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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 6

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013

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08 24 cover story

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STYLISH SPACES,

big & small BY YANIC SIMARD

features

tips & tricks

16 Stately Clinker Brick Home

14 Golden age

BY MARIE SOPROVICH

20 Inside a creative mind BY SARA DUCK

26 Love it or list it BY SARA DUCK

28 Embellished holiday design BY USHEDA AKBAR-SHANKS

business profiles 15 World-class stone in 32 Renovations of Excellence

06 Editor’s notebook

22 Raising the bar with RenoMark™

24 Celebrity Q&A with Ian Somerhalder BY SARA DUCK

25 Making the rounds BY SARA DUCK

Edmonton

in every issue

BY SARA DUCK

Industry expert advice

36 Tile’s Trend:

Specializing in style BY SALINA YARA HALABI

30 Fabulous feature wall BY SARA DUCK

34 Are you ready for fall & winter? BY SHELL BUSEY

38 Decoding the code BY MICHAEL NYIKES


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EDITOR’SNOTEBOOK

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013 VOLUME 11 ISSUE 6 VICE PRESIDENT, WALL2WALL MEDIA

Jacqueline Hill EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / DIRECTOR OF CONTENT

Susan Legge DIRECTOR OF SALES, NATIONAL

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Renovate & Celebrate! As we say good-bye to fall, and hello to the holiday season, our attention is turned inside the home. Whether you are planning on renovating, re-decorating or just adding some holiday spirit, this issue is full of ideas to get your home ready for the season. Expecting guests over the holidays? Trying to find that perfect balance between too much space and not enough? This issue’s cover story “Stylish Spaces, big and small” by top designer and TV personality Yanic Simard will help you make any size space feel like home. Expert tips such as picking a focal point and anchoring a space with an area rug are explored in this must read. See page 8 for all the details. This issue also marks the third installment of the series: Beautiful Stately Historic Homes. This time, we watch a Clinker Brick home, built in the early part of the last century, undergo significant repairs, upgrades and modernization - all while maintaining the history and character of the house. See page 16 to follow the journey to preserving this historic home. Whether you’re planning a small project or a major home transformation, we have the information to help you every step of the way. Heed the advice of the professionals gracing our pages, and do it right the first time. Hiring a professional means you can renovate with confidence, and that your renovation dreams can be realized. All of us at Home Décor & Renovations would like to thank our readers and advertisers for your support and wish you all the best of the upcoming holiday season. We look forward to a great 2014!

Shelley Balla 587.784.4044 Jennifer Mizier 780.217.6778 PRODUCTION MANAGER

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Caroline Wassef CONTRIBUTORS

Usheda Akbar-Shanks Shell Busey Sara Duck Michael Nyikes Yanic Simard Marie Soprovich Salina Yara Halabi Home Décor and Renovations magazine is published six times a year. Home Décor and Renovations magazine is distributed throughout Edmonton and Greater Edmonton area. This publication has been designed for the renovation market as a guide. Home Décor and Renovations magazine carefully inspects all ads for accuracy, however, the publisher and the printer shall not be responsible for any mistakes, design errors or incorrect information which is provided by the advertiser or their representative. The advertising herein, including the photographs and all artwork is the property of Home Décor and Renovations magazine and not that of the advertiser. The advertiser has purchased the right of reproduction in Home Décor and Renovations magazine only and does not have the right to reproduce the ad in whole or in part in any other place or publication without the consent of the publisher. The entire contents of this publication are protected by copyright and are intended for the sole use of the public.

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STYLISH SPACES,

big & small by YANIC SIMARD P H O TO B Y B R A N D O N B A R R É

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ike the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it seems impossible to find a home that’s juuuust right: some are too big, many are too small, and finding that perfect balance between comfortable and cosy can leave you wanting to just lie down. However, if you combine some cleverness with some realistic solutions, and maybe trading in or selling a few items, any sized space can feel like home. Whether you need to expand or slim down, follow my tips to fit in everything you need – and plenty of style too.

Pick a focal point

›› Rooms of any size need a focal point. The human brain

wants to be given a place to look, and so the most beautiful schemes always give the eye something to zero in on as a starting point. With wallpaper back in full force, it’s a perfect way to create an accent wall. Try using it just around the fireplace, on one end of a dining room, around a vanity or behind your bed’s headboard (or even framed as the headboard itself). If you don’t want to commit to wallpaper, you can achieve a similar effect with paint. Go all-in on a bold colour for just one wall and let the rest be a neutral or a much lighter shade. In a very tall space, let the ceiling be the focal point for a surprising effect. In a tighter space, dress a wall that’s broken up with an architectural feature (like a window, fireplace or shelving) to make this bold focal statement without feeling overwhelmed.

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Anchor’s the way

›› One key way to anchor a living or dining space is with an

area rug. It’s a perfect opportunity to inject some colour into a neutral palette, or add a peaceful oasis where the look is busier. Even kitchens have been getting textural touches lately, with long runners (rectangular strips) giving the chef a little underfoot padding and a less utilitarian look. Your rug should be big enough to tuck under the legs of your seating, not float between them like an island or bump into the walls. As a budgeting guideline, consider the cost of your best sofa - an investment rug deserves about the same. In a very small space, use one large rug that lets everything connect seamlessly. For a large room use multiple rugs, or use one in just a central area, defining smaller zones. An organically shaped cowhide is great for awkwardly shaped rooms with virtually any scheme. For pattern and colour, try a timeless Persian carpet. The look is classic and trendy, and pairs well with both modern and traditional furnishings. Look to Ikea for accessible options if you aren’t prepared to spring for an antique. To add demure luxury in a more neutral tone, try a low-pile shag in champagne, ice blue, pale pink or “greige” (grey-beige).

