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This February, I took a much-needed vacation to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. It was the perfect break, and because of the flourishing design scene there, I came home with armloads of fresh ideas. I took thousands (honestly!) of inspiring photos of mosaic tiles, hand-woven fabrics and incredible pressed tinwork. I’m already planning to paint my guest bathroom a deep seafoam green paired with red accents — a combination pulled from the walls of my favourite store there. For me, this is always the best part about travelling — coming back with a brand new take on things and putting it into action at home, or on our pages. One thing I like about San Miguel is all the homes have gorgeous interior courtyards. In the house we rented, our plant-filled courtyard was the link between rooms — like a giant outdoor hall. If I went to the kitchen, I passed through the courtyard. When we went to bed, we went through the courtyard. I loved it! Each time, I got another chance to see the flowering cactuses, the plunge pool, and to feel the warm air. The experience reminded me just how important it is to bring the outdoors into our homes. We might not all be able to have a courtyard, but we can make the most of porches, patios and balconies, and find simple ways to bring the outdoors inside. In my own home (it’s a Victorian and probably the furthest thing from a Mexican hacienda), we opened up the main living space to let in plenty of light, and we created several outdoor “rooms.” We use every one of them throughout the summer, literally moving with the sun around the house as it rises and sets. And in the winter, we look forward to watching the snow as it gathers on the plantings. But there are other ways to connect interior and exterior. Things like vases filled with fresh flowers, vibrant colours and clear views. The homeowners in this issue have mastered the art — just peek inside the colourful home of blogger Anna Spiro (p. 146) or the summer home in Georgian Bay (p. 130) with its gorgeous 360-degree views — proof positive that great indoor-outdoor living experiences can happen anywhere.
While I was in Mexico, I had the good fortune to stumble upon the studio of Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy (below), the creators of the stunning furniture line Casamidy. I fell in love with the courtyard at their studio, and of course, their striking furniture designs.
P.S. May is also our Green Issue. Check out the inspiring eco-chic home on page 138 or get designer tips to green your home and your lifestyle on page 110. CENTRE: A dreamy daybed set up in a corner of the Casamidy courtyard. LEFT: Casamidy’s Louis XVI-style Manchez armchair looks great indoors and out. (Casamidy is available through South Hill Home in Toronto.)
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GILLIAN GRACE: “Bottom line is it’s summer, it’s beautiful, everyone is relaxed — don’t fuss, and make lots of guacamole.” As a budding journalist at the University of Toronto, Gillian was too shy to order pizza over the phone, but after a six-year stint at Toronto Life and a plethora of articles for Chatelaine, Report on Business and The Globe and Mail under her belt, it’s safe to say she’s found her voice. The Toronto-based writer penned “Great Wide Open” (page 130).
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GOBI KIM: “Right now, I’m all about picnics. I like using sarongs instead of blankets because they’re easier to clean and quick to dry.” Five years ago, the Korean-born, Wellesley Collegeeducated writer and her husband moved to Panama to “live a cleaner, greener, slower life.” Slow is a relative concept for Gobi, who is busy looking after their four-year-old, frequently travelling to Toronto and New York, and writing for Azure and Realscreen magazines, as well as this issue’s “Living” (page 72).
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SIMON KENNY: “We keep it very casual. It usually involves the barbecue, Mediterranean-style food and nice wine.” Simon, a born and bred Sydneyite, discovered his passion for picture-taking while documenting another passion — rock climbing. Today, the selftaught lifestyle photographer’s work has graced the pages of Elle Decor, Vogue Living and Australian House & Garden. For this issue, he captured “Pretty in Pink” (page 146).
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From top: Vintage milk glass, from $10; mason jars, $5 to $30; bell jars (left), $10 to $25; enamel pitcher bouquet, $60; glass jugs, $15 each.
Alison Westlake tags her trademark In a Pinch posies with labels such as “For my darling” and “I adore you.” $5 each.
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FIND IT: 1537 Queen St. W., Toronto (416) 532-3333 or coriandergirl.com HISTORY: Alison Westlake’s passions for things botanical, vintage and eco-friendly came together last fall when she opened her tiny flower boutique in Toronto’s emerging Parkdale neighbourhood. A former actress, she discovered her green thumb doing landscaping as a student. She had grown weary of auditioning when she spotted the storefront vacancy on a strip dotted with antique shops. “I decided to make my dream happen, even though I had $50 in my bank account,” she says. “Doing flowers had always felt like me.” STYLE: Shabby chic with a hint of industrial. Westlake renovated the small space with her father, balancing factory stools and scuffed wood furniture with luxe hits like the Carrara marble countertop in the store’s the tiny prep area. Frequent trips to rural antique fairs unearth vessels to hold her loose, romantic arrangements. Instead of a typical vase, apothecary bottles, mason jars and sap buckets upcycle nostalgia. Most of the shop’s flowers come from responsible local providers, and Westlake prefers to mix lush in-season blooms with kale, seeded eucalyptus and berries. BEST BUYS: In a Pinch Posies, mini bouquets that make a sweet statement ($5). Honey Pie Hives and Herbals’ delicious-smelling beeswax soaps and candles ($5 to $30) are handmade by a couple in Prince Edward County, Ont., from their own hives. Philosopher’s Stone vases ($25 to $125) carved in Nova Scotia from hollowed-out glacial rock. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Herbs and gardening tools, ceramics by local potter Frank Trotz, flowerarranging lessons for DIY brides and a composting workshop for kids. — ANNA-KAISA WALKER
A used coffee container puts a retro twist on a mini myrtle tree. Container with tree, $45.
Westlake sources and sells vintage gift cards, $7 each. Honey Pie Hives and Herbals beeswax candles, $15 to $30, loose tea, $8, soaps, $6 each; Ella’s Botanicals hand lotion, $18; bucket tulip bouquet, $100.
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WHO: Gillian Wallis Johnston, EdenDesign WHERE: Montreal (514) 816-8426 or edendesign.ca WHAT: Luxe fabrics and accessories printed with delicate nature-inspired paintings. THE SCOOP: Artist Wallis Johnston transfers her watercolour and ink drawings onto organic linen, cotton sateen and silk hemp using advanced digital printing. The prints evoke 18th- and 19th-century botanical studies and are used as accents on pillows and chairs sold at interior designer Marc Durivage’s namesake boutique. STANDOUT: A seven-foot-high chinoiserie screen printed with the etching of a trailing sweet pea vine. The original artwork took 270 hours to complete, and the screen’s wood frame is made by a local artisan. GOING DIGITAL: Wallis Johnston was a textile designer before becoming a full-time artist. She credits technology for her return to fabric. “I can reproduce any of my ideas, and the colours have a variation of tone that you can’t always get with traditional screen printing,” she says. “You also have much less waste water, because there isn’t runoff from toxic inks.” INSPIRATION: Her botanicals are an homage to the garden kept by her mother, who was also a watercolour artist. Her Finnish heritage also drives her newest work, a line of fabrics and homewares based on Baltic rock formations, due this fall. — A-K.W.
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Designers capture the world from afar with graphic aerial landscape rugs.
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Flowers are blooming on everything from furniture to fabrics this spring, but Oly’s fantastical chandelier shines new light on the trend. Garlands of resin blossoms inspired by the tuberose are strung together to create a luminous bouquet sure to wow in a foyer, dining room or any room. Flower drop chandelier. 37" h.
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DITCH IT: Many provinces and manufacturers run e-waste recycling services. Samsung recently set up 15 drop-off locations nationwide with more to come, and will accept other brands for a nominal fee. For others, visit the Electronic Product Stewardship Canada. Samsung.com/green; epsc.ca DELIVER IT: Mail out-of-use tech back to the manufacturer for recycling. Rogers and Fido give out mail-ready recycling envelopes with new purchases as part of the Phones-for-Food program. Bell gives $1 to the World Wildlife Fund for each phone sent in. Foodbankscanada.ca; Bell.ca/takeback. Also try: Dell.ca/recycling and hp.ca/recycle. DONATE IT: Give working items such as TVs and computers to charity. Ones to try: Charity Village: 1-888-977-7640 or charityvillage.com/donate; Electronics Recycling Association: 1-877-9-EWASTE or era.ca; Reboot Canada: rebootcanada.ca.
Turn a plain wall into a work of art.
SEEN AT: Love of Mine, a new fashion and home boutique on trendy Queen Street West in Toronto. DESIGNED BY: Nelson, B.C., artist Kristi Malakoff, kristimalakoff.com. WHY WE LOVE IT: Malakoff’s whimsical butterfly installation is akin to stepping inside a fairy tale. Create a similar feeling at home by decorating a wall with an eye-catching motif: flowers, leaves, birds. Even a few pieces will add charm. Malakoff made each butterfly by colour-copying images onto transparent paper, but faux options are available ready-made at craft stores. Affix with a temporary adhesive or glue dot, depending on desired permanency and wall surface material. Love of Mine, 781 Queen St.W. (416) 368-4999 or loveofmineboutique.com.
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In 2000, the year Doshi Levien was founded, designer Tom Dixon commissioned the duo to create flatware and tableware for Habitat, a British design chain.
My Beautiful Backside is a seating collection inspired by a painting of a Hindu princess sitting surrounded by pillows. From $18,700. Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien on their Charpoy daybeds embroidered with the Indian dice game Chaupar. Charpoy daybed, $8,630.
In Canada, where cultures mix daily, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien’s worldly designs feel especially timely. “The idea is not to be Eurocentric,” says Doshi, who landed in the U.K. via Mumbai after attending the Royal College of Art, where she met then married Levien. They were invited to speak at Toronto’s Interior Design Show in January, and this month they’ll visit Vancouver to meet with First Nations communities about collaborating on a furniture collection. New furniture plus printed and jacquard fabric designs inspired by folded graph paper also debut this spring for Swarovski and Italy’s Moroso. “We’re always looking to culture. Whether our work is handcrafted or machine-made, there’s detail and nuance,” says Doshi.
The average person uses their kitchen faucet 100 to 150 times a day — further proof that the kitchen is the busiest room in the house. But not all tasks require the same water pressure. With the flip of a switch, the latest taps avoid unnecessary waste by catering to both low-flow chores like food prep and high-flow tasks such as filling pots. Upgrading can result in a 32 per cent water savings without any compromise to function. Several pull-out versions even offer a handy third setting that delivers an aerated spray.
• Ringskar single-lever faucet by Ikea (shown), $150. • Dorsey Eco-Performance pull-out faucet by Moen, from $180. • Linden pull-out faucet by Delta, from $299.
ABOVE: Dream project: “To design a house that integrates inside and outside and doesn’t need exterior heating or electricity, but instead uses the environment itself.” LEFT: The Principessa daybed’s many mattresses reference Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Princess and the Pea. $26,410.
Text by Kimberley Brown
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PROJECT: Use a fallen tree branch to create extra hanging space MATERIALS: 1 branch, 2 equal lengths of chain link, 2 eye hooks, 2 screw anchors, no- or low-VOC paint
1. PAINT THE BRANCH Choose a sturdy, fairly straight branch with a few knots that give it an interesting shape, and make sure the hook of a hanger can fit around the diameter. Let the branch dry out completely, then using a small brush, paint it with ecofriendly white paint for a fresh look. 2. SECURE EYE HOOKS IN CEILING Anchor two ceiling hooks 1' from the wall to ensure enough space for coats to hang. The distance between each hook will depend on the length of the branch. I measured in about 6" from the tip of each end for balance. Drill a hole in the ceiling, tap in a screw anchor with a hammer, then screw in the eye hooks. 3. HANG THE FINISHED BRANCH Slip both ends of one length of chain link onto an eye hook to create a loop. Repeat for the other eye hook. The length of chain will depend on ceiling height, but the branch should rest about 5'¾" above the floor. Finish by sliding the branch through the loops. For extra stability, nail the chain to the branch.
KATHRYN BALA Assistant Design Editor
Rug, Dash & Albert; chair, HomeSense; shoe cabinet, Ikea; wall colour, Miracle (P5085-24D), branch colour, Whipped Cream (P5233-14), Essence by Para Paints.
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Sofa So Good
Making this sofa didn’t harm the planet
Toronto designers Jenny Lemieux and Leo Corrales of Hero Design Lab are saving backyards from unsightly rain barrels with a chic new alternative. The RC-1 rain collector has a decorative steel frame that hides a soft, collapsible interior able to hold up to 45 gallons of water. To wash the car or tend to the garden without tapping into city water supplies, simply attach a hose to the handsome brass spigot. Made in Canada, the units are recyclable, won’t rust and even include a hook to hold a watering can.
$550. In white (shown), brown or white/brown. At modernkaribou.ca.
Montauk’s new Emmanuelle sofa. From $5,200.
For its newly relocated Calgary showroom, Montauk opted for a wind-powered space where its luxe handmade sofas are showcased against raw brick walls and exposed beams. Since 2006, the Canadian company has steered its production and supply chains toward becoming carbon-neutral, off-setting any remaining greenhouse gas emissions by investing in eco strategies such as tree-planting. Customers also have the option of ordering their furniture made with brand new or reclaimed parts, as Montauk offers to take back old styles and recycle the components in return for a rebate on new purchases. Montauk, 739 10 Ave. S.W., Calgary, or montauksofa.com for other
locations across Canada.
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MOST WANTED mood. Essentials for creating a modern picnic
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Candle lantern. Brushed nickel; glass. 18" h. x 9" sq. At Fresh Home & Garden.
Hammered lantern. Stainless steel; glass. 18½" h. x 7" sq. At Pier 1 Imports.
PC Home outdoor lantern. Stainless steel; glass. 16" h. x 6½" sq. At retailers across Canada.
STRIPED TABLE RUNNER
Allure Seagrass runner. Polyester. 14" x 60". At Crate & Barrel.
Splendide Muskoka runner in Blue. Cotton. 13" x 72". At Sears.
Danica Imports Ombre runner in Malachite. Cotton. 13" x 72". At retailers across Canada.
1006 Navy side chair. Recycled anodized brushed aluminum. 34" h. x 16½" w. x 19½" d. At Design Within Reach.
Lyle side chair. Galvanized steel. 37" h. x 19" w. x 23" d. At Crate & Barrel.
PS Såga chair. Beech; plywood. 30½" h. x 18½" w. x 21½" d. At Ikea.
MODERN FARMHOUSE TABLE
Gus Modern Plank table. Walnut veneer. 30" h. x 72" w. x 36" d. At Stylegarage.
Modern Farm dining table. Sungkai veneer. 30" h. x 66" w. x 36" d. At West Elm.
Bjursta dining table. Pine; particleboard. 29" h. x 70" w. x 33" d. At Ikea.
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Photography by Felix Wedgwood (lanterns, runners)
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1. SUNNY SETTING The classic picnic pattern goes bold with bright spring hues on Thomas Paul’s gingham melamine plates. Outdoor plates in Red,
Blue, Green and Yellow. 9" diam. $39/set of four. At Absolutely Inc.
2. GREEN TILES Call it old Hollywood glamour with a conscience. Using low-energy manufacturing techniques, Walker Zanger has created a line of elegant, vividly coloured textured tiles.
Studio Moderne collection Imperial tiles in Ming Blue. Ceramic. 10" sq. $25/sq.ft. At retailers across Canada.
3. TEAK SEASON This modern take on the picnic table combines warm teak and clean-lined stainless steel with a striking result. Andrew Richard Designs
Greenwich dining set. 30" h. x 75" w. x 25" d. (table); 17" h. x 60" w. x 16" d. (benches). $4,095/3-piece set. At retailers across Canada.
4. LAMP LOVE An unexpected mix of curves and angles deﬁnes this statement lamp. The soft green colour and tiered base add an exotic touch.
5. FRESH PRINTS Dress up an alfresco table with exotic block-printed table linens from John Robshaw’s spring collection. Cotton. Placemats, $35 each;
napkins, $95/set of 4; tablecloths, from $100 to $160. At retailers across Canada.
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Produced by Michael Penney/Text by Katie Gougeon
T.L. Barranda lamp. Bronze; porcelain. 28½" h. x 17" w. $229. At Union Lighting.
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My bed dressed in H&H sheets in French Cream and pillowcases in Dijon, mixed with John Robshaw prints. A linen tablecloth makes a great throw.
The Snooze leather chair and footstool by Ochre paired with a matte black floor lamp made a stunning corner. Chair, footstool, South Hill Home.
The black Moooi desk, paired with my old glass lamp with a painted mustard lampshade, set the colour scheme. Moooi Two Tops secretary desk, Klaus by Nienkämper.
How Lynda Reeves’ bedroom finally earned its nip and tuck.
My bedroom just underwent a do-over, and I love the results. Like many people, I had a bedroom that was tastefully decorated many years ago, but was starting to show its age. The bones were good: high ceilings, deep mouldings and lovely french doors. The cream walls and off-white linen drapes were classic, and the furniture — fine English Georgian and country French pieces — were beautiful. The upholstered bed and the seagrass matting on the floor were perfect. Even the bedside lamps could stay. And yet my bedroom was in a time warp because everything was just too compatible. Now that our eyes are used to eclectic interesting rooms, this old style of decorating feels tired and boring. My do-over was inspired by the design of our new Style Notes Post-Its. I wanted to shoot the product in a bedroom that was sophisticated, but also younger and a little edgy. We couldn’t find the right room, so I decided to redo my own. It was long overdue. Enter our H&H team: design editors Stacey Smithers and Joel Bray and designer Amanda DeAgazio. Yes, so I had help! The fact is you need it, even if it’s a friend with a good eye to offer a second opinion or brainstorm ideas. At House & Home, we have lots of great “eyes.” Like Stacey, who can put disparate things together to make visual magic. We worked for a week — scouting the city for furniture, art, and bits and pieces — and the result is amazing. The biggest change came from CONTINUED
You can never have too many Louis chairs. The latest in my house is this armchair in raw oak from Elte.
A throw pillow from Lucca and H&H sheets from The Bay were my hits of mustard.
Organically shaped vases on the mantel are striking in black and cream. Jeff Nimeh black vases, Judy Jackson cream vases, Hollace Cluny; fire screen, 507 Antiques; lampshade, Angus & Company.
The new room is all about interesting shapes, like this bronze table. Hans Hourglass table by Jonathan Adler, OneTwenty Modern.
I love the curvy lines of this mirror from South Hill Home. Matilda Split Glass mirror by Porta Romana, South Hill Home.
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Photography by Michael Graydon (bedroom)/John Cullen (throw pillow, pillowcase, Louis chair)
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replacing the country French dining table that I had used as a desk, with a modern sofa from South Hill Home in a grey-brown linen. The addition of three amazing works by artist Tek Yang, and a trio of Jonathan Adler bronze tables, plus the punch of some beautiful accent cushions by Judy Ross and DwellStudio from Hollace Cluny, resulted in a stunning vignette. From the start, I wanted black and mustard yellow as the accent colours in the room. I chose the Two Tops secretary desk from Moooi for the hit of black, and found mustard yellow accent pieces for the bed. You can easily do what our team did: They measured the key walls in the room, took before shots and went out hunting. They scoured the city and took scouting shots of each piece they found, noting the dimensions and price. Then we met and shared our photos, and chose what to buy. For the bed, which I consider the centerpiece of every bedroom, Amanda mixed our H&H Signature Series sheets in French Cream and Dijon with some great prints from Lucca. For that hit of mustard, they found a yellow linen tablecloth to drape at the foot of the bed. Why not? It looks perfect and an added bonus: I washed the tablecloth and used it last weekend for our Sunday brunch! The reason I wanted help with this room was simple. I wanted Stacey to choose things that I would never choose. Like the leather chair and ottoman by Ochre, paired with the black mod floor lamp by Jielde. More modern than I ever thought I would go! I would have found the Louis repro chair in raw wood from Elte on my own. It looks great with the black spool desk. But I would never have thought to bring in the stunning black-and-white pottery for the mantel, and to pair it with the antique black iron fire screen. Some of the best touches were accidents, as is often the case. We borrowed a tall mustard yellow lamp and matching shade that turned out to be too big for the desk. But when we tried the mustard shade on a glass column lamp that I already had, it looked perfect. That was the inspiration to paint my own white lampshade the same deep mustard as the tablecloth on the bed. If I could sum up the steps to your own do-over, they would be:
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Have a file of tears from magazines of rooms that have elements that you love and think could work for you. Go shopping armed with key dimensions and your camera. Tell the stores that you want to buy “on approval.” You pay the shipping, and they agree to allow you to try out the item for a few hours, before you commit. Don’t be shy. Even if something is outrageous, if it feels like it could be great, try it. That’s what designers and stylists do. Behind every great room or vignette we create for the magazine is a storeroom full of stuff that we didn’t use. If something looks great, but it’s breaking the bank, find a substitute to get a similar look. Be creative. Those amazing urns on my mantel cost a lot. But the takeaway is that something black and modern with an organic shape would be the next best thing. When the shoot ended, a cold snap came, and our furnace broke. That night, we lit a fire and layered on the blankets and decided four things: We love the new look. The antique screen was a fire hazard and needed a mesh liner. And I should probably not discuss how much all this cost. It was a lot, and so the cream leather chair did not make the cut … for now. Most of all, I should have done this ages ago. Our bedrooms are often the last rooms we worry about changing. But waking up in this cool new room makes me feel wonderful. What could be better than that?
