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Fresh Style 42 // The Best of Both Worlds Designer Robert Bailey effortlessly blends design eras in a home on Vancouver’s Westside.

52 // Silver Belle A Calgary home spa gets a glam update with floor-to-ceiling silver leaf and enough elbow room for two.

58 // Practical Magic Old Hollywood meets familyfriendly design for this elegant master ensuite in Calgary.

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38 // Great Spaces A few high-end pieces and sophisticated textures elevate a classic white kitchen.

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How Sweet A fact you may not know: our associate editor Stacey McLachlan was a certified beekeeper before she came to Western Living. Four years working at the Honeybee Centre just outside of Vancouver made her a bit of an expert—just ask her about the difference in tasting notes between blueberry, buckwheat and clover honey, and she’ll get as detailed as an oenophile. (And she’s a bold one: that’s her in the photo below, sporting a bee beard.) As you’ve likely read, our Canadian honeybee population is in crisis: die-offs are reported everywhere, and in some areas the figures are shocking. (In Ontario, for example, 58 percent of bee colonies didn’t survive the winter—more than twice the typical average loss.) The causes are a combination of a particularly hard winter and industrial pesticides that have taken a toll on one of the most important (perhaps the most important) insect populations on the planet. This issue, in “The Sweetest Thing” (page 73), we shine a spotlight on local purveyors who are working to protect the hives, while our resident expert provides an education on everything you wanted to know about bees and honey (the difference between raw and filtered, for example, or the benefits of bee venom therapy). And, of course, it’s all anchored by gorgeous, summery recipes from Julie Van Rosendaal that focus on our favourite sweet treat. I hope this issue may even inspire you to offer a little helpful boost to the bee population this summer—whether it’s a simple step like planting pollen-rich plants like lavender, zinnia and bee balm, or, for the more ambitious, becoming a backyard beekeeper. (Many beekeeping organizations provide instructional courses.) Bee beard, optional.

Just ask her the difference in tasting notes between blueberry and clover honey, and she’ll get as detailed as an oenophile.

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“Trying to introduce delight into architecture has been a preoccupation of mine,” says Paul Koopman. It’s not surprising that the Saskatoon architect is focused on bringing a little whimsy into his work: when he’s not designing modern structures, he’s painting, drawing (“Drawing is a way of thinking,” he says) or playing the ukulele—art for art’s sake, he says. Koopman’s modern architecture takes inspiration from the city’s expansive prairie landscape and natural light—the Edge, a residential development for the inner city, is spacious and fitted with large cascading windows, a reflection of the openness of the plains. Prairie Wind, a landmark that celebrates Saskatoon’s 100th anniversary, is inspired by tall grass moving in the wind. Koopman’s work is reshaping the city he loves. “There isn’t an established culture for architecture in Saskatoon, but because the city is still young, there’s so much opportunity,” he says. “There’s a real practical-ness to people here. As long as you can tap into that mentality, there’s opportunity to do good work.”—Nisha Ranu The Next Step “There are always questions like: ‘Is it buildable? Is it affordable?’ But if I can go one step further and make it enjoyable, too, I feel I’ve done my job,” says Koopman.

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Open Up Though the two-drawer, two-door Blu Dot Shale dresser ($2,679)—in smoke or walnut—is perfect for hiding away our clutter, the chic full-grain leather pulls have us wanting to pull all the doors open again. Designhouse, Vancouver, designhouse.ca

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In the Fold The Belgian-made Fläpps folding chair ($550) snaps shut to measure in at less than an inch thick for stowing away with ease—though with this pretty, geometric finish, you may want to keep it on display. Resource Furniture, Vancouver, resourcefurniture.com

The Normann Copenhagen Era rocking chair (from $2,799) recently took home a German Design Award Special Mention. We’re not surprised the sweet and simple form rocked their world. Mint Interiors, Vancouver, mintinteriors.ca

Diamonds Are Forever These pretty, angled Ruutu vases (from $95)—“ruutu” means “diamond” in Finnish—are deceptively humble: each takes seven craftsmen 24 hours to produce. Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.ca; Atkinson’s, Vancouver, atkinsonsofvancouver.com

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John Atkin Criss-Cross We can’t decide what we like most about these charming wire Pehr bowls and trays (from $35): the haphazard intersecting lines or the hip, modern colour palette of bone, citron and charcoal. Room in Order, Vancouver, roominorder.com

Civic historian, author, walking-tour guide

What lessons can we learn from historical architecture?

I think many architectural lessons have actually come full circle. One of the things that happened, and it always happens, is that you have a reaction against what went before. Things are new, then they’re oldfashioned, then old and ugly, so we want to get rid of them because we can do better. But now, things that were totally disliked in the ’50s and ’60s are getting attention today. You can see that in the Vancouver Special—the houses were originally very popular, but in the early ’80s, we couldn’t get rid of them fast enough—and today, they’re the coolest house ever and people are starting to restore them. Atkin begins his summer series of city walking tours with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation this month. johnatkin.com; vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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Top Shelf Let it stand free or mount it on the wall—either way, the Calligaris Division bookcase (from $1,500) can be kitted out with colourful aluminum inserts to create a customized storage unit. Studio Y Design, Victoria, studioydesign.ca; Calligaris, Vancouver, calligarisstore.ca

The DIY trend trickles down to home construction: shop the website of the Youbou, B.C.-based designer Dana Hummel for ready-to-download blueprints to build your own compact modern guesthouse. tinymountainhomes .com

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Legendary antiques dealer Vancouver Architectural Antiques rebrands as Renew Period Lighting and Decorative Arts, a gallery-concept shop showcasing vintage statement lighting and period decor in a bright, white modern setting—the old meets the new. renewgallery.com

The highly anticipated interactive dining experience from the minds behind Charcut—run by Western Living’s 2015 Foodie of the Year, Jessica Pelland—opens its doors in the scenic Simmons Building, pulls out the dry-aged meat, and starts up the woodfired grill. charbar.ca

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We’re currently swooning over the curvy, button-tufted Retro sofa ($1,399) from the Vancouver-based Bryght, inspired by mid-century designs but outfitted in a duo of decidedly modern grey tones. Bryght, online, bryght.com

Play It Loud We prefer a portable sound system that doesn’t cramp our style, and the B&O Play A2 ($450), which encases powerful Bluetooth speakers in a sturdy black, green or grey case with a chic leather strap, looks as good as it sounds. (Bonus: the battery lasts up to 24 hours.) Commercial Electronics, Vancouver, commercialelectronics.ca

