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Home & Away

A Spanish Colonial Inside a Tropical Revival in Palm Springs Maui Getaway

The Swiss Alps for Wellness and Design

PLUS Veg Out: Plant-Forward Recipes


danger hiding in plain sight

Often found in homes built before 1990, asbestos may be in over 3000 different building materials. It’s colourless, odourless and deadly. As a homeowner, you need to talk to your contractor to identify any asbestos in your home and have it properly removed before work begins, for the health and safety of everyone working on your project.


French Art de Vivre

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VANCOUVER’S WHISKY FESTIVAL Over the past 20 years, the world of whisky that was, is no longer. The dark, mahogany-walled, back-room studies that played host to the “old boys club” is now open to everyone. In January of 2018, the whisky connoisseurs of Vancouver and abroad, both men and women, come together to sip these special golden drams and learn about what makes each of them so special.

GRAND WHISKY HALL January 22nd, 2018

TIME 6:00PM - 10:00PM

LOCATION Rocky Mountaineer Station 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver B.C.

ATTIRE Cocktail Attire

TICKETS $115 General Admission $165 VIP SOLD OUT




Island Time Warm woods and organic textures bring an earthy-yet-tropical vibe to this Hawaiian vacation home. Story, page 58.

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A WOR LD AWAY Travis Rowan

48 // The Other

Side of the Desert

A Palm Springs house with Spanish Colonial roots gets an elegant makeover from Calgary designer James McIntyre.

58 // Hawaiian Hideaway

A Calgary family bought a lot with an unobstructed view of Molokini—and then builds a vacation home that frames it from almost every room.

64 // Moving Mountains

What started as a few touch-ups for a Whistler cabin turned into a full-fledged overhaul with the help of designer Mitchell Freedland. westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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design 21 // One to Watch

Multidisciplinary artist Sara Clark turns her talents to traditional materials.

22 // Shopping

Bold coffee tables, cozy seating and more new home decor pieces we love.

24 // Openings

A sleek new jewellery boutique comes to Vancouver, while Edmonton opens its first micro-mall.

26 // Tech We Love

Go high-tech for 2018 with these gizmos and gadgets we love.

food 72 // Bites

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This mushroom “bacon” recipe might just be your new go-to brunch dish.


74 // Plant Your Best Foot Forward

Want more greens in your life? Find some inspiration from these veg-focused dishes from the West’s best chefs.

travel 82 // The Check-In

How to kick back and relax in busy, bustling Hong Kong.

84 // The Healing Waters

How far would you go for wellness? We head to the Swiss Alps to find out.

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plus 90 // Trade Secrets

How to make an awkwardly shaped bathroom work for you.

Pine mushroom and Walla Walla onion fonduta: Gabriel Cabrera; Vals spa: Jeremy Mason McGraw; McKinley Burkart Studio: Jamie Hyatt

28 // Great Spaces

McKinley Burkart opens a Vancouver studio space inspired by its West Coast locale.


Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare As imagined by The Old Trout Puppet Workshop Originally produced by Canada’s National Arts Centre



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This refreshing take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy will leave you rolling in the aisles and begging for a Thirteenth night!

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Tristan D. Lalla, Bruce Dow and Janelle Cooper in Twelfth Night. Director Jillian Keiley, Set Design The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Lighting Design Cimmeron Meyer, Sound Design John Gzowski. Photo by Andrée Lanthier.

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A few years ago, when my nephew was a three-year-old toddler, my sister and I took him to one of those whole-food, pan-flute-playing-type vegetarian places— very much on the crunchy-granola side of the veg spectrum. While my sister is vegan (and at the time I was a vegetarian, though my 22-year streak is now lapsed), her Alberta-raised kids were omnivores and weren’t too familiar with tofu. “What’s this?” asked Matthew, pointing to a silken slice of it in his stir-fry. “It’s tofu. But it tastes like chicken,” she answered. “That’s not chicken,” he replied very seriously, shaking his head in disapproval. While I’m a genuine fan of those granola establishments, these days we’ve come to expect a lot more from plant-forward menus, in no small part thanks to chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi and writer Mark Bittman. (The term “plant-forward” alone has been a major shift in dining culture.) So, for this issue, in celebration of what I’m sure are many recently made New Year’s resolutions about bringing a few more vegetables into our respective diets, we’ve tasked some of our favourite chefs in the West with sharing their best new plant-forward recipes (“Plant Your Best Foot Forward,” page 74). Whether it’s the roasted cauliflower steak with soft eggs from Calgary’s Ten Foot Henry or the mushroom po’boy from Vancouver’s the Arbor, these recipes were not crafted to fool anyone into thinking they’re meat—each is awesome just as it is. As for my own New Year’s resolutions, I’m one for creating those of the achievable sort: less of the “lose 10 pounds” variety and more of the “eat things I like (and maybe in moderation).” If you share the same way of thinking, try your hand at some of the recipes in this issue—I think you’ll discover they fit into that promise just fine.

Q& A This month we asked our contributors, What’s your top New Year’s resolution this year?

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t‫ ה‬D t” 48 It probably sounds crazy, but I want to become less organized and more matter of fact about the details of everyday life. So I’m calling 2018 “the year of Voltaire.” I think he had it right when he said, “Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.”

Ga l Ca a “P nt ur B t ­ r rd” 74 Being more wabi sabi! Doing more with less, using what I already have (that means little to no shopping at all, unless I absolutely need it), getting rid of clutter, and embracing creative imperfections.

Behind the Scenes Stylist/photographer Gabriel Cabrera adds a touch of water to make the lettuce leaves glisten on a mushroom po’boy while his assistant, Sophie MacKenzie, makes paper towel wedges to prop up the sandwich. To see the results, turn to page 74.




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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ RECIPE Kelp Scones with Serrano Chili Butter

Seaweed scones sound like something a mermaid would eat, but these salty, savoury biscuits from Chef Ned Bell are a game-changer.


Readers were obsessed with this stunning modern home; it’s here where Calgary meets California in a style that designer Paul Lavoie calls “Calgarifornian.” Wow, this is beautiful. That stone!!! Incredible. @RANDY_UP

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See how designer Jenna Josephson transformed a nearly 100-year-old house into a bright and welcoming family home (hint: she took major cues from the home’s unique history).


TREND ALERT Flower Power

Hibernating season is in full force, but wild, dark and dramatic floral patterns are coming into full bloom—check out our top picks to get the look at home.


Welcome to Vancouver, Amanda Hamilton! The Calgary designer (middle), pictured here with WL’s Associate Editor Julia Dilworth and Editorial Director Anicka Quin, celebrated the opening of her West Coast studio and new accessories collection (think gritty-but-glam textiles and ceramics) with a party at Provide.


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The MultiDisciplinarian sar a clark, Artist, Winnipeg

Ian McCausland

The collected works of Winnipeg artist Sara Clark reveal a steady progression from synthetic materials to the organic, and from loud to quiet. First came a series of fullvolume, gold-flecked resin jewellery. She later cast the resin with wood to quiet the brilliant colours before abandoning the plastic altogether and stringing geometric wood shapes from natural cotton rope. Last year, the leftover lengths led to a line of knotted wall hangings inspired by her Chinese and Scottish ancestry. “After bouncing around with resin and wood, I wanted something that wouldn’t change, just as my heritage is unchanging,” she says. “These knots existed long before I made them.” Last fall, Clark launched her most minimalist work to date: a series of capsule-shaped wood vases, sanded to a natural polish by belt and by hand to let the properties of the wood emerge, at last unobscured. —Rosemary Poole

Tie One On Though she’s worked with a variety of materials, Clark’s latest projects focus on rope and wood.

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A a’s Pi

At Your Service

PH 5 Mini

Vancouver native Tom Chung’s Profile servers ($40) are shaped to nest neatly in a bowl or drawer. Vancouver Special, Vancouver, vanspecial.com; Hut K, Winnipeg, hutk.ca

$1,265, available at Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com While I love my white walls at home, I’m just as drawn to colour in the form of bold accent pieces (or, in the case of my living room, a great red sofa). When lighting company Louis Poulsen updated its classic 1958 PH 5 Light as its Mini ($1,265) this year (the shade is just 30 centimetres wide, perfect for a series over a dining table), it also introduced new colour variations, including hues of orange, rose, red and blue. I’ll take one of each.

