When award-winning Canadian chanteuse and songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk moved to Los Angeles more than a decade ago, she and husband Raine Maida of the alt rock band Our Lady Peace put down roots in a seven-bathroom, six-bedroom ranch-style house near Sunset Boulevard. After renovating to add a recording studio to the property and a nursery for the youngest of the couple's three boys, the Winnipeg native spends most of her time in the open-concept living/dining room, with its bookshelves, grand piano and view of the sycamores in the backyard: "It's magical," says Kreviazuk, who'll spreading some of her own magic during a symphony-backed cross-Canada tour that kicks off this weekend at Winnipeg's Centennial Concert Hall.
THE PIANO: "The piano came into my life when I first got an endorsement from Steinway, the great piano maker," Kreviazuk says. "I wrote most of Colour Moving and Still on it. Now my children are learning to play and, as they go over to that piano to practice, I watch their own unique interpretation of music unlock. It's so incredible."
THE PORTRAIT ON THE WALL: "Raine and I didn't have children in this photo. Our dear friend, the extremely talented photographer Raphael Mazzucco, took this one of us in New York City. To this day, it's my favourite photo of Raine and I."
THE FIREPLACE: "The fireplace was here when we arrived, but the grill was custom-made. I originally bought it for our Malibu home. It works perfectly here."
THE SOFAS: "They were also here when we arrived. They are antique sleigh couches; I loved them so much that I asked if they could be included in the sale."
THE FAMILY PHOTOS: "I am crazy for family photos and frames. I drive my husband crazy because I would frame constantly: I fall in love with every memory we capture on film. I try to create a balance between family and friends, current and past lives. There are photos of family outings, professional photos of family, candids of us going to buy our Christmas tree. There [is also]one that I adore of my cousin Brenda, who I lost 10 years ago. I look at it and cry, regularly."