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Catch Ma Yansong of the L.A.- and Beijing-based MAD Architects expounding on his firm’s futuristic design philosophy as part of the University of Calgary’s annual lecture series on design in contemporary culture. ucalgary.ca

Educate your palate (and treat your sweet tooth) by tastetesting chocolate from around the globe—and artisanal truffles made right in the shop, too (think lemon, lavender and thyme, or hazelnut, coconut and praline). jacekchocolate.com

The annual fivecourse Winemakers’ Dinner event is an in-depth look at one vineyard, but the festival serves up over 200 different samples—beers, spirits and wines galore—if you’re not ready to commit. topofthehops.ca


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One of a Kind Handwoven in Europe from gorgeous swatches of leather, wool or cotton and then decorated with playful embroidery, no two Ten Fingers bags (from $165) are the same. Room 8, Vancouver, room8.ca

In the Limelight The Foscarini Binic lamp ($318) is like a miniature spotlight (one that comes in cute colours like tangerine and pea green)—a petite and graphic form perfect for the desktop to highlight your work in progress. Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Lightform, Vancouver, lightform.ca

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his March, Victoria Speciality Hardware & Plumbing reached a truly impressive milestone—20 years in the business of selling architectural hardware and kitchen and bath products—but it’s not a surprising one. Since day one, VSH has been a key resource for Vancouver Island’s design community, the place to source big-name brands and specialty pieces for home renovations and upgrades alike. In fact, VSH is often the exclusive Vancouver Island distributor for beloved brands—it’s the only place on the island to source such lines as Dornbracht, New Form, Perrin & Rowe, Newport Brass and KWC faucet lines. Owners Bob and Sue Emslie opened VSH in 1995, and moved next door to a second location in 2003. Ten years later, in 2013, it was time to upgrade once more; now in a bigger showroom, the local company is able to offer even more selection and

better service (its library of product catalogues is staggering). The modern, open space, located just outside the downtown Victoria core, is within a two-block radius of some of the Island’s biggest flooring and electrical stores—a convenient design hub for homeowners and designers to shop for renovation finishes and building essentials. And the new venue boasts working showers, tubs and toilets—ideal for customer demos. So whether you call Vancouver Island home or visit frequently, drop by Victoria Speciality Hardware & Plumbing to experience two decades of industry expertise, meet the charismatic owner-operators, along with staff unmatched in expertise on the island—some with over 10 years with the company. Here’s to another two decades.

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Located in the circa-1907 National Hotel, The Nash features an L-shaped space that delineates the restaurant and bar. The dining room feels fresh, bright and airy, and the bar is contrasted in rich, dark colours.

Culture Crawl Calgary designer Amanda Hamilton was an early adopter of Inglewood. She shares her favourite haunts of this historic pocket east of downtown. Amanda Hamilton can be a bit tricky to shoehorn. Her residential interiors landed her as a One to Watch in our Designers of the Year awards, but she’s just as savvy about creating dynamic commercial spaces or designing pillows, table linens or bespoke kimonos. She oversees this expanding empire from her studio in historic Inglewood— home to this small sampling of her fave spots. 34 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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Gravity bridges the gap between day and night. Morning sees great coffee, evening a diverse wine and beer collection that appeals to local communities of young artists, freelancers and business people alike. Knifewear has become an institution for Calgary chefs—a hangout for sharp aficionados who appreciate their exclusive lines of “scary sharp” high-performance blades. As the combatant of “black thumbs,” Plant provides greens that aren’t overly fussy and are more on the hardy side for easy care. A design-centric boutique, The Uncommons is operated by a small collective of designers focused on creating an “immersive experience that promotes exploration, interaction and conversation.”


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Shania Twine and String Dion Ficus hanging ball plant by Kermodi Living Art ($49). kermodi.com

Green leaf throw ($195) by Happy Habitat. parliamentinteriors.com

Power Plant Green Light Mint Green and Lime Green Pendant hanging lamp ($40) by Color Cord Company; Plumen bulb 002 original ($40). nineteenten.ca

Bodhi green planter ($60) by CB2. cb2.ca

Different Stripes White-and-black-striped Zinnia oral pillow ($30). indigo.ca

Lantern Love Plus Matt Aqua ceramic lantern ($18) by CB2. cb2.ca

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Lounge Lizard Cactus Green Acapulco chair with white base ($400) by Innit Designs. vanspecial.com

Wire Basket in Medium Grey ($125) with wood top ($150) by Ferm Living. vanspecial.com

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Effortless Elegance A few high-end pieces and sophisticated textures elevate a classic white kitchen. Hits of black—like these Ikea Hektar lamps ($70 each)— help ground the space. ikea.ca The sleek shape of the Delta Trinsic faucet ($500) adds a modern sensibility. deltafaucet.ca

Delicate penny round tiles ($22 per square foot) add another level of pattern. juliantile.com

DESIGNER SNAPSHOT It can be easy to go overboard when building your own dream kitchen. But for Edmonton interior designer Melissa Ennis, it was all about balance: natural wood textures that soften harder lines for a cool West Coast vibe; bargain finds like the oversized pendant lights and slick bar stools that complement pricier pieces for a satisfying mix of high and low; and reflective elements, such as rain glass inserts, penny-round backsplash tiles and polished white quartz countertops, that ensure an open and bright feel despite a lack of windows. “I’m not a super morning person, so I need all the light I can get!” Ennis laughs. Of course, the airy aesthetic is balanced with her foodie husband’s need for function, too. “We planned everything to the last detail,” she says. “There’s a drawer for everything.” 38 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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Moon Walk About as exotic as you can get, the lunarinspired Moon Island modular sofa (from $6,998) orbits around a circular coffee table. manutti.com

Globe Trotters Go abroad in your backyard. Materials and patterns evocative of far-flung places, from Brazil to, um, the moon, are showing up in outdoor furniture and fabrics.

Tropic Tripping Teak calls to mind the tropics, where sunshine and sea spray add a pretty patina to outdoor furniture. Sit on the sleek slats of the low-slung Amaze lounge chair ($1,695) and soak up the same. cane-line.com

Wonder Wood Going exotic makes even more sense when it comes to wooden outdoor furniture. Yes, local West Coast cedar is a perennial good choice, but tropical hardwoods like teak, eucalyptus and mahogany are just as long-lasting, water- and bug-resistant— with the gorgeous graininess of remote getaways. Traditionally used for boats, dense and oil-rich teak from Southeast Asia has a triedand-true gleam that can last for decades. Also from 40 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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Down Under, eucalyptus has the same lustre, tight grain and durability but grows much faster, making it more sustainable and affordable. Mahogany enters the mix as another hot hardwood, like the certified sustainable Indonesian version in the Java sectional from CB2. Let these tropical hardwoods age naturally and gracefully or keep them glowing almost preternaturally with teak oil, and make like you’re in Bali in the backyard.