NOTEWORTHY New in stores across the West

For more of Anicka’s picks, visit westernliving.ca

Surface Work

Beyond Object desk accessories (from $98) are deceptively spare and technically sophisticated. To wit: a gravity-defying, one-handed-use tape dispenser and magnetically jointed pencil cups. Örling and Wu, Vancouver, orlingandwu.com

Hagit Pincovici’s galleryworthy coffee table is an abstract depiction of aerial photography: From Above ($6,850). Switzer Cult Creative, Vancouver, switzercultcreative.com

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Fresh Tracks

The crisp, cool palette of French textile designer Eva Bellanger’s Brudslöja fabric ($7 per metre) is ideally suited to a minimalist winter retreat. Ikea, across the West, ikea.ca

Portrait: Evaan Kheraj

Colour Wheel

Great Dane

Skagerak is a family-owned Danish furniture company with a refined Nordic-meetsJapanese aesthetic (we love the versatility of their solidbench, $1,050). oak Georg bench Shop, Vancouver, Old Faithful Shop oldfaithfulshop.com

Feeding Frenzy

Based on the popular Instagram feed @myrestaurants (Vancouver’s Savio Volpe and Mak N Ming have been featured), Appetizing Design ($54) chronicles the world’s most beautiful dining rooms. Indigo, across the West, chapters.indigo.ca

Belt Driven

Mario Bellini’s updated 932 MB1 Quartet chair (from $6,357) typifies the current embrace of maximalist, to-the-floor upholstery. Dwell Modern, Edmonton, dwellmodern.ca

Heat Score

Newly available in North America, Uchino bath towels (from $35) are made with fastabsorbing textiles. Three collections are available, including prints derived from traditional kimono patterns (as shown). Hudson’s Bay, across the West, thebay.com

Frame Worthy

FontanaArte’s Setareh circular table lamp ($2,071) is a marble run-like structure of glass, geometry and precision. Le Belle Arti, Calgary, lebelle arti.com

Mineral Content

Handmade in Anmore, B.C., Salt and Stone’s Spa Stone soaps (from $16) are a blend of sea salts, moisturizing butters and heady scents like grapefruit and lavender. Nineteen Ten Boutique, Vancouver, nineteenten.ca

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OPENINGS Hot new rooms we love


A mere 24 inches wide, Fisher and Paykel’s streamlined FL600 washer and dryer (from $1,249 and $1,299, respectively) are easily tucked away—but with such good looks, why would you? Trail Appliances, across the West, trailappliances.com

Speaks Volumes

The Short Stack series of cookbooks ($45 for a set of three) organizes recipes around a featured ingredient. Next up—and just in time for New Year’s resolution season— butter. CB2, Vancouver, cb2.com

Perfect Pour

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The new Dash collection (from $2,053) from Waterworks accomplishes that rare feat of pairing beautifully with both traditional and modern interiors. Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com

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EDMONTON RAAS West Edmonton Mall’s new RAAS (Retail as a Service) market allows local makers and artisans to set up shop without the expense of maintaining a storefront. The “micro-mall” is a collection of square and triangular spaces, which retailers—including health, beauty, decor, fashion and food brands—transform into their own small storefronts. Look out for: green-beauty apothecary Pura Botanicals and Moonshine Doughnuts (the farmers’ market favourite known for their visually appealing, vegan-friendly doughnuts in inventive flavours). 8882 170 St. NW, raas.co

CALGARY Goat A hair salon and lifestyle store, the Goat Shop values functionality, craftsmanship and connection. Salon chairs flank full-length standing mirrors designed by local architect Mindy Gudzinski, while wood shelves along one wall display their lifestyle collection—an ever-changing mix of housewares and everyday items like washable paper bags from Italy’s Uashmama and homespun napkins. 103–708 11 Ave. SW, goatshop.ca

Chopard: Yaletown Photography

Clean Lines

VANCOUVER Chopard Boutique The new boutique is the first in Western Canada for the luxury Swiss jeweller and watchmaker. Light wood panelling and elegant chairs with red velvet upholstery evoke a warm and comfortable living-room atmosphere. The 800-square-foot shop showcases the brand’s jewellery and timepiece collections alongside boutiqueexclusive pieces—including the limited-edition Ice Cube Pure jewellery collaboration with Rihanna. Also in-store: Chopard’s own line of accessories, from leather handbags and wallets to scarves and ties. 105–925 W Georgia St., chopard.com

From paint colour to furniture, landscaping to functionality, your space is all about you. Do the homework to make your home work at the BC Home + Garden Show, returning February 21-25, 2018 at BC Place Stadium. Don’t miss special celebrity speakers and must-see features, plus more than 425 trusted brands to choose from. While you’re there, snag a break from all the action and visit The Lounge presented by



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Bring them together at the Calgary Renovation Show, January 12-14, 2018 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. From HGTV Canada’s Sarah Richardson on the Main Stage and must-see features, plus more than 200 home improvement companies to choose from, we have everything you need to make your home goals happen.


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Strike Back

The Propel Star Wars Speeder Bike Battling Quadcopter Drone ($230)— it’s a mouthful, and, yes, it combines two things any techie loves. With working battle cannons that engage with up to 12 other quadcopters and fl ying speeds that reach 35 mph, this is not your average out-of-the-box toy. bestbuy.ca

Minimal and modern shapes, streamlined and sleek designs, simple black and white palettes (and a touch of rose)—these electronic objects fit within the most sophisticated of spaces.

The Beat Goes On

The latest edition of the headphones created by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine is here: noise-cancelling, over-the-ear Beats Solo 3 Wireless ($330). And this ear candy comes in the sophisticated, millennialfriendly limited-edition colours of Shadow Grey and Porcelain Rose. indigo.ca

Picture Perfect

Samsung’s The Frame ($2,700) has high-tech heft with a slender picture-frame profile. And when not in use and set to art mode, this wall-mountable smart TV morphs into a canvas by displaying from a series of renowned artworks. bestbuy.ca

Off the Wall

The Bang and Olufsen Shape (from $6,000) appeals to more than one sense—sight and sound combine in this wall-mounted wireless speaker system. With up to 44 individual speakers, customizable groupings and integrated noise dampers, it’s nirvana for design-conscious music lovers. commercialelectronics.ca

Both Sides Now

Local all-things-aromatherapy company Saje has taken the alarm clock to a whole new level: an ultrasonic diffuser with dual tanks, dubbed East and West, for morning and night. Simply pre-set Aromatime ($190) to automatically diffuse both energizing rise-and-shine and rest-and-relax essential-oil blends. saje.com



“Today’s best electronics are all about simplified user experiences, like those offered by Nest’s IP cameras. Available for indoor ($249) and outdoor (pre-order, $429) settings, and with its live stream viewed via Nest’s intelligently designed iOS, Android or desktop apps, these cameras are a fantastic option for tightening up household security.â€? nest.com XPRT INTEGRATION’S DANIEL SACKS, XPRT.CA

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WLDESIGN // great spaces

Most of the furniture is from Paramount in Gastown. “In the front area, there’s an almost domestic vibe,” says McKinley. “It feels like a loft rather than an office.”


Calgary architecture firm McKinley Burkart embraces the West Coast in their new Vancouver office space.

AndLight did the big bell lights, but Burkhart’s dad did the gold leaf (there’s a similar version in the Calgary office).

All Together Now

Mismatched boardroom chairs from Inform Contract line a long wooden table.

MORE INSPIRING SPACES Find more great rooms to inspire at westernliving.ca

Jamie Hyatt

Bright Lights

When architecture firm McKinley Burkart set up their Vancouver office this past fall, it would have been easy to just copy and paste their downtown Calgary concept. After all, that sleek, urban space had been a perfect workspace for their team for many years. But truly great design is a reflection of place. So when principals Walker McKinley and Mark Burkart leased a unit in Railtown, they looked to their West Coast locale for inspiration. The result is an abundance of greys, blues and natural finishes, “an abstraction of coast and seaside,” says McKinley, that plays beautifully off the industrial space. Natural light pours in through the oversized windows at the back of the room, where a long table hosts workstations; nearby, in front of built-in shelves packed with design books, a long, tall table was installed for design charrettes (and conveniently doubles as a bar when the team hosts parties). The palette features grey throughout, from the wood panelling on the walls to the herringbonepatterned floorboards, and custom lights in the front—a collaboration with Vancouver firm AndLight—are inspired by sea glass. The art skews local, with Vancouver artists like Graham Gillmore and Anthony Redpath represented on the walls, but the showstopper is actually a piece by McKinley and Burkhart themselves: a 12-foot-tall kewpie doll. “The sculpture is actually also a nod to the ocean,” explains Burkhart. “It represents the detritus that washes ashore.”—Stacey McLachlan

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AYA KITCHENS Living Refined




AyA is a Canadian cabinet manufacturer working directly with residential builders, developers, interior designers, and home owners through over 30 locations across North America. AyA offers innovative, quality cabinetry at competitive prices. AyA products respond best to customization and to projects that up-sell the finishes. With a vast array of over 2000 door style and finish combinations, an AyA kitchen can range from traditional, to contemporary and everything in between. Founded by AyA Kitchens, AVANI was created to better serve the luxury kitchen market in North America. AVANI is a highly curated, strictly modern, custom made collection featuring clean lines, warm textures, movement and fine hidden details. Competing directly with Europe’s best brands, AVANI kitchens are designed with the highest possible attention to detail and quality.

Created by the Western Living advertising department in partnership with AyA Kitchens


1. New to AyA’s collection is CUBI; a modular shelving

and storage system. This system provides a stacking element and adds dimension and depth to your designs. The Scandinavian inspired palette of natural maple paired with white lacquer blends art with design and re-defines contemporary cabinetry.

