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KISS, A.K.A. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID, originated with the
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to its inherent truth; simplicity, the opposite of complicated, usually
produces a better result.
There is no truer test of KISS than in the design world, where
function and form require a careful balancing act. Beautiful looking
spaces are generally those that also work seamlessly… and simply.
However, they are not necessarily easy to achieve, and usually require
professional skill.
Doesn’t the clean grace of the best athlete or loveliest dancer belie
hours of unseen practice? Our homes are really no different. When
well designed and pleasing to look at, they are the result of quality
workmanship on many levels behind the scene.
Our People section this issue explores the idea of simplicity, asking
local home and design professionals for their ideas on ways to achieve it.
We also chat with Joel Dodd of Guildwood Lighting & Fireside whose
insights tell us, among other things, that architectural simplicity is the
look of the season, particularly in fireplace design.
Of special note, our two featured interiors sport design lines and
décor that promote the simple virtues of relaxation and family time.
What can be more important in a home than that?
With spring upon us, it’s time to play on the mood of this awakening
season by adding freshness to our homes. Look to our Style Picks for
inspiration from a selection of useful products and on-trend ideas.
Whether your plans this spring include a new bathroom – or a
snazzy new cushion – think fresh, and think simply.
Cheers!
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spring
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departments
EDITOR’S NOTE
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10ADVICE
Enjoy... Indulge... Relax.
18
Work-At-Home Spaces
12STYLE PICKS
Fresh Ideas
26COMFORT ZONE
Guildwood Lighting & Fireside
38PEOPLE
The Simple Life
ON THE
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Something
To Talk About.
Story, page 32.
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45HOME RESOURCE DIRECTORY
46FINISHING TOUCH
Trailer Reno
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16GREEN LIVING
Reduce Your Air Con
18FEATURE HOME
Cottage Life
28GARDENING
Perennial Bulbs
30DOUBLE TAKE
Luxury Home Office
32HOME & BUILDER
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44 DESIGN IDEAS
Live, Leaf, Love
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The home office used to be a reprieve from family life, a place to pay bills
and catch up on the occasional unfinished project. More a library than a
workplace, the chair was a little too comfortable and the light a little too
dim. Today’s mobility has changed that.
We take our work with us in our pockets wherever we go. iPhones,
Blackberries, Androids, iPads – it’s increasingly hard to disconnect from
work but also increasingly easier to work from anywhere. A home office
can provide some fantastic advantages and make achieving that life/
work balance easier.
TO SIT OR TO STAND?
Most of us spend a lot of time at a desk and many people are switching
to a standing desk. They are generally “sit or stand” – as in, they convert.
They are designed so that your computer is brought up to eye level and
you stand at your workspace. It’s a more energetic pose to keep you
alert and stop the negative effects that bad posture and sitting all day
have on your body. For all the slouchers out there, this is something to
consider. Although standing has its benefits, all day on your feet can be
tough, so sitting for periods of time is still recommended.
When sitting, try using an ergonomic stool like the Buoy by
Steelcase. Again, this “active seating” keeps your core engaged as it tilts
and turns. Traditionally, people have spent a lot of time sedentary at a
desk. We’d convene at the water cooler for a quick chat before getting
back to work. But it wasn’t just about the chit-chat. The water cooler
provided us with a destination to stand at for a moment, to move and
stretch our legs.
If you have the space, throw an accent chair in the corner. This wood
frame chair by Structube is a stylish, compact piece that’s cosy enough
to read in, but guests can sit in it for a quick meeting. The fabric is 80
per cent polyester so you don’t have to worry too much about stains
from spilled coffee.
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WHAT ABOUT BREAK TIME?
Personally I’ve made it my goal in 2016 to not use plastic bottles. And
it’s hard. But an offshoot of that resolution is to also cut down on
disposable cups and plastic in general. It’s important to stay hydrated,
and if you work at home, you have your kitchen at your disposal. But
don’t forget your travel mug or bottle for meetings. I just bought one of
these S’Well stainless steel water bottles for my dad because I thought
it matched the inside of his car (and he needs to drink more water)!
WHERE TO PUT YOUR STUFF?
USM offers a wide variety of durable products that are customizable.
Choose modular options like pull-down doors that hide your printer,
regular drawers, filing drawers or open areas for display. It’s a chrome
and steel combination unit in a rainbow of colour options. I’m
convinced it will never go out of style and is my personal favourite. If
chrome is not for you, try Knoll for the higher end, or Ikea, which is
always a brilliant standby.
