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EDITOR’SNOTE

Living in luxury IT’S A STATE OF MIND

Some elements of luxury are universal, others are very personal. Living in luxury is all in your approach and all about your needs and expectations. Luxury is about having a home that indulges you, rooms that make you feel like your every need is anticipated, your every want fulfilled. The right furniture accommodates you, the right style and colour palette makes you feel comfortable, at ease. Making your home in the right community allows you to get the most out of your lifestyle, surrounded by all the places you enjoy going and all the amenities you need. Being able to include and indulge in elements that add to your lifestyle – that’s luxury. Luxury doesn’t have to be big and opulent, luxury can be subdued and simple. Take a look at your garage. It’s not generally considered the go-to room in your home for that feeling of luxury, but it could be! Read ‘Transform your garage, enhance your lifestyle’ on page 22 and learn how many people are taking this room from utilitarian and uninspired to unique and unbelievable. If your sense of luxury takes you to perfecting each space in your home, you won’t want to miss our feature ‘Decadent decor’ on page 40. Kait Kucy takes you on a shopping trip through some of Calgary’s favourite finds. Whether it’s furniture, hardware, textiles or a bit of whimsy you’re after, you can find your own luxury in a bit of retail therapy. What could be more indulgent than a meal at one of Canada’s best restaurants? Calgary has the foodie bragging rights of CHARCUT, and we caught up with chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson. Having worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants, these two had lots to say about serving up luxury! We hope you’re in that luxury state of mind and ready to enjoy this issue. Visit us online any place, any time at www.luxurylivingcalgary.com Thanks for reading,

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elax in the beauty of spectacular mountain views and experience luxury living on three levels in this absolutely gorgeous executive two-storey in southwest Calgary. “This is a brand new custom-built executive luxury home

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Interiors With Elegance OPENING NEW SHOWROOM IN THE HEART OF CALGARY by HEATHER RYAN

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ith custom renovations come custom finishes – and to showcase everything from today’s trends to high end options, Interiors With Elegance is opening a new showroom in the heart of trendy Sunalta in September.

Interiors With Elegance has offered clients reliability, quality workmanship and innovative designs for more than 25 years, and is very excited about the opening of their stunning new 6,000-sq.-ft. showroom and custom mill-work shop at 1602 10th Ave S.W. “The new location is more convenient for our clients, and much larger than before,” says Darrin Burton, founder and CEO of Interiors With Elegance. “This allows us to provide an all-inclusive selection of products from start to finish for every size of renovation project. “We will have high-end products on display that can cater to even the most particular of clients; these will include everything from handscraped hardwoods to one-of-a-kind tile options, and much more,” he adds, including some of the hottest design trends in Calgary. Interiors With Elegance’s exceptional product offerings and custom designs can be seen in every renovation project. An example of this is the recent renovation of an Edgemont home that involved gutting the whole interior and beautifully redesigning it, says Sales and Design Manager, Marie-Claire Williams. “It’s quite unassuming from the outside, but we converted the inside of the home into a sleek, modern industrial space that looks amazing. “We completely renovated the main and upper floors and reconfigured the space to make it more functional and reflect the clients’ lifestyle,” she says. “That’s the great thing about custom renovations; we can cater to anyone’s wants and needs. If they can think it, we can create it. “In this home we added some very unique design elements such as the custom staircase, which was handmade with industrial steel beams and floating solid wood treads. The homeowner is a real bike enthusiast, and so we decided to match the grey high-gloss lacquered kitchen cabinets to his helmet, which is truly custom and looks incredible.” The high-end kitchen also features white quartz counters, top-ofthe-line appliances including a Sub-Zero panelled fridge and two cooktops – and they added some warmth with a wood veneered backsplash encased in five-mm glass. The result was a fresh take on an otherwise monochromatic colour scheme. [12] LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015

Other custom touches include LED strip lighting in the flooring; a stunning hardwood feature wall in one of the bathrooms; and glass walls throughout the space, including one in the master bedroom. “The home sits on the ridge with fabulous mountain views, so the homeowner can relax in the free-standing tub while looking through the glass wall and out of the great room windows to their incredible views,” Marie-Claire explains. To learn more about Interiors With Elegance, visit their new location, or www.interiorswithelegance.ca.


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COVERSTORY

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CALGARY CULINARY SENSATIONS

CONNIE

EPICURES WILL RECOGNIZE CONNIE DESOUSA AND JOHN JACKSON IMMEDIATELY. THESE TWO ARE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME, HAVING ADDED CULINARY EXCELLENCE TO CALGARY’S GROWING FOODIE SCENE. THEIR RESTAURANT, CHARCUT ROAST HOUSE, IS CONSTANTLY LAUDED AMONG CANADA’S BEST RESTAURANTS AND NOTABLY RANKS 31 ON JACOB RICHLER’S 2015 ‘100 BEST RESTAURANTS’ LIST. THEIR FOLLOW-UP, CHARBAR AN INSTANT HIT! [14] LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015

