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CONTENTS Fall 2013

6 EDITOR’S NOTE: Finding the right balance

> HOME

28 HIGH & LOW: Where

10 DESIGNER AT HOME: Wallpaper by design in a Wellington Village home

16 RENOVATION: Kitchen and bath renos to meet the needs of two families at different stages

22 STEP INSIDE:

Brian Tobin shares his support of May Court Hospice

26 CAPITAL COLOURS: To do or not to do it yourself? That is the question

to save and when to splurge in the bedroom

32 IN STYLE: The chic,

uptown condo of the ultra-stylish Erica Wark

54 END NOTE:

Using the end of the roll

> LIVING 37 GETAWAY: Adventures in eating, shopping, sleeping and playing at Mont-Tremblant.

41 NEW & NOTABLE: Paint

and décor trends worth taking note of

43 DANCING WITH THE

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44 LIVING MY WAY: A

passion for music nurtured for all the right reasons

47 GIVING BACK: Speaking

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> FOOD 48 DINING OUT: Finding

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51 FOOD THOUGHT:

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EDITOR’S NOTE ON TREND > MARY’S MUST-HAVES This fall, décor trends are leaning towards vibrancy, personality and functional style. Seems lofty, but retailers are armed with the products to bring these concepts into your home and fit with your budget.

COLOUR Vibrant shades of yellow, blue and orange are on the scene. Tone them down slightly to add personality to your walls. Sherwin-Williams’ Ceremonial Gold SW 6382, Raucous Orange SW 6883, and Capri SW 6788 are just the right shades.

OCCASIONAL LUXURY A modern twist on the classic Louis XV, Structube offers their LUXE chair for $79

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alance! Trying to find it can sometimes be a struggle in just about every aspect of life. I’m a Libra, which means I have a knack for balancing. And, although I’m not a big believer in astrology, I like to think I know how to find the equilibrium in life to make things work harmoniously around me. During my high school years, I basically regimented my eating habits around the strict Scarsdale Diet. With age comes wisdom, though, thankfully I discovered that the most balanced diets include indulging in the occasional treat. Today, we embrace this idea in our food section and hope you are ready to indulge in a dessert – or several – because we have found some of the best that the city has to offer. Paula Roy and Korey Kealey have each created something special for our readers, and you can find their delicious recipes inside on pages 51 and 52. As a decorator, my loathing for budgets is no secret. But, I have learned how to incorporate affordable décor into luxury looks so that a home can boast an upscale look without needing a mortgage foreclosure after the decorating project is complete! I share this expertise in our special High & Low section, which is part of our latest contest and joint venture with LaZ-Boy Furniture Galleries and CanEast Shows. The reveal of the High & Low feature room will take place at Ottawa’s Home & Design Show on Sept 27-29. So, plan to come out and attend one of my seminars on when to splurge and where to save on home décor. For more info, see page 28. With a high and low focus in our fall issue, you’ll find tips on many aspects of décor, food and style. We have taken all ages and stages into account – moving from the nursery to empty-nesting time – to incorporate standard cost-saving techniques along with luxurious influences. It’s all designed to ensure our readers are armed and ready to tackle the fall in the most stylish of ways, without breaking the bank! Features in this issue also include ideas on repurposing and lavish spending where it counts. This helps to tip the scales in just the right direction to find a balance between timeless and trendy to thrifty and extravagant, for success in your next home décor project. Relish the harmony,

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or designer Tatiana Mandel, it was her vast travel experiences that inspired the start of her business, Actual Design & Décor, a handmade wallpaper and custom murals company. The Russian-born graphic designer holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Russia and graduated from Algonquin College’s graphic design program. As an active member of ArtElit, Tatiana maintains ties in Europe, she participates in cultural events in several European countries and works with clients throughout North America. 10 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2013

With décor trends transitioning from more impersonal sleek spaces to vibrant personality-filled rooms, the notion of custom-created wallpaper is brilliant. Clients get a personal touch with a work of art that breathes life into a space as well as offering high style. The passionate artist explains that there is an intimacy to the work she does for her clients. “Each piece I create is a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted or handmade treasure in which I leave a little bit of my soul – thus distinguishing it from machine-made replicas.” Continues on page 12


“Wallpaper can act as a background to wall art and can also stand on its own, depending on the overall design desired.” — TATIANA MANDEL A TOUCH OF EUROPE FACING PAGE: ARCHITECTURAL COLUMNS AND GLASS COLLECTIONS ARE AT HOME IN THE KITCHEN WITH EUROPEAN INFLUENCES. PENDANT LIGHTS FROM MARCHAND ELECTRICAL, GLAMOUR. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: TATIANA AT WORK IN HER DINING ROOM STUDIO; CUSTOM MURAL; A LEOPARD CHAIR IN THE FOYER ADDS SUBTLE STYLE; NINE-YEAR-OLD RACHEL’S ENCHANTING BEDROOM; A FARM SINK FITS IN WITH THE GOURMET KITCHEN.

