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VISIONARY KITCHENS
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MAKING YOUR VISION A REALITY
O
OK, I KNOW MOST PEOPLE REALLY LIKE AUTUMN,
its crisp air and vibrant hues. I like those too, but fall means that summer,
which I really love, is over and the days are getting shorter. I guess I’m
definitely the type who is happier and more energetic when trees are
budding than when leaves are falling!
On the other hand, who can argue this is not a season of great style
inspiration for our wardrobes and, of course, our homes? Now is the time
to delve into projects like painting a room, finishing a piece of furniture,
framing pictures, even cleaning out a closet. (Actually, in my old house a
“project” can just as easily mean getting the furnace fixed or having a new
storm window made!)
I’m lucky because I am never far from beautiful living spaces and
products when we are putting together each issue of OUR HOMES
London. To be honest, there are many ideas and objets d’art that I wish
I could just pick up and plop right into my own home. But sharing them
with you in the magazine is just as much fun as the idea of actually having
them for myself (well, almost) – like the two gorgeous feature homes you
will tour on pages 18 and 30. If you’re building or renovating, I’m sure
these stories, one about a freshly built home and the other about a place
lovingly redone from tip to toe, will interest you.
This issue is a special one. We’re introducing you to new products
and design ideas for kitchens and bathrooms. These are the rooms in
your home you’ve just got to get right, largely because of the cost involved.
However, they can also ensure a great return on investment in terms of
your home’s resale value. Even if you never plan on leaving your home,
kitchens and bathrooms that are built or renovated well will not need
fixing for years to come. A beautiful kitchen or bathroom is like a gift that
keeps on giving – even if you did, indeed, pay for it!
Hopefully this issue of OUR HOMES London will be well worn by the
time you’re through with it and you’ll be looking forward to our winter
season. Until then,
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The crisp, clean lines of the design create a
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Choose from over 20 of Rubinet’s famous
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Cheers,
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Homes was referenced incorrectly as Rockwood Homes. OUR HOMES
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“Life is a series of natural and
spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them…
Let things flow naturally forward.”
C
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– Lao Tzu
CHANGE IN OUR LIVES IS INEVITABLE; we can resist it or
embrace it. As our lives change, we have an instinctive desire to follow
suit in our surroundings and our homes. With a new birth we decorate
a nursery and when children go to university, rooms are repurposed for
part-time use. Divorce, or becoming a senior, promotes changes in our
needs and the way we use our personal spaces. New circumstances,
both celebratory and frightening, can be an opportunity to recreate our
personal surroundings.
Although I won’t personally recommend turning your newly-graduated
child’s room into the walk-in closet of your dreams, I have heard it happens.
Perhaps you are adding on to accommodate visiting grandchildren, or a
parent moving into your household. Moving, renovating and redecorating
all surround big and small changes in our lives.
Whatever change life brings you, pull out the paint swatches, call
the carpenter or plan that beautiful new kitchen and bathroom. Allow
yourself to dream, plan and, yes, celebrate your new life and the spaces
you create in it.
I hope you enjoy this special kitchen and bath issue of OUR HOMES
London and find some great inspiration created by our local talented and
creative businesses.
As this season changes to the next…
Cheers,
Sue-Anne Richardson, Publisher
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departments
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PUBLISHER’S NOTE8
ADVICE
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EDITOR’S NOTE
18
Artisanal Focus
STYLE PICKS
14
Bath Time and Kitchen Detail
COMFORT ZONE
London Bath Centre
PEOPLE
Pro Advisory
HOME RESOURCE DIRECTORY
FINISHING TOUCH
ON THE
Yummy Pear Cake
COVER
features
Inspired Style
Story, page 30.
Photography by
Jason Hartog.
FEATURE HOME
Fresh and Fabulous
DESIGN IDEAS
Beautiful Bath Trends
HOME & BUILDER
New Age Elegance
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advice
WORKING WITH
artists & artisans
Designer
Stephanie
Redmond
shares her
ideas.
BEFORE (PREVIOUS OFFICE)
WHAT IS AN ARTISAN ANYWAY?