JOHN by ELISA KROVBLIT


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onnie DeSousa and Jack Johnson each have a CV that is a recipe for mouth-watering results. They’ve worked internationally in some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants, including San Francisco’s exclusive St. Regis Hotel, which they launched, and for which they earned the Mobil 5-Star Award annually. Connie may be known to many as the runner up of Top Chef Canada, Season 1, though her training at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu, her term at Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Michelin 3-star restaurant in New York City and her masterful butcher skills speak for themselves on the plate. John’s accomplishments are equally impressive, having worked at top restaurants including London’s River Café, Le Jardin des Cygnesin in Paris and mentored with old masters in the art of butchering in Italy’s Marche region. From the St. Regis Hotel, the two decided to return to Calgary and open up CHARCUT. They knew they were a highly effective team and they wanted to take their vision in dining to the next level. CHARCUT is a departure from what Connie jokingly refers to as “tweezer food”. Their experience with elegant, refined, prestigious dining was a specific experience, “elite hospitality,” as Connie describes it, but they two felt they could bring this type of elegance to a diner looking for a more substantial meal - fine dining meets comfort food, with less pretention – and CHARCUT was born. “Calgary had an amazing food culture that was just on the cusp,” she explains, and with great friends there, “we saw the growth in Calgary.” Going local and being near the growing community made it all the more an ideal choice. “We saw 40 farms in 40 days,” explains John. “We met the families and broke bread.” These relationships flourished and became the source for much of the food brought into the restaurant. “We even found artichokes growing less than 30 km from the city,” says Connie. With skill and ingredients, the final key is in the kitchen - the professional appliances. Walk into any top-notch restaurant and you’re likely to find some pretty impressive equipment, at CHARCUT you’ll find a 10-burner stove, a giant rotisserie, a smoker, two ovens. At CHARBAR they also added a less common piece of equipment – an Argentinian parrilla. The parrilla isn’t a household word here – yet, but the

JOHN’S TOP

5MENU

ON THE

1. Pig’s head mortadella – This is a CHARCUT signature we have never take off our menu. It’s hand mixed ground pork studded with pistachios and truffles, cooked, cooled and sliced paper thin and served with our local Brassica mustard. 2. Tuna Conserva with lemon pickled potatoes – This appetizer is very light, refreshing, and well balanced. 3. Ceviche Mixto – we now feature this at our new restaurant, CHARBAR, made tableside. From the textures and crunch of toasted cancha Peruvian corn nuts, to the refreshing burst of acidity, this is one of my all time favourite dishes. 4. Raw Bar – Anything from the raw bar such as ice-cold, freshly shucked oysters, little neck clams, sea urchin and shucked scallops. The most memorable experience was from Newfoundland, where everything was just harvested a few hours earlier and we had an opportunity to devour it. 5. Trevelez Jamon Crudo. We had this amazing Spanish dry-cured ham at Bar Raval, owned by our friend Grant, in Toronto. We loved it so much we now feature it at CHARBAR, handsliced and served with sourdough bread from the local bakery, Sidewalk Citizen. Nothing better than the simplicity of meat and bread.

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introduction of this cooking technique takes grilling meat to the next level. “The bars are V-shaped. That channel catches the dripping fats and juices, and we bast that back into the meat,” says John. “You don’t have flare-ups,” says Connie, “because the fat doesn’t drip into the flame.” This wood-burning grill is designed for maximum flavour – which is the reason dining out is such a luxury – someone else does the cooking – and does it well! Dining out is a luxury. It’s one of those accessible luxuries that can be added to any day – lunch, dinner, a light meal, a big indulgence. “People are pressed for time,” says John.

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1. Cast-iron Canellini and Kale - This is just a good hearty soup that we developed for local organization Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers, where we provided the recipe in support of their fundraiser to help local women in need. It’s a feel-good, good-for-you soup – on so many levels. 2. Tomato and Sausage Soup with Basil – For cold, wintery days – especially in Calgary – this soup warms you through. It’s hearty aspect gives you that cozy cabin feeling while the fresh basil has you dreaming of summers snipping fresh tops off of home-grown herbs.

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“Restaurants used to be the place you went before the entertainment. Now they are the entertainment. Not having to do dishes, bespoke service, having your needs anticipated, not having to think,” he explains, are many of the reasons that define the luxury of dining out. From decor to menu to professional staff, John and Connie infuse themselves into this idea. They have customers contact them on social media when they’re coming in, adding a personal touch. They have an open kitchen and opportunities to interact with diners. John and Connie embrace it and focus on more than just the food, they create an experience.

FAVOURITE SOUPS

3. Anything ramen! I really do love freshly made and expertly made noodles with full-flavour broths. There is an art to great ramen.

4. Canja – Portuguese chicken and rice with lemon soup. My all time favourite soup that brings me back to my childhood. I grew up eating this and I still use my grandmothers recipe. The soup is amazing and it is finished with a classic Liaison cream and egg yolk.

5. Chilled soup – With the right balance of fresh herbs and

carefully chosen ingredients there are few more refreshing ways to start or accent a meal. Bring on the gazpacho.


DEVELOPERQ&A

10 Questions

with Jason Palacsko, Brookfield Residential by HEATHER RYAN

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ason Palacsko is vice-president, Operations – Calgary Communities and has been with Brookfield Residential for more than 19 years. Brookfield has been developing communities in Calgary for more than 50 years and has built more than 60 communities in the area. In fact, one in five Calgarians live in a Brookfield community. Currently, Brookfield is developing Auburn Bay, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Cranston, Riverstone and New Brighton in the south and its newest community Symons Gate in the north. [18] LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015


6)Can you tell us about the communities Brookfield Residential has developed in Calgary? The list is long so I can’t list them all, but some of my personal favourites are Tuscany, McKenzie Towne, Riverbend, Edgemont and Silver Springs.

1)What do you love most about Calgary? It’s a great city with great people. There’s always something to do in the city, and living near the mountains is a big plus. 2)What community do you live in, and why did you choose it? I live in Auburn Bay. It has everything we want in a community. Living near the lake, with all it has to offer, allows me to feel like I’m on vacation when I get home from work and on weekends. The community is very family friendly, and offers lots of amenities such as playgrounds and parks for my kids. Nearby shopping and entertainment, with Seton immediately adjacent to Auburn Bay, is a bonus. The community has a great feel and it’s a great place to come home to just to relax. 3)Auburn Bay was built by Brookfield – where did the inspiration for the lake come from? Auburn Bay was inspired by Canada’s great tradition of cottage country lifestyles. People coming to Calgary from across Canada can relate to the memories that are created when you have an amenity like a private 43-acre lake close by. Our vision was to provide that quality of life, year-round, for Auburn Bay homeowners, and it’s great to see that has become a reality.

