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DESIGN 13 // Ones to Watch

Calgary design-build firm Studio North takes inspiration from its surroundings.

14 // Shopping

A cozy velvet armchair, faux-fur throw, on-trend copper lamp and more must-haves.

16 // Openings

The hottest new rooms across the West, from a Rolex boutique to a pretty stationery shop.

42 WINTER WONDERS 23 // Trend Report 2017

As warmer, richer interiors spread across the West (goodbye, minimalism!), tropical jungle scenes, bubble-gum Art Deco and retro ’70s take centre stage.

30 // Third Time’s the Charm

A Calgary design firm helps a family rebuild the home of their dreams after the city’s epic flood—and the result is a cool, contemporary space perfect for a family of four. 6 D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 /

18 // Great Spaces

Tacofino’s latest location takes inspiration from the SoCal surf punk scene.

FOOD 40 // Bites

DIY Earls potato skins, the best whisky to gift this year and more foodie news.

42 // Choosing Sides

Turkey pretty much cooks itself. If you want to knock the holiday dinner out of the park, we have one word for you: sides.

PLUS 47 // Sources

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50 // Trade Secrets

Designer David Nicolay turns a master ensuite into a streamlined dream.

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Happy Holidays Last year’s cookie-making with my niece, Gracie, and nephew, Matthew, involved a lot of sampling.

Q& A This month we asked our contributors, what holiday dish is part of your family traditions each year? Pl C, “Trd Ti’s t‫ה‬

arm”  30 When I think of a memorable holiday dish from my childhood, I think of the flavours and scents of apples and cinnamon: apple pie, apple crisp and apple cider. These were always the finale to our feast and the beginning of an evening of storytelling around the living-room fireplace.

Jr S , “  Si s”  42 My family’s holiday dinner has always been built around a great rib roast, although one could argue that it’s actually the Yorkshire pudding and gravy that is the star attraction and indeed the real reason for the beef! My favourite side ever.

Behind the Scenes Our talented food stylist, Jennifer Stamper, preps this issue’s holiday side dishes for “Choosing Sides,” (page 42) in photographer Clinton Hussey’s studio—ready for her gorgeous selection of dinnerware in the foreground.




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Like many West Coasters, I’m originally from somewhere else. So, for the past 15 years, Christmastime has meant a flight somewhere—to Calgary to visit my sister and her family, or to small-town Ontario, where my mom lives. But my first time travelling home for the holidays came even before that: as a teenager, when I attended a university in a town a couple of hours away from home. I recall well that first Christmas back, when I caused a stir by announcing to my parents that I’d become vegetarian. (What they assumed to be a phase managed to stick around for the next 22 years.) On top of the classic fretting about whether I was eating enough, my horrified mom also stressed over what to serve for the big dinner—though she needn’t have worried. When I think back to holiday dinners past, it’s rarely the bird or the ham that became the stuff of memories. My sister’s overly sauced scalloped potatoes, my dad’s buttery turnips, even my own trademark stuffing that’s dotted with mushrooms, celery, apples and raisins—those are the dishes I can taste in my mind when I close my eyes. This issue, we’ve honed in on those supporting roles: the side dishes that truly make the meal come Christmas day (“Choosing Sides,” page 42). A few of our chef friends from across the West have shared their favourite recipes: think fried Brussels sprouts with lemon and mint from chef Daniel Costa of Edmonton’s Corso32; or the much-loved kale salad from Osteria Savio Volpe—recently named one of the top 10 new restaurants in Canada—and more. It’s a collection of recipes that sets the script for a legendary dinner in the making. This year I’ve managed to convince my family to make their way West, so I’ll be hosting the Christmas feast for the first time. There are already some new traditions in the making: I’m looking forward to roping my niece and nephew into our annual cookie-making sessions—where licking the bowl is a very important part of the process—and, in the spirit of firsts, more than a few of the recipes from this issue will make an appearance. For you, whether you break with your own traditions and test out a few new twists, or stay with your family’s tried-and-true favourites, I hope your holiday dinner table is full of the flavours, laughter and joys of the season.


S H O P P I N G // T R E N D S // P E O P L E // S PA C E S // O P E N I N G S // I N T E L


Sense of Place Studio North, Calgary

“On every architectural drawing, that north arrow is literally used for orienting yourself to the site,” explains Matthew Kennedy. It’s why he and co-founder Mark Erickson named their Calgary design-build firm Studio North: the relationship between a project’s abstract layout and its sense of place in the landscape is at the core of their design philosophy. The duo places special emphasis on integrating their modernrustic structures in harmony with the geographic and social settings, whether it’s a long, linear mess hall at a P.E.I. kids’ camp with a wall of oversized windows to let the Atlantic light stream in, or a 34-unit townhouse complex designed to reference a traditional mountain dwelling and oriented strategically to highlight the views.—Miranda Macfarlane

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Backstreet Boys Mark Erickson (left) and Matthew Kennedy have four laneway houses under construction that embrace a different kind of landscape: Calgary’s back streets. / D E C E M B E R

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WLDESIGN // shopping

Anicka’s Pick Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits $52, available at Mikuni Wild Harvest,

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’Tis the season for holiday parties and drinks with friends (I’ve got a killer mulled wine recipe I’m happy to share)—and for the non-drinkers who want something a little more interesting than ginger ale, I’m happy to finally have something to offer. Seedlip distilled non-alcoholic spirits come in two varieties: one aromatic and woody, with ingredients like allspice berries, cardamom and citrus peels; another is herbal and floral, including peas, hay and spearmint—giving my mulled wine a run for its money.

