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Modern Design Meets Natural Beauty in an Island Retreat

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BR IGHT IDEAS 38 // Bathing Beauties

Whether you’re freshening up your powder room, giving the master ensuite a full-on renovation or just dreaming of a change, these nine sweet bathroom designs from designers across the West offer plenty of inspiration.

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DESIGN 25 // Ones to Watch

Calgary architecture firm MODA works to bring meaning back to their craft.

26 // Shopping

We’re swooning over spring seating, colourful serving trays and metallic pendant lights.

27 // Openings

A modern tea café in Vancouver and a Calgary jewellery boutique to check out now.

28 // Great Spaces

Aly Velji designed restaurant Foreign Concept with a nod to the past.

30 // Wall Finishes We Love

Pretty paints and wild wallpapers that nod to natural inspiration.

FOOD 60 // Bites

Fresh recipes, restaurant openings and cookbook reviews.

Get ready for a sweet summer with our easy primer on making artisanal ice cream.

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Designer and artist Martha Sturdy shares her favourite Pemberton haunts.

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74 // Sheepwalkers

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PLUS 80 // Sources and Events

Your guide to shopping and events.

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82 // Trade Secrets

A cool new way to use wallpaper, according to designers Erin Chow and Megan Baker.

Ice cream: Makito Inomata; Foreign Concept: Colin Way; sheep: Visit England, cotswolds.com

62 // Ice, Ice, Baby


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Q& A This month we asked our contributors, what rituals do you have for transitioning into spring?

Ey c Wig, P‍ה‏r “ t  Buâ€?  38 I’m a self-professed neat freak, so for me spring is another welcome excuse to purge unnecessary clutter. My rule is if I haven’t used something or looked at it in a year or more, it’s time for it to go. A decluttered space is a decluttered mind!

Mi� ae l ­sn, Wƒr “S… p‡ ˆ‰s�  74 I decide that this is going to be the year I start wearing baseball caps again (then promptly chicken out). And I stand triumphantly over the sewer as the Alberta snow drains away.

Behind the Scenes Theo Roelofs entertains Camila Osuna-SepĂşlveda while photographer Makito Inomata captures the shot for our “Ice, Ice, Babyâ€? ice cream story on page 62. For a behind-the-scenes video, visit us at westernliving.ca.

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There are more than a few people behind the scenes at this magazine—people whom you’ll likely never see in these pages: the folks who design our advertising, who work with clients to create their campaigns, who set our production schedules and see the magazine through to the printer. But this month, they almost get a starring role. Or, rather, their kids do. While I’d argue that most people never outgrow their love of ice cream—hence, our “Ice, Ice, Babyâ€? feature this month, with our alwaysexcellent food writer, Julie Van Rosendaal, sharing some of her most creative (think burnt sugar and espresso) and simple (incredibly creamy chocolate) recipes—I’m fairly certain peak love is in childhood. So our pint-sized models this month were all too eager to participate in an afternoon of chocolate ice cream and mugging for the camera. Samson (age three) is the son of Swin Nung Chai, our advertising designer; our production manager, Lee Tidsbury—who regularly pulls late-night Fridays ensuring every last page gets out to the printer—brought along her grandkids, Sebastien (five) and Dylan (two); and our account manager, Gabriella SepĂşlveda, wrangled her daughters Marcela (three) and Camila (nine). Art director Paul Roelofs’s son Theo (eight) entertained the crew with a puppet show, which you can watch online at western living.ca. At one point, in fact, all the children who were waiting for their portraits were gathered behind photographer Makito Inomata, trying to make the posing child, and each other, laugh—a moment that you’ll see captured on page 62. That chocolate ice cream contributed to a lot of the giggles, no doubt. If you’ve got an ice cream maker already, you’re halfway to kicking off summer with one of our recipes. If you don’t, may I recommend food editor Neal McLennan’s ultimate cabin gift? It’s the UCO Softshell Ice Cream Ball, an ice cream maker that doubles as a soccer ball and creates the dessert as the kids kick it around in the yard—one more way to bring a smile to young faces this spring.


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Making Meaning Dustin Couzens and Ben Klumper, MODA Architecture, Calgary, Alta.

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Is it possible to have interesting and meaningful architecture that doesn’t break the bank? Ben Klumper and Dustin Couzens think so—it’s why the Calgarians founded Modern Office of Design and Architecture (MODA) in 2013. “Architecture often comes at the end of the conversation when a developer is starting a new project, but we want to create work where architecture comes first in that conversation,” says Klumper. Their holistic and creative approach is seen in their Junction 9 Yoga and Pilates studio in Inglewood: long vertical fir fins were designed to act as screens (allowing limited light to flow into the studio) while giving the building a dynamic topological feel for those passing by outside. The project earned them a 2015 Prairie Wood Design Award and a 2015 MUDA Award, steps, the team hopes, that will help educate the community about the value of architecture. “We enjoy the struggle of making something meaningful,” says Klumper.®—Gabrielle Lakusta

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Spring Fling

Spring is the perfect time to showcase Bend Goods’ latest darling, the Sweet stool ($588)—ready for indoors or out in signature wire, powder coated in poppy aqua with a whiteoak top. Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com

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Steel This On Board

Lumber for each of the fluid-shaped Bowyer and Toulson maple serving boards (from $75) is specially selected from local providers of reclaimed hardwoods and arborists who’ve cleaned up felled trees after windstorms. Hand-made right here on the West Coast. Cook Culture, Victoria, cookculture .com; Nineteen Ten, Vancouver, nineteenten.ca

Trust Danish brand Hay to turn everyday steel into the pink-sky-at-night Rainbow serving tray ($95) that’s going to politely upstage all it carries. Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com

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Light Brigade

The beauty of the muted metallic Penta pendant lights (starting at $1,096) from the MoM collection (besides their good looks) is that you can mix and match shapes and colours to make your own unique arrangement. Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurniturestudio.com

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Criss-Cross

The precise A-frame spine of the Nuvola Rossa bookcase (from $4,920) by Cassina brings home a touch of avant-garde architecture that’s absolutely timeless. Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Inform Interiors, Vancouver, informinteriors.com