7)What does Brookfield Residential see as the most important features to add to a community? The most important feature people tell us they want to see in a community is schools – we always plan for and hope that schools can be built early in the community’s development. Beyond that, its parks and pathways that rank highest for homeowners. 8)What was the most unique feature Brookfield Residential has created in a community? Residents’ Associations – they are private clubs dedicated to providing great amenities, services and programs to the community. They usually have a large facility with banquet space and gymnasiums and they operate fourseason activities like toboggan shoots, skating, splash parks, tennis, green spaces, playgrounds you name it. They help build a sense of belonging and residents love them.

4)Can you tell us a little more about Auburn Bay? Auburn Bay is a 900-acre community featuring a 43-acre lake and a 13-acre beach and park. It has homes in all product segments that would suit any family’s needs. The most recent release of lake front homes includes some of the most premier lots in the city, with private docks that feature expansive south views of the private beach and park. Auburn Bay will have two new schools and, in the longer term, a Green Line LRT connection.

9)On the lighter side, what’s your favourite sport to watch live? NFL football is my sport of choice. I’ve been to Denver to watch my favourite team a few times. The ambiance is fantastic – especially when they win.

5)Auburn Bay is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Are you doing anything special to celebrate? There will be plenty of activities throughout the month of September. Our builder partners have opened eight new showhomes, and we’ve just released a new phase of premier lakefront lots. We just broke ground on Auburn Station this August, a new retail centre just off 52nd Street.

10)What’s your favourite vacation spot? I trade the lake in for an ocean – our family loves being by the water. My family has been to Hawaii and we love it there. LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015 [19]


BUSINESSPROFILE

Kon-strux’s unique creative designs EXUDE LUXURY AND STYLE by HEATHER RYAN

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omeowners who desire a renovator known for crafting award-winning, stylish designs that exude luxury and exceptional craftsmanship are choosing Kon-strux Developments for their next renovation project.

rustic feel of the rest of the home. “So the inside and outside go together with uniformity in colours and materials,” she explains. “We’ve given it a modern look, but included old world elements to create a design that presented the right feel and ambience for the family and works for their lifestyle.”

In business since 2007, Kon-strux has won Calgary SAM Awards for their kitchen

Homeowners Wendy and Wade Going love the

renovations, and been a two-time National SAM Award finalist in the Best Kitchen

results and working with Shannon. “It was an

Renovation category.

incredible experience. Shannon had a fantastic

It’s not surprising one of Kon-strux’ latest renovation projects showcases a stunning

vision and the end result exceeded our expectations.

kitchen that goes beyond the norm as part of an overall main floor and exterior redesign.

Wade and I wanted an upgrade that was unique; a

“We’re really excited about this project because the client gave us creative freedom,

classy kitchen and living area that was fun and

which allowed us to push the envelope and think outside the box,” says Shannon Lenstra,

functional. Kon-strux created a space that we

owner and president of Kon-strux Developments. “This was an acreage home that was

absolutely love.”

very segmented, so we opened up the space and really gave the heart of the home that ‘wow’ factor.” The interior work included cosmetic changes such as new paint and flooring, but also the creation of a showpiece kitchen highlighted by a floor-to-ceiling linear fireplace featuring decorative tin and Dolomite tile. Upgrades on the exterior included new stone, paint, front door and concrete front steps that “we widened to present a more welcoming feel.” “The kitchen is uniquely different because we took aspects of the most trendy designs such as white cabinets and grey tones and added 1900s curio-style moulding, tin to the fireplace and blown-glass pendant lights above the quartzite-topped island to create a very unique look,” Shannon notes. “We also added distinctive details such as doing a custom glazing on glass fronts of the upper cabinets to mimic the pattern on the tin; the kitchen is definitely above the average.” A designer by trade, Shannon also added eye-catching orange accent pieces and there are even bits of orange in the floor tile, for a splash of colour and to tie in the cozy, [20] LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015

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can display and embrace your leisure time pursuits – from showrooms for classic machines to a social gathering spot and a place where the storage is as high end as the home’s interior. This place is the garage. For many homeowners the garage is no longer just a place to park the car, but an expansion of their home and reflection of their lifestyles.

THEY’VE BECOME PLACES WHERE YOU

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“The garage is usually the largest room in the house and often it’s misused, becoming a storage space for odds and ends,” says Don Fetherstonhaugh, president of The Garage Store.

“The garage is usually the largest room in the house and often it’s misused, becoming a storage space for odds and ends,” says Don Fetherstonhaugh, president of The Garage Store. “But it can be made into useful living space where you can display your passions and have fun again.” “The garage interior business is one of the fastest growing segments of the home improvement industry,” Don says, adding that it’s estimated to be an $8 billion dollars a year industry in North America. Our beautiful city of

Calgary is a part of that figure, with The Garage Store converting hundreds of garages each year. For the past decade The Garage Store has been at the forefront of redefining the garage to capture the essence of the home. From 3D designs to completion, their garage interiors embrace the homeowner’s lifestyle, choices and personality. One such garage they did in the Calgary region was a horse barn that was converted into a garage – which was challenging due to LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015 [23]


the amount of large-scale cabinetry that was required (10-ft. tall custom cabinets with 6-ft. depths). The garage also features durable steel construction with a copper vein finish; stainless steel-clad bar with dual fridges; modified four post vehicle lift powder-coated to match the cabinetry; and cedar plank walls and backsplashes to enhance the country theme. Another amazing project south of Calgary saw them create a space centred on the clients’ passion – helicopters. They modified a hangar and created an impressive garage space and entertaining area with a helicopter as a showpiece. Among the many features are: two sides of 16-gauge steel cabinets; four banks of toolbox drawers and deep storage; cold rolled 12-gauge steel countertops and bar equipped with a sink, TV and beverage cooler. “These designs essentially move the party from the kitchen and living room to the garage,” Don explains. “It’s important to be close to the elements of your lifestyle that you love, and these garages do that.” “Quite simply”, he adds, “homeowners are increasingly spending their disposable incomes on the pursuit of leisure time activities and on their most prized asset, their home. And where are we storing our leisuretime treasures? In the garage.” This combination, leisure time and home improvement, is fuelling the fast growing need for home storage products like never before. For example, a homeowner who enjoys golf or fishing soon finds they have a lot of gear, which usually ends up strewn about the