According to Wikipedia, an artisan is “a skilled
manual worker who makes items that may be
functional or strictly decorative.” They “practice
a craft and may, through experience and aptitude,
reach the expressive levels of an artist.” Let’s think
about how to use artistry in an ordinary space.
I MODERN
AIR BY KOZA
IVY WALL CH
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Rather than defaulting to the first thing that
comes to mind (i.e. I need a bench for my front
hall), consider the options, or rather think about
the solution in a different way: I need something
to sit on. Period. A bench certainly fits the bill, but
so would a wooden stump, a chair or something
mounted to the wall. This Ivy Wall Chair is
handcrafted out of walnut, mounts to your wall
and has a modern feel. It is simple and sculptural
and immediately becomes a conversation piece. As
a bonus it also works in small, out of the way spaces.
ART IN OTHER PLACES
Using the same process, think about side tables.
A side table is simply a resting spot for a drink
or the TV remote and often just a space filler. It
does not have to be wood or glass, and it certainly
doesn’t have to be the usual two inches from the
side of the sofa. This is an area where you can
use your imagination (or someone else’s). Take
these painted ceramic pieces
by Reinaldo Sa ng uino.
These stools or side tables
become art in the space.
They just don’t hang on a
wall as per the usual.
“I NEED A LAMP”
No, you don’t. What
you need is light. And that
can come from any surface
CERAMICS BY REINALDO
SANGUINO (THROUGH
HOLLACE CLUNY, TORONTO)
BLOSSOM PENDANT BY LIGHTART3
Our marketplace is saturated with incredible designs. We have limitless
products available to us from all over the world. Yet there are times when
a mishmash of conditions forces you to consider alternative solutions. Or
perhaps you’re simply tired of the status quo? In these situations, I suggest
turning to local artisans to personalize a space by adding a creative touch.
You end up with a unique piece, customized for you and your home.
– wall, floor or ceiling. In fact, the combination of
sources and shade types will help illuminate a space
properly. Light should be focused in different areas
and at differing intensities. An artisan can create
a special piece for your space, the result being an
illuminated art piece. Take this Blossom Pendant,
for example. Used as bedside lights hung from the
ceiling, they create an ethereal setting. My only
advice? Ensure lighting is properly inspected and
comes with a Canadian Standards Association
(CSA) approval sticker. Electrical is not a place to
cut corners.
WORKING TOGETHER
Once you’ve found someone that you’d like
to work with – through word of mouth, flipping
through a magazine or via local organizations – you
will need to have an idea of the size and function of
the piece. Either invite the artist over to see your
space or bring lots of photos to the studio. In order to
make this process successful for all, you also need to
remain flexible! Have an idea of what you’d like and
set some boundaries. But remember, you’re working
with an artist who has a vision. Their creativity is
what you’re hiring them for. OH
LOVE
EVERY INCH
OF YOUR HOME
THE RENOVATION CHALLENGE
We needed a creative solution to fit an ensuite bathroom into our clients’ tight
3rd floor that also worked around the central masonry chimney.
THE CREATIVE SOLUTION
We embraced the challenge and decided to make the central masonry chimney the
focal point of the bathroom. By elongating the layout and adding 2 large walk-in
closets, we were able to maximize the efficiency of the available space. The exposed
brick and vaulted ceilings in the bathroom provide for a modern-loft aesthetic and
the frameless glass shower makes the space visually wider.
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style picks
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TOUCH UP
THE KITCHEN
& FRESHEN
Salon Corner Chair
Dress up a bathroom or boudoir with this
delightfully chic and perfectly square chair. Buy
two and have fun arranging them face-to-face,
or dramatically back-to-back. Available in fabric
or leather.
Make a unique statement with a little
of this and a little of that from London
and area retailers, artisans and trades.
4
432 Talbot St., St. Thomas
519.631.0410 | www.jenningsfurniture.com
2
THE BATH
JENNINGS FURNITURE & DESIGN
DRAPERY MAN & CO.