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Mix it to max it

›› Even if you have strictly modern or traditional taste, a room of any size needs a little bit of mixing to achieve the best recipe. Combining multiple textures is very important to give a small space visual variety (especially since you can then keep the colour consistent and airy), and just as important to

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Mixing high end and low end gets better results than spreading out your budget evenly across the board. Invest in a few pieces you really love, and then support them with budget-friendly finds. keep a large space from feeling monotonous. Try to include at least five of these in every space: wood, glass, metal, leather, fabric, plastic and paint (not just your walls, but also art). Mixing high end and low end gets better results than spreading out your budget evenly across the board. Invest in a few pieces you really love, and then support them with budget-friendly finds. I do this often even in the most high-end designs. For small accents like pillows, you really can find amazing pieces at discount outlets. Just keep some money aside for that last must-have piece you absolutely need to finish off your scheme and give yourself permission to splurge. I believe any space should have at least one midcentury modern piece. The classic BRNO cantilevered chair mixes sleek metal curves with natural leather to create timeless style statements that always read as sophisticated. I recently used a set in an uncommon warm mauve-toned grey for a client’s dining room with traditional trimmings, and the combination blends exquisitely.

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Plumb perfect

››Although it may seem counter-intuitive, large tiles

can help make any bathroom appear bigger, and who ever has a bathroom that’s too big? Cladding the floor or walls with a stone showing little colour variation such as clean porcelain, pale slate, or softly veined marble (grouted minimally) will create the illusion of an unbroken plane, maximizing visual length. Powder rooms are the perfect place to experiment and embrace styles you might otherwise find too wild. Nobody has to “live” in the space so you can opt for high drama. The relatively small vanity space is a great opportunity to splurge on marble, and you can likewise tile the entire wall surface in an evocative pattern. Hang a high-impact pendant or chandelier in the centre to make guests say “wow” every time.

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The rest but not least

›› In any sized space, you don’t want the bedroom

décor too loud when you’re trying to get some quiet rest. Use tone-on-tone patterns, mirrored surfaces and cool hues to add visual interest in the day time that will fade away under moonlight.

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››Whenever possible I like to incorporate a seating area into the

bedroom. Adding a chair next to the bed gives you a place to read the paper or tie your shoe, but also a place to drop a book or glass as you drift off. In a tight space, go for a lightweight metal or plastic chair. Transparent “ghost” chairs are perfect for maintaining visual openness. In a larger space you can opt for a more plush upholstered piece, and add a serving tray when you want a flat surface. Then, add a floor lamp (or sconce) for a reading light. It’s a quirky look full of personality, and function too.

YANIC SIMARD is the principal designer of the Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Simard often applies his signature high/low and old/new combination design techniques in developing unique designs. Simard has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and has appeared as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine. For more information visit tidg.ca.


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FEATURE

STATELY

Clinker Brick Home

Preserved for generations to come by MARIE SOPROVICH THERE IS SOMETHING INCREDIBLY ROMANTIC ABOUT A STATELY OLDER HOME. The artistic vision of creative

designers, builders and architects is captured in the structure of these older buildings and they preserve a snapshot of Edmonton’s past in the style and magnificence of earlier days. Builders and professional renovators over the years translate and improve upon these structures ensuring the longevity of the master pieces, such as this home and focus attention on careful repairs, maintenance, upgrades and modern living comforts. Professional renovators also pay close attention to details such as using particular building materials and appropriate finishing needed to fit the structure. Character and history are captured in our cities’ older homes and a great deal of gratitude should also be extended to the home owners who invest in improvements ensuring the longevity and contribution their dwelling provides to the history of our neighbourhoods and city. A professional renovator is essential to preserving the past while attending to necessary structural repairs and improving the living comforts and needs of the day for the modern family. This house is what can be called a Clinker Brick home. It was built in the early part of the last century and has grandness in both structure and location. Basic building materials used for this home consisted of a type of brick, somewhat unique and capturing of an era in Edmonton’s past. This regional 16 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

construction material was at one time a discarded, and thought to be waste material unsuitable for construction. Edmonton Historical Building Society has documented history on the Clinker Brick and reported that these bricks were at one time set aside because they were over-fired, burnt and misshapen. Sometime however, back as early as 1913 some builders and architects started looking at the uneven colour and textures for their unique qualities and found that the building durability was solid. The distinctive texture and appearance of the Clinker Brick had a visual appeal and became quite popular. Edmonton has some very famous homes which were built using Clinker Brick as a construction material. The James Rutherford House is a well-known and good example of the preservation of this style of housing. There are other gems around the city and the bricks capture the imagination of a romantic era and ingenuity on the part of the builder.