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garage, making it one of the most unorganized and unsightly spaces in the home. “That can have a real psychological effect on you and adds to your stress,” Don says. “That’s why so many people want to transform the garage and make it into a clean, attractive, functional new living space.” The Garage Store carries six lines of cabinets, three different wall systems, motorized and fixed overhead storage, heaters, car lifts and exclusive floor systems all designed to turn your garage into a luxurious, grand space. Providing not just storage, but designed around your lifestyle choices, this makes the garage into a spectacular feature room in your house. Customer Relations Manager Maria Karamanos notes that among the garage interiors they’ve done in Calgary, the homeowners have used the space as showplaces for their classic or luxury cars or motorcycles and for entertaining, adding huge screen TVs and custom-built bars. One client, an avid fisherman, transformed his cluttered garage into a fishing lodge – complete with places to display and store his gear. From custom floor colours to match a prized motorbike, to displaying antique gas pumps, or having a custom cigar room, clients can have what they dream for, as the sky’s the limit for garage design. However you use it, it’s clear the reinvented garage isn’t just a storage place for cars, but rather an innovative ‘flex’ space that can beautifully and efficiently expand the homeowner’s living space and accommodate constantly changing lifestyle choices.


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magine having one of the greatest piano players on the planet in your living room. What if George Gershwin, for example, dropped by to play some of his iconic 20th-century classic piano compositions? What if one of today’s top-tier international concert artists came over for a few hours to play a private concert? What would it be like to sit and hear that kind of incredible performance up close and in your own home? What if you could – and what if you could make it happen whenever you wanted? Steinway and Sons, makers of the world’s finest piano for over 160 years, have just developed the world’s most advanced player piano system. Increasing the resolution, fidelity, and nuanced playback to levels many times more sophisticated than anything else on the market, Steinway has made it possible to have a virtually perfect performance reproduction available

and foremost, a Steinway & Sons piano stands alone in terms of quality,

for playback on your Steinway piano.

performance and long-term value. Now added to that is leading-edge

According to the company, Spirio is Steinway’s most

technology that brings to life a range of subtlety and nuance never

significant product innovation in over 70 years. Spirio provides

before possible in a player piano. The end result is an immersive

the unrivalled, high-resolution musical experience that piano

musical experience unlike any other. Each performance is amazingly

lovers should expect, producing the most accurate reproduction

accurate in terms of both sound and emotion.

of live performance ever achieved. Because other playback

Seamlessly integrated into Steinway pianos during manufacture,

systems have limited dynamic range and resolution, playback

the Steinway Spirio is completely hidden from view so as not to

is robotic and artificial-sounding. Spirio, however, was carefully

compromise the beauty of the instrument. The hardware has no impact

designed with the capacity to handle the subtlety and artistry

on the touch and tone of the piano when played live.

that great performers express in their playing. The result is a

The Steinway Spirio app also comes equipped with an impressive –

revolutionary new high water mark for authenticity, realism

and complimentary – music catalogue, featuring performances from a

and beautiful musical performance.

roster of over 1,700 Steinway Artists. Whether it’s a classical number by

Controlled wirelessly through an iPad and the Spirio’s

Sergei Rachmaninov or a contemporary piece from Yuja Wang, each piece

easy-to-use app, the player system measures details such as

is recorded in stunning high-resolution to ensure unparalleled playback

hammer velocity and proportional pedaling to create unparalleled,

capabilities. Steinway is also using proprietary technology to capture and

high-resolution reproductions that expertly capture every

digitize the performances of past masters from their recordings.

movement and emotion in a live piano performance.

A collection of carefully curated playlists, themes and genres

During final development and testing, several of Steinway’s

produced by Steinway & Sons’ musical experts – coupled with the

artists were recorded on the system. Their performance was

player system’s fine-adjustment volume controls – also guarantee the

then played back and artists were surprised, and deeply

perfect soundtrack to any occasion.

impressed, with the way their playing was reflected back to

As the choice of over 95 per cent of top-level concert artists for

them by Spirio. Not a sound recording – but a full live piano

their major performances, you should be familiar with Steinway &

reproduction of the performance itself.

Sons. For more than 160 years, they have shared the stage with some

The Steinway Spirio is a truly remarkable musical innovation

of the world’s most renowned pianists – from classical stars like Lang

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FEATURE

THE COLOUR RED can say a lot about a space RED REPRESENTS ENERGY AND PASSION, EXACTLY WHAT OWNERS LORI AND DAN LEE OF RED DOOR HOME LIVING OFFER IN TERMS OF DESIGN. by ADENE LUCAS PHOTOS COURTESY OF RED DOOR HOME LIVING LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015 [33]


