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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday. January 17, 1974 - THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD -17 Italian influence dominates home Makes cooking easy The kitchen shown above is unique in that the worktable in the centre acts, as a base for many electrical appliances. Shown below is a split-level bedroom, with sliding doors leading onto a balcony. Orange shag carpeting softens the room, giving it a living room appearamce. By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer It's easy to picture Villa Serena nestled beside the Mediterranean, with swaying waves, warm breezes. Easy, that is, until you walk out the front door and are hit by a north wind that rushes over a bald. Southern Alberta coulee bringing a chill factor of -40 degrees. The five-level Italian styled house, owned by Casey Vandenbrink, is built into the slope of the Lethbridge coulees with sliding doors leading outside from every room. The eight-member Vandenbrink family moved into the villa a year ago and has found only satisfaction with the modern decor. Openness and easy access to the outdoors provides the home with a maximum amount of natural lighting. "The only problem we've come across is the lack of wall-hanging space for pictures," says Mr. Vandenbrink. "Because of all the windows and sliding doors, we have to hang most of our pictures in the hallways," he said. Evelyn Vandenbrink finds the kitchen most interesting with a unique marble - topped work table in the centre. The table acts as a multi-purpose electrical unit, equipped to run appliances such as blenders, grinders and mix-masters. A ceramic tile mosaic gives a special look to the usual kitchen stove, with double ovens built into an adjacent wall. The living room is decorated with modern furniture in shades of orange mounted on dark wood bases, accentuating the dark grey natural slate fireplace. A regulation - size pool table highlights the game room, with its floor hand-laid of stone tile. The four bedrooms have three closets each. One bedroom is constructed on two levels, providing a living^room effect rather than a bedroom appearance. Mr. Vandenbrink's den resembles a library with book shelfs built to the ceiling on two walls. There are three different types of light fixtures, giving a number of lighting effects. The carpet is red and black design matching the dining room floor covering. An extraordinary feature in one of the three bathrooms is a bidet (a sanitary measure commonly found in Europe), emphasizing the Italian influence of the home. Mr. Vandenbrink refers to his home as "an electrical monster". The house is wired with an intercom system, including an AM-FM radio and record player at the master control. There are more than enough light fixtures in every room, plus 25 to 30 lights along the stone fence around the yard. "An electrical genius must have got into this place," said Mr. Vandenbrink. Florescent lights installed in the open beams give the living room a red, blue or white effect. Mr. and Mrs. Vandenbrink find their home comfortable and spacious. It is almost sound-proof, with insulation in the walls, above the ceilings and beneath the floors. And each room can be closed off from the rest. Mr. Vandenbrink plans to leave the landscape in its natural state, perhaps adding rocks to give a terraced look. Welcome to Villa Serena WALTER KERBER photos ALBERTA'S GREAT CHICKEN RECIPES Alberta's own chicken - the waste-free meat that's both nutritious and delicious! 8 No. OF A SERIES CHICKIN CURRY (Makes 4 to 6 servings) 1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli spears 2 cups diced cooked chicken  'A cup butter 3 tablespoons flour V� teaspoon pepper 1 cup chicken broth CASSIROLI 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk '/� teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoon curry