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Paper arts, geometrics and one of 2016’s favourite “colours” come together in the futureperfect ceramic Menu folded vase ($126), available in almost all 50 shades. Pomp and Circumstance, Calgary, pompand; Dwell Modern, Edmonton,

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Pretty in Pink The Mod fabric box ($63) sports painterly brush strokes and trendy pinks, making it a gorgeous catch-all to store precious trinkets. West Elm, Calgary,

The Game Changer Walnut? Check. Mid-century modern? Check, check. And because the Thao dining table from newcomer Structube is a competitive $249, you can spring for the period-perfect Houston dining chairs, too ($79 each). Structube, across the West,

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Mario Trimarchi’s Ossidiana espresso coffee maker ($79) for Alessi holds fragments of designs past (like the classic Moka coffee pot) as well as your morning brew. EQ3, Calgary,; the Artworks, Edmonton,; Five Small Rooms, Winnipeg,

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OPENINGS Aroma Therapy

Calgary designer Amanda Hamilton expands her merch empire with her first unisex scented candle, No. 1 Virility ($49). Expect warm spices and notes of black tea, tobacco and lavender. Kit Interior Objects, Calgary, kitinterior; Dwell Modern, Edmonton,

Faux Real

The only thing standing between your living room and a cozy winter mountain lodge is this can’t-believe-its-faux long-hair throw ($100). Indigo, across the West,

Hot new rooms we love

VANCOUVER Rolex Boutique Inspired by the Rolex Oyster, the world’s original waterproof wristwatch designed in 1926, Western Canada’s first Rolex boutique features laseretched aqua glass, cream-coloured leather and bronze detailing set amid a grand showroom and private customer lounge (complete with a bar and sofas). Guests can expect an elevated retail experience, with a luxe-in-mind design that’s “reflective of its West Coast surroundings,” says owner Sassan Pourfar. Find the 2,000-square-foot-plus boutique (Rolex’s biggest store in the Americas) in Vancouver’s Alberni luxury district. —Daniela Rodriguez Chevalier

NOTEWORTHY New in stores across the West

Sweet Surrender

Gooey salted caramel truffles, lemon melties and Peruvian cacao dark chocolates confirm that the Jacek Advent calendar ($65) is wholeheartedly for choco-hound adults. Jacek, Edmonton,

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CALGARY The Greenhouse Focused on providing ecofriendly living to the masses, the Greenhouse specializes in sustainable products, including all things organic, upcycled and bamboo. The new lifestyle shop, which debuts in Calgary’s Market Mall, is thoughtfully curated with products ranging from bedding and cleaning supplies to greeting cards and decor—most of which are Canadian-made. Plus it stocks a range of made-in-Calgary essential oils. canadianbamboocomfort —Julianna Sonntag

EDMONTON Doughnut Party Since gaining a cult following in Edmonton with their beautifully glazed and decorated cake-style doughnuts, the minds behind Edmonton-based Moonshine Doughnuts—Matthew Garrett and Simon Underwood—will be opening the doors of their first bricksand-mortar shop in Holland Plaza. For the month of December, Doughnut Party will be releasing their 12 Days of Christmas menu, offering one variety of holidaythemed doughnut each day. —Jyllian Park

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Tacofino’s new Yaletown space is a SoCal surf punk-inspired urban getaway.

Wild Ones

These custom-made light fixtures by Vancouver artist Meghann Hubert are a mix of shape and pattern.

Off the Wall

Custom murals—like this one by Courtney Presber—are a one-of-akind alternative to a wallpapered feature wall.

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Omitting the surfboards and sunburns, B.C.’s favourite little taco empire has brought the allure and wild energy of Southern California’s beaches to downtown Vancouver with their latest venture. Long and lean with high ceilings, the room is a far-out tribute to surfing, ’80s pop art and “West Coast lifestyle and culture, which is, at least for me, what the food is about,” says designer Shiloh Sukkau. Tasked with creating a cordial space that would reflect a more casual dining concept, Sukkau—who also oversaw the coastal-cool Gastown location—immersed herself in the desired aesthetic. “We looked at a lot of ’80s art, listened to surf punk and took a trip to L.A.,” Sukkau says. The experiences inspired her to commission mismatched handmade ceramic light fixtures by Meghann Hubert that float like buoys above the tables and a 50-foot mural by artist Courtney Presber in sun-bleached hues, which runs the length of the room. “Restaurant design is so unique in that you are really working from micro to macro,” says Sukkau. “You’re taking the concept behind the food and expanding it into the space.”—Willem Thomas

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As warmer, richer interiors spread across the West, tropical jungle scenes, bubble-gum Art Deco and retro ’70s take centre stage.

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“We’re noticing furniture that does an updated take on mid-century or ’70s-era pieces.” —stephanie brown, Stephanie brown inc., Vancouver



“You have to be retro to be modern right now.” —Karin Bohn, House of Bohn, Vancouver


As mid-century modern matures to embrace the ’70s, there’s a universal thaw on snow-white interiors.