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recently spoke with Lori, and her approach to design and customer service is refreshing. Design is part of the renovation process and working with a vision of the end result in mind and going forward is key to creating a cohesive look. The home decor store began as an offshoot to a thriving renovation business. Once the renovation was complete, homeowners quickly realized that although they loved their new space, they needed help furnishing it. Lori Lee, an interior designer by trade, realized the potential to help the renovation client create a space they loved. The issue for Lori was not being able to find products she liked – and as a result decided to start Red Door Home Living, where she could hand pick exactly the products her clients needed. The Lees decided to focus on a few quality, exclusive lines, so what you see in their showroom is a mixture of unique and eclectic pieces with a transitional feel to the style. Unlike a lot of home furnishing stores that carry many of the same lines as every other store, the Lees have lines exclusive to Red Door Home Living. I like to think of it as a restaurant with an extensive menu list. When the menu is the size of a small novel, I hesitate because there it too much to choose from and chances are they don’t do everything well. With a simple, well thought out menu, everything is great, and Red Door Home Living has that same appeal. I do not know of a store in Calgary that can work with the homeowner from renovation through design. Who better to add to your space, than the person who helped create it? Like a fine restaurant, Red Door Home Living is middle to high end in price because of the quality and the availability of customizing pieces. They carry art work, accessories, window treatments and furniture. They also have two qualified designers to assist you. It could be a new piece for your space or simply accessorizing an old space to freshen it up, the designers at Red Door Home Living assist in a friendly way and they are more concerned with the right fit for the individual then making a sale. There is a fee for design work but it is within the average price in the design profession. There are stores that offer “free” design, but Red Door Home Living is not one of them because as we all know, there is no such thing as free! You either pay up [34] LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015


“The Lees decided to focus on a few quality, exclusive lines, so what you see in their showroom is a mixture of unique and eclectic pieces with a transitional feel to the style. ”

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front front or or behind behind the the scenes, scenes, and and the the designers designers at at the the store store do do make make appointments appointments for for home home visits. visits. They They also also offer offer package package deals deals tailored tailored to to your your design design requirements. requirements. II often often find find itit interesting interesting that that individuals individuals will will spend spend well well over over aa million million dollars dollars on on aa home, home, yet yet hesitate hesitate over over design design fees. fees. The The designer designer happens happens to to be be the the least least of of your your costs costs in in the the overall overall scheme scheme but but has has the the most most impact impact -- money money that that isis well well spent. spent. This This 4,000-square-foot 4,000-square-foot retail retail store, store, located located in in southeast southeast Calgary Calgary off off Bannister Bannister Road, Road, isis aa gem gem of of aa find. find. Feel Feel free free to to browse, browse, get get ideas ideas or or have have aa friendly friendly chat, chat, itit feels feels homey homey and and approachable approachable and and not not to to mention mention you you may may find find something something really really fun fun and and unique unique that that fits fits that that tough tough corner, corner, wall wall or or table! table! There There isis no no such such thing thing as as quick quick sale, sale, and and after after two two years years in in business business Red Red Door Door Home Home Living Living isis here here to to stay. stay. Their Their focus focus isis quality, quality, service service and and making making sure sure clients clients are are more more than than happy happy and and that’s that’s aa great great business business philosophy philosophy we we all all could could adopt. adopt.

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BUILDERPROFILE

Buyers discover luxury living AT JAYMAN MODUS’ OVERTURE IN CURRIE BARRACKS by HEATHER RYAN

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he creation of signature, upscale condominium residences that offer truly luxurious, executive single-level living in a premier southwest location is proving to be amazingly successful for Jayman Modus.

“Consumer response has been extremely positive,” says area sales manager Chuck

islands, custom cabinetry, quartz waterfall countertops

Shields, noting the remarks have included: “simply stunning,” “gorgeous” and “Jayman

and stunning countertop to ceiling backsplashes. Spa

has definitely captured the market for inner-city living.”

ensuites include shower and freestanding tub and

Comprised of three buildings, Overture presents 63 luxury suites that have been so well received by buyers that Building 1 is 80 per cent sold and Building 2 is 60 per cent sold, prompting the release of homes in Building 3. “At Overture, every residence and penthouse has been created to welcome you home to Jayman Modus’ distinct brand of fine materials, elegant finishes and inspired design,”

oversized his ’n’ her walk-in closets with custom shelving and closet organizers. Buyers can touch and feel the sophisticated elegance of premier finishes in Overture’s two new showsuites at #101, 11 Burma Star Rd. S.W.

Shield says, adding buyers who have already started to move in are enjoying beautifully

As well, low-maintenance living at Overture provides

detailed interiors designed to maximize natural light, distinctive architecture and outdoor

residents with “The freedom to literally lock and leave

terraces where they can soak in city and mountain views.

their residence, travelling for extended periods without

The name Overture was inspired by Jayman’s chairman and CEO Jay Westman and his appreciation for one of the world’s great luxury brands – Napa Valley’s Opus

concern for their home’s landscaping, maintenance or security,” Shield says.

One winery, Shield says. “Overture is a celebrated wine available exclusively and in

Overture offers an outstanding location placing

small quantities from the Opus One winery, which was founded in 1979 by Europe’s

everyday conveniences such as coffee shops, restaurants

legendary Baron Philippe de Rothschild and New World master Robert Mondavi. Like

and boutiques in Currie Barracks’ European-inspired

all Opus One wines, Overture is the result of the skill of its winemakers, and of the

High Street area within walking distance, and residents

remarkable characteristics of the land on which its grapes grow and mature.

can access a wide range amenities in neighbouring

“As inspiration for Jayman Modus’ signature development in Currie Barracks, the

Marda Loop. The community is home to Valour Park,

name Overture reflects our passion to realize the same levels of authenticity, craftsmanship

Victoria Cross Park, numerous pathways, and close to

and excellence that its namesake wine is known for,” he says. “Overture pairs perfectly

major roadways for easy access to downtown and across

with graceful living and refined design, and is a fitting name for your new Jayman home.”

town.

