quarries. While evoking the nostalgia and pride of century homes and historical buildings, many are surprised at the range available in brick, as well as its use in modern applications today. It complements both contemporary designs as well as traditional style homes, and can come in any number of textures and colours. Special shapes and varying brick dimensions allow for extremely creative designs. Indoors or Outdoors - Where to Apply? Indoors, building inset features with masonry can make rooms look less cluttered while adding more depth and interest to your walls, whether through wine racks in the dining room, media walls in the family room, or shelves for pictures along a hallway. Resulting walls are essentially maintenance free and add resale value to the home. It is a great way to add substantial value and uniqueness to townhouses and condos where exterior renovations are not permitted.

cooking, and entertaining a dream, in addition to being a sound investment. Eldorado Outdoor, available at I-XL Masonry Supplies, is a large collection of strong, yet lightweight, glass fiber reinforced concrete building blocks. They can quickly be assembled into a virtually limitless number of combinations to design one-of-akind barbecue islands, kitchen counters, bars, fireplaces, fire pits, seating areas and more. Blocks can be cut to accommodate custom grills, sinks, or other features. The surface is the scratch coat, meaning once the blocks are in place, brick, natural stone, or architectural stone veneer can be applied directly to the surface immediately; an entire outdoor kitchen can be up and running in less than one weekend. For more ideas on how to improve your home with masonry, visit I-XL Masonry Supplies online at www.ixlmasonry.com or at 717 Lagimodiere Blvd.

Outdoor renovations also add significant value to the home. Masonry exteriors are extremely low maintenance, long lasting, can make a home more energy efficient, and add to the home’s overall curb appeal. Exterior renovations don’t need to be limited to just the exterior of the house. In Canada, we know how important it is to make the most of our warmer weather. Outdoor kitchens and entertaining spaces make hosting,

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Lakes. This is an adjacent neighbourhood that offers its own unique footprint. He suggests that Bridgwater Lakes will build on the tremendous momentum enjoyed by its sister community with features such as 5.5 kilometers of bike lanes and connecting pathways, three naturalized lakes, parks and active rec areas.

“Certainly we benefited from location, but there is so much more,” says Dwayne Rewniak, Director, Land Development with Manitoba Housing and Community Development, an organization that has spearheaded the Bridgwater neighbourhood.

“You will still see many similarities, thanks to a carryover of the architectural guidelines. However, in Bridgwater Lakes there will be a stronger emphasis in the way of visitable homes. In Bridgwater Lakes, about half of the 1190 lots will feature this style of housing,” he says.

He suggests that Bridgwater offers unique elements that have placed it in a class of its own. For example, the community sports architectural guidelines that are highly focused on creating a more liveable neighbourhood than might be found in other new developments. He also points to aspects such as garages that are set back in home designs, a feature that gives more prominence to front entries and street views.

Visitable homes feature designs that make things like aging in place, mobility and even childcare an easier component of life, thanks to a range of design features. For instance, entrances are at street grade, a facet that makes stroller and wheelchair entry as easy as opening a door. Properties also offer main level bathrooms and wider doorways throughout, strong points for both the elderly and those with mobility concerns.

“We sought an overall planning vision that would place us outside the mould of the typical new suburban neighbourhood. Bridgwater Forest and Bridgwater Lakes are more about creating the right mix of housing and density, having homes with traditional designs, and getting people outside with easier access to pathways and destinations,” he says, mentioning just a few of the attributes. With the Bridgwater neighbourhood now into its sixth year of development and as Bridgwater Forest nears completion, Rewniak remarks that they are moving into full swing with Bridgwater

“These types of homes are present in larger numbers in some US developments, but Bridgwater Lakes represents that largest concentration of this style of design in any Canadian city. We are working to build a cohesive, inclusive neighbourhood where considerations for all members of society are planned at the onset. The popularity of the Bridgwater development shows how important this is for new homebuyers who tend to be very insightful given the scale of the investment in a new home purchase,” he says, reporting that showhomes will be available in amenity, lane and standard

lot types with sizes in the 1100 square foot to 2000 plus square foot range, with prices starting affordably around $310,000. The Bridgwater development is also a place where innovation meets accessibility in other ways. Already, the community is well serviced with entry points off Waverly near the University of Manitoba and Victoria General Hospital, as well as shopping and entertainment centres. Now the Kenaston connection has been made with the completion of the entry at Bishop Grandin Boulevard. This means easy access to the Bridgwater Lakes portion, not to mention the wealth of services available along Kenaston. The growth and connectivity of the Bridgwater developments have certainly been beneficial for those living in the neighbourhood who are reaping the rewards of the cohesive planning that has served to create real community. Interestingly, the development has also benefited members of Winnipeg’s core area, where the project has delivered more than $13 million of the profits to assist housing activity. Here Rewniak points to supported projects that include The Bell Hotel, The Avenue Building on Portage, The Edge on Princess, and McFeetors Hall at the University of Winnipeg. “For us the Bridgwater development has been about more than just making another housing development. We have sought to build communities and I believe this is being achieved. The fact that people have been so supportive of our efforts and we are running ahead of schedule is just icing on the cake.”

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success would be a gross understatement, particularly when considering that original projections suggested it would take 20 years to build out the community. Now it looks like popularity for the south Winnipeg neighbourhood will have it completely sold out six years ahead of target.

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Custom Designs Tailored to your “The strong demand for

Huntington Homes has been setting the pace for design and construction technology for over 25 years under the direction of co-founders and brothers, Sheldon Swan and Robert Swan. Their

combined approach to producing outstanding designs and utilizing the most advanced technology have been the backbone and success story of this company for more than two and a half decades. Entering the Huntington design area, you will see the most sophisticated computer software and hardware available, which is used by Huntington’s highly trained design team. Lifelike 3-D graphics allow their clients to truly visualize all aspects of their home before construction has started. Huntington’s focus on new design concepts and leading edge technology is part of the company’s DNA. Huntington is pleased to offer lots in many developments in and

around the city. Bridgwater Forest/ Lakes, South Pointe and Deer Pointe, to name a few, are some developments that have been changing the way your home can be designed to meet your needs today and into the future. “New development layouts and lot grading choices have created fabulous design choices,” says Swan. “They are offering more walk-outs and the newer concept look-out basement lots which give buyers opportunities to enjoy these concepts in their new home. The lower level is no longer a dark, cold, damp basement. The larger windows, taller ceilings, technology of wood structural lower level floors, and zoned heating systems have changed that. All features

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that Huntington Homes includes as standard.” Swan also points out the lower level not only offers comfort, but privacy as well. “It’s the perfect way to almost double your ‘true’ living space. It allows for suites for grandparents, and room for parents and their children to have the privacy and separation required as children are living at home longer as they further their education before entering the work force,” says Swan. To see more..... Visit huntingtonhomes.com

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new custom homes continues,” says Rob Swan from Huntington Homes. “Clients are now more than ever aware of the benefits and value of building a new home. As lifestyles and family situations change, new lot concepts offer design opportunities to meet these changes. Added comfort, savings due to energy efficiency, virtually no maintenance costs and low predictable monthly expenses are other reasons people are choosing new.”


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Located on one of the largest lots in Deer Pointe Park, 40 Deer Point Drive by Gino’s Homes is a masterpiece. The walkout bungalow’s exterior is wrapped in grey and blue acrylic stucco, as well as Hardie board, all highlighting the home’s front elevation, and limestone detailing enhancing the tiered front entrance. Inside, on the 2,280 square-foot main floor, the compelling design continues with a 14 plus foot kitchen island featuring white Quartz countertops, one end providing dedicated four-person seating. A large covered deck extends off the kitchen, while hand-blown glass light fixtures create a focal point that highlights the kitchen cabinetry. Appliances are cleverly hidden to blend in with the distinctive cabinetry. The great room features 19-feet high cathedral ceilings and a white linear fireplace in a limestone and quartz setting. The upper portion of the fireplace was inspired by a New York boutique hotel with white concrete latticework, enhancing the airy feel. The main floor offers two distinct wings. One side features the

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master bedroom (and a separate den), another covered balcony, and a large ensuite with soaker tub and windows looking out to the golf course. The opposite wing of the home consists of a main floor laundry/mudroom and two more bedrooms, which share a bathroom. Two additional bedrooms, bathroom, games room, wet bar and home theatre are located on the lower level. Additional elements, such as “Control4” integration, eight-foot interior doors and a three-car garage all combine and add to the appeal of this award-winning Gino’s showhome.

Natural Fit The neighbourhood of Bridgwater Lake combines a natural setting of green space, mature trees and lakes with contemporary home design. Discovery Homes’ 32 Bridge Lake Drive brings instant earth tones with exterior stonework, wood trim and shaker siding on the gabled roof, and marries it with a classic two-car garage, front-porch design. Inside, the large front entrance opens up a great room featuring a custom built entertainment unit with maple shelving, polished tile, large screen T.V. with integrated wall and ceiling speakers, and a cozy, two-sided fireplace. Dark stained bamboo flooring flows through the great room into the dining and kitchen space, which features a large multi-level island. Guests can sit up at the island’s granite “waterfall,” while kitchen prep can be taken care of on the lower Caeserstone countertop level, which also hosts a double sink with chef style faucet.

family’s stages. The master bedroom boasts a large ensuite with heated floors, drop-in tub, double sink with pendant accent lighting, and custom shower fitted with frameless doors, and a linear drain for a seamless look.