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Sonos system that you can manage via your phone, computer or iPad.
The speakers are lovely to look at and provide great sound. And last
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boldly styled, as well as resistant to
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STEEL GRILL CATERING
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Be inspired by Chef Volker Jendhoff’s
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greens and colourful nuggets of
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its produce locally, making its creations
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There’s something about a glass balcony railing that adds a touch of cinematic
class to any stairway, while a glass railing on a deck opens up the view and brings
a contemporary look and feel to the aesthetics of the environment.
Add a greater sense of space because of the glass transparency and because the
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COPP’S BUILDALL
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Take your cooking outside with this
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to perfection, smoking your favourite
cuts, even baking pizza, casseroles and
pies. Available at Copp’s York Street
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Wallpaper & Fabric
Consider elegant renderings by
colour-loving Crown Wallpaper &
Fabrics designer Jaima Brown. Try
her acrylic-coated and screen-printed
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and gravure-printed coordinating print
Rio de Janiero; and cotton-linen fabric
pattern Rio.
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AQUALUXE BATH SHOWROOM
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Think slim and sleek with this season’s
new bath fixtures. The Aquabrass
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THE NATURAL PAWS PANTRY
Pet Care Products
You won’t mind rolling up your
sleeves to wash the dog when using
Tropiclean “naturally green” shampoo,
conditioner, freshener and tangle
remover. These products are soap-free
and contain plant-derived cleansers.
All-natural breath freshener and
teeth-care products look after your
furry friend’s oral hygiene with no
need to brush.
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COOLING YOUR HOUSE
au Naturel
ST O RY MARY HATT
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Canadians love trees for their natural beauty. We should
love them, as well, for the ways they protect our homes from
the elements. As we welcome the warmth of spring and
look forward to the heat of summer, our trees are preparing
to do their part as nature’s air conditioners.
Looking for ways to reduce your energy
bill by cutting back on air conditioning costs?
Consider this seemingly old-fashioned idea
and design your landscape as a cooling system
as well as a source of beauty. It can shrink your
environmental footprint, too.
Start with a bit of homework to understand
the path the sun takes across your property and
hence, where shade trees will be most effective.
“There is a science to it,” advises landscape
architect Ron Koudys of London-based Ron
Koudys Landscape Architects Inc.
Numerous apps and programs can help
you calculate exactly where and when the
sun hits different parts of your property any
day of the year. Koudys recommends the
sun-angle tool developed by Sustainable By
Design (susdesign.com/sunangle). Suncalc.net
is another source and gives answers as quickly
as you can type in your home address. You can
also get valuable information by installing
the Google Earth app (google.com/earth), or
consulting a landscaping firm.
Besides sun angle, consider what landscape
professionals call surrounding “shadow
casters,” such as neighbouring houses and
other physical structures.
Armed with knowledge from your
homework, you will know precisely
which parts of your house are most
vulnerable to the sun’s heat, and be able to
landscape accordingly.
As well as where to place trees and shrubs,
consider their shape, size and leaf density.
The larger the leaf area, the more the tree can
draw heat out of the air through the process
of evapotranspiration. Koudys recommends
hardy native varieties such as maples, oaks
and other large-leafed deciduous trees.
Deciduous trees are great in four-season
climates because, in addition to cooling homes
in summer, they lose their leaves when the
weather turns colder and allow the sun to
warm up the home.
Landscape Architect Ron Koudys says landscape architects have an adage: the
right tree in the right place. Here are a few dos and don’ts for selecting trees:
• Do place trees a strategic distance from the house, generally at least 10 feet,
depending on the variety.
• Don’t necessarily plant trees on the south side of your house. Place your trees to take
advantage of spring and summer’s southwest prevailing winds so cooling breezes can
be drawn into your home.
• Do think about the size of your house. If you are in a townhouse, you won’t likely want
an oak tree since they can grow to 25 feet in height.
• Don’t place a tree where it will grow close to a roof; you may end up with moss.
• Do consider maintenance requirements. A crab apple tree beside your patio may bloom
beautifully in the spring, but once those crab apples start falling, you will be cursing it.
• Don’t plant trees where roots could cause damage to your home’s foundation or
underground pipes and cables.
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Climbing vines, like trees, will reduce
the inside temperature of your home
through natural evapotranspiration.