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Tatiana’s home in the Island Park area is a tribute to her roots and creative passions. The dining room is an elegant entertaining space that converts easily into her work area to function as an office and teaching studio. To instantly showcase her talents, Tatiana hand-painted the walls with an enchanting mural of trees, birds and flowers. The gourmet kitchen, which was designed by Tatiana and installed by Binette Custom Design & Construction, continues the theme of European inspirations found throughout the house. A Bertazzoni stove was a necessary luxury for the gourmet cook. The traditional home is the perfect backdrop for her artistic touches and collections. Whimsy works beautifully with the architectural detailing in each room, which is shown in her daughter Rachel’s room where Tatiana used a pink backdrop to create a fanciful dream space for a nine-year-old girl. In contrast to the lively style in other rooms, the master ensuite provides a serene and elegant retreat to offer the artist a quiet, restful environment at the end of the day. Contact: actdesigndecor@gmail.com

Tatiana’s tips > ONE-OF-A-KIND WALLPAPER SEEMS LIKE A LUXURY ITEM, BUT IT HAS A PRACTICAL SIDE. UNDER NORMAL USAGE, A GOODQUALITY WALL COVERING WILL MAINTAIN ITS ORIGINAL BEAUTY FOR UP TO 15 YEARS, WHILE PAINT NEEDS REFRESHING EVERY THREE TO FIVE. AND THERE IS NO DENYING THE DRAMATIC TRANSFORMATION A DRAB ROOM CAN TAKE ON WHEN PAPERED IN A CUSTOM CREATION. > WALLPAPER CAN CHANGE THE VISUAL APPEARANCE OF ANY ROOM IN MANY WAYS. IT CAN BE USED AS AN ACCENT WALL IN THE BEDROOM, LIVING ROOM OR AS COMPLETE WALL COVERINGS IN FOYERS, POWDER ROOMS, DINING ROOMS AND THE STUDY. > “WALLPAPER CAN ACT AS A BACKGROUND TO WALL ART AND CAN ALSO STAND ON ITS OWN, DEPENDING ON THE OVERALL DESIGN DESIRED,” DECLARES THE EXPERT WHO PREDICTS BIG BLASTS OF COLOUR AND PATTERN COMING FOR 2014. 12 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2013

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wo lovely, but very different, Ottawa homes have recently transformed major living spaces. One is a yummy kitchen in an open-concept rural bungalow and the other is a chic bathroom in a century-old urban home. Both places have undergone extensive renovations over the years by their longtime owners who are at opposite ends of the family spectrum, but share the same desire to modify their homes to evolve with changing lifestyles.

> MODERNIZING FOR STYLISH ADULT LIVING IN THE CITY Twenty years ago, Bente and Andrew McAlister bought their beloved house in the Glebe, which was built alongside the Rideau Canal in 1911. In between various diplomatic postings, during which Andrew served as head of Canadian missions in Thailand and Tanzania, they raised two sons in the home. Now they have it all to themselves – well, almost! With a constant string of houseguests and a grown-up son back at home for postgrad study, the McAlisters need highfunctioning spaces. After retiring from diplomatic life, the couple considered moving to something newer and smaller, but they adored their home’s character, the location and neighbourhood. “So, instead of packing up every three years to move on postings, I renovate,”

“It would make an interior designer scream, but I just put things together that we like and that tell a story about our family and our lives.” — BENTE MCALISTER

laughs Bente. The three-storey house is deceptively huge. Guests are selfcontained on the third level with bedrooms, a living area and a fully renovated bathroom. A large master bedroom and the brand-new main bathroom – plus a spare bedroom, office and separate den with a nook that overlooks the canal – are all on the second floor. More than two years ago, the kitchen was extended and renovated with Scandinavian influences that reflect Bente’s Danish roots.

She designed the wideopen modernistic space herself. It features smooth cherry wood cabinets, wide-plank hardwood flooring and a family room addition with high-sloping ceiling, skylights and a sleek Nordic-style wooden beam. Space was also created just off the kitchen forming a stylish powder room to provide facilities on the main level for the first time. The original butler’s kitchen between the kitchen and dining room was remodelled as a buffet cabinet for

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serving drinks and dishes. In the formal dining room, an antique lighting fixture from the same age period as the house hangs over the table. It was found in a local store and complements the home’s distinctive architectural elements. Exotic treasures are highlighted in every room and add to the unique aspects of the home. An arrangement of Tinga Tinga artwork from Tanzania and intricately carved African wood shutters are displayed alongside antiques and Danish art deco-styled furniture. Bente admits she had no plan in terms of decorating and furnishing her home.