The first floor also features a naturally lit laundry room, den/office, and a back entrance large enough for a bench and extra storage space. Upstairs, along with three bedrooms, is a small multipurpose room that can change with the

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Countryside Crossing to City When you mention East St. Paul, most people are surprised to discover that part of the municipality is inside the Perimeter Highway. It is this section of the area that is home to Countryside Crossing, a new community that has been a source of real excitement in the new home market, thanks to aspects like its enviable location. Indeed, the excitement has seen over 75 percent of Phase 1 lots already sold. In addition, a number of homes have already commenced construction, and Phase II is set to be released in summer 2013, with all residential lots marketed by Wayne and Mark Penner at Royal Le Page Prime Real Estate. “Buy now and build tomorrow,” states Nolan Ploegman, Land Development Manager for Countryside Crossing and President of Project Development with Concord Projects. “There are still a few lots remaining in Phase 1, which provides any potential homeowner the freedom to start construction once their plans are completed and permit is in hand.”

purchased, buyers can build their home themselves, choose their own builder, or choose from one of the four preferred builders. The preferred builders, among the leaders in Manitoba, are Irwin Homes, Maric Homes, K. Streu Homes, and Warkentin Homes, all of which have lots available and innovative designs at the ready. Design guidelines have been established for Countryside Crossing that aim to protect the integrity of the community’s appearance and the homeowner’s investment.

What makes Countryside Crossing somewhat unique is the offering that once a lot is

Features of Countryside Crossing include minimum 70-foot wide estate-sized lots of

which over half are sited on the water. Some of the larger lots available are just under half an acre in size. Residents of this new community are also able to walk along the internal trail and park system to a nearby Winnipeg Transit stop on Henderson Highway for the 20-minute ride to downtown. Ploegman reports that Phase II will be getting underway this summer with road construction and general servicing that will mirror works undertaken in Phase I. Expect the excitement to continue as new homebuyers move to make their dreams a reality at Countryside Crossing.

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True Contemporary People might say their home is contemporary, but still find themselves tied to traditional designs and materials. Not this East St. Paul home built by K Streu Homes. As you walk into the foyer of the roughly 2,300 square foot bungalow, your eye is instantly caught by the great room’s black ceramic tile wall with inset gas fireplace and stainless steel surround. To the right, a custom created wooden sliding panel wall opens to reveal a flat screen TV. The eye is further drawn to a feature wall with wooden slats on the left, and “bubble” lights on the right run from the ceiling down to the basement. This interesting display can be seen from the home’s dining area, which almost floats in the space between the great room and kitchen. The open concept kitchen boasts dark ebony thermofoil cabinetry with a unique zebra wood pattern, and an island topped with white quartz Caesarstone and no external handles to break the clean lines.

The home features one bedroom, a den, and the master suite, with vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet, and ensuite, which houses a soaker tub, tiled shower and two vanities set across from each other. On the main floor 11-foot ceilings soar to 17 feet in some places, while over-scale fiberglass

triple pane windows take full advantage of southern and west exposures. The lower level, which also features larger windows, offers a wet bar with custom wood ledge to pull up a stool, seating area with linear fireplace in a Tyndall stone surround, a theatre room with a full wall of bookshelves, as well as an exercise room and craft area.

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More Living Room Oak Bluff West is a new residential development on the edge of Oak Bluff. Life here offers the perfect rural/urban blend…a quiet, friendly community with a lower tax base and easy city access. Home sites in Oak Bluff West feature wider lots, suitable for spacious homes. There are several experienced builders to choose from so you can relax and enjoy the process, from foundation to finish.

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“Oak Bluff West is getting a very good response. It’s obvious,” says Jason Jaquet, Randall Homes. “Just drive by there and you can see that the roofs are going up everywhere. People are buying out there. It’s a great undertaking by Qualico Communities. Oak Bluff West offers a different kind of lifestyle with country-wide lots so people can have a wider home. It’s good value.”

The Obvious Choice By Lynne Mustard

Lots average 70 to 80 feet wide and 140 to180 feet deep. The wider lots allow 10-foot side yards for more privacy or room to play. Many home buyers are requesting triple garages as well. Jeff Baertsoen of Paradigm Homes echoes Jaquet on the popularity of Oak Bluff ’s newest neighbourhood. With seven well regarded builders: Ventura, Sterling, Randall, Paradigm, Artista, Parkhill and Somerville all hard at work, “there’s lots of activity and a great variety of home styles on offer. Young families can build bigger homes here and empty-nesters can downsize,” says Baertsoen.

Baertsoen observes that people like to leave the noise and congestion of the city behind, and yet, still have

easy access to movie theatres and grocery stores. Oak Bluff residents also enjoy many services, right in town. The community has a school and a rec centre, a Tim Hortons, restaurants, service stations, a credit union and a post office. Being rural, it also has lower taxes, a big draw for many. Expansive Designs Paradigm’s enjoying great success with its spacious 1,500 to 2,200 square foot bungalows. “The size of the yards allows for expansiveness in design,” he states. “You can have lots of windows that let a lot of light into

Showhome, 29 Benson Boulevard, Paradigm Homes

the home. Also, the function of the home is huge for people.” Buyers want best utilization of floor space, hence the popularity of the open concept floor plan. He comments that Paradigm is getting lots of requests for a separate, back stairwell from the garage to the lower level. “It’s a handy feature for young families with kids in hockey or ringette, where they need to bring sports equipment inside. With a back stairwell they can go right from the garage to the storage room.” He comments that this is the type of feature that’s

normally not done in a home on a smaller lot in the city. Jaquet states that Randall Homes is also giving home shoppers multiple options to choose from. “We have bungalows and two-storeys, many with value-added features such as triple-car garages, nine-foot ceilings and larger windows, to name just a few.” He adds that architectural details, such as wood facing and cultured stone, are designed into their homes as standard features that meet Oak Bluff West architectural guidelines. “Our home styles suit Oak Bluff West really well,” he states. “We offer classic, neo-traditional styling and design that will stand the test of time.” In addition to their highly successful single family homes, Randall will have condominium bungalows available by the fall. “A lot of people have been waiting to build a new home out in this area because of the location. Everything’s just down the road,” Jaquet concludes. There are six showhomes now open in Oak Bluff West, the obvious choice for good country living.

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Oak Bluff is a quiet, friendly community located at the intersection of McGillivray Boulevard and the Perimeter Highway, just west of Winnipeg and south of Headingley. It’s about a 10-minute drive from one of the largest retail/service centres in Winnipeg, at the intersection of Kenaston and McGillivray.

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Luxury & Style

Artista Homes’ spring Luxury Home Collection can’t be defined by just one style - in fact, it blends them all.

The roughly 2,600 square-foot interior continues to boast modern elements such as large 24 x 40 inch tile throughout, black cabinets in the chef style kitchen, concrete accents, including beams and bar backsplash, and black steel in the

With a dedicated wing for an office / workout space, T.V.s concealed within mirrors in the master suite and bar, and pine woodwork throughout, luxury lingers here. Opulence is certainly not understated at Artista’s display home in Bridgwater Lakes (43 Bridgelake). Infamous from the fall Parade of Homes as the house with the hockey-themed theatre room, it also features an amazing 5,300 square feet of living space, three balconies with outstanding views and a unique courtyard surrounded by fountains. High-gloss floors, glass barn doors, and glass / steel railings provide the home with a modern aura. On

the main floor is a truly remarkable kitchen with white cabinetry and white tile, complemented by 18-foot ceilings, that were designed to create an open, airy space.

ledge featured in the lower level bar, which also includes a large open theatre room, a gym and floor to ceiling mirrored wall with a mirrored T.V.

Upstairs you’ll find an abundance of living space, including an office (with a personal balcony), additional bedrooms, and a master bedroom that also features a balcony with a lake view.

In South Pointe, Artista Homes’ 3,500 square-foot showhome at 34 Vestford Place stands out from the crowd. Starting with glass garage doors, and glass railings on the front balcony, the home offers an airy feel with a three-bedroom loft, large windows, open concept kitchen with island, and light pinewood work and brick work in unexpected places, including an accent wall in the master bedroom’s ensuite. The bathroom, along with the bedroom, features heated tiles, and a concealed T.V. behind the mirror, making it a space you may never want to leave.

If a lake view is for you, then 28 Benson Blvd in Oak Bluff West is home. At almost 2,400 square feet, this bungalow hosts three bedrooms, a large open great room, 12-foot ceilings and a fully landscaped yard that backs on to the development’s lake. The home features a mix of traditional and contemporary materials, from stainless steel and glass, to a brick-work

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Artista Homes’ 62 Silver Sage Crescent fuses a variety of elements from different eras to create a best of both worlds design. The three-car garage and a portion of the two-storey exterior is detailed with rough-cut Tyndall stone, while other elements, such as the rear sunroom, are flanked with modern hardy panel wood to offset the stucco.

form of everything from wine racks to a spiraling, exterior staircase from the rear suspended deck.

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Sage Creek is a warm, vibrant community with a diverse selection of well-crafted homes: single-family, condominiums and apartments set in a serene landscape of wetlands and parks. And everything is connected by an inviting network of trails that converge on the growing Village Centre. Sage Creek is a refuge from the demands of a busy life. Through the changing seasons, you can look out over the wetlands and enjoy nature’s dramatic spectacle.






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Love at First Sight by Lynne Mustard

The Hearth showhome that kept the Corrigals coming back

Mona and Steve Corrigal and their two kids have lived in their new home in Sage Creek for just eight months. “I can almost guarantee it,” says Mona. “Everyday one of us says, ‘I love this house’. There’s always something new I find to appreciate, whether it’s the open style of the main level, the fireplace, the beautiful kitchen or looking out at the wetlands,” Mona states.