Reference a hot, sunny climate like
Greece and you will see how vines have
been planted deliberately on houses there
to provide dense shade from the sun. Ivy,
Russian-vine and Virginia creeper are
ideal choices for reducing your home’s
daily temperature fluctuation.
Consider the architectural elements
of your landscape design, as well as
its trees, shrubs and vines. Homes
built in new suburban areas that don’t
have mature shading, for instance, get
particularly hot inside and out. Yet for
privacy, there is a tendency to surround
these homes with high fencing. This
creates a problematic sweat-box effect
where little air flows. To avoid this,
incorporate lattice or louvers instead of
or into parts of the fencing, especially
on the southwest side of the property.
You will be encouraging, rather than
blocking, breezes. Koudys cautions
that while many people build pergolas
as potential sun blockers, they need to
do so only after considering the sun’s
angles so they can structure their pergola
boards accordingly.
While mechanical air conditioning
units are considered by some as an
indispensable modern convenience on
scorching summer days, careful attention
to your home’s natural landscape will
mean you are less dependent on it. There
is no better way to connect the beauty
of your natural landscape to your indoor
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Springtime
S T ORY MARY HAT T
P H OT OG R AP H Y J A S O N HART O G
AT THE
COTTAGE
The soft colour palette of the Zubot
cottage provides a tranquil backdrop for
ever-changing woodland vista surrounding
their property. Natural woods and
fabrics add textural layers and the antler
chandelier provides a punchy finishing
touch. BELOW: Paul and Carla Zubot
enjoy a fireside coffee on their threeseason screened porch. OPPOSITE, TOP:
A vintage wood table, original to the
cottage, has become another gathering
spot for family and friends. BOTTOM: A
metal deer head, purchased at a local flea
market, and wood beam mantel, salvaged
from a former Brouwer workspace, were
chosen to accessorize the angel stone
fireplace surround.
In 2010 the Zubots purchased an original cottage,
circa 1965. They turned its carport into a screened
porch in 2012, and in 2015 completed the bulk of the
reno. The result is 2,400 square feet of bright and
airy year-round living space for the couple and their
two teenage kids.
The Zubots enhanced the forested approach
to the cottage by hiring Dan Nantais to build a
covered entryway, featuring pillars and a wood
beam reclaimed from the Brouwer shop when the
company showroom was remodeled. Upon entering
the cottage through a front door supplied by
Golden Windows Limited, a spacious foyer leads
to the kitchen, dining and living areas, as well as to
a main-floor powder room and the master bedroom
wing. Also off the foyer is a French door (North
Pole Trim & Supplies Ltd. supplied all interior
doors and trim) that replaced an existing window
and now leads to the spacious porch. Enclosed by
screening on three sides, there are board and batten
walls and ceiling beams original to the structure
adding architectural interest. A rustic harvest table,
left by the original owner, makes a pleasing contrast
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Come summer, the Zubot family loves the
beachy lifestyle in the Southcott Pines
community of Grand Bend. But they enjoy
their cottage in spring, too, and on many
weekends make the one-hour drive north
from London to enjoy hiking and biking in
the area. Most of all, they enjoy relaxing in
their freshly renovated cottage.
“The town is starting to come to life at this time of year, but it is
still really quiet,” says Carla Zubot on the pleasure of side-season
living in the Bend. Paul, her husband and owner of Brouwer
Plumbing and Heating, adds, “Spring and fall are the best times
for using the hot tub!”
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feature
LEFT: Walls came down and the original staircase
to the lower level was removed to make space
for the cottage kitchen in which new windows
maximize natural light. BELOW: The white quartz
countertop, sleek plumbing fixtures and gleaming
backsplash tiles are fresh and fabulous finishes.
BOTTOM: The cottage’s inside fireplace, also
angel stone, was original to the structure. The floor
plan for the new cottage was designed around it.
OPPOSITE, TOP LEFT: The new stairway provides
a spacious entry to the finished lower level, and
doubles as the cottage library. TOP RIGHT:
Cute-as-a-button Ruby enjoys a cosy corner of
the living room sofa. MIDDLE: The master bath
features his-and-hers sinks and mirrors, plus a
contemporary-style soaker tub. BOTTOM: The
master bedroom furthers minimalist styling found
elsewhere in the cottage.
A favourite go-to spot for relaxing soaks is the hot tub, which was
placed in a screened alcove set into one wall of the porch. The screened
room also offers comfy seating around a wood-burning fireplace. The
fireplace mantel was crafted from another wood beam from the original
Brouwer’s location.