THIS HOUSE IS WHAT CAN BE CALLED, A CLINKER BRICK HOME. IT WAS BUILT IN THE EARLY PART OF THE LAST CENTURY AND HAS GRANDNESS IN BOTH STRUCTURE AND LOCATION. BASIC BUILDING MATERIALS USED FOR THIS HOME CONSISTED OF A TYPE OF BRICK, SOMEWHAT UNIQUE AND CAPTURING OF AN ERA IN EDMONTON’S PAST. Homeowners of this Clinker Brick west end home shared a deep love for the character and location of their home. It was a keeper. In order for their home to meet the needs of their growing family and their living style they realized that the house, which had undergone a dated and poorly constructed renovation in the 70’s, was in need of significant foundation repairs and overall modernizations. Along with the essential repairs, the family wanted more space for their growing family and a serious upgrade of creature comforts. Their wish list included increasing the number of bedrooms, a new kitchen, bathrooms, general over all

renovation of the interior and a finished basement. All of these desires were requested within the existing footprint of the house. History was written all over the structure from the foundation, through the walls, into the small and dated closet spaces and the little rooms that were designed for a time when families didn’t have as many personal belongings and gadgets to fill their lives. The first place requiring attention was the foundation. Basement repairs on a Clinker Brick house are a little tricky as lifting any house off a foundation creates stress on the structure. When a layer of bricks is added into the equation other

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options must be considered. In addition to the necessary foundation repairs, the basement was also shallow and in serious contrast with the tall homeowner and the living space they wanted to create. Foundation specialist Kevin Bradell from Abarent Construction provided the expertise to assess the strength of the existing foundation walls and make plans as to how to deepen the basement and strengthen the foundation without lifting the structure. Foundation walls were reinforced, beams were added, a complete redo of the sewer and 18 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

water were necessary as were drainage mats and weeping tile. The reinforcement of the existing foundation was challenged one wall at a time and as the strength of the structure increased they were able to take the basement floor down another three feet. Abarent worked their magic to create a “new and improved” 1800 square foot basement that was deep and wide and up to code with all sewer, water and elevation needs. Now that the foundation work was handled Aquarian could tackle the rest of the renovations in the remainder of the house.

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As the Aquarian team started opening the walls in the living area, a mishmash of 1920 Knob and Tube wiring and the extent of a 35 year old bad renovation became evident. There was also a steel circular stair case that needed to be removed piece by piece, new windows to be added and a loft space that needed to be reclaimed for a bedroom. In the kitchen utility was not sacrificed for beauty. Roll out shelves for pots, built in ovens, warming drawers and a beverage centre brought the 21st Century alive. Added kitchen windows brought sunshine into the home. Now exterior window frames needed particular attention as the bricks were tediously removed, cleaned and re-laid in the original style of the house. The basement was rebuilt with all the modern conveniences of a new laundry room, family area, a workout room, extra bedrooms and plenty of storage. The loft, now converted to a bedroom reclaimed space in the house and had a delightfully airy and practical feel. The homeowners,

with the help of their renovator Aquarian, breathed new life into this romantic and stately home. From the home’s strong foundation, through the refreshed interior, to the reclaimed Clinker Brick, this house will be a welcoming reminder of what is possible when old meets new and creativity, investment, teamwork and professionalism come together for a long time to come. Long live the Clinker Brick and the heritage value it brings to the city.

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MARIE SOPROVICH OWNER OF AQUARIAN RENOVATIONS; WRITER, VISIONARY, LEADER.

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DESIGN INSPIRATION

INSIDE A

creative mind by SARA DUCK

HD&R CHATS WITH KIRSTEN KORHANI, chief designer and creative director at Korhani Home, who has been leading the way in merging style and fashion for home. Her innovative designs, affordable floor coverings and decorative accent pieces have driven the brand to create products that have become statement pieces in homes across the globe.

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What role does design play in your life? Design plays a huge role in my life. I’m always looking for inspiration for our next collection, which can come from anywhere — through my travels, movies, the latest fashion trends and magazines.

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You’ve married into the Korhani family company. What is it like working with your husband? Some people may find it challenging to be around each other that much, but for us it just works. We are always brainstorming together, and constantly pushing each other creatively. Some of our best ideas have come from a drive to the cottage for the weekend, or over a glass of wine and a movie.

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Can you take us through the design process of creating a collection of rugs? The design process starts with an inspiration meeting with myself and the Korhani Home design team. We come up with conceptual items, mood boards and

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colour guides for each theme in the collection that we feel will be on trend for the following season. The rug qualities and designs are based primarily on the time of year. For example, our fall/winter 2013 collection, we focused on qualities such as wool and heavier shags, and worked with a deep colour palette. As for spring/summer 2014, I can’t give too much away, but expect to see bright, bold colours and patterns made with qualities like flat weave and plastics. Once we have finalized our collections and style guide, we go to work on the individual designs. And then from there, final drawings are sent to our manufacturing facility in Sorel, Que. to begin production.

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You masterfully marry fashion and décor together for your runway presentation during World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week, and it’s a huge hit each season, why do you think fashion and décor go hand-in-hand, and how hard is it to make rugs into fashion garments? I’ve always felt that home and fashion were a natural fit. If you choose to dress fashionably in your everyday life, why wouldn’t you look at your home in the same way? Why not change your area rugs the same way you do your clothes and accessories each season? Our runway shows are an opportunity for us to showcase collections based on what will


be on trend in home décor the following season. I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t challenging to create garments out of rugs. It takes a full team and around six to eight months to create a runway collection from beginning to end. The process starts with collecting inspiration, choosing themes, designing the rugs and, of course, sewing and accessorizing the outfits. Sometimes, you have this great idea and you really want it to work, but you don’t have the same flexibility with rugs as you do with fabric.

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How important is a rug’s role to the design of the room? An area rug anchors and finishes a room. I tend to think of area rugs as the fashionista of floors. They really pull together your living space and complete the look and feel. It’s a statement piece that gives you an opportunity to have more fun with patterns and colour. Couches and larger pieces in a room tend to be more neutral so don’t be afraid to put something more colourful under your feet

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What is inspiring you at the moment? I’m really inspired right now by Mediterranean style. I love its use of exotic and vibrant colours, light, natural texture and, of course, its European charm.