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Rock the Casbah This outdoor square pouf ($299), in vibrant hues from fuchsia to “Turkish Tile� (in weather-resistant polypropylene yarn knit, of course), adds that lounge factor to rock any desert oasis or outdoor space. crateandbarrel.com

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Best of Both Worlds DESIGNER ROBERT BAILEY EFFORTLESSLY BLENDS DESIGN ERAS IN A HOME ON VANCOUVER’S WEST SIDE.

by JIM SUTHERLAND photographs by JANIS NICOLAY

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Be Seated Designer Robert Bailey effortlessly blends design eras in this Vancouver home: art deco-inspired side tables from De La Espada pair with midcentury and modern pieces (opposite). In the dining room, a striking piece by artist Andy Dixon is framed by an elegant Ligne Roset dining table.

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The living room design spans centuries rather than decades, and young moderns from Downton Abbey would feel as comfortable as New York admen.

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efore hiring Robert Bailey to work with them on their new home in Vancouver, Kathie and Canon Fung had some ideas of their own—though not all of them were good. They popped into open houses as a source of inspiration, but, unfortunately, most of them were for spec-built homes with generic layouts that didn’t translate to their non-generic place. “We needed help,” Kathie says, an imperative that became especially dire as construction proceeded further along. “And because we were homeless, we had a strong incentive to get it done.” The end result of the first-time homebuilders’ collaboration with registered interior designer Bailey spans eras, obviously, but also continents. Canon works in finance (Kathie is in insurance), and he regularly travels to Europe. While he enjoys a lot of the usual things there, there’s one aspect that really struck him. “The houses are old,” says Canon. “But inside, everything is modern and clean.” The Fungs’ house, built in the westside Vancouver neighbourhood where Canon grew up, may be new, but its exterior, designed by architect Jonathan Ehling, certainly looks traditional enough: a classic white Georgian, albeit tweaked a little to fit a difficult triangular site looking down a long hill. Inside, however, Bailey helped them find a formula that both fits 44 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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Double Time Designer Robert Bailey plays with symmetry and pairs in the living room, with comfy armchairs from Room and Board, and side tables from De La Espada. While the colour palette is simple and restrained throughout the home, the powder room (opposite) gets a bold treatment with a gorgeous oral wallpaper from Trove.


The house may be new, but its exterior certainly looks traditional enough: a classic white Georgian. Inside, Bailey helped the homeowners find a formula that both fits with their contemporary style of life and looks the part.

with their contemporary style of life and looks the part. The traditional-looking house with a modern interior is pretty much the 21st-century norm. Restrictive bylaws or pressure to conform sometimes dictates the former, yet almost no one chooses to live in an interior designed for domestic life as carried on before the Second World War. That said, says Bailey, the Fungs really were looking for a blend of old and new. They had a traditional cross-hall layout for their upstairs bedrooms, and formal dining and living rooms. Really, when it comes to layout, only the great room is completely modern. The latter has proved to be the spot where most of the Fungs’ life is carried on. Both cook: she during the week, he on the weekend, and guests crowd the space on social occasions. This thoroughly modern milieu is defined by Poggenpohl cabinets in wenge and high-gloss lacquer, and a waterfall counter of shimmering “princess white” granite. But these are softened a little by oak floors, a cut-glass lighting effect and the mullioned windows that are common throughout the house. “The windows add architectural character and a formality that juxtaposes with the open modern interior,” says Bailey. 46 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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Cool and Collected With its Ligne Roset sectional, the great room proves a cozy spot to hang out while the meal is prepped in the nearby kitchen. In the dining nook (opposite), an Eames table is paired with classic Eames chairs and a custom banquette in the window— perfect for the kids.

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It’s proved to be the spot where most of the Fungs’ life is carried on. Both cook: she during the week, he on the weekend, and guests crowd the space.

Furniture in the great room runs the gamut from mid-century to purely contemporary. Bailey thinks of the look as “curated”: pieces that work well together and are a reflection of the way people live their lives. The designer’s favourite spot in the house is the living room, which is decidedly formal with its drapery, symmetry and graceful proportions. The curator here had his or her eyes on a period spanning centuries rather than decades, and young moderns from Downton Abbey would feel as comfortable as New York admen. Proportions are similarly formal in the dining room, but the feeling is purely contemporary thanks to furniture choices and the dominating presence of a painting by Vancouver artist and musician Andy Dixon. Upstairs, there’s that cross-hall layout with its mostly modern furniture, and to get there a spiral staircase—yet another element that has a traditional vocabulary yet defies easy dating. That’s the philosophy here: a careful balance that allows the happy intermingling of different styles and eras. “If you put things together in an appropriate manner,” Bailey says, “they can all work together.” 48 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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To Dine For The Fungs were looking for modern European design inside their home, and the custom Poggenpohl kitchen ďŹ ts right in. Sleek white lacquer is warmed up with comfy LaPalma bar stools (this page), and dark wenge accents on the island and the integrated appliances (opposite, bottom).


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Silver Belle

THE HOME SPA GETS A GLAM UPDATE WITH FLOOR-TO-CEILING SILVER LEAF AND ENOUGH ELBOW ROOM FOR TWO.

by ANICKA QUIN photographs by MARTIN TESSLER

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Take advantage of dead spaces in the walls to create sculpture niches. When the homeowner opts to take a long soak in that Hydro Systems bath, she won’t just be staring at the (albeit lovely) silver walls. Mitchell punched into the archway over the bath, creating pockets in the walls for two sculpture niches.

Pay careful attention to the placement of your sconces. There may be no room more important than the bathroom for proper lighting. “You want lighting to be equally spaced in the middle of where you’re standing,” explains Mitchell. “If you have light hitting you on one side, you start to look different, and it affects how you do your makeup.”

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Tech Time A touchpad controls the sound system and television (below) —and thanks to its silvery background wallpaper, fits right into this glam space.


Automate your water temperature settings. Mitchell’s a big fan of Hansgrohe’s RainBrain: the touch-screen shower control allows you to create personal settings for up to five users— meaning you’ll never have to tweak the taps to reach the perfect temperature again.

