AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2016 VOLUME 18, ISSUE 4, FREE MANITOBA EDITION
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CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL RENOVATOR It’s the best renovation decision you can make. For over 70 years, members of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association have upheld their commitment to quality, service and professionalism, keeping Manitobans among the best-housed people in the world. For your peace of mind, make the smart move – contact a MHBA RENOVATORS’ COUNCIL member for your next renovation. The MHBA RENOVATORS’ COUNCIL is affiliated with the Canadian Renovators’ Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
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From start to finishes Charleswood home renewed and refreshed
30 All decked out! KAT Reno builds ‘dream’ deck in West St. Paul 38 Make fall colours work for your home office Coolest shades of season energize work, study spaces, according to SICO paint 64 Home is where the heart is inspiration 12
Industry Voice Renovation spending leads the way by Mike Moore
52 20 Living Space Design in detail by Kim Schroeder
24 Getting Started A successful project begins with proper planning
More than just decking
Exterior renovations enhance your home
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46 Show Home Lavish lower level living
Who’s who in renovation
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58 Design Secrets 5 interior design secrets for your new home by Jane Lockhart
60 Designer Advice The fully furnished bathroom by Yanic Simard
62 Fun in the Tuscan sun by Elisa Krovblit
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Summer in the city A TRIP TO THE COTTAGE in this part of the world is a pretty big deal. If you
live in or around Winnipeg, there is a very good chance that you are the proud owner of a cottage, or are thinking about purchasing one. Perhaps your family has a favourite spot that you return to each year. For my family, it is the picturesque Wasagaming townsite situated on the shores of Clear Lake in beautiful Riding Mountain National Park. Spending time at lakeside getaways with loved ones is just about as good as it gets! Imagine being able to transfer some of that cottage experience right into your own backyard. It is possible and can be surprisingly inexpensive. If you are the owner of a nice patch of grass, here are some suggestions on how to create the perfect backyard getaway. If your yard is bare and boring, consider how you can incorporate shrubs, flowers and trees to create a more inviting natural setting. If this is not your area of expertise, visit a professional garden centre or call a landscape professional. They have the knowledge required to make your yard look amazing. Once your space has been infused with a good dose of nature, it’s time to create a seating area that is conducive to enjoying your surroundings. While this may be a deck, screen room or sunroom directly attached to your house, it certainly doesn’t have to be. Perhaps your ideal spot is situated in the far corner of your yard, nestled in between a lilac bush and an ash tree. Once you have built your deck, screen room or sunroom, consider what kind of furnishings will work best for your family. The selection of high quality outdoor furnishings is vast, so take your time when shopping. An outdoor bar and barbeque will also help to create the ultimate outdoor hangout zone. This type of project allows you to enjoy nature in a relaxed setting at the place most convenient to you – your home. Having friends and family over to enjoy your outdoor oasis couldn’t be easier and no long road trips are required! This is an example of how acting on one simple idea can lead to a real lifestyle improvement. Enjoy your summer and happy renovating!
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Renovation spending leads the way By Mike Moore
MANY TIMES in this column, we have speculated on the magnitude of spending by Canadians and Manitobans on renovation projects. More numbers and trends have come to light since then and so I thought I would share this information here. Renovation spending in 2015 only increased by 1% across Canada; albeit to a very impressive $70.1 billion. That number is expected to increase to $71.4 billion in 2016 and $73.2 billion in 2017. Those increases of over two percent are more in line with the previous two years. To put into perspective how significant a number $70 billion is, it represents an average of $5,000 per housing unit across all of Canada in one year. That includes both owned and rented units. That includes those that had work done and those that didn’t. Note that this is projected to increase annually. Renovations represented 58% of the total residential construction spending in 2015. Of that, the largest share was for discretionary upgrades such as alterations and improvements. Kitchens continue to be the top priority. However, storage spaces such as walkin closets, pantries and closets are increasing in demand. Necessary repair to keep the housing stock in functional working order only accounted for about 25% of spending. Interestingly enough, only about 25% of the growth in housing stock unit value can be traced back to renovations. In other words, those who had renovation work done on their house primarily did so for personal enjoyment and lifestyle enhancement rather than financial payback. This is an important point to note. At one time, renovations were being driven by how much they might increase the resale value of your house. Although still an important consideration, consumers are thinking of themselves first, their own 12 YPNEXTHOME.CA
enjoyment factor and how they can improve their quality of life within their existing home. Taking a quick look across the country, we can see how and where renovation dollars are being spent. To no one’s surprise, British Columbia is experiencing the highest growth rate in renovation spending. This is due, in large part, to the fast-rising increase in home sale values. Alberta is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, with the economy still in a downswing, discretionary spending has declined considerably. However, in light of the recent Fort McMurray fires, there will be considerable renovation and rebuilding work to be done. Ontario represents 40% of Canada’s renovation spending and is expected to post above average growth rates. Similarly, Quebec is the second largest and will continue to be strong. Atlantic Canada has been flat for a number of years and, although modest gains are being forecast, it will still be relatively slight. On the prairies, Manitoba continues
to outpace Saskatchewan in renovation spending. This trend will continue as Manitoba outperforms the national average. Manitoba remains a hotbed for renovations. As a point of interest, Atlantic Canada spends the highest percentage of renovation dollars on necessary repairs and Manitoba and Saskatchewan spend the least with their spending concentrated on alterations and improvements. Given that we have some of the oldest housing stock in the country, that only reinforces the message that we build the best new homes given that they require the least amount of repair. Savvy consumers continue to pore through publications such as this and look for ideas and contact information for professional renovators who can help them enjoy their homes more. Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association
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FROM START TO FINISHES CHARLESWOOD HOME RENEWED AND REFRESHED By Margaret Anne Fehr | Photography by Duality Photographic
TAMMY AND VERN HAVE BEEN in their Charleswood home for
over 10 years. The couple was happy with their 1360 square foot bungalow but the 70’s style finishes needed to be addressed, and sooner rather than later. Tammy and Vern have made the decision to age in place and have no plans to move. “Since we’ve made that decision, we want to live in a space that we can enjoy and feel comfortable in, so the time was right to bring in the experts,” says Vern. Vern credits Tammy for doing the necessary research that brought them to Doreen Gauthier, president of Make It Home LTD. at www.makeithome.ca. “We gave Doreen an idea of what we wanted and she came back with three drawings and, of
course, we chose the most expensive one!” Vern quips. Doreen has an established procedure when it comes to taking on home renovation projects. “For the first consultation, I go to the house and there’s no charge for that. After that we get into the planning phase and there is a fee involved. We do the layout work to see how we can change the house plan to make it more current.” The next stage is the trade inspection. “That means that all the trades who are involved with the project, and I, meet at the house and review the scope of work identified on the design drawings. There are many advantages to this approach says Doreen.