Overture presents 11 floor plans and heated underground parking with prices ranging

“Currie Barracks offers Calgarians the intimacy of

from the $449,000s up to $2 million. Floor plans range from 870 to 1,674 sq. ft. for

a lovely, heritage-inspired neighbourhood, an ideal

one- and two-bedroom residences and from 1,721 to 2,543 sq. ft. for penthouses.

location close to downtown and city conveniences, along

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hether you are working on creating your dream home yourself or employing the help of an interior designer, you can never be too selective in your choices for decor. Thanks to a flourishing design scene, Calgary has an incredible selection of highend interior design and luxury furniture shops that will help bring your inspired vision to life.

ACCESSORIES Accessories can be compelling jewels individually, or work in groupings. The nice thing about accessories is that they’re easy to change, allowing you to update a room very easily without having to redesign the whole space.

KIT INTERIOR OBJECTS 725 11 Ave SW, kitinteriorobjects.com

Classic modern design is within reach. This bright and inspiring furniture and accessories boutique stocks everything from Eames to Kartel, Standout items include the Hexagon Tray Series from HAY Design and locally made lacquered log bowls from Loyal Loot.

MODERN DUKE 806 16th Ave SW, modernduke.com

photo courtesy of Crate & Barrel

Popping into this chic, timeless home furnishings boutique is a treat for the eyes. They offer up a stunning selection of luxury home accessories, bath products and more from the likes of Kelly Wearstler and Astier de Villatte,.

CRATE & BARREL Southcentre Mall, crateandbarrel.ca

While this home furnishing staple carries mid to high range products, there is no denying the luxury finds you’ll spot.

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE 1204 12 St SW, pompandcircumstance.ca

Hand-picked by local architects and interior designers, this specialty shop features high end accessories and art as well as fabrics and wallpapers.

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THE HEATHER CO

TEXTILES

2711 14 Street SW, theheatherco.com

You want to choose well because textiles are those pretty workhorses in the room. You’ll want to invest in quality the more use the textile receives. Upholstery needs to endure the wear and tear without showing signs of stretching, curtains – and anything being hit by sunlight – needs to resist fading. photo courtesy of The Heather Co

This cozy and cheerful design shop carries every kind of textile you could imagine to make a room feel complete. They also offer interior design and customization services.

CHINTZ & COMPANY 1238 11 Ave SW, chintz.com

Awe-inspiring does not even begin to describe the interiors of the Chintz & Company shop. Over 20,000 square feet is dedicated to gorgeous decorative fabrics and furnishings.

EQ3 8180 11 Street SE, eq3.com

This ultra modern shop is a fabulous destination to shop for great home decor but notably their selection of Marimekko textiles is a standout feature.

CUSHY LIFE 1139 Kensington Road NW, www.cushylife.com

With designers working in house, Cushy Life is a great place to start when shopping for high-end home textiles. Bedding, custom design and furniture all come together here.

FURNITURE The style and substance of a room is made by the furniture. Not an element you want to replace frequently, find pieces that really please – and enjoy them.

MONTAUK SOFA 617 10 Ave SW, montauksofa.com

Designed in Montreal, the Montauk Sofa is luxury redefined. Made only with the finest materials, Montauk is known for designing a quality project that will stand the test of time, while looking incredibly good.

INTERIOR LIVING 1123 10th Ave SW, interiorliving.ca

Delve into the world of contemporary and modern designer furniture at Interior Living. Located in the Beltline, this full service design showroom is an excellent place to start when searching for the perfect decadent decor.

ROCHE BOBOIS 225 10 Ave SW, roche-bobois.com

A French furniture design company, Roche Bobois has created a unique niche in the midst of Calgary’s interior design scene; their showroom here in Calgary is a stunning collection of their luxury sofas and limited edition creations.

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CUSTOM Because some things are best when they’re done exactly to your desires! Just because you can’t find it, doesn’t mean you can’t have it, just have it made.

NEW WEST DESIGN newwestdesign.ca

This custom furniture design studio works directly with clients or designers to create unique pieces of great proportions. Owner Matt Smith strives to create furniture that serves a purpose, is built to last and is a beautiful end project.

HARDWARE Often overlooked, it’s these tiny details that add polish to a room. It may not seem immediately obvious how to change up your hardware, but looking at hardware products will inspire you.

BANBURY LANE

1301 10 Avenue SW, banburylane.com

Three decades of business has made Banbury Lane a leader in the Calgary design community with their high quality ornamental hardware offering.

SLEEP BOUTIQUE

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Have you ever dreamt of sleeping on a mattress that was designed and built just for you? That dream can become a reality with the Sleep Boutique, where you can actually have a custom mattress made.

Known internationally for their luxury home furnishings, Restoration Hardware stocks a selection of truly beautiful hardware for both interior and exterior applications.

CALGARY INTERIORS

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The designers at Calgary Interiors take your idea for upholstery and custom furniture from concept to creation, all while using the best fabrics and materials.

Richelieu is the industry leader for specialty hardware and complementary projects. Over 100,000 products are available in the catalogue.

5010 1 Street SE, sleepboutique.ca

3635 Manchester Road SE, calgaryinteriors.com

Southcentre Mall, restorationhardware.com

5211 52 Street SE, richelieu.com

SPECIALTY Sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it. If you need inspiration or feel like you’re missing that perfect little ‘thing’ to finish your space, it’s time to take a stroll and leave it to whimsy.

KARTAR

1504 11 Street SW, kartar.ca

This all-Canadian designer showroom features everything you need to bring a room from boring to eclectic and exciting. Everything from furniture to housewares is available including the in-house custom design services.

THE RECLAIMED TRADING CO.

845 24 Avenue SE, reclaimedcanada.com

There is nothing better than finding the perfect antique piece to take your design project to the next level. The Reclaimed Trading Co. is a wonderland full of vintage gems like neon signs, antique wooden hutches and Airstream trailers. Arrive with an open mind as you hunt for the perfect find.