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Where do you see rug design trends heading next year? For 2014, expect to see a lot of colour, colour, and more colour. The trend is to move away from the beiges and browns, and go for cooler and deeper tones like greys. You are going to find that area rugs are going to be the new art. So, expect to start mixing and matching with bold colours and prints.

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If you could describe your home’s style, what would they be? Eclectic, ultra-modern, mixed with antiques.

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What does it mean to you to be able to produce affordable rugs? It’s extremely important for us to provide our customers with accessible price points. We strive to give our customers the freedom to be able to update their living space without feeling like they are breaking the bank. We actually just recently expanded into home accessories such as cushions, throw blankets, picture frames, candles and accent pieces. We want to make it possible for you to change out your rugs and home accessories seasonally, the same way you would with your wardrobe. The one way to do that is to ensure that our products are affordable, fashionable and, of course, high quality.

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HD&R has teamed up with Korhani Home to design a limited-edition, one-of-a-kind rug to give away to five lucky readers across Canada. HOW TO ENTER Go online to our blog at homeanddecor.ca/contest/ fill out a ballot and tell us what you love about the magazine for your chance to win. Full contest rules can be found on the blog. A maximum of one entry per person will be accepted into a random draw to be held on December 19, 2013. Winners will be announced online December 20, 2013. Visit our home page at homeanddecor.ca

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Raising the bar with

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF AQUARIAN CONSTRUCTION

THE UNDERGROUND RENOVATION ECONOMY POSES

a big challenge for professional contractors who are doing business the right way. Everyday legitimate renovators and builders lose jobs to fly-by-nighters, cash operators and others who work under the table. Not only do these underground operations cheat the system, they often leave the homeowner vulnerable to poorly finished work with little recourse when things go south. Cash operators may not have the experience or proper technical skills required for the project. Even if they do have the 22 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

knowledge, their illegal activity displays a lack of integrity and complete disregard for the risks they create for homeowners and their homes; not to mention the damage they do to the reputation of the industry. This kind of activity is the

A NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE WHEN DEALING WITH UNPROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS IS REAL.


CHBA - RENOMARK HAS FOCUSED MUCH OF ITS CONSUMER INFORMATION ON PROMOTING PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTORS WITH KEY MESSAGES SUCH AS DO IT RIGHT AND GO WITH A PRO!

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fodder for many reality TV shows and we have all heard investment will be in good hands. It is a big deal! It is also the horror stories. It is important not to be contributing to important to remember that when dealing with a legitimate this underground economy, just talk to someone who hired company you are strengthening a legitimate industry. a renovator who didn’t get things in writing and were Professional renovators give consumers a real alternative unable to keep their word. A nightmare experience when that is straightforward and provides value. It works! Check dealing with unprofessional contractors is real. So how do out your Edmonton RenoMark website today and renovate homeowners educate and protect themselves from this with confidence. underground economy and get an excellent renovation? Stay tuned to the next edition of Renovation Magazine The place to start is with the Canadian Homebuilders where we will explore why it is essential to get the scope Association (CHBA) and organizations such as RenoMark of your job in writing and why the price offered by an a Canada wide organization of professional renovators, underground operator is a false sense of saving and leaves who have a clearly stated and followed Code of Conduct, the homeowner extremely vulnerable to unknown dangers. write contracts and offer at minimum, a two year warranty. Renovate with confidence – hire a CHBA-Edmonton CHBA - RenoMark has focused much of its consumer Region RenoMark Renovator for your next renovation! information on promoting professional contractors with key *Resourcesincluded:CanadianHomebuildersAssociation“The messages such as Do It Right and Go With a Pro! GetitinWritingHandbook”andRenoMarkWebsite If you or a friend of yours is considering a renovation in the near future, do them a favour and connect them to a RENOMARK EDMONTON – variety of professional renovators in the Edmonton area by WWW.RENOMARK.CA directing them to the CHBA – RenoMark website http:// The program identifies those renovation contractors who have agreed to CHBA – www.renomark.ca/edmontonregion/Home. You will find a Edmonton Region’s code of ethics, as well as wide selection of legitimate renovation companies and one a renovation-specific code of conduct, they provide warranties, understand the value of of them will be just right for the size and scope of your job. customer service, and continually educate Professional renovators offer the homeowner peace of themselves regarding current trends, materials mind knowing that their project, their home and their and regulations.

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CELEBRITY Q&A with

Ian Somerhalder by SARA DUCK

What are your goals for this “game changing” light bulb? It’s my goal that every single school in North America will have these LED bulbs. It’s about getting out there and explaining that this company exists and letting people know they can cut their energy consumption and save money. For instance, the light bulbs that are around, where do they go? We just throw them away, but where is away? There is no away. It ends up in landfills – which ends up in our water supply and elsewhere. Cree Inc has eliminated the toxic element and has provided a consumer- based product that you can feel good about, save money and also reduce the impact on our resource pool.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT’S ABOUT CONSUMER EDUCATION, PUBLIC EDUCATION – IT’S THE ONLY WAY INFORMATION TRAVELS AND WE HAVE CHANGED THE GAME WITH SOCIAL MEDIA AND ALL THE FREE FLOWING INFORMATION THAT IS AVAILABLE. What drives you to do all of this? I can’t imagine doing

CREE INC., LEADERS IN ENERGY-

efficient LED lighting, has teamed up with eco-crusader and TV heartthrob Ian Somerhalder of Vampire Diaries to spread the word about Green living and how he plans to change the world, one light bulb at a time. HD&R was a little starstruck when we caught up with Ian on his recent visit to Toronto.

