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THE TREES ARE SHIVERING AND SO AM I. Even though I’m
Canadian-made, I’m still surprised by the tickle of winter’s cold fingers
year after year. I’m usually sporting a toque by October 1.
Don’t get me wrong. I see the magic of the season in the frost painted
windowpanes and the snow draped trees. I’ll just enjoy it from this side
of the glass.
As kids, we couldn’t wait to race into the bright outdoors and dig
our hands into the snow. We’d scramble up snow banks, build forts, and
make snowballs that would last for weeks. These days, I’d rather retreat
to my kitchen and whip up a savoury stew and dozens of holiday treats.
It gives me time to examine my home, and I have to admit, I’m frozen,
and it’s not just the weather. We’ve been in our home for six months, and
we can’t seem to find our decorating style. Our place has beautiful bones,
but the builder beige walls and lack of accents is uninspiring. I’d love to
wave a magic wand, but it doesn’t work. I’ve tried.
I want a home that’s a haven, a place that feels good from the moment
I walk through the door. That’s just what you’ll see in the Kristjanson
home, where thoughtful architectural details and beautiful finishes create
comfort and luxury (page 32).
This issue, we also feature professionals that can help warm up your
space, whether you’re looking to create a welcoming entrance or reinvent
the heart of the home, your kitchen (page 38).
As a designer, our feature homeowner Tracy Ray and husband Bob’s
well-defined space speaks volumes. Clean and edgy, their style radiates
comfort and elegance (page 20).
I’ve been hoping our space would speak to us, but I guess we need a
little magic. I hope you’ll open this issue and find a little, too.
• Architectural integrity
Happy winter!
• Passionate attention to detail
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Casual Luxury
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Photography by
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HOME & BUILDER
A Warm And Welcoming Rebuild
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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good
food and warmth, for the touch of a
friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:
it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell
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Finishing touches transform your home and
give it personality. Your home is yours to
decorate and love, so let it radiate with a style
and character that’s uniquely you.
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DECORATING AND DESIGN
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CAPE
COD
IN MORRISON
BY REBECCA DUMAIS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG
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The stone walkway to the Rays’ home
in Oakville’s established Morrison
neighbourhood greets visitors with a
bright, airy, Cape Cod feel, as if stepping
into the comforts of the coast without
being right on the water.
Tracy and her husband Bob were first charmed by the community
because it blended with their lifestyle, Tracy’s interior design business,
and was close to daughter Lexi’s school. The home, developed by Stuart
Riley of BRS Construction (now partnered with Bryan Bauemler to
manage Bauemler Quality Construction), was built to blend into the area
and looks as if it’s been standing there all along.” I wanted it to fit in the
existing neighbourhood,” explains Tracy. “We wanted it to look like it has
been here and that it was comfortable right away.”
The clean blue exterior and fresh white trim is capped with a grey-blue
roof by SPAR-Marathon Roofing Supplies. Dormer windows and
sprawling porches help give the home its coastal feel. The veranda features
a tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling and twinkles with pot lights. “We can
all sit out on the porch, even during a rainstorm,” says Tracy.
The solid front door opens into a cosy main hall painted in Hummus by
C2 Paint. Custom railings and hand-distressed black walnut floors extend
to every room of the house. Crown moulding is featured throughout, from
the dining room to the mudroom. Continued on page 23
Waffle ceilings, bold print
chairs, and warm dark
tones provide drama and
elegance in the dining
room. Floral arrangements
by Convallaria Floral
Design add instant beauty.
OPPOSITE CLOCKWISE
FROM TOP RIGHT:
(1) Large dormer windows
are accented by white
pillars and trim to add
visual interest to the
front of the home. (2)The
lit fireplace provides the
perfect backdrop to gather
the family around the piano
on special occasions. (3)
Tall windows flood the living
room with light. Bergère
chairs provide a cosy space
to read or lounge. (4)
Tracy’s home office marries
beauty and function with
custom built-ins and an
array of stylish accessories.
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RIGHT: Upholstered dining chairs and a simple
drum light add softness and visual interest in
the bright kitchen. BELOW: A built-in butler’s
nook between the kitchen and the dining room
is a great place to showcase pretty glassware.
FAR LEFT: A dark
island and stainless
accents provide a nice
contrast to the white
kitchen cabinetry.
LEFT: The finished
lower level includes
a recreation area
complete with a wine
room. OPPOSITE: A
graphic rug anchors the
mixture of dark and light
accents throughout the
spacious family room.
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The Rays worked with a draftsperson to create the architectural plans
for the builder. “I was able to be specific with the rooms and create larger
rooms for the kitchen and family room. That’s where everybody always
is,” Tracy says.
As a designer, Tracy is no stranger to what works in a home. Whether
you’re looking for help to select paint colours or you want to work with a
designer from start to finish, she welcomes the opportunity to work with
each and every client. “I really get passionate when working on a space
and I get as excited as my client to see the end results.”