2. A contemporary custom dining room hutch in

AyA’s Manhattan Slate Grey Wenge. The combination of contemporary legs and an elevated cabinet creates a feel of openness with lots of hidden storage.

3. This elevated vanity features AyA’s Broadway door in High Gloss Grey – a sophisticated and elegant focal point for this Master Bath.


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Based upon our enthusiastic proclivity for collaboration, Burritt Bros. is delighted to announce its most recent partnership with Timber Top Hardwood Floors.

1. Sydney - Introducing Tasmanian Oak. Harvested in the Australian forests of Tasmania, this stunning range of

Responsibly harvested Oak from the forests of France, Germany and Tasmania, coupled with renewable Hevea plantation rubberwood for their cores, and processed using state-of-the-art production equipment, Burritt Bros. is proud to partner with this world leading hardwood manufacturer and represent them across Canada.

2. Bora Bora – From the Lifestyle collection, Bora Bora exudes character and charm. Its warm natural wood

With dozens of styles, textures and colours to choose from, including chevron, wide-plank and some unique species, Burritt Bros. is confident that Timber Top will quickly become the leading brand for hardwood flooring fashion in Canada.

hardwood and its beautifully long vertical grain give it a look and feel of unparalleled elegance. The Burritt Bros. and Timber Top design teams are delighted to introduce this unique hardwood range to the Canadian market.

tones, coupled with a low gloss matte finish, make this French Oak an interior design favourite.

3. Uluwatu - From the Lifestyle collection, Uluwatu is a stunning combination of taupes & greys. This versatile and sophisticated European Oak compliments any west coast decor. In the city, Whistler or the Okanagan, this is one of our absolute favourites. 4. Carpathians – From the Antique collection, Carpathians is dripping with refined style. This beautifully smoked European Oak has a level of depth and elegance that is difficult to emulate. The combination of light and dark throughout this dynamic hardwood floor creates a stunning end result. 5. Oahu Brushed – Another Lifestyle collection, Oahu is light, breezy and charismatic. The natural appeal

of European Oak meets the contemporary process of low contrast filler to create the perfect balance for this stylishly coloured floor. Perfect for busy households.

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INspiration Furniture Vancouver has been at the historic Sigurdson’s Mill building in False Creek since 2002. The building, which covers three stories and five levels with original 110-year-old timber construction, is home to BoConcept Vancouver, INspiration Furniture, Natuzzi Italia Gallery, Stressless Comfort Gallery, and the Formitalia D gallery - all under one roof.

Cattelan Italia is a collection of designs known for its clean lines and minimal look. Its meticulous craftsmanship is available exclusively at Inspiration Furniture.

Being the industry leader in contemporary and modern furnishings, at all price points, INspiration Furniture is Vancouver’s fastest growing furniture company. There is never a shortage of excitement, as new product lines and brands are introduced every season.

designed by Giorgio Cattelan. It is a versatile and humorous piece. The organic shape makes a great juxtaposition to a modern interior.

INspiration Furniture Vancouver also has strong ties with its sister store— Rapport International Furniture in LA and Palm Springs. All five stores are owned and operated by brothers Steen and Peter Skaaning, both trained cabinet makers in their native country Denmark.

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1. Stealth Floor Lamp is embossed in titanium black lacquered steel with a swiveling lampshade. The slim design lives up to its name.

2. Rio Coffee Table in Walnut with a Graphite base. The Rio coffee table is 3. Royalton Sideboard features unique three dimensional patterned door fronts with clear crystal interior shelves making this a truly decadent design.

4. Stratos Keramik Dining Table features two equidistant steel beams to an irregular base and a contrasting top in an array of ceramic finishes. The base in titanium black makes for a sleek design. 5. Indy Chair this futuristic looking chair comes in many colours and base options. Also available as an office chair with wheels, graphite metal 5 spoke design or walnut base.

Italian design and craftsmanship, west coast life style.

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Jason Good Custom Cabinets Inc. is a locally owned and operated custom millwork company specializing in high end cabinetry and woodwork. Everything is manufactured in Victoria, primarily sourcing local materials and products. Jason is a committed and hands on business owner who has developed his expertise through his passion for fine quality woodworking. Leading his way with innovative thinking, Jason Good Custom Cabinets has been recognized for multiple Gold Care Awards and also by the National Kitchen and Bath Association for design achievements. Each project is tailored to suit the clients’ individual needs and design aesthetic. Jason’s values focus on using only the highest grade materials, showcasing the beauty of raw materials, precision and commitment to quality craftsmanship. Created by the Western Living advertising department in partnership with Jason Good Custom Cabinets Inc.

1. This kitchen turns heads showing off high

end appliances, custom millwork and full heigh Bianco Chateau Marble backsplash.

2. The bar area is cloaked in grain matched

walnut featuring dovetail drawers and a panel ready refrigerator to match

3. Another great shot showcases brilliant design and craftsmanship featuring a custom hood fan adorned with brass details, beaded face frame cabinetry and butcher block integrated into the marble countertop 4. Grounding the entire space is a wire brushed oak island chock full of details including spice pull outs and vegetable baskets



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Simple, Functional, Timeless & Anything but Boring!

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Industrial Chic can be added to any room as a single piece, like jeans and pearls, it just works.

1. 8 Drawer Iron Cabinet This cabinet brings utility-chic design to modern living spaces. A dash of

Industrial Chic combines utilitarian design with worn textures, rugged metals and weathered woods. The key to this look, repurposing beauty in unexpected objects.

2. Quadro Condo Sized Sofa This best seller is perfect for Condo Living. Made from Performance

Use small lockers as side tables, plumbing pipes as chair legs and vintage water buckets as lamp shades or flower pots. Just spread these conversation starters around your space and enjoy the relaxed comfort of what can only be described as a modern feel with unexpected flair.

vintage is infused in the clean form by classic handles and slick design. The ultra-stylish cabinet features numbers on all of the eight drawers.

Fabric this love seat is comfortable and easy to clean making it perfect for households with pets or kids.

3. Iron Pipe Bar Stool This bar stool features a sturdy iron base which not only introduces a touch of “industrial chic� to any setting, but also blends well in more traditional venue. 4. Iron TV Cabinet This vintage style TV stand will be a real conversation starter in any room. Whether you need a modern piece or something that will go with a rustic arrangement, this piece fits accordingly. 5. Iron Bedside Table These vintage style bedside cabinets add a pop of colour and real charm to any room. This functional unit with caster wheels can be used as extra storage or is perfect for the bedside.

6. Azteca Framed Art Azteca is framed art with glass paper collage of the side profile of a decorative

and colorful skull, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) holiday with sugar skulls, which celebrate departed souls of loved ones.

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Ultra clean lines and understated luxury set the Evoke collection apart. The smooth minimalist profile offers an appealing, contemporary aesthetic, which is the perfect complement to today’s lifestyle. The stunning upholstered platform bed, the centerpiece of the bedroom collection, sets the tone for a truly sophisticated room. The panel bed is available with either a wood or upholstered headboard, in two different headboard heights, to fit the proportions of any space. Handcrafted in wire-brushed solid ash, with solid maple English-dovetailed drawer boxes, the quality of this collection is evident in every detail. The rich texture of the wire-brushed wood is enhanced with contrasting champagne gold trim, and the simple horizontal lines of the drawer units are echoed by sleek metal handles. This striking collection is available in five beautiful finishes, including our two metallic finishes, Pebble, and Burnished Coffee, developed exclusively for the Evoke Collection.

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1. Chest: The Evoke Chest shown here in a Pebble Finish features 6 large drawers.

2. Bookcase: The Evoke Bookcase shown here in a Charcoal Slate Finish features 5 fixed shelves.

3. Desk: The Evoke Writing Desk shown here in a Charcoal Slate Finish features 2 Side drawers, 1 center drawer with a pencil tray & a glass writing area. 4. Bench: The Evoke Bench shown here in a Burnished Coffee Finish with graphite leather features a 3” thick upholstered cushion & a fixed shelf. 5. Bed: The Evoke Upholstered Bed shown here

with Sandstone Fabric is available in both King and Queen sizes.


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TRAIL APPLIANCES Trendsetting Style



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5 1. KitchenAid Black Stainless 6 Cycle Dishwasher with Hidden Controls

These innovative products can be found at Trail Appliances. Whether you prefer sleek, bold or somewhere in between, you’ll find a series of appliances that’s perfect for your home at Trail Appliances. Our appliances perform as beautifully as they look, with innovative technology, sophisticated lines and thoughtful details that make cooking, cleaning and entertaining a pleasure. With the largest selection of appliances in Western Canada, you’ll find over 50 brands of appliances that can fit your lifestyle and budget. Visit a Trail Appliances showroom near you to take the TRAIL TEST DRIVE and go to trailappliances.com to learn more about our products and current promotions.

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+ Window This beautifully designed KitchenAid top control dishwasher features a window with lighted interior so you can inspect dishes before removing them.

2. LG Graphite Steel 1.0 cu.ft. Sidekick Pedestal Washer This 27” pedestal

washer is a great addition to your existing LG washer. With 6 wash programs, including Hand Wash and Normal, and 3 options including Extra Rinse, you now have the ability to do an extra load of laundry while your regular load runs.