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades
From Hunter Douglas, these shades are available
in stacking or roll-away styles with cordless lifts
and remote control options. Choose from a wide
range of colours and textures on display in the
Drapery Man showroom.
1579 Hyde Park Rd.
519.472.3052 | thedraperyman.ca
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LED GREENER SOLUTIONS INC.
LED Linear Flex Lighting
Complementing any décor inside or out, LED
Flex Lighting is easy to install and available in
a variety of illumination strengths and colours.
Great for brightening dark areas, lighting
entertainment spaces or accenting small details.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACKIE NOBLE
519.495.5699 | www.ledgreensolutions4u.com
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BEACHCOMBER HOT TUBS
Infrared Sauna
Add luxury to your bath or spa with Finnleo’s new
S-Series Sauna, the only infrared sauna with safe,
low levels of electro-magnetic and electrical field
radiation. Comes with glass doors, touch panel
control, sound system and colour light therapy.
775 Wharncliffe Rd. S.
519.681.0249 | www.bht-london.com
ROTH DESIGN INC.
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Concrete Top Table
Andy Roth created this custom table for a
special client, using reclaimed century-old,
barn-beam wood from a Woodstock-area farm.
The concrete is two inches thick, and the table
measures 48 inches wide and 30 inches high.
5
320 Oakland Ave.
519.521.7164 or 519.951.9325 | www.rothdesigninc.com
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looks using furniture “make-up.” Professional
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WOOD’NWATER
feature
The kitchen peninsula offers handy serving space when
entertaining in the adjoining family room. Plenty of storage
is tucked into the far end of the kitchen, including generous
pull-out shelves, a custom-built pantry and a coffee bar.
BELOW LEFT: More storage is cleverly hidden under the
conversation nook banquette. BELOW RIGHT: Porcelain tile
in the mudroom and laundry area has the clean sheen of
polished cement and provides a visual break from dark oak
throughout the rest of the house. Honed granite makes a
handsome laundry work surface above the washer and dryer.
BY NICOLE LAIDLER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACKIE NOBLE
DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN
S TA G E D B Y K I S S T H E C O O K
A
REMARKABLE
transformation
What used to be a choppy assortment of small rooms is
now a bright, open kitchen and dining area that captures
stunning vistas of the near one-acre property and adjacent
parkland. ABOVE: Important style changes in exterior
landscaping, finishes, windows and paint colour make this
“a beautiful home that you can be proud of,” the owner says.
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A
Anne-Marie Lyttle
is a patient woman.
When she first moved into her
home in 1997, she thought it was
the “ ugliest house on the block.”
But with four young children there
was little time for renovations.
“It was a house of many doors and
many walls,” says Lyttle of the 1970s
design. “It was like a rabbit hole. I just
took my sister’s advice and painted
the whole place Cloud White.”
Visitors were always surprised
to discover that the four-bedroom,
4,200 sq. ft. home sits on almost an
acre of land backing onto Gibbons
Park.“It wasn’t the house I wanted,
but you couldn’t beat the location,”
she says.
Once her children were grown,
Lyttle decided it was finally time to
embrace her vision of bringing the
gorgeous vista inside. But it took
awhile to convince others to take
on the challenge.
“Every designer and builder I
brought in over the years was never
able to troubleshoot the space
planning issues,” says Lyttle, who
wanted to transform her “rabbit
hole” into an open concept family
home with a timeless feel. “Many
just said tear it down and start over.”
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feature
LEFT: White on white, with colour splashes in art
and accessories, fuses contemporary and traditional
styles in the living room. BELOW: The master bedroom
nestles into a back corner of the home’s upper level,
overlooking the backyard at one end and leading to a
roomy walk-in closet and bathroom at the other.
RIGHT: Homeowner Anne-Marie Lyttle (centre) enjoys a cup of
cider and early fall sunshine on the back deck with her mother,
Helen Wielhorski (right), sister, Barbara More (left), and the
family’s Golden Retriever, Ada. BELOW: Rustic chic defines
the original brick fireplace surround with stylish updates from
the new white mantel and and a wood-frame, glass pocket
door between the family room and living room.