How do you bring your love of the environment to the set of Vampire Diaries? These LEDs will be in every socket on the Vampire Diaries set and we have 365,000 sq. ft. of space, which is massive. This company is a game changer in the world of lighting, which ultimately bleeds into a multitude of facets of our life – saving energy, improving air quality and public health. I want to be a part of that and share that with everyone. 24 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

anything else. If you have this much access to the public, then it’s your social responsibility to take the information you have with products and relationships you have and allow that information to be free flowing. And if you are activated and empowered by this information, share it – that is how things get done. At the end of the day, it’s about consumer education, public education – it's the only way information travels and we have changed the game with social media and all the free flowing information that is available.

What do you do to spread the word? I tweet like a maniac and share with my fans the information that I have and I find, hopefully reaching all different kinds of people. Follow Ian at @iansomerhalder QUICK FACTS ON THE LIGHT BULB ›› Uses 84 per cent less energy than a typical incandescent. ›› Based on Cree LED bulb 60-watt replacements at 9.5 watt, $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, 25,000 hour lifetime and average usage of 6 hours per day. ›› $13 for the warm white 40-watt replacement, $16 for the 60-watt warm white replacement and $16 for the 60-watt day light. The energyefficient Cree LED bulbs can pay for themselves in about a year. These bulbs are available at The Home Depot or visit creebulb.com


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FEATURE

LOVE IT or LIST IT

by SARA DUCK

LOVE IT OR LIST IT, W NETWORK’S HIT SHOW, RECENTLY

celebrated its 100th episode and they invited HD&R inside the home of couple Ron and Mishelle – one of their toughest assignments to date. THE CLIENTS Ron and Mishelle purchased his family’s classic century farmhouse one year ago and became the fifth generation of his family to live in it. THE DILEMMA Although the home setting may seem picturesque, Mishelle is a city slicker and feels they have too much unusable, space as well as too much mortgage, and would like to move back to the city. Of course, Ron would like to stay in his family home and tweak it with some modern updates to appease Mishelle. THE HOUSE HUNT Real Estate agent David Visentin knew this couple wasn’t going to be an easy sell – due to the family history connecting Ron with their current home. “The house and location was going to have to suit Ron as much or more than Mishelle, if he was even going to consider moving,” says Visentin. He went to work looking for homes with character and a location that was a little bit country, but also in an area with community, so Mishelle didn’t feel like she was back on the farm isolated from everyone. “I knew someone was going to have make more of a sacrifice for the other,” continues Visentin, “and I felt like it would have to be Mishelle if I was going to have any shot at this. Not an easy challenge.” 26 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013


THE DESIGN INSPIRATION Interior designer Hilary Farr took inspiration from the original homeowners dating back to 1865. “The rooms in the house and the basic layout and structure were so beautifully proportioned it made it easy and inspiring for design direction,” says Farr. It was important to the family and for Farr to give the home a much-needed renovation, while keeping the design true to its roots.” For example, Farr explains that the master bathroom needed to be 100 per cent functional for today’s needs and expectations, but draw upon traditional design. “The stunning Kohler, claw-foot bathtub gave the room a jumping-off point, and from there everything flowed nicely,” continues Farr. THE FINAL DECISION After much deliberation, Ron and Mishelle decided to “love” the house. “I was relieved,” says Farr. “I genuinely felt they belonged in this lovely old home that had been sheltering generations of Ron’s family, and should continue to do so for several more generations.” Even Visentin wasn’t shocked with the couple’s decision. Even though he felt like he had found them the perfect home, he knew getting Ron to move from a home with that much family history was going to be no easy feat. “It’s like trying to hit a bull’s-eye on a moving dart board – almost impossible,” says Visentin. “In the end though, it’s all good as long as the homeowners are happy, and they are.”

HD&R ASKS…

This show marks your 100th episode, what do you love most about your job? HILARY “I love the opportunity to open peoples’ eyes and minds to the hidden possibilities of their home, and help them love it. I love my team. They are amazing. DAVID “I think the thing I love most, is that I get to work with some really amazing and talented people on this show. They have made doing 100 episodes feel like doing 10 episodes. I still can’t believe I have been doing this show for six years, and I think that is because of how much fun we have. I feel very lucky to have been part of Love it or List it.” For more information about the show visit wnetwork.com

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FEATURE

Embellished HOLIDAY design by USHEDA AKBAR-SHANKS

Neutrals are not enough.

THE FESTIVE SEASON IS HERE AGAIN, and as the excitements begins to build up,

interior decor is of utmost importance. It is time to bring out those precious pieces from yesteryear and start incorporating them into this year's theme. This year brings forth many new trends, but for me, Natural materials resonate on a personal level. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, of course but I love the juxtaposition of Nature, gemstones and antique colors. Blaring bling is always an option, but I prefer something less dazzling and blinding to the naked eye.  Since the holidays are a time of reflection and family tradition, balance the excitement that the Holidays offer, with an anchored palette. The excitement to go shopping and take in all the displays, Candy Cane Lane and West Edmonton Mall, Churchill Square all lit up and the High Level Bridge – Edmonton is a beautiful place to celebrate the winter break. To balance the commercialism and high technology, long walks in the forest, skating on a frozen pond and family tradition makes it all splendid. Whether you are planning a hectic and wild time or a cool, calm and collected holiday… Interior decor must be factored in.