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Jaime Hayon Spain’s edgiest designer
shares his thoughts on art, graffiti and Canada.
Text by LAURIE JENNINGS
Jaime Hayon has been working with Lladró for about three years. This figurine melds symbols of fairy tales and love. Lladró Fantasy collection, through Ministry of the Interior.
The elegant La Terraza del Casino restaurant in Madrid, designed by Hayon.
“Mine is old and worn out but has incomparable class.” 1969 Karmann Ghia Coupe, Volkswagen.
“Marni makes me happy.” Clothes, Marni Spring 2010 Men’s collection.
“I love to cook. These knives are a chef’s best friend.” Laguiole knives, French Country.
Hayon has used Harcourt glass for some of his own designs. Harcourt wineglasses, Baccarat.
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Produced by Stephanie White/Photography by Nienke Klunder (portrait)/John Cullen (knives)
“I design shoes I’d want to wear. These are the ones I’d wear every day. There’s a colour for every day of the week. They are a combination of comfort and classicism with modern colours.” Shoes, Camper by Hayon.
The Poltronas Showtime chair designed by Hayon. “When you sit on these chairs, you almost feel like you’re sitting in a cocoon.” Chair, BD Barcelona.
Creations by fearless raw talents like Spanish artistdesigner Jaime Hayon don’t always make practical sense: a four-foot-tall bright green chicken that doubles as a rocking chair; a giant purple hot dog sculpture inspired by American cultural icons; an installation of life-size chess pieces to kick off the London Design Festival. But just like the theatrical haute couture of Jean Paul Gaultier, Hayon’s works inspire a wide range of functional, stylish derivatives. Working mostly in ceramics, glass, plastic, leather, metal and lacquered wood, Hayon’s bold and whimsical installations, as well as his furniture and clothing designs, are rooted in the simplicity of everyday life. “Concepts and things are ingredients. I see them and eventually I use them in my work,” he says. Yet he succeeds in elevating them to an artistic level by exaggerating details like colour, size and shape. “The companies I work with are very solid, but they want to challenge the rules and push the boundaries of commerciality. So, I get to experiment all the time.” The 35-year-old modern Renaissance man who, in conversation, seamlessly switches from English to French to Spanish to Italian, studied industrial design in Madrid and Paris. His big break came when he CONTINUED joined Fabrica, a Benetton-funded design
firm, where he worked closely with famous Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani, who’s best known for creating controversial ad campaigns for Benetton. Now Hayon’s clients include international brands like Baccarat, Bisazza, Camper, Metalarte, Swarovski and Spanish porcelain company Lladró, who’ve hired him to reinvent their decorative figurines. We caught up with Hayon at this year’s Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto, where he delivered a keynote presentation. HOUSE & HOME: Where do you look for inspiration? JAIME HAYON: Life is inspiration. Art has always been really important to me. But I’m also curious about things that are a little bit strange, like carnivals at the beginning of the century. When I was younger, I was really into skateboarding and graffiti, so in my earlier work you still see a lot of that influence. My first job was to make a skate park. Then I started making toys, which was a lot of fun. Now I design everything from restaurants to boutiques to shoes. H&H: You’ve described your work as the intersection between art and design. What do you mean by that? JH: We’re in a moment in which hybridity is everywhere. It happened within the population by mixing up cultures and we’ve got beautiful kids coming up. And now it’s happening with culture. You’ve got artists that have become designers and designers that have become artists. What I know is I’m just a creative person. I’ve never had time to think about what I am. Whenever I have the opportunity to work on something that excites me, I do it. Sometimes it’s a gallery owner that comes to me, sometimes it’s a producer or a brand. I don’t even know which category I should be placed in. H&H: This is your first time in Canada. What are your impressions? JH: It’s a really interesting place. You have some architecture in Toronto that is really powerful. There seems to be a lot of culture and curiosity in the people, which is really nice for me. The show is very international. There’s a great energy. It’s so interesting to see what the students are creating here; there are
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some really nice products coming out. H&H: Have any designers or artists here at the IDS caught your eye? JH: Yesterday I met the guys from [Toronto store] Ministry of the Interior, and I think they have a lot of taste. Their work is very clean, and they have a real sense of installation, and art and design. And, like I said, it’s also really interesting to see what the students are doing here. H&H: It sounds like you would travel a lot. Which places do you like best? JH: For me, it’s not about the place itself. It’s about how you look at that place. I observe everything. H&H: What cities do you love? JH: I love Istanbul. It’s a city with such a mixture of culture. I love the energy of London and New York. I like Tokyo: the food, the sophistication. Most of all, I like places where there’s opposition. And I like rough cities — earthy cities, ones that are intense. H&H: What’s next for you? JH: I’m working on a few restaurants in Europe and I always do the art fairs. I will be in Basel with a gallery from Rotterdam. I’m also doing some collaborations with my girlfriend [artist Nienke Klunder]. She’s very fascinated with plastic surgery and American culture, so watch for our American series [American Chateau]. But that’s just one thing — I’m busy with many things, so stay tuned.
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ROOMS THAT WORK
Display bright dinnerware in glass-front cabinets. Brio dinnerware. Stoneware. From $6 to $24 per piece. At Crate & Barrel.
For an unfitted look, use a table instead of an island. This one has a timeworn look with its distressed legs. Carmichael dining table. $389. At Pier 1 Imports.
A professional range adds industrial edge. Viking 48" Custom sealedburner range, From $9,199. At retailers across Canada.
A pressed-tin ceiling and butcherblock countertops add lived-in patina to a fresh palette of pistachio and cream. Traditional 1 tiles in Cross Hatch Silver, $22/tile, The Home Depot; Lagan countertop, $55/50" x 26" block, Ikea; paint (from left): Aventurine (AF-445) and Steam (AF-15), Benjamin Moore.
URBAN COUNTRY An upbeat palette puts a fresh
spin on a farmhouse kitchen.
Produced by MORGAN MICHENER | Text by JAIMIE NATHAN
This kitchen has all the charm of a country house, with an unfitted look that suggests a space that’s evolved over time. But with its streamlined appeal, the aesthetic fits just as easily in a city setting. Old meets new in seamless fashion: framed flat-front cabinets in soft pistachio green, white panelled walls and a pressed-tin ceiling look current paired with a state-of-the-art range and unadorned windows. Reclaimed wood flooring, a coir rug and butcherblock counters add texture that will only look better with wear.
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SAVE Enamelled sink
A white dropmount sink has quintessential country charm. Top: Domsjö double bowl sink, $399. At Ikea. Bottom: Kohler Carrizo self-rimming kitchen sink, $763. At retailers across Canada.
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Photography by Deborah Whitlaw-Llewellyn, redcover.com (kitchen)/ Felix Wedgwood (counter, tin tiles)/John Cullen (paint)
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MUST READS homes. Books to inspire colourful, personalized
By CATHERINE MACINTOSH
THE WELL-DRESSED HOME Fashion and interior design collide on a practical level in this engaging book that teaches readers how to translate their tastes in fashion into highly personalized and stylish homes. The ﬁrst half explores popular fashion styles, from classic to bohemian, while the second gives straightforward advice on effortlessly combining them. The many layered and rich images alone are enough to inspire a runway-ready home. BEST ADVICE: Decorate with colours and patterns from your wardrobe for a sureﬁre way to feel at ease in your home.
By Annette Tatum. Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2009, HC 256 pages, $43.
ECOHOLIC HOME From cleaning and decorating to gardening and renovating, this easy-to-read reference book is rife with information on making an environmentally friendly home. Author Adria Vasil’s friendly tone isn’t preachy or condescending — just practical, informative and downright empowering. BEST TIP: Don’t be fooled by “greenwashing.” Learn to decode eco-labels on products.
Vintage Canada, 2009, SC 394 pages, $25.
THE SELBY IS IN YOUR PLACE Todd Selby, a.k.a. The Selby, is a fashion photographer, illustrator and all-around creative hound who sniffs out the coolest homes (and people) and captures their most intriguing details. Inspired by his hit website, where he has been giving insider access to his friends’ homes since 2008, his ﬁrst book is a visual feast of amazing and unusual homes belonging to über-artistic types, including some celebrity spaces like Karl Lagerfeld’s surprisingly book-covered studio. BEST FEATURE: Selby’s quirky illustrations and hand-drawn Q&As with homeowners. Abrams, 2010, HC 256 pages, $46.
PLANTING Garden expert Diarmuid Gavin pairs up with modern design icon Terence Conran for a fresh approach to garden planning. Learn how to see your garden through a designer’s eye; engaging discussions on structure, context, colour, texture and styles guide even the most novice of green thumbs. Careful consideration for the surrounding landscape, how the garden will be used, and an appreciation for wildlife combine with practical advice on plant types and care, and lush photos and plans of real-life gardens. BEST TIP: Take into account plant fragrance when planting near seating areas. Conran Octopus, 2009, HC 272 pages, $75.
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A highlight of the country property is the 50'-long saltwater lap pool. A large crab apple offers some shade, while the columnar cedar was intended to be reminiscent of a cypress tree. Trees, Putzer Hornby Nursery; pool, Todd Pools; paving, sodding and drystone wall, Backyard Relief. BELOW: A simple stone ball in the perennial garden is one of many sculptural vignettes scattered throughout the property. Perennials, Beaver Valley Flower Farm; bench, Eddo Canada.
Striking architectural features add a modern twist to a historic country retreat.
Text by CATHERINE MACINTOSH | Photography by TED YARWOOD
The history of Perrett Farm runs deep in the Beaver Valley, a lush area of the Niagara Escarpment alive with unique plant and wildlife species. Named after the family who settled the land in the mid 1800s, the 25-acre farm boasts an old limestone grotto with an artesian spring once used for horses travelling along the pioneer road that still edges the idyllic property today. It’s a storybook setting with an ironic twist — the most striking features of the farm are also some of its newest. In 2006, the current owners — one a keen gardener and design lover; the other, a collector of fine early Canadian furniture — hired architect and friend Tony Belcher to redesign part of the property to include a lap pool, and convert an old drive shed into a guest suite and potting shed. “It was already quite beautiful,” says Belcher of the property, that with its extensive perennial gardens and timeworn buildings evokes the
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ABOVE: Four beautifully weathered teak benches create a unique conversation area on the deck beside the main house. A haphazard grouping of stones creates a simple, organic centerpiece. Benches, Eddo Canada. LEFT: Large limestone slabs form the steps up to the new walled pool area. The open pergola has slats of ipe wood that cast dramatic shadows. A large columnar cedar adds sculptural greenery. BELOW: The south-facing view from the pool takes in a semi-circular lawned terrace, the owners’ kitchen garden beside a stone wall (where they plant many types of vegetables and herbs in radiating rows) and the pond below. A lush bank of lavender plants evokes a French provincial garden.
feeling of a rolling Provençal estate. The owners didn’t want to see the pool from the house, so Belcher made it a charming destination by placing it 120 feet away, buffered by the tall perennial garden. But, while situating the pool a lovely stroll from the house was a smart concept, its site was less than ideal at first. The ground is quite sloped in this area and leads down to the old pioneer road (now a local county road), which presented issues with privacy and noise. And, with no large trees to offer shade or break the wind coming down off the Escarpment, it certainly wasn’t ideal for poolside lounging. Belcher’s solution was a bold, new architectural wall made of local guillotined limestone that adds a historical look to the landscape, but also satisfies the local safety requirement of a 5-foot-high enclosure for pools. His inspiration came from his own travels through the area looking at the many picturesque stone buildings and walls that dot the countryside. “I love working on heritage buildings and I love modern design,” says
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ABOVE: Teak Lutyens benches alongside the perennial garden offer a quiet place to take in the scenery. Perennials, Beaver Valley Flower Farm; benches, Eddo Canada. LEFT: Antique bank vault doors were used to enclose the pool area by the cabana. Antique gates, 507 Antiques. BELOW: Built of local limestone, the pool wall is a striking architectural statement that provides shelter and privacy. At the south end of the pool, a lawn terrace stands in stark contrast to the wild ravine below. Design, Anthony Belcher Architect; masonry, Walter Campbell; stone, Amsen Quarries; wall coping, Arriscraft.
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RIGHT: The pool is purposely askew to the stone wall so that the patio is wider at one end than the other, creating a false sense of perspective that makes the space feel longer. Lattice doors on the cabana close to protect the wood armoire inside. Design, Anthony Belcher Architect; general contractor, Forrest Contracting; formed concrete, Classic Contracting. BELOW: Belcher and the homeowner sit with Anastasia Sparling of Beaver Valley Flower Farm; the owner volunteers many hours at the flower farm in exchange for hearty perennials and annuals. Richard Schultz 1966 collection furniture, Nienkämper; pool, Todd Pools. BOTTOM: An antique bronze tap (a gift from one homeowner to the other) adorns the cistern that trickles to muffle the sound of the pool equipment. Stone, Amsen Quarries.
Belcher. “So here, I was able to marry these two styles.” To achieve the right mix, he topped the organic-looking wall, made of stones of irregular shape, colour and texture, with a modern, clean-lined coping. Inside the walls, a real treasure awaits: a clean-lined saltwater pool with a dark Marbelite lining for the illusion of infinite depth gives the owners a private oasis for swimming laps. Attached to the wall is an open pergola with modern steel beams instead of the expected wood columns. Belcher’s modern-trad mix also extends to the furniture. “I had to veto the terracotta planters the owners first had by the pool,” jokes Belcher. (They found a home on the guesthouse veranda.) The owners did, however, get Belcher’s glowing approval for aluminum, mid-century-modern patio furniture designed by Richard Schultz that mirrors the minimalist lines of the pool. Now, not only does the new pool area offer privacy, it offers simple luxury with an outdoor shower and a washroom built into the cabana. CONTINUED ON PAGE 206 The couple has lived at Perrett Farm since the 1980s,
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A creative couple crafts a Zen-eclectic Victorian.
Text by GOBI KIM | Photography by ROB FIOCCA
A clean, slightly woody scent fills the lofty coveceilinged living room of Mona Zaidi and Eric Yealland’s light-filled Victorian in downtown Toronto. “It’s Japanese incense I found in Miami. I love everything Japanese,” says Mona, a frequent traveller. “We’re the people who come back from countries with backpacks full of crazy stuff. Travel really opens your eyes to a universe of ideas with respect to patterns, shapes and colours. I’m most drawn to the relationship between ornamentation and spirituality.” Mona’s inspiration is clear in the serene monochromatic bathroom and kitchen palettes, the rich use of natural materials inside and out, and the harmonious masculine and feminine decorative elements. “The style of our house is influenced by the ideas of restraint, balance and harmony prevalent in Japanese design, as well as a good dose of contemporary art, and even elements of modern rustic style, such as architectural salvage,” she explains. Her vision and ideologies come together in the home’s artful vignettes, which inspire restful moments of contemplation. After an initial successful experiment painting the baseboards a stunning glossy black (“It made the rooms feel two feet taller”), Mona, a filmmaker and writer, and Eric, a director, undertook the task of redesigning and CONTINUED ON PAGE 210 renovating the house themselves.
BE BOLD In the living room homeowner Mona Zaidi uses minimal furniture, and, instead of concealing the radiators, she celebrates them with a coat of brilliant gold paint that pops against the serene white walls. Herringbone floor, Sherwood Flooring.
FIND BALANCE Custom quartersawn-oak bookshelves were crafted to match the style of the original fireplace. Mona used the organic lines of a hide rug (opposite) and an artful placement of unusual objects to offset the formal symmetry. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Placed on the wall behind the living room sofa, an edgy urban-inspired wall decal takes on a surreal 3-D quality. A narrow bench with hand-painted detailing works as a space-saving coffee table. A Buddha, graphic throw pillow, simple branches and sculptural bowls add to the eclectic yet cohesive mix. Wall stencil, Ferm Living; Buddha, Jalan.
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PLAY ON A THEME Homeowner Mona Zaidi used simple reed matting framed in cedar to continue the Asian feel of the house outside, and to conceal an unsightly fence.
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1. Learn to appreciate emptiness as having a beauty of its own. Often this means editing out unnecessary things to give the remaining objects in the room a more dramatic presence, like art in a gallery. 2. Choose a restrained monochromatic palette and focus on creating interest with textures and materials instead of pattern and colour. 3. Allow natural light to be your primary illumination source. 4. Don’t be afraid of darkness — black and charcoal are grounding and can provide a beautiful counterpoint to natural light. 5. Mix finishes — matte walls look as soft as cashmere set against glossy floors. LET IN THE LIGHT Counteract the darkness typical of Victorian hallways with striking dark floors and high-gloss black paint on the stair treads, which actually “kicks the sunlight off it” for maximum reflective quality. An elegant black-and-white palette showcases the intricacy of the original mouldings. Wall colour, Silver Drop (790C-2), accent colour, Irish Mist (790C-1), Behr.
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SELECT UNIQUE PIECES A one-of-a-kind suar wood table abutting the island warms up the kitchen. For parties, it can be moved aside to create mingling room. A series of antique wardrobe chests from India (in background) make a unique bar/pantry. Chests, Haveli Home; table, Kuda. BRING NATURE INSIDE The cedar Japanese ofuro (soaking tub), wood ladder, and a textured wooden bucket filled with sponges add to the Eastern feeling. Tub, Ginger’s; ladder, HorseFeathersHome; vases, Teatro Verde.
ZEN AND THE ART OF DECORATING: Creating Thoughtful Vignettes
MOODY LIGHTING Lanterns: Referencing Japanese lanterns, Mona incorporated several into her garden.“When lit on summer nights, the little dots of light invite guests into hidden corners of the garden. It’s very simple to do, and the effect is quite romantic.” Lantern, Pottery Barn.
SIMPLE CENTERPIECE River rocks: Inspired by Zen rock gardens, Mona used close to 100 natural river stones and a single piece of hand-carved marble as a surprising centerpiece. “Playing with the stones is a delightfully tactile experience.”
WOOD SCULPTURE Buddha: Spiritual artwork creates an opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. Throughout the house, Mona has used items that have personal meaning to her. Buddha, Jalan.
NATURAL PAIRING Orchids: As with bonsai trees, caring for orchids is an art. A worn wooden planter adds authenticity to the look. Natural pink Himalayan salt and volcanic stone balance the pink orchid. Tray, Ginger’s; orchid, The Orchids Shoppe; rocks, Selsi Sea Rocks.
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ADD LUXURY TO EVERYDAY SPACES In summer, the secluded deck extends the elegant, spa-like bathroom into the outdoors. A glass steam shower (above right) divides the room into different zones and lets natural light pour through the entire space. In winter, the fireplace adds luxurious warmth. Mat, Anthropologie; stool, Jalan; outdoor chair, Morningstar.
KEEP IT SIMPLE “I find I’m most relaxed in unfussy spaces,” says Mona. In the third-floor principal bedroom, she picked “very, very comfortable” fine linens in simple white and added gentle, calm accents like lavender pillows and graceful leaf-shaped finials. Painting the badly damaged wood floor a clean white eliminated the cost and time of replacing the floor, and adds to the airiness and simplicity of the space. Curtain hardware, Designer Fabrics.
Mona designed the house to have opportunities for moments of quiet contemplation
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CREATE AREAS OF INTEREST Inspired by serene Japanese gardens that make great use of small spaces, Mona planted for maximum impact in all four seasons. Landscape designer, Inside & Out Garden Design. EXTEND YOUR LIVING SPACE An open pergola and long Sunbrella fabric drapes create a cosy outdoor dining area. Dividing the garden into distinct zones makes great use of the entire space, and creates unique “destinations” within the small footprint. APPEAL TO THE SENSES A square-cut slate and flagstone water feature muffles neighbourhood noise and adds sculptural interest. FOOL THE EYE TOP LEFT: Reed matting in cedar frameworks conceals a garage covered in glaring white vinyl. Mirrored “windows” reflect the garden and bounce light around to create a greater sense of space and greenery.
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RIGHT: Memento (The Tree of Life and Death) (2008), 72" x 96", oil on canvas. BELOW: Aviary (2008), 72" x 48", oil on canvas.
The Montreal painter revamps Chinese painting traditions with bold colour and imagination.
Text by BETTY ANN JORDAN
Montreal painter Rick Leong’s challenge has been to take on what he describes as the “rainbow conundrum.” “Every time we see a rainbow or a sunset, we stop; it’s so special. I’m trying to recreate or retrigger that phenomenal experience without being cheesy. I’m aiming at a condensation of feeling, like poetry, though my language is visual,” explains the 36-year-old artist. “I am Nature” was the unironic title of his recent solo show at Montreal’s Parisian Laundry gallery. His new pictures are set in beautiful but dangerous woods, peopled by anthropomorphic flora and fauna. Verging on the psychedelic, his style is more than a nod to the enchanting sensibility of Japanese anime, and films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Avatar. Playful and innocent, nature is populated by stones with faces, spirits of the forest, and sometimes words hidden in the landscape. Others include animal forms, such as an owl made from lichen, or a bush in the likeness of a fox. His new works are heavily inflected by time he spent surrounded by the coniferous forests at The Banff Centre, where he did a six-week artist residency last fall.