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hen designer Kevin Mitchell first toured with the homeowner around her newly purchased home, it didn’t go well. “She sat in her front stairwell and put her head in her hands,” says Mitchell, who works at Douglas Cridland Interior Design. “She said, ‘I’m having major buyer’s remorse. I feel like I’m in my mom’s house.’” This bathroom, for example, featured bow-front vanities with mahogany wood and traditional, ogee-edged granite; a built-in tub deck was paired with a decorative Roman tub filler. “She kept repeating, ‘It’s too traditional, and I’m not a traditional person,’” says Mitchell. The goal, he says, was to get the space feeling a little more modern without destroying the traditional architectural elements in the house—that great archway over the bath, for example. In the bathroom, the general layout would stay the same, though Mitchell carved out a few more feet for the shower from an adjacent laundry room, making it large enough for two. And the client was more than game to get creative in the design of the room. “She loved the idea of it being really unique,” he explains. To wit, he created a one-of-akind plaid tile design for the shower, and covered the entire room with silver leaf—a glittering surface that will change over time. “It’s a living patina,” explains Mitchell. “If you replace a square, the sheen will be a little different, but it will add to the effect over time. The way it looks right now isn’t necessarily the same as how it will look a year from now.” SEE SOURCES

Include a seat in the shower—but don’t forget to warm it up. It’s one of Mitchell’s signature moves: including radiant heating in the bench in the shower, perfect for when you want to take a little longer and enjoy the steam.

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Practical Magic

OLD HOLLYWOOD MEETS FAMILY-FRIENDLY DESIGN FOR THIS ELEGANT MASTER ENSUITE IN CALGARY.

by SUSAN BRYANT photographs by MARTIN TESSLER

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Keep sconces at 65 inches above the floor. It’s a natural height for lighting that won’t create shadows on the face for most people—the last thing you want as you’re getting ready for the day.

Bring the counters up a couple of inches. While standard counter height is 32 inches, taller feels better in the bathroom, where you’re likely to bend over the sink to wash your face. W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A M AY 2 0 15 | 59


Light the night with under-cabinet LEDs. These cabinets are equipped with motion-detecting night lights—perfect for keeping the lights low in the wee hours.

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ith its art deco-inspired cabinet designs and sculptural clawfoot tub, this Calgary bathroom evokes Old Hollywood—but it’s also suitably planned for its family of four: designed by Allison Grafton and Lindsey Zugelder of Rockwood Custom Homes, the house is home to a couple and their twins. An elegant built-in vanity creates a dedicated space for beauty routines (complete with a plush, sheepskin-topped barrel seat), while the oversized shower is perfect for mom and the twins (young enough to need help for a few years still). The travertine-tiled floor stays warm on the feet, thanks to in-floor heating (which, naturally, rises up under the shower bench, too), and, perhaps best of all for bleary-eyed mornings, the absence of a curb between the main room and the shower prevents stubbed toes and keeps sightlines clear. But lest we get too practical here, there’s also that stunning Ann Sacks tile insert in the shower wall, framed like the artwork that it is. And, finally, that lovely bathtub, spotlighted by a Barbara Barry pendant light overhead, offers the ultimate in luxe-yetpractical design: it’s perfectly positioned to take in the view of the mountains beyond.

Make a large space feel intimate with a darker ceiling. The homeowners have two young children, so the shower space was designed to be large enough for mom and the kids to get ready in the morning. The darker tiles on the ceiling help the large space feel cozy.

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Swede Dreams

A WHISTLER VACATION HOME’S MASTER ENSUITE CHANNELS SCANDINAVIAN SIMPLICITY AND SPA STYLE.

by BARB SLIGL photographs by CHAD FALKENBERG

Nordic Cool A simple palette of cool stone and light oak are the perfect neutral backdrop for bold Missoni towels.

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Increase the sense of space by taking the vanity off the floor. “Floating vanities make the floor space feel bigger,” says Chad Falkenberg—like this one, which is about nine inches above the tile floor.

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Take advantage of your wall space for storage. Use shallow mirrored medicine cabinets to provide extra and easy-access concealed storage for smaller items.

Do you really need a bathtub? “Almost everyone loves a walk-in shower over showering in a tub,” says Falkenberg. “If you really want a tub, put it in a special place that is both beautiful and relaxing.”

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fter schussing down snowy slopes or kicking up gravel on singletrack, it’s sweet to hit the spa—and even sweeter if that spa is at home. That’s what the homeowners of this Whistler townhouse, just up the slopes from the Blackcomb gondola, experience when they head home to a luxe master bathroom. Designers Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds transformed the dated home into a lavish mountain getaway for the Vancouver-based homeowners, whose main directive to the design duo was to open up the space and maximize the light and connection to the stunning scenery outdoors. So they went Scandinavian. “We call the look Canadian Nordic, which is a departure from the traditional frontier look of raw fi r posts and beams that Whistler is known for,” says Falkenberg. Yet homage is paid to that old-school, log-cabin vibe with knotty oak flooring across one wall—a surprisingly sleek touch that Falkenberg describes as Canadian casual. A light, airy palette typical of Norway, Sweden or Finland balances that wood, and white porcelain tile on the other walls and floor creates continuity in a space that’s all corners and angles. “We embraced the original vaulted

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ceiling and windows and painted them white, which really maximizes the space,” says Falkenberg. The brightness continues with matte-fi nish white granite that mimics honed marble but is stain-resistant, easy to maintain and super-practical. Other no-nonsense elements include hand sprayers in both the tub and shower for twice the cleaning power post-outside play, and medicine cabinets hidden in the mirrors above the sinks to provide easy-access storage at eye level. And, being a vacation home, there’s also open storage and surface space for weekend toiletry cases. Of course, double sinks are de rigueur: “In a resort town like Whistler, it’s important to spend more time outside than waiting in line for the bathroom,” says Falkenberg. The design-savvy homeowners also requested Dornbracht Tara sink faucets, known for their German engineering and gorgeous lines. A Nelson Bubble pendant lamp adds another designer touch along with spa-like ambience. Combining that with dimmable overhead recessed pot lights and simple lighting above the vanity means the mood can shift from task to relax. As one does in Whistler. SEE SOURCES


Don’t feel you have to choose between shiny or matte finishes. Shiny materials tend to feel formal, while matte is more casual and natural. Here, the bathroom is mostly matte—stone, tile, wood and paint— offset with polished chrome for a touch of sophistication.

This is a vacation home, so the goal is relaxation and rejuvenation. “The space feels light and refreshing, which makes it feel like stepping into a spa,” says Chad Falkenberg.


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PLAN YOUR DREAM BATHROOM WITH THESE TIPS FROM THE PROS.