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COLLECTIONS ABOVE: BLUE URNS FROM THAILAND IN THE DINING ROOM.

BATHING BEAUTY RIGHT AND BELOW: WHITE, WITH HINTS OF BLACK, CREATES ELEGANCE IN THE MAIN BATH, WHICH WAS RENOVATED TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF FUNCTION AND LUXURY.

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“It would make an interior designer scream, but I just put things together that we like and that tell a story about our family and our lives.”

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As the latest in a long line of reno projects, the very cool and contemporary bathroom was completed with professional design help from Irene Langlois Interiors. She used every nook and cranny to create clever cabinet storage, a makeup vanity and space for a customized walk-in shower, as well as a stand-alone tub under the window. The shower, walls and floor are all finished in giant-sized white marble tiles with grey/black accents. Counters and surfaces are covered in quartz stone, and radiant heat flooring adds even more comfort to the elegant makeover. The home is a wonderful blend of different worlds and eras. The renovations have modernized a 100-year-old house to cater to adult living in high style. “Now we are finished,” promises Bente. “It’s time to just enjoy our home.”

> A COUNTRY KITCHEN GROWS INTO A FAMILYCOMMAND CENTRE A big new kitchen is a top priority for any busy mother with a young family. It’s especially so for Candace Derickx, who is also a popular mommy blogger, a family food and travel writer and a self-described recovering housewife. After waiting 12 years to create her dream space in a pretty bungalow in the village of Navan, Candace finally has plenty of room to work and gather inspiration for her “Life in Pleasantville” blog. Moving from their family home was never an option for the Derickx family, as Candace and husband Bill love their country life. So the home had to grow with them, a teenage son and two daughters, aged eight and 10. First, they tore down a wall between the kitchen and family room to more than double the space. “We lived like that for about 15 months because we honestly didn’t know what to do with it,” confesses Candace, who adds that numerous FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 19


COMMAND CENTRAL THIS PAGE: THE OVERSIZED ISLAND IS THE CENTRAL MEETING AREA FOR FAMILY TIME. FACING PAGE: A HARVEST TABLE IN THE OPENCONCEPT DINING AREA IS A PERFECT SPOT FOR AVA (LEFT) AND MORGAN TO GET HOMEWORK DONE.

“My kids were notorious for going to the basement to get a freezie and not closing the freezer lid properly. I would literally wake up in the middle of the night to go check on the freezer – it drove me crazy!” — CANDACE DERICKX

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consultations followed until they found Anita Denny Designs. “She realized that we were not afraid of big changes in the room and we took our time to think about using the space from every angle.” With the freedom to be creative, Anita enlarged a bay window area to give better views of the backyard and pool, and designed a massive 10-by-five-foot island. Housing a sink, gas cook-top, dishwasher, tons of cabinets and a substantial sit-up counter, Candace calls the island “command central” for family time, meals and entertaining. White Shaker-style cabinets with a built-in pantry provide abundant storage space, and easyclean ceramic floor tiles were specifically chosen to deal with the dirty wet feet of kids and dogs.

Candace particularly likes her two wall ovens, along with a new separate bar and buffet unit. Conveniently close to the dishwasher, a lower cabinet with a pullout drawer for storing everyday dishes makes it easier for the girls to reach and help out. There were only two things in the well organized, familyfriendly kitchen that Candace insisted on. After researching countertop materials, she wanted non-porous, anti-bacterial soapstone for her island. The dark, smooth surface is not only softer than granite, but is also burn and stain-proof with easy removal of scratches. The restaurantsized, Professional Series fridge/freezer by Frigidaire was also a must-have to relieve frayed maternal nerves. “My kids were notorious for going

to the basement to get a freezie and not closing the freezer lid properly,” explains Candace. “I would literally wake up in the middle of the night to go check on the freezer – it drove me crazy!” With the installation of a six-foot-wide, side-by-side fridge/ freezer in the kitchen, her nightmares about melting freezers and spoiled food are over. Not only does it hold everything she needs, but items are easier to see and navigate on the narrower interior shelves – and an alarm activates when the doors are left open. Phew! Now Candace can relax in her perfectly planned kitchen in an openconcept space that allows a free flow of kids, dogs and natural light. She’s in control at command central and that makes her happy place in Pleasantville even better.

