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Neighbour and Neighbour Woman, the locally founded Gastown boutiques popular for their minimalist aesthetic and impeccably curated lineup of contemporary mens- and womenswear, have a new addition to the family: Neigbour Objects (51 Powell St.), an, erm, object-focused space that’s at once bookstore, apothecary and swoon-worthy homewares shop.

Situated a couple of doors down from Neighbour Woman, the store doubles down on Neighbour’s fondness of well-made, offbeat curios, many of which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Vancouver: made-in-Oaxaca candles by New York designer Randi Mates that take the shape of tall, luscious bouquets; candy-coloured tumblers, each individually hand blown, from the Nagano-based Studio Prepa; and wheat-beer shampoos and Franconian-sausage hand soaps (yes, really) by Germany’s Tradition. There’s love for the local, too, with scallop-edged porcelain plates by designer Nathalee Paolinelli, and for the vintage, with one-off burl-wood storage boxes and curvy ’70s-era match strikers.

They’re all arranged beautifully in Objects’ open loft-like space, nestled among pared-down love seats, tables and moss-hued bamboo chairs—all also available for sale—from Green River Project LLC. (One-half of the New York–based duo hails from Victoria.) “The edict is ‘Something we would want to have in our own homes,’ ” Karyna Schultz, who co-runs the Neighbour shops with her husband, Saager Dilawri, says of the stock. “These are objects we’d want to keep ourselves.”

Objects is also home to seasonal pop-ups that spotlight established and emerging designers who are near and dear to the Neighbour DNA. Until the end of December, shoppers will find men’s patterned button-downs, T-shirts and quilted coats—many of them handcrafted from antique fabrics—by American designer and recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Emily Adams Bode. February will see an installation with Swedish fashion house Acne Studios; the Vancouver-based Kinda Sleepwear will set up shop in March.

“We’re interested in featuring the designers who we already carry,” explains Schultz, “and being able to go a little more in-depth with them or, if something exciting is happening [with them], then we can showcase that in a different way.”

Schultz wants the Objects space to play host to special launches, events and shows, too—helping it to become a permanent fixture in the neighbourhood. “It’s not strictly designer pop-ups,” she says. “We’re looking to do a multitude of things.”

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Christmas music is playing in every store you walk into, decorations have started to appear around the neighbourhood (or even the office!), and your social calendar for the month of December is filling up fast—there’s no denying it, the holiday season is upon us. Whether you’re hosting the entire family for a week, a cozy get together for a few friends or you just love the feel of the holidays, your home needs to look its festive best—regardless of how many people will see it.

Photo credit: West Elm
Instagram: @WestElmGranville

This season, we’ve asked the experts from all around South Granville (Vancouver’s ultimate home decor district) for their advice on the hottest holiday design trends, as well as tips and tricks for entertaining this year.

“We invite friends and family into our homes to celebrate the holiday and spend time together.  As the host, if you are running around trying to finish getting things ready, your guests feel uneasy and you end up missing your party,” says Kenny Edmonds, lead home stylist for West Elm Vancouver on Granville Street.

Edmonds has several great tips for this time of year, such as offering a signature cocktail (and a non-alcoholic version, too), remembering to dim the lights for an evening event, and making a holiday playlist to set the mood. “Create multiple food and drink stations,” Edmonds advises, “this encourages guests to move and mingle versus remaining stationary. Lastly, light a holiday candle. Our sense of smell is highly emotive and the holidays are all about feelings.”

Photo credit: Williams Sonoma

This year, we’re seeing traditional colours and patterns like “plaid, tartan and whimsical vintage patterns [with] inspiration from around the globe,” says the team at Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn. “Layering patterns with candle light and rich faux fur make any space feel special.”

But there are also some less traditional colour schemes you can play with, “blush pink and copper are gaining popularity. Mixing the two together offers a pretty yet warm look, and by adding white into the mix, you create a refined and elegant look. The two colours are seen in tree ornaments, decorative pillows, tabletop and barware,” says Edmonds. Clearly, red and green aren’t the only power players this year.