Turn the ensuite into a luxe getaway. Calgary architect Richard Davignon thinks about ensuite design as a series of rooms, each pivoted around the main vanity space—dressing rooms, shower room and water closet all rotate around the one central space, creating a luxe, hotel-like getaway. Here, the long and narrow shower room—enclosed behind curtains rather than glass— gets a view of the garden, and has plenty of elbow room for two. SEE SOURCES W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A M AY 2 0 15 | 67


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Take advantage of natural light. When the homeowner was renovating the upper level of her home, designer Negar Reihani of Space Harmony suggested she position the ensuite shower under the skylight, creating a rare opportunity to bathe in natural light. Clad in natural stone, the simple space doesn’t need many bells and whistles to shine: a wraparound bench, a gorgeous sunny day, and it’s a room made for luxuriating in.

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Use one material throughout for a statement-making design. Designer Karin Bohn of Moeski Design Agency loves the look of marble in a bathroom—and even more so when it’s everywhere. The white and bright material covers the floors, the walls and the lining of the shower (with smaller mosaic tile on the floor to provide grip and the right angle for drainage). Framed mirrors offer just enough visual break and serve to warm up the cool marble, too.

Clad in natural stone, the simple space doesn’t need many bells and whistles to shine: a wraparound bench, a gorgeous sunny day, and it’s a room made for luxuriating in.

Disguise the shower drain and you’ll get a more comfortable floor. You’ll have to look closely to spot the drain in this South Pender Island bathroom, designed by Tanja Hinder and Carrie McCarthy of Marrimor: it’s just two thin lines running along the floor. But the simple concept pays off: the floor of the steam shower is comfortable underfoot, perfect to spend as much time as you’d like in there.

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Sweetest Thing SURE, HONEY’S GREAT IN TEA—BUT IT’S EVEN BETTER DRIZZLED ON PANCAKES OR SLATHERED ON PORK BELLY. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE SWEET STUFF. recipes by JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL // styling by JUNO KIM // photographs by JOANN PAI

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TASTE TEST Forget wine tasting—honey is the new flavour frontier. Depending on the nectar source, the taste (and colour and texture) of honey can vary wildly. Grab a few jars and find your favourite.

HONEYED BANANA DUTCH BABY

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A Dutch baby is a puffed pancake made with a simple, egg-rich batter poured into a preheated skillet and baked in a hot oven. It’s delicious topped with fresh berries or sautéed apples, but caramelized bananas are gorgeous—if you like, top the wedges with a dollop of whipped cream. DUTCH BABY 1 tbsp canola or mild vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 2 large eggs ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup milk Pinch salt HONEYED BANANAS 2 tbsp butter 1–2 bananas, sliced lengthwise ¼ cup honey

A classic Canadian honey; what you’ll often find in grocery stores. A mild, cinnamon-y taste and a light amber hue.

BLUEBERRY Honey collected from a plant’s blossom won’t necessarily taste like the fruit grown by that plant. Case in point: blueberry honey, which has a brown sugar-like finish.

THE GLOSSARY How do you like your honey? Served up as the bees intended, or filtered into liquid gold? Look for these four key words to help you find a sweetener that’s been processed just right.

WILDFLOWER Wildflower honey—from nectar collected from a variety of flowers—will taste a little different in every region, so seek it out in your travels for a truly local flavour.

RAW To make the Dutch baby, put the oil and butter in a 9- or 10-inch ovenproof skillet (cast iron is ideal), put it in the oven and heat the oven to 425°F. Combine the eggs, flour, milk and salt in a blender and pulse until well combined. Remove the pan from the oven, pour in the batter and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffed and golden. Meanwhile, in another skillet set over medium heat, melt the butter for the bananas. When the foam subsides, add the bananas and cook until soft and starting to turn golden. Drizzle the honey over top and heat through. If you like, add a sprinkle of cinnamon. Top the pancakes with the caramelized bananas and pour over the buttery honey from the bottom of the pan. Cut into wedges and serve warm. Serves 4.

Honey that’s been spun out of the honeycomb and bottled with any wax bits or pollen (or bees’ legs) that might get swept up in the process. A fave of health nuts.

FILTERED Raw honey that’s been heated gently and run through a filter to remove any non-honey bits and pieces. Still healthy, but a little less. . .chewy.

PASTEURIZED Filtered honey that’s heated to a high temperature to kill any latent yeast cells, which have a very small chance of fermenting— pasteurization can also slow down the process of crystallization, which means the jars of honey will look nicer on the shelf for longer. In the process, though, this heat can destroy some of the nutritional qualities of the honey.

FIREWEED The fireweed plant blossoms after wildfires, so it’s a rare treat. A good fireweed will be almost crystal clear, with a mild, buttery finish. The “champagne of honey.”

BUCKWHEAT Dark brown—almost black!— with a strong, malt-like molasses (almost barnyard) flavour. High in vitamins and antioxidants.

HONEYCOMB Cut straight out of the hive, wax and all. (While beeswax is chewy, it’s totally edible and safe to swallow—you could eat a beeswax candle, if you were so inclined.) As natural as it gets, and a great addition to a cheeseboard. W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A M AY 2 0 15 | 75


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STICKY SLOWROASTED PORK BELLY WITH CHILI HONEY

ROASTED WER WE CAULIFLOWER RIED RI WITH CURRIED TER ER HONEY BUTTER

Pork belly is exactly what it sounds like—a slab of meat from the belly of a pig. It comes about an inch thick, like an uncut piece of bacon. Slow roasting will allow the fat to render and connective tissues to break down; turning the heat up at the end crisps the skin, caramelizing the exterior with a slick of spiced honey.

Cauliflower takes well to roasting; tossing half-baked florets in curryspiked honey butter before they finish their time in a hot oven makes them irresistible.

2 lb pork belly 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced Olive oil, for cooking Salt and freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup dark honey, like wildflower or buckwheat 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice 2 tsp chili powder Preheat the oven to 300˚F. Pat the pork belly dry with paper towel and score the skin with a sharp knife a quarter- to half-inch apart in one or both directions, without cutting all the way through to the meat. Place the onions in the bottom of a baking dish and lay the pork belly skin side up on top. Drizzle with oil and rub all over the skin; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 2½ hours. Meanwhile, stir together the honey, lime juice and chili powder, warming the honey if you need to.

1 head cauliflower, separated into florets Olive oil, for cooking Salt 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp honey 1 small garlic clove, finely crushed or grated 1 tsp curry powder or paste ½ tsp cumin ¼ cup chopped cilantro Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Spread the cauliflower out on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Toss with your hands to coat, then sprinkle with salt. Roast for 15 minutes, until cauliflower startes to soften and turn golden in spots. Meanwhile, in a small dish melt the butter with the honey; stir in the garlic, curry and cumin. Pour or spoon over the cauliflower, sprinkle with cilantro and roast for another 20 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and golden. Serves 4 to 6.