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his year, the Hon. Brian Tobin, P.C., O.C. is the honorary Chair of the 11th annual Homes for the Holidays tour. He hopes to increase awareness of the importance of palliative care and help raise additional funds for more beds at the May Court Hospice, which is now known as Hospice Care Ottawa. The popular tour supports this valued facility in Old Ottawa South, which offers free specialized care for those with a terminal illness. Personal experience with care at the hospice is the motivator, as Brian’s beloved older brother Terry had inoperable brain cancer and lived there for four months. Impressed by the compassion and support the entire family received, he praises the unheralded volunteers who provide counsel, comfort and consoling to residents and their families. Visiting Terry, he was inspired by those who live with illness and pain, while maintaining their dignity and happiness as fully and joyfully as they can. The experience changed his outlook to living in the moment and relishing time with family, friends and loved ones. During his 22 years of political accomplishments in a country he calls the greatest in the world, his tenacity and diplomacy earned him the nickname of Captain Canada. Currently working within the private sector, he is the new vice-chair of BMO Capital Markets in Toronto. For muchneeded down time, he relaxes with his wife Jodean and their three children Heather, Adam and Jack at the family retreat on the Rideau River.

WHAT PART OF THE TOUR ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? Visiting the holiday-themed, beautifully decorated homes with the media and other representatives of the May Court Hospice – and seeing first-hand how all the hard work of the volunteers has paid off.

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calming environment was home for Terry, our family and visiting friends. We could direct our destinies there – prepare food in the kitchen, bring him outside on the balcony, in the garden, give him a party and remember stories that made everybody laugh – especially Terry. AS HONORARY CHAIR WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE TOUR? This is a cause close to my heart and I am looking forward to the media event launch on Oct. 7. I want to talk to people to make them aware that this facility provides extraordinary care to patients and their families at such an important stage of their life.


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HOME Capital Colours

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anadians are decorating obsessed! We pore over home and garden magazines, watch hours of DIY television, and relentlessly search the Internet for the best price on everything from the right pendant light, towel rack or bathroom faucet – all in an attempt to make our homes an oasis of comfort and style.

Of course, this fetish comes with a price. But a little insider knowledge can help put some costs in perspective. Whether you are going the do-ityourself route or hiring 26 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2013

a professional, there are ways to keep costs down. And one of the quickest ways to update your décor is by painting. You can take that a step further and add wallpaper or maybe a

custom wall mural. The following projects will help you understand where costs are incurred at the high end, as well as offering a few tricks of the trade to send you on the way to DIY success.

> PAINTING EXPECTATIONS HIGH Hiring a professional painter (using a standard 10-by-10-foot room as a guide), will typically take around 12 hours at a cost

of $35 per hour. Add three gallons of paint at about $65 each and you’re looking at a job cost of at least $615. The additional cost of hiring a decorative painter to add a mural or faux accent wall will add another $400 - $600 to your bill!

LOW Want to save $1,000? Take on the job yourself and instead of hiring a decorative painter, purchase a peel-and-stick-on wall mural – there are plenty to choose from online. A nice


one will cost anywhere from $50 to $250 and not only applies easily, but and can be removed later without damaging your walls. BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE OTTAWA REGIONAL CANCER FOUNDATION

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HIGH Wallpaper has dramatic price variances. The cost of paper ranges from $30 per roll from your local hardware store, to more than $200 a roll for luxury papers on special order. A professional paper hanger usually charges about $65 per double roll, and the installation of grasscloth or vinyl panels will cost approximately $80. So, using a special-order paper with installation can cost between $2,000 and $3,000 for a 10-by-10-foot room. While this price seems high, keep in mind that hanging paper is a craft and not recommended as a DIY project. Getting wallpaper done right will pay off in the end.

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STEP ONE: Start by painting walls in a pleasing tone using a washable flat paint. STEP TWO: Using a chalk line to measure out 30 cm spaces, drop your line from ceiling to floor and repeat each 30 cm. STEP THREE: Using ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape, attach the tape next to the chalk line, then wipe off the chalk. Leave the straight tape lines on from floor to ceiling. STEP FOUR: Apply a clear latex glaze in even strokes over your walls, let dry. STEP FIVE: Remove the tape. RESULT: The eggshell shine in the glaze set against the flat paint creates the depth and elegance of a tone-on-tone appearance of good wallpaper – and at a fraction of the cost. You can expect to pay $200 for the total job, including the price of paint, blue tape and glaze. See page 28 for painted wall finish.