Royal Dinette

This is brunching with an edge. The Mesa round dinette table ($1,199) sets the scene with a sophisticated marble top supported by a punchy eggplant base. EQ3, Vancouver, eq3.com

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calgary Kate Hewko The vintage brick Devenish Building (built in 1911) welcomes Kate Hewko’s first design studio under her own name. This ultra-progressive boutique is full of statement-making clothing and accessories—nothing is simple or basic (think velvet T-shirts, sequin-patch denim and moonstone handpieces). But it’s the hirsute staples that really set Hewko’s store apart: her wild, multicoloured faux-fur coats will bring your wardrobe to life. 908 17th Ave. SW, katehewko.com—Gabrielle Lakusta

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Table for Four

Bentwood dining chairs line a custom table made in collaboration with Room B. roomb.ca Colin Way

Foreign Concept may have just opened this past December, but the restaurant feels steeped in history. Fitting, given that the menu by chef and owner Duncan Ly takes its cues from a specific time and place: colonial Vietnam. Ly had tasked designer Alykhan Velji with creating a space that reflected the food—“a nod to the Asian, but not over the top,” said Velji—and also converted a 3,500-square-foot L-shaped space into an intimate dining area. The designer’s first step was to break up the layout with custom logo screens (a colonial standard made modern): the dining room is now split in two, with an open kitchen on one side and a charcuterie bar on the other, with a smaller lounge also separated via a screen. Though the menu is heavily influenced by Vietnam, Ly brings in flavours from across Asia, and Velji did the same with the design. Antique moon-cake moulds from China were framed and hung, and chinoiserie-inspired murals were commissioned for the walls; underfoot, Persian rugs top a dark hardwood floor, and rattan-backed chairs line custom tables made in collaboration with Room B. It’s a mash-up of historically inspired artifacts that together make something beautifully new.

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NATURE CALLS

It’s time for some shinrin-yoku. The Japanese concept of “forest bathing” is therapy taken amid trees for well-being. And, given that the fresh and foliage-like Greenery is Pantone’s Colour of the Year, the woods now also come indoors and onto your walls.

Pretty Pastoral

A new wallpaper pattern from Farrow and Ball called Gable ($230 per 10-metre roll) evokes the oh-so-British countryside: rolling hills, woolly sheep and quaint cottages. farrow-ball.com

Sea Change

Calling forth botanical greens as well as underwater blues, the teal of Para Paints’ Enigmatic Triton (from $60 per gallon) is as mercurial as the same-named Greek god and messenger of the sea. para.com

Into the Woods

Earth Bound

Sherwin-Williams’s 2017 colour pick is Poised Taupe (from $40 per gallon)—woodsy with varying shades of green. Think mossy without being musty. sherwin-williams.ca

The Shattered Light wallpaper by Rollout ($15 per square foot)—a collaboration with B.C. artist and woodworker Brent Comber—is an interlocking design of backlit wood pieces. And now, as a custom hue created for designer Alykhan Velji’s “Faceted Fantasy” tablescape at Dinner by Design, it’s available in intense emerald. rollout.ca

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Softly Does It

Like dew on a spider’s web under the forest canopy, the dreamy Mystified (from $59 per gallon), General Paint’s colour of the year, is a soft and calming grey-green that captures early mornings. generalpaint.com 3 0 m a y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca

The earthy, rich charcoal of Nevamar Black Pearl (price on request). nevamar.com

“Since graduating from design school in the late 1970s, I’ve consistently matched Nevamar Black Pearl—a flooring—in paint colour on millwork and walls. This colour reads very warm in a mixture of black and dark grey, with tints of brown! It becomes a real neutral on a project.” InterIor desIgner Aliki GlAdwin, VancouVer

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Are we there yet? That point in the season when we can finally start to shed our heavy outer layers, breathe a sigh of relief and welcome summer? If you’re already dreaming of warm nights around the campfire, consider this Bowen Island home your jumpingoff point for a little daytime reverie: killer sunsets, views for miles. For more, turn to page 48.

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Make your storage work for you. Like most master ensuites, this room needed great storage, but good lighting was just as important for the busymorning prep. To get both, designer Andrea Rodman added lighting boxes to the triple medicine cabinet configuration in this Vancouver bathroom, behind the mirrors above the vanity sinks. “We figured out that if we built the medicine cabinets out, we could do integrated lighting,” she explains. Boxes at either end of the cabinets have doors with cut-outs of light-diffusing glass—softening the light for a more flattering glow—which also open easily to make changing the fluorescent tubes inside a snap.

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BEAUTIES 9 Great Bathrooms by rosemary Poole, anicka quin and barb sligl

Whether you’re freshening up your powder room, giving the master ensuite a reno or just dreaming of a change, these nine sweet bathrooms from designers across the West offer plenty of inspiration.

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When designing this 70-square-foot master ensuite as part of a Vancouver Special house reno, architect Allison Holden-Pope of One Seed Architecture and Interiors accentuated the vertical to create the illusion of space and to connect with the outdoors. A corner window extends to a sloped cedar ceiling that’s a continuation of exterior roof eaves. “The high window allows daylight, treetops and a field of skies to form part of the architectural experience of the space,” says Holden-Pope. Tall and narrow vanity mirrors reiterate this effect, breaking the upper plane of the tiled backsplash, drawing eyes upward and reflecting sky views. Float it. In this 200-square-foot master ensuite, Javier Martinez of Cridland Associates in Calgary exaggerates the scale of the seemingly floating vanity, making it 12 feet long. “Floating vanities are made more successful and dramatic by accentuating the floating look—it’s not floating if all it has is a 12-inch-high kick space.” And because this extra-long and -heavy vanity couldn’t be actually mounted to the wall, he added mirror and under-cabinet lighting to the recessed base to make it appear suspended. 4 0 M A Y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca

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“The powder room was a considered selection of straight lines and curves to create a casual but balanced space,” says designer Chad Falkenberg. 4 2 m a y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca

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Replace a traditional vanity with a beautifully made table. Spare, furniturelike pieces, like the one featured in this powder room by Vancouver’s Falken Reynolds, free up visual space and bring the fine details of design elements such as faucets, lighting or patterned wall tile to the fore. “The powder room was a considered selection of straight lines and curves to create a casual but balanced space,” says designer Chad Falkenberg. The wall-mounted Dornbracht Imo faucet and spout help keep the countertop surface clear, “creating the feeling of openness and space,” says Falkenberg, and enhance the ovate form of the vessel sink (a Halo Blu-Stone unit from Blu Bathworks). “The soft curves and the very generous proportions of this sink allow a bit more visual counter space and contrast with the oiled teak of the vanity,” he explains. Wiry Bocci 28 wall sconces in copper were selected to pull out the warm tones of the teak vanity and the elm door.


