DIY project: Gold pendant light
• Pendant light
• Garbage bag
• Painter’s tape
• Gold spray paint
1 If it’s already assembled, dismantle the pendant light. You’ll have two separate pieces: the shade and the part that attaches the shade to the chain.
2 Cover the exterior of the shade with a garbage bag, and secure the bag to the edge of the shade’s lip using painter’s tape.
3 Cover the light’s cord and chain in painter’s tape.
4 Spray-paint the shade’s interior and outer lip gold; spray-paint the second piece gold.
5 Let dry, assemble and hang according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Powder-coated steel Hektar Pendant Light in Dark Gray, 19", IKEA, ikea.ca
Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint in Pure Gold, $11, The Home Depot, homedepot.ca.
You'll love this exquisitely sweet and patriotic pie.
This fall, end your Sunday nights with a delicious maple butter tart pie.
Go big or go home this fall. Try your hand at this divine recipe, which takes the nationally revered butter tart and makes it even better by turning it into a whole decadent pie, subtly flavoured with our next favourite thing, maple syrup. What does that mean for your final course of the day? As large a portion as you desire and more of that sugary, buttery filling in every single bite. Oh, Canada!
1 In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and lard, and pulse to a fine crumble.
2 Add the egg and water. Process the mixture to a loose, crumbly meal.
3 Work the pastry into a 1"-thick round disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into a ¼"-thick and 12"-round disc.
4 Roll the pastry around a rolling pin.
5 Unroll over a 9-½" springform pan.
6 Work the pastry into the edges of the pan, forming a loose, wavy crust. Chill for 10 minutes.
7 To blind bake the pastry shell, line the pastry with parchment paper and cover the bottom with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 350ºF; remove the parchment paper and pie weights.
8 To make the filling, whisk together the maple syrup, sugar, melted butter, eggs and vinegar in a bowl.
9 Pour the mixture into the baked shell and place the pie on a baking sheet.
10 Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour on the centre rack of the oven. The pie is done when the top is golden brown but the centre is still wobbly. Let cool before serving.
Serves 8 to 10.
Cozy living room with a subdued palette
This love story, starring a family and the house of their dreams, has a standing-ovation-worthy ending.
A shelving unit in the dining room is an attractive spot to showcase rustic and refined collectibles.
The Carrara marble fireplace surround enhances the dining room’s old-meets-new mix. A photograph of Paris, the homeowners’ favourite destination, hangs over the mantel.
Grey-painted Shaker-style cabinets and honed Carrara marble counters give the kitchen a French bistro vibe. “Taking the cabinetry right up to the ceiling honours the home’s vintage and provides extra storage,” says interior designer Tanja Hinder.
A sleek console blends in with the living room’s millwork.
Homeowner Linda Adrian and her standard poodle Cedric hang out in the living room.
“We added a pile of toss cushions to the dining room banquette to make it feel like a cozy reading nook,” says Linda.
A modern glass banister and hide rug keep the entryway, with its wainscotting and coffered ceiling, looking current.
Open to the kitchen, the living room has a subdued palette inspired by nearby Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver. Designer Carrie McCarthy brought in some key dark pieces to play against the space’s paleness. “I’m a big fan of contrast,” she says. “A mix of light and dark gives weight to a room.” Carrie also sourced contemporary furniture and lighting to offset the traditional architecture.
The serene master bedroom is a lesson in layering. Carrie draped a striped linen towel over a dated table to give it a new look. “It’s all about using what you have,” she says.
With an original stained-glass window making a statement, the new bathroom needed to be simple and neutral. Dark floor tiles with light grout add interest without becoming a focal point. Above the vanity, a round bevelled-edged mirror adds a soft contrast to all the straight lines in the space.
Designers Carrie McCarthy and Tanja Hinder reveal what they learned. Best advice “The more you know yourself and how you want to feel in your house, the more graceful the process and authentic the results.” Most worthwhile investment “Eliminating the ugly old fireplace surround and replacing it with a new marble version. It’s simple yet grand.” Best out-of-the-box idea “Flipping the living room and dining room dramatically improved the flow of the main floor.” Favourite budget find “The big-box sisal rug in the living room is a design staple.” Biggest regret “Not renovating the semi-basement at the same time to suit the rest of the house.”
Recipe: Moroccan sweet potato, red quinoa & chickpea salad with honey harissa dressing
A main course, Moroccan-inspired red quinoa salad made with a zesty Harissa (hot chili paste) dressing.
For honey harissa dressing
For the salad
1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the honey harissa dressing.
2 Toss 1⁄4 cup of the dressing with the sweet potatoes and spread out onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Toss another 2 tablespoons of the dressing with the chickpeas and spread out onto another parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place both baking sheets in the oven and roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.
3 In a small pot, bring the beluga lentils and 4 cups cold water to a simmer. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are tender. Drain, rinse and place in a large bowl, along with the roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
4 Meanwhile, in another small pot, bring the red quinoa and 4 cups water to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Drain the quinoa and let dry in the sieve for 2 minutes. Add to the sweet potato mixture.
5 Stir in the green onions, pumpkin seeds, pecans, mint and cranberries. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss gently to combine. Place the warm salad on a large serving platter and garnish with the fresh pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. Serve.