3. Samsung Stainless Steel 24.2 cu.ft. French Door Refrigerator w/ Family Hub This 36” refrigerator features the Family Hub™, which is a wi-fi enabled touchscreen that enables you to coordinate calendars, leave notes, display pictures, and stream music/TV shows. 4. Bertazzoni Orange Pro Series 36 inch Gas Range with Convection This Bertazzoni Orange Professional Series 36 inch Gas Range features 6 burners including a dual-ring power burner, high-efficiency burner with separately controlled flames. 5. Dacor Black Stainless Steel 30 inch Double Wall Oven with Steam Assist The upper oven features 9 cooking modes including Steam Bake, Pure Convection Sear and Convection Broil. Meanwhile, the lower oven features 7 cooking modes including Convection Bake, Convection Broil and Convection Roast.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. Boasting the largest selection of appliances in Western Canada, Trail Appliances offers over 50 brands from across the globe to provide you with the perfect appliance to fit your space, lifestyle and budget. Our team of knowledgable and professional Product Experts work with you every step of the way to ensure you receive the best experience from start to finish. Visit any one of our BC locations today to take the Trail Test Drive. Trail Appliances — Your Home. Your Style.
















Where Vancouver’s designers go for inspiration

Windowworks has been supplying custom window coverings to Vancouver’s leading Interior designers for over 30 years. Our custom sewing service and Hunter Douglas designer gallery have covered thousands of windows and are now proud to introduce products for the wall and custom upholstery to place on your floor. Visit our showroom or windowworks.ca to see some of our collections of wallpapers, custom sofa’s, chairs, headboards, beds and ottoman’s. Our design team and skilled craftsmen can create almost anything you can imagine!

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The Perfect Getaway

Dominique Vorillon

The design of a second home is rarely about replicating the look of your primary residence in a new destination—rather, it’s a chance to explore the local design scene and put your own spin on it. For this Palm Springs home, Calgary designer James McIntyre helped his clients bring a 1930s-era Spanish Colonial update to this ’90s space, as well as a Moorish twist. For more of this gorgeous home, turn the page.

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WL HOMES // palm springs



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A Palm Springs home gets a swell makeover from Calgary designer James McIntyre.

Desert Design Palm Springs is well known for its stunning mid-centurymodern homes, but Spanish Colonial designs like this one are quickly becoming on trend.


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ouse hunting is one of those journeys that we set out upon with a very specific path in mind— and then often end up somewhere we never imagined. Plush blue carpet, pale yellow walls and floral draperies weren’t the design features a stylish couple from Calgary were looking for on their search for a vacation retreat in Palm Springs. And although they originally planned to buy one of the town’s ubiquitous mid-century-modern homes, they instantly saw the potential in a Spanish Colonial nestled up against the mountains in the Mesa neighbourhood— despite all those dubious design features. “The Spanish Colonial style of it caused pause at first,” says James McIntyre, principal westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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designer at Calgary firm McIntyre Bills, who worked with the couple on a full renovation. “But that look can be really great for the desert, and the things the previous owners had done were fixable.” Although the four-bedroom, four-bathroom 3,300-square-foot home was built in 1993, McIntyre has imbued it with the feel of the old-school 1920s and 1930s Spanish homes that dotted Palm Springs neighbourhoods before mid-century architects began to make their mark. “The goal was to make it look like that—to get it more authentic,” he says. His vision was partially sparked by a visit to the Colony Palms Hotel, a Spanish Colonial-style resort that opened in downtown Palm Springs in 1936. “The homeowners took me there for dinner and we basically said, ‘We love this, love the romance of this place.’” But still, the home needed to work for the family: it had to accommodate two active boys, a 10-year-old and a 14-year-old, and the couple wanted it to be bright, sunny and a space that worked with the outdoor lifestyle of the desert. McIntyre chose fabrics that are textural and contextual with the locale—breezy linen drapes, and a light canvas for the simple slipcovered chairs in the dining room and the comfortable, symmetrically placed sofas in the living room. Reclaimed plank hardwood floors with a near-black espresso stain replaced the plush blue carpeting. “I definitely wanted high contrast, so with the white walls and the dark iron accents on the light fixtures and the curtain rods, it’s almost a dark brown-and-white theme,” says McIntyre. Carved Spanish furniture further accentuates the contrast. McIntyre also fantasized a bit about a Moroccan/Moorish theme. “We decided if we’re not going to do the typical Palm Springs look, 50

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Black Beauty Reclaimed hardwood floors in a near-black espresso stain replaced the previous plush blue carpeting.

“We decided if we’re not going to do the typical Palm Springs look,” says designer James McIntyre, “then let’s channel another desert.”

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“It’s a really casual vibe and the whole house feels that way,” says McIntyre. “It’s a T-shirt, jeans, flip-flops kind of house.”

Living Is Easy McIntyre chose fabrics that are textural and contextual with the locale—like breezy linen drapes and slipcovers on the comfortable pair of sofas in the living room.


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Desert Charm Slipcovered chairs in the dining room contribute to the easy-living feel of the space, and they’re paired with Moorish chairs at either end, a theme McIntyre brought throughout the design.

Warm Welcome The kitchen cabinets were ebonized and moulding was added, along with a new gold-leaf Moorish tile on the backsplash (above). The master bed is a serene and simple black, brown and white palette.

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then let’s channel another desert,” he says. The dining room is anchored by a chunky carved table and two classic Moorish/Moroccan-style armchairs. In the living room, the sofa pillows are a Moorish shape and texture, and a Kyle Bunting area rug has a custom-coloured Moorish pattern. And McIntyre added signature pieces, like a 1970s Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian chair. “That chair kind of exemplifies for me the mixture of Palm Springs meets Spanish Colonial meets Moroccan,” says McIntyre. For the cottage-style kitchen, rather than gutting the space, McIntyre reworked the cabinets, ebonizing them and adding moulding. A beautiful gold-leaf Moorish tile was applied to the backsplash and the surface of the butcher-block island. “They didn’t want it to be complicated and fussy, yet it still acts as the centre of the house,” he says. “This is where happy hour would be, and the kids can have lunch there. It’s a really casual vibe, and the whole house feels that way. It’s a T-shirt, jeans, flip-flops kind of house.” That easygoing ambiance continues in a small sitting area off the living room that serves as a masculine alcove for the husband. The couple has a collection of rugs they’ve acquired during their travels through Morocco and Turkey, and McIntyre used one of them as a focal point in the room, along with etched-leather Jean de Merry chairs. “It was a deliberate attempt to have this area off the living room, which has mostly light fabrics, be a little bit more moody and dark but still super casual,” he says. “I think the best part about the house is that we created this vibe rather than a decorated interior,” adds McIntyre. “All of their friends just think it’s this amazing kind of place to hang out, and that’s not because of the individual pieces or that I picked the right chair or right this or that. It’s about creating an atmosphere and a getaway kind of feeling.” westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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BEAUTY MEETS FUNCTION California Closets brings forever home dreams to life


forever home poses an interesting challenge; how do you make your design dreams a reality while staying timeless and on trend for years to come? Gurjeet Sangha was faced with this difficult decision when wanting to create a closet for her forever home. A mother of four, Sangha wanted a place to not only keep all of her clothes and accessories organized, but a space where she could also find some peace and tranquility. Sangha contacted California Closets to help her execute her vision and create the walk-in closet of her dreams. Sangha and California Closets Vancouver designer Zainub Malik began by working together in the showroom, pulling key pieces, colours and accessories. Malik fully understood Sangha’s desire to create a space that merged beauty and functionality, choosing design elements that were both modern and classic. 3D renderings of the space were essential for conceptualization while the house was still under construction. The result? The final product is a gorgeous blend of cool tones, jewel accents and glass inserts, creating an inviting, comfortable and practical luxury space. Form meets function in the glass display cases allowing key pieces Created by the Western Living advertising department in partnership with California Closets

to be featured. An island was created to store bulky, seasonal pieces and a 2-tier microsuede jewelry drawer divider was placed in the top drawers for convenience and storage. The wardrobe has frosted glass for an elegant touch and provides a concealed space for laundry. The luxurious finishing touch? Diamond encrusted handles to add some serious sparkle. Not only is Sangha thrilled, as she now has the closet of her dreams, Malik is equally as over-the-moon, having made Sangha’s vision a reality. Since 1984, California Closets has been creating award winning, custom designed spaces. Whether it’s a home office, walk-in Zainub closet or kitchen pantry, California Closets Malik brings inspiration, functionality and organization to any and all corners of your home. Don’t miss their Winter Colour Upgrade promotion from January 1st – February 28th 2018 so you too can create the space of your dreams.

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Gorgeous Getaway The homeowners picked this property on Maui for its spectacular view of Molokini, a crater just off the shore—and nearly every room captures the view.