Let there be light. The expansive 6-by-5-foot window in this master bathroom is of a scale typically found in a living space, but for designer Susan Barstow, it’s exactly right: “I’m from New York, and it reminds me of windows you see in a brownstone, with their crossed lines.” Barstow, who with husband Russ runs Barstow Construction, designed the bathroom for their own home in Steveston, B.C. The window was customordered in a shade of deep charcoal to set off the herringbone marble floor tile, gallery-white walls and the clear-coated walnut cabinetry fabricated by Richwood Kitchens. Mirrors over the vanities were taken up to the ceiling, further bouncing and reflecting light, and a skylight was positioned over the cast iron soaker tub from Randolph Morris to drive home the theme. “We use skylights so often, especially in Vancouver where it tends to be grey,” says Barstow, who notes that there are nine skylights in the home in total. “They’re really not that expensive, given what they achieve.”

Create a retreat within a retreat. The master ensuite is often the one area of respite for grown-ups with little kids in the house, and designer Denise Ashmore wanted to create just such a getaway for her clients in this Vancouver home. By surrounding the stand-alone bath—already a luxury—with the same wood used on the flooring throughout the home, she’s designed a cozy, integrated niche that’s made for a little me time. “It’s almost like going to a cabin,” says Ashmore. “It’s really perfect to relax and unwind at the end of the day.”

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“The powder room is the perfect place to use finishes that you love but consider too pricey, trendy or even risqué,” says designer Reena Sotropa.

Do more with less. The diminutive dimensions of a powder room mean less square footage to cover and thus more freedom to indulge in otherwise-prohibitive tile or wallcovering. “The powder room is the perfect place to use finishes that you love but consider too pricey, trendy or even risqué,” says designer Reena Sotropa. In this 35-squarefoot Calgary bathroom, she added a “riot of colour” with whimsical butterfly-adorned wallpaper. Bonus: “The powder room is a ‘public space’ in your home—the perfect opportunity to show off your big splurge!”

Go dark…with light.

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Designer Stephanie Brown converted an odd-shaped study into a 110-square-foot bathroom in her Vancouver townhome—and created a space her husband would also find comfortable. The resulting masculine-yet-warm bathroom includes grey hues, leather-like floor tiles and an onyx mosaic wall, but these rich tones “are offset with lots of white—tub, countertop, walls, ceiling—to prevent the space from feeling dark,” says the designer. A skylight, pot lights and attentiongrabbing pendant light fixture also keep the space bright.

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The owners of this newly expanded 1920s house on Vancouver’s west side wanted a master bathroom that referenced the period architecture of the original structure but also incorporated colour. “They are very vibrant people,” says Madeleine Schmidt, principal of Madeleine Schmidt Design, who oversaw the bathroom-design portion of the project. “We found that soft blue subway tile and played off of it, keeping the millwork a contrasting clean, fresh white.” The blue repeats in a coordinating accent tile chosen for the recessed hisand-hers shower niches and continues through to the wall colour—Benjamin Moore’s aptly named Ocean Air. Height restrictions in the shower area led general contractor Jon Pulice of Rain City Renovations to incorporate a skylight directly over the showerhead: all the better to see yet more shades of blue beyond. For the floors, Schmidt layered three patterns of classic Bianco Carrara marble, sourced through Ames Tile, to both delineate the zones of the room and keep the look authentic. “We considered doing a porcelain tile but decided the materials had to be true to the original feel of the house. The homeowners have lived here for almost 20 years. It’s their forever home and they didn’t want to take away from its character.”


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A home on Bowen Island captures forest and ocean views—and the happiness of its residents within. by AMANDA ROSS photographs by EMA PETER

Natural Connection “The house isn’t trying to compete with nature,” says the owner of this Bowen Island retreat. “It’s a beautiful frame for everything around it.”


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or this Vancouver couple, a passion for modern architecture was only part of the equation when setting out to build their perfect vacation home. They always knew it would follow the dictates of contemporary form and function, but deciding where it would be or whom they’d hire were secondary concerns. For them, it was first and foremost about finding a place where their daughter felt happy. “Our youngest daughter is autistic and so we wanted to bring her wherever we were going to end up to see if she liked it,” says the homeowner. The couple set their sights on a 10-acre waterfront lot on Bowen Island (“We love island life but wanted ease of access for a quick day trip”) and promptly brought their daughter over on the ferry. “She loved it—she felt so at ease and so happy; it was the stamp of approval,” says the homeowner. “It was at this moment that we knew it was right and comfortable.” Hiring an architect fell quickly into place: a friend of theirs had worked with Frits de Vries, and “It just felt right when we met their team,” says the homeowner. “We didn’t interview any other architects.” Along with setting out the practical considerations for the home—two bedrooms for their two children, guest quarters—the couple wanted the design of the home to hinge on an overall feeling of light, a place where they could feel like they’d escaped from the city and had firmly arrived on an island. “We didn’t want some manor home with an imposing presence,” says the homeowner. “Nothing big and bulky, but something light that could flow naturally and take advantage of the beautiful topography.”

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Connection Zone The kitchen, parallel to the shoreline, is in the main building and serves as the hub of the home (above, left); panoramic views of the water are on one side, while the other offers views to the garden and forest. Island Time “There are hundreds of bees in the garden now that it’s grown in,” says the homeowner. “It smells so nice—we love being on the back patio at night around the firepit [above].”


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Refined Elegance The marble on the fireplace—Namibia Sky—was selected because it reminds the owners of the clouds that pass by their island home (left). Clear Skies “Our younger daughter’s favourite place is the glass breezeway between the main house and the upper floors [below]—a large, open and airy space that looks out onto the garden, ocean and dense forest,” says the homeowner. “We couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.”