Photo credit: West Elm

While a dimmer switch can be a hostess’s best friend, there is more to creating great lighting than simply making a room darker. “Taking this one step further with decorative lighting throughout the table or mantle adds an extra touch of seasonal magic,” according to the Williams Sonoma team, while Edmonds prefers the elegance of candlelight. “Candles are an all-time favourite for me,” he says. “The beauty, glow and scent of a holiday candle can instantly evoke the feeling of the holidays.” Bonus: they also make a great gift for your hosts, so add a few extra candles to the shopping list.

Designing a gorgeous tablescape for the holidays is a wonderful way to make your home warm and inviting, while featuring all the delicious food and drink prepared for the occasion. “This is the West Coast, so an element of the outdoors is always a nice touch for a rustic look,” says Edmonds. “This can be done with wooden charges, napkin rings, place card holders, as well as wooden serving ware. Mixing and layering is key when setting a table and this can be done by using different coloured/textured dinnerware. A magnolia garland with copper votives dispersed to create the holiday glow is the final touch needed for a centerpiece.”

Another suggestion for making your table party central? “Tartan, plaid and traditional patterns mixed in with vintage glassware, handmade faux botanicals and mercury glass votives,” says Smith. “Our designers love this time of year to ensure that each sense of personal style can be created.” Ultimately, you don’t need to recreate exactly what you see in store. Find favourite pieces and use little festive touches like place card holders that match your theme, and your guests will feel warmly welcome.

Photo credit: Williams Sonoma

When it comes to holiday entertaining, planning for the unexpected is key. If you’ve got extra food and beverages, backup hosting gifts, and a spare place setting for cousin Carla’s new boyfriend she didn’t mention she was bringing, you’ll be able to enjoy your party alongside your guests. Andrea Bacci of Bacci’s At Home sums it up perfectly: “Follow the Boy Scout motto and always be prepared.”

With everything from gorgeous home decor and the perfect gifts, to fine food and drinks, South Granville is your go-to neighbourhood for everything this holiday season. Need more creative ideas to make your home holiday-ready? Check out Atkinson’s, Urban Barn, EQ3, Structube and more—all in one convenient neighbourhood.

Photo credit: West Elm
Instagram: @WestElmGranville

To learn more about South Granville and to find great gift ideas from the neighbourhood’s Holiday Gift Guide, visit southgranville.org.

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There’s a reason the holidays are called the most wonderful time of the year, it’s baking (and enjoying) shortbread cookies, turkey feasts and gingerbread with your dearest family and friends.

Yet with such high stakes (like say, the whole family is coming over at 4 p.m. for Christmas dinner), can come major disasters. “The holidays are when the phone lines start to light up,” explains Julie Hale, who is the general manager at Edmonds Appliances. After 21 years in the industry, she’s received more than her fair share of emergency calls about broken fridges and burnt turkeys. Read on for a few of the common kitchen appliance mistakes people make over the holidays and what you can do to avoid them—it just might save your Christmas!

Common Mistake #1 Baking Without Doing a Test Drive

Most of us have our favourite seasonal recipes that we make all the time, or that have been passed down for generations—we know them like the back of our hands! But when you get a new oven, Hale explains, it’s going to cook with more precision, has top-of-the-line temperature control, and the 12 minutes it used to take you to bake your go-to holiday cookies is going to be different. Compounding the issue, is the fact that people often get excited about their new, spacious ovens with room for four racks, and end up burning four dozen cookies at once. What you can do: Do a test run with three-to-five cookies on one pan and see how long they’re going to take you in your new oven.

Common Mistake #2 Changing the Fridge’s Water Filter at the Last Minute

Many new refrigerators have internal water and ice, with filters that need to be changed to keep things tasting fresh. It actually filters your fridge’s ice maker as well, so while you may not use your ice day in and day out, those cubes are needed for all those yummy Christmas cocktails.   With the holiday hubbub, this is an errand a lot of people forget to address until all the appliance stores have closed for Christmas. “You see the filter light is on, but during the holidays everyone is rushing around,” says Hale. “It’s an easy one to get lost in the mix.” What you can do: Take this warning now, and check to see if your water filter needs replacing. Pro tip: If you’re someone who doesn’t use your ice all the time, make sure you throw away your old ice. After a while ice starts to shrivel down and can take on a dry freezer taste if it’s been sitting in the freezer for a few months. And no one wants their G&T with a side of freezer burn.