The Zubots opted to surround the new fireplace with angel stone
reclaimed from an original garage wall. Al Korvemaker of Village
Masonry in Forest was hired to do the stone masonry.
“We like the mid-century look of the angel stone,” explains Paul,
adding they opted to keep the original stone exterior on the rest of the
cottage, as well, for this reason.
An existing fireplace inside the cottage, also clad in original angel
stone, was the starting point for further renovations that also included a
new heating and cooling system by Holmes Heating & Cooling Ltd.
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The fireplace, with a stainless steel insert
from Brouwer, anchors the centre of the
open-concept living space, which features
expansive wood floors by Sacwal Flooring
Centres London. An existing stairway was
removed to expand the kitchen and open it up
to the living and dining areas. Then, a porch on
the back side of the building was turned into
interior space, including a new stairwell to the
lower level (London Stair & Railing) and a
conversation area that connects to the dining
room and overlooks the back yard.
In the course of making their many
changes, the Zubots encountered what Paul
dubbed, “our reno surprise.” The back of the
house wasn’t properly supported and, as a
result, a costly and unexpected underpinning
along the back foundation was required
(Carlos Barbosa Concrete).
“I’m in the business,” Paul says ruefully,
“and I didn’t see that coming.”
Abundant natural light now penetrates the
cottage interior, streaming through extrawide windows (Golden) along the wall of the
new kitchen, where cabinets by Distinctive
Kitchens of London, white quartz
countertops by Classic Granite & Marble
Ltd., backsplash by Alfred’s Carpet One
Floor & Home and appliances by London
Major Appliances create a bright and
functional work space. Of course, all plumbing
fixtures in the kitchen and throughout the
cottage were supplied by Brouwer.
The bedroom wing on the main level
features a cosy master suite, carpeted
(Alfred’s) and painted a serene custom-mix
neutral shade of clay, inspired by the colour
of the kitchen cabinetry. Custom window
blinds were supplied and installed by
Royal Shutters Etc., and to generate more
spaciousness within the room, the shower and
sink portion of the bathroom were left open to
the bedroom area. Continued on page 22
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feature
TOP LEFT: Space-saving features in a small lower-level en suite include a
wall-hung vanity from Brouwer. TOP RIGHT: The Zubots’ teenage son opted
for an energetic roomscape, with super heroes popping off bright blue
walls (King Triton, Pittsburgh Paints). His room doubles as an entertainment
space, divided from the sleeping area by open cube shelving.
BOTTOM LEFT: Walnut-stained plywood panels cleverly
conceal an original cinder block wall in the hallway leading to
lower-level bedrooms. BOTTOM RIGHT: A lower-level cottage
bedroom was painted Pittsburgh Paints’ Tear Drop, decorated
with colourful wall art and made cosy with layers of bedding.
On the lower level are three other
bedrooms, two of which have en suite
bathrooms. This level also includes a
sitting/games room, utility room and a
fourth bathroom.
The Zubots’ son, Miles, took special
interest in designing his bedroom, requesting
bright blue walls (Pittsburgh Paints’ King
Triton) and comic-inspired artwork. Paul
took further creative licence in the lower level
hallway where he opted to cover an existing
cinder block wall with walnut plywood sheets
(North Pole) trimmed in metal strips, the kind
used in tiling. He finished the industrial-style
wall with a walnut stain.
“I like the way it brings an old 60s vibe to
the room,” Paul says.
In fact, that 60s vibe makes a subtle and
stylish presence throughout their cottage,
thanks to the way the Zubots carefully
blended features from its former life with a
functional new design for today’s lifestyle, and
fresh finishes. It’s a cottage for the ages, and
one for all seasons as well. OH
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THE STYLE: Dodd says he’s moved
away from featuring his showroom
wares in pretty vignettes. Instead,
there is a packed-to-the-rafters offering
of seemingly limitless choice. “I rely
heavily on my staff to fill our store with
products that allow our customers to
dream a little,” he says. He also wants
visitors to appreciate the new production
techniques and engineering that have
moved fireplaces from traditional mantels
and brick or stone surrounds to sleek
architectural works of art. Dodd’s personal
interest in design is evident in the store:
“I love both traditional and modern
materials as well as abstract patterns used
in many architectural styles. I combine my
passion for traditional styling with my love
for mid-century modern.”