That topography would turn out to be the guiding principle behind the design. “The first idea of the house had to come from nine acres of forest and one acre of waterfront,” says Patrick Warren, lead associate at Frits de Vries Architect. “Waterfront houses often tend to forget everything behind them—they stare out at the ocean. It was important for this house not to turn its back on what was behind it.” The structure would act as a bridge between the two competing outdoor experiences, so it needed to offer vantages of both sides. Instead of one big monolithic weekend house sheathed in glass, a collection of smaller houses or small cottages “scattered” across the landscape was conceived as a way to transition the experience and frame the beauty. There’s no architectural vernacular to pigeonhole the home’s design—from different vantages, it could easily echo a beach shack, a traditional Cape Cod cottage or even a modern Japanese tatami room—but the leitmotif running through all of it is an ethereal lightness brought about by the interconnecting glass atriums that link the structures. The tactile materials, like shingles and siding, identify parts of the building that are meant to be more enclosed and cozy, cabin-like; the glass serves as invisible breezeways. “When you’re sailing by, you don’t realize it’s modern architecture,” says Warren. “You see it as three smaller buildings in a forested, natural environment.” Each pod or cabin serves a different purpose and is sited in a 5 2 m a y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca


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“When you’re sailing by, you don’t realize it’s modern architecture,” says architect Patrick Warren. “You see it as three smaller buildings in a forested, natural environment.”

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Right Angles The roof was initially intended to be natural zinc (opposite) but was changed to a coated steel to allow the rainwater to be safely collected to supplement the well water for domestic water and irrigation. Room with a View In the master bedroom, the headboard is made from the same hemlock used on the ceiling. A Marimekko duvet cover adds a splash of colour in the warmly neutral design.


Inspired Setting Along with the practical considerations for the home—two bedrooms for their two children, guest quarters—the couple wanted the design of the home to hinge on an overall feeling of light. It’s a place where they could feel like they’d escaped from the city and had firmly arrived on an island.

different direction to best capture the outdoors. The kitchen, parallel to the shoreline, is in the main building and serves as the hub of the home; panoramic views of the water are on one side, while the other offers views onto the garden and forest. Another cabin—nestled on a rock precipice and turned at an angle to maximize vistas of the ocean—houses the master bedroom and children’s bedrooms. The guest quarters and garage are on the opposite side of the home but refer to the water as well. “The buildings are separated and meander, but there’s still always a full-bodied dialogue between house and forest,” says Warren. The linking glass sections bind all the different spaces together in pursuit of a common goal—intimate, cozy family time and full appreciation of the beauty of nature. “We’re all looking at the same images on Pinterest and Houzz,” says Warren, “but if you feel like your space is specific to you, it becomes a part of you and its uniqueness should saturate all the experiences you have there.” Rather than a carbon copy of somewhere else, our homes should be meaningful backdrops to the lives lived within, and not just generic settings. “Our younger daughter’s favourite place is the glass breezeway between the main house and the upper floors—a large, open and airy space that looks out onto the garden, ocean and dense forest,” says the homeowner. “We couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.” Probably because there is nowhere else quite like it. 5 6 m a y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca

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There was once a story of an old hermit who lived in a shack in the Kootenays who, rumour had it, didn’t like ice cream, but we weren’t able to verify it. What we did find is that almost everyone else in the West loves the sweet stuff, a fact attested to by the ever-present lineups at Vancouver’s Rain or Shine, Calgary’s Village Ice Cream and Victoria’s Kid Sister. But for those of you who are crowd averse, don’t fret: making it yourself is much easier than you think, and we’ve enlisted Julie Van Rosendaal to not only show you the ropes but elevate your flavour game while you’re at it. Bring on summer!

Two Hander Going crazy with flavours is fun, but test subject Samson is just fine with some classic chocolate, thank you.

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2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt Ÿ cup sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon ½ whole nutmeg, grated 4 eggs, separated ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 1 cup whole milk 1 cup grated carrots ½ cup preserves (Seville orange) Ÿ cup chopped walnuts Ÿ cup raisins Ÿ cup unsweetened shredded coconut Maple syrup and whipped cream, for serving

1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt,

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2. In yet another bowl, whisk together

egg yolks, butter and milk. Blend well into dry mixture. Fold in grated carrots, preserves, walnuts, raisins and coconut. Lastly, fold in egg whites.

3. Pour batter into a waffle maker and cook as per manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with warm maple syrup, whipped cream and extra preserves.

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ICE, ICE, BABY

Summer is just around the corner (honest), so hit the ground running with our easy primer for making artisanal ice cream.

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ce cream is no less a treat than it was before the days of refrigeration, when having some meant you also had classic Canadian commodities like ice and salt and enough mettle to churn your cream by hand. These days there’s no shortage of commercial ice cream options on the market, but making your own is worth the effort—flavours can be inspired by fruit in season, and you can play with ingredients to satisfy your own cravings. Most ice creams are made with a thin custard base, but making one isn’t necessary; it’s easy to whisk together cream, sugar, fruit and flavourings when it’s instant gratification you’re after. An ice cream machine makes it easy to achieve a smooth texture, breaking up ice crystals as your mixture freezes, but owning one isn’t the only route to ice cream success; for no-churn ice cream, freeze your cream mixture in a loaf pan, removing it from the freezer regularly to stir it up as it freezes until it transforms into ice cream. When it comes to flavours, just about anything goes. Fruit is always a good call—berries, mango, stone fruit and other juicy fruits are best, simmered or mashed to break them down before adding to your base. Pour them in toward the end of the freezing time for a swirled effect, or add them to the mixture early on for fruit throughout. And don’t worry about an accurate ratio of fruit to cream: the more fruit you add, the more fruit-forward your ice cream will be, and even puréed fruit on its own makes a delicious sorbet. For chocolate, free-pour chocolate sauce into the mix. And if you want additions like chopped cookies or peanut butter cups, stir them in as your ice cream is finishing the churning process but is still soft.