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Photography by Guy L’Heureux, © Rick Leong, courtesy of Parisian Laundry
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“Leong’s contour outlines are rhythmic yin-yang expressions of tension and release, spiralling energy, feng shui metaphysics”
FAR LEFT: Fall (2006), 72" x 60", oil on canvas. LEFT: Hush (2010), 72" x 78", oil on canvas. BELOW: Midnight Zip (2007), 24" x 24", oil on canvas.
BACKGROUND A third-generation Canadian of Chinese heritage, Leong was born in Burnaby, B.C., and raised on the lower mainland near Kootenay and Nelson, where he grew up in what he describes as a “hippie household” — a home always geared toward creativity. His mom, an artistic jack-of-all-trades, draws and plays several instruments. His older brother taught him to draw, and his older sister used to perform with a variety of bands. Leong finished his bachelor of fine arts degree in Victoria, where he loved being surrounded by water and mountains. Then, he continued his training in the master of fine arts program at Concordia University in Montreal, where he now lives with his wife, Trinity, and their 11-year-old son, Kai. His studio, with ample space to accommodate his many 6-by-10-foot paintings, is in the eclectic neighbourhood of St. Henri, in a fivestorey industrial building rife with artists. INSPIRATION As Leong has matured as an artist, he has found himself strongly attracted to traditional Chinese painting styles similar to those in ancient scrolls. He was initially hesitant to explore that aesthetic source, mainly because he had not undergone classical art training in that field. And, there were so many artists coming out of China who were already well-versed. With encouragement from his professor, painter Eleanor Bond, he overcame his reservations to bring a fresh, exciting perspective to centuries-old prototypes. STYLE Leong’s operatically scaled fantasias play with traditional Chinese landscape painting styles, subjects and techniques, but he goes in deep and gets up close. His is a transcendent yet playful vision of the unity of all living things, with animal forms and hidden texts CONTINUED ON PAGE 184 providing the underlying structure.
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Text by LAURIE JENNINGS Produced by SASHA SEYMOUR Photography by DONNA GRIFFITH
Anyone familiar with Dufflet Pastries knows the Toronto bakery’s mouth-watering delicacies are sure to please even the most discerning sweet tooth. Naturally, when Dufflet Rosenberg entertains, she never considers serving anything but a treat as enticing as one from her eponymous bakery. “My friends expect something sweet. Since my interest in cooking is much more limited than my interest in baking, I like to make the dessert,” she says. But to avoid labouring in the kitchen when they entertain, Dufflet and her husband, Martin Kohn, an accomplished architect and partner in the firm Kohn Shnier Architects, like to supplement Dufflet’s freshly made desserts with gourmet take-out from a favourite local restaurant. Top choices are dishes that are easy, casual and delicious, such as gourmet pizza from Bar_One, an Italian place that offers pleasing combinations of toppings like Dufflet’s favourite: prosciutto with onions, gorgonzola and fresh arugula. Dufflet’s reign as Toronto’s top baker began almost 30 years ago, when she opened a retail location after no longer being able to run her business from home. “It was my first design project, too,” says Martin. More recently, his firm was responsible for Umbra’s headquarters and flagship retail store, both in Toronto, as well as the couple’s newly renovated two-storey home. “It’s a great house for having people over,” says Martin. “It’s so open, and there’s a real connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces. When you’re sitting at the table, so much light comes in through the back window that you almost feel like you’re outside. We love it.”
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COOL COUPLE Martin Kohn and Dufflet Rosenberg sit comfortably in their Kohn Shnier Architects-designed home.
Martin’s company was responsible for the bold design of Umbra’s flagship retail store in downtown Toronto (above). Martin and Dufflet collaborated on the design of all three Dufflet Pastries locations in Toronto, including the new Beaches venue (right).
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INSIDE OUTSIDE The large window at the back of the house slides open completely, eliminating the barrier between interior and exterior. The polishedconcrete floors feel seamless with the concrete deck.Wood block table, Stylegarage.
DUFFLET AND MARTIN INVITE H&H INSIDE THEIR NEW HOME.
What design elements make your house great for entertaining? Martin: Having a big island definitely helps with serving. Plus, the kitchen is very open, but the cooking area itself is separate — you don’t have to walk through it. So there’s lots of room to move around. There’s also a strong connection to the outside, which makes the space feel bigger. Dufflet: The island is so perfect. We had 10 people here the other night, and one friend was making ravioli at the island, while we all sat around and watched. It was a lot of fun. What is the most memorable party you’ve thrown? Martin: We’re avid cyclists, and last summer everyone in our office, plus a number of our friends, did Ride for Heart. Afterward, the entire group — about 60 or 70 people — came here for lunch. It was great since we could open up both ends of the house. Tell us about your movie nights. Martin: That came about by accident when I borrowed a digital projector from the office and discovered it could be plugged into the stereo for sound and the computer for picture. Now we invite about eight people over and play DVDs on the big white wall in our living room. It’s just like being in the theatre except you get to have a cat on your lap, and eat great pizza. What’s the trick to making a good dessert? Dufflet: I always tell people to learn a few basics. Start with a brownie, which takes 15 minutes to make, a fresh compote or a cheesecake (see recipes, page 94). They’re all so simple and delicious.
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TUNNEL VISION The bright, openconcept design and pure white palette connect the front and back yards. White bowl, Hollace Cluny.
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All cakemakers find it useful to have a collection of baking moulds in a variety of shapes and sizes.
For special events, Dufflet prefers to use her mother’s antique silverware for serving.
PIZZA PARLOUR Ordering a perennial crowdpleaser like pizza takes some pressure off the hosts. It’s easy to transport, reheat and serve. Artwork, Bicycle Racers by Christopher Reed.
These unique Nambé metal trays were discovered by the couple on a ski trip in Taos, N.M.
Dufflet and Martin fell for these handcrafted Murano-glass platters while on a cycling trip to Venice and ordered them online when they returned home.
Dufflet’s favourite cake stand is an ornate design from her mother’s collection. Like the other antiques, it creates an interesting contrast in their modern home.
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Based on a secret rum ball recipe, Dufflet’s Chocolate Tumbles come in three enticing flavours. Look for them and other packaged or frozen treats from Dufflet Pastries at specialty stores across Canada.
Dufflet uses a pinch of Portuguese sea salt in cookies and cakes.
Dufflet and Martin serve up movie night snacks in a traditional, stainless steel Thali plate from India. THE DESSERT TABLE 1. Cappuccino Cheesecake with Roasted Pineapple. 2. Spring Fruit Compote. 3. Chocolate Cherry Verrine. White platter (with compote dessert), Hollace Cluny.
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Cappuccino Cheesecake with Roasted Pineapple
SERVES 6 TO 8
Cheesecake 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup sugar 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted ½ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature 1½ tsp unflavoured gelatin 8 oz. crème fraîche, store-bought or homemade (recipe follows) ⅔ cup sour cream 6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature 3 egg whites ¾ cup sugar Roasted Pineapple 1 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped into ½" pieces ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed ⅔ cup pineapple juice ½ tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8½" springform pan (bottom upside down, lip down). 2. In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, ¼ cup sugar and melted butter. Press mixture firmly into the bottom and partly up the sides of the pan. Bake until lightly browned and set, about 10 minutes. 3. Pour coffee into a small saucepan; sprinkle with gelatin and let stand to soften, about 5 minutes. Warm coffee mixture over medium heat until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature. 4. Combine crème fraîche, sour cream and cream cheese in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in ¾ cup sugar and whip until stiff and glossy. 5. Fold coffee mixture into the crème fraîche mixture. In 2 or 3 additions, fold
beaten egg whites into coffee and crème fraîche mixture. Pour into baked graham cracker crust. Gently tap sides of pan to smooth the top. Cover and chill until firm, at least 3 hours. 6. To make roasted pineapple, preheat oven to 375°F. Place pineapple pieces in a single layer in a large glass or ceramic baking dish. 7. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pineapple juice and cinnamon, and pour over pineapple pieces. Roast pineapple, stirring every 10 minutes, until tender and lightly browned, about 30 to 40 minutes. 8. To serve, remove sides of pan, cut cake into wedges and top with warm or room temperature roasted pineapple.
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This symmetrical arrangement is ideal for intimate get-togethers. Joel grouped the furniture around the fireplace, creating a cosy conversation zone. The room has a layered, traditional look, with accessories providing decoration over function.
WHY IT WORKS:
1. A console table is tucked behind the sofa to provide a surface to display a collection of glass vases. 2. Luxe silk drapes and bamboo blinds are a classic combination. The blue silk is repeated in the throw pillows, which are layered with elegant toile ones. 3. The styling on the bookshelves is minimal and orderly, with an emphasis on books and selected objets with personality. 4. Placing items in pairs — from the Louis chairs to the throw pillows and ginger jars on the mantel — creates a sense of visual balance and comfort.
Louis chairs, round side table, toile throw pillows, Angus & Company; area rug, blue throw pillows, white vase (on bookshelf), Elte; desk (behind sofa), 507 Antiques; ginger jars (on mantel), Cynthia Findlay Antiques; ﬂoor lamp, Studio b; silk curtains, Restoration Hardware; throw, South Hill Home; coloured vases (on desk), Hollace Cluny; clear vase (on desk), Filter.
Design editor Joel Bray creates 3 layouts in 1 living room, just by moving the furniture (and adding a few new things).
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The TV is more discreet here than over the fireplace!
With the sofa now facing the TV, the room feels instantly more casual and appropriate for a family’s multitasking needs: a couple of people can curl up on the sofa and watch a movie, while someone else works at the desk or reads in the Louis chair.
WHY IT WORKS:
1. The table, used as a sofa console in the formal room, now functions as a desk. 2. Casual patterned linen curtains blend in with the walls, adding to the room’s airy feeling. 3. Large baskets provide easy storage of children’s toys, books and DVDs in the open shelving. 4. A family-friendly ﬂatweave cotton rug was chosen for its playful stripes, and because it’s less pricey than a more formal wool or silk rug. 5. The silk throw pillow covers were swapped out for less serious cotton block-print ones.
Area rug, Elte; desk, 507 Antiques; patterned throw pillows, Lucca; boxes (on desk and bookcase), Cynthia Findlay Antiques; vases (on mantel), Teatro Verde.
QUICK CHANGE Joel brought in a mid-century modern classic — an Eames moulded plastic chair — to give the room some edge and provide extra seating.
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This time, Joel moved the sofa to face the window, freeing up floor space for mingling and easy access to a bar when entertaining. With a more open plan, the emphasis is now on artisanal pieces, like the glassware on the mantel and the suzani on the sofa. A compact stereo on the bookshelf also makes the room party-ready.
WHY IT WORKS:
1. A drop-leaf table under the window provides a surface for drinks and plates. With the back leaf extended, the table makes a perfect spot to gather for cards or board games, or for a casual meal. 2. Two small mismatched cocktail tables keep the look eclectic and can double as impromptu extra seating. 3. A casual sisal rug adds an element of texture and allows the bright colours of the room’s accessories, such as the yellow lamp and the suzani on the sofa, to pop. 4. The console table/desk, truly one of the room’s most versatile pieces, now serves as a bar.
Games table, liquor decanters, yellow lamp, Angus & Company; area rug, West Elm; desk, 507 Antiques; throw pillows, Boo Boo & Lefty; suzani, Constantine; crystal dishes (on table), Filter; tall patterned vase (on mantel), cream box (on bookshelf), Ribbehege & Azevedo; wood box (on bookshelf), silver tray (on desk), Cynthia Findlay Antiques; white bowl (on games table), Elte.
QUICK CHANGE Joel removed the curtains to give this room a cleaner, more contemporary look.
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What makes a garden work?
We sat down with noted Vancouver landscape architect Ron Rule in his own garden to find out.
Text by JENNIFER D. FOSTER | Photography by JANIS NICOLAY
The patio outside Ron Rule’s garden studio is furnished simply, with mod Lord Yo chairs by Philippe Starck and a rustic wood table from Ikea. A crisp grid of 10' x 18' concrete pavers is set in crushed granite for an elegant French-inspired look. Pavers, Abbotsford Concrete Products.
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Ron (pictured) buffered the studio’s patio with maiden grass and golden bamboo grass; together with the mature cedar here, they create an intimate setting. Chairs, Inform Interiors; table, Ikea.
Japanese irises add pops of bright purple alongside the reflecting pond.
A 5'-high sculpted yew hedge divides the formal country garden here, from the casual garden room around Ron’s studio (background).
“I’ve always been attracted to gardens that function as more than just decoration — and to fruit trees,” says Ron Rule, an award-winning landscape architect and director of the University of British Columbia’s certificate program in garden design. And this leaning holds true for his own 56-by-70-foot “country modern” garden in scenic West Vancouver. With its lyrical fountain, crushed-gravel paths and basalt stone steps knitted evocatively with plantings of Japanese irises, sculpted boxwood, decorative grasses, and ornamental pear and apple trees, Ron’s garden is both stunning and functional — a feast for the eyes and the bees. Redesigned in 2000, the garden is divided into two “outdoor rooms” separated by a massive but manicured yew hedge. First, a formal country garden encloses the traditional 1940s bungalow Ron shares with his wife, Carolann, and teenage son. This welcoming, potager-style space features three metal arches punctuating a central pathway, masses of blue catmint, tiered plantings and a pretty, 20-foot-long pond with two simple fountains. Next, what Ron calls the “garden room” surrounds his 700-square-foot studio, a one-storey building added in 2000 that closely resembles the main house. This intimate oasis, with its 10-by-18-foot patio set in gravel and surrounded by hellebores, a variety of ornamental grasses, three mountain ash trees and a mature cedar, serves as both a spot for Ron to meet with clients and a peaceful retreat for relaxing or entertaining.
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Tiers of plantings step up from the reflecting pond by the house to the studio (beyond hedge). The pond, which has a poured-concrete base and bluestone cap, adds a sense of calm. The catmint bursts with bloom twice: in spring and late summer. The crushed-granite paths are soft underfoot and less expensive than hardscaping.
With 30 years’ experience and 2,000 gardens under his belt, Ron knows what makes a great garden, and sits down with us to share his insights. HOUSE & HOME: Did you choose this property for its garden? RON RULE: I chose it for its location. It’s extremely private and peaceful. You feel like you’re 50 miles from civilization because the neighbourhood has a lot of mature trees that make it intimate and enclosed. It also gets a lot of sunlight because the neighbour’s house is very low. H&H: How did you decide where to start your redesign? RR: I wanted the space around the studio to be simple and flexible, with an indoor-outdoor feel. When all the doors are open, the studio has an amazing connection to the outdoors. Every window looks out into a garden space. I was inspired by the English, many of whom create this strong connection to the garden and countryside around them in their homes. H&H: What essential elements should every garden have? RR: A visual connection to the house’s style is important. A garden should relate to its house, sometimes in its materials, like stone or brick, or in the simplicity or elaborateness of the design. Other keys are making it intimate and establishing a sense of discovery. If everything is visible from the house, there’s no reward for going out into the garden. In my garden, you get that going from the studio, through the hedge, down three steps and into the potager garden: when the catmint and irises are in bloom, you’re in a sea of blue flowers and bees. An elevation change is also important. Even a couple of steps will add to the sense of moving from one space to another. If there isn’t one in your garden, create one; if there is, exaggerate it. And water is essential, even in a small garden. No other element has the same kind of strength. It doesn’t have to be a pond; it can be as modest as a birdbath. H&H: Why does your garden work so well? RR: One of the keys to any garden is the flow, the transition from one area to another. You can have a different feeling in each space, but connect them all by repeating materials. In my garden, the gravel and stone are unifying elements, as are the boxwood and hedging.
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The gravel and basalt stone path is flanked by boxwood, Japanese irises, hellebores and red masterwort. Blackmetal arches add height and anchor the path.
H&H: Do you recommend gravel? RR: I like using gravel because water drains through it, it’s easy to maintain, and there’s a softness about it. H&H: What would you change about your garden? RR: I’m always looking for the ultimate gravel. My crushed-granite is okay, but the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris has incredible crushed-stone paths. H&H: What type of maintenance does your garden require? RR: I’ve made my garden as bullet-proof as possible maintenance-wise. I don’t want to be a slave to it. I rake the gravel as a Zen thing almost every day — that makes me feel connected to the garden and relaxed, and keeps the gravel clean and level. Otherwise, I water occasionally, cut back the grasses once a year, and trim the boxwood and hedges once or twice a year. H&H: What’s the loveliest time of year in your garden? RR: When the catmint blooms in the spring and again in late summer, it has a real country look to it. And I love the first plants out in early spring, like the hellebores and witch hazels. They’re like bears coming out of their caves. We need that boost that comes with the renewal of the season. H&H: What’s your favourite plant? RR: I like plants that attract bees, such as catmint and California lilac. CONTINUED ON PAGE 186 I was probably a bee in another life! I also like boxwood;
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“While I really do love how well PC Green 4 in 1 Phosphate-free dishwasher detergent works, I try to embrace a design and life philosophy that transcends simply buying and using ‘green’ products. For me, less is more. We all need to buy less, have less and consume less.” — JEANETTE HLINKA, Jeanette Hlinka Designs, Toronto
“Natural ﬁbre throws and blankets are essential for turning a house into a home. I’m a proponent of wool, alpaca and mohair because of their amazing attributes, such as being rapidly renewable. The blankets we sell at p+a furniture are made from O~Wool, certiﬁed organic wool material from the Vermont Organic Fiber Company, which supports sustainable agriculture.” — SHELLEY PENNER, Penner & Associates Interior Design, Vancouver
“It’s important to me to have a connection to any product, so I try to buy locally whenever I can. I shop at my local farmers’ market and I support the local bookstore. These small businesses need our support and can affect our quality of life by the interactions we establish with people and their products.” — BARBARA BARRY, Barbara Barry Company
“My family has a landscaping business so I have always had a bit of a green thumb. I’m excited to use my new green toy this spring: the reel mower. It shears grass with ease and is friendly to the environment and neighbours, since it makes no noise, which makes it a great alternative to a stinky gas mower.” — MATT CARR, design director, Umbra, Toronto
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To showcase collectibles, paint a section of your walls in a bold colour and frame with picture moulding.
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“We run our entire cottage and the technology in our downtown office on solar power. I celebrate the use of recycled building materials and vintage or antique goods in my projects, and I’ve switched all of my household cleaning products to all-natural ones.” — SARAH RICHARDSON, designer and host, HGTV’s Design Inc. and Sarah’s House, Toronto
“I’ve adopted a new laundry strategy to reduce the need for excessive drycleaning. I wash cotton shirts and bed linens in cold water, and then as often as possible, I use a clothesline instead of a dryer. I use a natural bleach made from potato extract from Fiber Protection Services.” — FENWICK BONNELL (top), Powell & Bonnell, Toronto
“I recommend green products to my clients, such as the Sub-Zero PRO 48 refrigerator, which is large but efficient; it uses less energy per month than a 100watt lightbulb. I also like to use a ﬂooring from Oregon Lumber made from offcuts of end-grain lumber from long-board widths. It’s durable and affordable — we have it in our own office.” — STEVEN GAMBREL, S.R. Gambrel, New York
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“For ﬁres, I use Ecolog natural wooden logs made of recycled compressed sawdust from the logging industry. They’re less polluting and create more heat than regular wood. And instead of bottled water, I use an eco-friendly Ovopur water ﬁlter.” — JULIE CHARBONNEAU, De Poitiers, Montreal
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1. An embossed vine pattern on this affordable pot adds subtle detail. Versailles planter in Leaf Green. Ceramic. 6" h. x 8" diam. $11. At retailers across Canada. 2. This planter has a versatile silhouette and the look of concrete, but is light enough to use on apartment balconies. New Pot 50. Recyclable polyethylene. 20" h. x 17" diam. $286. At Design Within Reach. 3. This generously sized planter can handle large arrangements. Manhattan 24" planter. Fiberglass. 22" h. x 24" sq. $400. At Sheridan Nurseries. 4. A classic urn looks historic in mottled bronze. Urban Urn planter by Indaba Trading. Tin. 15" h. x 13" diam. (small); 19" h. x 17" diam. (large). $200/the pair. At retailers across Canada. 5. Flank a black door with bright red pots. Gräva pot. Polypropylene. 20" h. x 17" diam. $25. At Ikea. 6. Slightly whitewashed details and a trellis pattern make this perfect for a formal garden. President’s Choice Blackwash Collection square pot. Fiberglass. 18" h. x 17" sq. $60. At Loblaws. 7. Line the perimeter of a cottage deck with reclaimed barnboard planters. $100/linear foot (custom sizes). At Andrew Richard Designs.