ABOVE: The white and dark-stained stairway makes a
dramatic statement in the home’s centre foyer. RIGHT: The
master bathroom is compact, yet oozing with luxury finishes
such as the large walk-in shower with bench, twin-sink
granite counters and mosaic tile floor.
Luckily, she met Myra Tuer of Detailing & Design by Myra, who
brought in the team at Melchers’ Construction Limited.
“Myra is fantastic at taking your wish list and making it a reality,” says
Lyttle. “She keeps the momentum going, troubleshoots all the issues, and
most importantly keeps you on track with budget. And Melchers’ are
incredible to work with. They are so creative and flexible.”
Renovations began last November and were wrapped up in time for a
family wedding celebration in May.
Opening the kitchen to the rest of the living space took some real
vision – and a few new ceiling beams. The once-narrow kitchen now flows
seamlessly into a large dining room and comfortable great room. The great
room features a bay window and original brick fireplace, now fitted with
a more contemporary, white mantel that Lyttle designed herself, replacing
the previous log one. The entire space is bathed in natural light, thanks
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to new windows from Golden Windows Ltd. Classic-style lights and
fixtures from The Lighting Shoppe Inc. offer additional ambient light.
Lyttle wanted to use local and Canadian sources as much as possible.
Solid three-quarter-inch oak floors, for example, were milled in Hamilton,
stained in Toronto then installed by Huron Flooring Ltd.
The dark floors create a striking contrast to the walls, which are
painted White Drifts by Benjamin Moore. “Every room looks a bit
different,” Lyttle says. “This hue reflects the light and colours around it.”
North Pole Trim & Supply Ltd. installed gutsy wood mouldings and
baseboards, as well as opaque glass-panelled pocket doors between the
great room and living room.
The kitchen, designed and built by Casey’s Creative Kitchens,
features a large centre island with a Jenn-Air counter-top gas range from
London Major Appliances, which supplied the home’s other appliances,
as well.“For me, this design was all about preserving the view,” says Lyttle
of her decision to install a pop-up vent rather than a fixed range hood.
Black, honed granite countertops (Casey’s) create a contemporary yet
relaxed atmosphere, which is further enhanced by a Shaws of Darwen
farmer’s sink from London Bath Centre. A corner breakfast nook,
opening onto a large deck, is the perfect spot for morning coffee while
enjoying the view.
But Lyttle’s favourite kitchen feature is the Broan-NuTone Automatic
Dustpan in the adjoining mudroom. This handy utility space also includes
a bench for storing hats, mittens and boots, and space under the counter
for a dog crate.
A sweeping staircase, whose wooden banister and railing were
replaced by Pro-Stair And Railing Inc., leads to the home’s second
floor. All four bedrooms feature abundant natural light and have large,
well-designed closets (California Closets).
The master bedroom overlooks the backyard. “It’s really nice to sleep in
here and listen to the birds,” comments Lyttle. “It’s like having a bit of the
country in the middle of the city.” Although not as large as some modern
master bedrooms, the space can comfortably accommodate a king size
bed, bedside tables and a dresser, with room to spare.
“Reconfiguring the closet and master bathroom was another
challenge,” says Lyttle. Luckily, Tuer and the team from Melchers’ came
up with the perfect solution. The surprisingly large walk-in closet,
by County Heritage Forest Products Ltd., who earlier in time had
replaced the home’s flimsy doors with solid cherry ones, features natural
light and plenty of hanging space while the master bathroom is a compact
yet elegant oasis featuring a large walk-in shower with rain and massage
shower heads, and a bench. Continued on page 22
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feature
RIGHT: Don Pettit of Melchers’
got creative and built display
shelves into a drywall bulkhead in
the finished walk-out basement.
French doors open onto what
used to be a cement pad and dog
run, now a pretty landscaped
patio for reading and relaxing.
BELOW: The spacious and
light-filled main bathroom on
the upper level is perfect in size
for the kids and features similar
finishes to the master en suite, as
well as a tub. BELOW RIGHT: The
upper level offers plenty of room
for a cheerful homework space
or office.