A main floor office was important to allow Tracy to run her business,
Unique Ideas, from home. “I love the functionality it has,” she says. Two
distinct work areas allow Lexi to complete homework nearby while Tracy
works. “We can multi-task in there,” she says. Artwork created by Lexi
hangs in the room and creates a whimsical, personal touch.
A breezeway connects the mudroom and laundry room to the rest of
the house, and is easily accessible from the garage, perfect for an active
family that plays sports and rides horses. “It’s really convenient for our
lifestyle,” says Tracy.
The intimate living room is adorned with a baby grand piano and a
dramatic floor-to-ceiling Owen Sound Ledgerock fireplace supplied by
Betz Cut Stone Ltd. The adjacent dining room features a dramatic waffle
ceiling and panelling finished in C2 Paint’s French Roast. “My favourite
restaurants are always more moody and more elegant and they’re darker,
so when we designed the dining room, I wanted it to feel like I was out
dining somewhere.”
The walnut hardwood continues throughout the eat-in kitchen and
family room. The kitchen is well-equipped with a Viking stove and an
integrated Sub-Zero fridge and freezer from Goemans Appliances. A
striking kitchen design inspired by Top Notch Cabinets features clean
white shaker-style cabinetry adorned with an eclectic mixture of cup
and knob pulls. A tapered pendant light adds visual interest above the
kitchen’s dining table. Off the kitchen, a servery connects to the dining
room and provides easy access to mix drinks or grab a platter. A graphic
rug and mixture of furniture with clean lines, soft colours, and masculine
influences by Cocoon Furnishings Inc. creates a cosy family room retreat
to lounge or entertain. Continued on page 24
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Bathroom
Design &
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Professionals
The home is a contemporary version of a classic Cape Cod home with
an updated dark wood exterior contrasted with light trim and details.
“This dark and light theme is carried through the house and we supplied
Tracy with furniture finishes and fabrics that supported this direction,”
says Glyn Austin, owner of Cocoon Furnishings Inc. “The furnishings
are largely classic, clean, updated traditional styles that lend well to
complement the architecture of the interior.”
Comfortable counter stools anchor the kitchen and antique nickel pendants
draw the eye to the kitchen work area. “Cocoon was able to provide Tracy with
the ability to complete her vision because of the flexibility of our furniture
finishes and customization capability,” says Austin. Continued on page 26
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ABOVE MIDDLE: Blue
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touch to the clean and
contemporary white
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ABOVE RIGHT: Banks of
cabinets and an expansive
counter provide plenty
of room to store or
fold in the airy laundry
room. LEFT: Daughter
Lexi’s room is a haven
for her love of all things
equestrian. Unique play
spaces are carved from
the placement of the
dormer windows.
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ABOVE LEFT: Clean and simple lines in the
espresso cabinetry provide a nice contrast
to the Statuario marble countertops in the
master en suite. ABOVE RIGHT: A chandelier
throws a little sparkle over the vessel tub
in the spa-like master bath retreat. RIGHT:
An eclectic mix of furnishings creates an
impressive master bedroom and waffle
ceilings add a unique architectural twist.
The decision to limit the upper level to three bedrooms provides the
family with expansive hallways and extra bedroom space. A myriad of
alcoves crafted by the dormer windows in Lexi’s room creates the perfect
escape for a young girl. “I love the lines the dormers create in there, and
the little nooks and the built-in benches,” Tracy says. “I love the bathroom
with its river rock and the aqua colours.”
White bathrooms feature clean lines and crisp hues, showcasing Tracy’s
preference for organic influences, such as the limestone and porcelain
flooring. Both the basement and the bathrooms throughout the home
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feature heated floors, perfect for cold winter mornings. In the master bath, a
crystal chandelier adds a little sparkle to the soaker tub and polished nickel
fixtures. Statuario marble provides a nice contract to espresso cabinetry.
As a designer, Tracy admits she has the option to start with a clean
slate when moving from one home to the next. Tracy and Bob wanted
the house to function well for the family and include the ability to house
Tracy’s business. “I like clean lines with a bit of an edge in a home design,
but it has to feel comfortable.” OH
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or “grasscloth is back in style…who knew?.” But I
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took much longer to return – centuries, actually.
If you’ve ever visited an old pioneer village you will have experienced
a slice of family life from the early days of Canada. Small homes, simply
built with few rooms. In fact, in many cases, there was only one room
for living – commonly called the “keeping room,” and hardly anything
else – maybe one bedroom for the parents and one other where all the kids
would bunk down together.
The keeping room was where virtually everything happened. There
was a huge fireplace for cooking, a table for food preparation, a large
metal tub for washing dishes and a large table for eating. Maybe a few
uncomfortable wooden chairs for sitting by the fire and chatting, or
reading, or watching the hockey game on a big screen TV (oh yeah, sorry,
that comes much later…). Everything happened in this one room mainly
because when you’re clearing the land yourself and probably building
yourself, you keep it simple. It was also easier to keep warm in the winter
if you did everything in one space.
The few families with a bit of affluence started to live differently. They
had enough money to design a home and have it built. The first thought
when designing for this group was to get away from the common man
idea of doing all the living in one space. Hey, we’re rich, let’s act like it.