Shaker-style MDF cabinetry in matte white for the uppers fostered a light-filled ambiance, while lower cabinets and the centre island constructed of stained rift-cut oak relate to the couple’s darker furniture pieces.
“It means; we’re trying to identify the things that might not be obvious. For example, the electrician will make sure there’s sufficient capacity at the panel; the flooring people will look for what’s underneath the existing flooring. Everyone essentially needs to see what they’re dealing with before they come up with their pricing.” Doreen’s plan for Vern and Tammy included removal of the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and after conducting a structural assessment showing the wall was non-load bearing, it came down to create an instant open-concept space. “Nine out of 10 projects that we do have some kind of wall removal. You want to bring the home up to current style and the homes of the 60’s and 70’s that had designated rooms for separate functions aren’t built anymore. There are always two or three functions within a larger space, so a big part of our business is about removing walls.” The two patio doors were replaced. “The kitchen’s patio door
was changed to a garden door giving us more room for the entire appliance wall. As soon as we reduced that large opening, there were way more layout options.” Once the layout was established, and the materials selected, the finishing work began in earnest. Shaker-style MDF cabinetry in matte white for the uppers fostered a light-filled ambiance, while lower cabinets and the centre island constructed of stained rift-cut oak relate to the couple’s darker furniture pieces. Countertops are Quantra quartz in Bottochino colour and the kitchen backsplash is comprised of reflective 4” by 16” matte white tiles. Northplank maple hardwood was installed in the kitchen, living room and dining room.
Doreen’s plan for Vern and Tammy included removal of the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and after conducting a structural assessment showing the wall was non-load bearing, it came down to create an instant open-concept space.
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The main bath and master ensuite were up-dated with Avonite solid surface counters, glass accent tile including random watercolour strips for the backsplashes, and porcelain tilework in 12” by 24” gloss white for the shower walls. The floors were re-done in 6” by 24” tiles that impart a wood plank effect. As well, doors, trims, lighting and plumbing fixtures were all replaced creating a consistent style upgrade. It’s been over a year since their home has been given a new lease on life, but the couple are still digesting the changes, enjoying it and finding new ‘awes’ in it. “We would highly recommend Doreen and Make it Home LTD to other people,” says Vern. And if they don’t choose her, they’re really missing something. She and her team are simply awesome!”
The main bath and master ensuite were up-dated with Avonite solid surface counters, glass accent tile including random watercolour strips for the backsplashes, and porcelain tilework in 12” by 24” gloss white for the shower walls.
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A successful project begins with proper planning SOMEONE RECENTLY asked me how long I had been a builder and doing home renovations and when the answer came out at forty years, I think it shocked me more than anyone else. Along that road I have seen and learned so much that I want to share from both the builder and customer perspective. I won’t say I’ve seen it all as I still learn every day and am often surprised, but somehow never shocked. So, the purpose of this column will be to pass on some of that wisdom gained, a few anecdotes and to answer any of your questions before venturing on the renovation journey. As in all good books it starts with, “In the beginning,” which is where most people make their first mistake. The first telephone call usually goes something like this… Customer: I have an upcoming basement project and I’d like you to give me a free estimate. Contractor: I’d be happy to. Do you have plans drawn up that I can quote on? Customer: No, but we think we know what we want and the other guy had no problem quoting on it based on what I told him. Contractor: Well, we don’t quite work that way, but just out of curiosity, what is he providing you with and what is included in his quote? Customer: What we asked for I guess. Contractor: What kind of doors are you getting? Customer: Hmmm… not sure. Regular ones I guess. Contractor: What kind of ceiling is it, how many lights will there be and what kind of switching are you getting? 24 YPNEXTHOME.CA
Customer: Um… not sure on that either.
Contractor: So, you have a quote but you have no idea what you’re getting?
to invest the money up front for proper plans and specifications if you want a smoother on budget project. Otherwise, you won’t know what you’re getting until it’s too late and will have to spend way more time and money on extras and change orders and delays as you figure it out after the fact. Anyone who quotes you without this information is just guessing and there is no possible way you can compare apples to apples between contractor proposals.
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This scenario plays itself out time and time again on every type of project and I offer the following advice. Spend the time and money on getting proper plans done. It will save you so much time and money in the end. There is an abundance of very qualified and creative interior designers in Winnipeg if you want to go the tender route or you can use a design build firm for one stop shopping. The important thing is
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Developing your wish list and priorities Now that you have set goals for your project, it’s time to look for ways to accomplish what you want. This next part of renovation planning can be the most fun and exciting. DEVELOPING A “WISH LIST” involves listing the specific features you would like to include in your renovation. You should also give some thought to the importance of each item. Is it something you absolutely need? Or is it something you would like to have, but not essential if your budget can’t accommodate it? This stage of planning is all about exploring design and product ideas and learning as much as you can about what is available. Get out and see what others have done, what new products are available and what type of “look” is right for your family and home. Here are some ideas:
» Visit family, friends or neighbours and find out what they really like about their home, particularly if they have renovated recently. » Look for design and home improvement magazines at your local newsstand or library. Collect pictures of homes, rooms and products that appeal to you. » Visit new home builders’ showhomes to see the latest in design, construction and finishing of homes. » Visit kitchen, bathroom and other retail showrooms. Talk with salespeople and pick up manufacturers’ literature on the types and brands of products you like. » In many communities, home shows are held during the year. Renovators, designers and product manufacturers take part in these shows. This provides an excellent opportunity to see what’s new. Check with your Local Home Builders’ Association for information about home shows. 28 YPNEXTHOME.CA
» In some communities, local renovators will organize renovation open house tours to showcase recent renovation projects. Again, check with your Local Home Builders’ Association for details. » Some community colleges and night school programs include renovation planning courses for homeowners. » And, of course, the Internet is a great source for home renovation information. Visit the websites of
Canadian product manufacturers and suppliers, governments and financial institutions. Keep the information you collect in a file or box for later reference. This material will be very useful in discussions with renovators and will give them a good idea of what you like and want. Courtesy of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association
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all decked out! KAT Reno builds ‘dream’ deck in West St. Paul By Margaret Anne Fehr | Photography by Duality Photographic
MARY CAN LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW, but before she decided to have her deck rebuilt with KAT Reno, her former deck had all the charm of a shipwreck. Showing all of its 27 years with rotted boards and wonky angles, the old deck did nothing to enhance the backyard plus it presented some real safety concerns. Fortunately, a close friend who attended the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show last April got a lead on KAT Reno to do some renovation work on her own home. The friend was very impressed with owner Kevin Kendel, whom she described as “very nice, honest and easy to talk to,” and passed along her recommendation to Mary. After meeting Kevin, Mary was sold. “I didn’t look for anyone else; I knew he and his crew could do the job.”