Both second floor bathrooms have Carrara marble mosaic heated floors,
white subway tiles, honed super white granite countertops (Casey’s) and
fixtures from London Bath Centre. “I wanted the bathrooms to be fresh,
clean, and inviting,” says Lyttle whose sister, Barbara More of Oakville’s More
Design, masterminded many of the finish choices in these and other rooms.
Lyttle decided the renovation project was the perfect time to finish a
section of her walk-out basement. “The gas fireplace was already down
here, so it made sense,” she says, adding that Guildwood Lighting and
Fireside supplied a new insert here and in the living room. Double
doors lead to a private, outdoor patio, designed by Grant Gilvesy from
In Bloom Designscapes.
To complete her vision, Lyttle needed to tackle elements of the
home’s exterior that she had never liked. She began by replacing the
yellow front door with a solid wood front entry (County Heritage).
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“I always felt that this was a French house and that it needed French
windows,” says Lyttle of the triple-paned windows.” Melchers’ built out
the eyebrows above the upstairs windows and replaced painted plywood
trim with stucco by Century Stucco Systems.
Gilvesy continued the French theme of the front exterior by planting
a clever combination of boxwood hedges, yews, grasses and hydrangeas,
and replacing a curvy walkway with an angular one in keeping with the
straight lines of the house.
“The landscaping and the windows make it a beautiful home that you
can be proud of,” says Lyttle. “I think it looks fabulous.”
Lyttle enjoyed the renovation process so much that she’s decided to
sell the property and take on another project. “The reality is, my children
have grown up and moved out,” she explains. “And this home is perfect
for a young family.” OH
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BY SARAH HOY
Bathrooms are becoming much more than powder rooms.
This fall you are going to see an explosion of colours, patterns
and designs as the bathroom becomes a way to showcase
your design personality. Ulya Jensen, HGTV host of Home to
Flip, gives her top fall bathroom trends that you may want to
incorporate into your home.
CREATIVE TILES
Instead of the 12-by-24 tiles
(which are still great), smaller
mosaics are coming back.
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COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW
People are moving away from an ultra
conservative look. We’re seeing more colour
and more flavour, lots of greens and yellows.
Lilac is really trending.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF PATTERN
This fall we’ll see patterns on the floor
while keeping the walls pretty slick.
Vintage tiles are becoming popular
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There’s not a lot of colour in the
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KEEP IT COMFORTABLE
If you are looking for something bold, then
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that you can change. For example, if you
are into lime green, don’t commit to a lime
green tile because you have to commit to
it for life, or hope that this is your dream
home that you are never going to leave. Not
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There are European faucets by manufacturers such as Zucchetti,
Dawinder and
Bart Bahth
Grohe and Graff, as well as Canadian ones by Rubinet, available
in 24 finishes. And if you don’t see a finish you like, Rubinet will
custom make a faucet for you. Kitchen sinks have become oh-somuch more, to wit Julien 16-gauge hand-fabricated stainless sinks
and Shaws of Darwen’s handcrafted ceramic fireclay Butler and
Belfast sinks, stamped with the company’s signature.
TRENDING: Stylized faucets are big, such as the sleek Italian
black metal one Bart has chosen for his own pool house. Brass is
back and glammy crystals are popular. If your style leans to earthy,
watch for rustic barn board vanities as well as metal and copper
bowls. Freestanding tubs continue to be must-haves.
FUN FACT: Just after emigrating from Britain to Canada, Dawinder
was asked by a customer if she carried faucets. “No,” she replied
PHOTO BY JACKIE NOBLE
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG
THE PLACE: London Bath Centre offers a dazzling array of luxury-
with people. Since then, his goal has been simple and consistent:
end bath and plumbing fixtures. Gleaming with polished chrome,
provide intelligent and dependable customer service, as well as a
mirrors and bright white porcelain, the 2,500 sq. ft. showroom
beautiful, precision product. Bart makes himself available all times
beckons like a candy store to anyone planning kitchen or bathroom
of day for consultations in-store or in-home.
renovations. Bart and Dawinder Bahth opened for business 10 years
THE STYLE: Take your time and get inspired while browsing
ago after learning their trade while working in Bart’s uncle’s bath
through the showroom’s stunning bathroom vignettes, staged to
and kitchen studio just west of Toronto. Bart, a former chemistry
show how products will look in a home setting. “We carry all styles
student and lab technician, discovered he absolutely loved working
ranging from modern to traditional to transitional,” Bart says.