Common Mistake #3 Cleaning the Oven

“Probably one of the most heartbreaking things we’ve had happen is the day before Christmas we’ll get a call and somebody’s old oven has decided to break down , and often it’s because a homeowner has gotten really zealous about preparing for Christmas and has put it through a thorough self-cleaning cycle ,” says Hale. If the oven is old and on its last legs, this harsh process can make it pack it in just when you need it most.  What you can do: If you have an old, temperamental oven, but you’re not ready to invest in a new one just yet, Hale’s advice is to refrain from running any self-cleaning cycles until after the holidays.  It’s a very long and aggressive cycle, especially for older ovens which use different cleaning technology. “We’ve actually delivered ranges the day of Christmas so they could cook a dinner for the holidays,” says Hale. “One year we actually had homeowners bring in a turkey, right into our showroom.”

Bonus After-the-Holidays Mistake #4 Not Reattaching Your Dishwasher Filter (Yes, It Has a Filter)

Over the holidays, a lot of people are off on vacation, and family members are around to help out with the cleaning who wouldn’t normally touch the dishwasher. To minimize the noise that dishwashers make, new dishwashers no longer have a built-in garburator, instead they have a filter in the bottom. So what happens is you take out a cherry pit or piece of corn from the filter and then users who aren’t used to the filter don’t turn the screw cap tight enough to lock the filter back in place, says Hale. Once you fire up the dishwasher, that cherry pit is now lodged in your dishwasher’s drain pump. What you can do: Make sure you check the filter is secured before running the dishwasher, and it might be a good idea to give all helpers a heads up on this too.

So, there you have it, Hale’s tips on common kitchen appliance mistakes people make over the holidays and how to avoid them. Hopefully this keeps you running without issue this Christmas, so that Hale (she’s like the Batman of kitchen appliance disasters!) has fewer holiday dinners to rescue this season.

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When CBC Radio’s Fred Lee and his husband, Joshua McVeity, shared their first Christmas together eight years ago, it was in a 495-square foot-condo—so tiny, there wasn’t room for a proper tree. “I had a President’s Choice twig Christmas tree with fake cranberries,” laughs Lee.

Guests of Lee and McVeity’s annual Baubles and Bubbles Christmas party are encouraged to bring either a bottle of bubbles—like Moët, or an Okanagan fave like Evolve or Joie—or an ornament for their tree. (Photo: Janis Nicolay) (Photo: Janis Nicolay)

But it didn’t stop them from entertaining friends. By their second Christmas together, they had launched their now-traditional Baubles and Bubbles party. Friends were encouraged to bring either a bottle of sparkling wine or a decoration for their newly acquired artificial tree. “Bubbles because we love sparkling wine, and baubles because we had no Christmas decor at the time—and it was a fun way to decorate.”

Some of the eclectic ornaments that decorate their tree include a Marilyn Monroe from a trip to Palm Springs and a few Disney-themed baubles. “People know Joshua loves Disney,” says Lee. (Photo: Janis Nicolay)

Lee would pick up a cheese plate, some sweets from Purdy’s and later, Chez Christophe, and friends would gather around the kitchen island—which, of course, was right by their new faux Christmas tree in the living room. Tight spaces made for warm and friendly nights.

In addition to the baubles they’ve received from friends over the years, Lee and McVeity add a Tiffany ornament to their collection each year—stored in the off-season in their classic blue boxes. (Photo: Janis Nicolay)

They’ve gathered many ornaments from close friends over the years and remember the giver of each thoughtful memento. (“Joshua has this unbelievable memory!” says Lee.) McVeity has a love of Disney characters, so Mickey and Cinderella find their way onto the tree, but so do the couple’s personal collections from their travels—a Marilyn Monroe they picked up in Palm Springs—along with a new bauble from Tiffany, added each holiday season.