The Chocolate Ice Cream Chocolate ice cream is a classic; this version is creamy and rich—add another layer by stirring some extra chopped chocolate into the ice cream once it’s partially frozen. To make mint chocolate ice cream, substitute mint extract for the vanilla or espresso powder. ⅔ cup sugar ⅓ cup cocoa 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 cup whipping cream 2 cups half and half 2 tbsp honey Pinch salt 1 tsp vanilla or instant espresso powder 4 oz dark, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa and cornstarch to get rid of any lumps. Set over medium-high heat and whisk in cream, half and half, honey and salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla or espresso powder and chopped chocolate. Let sit for a minute, then stir until smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Cool, then refrigerate until well chilled. Scrape into bowl of your ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Makes about 4¼ cups.

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Cucumber, Mint and Gin Sorbet with Lime Sorbets are dairy-free, generally made with fruit and sugar. This refreshing version is like a cocktail, made with puréed cucumber, fresh mint, gin and lime—perfect for patio season. ⅓ cup sugar ⅓ cup water 1 large English cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks Small handful fresh mint ¼ cup (2 shots) good-quality gin Juice of one lime In a small saucepan or microwave-safe bowl, heat sugar and water until sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Pour syrup into a glass or other container (to speed up the cooling process) and refrigerate until well chilled. Put cucumber, mint and gin in the bowl of a food processor. Add syrup and lime juice and pulse until as well blended as you can get it. Scrape into bowl of an ice cream machine and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. (Alternatively, pour into a large loaf pan and freeze, stirring every hour or so until frozen.) Makes about 3 cups.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Ice Cream Why limit yourself to strawberry? The ultimate pie flavour translates perfectly to pale pink ice cream—use any ratio of chopped strawberries and rhubarb, fresh or frozen, to total about 3 cups. 3 cups sliced strawberries and rhubarb (about 1 lb) ¾ cup sugar 2 tsp lemon juice Pinch salt 1 cup whipping cream 1 cup half and half In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, lemon juice and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, mashing mixture occasionally with a potato masher or fork, until fruit breaks down and mixture gets jammy. Scrape into a bowl and refrigerate until well chilled. (This part can be done ahead— refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to 6 months.) In a medium bowl, stir cream and half and half together with fruit mixture. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Makes about 4¼ cups.

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COOL AS ICE A granita is even easier to make than ice cream: freeze fruit juice, or even coffee, in a pan—don’t bother stirring it as it freezes— and scrape the mixture into a granular snow with a fork to serve. Try adding a scoop of granita to your glass before pouring in Prosecco or cava.

Sour Cream Ice Cream Sour cream adds tang and a smooth texture to ice cream; it’s a particularly tasty accompaniment to sweet fruit pies, cobblers and crisps. Use brown sugar for a more caramelly flavour. 2 cups sour cream (not low-fat or fat-free) 1 cup half and half ½ cup whipping cream ¾ cup sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp vanilla Pinch salt In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, half and half, cream, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Makes about 4¼ cups.


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Burnt Sugar and Espresso Ice Cream Burnt sugar and espresso—a flavour combination inspired by Paris food writer and ice cream aficionado David Lebovitz —has a sharp burnt-caramel flavour that pairs well with espresso and is mellowed by smooth cream. 1 cup sugar 1 cup whipping cream 1½ cups half and half Pinch salt 6 large egg yolks 1 tsp instant espresso powder, dissolved in 2 tbsp water Set a heavy pot, such as enamel-coated cast iron, over medium-high heat. Sprinkle sugar over bottom of pot and let sit until sugar starts to melt and liquefy in spots. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula, until sugar melts completely, turns deep golden and just barely begins to smoke. (If you get nervous, don’t even wait for the smoking part.) Carefully stir in cream—it will sputter and steam, and the melted sugar will seize up and harden. Stir to dissolve the caramel, then stir in half and half and salt. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks with a fork. Slowly stir in some of the hot cream mixture, stirring briskly, then whisk egg yolk mixture into the cream mixture in the pot. Whisk in espresso. Cook over medium heat, whisking until it bubbles and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon—if you draw your finger through, it should leave a trail. Pour custard through a sieve into a bowl to ensure it’s perfectly smooth and to get rid of any rogue bits of cooked egg. Cool, then refrigerate until well chilled. Freeze in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Makes about 4¼ cups.

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As Western Canadians we love hiking. Walking? Not so much. But writer Michael Hingston chose not to take his family on the well-trod paths of the Canadian Rockies but instead looked east—all the way to England’s verdant Cotswolds region. Here they laced up their boots and set out for a multi-day journey, and what it lacked in altitude it more than made up for in colour—not just of the hills and pastures but of the local innkeepers and pub patrons in this historic slice of Great Britain. Read the story on page 74.

Green Aerie The Cotswolds is only two hours northeast of London but with its lush farmland and open valleys, it feels a world away from the big city.

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1 Pemberton General Store is a bit of a Pemberton institution, founded in 1956. You can get everything here— like my favourite Sorel winter boots. 2 Blackbird Bakery is run by the lovely Raven Burns, and her meat pies are the absolute best. It’s my go-to dinner on the nights when I don’t feel like cooking. 3 Pemberton Valley Equestrian Centre is a beautiful outdoor facility in town. Shirley Hill’s students often win at the Thunderbird Stadium competitions in Vancouver. I swear by her!

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Sheep Shape The Cotswolds is only a few hours from London, but here you’re more likely to run into a herd of sheep than fellow tourists.