“We looked at all the showhomes on Blue Sun Drive and we kept coming back to this one particular home. We just loved it.” With their teenagers, Megan, 18 and Eric, 16, getting older, Mona and Steve thought it would be the perfect home for the next stage of their lives. By Monday, they had put in their offer to purchase. Mona is the owner of M&E Training and Steve Corrigal is the President of McElhoes and Duffy

She reports that they’re finding Sage Creek to be a friendly, welcoming place. On their move-in weekend last August, they were taking a break on their deck when a neighbour hollered across the water, “Welcome to the neighbourhood!” With interesting streets to explore, extensive walking trails and a fire pit in their backyard, the Corrigals are often drawn outdoors. “It’s fabulous,” Corrigal declares. Corrigal cites the friendliness, the diversity of the homes and the wonders of the wetlands as several reasons why Sage Creek is special to her. “Soon we’ll also have great facilities here,” she says. “We already have a Tim Hortons and a Royal Bank branch and we’re really looking forward to Sobeys opening later this year.”

Sage Creek School Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager, Qualico Communities, reports that a vet clinic, a TD Canada Trust, a dental clinic and a Shell station with car wash and convenience store will also open this year. In addition to this rapid growth of the Village Centre, Qualico has recently expanded the size of the school site in Sage Creek, to better accommodate the school envisioned by the Louis Riel School Division. “We’re now looking forward to further good news from the school board and the province about the next steps,” Vogan says. Qualico Communities is adding more wetland areas and continuously expanding the trail system that winds through Sage Creek. Eventually it will connect all of the wetlands to each other and to the Village Centre. The community also has a baseball diamond and a soccer pitch, with more park improvements coming in the summer. Vogan praises the “positive energy” of the many builders involved in Sage Creek who consistently deliver exciting new ideas in home design. “There’s tremendous diversity in the homes here,” he says, “from boutique-sized condo projects to amazing custom homes.” He adds that there are 12 Sage Creek showhomes, on Silver Sage and Purple Sage Crescent, in the Spring Parade of Homes. Sage Creek is located on Lagimodiere, just south of Bishop Grandin Boulevard. If you explore its showhomes in the Spring Parade, who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love.

Show Home, 78 Silver Sage, KDR Homes

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She says their love affair with their new home began on a cold Saturday last year, when they went to the Spring Parade of Homes. They had no intention of buying one, even though they were outgrowing their former home.

Insurance. They purchased a 3,200 square foot bungalow with a walk-out lower level by Hearth Homes. “Hearth gave us high quality service; every question or need was taken care of immediately,” Corrigal states.


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By Carly Peters

The design intent is blending structural with artistic. Raw materials normally used for structural purposes are implemented in ways to

appreciate their inherent elemental beauty. The natural fir posts, supplied by Springhill Lumber, support the front canopy and are echoed at the back with fir posts supporting the rear deck, the inclusion of a fir pergola and fir benches surrounding a stone firepit. Concrete is used not only in the foundation walls, but also on the massive slab at the kitchen island, and as a beautiful detail around the entertainment wall in the great room. From the minute you walk in through the eight-foot solid fir and glass double doors from Jeld-Wen, the natural elements exude a sense of calm. Small details of beauty are found everywhere in the home:

to the side of the entry, a built-in cabinet from For Space Sake uses doors with water hyacinth slices pressed into the acrylic inserts. Maric Homes met the challenge of separating space without closing it off by using an inspired idea: a partial maple slat wall separates the den from the front entryway without closing the room off with a solid door. Designed as a place for the homeowner to relax with a good book or magazine, the room features large windows to let in as much sunlight as possible. These slat walls were used perfectly in other areas of the home: they add definition and privacy in the dining room from both adjacent bedroom

hallways, and also envelop the gym area in the basement. Contemporary and rustic are juxtaposed throughout, best evidenced in the space in and around the great room, kitchen, and dining area. The handscraped, oil-rubbed, wide-plank natural oak engineered floors supplied by Curtis Carpets, ”provide a particular look you can’t achieve with solids,” states Tim Pariseau from the flooring company. He adds it also provides a more structurally sound product, and means less shifting with the flooring. The public expects beautiful great room walls from Maric, and

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Touches of subtle beauty are balanced within a large, functional space in Maric Homes’ Spring Parade showhome in Bridgwater Lakes. Situated on a visitable walkout lot, the home emphasizes a prairie style inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. A low roof pitch, clean horizontal lines and an open floor plan epitomize the idea of a prairie-style home, while the stone (Coral Strips from Erth Coverings) adds a modern twist, but keeps with the home’s theme of symmetry and sophistication.

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the builder achieved this with an all concrete mantel and hearth surrounding an open flame, creating a very minimal and contemporary look. The fireplace is a clean-burning ethanol fuelled unit from Eco Smart (sourced through For Space Sake), and the concrete surround was fabricated by Outcast Designs. The design was brought back to nature by surrounding the concrete with wood. The same rift oak seen around the fireplace can be found in the kitchen. Supplied by Western Millwork, the custom cabinets are just a portion of this kitchen, which was designed for the chef at home. Offering plenty of quartz countertop space for prep work, and a large four-foot by 12-foot raised concrete countertop for entertaining, it also features a large walkway between work areas, Euro-style appliances from Fisher & Paykel, and vast storage space. There’s even a hidden small appliance “garage” that houses daily essential appliances within the wall and off the countertop. Curtis Carpets also ensured the ceramic tile flooring would hold up to wear and tear of daily usage in the kitchen. The master bedroom features over 20 feet of built-in closet space by For Space Sake, including a pullout, full-length mirror, tilt-out laundry bins, and plenty of storage for the homeowner’s wardrobe.

Two additional bedrooms are featured in the lower level, as well as a large entertainment centre and exercise space. In keeping the natural theme of the home consistent both indoors and out, the backyard is also an extremely important “room” of the home. Bedrock Custom Landscaping helped Maric create an outdoor “living space,” complete with a lounge area to enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening with friends, and the raw fir benches surrounding the firepit give the feeling of cottage life right in your own backyard. spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 95

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The white tiled ensuite echoes the clean contemporary look of the home with a rift oak vanity (matching the kitchen and the rest of the bathrooms), tiled countertop, heated floors, separate custom tiled shower, and Toto fixtures, supplied by Wolseley Kitchen & Bath Classics, including a jetted tub.

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Finding the Way By Kelly Gray

South Pointe continues to be one of Winnipeg’s most sought after new home addresses. Located in the Waverly West area, South Pointe has now finished its sixth stage of development with only one stage remaining before being fully built out.

Borger expects that this new western community will experience similar support from a housing market hungry for new home innovation, in a highly desirable sector of the city. In fact, South Pointe has proven to be so popular that it’s running about two years ahead of schedule, thanks to heavy demand from families who have seen incredible value in this community. So far, Ladco has serviced approximately 1,200 lots and expects to add an additional 200 next year as they open up stage VII. Altogether, South Pointe Phase I is a 480-acre mixed-use community that will see 1,400 single-family and possibly another 400 multifamily homes on 25 acres, alongside 64 acres of lakes and parks. The neighbourhoood will also accommodate up to 50 acres of community scale commercial development that will offer retail and community services. Important to the success of South Pointe has been the blue ribbon list of homebuilders

KDR President Diego Vassallo suggests that South Pointe is a perfect place for them to show what they can do. “The lots are large enough for people to build their dream homes. If you want a three-car garage or a six-bedroom home, you can find the right space,” he says, noting that they have built properties with main floor mother-in-law suites, as well as double kitchen homes for large families that like to entertain. “We’re not afraid to tackle challenging designs. It’s what we do and South Pointe is the place where people can

stretch out their ideas and still have all the conveniences of in-the-city lifestyles.” For people who are looking for something a bit smaller than a single-family home, South Pointe will see its first multi-family development with approximately 100 new townhomes constructed this year. According to Carruthers, this means flexibility that is perfect for singles, smaller families or empty nesters at an affordable price point. Also new to South Pointe in 2013 is a bungalow condominium project which is in the works and will be announced formally at a later date. “These are prime examples of how planned community design can accommodate flexible housing options and choices where residents don’t have to move away once their kids move out, and their kids can remain in the community at the same time. Having these condominium options allows for things like aging in place,” he says, adding that these are great for first time homebuyers as well. After five or so years, the community has started to take on a more mature appearance. The lakes and parks are more established, the playground and toboggan hill are seeing a lot of action, and residents are out on the extensive trail system with bikes and roller blades. As well, the wet lands and their wealth of plant and animal life have become a focal point for residents who can amble by for a taste of nature on nightly walks and weekend strolls. Amid these attributes, it’s no wonder South Pointe has seen such rapid growth and market acceptance. Expect this to continue as more homebuyers discover the way south is the way home. spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 97

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“Our entire first phase east of Kenaston Boulevard will now be fully serviced,” says David Borger, Vice President of Development with Ladco, the well known Winnipeg-based firm that has spearheaded South Pointe. “We will now move over to the west side of Kenaston where we are readying the second phase of development with construction anticipated to start in 2014.

that comprise the leading firms practicing in Manitoba today. According to Michael Carruthers, Ladco’s Manager of Land Development, the group of 14 includes names such as A&S, Randall, Ventura, Gino’s, Maric and Artista Homes to name a few. New this year is the addition of KDR Design Builders, another front line company with a long list of successes in the trade.

Live Naturally. Just minutes north of Winnipeg off Highway 7 in the town of Stonewall. Stone Ridge Meadows is the newest chapter in Genstar Development Company’s long standing tradition of creating distinctive communities in superior locations. GENSTAR DEVELOPMENT COMPANY: For information on available lots contact the participating builders or:

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Stonewall Retreat

By Kelly Gray

lower land costs,” he says, adding that there are still a few lots available in Phase II.