“On our first date, Joshua opened my fridge and the only thing he saw was Champagne and wine,” laughs the now-married Fred Lee, pictured left with his husband, Joshua McVeity, and dog, Hunter, in their Kitsilano home. “We knew we were going to get along just fine.” On the mantel: fresh greens from the Flower Factory and matching stockings from Indigo. (Photo: Janis Nicolay) (Photo: Janis Nicolay)

The tradition has become so important to the pair that when, three months ago, they took a leap in square footage to this 1,500-square-foot triplex in Kitsilano, it was one of the first things they thought of. “We thought, ‘Now we can have more people at our Christmas celebration,’” says Lee, “‘and we could probably put in a second tree!’”

The tradition of serving a cheese plate from Les Amis du Fromage (bottom left) dates back to when the couple lived in less than 500 square feet. “There was no room for a Christmas spread—it was a cheese platter, and that was our party,” says Lee. (Photo: Janis Nicolay) (Photo: Janis Nicolay)

Of course, more room meant that they could also welcome one more into their life, in the form of their nine-month-old sheepadoodle, Hunter. He’s not a Champagne drinker, but one can assume there will be many a puppy-themed ornament on the tree this holiday season.

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Check out our kitchen-and-entertaining picks for indulging the gastronomes and home chefs on your list.

High Tea

$350 These limited-edition tea sets (with copper handles and walnut knobs) are a collaboration between Vancouver’s Hinterland Design and artist Genevieve Dionne. hinterlanddesign.com

Smoothie Stick

$50 Toss your big counter-hogging blender and buy a cheap and cheerful 2-speed Kitchenaid immersion blender with handy blender jar. It’s all you need. bestbuy.ca

Charcuterie Cutie

$150 Because forest to table is the new farm to table. Bowyer and Toulson craft their extra-long boards from fallen Vancouver trees. bowyerandtoulson.com

Locavore Read

$39 Recipes from the city’s top restaurants (Hawksworth, AnnaLena, Cioppino’s) in one gorgeous cookbook from Joanne Sasvari. amazon.ca

Matchy Cheese Set

$39.50 Nothing says adult like, “I got all my marble-handled copper cheese knives from one place.” chapters.indigo.ca

Keep Cup (Bartender Pick)

$26, “Not only does it help cut down on single-use coffee cups, it makes drinking coffee look good.” —Kaitlyn Stewart, Bar Manager, Royal Dinette keepcup.ca

Best Rub

$15 Half of our editors say this Charcoal rub is the best steak rub they’ve ever had in the history of steak rubs (the other two just haven’t tried it yet). sebastianandco.ca

Daily Grinders

FROM $120 These cast-iron Skeppshult grinders with walnut lids are designed in Denmark and made in Sweden, so what are you waiting for? walrushome.com

Pie Making 101

$150 Master double-butter crust pastry and make your own apple pear caramel praline pie in a class with Pie Hole founder Janell Parsons. thepiehole.com

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Tree Decor

From $10 Matte black and white paint swirls on handcrafted bone china so no two will be the same. cb2.com

Room Perfume

$75 A boon to any host’s arsenal—notes of rose petal and musk contained in a chic, UV-blocking black violet glass bottle from L’Objet. holtrenfrew.com

Luxe Linens

$660 One of our editors asked for a fabric sample and it arrived with a hand-written note—that’s our kind of bedding company (and they’re local!). Linen sheets made from flax spun in Italy and woven in Portugal. lastlightcollection.com

Designer Pick: Menu Bottle Grinders

$104.95, walrushome.com  “Everyone needs a salt and pepper shaker, so why not have one that is well designed? They look great, never get stuck and are easy to use, clean and refill. Plus, they come in lots of trendy colours.” —Jamie Deck, Shift Interiors

Magazine Holder

$700 Marble and steel working together to elevate the print stand into a work of art, from Menu’s Monuments collection. vanspecial.com

Smart Pot

$114 A chic two-piece stacking planter (with a separate saucer bottom) to keep plants and eyes happy. nouvellenouvelle.com

Home Scents

$58 The limited-edition West Coast soy pour from Vancouver Candle Company (hello, spruce, fir and oak moss) comes in a hand-blown glass vessel that will match any West Coast interior. vancouvercandleco.com