Mid-century modern isn’t loosening its grip on the West just yet, but we find it maturing with a warmer palette and rich materials straight out of the ’70s. Luxe browns, caramels and burnt oranges interrupt once all-white colour schemes. Designers Stephanie Brown and Denise Ashmore forecast an influx of natural and matte textures: think weather-beaten nude leathers, glass forms, natural woods (stained dark, oiled or with orange undertones), honed quartz countertops and matte everything (from metal hardware to tiles and painted cabinets). Designer Karin Bohn notes that as the pendulum swings in the opposite direction of clean and minimal (RIP, white-on-white Scandinavian), there’s a conspicuous move to retro Italian-style interiors with bold geometric tiles, interesting furniture forms and—one of our favourites—coloured marble, which sees green, yellow, pink and black supplant predictable white. It’s not rustic, but sophisticated and refined. It’s not a fleeting trend, either—these are just the first stages of a global warming.

1 The wave-inspired Alvar Aalto Collection vase ($210) is another iconic throwback (circa 1936) that will look right at home with your mod squad of furnishings.

The Warm-Up Interior designer Karin Bohn taps old-world Italy to inspire a Vancouver penthouse with a rich, earthy palette and distinct ’70s vibe.

2 On the art-house side of macramé, we find the Elkeland wall hanging ($225), a collaboration between artist Ida Elke and Danish powerhouse brand Ferm Living.


3 Get ready to see a lot more burnt orange and walnut—here the two pair up on Resource Furniture’s Danny chair (from $870). 4 The glass droplet design of the Kastehelmi collection (bowl, $41) brings the nostalgia, but you can also find it in a range of contemporary colours—from Easter blues and yellows to on-trend brown. 5 Tom Dixon’s Melt Gold glass pendant (from $1,375) is the colour of honey and the epitome of retro glamour.


6 Hip L.A. outfit Bend Goods revives the classic Warren Platner chair with its modern take, the Peacock Lounge (from $800). 7 Designers will be opting for coloured and black marble (like this Fullhouse Modern Big O marble coffee table, from $1,485) over traditional Carrara and Calacatta. 8 Forward the mid-century movement with modern Scandinavian furniture in rich tones, like this asymmetrical leather Lawndale daybed ($2,699).

7 4 8 Benjamin Moore Etruscan AF-355 Benjamin Moore Night Shade 2116-10

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Sunshine pop pastels bring the ’80s back to the West.

Each person on our design panel hit on an element of this powerful ’80s revival, but saw it manifesting in different ways. What Alykhan Velji calls “Miami circa 1982,” Karin Bohn affectionately termed “grandma chic.” The whole look revolves around a throwback palette of milky pastels, which started with Pantone’s 2016 Colours of the Year, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. It’s trickling down into everything from furniture to accessories, and Bohn sees it pushing into ’90s clash territory next with lime green, dusty burgundy and hits of copper and rose gold. Ceramic pots and tableware come back with a pop-y modern update alongside translucent candycoloured vessels destined for the coffee table. “Geometric patterns—triangle shapes in particular—are the style of choice in 2017 for metal furniture,” says Megan Baker of Project 22 Design; look for them in accent chairs, wire baskets and bowls. Big floral murals add a painterly touch, but, overall, patterns will be downplayed and replaced with pastel shades against brass accents and surprises like camel-coloured leather. This look can skew SoCal mid-century (minimalist modern furniture, ample whites) or more Miami Art Deco (geometrics, glass accents and velvets).

Above: Janis Nicolay

Soft Touch Vancouver designer Stephanie Brown proves that a youthful pastel palette can look fabulously grownup with brass accents, velvet and natural stone.

1 Brass and camel-coloured leather team up with pink for a fresh twist on milky pastels. Field Days ($60) and Lilith pillows ($63) make a great duo. crate


2 Zoë Pawlak’s Taken rug (a collaboration with Burritt Bros., $10,868 for 8x10) translates splashes of candy colours like blush and dusty blue into everlasting neutrals. 3 Vancouver’s Lindsey Hampton is killing it with her speckle-clay ceramics in playful pastels—the mugs, the plates, these vessels (pot from $150, vase from $175)—we want it all.


“The ’80s are influencing accent colours, with pale pinks and pastel green appearing in furniture and accessories.”


4 Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola brings us back to the future with her iridescent Shimmer console table ($2,031). 5 The coloured Mercury candleholders ($5 to $19 each) are low-commitment opportunities to perk up tables and ledges. 6 A bold decade calls for bold lighting. We love the cubism-inspired Kazimir wall sconce ($2,790) from Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, which combines textured glass and matte metals.

—Megan Baker, Project 22 design, Vancouver


7 Sumptuous and sultry, the Jonathan Adler Charade capsule daybed ($2,750) is palatable glamour with just the right amount of gilded glitz.


6 7 Benjamin Moore Lime Sorbet 2032-70

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“Velvets are making a big comeback in design. Rich upholstery and drapery in this classic fabric provide just the right hit of dramatic sophistication to any space.” —alykhan velji, alykhan Velji Designs, Calgary / d e c e m b e r

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“When we come home, we want to have less stimulation and more relaxation— to be surrounded by things that are of real importance.”




—elena del bucchia, elena del bucchia design, Calgary

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Luxe jungle scenes transport us to another world.