Developed by Genstar, Stone Ridge Meadows is designed to deliver. The community is sited against a backdrop of untouched forestlands within the town of Stonewall. In fact, every lot backs onto public reserve meaning that the ample footprints of each home site are as private as possible.

The third and final phase of Stone Ridge Meadows is comprised of 45 lots. Construction is slated to begin this summer with builders highlighting their innovative designs at the spring Parade of Homes. Genstar has partnered with six top tier homebuilders who have created a number of designs to excite buyers. Companies include Kensington Homes, Ventura Homes, Warkentin Homes, A&S Homes, Hilton Homes and Trikor Builders.

“At Stone Ridge Meadows, buyers will find that a 60-foot lot is attainable for the same price as a 40-foot lot in the city,” says Dave Boles, Development Manager, Genstar. “This means homebuyers can look at things like larger bungalows or maybe a three-car garage at comparatively reasonable pricing given the

Boles reports further that while 50 percent of Phase III offer 60-foot properties, it also features the neighbourhood’s largest lots with some featuring 80-foot wide frontages in pie configurations that translate into more than 15,000 square feet of yard and building space. “Phase III also has Stone Ridge Meadow’s only cul de sac with Barnes Place designed to provide high amenity lots that will make it a preferred address.”

a community that has already organized block parties and neighbourhood events. Stone Ridge Meadows might be a new development, but the ambiance reflects the timeless character of amenity-rich country-style living alongside the close proximity to all the urban conveniences of Winnipeg.”

“Stone Ridge Meadows is about more than just houses. There is the connected foot and bike paths, the privacy of the public reserves and

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Stonewall has been an attraction to those looking for a quiet rural lifestyle for decades. Located right on Winnipeg’s northwest doorstep, the community offers small town charm in abundance. It also offers all the services one might expect from a larger centre. These include supermarket and convenience stores, public recreation facilities, chain and independent retail, as well as the full slate of education and health centres. The area also includes Stone Ridge Meadows, a new custom home development that is currently moving into its third phase of construction.

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Going With The Grain Hot on the heels of its gold medal winning showhome from last fall’s Parade of Homes, Warkentin Custom Homes has some fresh offerings for spring. Stone Ridge Meadows in Stonewall features a host of natural elements. Warkentin’s 26 Stone Ridge Drive showhome backs onto one of the development’s ponds surrounded by mature trees. An oversized, wood grain, fiberglass front door is the perfect complement to the area’s natural surroundings and the quartz stone on this 1,879 square-foot bungalow. The modern, yet warm element of wood flows through the first floor. Natural walnut cabinetry in the great room and kitchen, and wide plank oiled engineered oak flooring offer a unique look, as well as being durable compared to their darker counterparts. A linear gas fireplace flanked by quartz, additional seating under the entertainment unit, and an abundance of windows create an inviting environment in the great room.

The kitchen, which houses a large island for entertaining, balances rustic and modern by featuring aluminum cabinet doors with etched glass accents, and quartz countertops. A large dining area off the kitchen is also set in front of large windows and serves as the access point for the back deck.

The main floor also contains three bedrooms - a large master bedroom with ensuite, two additional bedrooms, and another common bathroom. The basement, while not finished, offers oversized windows and higher walls so homeowners can create their own warm, inviting lower level.

The main level houses three bedrooms, including a master bedroom and ensuite with soaker tub, shower, light vinyl flooring, and six-foot countertop.

and has been building houses for the past 20 years. Along with homes in Oakbank, the builder offer lots in Kingswood in La Salle, and Whistler Hollow – a new sub-division located in West St. Paul.

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Sweet & Simple Only 10 minutes from Winnipeg, Aspen Lakes is a popular development in Oakbank for homeowners that want country living close to the city. Pageantry Homes’ 41 Spirea Lane reflects the sweet and simple nature of this popular, quiet development, with its large lots and ample space to the side of the property. When you walk into the 1,636 square-foot bungalow, you are greeted by a large formal dining room to your right, a walk-in closet and nine-foot ceilings that provide a grand, airy feel. The open concept great room and kitchen feature reclaimed maple wide board flooring to complement the custom shelving under the mounted T.V., mantel over the tiled gas fireplace, and the kitchen island. The island’s white ash Caesarstone countertop plays opposite to the charcoal counter under the cream maple cabinetry, and black/brown tiled backsplash. The kitchen also features a corner pantry with frosted glass door.

Pageantry Homes is a family owned and operated company. Werner Krempin has been in the building industry for over three decades,

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Alive With Spirit Set against the picturesque backdrop of the living prairie, White Horse Estates is a new residential development in the legendary municipality of St. Franรงois Xavier. With inviting streetscapes and eye-catching designs, White Horse Estates invites you to build a home that embodies lasting style and modern livability in an established community. Be one of the privileged few to establish roots in this desirable location where families and nature live together.

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Ever wonder about the statue of the white horse that stands about 10 minutes west of the Perimeter Highway? The statue commemorates a famous stallion that roamed the plains near this site after being chased by Sioux warriors intent on catching a newlywed Cree woman.

Big Life, Small Town By Kelly Gray

The statue also marks the road to St. Francois Xavier, a historic community that sits along a gorgeous oxbow on the Assiniboine River. After years of minimal development, the town is now getting started on a subdivision that will allow young families access to the quiet of small town rural life that’s just 15 minutes from Unicity Shopping Centre in Winnipeg’s Westwood neighbourhood. Marketed through Matthew Nicolas from Sutton Group Kilkenny Real Estate and Darren Desrochers of RE/MAX Performance Realty, White Horse Estates is a two-phase undertaking that will feature 36 properties in the first stage, and 38 new homes in the second round.

Desrochers reports that services have just been completed with hydro and phone lines underground. There is access to high-speed Internet, and town sewer and water are ready to go. He expects showhomes to be up and ready for viewing this spring with builders offering a number of exciting floor plans. Here he mentions designs that are at once contemporary in their amenities and layouts but come with attributes that center them firmly amid a country-style ambiance that is perfect for young families looking for room to grow. “The beauty of this new community is that the city is so close, but rural lifestyle is right at your doorstep. Taxes are much lower than you might find for something similar in Winnipeg, and the town is mature with a long history. This means school, churches, stores and post office. In fact, some of the lots even back onto the schoolyard, a nice attribute that would have parents able to watch kids run across the backyard right to classes.” As expected, lots are ample. Darren notes that a third of an acre is the minimum, with properties trending between 74 feet and 120 feet in width,

with depths that extend from 150 feet to 260 feet. “This gives you room to build a home with garage space for all the toys that make rural living so much fun.” Another plus is the relatively close proximity to the new CentrePort project that links Winnipeg with the municipality of Rosser and gives Manitoba continent-wide access to warehousing and distribution. And while St. Francois Xavier will maintain its rural charm, it will also offer easy access to employment for those in the transport sector, an economic segment that will benefit greatly from the new initiative.

country skiers and forest lovers who come to view some of the province’s largest trees and tall grass prairie lands. “White Horse Estates is proving to be a remarkable surprise for many who thought the country life was not attainable so close to a large centre like Winnipeg,” concludes Nicolas, who invites families to consider going big with small town living.

For the nature enthusiast, White Horse Estates is also close to a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Certainly, there is the nearby Assiniboine River, a great site for fishing and quiet paddling, not to mention wintertime power tobogganing. There is also Beaudry Provincial Park, a wellserviced all-season recreational site that is just a stone’s throw from the White Horse statue. This park is a mecca for mountain bikers, cross spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 103

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“We are releasing them in smaller parcels to our builders. In this way, we can maintain the custom approach to this small development that is planned for a two year build-out,” says Realtor Matthew Nicolas. He remarks that while most of the lots will be addressed to builders such as Diamond J Construction, Harewa Homes, and Ican Construction, all well-known local names in the new home sector, there are some properties available for buyers who seek to develop their own lots within the community’s architectural guidelines.

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Ewald Harder is bringing his considerable experience to Manitobans looking for exciting custom home packages. Harder and his wife Irene operate Harewa Homes, a company they started more than eight years ago to compete in the challenging in-fill housing market. Over that time, he has painstakingly supervised the construction of some 210 properties, many of which are located amid the city’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Harder started his company after working for a number of others in the industry. He had been supervising sites and crews, and could see that homebuyers were often frustrated by the lack of attention they received from the builder. He saw the opportunity in working to construct contemporary designs in traditional neighbourhoods, and found success by being on time and on expectation with plans that were more in keeping with today’s family needs. Harder’s designs offered much more to inner city residents than the standard 50 to 100 year old homes that grace Winnipeg’s aging core.