The deck footprint was a generous size measuring 30’ by 15’ and divided into two levels.
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Work began after the May long weekend, stopping only for rain days. Kevin comments that Mary had a strong idea of what she wanted. “We followed her vision, making the necessary modifications to bring it all into reality.” The deck footprint was a generous size measuring 30’ by 15’ and divided into two levels. “The deck support was in rough shape. We replaced it with treated brown spruce and added a waterproof membrane as a moisture barrier on top of the joists. It’s all weather-guarded so it won’t rot out like the previous one,” says Kevin. The lower sitting area is defined with a 10’ by 10’ pergola built of treated brown spruce. A water-resistant canvas canopy provides additional shade and shelter when the sun is intense or when rain comes up unexpectedly. “It can be pulled through very quickly,” says Kevin. “It’s installed on a roller system with tracks and is simply pulled taut below the pergola roof with a stick. Mary had sourced this new-to-the-market product from Toronto and it was the final touch we made to this section of the deck.”
The cedar privacy wall was installed incorporating a shallow cantilever as a design element. Slight spaces between wall boards add a floating quality along with allowing in a bit more sunlight. “And since it’s made of cedar,” says Kevin, “no finishing is required, keeping maintenance to a minimum.” The deck flooring is made of composite material, a long-lasting, easy care product. A two-tone treatment was implemented with the stairs outfitted in a subtle contrasting colour to add definition. The composite boards around the deck perimeter were installed using a “picture –frame” method, a design element that adds dimension along with a touch of sophistication. Mary’s house is set on an acreage in West St. Paul, so the deck design needed to incorporate lighting options since the backyard is quite dark. One solution was to install theatre-style LED lighting on the stair risers to ensure safe footing. The other solution that Kevin and company sourced was to install LED lighting along the glass railing system. The result is a lighting system that defines the perimeter of the deck but can also be synchronized to Mary’s music selection and can be controlled A water-resistant canvas canopy provides additional shade and shelter when the sun is intense or when rain comes up unexpectedly. “It can be pulled through very quickly,” says Kevin. “It’s installed on a roller system with tracks and is simply pulled taut below the pergola roof with a stick.
The deck flooring is made of composite material, a long-lasting, easy care product. A two-tone treatment was implemented with the stairs outfitted in a subtle contrasting colour to add definition.
The cedar privacy wall was installed incorporating a shallow cantilever as a design element. Slight spaces between wall boards add a floating quality along with allowing in a bit more sunlight. “And since it’s made of cedar,” says Kevin, “no finishing is required, keeping maintenance to a minimum.” 32 YPNEXTHOME.CA
remotely from her I-phone. “It creates quite the light show, says Kevin, “and is capable of producing over 100 different colours!” Mary adds, “It changes colours, jumps, flashes and fades. I can synch music to it. I love it all. The house looks absolutely amazing! It went way beyond my expectations. I knew it was going to look nice, but I had no idea how much. I was in tears; happy ones.” Mary has already hosted her first deck party in July which drew a lot of positive comments. Meantime, she uses her deck every day. “I have my coffee and toast and read my newspaper out there every morning. In the evening, when it gets a bit cooler, I put on the fire table that takes the edge off a chilly night, and simply enjoy my yard.” Building decks is just one of the projects that KAT Reno takes on. The mid-size company with a full-time staff of 16 skilled workers and 2 on-staff interior decorators also does sunrooms, exterior siding, fences, bathrooms, kitchens, basements and other projects that are listed on their website at http://katreno.com
“The deck support was in rough shape. We replaced it with treated brown spruce and added a waterproof membrane as a moisture barrier on top of the joists. It’s all weather-guarded so it won’t rot out like the previous one,” says Kevin.
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MORE THAN JUST
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MODERN PERGOLA If you’re thinking about adding a feature to your deck or garden, you might want to think about including a pergola to your ideabook. Pergolas provide shade as well as visual appeal and a sitting area that allows for a breeze and light sun while protecting you and your guests from direct sunlight. Pergola shown was built with alternating board sizes of quality Barefoot Brown Decking, providing a unique and beautiful enhancement to their living space.
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Make fall colours
WORK FOR YOUR HOME OFFICE BACK TO SCHOOL means back to work for adults and kids alike. What better time to update your home office or study area to boost not only your decor, but your family’s productivity as well? That’s the message of leading brand SICO® paint in unveiling its fall 2016 palette. “Fall is a time of new beginnings, and this season’s pick-me-up shades are perfect for infusing new life into work areas—from vibrant reds and blues, to greyish greens, sun-kissed yellows and classic black-and-white combinations,” said Geneviève Paiement, brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG. Topping the list of the Sico paint brand’s coolest autumn colours are: Sockeye (6063-73) and Sun-dried Tomato (6057-85) reds, New Moon (6009-73) blue, Grand Piano (6210-83) black, Citrus (6098-54*) yellow, Cool Current (619942) green, and Furtive Mauve (6175-21) and Grayish (6240-21) greys. “The palette includes trending colours that match every taste. But when selecting hues for home offices or study areas, it’s important to also take into account the user’s personality and the type of work that will be done in the space before committing to a colour scheme,” Paiement said, explaining that colour choices may affect both a person’s mood and work performance. For example, if you’re seeking stimulation, motivation or creativity, choose warm and cheerful hues such as reds and yellows, she explained. If you’re easily distracted, she recommends surrounding yourself with soft, muted colours that promote concentration, such as grey-blue, grey-green, pale purple or beachy taupe. “For those in doubt, stick with green, the most popular and safest choice 38 YPNEXTHOME.CA
Coolest shades of season energize work, study spaces, according to SICO paint
when it comes to painting a home office,” Paiement said, citing Zen Green (6168-73) as the Sico paint brand’s top green pick for a home office. “A deep green with a hint of grey, Zen Green promotes both a sense of calm and rejuvenation at once, delivering an excellent backdrop for thought development and productivity.” Paiement offered this advice to refresh your work space with this season’s palette: » Mix it up: A home office or study area is a perfect place to have fun with colour. Try using two or three paint colours to add interest. For smaller areas, stick with different shades of the same hue to infuse character while visually enlarging the space. Use painter’s tape to create patterns such as chevrons, stripes or squares on the wall to tie multiple colours together.
A home office is a perfect place to have fun with colour, from using multiple hues to creating patterns on the wall. Pictured on the wall of this study area is the SICO® paint brand’s Sun-dried Tomato (6057-85) red on a backdrop of Furtive Mauve (6175-21) grey.