Let’s have a bunch of rooms, each with a special purpose. A parlour for
meeting guests. A dining room for serving guests. A drawing room to
withdraw to after a fine meal. Maybe even a ballroom for dancing. And
meal preparation? Put that in the basement or maybe even in a separate
building where we don’t have to see the servants working. Too crass!
This idea of specialty rooms took off and continued unabated through
the growth of the middle class in the 20th century. Eventually, all houses
were built this way, even for the common man!
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But then a funny thing started to happen. People with enough money
to have even more specialty rooms started wanting something new – a
family room! Here they could just “be themselves” and live comfortably –
get away from the stuffy formality of all their other fancy rooms. Gradually,
most homes for people of greater means started to include family rooms,
while paradoxically, homes for the common man did not.
In their first incarnation, family rooms were distinct and separate
from other rooms. The idea was to have a room for sitting comfortably
and chatting, reading and, oh yeah, watching the hockey game… But after
a while, this wasn’t enough. “Hey, I’m working here in the kitchen and
you are all in the family room and we can’t talk together. Let’s open the
kitchen and family room and create one big space, where we can do all
of our living.” Sound familiar? While we no longer use the term “keeping
room” (I guess “great room” might be the most common current term), the
idea is the same – a room where EVERYTHING happens.
Today, most houses, whether for the affluent or the “common man,” have
evolved so they have some form of this great room. And in many cases, even
among the affluent, most of the other specialty rooms have been dropped, in
favour of nicer and nicer great rooms. So interestingly, what we think of as
new is actually old and what we think of as having been an innovation for the
affluent was actually conceived by the common man, and not out of choice,
but out of necessity. There is probably some cosmic symmetry in all this.
The circle is complete. We’re back to where we started. We’re all in the
same room again. Something to reflect on, maybe with family and friends,
in the keeping room! OH
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like we’ve brought the outdoors in,” says Valerie. Unique and unusual
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or four cheeses; a larger platter can be comprised of five or more. Make
sure you’ve covered a variety of cheese styles. Try to offer something soft,
such as a triple cream or a Brie-style cheese, something harder and aged,
such as a Manchego or English Cheddar. Lastly, you can either serve a blue
cheese as your third option, or perhaps an interesting goat’s milk cheese,
such as a Crottin de Chavignol or a Canadian goat’s milk cheddar. The
main thing is to keep flavours, styles and shapes varied to give your platter
visual appeal and interest.
Different cheeses go with different wines. This can get overwhelming
and costly if you are trying to offer wine matches for all the different
cheeses. There are, however, some wines that innately work well with
cheese. For white wines, look toward bigger bodied style wines such as
oaked Chardonnays or Chenin Blancs, both of these grape varieties tend
to work well with cheese, perhaps because of their French roots! For reds
it is always useful to have a fruit- forward Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
and perhaps something a little bit different like a new world Syrah or even
a Malbec, both work well with cheese.
It’s always more effective to choose your cheeses first. Once you’ve
decided what you’re serving take your list to the local wine store and
utilize the wine vendor’s knowledge.
Blue cheeses partner best with off-dry wines (meaning wines that
have some sweetness), unlike other cheeses, which taste better with dry
wines (meaning no sweetness). This can get expensive if you are opening
a bottle solely for the blue cheese. A way to get around this is to serve a
fortified wine that can be recorked and still be enjoyed up to two months
later. Ones to try are Tawny Ports (Portugal), Madeira (Portugal) and
sweet Sherries (Spain), all of which are terrific value and taste sensational.
Cheat Sheet:
Below I have given a few examples of cheese plates that can be put
together easily. They offer great range of taste and the cheeses shouldn’t
be too difficult to find. For any cheese or wine related questions please feel
free to contact me at [email protected] Enjoy! OH
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Plate #1
La Sauvagine (Canada) cow
Aged Manchego (Spain) sheep
Roaring Forties (Australia) cow
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Saint André (France) cow
Chèvre Noir (Canada) goat
Gruyère (Switzerland) cow
Stilton (England) cow
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Crottin de Chavignol (France) goat
Taleggio (Italy) cow
Oka (Canada) cow
Pecorino Toscano (Italy) sheep
St. Agur (France) cow
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1. Hot Caramel Apple
ingredients
Hot apple cider
½ oz dark rum
1 ½ oz Butter Ripple Liqueur
Combine ingredients and garnish
with whipped cream and a star of anise.
2. Coffee Bean Martini
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1 oz Vodka
½ oz Baileys Irish Cream
¼ oz Crème de Cacao Liqueur
¼ oz Kahlua
1 shot of espresso
Splash of cream
In a martini shaker add ice, alcohol ingredients,
espresso and cream. Shake. Strain into a
martini glass. This drink can also be mixed in
a blender for a crushed-ice martini. Garnish
with whipped cream and a chocolate-covered
espresso bean.
3. Caramel Latte
ingredients
2% Steamed milk
Caramel sauce
1 shot of espresso
Steam milk until hot and foamy. Pour caramel
sauce into a clear mug. Add hot milk and foam.
Slowly pour shot of espresso into glass to
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