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Stately
BY
DESIGN
Simplicity and symmetry inspired the living room’s elegant
conversation area and window treatments. The mirrored inset
above the fireplace doubles the impact of classic crystal obelisks
(Gielen Design) and a crystal chandelier (Living Lighting).
OPPOSITE, BOTTOM LEFT: The formal dining room opens to the
terrace and displays art by Amanda Harasym (wall paint Benjamin
Moore’s Wood Duck). BOTTOM RIGHT: The foyer’s decorative,
two-tone-stained stairway is a first for Harasym Developments.
TOP RIGHT: The grand piano and terrace doors on the back wall
of the living room set the stage for a sophisticated soirée.
A
B Y M A R Y H AT T
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG
A grand staircase entryway, an elegant
formal living room and an old-style cloak room of the sort you
might find in fine older homes: these are among the features that
elevate Stonecrest Manor beyond the expected. In fact, Mike and
Milena Harasym and the Harasym Developments Inc. team were
determined to build their Meadowlands of Sunningdale model as
one that invites gracious living. Continued on page 32
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LEFT: Milena and Mike Harasym (left) with daughter
Amanda, whose colourful painting adds visual
interest in the dinette. BOTTOM LEFT: Furnishing
the dinette and family room with a mix of traditional
and transitional pieces creates a welcoming, lived-in
ambience. OPPOSITE TOP: The integrated kitchen
offers abundant work space as well as an additional
gathering spot around the large, curved island.
OPPOSITE BOTTOM: A pleasing counterpoint results
from the sparseness of floating shelves and the tiled
fireplace surround plus the cushy softness of the sofas.
Such is the ambience established by the dark English walnut stain of
the double door entry to the home, as well as Gallery Collection garage
doors by Car Wal Door Systems Ltd. The exterior doors and dark-trim
chateau-inspired windows, supplied by Dashwood Industries Ltd.,
make a commanding statement when integrated with the Arriscraft
Renaissance stone of the front exterior (Ferrell Builder’s Supply Ltd.).
Inside, the foyer is anchored architecturally by a two-toned stained
wood staircase, built by Roes Stair Company Inc. and stained by painter
Mike Bogiakis. The foyer leads to the home’s main areas, including the
sophisticated living room. While almost an after-thought in many new
home designs, Stonecrest Manor’s 26-by-12-foot living room is anything
but and, most definitely, meant to be used on many occasions. The room
features impressive, classic-style millwork (Joe Conidi), rich Benjamin
Moore grey-tone walls (Pewter Promise), and stained maple floors
(Huron Flooring Ltd.)
“We wanted a large, formal living room with a grand piano,” explains
Mike. Milena adds, “We wanted a space for the adults to enjoy.”
Two sofas, symmetrically arranged, create an intimate conversation
area and flank a Georgian-style white wood surround and gas fireplace
(S.W. Atchison Plumbing and Heating Ltd.) over which an expansive
mirror catches glittery light from the prisms of white-shaded chandeliers
(Living Lighting). Big-scale art, unique accessories and a sturdy, chateauinspired chest (Gielen Design), connect to the drama of the piano (D&S
Pianos). Window coverings here and elsewhere in the home are from
Labadie Blind & Shutter Gallery as well as Creative Fabrications.
Eight-foot french doors (Dashwood Industries) open from the living
room and other rooms across the back of the house to a Rocky Top
Concrete® terrace installed by Classic Concrete and landscaped by
John C. Young Design Ltd. “It’s great for entertaining,” Milena says of
the flow created by the multiple access points to the terrace.