This is the interior that radiates “exotic dream vacation.” You’re not putting away dishes on a snowy Canadian Sunday, you’re sipping champers portside, off the shores of a palm tree-lined beach paradise. Call it wishful thinking, but palm prints and tropical scenes pulled from Southeast Asia, Hawaii and Central America are creeping up north. Designer Alykhan Velji notes the jungle fever for palm-leaf print has taken over every surface, imparting the old-world glamour that goes so well with dark woods, exotic patterned tile and bright gold hardware. Modern spaces have long eschewed wild foliage, but a very ’70s indoor-plant craze is seeing the gamut of succulents and real palm fronds materialize in so many designer rooms of late. The tropical trend doesn’t stop there: pineapple motifs are at a fever pitch, and designer Karin Bohn says lemons, limes and oranges are on the way. Watch as terracotta makes the jump from pots to tile flooring and accessories, with retro arches and texture-rich wicker and caning poised to make a comeback. Designer Elena Del Bucchia also foretells a return to cozy, lived-in furniture—hello, linen!— and inherited pieces that have a story (all the more reason to collect treasures on your travels).

1 Earthy orange terracotta shows up on all kinds of accessories and accoutrements, like this Fresh carafe from Normal Studio ($125).

Imported Elegance “Moroccan tiles with unique patterns and colours provide a great pop of colour,” says Alykhan Velji. The Calgary designer combines them with on-trend dark woods and palm leaves in this exotic entryway.

2 The far-from-kitschy gold crosshatched Pineapple tumbler ($99) is going to give you new reasons to entertain. 3 Textile design whisperers Wolfum (based in sunny L.A.) pair rich ash with eye-catching pattern in the Rampli Axo tri-bowl ($114). 4 The texture-rich Amara herringbone hamper ($225) is handwoven by Senegalese women using silver, cream and white plastic strips and natural grasses. 5 Indulging in the finer things isn’t exclusive to your vacation—make use of Tom Dixon’s mouth-blown Tank low- and high-ball glasses (from $88) whenever you get the chance. 6 A geometric pattern outlined in black resin adds a contemporary touch to the Bone Inlay side table ($644). 7 Channel the jungle vibe with trueto-life (but impossible-to-kill) fan palms ($32), perfect for centrepieces and floor vases. 8 Bring home the lush, tropical rainforest to any corner of your Canadian home with this contemporary tropical mural from Area Environments ($25/square foot). 9 Wicker and rattan returns, but in modern shapes—like with the Comet Basket chair ($598) in a pleasantly familiar scoop design.


Above: Joel Klassen

“Wicker is popping up in all kinds of home decor elements—especially in furniture. It brings in texture and an unexpected quality to a space.” —alykhan velji, alykhan velji designs, Calgary

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A Calgary design firm helps a family rebuild the home of their dreams after the city’s epic flood. by JULIA DILWORTH photographs by PHIL CROZIER

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Master the modern mix. The outside of this Craftsman-style home is traditional, so designer James McIntyre incorporated classic mouldings and coffered ceilings into the living room. But by painting them the same colour as the wall and ceiling, the space leans toward modern.

W Give presence to an entrance. There’s symmetry in this hallway (above) with its custom goldframed mirrors and white benches, but the addition of the gold-legged round table adds a unique element to make this space dynamic—and gives importance to this entryway. Replace a static office desk with a functional table. We live in a mobile and increasingly paperless world, so McIntyre put a stylish table at the centre of a new type of office (left, complete with a pop-up charging station for iAccessories). This versatile room also doubles as spillover seating for extra-large dinner parties.

hen the big flood hit Calgary back in 2013, designer James McIntyre was at his clients’ Elbow Park house the next day—to find their living room furniture floating in two feet of river mud. The environmental disaster that shut down the city for weeks had taken out the basement and part of their main floor, destroying furniture, mementos and treasures. But instead of giving up on the Craftsman they’d called home for more than a decade, the family of four tasked McIntyre and his firm, McIntyre Bills, to remake their house anew. “We kind of joke with the client that, you know, third time’s the charm,” says the designer. He first worked with the couple back in the late ’90s when they moved into the home, and then,“We did a redesign right before it was flooded,” explains McIntyre. But the interruption wasn’t without a silver lining. This time, because they were doing a head-to-toe renovation, the team worked with Richard Lindseth Architecture to reimagine the whole structure of the home (as well as designer Shaun Ford to design the Poliform kitchen, the fireplace millwork and the master ensuite). Together they took out one of two staircases that constricted the floor plan and turned three rooms into one large open-concept space: an expansive and bright white living room on one end and a generous family room on the other. The new design would be beautiful, but not at the sacrifice of livability. “It’s always a challenge to get style with comfort,” explains McIntyre. “And some contemporary houses have this minimal kind of thing going on, but they don’t really have that sit-down, kickyour-shoes off kind of feeling to them. What

Warm up a contemporary space with thoughtful details. “Some contemporary houses,” says McIntyre, “don’t really have that sit-down, kickyour-shoes-off kind of feeling to them.” He warmed up this space with cozy materials, like on the Holly Hunt armchair, and an extra-roomy custom sofa (above). Add ceiling beams to an open-concept space. The designer helped to bring more intimacy to the design of the great room by teaming up with Richard Lindseth Architecture, installing beam detailing on the ceiling of the family room area (left).

Make the seating area cozy. The kitchen’s eating area is a combo of sleek Camille chairs from Jonathan Adler (right) and a loungey custom sofa— perfect for lingering over the morning newspaper. High-contrast finishes add visual interest. “Don’t always rely on colour and pattern,” says McIntyre, who paired whites and creams with dark espresso oak in the kitchen, accentuating the clean lines (below).