Harder suggests problem solving skills, attention to detail and listening intently to clients is what has made him a fresh force in the local trade. Now he is coming forward with new plans that are being showcased in recent developments, such as White Horse Estates in St. Francois Xavier. In one of the plans, Harder has come up with a 1454 square foot bungalow that really delivers with features like an oversized three-car garage, a perfect accompaniment to a country lifestyle. The interior floor plan has buyers pleased to find three ample bedrooms, main level laundry and a well-situated mud or utility room. To keep things private, Harder placed the bathroom in between the master suite and the two other bedrooms in an overall design that is all about family living. With another design, Harder found an appreciative market with a two-storey contemporary country-style format. Here, the exterior offers a graceful covered front porch that hearkens back to simpler days. The interior features three bedrooms, an open concept kitchen and family living area complete with a formal dining room. The design also features a large walk-through

pantry that is accessible right from the garage. Upstairs, the bedrooms are also generously sized with features like a full ensuite bath and large walk-in closet. Behind Harder’s attention to detail is a craftsman that got his start mastering each stage of the homebuilding trade. Like the artisans from his German heritage, Ewald Harder took each step seriously and only moved on once he learned the tasks at hand. Now, with Harewa Homes, he is bringing this level of custom home craftsmanship to each property under his care where he supervises every aspect. With this level of attention, Harder has been able to build a list of satisfied clients. Indeed, many of his new home projects came with the kind of challenges that keep most homebuilders away. However, he suggests that there is nothing like a good problem or challenge to get him interested in a project. For more information, visit www.harewahomes. com

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“We were one of the first ones here,” says Rod Kelunick, a resident of Pritchard Farm Southlands Village in East St. Paul. “We saw the potential in the development and we loved the location.” Now their street is almost finished, with six of its seven, custom, condominium bungalows completed.

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Eric Vogan, Land Development Manager, Qualico Communities, reports that there are still several lots available but already the three participating builders: Arlt, Irwin and Maric Homes indicate it will be a busy year for sales in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village. The Kelunicks first came to Southlands Village to see the Maric showhome. “It wasn’t quite finished but we knew right away when we got here, that this was the right spot for us,” he states. “The house had everything we wanted. It’s a good size and close to the city. We love everything about it, actually. “When we tell people we live in a condo, they think we live in an apartment building. People are not familiar with this concept,” Kelunick states. In fact, the custom bungalows in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village typically average 1,600 to 1,800 square feet, plus a lower level.

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The Maric showhome that captured the Kelunicks low in Pritchard Farm Southlands Village. You can also choose your custom builder and then create your own detached, bungalow design, which comes with all the conveniences of condominium living. Kelunick explains that he doesn’t have to care for his yard or shovel snow. That’s all done by a Property Management firm for a modest

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monthly fee. “The snow removal is really good. We get two centimetres and they’re here; the Property Management firm does a great job,” he states. “They cut the grass, fertilize, pull the weeds, prune the trees, replace any winter-kill. Anyone who wants a low-maintenance lifestyle can certainly get it here.” He and his wife Lorraine plant flower pots and he admits to puttering around the yard some, but only when he feels like it. ‘You certainly don’t have to if you don’t want to.” He describes it as country living, but almost in the city. He likes the green space behind his place and the frequent wildlife sightings. “The taxes are a bonus,” Kelunick adds. “We’re certainly paying considerably less than we would be for a comparable house in the city.” The condo lifestyle suits the Kelunicks in other ways as well.

“We don’t have any issues,” he states. While some residents are retirees, many are not. Rod is the Business Development Manager for a U.S. manufacturer and Lorraine works for a major Canadian bank. Both travel occasionally for work. “Knowing that my wife doesn’t have to shovel when I’m gone in the wintertime is a good feeling. Or when I get home from a business trip in the summer on a Friday, I don’t have to worry about pulling out the lawnmower and cutting the grass because that’s already been done.” Kelunick describes a very friendly neighbourhood. “There’s a real sense of community developing here. We’re going to have our first annual neighbourhood block party this year. We like it out here. I would absolutely recommend it to others.” If the Pritchard Farm Southlands Village lifestyle appeals, all three builders have showhomes in this year’s Spring Parade of Homes. spring 2013 | STYLE MANITOBA | 107

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Kelunick praises Qualico Communities and the builders for the neighbourhood’s beauty. Landscaping packages are included in the purchase price of each custom-built home and he says, “They do a really nice job with the greenery, the grass; they put in nice trees and shrubs. It’s looking really good.”

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What excited condo shoppers at Oxbow was a property where both developers and builders pulled out the stops delivering a structure that was constructed to very high standards. For example, Laura reports, “The buildings feature insulated concrete-form walls with a piled, concrete foundation and eight-inch hollow-core concrete topping between floors for soundproofing. That makes for a very quiet, safe and energy efficient place to live.” Marnie Ross agrees, noting that people who have lived in wood frame structures are often surprised at the quiet offered by concrete construction. She suggests that designers of the Oxbow phases took privacy and personal quiet into account when they drew the plans. “At these condos you can feel free to live your life without the worry you will disturb the neighbours,” she says. Thanks to a continuance of the attributes, the Ross Sisters note that Phase III’s success will mirror the other two properties. In this new phase, buyers have a choice of 84 condominiums from 796 square feet to 1423 square feet in a wide range of configurations within the five-storey building. Features of the David Solomon designed interiors include choice of countertops that include granite, glass tile backsplashes, dark or light cabinets (with under-cabinet lighting), engineered hardwood floors, breakfast bar, pantry and in-suite laundry. As well, suites provide an open light-filed airy space, thanks to nine-foot ceilings and oversized triple-pane argon-filled windows. The Phase III condos on the top floor feature 10-foot ceilings in designs that are made even more open and expansive. Balconies and terraces are made special with gorgeous walkouts to natural settings, and balconies are designed to really offer the outdoors as an interior place-

ment. Indeed, balconies are covered and offer an ample 15-feet by 8-feet of living space. “Oxbow offers great river views that are made even more special with walk down terraces and large balconies that serve to bring the incredible natural element of the area into each suite,” says Marnie Ross. Appointments also include a host of energy efficient features. Not only do the concrete and steel building sport R40 walls and an R30 roof, but also the oversized bathrooms are fitted with low flush toilets and variable flow showerheads. Hot water is piped in from energy efficient tanks that are centralized on each floor. Kitchens feature the latest stainless steel appliances that all come with Energy Star designation. Each suite also has its own high efficiency HVAC (heating ventilating and airconditioning) unit. Exciting for buyers as well is the ‘all in’ aspect of the condos. Listed at price points from $219,900 to $439,900, buyers get a complete package where there are still ample choices to allow for individual taste, but no unfinished details to drive up the key cost. With Phase III the Ross Sisters even have a pre construction bonus that includes under-cab lighting, icemaker and TV wall mount. Back in North York, Chris and Julie report they liked the fact that there was an on-site gym and common room, facilities that would allow them both workout convenience and social opportunities. Further, the building has dedicated bike storage, not to mention access to a large trail system that will soon be linked to the city’s expansive Greenway trail network. In Toronto, Chris bikes to work and Julie is an avid weekend cyclist and cross-country skier. What they found at Oxbow on the Seine was a no compromise solution to their lifestyle requirements where all their boxes were ticked.

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Oxbow on the Seine is now into its third Phase of development. According to property marketers Marnie and Laura Ross (The Ross Sisters) of Century 21 Bachman and Associates, Phase III is really the jewel in the crown of the development that is currently in pre-construction.

of the Oxbow. The result has been a sell-out of Phase I, with Phase II almost completely subscribed.

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Fresh Face

By Kelly Gray

in the French Quarter Condo developer StreetSide is continuing to deliver on its promises with unique urban offerings that address contemporary lifestyles. Indeed, StreetSide is known for wellconsidered condominium properties that take residential living to new heights. Now with its Verve Taché South and Mode Taché condo developments in the historic French Quarter, they have raised the bar once again with properties that are breathing new life into this matchless neighbourhood.

“The location is impressive,” says Marty Maykut, Manager of StreetSide Development Corporation. “St. Boniface has a great neighbourhood feel while being seconds from The Forks and downtown,” he states, commenting further that residents also benefit from the fact that Taché north of Provencher is a no-through traffic zone, a detail that works to create a very quiet street front. Verve Taché South is a four-storey 48 unit building located at 760 Taché Avenue. Here, remaining available units range from 1212 square feet to a spacious 1840 square feet. The building offers a number of floor plans as well as a wide choice of finishes, which complete an ‘all-in’ package that has seen 90 percent of the project now sold. Prices range from the mid $300,000’s to the low $600,000’s in a Power Smart eco friendly structure that features heated underground parking, expansive walkout balconies, ground level terraces, and the best part - a common rooftop patio.

The buildings have seen a lot of interest with those who seek a greater urban lifestyle than might be found in a suburban bungalow. According to Myles Viklund of Rancho Realty Services, who is marketing the properties for StreetSide, interest extends to singles, couples, empty nesters, and professionals.

vices are within easy walking distance or a very short car ride away. Verve Taché South and Mode Taché join the first Verve (North) project, as well as Place St Joseph Royal Condominiums in an eclectic mix that has allowed StreetSide to dramatically redefine this corner of St. Boniface. Here, they have worked to create not just an invigorated streetscape, but also a new destination amid the city’s changing residential demands. “The entire StreetSide team is proud to have been part of four projects that have brought new energy and life to this established neighbourhood,” concludes Maykut. “The location is ideal for those seeking an urban edge to residential living, and the design and overall quality of the buildings have really added further value to this historic sector of our city.”

Maykut adds that strong sales for these condos are revealing a pent-up demand for these homes. “The best description of our downtown homeowner is the emerging urban buyer. The urban buyer is typically a young professional single or couple or empty nesters. Younger purchasers are working downtown or at the St. Boniface hospital, and enjoy the convenience to both work and social activities. Empty nesters enjoy being close to the arts community, The Forks, and so many other downtown amenities,” he says, adding that as Winnipeggers see more and more amenities located downtown, the buyer is finding more in the way of attributes. What they discover is that trips for shopping and other ser-

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Located in prime locations along Promenade Taché, both sites feature stunning western views of Winnipeg’s downtown skyline that include the iconic Museum for Human Rights, The Forks and the Eastern Exchange District.