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8. A trellis-inspired pattern adds whimsy to this windowbox. Southern Patio Clovis windowbox. Fiberglass. 9" h. x 23½" w. x 12" d. $45. At The Home Depot. 9. A pretty blue ombré wash is a subtle and exotic counterpoint to spring flowers. Ceramic. 13" h. x 15" diam. $50. At Pier 1 Imports. 10. Beadboard-style wooden planters have a charming rusticity, and are ideal for herbs or small vegetables. Square garden planter. Western red cedar. 13" h. x 12" sq. (small); 13" h. x 16" sq. (medium); 13" h. x 20" sq. (large). From $35 to $60 each. At Home Hardware. 11. Flank a front door with lightweight footed pedestal urns. Moooi container vases. Plastic. 16" h. x 12" diam. $382. At Klaus by Nienkämper. 12. Green in more ways than one, this bright chartreuse planter is made of recycled milk jugs. Urban Patio planter. 12" h. x 14" w. x 8" d. $155. At retailers across Canada. 13. A copper patina dresses up a simple cylindrical shape. Copper-coated metal planter. 18" h. x 18" diam. $40. At HomeSense. 14. The simple shape and matte black finish of this planter would pair well with a row of tall grasses. Fiberstone rectangular planter. 19" h. x 39" w. x 15" d. $400. At Fresh Home & Garden. 15. Define a stone patio with slim textured planters filled with low plantings. Abbott large slim rectangle planter. Stoneware. 4" h. x 16" w. x 4½" d. $25. At retailers across Canada.
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Charlotte County Blooms Spring Seminar, St. Stephen, N.B., May 1. Two master gardeners will speak on topics ranging from landscaping with native plants to tool-sharpening. St. Stephen High School Auditorium. (506) 466-4240. Burnaby Rhododendron Festival, Burnaby, B.C., May 2. Features guest speakers, a silent auction, displays by local gardening groups and a wide range of rhododendron-themed exhibits. Also, enjoy music, garden tours and children’s activities. Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. (604) 439-1129 or brags.ca.
Gardeners’ Gathering, Midland, Ont., May 2. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, silent auction, door prizes, and guest speaker Charlie Dobbin, expert horticulturist and landscape designer. Best Western, Highland Inn. (705) 534-4459. UBCBG Perennial Plant Sale, Vancouver, May 8. A wide selection of plants will be available, plus on-site master gardeners, a children’s corner and a gift shop. UBC Botanical Garden. (604) 822-4523 or ubcbotanicalgarden.org. Paris Horticultural Society Annual Plant CONTINUED Sale, Paris, Ont., May 8. A wide
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OCAD’s 95th Annual Graduate Exhibition, Toronto, May 6 to 9. A unique showcase of innovative art and design created by the 2010 graduating class of the Ontario College of Art & Design. This event presents a great opportunity to discover and purchase works from future stars of the art world at affordable prices. 100 McCaul St. (416) 977-6000 or ocad.ca.
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Annual Kingsway-Lambton United Church Flea Market, Toronto, April 24. Peruse antiques, jewelry, china, silver, linens, framed art, books, music, clothing, a bake sale and more. Kingsway-Lambton United Church. (416) 234-8224 or kingswaylambton.ca. The Children’s Trunk Show, Toronto, May 12. Over 50 hand-selected, “mom-run” boutique companies selling fashions, jewelry
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The Potters Market, Guelph, Ont., May 29 and 30. A two-day European-style outdoor exhibit and sale featuring the works of over 50 potters from across the province. This event also features live music. Proceeds go to the Guelph Youth Music Centre to provide music lessons for underprivileged children. Goldie Mill. (519) 837-1119 or thepottersmarket.ca. Kingston’s Interconnected Art Studio Tour, Kingston, Ont., May 1 and 2. A collection of art by 25 artists will be on view in unique settings throughout the Kingston area. (613) 634-8800 or kingstonartists.com. Varley Art Gallery Fine Art Auction, Unionville, Ont., May 6. A live auction of Canadian artworks contributed by prestigious art galleries in Toronto and across the GTA. The event also includes food, wine, live music and a silent auction. Varley Art Gallery of Markham. (905) 477-9511 or visitthevarley.com. AxD: Art by Designers, Toronto, May 13 to 15. An exhibit of artistic works created by some of Ontario’s top interior designers. One hundred original works will be displayed, including paintings, sculpture and photography. Denison Gallery. Arido.ca. Impressions Art Show and Sale, Kelowna, B.C., May 14 and 15. An exhibition of new and original artworks by a group of eight professional and emerging artists who create impressionist, realist and abstract pieces in a variety of media and composition styles. Kelowna Art Gallery. (250) 712-2219. Art in the Attic Show & Sale, Almonte, Ont., May 14 to 17. View original works by 28 artists and craftspeople from the Almonte & Area Artists Association, including paintings in all media, miniature quilts, photography, glass and wood turnings. Old Town Hall. (613) 256-5863 or 4a-artists.ca. Spring Art Show and Sale, May 16, Aurora, Ont. This show features original artwork by established and emerging artists in a wide variety of styles. Sherman J. Studio. (905) 726-8883 or shermanj.com. Westport Area Dandelion Gardens Studio Tour, Westport, Ont., May 22 to 24. Discover the work of 29 artisans in nine studios with works ranging from photography to traditional rug-hooking. (613) 273-8347 or artatwork.ca. Historic Homes * Enchanted Gardens, Montreal, May 26 to June 1. View a collection of original watercolours by Norma BradleyWalker depicting historic homes and gardens in the Montreal area. Galerie Ouest, Ste. Anne de Bellevue. (514) 426-8898 or normabradleywalker.com.
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James C. Swartz Solo Art & Photography Exhibit, Toronto, now until April 30. Live music, refreshments and an exhibit of art and photography from an accomplished artist. Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre. (416) 560-0680 or jcswartz.com. Lambeth Art Association Show & Sale, Lambeth, Ont., April 22 to 24. A group of 100 artists display their works. Lambeth United Church. (519) 474-2498. Art by the Water, Montreal, April 23 to 25. A three-day art exhibit featuring traditional and contemporary paintings in oil, watercolour and mixed media. Beaconsfield Yacht Club. (514) 695-1272 or byc.qc.ca. Ganaraska Studio Tour, Port Hope, Ont., April 24 and 25. Visit the studios of over 20 talented artists and enjoy a tour of the picturesque Port Hope area. (905) 753-2187 or ganaraskastudiotour.ca. Tour Cabbagetown’s Hidden Art Salons, Toronto, May 1. Explore three art salons, listen to artists and collectors explain their work and enjoy champagne and delicious foods, as well as a finale grand piano performance. Cabbagetownsouth.ca. Oxford Studio Tour, Oxford, Ont., May 1 and 2. Visit 45 artists at 27 studios throughout the region, offering watercolour and acrylic paintings, graphite works, photography, weaving, pottery, stained glass and woodworking. (519) 842-6151 or oxfordstudiotour.ca. NTGA Art Studio Tour & Sale, Toronto, May 1 and 2. Visit the residences of the North Toronto Group of Artists in the Yonge and Lawrence area. View and purchase a variety of original works. (416) 835-5584 or email@example.com. Lemonville Group of Artists Annual Show & Sale, Stouffville, Ont., May 1 and 2. A wide variety of original works by group members will be on display and for sale. Lemonville Community Centre. (905) 640-3965 or lemonvillegroupofartists.googlepages.com.
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White wall panelling and rustic beams are quintessential cottage elements in Barb Flynn and Buzz Carroll’s Georgian Bay cottage. The peaked roof in the great room keeps it light and airy. Ceiling fans cool the house on hot days. Coffee table, Ethan Allen; carpet, Appel; console, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker; all doors and windows, Ross Windows & Doors. RIGHT: A series of granite terraces on all sides, painted cedar-shingle siding and a cedar-shake roof allow the cottage to blend beautifully with its surroundings. Shingle paint, Gettysburg Gray (HC-107), Benjamin Moore.
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ABOVE: The dining table is made with yellow birch pulled up from nearby Musquash Channel. Windsor chairs are cottage classics, and armchairs covered in ticking stripe lend a casual feel. Chandelier, Holly Hunt; Windsor chairs, Bruce Chambers Period Furniture; table, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker. OPPOSITE, TOP RIGHT: The square-slab fireplace is a contemporary take on the classic river rock style. Duron created summer and winter looks for the sofas: the cotton slipcovers zip off to reveal darker velvet. Firescreen, René Petitjean; basket, Constantine. BOTTOM RIGHT: Elaborate construction around the range hood gives it the look of an antique fireplace and balances the weight of the real fireplace in the living room. A 6"-deep trough sink in the end of the island is used for prepping oysters or chilling drinks over ice. Hood, Siena Design; lights, Lamp Cage.
In Ontario’s cottage mythology, those drawn to Georgian Bay are the outdoorsy type, while Muskoka-goers embrace a more urbane take on getting away from it all. The Bay’s cottagers pride themselves on their independent streak, a necessity in a place where many cottages are only accessible by boat, and in the winter by Scoot, a white-knuckle hybrid of snowmobile and watercraft. Cottaging here is focused on the lure of the outdoors — connecting with the land. A rocky conjunction of water and sky, Georgian Bay’s Lambert Island has been luring city-dwellers since 1916, when Orville Wright bought it as his northern retreat. One half of the Wright Brothers (yes, those Wright Brothers), he spent almost 30 summers in Ontario, this quiet island one of the few places the shy aviator felt at ease. Retired Toronto couple Barb Flynn and Buzz Carroll are the latest to fall for the island and its sweeping views. It’s here, on the island’s highest point, they built their window-filled cottage. Designed by Melody Duron of ColeDuron Interior Design and architect Richard Wengle, it’s a modern take on a traditional New England shingle-style home — and a master class in bringing the outdoors in. The 3,500-square-foot home is the result of a two-year search and four years of construction. In 2002, the couple set out to find the place to build their dream cottage: they sought an island property with a sheltered harbour for their boats, at a just-right distance from Toronto and the mainland. In 2004, they took the 15-minute boat ride to Lambert Island, near Honey Harbour. Easy commute? Check. Protected bay? Check. Great sight lines? Check. “From the moment I got there,” says Barb, “I thought it was a little piece of heaven.” At 7-1/2 acres, the property was one of just three plots on the island, and there was room to build. So they kept the property’s existing cabin as a guesthouse, using it as a home
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In the pantry, a no-nonsense floral curtain (hung on a rod with hooks) hides the dishwasher. Simple open shelves, old wine casks and a wicker basket holding condiments set a casual, unfitted tone. Jack Lenor Larsen fabric, Primavera; casks, Angus & Company.
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base during the construction of their two-bedroom, three-bathroom cottage. Over their first summer, Buzz tracked where the sun sank into the horizon, so that the future terraces could be angled for optimal sunset views. And true to her masterful organizational skills, Barb had been planning the look of the cottage for a while — since the ’80s, in fact. Armed with a binder of images from shelter magazines, including a favourite of an island cottage off Vancouver from an ’80s-era House & Home, she recruited Duron, whose designs figured prominently in Barb’s clippings. Everyone involved agreed the cottage should be all about the surroundings. So instead of perching the house way up high, the one-storey structure hugs the rocks, which serve, in lieu of staircases, as a natural entranceway, and an exterior palette of muted greys allow it to blend easily with the granite and shrubbery. Wengle designed the interior of the house, so that the spaces are focused on views of land, water and sky. In addition, he wanted it to get light and breezes all through the day, so, for example, the windows in the sunroom slide right down into their frames, leaving just screens to catch the breeze off the lake. Overhangs shield the sun during the day, but dormer windows ensure a steady stream of light. True to form, Georgian Bay didn’t make building easy: construction materials had to be brought over by barge, and unloaded by hand. “We would have liked the cottage within a week, and it was four years,” says Buzz. (They switched contractors halfway through, with Armin Grigaitis of A&A Services and Marine Contracting completing the project.) Inside, the highlight is the great room, laid out to accommodate the pair’s love of entertaining and frequent visits from family. Wengle annexed the main and guest bedrooms, setting them off to one side so they don’t compete with the main room for light; a small library topped with CONTINUED ON PAGE 184 a cupola serves as a hub between the great room and sleeping quarters.
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ABOVE: Duron gave the sunroom an organic, outdoor feel by bringing in furniture like a teak dining table and streamlined indoor-outdoor wicker chairs. Soft grey window seats mimic the Georgian Bay granite outside. Dining table, Restoration Hardware; rug, coffee table, Cabin Boy; banquette, Robert Anderson; chairs, Constantine. OPPOSITE, RIGHT: In the pantry, a stainless steel counter and rough-hewn painted-board cabinets are a modish, simplified take on traditional cottage style. Rustic wood lids from wine crates make for fun, eco-chic art. Cabinets, Robert Anderson; all window coverings sewn by Custom Sewing Service. TOP LEFT: The widow’s walk atop the octagonal library echoes a ship’s hull. Light, Lamp Cage; railing, René Petitjean. CENTRE LEFT: Barb found the white coral sconce at a store-closing sale in Florida. BOTTOM LEFT: Simplified wing chairs in the library are cosy perches for reading and view-finding. A compass inlaid in the wood flooring plays up the northern theme. Floor inlay, Robert Anderson.
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TOP 5 INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING IDEAS • Using windows that drop down into their frames to turn the sunroom into a porch. • Filling most exterior walls with expansive windows and french doors. • Painting interiors a crisp white to enhance brightness and fill rooms with natural light. • Bringing elements from the landscape outside — from granite floors to rustic wood — into the interior design. • Creating a palette that celebrates the hues of the land, water and sky outside.
Pale bedding and open side tables keep the look light and feminine in the principal bedroom. The window seat is Barb’s favourite spot for reading. Bella Notte bedding, Elte. OPPOSITE, TOP RIGHT: The guest bed is situated between two side windows to maximize natural light while avoiding morning glare. Bella Notte bedding, Elte; pillow, John Robshaw. CENTRE LEFT: With its blue limestone top, the powder room’s vanity is a perfect match with the granite floor. Vanity, Ginger’s; counter installation, Carrara 90; lanterns, Lamp Cage. CENTRE RIGHT: A cosy reading chair is nestled alongside the gas fireplace in the principal bedroom. John Robshaw rug, Y&Co; floor lamp, Lamp Cage.
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Planters on the granite terrace are the first step in Barb’s plan for nativeplants-and-mosses-only landscaping. Loungers, Restoration Hardware.
RIGHT: Duron created the look of a Japanese soaker by cladding a traditional drop-in tub in heartwood hickory. Tucked in a bay window, it’s a serene spot to bathe. Tub, Ginger’s.
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The house is sited well — tucked down into the property — and is broken into various sections and planes with different setbacks so it doesn’t feel too large. Parts of the rear façade (shown) are clad in yellow cedar trellising. The cantilevered roof shelters the balconies and shields the exterior walls from sun and rain.
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VANCOUVER ARCHITECT CLINTON CUDDINGTON’S PASSION PROJECT NETS HIM A DRAMATIC FAMILY HOME WITH SOME SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL CRED.
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TOP 5 INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING IDEAS • Placing windows to frame the best views. • Maximizing the amount of natural light inside with a huge skylight and walls of glass. • Using glossy polished-limestone and -wood floors to bounce light around rooms. • Creating ample terraces with extra-large doorways for easy access. • Planting an herb and vegetable garden on the terrace for fresh produce anytime.
Modular leather sofas by Pascal Mourgue flank a Niels Bendtsen glass coffee table in the sparsely furnished living room. True to the design of the house, the wood-burning fireplace, and its twin log storage cubby, have a clean-lined look; Clinton modified a prefab fireplace unit, removing its faux-brick insert to give it a cleaner look. The artwork is by Alberta-born artist Laurie Steen. Ligne Roset settees, Livingspace; table, Inform Interiors; Judy Ross Textiles throw pillows, Provide.
BELOW: The partially walled back terrace captures the sun all afternoon and offers respite from the typically busy street out front. Back here, you can’t hear the traffic, and the children feel housed and contained, says Clinton. Table, chairs, Ikea; landscape architecture, Elizabeth Watts.
BELOW: Minimal furnishings throughout the house put the emphasis on the views outside. To add dimension to the interior spaces, Clinton adopted what he calls a “scale of textures” that includes the rough granite wall, the glossy bamboo floor and the smooth limestone floor beyond. The full-height slatted stair “rail” (background) is beautiful in its simplicity, like a minimalist sculpture.
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for most of us, means testing an exotic new recipe or a redder lipstick. For Vancouver architect Clinton Cuddington, it meant building a strikingly modern house with an avant-garde environmental agenda in one of the city’s most staunchly traditional neighbourhoods — and with money borrowed from family. Quite an undertaking. Particularly for someone who recently left a cosy life of steady commercial work at a big firm (Vancouver’s Bing Thom Architects) to open his own practice, as Clinton did in 2007. He called his new shop Measured.Architecture, but “measured” seems the last adjective anyone would use for such a plan. Yet experiment he did. And from where he stands now, he reckons the winnings were huge. Just look at the place. You can’t argue it’s not spectacular. “It is absolutely a dream home,” says Clinton, when the “dream or nightmare” question is put to him. “It was scary, but at the end of the day, it met all our demands.” The 6,500-square-foot house, which he built for his own young family, is a 3-D portfolio for Clinton, a bricks-and-mortar expression — to future clients, to staff, and even to himself — of what modern architecture can be. But he and his wife, interior designer Monica Berdin, who met at the University of Manitoba as undergrads, also yearned to build a truly green home: literally groundbreaking in the strictly regulated Shaughnessy neighbourhood.
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BELOW: Clinton worked with landscape architect Elizabeth Watts to create a green “foil” that diminishes the modern home’s striking presence on its traditional street. Just steps from the kitchen, an orderly vegetable garden alongside the back terrace lets the family pick their own produce in summer and fall. Concrete pavers, Mutual Materials; stone installation, East Wind Landscaping.
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Textural succulents planted in a large, low stone bowl look like organic sculpture and nicely fill a spare corner.
ABOVE: Clinton included a crisp run of cabinets above a side counter in the kitchen that features display space for treasured objects. Cabinet design, Measured. Architecture; installation, Boelling Smith Design; honed-granite counters, Kingsland Stone Works.
ABOVE: Bright, iconic Alexander Girard wood figurines from 1963. BELOW: Embracing the Japanese notion of “borrowed views,” Clinton designed expanses of windows to frame views of nature. That’s exemplified in the dining area by the
wall of double-glazed windows and enhanced by a rugged granite wall that extends outside, strengthening the connection between indoors and out. Table, chandelier, Inform Interiors; window fabrication, Builders Door & Window.
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Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z 6 chandelier is a light, airy balance to the sturdy dining table by Antonio Citterio and vintage Thonet chairs in the dining room.
BELOW: The kitchen sees more action than any other room in the house and has become a proxy playroom. Two tiers of cabinets over the sink provide plenty of storage, which helps accommodate the home’s spare decorating
aesthetic. Insetting the lower tier of cabinetry over the range keeps the wall from appearing monolithic and frees up head space in the cooking area. Sink, Robinson Lighting; faucets, Cantu; wood bowl, Martha Sturdy white resin bowl, Provide; stools, Inform Interiors.
ABOVE: For continuity, the fridge is built right into the eco-friendly laminated-bamboo cabinetry and includes a custom grille for ventilation. Cabinet design, Measured. Architecture; installation, Boelling Smith Design.
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ABOVE: Clinton planned spaces so that shafts of light travel down through the levels to fill the house with natural light. Polished Turkish limestone flooring contrasts the coarse granite walls. Wood-block stools, Inform Interiors; flooring, Fontile Corporation.
ABOVE: Olive, 10, gets cosy on the underheated bamboo flooring in the library, located on the stair landing, where books were used as ornamentation. The slatted, low-slung window here gives a great “visual shot” when coming up the stairs and is situated to enhance air flow.
ABOVE: The paint palette was restricted to a custom “ultra-white” that takes on different looks based on the light outside. Equally spaced fir glulam beams accentuate the ceiling and give the skylight a graphic look. Skylight, Spectrum.
A partial wall anchors the couple’s bed in the middle of the minimalist principal bedroom and gives the illusion of a larger space. While it conceals the bathroom and walk-in closets behind it, it doesn’t fully separate the spaces, so that light and air can still flow through the entire room. Zanotta bed, Niels Bendtsen side tables, Tolomeo lamps, Inform Interiors; linens, Bernstein & Gold; organic Larch pillow, red quilt, Vancouver Special.
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In the principal bedroom, Harry Bertoia’s Asymmetric chaise for Knoll, upholstered in eyepopping vermillion, is one of a few colour surprises in the house. Artwork by Jamie Evrard, Vancouver Special.
LEFT: In the bathroom, a frittedglass wall provides privacy for the Japanese soaker tub and diffuses natural light into the steam shower. (A baked-on ceramic frit layer obscures the glass without pitting it.) The wood stool, crafted by Clinton, and an aloe plant add organic texture. Tile, Dal-Tile; Aquabrass fixtures, Robinson Lighting; towels, Bernstein & Gold.