UNIQUITIES

2501 Alyth Road SE, uniquities.ca photo courtesy of Kartar

This high-end antique shop features incredible pieces from European architectural salvages and gardens. They are ever changing their in-house collection, so visit often to find something incredibly one-of-a-kind.

DASAN INTERIORS

1435 40 Ave NE #14, dasaninteriors.com

A beautiful place to find unique objects, furniture and accessories, Dasan Interiors is committed to quality and beauty in each and every product.

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BUSINESSPROFILE

Fall is the time

TO CHECK YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS by MICHELLE HOPKINS

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hen Stacey Anderson purchased a 1987 split-level home in Hawkwood, she knew the windows and some of the doors had to be replaced. All were original and many of the windows had condensation between the panes of glass, allowing for heat to escape during winter.

“I actually had five different window and door companies come into our home to give us quotes,” says Stacey. “Rusco Industries wasn’t the cheapest, but we were so impressed by their knowledge, by the fact that they listened to our concerns and gave us solutions to our issues.” She went on to say that Dave (David McDonald, Manager, Rusco Industries Calgary Ltd.) was willing to explore ideas and work with her vision. “Dave seemed to know more about window styles and designs than the others we spoke to,” she adds. In the end, Stacey is thrilled with how her new windows, window frames and doors transformed the look of her home.

“Make sure the installers are professionally trained and certified,” adds Dave. With more than six decades in Calgary, Rusco Industries is a multiple award-winning leader in the industry. This family-run company is where Calgarians go to purchase and install top of the line windows, doors, siding and sunrooms on everything from single family homes to condos, to commercial buildings. “Our windows keep the heat out in the summer

“They look amazing… in fact, my neighbour has window and door envy,” she

and keep the heat in during the winter,” says Dave,

quips, adding Rusco went above and beyond. “My neighbour was so impressed she

adding all windows, including the window seals,

said to me ‘I wish I had known about Rusco’. Also, our installer was professional, so

and doors have a lifetime guarantee.

friendly and made us feel like we were a priority.”

Rusco Industries’ windows are approved and

Thinking of replacing your windows? You’re not alone. Many homeowners are

certified by the nationally recognized Window Wise

concerned about the efficiency (or lack thereof) of their windows. As Dave McDonald

- a replacement window quality assurance program

says: “If you are sitting next to a window, and you’re feeling a draft and cold, and your

designed to give homeowners peace of mind that

energy bills are high, it’s usually your windows.”

its window replacements and installations will last.

He suggests homeowners walk around their home to make sure the wood window

Rusco is one of the most experienced renovators

frames are solid, not chipped or showing signs of peeling paint, as moisture can get

in the business. Its quality renovation services and

in resulting in deterioration. In addition, ensure your windows are well sealed and

attention to detail ensures they transform your

caulked. If your windows do need replacing, Dave has the following suggestions: Buy

home into the one you always envisioned.

from a reputable supplier, purchase renovation quality grade windows (initially, they

“Our workmanship will stand the test of time,

might cost more but in the long run, you will never have to replace them again), and

ensuring that your home will stay beautiful for

finally, ensure the warranty is transferable should you sell your home down the road.

years to come,” adds Dave.

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OUTDOORS

Luxurious Gardens ON ANY SCALE

by STEVEN WILLSTEED & BONNY DANN, ESCAPES INC.


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icture expansive, thick, manicured lawns, sweeping flower beds overflowing with lush, colourful blooms and sculpted shrubs, edged gravel driveways flanked by opulent marble fountains. Does this define luxury?

By definition, luxurious is described as expensive, richly appealing, showing a desire for expensive things. Can luxury on a grand scale be created in a smaller space? Absolutely! Many of the older, established communities in Calgary have wide – and often deep properties. The possibilities for an outdoor space are almost

endless, and suppliers of quality garden products are more than happy to accommodate your shopping needs. The new varieties of patio materials, both natural and artificial, are exciting to see. The traditional tumbled look of pavers is now competing with sleek contemporary marble or stone effects, as well as timber-stamped concrete looks. Of course, these are all available in various colours to complement your home. Exciting additions of fire pits and cooking stations in these products are also becoming increasing popular, and provide a quality custom finished look to any garden. Consider making container or raised beds with built-in seating components out of these new materials instead of using the traditional cedar lumber. Statuary is an often overlooked component of a garden design, and this is a shame. Traditional European gardens often display extravagant examples of mythical animals and deities, and are definitely worth considering as a focal point in your garden. Big and bold is the way to go with these – show them off proudly in a visually dominant location. Fountains remain popular, but opt for a quality piece, made of weatherproof concrete, that will survive our temperamental climate


and develop a rich patina over the years to increase its visual appeal. The use of a wall-mounted fountain can turn a boring plain wall into a visually stunning focal point. There are a couple of companies from the U.S. that have been making very high quality products for many years. While more expensive, they are well worth the investment. The less expensive options coming from overseas do not have the same quality construction or durability. Lighting is an often overlooked component of garden construction, yet has the capability of transforming all these key elements into visual highlights come nightfall. Again, this is an industry that has made huge improvements over the past few years, in both energy efficiency and aesthetically pleasing design. Seek a certified outdoor electrician once you have your key elements in place. Furniture should be of sturdy quality construction, in a design that fits well with your overall garden theme. Buy big sumptuous pieces that provide comfort and support, make it a joy to relax in. Perhaps you want to surround yourself with LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015 [49]


large colourful containers brimming full with lush greenery, to provide your garden with a focal point. Lastly, consider using a re-purposed piece of architecture in your garden space. Imagine a large old pair of ornate wooden doors positioned at the end of a limestone patio, framing a beautiful stone water fountain at the back of your garden. There are several local companies who are happy to provide unique, old – often antique – accessories which can put that final touch to your luxurious outdoor space. I often meet with clients who have a long wish list for creating their dream garden. They would like to see an area for cooking, trees for privacy, flower beds, vegetable beds, a space for the children and the family dog to play, and an entertaining area. Often this all has to be created in an area 25 feet wide and 30 feet long. I am also called to help fix homeowners gardens, to help explain why their garden, done in miniature proportions, isn’t working for them. Over in this corner is the flower bed, here is the play area, and tucked in the back is the sitting area with its miniature, uncomfortable furniture. Your eye just keeps wandering from spot to spot trying desperately to connect the pieces together. There is no flow or continuity, both of which are critical elements of a successful garden design. A busy, disconnected garden is neither soothing nor relaxing, which after all is the point of a garden isn’t it?