I like about this house is that it comes off as an easy-living family house that’s focused on comfort, but it still feels stylish.” For example, what was once the living room is now a study, though you wouldn’t know it at first glance—there’s no work desk, shelves or storage cabinets, drawers for stationery or the usual writing bits and bobs. “Everyone is just so mobile with their laptops and their iPads,” explains McIntyre. “The new home office is no longer a static desk and chair in the corner of the house.” 3 4 d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

Instead, he designed the room around one stylish table with a pop-up charging station at its centre for tech accessories. In place of ergonomics-in-mind office chairs sits a mismatched audience of Platner chairs, a chartreuse pouf and a four-legged wooden antique seat (all sans rolling wheels and adjustable levers). With its gorgeous marble fireplace and elegant artwork, including an iconic Edward Burtynsky photograph and decorative figurines (some salvaged from the flood), this room also doubles perfectly as a secondary dining area for the couple’s large gatherings. Modernizing the home in terms of style and function was equally prioritized alongside creating its brighter feel. In the kitchen, McIntyre created drama with contrast instead of colour or pattern, pairing a palette of white and cream with dark espresso accents on the oak cabinets and island. Retro-styled Jonathan Adler chairs line the island and modern Tom Dixon pendants hang above, and yet the space doesn’t lose sight of its purpose as a functional nucleus for the family. The curvilinear banquette seat in the breakfast nook is more sofa-style, creating an inviting gathering spot for the whole family. The designer’s balance of luxury and comfort that says, as he puts it, “come in and drink your sauvignon blanc,” is perhaps most



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Opt for sheer window treatments. Pair light, sheer fabrics and lightcoloured walls with white window frames for an airy vibe. Unencumbered by heavy patterned draperies, the space looks contemporary and fresh, even in a traditional house. Warm metals combat the austere. To warm up cool whites, the designer peppered the home with warm metallic accents and fixtures in gold and antique brass, like the ceiling lights (bottom left). Plus, says McIntyre, “A little bit of French gold never hurt anybody.”

pronounced upstairs, in the fit-for-a-queen master bath. As you enter this room, with its vaulted ceiling and big windows, you get the sense that, just like the office wasn’t an office, this bathroom doesn’t feel like a bathroom. Expansive chocolate marble floors are paired with white marble counters, ivory walls and warm lamp-like sconces and chandeliers— McIntyre says he’s tired of monochromatic white bathrooms—while creamy drapery breaks the rules. “You don’t really do drapery in a bathroom,” says the designer, “but we used an indoor/outdoor fabric, so it won’t mildew.” Despite the hardship that instigated a massive renovation, today the home is the bright and open family refuge the couple always wanted. “What I really admire about these owners is that you can be shut down by stuff like that, but they weren’t,” says McIntyre. “The prevailing feeling you get from these people is that they weren’t daunted by the flood; they just kind of picked up, dusted off and went back to ‘let’s make our house beautiful.’ I like that they turned a really bad thing into what you’re looking at now.” 3 6 d e c e m b e r 2 0 1 6 /

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After living and working in several large cities, designer goldsmith Rudi Peet relocated to Canmore, Alberta, where He opened his current studio in 1993. “I cannot think of any place in the world where I would rather be,” says Rudi Peet. The designer whose curvaceous jewellery style tries to blend in with the human shape- describes his creative aesthetic as heavily inspired by Nature. “I see nature with its harmonies, seasons and sense of balance as my baseline and the grandmaster through which I get my inspiration.”

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One of the great truths is that the holiday dinner isn’t really about the food, it’s about the friends and family. But while we say no to slaving away for hours in the kitchen, we’re not advocating a complete abdication of cooking duties. So here’s the solution: six amazing side dishes from some of the West’s most exciting chefs that will both wow your guests and give you time to socialize. Sound too good to be true? Nonsense, we say—just turn to page 42 and let the festivities begin.

Charcut Charm This deceptively simple recipe from Calgary chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson is exactly what we’re talking about. See recipe on page 45. / D E C E M B E R

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The Most Western Canadian Dish Ever?

The Arbor 3941 MAIN ST., VANCOUVER

Vancouver’s vegetarian love affair continues on unabated with the opening of this Main Street room by the team (Shira Blustein and Scott Lewis) that made the Acorn the cityreigning lineup champ. Joining them is Paul McCloskey of Farmer’s Apprentice and chef Robert Clarke, who plans on creating a relaxed menu with house-made baking and plenty of (healthy) takeout options.

Earls was born in Edmonton but grew up throughout the West, so it’s only fitting that former Western Living editor Jim Sutherland helped them put together their best recipes in this new book, Earls: The Cookbook. There are plenty to choose from—recipes include quinoa-crusted salmon and roasted hunter chicken—but once we saw this classic, we knew we had to share.

Potato Skins 3 medium-sized russet potatoes Olive oil, for brushing on skins and baking sheet Salt and pepper 5 slices bacon 1Ÿ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 1Ÿ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese ½ cup sour cream Ÿ cup finely sliced green onions

Cut each potato lengthwise into quarters. Scoop out centres, leaving a ½-inch-thick layer of cooked potato on skins. Oil a rimmed baking sheet and place potatoes, skin side down, on the sheet about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until crisp and golden (approximately 10 minutes). Cook bacon in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Drain and chop into ½-inch pieces. Top potatoes with cheeses and bacon and return to oven for an additional 5 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with sour cream and green onions and serve immediately. Serves 6.