Clinton would have to work closely with the City of Vancouver planning department, all the while answering to discerning clients he also happened to live with. “My wife was my biggest critic,” he says. “There was a level of interrogation from her that I have not yet experienced with a client.” The pair sat down regularly at home in their tiny bungalow in Mackenzie Heights to negotiate. One of Monica’s demands — a most important one from everyone’s perspective, in fact — was that natural light be a main consideration in the architecture. So they pencilled in a skylight, cut by fir beams, over a portion of the second floor, in the 14-foot space above the stairwell; it creates a shaft of natural light flowing down the main staircase and out a vertical-slat wall that frames and guides the staircase instead of a banister. There, the light scatters out to meet the home’s two terraces: one facing east, the other west. “We really nailed it on that one,” says Clinton. With the light dancing off every surface, the pair kept the palette minimal. Natural materials set the tone — bamboo, yellow cedar, limestone, zinc, sandblasted concrete and granite — and create a “scale of textures,” as Clinton dubs his palette of materials. “I wanted to have a strong play between the coarse granite wall that CONTINUED ON PAGE 186 runs from outside the house right
WHAT MAKES THIS HOUSE GREEN
• A hydroponic green roof (by Xero Flor) planted with droughtresistant plants helps cool the house and retain storm water. • To avoid off-gassing, no PVC or CFCs were used, and a HEPA air-filtration system keeps indoor air toxin-free. • The house costs less than a standard forced-air house to heat because Clinton included heating-related elements like five 250'-deep geothermal wells for heat exchange; continuous fresh air exchange and intake tempered for heating with a heat-recovery ventilator (it also “harvests” exhaust heat from the TV, stereo and computers); radiant in-floor heating designed to offset heat gain caused as the sun passes over throughout the day. • The geothermal heating system is already set up to be powered by solar panels (once the cost of the panels becomes more economical), so that the house can eventually go completely off-grid. • Smart window placement for cross-ventilation and stackeffect cooling (using fewer southern-exposure windows prevents excessive heat gain). • Flooring and cabinetry made of renewable Teragren laminated bamboo. • Natural wool carpets and non-CFC underlays keep things natural underfoot. • A programmable lighting system that saves energy by controlling how much light is generated. • LED lighting in the kitchen undercabinets, stairway and exterior steps lowers power consumption. • Landscaping with indigenous plants, and herb and vegetable gardens. Lawns with automatic sprinklers that water less, and at the best times of day. • Grounds designed to best manage ground and storm water (a pioneering project with the City of Vancouver). • Fully permeable concrete driveway pavers mean less run-off goes into the sewers.
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Anna Spiro celebrates colour in her Brisbane bungalow.
Photography by SIMON KENNY
A multitude of paned windows bathe the living and dining room of designer Anna Spiro’s home with sunlight. A wall of french doors allows for a strong connection to the outside. A matching pair of vintage wing chairs that Anna covered in inky black linen with contrasting piping work to unify the mix of antique chairs. Eight-inch-wide plank wood flooring painted glossy white and crisp white walls throughout balance the heavy use of colour. Artwork, Poh by David Bromley (large nude painting); pink abstract painting by Karlee Rawkins.
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Pink is just the best colour. It’s an absolute
gushes Anna Spiro, the Australian decorator best known internationally for her blog, Absolutely Beautiful Things. A rising star in her country’s style establishment, Anna has an approach to design that’s rooted in luxurious linens, exotic patterns, vintage furniture — and yes, bright, vibrant colour. Her Brisbane home is the quintessential example. “I like to describe it as Paris apartment meets American country cottage,” she says of the 2,000-square-foot bungalow she and her husband, Brad Lipke, spent 12 months renovating, finishing at the end of 2009. As always, she had an all-white backdrop and lots of bright layers in mind. “I love to add colour and texture with fabric, furniture and artwork. Hot pink is obviously a favourite, but these days so is saffron yellow,” she says. The reno itself was relatively painless, with the only big addition being a light-filled living and dining room. Convincing her husband to live in a house dominated by hot pink was also easier than one might expect. “He never really questions my ideas. Other men might be threatened by the use of hot pink, but Brad is very open and accommodating,” she says. He did, however, hesitate slightly at the fabric she’d chosen for their bedroom curtains — a pink Designers Guild silk with handpainted flowers. But, only a few months later: “He’s grown to love it. He told me recently he loves our room and he finds it really restful.” She attributes his acceptance in part to the way she worked with all the colour. “I don’t use it in a girly way. By grounding all the bright colours and patterns with hits of black and white, it’s more sophisticated and elegant. Sticking to white on most walls
ABOVE: Anna Spiro in her pink and white kitchen, where a cluster art wall features a mixed arrangement of flea market finds, paintings by her son, Harry, 7, and a piece found in Paris. OPPOSITE: In the living room, a giltframed settee was covered in simple white cotton for interesting contrast and dressed up with a mix of brightly
patterned throw pillows. A wellcurated display of books, antiques and other collectibles on the coffee table is just one of many interesting tablescapes and vignettes found throughout the house. Artwork, Wreath, Goldfish & Joe Furlonger Pot, Sydney by Richard Dunlop.
and the floor helps, too,” she says. Furthermore, Anna’s downto-earth sensibility makes the space feel livable. “I always work with things I’ve loved and had for years: family antiques, handme-downs, inexpensive things I find at markets and on eBay, and even my son Harry’s artwork.” The resulting look is a mixture of many influences — French, Art Deco, even a bit of Palm Springs. She encourages others to mix styles as much as possible when renovating their homes, acknowledging that the popularity of decorating chain stores and TV shows has made redecorating accessible, but that most people’s interpretations are too safe and predictable. “Too many folks are still into beige and brown and taupe and white. They need to get out of the ’90s. They think of me as this crazy colour girl, but they’re already catching up and seeing that colour is just wonderful.” When it comes to collecting art and decorative items, she loves the thrill of the hunt, and enjoys looking for vintage items at flea markets or on trips to Sydney and Melbourne, Hawaii or Bali, where she goes for batik textiles and antique offering
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Floor plan illustration by Jenn Lawrence
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Anna had an old wooden table converted into a fresh-looking double vanity. She purchased the two mirrors from a local salvage store. “I stumbled across them and loved them and thought, ‘Wouldn’t they look great as my bathroom mirrors.’ I like that they don’t match.” The white subway wall tiles and hexagonal floor tiles are in keeping with the Art Deco era of the bungalow.
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TOP LEFT AND RIGHT: Anna’s son, Harry, accompanies her on excursions to antique markets and chooses one item each trip, which are displayed on the plate rail running the perimeter of his room. The oversized galvanized pendant hits a slightly unexpected note, while striped cushions on the settee are a perfect choice for a young boy’s room. The mouldings and ceiling medallion are original to the house. Artwork by David Bromley. ABOVE: Mismatched sorbet-coloured teacups and saucers, and a blue and white creamer link to the artwork. TOP RIGHT: A whitewashed table from a flea market is topped with antiques and statement art. LEFT: The vintage Italian toleware chandelier was purchased on eBay and punched up with black and white gingham shades with pink bobble trim. Hot pink stools provide an upbeat contrast to the kitchen’s white Carrara marble island. BOTTOM LEFT: Trellis-print wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler in Anna’s office makes it a cosy room in which to work. A flea-market lamp was updated with a custom shade. BOTTOM RIGHT: The carved-wood bird lamps were an inexpensive find. Their shades are pink and white gingham fabric with black bobble trim. The bedspread is a French matelassé from Anna’s firm, Black & Spiro Interior Design. Artwork, Baby Love 3 by Jane Cremorne.
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Anna adds life to her vignettes and tablescapes with fresh-cut flowers in small vessels, which are often flea-market finds. The antique pillboxes were bought in France.
“I grew up surrounded by gorgeous antiques, so it’s natural for me to want to push people away from mass-produced decorating, and to challenge themselves to embrace something bold”
baskets. She also finds plenty of good antiques at auction houses in Brisbane, like the early 19th-century Italian gilt mirror in the foyer, the old walnut bed in Harry’s room and the mismatched dining chairs. “I couldn’t afford a complete set of French dining chairs, and they are much more reasonable as pairs or one-offs.” Anna began her own design journey while still a teenager. When an apprenticeship came up with a renowned Brisbane interior designer, and she still had a few months left to finish high school, her artistic grandmother stepped in to hold the job for her. From this designer, she learned the decorating trade from the ground up, becoming a partner at just 24 and eventually buying him out on his retirement. “The old business was a traditional-style formal decorating store,” recalls Anna. “I pushed for a move to New Farm, the up-and-coming area of Brisbane, and made everything more accessible to the customers.”
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Black & Spiro Interior Design is now one of Australia’s bestknown boutique decorating firms — and an office expansion is currently underway. “We’re doing private client meeting rooms up on the second level,” she says. “We’re painting the walls the softest, palest, palest pink, and the chairs will be these low-back upholstered chairs; each one will be slipcovered in different black-and-white-patterned fabric. I’m so excited to see how it will look.” Not everyone can live with as much colour as Anna, but she hopes she is inspiring a generation to indulge themselves in decorating their personal spaces. “I grew up surrounded by the beautiful things and gorgeous antiques of my mother and grandmother, so it’s natural for me to want to push people away from mass-produced decorating and furniture, and to challenge themselves to embrace something bold.”
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“I like to describe it as Paris apartment meets American country cottage”
Anna custom-painted her Lloyd Loom wicker sofa hot pink. Vibrant striped fabric creates interesting tension with the formal gilded frame of an antique chair.
TOP 5 INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING IDEAS • Using large banks of transom windows in the main room to let in refreshing breezes. • Giving bedrooms french door access to a private enclosed courtyard. • Treating every room to bouquets of fresh-cut blooms and bright, cheerful artwork and printed throw pillows. • Bringing outdoor wicker furniture, painted eyepopping shades, inside. • Hanging garden-motif trellis-print wallpaper.
Rich wood finishes on antiqueinspired pieces like this five-drawer chest warm up a white palette. Baker Louis XVI chest. Walnut; veneer. 35" h. x 50" w. x 19" d. $4,200. At Studio b. Elegant chairs with studded pink detailing add a feminine touch to the dining room. Hickory Chair Amsterdam side chair. Mahogany; various fabrics. 36" h. x 19" w. x 23" d. From $1,435. At Elizabeth Interiors.
Mixing bold colours and graphic patterns lends lively energy to a room. From top: Cavalli pillow, cotton, 18" sq., $37, Crate & Barrel; Sanibel pillow, cotton blend, 20" sq., $180, Black and White pillow, linen, 20" sq., $120, GH Interiors; Felicia cover, silk, 20" sq., $10, Ikea. Graphic artwork in crisp black frames pop against white walls. The Surprise by Diane Lingenfelter. 4" x 6". $80. At Art Interiors.
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An intentionally tarnished desk lamp injects industrial contrast and keeps the look from getting fussy. Vintage lamp. 21" h. x 12" to 24" w. $790. At Barrymore Furniture.
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Pink shades with pleated trim beautify flea-market-find lamps. Bianca Ruffle shade. Cotton/ linen. 9" h. x 11½" diam. $35. At Pottery Barn Kids.
Bright collectibles stand out when set against a white lacquered coffee table. Moroccan-style scalloped edges add an exotic touch. Jacqui coffee table. Wood veneer; engineered wood. 16" h. x 40" w. x 22" d. $588. Through Bungalow 5.
Choose a vibrant wicker love seat for an upbeat note inside and out. Fiona love seat in Shrimp; Pure Linen cushion in White. 36" h. x 52" w. x 26" d. Approx. $1,120. Through Maine Cottage.
“Fresh” blooms strike a summery note all year. Indigolife faux pink roses. Silk; acrylic; glass. 8" h. x 7½" diam. $35. At Indigo Books & Music and Chapters.
A distressed woodframed mirror with a tiered top adds interest to a great hall or bathroom. Hickory Chair Queen Anne mirror. Mahogany in Oxford. 42" h. x 20" w. From $1,439. At Elizabeth Interiors.
Display collections of blue and white china throughout the house. From left: Mei Ping vase, porcelain, 16" h. x 9" diam., $219; large Ginger jar, porcelain, 21" h. x 12" diam., $409. At Ethan Allen.
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Playing with scale, a Chippendale-style gate and lattice fence lead the view into the private yard. Glimpsed from the street, the 7' x 7' storage shed resembles a Victorian dollhouse. The circular mirror in the mansard roof is a favourite of homeowner Sharon Mimran (below), and fits the architectural era of the main house. Landscape architect, Thomas Sparling; planting, stonework, Don Valley Landscaping; fountain, Fresh Home & Garden.
Interior designer Sharon Mimran reimagines her back garden as a crisp, traditional courtyard.
Text by KENDRA JACKSON | Photography by TED YARWOOD
Standing tall in the back corner, an impressive Manitoba maple spreads a leafy canopy over the small courtyard below, bringing a peaceful energy to the back garden of interior designer Sharon Mimran. The one holdover from the neglected garden that occupied the space before Sharon got her hands on it, the maple provides just the right amount of privacy and greenery — a handsome backdrop against which Sharon created an invitingly tailored new green space. “It was pretty sad,” says Sharon of the overgrown patch of land, with a rotting fence and shed, that was the backyard of her 1850s-era house in midtown Toronto. Sharon earned her stripes designing interiors that showcase impeccable taste and classic, traditional leanings. She approached her garden redesign the same way she approaches her interiors. “I wanted the exterior to look as if it were a part of the interior design,” she says. “All the elements I used inside the house — mouldings, panelling, mirrors — I used out here. They reflect the heritage of the house, but with a more contemporary feel.” To bring her plan to life three years ago, Sharon turned to noted landscape architect Thomas Sparling. Her wish list was simple: an outdoor living space
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Portrait by Michael Graydon
Striking a romantic note at night, the black-painted chandelier suspended over the dining table is outfitted with candles. The highlight of the yard is the large ethanolburning fireplace with a weatherproof faux-limestone resin mantel. Two pyramidal evergreens create symmetry. A collection of urns on the table can be easily repositioned or repotted. Planters, Fresh Home & Garden; fireplace, Siena Design; table, chairs, Sharon Mimran Design.
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TOP LEFT: The kitchen’s glass atelier doors open fully to the yard. Oversized coach lanterns are era-appropriate for the Victorian house, and help to frame and highlight the doors. LEFT: Extensive panelling and detailing on the house’s façade provides a sophisticated backdrop for the garden. At the entrance,
a black iron fountain functions in the same way that a round table in an interior front foyer would, by creating an elegant focal point and directing flow. The manicured boxwood hedges, sculptural balls and pergola look attractive even when covered in snow, which has inspired Sharon to one day host a “Doctor Zhivago-style winter dinner.” White-
flowering PeeGee hydrangea trees mix with shorter, looserleafed ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea in the bed under the kitchen window. TOP RIGHT: A small alcove across from the kitchen window is outfitted with a French-style carved-stone bench, making it a slightly more private destination in the garden.
that was low-maintenance and private with a subdued palette to which colour could be added seasonally through annuals. It had to have a European sensibility, one that mixed manicured French with relaxed English traditional. When renovating her house in 2007 (featured in House & Home, February 2008), Sharon relocated the main entrance from the front to the side, using a charcoaltinted slabstone pathway to lead visitors to the unexpectedly positioned “front” door. This pathway extends further into the back garden, passing underneath a shady pergola where climbing hydrangea and wisteria soften the trelliswork. A classic Chippendale-style gate accesses the private courtyard beyond. Arranged like a centre-hall floor plan, the roughly 36-by-30-foot, L-shaped yard is balanced and symmetrical in its new layout. A circular limestone patio is anchored by a large black iron fountain greeting visitors upon entrance, like a table in a front foyer. “There is a defined progression of movement and space in the fairly restricted yard,” says Sparling referring to the traditional layout. “And it’s very ordered and structured, much like Sharon’s interiors.” Diamond- and rectangular-shaped trelliswork and fences capped with moulding in soft shades of taupey mocha and grey-black recall details found inside the house, like crown and panel moulding. Sharon also used mirrors to reflect light, visually expand the space and to CONTINUED ON PAGE 208 relate to the interior rooms. Open trelliswork at the front of
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SHARON’S TIPS FOR CREATING A FORMAL FRENCH BACKYARD • Plan a symmetrical space. The balance is calming and soothing, and for Sharon it was a direct reflection of the symmetry used inside the house. • Create a strong focal point. Here it’s the large-scale faux-limestone fireplace. It anchors the space and is a main gathering spot. • Use lots of foliage to create a sense of seclusion. • Incorporate good landscape lighting and use candles and lanterns to set the mood. Dressing up an outdoor space like this makes it feel like an indoor room. • Use mirrors to give depth to a space. Here, the mirrors beautifully reflect the candles and lanterns at night.
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Weathered window shutters inject outdoor texture
The Great Indoors
TODAY’S GARDEN FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES ARE SO STYLISH, THEY LOOK JUST AS GOOD INSIDE.
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Can you spot the pieces we pulled in from the patio? An all-weather rug is low maintenance — simply wipe away spills — then replace a formal coffee table with a trio of Moroccan-style garden stools. For a quick change with big impact, recover throw pillows in durable indooroutdoor fabrics. The latest are soft enough to invite
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lazy afternoon lounging, yet stand up to sun and stains, and come in an array of gorgeous colours and patterns. And try an outdoor urn as an oversized vase for seasonal branches. Antique shutters, garden urn, 507 Antiques;
outdoor fabric for cushions, Designer Fabrics; cream outdoor cushion, Andrew Richard Designs; carpet, Dash & Albert; Moroccan tables, L’Atelier; garden chair, Hauser; John Derian pouf, Constantine.
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SWAP IN A PATIO CHAIR For a lighter look indoors, switch out a weighty armchair for an open wicker or rattan design. A classic shape in black is more tailored than terrace, especially when paired with a cushion trimmed with chic contrast piping.
Garden urn, 507 Antiques; indoor-outdoor carpet, Dash & Albert; garden chair, Hauser; throw, John Derian pouf, Constantine.
DECORATE WITH PLANTS For an easy take on terrariums, place flowering bulbs and leafy ferns inside clear, oversized jars. They become earthy sculpture artfully arranged on an end table or mantel with terracotta pots and a handful of river rocks.
Glass vessels, Decorum Decorative Finds.
COLLECT FENCE FINIALS Displayed as a collection, remnants from grand iron gates and ornamental fences offer a finishing touch with architectural edge. Look for distinctive pieces at flea markets and salvage stores, then leave them loose in a rustic bowl on a coffee table or lined up on a shelf.
Antique iron fragments, 507 Antiques; table, L’Atelier.
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THE NEW CUBAN CUISINE INFUSES HUMBLE DISHES WITH FRESH, UNEXPECTED INGREDIENTS.
By CLAIRE TANSEY | Photography by JOHN CULLEN Food styling by ASHLEY DENTON | Prop styling by SASHA SEYMOUR
CORINNA MOZO, chef and owner of Toronto’s Delux restaurant, is leading a Cuban food renaissance in Canada thanks to her new take on classic cooking.
The time is ripe for Cuban cuisine. With adventurous chefs adding new twists to familiar Cuban staples, the country’s dishes, like its climate, are hot — and we don’t mean spicy. Cuban restaurants are gaining ground, enticing diners with savoury rice dishes and hearty pressed sandwiches. Just ask Corinna Mozo, chef and owner of Toronto bistro Delux: “Cuba has a great tradition of home-style comfort recipes.” At Delux, where she serves a mix of French and Cuban cooking, Mozo is reinterpreting the recipes fondly remembered by her Cuban father, adding tangy citrus marinades to roasted chicken and fried plantains, and elevating the traditional avocado salad with fresh herbs. It’s no wonder the reviews are glowing and the patrons keep coming back. Here, she shares her family favourites.
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HEARTS OF PALM SALAD WITH CILANTRO VINAIGRETTE ROAST CHICKEN WITH ACHIOTE AND LIME FRIED RIPE PLANTAINS ONE-POT BLACK BEANS AND RICE TRES LECHES CAKE
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Sweet plantains accented with zesty lime and savoury rice and beans are flavourful pairings for crispy roast chicken. A fresh garnish of cilantro, red onion, jalapeño and lime brightens flavours. Plate, Twice Found.
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Hearts of Palm Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette
Buttery avocado adds a rich counterpoint to fresh herbs and tangy citrus fruit. Fabric, Designer Fabrics; salad servers, Rustica Tabletop; dark blue plate, Twice Found.
PERFECT PAIRING Hearty Cuban flavours work well with an Australian Viognier, a zesty Riesling from Ontario, or a sparkling Spanish Cava. All wine pairings by Anne Martin, certified sommelier.
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Savour the ﬂavour of roasted red peppers, aged Parmesan, sweet raspberries, juicy mandarin oranges, and more. Remixes don’t get tastier than that.
Roast Chicken with Achiote and Lime
Lime juice, garlic and achiote (a slightly muskyflavoured seed) bring a vibrant Cuban twist to roast chicken. Pan, Rustica Tabletop; bowl, Twice Found.
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are made with our ﬁnest ingredients like aged asiago cheese, extra virgin olive oil, and sweet shallots all combined in totally ﬂavourful ways. Try all six, including Asiago Caesar, Barbeque Ranch, and Raspberry Poppyseed. Look for them in the produce section and turn up the ﬂavour on your salads today.
One-Pot Black Beans and Rice
Two quintessential Cuban side dishes — black beans and rice and fried plantains — turn a roast chicken dinner into an exotic feast. Surface, glasses, Rustica Tabletop. PERFECT PAIRING Cuban dishes also pair well with beer — try a refreshing pilsner like Pilsner Urquell.