Romantic and elegant yes, but the 4,000-plus-square-foot Stonecrest
Manor also delivers on mod cons, functional layout and practical detail.
A thermostat is Wi-Fi-accessible from your phone and a Wi-Fi kitchen
camera lets you see what’s going on from wherever you are in the world.
And while the foyer leads to a stylish powder room with uniquely textured
striped walls , by Iain Turner of Goldstone Turner Decorative Artists,
as well as a windowed cloakroom for guests, it also connects to the
garage through a mudroom and drop zone that’s plenty big enough to
accommodate a busy family’s shoes and clutter.
An expansive kitchen and family room comprise the rear wing of the
house. This bright space is the heart of the home, as well as its transitional
cue from formal to casual. Design work here, and throughout the home,
was a group effort involving draftsman Doug Stewart, many of the
Harasym trades, and sales staff members Owen Price and Julia Friend.
Site superintendant, Jon Scott, and office manager, Shannon Wells,
also contributed to brainstorming sessions. The team kept on track with
a simple and practical vision. Milena explains, “We like things to be
functional, but stylish.” Continued on page 34
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So while they set about making
a practical and well-thought-out
kitchen work-area with convenient
accessibility to the terrace and
formal living and dining rooms,
aesthetics were important, too.
Woody’s Custom Cabinetry built
white face-framed cabinetry with
inset doors and a contrasting dark
wood island, and installed Cambria
quartz countertops (Progressive Countertop Systems). Chris
Brosnan of Brosnan Construction created a backsplash with glass tiles
in muted shades of grey and brown (sourced by Gielen Design) and Arva
Appliances Inc. supplied gorgeous, super-deluxe appliances.
The dinette, much more than a set of table and chairs, involves a cosy,
cushioned banquette tucked into a windowed corner, and a colourful oil
painting by Mike and Milena’s daughter, artist Amanda Harasym, whose
work appears throughout Stonecrest Manor. The Harasyms have another
adult child, Matthew, an electrical technologist. The couple credits their
son’s personal vision and creativity to Matthew’s grandfather, Michal
Harasym, who launched the family building business in the 1950s and
later took great pride in showing off his grandson to tradesmen on
building sites. Continued on page 36
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The luxurious, light-filled master bedroom connects to
a large en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. ABOVE
LEFT: Relax in the deep soaker tub or get squeaky
clean in the large shower stall where a clerestory
window offers sky views. ABOVE RIGHT: More like a
spacious dressing room, the walk-in closet with ample
built-ins also features plenty of natural light.
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ABOVE LEFT: Cosy carpeting, drapes and sumptuous
bedding are used to create an ideal teenage space,
with colour punches from art by Amanda Harasym and
a feature wall in Black Velvet (Benjamin Moore). The
room connects to a large bathroom shared by another
second floor bedroom. ABOVE RIGHT: Dramatic,
textured stripes make the main floor powder room
arty and interesting. RIGHT: Elegant Stonecrest Manor
and its chateau-inspired windows light up the night.
Mike
D E V E L O P M E N T S
In fact, creativity abounds in the Harasym family. Look no further
than the graceful curved island, like a piece of fine furniture as well as
a work surface, and beyond that to the family room with its Zen vibe.
Mike and Milena agreed they wanted very clean lines in this space. Of
the minimalist-style fireplace and shelving in the family room, Mike
says, ”We knew we wanted a monolithic look with floating shelves and
recessed lighting.”
Upstairs, where the main hallway overlooks Stonecrest’s foyer,
features like nine-foot ceilings and eight-foot panelled doors (North
Pole Trim & Supplies Ltd.), deepen the home’s overall level of
luxury. The master en suite features a walk-in closet (Nieman Market
Design), with walls of shelves, clothing racks and a large chest of
drawers built into the middle of the windowed space that would make
any fashionista proud (curved window coverings made by Karlene
Dale of Creative Fabrications). The en suite also offers a tranquil and
spa-like oasis for relaxation, with its private water closet, shower stall
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with sky-view clerestory window, and fixtures such as the oval shape
Maax Jazz freestanding tub (Atchison). Tile floors and shower walls
were ordered from Flooring Canada.