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TRENDING: LED lighting and energy
efficiency are huge. “The bulbs we grew
up with will soon be non-existent,” Dodd
says. In décor, gold and brass in antique
finishes are back big time.
THE PLACE: Most design professionals
and homeowners in London know
Guildwood Lighting & Fireside, a family
business that’s been a fixture in the city for
more than 50 years. Owned and operated
by Joel Dodd, son of founder Walter
WORDS OF WISDOM: “I love the fun of
being creative, particularly in textiles and
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have a splash of style in their home,”
says Dodd.
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traditional lighting fixtures and lamps,
fireplaces and decorative accessories
such as mirrors, side tables and art.
Working from their handy downtown
location adjacent to other design service
businesses, Dodd and his fully trained
and certified staff also offer technical
expertise. They frequently work with
architectural plans, or visit clients in-home
to plan a renovation. Dodd says today’s
Guildwood clients are knowledgeable and
have done their homework. He enjoys
discussing lighting with them and steering
Joel Dodd
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them toward options to suit their needs.
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gardening
PERMANENT
PERENNIAL BULB
A
An early epiphany
leading to a career
in horticulture and
landscape design
occurred in my 20s.
I had just purchased
my first home
and was eagerly
poring over a bulb
catalogue, planning
my first spring
garden. I was so
excited about the
rich riot of colour and
diversity that I literally
could not sleep
that night!
ST O RY AND PHOTOS
M E L A NI E REKOLA
Melanie is a certified horticulturalist
and landscape designer.
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essentials
Oh, how tastes change with time and experience. I am no longer seduced by big, bright blooms
that perish after only a season or a few short years. I have evolved into a thrifty gardener, of both
time and money. Call me anti-annuals. I even use perennial plants in pot displays. You, too, can
follow suit and choose bulb workhorses that are truly recurrent and/or that multiply over time
and you won’t feel deprived of a gorgeous colour range or variety – I promise.
ri
tu ch I
D
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Flowering in later spring, the
small orchid-like Dutch iris is
a classic available in all sorts
of sumptuous colours. The
true-blue hues are especially
handsome.
BULB BASICS
Spring bulbs can add an extra two months of beautiful blossoms to your garden, and because our
Canadian garden season is short, it makes them especially important. This spring or summer,
plan where you would most like to see those blooms appear next year and you’ll be ready for bulb
planting this fall.
Place spring bulbs amongst perennial plants so that their emerging leaves will mask the
bulbs’ unsightly, but necessary, dieback foliage. Bulb foliage must be left intact so that their
energy can be reabsorbed back into the bulb for next year’s bloom.
I am using the generic reference of “bulbs,” but really, these underground storage organs come
in several forms. Bulbs, corms and tubers are the three most common. Regardless of which type,
always plant bulbs in well-draining soil to avoid root rot. Plant in autumn with the pointy side
up; perhaps you can also spot the remains of the old roots on the bottom. If it’s still not clear
which side is up, plant on its side.
Tuli p
Melanie’s Perennial Bulb Picks
p
Snowdr o
This old fashioned favourite
heralds the end of winter and
promises fair weather to follow.
The very early blooming,
miniature plant often is
found flowering amongst the
snow with bright, pure white
blossoms. New offerings
include larger, doubled blooms
with interesting markings.
G
W indrfecian
lower
Most of the large and lovely
hybridized tulip blooms you
know and love do not reliably
return in our Canadian climate.
The red, orange, and yellow
varieties of the Darwin Hybrid
series have a good chance
of re-bloom. For the most
dependable sort, choose
species or botanical tulips and
their barley-hybridized strains. If
marked as “naturalizing” you’re
on the right track. Though
smaller than their commonplace
counterpart, these demure
beauties will dependably
reappear, every year.
The large daisy-like blossoms
of the Grecian windflower are
available in a rich and delicious
colour range. From cool mauves
and blues to happy pinks and
fuchsias, these hardy bulbs
boast an extended bloom
period of four-to-six weeks,
beginning in mid-spring.
Crocus
Another small but familiar
mainstay, crocus comes in both
early and mid-spring blooming
varieties. Crocus hues include
white, bright and subtle
shades of yellow, plus cooltone purples and blues that are
a perfect complement when
planted side by side.
Daf f odil
Daffodil blossoms are
gorgeous, enormous and
some (dare I say) are even
exotic looking. New varieties
are offered in a number of
warm colour combinations,
sizes, styles and bloom times.