Darker colours, modern twist! Black is indeed beautiful, and may be the “new black” once again! Browns and grays are still hot as well. White is everywhere now, especially with cabinetry, flooring and walls. This starkness is refreshing, especially in the warmer months, but I prefer to throw a darker palette into the winter holiday scheme. Re-create a warm haven from the winter storms. Black velvet cushions, Royal purple and Moss green throws, fake furs and gilded chalices! My personal favorite is still Salmon pink, which adds a softer dimension to everything. 28 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

If you are like me, then neutral basics are just not enough. Given the choice, I always incorporate different facets to a theme. A good way to embellish the basic theme is to add accessories of natural gems and materials like Turquoise, Silver and leather and whatever your tastes dictate. Use whatever you have acquired to date, and incorporate it into your scheme. Keep adding and embellishing year after year, and in a few years you will have a large ‘inventory’ to choose from. High-end quality items do not go out of style, and like a vintage car the intrinsic and market value of your collections are enhanced! Top quality items do not depreciate over time and become harder to acquire on the market.   

Pattern and texture.

Once again, bold patterns are in. Choose something with depth, specifically with three or more colours. Tribal and antique influences are also hot this year. Reflecting a sophisticated, eclectic mood in fabrics and design embellished items are far away from cookie cutter! Santa will be very impressed with all the choices we have. If designer labels are out of reach, then many inexpensive imitations are everywhere. Choose very carefully, and remember that quality is better than quantity. Try to keep a ‘theme’ of pattern and textures throughout your entertaining area. Interior Designers pay close attention to geometry and pattern. For instance, if you have rectangular glass on your coffee and end tables, then try to use rectangular pattern in some of your accessories or fabrics. This ties in your design nicely and


creates a comfortable ‘flow’, which is easy on the eye. Another example would be if you have a large circular mirror in your living room, then perhaps a circular coffee table and rug would enhance the look.   

Richness and versatility.

Wall paper is also a great way to incorporate texture, pattern, and richness to a room. We started out with a Natural look and Modern twist, and with continual addition of colour, texture and embellishments have created a surprisingly rich palette. You owe it to yourself and your guests to create a comfortable and opulent space. This year, go all out for luxury and comfort. Draw in darker colours of a winter sunset, or a midnight walk in the forest. Harness the navy blue beauty of the evening sky as the silvery gold moon looks upon us all. Remember the twinkling stars of your childhood dreams and see the representations upon your Christmas tree. Make a wish (or two) upon a star and most of all enjoy your holidays!

USHEDA AKBAR-SHANKS B.A. SOCIOLOGY, URBAN STUDIES AND DESIGN Freelance Writer, Intuitive Designer

Phone 780.484.3664 Edmonton, AB. E-mail ushanks@shaw.ca NOV - DEC 2013 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS 29


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feature wall We’ve teamed up with paint and wallpaper experts Farrow & Ball to give you an inspiring do-it-yourself wall project for your home! by SARA DUCK

tips

›› Painting the remaining walls in the same colour as your feature wallpaper creates a harmonious look. You can either pick out the colour of the background or the pattern itself. The image shows the coordinated effect you can achieve.

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steps

01 Measure the height and width of the wall you want to make a feature.

04 Paste the wallpaper and leave to soak for 3-5 minutes.

02 Cut drops of wallpaper to fit leaving 1-2cm either end.

05 Hang the wallpaper and cut off the excess paper with a sharp blade.

03 Make sure the pattern matches up.

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RENOVATIONS OF EXCELLENCE

BEFORE

Q When beginning a home renovation what is the biggest obstacle homeowners tend to overlook in the process?

AFTER | EXTERIOR RENOVATIONS

Renovations of Excellence INDUSTRY EXPERT ADVICE

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hether working on a full home renovation or just updating one room, any renovation project can be a daunting process – no matter what the size. With over 35 years of successful home renovation experience, Lou Soucy, owner of Renovations of Excellence, has industry knowledge and expertise that is beyond compare. Below, Soucy shares his advice on some Reno questions that may help guide homeowners during their renovation journey.

Q How have things changed in the renovating business in the last 35 years? A I’ve heard it all and seen it all! But thanks to the internet and cable TV, people have access to more information about renovations and design. Homeowners know what’s out there in terms of design and products. They’re way more educated.

A One obstacle is that people over think the job that is needed. Advice from a neighbour or relation may confuse them more, and then the “TV weekend makeover” with 150 carpenters can create unrealistic expectations. Renovating is not rocket science! It’s all about common sense. Choose a renovator that has survived the test of time, a little grey is good; one that can help guide you through all the pitfalls of this stressful process, one that can tell you how the whole process works from design start up to final paint touch ups. Q After 35 years of renovations, what is one key element that has remained constant in all your projects? A Renovating each and every project as if it were my own home and remembering where I came from as a journeymen carpenter - here in Edmonton! I wouldn’t have made it this far if it weren’t for the combined effort of my loyal staff, hardworking trades and state of the art suppliers! Q What is the best tip you can provide

Q Are you happy homeowners are more educated? A Yes, I am. It’s good that people know what’s available out there. And because homeowners are more educated in terms of what they should look for when hiring a renovator, they screen out a lot of the bad contractors who get homeowners into a lot of trouble financially. Today, people want more than one quote, they want contractors to show a full list of their past customers, and they make sure their contractors are licensed, insured and bonded. And they watch out for warranties. It’s great for our business. Q How do you help homeowners who, despite all the information out there, don’t know what’s possible?