Turn the oven up to 400˚F and brush the pork all over with the honey mixture. Roast for another 20 to 30 minutes, brushing once or twice, until deep golden and crisp. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 6.

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BURNING QUESTIONS What is creamed honey? Honey that’s been whipped into a thick, gooey spread. No additives, just a whole lot of stirring. Why has my honey gone hard? That’s just crystallization—the separation of the glucose and fructose that make up honey. It usually happens at colder temperatures, or if the jar has been sitting for a while. Just gently heat in a pot of hot water, or put the jar in the oven with just the light on to liquefy. How long will honey last? Honey is the only food that never goes bad. Honey was discovered in ancient Egyptian tombs—and was still totally edible.


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Food & Wine // HONEY

BUCKWHEAT HONEY ICE CREAM Dark, intense honey like buckwheat sweetens a simple, creamy custard while adding a distinct flavour; use a mellower honey, like clover or fireweed, for a lighter, milder ice cream. If you like, add a shot of bourbon to the mixture for buckwheat bourbon ice cream. 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream 3 cups half and half ⅔ cup buckwheat honey 4 large egg yolks Pinch sea salt In a medium saucepan, heat the cream, half and half and honey until it’s steaming, whisking to melt the honey. Don’t bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, put the egg yolks in a bowl. Pour in some of the hot cream in a thin stream, whisking constantly, to warm the yolks, then whisk the yolk mixture back into the pot of hot cream in the same manner. Bring up to steaming again, whisking often. Add a pinch of salt. Cool the mixture down, then refrigerate until cold. Freeze in an ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you like, transfer to a container and freeze until firm. Makes about 6½ cups.

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INFUSED HONEY Honey easily takes on the flavour of herbs and spices, tea leaves, citrus zest, chilies, vanilla beans or dried flowers; lighter honeys are more easily infused, and you can see any additions more clearly in the jar. Make sure fresh herbs are washed and dried well, so as not to add moisture to the honey.

Lavender Infusion

Rosemary Infusion

Light honey, such as clover, alfalfa or fireweed YOUR CHOICE OF: Rosemary Thyme Fresh mint Orange or lemon zest Dried lavender Loose tea leaves Cinnamon sticks Star anise Dry chili flakes Thinly sliced fresh ginger Vanilla bean, split lengthwise Warm any quantity of honey over low heat on the stovetop, or gently in the microwave. If you like, put your flavourings (a teaspoon or two per cup of honey) into a square of cheesecloth, bundle it up and tie with string to avoid having to strain your honey later. Otherwise, put your choice of ingredients into clean jars (run them through the dishwasher and fill them while they’re still warm) and pour the honey over top to fill the jars about ¾ full. If you like, stir the honey with a chopstick or bamboo skewer, then add more honey to fill. Let the honey sit for a few days, or up to a week, then rewarm the jar and remove the spice bags or bigger pieces, like sprigs of herbs, sliced ginger, vanilla beans or cinnamon sticks—or strain the honey through a sieve. Store in the jar on the shelf for a few months, or indefinitely.

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SUGAR NO MORE You can use honey almost anywhere you’d use sugar— it’s slightly sweeter, much healthier and makes for moist, flavourful baked goods. Swap in a cup for a cup, and reduce the liquid in the recipe by a ¼ cup for every cup of honey used. You’ll need to decrease the oven temperature by 25°F, too.

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Food & Wine // HONEY HEALTH FROM THE HIVE It’s not all about the honey. Think of the hive as nature’s medicine cabinet.

POLLEN What is it? Bees collect pollen from flowers and pack it tightly into little yellow pellets that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Add it to yogurt, granola or smoothies, or eat it straight from the spoon. Take it for Some people take local pollen to treat hay fever—it teaches your body to build up an immunity to airborne pollen come springtime—while others use it as a protein-rich, vitamin-B-packed nutritional supplement.

PROPOLIS

Bees’ Knees Cocktail

What is it? Honeybees use propolis—made from tree sap and beeswax—to keep the hive germ-free: it’s antifungal and antibacterial. Take it for Mixed into a tincture, you can take propolis as an immune-system booster daily, or by the dropperful to fight a cold.

ROYAL JELLY What is it? Worker bees produce this milky enzyme to feed the queen bee. She’s the only adult bee in the hive to consume this nutritional powerhouse—and the only one to live up to seven years. Take it for The lightly creamy, slightly sour substance works as a cell regenerator and multivitamin, so take it as a general health tonic for mental clarity, fighting signs of aging and boosting the immune system.

BEE VENOM

BEES’ KNEES COCKTAIL Adding straight honey to an ice-filled shaker will cause it to harden, so you have two options: make honey syrup by boiling equal parts honey and hot water, or shake the bejesus out of it. Guess which method we prefer. —Neal McLennan 82 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

2 oz Hendrick’s gin (or G’Vine Floraison, if you can find it) ¾ oz fresh lemon juice 1 spoonful of honey Add all ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker, shake, and strain into jam jars. Maybe garnish with a lemon wedge. Add ice if needed.

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What is it? Honeybees release a dose of venom when they sting—and yes, it hurts. But the itching and swelling that occur after a sting can kick your immune system into action. Take it for Arthritis, multiple sclerosis and even warts can be treated with bee venom therapy (BVT), but consult a doctor first (and have an EpiPen at the ready).


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Liquid Gold Chenin Blanc’s honeyed tasting notes have wine lovers buzzing. A lot of white wines are described as tasting “honeyed”: viognier, some new-world chardonnay, roussanne from France’s Rhône Valley. But for me, no grape captures the essence of artisanal honey—not the sickly sweet stuff that comes in a plastic bear—than chenin blanc. When made in the austere manner, it’s all minerality and green apple, but when a winemaker in the Loire or South Africa lets the grape ripen and allows some natural sweetness to develop, it’s as if you walked right into the hive and started gnawing on some honeycomb—rich, textured and a touch waxy—with none of the stinging side effects.—Neal McLennan 84 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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’m on the street in downtown Cabo San Lucas and the carnage is jaw dropping. No, I’m not talking about the aftermath of last fall’s Hurricane Odile—the city has bounced back nicely from that, thank you very much. I’m talking about an early-morning scene outside Cabo Wabo—the mega-bar owned by erstwhile Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar. This bricks-andmortar ode to all things bro is the type of establishment that begins each day with a literal hosing down of the previous night’s festivities, and to be honest, before I arrived I assumed that getting blitzed on cheap tequila and muchas Coronas was standard operating procedure for a trip to the tip of Baja. Cancun has all-inclusives, Acapulco has, well, crime, and Cabo is all about party, party, party. What I didn’t expect was that scattered among the beer-pong pavilions and vendors hawking serapes with Edmonton Eskimos logos, there exist moments of serene beauty: empty beaches and vistas over the Sea of Cortez that you can have all to yourself if you just know where to look. For every pod of frat boys, there’s a pod of migrating humpback whales; for every all-you-can-eat hotel buffet, there’s a small producer crafting handmade food for the pilgrims who are willing to seek it out.