For example, if you’re seeking stimulation, motivation or creativity, choose warm and cheerful hues such as reds and yellows.
Cheerful yellow, such as Citrus (6098-54*) by SICO® paint, is a good colour choice for a home office if you’re seeking stimulation, motivation or creativity.
The most popular colour for a home office, green – such as SICO® paint brand’s Zen Green (6168-73) – delivers a calm backdrop for thought development and productivity. Have fun with it by painting chevrons outlined in black –
» Go beyond walls: Reserve vibrant colours for furniture and accessories to create a distinctive look for your work area. The edge of a bulletin board, a filing cabinet, desks or chairs can come to life with a fresh coat of paint. Use energetic colours, such as the Sico paint brand’s Citrus (6098-54*) yellow, in surprising ways – on alternating desk drawers, a lamp base or the back of a bookshelf, and even inside drawers and cabinets. » Maximize space: If your home office space is at a premium, use colour tricks to visually open up the area. Consider painting walls and trim the same colour. Painting built-ins the same hue as the rest of the room will make the shelves appear as if they are floating. Another way to fool the eye and make the room look bigger is by painting the bottom half of the wall in a darker shade than the top half. If your office space is part of another room, paint your desk wall a standout colour and add an area rug to define the work area. » Match your style: Choose paint colours according to the overall theme of your home office, including furniture. If your desk and accessories are modern, stick with grey tones – such as the Sico paint brand’s Furtive Mauve (6175-21) or Grayish (6240-21) – as well as whites and blacks, and accent the room with bursts of colour. If you prefer an antique or rustic feel, go with the season’s popular golden yellows, reds or brown sand tones to preserve their charm. Surround yourself with favourite keepsakes, such as books and art pieces, which can serve as inspiration and bring more colour to your space.
such as Grand Piano (6210-83) by SICO paint – on an accent wall. Painted on the back wall is the
SICO paint brand’s Grayish (6240-21).
To view fall office colours by Sico paint, get design inspiration from top home decor bloggers, and use a leading-edge virtual tool to try the colours in your own – or sample – room settings, visit www.sico.ca. AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 39
Tips & Tricks
The summer is flying by and it’s already time to start thinking about heating your home for the cooler months ahead. Consider some of these great new or established hearth products that will peak your interest. They will enhance the decor of your home, adding a strong focal point to gather around and will give you an efficient heater to complement your whole home heating system. Either way, you will be adding a great investment into your home that will keep giving back to you in many ways over the years to come. All products are available at FLAME & COMFORT, 318 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg
DIMPLEX CELESTE GAS STOVE Warm your decor and your space with the Celeste electric freestanding stove from Dimplex. It’s elegant gloss cream or black finish highlights its charming carved style detailing, which frames the patented, life-like flame effect. It’s thermostatically controlled heater and Purifire® air filtration system make this a functional, as well as beautiful, addition to your home.
DELTA FUSION Extra! Extra! Read all about the brand new Delta Fusion from RSF Energy! It has many of the great features from the original Delta wood burning fireplace, such as the 4.4 cubic foot firebox and very large multi sided viewing area. However, check out its brand new sophisticated styling! This new Delta falls in the EPA’s ‘single burn rate’ category, which means when it is firing, it continuously burns at a ‘sweet spot’ medium fire. This will give you a long lasting fire but with fuller and more consistent flames.
NEWCASTLE WOOD STOVE Consider choosing the brand new Newcastle wood stove for your home. This extremely efficient and well-built stove, with its ‘cast iron over steel’ construction, has a classic style with its fluted side panels and is available in Matte Black or three porcelain colors. Factor in the facts that it has a cook-top for emergency cooking in a power outage, as well as a tall stature for ease of viewing and loading, and this stove makes a perfect addition to your home. Thank you Pacific Energy!
HEAT-&-GLO ESCAPE GAS INSERT Select a classic choice to convert your existing masonry wood fireplace to gas, while making it a much more efficient heater for your home. Its firebox is constructed with patented ‘FireBrick’ technology, which will give you up to 25% more radiant heat than a metal firebox insert. This series will give you some of the largest viewing areas that you can find, providing an amazing focal point for your home. This is the Escape gas insert series from Heat-&-Glo.
TRUE NORTH WOOD INSERT Value and performance are the words of the day when referring to the brand new TN20 wood insert from True North. This EPA certified hearth product will heat small to medium spaces efficiently, while features, such as some pre-assembled components and an air wash system, make it easy to install and easy to enjoy. What are you waiting for?
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Natural Protein Eggs are one of natureâ€™s most nutritious foods. They are an excellent source of protein and contain 14 vitamins and minerals.
YOU NEED 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil, divided 1 leek, thinly sliced 2 large shallots, thinly sliced 6 eggs
½ tsp (2 mL) salt 1 tsp pepper
Makes 4 to 6 servings
½ tsp (2 mL) turmeric ¼ tsp (1 mL) cardamom ¼ tsp (1 mL) cumin 1 tbsp (15 mL) flour 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh parsley 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh dill 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh mint 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh chives
1. Preheat oven to 400° (205°C). 2. Heat olive oil in large non-stick frying pan, set over medium heat. 3. Add sliced leek and shallot and cook just until softened, about 3 minutes. Set aside. 4. In large bowl, beat eggs with the spices and flour. 5. Mix in the herbs.
6. Pour egg mixture over leeks and shallots and rotate pan to spread liquid evenly. 7. Cook for 2-3 minutes, over medium heat, until edges start to set. 8. Place pan in oven for 5 minutes until mixture is cooked through. (If fry pan does not have oven proof handle, wrap handle in tin foil.)
Cherry Slice Makes 16 pieces
YOU NEED CRUST
1 ½ cups (375 mL) flour 3 tbsp (45 mL) brown sugar ½ cup (125 mL) butter FILLING
2 eggs 1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar ¼ cup (50 mL) butter, melted 3 tbsp (45 mL) heaping flour ¼ tsp (1 mL) baking powder 1 jar (375 mL) maraschino cherries 3 tbsp (45 mL) reserved cherry juice 1 cup (250 mL) sweetened shredded coconut ICING
2 cups (500 mL) icing sugar 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter 2 – 3 tbsp (25 – 40 mL) maraschino cherry juice
CRUST 1. In a medium mixing bowl, blend together flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter and mix well. 2. Grease bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch (20 x 20 cm) baking dish. 3. Pat dough evenly into bottom of dish. 4. Bake at 350° F (180 °C) until set, about 5 minutes. Cool.
FILLING 1. Drain cherries, reserving juice for cake and icing. 2. Pat cherries dry on paper towel and roughly chop. Set aside. 3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Mix in sugar and butter. Add flour and baking powder. Stir to incorporate. Add cherries, cherry juice and coconut and mix well.