Fried Ripe Plantains
Instead of the usual potatoes, Cuban cuisine offers up fried plantains as the starchy side dish, served with sour cream for dipping. Use very ripe plantains for a sweet flavour.
DELUX DINING: A Toronto bistro that melds Cuban and French cuisine.
WHAT: Chef Corinna Mozo’s Delux restaurant, named one of the city’s top 10 new restaurants of 2009. WHERE: 92 Ossington Ave. (deluxrestaurant.ca), right in the heart of Toronto’s hottest new food neighbourhood. DON’T MISS: Delux offers an entire lunch menu that showcases casual Cuban meals. For dinner, which has more French offerings, sample the mussels or try the irresistibly rich Cubano sandwich with cider-cured pork, gruyère cheese, chopped cornichons and red onion.
With whitewashed brick walls, graphic artwork and intimate booths, Delux has a cosy, casual feel.
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New KRAFT Sizzling Salads kits, the entrée salads you make at home.
Talk about a duet! KRAFT Sizzling Salads kits include 2 bottles, a cooking sauce for your meat and a perfectly paired dressing for your greens. Now you can make restaurant-style entrée salads of your very own in 4 easy steps. Try our Chicken Caesar, Greek Chicken, Asian Chicken, and Southwest Chicken varieties.
“Cuban food is eclectic. It depends on the imagination and creativity of the people”
— CORINNA MOZO
Tres Leches Cake
For an indulgent dessert, Mozo offers this vanilla cake soaked with a sweet rum and milk syrup. Pan, Rustica Tabletop; jug, Twice Found.
PERFECT PAIRING Pedro Ximénez sherry from Spain, or an Australian muscat, will temper the sweetness of the cake.
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Say goodbye to those flimsy and wasteful plastic produce bags. Perfect for taking to the farmers’ market, grocery store or even the garden, reusable Credo bags are made of an organic cotton mesh that allows produce to breathe. Since they’re extremely lightweight, they won’t add to your bill when weighed at the checkout. Machinewashable with handy drawstring tops, the bags come in various sizes to fit everything from large potatoes or apples, to smaller items like cherries or apricots, and even delicate lettuce and herbs. Bags, from $6.50/each. Visit credobags.com. — D.M.
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The newest treats from Vancouver chocolatier Purdy’s Chocolates are inspired by Mayan pyramid temples. Our favourite has a smooth cappuccino coffee centre with a toffee crunch and is covered in dark chocolate with milk chocolate streaks — a wonderfully tasty hostess gift. Purdy’s Mayans chocolates, $19/210-g box. At Purdy’s Chocolates stores across Canada and online. — C.T.
Small enough to take to work or camping, this smart, easy-to-use manual grinder saves electricity and cuts down on noise — after all, who really wants to listen to a loud electric grinder in the morning? Hario Skerton coffee mill, $40. At retailers across Canada. — C.T.
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Have you ever wished you had a vegetable farm at your back door? Thanks to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), everyone can enjoy a ready supply of fresh fruits and veggies while supporting local farmers. This grassroots initiative helps urbanites pair up with local farmers: you pay a lump sum ahead of the season to help the farmer buy springtime supplies and plant crops, and in return, you receive a weekly allotment of the farm’s harvest. Select provinces currently have CSA websites to help you find a participating farmer, and many growers with farmers’ market stalls also participate in these programs. Starting at approx. $400/season. — D.M.
This all-in-one serving set features a bamboo tray that breaks into six single saucers, and little spoons that sit securely on top of each porcelain cup — perfect for espresso or dessert. Fellina Sok-Cham espresso set, Approx. $52. Through momastore.org. — C.T.
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Fiddleheads are the edible tops of a young ostrich fern. They’re usually the first wild greens of spring, cropping up sometime in May. Their season is fleeting, so grab them when you see them. To prepare, first fill the sink with cold water and let fiddleheads soak for about 3 minutes. Remove from water, pat dry and pull off and discard any papery brown skin. Then boil, steam or roast them like you would asparagus or green beans (never eat raw fiddleheads; they can cause stomach upset). Or try my favourite fiddlehead pasta (below). — C.T.
I was wondering if you had a good recipe for ﬁddleheads?
— N.C., Scarborough, Ont.
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Spring Pasta with Fiddleheads
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cups fresh fiddleheads, cleaned tbsp butter tbsp olive oil tbsp minced garlic cups sliced wild mushrooms Salt and pepper 1 lb. orecchiette pasta 8 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled Chopped fresh basil 1. In a steamer set over simmering water, steam fiddleheads 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and plunge into ice water until cold. Drain. 2. Heat butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high, add mushrooms and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened. Add fiddleheads and cook another 3 to 5 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper. 3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water until tender. Drain and add to fiddlehead mixture, tossing well. Divide into four bowls and top with goat cheese and fresh basil.
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1 tsp. 4 oil small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb./450 g) 1/3 cup 1/4 cup 1 Tbsp. 25%-less-sodium chicken broth Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread old-style mustard
HEAT oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 8 min. on each side or until done. Transfer to plate; cover to keep warm. ADD broth to skillet; cook on medium heat 3 to 5 min. or until hot. Add Philly and mustard; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until cream cheese is completely melted and sauce is well blended and slightly thickened. Pour over chicken and serve with your favourite sides.
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Plantains look like oversized bananas, and are available at most grocery stores. For this recipe it’s important to use very ripe plantains with completely black skins. 3 very ripe plantains 1 cup canola oil 1. Peel plantains and cut on diagonal into ½" slices. 2. Heat oil in a large, heavy frying pan over medium heat to about 350°F. Add plantain slices in small batches and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side, only turning plantains once. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Serve immediately as a side dish with chicken.
Hearts of palm are a delicious tender vegetable with a taste similar to artichokes. You can find them canned at most grocery stores. Cilantro Vinaigrette ⅔ cup packed cilantro leaves 3 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp minced shallot or onion 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tsp honey 1 tsp salt ½ cup olive oil 3 navel oranges 2 ripe avocados 1 398-mL can hearts of palm, drained and sliced 4 cups watercress 4 cups baby arugula 1. To make vinaigrette, combine cilantro, lemon juice, shallot or onion, red wine vinegar, honey and salt in a food processor. Pulse until cilantro is chopped but not puréed. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. 2. Slice off the peel and white pith from oranges then slice fruit into thin rounds. Halve, pit, peel and slice avocados. Combine oranges, avocados, hearts of palm, watercress and arugula. Toss with vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. CONTINUED
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Achiote is a hallmark spice in Cuban food. It’s available at Latin American markets and specialty stores. Marinade 3 tbsp achiote paste (or powder) Juice of 4 limes ⅓ cup olive oil 4 tbsp ground cumin 20 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 3 green onions, chopped 1 tsp black pepper 2 3 to 3½-lb. whole chickens Kosher salt and black pepper Baste 4 tbsp butter 4 cloves garlic, minced Juice of 2 limes Sauce (optional) 1½ cups chicken stock Juice of 1 lime
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One-Pot Black Beans and Rice
This simple combination is a well-known Cuban specialty, packing lots of flavour. The finished dish should be a bit soupy. 1 2 ¼ 1 4 1 ½ 1 540-mL can black beans tbsp olive oil cup finely chopped red pepper small onion, finely chopped cloves garlic, minced cup long-grain rice tsp ground cumin tsp salt Black pepper 2½ cups water 2 green onions, thinly sliced
1. Combine achiote paste with lime juice and stir until dissolved. Add remaining marinade ingredients. Divide marinade between two large ziplock plastic bags. Add a chicken to each bag, close and massage to work CONTINUED marinade all over and inside
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chicken. Marinate in fridge at least 6 hours and up to 14 hours. 2. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Combine baste in a pot over low heat until melted. 3. Remove chickens from marinade and place on a rack in a roasting pan. Discard remaining marinade, removing any pieces of onion and garlic from chicken. For each chicken, bend wings behind back and tuck them under body and tie legs together with kitchen twine. Season chickens all over with salt and pepper. Roast 60 to 75 minutes, basting with melted butter mixture every 15 minutes, or until cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thighs reads 175ºF. Remove from oven, transfer to a warmed platter, cover loosely with foil and let rest 15 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, to make sauce, spoon out all but 2 tbsp fat from roasting pan. Place roasting pan on stovetop over medium heat. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Boil several minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in lime juice. Serve over chicken.
Tres Leches Cake
“Tres leches” refers to the three milks used in the syrup that soaks the cake. Chill for several hours to improve the flavour. 5 1 1 1½ ⅓ ½ ½ large eggs, separated cup granulated sugar, divided cup all-purpose flour tsp baking powder cup milk tsp vanilla extract tsp cream of tartar
beating on high, adding remaining ¼ cup sugar 1 tbsp at a time, until whites are glossy and hold stiff peaks. Using a rubber spatula, gently incorporate egg white mixture into yolk mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake about 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and springy and a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. If cake is getting too brown, reduce oven to 325ºF. Cool completely on a rack. 4. Combine evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream, vanilla and rum. Run a knife around cake edges and poke cake all over with a skewer. Pour about ¼ of the milk syrup over the cake, spooning any overflow back onto the cake until absorbed. Repeat with remaining syrup, adding slowly until almost completely absorbed. Serve with remaining syrup and whipped cream, if desired.
Milk syrup 1 370-mL can evaporated milk 1 300-mL sweetened condensed milk 1 cup 35% cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp light rum 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Generously grease a 9" x 9" metal cake pan. 2. Whisk egg yolks with ¾ cup sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in flour and baking powder, then milk and vanilla, until smooth. 3. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Beat in cream of tartar. Continue
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Homemade Crème Fraîche
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1 cup whipping cream 1 tbsp buttermilk 1. Combine cream and buttermilk in a glass bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature 24 hours until thickened.
Spring Fruit Compote
2 cups fresh or frozen (defrosted) rhubarb, cut in 1½" pieces ¼ cup water 3 tbsp sugar 2 cups fresh strawberries, thickly sliced 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Crème fraîche, store-bought or homemade (recipe above), to serve 1. Combine rhubarb, water and sugar in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat until rhubarb is almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Add strawberries, cook another couple minutes. 2. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in vanilla extract. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To serve, spoon into glass goblets and top with a spoonful of crème fraîche.
Chocolate Cherry Verrine
Custard cream 1¾ cups whipping cream 4 egg yolks ¼ cup sugar Pinch of salt 1 tsp vanilla extract Truffle cream 1 cup whipping cream ¼ lb. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped Cherry whipped cream 1 cup whipping cream 3 tbsp preservative-free cherry jam (like Greaves Jams) Cherry topping 1 cup frozen cherries, defrosted and drained 2 tbsp kirsch Chocolate shavings, to garnish
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place six verrine glasses (small, unstemmed dessert glasses) in a baking dish lined with a J Cloth. 2. To make custard cream layer, bring 1¾ cup whipping cream to a simmer over medium heat. In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk egg yolks, sugar and salt. Lightly whisk about ½ cup simmered cream into yolks. Continue whisking in remaining cream along with vanilla extract. Pour custard through a sieve into a large measuring cup. 3. Evenly divide the custard among the six glasses. Fill the baking dish with boiling water to ⅔ of the height of the custard. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the glasses and carefully place in oven. Bake until edges are set but centre is still slightly jiggly, about 50 to 55 minutes. (Centres should be at least 155°F when tested with an instantread thermometer.) 4. Remove from oven, carefully take glasses out of water bath and place on rack to cool for 30 minutes. Transfer to refrigerator and chill until custard is firm, at least 3 hours. 5. To make the truffle layer, bring 1 cup whipping cream to a simmer. Place chopped chocolate in a bowl and pour hot cream over top. Stir until chocolate has totally dissolved (if necessary, place over double boiler to complete melting and mixing). Refrigerate until very cold, about 2 hours. 6. Whip until almost stiff, being sure to not overwhip as mixture will separate. 7. To make cherry whipped cream layer, whip 1 cup whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add jam and continue whipping until almost stiff peaks have formed. 8. To make cherry topping, in a bowl combine defrosted cherries and kirsch, set aside, and let soak. To assemble verrines: 1. Place verrines filled with cooled custard cream on work surface. Fit a piping bag with a ½" plain tip and fill with whipped truffle cream. Into each glass, pipe a layer of truffle cream on top of custard layer. Divide kirschsoaked cherries evenly on top of each truffle cream layer. 2. Fit a second piping bag with a ½" plain tip and fill with cherry cream. Into each glass, pipe cherry cream decoratively on top of truffle layer. To serve, decorate each verrine with chocolate shavings.
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“I tend to imbue each element of the landscape with some sort of life,” says Leong. Influences include Japanese animation artist Hayao Miyazaki, the creative mind behind the film Spirited Away. “There is a real sense of story to Rick’s works,” says Parisian Laundry director and curator Jeanie Riddle. Leong is also inspired by the early Chinese Taoist belief that everything has a life to it, and by the Japanese Shinto worldview that the landscape is alive. His Elementals series of paintings are muted in colour and depict the dynamic action of rain, wind and water. Contour outlines are rhythmic yin-yang expressions of tension and release, spiralling energy, feng shui (literally wind-water) metaphysics. To achieve the shimmering dreamlike surfaces to his works, Leong lays down several layers of oil glazes. BIG BREAK The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts bought a work from his MFA grad exhibition in 2007, on the suggestion of curator Stéphane Aquin. The following year, Leong was a semi-finalist in the high-profile Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Painting Competition. Because it was the 10th anniversary of the award program, Leong and all of the semifinalists were part of a celebrated group of grand prize winners and runners-up whose works were featured in an exhibition that travelled to Toronto’s Power Plant gallery, The Rooms in St. John’s, Nfld., and the Musée d’art contemporaine in Montreal. The semifinalists’ works were subsequently purchased by the Canadian Art Foundation and gifted to the Ottawa office of the Governor General of Canada. UPCOMING Leong is regrouping after several months of preparation for his third solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry, which ended in early 2010. Now that he has “got the bug” for experiencing new and different landscapes, he is looking forward to more artist residencies. WHAT IT COSTS Leong’s paintings and drawings range from $4,000 to $18,000. WHERE TO GET IT Parisian Laundry, 3550 St. Antoine W., Montreal (514) 989-1056 or visit parisianlaundry.com.
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For Duron, the challenge was making the open architecture, defined by its expanses of space and glass, feel inviting. “It had to function for the couple on their own, plus accommodate guests,” she says. It helped that her tastes so jelled with Barb’s the two of them “showed up one day wearing the same sweater,” says Barb. Duron created an open and airy interior that draws on tradition, while avoiding cottage clichés. “We wanted it light, with a sophisticated, slightly more minimal feel,” she says. And she kept it simple: A house needs little distraction when, as Buzz points out, the view from every window is like looking at a Group of Seven painting. “The granite, water and sky offer an ever-changing work of natural art,” says Duron. So her muted palette of sea greens, watery blues, stone greys and light wood harmonizes beautifully with the views. A few soft, traditional patterns add subtle detail and interest, but are introduced on lightweight cottons and relaxed slipcovers so they look casual, not stuffy. Panelled ceilings, elegant trimwork, simple Shaker-style detailing and classic pieces like Windsor chairs drive home the New England look. And yet, despite all the handsome details, what’s most wonderful about this house is its minimal hand. The house is designed to let light and air move through it, so that the elements, not the decor, take centre stage. The overall mood is serenity. Last summer, with the house completed, Barb and Buzz waved goodbye to the stonemasons and threw a party. They invited 60 people, and every single one showed up. (“Everyone wondered what was going on with the house, because it went on for years,” says Barb.) The couple spent two days in the kitchen cooking; the day of, a martini bell called guests in for drinks. Their friend Doug French recorded the house’s debut, making a gift DVD that depicts leaning spruce trees, toasting neighbours and sprawling vistas. Fittingly, it’s set to James Blunt’s song “You’re Beautiful.”
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it grows in all kinds of exposure, lends colour in winter and is so flexible. And I love masses of ornamental grasses: when the wind and afternoon light go through them, that’s about as good as it gets! H&H: What’s your gardening pet peeve? RR: Red foliage on trees or shrubs. I like to use shades of green to create a calmness. You can’t do that with red foliage: it says, “Look at me!” It looks chaotic. H&H: And you feel similarly about fences? RR: Fencing is not usually very attractive. It also tells you exactly how big a property is. Try to get away from the fence being the dominant element. It’s better to disguise the size of a property. Tie in your garden with the neighbours’ plants and trees; the more you do that, the more you visually extend your property. When security is truly needed [around a pool, for example], I might use a black chain-link fence but disguise it in a hedge. The ideal is a mix of hedges and trees. This gives a layered look and blurs the property edge. H&H: Why is it best to layer plants? RR: Layering creates a sense of movement. The more trees you plant in a small space, the bigger it will feel. They break up the mass of a house and help establish the layers. Deciduous trees are especially important. I like maples with delicate green leaves and interesting bark, and upright beeches. Then, vary the heights of smaller plants to add interest. H&H: How important is colour? RR: It’s overrated. I prefer texture and subtle tonal differences. I’m not afraid of colour. I do like flowers and certain colours, like blue-greens and blue-greys, which accentuate a tapestry of greens. H&H: So what about flowers? RR: Textures are more important to me than flowers. Flowers don’t last; whereas you can layer tonal varieties of green foliage, and that will last all season. H&H: Why is having a garden important? RR: It’s not just a visual thing; in this hightech world, they provide an essential sense of calm. They’re a needed contrast to hard urban environments. There are also tremendous psychological benefits that come from watching things grow and change with the seasons.
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inside and the smoothness of the limestone floor.” They painted the other, drywalled interior walls the sort of velvet white that, says Clinton, “is like a chameleon, taking on the colours of the space.” Meanwhile, the green agenda kept pumping through the design. The family pledged to avoid PVC plastic — the homebuilding equivalent of the Styrofoam cup. They also implemented extensive geothermal heat pumps that store heat in wells deep underground, and other heating elements, so that this spacious home “consumes less energy than our old 2,500-square-foot bungalow did.” They introduced hydronic radiant floors throughout. And here is Clinton’s pride and joy: a hydroponic green roof that absorbs rainwater, saving local sewers and ultimately waterways from excess runoff and keeping the house cooler in summer by exhaling moisture, which lowers the house’s ambient temperature (the reverse of conventionally used dark shingles, which heat the surrounding air). Above all, none of the eco-fixes scream out in that boring, beige way that virtuous equipment so often does. “When it came down to it, the architecture always won. I wanted this house’s environmental agenda to become the new default for architectural design” — so it had to look great, too. “So I didn’t amplify the use of environmental techniques by expressing their presence; rather, I infused the design with green principles that aren’t overt, like the radiant floors, green roof, and lack of PVC,” says Clinton. Two years after breaking ground, Clinton finally got his Fallingwater: a true home that engages with the landscape as if it has been here forever. It looked great, but would it stand the Cuddington-Berdin litmus test — would it make a great home for the pair and their young children, Olive and Eero? At mealtimes, the open kitchen-dining area invites the kids to hang out, while parents prep the meal. And it’s equally welcoming of dinner parties that go late
into the night. The private, sunny back terrace is a perfect haven for warmweather meals, lets the family grow and harvest herbs and vegetables a stone’s throw from the kitchen, and even hosts the occasional ball hockey game. Expansive doorways and windows throughout the house allow living to flow outdoors seamlessly from inside — and bring the outdoors in. On the other hand, quiet nooks and perches let parents and kids get away when needed, and Clinton even incorporated sliding translucent-glass dividers between the dining room and kitchen, and between the basement studio and adjacent children’s play area, so that those spaces can be separated when needed. And the cosy library at the top of the stairs lets the entire family choose different reading materials each night as they head up to bed. Indeed, the experiment is a huge success, with the house accommodating and even shaping a busy family lifestyle. Beyond that, the house does have wonderful luxury of space, with the open spaces providing relief from furnished living areas, and connector spaces creating a sense of transition. It looks and feels expansive and airy, but never cold. In fact, the size of the house is Clinton’s one caveat. While he used just 12 per cent of the property footprint for the house, as opposed to the 35 per cent he was allowed, he says, “it’s still too big for my sensibilities. I worked to create a building that’s appropriate for the site. But I don’t think people need so much to live.” (His son, Eero, would disagree: all the more space for building forts or playing tag!) “But the experiment wouldn’t be complete without learning from it,” he continues. “Similarly, when my wife tells me, ‘This or that is ridiculous,’ I take note. It now allows me to be able to sit down and say to a residential client, ‘I know what you’re after, right down to the dayto-day activities.’ I wasn’t armed with that sensibility when I was working in the realm of commercial architecture, so it was a fundamental lesson for me…. In designing this house, I infused it with what I knew, and also learned some critical lessons. It was like making my first album — I got it all out of my system.”