Designer Pick: Vitruvi Diffuser

$119, vitruvi.com  “2018 was the year of the diffuser for me. After having my baby, I wanted a home fragrance that was non-toxic and relaxing. I bought a Vitruvi diffuser and have used it almost every day since.” —Gillian Segal, Gillian Segal Design

Gravity Blanket

$279 This weighted blanket (topping the scales at 25 pounds) simulates being hugged or held, letting the lucky sleeper crash sooner and rest deeper. We’ll take two. chapters.indigo.ca

Smoky Glass Set

$245 Tom Dixon’s #trending smoked-glass Tank whisky decanter and glasses elevate any fireside entertaining. informinteriors.com

Snake Charmer

$415 Hang Blacksaw‘s Peyote reversible throw on the wall, or wrap it around you because it’s 100-percent baby alpaca wool—decisions, decisions. providehome.com

Designer Pick: Apple Watch Series 4

From $520, apple.ca  “The new Apple Watch is one of my faves this season. If the watch detects a fall, it can call 911; it can also watch for heart attacks, and you can monitor your heartbeat and send the PDF to your doctor on the spot.” —Jamie Banfield, Jamie Banfield Design

Tea Towels

$35 Kitchen ambiance gets a boost with these multi-tonal mountain-y Ish red patterned textiles from Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer. thelittlestfry.com

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From competitive cooking reality television to the proliferation of recipe blogs—not to mention the good, the bad and the ugly food photography being shared—getting busy in the kitchen is hotter than ever. If you’ve started cooking up a storm, you might want to up your game with some high-quality kitchen tools. Or maybe you have a few home cooks on your holiday shopping list who’d love some of the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. Either way, you’ll find everything you need in one of the best neighbourhoods in Vancouver, South Granville, which boasts a large concentration of home lifestyle shops. We’ve rounded up a few of the must-have (and the super cool) kitchen tools from some of the amazing chef-friendly retailers with a boutique located uptown, just south of the Granville Street bridge.

Ming Wo

Must Have: Escali Arti Bamboo Scale

At first glance, a kitchen scale might seem like an extravagant kitchen accessory, but it will make following recipes—especially those in imperial measurements—a breeze. The Escali Arti Scale from Ming Wo ($49.98) comes in this beautiful bamboo finish, as well as a slew of other colours, and can weigh up to 15 lbs (7 kg) in 0.1 oz (1 g) increments. Use any container to weigh liquid or dry ingredients by simply subtracting its weight beforehand.

Super Cool:

Ming Wo has a seemingly endless amount of cool home accessories, but one kitchen gadget we’re lusting after is the Bariner Mandolin Slicer ($40). This Japanese super slicer comes with three surprisingly sharp interchangeable blades for fine, medium, and coarse chopping options. Save time and fingers (use the finger guard, always!) with this home chef’s dream mandolin.

Ming Wo: 2707 Granville St., 604-737-7885

House of Knives

Must Have: Shun Classic 6” Chef’s Knife

If you’re going to make food, you need a good knife, no exceptions, and the House of Knives has got you covered. The lightweight, highly maneuverable Shun Classic 6” Chef’s Knife ($221) is a great place to start your collection. Its all-purpose blade makes it ideal for a wide variety of chopping tasks and its high performance VG-MAX steel blade will last a lifetime if its well cared for.

Super Cool: Shun Hinoki Cutting Board

A great knife deserves a great cutting board, and naturally, the House of Knives stocks some great choices. Complement your new knife with the Shun Hinoki Cutting Board ($86) made from Japanese cypress. This medium-soft wood helps preserve your knives and wetting it with water before use will help reduce staining.

House of Knives: 2655 Granville St., 604-737-3663

Le Creuset Must Have: Covered Saute Pan

If you’re not already coveting a Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware collection, you’re behind the times. These timeless quality cookware pieces come in a range of gorgeous colours, shapes and sizes and are even dishwasher safe (we’re as surprised as you are). The covered sauté pan ($350) is a must have for its versatility (sauté on the stove top, simmer covered or uncovered, or finish your dish in the oven), and its 3.5L capacity can handle any dish you’re cooking up.