ALKERS How one Western Canadian family pulled on their wellies and spent a vacation strolling through England’s famed Cotswolds. by MICHAEL HINGSTON

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t the entrance to the field, I take a furtive look over each shoulder, then quickly wave my family over the gate and into the thick of some stranger’s canola crop. It’s the middle of a weekday, thankfully, and nobody has seen us. But now is no time to rest. Just as fast, we take off on a diagonal, not stopping until we reach the other side a few hundred yards down the line. In Canada, if you attempt such a shortcut through someone else’s property, chances are it won’t end well. Most homeowners there tend to frown on people scaling their backyard fences, and the countryside is even worse: you’ll likely wind up either lost in an endless sea of grain or face to face with livestock that don’t take kindly to unfamiliar humans. But here in the Cotswolds, a picturesque set of rolling hills and villages about two hours outside of London, the public footpath is king. These paths, many of which date back centuries, criss-cross much of England, and their rationale is simple: the people’s right to walk trumps the landlord’s right to privacy. Which is why the 102 miles that make up the Cotswold Way footpath cut through privately owned fields and


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March On In England the walker enjoys mostly unhindered access to private paths, making walking long distances a snap.

posts and gates are marked accordingly. But not all of it does. And it’s in those rogue moments that my partner and I find ourselves having conversations that feel as weirdly metaphysical as they are pragmatic, both deep and shallow, all at the same time. For instance, when our directions instruct us to “immediately turn left,” what does “immediately” mean? Does it mean a few metres up the trail, where a normal-looking path awaits? Or does it mean right this second, which would send us into a technically walkable but far sketchier route directly through a patch of stinging nettles? Our having beds to sleep in tonight depends on guessing correctly. But the most surprising thing about walking in England, really, is how easy it is. That’s partly due to the footpaths but also to how compact the entire country is. Over the course of our first day, we pass through four different villages, each one charming and beautiful, and—bonus!—each with its own centuries-old pub waiting to greet you with local beer and food that is several tiers higher than the perfunctory chicken-fingers-and-Molson I’m used to back at home. We arrive in Chipping Campden, village four of four, late that afternoon. This is one of the best-preserved towns in the Cotswolds, boasting more than 200 buildings on the National Heritage List, many of which are built out of the iconic limestone tiles that are harvested,

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livestock enclosures alike, not to mention carefully preserved stone villages, medieval ruins and everything in between. Add it all up and you get some of the most scenic walking the country has to offer. That’s why I’ve come here, along with my partner and our two kids (ages nine and five), to catch a glimpse of the Old World in person—and on foot. If you’re a parent, chances are you are already guiltily aware that kids in the 21st century don’t hoof it the way they used to. Fewer and fewer children are walking to school. Recent data from Health Canada shows that just nine percent of children aged five to 17 get the recommended amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, period. Meanwhile, a growing body of research demonstrates the physical and mental benefits that come with simply trundling around outdoors. And while I’d be lying if I said that people told me a walking tour couldn’t be done with younger children, that’s only because they didn’t have to say it: the horror at the very idea was written all over their faces. Still, Kate Trivedi, whose company, Inspired Walking, specializes in custom walking holidays in rural England, estimates that children can manage about a mile per day per year of age, beginning at age five. So it is possible—physically, if not maybe mentally. For my family, Trivedi put together a three-day, 16-mile package, and we spent the weeks beforehand in careful but subtle preparation. “Hey, kids,” we would announce, “today we’re going to walk to the market instead!” “But…why?” they asked. “The car’s right there.” Walking tours have become a cottage industry in England, with the many daunting logistics boiled down to a science. A comprehensive package of maps and instructions arrives in the mail well ahead of time. Then, once you start walking, the company picks up your luggage each morning and has it ready to meet you at your destination that night. Really, all you’re responsible for is not getting lost—as well as preparing for the famously yo-yoing English weather. Even in late June, we arrived on that first morning at a parking lot outside of Moreton-in-Marsh feeling like we’d already bombed the second part. We had only flimsy plastic ponchos stashed in our backpacks; our clothing layers were all wrong. Nobody had true hiking footwear. Meanwhile, the forecast had rain written all over it. But the nice thing about walking as a means of transportation is its brute simplicity: no matter the supplies or conditions, if your B and B is five miles away, the only way to get there is to take that first step. Then the next one. And on that first day, the weather gods are on our side. We leave our suitcase with Trivedi and within minutes are trekking up a forested hill and emerging on a long dirt path next to a field of oats. We’re also getting acquainted with the particular language of maps. Most of our trip aligns with the Cotswold Way footpath, where a series of


The next morning, the weather gods return, insistent: Rain is coming.

Market Hall: Kotomi; Broadway Tower: Dave Catchpole

Pit Stops A scene from the market in a town with the most English of names— Chipping Campden (left), and one of the many historical sites, Broadway Tower (right), that the author and his family discovered.

still, from a series of local quarries. The word “Chipping” itself comes from the Old English word for “market,” and our B and B turns out to be conveniently located across the high street from the town’s manyarched Market Hall (built in 1627). It’s a relic, to be sure, but it doesn’t look out of place. Take away the cars on the road and you would need a few seconds to be absolutely sure what century you’re in. We sit down on the hotel beds and our feet refuse to let us back up again. The next morning, the weather gods return, insistent: rain is coming. And yet we are forced to burn our first potential walking hour at a nearby playground because (a) we walked past it earlier, (b) there wasn’t time for the kids to play on it before bed and (c) it has a zipline. All important considerations when travelling with young children. In fact, by the time we’re truly on the road again, Kate and I have come up with a makeshift list of ways to keep the kids on their feet and moving. The main one is to drop any expectation that they will appreciate the same details we do. We start the morning with a 45-minute hike to the top of Dover’s Hill, home of the charmingly insane Cotswold Olimpick Games (past events include shin kicking and piano smashing), and our five-year-old is still more smitten with a gross bit of sheep’s wool he found on the ground than the panoramic views. Sure. Whatever works. Also, you know those long,

excruciatingly detailed conversations kids always want to have about the Harry Potterverse or the top 50 things they love about baby elephants? Now is the time to have those conversations. On a walking tour, all you have is time. It is a beautiful thing. Our real secret weapon, though, is turning the tour company’s instructions into a kind of real-life treasure hunt. We read each step of the directions out loud and then let the kids lead the way, giving them landmarks and telltale church spires to look out for as clues. Plus, at the end of each section, we all enjoy a peanut M&M–based reward. (This should go without saying, but all backpacks should have a pocket or two reserved for break-in-case-of-emergency treats.) The landmark we’re looking for today, however, is particularly easy to spot: the Broadway Tower, a 20-metre folly tower on top of a beacon hill with, well, not much around it. The tower was built in 1798 and has been many things over the ensuing centuries, from a holiday retreat for the Arts and Crafts movement to a working farm to a lookout for the Royal Observer Corps during both world wars. The Cotswold Way takes you right to its door, and the view from the top of the tower is superb. Not that the kids would know, as they were more focused on getting toasted teacakes with jam at the adjacent café—see the aforementioned tips for success. westernliving.ca / m a y