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Page 31: Gotta Have It: Lamp, L’Atelier, Toronto (416) 966-0200; chest, 1212 Decor, Toronto (416) 646-1234 or visit 1212decor.com; basket, vases, Angus & Company, Toronto (416) 537-4104 or visit angusandcompany.com; wall colour, Blue
of the Night (22-14), Pratt & Lambert, call 1-877-772-8898 or visit prattandlambert.com for retailers across Canada. Page 34: 3 of A Kind: Nought Collective Where Are We Going rug, Salari Fine Carpet Collections, Vancouver (604) 261-3555 or visit salari.com, or visit thenoughtcollective.com; Blue Gold rug, Bev Hisey, Toronto (416) 703-3418 or visit bevhisey. com, and at Made Design, visit madedesign.ca; Lisse rug, Liz Eeuwes, visit lizeeuwes.co.uk for ordering information. Page 36: Wanted: Flower drop chandelier, Oly Studio, visit olystudio.com for retailers across Canada. Page 38: Designer Spotlight: Doshi Levien for Moroso, Klaus by Nienkämper, Toronto (416) 362-3434 or visit klausn.com, or visit doshilevien.com. Eco Home: Ringskar single-lever faucet, Ikea, call 1-866-866-IKEA or visit ikea.ca for locations across Canada; Dorsey Eco-Performance pullout faucet, Moen, call 1-800-465-0279 or visit moen.ca for dealers across Canada; Linden pull-out faucet, Delta, visit deltafaucet.com for retailers. Page 40: Editor DIY: Rug, Dash & Albert, call 1-800-658-5035 or visit dashandalbert.com; chair, HomeSense, visit homesense.ca; shoe cabinet, Ikea, as above; wall colour, Miracle (P508524D), branch colour, Whipped Cream (P5233-14), Essence by Para Paints, call 1-800-461-7272 or visit para.com for retailers across Canada. Eco Chic: RC-1 rain collector, Hero Design Lab, visit hero-365.com, or visit modernkaribou.ca.
Sunny Setting: Thomas Paul gingham melamine plates, Absolutely Inc., Toronto (416) 324-8351 or visit absolutelyinc.com. Green Tiles: Studio Moderne Imperial tiles in Ming Blue, Walker Zanger, visit walkerzanger.com for retailers across Canada. Teak Season: Greenwich outdoor dining set, Andrew Richard Designs, Toronto (416) 601-1451 or visit andrewricharddesigns. com for retailers across Canada. Lamp Love: T.L. Barranda lamp, Union Lighting, call 1-800-558-6437 or visit unionltg.com for showroom locations. Fresh Prints: Spring 2010 Collection table linens, John Robshaw, New York (212) 594-6006 or visit johnrobshaw. CONTINUED com for retailers across Canada.
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Page 64: Pool: Trees, Putzer Hornby Nursery, Milton, Ont. (905) 878-7226; pool, Todd Pools, Stouffville, Ont. (905) 640-7665 or visit todd-pools.com; paving, sodding, drystone wall, Backyard Relief, Meaford, Ont. (519) 538-3387. Bench: Perennials, Beaver Valley Flower Farm, Meaford, Ont. (519) 538-5921; bench, Eddo Pollak Design, Toronto (416)913-6999, (416) 923-8977, (416) 642-0038 or visit eddo.biz. Page 66: Sitting area: Teak benches, Eddo Pollak Design, as above. Page 68: Perennial garden: Perennials, Beaver Valley Flower Farm, as above; benches, Eddo Pollak Design, as above. Cabana: Antique gates, Five O Seven Antiques, Toronto (416) 462-0046 or visit 507antiques.com; gate hardware, door hardware, Summerhill Hardware, Toronto (416) 785-1225, 1-888-444-3292; cabana exterior mouldings, Brenlo Custom Wood Mouldings, Toronto (416) 749-6857 or visit brenlo.ca; exterior paint, stain, Benjamin Moore, call 1-800-361-5898 or visit benjaminmoore.ca; guest house french doors, Pella, visit pella.com for dealers across Canada. Pool wall: Design, Anthony Belcher Architect, as above; masonry, Walter Campbell, Clarksburg, Ont. (519) 599-3653; stone, Amsen Quarry, Woodbridge, Ont. (416) 518-6306; wall coping, Arriscraft, call 1-800-265-8123 or visit arriscraft. com. Page 70: Poolside dining area: Design, Anthony Belcher Architect, as above; general contractor, Forrest Contracting, as above; formed concrete, Classic Contracting, Owen Sound, Ont. (519) 371-1880; stone pool copings, treads, Beaver Valley Stone, Thornhill, Ont. (416) 222-2424 or visit beavervalleystone.com. Poolside with dogs: Richard Shultz outdoor furniture, Klaus by Nienkämper, Toronto (416) 362-3434 or visit klausn.com; pool, Todd Pools, as above. Tap: Stone, Amsen Quarry, as above.
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Page 72: Living room bay window: Herringbone floor, Sherwood Flooring, Toronto (416) 425-8926 or visit sherwoodflooring.com. Page 73: Living room sofa: Wall stencil, Ferm Living, Modern Karibou, visit modernkaribou.ca, or visit fermlivingshop.us; Buddha, Jalan, Toronto (416) 504-3473, (416) 588-8354. Page 74: Front hall: Wall colour, Silver Drop (790C-2), accent colour, Irish Mist (790C-1), Behr, visit behr.com for retailers across Canada. Page 76: Kitchen: Suar wood table, Kuda Furniture & Homewares, Toronto (416) 463-4805 or visit kudaimports. com; chests (in room beyond), Haveli Home, Toronto (416) 539-8055 or visit havelihome.com. Principal bathroom tub: Tub, Ginger’s Bath Centre, Toronto (416) 787-1787, 1-888-444-3292 or visit gingersbath.com; ladder, HorseFeathersHome, Toronto (416) 934-1771, (416) 486-4555 or visit horsefeathershome.com; vases, Teatro Verde, Toronto (416) 966-2227, (416) 733-4447, 1-888-4-TEATRO or visit teatroverde.com. Moody Lighting: Lantern, Pottery Barn, Vancouver (604) 678-9897, Calgary (403) 259-2100, Toronto (416) 962-2276 or visit potterybarn.ca. Wood Sculpture: Buddha carving, Jalan, as above. Orchid: Rocks, Selsi Sea Rocks, Toronto (416) 854-9088 or visit selsisearocks.com; orchid, The Orchids Shoppe, Toronto (416) 961-2639 or visit orchidsshoppe. com; tray, Ginger’s Bath Centre, as above.
Page 78: Fireplace in principal bathroom: Mat, Anthropologie, visit anthropologie.com for locations; stool, Jalan, as above; outdoor chair, Morningstar, Toronto (416) 922-1858 or visit morningstartrading.ca. Principal bedroom: Curtrain hardware, Designer Fabrics, Toronto (416) 531-2810 or visit designerfabrics. ca. Page 80: Backyard: Landscape design, Inside & Out Garden Design, Toronto (416) 534-3691 CONTINUED or visit insideandoutgardens.ca.
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Dufflet Pastries, Toronto (416) 504-2870, (416) 484-9080, (416) 699-4900 or visit dufflet.com; Kohn Shnier Architects, Toronto (416) 504-7508 or visit kohnshnierarchitects.com; Bar_One Italian Restaurant & Bar, Toronto (416) 535-1655 or visit bar-one.com. Page 90: Back deck: Wood-block table, Stylegarage, Toronto (416) 534-4343, 1-866-534-4343 or visit stylegarage.com. Kitchen: White bowl (in pass-through), Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894 or visit hollacecluny.ca. Page 92: Kitchen table: Artwork, Bicycle Racers by Christopher Reed (ink drawing), Toronto (416) 937-5986. Page 94: The Dessert Table: White platter, Hollace Cluny, as above. Verde, Toronto (416) 966-2227, (416) 733-4447, 1-888-4-TEATRO or visit teatroverde.com. Page 100: Social Scene: Games table, liquor decanters, yellow lamp, Angus & Company, as above; area rug, West Elm, Toronto (416) 537-0110 or visit westelm.com for ordering information; desk, Five O Seven Antiques, as above; throw pillows, Boo Boo & Lefty, Toronto (416) 929-2223; suzani, Constantine, Toronto (416) 929-1177 or visit constantineinteriors.com; crystal dishes (on table), Filter, as above; tall patterned vase (on mantel), cream box (on bookshelf), Ribbehege & Azevedo, Toronto (416) 651-1171 or visit ribbehegeandazevedo. com; wood box (on bookshelf), silver tray (on desk), Cynthia Findlay Antiques, as above; white bowl (on games table), Elte, as above.
Pages 102 to 108
Landscape architects, Ron Rule Consultants, Vancouver (604) 926-1696. Page 102: Seating area: Texada pavers, Abbotsford Concrete Products, Abbotsford, B.C. (604) 852-4967 or visit pavingstones.com. Page 104: Portrait: Lord Yo chairs by Philippe Starck, Inform Interiors, Vancouver (604) 682-3868 or visit informinteriors.com; table, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829-4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755 CONTINUED or 1-866-866-IKEA or visit ikea.ca.
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Page 96: Private Party: Louis chairs, round side table, toile throw pillows, Angus & Company, Toronto (416) 537-4104 or visit angusandcompany.com; area rug, blue throw pillows, white vase (on bookshelf), Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit elte.com; desk (behind sofa), Five O Seven Antiques, Toronto (416) 462-0046 or visit 507antiques.com; ginger jars (on mantel), Cynthia Findlay Antiques, Toronto (416) 260-9057 or visit cynthiafindlay.com; floor lamp, Studio b, Toronto (416) 359-0555 or visit studiobhome. com; silk curtains, Restoration Hardware, visit restorationhardware.com; throw, South Hill Home, Toronto (416) 924-7224 or visit southhillhome.com; coloured vases (on desk), Hollace Cluny, Toronto (416) 968-7894 or visit hollacecluny.ca; clear vase (on desk), Filter, Toronto (647) 428-7265 or visit filterstock.com. Page 98: Family Focus: Area rug, Elte, as above; desk, Five O Seven Antiques, as above; patterned throw pillows, Lucca, Toronto (416) 485-4999; boxes (on desk and bookshelf), Cynthia Findlay Antiques, as above; vase (on mantel), Teatro
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Page 110: Jeanette Hlinka, Jeanette Hlinka Designs, Toronto (416) 530-4133; PC Green 4 in 1 Phosphate-free dishwasher detergent, President’s Choice, visit presidentschoice.ca for information; Shelley Penner, Penner & Associates Interior Design, Vancouver (604) 255-2049 or visit pennerdesign.ca; p+a furniture, Vancouver (604) 255-2089, 1-877-255-2029 or visit pafurniture.ca; O~Wool, visit o-wool.com for information; Matt Carr, Umbra, call 1-800-387-5122 or visit umbra.com; reel mower, Lee Valley Tools, call 1-800-267-8767 or visit leevalley.com; Barbara Barry, Barbara Barry Company, visit barbarabarry.com for retailers across Canada. Page 112: Sarah Richardson, Sarah Richardson Design, visit sarahrichardsondesign.com; Fenwick Bonnell, Powell & Bonnell, Toronto (416) 964-6210, 1-800-272-2058 or visit powellandbonnell.com; Fiber Protection Services, Toronto (416) 614-1985 or visit fiberprotect.com for product and services ordering; Danny Seo, environmental lifestyle consultant, visit dannyseo.com; Simmons Natural Care mattresses, visit naturalcarebed.com for ordering information; Julie Charbonneau, De Poitiers, Montreal (514) 845-5050 or visit depoitiers.com; Ecolog, call 1-866-549-9428 or visit ecologcanada.com for retailers across Canada; Ovopur water filter, call 1-888-704-1308 or visit aquaovo.com for retailers and ordering information; Steven Gambrel, S.R. Gambrel, New York (212) 925-3380 or visit srgambrel.com for information; Sub-Zero PRO 48 refrigerator, Sub-Zero, visit subzero.com for retailers across Canada; Oregon Lumber, visit oregonlumber.com for information.
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Page 114: 1. Versailles planter, Garant, visit garant.com. 2. New Pot 50, Design Within Reach, Toronto (416) 977-4003 or visit dwr.com for ordering information. 3. Manhattan 24" planter, Sheridan Nurseries, visit sheridannurseries.com for locations across Canada. 4. Urban Urn planter, Indaba Trading, call 1-800-746-3222 or visit indabatrading.com for retailers across Canada. 5. Gräva pot, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829-4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755 or 1-866-866-IKEA or visit ikea.ca. 6. Blackwash collection square pot, PC Home, visit presidentschoice.ca for locations across Canada. 7. Reclaimed barn board planters, Andrew Richard Designs, Toronto (416) 601-1451 or visit andrewricharddesigns.com for showroom locations. Page 116: 8. Southern Patio Clovis windowbox, The Home Depot, call 1-800-628-0525 or visit homedepot.ca for locations across Canada. 9. Ceramic planter, Pier 1 Imports, call 1-800-245-4595 or visit pier1.ca for locations across Canada. 10. Square garden planter, Home Hardware/ Home Building Centres, visit homehardware.ca for locations across Canada. 11. Moooi container vase, Klaus by Nienkämper, Toronto (416) 362-3434 or visit klausn.com. 12. Recycled milk jug planter, Urban Patio, visit urbanpatio. com for retailers. 13. Copper-coated metal planter, HomeSense, visit homesense.ca for locations across Canada. 14. Fiberstone rectangular planter, Fresh Home & Garden, Toronto (416) 367-3906 or visit fresh.ca. 15. Large slim rectangle planter, Abbott, call 1-800-263-2955 or visit abbottcollection.com CONTINUED for retailers across Canada.
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rosswindowsanddoors.com for dealers. Page 131: Cottage exterior: Shingle paint, Gettsyburg Gray (HC-107), from the Historical Colours collection, Benjamin Moore, call 1-800-361-5898 or visit benjaminmoore.ca for retailers across Canada. Page 132: Dining table: Dining table, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above; Windsor chairs, Bruce Chambers, as above; chandelier (over dining table), Holly Hunt, as above; stone hood, Siena Design, Concord, Ont. (416) 781-4417 or visit sienadesign.com. Page 133: Pantry: Jack Lenor Larsen curtain fabric, Primavera Interior Furnishings (to the trade), Toronto (416) 921-3334 or visit primavera.ca for showrooms across Canada; wine casks, Angus & Company, Toronto (416) 537-4104 or visit angusandcompany.com. Fireplace: Fireplace screen, René Petitjean, Creemore, Ont. (705) 466-5895 or visit renepetitjean.com; basket, Constantine, Toronto (416) 929-1177; coffee table, Ethan Allen, visit ethanallen.com for locations across Canada. Outdoor loungers: Lounge chairs, Restoration Hardware, call 1-888-243-9720 or visit restorationhardware.com for locations across Canada. Kitchen island: Island, cabinets, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above; stone hood, Siena Design, as above; lights, Lamp Cage, Toronto (416) 686-5350 or visit lampcage.com; stools, Pottery Barn, Vancouver (604) 678-9897, Calgary (403) 259-2100, Toronto (416) 962-2276 or visit potterybarn.ca; backsplash tiles, Antica Tile, Toronto (416) 285-8745 or visit antica.ca; sink, faucet, Ginger’s Bath Centre, Toronto (416) 787-1787, 1-888-444-3292 or visit gingersbath.com; Thermador range, Barber & Haskill, Midland, Ont. (705) 526-7811
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Interior design, Melody Duron, ColeDuron Interior Design, Toronto (416) 482-2552; architecture, Richard Wengle, Toronto (416) 787-7575; contractor, Armin Grigaitis, A & A Services and Marine Contracting, Honey Harbour, Ont. (705) 756-2781; Crestron whole home audio system installation, Great Metropolitan Sound, Toronto (416) 484-0800 or visit greatmet.com. Page 130: Living room and kitchen: Lamp, Cabin Boy, Midland, Ont. (705) 527-1627 or visit cabinboy.ca; coffee table, Ethan Allen, Richmond, B.C. (604) 821-1191, Calgary (403) 258-2346, Edmonton (780) 444-8855, Burlington, Ont. (905) 633-9507, Mississauga, Ont. (905) 828-2264, Toronto (416) 545-0090, Thornhill, Ont. (905) 889-7761 or visit ethanallen.com; carpet, Appel, Toronto (416) 922-3935; dining table, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, Thornbury, Ont. (519) 599-5655; Windsor chairs, Bruce Chambers Period Furniture, Bond Head, Ont. (905) 775-7144 or visit bchambersperiodfurniture.ca; chandelier (over dining table), Holly Hunt, visit hollyhunt.com for showrooms; all doors and windows, Ross Windows & Doors, Parry Sound, Ont. (705) 746-2495 or visit
or visit barberandhaskill.com. Page 134: Widow’s walk: Railing fabrication, René Petitjean, as above; light, Lamp Cage, as above. Pantry: Rogers & Goffigon roman blind fabric, Primavera Interior Furnishings (to the trade), as above; cabinets, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above; sewing (throughout), Custom Sewing Service, Collingwood, Ont. (705) 445-3946. Sitting area in library: Custom compass inlay, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above; light, Lamp Cage, as above. Page 135: Sunroom: Banquette, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above; throw pillow fabric, Les Indiennes, through Kravet Canada (to the trade), Vancouver (604) 255-4242, Calgary (403) 270-9690, Mississauga, Ont. (905) 607-0706, Toronto (416) 921-1262, Montreal (514) 931-2437, 1-800-535-3258 or visit kravetcanada.com; Pollack fabric, through Primavera Interior Furnishings (to the trade), as above; teak dining table, Restoration Hardware, as above; coffee table, Dash & Albert rug, Cabin Boy, as above; wicker chairs, Constantine, as above; light fixture, Jill Kantelberg, Toronto (416) 964-0192 or visit kantelbergantiques.com. Page 136: Principal bedroom: Bella Notte bedding, Elte, Toronto (416) 785-7885, 1-888-276-3583 or visit elte.com; Donghia throw pillow fabric, Télio (to the trade), Toronto (416) 532-9444, Montreal (514) 271-4607, 1-800-361-0375 or visit telio. com, and Chelsea Editions, through Primavera Interior Furnishings (to the trade), as above. Page 137: Principal bathroom vanity: Vanity, mirror, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above; sink, sconces, faucet, Ginger’s Bath Centre, as above. Guest bedroom: Bella CONTINUED
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Notte bedding, Elte, as above; pillow, John Robshaw, New York (212) 594-6006 or visit johnrobshaw.com. Armchair in principal bedroom: John Robshaw rug, pillow, Y&Co, Toronto (416) 968-7700, Montreal (514) 287-8998 or visit ycocarpet.com; floor lamp, Lamp Cage, as above; fireplace, Yanch Heating & Air Conditioning, Barrie, Ont. (705) 728-5406, Whitby, Ont. (905) 579-5406 or visit yanchheating.com. Principal bathroom tub: Tub, Ginger’s Bath Centre, as above; tub surround, Robert Anderson Cabinetmaker, as above. Deck: Lounge chairs, Restoration Hardware, as above; planters, Sheridan Nurseries, visit sheridannurseries.com for locations across Canada. Powder room: Vanity, Ginger’s Bath Centre, as above; counter, Carrara 90, Toronto (416) 745-4506 or visit carrara90.ca; lanterns, Lamp Cage, as above.