Mode Taché is located immediately to the south of Verve in a position slightly closer to the cafés and other amenities along Provencher Boulevard. This building saw its first residents take possession this February with strong sales continuing thanks to its attractive offering. Mode is a smaller building with 22 units, and four contemporary floor plans offered. These suites range from one to three bedroom options with living area from 584 square feet to 1992 square feet. Like Verve Taché, Mode offers complete designer packages that deliver great choice, but keep surprising costs out of the purchase equation. To add to the flexibility, StreetSide has also left four suites at drywall stage to allow buyers to work from a blank slate where their personal creativity can really shine.

A Different Shade of Condo Winnipeggers looking for an exclusive luxurious lifestyle will be impressed by a new condo development in the southeast sector of the city. Located just off St. Anne’s Road along the banks of the Seine River, CreekBend Hollow will offer premier amenities in a worry-free package that will let empty nesters and executives get on with busy lifestyles. According to Matthew Nicolas of Sutton Group Realty Services, the project was conceived by well-travelled developers who loved their second homes in the Arizona sunshine. There, they saw the enjoyment others were having with bare-land condos amid well-designed gated communities, and wanted to bring this level of experience to the local market where they couldn’t find anything similar.

roofs, and a fully piled 6-inch structural concrete floor.

What’s on offer at CreekBend is a gated riverside development with room for 17 detached condos in bungalow formats that extend from 1700 square feet to 2200 square feet on river lots with walkouts. Important, says Nicolas is that each will be constructed to very high levels with materials such as fiberglass windows, lifetime

“The builder will leave the interiors to each individual buyer for maximum individuality. Another nice feature is that buyers will have ownership of the yards, something that most bare-land condos don’t offer. This means owners can have custom pools and patios, and landscaping just the way they want it.”

This custom approach that gives buyers choices within a secure, worry-free gated environment is just what the developers hoped to bring to the Winnipeg market. “Investigate the condos at Creekbend Hollow to see what a little bit of Phoenix can do for your lifestyle.”

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Branding Your Bath By Carly peters

The more people travel, and the more they indulge in time spent watching DIY and design shows, the more they know they want clean luxury from their bathroom. Kitchen & Bath Classics can bring the “ah” experience with Toto’s Soirée line. For over 100 years, Toto has been the bathroom fixture choice for most of Asia and Europe, and more recently become a part of the North American market. Tracy Reece of Kitchen & Bath Classics, states that many hotels and designers on popular home décor shows now choose the brand for their clean lines and ecofriendly designs. The Soirée series toilet, seen here, features a low flow, dual-flush with Double Cyclone® Flushing System. This patented feature is a state-of-the-art, hole-free rim design that offers a dual-nozzle bowl cleansing system that creates a centrifugal, cyclonic cleaning action. The result is the cleanest, most hygienic and most powerful flushing system available on the market.

The lines of the toilet also keep it clean in both appearance and hygiene. The skirted design ensures there’s no space between the wall and lower pedestal to collect dirt, and no loose nut caps falling off during cleaning. The brand also ensures some of the best eco-efficiency - conserving water, but not sacrificing cleanliness and function. This includes the Soirée’s line of faucets for both sinks and tubs. The true indulgence lies when your step in the shower. Toto’s Thermostatic shower system lets users fix and set the temperature instead of having to fiddle with knobs, while the flat, push button controls makes it easy to switch between the overhead shower fixture, body sprays and/or handheld shower head. “Many people like the rain showerhead because it’s larger, and they like the flow of the water. Then they can switch to the handheld for direct pressure to get that extra shampoo out of your hair, or work that knot out of your back,” he 115

says. “It can also be useful for cleaning the tub and shower walls, something you can’t do as easily with a fixed head.”

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Kitchen&Bath Working Together

To truly create a custom design, a builder must listen to their customer’s dreams, desires, and ideas. Working from a client’s design or a picture, Green’s Cabinets Plus can create a kitchen that is both functional and attractive. Lyle Green followed in his carpenter father’s footsteps, and at the age of 22, the self-taught woodworker began installing cabinetry. After doing the job for others, he decided to start creating his own handcrafted work, thus evolving into Green’s Cabinets Plus, which now specializes in new custom kitchen cabinets and cabinet refacing. This kitchen combined restoration and creation. The 14 by 12 foot space features maple cabinets with shaker style doors and drawers in an espresso stain colour. At the customer’s request, glass was added as accents to the cabinets, and lights were installed inside to display their items. The island was refaced, and a granite counter topped off the space. While this particular project was mainly a renovation, the rural-based company can create cabinetry for a blank kitchen canvas. Lyle carefully selects all materials that go into your kitchen so they can maintain quality control and utilize all available space within the kitchen for the most effective work area. The company also offers custom woodwork for bath, office, media, and built-in cabinets produced from select hardwoods, veneer ply, and the highest grade melamine.

Perfect Match

The owners of this River Heights home were fond of entertaining, but lacked the space due to the dated layout of the older style house. By renovating and opening up the kitchen they could continue to work in the kitchen, but not feel out of the loop at the party. Yet, this meant the newly renovated kitchen area had to flow with the rest of the house in design and colour. The clients already had a dining room table in place, and they wanted the cabinets to match. Seine River Cabinets, being a complete custom millwork shop, created a colour from the cherry table to match the maple, shaker style doors, allowing continuity through the two spaces. The upper cabinets were given a touch of flair with frosted glass doors featuring inset pot lights, so when the evening wears on, the main lights can be turned off but the cabinets shine on. Seine River Cabinets has over 30 years of cabinetry experience. Everything is done in-house, from designing to building and installation for kitchen, library, home theatre, family room and bathroom applications. Customers can have a truly customized experience as the company can create without limitations - any style, any colour, and any size. The company also offers an in-house designer that can help select paint colours, countertops, backsplashes and flooring to finish off your home project. 116 | STYLE MANITOBA | spring 2013


Kitchen&Bath In Contrast

This Gino’s Homes display home in South Pointe takes on two tones in order to create focal points in the open concept kitchen designed by Leandro Kehler of Kitchen Craft. The maple cabinetry, stained with Kitchen Craft’s Tuscan finish, features the company’s Summit doors, a popular style for their simple, clean look. Clear glass inserts were added to the upper smaller cabinets for aesthetic appeal, but also have interior lights to highlight any items placed inside. The cabinetry is finished with brushed nickel hardware that mimics the simple door style, but still features great functionality. The island creates a focal point in the open concept kitchen, dining room and great room. The black stained maple contrasts with the Tuscan cabinets, as well as the Cambria Quartz countertop that also features various shades of browns. The same quartz can be found on a lower ledge that runs partially around the island. To the right of the island, the kitchen features a walk-in pantry, extra space for everyday goods, a small bar fridge, and additional counter space, making it an ideal area for mingling while entertaining. The two-tone continues with the black stained maple being featured in a small desk and seating area to the left of the island, which contrasts with the home’s other wood elements, such as the much lighter tone stair railings and flooring.

Get Onto It

Spring is seen as a season of change, of reinvention. Duravit’s Onto, one of the newest vanities at Robinson Bath Centre this season, has created a completely new console principle - the washbasin is not placed on the console, but instead, the washbasin is mounted first so that the console can be placed onto the ceramic afterwards. Architect and designer Matteo Thun created the new form of bathroom design to ensure it was easy to plan, easy to install, and easy to clean, but at the same time offers an affordable, modern solution. The ceramic serves as the framework onto which the wooden console is placed and bolted. The water-resistant plywood used for the console is bonded to the ceramic, and the edges retain their water resistance over the long term, thanks to their treatment with solvent-free oil. An inviting atmosphere is ensured by four different wood tones – White Matt, Basalt Matt, Chestnut Dark, or European Oak. Clients can customize the size and number of basins, along with the faucet style to match their décor, as well as choosing low cabinets and/or drawers for storage, and openings for towels at the front or on the side.


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Furniture For The Way You Live

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Make It Yours By Carly Peters

Sometimes an entire room’s design can be created from one great piece. From classic French stylings to modern wares, Pineridge Hollow’s 5,000 square-foot furniture showroom, located in the turn-of-the century Carriage House, offers customers a little bit of everything to start customers on their style journey. “Rooms are being styled so that everything doesn’t have to match,” states Janice Regehr, owner of Pineridge Hollow. “You can create a story with different textures and points of interest.” The staff at Pineridge Hollow are certainly creating visual stimuli by bringing in and combining some innovative, exclusive lines. The softness of a Lee Industries’ sofa featuring a quilted baby blue slip-cover, which is so well fitted customers think it’s upholstered, paired with two printed chairs is offset by a warm brown leather chair, metal and wood drum side tables, and a heavy, chunky coffee table from Uttermost. They also carry Curations Limited, which was introduced to the store in fall and features solid hardwood furniture in natural wood grains, and upholstered items in unprocessed fabrics such as linen, which give any room a classic look. A classic Broyhill Attic Heirloom coffee table pairs well with a printed Dash and Albert woven rug, but a splash of modern design is added by a printed birch pattern wallpaper. “Wallpaper, like the birch tree print in our showroom, is making a comeback. And for good

reason,” she says. “You just can’t get that detailed look with paint.” And it is all about the details. This spring, saturated colour accents are adding some pop to living rooms, bedrooms, and even the dining room table. Pip Studios, a unique china line from England, is an updated version of the classic setting with elements of colour, such as a red edge along a white background, and fresh patterns and prints. Regehr says it’s easy to take trendy colours, like this season’s indigo, and layer with varying shades to make it more timeless or classic, and

keep a flow through the larger pieces customers might already have in place. Pineridge Hollow is also making a few additions. Launching April 1st, the second floor of the gift shop will be transformed into a fashion boutique featuring fun, fresh fashion lines, casual cottage wear and jewelry with a European influence. Located 30 minutes from downtown Winnipeg, nestled just outside of scenic Bird’s Hill Provincial Park, Pineridge Hollow also features a locally inspired restaurant, open seven days a week, and hosts numerous weddings and events on six-acres of gardens, ponds, and peaceful property under a big prairie sky.