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You can look at the ultra-exclusive bottle from Canadian legend J.P. Wiser’s two ways: either the heretofore unheard-of blend of a single cask of 52-year-old Highland malt whisky with Wiser’s own 16-year-old stock is three times the price of Wiser’s base whisky, or it’s a fraction of the $11,850 price tag of the Glenglassaugh 51-year-old whisky that’s just a few shelves over. We prefer the latter because it’s available only in the West, and its notes of honeycomb and light smoke remind us of just how great— and how great a deal—Canadian whisky can be.

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Long-time Hotel Arts executive chef Duncan Ly (a WL Foodie of the Year back in 2008) is opening this pan-Asian mash-up spot in the very well-designed room (by WL Designers of the Year finalist Alykhan Velji) just a few blocks from his former stomping grounds. Expect genre-bending dishes like soya-braised beef and scallion steamed buns as well as an eight-seat charcuterie bar.

Potato skins: David Strongman

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes; pat dry. Rub skins with oil. Place potatoes on baking sheet. Bake until potatoes are tender (about 1 hour). Cool until potatoes can be handled. Keep oven at 425°F.




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WLFOOD // sides

Choosing Sides Turkey is turkey, ham is ham and, despite protestations to the contrary, both pretty much cook themselves. So if you want to knock the holiday dinner out of the park, we have one word for you: sides. And to ensure your triumph, we’ve gathered the chefs from the West’s hottest restaurants to guide you to festive glory.

Recipes by Daniel Costa, Connie D e sousa, John JaCkson, Dan McGee, Mark Perrier anD Phil sCarfone photographs by Clinton hussey // food styling by Jennifer staMPer

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Roasted Sweet Potato with Charred Scallion Crème Fraîche, Jalapeno and Smoked Bacon By Phil Scarfone Nightingale, Vancouver

3 medium-sized sweet potatoes, scrubbed 9 tbsp charred scallion crème fraÎche (recipe follows) 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, chopped finely 3 scallions, sliced thinly across the grain 8 slices smoked bacon 2 tbsp canola oil Butter Olive oil Salt

Preheat oven to 375°F. Poke sweet potatoes all over with a fork and rub skin with salt and olive oil. Place on a parchment-lined tray. On a separate parchmentlined tray, place bacon slices in a single layer. Place both trays in oven. When bacon is done (13 to 15 minutes), remove that tray from oven and place bacon on paper towels to absorb excess grease. While potatoes continue to cook, chop bacon finely, place back on paper towels, and set aside. When sweet potatoes are tender (approximately 45 minutes to an hour in total), remove from oven, cool to room temperature and slice in half lengthwise. Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat, then add canola oil and a small knob of butter. Melt butter until it foams, add a few pinches of salt to the pan, then add sweet potatoes, flat side down. Transfer to oven and cook for approximately 8 minutes or until surface of potatoes is golden brown.

Transfer sweet potatoes to a serving dish, flat side up. Add crème fraÎche to cover most of the surface of the potatoes, followed by the scallions and jalapeno pepper. Finish with bacon and some flaky sea salt. Serves 6.

Charred SCallion Crème FraÎChe 1 ¼ cups sour cream ½ cup scallions ⅓ cup buttermilk 2 tsp parsley, chopped 1 lemon, juiced 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper, toasted and ground Preheat barbecue or grill pan to high heat. Grill scallions until char marks appear. Cool immediately and chop finely. Combine with remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Check seasoning, and reserve in the fridge until needed. / d e c e m b e r

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Kale Salad BY MARK PERRIER Osteria Savio Volpe, Vancouver

2 bunches lacinato kale ¼ cup toasted bread crumbs ¼ cup grated pecorino cheese Lemon pepper dressing, to taste (recipe follows) Remove central rib from kale and slice thinly. Combine with bread crumbs, pecorino cheese and lemon pepper dressing. Top with additional cheese and crumbs if desired. Serves 6.

LEMON PEPPER DRESSING 1 clove garlic ¼ cup lemon juice 1 cup olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste Crush garlic to a paste and combine with remaining ingredients.

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Gratin Dauphinois B Y DA N M c G E E Au Comptoir, Vancouver

1½ kg (roughly 5 large) potatoes (Yukon Gold are best, though you could use sweet potatoes, celery root or parsnips) 1 ¾ cups whipping cream 2 tbsp kosher salt 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 sprigs fresh thyme 1 tsp black peppercorns, whole 1 cup Gruyère, grated Preheat oven to 350°F. Wash and peel potatoes, and slice very thinly (approximately 1/8 inch). In a small saucepan set to low heat, gently heat cream, salt, garlic, thyme and black peppercorns. Gently simmer for approximately 10 minutes to infuse flavours, then strain off to remove any larger chunks. Set aside and keep warm. In an ovenproof dish, carefully layer potatoes in a pinwheel pattern. After every two layers, add a small amount of cream mixture and a sprinkle of Gruyère (be sure to reserve half the Gruyère for finishing). Repeat until all potatoes have been layered. Sprinkle remaining Gruyère overtop. Place potatoes on a sheet pan to catch any bubbling cream or cheese, and bake in the oven for approximately 1 to 2 hours. (Cooking time will vary greatly depending on the deepness of your dish, so test doneness with a butter knife—it should slide in and out without any resistance.) Once potatoes are cooked through, switch oven setting to broil and allow the top layer of cheese to crisp until it turns a deep golden brown colour. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

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Green Beans with Dill Weed Yogurt and Sumac B Y J O H N JAC K S O N A N D C O N N I E D E S O U S A

Clean green beans and lightly coat in half the olive oil. Season with salt to taste and set aside.