4. Pour mixture over cooked base. Continue baking 30 – 40 minutes or until top is golden brown. 5. Remove from oven and cool. ICING 1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. 2. Spread over cooled slice. For nutrient analysis visit eggs.mb.ca AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 45
LAVISH LOWER LEVEL LIVING SQUARE FOOTAGE IN HOMES today is doubling thanks to walkout lower levels. What was once a cold gray storage space is now party central for many families and often includes large recreational areas for entertaining, as well as extra bedroom suites for older children or guests. In our last article (see June/July 2016 issue) we focused on key points to designing an effortless lower level. What happens if you want to take it that one step further? How do you take a simple design for a basement to create a lower level that feels as luxurious as the rest of the house? The general rules still apply, however, you may want to think about your space more thoroughly and with a different perspective. We still focus the design around function to make your everyday life easier and with a more luxurious budget we can incorporate more detail and layers that add more character to the space.
PHOTOS (TOP AND BOTTOM) BY DUALITY PHOTOGRAPHIC
By Lynn Fenwick B.I.D.
Lower level renovation often addresses entertaining and recreational needs and to obtain that outstanding remodel adds features that are comparable to features found in the main living areas of the house. Here are the design elements that should be on the radar. » Enhance the Stairway. A lower level living space can be integrated with the main floor of the house by enhancing the appearance of the staircase leading to the lower level. This can be done by removing walls and opening up the stairway, or by replacing rails and stairs with quality materials. » Optimize Natural Light. Although lower levels have been known for the lack of natural light, there are ways of putting what you have to the best use. Keeping main areas open and using
mirrors that can reflect natural light are two ways we ensure optimum use of natural light. Wet bars that may include amenities such as wine coolers, beer and soda taps, dishwashers, refrigerators, icemakers, granite or quartz countertops, bottle storage, glass holders and custom cabinetry. Media areas or rooms that have big screen televisions or projection screens, surround sound, special seating, soundproofing and even popcorn makers. Bathrooms added for convenience and that also may include a steam room or sauna. Craft and office areas that are out of the mainstream of the home and include storage for supplies and files. AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 47
» Kitchenettes that provide a place to cook a quick snack, provide a coffee and fast breakfast for overnight guests » Exercise rooms that accommodate treadmills, weight lifting equipment and stationary bikes as well as a flat screen TV connected to a Wii.
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PHOTOS BY DAN HARPER (TOP AND MIDDLE); ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS (BOTTOM)
It can be a challenge to create rooms around mechanical and structural obstacles of the home’s lower level. That is why a space plan is a critical step in the design process. Fenwick and Company Interior design has interior designers with the knowledge necessary to create a lower level space that will fulfill your family’s needs with creative and innovative solutions that will keep it simple and elegant or take your lower level from ordinary to exceptional.
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Tips & Tricks
Exterior renovations enhance your home
IF YOU LIVE IN AN OLDER HOUSE, chances
are that you will want to update or replace cladding, doors and windows at some point. Exterior renovations can give new life to a “tired” home and reduce maintenance significantly. At the same time, you can improve the energy efficiency, security and general comfort of your home. When you are ready to begin planning, talk with a professional renovator to get ideas and a sense of cost. Make sure it’s someone who is experienced in exterior renovations and can offer you both sound technical advice and design assistance.
A new look Maybe you simply want to update the appearance of your home, or maybe you want to transform it with a different look - now is the time to explore the possibilities. To begin with, there is a great selection of quality exterior cladding products - bricks, stucco and siding in many different materials, colours, sizes 50 YPNEXTHOME.CA
and styles. Renovators sometimes mix and match materials to create attractive, custom-tailored exteriors. Replacing your doors and windows can make a big difference to the overall appearance and brightness of your home. With the huge selection of windows and doors on the market, your best bet is to consult with your renovator: Which style, materials, sizes and types would work best? Can you add more windows? Should you increase the number of windows that open and close for a better airflow? Can you add a sidelight to your main doorway for a more welcoming entrance to your home? The possibilities for upgrading or adding a porch, a deck, overhangs and decorative finishing touches are almost endless. Looking at other people’s homes and browsing through magazines is a good first step. Also, ask your renovator for suggestions. Experienced renovators can often see possibilities that you might overlook.
Energy efficiency Replacing your siding presents the perfect opportunity to upgrade the insulation from the outside. Based on the existing structure, your renovator can suggest a number of different approaches, such as adding a layer of rigid or semi-rigid insulation or installing an air barrier to reduce leakage. An experienced renovator will also know what to avoid for instance , trapping moisture between two vapor barriers. Your renovator can advise you on the right new energy-efficient windows to help capture the sun’s heat on the north side, block out sunlight and excess heat gain on the south side and to cut glare. Also check the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada for helpful information on upgrading the energy efficiency of your home.
Security and safety With today’s new products, it’s easier to secure your home. Exterior doors can
are photo- or motion-sensitive offer additional security when you are away from home.
Lower maintenance One of the great benefits of today’s exterior building products and materials is low maintenance - no more summers spent scraping, sanding and painting siding, trim and windows. As you select the products and materials for your renovation, consult with your renovator to make sure you understand the maintenance requirements.