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From here, it’s only an hour-long walk down the hill into the village of Broadway. But as soon as we get up from our table, the rain is finally upon us. Most of the other visitors outside are hastily retreating to their cars. But we’ve got no choice, breathable footwear be damned. With the rain falling in buckets, the four of us sprint through a series of hills and gates, pausing only briefly under tree cover next to some very startled-looking sheep, completely forgetting about the flimsy ponchos in our backpacks all the way into Broadway proper. We’ve made such good time on this last leg that our room at historic Cowley House isn’t even ready yet; but as luck would have it, the Crown and Trumpet pub across the road has all the crisps and pints needed to make the time pass more smoothly. Our final day is the shortest and easiest of the bunch: a leisurely four-mile walk into the town of Winchcombe, starting with a quick taxi ride—the walking company’s idea—to the estate village of Stanway. From there, it’s another rain-soaked journey through a series of increasingly hilly sheep enclosures. Luckily, each B and B we’ve stayed in has been well accustomed to walking-tour clientele like us, and every radiator you walk past is draped in soggy socks and boots left to dry overnight. We grab our own newly warmed gear off one of the Cowley House heaters and press on. 7 8 m a y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca

Giving Thanks Near the end of the long walk, the family came across the ruins of Hailes Abbey (above), but by this stage, having accepted the rain (inset), they no longer needed any salvation from the elements.

By the time we make it to Hailes Abbey, a ruined 13th-century Cistercian building that was once home to a supposed vial of Christ’s blood, the mood has subtly changed. With more of the journey now behind us than in front, a sense of accomplishment begins to dawn on us. Sure, if you were to look at a map of the terrain we’ve covered together, it would look both skimpy and wildly inefficient. (The allseeing Google suggests we could’ve done the whole trip by car in a mere 28 minutes.) But over these three days we have gotten to know the countryside in ways that cannot be felt from the inside of a Mini Cooper. It’s a throwback way of travel that perfectly matches the feel of the land itself. We leave the abbey in much the same way its original users would have: leisurely, through a field, in search of the next village. The final stage of our tour puts us back on the well-trod Cotswold Way footpath, and when the rain returns, with a vengeance, this time we’re ready. Up go the hoods. Out come the ponchos. Down go the M&Ms. As my five-year-old and I sprint across one last hill, hand in hand, yelling theatrically in the face of the downpour, I think about how far we’ve come in the past 72 hours, physically and metaphorically. Watching us now, from a big enough distance, you might even think we’ve done this before.

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Sure, if you were to look at a map of the terrain we’ve covered together, it would look both skimpy and wildly inefficient.


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WL HOMES // best bathrooms Let there be light. The expansive 6-by-5-foot window in this master bathroom is of a scale typically found in a living space, but for designer Susan Barstow, it’s exactly right: “I’m from New York, and it reminds me of windows you see in a brownstone, with their crossed lines.” Barstow, who with husband Russ runs Barstow Construction, designed the bathroom for their own home in Steveston, B.C. The window was customordered in a shade of deep charcoal to set off the herringbone marble floor tile, gallery-white walls and the clear-coated walnut cabinetry fabricated by Richwood Kitchens. Mirrors over the vanities were taken up to the ceiling, further bouncing and reflecting light, and a skylight was positioned over the cast iron soaker tub from Randolph Morris to drive home the theme. “We use skylights so often, especially in Vancouver where it tends to be grey,” says Barstow, who notes that there are nine skylights in the home in total. “They’re really not that expensive, given what they achieve.”

Replace a traditional vanity with a beautifully made table. Spare, furniturelike pieces, like the one featured in this powder room by Vancouver’s Falken Reynolds, free up visual space and bring the fine details of design elements such as faucets, lighting or patterned wall tile to the fore. “The powder room was a considered selection of straight lines and curves to create a casual but balanced space,” says designer Chad Falkenberg. The wall-mounted Dornbracht Imo faucet and spout help keep the countertop surface clear, “creating the feeling of openness and space,” says Falkenberg, and enhance the ovate form of the vessel sink (a Halo Blu-Stone unit from Blu Bathworks). “The soft curves and the very generous proportions of this sink allow a bit more visual counter space and contrast with the oiled teak of the vanity,” he explains. Wiry Bocci 28 wall sconces in copper were selected to pull out the warm tones of the teak vanity and the elm door.

“The powder room was a considered selection of straight lines and curves to create a casual but balanced space,” says designer Chad Falkenberg.

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Create a retreat within a retreat. The master ensuite is often the one area of respite for grown-ups with little kids in the house, and designer Denise Ashmore wanted to create just such a getaway for her clients in this Vancouver home. By surrounding the stand-alone bath—already a luxury—with the same wood used on the flooring throughout the home, she’s designed a cozy, integrated niche that’s made for a little me time. “It’s almost like going to a cabin,” says Ashmore. “It’s really perfect to relax and unwind at the end of the day.”

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Nature Calls

Page 30 Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe paint, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores, across the West, sherwin-williams.com. Farrow and Ball Gable wallpaper, Bespoke Design, Victoria, bespokedesign.ca; Greenworks Building Supply, Vancouver, greenworksbuildingsupply.com; Maria Tomas, Calgary, mariatomas.com; Carbon Environmental Boutique, Edmonton, carbonboutique .com; Noble Savage Interiors, Winnipeg, noblesavage .ca. Para Paints Enigmatic Triton paint, Castle Building Centre, Victoria, castle.ca; Color With Confidence, New Westminster, B.C., colorwithconfidence.ca; Bellare Industrial, Calgary, bellare.com; Allweather Wood, Edmonton, allweatherwood.ca; Western Paint and Wallcovering, Winnipeg, westernpaint.ca. 8 0 m a y 2 0 1 7 / westernliving.ca

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General Paint Mystified paint, Coe Lumber and Building Supply, Vancouver, 604-731-6178; Paint Direct, Calgary, paintdirect.com; Nals Paint Centre, Winnipeg, 866-883-9989. The Shattered Light by Brent Comber, Rollout, online, rollout.ca. Nevemar Black Pearl paint, Richelieu Hardware, across the West, richelieu.com.