Charcut and Charbar, Calgary

1 lb long green beans 2 oz olive oil, divided ¼ bunch fresh dill 1 cup Greek-style yogurt ½ lemon 1 clove garlic 3 oz whipping cream 3 tsp sumac, ground  Salt, to taste

Mince dill and garlic and add to yogurt. In a separate bowl, whip whipping cream until soft peaks form, then fold into yogurt. On your grill, char the halflemon with the skin side down, then squeeze juice into yogurt. Season yogurt with salt to taste. Grill beans until cooked and a nice a char on the ends appears. Platter beans and top with yogurt mixture. Sprinkle sumac overtop and drizzle with remaining olive oil. Serves 4. / D E C E M B E R

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WLFOOD // sides

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Mint B y Da n i e l C o s ta Corso32, Edmonton

2 large handfuls Brussels sprouts, stems cut off and halved 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling) 2 garlic cloves 1 small handful Italian parsley, stems removed 10 mint leaves 1 lemon, zested and juiced Kosher salt Freshly cracked black pepper Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts, cut side down. Season with salt and pepper and cook until dark golden. Add garlic cloves and toss, and continue cooking for a couple of minutes (add a little more oil if necessary). Add a Âź cup of water to the pan and continue cooking for 2 minutes more, tossing occasionally. Remove from heat and toss in a drizzle of olive oil, parsley, mint, lemon zest and juice. Season with salt and a generous amount of pepper, then serve immediately. Serves 4.

For other great side dish recipes, visit our WL Recipe Finder at

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For complete retailer listings, please visit the manufacturer’s website.

2017 Design Trends

Third Time’s The Charm

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La Dolce Vita

PAGES 23-25 Designer, Karin Bohn, House of Bohn, Vancouver, LIVING ROOM Erba coffee table, lamps, Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurn Glass side table, Holly Hunt, online, Sofa, cushions, armchair, custom, House of Bohn, Area rug, homeowner.

Candy Crush

PAGE 26 Designer, Stephanie Brown, Stephanie Brown Inc., Vancouver, LIVING ROOM Inspiration sectional, Once a Tree Furniture, Vancouver, White cushions, pink cushions, Planetary Series artwork, The Cross Decor and Design, Vancouver, Black cushion, Fabulous Furnishings, Vancouver, fabulousfurnish Jonathan Adler Bacharach chair, Chintz and Co., Victoria,; Kit, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects .com; The Artworks, Edmonton,; Five Small Rooms, Winnipeg, Bernhardt Carnaby coffee table, Chintz and Co., Victoria,; Once a Tree Furniture, Vancouver,; Bondars, Calgary, bondars .com; Finesse Furniture, Edmonton, finessehomeliving .com. Sconces, Restoration Hardware, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Zoë Pawlak Passage rug, Burritt Bros. Carpets and Flooring, Vancouver, Betontech flooring, Stone Tile, Vancouver, Calgary,; Centura, Edmonton,; Centennial Plumbing, Saskatoon, Fireplace, Ortal USA, online,

Hot Tropic

PAGE 29 Designer, Alykhan Velji, Alykhan Velji Designs, Calgary, ENTRYWAY Gray bench, Homesense, across the West, Round Venetian mirror, console table, Peridot, Vancouver, Calgary, peri

1 Brass and camel-coloured leather team up with pink for a fresh twist on milky pastels. Field Days ($60) and Lilith pillows ($63) make a great duo. crate


2 Zoe Pawlak’s Taken rug (a collaboration with Burritt Bros, $10,868 for 8x10) translates splashes of candy colours like blush and dusty blue into everlasting neutrals. 3 Vancouver’s Lindsey Hampton is killing it with her speckle-clay ceramics in playful pastels—the mugs, the plates, these vessels (pot from $150, vase from $175)—we want it all.


“The ’80s are influencing accent colours, with pale pinks and pastel green appearing in furniture and accessories.”


4 Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola brings us back to the future with her iridescent Shimmer console table ($2,031). 5 The coloured Mercury candleholders ($5 to $19 each) are low-commitment opportunities to perk up tables and ledges. 6 A bold decade calls for bold lighting. We love the cubism-inspired Kazimir wall sconce ($2,790) from Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, which combines textured glass and matte metals.

—Megan Baker, Project 22 design, Vancouver


7 Sumptuous and sultry, the Jonathan Adler Charade capsule daybed ($2,750) is palatable glamour with just the right amount of gilded glitz.