The little details
be fitted with dead bolts and strong system, this may be the most costlocks, and windows can be installed effective time to install one. with solid locking mechanisms. Good lighting is also important to Consult with your renovator about safety. Install lights wherever visibility other measures you can take, such is an issue - over entrances, along as bars on basement windows. If you walkways and next to sheds or garages. MBReno_AugSept_Issue_Layout 1 7/27/16 2:22 PM Page 1 have been thinking about a security A programmable timer or lights that
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A DIVINE PROJECT
OF CLASSIC MODERNISM Chicago-based designer Donna Mondi channels the dark glamour of 1920s Chicago in her latest interior design project featuring KOKET Project by Donna Hall with Donna Mondi Interior Design | Photography by Nick Novelli
DONNA HALL, principal of Donna Mondi Interior Design has been successfully creating interiors with a delicate fusion of European Classicism and American Modernism. In her most recent Chicago project, Hall’s inspiration is the sultry charm of Roaring Twenties Chicago, taking advantage of the unique architecture of the space. “The overall inspiration came from the era of the 1920’s in Chicago. I always take cues from the architecture of a space and then twist it in a modern way,” says Hall. Her interiors are composed of bold elements layered with textures and patterns, but with a cohesive feeling that runs throughout the design. One of her noted design signatures is to play with the ceiling design or the “5th wall” as seen in the Dining Room of this project. Hall covered the ceiling in an ethereal Maya Romanoff wallcovering while painting the surrounding walls in a glossy black lacquer to reflect light throughout the oval shaped
room. The split Living Room also features a dynamic plaster ceiling, added to complement and downplay the striking portrait that immediately grabs your attention. The Master Bedroom flashes tones of gold and white, as apparent in the lively, vintage-vibe wallpaper. To add some symmetry and balance to this playful space, Hall created matching scenes on either side of the fireplace featuring two custom KOKET Divine Armoires. The iridescent peacock feather armoires were custom made into chests, then Hall topped them with hung Art Deco mirrors, to adorn either side of the fireplace for luxurious his and hers spaces. “I like to infuse interiors with elements from different periods and styles to create timeless, unpredictable surroundings. By merging traditional and contemporary styles, the end result is interiors with layered textures, avant-garde elements, and cutting-edge styling.” AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 53
The Divine Armoire is a brand favorite, not just for its exotic and appealing design, but for the message it conveys with its erotic presence. The alluring armoire is the perfect embodiment of KOKET as a brand, from its opulent natural iridescent peacock feathers to the flirty gold ribbon handle, evocative of girlish innocence. Hall’s favorite design trend of the moment is incorporating bold pops of colour, seen throughout this interior design project specifically in the girl’s bedroom. The colours mingling in the dramatic rabbit print wallpaper are mimicked in accessories around the room such as the fuchsia bedding and flowers. Her unpredictable yet timeless surroundings are something to be desired, as evident in her two Illinois office locations and growing clientele. You can view more Donna Mondi Interior Design projects on her website. KOKET’s lavish new press area is filled with more amazing projects featuring KOKET plus our latest news, pieces, campaigns and images. Contact a member of the press team to have access to this exclusive page. Interview with Donna Hall, founder of Donna Mondi Interior Design. 1. How and why did you get into the interior design Industry? When my two kids were still babies, I had to do something to challenge my mind so I started taking classes at night which eventually led me to the Interior Design program. I couldn’t 54 YPNEXTHOME.CA
wait to start working once they were in school. I literally stalked and begged my first boss for a job with her design firm. Luckily, it worked! 2. How would you describe your style? Do you have a signature touch? Do you have any kind of “signatures” that help to identify your projects? I would consider my aesthetic a fusion of European Classicism with American Modernism, along with an element of surprise. I like to infuse interiors with elements from different periods and styles to create timeless, unpredictable surroundings. By merging traditional and contemporary styles, the end result is interiors with layered textures, avant-garde elements, and cutting-edge styling. Some say a signature of mine would be the interesting ceilings I create. Whether it’s wallpaper, plaster, lacquer, or millwork, I love to use the “5th wall” to create drama! 3. All artists need some inspiration to work, and interior designers are artists too. So, what or who really inspires you? Inspiration comes from so many places. I am lucky in that I have the opportunity to travel to all the hot cities in the U.S. as well as abroad. My trips to France and Italy have truly shaped me as a designer. Attending international design events in Miami and New York also keeps me in touch with what’s happening on a global level. My daily inspiration comes from my Instagram feed which is full of top designers in both interiors and fashion. AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 55
4. What inspired you to this project? We can see incredible colours, shapes, textures! (Can you refer some brands, pieces in particular, etc)
the matching custom Koket chests helps to create balance among chaos.
The overall inspiration came from the era of the 1920’s in Chicago. I always take cues from the architecture of a space and then twist it in a modern way. Each room has its own personality that evokes a different emotion and yet there is a common thread that runs throughout creating a cohesive feeling. For the Dining Room, it was all about reflecting light in an oval room so I painted the walls in black lacquer and papered the ceiling in Maya Romanoff wall covering that has the ethereal quality of glass ceilings in classic European architecture. In the Living Room, the striking portrait immediately grabs your eye. I added a calm but dynamic plaster ceiling in a shattered pattern to create drama in a way that’s both modern and traditional. The Master Bedroom was all about the walls. There’s so much energy in the pattern that the other elements had to stand up to it without competing. The symmetry of the fireplace wall with
5. Do you have any room, piece, shape that you love most about this project?
This is such a tough question! If I had one object to save in a fire, it would have to be the Francine Turk painting in the foyer. It’s a gorgeous blending of vintage Paris and urban edginess. I need a second item… the stunning bronze 1920’s statue in my bedroom that I found at a local flea market. She’s sexy, strong, and glamorous and deserves to be saved! 6. What about the client: did he have any requirements for the design? I certainly had to prove myself to him although I would say he was cautiously optimistic. As time went on and he saw some of my ideas come to life, I was able to make future decisions without his approval and that’s when the best design happens.
7. What do you love about being a designer? Seeing something in my mind and having the ability to bring it to life. This can also be annoying as I can’t just have dinner at a fabulous new restaurant without taking pictures of the crown molding. 8. Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about? Any new projects?
and fur of course! If an interior gets too pretty and shiny, I add in something organic like a beat-up old farm bench or petrified wood table to ground it and add some authenticity to the space. I’ve also been creating custom furniture pieces of my own design which has been exciting! The lucite side tables in the girl’s bedroom were my own design inspired by a Michael Kors acrylic bangle.
9. Which colours, textures and techniques do you prefer in furniture design?
10. Which design brands do you love the most? You’re going to get me in trouble here but I can’t help but answer. When I need an indulgent piece, I love Koket, Jean de Merry, and newest obsession Alexandre Poisson’s lighting. I often use Romo fabrics, Atelier Lapchi rugs, Daniel Kinkade Fine Art a global resource for amazing art, 1stDibs for vintage finds and anything made by Kelly Wearstler. My go-to for upholstery is Kravet for their wide range of styles and endless fabric options.
I’m crazy about bold colour right now! I think emerald, eggplant, citrine, and teal are so fun to play with. I also love combining different textures like mohair, animal hides, lacquer finishes,
11. What is your philosophy on design and life? “Keep your heels, head, and standards high” Coco Chanel
With having offices in Chicago and Hinsdale, we have the best of both worlds in design. Our downtown projects are typically urban high-rises that are all about the view. In the suburbs, we have large scale new construction in a more Transitional style. This gives me the opportunity to express myself in such different ways.
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Inspiration | DESIGN SECRETS
INTERIOR DESIGN SECRETS
PHOTOGRAPHY, GILLIAN JACKSON, GILLIANJACKSON.CA, COURTESY KYLEMORE COMMUNITIES, KYLEMORECOMMUNITIES.COM
FOR YOUR NEW HOME By Jane Lockhart MOVING INTO A NEW HOME or condo can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when deciding how to put each room together. In a new space, there is no previous floorplan to draw upon and although some may love the blank canvas, that is not always the case. Clients often ask, “How do you know what to do to make a room work?” I wish I could say it’s all natural talent, intuition and great taste but it’s a little more than that. I’ve practiced design for more than 20 years and in that time I’ve learned a thing or two and I’m always happy to share what I know. Here are my top five secrets for creating well-designed rooms.