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Not having a large garden space to work with does not mean you should purchase small accessories or create tiny unimpressive spaces throughout your garden. On the contrary, components should be big and bold and exaggerated, as should all the aspects of the garden. Nice wide inviting pathways and flower beds, and judicious use of plant material and colour will create a feeling of openness and opulence. Monochromatic colour schemes, contemporary, neutral furniture, fences and screens, combined with topiary trees and mounding type shrubs, all lend themselves to a visually luxurious feel. Exercise restraint in everything you purchase for your new garden and remember: colour, form, function and texture. These are the keys to a truly luxurious garden.

BONNY DANN is the owner and expert landscape designer at Escapes Inc. www.escapesinc.ca

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One of Calgary’s leading providers of creative Landscape Design and Construction. • Design & Construction of New Site landscapes as well as Make-Overs • Stonework, retaining walls, patios, walk ways • Concrete, coloured & stamped, exposed aggregate • Custom Woodwork, pergolas, screens, decks, fences • All softscape supplied & installed, trees, shrubs, perennials & sod • We can complete your entire project from design to the finishing touches.

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CITYLIVING

Bragging rights for the best address:

BRITANNIA by KAIT KUCY

LOCATED IN THE SW QUADRANT OF CALGARY, BRITANNIA IS A SMALLER NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT IS BORDERED BY ELBOW DRIVE AND THE ELBOW RIVER. A BEAUTIFUL AREA OF THE CITY, THIS AREA OVERLOOKS BOTH DOWNTOWN CALGARY AS WELL AS THE INNER-CITY NATURE THAT RESIDENTS ARE SO LUCKY TO ENJOY.

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Britannia certainly has that small town charm despite being right amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city. With their own beautiful selection of local boutiques, eateries and producers, this is a neighbourhood that you hardly have to leave thanks to all of the conveniences right at the doorstep of its residents. A community that cherishes their green space, Britannia is rich with parks and playgrounds, as well as overlooking the Elbow River park area.

Britannia is a great community that has that quiet small town feel with all of the amenities of the downtown area. With close access to the city centre, parks and bike trails, along with Chinook Centre, this neighbourhood is ideal for people who are active and want to take advantage of everything that the city has to offer.

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Britannia is located in a great central area and the No. 3 Elbow Drive bus is the quickest way to enter downtown if you are using Calgary Transit. Car travel is the most common in this area, however the neighbourhood’s quick access to the Calgary bike trails makes this community such an active and enjoyable place to live. Britannia is a particularly affluent area thanks to its great location and sprawling vistas of the city and of the river parks. Above averages prices can be expected as you shop at local retailers however there is affordable options nearby. The local retailers are a nice option compared to so many other areas that are filled with chain stores and retailers.

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Expedition Mirror with Leather Strap $590 dwellstudio.com

Colonna Leather Journal $49 chapters.indigo.ca

LOVELY

in LEATHER

TOUGH AND DURABLE OR SOFT AND BUTTERY, GOOD LEATHER JUST GETS BETTER WITH AGE. WE LOVE THE LOOK OF LEATHER, WHETHER AN ACCENT OR FURNISHING, AND A GOOD PIECE IN LEATHER WILL NEVER DISAPPOINT. by ELISA KROVBLIT

Moroccan Leather Pouf $150 homesense.ca

Crush Extended Chaise $1,199 EQ3.com

Eiffel Leather Chair $2,999 crateandbarrel.com [56] LUXURY LIVING FALL 2015

Preston Cocktail Table with Croc-Embossed Leather $1,395 jonathanadler.com


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SCRUMPDILLYICIOUS

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more space to This is a very naughty dessert. Warm, silky and devilishly good, Molten Chocolate Lava Cake is the quintessential chocolate lover’s dessert. Best of all, its gooey centre actually does erupt with a luscious molten core of chocolatey goodness. INGREDIENTS makes four servings › 4 tsp cocoa powder › 4 oz good-quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces › 4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick) › 2 large eggs

› 2 large egg yolks › 4 1/2 oz caster sugar › 4 oz plain or pastry flour, sifted › Icing sugar, to dust › Raspberries, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

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Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease four ramekins, about 2 3/4 in. diameter and dust with cocoa powder. Set aside. Melt the chocolate in a small pan over medium heat. Once half melted, add butter and continue to heat until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and combined. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until needed. Using a blender or hand whisk, whip the eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale and thickened, then add to the chocolate mixture. Gently fold in the flour with a metal spoon. Divide the mixture between the four ramekins and cook in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cakes are firm on top. Using oven gloves, remove the ramekins from the oven and turn them out onto serving plates. Garnish with raspberries and dust all with icing sugar. Serve immediately. LESLIE STYLES is president of Styles Design Inc., a branding and communications agency, and author of Scrumpdillyicious, a food & travel blog dedicated to all things delicious. She can be reached at stylesdesign.net and scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com

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Luxury Living in Calgary and Area - Fall 2015