Royal Bison Tote: Jill Stanton


PAGES 30-36 Designer, James McIntyre and Crystal Erickson, McIntyre Bills, Calgary, Architect, Richard Lindseth Architecture, Calgary, Builder, Rawlyk Developments, Calgary, PAGES 30-33 FAMILY ROOM Poliform woodwork, Inform Interiors, Vancouver,; Shaun Ford and Co., Calgary, Kyle Bunting rugs, William Switzer, Vancouver, Naomi round end table, Arhaus, online, Marquis Cove fireplace, Rawlyk Developments, Calgary, Beige armchair, Holly Hunt, online, holly Athens lounge chair, Baker Furniture, online, Refined rib sconce, Clarkson floor lamp, Circa Lighting, online, Custom coffee table, cushions, sofas, Red Eight Workshop, Calgary, Custom mirrored tables, McIntyre Bills, Calgary, STUDY Platner chair, Serge Mouille overhead light, Design Within Reach, online, Pale green pouf, H.D. Buttercup, online, Marquis Cove fireplace, Rawlyk Developments, Calgary, Mantelpiece, Alberta Marble and Tile, Calgary, Side table lamps, Circa Lighting, online, circalighting .com. Edward Burtynsky artwork, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Stone statue, gold bowl, antique wooden chair, homeowner. ENTRYWAY Mirrors, Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary, christineklassen Custom white benches, Red Eight Workshop, Calgary, Table, custom, McIntyre Bills, Calgary, PAGE 34 KITCHEN/DINING ROOM Arctic White Ash flooring,

Divine Hardwood Flooring, Calgary, Edmonton, divine Poliform cabinetry, Inform Interiors, Vancouver,; Shaun Ford and Co., Calgary, Caesarstone countertop, Colonial Countertops, Victoria, colonialcountertops .com; Paragon Surfacing, Vancouver, paragonsurfacing .com; Jade Stone, Calgary,; Atlas Granite, Edmonton,; Western Marble and Tile, Winnipeg, Bar stools, Eisenberg’s Fine Furniture, Calgary,, Century Furniture, across the West, Franke sink, Robinson Lighting and Bath, across the West, robin Kallista Bierstil faucet, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms .com. Tom Dixon pendant lamps, Gabriel Ross, Victoria,; Inform Interiors, Vancouver, inform; Kit, Calgary,; HutK, Winnipeg, Knoll Saarinen table, Gabriel Ross, Victoria,; Livingspace, Vancouver, living; Kit, Calgary,; Inspired Home Interiors, Edmonton, Jonathan Adler Camille chairs, Chintz and Co., Victoria, chintz .com; Kit, Calgary,; The Artworks, Edmonton,; Five Small Rooms, Winnipeg, Modiss Margarita pendant light, YLighting, online, Custom sofa, Red Eight Workshop, Calgary,

6 7 Benjamin Moore Lime Sorbet 2032-70

Benjamin Moore Iceberg 2122-50

PAGE 36 BEDROOM Gannet lamp, Circa Lighting, Kravet rug, DWA Interior Furnishings, Calgary, Drapery, Designer’s Choice Drapery, Los Angeles. Custom armchairs, bed, Red Eight Workshop, Calgary, Gold table, brown pouf, homeowner.

“Velvets are making a big comeback in design. Rich upholstery and drapery in this classic fabric provides just the right hit of dramatic sophistication to any space.” —alykhan velji, alykhan Velji Designs, Calgary

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WL HOMES // calgary

Master the modern mix. The outside of this Craftsman-style home is traditional, so designer James McIntyre incorporated classic mouldings and coffered ceilings into the living room. But by painting them the same colour as the wall and ceiling, the space leans toward modern.

A Calgary design firm helps a family rebuild the home of their dreams after the city’s epic flood. by Julia Dilworth photographs by Phil Crozier

Trade Secrets

PAGE 50 Designer, David Nicolay, Evoke International Design, Vancouver, Flaminia Nuda 85 sink, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms .com; Emco, Edmonton, Duravit Sensowash toilet, Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, across the West,; Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms .com. Woodwork, custom walnut screen, Feature Millwork, Grey limestone flooring, Stone Tile, Vancouver, Calgary, Starphire glass screens, Vitrum Industries, Vancouver,; Oldcastle Building Envelope, Calgary,; Canadian Insulated Glass, Edmonton,


The coolest events EDMONTON Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair December 2 to 4 and 9 to 11 The must-stop shop for holiday gift giving. This twoweekend, bi-annual event features a carefully curated roster of the best makers, designers and artists from Edmonton and across the country: find one-of-a-kind prints, housewares, clothing, toys and everything in between.

VANCOUVER Enchant Vancouver November 25 to December 31 Get lost this holiday season in a maze of 55,000 square feet of beautiful lights and Christmas sculptures. Postescape, head over to the gift market to search for some Christmas finds and enjoy a snack from one of the 12 food trucks on site. / D E C E M B E R

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Western Living’s Editorial Director Anicka Quin with One to Watch Designer Brendan Gallagher of OneTwoSix Design The crowd mingles and checks out sponsor displays before the awards Guests admiring displays from the finalists A guest enjoy some of Moana Park’s best wines The venue, Studio Bell, was designed by one of our judges, Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture Saint Clair Family Estate’s Sauvignon Blanc A stylish and comfortable lounge from Rossini’s Furniture Wairau River serves their refreshing Pinot Noir Guests enjoy the lounge at Alberta Hardwood Flooring Partygoers take a rest on Goldgrass Homes’ signature bed Western Living’s General Manager Dee Dhaliwal mixes up some fun at Crate & Barrel’s Cocktail Lounge Simply Elegant serves up some delicious hors d’oeuvres Ultimate Renovations chats with guests at their display Villa Maria serves up Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Western Living’s Executive Editor Stacey McLachlan, Editorial Director Anicka Quin, and Judge, designer Paul Lavoie Designer Amanda Hamilton (far right) and her team Guests enjoy wine and sponsor displays before the awards Steinway Piano provides entertainment for the evening Lumas gift bags ready for guests’ departure















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