1 / Scale The size of your furnishings matter Purchase sofas and chairs that not only properly fit you and your family’s needs but also fit the room. If your space has two-storey high ceilings it doesn’t mean that furniture should be taller than usual, large or overpowering. The actual floor space remains the same regardless of the ceiling height. Choose pieces that are comfortable and work proportionally with the floor area you have.
2 / Details Play up the positives Although you may have a small room, highlight the strongest feature in it. For instance, if your dining room isn’t too large but it has ceiling detail, highlight it by adding a color contrast and a dramatic chandelier. The eye will be pulled to these features rather than the size of the room. For another example, if the strongest feature in your new home is high ceilings, emphasize this with drapery featuring dramatic vertical detail to really play up the wonderful height element.
3 / Contrast Add energy to a room Even if you love neutral colours, it doesn’t mean that a room has to be bland. Often when homeowners use too many neutrals that are the same contrast or brightness, a room can feel flat. By including a range of neutral tones from light to dark within one space, a room will feel more energized. The more contrast you add, the more dramatic a space will feel.
JOHN HEINEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY, JOHNHEINEMANPHOTOGRAPHY.COM, COURTESY OF SORBARA GROUP OF COMPANIES, SORBARA.COM
In this room, the greatest feature are the tall ceilings. We emphasized this by adding beautiful drapery. LEFT
In this entryway, notice that although it is white, through contrast and subtle changes in the tone of wood, the eye continues moving. BELOW
In this space, we followed all of the design rules; shine, pattern and contrast!
4 / Focal point Create harmony and balance New homeowners often struggle with what a focal point should be and why they need one at all. Basically a focal point directs a viewer to where they should look first, which helps create harmony and balance within a space. Traditionally, focal points were thought to be fireplaces or significant pieces of architecture but really anything can be a focal point if it is worthy of looking at.
5 / Variety Textures, patterns and shine create interest People in general are the most comfortable when everything matches, but that can leave a space looking a bit underwhelming. To make a room feel personal and interesting, look for a range of pattern, texture and shine spread throughout. For instance, shiny surfaces attract attention and can make a room feel more dramatic or formal, while matte surfaces feel more modern or understated. Texture makes a room feel warmer, while pattern adds personality. If you have trouble mixing these all together skillfully, then just add texture to the carpet and keep pattern for the pillows. Accessories like vases, candles and books can be a combination of shiny and matte so that you have a little bit of everything in your room.
Make your room amazing Hopefully these tips have given some idea when working with your new home. Remember, every space is unique and poses different challenges, so try and work with what you have and if you need a little extra help, call a designer! PHOTOGRAPHY, BRANDON BARRÉ, BRANDONBARRE.COM
PHOTOGRAPHY, GILLIAN JACKSON, GILLIANJACKSON.CA, COURTESY KYLEMORE COMMUNITIES, KYLEMORECOMMUNITIES.COM
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Jane Lockhart Jane Lockhart is founder and principal designer of Jane Lockhart Interior Design. She was creative director and host of W Network’s top-ranked show, Colour Confidential, and has a Canadian-built furniture collection, Jane by Jane Lockhart, by Statum Designs. Visit online at janelockhart.com. AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 59
Inspiration | DESIGNER ADVICE
The fully furnished
By Yanic Simard
WANT THAT PEACEFUL SPA atmosphere in your highrise urban home? Modern furnishings and minimalist design are a good starting point for a blissful bathroom. However, when we go too clean with our ensuite treatment, sometimes the space can begin to feel less calming and more clinical. With these tips for introducing inviting furnishings, you can add a little warmth to your washroom space and rediscover true relaxation.
Side table » An easy addition, a simple side table or stool placed next to a vanity or tub invites you to sit while drawing a bath, chat with family or a friend while getting ready for an evening out, or perch a good book and a glass of wine. » If you’re worried about moisture damage, a ceramic indoor/outdoor stool is a perfect choice to resist the dampness, with endless options for colour or pattern (or classic black for a punch of drama). Plus, in summer when you spend more time on your balcony and less time in a hot bath, this stool can move outdoors as a compact extra seat. » I often use wood stools in bath spaces (including in my own recent bath renovation!), as the organic texture adds a sense of warmth sometimes missing in spaces dominated by stone and glass. Look for a petite form which can tuck away when not in use to save space.
Chair » Similar to a stool, a chair placed in the bathroom helps tie the space back to other areas of your home, with the 60 YPNEXTHOME.CA
added benefit of providing the perfect place to drape clothing or a towel. » Choosing a transparent plastic, polished aluminum, clean white or an open shape (like a classic bentwood bistro chair) will help keep the look light and airy. As with stools, choosing an outdoor-friendly design will ensure the piece can handle a little ambient moisture, and many outdoor options come in powder-coated metal or tinted acrylic for a hint of colour.
» If you have room, a small sofa, club chair or chaise creates a look of true luxury, dramatically blurring the lines between spaces and evoking the atmosphere of an elite spa.
Cart » A multi-layered cart is an excellent place to store toiletries and other bathroom essentials in a way that’s both beautiful and convenient. It’s another design-approved idea
I put to the test in my own home! A cart can easily move out of the way or pull closer to the vanity, and perches perfectly under a window or in a corner without blocking elbow room like a full-height cabinet would. » Use simple jars, drinking glasses or open vases to store items like cotton swabs and toothbrushes, and baskets or boxes for items you want hidden, with space left for rolled towels and an occasional fresh bouquet. » To get that unexpected charm, skip the “bathroom carts,” opting instead for a metal bar cart (especially a vintage find) or a well-sealed butcher-block kitchen cart and boldly repurposing it.
Chest » If you have room for nothing else, you can always create a furnished look in your bathroom by replacing a minimal or built-in vanity cabinet with a chest of drawers or vintage console. » Since a sink can be installed in virtually any furniture piece with the right height and basic structural shape, think outside the box for items that can work, such as a writing desk or old wine barrel (with an added stone top). Just ask the shop to hold the item while you confer with your plumber! » Look to places like Habitat for Humanity ReStore or other secondhand stores for furniture pieces with a story that just need a little refinishing (which you can then have applied in the form of a bathroomfriendly paint or sealer) rather than extravagant antiques.