A glamorous and showy
addition to the spring garden
with a lengthy display, plant
them in droves.
Al lium
Very diverse in size, the striking
spherical shape of ornamental
onion flower adds excitement
and grandeur to the late
spring garden. Purple shades
are most commonly seen, but
they’re also available in white,
blue, yellow and pink. Though
expensive, it’s a worthy longblooming addition.
A WORD ABOUT
COLOUR
Though some bulbs
listed here may be
considered common,
it is how you use
their colours to keep
your garden fresh,
exciting and current.
A common blunder
is to add all hues to
the garden. Instead,
choose a restrained
palette. Decide on
warm or cool tones
or a monochromatic,
analogous or
complementary theme
for a spectacular
and sophisticated
springtime display.
Now is the time to take
note and plan your
next spring garden
wisely. Enjoy! OH
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When it comes to home design, the
difference between good and great
can often be found in the details.
And it’s the little extras, combined with a well-thought-out floor
plan, that have made The Renaissance an award-winner and one
of the most popular new offerings from Fusion Homes.
The model, now available in London’s north-end community
of Sunningdale Green, won the Ontario Home Builders’
Association 2014 Award of Distinction in Architectural Design
for Most Outstanding Production Built Home (two storeys, 2,501
sq. ft. and over).
With four bedrooms plus an office, the 3,520 sq. ft. Renaissance
offers ample living space for any busy family.
Visitors are greeted by a formal front entrance hall, with a
Juliet balcony above. The balcony is just one of many thoughtful
touches that gives this thoroughly modern house a feeling of
timeless elegance.
A grand maple staircase ascends from the centre of the hall,
directing the eye away from a sunken mudroom area and toward the
spacious dining room and kitchen. Continued on page 34
LEFT: Designers of The
Renaissance have blended
contemporary décor with
traditional architectural
features, such as the dining
room’s industrial-inspired
chandelier and classic
beamed ceiling. ABOVE:
Dramatic accessorizing
in artwork and lighting
continues in the adjoining
living room. RIGHT: The
statement-piece staircase
and decorative pillars
between the centre hallway
and dining room are further
examples of traditional
architectural detail in
the home.
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home & builder
Mirage hardwood flooring in maple, from
Sarmazian Bros. Ltd., creates a seamless flow
through the hallway and open-concept living
and dining room. Coffered and waffled ceilings
give these formal rooms a traditional feel,
without being overbearing.
A butler’s pantry leads from the dining
room to the kitchen. With its sleek coffee
bar and walk-in pantry cupboard, it offers an
abundance of practical storage space.
The kitchen and breakfast area are bright,
modern and inviting. White slab cabinetry
by BnD Woodworking, white quartz
countertops, tiled backsplash by Ceramic
Decor Inc. and walls painted Chantilly
Lace (Benjamin Moore) bring an urban,
contemporary look to this suburban family
home. Oversize ceramic tile flooring in mocha
brown provides a stylish colour contrast.
“This kitchen reflects a trend that has been
taking place for several years,” notes Fusion
Homes’ interior design specialist Lindsay
Ambeau, adding that people are moving away
from ornate decorative finishes and the busy
patterns of traditional granite countertops.
ABOVE: The kitchen updates
classic white with sleek,
contemporary-styled cabinets
and countertops. The vibrant
backsplash tile design, dark
ceramic floor tiles and wood
table and chair legs bring
textural warmth to the room.
FAR LEFT: Sales host Deanna
Pryce (right) points out the many
fixtures and finishes available
in a custom Fusion home.
LEFT: Taking coffee-making
out of the kitchen and into the
butler’s pantry is one practical
way to minimize kitchen clutter.
OPPOSITE, TOP & BOTTOM
RIGHT: Walls in Vintage
Pewter (Benjamin Moore) and
bedroom carpet to sink your
toes into make the master suite
sumptuous and serene. The
spacious en suite boasts a soaker
tub, walk-in shower and two
vanity areas. BOTTOM LEFT: The
family room adjoins the kitchen
and blends function with style.
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“The modern family is looking for clean lines, as well as materials that
are durable, functional and easy to care for.”
The adjoining great room, framed by Doric half-columns, is a
comfortable space for the activities of daily life or an evening gathered
around the contemporary Napoleon Home Comfort electric fireplace.
Upstairs, four bedrooms wrap around the staircase in a square
circuit that provides plenty of privacy, as well as an impressive view of
the hall below.