HIDEAWAY A Maui vacation home that’s tailored for the tropics. by BARB SLIGL // photographs by TRAVIS ROWAN

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olokini, a crescent-shaped crater off the southwest shore of Maui, is a dramatic slice of local lore and landscape. It’s why a Calgary family bought a lot with an unobstructed view of the sweep of rock and then built a vacation home that frames it from almost every room. The crater is said to be the curved tail of a mo’o, or beautiful lizard, that captured the heart of a prince loved by Pele, the goddess of fire. In a jealous rage, Pele ripped the mo’o in half and cast its tail into the sea. The legend is a vivid bit of Hawaiiana. And this 4,500-square-foot hideaway, just south of the Wailea strip and atop a preserved ravine overlooking Halo Bay, taps into that colourful vibe. “A fresh take on tropical island style” is how interior designer Stephanie Brown describes the aesthetic. Vancouver-based Brown had worked with the young family on their Calgary home and came on board after

Big Island-based architect Bill Weigang had set the basic design of the five-bedroom bungalow. “He specializes in this contextual Hawaiian architecture,” she says of Weigang’s work, which manifests in low-slung, low-pitched rooflines of shingles that mimic a thatched roof, and natural, cultural materials (wood columns and stone flooring). “It’s definitely not architecture you’d see transplanted to B.C. or Alberta,” says Brown. Unlike the modern, urban spaces she typically works on in Vancouver or Calgary, her starting point was übertropical mahogany throughout—windows, trim, built-ins, cabinetry, vaulted-ceiling beams—along with highly textured fossilized shellstone. “A big departure for me,” says Brown of all the dark wood and stone, but she embraced the plantation look and modernized it by balancing the brown-on-beige with lightness and colour. In the dining room, Brown contrasted the dark wood

Warm Welcome To embrace a plantation look well suited to Maui, Brown designed all of the windows, trims, vaulted ceiling beams and built-ins to be constructed from tropical mahogany (opposite). Tropical Retreat In the living room, Brown paired natural fibre chairs from Palecek with an elegant and modern sofa from Kravet and a sideboard from Crate and Barrel.

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Island Time Despite the more traditional plantation theme for the home, Brown brought in contemporary accents like flat-panelled cabinetry in the kitchen (below) and simple, elegant bedding in the master bedroom (bottom right). Beachy Cool Massive pocket doors slide away to open the living area up to the outdoor patio, extending the footprint of the home (opposite, top). In the master bath (opposite, bottom), a Victoria and Albert tub provides a pretty spot to soak in the view—or, to get a little closer, an outdoor shower is just steps away.


with stark-white dining chairs (upholstered in outdoor fabric as a concession to the wet swimsuits and Popsicles that come with the family’s three children under 10). In the master bath, she placed a free-standing gleamingwhite tub in front of the doorway to an outdoor-shower enclosure with a black-lava wall. It’s a striking sculptural statement set against rugged Hawaiian beauty. Elsewhere, she used aqua and coral accents. “This is tropical, this is Maui, this is fun,” says Brown. “You want little punches of colour to liven it up, give it a more fresh, upbeat feeling.” Amid the mahogany cabinetry of the kitchen, there’s a bright release of green and blue tones in the glass tile backsplash, which also has a russet tinge that ties back to the wood. These same hues repeat in slight variations in each bedroom, whether through bedding, textiles or grasscloth wallcoverings (ranging from bolder blue and red in the boys’ room to deeper coral and teal in the girl’s). “Different plays on a common theme,” says Brown of these threads of colour, which add interest to an otherwise monochromatic and neutral palette. She also gave the underlying plantation style a more contemporary edit by working in flat-panel millwork, minimalist hardware and open shelving, and eschewing crown moulding. She incorporated island touches in modern pieces, like weaves and slats in sleek side chairs and pendants. “Everything was sourced and chosen to reflect more of a tropical feeling,” she says. Even coconut shells

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become part of an inset detail in the custom millwork, “a great contextual touch to bring in that cool texture.” Yet nothing is overt. It’s a subtle island connection, achieved with a high-low mix of malleable pieces that she’s used in other design projects. The orbs of the Caviar chandelier evoke Japanese glass buoys or something like “a sea creature,” she says. A chevron-patterned rug from Pottery Barn takes on a South Seas, ikat-like motif. “You start to look at products with a different set of eyes,” says Brown, referring to a metal sconce that is reminiscent of a tiki torch. She used that light in the windowless powder room as part of a dramatic combo of dark, textured wallpaper (think lava rock) paired with lighter, iridescent wallpaper (mica-like). The completely clad and richly textured space is a jewel box, says Brown, and ended up being one of her favourite features, tiki torch reference and all. “The fire element is a big thing,” says Brown. Pele’s fiery presence, aglow in those classic tiki torches around the lanai and cauldrons flanking the infinity pool, is another contextual element that’s also practical when night falls dark and early. “I hate to use the cliché, but Maui has a magical feeling at night,” she says of the sunsets, fires, pitch-black sky and stars. But when daylight returns, massive pocket doors open to reveal that mo’o again—and this haute Hawaiian hideaway, from Molokini and sea creatures to coconut shells and tiki torches.

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WL HOMES // Whistler

Home Sweet Home A large part of transforming this Whistler home was the update of the living room. The fireplace was given a new ledgestone facade and reclaimed wood mantel, while the windows were brought down to floor level, opening up the view to those sitting here.

MOVING MOUNTAINS Designer Mitchell Freedland brings a contemporary spin to a classic Whistler home. by anicka quin // photographs by ema peter

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“Although there’s a cozy, almost traditional feel,” says designer Mitchell Freedland, “the carpet and other touches throughout have a contemporary vibe.”

t seemed like it would be just a quick touch-up job. When the owners of this Whistler getaway purchased the house in April 2013, they were charmed by the oversized timbers and exposed wood, but they also felt it was a bit dated and lacking in any particular style. A little paint and wallpaper, they thought, and they’d have the home they wanted. “The notion was to do minor work, and before you knew it, it was pretty much gutted,” says Mitchell Freedland of Vancouver’s Mitchell Freedland Design, who the couple brought in to help with the overhaul. “They realized it needed to be something that was more suited to their needs.” The kitchen was the starting point: poorly laid out and awkwardly positioned within the home, it didn’t act as the social heart they were looking for. “They wanted it to be the star,” says Freedland. “In reworking it, it became obvious that they couldn’t get the kitchen where they wanted it without some changes.” The nearby living area was also in need of an update: the couple wanted a more dramatic fireplace and the surrounding windows weren’t deep enough: if you were sitting down in that room, you were looking at a wall, despite the fantastic view just outside. And so each space was given a serious rethink, save for one thing. “Knowing that the clients fell in love with the place because of the exposed beams, those were sacred and weren’t going anywhere,” says the designer. The colour of the wood needed an update, however, and Freedland’s team had the intense orange beams retoned to a cooler taupey cognac. Many of the beams and tree trunk posts were reshaped by hand in order to contemporize the overall look of the home and, in the case of the kitchen, to suit the new design. For the living room, one of the homeowners had fallen for a contemporary multicoloured carpet from the Rug Company that would set the stage for both the colour palette and the overall design of the home. “It was a great starting point,” says Freedland. “Although there’s a cozy, almost traditional feel, that carpet and other touches throughout have a contemporary vibe.” The kitchen was designed to embrace the family’s Swedish background, with its blue and white palette, classic design of beadboard on the island, and cup handles on the cabinets. The farmhouse feel marries well with those exposed beams and the kitchen’s original flagstone floor. In the nearby living room, the windows were replaced and cut down to near floor level, allowing guests to enjoy that vista outside. The fireplace’s new Cheakamus basalt

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Nordic Charm The renovation of the kitchen really kickstarted the whole process. The blue and white palette, along with the beadboard on the island, were a nod to the family’s Swedish heritage.

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Pretty Perfect Freedland designed the master bedroom and ensuite (below) in a soothing soft blue palette. The flame-stitched panels behind the bed are up-lit in the evenings for a moody, warm glow.

ledgestone facade more than lives up to the couple’s request to make it spectacular. The home’s staircase, meanwhile, had been a dark and claustrophobic enclosed space. Freedland had the stairs removed and installed floating wood steps instead, with a custom bar-code design on the handrail. “We’d originally designed a regimented series of pickets,” he explains, “but then we started to play with it and came up with the barcode rhythm.” Upstairs, the kids’ bedrooms are in the playful, rich colours requested by each child, while the parents’ master is a soothing soft blue. An oddity of the original design took a bit of a trick to create more floor space: an air-conditioning duct ran along the floor at the back of the room, so Freedland had the bed built over the duct, which creates a step on either side for the nightstands. The back wall of the master is covered in up-lit flame-stitched panels, disguising the step underneath. The renovation manages to preserve the classic cabin vernacular of a Whistler home while updating the look to feature the more contemporary accents and colour palette. It wasn’t a paint-and-wallpaper job, but the couple is happy they went all the way to get what they wanted. “Once the clients were on board that the fix wasn’t going to be as quick or easy as they’d originally thought, they were committed to ‘Let’s do this properly,’” says Freedland. “That’s great to have on your side.” 6 8 j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 / westernliving.ca

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x COCKTAIL PARTIES FOR YOUR HOME We learned to entertain like a pro from Vancouver and Calgary's finest bartenders, creating refreshing beverages guaranteed to be crowdpleasers. Guests sampled cocktails, canapĂŠs, and took home exclusive recipe cards while shopping Crate & Barrel's extensive barware collections. Cheers to hosting an unforgettable party for any occasion!