Super Cool: Moroccan Tagine

One-pot dishes are a dream on a busy weeknight; delicious and low-maintenance, they allow all the elements of a dish to marry as they cook and they require minimal clean up. Enter the tagine: both a traditional Moroccan dish and the name of the earthenware pot in which it’s cooked and served, and Le Creuset has a gorgeous Moroccan Tagine ($280) to help you perfectly execute this versatile meal. Brown meat and vegetables in the cast-iron base on your stovetop and place the iconic cone-shaped lid on top to perfectly circulate heat and moisture throughout the dish.

Le Creuset: 2997 Granville St., 604-620-3915

Cook Culture Must Have: Vitamix A2300

From smoothies, sauces and soups, to homemade almond milk and more, a Vitamix A2300  ($699) is a top-of-the-line blender that can do just about anything you need. Not only is this high-powered appliance capable of pulverizing whatever you throw in there—no banana is too frozen for this allstar—but it has cool techy features, like a built-in wireless connectivity that allows the motor base to automatically adjust blending time for the container size chosen. Available in black, white, red or slate grey.

Super Cool: CDN Programmable Probe Thermometer and Timer

Cook Culture carries loads of cool cooking tools, like the Programmable Probe Thermometer and Timer ($56), which comes with six pre-programmed temperatures to ensure safe cooking temperatures whether you’re roasting, barbecuing, candy making and deep frying, but they can even teach you how to use all of your new gadgets and gizmos.

Cook Culture: 1548 West Broadway, 604-731-1148

Williams Sonoma Must Have: Citrus Press

Fresh lemon juice is an ingredient that works wonders in cooking, baking and cocktailing. Start juicing like a pro with a Citrus Press ($59.95) from Williams Sonoma. Made of stainless steel and silicone, this utensil has a measuring cup that twists onto the base to catch juice and easily pour it out again. Oranges, lemons and limes have met their match.

Super Cool:  Anova Precision Sous Vide Cooker

While this isn’t a must-have per se, the Anova Precision Sous Vide Cooker from Williams Sonoma is the height of cooking coolness. Once a well-kept secret of professional chefs, this method of low-temperature cooking can now be perfectly executed by home cooks easily and effectively. Simply attach the cooker to any pot, fill with water, and drop in your food sealed in plastic or a glass jar. Use the Anova app to find your cook time, as well as over 1,000 recipes, and hit start. You’ll never overcook a meal again.

Williams Sonoma: 2903 Granville St., 778-330-2581

Looking to grab all those tasty recipe ingredients to use with your new kitchen tools? Pop in to Meinhardt Fine Foods (3002 Granville St., 604-732-4405) to find high-quality gourmet items as well as everyday essentials, and lots of unique specialty ingredients for all of you culinary needs.

Visit and shop South Granville for the lifestyle you love. Find more gift ideas for the festive season at southgranville.org

Happy cooking!

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In terms of being anti-climatic, today’s weed legalization falls somewhere between Y2K and Season 2 of True Detective. Was this what it was like when Prohibition ended? A huge part of the problem is that there’s no newly opened establishment where Jane and John Q. Citizen can stroll into and celebrate this day by legally buying pot for no other reason than they want to get high. Sorry: there’s one, but it’s in Kamloops, a short 4.5 hours away over the Highway Thru Hell. Great.

Meanwhile, our friends in Alberta have gotten their game together. Perhaps it’s that they didn’t have the hundreds of grey area spots to mute the transition or perhaps it’s the Prairie work ethic, but when the not failing New York Times did their big story of Canadian legalization today, which establishment did they choose to feature? This kick-ass spot in Edmonton.

It’s called Fire & Flower, and while the above shot is from their downtown flagship location (where they  used “mixed woods, stonework and bursts of lush green plants to exude lively peacefulness” according to their website), they also opened three other locations today, with seven others soon to follow.

Wait, there’s more. Just scanning their website I came across this insane little tidbit: one of the directors of the company is Norm Inkster, a former commissioner of Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the former head of Interpol. I Googled him assuming it was a prank. It is not.