Bathrooms

Pages 38-46 Designers, Andrea Rodman, Andrea Rodman Interiors, Vancouver, andrearodman.com; Javier Martinez, Cridland Associates, Calgary, cridlandassociates.com; Denise Ashmore, Project 22 Design, Vancouver, project22design.com; Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds, Falken Reynolds, Vancouver, falkenreynolds.com; Susan and Russ Barstow, Barstow Construction, Richmond, B.C., barstowconstruction.com; Madeleine Schmidt, Madeleine Schmidt Designs, Vancouver, madeleineschmidtdesign.com; Jonathan Pulice, Rain City Renovations, Vancouver, raincityrenos.com; Allison Holden-Pope, One Seed Architecture and Interiors, Vancouver, oneseed.ca; Reena Sotropa, Reena Sotropa In House Design, Calgary, reenasotropa.ca; Stephanie Brown, Stephanie Brown Inc., Vancouver, stephaniebrowninc.com.

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vancouver.bulthaup.com. Caesarstone Classico countertops, Colonial Countertops, Victoria, colonialcountertops.com; Paragon Surfacing, Vancouver, paragonsurfacing.com; Jade Stone, Calgary, jadestone.ca; Atlas Granite, Edmonton, atlasgranite.ca; Kitchen Craft, Regina, kitchencraft.com; Western Marble and Tile, Winnipeg, wmgt.ca. E15 dining table, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com. Julien sink, Robinson Lighting and Bath, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, robinsonlightingandbath.com; WC Potts, Winnipeg, wcpotts.com. KWC Faucet, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Empire Kitchen and Bath, Calgary, empirekitchenandbath.com; Heart Kitchen and Bath, Edmonton, heartkitchens.com; WC Potts, Winnipeg, wcpotts.com. Gaggenau Stove top, Trail Appliances, across the West, trailappliances.com. Page 50 KITCHEN E15 dining table, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com. Magis dining chairs and bar stools, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, gabrielross.com; EQ3, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, eq3.com.

Pages 48-56 Architect, Frits de Vries, Frits de Vries Architect, frits.ca.

Page 51 EXTERIOR Gardens, Claire Kennedy Landscape Design, Vancouver, clairekennedydesign.ca.

Pages 48 & 49 KITCHEN Bulthaup cabinets, Bulthaup, Vancouver,

Page 52 LIVING ROOM Living Divani coffee table, Livingspace, Vancouver,

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livingspace.com; Dwell Modern, Edmonton, dwellmodern.ca. Namibia Sky marble on fireplace, Vancouver, Lucian Stone, closed. Unicom Starker floor tile, World Mosaic Tile, Vancouver, worldmosaictile.com. Fireplace hearth, custom. PAGE 54 BATHROOM Wetstyle countertop, Wetstyle vanity, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Royal Flush Bath Boutique and Plumbing Showroom, Calgary, royalflushbathboutique.com. Techlighting Cirque sconce, McLaren Lighting, Victoria, mclaren lighting.com; Robinson Lighting and Bath, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, robinsonlightingandbath.com. Ravello by Victoria and Albert Bathtub, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, cantubathrooms.com; Royal Flush Bath Boutique and Plumbing Showroom, Calgary, royalflushbathboutique.com; B.A. Robinson, Edmonton, Winnipeg, barobinson.com. PAGE 55 BEDROOM Living Divani bed frame, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com; Dwell Modern, Edmonton, dwellmodern.ca. Marimekko duvet cover, Designhouse, Vancouver, designhouse.ca; Kit, Calgary, kitinteriorobjects.com. Hase fireplace, Vancouver Gas Fireplaces, Vancouver, vangasfireplaces.com.

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VANCOUVER Vancouver Opera Festival April 28 to May 13 The first of its kind in Vancouver, the Vancouver Opera Festival debuts with Otello, which brings together Shakespeare’s poetry with Verdi’s lyricism, and Dead Man Walking, based on Sister Helen Prejean’s bestselling death-row memoir. festival.vancouveropera.ca

Foreign Concept: Colin Way; Dead Man Walking: Trudie Lee/courtesy Calgary Opera; Devour Fest: Lia Rinaldo

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PAGES 82 Designer, The Cross Interior Design, Vancouver, thecrossinteriordesign.com. Cole and Sons Nuvolette wallpaper, Astier de Villate vases, white and gold decorative boxes, tray, The Cross Décor and Design, Vancouver, thecrossdesign.com. Custom cabinets, design by Simcic and Uhrich Architects, Vancouver, simcicuhrich.com; fabrication by Trident Millwork, Vancouver, tridentmillwork.com. Cutting board, kettle, mosaic chess sets, homeowner’s own.

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VICTORIA Cheese and Meat Festival May 20 Enjoy artisan charcuterie, wine, macarons and more inside the historic Crystal Garden, right by the waterfront. Some of the artisan shops to be featured include Choux Choux Charcuterie, the Glenlivet Scotch Whisky and Upper Bench Wine and Cheeses. cheeseandmeatfestival.com

Right Angles The roof was initially intended to be natural zinc (opposite) but was changed to a coated steel to allow the rainwater to be safely collected to supplement the well water for domestic water and irrigation. Room with a View In the master bedroom, the headboard is made from the same hemlock used on the ceiling. A Marimekko duvet cover adds a splash of colour in the warmly neutral design.

“When you’re sailing by, you don’t realize it’s modern architecture,” says architect Patrick Warren. “You see it as three smaller buildings in a forested, natural environment.”

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OSOYOOS Devour! Oysoyoos May 5 to 7 Famed culinary festival Devour! is returning to the South Okanagan to showcase the best of the region’s food and wine alongside gastronomy-themed film screenings, complete with a six-course gala dinner and red carpet cocktail reception. devourfest.com

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Though there’s a 360-degree view in this Vancouver penthouse, look up and you might catch a glimpse of the sky, too. In the kitchen, a swirling, mural-like Cole and Son wallpaper on the ceiling proves to be one of the most striking features of the home: above the white lacquered and grey oak cabinets floats a moody pattern of grey clouds, a reference to the homeowner’s nostalgic memories of time spent looking up at the skies and daydreaming. SEE SOURCES


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