To find these cocktail recipes visit westernliving.ca/recipes

Saturday Night! Feb 24, 2018


R E S T A U R A N T S // E X P E R T A D V I C E // E N T E R T A I N I N G // W I N E // R E C I P E S

Magic Mushrooms

Burcu Avsar/Zach DeSart

There was a time when meat eaters were as protective of barbecued pork and sirloin steaks as they were of their own children—“My meat? I couldn’t possibly give it up!” A lot has changed in the 10-plus years since acclaimed New York Times food writer Mark Bittman released How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Vegan dining, not just vegetarianism, has gone beyond mainstream, and with this push for balanced, plantforward meals comes the timely rerelease of Bittman’s quintessential tome. Now in full colour, the 10thanniversary edition features updates and variations on his 1,000-plus recipes, including new plant-based dishes, DIY nut butters, vegan cheeses, juices and more, along with helpful substitutions and techniques. His portobello “bacon” isn’t meant to fool meat eaters, but serves as another great way to enjoy fresh veg (recipe on page 72).

Bacon Buster Step up morning omelettes with a side of portobello “bacon” strips, page 72.

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Essential so you never have to buy weird processed substitutes again. And so good you’ll always have some in your fridge. Other vegetables you can use: zucchini, rutabaga 2 tbsp olive oil 1½ lb portobello mushrooms 1 tsp smoked paprika ž tsp salt ½ tsp pepper



What we’re eating and drinking

1. Heat the oven to 400°F and evenly space the two oven racks. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and grease each with 1 tbsp oil. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and save for another use. Slice the caps crosswise as thin as you can manage; transfer them to the prepared sheets.


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2. Arrange the mushroom slices into a single layer and sprinkle with the paprika, salt and pepper. Transfer the pans to the oven and roast, undisturbed, until the mushrooms release their water and the pan is almost dry again (20 to 30 minutes).

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3. Lower the heat to 325°F and continue to

roast the slices undisturbed until they dry and shrivel a bit, and release evenly from the pan (another 5 to 10 minutes). Enjoy hot or at room temperature, or cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Serves 4. EXCERPTED FROM HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING VEGETARIAN BY MARK BITTMAN. COPYRIGHT 2017.

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Vancouver January 19 to February 4 The popular prix fixe menu festival returns to hundreds of restaurants across Vancouver with new event additions for 2018: there will be a Grand Tasting gala at the Orpheum Theatre along with an on-board dinner at the Rocky Mountaineer Rail Car Pop-up—plus a tasting tour through North Vancouver’s public market (which will purportedly include craft beer). dineoutvancouver.com

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Okanagan Wine School Lesson #4: Does B.C. make natural wine? The starting point is trying to hammer out a definition. As a general rule, natural wine is often organic, biodynamic and subject to low intervention by the winemaker, meaning things like sulphur are dispensed with or used very lightly. The result can be whites that take on an oxidative character and reds that have a near-fruit-juice-like freshness—the natural winemaker’s goal is to deliver the truest taste of the grapes and terroir possible. And while the trend is associated with France, and the Loire Valley in particular, we have a few local vignerons who are getting in on the game. Haywire was a pioneer, Rhys Pender’s Pied de Cuve bottling is electric and Jay Drysdale’s Bella Wines is bringing the hands-off approach to sparkling wines. Drysdale’s MĂŠthode Ancestrale ($40) bottles are made with gamay and pretty much nothing else: they ferment wildly, and upon cracking the bottle cap—no corks here, please—get ready for a symphony of “We Got the Funkâ€?: earthy and fresh, fruit and rocks. It’s amazingly bonkers—which is the appropriate response to well-made natural wine.

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Who Saylish Haas, Michael Rebalkin and chef Nathan McLaughlin (owners of the Next Act and Meat) Why we’re excited At 26 seats, it offers a chic and cozy space for small share plates and touts a well-curated wine list and premium comfort food (plus it’s one of the few YEG restaurants tackling brunch). pipyeg.com

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Who Chef Liam Quinn (a finalist for WL Foodies of the Year in 2017) Why we’re excited The meticulous and creative Quinn expands his lunch delivery service and catering business from Lower Johnson Street to the former Cascadia Bakery spot on Government Street. saltandpepperfox.com


Maple Syrup Crème Brûlée “For this recipe, I use my Italian technique with a very Canadian ingredient. The maple sugar makes a difference to the acidity of the dish, and cutting the cream with milk makes it lighter. The most common mistake when preparing crème brûlée is overcooking it. Using a water bath is very important, and when you shake the custards, the surface should ripple when they have cooked through. If you see bubbles forming through the custard, it means they are overcooking.”

–CHEF PINO POSTERARO, CIOPPINO’S, VANCOUVER 750 ml 36% heavy cream 250 ml homogenized milk 10 egg yolks ¾ cup maple sugar Pinch of salt White and brown sugar, for topping

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks, maple sugar and salt until fully combined. Cioppino’s: Milk Creative Communications

2. In a pot, scald the cream and milk, then remove from heat. Slowly add

the milk and cream mixture into the egg and sugar mix, stirring constantly until fully combined.

3. Pour the mixture into ramekins, with approximately 6 to 7 oz in each

ramekin. Cook in a pan filled with hot water (about halfway up the ramekins’ sides) in the oven for approximately 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the custards halfway through.

4. Once cooked, refrigerate the custards on top of a perforated tray to

chill them quickly. Before serving, sprinkle a mix of brown and white sugar on the surface of the custards and use a torch to caramelize the sugar. The mix of sugars helps the tops caramelize—using only white sugar makes the top too thick. If you do not have a torch, you can finish using the broiler in the oven. Serve with biscotti. Serves 5 to 6.

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FORWARD Reset ho-hum winter meals with an injection of colourful and tasty veggie-forward dishes from the West’s top chefs.

Julie Van Rosendaal, authoR, Best of Bridge sunday suppers, calgaRy

photography and food styling by gabriel cabrera

The Very Best Buddha Bowl 1 small-medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed Olive or canola oil, for cooking Salt to taste 1 cup cooked rice, quinoa, farro or other grains 1 cup cooked or canned, drained chickpeas 1 small beet, peeled and coarsely grated 1 carrot, peeled and coarsely grated 1 to 2 kale or chard leaves, thinly sliced (discard the ribs) 1 ripe avocado, sliced or diced

Tahini Dressing

Buddha Bowl

The term “buddha bowl” is used to describe any number of combinations of veggies, grains and proteins served together in a shallow bowl; often, the combination is vegetarian or vegan, and it’s usually drizzled with an interesting dressing. Measurements here are approximate; rummage through your fridge—a buddha bowl is a great way to use up leftovers. If you don’t want to turn on the oven, skip the roasted sweet potato. —Julie Van Rosendaal

¼ cup lemon juice 3 tbsp stirred tahini 2 tbsp water 2 tbsp olive or canola oil 1 garlic clove, finely crushed Pinch salt

1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. Spread sweet potato out on a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with oil, toss around to coat, sprinkle with salt and roast for 30 minutes or until soft and starting to turn golden. Set aside to cool. 2. To make the tahini dressing, whisk all the ingredients together until smooth, adding a bit more water or lemon juice to adjust flavour and texture as needed.

3. Arrange all ingredients in two wide, shallow bowls, keeping each in a small pile or layering them as you like. Drizzle tahini dressing over each bowl. Serves 2. westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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Originating from Northern Italy, the main difference between it and a classic cheese fondue is that fonduta usually incorporates more ingredients and is regarded almost as a sauce rather than just melted cheese. A fonduta often includes cream, butter, herbs and flavourful mushrooms such as truffles or, in this case, earthy pine mushrooms. —Andrea Carlson

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Pine Mushroom and Walla Walla Onion Fonduta I am a big fan of this dish because it can be a side or starter, or it can stand as a main course for vegetarians. The hot melted cheese makes it a satisfying winter comfort food, presented in a unique style by using the onion as the vessel for the fonduta, and the pine mushrooms lend the dish an incredible earthy umami flavour. 2 Walla Walla onions ½ cup coarse salt 4 tbsp olive oil 1 cup pine mushrooms, peeled, washed and thinly sliced (can substitute trumpet or oyster mushrooms) 2 tbsp flour 1 tbsp thyme 1 cup vegetable stock ¼ cup whipping cream ½ cup day-old sourdough bread, torn into small pieces 1½ cups grated Gruyère Salt and pepper Bread, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Cut very top off each onion, then replace. Roast onions on small bed of salt. When soft through (about an hour), remove from oven.

2. When cool enough to handle, scoop out

inside of onions, leaving outer 2 to 3 layers intact within the skin. Take care not to scrape out base of onion, or fonduta will leak out. Set aside shell of onion and finely chop half of the cooked onion insides for filling. Set aside.