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Architect, design, Clinton Cuddington, Measured. Architecture, Vancouver (604) 737-0235 or visit measured.ca; landscape architect, Elizabeth Watts, Elizabeth Watts Landscape Architect, Vancouver, email email@example.com; contractor, Julien Winfield, CX Contracting, Vancouver (604) 312-5620; landscape contractor, Angelo Racchi, Racchi Landscape, Vancouver (604) 818-7179. Page 140: Living room: Artwork, Observation Drawing 27-07 by Laurie Steen (oil and graphite on canvas), visit lauriesteen. com, and through Artfirm Gallery, Calgary (403) 206-1344 or visit artfirm.ca for information; Ligne Roset Pascal Mourgue Smala settees, Livingspace, Vancouver (604) 683-1116, 1-877683-1116 or visit livingspace.com; Niels Bendtsen Cube table, Inform Interiors, Vancouver (604) 682-3868 or visit informinteriors.com; fireplace, Vancouver Gas Fireplaces, call (604) 732-3470 or visit vangasfireplaces.com for information; Judy Ross Textiles throw pillows, Provide, Vancouver (604) 632-0095 or visit providehome. com; Nordic geothermal heat pump, hydronic radiant floors, Westwood Mechanical, Vancouver (604) 230-9654. Page 141: Back terrace: Table, chairs, Ikea, Vancouver (604) 273-2051, Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 636-1000, Calgary (403) 273-4338, Edmonton (780) 433-6000, Burlington, Ont. (905) 681-IKEA, Toronto (416) 222-IKEA, (416) 646-IKEA, Vaughan, Ont. (905) 695-5075, Ottawa (613) 829-4530, Montreal (514) 738-2167, Boucherville, Que. (450) 449-6755 or 1-866-866-IKEA or visit ikea. ca for locations across Canada; concrete pavers, Mutual Materials, Vancouver (604) 888-0555 or visit mutualmaterials.com for retailers CONTINUED
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as above. Fridge: Cabinet design, Measured. Architecture, as above; cabinet fabrication and installation, Boelling Smith Design, as above; honed-granite countertops, Kingsland Stone Works, as above. Page 144: Stairwell: Wood-block stools, Inform Interiors, as above; limestone flooring, Fontile Corporation, Vancouver (604) 683-9358 or visit fontile.com for retailers across Canada; granite wall installation, East Wind Landscaping, as above. Upper level hallway: Skylight, Spectrum Skyworks & Dayliter, Port Coquitlam, B.C. (604) 944-2477 or visit spectrumskyworks.com; enamelled banister cabinets design, Measured. Architecture, Vancouver (604) 737-0235 or visit measured.ca; enamelled banister cabinets fabrication and installation, Boelling Smith Design, as above; picture frames, Mido Picture Framers, Vancouver (604) 736-1321. Principal bedroom: Zanotta Mini bed, Niels Bendtsen Partu side tables, Michele De Lucchi & Giancarlo Fassina Tolomeo lamps, Inform Interiors, as above; linens, cushion, Bernstein & Gold Interiors, Vancouver (604) 687-1535 or visit bernsteinandgoldinteriors.com for information; organic Larch tree-print pillow, red Mega Dot quilt, Vancouver Special, Vancouver (604) 568-3673 or visit vanspecial.com for information. Page 145: Bathroom: Tile, Dal Tile of Canada, as above; Aquabrass fixtures, hardware, Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre, as above; towels, Bernstein & Gold Interiors, as above. Chair in principal bedroom: Artwork, Up by Jamie Evrard (graffiti photography), Vancouver Special, as above.
across Canada; stone installation, East Wind Landscaping, Vancouver (604) 931-1473 or visit eastwind-landscaping.com for information; green roof, Xero Flor Canada, Mississauga, Ont. (905) 565-9669 or visit xeroflor.ca for installation information across Canada. Page 142: Kitchen display: Cabinet design, Measured. Architecture, as above; cabinet fabrication and installation, countertop installation, Boelling Smith Design, Vancouver (604) 215-0441 or visit boellingsmith.com; honed-granite countertop, Kingsland Stone Works, Richmond, B.C. (604) 273-7698; mosaic tiles, Dal Tile of Canada, visit daltile.com for dealers. Family at dining table: B&B Italia Eileen table by Antonio Citterio, Ingo Mauer chandelier, Inform Interiors, as above; window fabrication, Builders Door & Window, Burnaby, B.C. (604) 444-6693 or visit buildersdoorandwindow.ca for information. Page 143: Kitchen: Kindred KSS3U sink, Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre, call 1-800-782-0173 or visit rlrbc.com for locations across Western Canada; Dornbracht Tara Classic Sieger faucets, Cantu Bathrooms & Hardware, Victoria (250) 382-1252, 1-866-787-1252, Vancouver (604) 688-1252, 1-800-910-1252 or visit cantubathrooms.com; Woodbury bowl (on island), Martha Sturdy resin bowl in White Marble (on kitchen table), Provide, as above; LEM Piston stool by Shin & Tomoko Azumi, Hans J. Wegner Wishbone chairs (at table in foreground), Inform Interiors, as above; mosaic tiles, Dal Tile of Canada,
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Anna Spiro, Black & Spiro Interior Design, Brisbane, Australia 011-07-3254-3000 or visit blackandspiro.com.au. Pages 146 and 147: Dining room: Artwork, Poh by David Bromley (large nude), visit davidbromley.com, and at Tim Olsen Gallery, visit timolsengallery.com, and at Jan Murphy Gallery, visit janmurphygallery. com.au; pink abstract painting by Karlee Rawkins, visit karleerawkins.com, and at Iain Dawson Gallery, visit iaindawson.com; antique French dining table, Wallrocks, visit wallrocks.com.au. Page 149: Settee in living room: Artwork, Wreath, Goldfish & Joe Furlonger Pots, Sydney by Richard Dunlop (oil on linen), Despard Gallery, visit despard-gallery.com.au, and at Tim Olsen Gallery, as above, and at Jan Murphy Gallery, as above. Page 150: Bathroom: Mirrors, Found in France, visit foundinfranceatshelter.com. Page 151: Chest with teacups: Artwork, Pansy Tea Set by Diana Favell. Harry’s bedroom: Antique bed, Michael Allen Antiques, visit michaelallenantiques.com; galvanized pendant, Ici et la, visit icietla.com.au; artwork by David Bromley, as above. Principal bedroom: French matelassé, Black & Spiro Interior Design, as above. Office: Lattice chair, Black & CONTINUED
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Burlington, Ont. (905) 333-6670, 1-888-846-7845 or visit elizabethinteriors.com, or visit hickorychair.com for retailers across Canada. Lampshade: Bianca Ruffle shade in Pink, Pottery Barn Kids, visit potterybarnkids. ca for locations across Canada. Chair: Hickory Chair Amsterdam side chair, Elizabeth Interiors, as above. Coffee table: Jacqui coffee table in white lacquer, Bungalow 5, Oakland, N.J. (201) 405-1800 or visit bungalow5.com for information.
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Sharon Mimran, Sharon Mimran Design, Toronto (647) 343-8333 or visit sharonmimran.com; landscape architect, Thomas Sparling, Sparling Landscape Architect, Toronto (416) 921-5557 or visit sparlingla.ca; landscaping, Don Valley Landscaping, Thornhill, Ont. (905) 731-8477; pots, floral arrangements, maintenance, Christine’s Touch Landscaping, visit christinestouch.ca. Page 156: Fountain, Fresh Home & Garden, Toronto (416) 367-3906 or visit fresh.ca. Page 157: Planters, Fresh Home & Garden, as above; fireplace, Siena Design, Concord, Ont. (416) 781-4417 or visit sienadesign.com; table, chairs, Sharon Mimran Design, as above. Page 158: Kitchen entry: Lanterns, Fresh Home & Garden, as above.
Spiro Interior Design, as above; Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis wallpaper, lampshade fabric, Good Day in Sunshine, Schumacher, visit schumacher.com, and at Bilbrough & Co. (to the trade), call 1-800-563-5716 or visit bilbroughs.com. Page 154: Wicker sofa: Wicker sofa, Lloyd Loom, visit llyodloom.com; yellow throw pillow (on chair), Megan Park, visit meganpark.co.uk. Page 155: Get the Look: Dresser: Baker Louis XVI chest, Studio b, Toronto (416) 868-9600 or visit studiobhome. com. Pillows: Cavalli pillow, Crate & Barrel, Calgary (403) 278-7020, Toronto (416) 657-4100, 1-888-657-4108 or visit crateandbarrel.ca for ordering information; Sanibel pillow in Magenta, Black and White stripe pillow, GH Interiors, Toronto (416) 588-9887, 1-888-226-8844 or visit ghinteriors.com; Felicia pillow cover in Cerise (insert sold separately), Ikea, call 1-866-866-IKEA or visit ikea.ca for locations across Canada. Artwork: The Surprise by Diane Lingenfelter (pen, ink and watercolour), Art Interiors, Toronto (416) 488-3157 or visit artinteriors.ca. Desk lamp: Vintage desk lamp, Barrymore Furniture, Toronto (416) 532-2891 or visit barrymorefurniture.com. Ginger jars: Mei Ping porcelain vase (432350) (vase does not hold water), ginger jar (432351), Ethan Allen, visit ethanallen.com for locations across Canada. Bouquet: Indigolife faux pink roses, Indigo Books & Music and Chapters, call 1-800-832-7569 or visit chapters.indigo.ca. Wicker love seat: Fiona love seat in Shrimp, Pure Linen cushion in White, Maine Cottage, call 1-888-859-5522 or visit mainecottage.com for ordering information. Mirror: Hickory Chair Queen Anne mirror (without crest), Elizabeth Interiors,
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Page 160: Antique shutters, garden urn, Five O Seven Antiques, Toronto (416) 462-0046 or visit 507antiques.com; outdoor fabric for cushions, Designer Fabrics, Toronto (416) 531-2810 or visit designerfabrics.ca; cream outdoor cushion, Andrew Richard Designs, Toronto (416) 601-1451 or visit andrewricharddesigns.com; indoor-outdoor carpet, Dash & Albert, call 1-800-658-5035 or visit dashandalbert.com; Moroccan tables, L’Atelier, Toronto (416) 966-0200; garden chair, Hauser, call 1-800-268-7328 or visit hauserstores.com for locations across Canada; John Derian pouf, Constantine, Toronto (416) 929-1177 or visit constantineinteriors.com. Page 161: Chair: Throw, John Derian pouf, Constantine, as above; garden urn, Five O Seven Antiques, as above; indoor-outdoor carpet, Dash & Albert, as above; garden chair, Hauser, as above. Plants: Glass vessels, Decorum Decorative Finds, Toronto (416) 966-6829. Iron fragments: Antique iron fragments, urn, Five O Seven Antiques, as above; Moroccan CONTINUED table, L’Atelier, as above.
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dividing their time between here and a house in Toronto, so the main house already had a real sense of their personalities, showcasing their fantastic collection of early Canadian furniture. Belcher aimed to connect the new spaces with the old, by referencing the house’s architecture in the new pool cabana and the guesthouse. Simple touches like borrowing a turquoise armoire from the main house for towels and sound equipment carries over the owners’ decorating style to the outdoor space.
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Delux Restaurant, Toronto (416) 537-0134 or visit deluxrestaurant.ca. Page 163: Plated meal: Plate, Twice Found, Toronto (416) 534-3904 or visit twicefound.com. Page 164: Hearts of Palm Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette: Fabric, Designer Fabrics, Toronto (416) 531-2810 or visit designerfabrics. ca; salad servers, Rustica Tabletop, Toronto (416) 829-6972 or visit rusticatabletop.com; dark blue plate, Twice Found, Toronto (416) 534-3904 or visit twicefound.com. Page 166: Roast Chicken with Achiote and Lime: Pan, Rustica Tabletop, Toronto (416) 829-6972 or visit rusticatabletop.com; bowl, Twice Found, Toronto (416) 534-3904 or visit twicefound.com. Page 168: One-Pot Black Beans and Rice and Fried Ripe Plantains: Surface, glasses, Rustica Tabletop, Toronto (416) 829-6972 or visit rusticatabletop.com. Page 170: Tres Leches Cake: Pan, Rustica Tabletop, Toronto (416) 829-6972 or visit rusticatabletop.com; jug, Twice Found, Toronto (416) 534-3904 or visit twicefound.com.
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Page 172: CSA Farms: In B.C., visit ffcf.bc.ca; Ontario, visit csafarms.ca; Quebec, visit equiterre.org. 3 of A Kind: Purdy’s Chocolates, visit purdys.com for locations; coffee mill, Avenue 18, visit avenue18.ca for retailers across Canada; espresso set, MoMA Store, visit momastore.org. Page 174: Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights by Sophie Dahl, William Morrow (2010), visit williammorrow.com for retailers; Summer Kitchen Fine Foods, visit summer-kitchen.com; Frigidaire, call 1-800-668-4606 or visit frigidairecanada.ca.
Clothes, visit josephaltuzarra. com; fabric, Kravet Canada (to the trade), Vancouver (604) 255-4242, Calgary (403) 270-9690, Mississauga, Ont. (905) 607-0706, Toronto (416) 921-1262, Montreal (514) 931-2437, 1-800-535-3258 or visit kravetcanada.com for showrooms across Canada; chaise longue, B&B Italia, visit bebitalia.com; throw pillow, Jonathan Adler, visit jonathanadler.com for retailers across Canada; mosaic tile, Bisazza, call 1-800-BISAZZA or visit bisazzausa.com for retailers across Canada; pitcher, The MacBeth Collection by Margaret Josephs, visit themacbethcollection. com; handbag, Sparrow Handbags, visit sparrowhandbags.com; table, Lee Walsh, visit leewalsh.co.uk; perfume candle, Agraria, visit agrariahome.com; wastebasket, Spisani Designers, visit spisani.it.
The new kitchen garden is planted alongside a charming stone wall, another peaceful spot to enjoy the farm’s rolling vistas
Belcher added another new stone wall opposite the pool that acts as a charming retaining wall and creates a semi-circular lawn terrace. The new kitchen garden is planted alongside it in radiating rows, offering another peaceful destination for the greenthumbed owner to enjoy the rolling vistas of the farm while tending to the fruits of his labours. The owner’s stamp of using simple, natural objects as sculptures is everywhere — wicker baskets at the ready for fresh garden finds, a giant stone ball peeking out from the garden, or a mass of found rocks on a moss-covered table. And while the gardens have shifted, and bold new structures have been added, everything here still feels very much at home in the Beaver Valley.
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the yard, facing the street allows light to filter in, while closed lattice on the other three sides provides privacy from an industrial lot and neighbouring houses. Also blocking sightlines at the back of the plot is a mansard-roofed storage shed — Sharon’s favourite element in the garden. “It’s very enchanting and welcoming,” she says. As required, the delightful little folly meets strict architectural guidelines set out by the city’s historical board. It features mirrorpanelled french doors that echo the atelier doors in the dining space, and a circular mirrored dormer on the roof, a detail that fits the era of the neighbourhood. The main space features a scenestealing, oversized fireplace with a fauxlimestone resin mantel and ethanolburning insert. Its impressive scale brings a sense of grandeur to the yard, which is further enhanced by a set of large coach house lanterns, the classic glass atelier doors opening out from the kitchen and an ornate chandelier that Sharon removed the wiring from, sprayed black and outfitted with slender taper candles. “This space is a true extension of the house,” she says. “When the weather is nice, I open the doors from the kitchen to bring the patio even closer to the house.” For plantings, Sharon and Sparling kept the look simple but sophisticated, layering in mainly monochromatic greenery. Manicured boxwood hedges line the pathway, and four sculptural balls surround the fountain. A pair of white hydrangea trees rise mid-height in a bed under the kitchen window, while taller honey locust trees and pink-flowering almond trees add to the Manitoba maple’s canopy over the yard. In a city version of a French country herb garden, a wire rack holds a collection of terracotta pots on one wall of the shed. Colour is brought in through the many other pots and urns clustered about. It’s a transitory approach, letting the annuals be played with and changed up to bring in new colours, textures and fragrances. Now, what was once depressing and drab is a secluded, sun-dappled oasis that can be enjoyed year-round.
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Set on an extra-wide lot, the threestorey brick house had undergone “the most horrible ’80s reno,” complete with high-pile shag carpet in the bathroom, when the couple moved in 14 years ago. As creative professionals, their schedules allowed for intense phases of building over a 10-year period, which included gutting the bathroom and raising the living room doorways. Eric painstakingly reproduced the original wood baseboards and mouldings to fill in gaps where they had been removed. He also installed technology like motion sensors on lights, and timed the bathroom’s gas fireplace and heated floors to come on for their morning wakeup. For the garden, they brought in landscape design firm Inside & Out to create a tranquil Japanese-inspired outdoor living area, with thoughtful plantings and architectural elements, like screens, benches and water features, designed for use and appreciation in all four seasons. The garden was treated similarly to the interior, with “moments” and opportunities for contemplation throughout. Mona especially enjoys the birdfeeder just outside the living room window that provides viewing pleasure all year round, and adds an organic experience to something as simple as tea indoors during the long, grey winter. The result is a graceful and serene way of living and entertaining, with the garden seamlessly connected to the inside of the house through large windows and doors, and decks leading off the living room and the upstairs bathroom. Now, Mona is ready to embark on her next project: she has been hired to design a Zen-inspired boutique hotel in the popular getaway town of Collingwood, Ont. Each month, our
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FILL IN BLANK SPACES Your green velvet sofa and chair are right on trend, and work really well with your existing wall colour. The other half of the room looks somewhat empty in comparison, so focus on filling it in to make the two spaces work better together. Take a look at the inspiration shot (above) with four chairs grouped around a coffee table. This arrangement will make great use of your space and be nice for entertaining or playing board games. The Martha Stewart Maddox slope-arm chair (shown; bernhardt.com) is a perfect choice. It’s a good size, and will nicely contrast your existing sofa and chair. UNIFY THE ROOM WITH ACCESSORIES Once the upholstered pieces are in place, add in elements in both areas to link them together, like lamps, accent tables and throw pillows. Consider buying two Crate & Barrel Braiden coffee tables (shown; crateandbarrel. com). Use one with the new chairs and one to replace the existing table. Try the same with the Robert Abbey Real Simple Boom floor lamp (shown; robertabbey.com): place one near the sofa and one with the new chairs.
— M.S., Powell River, B.C.
UPDATE WINDOW COVERINGS Replace the vertical blinds (which can be harsh looking) with sheer panels similar to the ones behind your sofa. Hang them on a decorative metal rod with drapery rings. Another good option is roller shades in a sheer fabric that can roll up out of the way. BRING IN SOFT TEXTURE AND COLOUR Use the same type of rug in each seating arrangement, but choose two different ones with complementary patterns. Elte’s striped flat-weave rug in Blonde and Grey would look great under the chairs, with their Moorish rug by the sofa (both shown; elte.com). Finally, add some linen pillows in shades of green and blue on both sides of the room; try Thomas Paul’s Robin throw pillow in Moss and Blossom throw pillow in Duck Egg (both shown; thomaspaul.com).
1. Real Simple Boom floor lamp, Robert Abbey. 2. Martha Stewart Maddox slope-arm chair, Bernhardt. 3. Moorish (left) and Blonde and Grey Stripe rugs, Elte. 4. Robin throw pillow in Moss (left), Blossom throw pillow in Duck Egg, Thomas Paul. 5. Braiden coffee table, Crate & Barrel.
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Photography by Gabor Jurina (portrait)/Kim Christie (inspiration room)/John Cullen (rugs)/Inspiration room design by Sarah Richardson
I live in a great old home with lots of character. However, I’m struggling with my living room: it’s L-shaped, and I want to make it cosier and make the spaces work together.
Cohesive Living Room Creating a sense of flow
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I’d like to enclose my front porch with screens so I can enjoy it more often. I’d also like some suggestions on how to make it comfortable, as I think I’ll be sitting out there a lot. — B.K., via email
SCREEN IT IN Your front porch has lots of character, and it’s a great size for relaxing or entertaining. It’s nice to take full advantage of the extra space when you can in warmer months. Screening it in is a great idea: for inspiration, check out Suncoast Enclosures (suncoastenclosures.com) for ideas on sunrooms and screened-in porches. COMFORTABLE FURNITURE IS KEY Larger, cosier furniture will look more proportionate and be nicer to sit on. Include a pair of chairs, like Pier 1 Imports’ outdoor wicker chairs in light brown (shown; pier1. com). You can also add the two-seater settee from the same collection if you have the space. Add a bit of colour or pattern through the seat cushions — I like Pier 1’s Deluxe Calliope chair cushion in Spice or their Deluxe Belmopean chair cushion with stripes (both shown). A simple wrought-iron accent table between the chairs, like Ikea’s Klingsbo style (shown; ikea.ca) will give you a spot to set down drinks. SOFTEN UP UNDERFOOT Outdoor rugs have become very popular over the past few years, and look just like interior rugs. The Lakeview rug in Celadon from Capel
(shown; capelrugs.com) looks like sisal, but is 100 per cent olefin with a Sunbrella fabric border that resists mildew and fading. BRIGHTEN UP CEILING AND FLOOR The charming tongue-and-groove panelling on the ceiling (not shown) would stand out in a more interesting colour. Take a cue from your front window trim, which is a rich grey, but try a lighter shade like Valspar’s Weathered Fossil (EE2020A). Then paint your floor Dry Riverbed (EE2020B) (both shown; valsparatlowes.ca), which is a shade between the window trim and new ceiling colour. SHED SOME LIGHT Lighting will make the porch feel warmer and cosier. Install a pair of lanterns, like the Stratford lantern in Museum Black from Hinkley Lighting (shown; hinkleylighting. com). The style will suit the era of your house.
1. Deluxe Calliope cushion in Spice, Deluxe Belmopean cushion, Pier 1 Imports. 2. Outdoor wicker chair, Pier 1 Imports. 3. Stratford lantern, Hinkley Lighting. 4. Lakeview rug in Celadon, Capel Rugs. 5. Klingsbo side table, Ikea. 6. Weathered Fossil (EE2020A ) (left) and Dry Riverbed (EE2020B) paints, Valspar.
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Vienna Marrone mosaic tile, Bisazza. Southampton needlepoint pillow, Jonathan Adler. Cane fabric (from top) in Parrot, Black and Bamboo, Kravet.
Clothing, Altuzarra spring collection 2010.
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Is fashion being influenced by furniture? A swift look and you’ll have to agree. Like us, fashion types are caught up in the current mania for classic café chairs and their signature caned seats. Caning first popped up on furniture in the 17th century, but current catwalk-ready interpretations see the six-way grid cunningly etched, enlarged and printed onto clothing and accessories. Likewise, cane is having a must-have moment in homes. While you might not want to dress like a dining chair — no matter how stylish — the weave’s cool graphic look translates beautifully into Lee Walsh’s modern powder-coated metal table or Patricia Urquiola’s witty outdoor Canasta chaise longue for B&B Italia. Whether embellishing outdoor fabrics or an oversized garden pitcher, today’s chic new takes on the timeless pattern are elegant, eternal and everywhere.
Apple Cane pitcher, The MacBeth Collection by Margaret Josephs.
Rattan wastebasket in acrylic, Spisani.
Farah handbag, Sparrow.
Lemon Verbena Crystal Cane candle, Agraria.
Cane table in sheet steel, Lee Walsh.
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