“Even though this is a very contemporary home, it does have a
Victorian sense to it with this unique staircase and the privacy it
affords,” says Fusion Homes’ sales host, Deanna Pryce.
Each bedroom has its own en suite bath, another unique feature that
appeals to today’s homeowner. Continued on page 36
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Whether you prefer a privacy shower made of tinted or textured glass, overall or
decorative etched appearance, or an open-vista enclosure with floor-to-ceiling
glass walls and doors, we can custom design, build and install any shower space
you wish. If you want a steam-room like environment, we can suggest a
transom-like window to really enhance the experience.
We also supply and install all the hardware for the enclosures.
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The spacious and fully carpeted master
bedroom, painted Vintage Pewter (Benjamin
Moore), offers a calm retreat from family
life. The large, walk-in closet opens into the
second-floor laundry room, which is also
accessible from the hall.
The master bath features a freestanding soaker tub, ceramic walk-in
shower and his-and-hers sinks, as well as a
private water closet.
Two generous bedrooms overlook the front
lawn, each with a vaulted ceiling and arched
window. The fourth bedroom is situated at the
rear of the home.
The innovative design of the staircase and
upper hall leaves plenty of space for a large
second floor office, which could also be used
as a guest room, homework room or television
room for the kids.
“Many people comment that this home is
much more spacious than it might look from
the outside,” Pryce says.
That is no accident, notes Ambeau, who
says that months of planning go into every
Fusion Homes design. She says that before
coming up with a floor plan, the team works
hard to identify the spaces and key features
clients desire. She adds, “Our goal is always
to exceed our clients’ expectations, and we
apply that thought to every aspect of their
experience with us. I like to think that we are
the definition of customer-focused.” OH
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ABOVE: The all-purpose room on
the second level easily handles a
built-in office, as well as a games
area with comfy seating. TOP RIGHT:
Adding drama and natural light, the
open central stairwell also provides
a pleasing layout of rooms off the
second-level hallway. RIGHT: Fun
and funky décor makes homework
a pleasure in one upstairs bedroom.
BELOW: Contemporary lighting,
gutsy retro wallpaper and clean,
minimal furnishings provide a stylish
contrast to the arched window and
wood trim in this bedroom.
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Sensible ideas make our homes easier places in which to live. These local home
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hopefully a little happier, too.
MATT SCOTT
LOREAN PRITCHARD & SEB PRITCHARD
Simple Idea: Automated lighting.
Simple Idea: Contact us to help you sell your furniture that is no longer suitable.
Simply Put: Customized to suit your lifestyle, you can return to a warm, well-lit home as
Simply Put: Our showroom features your treasures. Once sold, just come in for your
soon as the garage door opens, or turn off every light when you’re ready for bed.
cheque. That’s the beauty of consignment.
Simple Pleasure: Controlling your lighting from your phone, watch, even your voice.
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Simple Idea: Squeaky clean windows and mirrors.
Simple Idea: Your bathroom should be beautiful and peaceful, but also functional.
Simply Put: Glass is porous and will stain permanently if not cleaned regularly. Mix a capful of
Simply Put: Choose design features that suit your needs. Millennials may want a Kohler
Sunlight dish soap with water and clean using a microfibre cloth. If windows become foggy inside,
replacing the thermal unit is the only solution since there are no effective repair options.
custom DTV digital shower, young families will want to bathe kids easily with a hand
shower on a slide, and Boomers may welcome assistive features such as grab bars.
Simple Pleasure: The joy of spotless windows and glass doors.
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Simple Idea: Learn how to look after your hot tub properly.
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Simple Pleasure: Spending more time with relaxing soaks, and less time looking after
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FIDDLER ON THE ROOT EXOTIC APPEAL
Fiddle leaf fig trees are must-have décor plants
right now: once you see one, you’ll notice
them everywhere in magazine spreads and
online blogs – or even past episodes of House!
The oversize leaves make an eye-catching
statement, feeling earthy but also modern, and
what could be more indoor-outdoor than a
perfectly home-size tree?
These trees require a decent amount of
indirect light, so they work well for rooms
where light is available in the day, but isn’t
too intense (usually south-facing). Beyond
this they aren’t tough to care for, as long as
they get monthly fertilizer and the occasional
dusting. Also consider a cheerful lemon tree,
moving it outside in the summer and back in
during the cold.
