Western Living - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

Western Liv­ing has been around since 1971, but we’re a phoenix from the ashes of

Western Homes and Liv­ing mag­a­zine, which started in the mid-’50s. And we still have just about ev­ery is­sue of both pub­li­ca­tions in an archive room here at the of­fice. (Ev­ery once in a while, we be­come the grate­ful re­ceivers of a col­lec­tion that some­one’s loved one care­fully saved over the years, which helps re­plen­ish those copies that have yel­lowed over time.)

Th­ese back is­sues are a fas­ci­nat­ing dive through Western Canada’s de­sign his­tory. When­ever a ju­nior mem­ber of the team is tasked with find­ing a cer­tain ar­ti­cle at the re­quest of one of our read­ers, we in­evitably lose them in the archive room for the day, with the odd pop-up to show us some de­light they’ve dis­cov­ered—a fan­tas­tic sunken liv­ing room, an orig­i­nal Erick­son home, or a bed­room that car­ried the car­pet on up to the ceil­ing. (Not all dis­cov­er­ies are good dis­cov­er­ies.)

There was one sum­mer stu­dent who re­ally got into our vin­tage is­sues and started pub­lish­ing pho­tos of them on west­ern­liv­ As it turns out, one home she fell in love with has come back in the pages of this is­sue with a very 21st-cen­tury up­date. The Spi­ral House was first pub­lished in 1976, and when its cur­rent own­ers found the prop­erty, it had fallen into a state of dis­re­pair. But they so ap­pre­ci­ated its de­sign that they reached out to the orig­i­nal ar­chi­tect, Rol Field­walker, to see what he could do with it. And the rest is West

ern Liv­ing his­tory: you’ll see the beauty he cre­ated on page 42 (and its orig­i­nal it­er­a­tion at west­ern­liv­

I love hear­ing from read­ers who have dis­cov­ered that their own home once ap­peared in Western Liv­ing, and get­ting the chance to see mod­ern-day pho­tos of alumni homes from our mag­a­zine. If you’re one of those who’ve been lucky enough to cap­ture a lit­tle piece of the West’s de­sign his­tory, drop me a line.

Fol­low Anicka on In­sta­gram @ ANIQUA


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