3. Heat olive oil in sauté pan and add sliced

pine mushrooms. Sweat mushrooms for 5 minutes and add flour. Sauté for 1 minute and add vegetable stock and cream. Bring to a simmer and add chopped onions, thyme, salt and pepper. Add sourdough bread pieces.

4. Cook for 5 minutes to meld flavours and add

1 cup grated Gruyère. Divide hot filling between two onion shells and top with remaining ½ cup grated cheese. Bake at 450°F for 10 minutes, until bubbly. Serve with crusty bread. Serves 2.

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Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Soft Eggs and Bagna Cauda This rustic dish works great as a side or can be the star of the show for a plant-based meal. In this sauce, inspired by the bagna cauda of northeastern Italy, anchovies are replaced with olives and Dijon mustard. 1 large cauliflower head (or 2 small) 2 slices day-old sourdough bread 3 organic eggs (deep-coloured yolks a must) ½ small jar of capers 12 to 20 briny olives, pitted and chopped 2 tbsp strong Dijon mustard ¼ cup rice vinegar 2 cups extra-virgin olive oil (1 cup for sauce, 1 cup for cooking) Maldon salt to garnish Kosher salt to taste 1 lemon, zest and juice 1 tsp dried chili flakes 2 cloves garlic 1 oz flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped, stems thinly sliced

1. Grind sourdough bread in food processor. Ensure bread is very dry. Put bread crumbs in saucepot on stove with ⅓ cup olive oil, 1 clove smashed garlic and a pinch of kosher salt. Toast on low heat, stirring constantly, until rich brown colour is achieved. Remove from pan and cool.

2. Soft-boil eggs for 6 minutes, rinse in cold water, peel and set aside. (Make sure to add eggs to already boiling water; a pinch of baking soda can make them easier to peel.)

3. To make bagna cauda sauce, mince remaining garlic. Put in a small saucepot with a good helping of olive oil and a touch of salt. Lightly cook until translucent, then add chili flakes and cook for another 30 seconds. Add vinegar and reduce slightly, by about ⅛. Add olives, capers, mustard, lemon zest and juice. Stir in chopped parsley; keep warm. 4. Remove leaves from cauliflower. If head is large enough, cut into three 1-inch steaks. If using smaller cauliflower heads, cut into 4 steaks. Keep leftover “bits” from ends. Drizzle with olive oil, season with a good helping of salt and let marinate for 20 to 30 minutes. 5. Preheat oven to 375°F (convection works best). If you

don’t mind braving the cold, you can use your outdoor grill instead. Roast cauliflower until golden brown and fully cooked (about 25 minutes). Don’t be scared to try a bite to ensure desired consistency.

6. Arrange steaks on a large platter. Crush soft-boiled eggs on top of cauliflower. (It’s messy, but fun!) Cover in warm bagna cauda sauce. Garnish with bread crumbs, and shave leftover raw cauliflower “bits” over top using a rasp or grater. Cover in thinly sliced parsley. Serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main. westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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Oyster Mushroom Po’boy A vegan take on the southern classic that’s remarkably close to the original. The Arbor uses its own house-made pickles, vegan mayo and spice mix, but with this DIY version any store-bought substitutions will do. The coleslaw should be juicy and seasoned just right so that no other sauces will be required, though feel free to add a smattering of your favourite hot sauce or condiments.

Coleslaw 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced 2 tbsp vegan mayo 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped 1 dill pickle, finely diced ½ tbsp capers, rinsed and chopped Salt and pepper to taste

Crispy Mushrooms 1 cup oyster mushrooms, cleaned and torn into pieces Batter ⅓ cup flour ½ cup rice milk 1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning 1⁄8 tsp salt Canola oil, for cooking Dry Mix ⅓ cup cornmeal ½ tsp onion powder 1⁄2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning 1⁄8 tsp salt Sandwich Submarine rolls Green leaf lettuce Red onion, thinly sliced

1. Combine all coleslaw ingredients in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside in refrigerator to cool. 2. In a bowl, add the batter mix’s flour, rice milk,

1 tbsp Old Bay seasoning and 1⁄8 tsp salt. Mix well and set aside. This should be like pancake batter.

3. For the dry mix, in a separate bowl, add

cornmeal, onion powder and remaining Old Bay seasoning and salt. Mix well.

4. Place a large thick-bottomed fry pan with ½

inch of canola oil over medium-high heat. Dredge mushrooms in batter until uniformly covered. Next, place them into the dry mix and, again, make sure they are completely covered.

5. Carefully place each mushroom into the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes per side. Once they are golden and crispy, set on some paper towel and season with salt.

6. Load up a submarine roll with crisp leaves of

lettuce, thinly sliced red onions, a generous portion of coleslaw and hot crispy mushrooms. Enjoy!

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Grant Sceney, creative beveraGe director, botaniSt, vancouver

Garden of Qarth There are slow-drink, “plant-forward” cocktails and then there’s Grant Sceney’s Garden of Qarth. The blanching, juicing and hand whisking might push your prep past the 30-minute mark, but the Hulk drink’s lucky recipient will certainly know they are your favourite. 45 ml Sombra mezcal 30 ml verde cordial (see recipe) 22 ml lime juice 45 ml club soda 3 dashes Ricard pastis Fennel fronds or fresh herbs, for garnish Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass and top with soda. Finish with garnish of fennel fronds or fresh herbs.

Verde Cordial 1 cucumber 4 celery stalks 1 bunch kale, stems removed 1 bunch spinach 500 g granulated sugar Blanch spinach and kale. Next, juice spinach, kale, cucumber and celery. Combine all juices in a bowl and add sugar, hand whisking until sugar is dissolved. Store in a clean sealable container and refrigerate.

How Do You Make Foamy Cocktails Without Egg Whites?

Replace egg white in cocktails with chickpea water/brine, also known as aquafaba, to give cocktails a silky, smoothtextured finish. Ms. Better’s Bitters from Vancouver also offers a Miraculous Foamer (the recipe is a closely guarded secret), creating an egg white replacement that’s vegan friendly. —Grant Sceney

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5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn

Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance— along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of profound wisdom and divine beauty.

“5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.” —The New York Times

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“Exquisitely orchestrated choreography; the show is a non-stop banquet.” —Ontario Arts Review

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Chill Out There’s no better time to get serious about your personal wellness than the start of a new year. Some people join a gym, some vow to eat more vegetables (if that’s you, see page 74!), but acclaimed writer Curtis Gillespie went a step further: he packed his bags and headed to Switzerland to see how the perpetually precise Swiss take on the business of healing. What he found varied from the old-school resorts of yesteryear to a futuristic temple of wellness designed by a Pritzker Prizewinning architect. Their common goal? See page 84 for the answer.

Laid Out The Peter Zumthordesigned spa at Vals has a modern James Bond-villain take on relaxation.

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“While parts of town are no doubt a concrete jungle, even more parts are a jungle jungle.�

The frenetic megalopolis of Hong Kong has always been about business, but these days it’s also getting serious about putting the oasis into the urban.



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Thanks to the land scarcity, local hotels are known for their compact take on luxury, but the Shangri-La’s new concept, 1 the Kerry Hotel, feels downright expansive. The 3.9acre property sits on a residential stretch of Kowloon shoreline—60 percent of the rooms have Instagram-worthy harbour views—and it’s one of the few hotels in this tropical town where residents will lounge by the pool and seriously wind down. But it’s still just a short jaunt from bustling Tsim Sha Shui or a subway ride to Hong Kong Island.

Luciano Mortula; Kerry Hotel: Michael Weber

Trust us: Hong Kong still hums with excitement 24/7, but a recent trip exposed a new, more relaxed side. Hotels, which used to be only of the massive tower variety, suddenly look like beach resorts. People are hiking—in the city! And healthy food is everywhere. Hong Kong is getting deep into wellness—and here’s where to find it.


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2 tAke A hike While parts of town are no doubt a concrete jungle, even more parts are a jungle jungle. Less than a kilometre from the busy Happy Valley Racecourse is the trailhead to 2 Jardine’s Lookout, a 6.6-kilometre hike that is Hong Kong’s Grouse Grind. There’s some decent elevation gain, you’ll likely have the trail to yourself on a weekday, and your efforts will reward you with a 270-degree view of Hong Kong and the harbour. It’s doable on your own, but you can also snag local outfitter 3 Sam the Local, (samthelocal.com), who’ll set you up with a guide.


Jardine’s Lookout: Wing; Rech: Pierre Monetta; Tai Pan Reflexology: Paul Arps

Fishy business


No one ever called Cantonese cuisine “light,” so in between epic dim sum feasts, a spot for light fare is a necessity. Enter the legend—Alain Ducasse—who’s just opened a second outpost of his acclaimed 4 Rech in the Intercontinental Hotel. Expect the same raison d’être as the Paris original: the freshest fish, simply prepared. And if you’re feeling energized post-meal, the hotel has an on-site tai chi master who’ll gladly help you right your chi. Or you can have a glass of Champagne, which works too.