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design&decor Perpetual Evolution

Let the other Swedish furniture store stick with meatballs. Interior Illusions is proud to be the exclusive dealer for Furninova, a Swedish-based modular furniture brand that brings modern seating and customization to a new level. The company’s goal was to produce contemporary, tailored furniture at a good price, and with 250,000 custom sofas and armchairs leaving their factory in Poland yearly, it appears they’ve achieved that. Flexibility is what certainly carries the European company’s lines. Not only can you select from a vast range of top-quality fabrics and leathers to customize your style, but even the seat and back cushions, armrests, interior foam and legs can be adjusted for comfort and taste. Mix and match pattern, prints and fabrics, as well as configurations to achieve your desired look. Modular lines range from sleek to shabby chic to traditional. The company also offers accent pillows, footstools, and even pieces to place over the arm rest for remote controls, to ensure you have everything you need to make your sofa the best place in the home. Interior Illusions’ Furninova gallery at the100 Princess Street showroom will highlight some innovative ways to mix and match this season’s hottest trends in colours, patterns and fabrics, and provide a little inspiration for your décor.

Nature’s Design

With home design still erring on the side of contemporary and modern, spring décor trends are looking to bring balance with more natural, rustic elements. From grand wood pieces, such as the one in this Artista Homes home, to exterior silk pond succulents, House of Silk can create nature’s design. Bringing the outside in, House of Silk has been creating stunning displays with preserved dragon wood from Florida. Being that the wood is gnarlier than local species, the arrangements, which can range from short pieces to over 13 feet high full trees, have a unique “movement.” Arrangements are set in plaster bases, but if they are over 10-feet, House of Silk will build it onsite. Also onsite, instead of large flower arrangements with traditional blooms, the trend towards silk succulents and orchids are filling up vases. They are also finding their way outside, usually around ponds and water features where jagged rocks don’t allow for optimal growth of regular plants. With a coat of resin, silk plants not only weather well, but are also fade resistant, ensuring bright plants and grasses without the watering. Designing for a large residential and showhome client base, House of Silk has also been moving outside of the province, doing silk and wood arrangements for hotels and commercial spaces in Saskatchewan and Alberta.


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Beautiful, sleek stainless steel kitchen ensemble by Maytag.


At Furniture Villa BrandSource Home Furnishings, you can find a selection of in-store items at unbeatable prices at all times even the brands you love, such as Whirlpool, Maytag and KitchenAid. If within 30 days after your purchase, you find the same article at a cheaper price elsewhere, we will refund 120% of the difference.

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You Can Have it Your Way For over 40 years, Furniture Villa BrandSource a full service home furnishings, accents, bedding, and appliance retailer - has been offering their customers an array of fabulous choices. Whether it’s colour, style, brand, or just ensuring your choice will fit in your home, Furniture Villa has always been there to provide you, the consumer, what you really want for your home. Furniture Villa BrandSource Home Furnishings is part of a North American network that first launched in the U.S. in 1999, expanded into Canada in 2009, and now includes over 3,000 locally-owned appliance, electronics, mattress, and home furnishings stores, like Furniture Villa, across North America with a network of over 150 stores in Canada alone. BrandSource is owner operated and people oriented. A BrandSource store is your source for the very best in selection, excellent value, and personalized service. Featuring all major brands, BrandSource member stores enjoy the advantage of combined buying power, which translates into the lowest prices “guaranteed” and greater value for the consumer. At any time, customers can find “OwnerDeals,” which are amazing, limitedtime only offers, and with Price Guarantee+ pricing, there is always a selection of products guaranteed at the best price. That guarantee is backed up with a promise that, if within 30 days after your purchase, you find the same article at a cheaper price elsewhere, Furniture Villa will refund 120 percent of the difference.

On top of that, the owner can put anything he wants on special anytime he wants, because he is the owner. It also means there is a great ability for customers to customize their product selections customize, don’t compromise. “Customers might see something in the store and they like the style, but they want a different colour. They can customize the configuration of a sectional, or change the material,” says Victor Cordeiro, pointing to the store’s expansive, three-tiered wall of England fabrics. “You can pick your style, pick your fabric, pick your stain. CHOICE+ is an available variety of colours or covers on selected in-store items. Whatever your taste, we can meet your needs.” Supplying showhomes in developments like Sage Creek and South Pointe, Furniture Villa ensures they always carry the latest in trends


By Carly Peters and contemporary designs, as well as transitional pieces. “There have been many changes over the years and we’ve always tried to be different and move with the times. It’s a race to the bottom if you stay the same,” he states, adding the 22,000 square foot store also offers appliances and mattress sets, making it easy for customers to furnish a new home all under one roof. Furniture Villa BrandSource’s knowledgeable in-store experts provide the necessary support in order to make an informed purchase, while professional delivery and installation teams ensure the safe and timely arrival of new products and expert installation. At Furniture Villa BrandSource Home Furnishings, “We are owners and we care… Every day.”

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design&decor Creating Your Space

What do you do with a 1940s St. Boniface home that needs a little upgrade? Start knocking down walls. Home & Renovation Masters began making this 1,200 square-foot classic home into a contemporary space by taking out a supporting wall by the stairs. The team replaced the wall with engineered beams - teleposts in the basement and load bearing elements on the exterior wall. This opened up the stairs and the living room to the dining space and galley kitchen, which even though it was getting a makeover with new laminate maple floors, kept the old crown moulding to keep a little of the home’s classic roots. The rest of the house’s modern look was topped off by new lighting fixtures (Home & Renovation Masters upgraded the wiring to accommodate it), glass and stainless steel railings going up to the second level, and a liquid fuel fireplace in the living room. While the homeowners painted themselves, Home & Renovation Masters had it primed and ready-to-go as part of their all-inclusive services. Specializing in whole house renovations, kitchens and additions, the company also offers a design service that includes help with creating colour palettes, furniture and accent selections, and furniture layout. From start to finish, Home & Renovation Masters work with customers to create the space they want.

See Through

What started out as a five-person glass shop in 1990 has grown into a company that has become known for their highly skilled hands, and eye for art. MPD Glass & Vinyl Graphics specializes in decorative glass and vinyl film, and can create custom designs for exterior and interior doors, and glass walls through the skilled techniques of their artisans. Three different sandblasting methods are utilized to create different looks - single stage sandblasting, which is just one pass over the surface; multi-stage sandblasting, which features different levels of sandblasting to give depth and shade, like the image of the tree shown here; and glass carving, which goes deep into the glass and adds a real “wow factor” to the design. MPD also carries a line of thermoformed glass, which can be as thick as six inches deep, in many different textures for kitchen backsplashes and countertops. The company also offers a unique glass bonding paint that can be custom matched for glass backsplashes and even shower back walls. It’s easy to keep the surface clean, and gives a nice smooth finish. MPD can also incorporate a custom designed privacy film to clear front doors, or as a decorative interior application to previously installed glass. Images can be illustrated and produced, or clients can select from a large catalogue of pre-designed images. At the newly renovated showroom, customers can view previous projects and design inspiration on the company’s 60-inch HD screen. 125

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Rejuvenate Your Sleep Sleep experts say most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety. Without adequate rest, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to “repay.” The resulting deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behaviour, decreased productivity, and safety issues. Sleep needs vary from person to person, and that’s why the Dream Experts at Dufresne’s newly opened Dream Experience – a unique, tailored in-store environment - strive to personalize and rejuvenate your sleep experience through identifying the best solution for you. “People always talk about exercise and eating well, but sleep is just as important to overall healthy lifestyle,” says Winson Ly, Retail Manager of the Dream Experience at Dufresne Furniture & Appliances. “The Dream Experience not only takes confusion out of buying a bed, but also intends your purchase to improve overall health, wellness, and vitality. And, because each person’s

body type and sleep position is different, we use custom technology to identify pressure points to help our customers find the right sleep system for their needs.” When starting your Dream Experience, a Dream Expert will guide you through a three-step experience, starting with the personalized sleep assessment featuring pressure map technology. “The goal is to reduce and eliminate pressure points. You shouldn’t feel your mattress,” he explains, adding the mapping technology also determines if the customer requires a plush, medium, or firm comfort mattress from brands such as Varafit, Sealy, and Serta. “Our Dream Experts fine tune the selection to determine the type of mattress construction best suited to your body and budget,” says Ly. This approach provides further personalization of selection – and eliminates the need to try every bed in a sleep gallery. The second step is identifying an appropriate pillow. Given approximately 30 percent of a good night’s sleep comes from a quality pillow, having the right pillow is vital for a healthy, rejuvenating sleep. A Dream Expert starts by choosing a pillow based on sleeping position: stomach, back or side, and recommends the best fit to keep your spine in proper neutral alignment. “If you are a side sleeper, you need something thicker. On your stomach, you need something thinner. And, if you sleep on your back, you require a medium firmness,” says Ly. The third step to a quality, customized sleep set is the mattress protector. Accumulation of debris, dust, stains, oil and bacteria over time are 127

harmful pollutants that can ruin your investment, and mattress protectors guard against the deterioration. Ly states the three-step process “works together to provide a level of support and comfort, and ensures your overall best sleep experience.” At the Dream Experience, Dream Experts are focused on helping you discover your best sleep. A personalized sleep solution allows a restful, rejuvenating, and healthy night’s sleep for a better tomorrow – discover yours today. Visit www.dufresne.ca or your nearest Dufresne store to start your Dream Experience.

