February 2011 | Issue 62

The climes they are a-changing

Days are still shorter, and the weather is still frosty and my indoor plants look like they’re in dire need of sunlight. But signs of an early spring are in the air ­— at least in the Calgary Stampede grounds — where preparations are well underway for the 2011 Calgary Home + Garden Show running from February 24-27. 

I’ve always felt the show to be the harbinger of spring — not to mention of home design and lifestyle trends — and this year’s edition promises more of what you’ve always expected. We talk about the much-anticipated event in our Features section and chat with a number of special guests slated for this year’s show, including Jackie Morra of Home Décor Solutions. Aly Velji — our design stalwart and a regular at the show – also gives us a preview of design trends for the home we can expect in the coming months. Yellow it seems is the colour for 2011, he says.

We also mix things up a bit this month with our showcase features; this time, we shine the spotlight on two new show homes, and two community developments. Our cover feature talks about the two memorial parks in Currie Barracks that honours the Canadian armed forces contribution in World War II.  They are the latest in a series of parks and monuments that have sprung up in the former military base that has become Calgary’s hottest inner city property.

The Fontaine show home by Cedarglen in Panatella Estates in the northwest puts a new spin on the traditional design that makes it a more of a home for the whole family — no matter how big or extended that family is. While Coco Homes in Copperfield demonstrates what it can do with premium lots by the pond — and they have plenty — with their New Haven show home. 

United Communities’ Sage Hill is also featured, and this north-central community designed to make the most of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities is fast becoming a favourite among young families.

This month, we also feature ‘green’ design trends and what we can look forward to in creating a healthy lifestyle without making too much of an environmental footprint. 

So hang in there, Calgary, birds might not be chirping yet, but the end is in sight for winter.

Pepper Rodriguez


In This Issue

Living history

Living history

Parks enrich our lives – their serene beauty can be a calming presence in the…

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More to choose

More to choose

Ever since Coco Homes unveiled its stunning show home — the New Haven — in…

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Classic beauty

Classic beauty

The modernist home design has been the prevalent trend over the past couple of years,…

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Sage advice

Sage advice

Out by Calgary’s northwestern edge lies Sage Hill, a new community so scenic and strategically…

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