A Really, a lot of the time people know what they want, but they don’t know how it can work or how to explain it. So I can help with design. And I’ve learned over the years that you have to make sure you design with construction and budget in mind, and not compromise quality. 32 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

for updating a home on a tight budget?

A Price, Price, PRICE…It’s not only about choosing a renovator that knows how to brainstorm with you, that can work with you on your dream home wish list ideas! Custom design, quality specs, time frame restraints, etc will follow. And, you know an experienced renovator will guide you through this process, and try to help you get to your budget price! Remember, you always get what you pay for! Q In the next 35 years, how do you see the renovation business changing in Edmonton?


A Well for starters, if I’m still renovating , I’ll be doing it from Hawaii! Seriously though, homes in Edmonton are just going to get older and older, so I see more people engaging in preventative maintenance to avoid larger projects— and costs—in the future. Q Speaking of the future, having a home that is energy efficient has become more important than ever before. What are a few energy-saving additions someone can add to their home during a renovation?

A Listen to what your house is telling you through tell-tale signs: gas/power bills, cold spots by windows and doors, furnace working all the time, not enough hot water, roof has no snow on it in winter time, wool socks in the basement… Your renovator can diagnose what is needed to repair the problem. Q We all know Edmonton can have a harsh climate. What advice can you give to the people who will be renovating during the colder months?

A Remember that Mother Nature is the boss; you can’t fight her, you have to work with her! Most Reno’s can occur year round, but please plan ahead for the exterior additions and second stories. It’s all about planning ahead and proper scheduling with your renovator! Remember, there is no substitute for experience! For more information on getting your own home renovation started visit www.WeDoRenos.com, call 780.441.1243, or email Renovations of Excellence at renos@telusplanet.net. SEE OUR AD ON THE INSIDE BACK COVER

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SHELL BUSEY: ASK A PRO

Are you ready for fall & winter? by SHELL BUSEY

SHORTER DAYS, COOLER NIGHTS, it’s time to do some preventative

maintenance in and around your house. It won’t take weeks or months and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune but if you take care of the basics you may well save yourself hundreds of dollars in costly repairs for such things as winter damage and heat loss. Most people can do their own work, and it need not be a back breaking regimen of chores. HERE ARE SOME TIPS AND IDEAS TO HELP YOU WITH THIS PROCESS.

1. Check and install new weather-strip as needed. You do not want

to “heat the neighborhood” because of poor or insufficient weather stripping. Why waste hundreds of dollars on heating bills when around $50 will cover the cost of weather stripping most homes. 2. Check attic insulation. Many homes have insufficient insulation and

draft proofing, both sources of heat loss. An average home should have between R-28 (8 inches) to R-50 (16.75 inches) of insulation in the attic, more in colder climates. New breakthroughs in insulation feature recycled rock as an environmental alternative. 3. Caulk any gaps on the exterior of your home around windows and

5. Clean gutters and install gutter guards to protect

from heavy rain damage and overflowing gutters due to plugging from falling leaves and needles. 6. You should change your furnace filter at least 4

times each year. I prefer the pleated type furnace filters as opposed to the washable furnace filters. Look for the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating on the filter; the higher the MERV rating, the better the filtration. During the winter, when your furnace is working overtime, a clean filter will help keep your furnace operating as efficiently as possible. Furnace ducts should be cleaned every 3-5 years, every two years if you have any animals in the home. Your furnace should be inspected by a licensed gas-fitter once a year. I suggest having this done in the early fall to avoid the rush as soon as the weather turns cold. 7. Shut off outside faucets and drain back water to

prevent frozen pipes or install frost free hose bibs. 8. Dolomite lime your lawn and add some

fall-winter fertilizer. This will keep it healthy during the winter. 9. Drain and store your garden hose. Leaving hoses

out all winter will cause freezing and may crack the hose.

doors, especially stucco homes with trimless windows. 10. Check roof shingles, flashings and chimney 4. If you have single pane glass windows install storm windows or

bricks for leaks.

upgrade to new energy efficient windows. 11. If you have a wood burning fireplace it is very

important to have your chimney cleaned. Last winter’s fires will have left a lot of creosote behind. Be sure to have the cleaning done before you plan to start using the fireplace. If you are not using your fireplace consider installing a Draftstopper. This is an inflatable polyurethane ‘pillow’ that is designed to seal the fireplace when it is not being used reducing heat loss up the chimney. 12. Close off foundation vents in crawl spaces to

prevent heat loss from your home by plugging the vents with rigid foam insulation. 13. Check your household smoke and carbon

monoxide alarms with the test button and change the batteries. Any alarm older than five years should be replaced. 34 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013


YOU SHOULD CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTER AT LEAST 4 TIMES EACH YEAR. I PREFER THE PLEATED TYPE FURNACE FILTERS AS OPPOSED TO THE WASHABLE FURNACE FILTERS. 14. Empty gas from lawnmower or put in gas additive for easier

start-up in the spring. 15. Depending on where you live stock up on safety salt, snow

shovels, windshield washer fluid, ice scrapers and antifreeze. These items are at a premium when the first unexpected snowfall hits. 16. Another important note as we get older, let the young folks do

all the heavy snow shovelling!