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design&decor High Impact

Made in Italy, the Eva collection from Alf features a high-gloss mink birch with a distinguishing inlay of light and dark tones meeting in the middle for a unique impact. The finish is fairly unconventional when it comes to woods, but is the next wave of modern furniture. “Usually you see high-gloss in black, white or red, but now we’re getting into the wood tones, which are beautiful because you can see the grains and still have this modern finish,” states Riccardo Mandarano of Contessa Home Decor / Contessa Fine Furniture. The chrome accents as hardware on the nightstands, giving it a more contemporary look, while the piece’s chrome base gives a raised look, almost like it’s floating, a movement away from the traditional four legs, or solid base. The dresser features three extra-long drawers so there are no gaps in between, keeping the lines clean and the full detail of the inlay visible. Along with the complementary end tables, the collection also features a five-drawer chest, and storage for under the bed. New to Eva is the ability to choose your headboard in either the high-gloss mink birch, or a light, pearlized cream eco-leather. Optional lights and dimmers can also be added to create the perfect bedroom ambience. The Eva collection from Alf will be available in early spring at Contessa’s showroom at 103-3000 McGillivray Blvd.

Got You Covered

Ken’s Carpets & Urban Home Style Centre has been servicing the Winnipeg area with distinction since 1965. The company offers quality products and honest, dependable craftsmanship. Consumers will always find the staff at Ken’s Carpets prompt and knowledgeable, with reliable customer service. Ken’s Carpets carries a wide selection of carpet, vinyl, cork, and hardwood flooring, along with the newest and current upcoming fashion in the window coverings industry. The store offers a large collection of energy-efficient, custom-made window treatments from Hunter Douglas. Designed and assembled in Canada and the U.S., backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty, the company’s sheers, shades, honeycombs, blinds, and shutters can be customized with lifting systems for added safety and convenience. Each Hunter Douglas window covering gives you a variety of choices in privacy and light control, along with endless decorating possibilities in fabric, texture, colour, style, and specialty hardware systems. And their durability and practicality, incredibly easy maintenance, and superior energy efficiency match the beauty of Hunter Douglas window coverings. Visit the showroom at Ken’s Carpets & Urban Home Style Centre today, where you’ll find every solution for your home renovations.

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Home & Heart

When Marie and Kirby Fontaine won the $50 million Lotto 6/49 draw in 2009, they accepted their prize, and quietly went on using their fortune to improve people’s lives on Sagkeeng First Nation. While they still continue to share their earnings, they finally took the time to make something just for themselves - a home they’ve always dreamed of.

By Carly Peters

Morrison Custom Homes Inc. was tasked with the extensive project of building the couple a custom 12,000 square-foot house, and assisted with seven other houses built for family members who did most of the work themselves.

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“We created a new development for the family on land which Marie’s grandfather owned,” says Greg Tohms, president of Morrison Custom Homes Inc. The anchor piece took over a year and a half to build. The home’s design was created by Morrison Custom Homes Inc., Klaus Schneider, and Cr Home Designs, with a few bits of input from the couple. “Marie said she’d been dreaming of this house since she was a child so we didn’t use a designer. They came to my house and liked its style, so I basically showed the different pictures and they’d say ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Otherwise I had carte blanche,” he says. The stone and Hardie board exterior are highlighted by a canopy with solid fir timber pillars over the driveway in front of the home. The home is flanked by two, oversized fourcar garages on each end, and a stunning yard, designed by Natural Impressions Landscaping, that features a large solid granite waterfall feature and pond. Upon entering through the eight-foot custom fibreglass front doors, you find yourself standing in a grand foyer, complete with 24-foot ceilings, and a 20-foot waterfall that features colour changing LED lighting. You can either move up the solid, rustic knotty alder spiral staircase from Jake’s Fancy Stairs, which winds up to the second floor, or to the right into the couple’s extra large formal dining area. The dining area houses a grand 14-person table from Lazy Boy (much of the home’s furniture was provided by the company), and custom coffered ceiling, which contrasts the darker ceramic tile, provided by Curtis Carpets, and alder cabinets. All the interior wood products for the home were provided by Windsor Plywood.

Behind the stairs, an extra large great room with a solid wall of geometric windows from All Weather Windows offers a bright space for sitting and enjoying a large screen TV over the fireplace, flanked by custom built alder shelving with built-in lighting. To the right, the room opens into a grand kitchen, which totals almost 600 square feet, and features a spiral staircase directly up to the master bedroom (one element Marie specifically requested). Since the space was so vast, Visions Kitchens looked to give it a warm, old world feel by utilizing the dark alder for the cabinets, adding in a lot of detail work to their fronts and the columns through the kitchen, and leaving some open shelving for the couple’s accents. They also created a 10-foot hutch with a combination of glass doors and open space to showcase additional items. The details continue through the kitchen’s two almost 12-foot islands with Cambria quartz 131

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countertops. One island features a small sink and is used for prep work; the other is used for entertaining. Both house dishwashers, which were finished with cabinetry for a seamless, almost furniture look. Other appliances, including the four-foot fridge, were also integrated, while the 36-inch cooktop and double oven allows the couple to cook for their large family. Off the kitchen, a four-season sunroom with pine walls and ceilings, and motorized blinds lets the couple enjoy the backyard year round. Two additional bedrooms can also be found on that end of the home. Had you chosen to go to the left of the entry staircase, you would have found yourself in front of the couple’s theatre room, a 34 by 21 foot space featuring three tiers of seating with 12 motorized chairs, and a full bar in the back. Tohms states the room had its own set of blueprints to ensure all the sound proofing elements and wiring were correct. “There were custom panels to absorb sound and reflect sound, and the duct work was soundproof, everything to ensure you couldn’t hear anything outside of those walls,” he states, adding that 15,000 watts of power run through the room. K&S Electronics outfitted the theatre with 24 zones of distributor audio, a 145-inch screen, 133

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HD and 3D capable projector, 3D glasses integrated into the seats and a Control4 system. With nine touch pads located throughout the home, and four-portable touch screens, the family can control everything, from temperature to lighting, music (you can listen to 16 different sources of music in any room), and exterior and interior cameras. The home is outfitted with numerous cameras inside for the video intercom system, which can also be played on the portable touch pad. “This is the biggest project we’ve ever done,” states Sean Banks, president of K&S Electronics, adding it took a team two months of almost 15-hour days to complete the installation. “There are 150 dimmers in the house that can be fully controlled. You can dim the lights in one room when you are in another. It’s fully customizable, so you can create themes and schedules for the lights.” The Fontaines can also access the Control4 system from anywhere in the world through their iPad or iPhone, ensuring the security and comfort of the house. The left wing of the house features other personal pleasures, including a full gym, games room with pool table and video game systems, and an interior pool complete with commercial

grade slide from Oasis, a hot tub and a 60inch TV so Kirby could watch sports while soaking. Geothermal heating ensures the slab around the pool stays warm, while a geothermal dehumidifier keeps the moisture down.


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huge, high windows. The open semi-formal dining room transitions to the deluxe island kitchen with granite countertops, ceramic tile backsplash, under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances including a KitchenAid builtin oven, a cast iron sink, and unique pot filler spout over the gas range, pot lights, and walk-in pantry with custom shelving. The kitchen features a ceiling with wood beams to the great room, which boasts a stunning wood burning 42-inch fireplace with stone slate and a solid fir mantel, plus a furniture style wall unit. Twelve-foot high fir beamed ceilings and rustic knotty alder woodwork are featured throughout the home.

bar fridge, fireplace, and TV. Marie’s walk-in closet features a full bench, and moves into the Vegas inspired ensuite bathroom. Here, the large soaker tub is set in a curved Romanesquestyle frame, with stone pillars reaching up to the ceiling. Super-Lite created custom fixtures to light the mirrors above the couple’s his and her cast iron sinks, which are set in quartz countertops and cherry cabinets. Yet, with all this space and luxury, the Fontaines are still humble and continue to use their win to make everyone in the home’s surrounding community gain.

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is spectacular, 115 Seekings Street in South Headingley is just that bit better - mainly because it’s his home. And he’s selling. It is a beautiful craftsman-style home on a private 1.8 acre lot with a front porch made of Brazilian hardwood pedra. Passing through the custom stained, fibreglass, eight-foot front door, you enter the grand foyer, with custom natural travertine and an open stairwell with alder posts and railings with wrought iron pickets. The travertine tile continues through the kitchen, dining room and great room. The main floor also features solid core seven-foot high alder doors, chamfer corners and custom distressed knotty alder millwork throughout. Lots of natural west sunshine flows in from 136

The master suite has large windows, an incredible five piece ensuite with heated floors, a large enclosed steam shower with rain head, free standing tub in stone surround, solid wood blinds and double ceramic tile vanity with cast iron sinks, alder pillars and mirror details. The walk-in closet has a Martha Stewart custom organizer. The other bedroom on the main floor has a four piece ensuite including ceramic tile tub surround, and a walk-in closet. The finished lower level includes two more bedrooms, a three piece bathroom, and a huge games room with a pool table and LED lighting above it. The custom wet bar includes a concrete countertop, dishwasher, sink and fibre floor. The games room is open to the entertainment and recreation area, which features an entertainment wall with alder pillars and aged rusted steel backdrop. Interested? Contact Larry Kimacovich at 204-475-5466, billyk@remax.net, or visit www.kimacovich.com

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