Arrive Alive

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As the glow of Canada 150 fades, we feel we can be frank about that other great reason to fly west: ditching our national carriers for an airline that you actually look forward to boarding. But the best reason for those interested in wellness to opt for Cathay Pacific? The chance to fly on the new Airbus A350, with its extra-wide seats and carbon fibre fuselage, which allows the cabin to be pressurized to only 6,000 feet (that’s 25 percent less than normal), translating into less jet lag on arrival.

Every hotel in Hong Kong worth its salt scrub has a spa, but those expecting a break from North American prices will be sorely disappointed. But since navigating the sea of local joints is not for the faint of heart, we’re here to help. 5 Tai Pan Reflexology is in the heart of Kowloon—there are 19 places to buy a Rolex within 100 metres—and it’s only slightly dodgy and cheap like borscht. Congratulations—we’ve now ruined it for our next visit. westernliving.ca / j A n u A r y / F e b r u A r y

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How far would you go for wellness? Writer Curtis Gillespie headed to the Swiss Alps to take in some of the legendary spas all in the name of, you know, science. Here’s how he managed to survive a week of getting better.

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Therme-A-Rest The ultra-modern layout of the legendary spa at Vals.

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Luxe Retreat The sprawling Dolder Grand is just outside Zurich, but the tony property feels miles away from everything.

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s I lie trapped under many tons of Swiss granite, it occurs to me that sometimes you have to submit yourself to the external power of the natural world in order to find the deepest internal reflections. Slivers of natural light pry into the grotto I find myself in. A slow, sputtery trickle of water is falling into a pool somewhere behind me. My breathing is deep and normal, but every other part of me seems paralyzed, almost anesthetized, as if I’ve taken a non-lethal viper bite. Most striking is the sensation that I am not just trapped by the stone but have literally become part of it, my body a slab of rock pressed flat into the mountainside. I guess you could say I feel like schist. All of which gives me ample time to reflect upon what has brought me here. The Swiss don’t do everything, but what they do they tend to do exceedingly well— chocolate, skiing, engineering, banking, watches, hotels. And spas. They’ve been refining the art of wellness for centuries, in so many ways, maximizing what it means to be human. Worn out from the holy trinity of a sports injury/ hectic work schedule/children at university, I felt in need of a little maximizing, so I set myself the Ulyssean task of sampling three of the country’s most renowned temples of healing in search of the perfect, or at least rejuvenated, me. My first stop is the spa at Zurich’s famed Dolder Grand Hotel, a complicated interaction of numerous hot and cold pools all leading to a unisex indoor pool,

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The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is located in the eponymous village in eastern Switzerland. It’s an old-school classy resort that takes both its history and raison d’être from the nearby thermal waters.

which itself opens out onto an outdoor hot pool on a terrace that overlooks the city. If you lean over the edge a bit, you can see the Bentleys and Aston Martins littering the grand circular entranceway. It’s like being on the set of a Bond movie without, sadly, foxy European double agents attempting to pry my secrets from me. Every other element of the hotel is just as outrageously over the top; some suites span multiple floors, with private entrances and internal elevators. If you have a spare few minutes—or few weeks—check out the hotel’s vast modern art collection, examples of which come at you around every corner, from the giant Andy Warhol canvas above the check-in desk to the Keith Haring sculpture in the garden. It’s all there: Joan Miró, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore, Gerhard Richter. The visuals nearly detract from my spa time, though, luckily, sweating feverishly while collapsed on a chair in a fog of disorientation is something that both steam baths and modern art bring out in me. Down a level in Warhols (there are none at all, if you can believe it) but up a level in seriousness, is Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. Located in the eponymous village in eastern Switzerland. It’s an old-school

classy resort that takes both its history and raison d’être from the nearby thermal waters. The springs at Tamina Gorge were discovered by monks 800 years ago and have been a draw ever since. They first lowered “patients” (then thought to be suffering their ailments due to spiritual shortcomings) down the gorge by rope and pulley, then over the years built ramps and paths from the upper areas. And it is literally just up the road from the resort. One minute you’re curled up like a cat in luxury’s lap, and after a 12-minute bus ride up the gorge you’re hiking through the caverns of a prehistoric natural phenomenon. The spa is both old world and new world, with the main water pools housed in a kind of 18th-century hall. The newer, smaller pools— featuring the cold and hot pools—are more modern, and the nearby steams and saunas are “clothing optional,” which, as the resort manager says to me, is “very European.” This is all well and good, and I am not uncomfortable in the spa, but it does take some getting used to at dinnertime; sausage and dumplings look different on your plate when you’re sitting beside the elderly couple you saw starkers a couple of hours earlier. westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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But by far the most arresting marriage of healing waters, history and architectural genius in Switzerland, and perhaps anywhere, is the Therme Vals in the tiny mountain hamlet of the same name. The village and therme (hot spring) hold a special place in Swiss minds and hearts for more than one reason. To begin with, the village itself is an outrageously picturesque clutch of chalets that appear to have tumbled higgledy-piggledy into the stream-riven floor of a valley so steep, it’s like an axe cut it into the earth. But it’s the spa and the hotel attached to it that truly give Vals its renown. For starters, it is a rather unusual commingling of a hyperchic resort with a medical institution. There’s a hospital feel to the main building’s exteriors, with their square utilitarian lines and aggressive functionality, but the main hotel has now been converted into high-concept rooms designed by well-known architects. The rooms conjure up the feeling of being in a swanky recovery unit: they are almost laughably small—mine doesn’t have enough space for a desk or a television—yet are impeccably appointed with burnished woods, a Tivoli radio and Aesop toiletries. I’ve never been confined to a rehab 8 8 j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 / westernliving.ca

unit or a sanatorium, but if this is what it’s like, I’d be willing to be ill for a spell. Yet it’s inside the therme where the lack of fun really begins. Don’t take that the wrong way. It’s rejuvenating and relaxing, but the overarching point of being there is to have precisely nothing happen. This is easily achieved, which is what leads me to the buried-understone hypnagogic state I alluded to off the top. The interior of the therme at Vals is a blocky square masterpiece maze of stone and water created by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, a legend in architectural circles (his minimalist designs earned him the Pritzker Prize, the Nobel of architecture, in 2009). Using the local Valser quartzite, a stone known for its dark grey heft and flecked austere beauty, he

Domaine Serene

For the past few years the spa at Therme Vals (above and following page) has been a destination for both wellness seekers and architecture aficionados, thanks to Pritzker Prize-winner Peter Zumthor’s modern design take on splendid isolation.

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fashioned an intricate series of hidden spaces around two main pools, one inside and one outside. The giant slabs of quartzite are stacked like cards in a deck to generate nothing but flat surfaces and 90-degree angles. There isn’t a rounded edge to be found, which contributes to the severity of the space, though it remains a contemplative and compressed severity. Simply put, there is little else to consider but your own relationship to the landscape and its elements. It’s a most peculiar feeling, one made real by the physical sensations found in each space, from the fire pool (42°C) to the ice pool (14°C) to the sound pool (a dark echo chamber), all of which lead you to the outdoor pool and its massive opening into the mountainous space of the valley below and above and around you. The fact that it’s hard to describe with language is part of the point; Zumthor himself rarely writes about his designs, believing they must be physically experienced to be understood (if understanding is even the point). Being on-site, you can see why he feels this way. Experiencing the staggering weight, density and indifference of the natural world through the therme makes me feel something new. We have all

heard it said that when stress and anxiety dissipate, it’s like having a great load lifted off your shoulders: you feel light and unburdened. But in some ways I feel precisely the opposite at the therme. Instead of feeling like stress is evaporating from my body, it feels as if it is being squeezed out of me like juice from an orange. The sense of deadweight inert relaxation is so molecularly deep, it is like I am able to fully breathe and relax and cogitate while a hundred feet under water. When I “wake up” and am able to move, my body feels as if it has all the structural integrity of an abandoned set of bagpipes. Yet everything that follows—wine, food, breathing, sleep—seems to carry a heightened awareness. So that’s what food is supposed to taste like. I rise the next morning after nine hours of dreamless, dead, unmoving sleep, not exuberant or even renewed, but simply intensely aware and present. Such is the delirium of the magic mountains, the sense that you are both free and trapped, with no choice but to do nothing and observe how your mind, body and soul respond. Maximized. I could have lain on that slab at Therme Vals for a month. Maybe I did. Maybe it was only an afternoon. Time is beside the point. westernliving.ca / j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y

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“Great design should have confidence that it can emerge up and out of challenges,� says Clinton Cuddington, one-half of design team Measured Architecture. And when faced with an awkward angular bathroom layout while working on a recent Vancouver restoration, Cuddington proved his theory to be true. Above a show-stopping Victorian marble sink and glazed emerald green-tiles, he installed cut-to-fit mirrors to create the illusion of space and distract from the nooks and crannies—a challenge transformed into an opportunity for beauty. —Stephanie Mitchell S E E S O U R C E S AT W E S T E R N L I V I N G .C A

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