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TILE'S TREND there’s a specific product a customer has in mind which isn’t available in the store, or if additional quantity is required, Tile’s Trend can have an order put in immediately and the customer can expect their desired product to arrive in about a week. Whether you are designing a new space or in the market to update an existing room, Tile’s Trend offers all the new and exciting tile products that will take your home to the next level. The friendly staff are educated on all the products they carry and are available to provide guidance on the tile colour and style choices that will best suit your lifestyle. If your upcoming project is a do-it-yourself endeavour you can count on Tile’s Trend to provide you with your specialty tiles when you need them, and if you require a little help on installation, Tile’s Trend can refer you to professionals that will help you get the job done.

Tile’s Trend SPECIALIZING IN STYLE by SALINA YARA HALABI

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f you’re looking for a way to add individuality and flair to your home then Tile’s Trend is your go-to destination. Specializing in contemporary design, Tile’s Trend offers a vast selection of tile options to choose from for all your home needs. Featuring floor, wall, glass and mosaic tiles from vendors across the globe, the owners of Tile’s Trend work to ensure their unique products cater to those who want a home that is a true expression of personal style. Offering the largest selection of mosaic and backsplash tile options in Edmonton, Tile’s Trend is sure to satisfy individual tastes with its access to tiles from all around the world. With 10 years of experience in the home building industry, the owners of Tile’s Trend understand the importance of providing homeowners with a variety of quality products that are new to the market. New to the store are 3D wall panels and 3D floor tiles. The textured 3D wall panels are available in defferent sizes and create an additional layer of visual depth in a room. What sets Tile’s Trend apart from other retailers is the fact that tile stock is available within the store – and depending on quantity, ready to take home that same day! Customers are able to come into the shop, browse an exclusive and diverse selection of tiles, and then take their dream tiles home. If

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For more information about Tile’s Trend visit their website at www.tilestrend.com, or call them at 780.485.2277. Visit their showroom Monday-Friday from 9:30am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm (Closed Sundays and Holidays) to see the beautiful tile options in person.


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AW N I N G S Canfab Products Ltd 12819-144 ST 780-451-4341 www.canfabproducts.ca FLOORING Payless Wholesale Flooring & Lighting 18415-104 Ave 780.487-2700 www.paylessfloors.ca GRANITE Atlas Granite Inc. 6611 - 50th Street P:780-468-3364 Design Centre : 10635 170 St NW Ph: 780-485-2204 www.atlasgranite.ca info@atlasgranite.ca H O M E R E N OVAT I O N S Aquarian Construction 780.481.7671 www.aquarianconstruction.com Renovations of Excellence 780.482.0200 www.wedorenos.com Ackard Contractors Ltd. 780-414-0686 www.ackard.com Appollo Sunrooms 780-466-1952 www.apollosunrooms.com Coogee Construction Ltd. 780-454-1513 www.coogeeconstruction.ca Fortress Homes & Renovations 780-660-1026 www.fortresshomes.ca Houseworks Edmonton Inc. #202, 8908 99 Street Phone: 780 451-9009 info@houseworks.co www.houseworks.co Homestyle Construction Ltd. 780-479-6032 www.homestyleconstruction.ca

Rencon Industries Inc. 780-986-2160 www.renconindustries.ca Serenity Contracting & Design Inc. 780-435-6304 www.serenitycontracting.ca KITCHENS Houseworks Edmonton Inc. #202, 8908 99 Street Phone: 780 451-9009 info@houseworks.co www.houseworks.co Towne and Countree Kitchens 17212 107 Ave. 780.489.3331 www.towneandcountree.com L A N D S CA P I N G Shane’s Landscaping & Contracting 789-983-8233 www.shaneslandscaping.com

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Decoding the code by MICHAEL NYIKES

Q

After the recent flood activity I had many Albertans ask for some tips regarding private sewage system recovery.

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If history proves true, a number of Alberta communities may again be looking at flood situations this upcoming spring with the winter-melt and spring runoff. As most people know, a flood can affect the safety of not only your drinking water but also the operation and service of your septic system. Specific steps need to be taken to ensure your water supply is safe and to prevent damage to your private sewage system. HERE ARE A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS: ›› Do not use the septic system before it is properly checked. If the system includes a

pump, shut the power to the pump off until the system is assessed. If possible, maintain power to the high level alarm in your tank as more ground water may back up into your tank.

›› Caution before pumping out a septic tank – it may float out of the ground! Pumping out the septic tank when the

soil is saturated could cause the tank to float out of the ground, even if it is buried. A slight movement of the tank can cause damage to the tank, the inlet and outlet pipes and connections. Even though the soil away from the tank may not appear saturated, the fill soil around the tank may be very saturated and cause even concrete tanks to float. Most importantly, do not use the septic system until the soil has adequately drained to allow sewage to be absorbed. This may take several weeks after flood waters recede. The amount of soil saturation and the time needed to adequately drain the soil will depend on the length of time under water and the soil conditions. Future Decoding the Code columns will continue to answer readers’ questions about how the provincial building code affects their projects. Email your questions to me at decodingthecode@gmail.com. Be sure to include which city you live in, as well as your phone number in case I need to follow up with you.

›› Avoid compaction of the soil over the septic system during clean up of the site.

Do not drive vehicles and equipment over the system during clean-up or restoration activities. Do not set dumpsters or building materials over the system. Fence or mark out the system to protect it while restoration activities take place. Soil is easily compacted when wet. If the soil is compacted in the area of the septic system it may never work again. 38 HOME DÉCOR AND RENOVATIONS NOV - DEC 2013

MICHAEL NYIKES Michael is a nationally recognized speaker, columnist, and leading industry expert on building codes, residential construction, building envelope science, and environmental design. He can be reached at decodingthecode@gmail.com


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