To be fair, B.C.’s lone store in Kamloops looks pretty dope as well (hah!):

But it’s 350 kilometres away. So hats off to you, YEG—round one of the Stoner Olympics goes to you.

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Coming home used to look a little different for fashion designer and philanthropist Treana Peake. “We had an 8,000-square-foot house with an infinity pool with doors that opened up wide. It was such a beautiful house, but it didn’t feel homey,” she explains.

She travels constantly for work (her clothing brand, Obakki, takes her to New York and Japan; her charity, the Obakki Foundation, takes her to Sudan to drill and monitor wells), and husband Ryan Peake is on the road regularly, too, touring in a little band called Nickelback, so having a home base that felt like home was critical. “I wanted a house where people didn’t need to take off their shoes and could come over with their dogs,” says Treana.

Two years ago, they found just that: in a quiet West Van neighbourhood, the couple and their two kids (aged 13 and 15) settled in to what Treana calls “just a little beach house.” She’s being modest—the bright-and-airy Craftsman home, with its panoramic views of Howe Sound, is hardly a shack—but there is a beautiful humbleness to this space. It eschews flash to let the cliffside locale do the talking, and the Peake parents have added personal touches inside in the same unfussy vein: a twin set of overstuffed Restoration Hardware sofas covered in slouchy linen; a bay window lined with a dozen cacti; built-in shelves brimming with well-thumbed cookbooks; personalized art projects gifted from Ryan to Treana tucked into the corner.

On a Sunday, you’ll find Treana in the kitchen all day, coaxing one of the kids into helping her with a tagine recipe (she’s an avid cook), or out in the fire-heated cedar Japanese bath she set up in the backyard. Ryan might be in his studio, the kids in their rec room upstairs. On warm summer nights, the family paddles around together in kayaks or dives into the ocean right off the rocks. Treana’s work raising money and building wells in Sudan through her foundation can be demanding—“it’s such a special place, but pretty challenging,” she says—so time spent in tranquility with family is particularly important. “Sometimes I have music, but usually I’m listening to geese and hawks and eagles. It’s so mindful,” says Treana. “This house makes you slow down and spend more time together.”

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As summer comes to an end and the days begin to get shorter, we find ourselves looking for light. Every room in one’s home has a specific function and purpose, neither of which can be fully realized without the right lighting solutions. From living and dining rooms, to bed and bathrooms, every space deserves to feel stylish and comfortable thanks in part to the perfect light fixture. Here are five bright ideas to get you started.

Living Room

Whether you’re snuggled up on the couch with a great book or entertaining friends and family, the living room is where you spend lengthy stretches of time, often long after the sun has gone down. A floor lamp offers gentle indirect light, perfect for reading or conversations with loved ones. It also acts as a complementary piece for the room, accenting the sofa, coffee table and wall art, and tying the room together.

Dining Room

While the meals you serve around the dining room table may or may not be photo-worthy, this room doesn’t require intense lighting. Instead, consider a beautiful pendant light or chandelier to act as a focal point and a conversation piece for new dinner guests to appreciate will they enjoy a great meal.

Bedroom

While you don’t necessarily have the lights on for the majority of the time you spend in this room, it does need to have comfortable, as well as flattering lighting. Consider a set of matching table lamps for either side of the bed to balance the room’s decor and offer variable amounts of light depending on whether you’re relaxing at the end of a long day, or attempting to choose the perfect outfit.

Bathroom

While it may seem unconventional, installing a dimmer switch in the bathroom is great way to vary the lighting in a room that typically only has two options: on or off. Turn the vanity lights all the way up when you’re styling your hair or dim them for a relaxing bath. Bonus: you won’t be bombarded with light first thing in the morning when your eyes are still adjusting to being awake.

Kitchen

Track lighting is a great option for the kitchen as one fixture will shed light on multiple points in the room while simultaneously providing three times the light of a single lamp. Keep the wattage high (even with energy efficient lighting products like compact fluorescent or LED bulbs) so that you can see exactly where your knife is going.

For all these and more gorgeous lighting solutions, visit multilighting.ca and chat with one of their knowledgeable consultants online today.

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