Another upstairs bathroom cleverly features a water closet off the
main hall, which opens through a pocket door to a larger bathroom that
includes a sink, a bath, a shower and other toilet areas. Two carpeted
bedrooms (furnished by Gielen) open off either end of this bathroom,
making the three rooms an ideal sibling-style suite. There is also a laundry
room on the second floor, a spare muti-purpose room (with adjoining
bath) that’s ideal for visitors or for use as a games room, and a room over
the garage that the Harasyms turned into a mini-gym.
The Harasyms hope that Stonecrest Manor will inspire people with
its elegant formal side, and wow them with the beauty of its casual,
contemporary living spaces and modern must-have features.
“We get excited about each new design,” Milena says of the company’s
latest creation. “If you love what you do, it shows.” OH
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EXPERT OPINION?
Stick with the overall
style of your home when
planning your bathroom,
and don’t worry about
resale value. Build to
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eating surface.
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André Anthony Dos Reis
Designer / Director, Visionary Kitchens By Motivo Interiors
W H AT ’ S T R E N D I N G I N K I T C H E N S ? Open concept spaces
with two-tone finishes. Light, flat-painted upper cupboards
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YO U R D R E A M K I T C H E N ? Ultra-modern, high-gloss white
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entertaining.
E X P E R T O P I N I O N ? Come up with a checklist of features
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finishing touch
UPSIDE-DOWN
PEAR CAKE
B Y M A R I A D A S I L VA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT HUNTER
UPSIDE-DOWN PEAR CAKE Makes: 10 servings
TOPPING:
½ cup packed brown sugar
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Growing up, I had grandparents who
had a giant pear tree in their yard. Every
summer I waited with anticipation for
the blossoms to make fruit, and then for
the fruit to ripen. I loved munching on
pears that were just barely ripe enough
to eat. Their crisp flesh not quite juicy
yet, but so crunchy and cool. As the
days passed and the fruit ripened we
scrambled up the tree, gathering the
fruit before the heavy pears dropped
to the ground, becoming a sticky mess
full of bees. We ate endless pears in the
summer – whole, straight from the tree,
chopped up in a fruit salad and baked
into countless delicious desserts.
Among these desserts was my grandmother’s upside-down
pear cake. It’s still a favourite among the entire family and I’ve
recreated it here to share. My grandmother didn’t use spelt flour or
buttermilk. But both of these ingredients add a special something
to an incredibly simple, casual cake that oozes with the taste from
the late summer and early fall harvest.
My grandparents have long since moved from their house with
the pear tree. But this year, for the first time ever, my very own pear
tree in the backyard has fruit on it. With any luck, I’ll be able to carry
on the pear traditions of my youth for many years to come!
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¼ cup butter
2 tsp lemon juice
2 firm ripe pears
SPELT CAKE:
½ cup butter, softened
⅓ cup granulated sugar
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose spelt flour
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Pinch each salt, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
¾ cup buttermilk
• Grease and line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with
parchment paper. Set aside.
• In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar, butter and lemon juice to boil,
stirring to dissolve sugar, over medium heat. Boil, without stirring, for
2 minutes. Scrape into the bottom of a cake pan. Set aside.
• Peel, core and halve pears. Cut lengthwise into 1/4–inch thick slices.
Arrange slices on top of caramel, overlapping slightly.
• SPELT CAKE: In a large bowl, beat butter with granulated sugar
and brown sugar until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a
separate bowl, whisk together spelt flour, all-purpose flour, baking
powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
• Stir into butter mixture with buttermilk, stirring until well combined.
Scrape over pear, smoothing the top.
• Bake in 350ºF oven, until cake tester inserted into centre comes
out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 10
minutes. Transfer to a serving plate; remove paper.
• TIP: Look for all-purpose spelt flour in the bulk store, health food
stores or the natural food section of many grocery stores. Allpurpose spelt flour has a finer texture than whole or stoneground
flour, and it makes for better baked goods. OH
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