FORCE OF NATURE
VEGETARIAN PALETTE
While blue might seem like everyone’s
favourite colour, green is an easy choice for
adding some edge without taking a wild risk:
the intensity of rich greens makes them feel
haute couture, but these classic hues don’t
go quickly out of fashion. Use vivid shades
in fabrics with a sheen (like velvet or silk)
for accents that feel alive, or go bold with an
emerald sofa or stool – it’s near-neutral enough
to not clash with other furnishings.
For a more romantic or eclectic approach,
try a green powder-coated metal accent, such
as a garden basket, rustic ladder (great for
holding towels or books) or a vintage sign.
This colour softens metal’s tough exterior and
adds a sense of whimsy, bringing the outdoors
in with no maintenance required.
Green is usually a popular paint colour, but
there is an especially strong selection of
verdant hues on the market at the moment.
Vivid emerald shades add drama while
working well with other hues; try Benjamin
Moore’s simply named 2044-10 Green for an
accent wall or a full room where you want
a moody, intimate feel. For an airier all-over
colour, try HC-119 Kittery Point Green (part
of Benjamin Moore’s 2016 palette), or the
subtly minty HC-141 Hollingsworth Green.
Don’t want to commit to such a large
stretch of colour? Use tinted glass accents to
add vivid colour in bite-size doses. Seaglass
vases especially add a sense of beachy calm;
add a few branches for height and you’ve got
inviting all-year greenery.
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Orchids have an instantly luxe air, appearing
delicate and sophisticated. Luckily, however,
they are hardier than they seem. Due to
their tropical origins, orchids actually thrive
in steamy environments, making them an
excellent choice for bathrooms and spaces that
may seem unsurvivable for other plants.
Cactus planters are another smart option
for those who find it challenging to keep a
living plant…well, alive. They typically require
watering just once a week, perfect for adding
some exotic flavour to your home even if you’re
often on the go. Have a planter prepared by a
florist in a glass vessel of your choosing for a
sculptural statement.
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Triple H Paving Stone Inc., 15
Quantum Interiors, 11
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BALCONIES & RAILINGS
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Omega Audio Video, 13
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Gentrac Homes, 11
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NO DIRT ON ME
Air plants seem almost miraculous: they don’t
need soil to survive, instead drawing nutrition
literally from the air. Care usually involves
occasional misting, so they’re a good option for
those who want a living plant in a small space
without too much effort.
If you prefer your blossoms grown by
someone else, you can always grab them
fresh at the local supermarket. Pick up
inexpensive but shapely flowers, strip away
any fillers like excess leaves and stems, and
place the blossoms in threes in small bud
vases. You’ll show the sense of pride in your
home of a true design maven without an
outrageous budget. OH
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HOT TUBS/SPAS/SAUNAS/POOLS
Beachcomber Hot Tubs, 15
NEW HOME COMMUNITIES
Bridlewood Homes, 10
Fusion Homes, 25
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BUILDING SUPPLIES
Copp’s Buildall, 5
INTERIOR DESIGN
Sylvie’s Interior Design, 37
WINDOWS & DOORS
Copp’s Buildall, 5
CUSTOM CABINETRY
Rick Carter Cabinetry, 11
KITCHEN & BATH
Glass Canada Limited, 13, 37
Aqualuxe Bath, 13
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finishing touch
HIT THE
ROAD
in Style
The bathroom
received a fresh
new look.
The built-in
banquette was
removed from
the living room
and replaced
with some stylish
leather chairs.
D ESI G N AND PROJ EC T
A NDR EA RAMACI ERI
P HO T OGRAPHY BONNI E F OX
D
Designer
Andrea Ramacieri
completed
the ultimate
upcycling project.
She gutted a
32-foot 1989
Glendale Golden
Falcon travel
trailer and turned
it into an elegant,
versatile and
inviting space.
In the kitchen, the table and
bench seating were replaced
with a small table and chairs.
THE MAKEOVER
for this chic trailer included:
Removing carpet throughout and
replacing with laminate flooring
Priming and painting all the
ceilings, walls and cabinets
Installing bead board throughout with
some wallpapered accent walls
Adding window trim to all windows
Installing rods and drapes
Moving in furniture and accessories
In the master bedroom,
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wheel wells were
boxed in and covered in bead board, and
the built-in closet was gutted. A ready-made
cabinet was installed for attractive storage.
Custom-made bedding
completes the facelift in the
master bedroom. OH
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