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SECRET GARDEN There’s no substitute for being first. When the original Palmilla hotel was built in 1956 by the son of Mexico’s president, they had their pick of locales on the then largely untouched coastline. That’s why it has the best swimming beach on the Pacific side and foliage that makes you feel like you’re in the Amazon instead of a coastal desert—all framing a timeless

Silent Sanctuary The entrance to the One&Only Palmilla.

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design that keeps most of its patrons on-site for the duration of their stay. The One&Only Palmilla is moviestar pricey (rooms start at $455), and as a result is often filled with movie stars. But if you’re looking for the calmest spot in the Cabo corridor, with an on-site Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant and a resortowned 95-foot Catari yacht (and a 40-foot Azimut yacht for backup) moored offshore, look no further.


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 A PERFECT ROAD TRIP The highway between the touristy Cabo San Lucas and the more chill San José del Cabo is packed with cars and lined with resorts, but stray even a bit from the main drag and you enter a desertscape. A quick drive up to the East Cape brings you to the village of Los Zacatitos, where Vancouver architecture firm Campos Leckie

has constructed a number of off-thegrid modern masterpieces that will have you plotting early retirement, while the miles-from-anywhere Zac’s Bar and Grill provides serviceable lunch fare to sustain your exploration. There’s a rumour that a slew of new resorts (including a Four Seasons) will be opening in these parts in the near future, so capture some magical desolation before it’s gone.

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DRAMATIC DINING Usually the most memorable thing about a meal at a high-end hotel restaurant is the cardiac arrestinducing bill at the end of the night. Not at the Resort at Pedregal’s El Farallon, where your journey starts by driving though a thousand-foot tunnel, complete with chandeliers, bored through a mountain, which is the hotel’s sole point of access. You then are seated along a very narrow isthmus, with the mountain on one side and the ocean a few metres below on the other, where you will spend the rest of the night trying to concentrate on your meal (prepared by a chef who trained under Thomas Keller) as the waves dramatically smash just below your table. If the surf is high, a blanket is quickly proffered. Of all the meals you’re likely to have in Baja, this will be the most unforgettable.

View Property Mountainside dining in Pedregal.

 A CREATIVE RETREAT The eclectic, electric Hotel El Ganzo would not be the first place on a list of where to relax. The boutique lodging, conceived of by one of the scions of the Corona beer fortune, is famous for hosting the likes of Slash and Charlie Sheen while their entourages frolic in the clear-bottomed pool. But beating beneath the slick surface is a site dedicated to the creative classes—there are in-house artists and writers, and beautifully spare public spaces—who don’t mind taking a small tender to the most low-key, private Beach Club in the area, in order to best contemplate future masterpieces.

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ADULT TIME After partiers, Cabo’s most common patrons are families living the all-inclusive dream, and its perfect weather and glorious beaches are ideal for them. But if you’re without little ones (even temporarily, especially temporarily), what you need is a spot that channels everything that’s great about not having kids, and that’s where Esperanza comes in. Do you need to be an adult to love that almost every room has a stunning ocean view? A sublime oceanfront restaurant that practically terraces right into the sea? Complimentary TRX classes or outdoor yoga? A desert clay purification treatment in the spa? Probably not, but you’ll appreciate them far more, especially as the resort is just reopening from a major (welcome but unnecessary) refresh.

Farm To Table A chef’s farm tour at Los Tamarindos.

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Just because you’re not down with throwing back tequilas with the shooter girl doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a drink. Flora’s Farm Bar sits in a sheltered valley just outside San José, and the small development/restaurant/working farm seems like the type of planned community Charlie Trotter might have designed. Try a Farmarita, a take on the local fave that uses heirloom carrot juice and Cazadores tequila, and is best taken among the rows of produce.

Farm: Sabrina Reynoso

A COUNTRY IDYLL The organic movement has come slowly to Baja, but just add water to the near-perfect growing conditions and you have a retreat like Huerta Los Tamarindos: a multi-acre organic farm, a back-to-basics cooking school and a low-key restaurant showcasing the best of the first two. You’re only a mile from the water, but there’s an authentic vibe that feels far away from the rest of Baja. It’s also, oddly, the best place to source real handicrafts (no sombreros) from the rest of Mexico in its small but well-curated gift store.


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PAGE 36 Innit Designs Acapulco chair, Vancouver Special, Vancouver, 604-568-3673, vanspecial.com. Happy Habitat green leaf throw, Parliament Interiors, Vancouver, 604-689-0800, parliamentinteriors.com. Kermodi Living Art Shania Twine and String Dion ficus hanging ball plant, Kermodi Living Art, Vancouver, 778-875-2984, kermodi.com. Colour Cord Company pendant hanging lamps, Plumen bulb 002, Nineteen Ten, Vancouver, 604-558-0210, nineteenten.ca. Ferm Living wire basket, Vancouver Special, Vancouver, 604-568-3673, vanspecial .com. CB2 Plus Matt Aqua ceramic lantern, Bodhi green planter, CB2, Vancouver, 604-669-9797, cb2.com. Indigo Zinnia floral pillow, Chapters Indigo, Victoria, 250-380-9009; Vancouver, 604-731-7822, indigo.ca.

PAGE 40 Manutti Moon Island sofa, Ginger Jar Furniture, 604-988-7328, North Vancouver, B.C., gingerjar furniture.com. Outdoor pouf, Crate and Barrel, Vancouver, 604-269-4300, crateandbarrel.com. Fermob Osmose swinging bed, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, 250-384-2554, grshop.com; Ginger Jar Furniture, North Vancouver, B.C., 604-988-7328, gingerjarfurniture.com. Distinctly Home Outdoors pillows, The Bay, across the West, thebay .com. BoConcept Adelaide dining set, BoConcept, Vancouver, 604-730-8111; Calgary, 403-265-6677, boconcept .com. Cane-line Amaze lounge chair, Brougham Interiors, Vancouver, 604736-8822, broughaminteriors.com.

EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE PAGE 38 Designer, Melissa Ennis, Melissa Ennis Design, Edmonton, 780893-2551, melissaennisdesign.com. Custom cabinets, STC Custom Cabinets, Edmonton, 780-860-9716, stccabinets.com. Cabinet pulls, pendant lights, Ikea, across the West, ikea.ca. ÇimStone Arcadia quartz countertops, Artisan Stone, Edmonton, 780-955-2343, artisanstone.ca. Penny round backsplash tiles, Julian Tile, Burnaby, B.C., 604-299-4085; Calgary, 403-287-8453, juliantile.com. Opus dark taupe glass backsplash tiles, Tierra Sol, Vancouver, 604-435-5400, tierrasol.ca. Novanni Cristadur steel sink, Delta Trinsic single handle pulldown faucet, Home Depot, across the West, homedepot.ca. KitchenAid wine 94 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PAGES 42-49 Designer, Robert Bailey, Robert Bailey Interiors, Vancouver, 778-330-5667, robertbaileyinteriors.ca. PAGE 42 LIVING ROOM De La Espada sofa, pillows and side tables, Livingspace, Vancouver, 604-683-1116, livingspace.com. Grey patterned rug, West Elm, Vancouver, 604-733-6730, westelm.com. PAGE 43 DINING ROOM Blue patterned rug, West Elm, Vancouver, 604733-6730, westelm.com. Nordic grey marble flooring, Stone Tile, Vancouver, 604-731-9948, stone-tile.com. White oak custom site-finished hardwood flooring, BC Hardwood, Vancouver, 604-255-7375, bchard wood.com. Ligne Roset dining table, Livingspace, Vancouver, 604-683-1116,


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SILVER BELLE PAGES 52-55 Designer, Kevin Mitchell, Douglas Cridland Interior Design, Calgary, 403-2280636, dcid.net. Mare Bianco limestone flooring, Vetro mosaic wall tiles, StoneTile, Vancouver, 604-731-9948, stone-tile. com. Hydro Systems bathtub, 96 | W E S T E R N L I V I N G . C A

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PRACTICAL MAGIC PAGES 58-60 Designers, Allison Grafton and Lindsey Zugelder, Rockwood Custom Homes, Calgary, 403-4525955, rockwoodcustomhomes.com. Crema Marfil marble countertops, Stone Selection, Calgary, 403-2142363, stoneselection.ca. Victoria and Albert Cheshire tub, Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, Vancouver, 604-8792494, robinsonlightingandbath.com. Linkasink oval botanical sinks, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Victoria, 250-382-1252; Vancouver, 604-6881252, cantubathrooms.com.

SWEDE DREAMS PAGES 62-65 Designer, Chad Falkenberg and Kelly Reynolds, Falken Reynolds, Vancouver, 604-5689487, falkenreynolds.com. Impronta Italgraniti tile, Stone Tile, Vancouver, 604-325-6564, stone-tile.com. Custom cabinetry and mirror, Eyco Building Group, Vancouver, 604-263-1337, eyco .ca. Cantrio sinks, Victoria Speciality Hardware, Victoria, 250-598-2966, vshl.ca; Cantu, Vancouver, 604-6881252, cantubathrooms.com. Dornbracht Tara Logic faucets, Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, across the West, robinsonlightingandbath.com. George Nelson Criss Cross lamp, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, 250-384-254, grshop.com; LightForm, Vancouver, 604-688-7022, lightform.ca. Acri-Tec bathtub, Andrew Sheret, Victoria, 250-386-8311, sheret. com; Universal Supply, Vancouver, 604-543-4300, universalsupply.bc.ca. Villeroy and Boch Subway toilet and bidet, Victoria Speciality Hardware, Victoria, 250-598-2966, vshl.ca; Cantu, Vancouver, 604-688-1252, cantubath rooms.com.

BATHING BEAUTIES PAGES 67-69 PAGE 67 Designer, Richard Davignon, Davignon Martin, Calgary, 403-282-6082, davignon martin.ca. Floor tiles, shower tiles, Stone Tile, Vancouver, 604-731-9948, stone-tile.com. PAGE 68 Designer, Negar Reihani, Space Harmony, Vancouver, 604-500-0120, spaceharmony

.ca. Wooden marble tiles, Creekside Tile Company, Vancouver, 604-8764900, creeksidetile.com. Kohler Contemporary Square Series Rainfall shower, The Ensuite Bath and Kitchen, Victoria, 250-380-1570; Vancouver, 604-872-3375, theensuite.com. PAGE 69 Designer, Karin Bohn, Moeski Design Agency, Vancouver, 604-629-3400, moeski.ca. Bianco Pearl Polished marble, Aeon Stone and Tile, Vancouver, 604-872-8444, aeonstonetile.com. Grohe Atrio faucet, Kitchen and Bath Classics, Victoria, 250-475-1120, kitchenandbathclassics .com; Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, Vancouver, 604-879-2494, robinsonlightingandbath.com. Bianco Pearl marble slab polished counter, Aeon Stone and Tile, Vancouver, 604872-8444, aeonstonetile.com. Custom walnut millwork drawers, TL. Millwork Company, Port Coquitlam, 604-7202817. Bamboo Leaf Smoke Blend mosaic tiles, Creekside Tile Company, Vancouver, 604-876-4900, creeksidetile.com. PAGE 69 Designer, Tanja Hinder and Carrie McCarthy, Marrimor, Vancouver, 778-861-5202, marrimor.com. White Oak kitchen cabinets, Swiftsure Woodworkers, Saanichton, B.C., 778-3513401, swiftsurewoodworkers.com. Engineered stone countertops, Colonial Countertops, Victoria, 250-3831926, colonialcountertops.com; Paragon Surfacing, Vancouver, 604874-2228, paragonsurfacing.com. Kohler Ladena undercounter sink, The Ensuite Bath And Kitchen, Victoria, 250-391-3058; Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, Vancouver, 604-8792494, robinsonlightingandbath.com. Cifial USA Techno Lav faucet, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, 604-688-1252, cantubathrooms.com. Silver Vain-Cut floor tiles, Bordignon Marble and Granite, Vancouver, 604733- 8109, bordignon.ca. Custom Western Red Cedar shower bench, mth Woodworks, Vancouver, 604-7208693, mthwoodworks.com. Cifial USA Techno Lav Widespread faucet, Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware, Vancouver, 604-688-1252, cantubathrooms.com.

TRADE SECRETS PAGE 98 Designer, Angela Robinson, Vancouver, 604-563-6143, angela robinson.ca. Lamp, Ikea, across the West, ikea.ca. Table, CB2, Vancouver, 604-669-9797, cb2.ca. Mid-century bed, West Elm, Vancouver, 604-7336730, westelm.ca.

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