Yanic Simard is New Condo Guide’s design editor, principal designer of awardwinning Toronto Interior Design Group (tidg.ca), and regular guest expert on City’s Cityline. AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 61
FUN IN THE
YOU NEVER KNOW where life
TUSCAN SUN by Elisa Krovblit
may take you. Just ask style maven Debbie Travis. From a brilliant, decades long career in the decor and design industry, to a life in Tuscany running a pampering retreat – and everything in between, Debbie Travis has lived it. Travis has long been loved for her ability to transform a space into a beautiful, comfortable and useful room. Her columns always answer great questions and offer intriguing insights. The shows she’s hosted on HGTV (hgtv.ca) over the years, Painted House, Facelift, From the Ground Up, All for One, have had rave reviews and have made her a favourite TV host – in Canada, and internationally. Her product lines have proven to be great quality and well designed for modern living.
At the height of it all, Debbie switched gears A dream of living under the Tuscan sun that had been sparked 18 years earlier, she explains, while she was ﬁlming for Painted House, led Debbie to Italy. A lovely piece of land with a dilapidated 13th century villa would become the next chapter of her life. La Dolce Debbie – a documentary chronicling the ﬁveyear journey of permit navigation, design considerations, material selections and retreat development to realize the dream, was released this spring. A host of a different sort, now Debbie thought “What if I share with other women looking for their next chapter.” It serves many purposes, ranging from a girls’ get-away to an opportunity for self discovery. Guests can come for an olive harvest and stay for an epiphany about alternate paths that life may offer.
When HDR caught up with Debbie, she was trying to put into words the scent that ﬁlled the villa as she cooked up a huge batch of Sicilian orange marmalade with fresh, unwaxed, Sicilian oranges. It was almost as if she were trying to translate and searching for the words. We were both speaking English, but she was explaining the nuances of the Italian romanticism, of slowing down and savouring the moment; of living in a reality where the hectic pace was replaced by the natural rhythm of life; where happiness replaced expectation and anticipation was replaced with satisfaction. With the villa complete, Debbie recently took on an exclusive product line for Sears (sears.ca). Who better to create the perfect outdoor furniture collection than a woman who embraces the rustic simplicity of Italian countryside,
the traditional elegance of Italy and the wonderful Tuscan sun! The collection, she explains, is designed to be durable without compromising on style and comfort. The collection takes inspiration from Tuscan entertaining, where people sit, enjoy each other’s company as the day turns into night and as dish after dish, drink after drink is served. Big tables, with chairs to sink into. Comfort is key. Whether it’s a traditional feel or a contemporary look, the collection has, she says, something for everyone. With a small terrace, pieces ﬁt together to streamline and save on space. With a larger yard, bigger sets can accommodate more people. The tableware and accessories in this collection bring inspiration from the Italian countryside to your table and bring a taste of La Dolce Vita, Debbie-style, to your home. Visit debbietravis.com for more information, and tuscangetaway.com to book your own getaway at Debbie’s Tuscan villa. AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 63
HOME IS where the heart is
By Mickey Foulds
WHEN DESIGNING indoor or outdoor
spaces, our thoughts and focus immediately tend to go to furniture, paint colour and accessories selections, having been seduced by fabulous photographs on Houzz.com or in design magazines. While it is hugely helpful to access these resources for inspiration and suppliers, there are a few steps which should be taken first when refreshing a space. Over the years it has become very clear to me while working in my clients’ homes that there are three values that the majority of us hold dear when it comes to our personal places of sanctuary at the end of the day.
1. Peace and tranquillity. Life can be wonderfully rich and full with work, family and the general flow of continuous commitments and activity – but sometimes it gets to the point where it can become a little too frenetic and overwhelming. The consequence of this is often a cluttered home and a neglected, purely functional backyard. You basically have everything you need, but there are no spaces that you can relax in and look around without being confronted by things to do, and AUG - SEPT 2016 | HOME DECOR AND RENOVATIONS 65
unfortunately in the daily rush there is no time to do them! Master bedrooms are often the victim of this, and I frequently see piles of boxes or clothing lying around waiting to be sorted out. They are spaces not seen by visitors so it seems logical to just pile it up there. The sad thing is that this is the very space where you start your day, and also end your day. In other words the first and last things you are confronted by daily are issues needing to be dealt with. Similarly the back deck is frequently populated by a somewhat rusty, dusty barbecue and a table and chairs. There is often no shade nor plants, or alternatively the well-intended planters are no longer lush and green, and have joined the list of things needing attention. The chairs you initially purchased came with plump cushions which have weathered, stained and faded – as you did not consider the time and effort it would take to constantly cover them or remove them when not in use. As you sit there on a beautiful summer evening it is anything but a tranquil retreat. If the amount of excitement and enthusiasm at starting a new design project is matched by careful thought given to the actual use and ongoing care of the space, the end result has a far greater likelihood of enhancing the quality of your life.
2. Luxury and gourmet lifestyle. Most of us value the finer things in life – whether it is a fabulous meal, a gorgeous garden, travel adventures to faraway places or theatre, art and literature. The list is endless. 66 YPNEXTHOME.CA
There is no need to acquire ugly things, or let your possessions become neglected and unattractive. Buy far less and of much higher quality. There is no need to acquire ugly things, or let your possessions become neglected and unattractive. Buy far less and of much higher quality. Instead of 10 little mismatching planters on the back deck have one large luscious one. It will require less attention and bring you more joy. Simplicity is the answer. If you are not an avid gardener, a healthy well-tended lawn with crisp edges and only one tree in your yard can look a thousand times better than a complicated series of flower beds, endless bird feeders and other decorative garden accessories. Similarly, have less indoors. Less clutter, less impulse buys – especially when things are on sale – and instead be patient, focus on strategic planning and the best quality you can afford.
You are not there to serve your house! Everything should be aligned to address your values and your desired lifestyle, and not to look like a generic show home or a picture in a magazine. It needs to be authentic. The place to start with designing your ideal indoor or outdoor space is to examine your values and lifestyle, and then only continue once that has been defined. If you find this is challenging or confusing, consider getting the objective input from a close friend or a design professional. If you remain consistent with these values, the end result will support you and not become a burden, or an added series of chores needing your time and attention. You will love and respect your spaces and not only enjoy experiencing them but also taking care of them.
3. Healthy lifestyle. We all feel the need to be more fit, active and healthy. Create a home environment which supports giving you the time to take care of yourself, whether that is practising yoga in a quiet outdoor space, a superbly equipped kitchen where you can indulge in your love of preparing fresh, organic meals, or a luxurious spa bathroom where you can soak in a tub to relax and decompress. Create spaces that encourage and inspire you to physically and mentally live your best life. Your house is there to serve you.
Mickey Foulds MSc CID CRSS Metamorphosis Design Ltd. phone 403.651.3462 email email@example.com
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