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he bedroom is a sanctuary; a place to express personality and make you feel completely at home. Decorating this space can be a challenge for designers who are tasked with making the most personal room in the home a refuge. Whether it’s the challenge of creating a nursery, a teenager’s retreat or the master suite, finding the right balance is difficult. Creating an appealing space has to be juggled with figuring out which areas to splurge on and where to implement cost-cutting techniques.

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Imagine the guilt of a poorly decorated nursery – it might make both mother and baby cry! Interior decorator Maureen Coates of MODECOR Inspired interiors had the daunting job of creating a nursery for her grandson. The clever designer was conscious of budget, yet wanted her first grandchild to sleep in a room fit for a prince – as he does share his birth year with royalty! First she started with a gender-neutral colour scheme, which is a cost-effective approach to reusable space. The addition of elements that

create an opportunity for parents and baby to interact during changing, feeding and playtime was a crucial aspect of the décor. “I think a nursery should have certain elements of stimulation,” says Maureen of the jungleinspired décor. “We talk to our babies when changing their diapers and rocking or reading. I love that this room will have animals, numbers, letters, books, family pictures.” Repurposing is an excellent way to save money. In this nursery, a wicker storage bench became a toy box by painting it in a colour to co-ordinate with fabric in the room. A gliding chair in neutral upholstery will transition easily to another room once the baby no longer needs rocking to sleep. Horizontal stripes were painted on the walls, while keeping the

room’s original base coat, to save the cost of repainting the room. The splurging went into high-end roman blinds with a blackout shade, and sturdy, good-quality furniture. However, the more expensive furniture was also cost-effective, as the crib converts to a junior bed and eventually into a double bed, and the dresser will readily move up from the nursery to a teenager’s room.

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When it came time for 16-year-old Lauren to redo her youthful bedroom, she and her mom decided to tackle the project together and save the expense of a designer’s touch. The two did their research first and shopped with a good idea of what they wanted. Having worked out the concept ahead of time, they were able to work together to create


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a grown-up room for Lauren that could easily become a guest room when Lauren leaves the nest. A sophisticated colour scheme, with some hints of purple, was the perfect compromise for a room that needed to work as grown-up space fit for a young woman. Splurges came in the way of high-end window treatments from Elite Draperies & Home Decorating, with luxury bedding from Suite Dreams Home Emporium. Costcutting techniques included several trips to HomeSense to find just the right headboard and scouring the city for quality, yet budget-friendly, pieces, including a LUXE chair for Lauren’s desk, from Structube, see page nine.

Save and Splurge in the Bedroom START WITH A NEUTRAL COLOUR SCHEME REPURPOSE FURNITURE TO SUIT STAGES SPLURGE ON BEDDING AND WINDOW TREATMENTS MIX AND MATCH STYLES SAVE ON STYLEINSPIRED PIECES THAT DON’T GET MUCH USE The result is glamour meets practical, so that the room doesn’t need redoing in a few years.

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Generally, the master suite is the most challenging room to decorate. The multifunctional space

is commonly shared by two people, which can mean incorporating two different decorating styles. So it’s important to find a design that appeals to both inhabitants. Start by deciding on a colour scheme, then move to furniture style. Luckily, today’s trends incorporate both vintage and contemporary styles within one space, so adding treasured antique pieces will work beautifully in the master bedroom. Antique bedside tables paired with a modern headboard are a perfect compromise, or vice versa. Choosing the master suite is the final stage of bedroom décor. It’s

definitely a space to indulge and well worth the money, but not all areas of the room need to be high- end. Little-used pieces such as a chaise or occasional chair, which offer style without high function, don’t need to be expensive. The bed, linens and window treatments should be splurge items as these will likely be around for a while and must stand the test of time. But if you like the idea of change, consider summer and winter bedding with coordinating duvet covers that match the room, yet offer changing looks with the seasons. A compromise may come in the way of feminine bedding for summer and masculine for winter. FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 29


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HOME InStyle “Style is uniquely transcendent. From fashion to home décor, it’s not about the pieces themselves, but the way it’s put together.” — ERICA WARK

BRINGING WORK HOME THIS PAGE: THE DEN SERVES AS ERICA’S HOME OFFICE FACING PAGE: A GLASS OF WINE AT THE END OF THE DAY IS A GREAT WAY FOR THE BUSY COUPLE TO RECONNECT; COREY’S EXPERTISE HELPED TO STRIKE A BALANCE OF UPGRADES AND STANDARD FINISHES IN THE SLICK LAURYSEN KITCHEN.

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s a former model turned fashion journalist and stylist, Erica Wark knows what looks good. And the Erica Wark brand is proof of her success. Two years ago, she decided to pursue her passion for fashion, quit her day job and focus on her own business. And she hasn’t looked back! In addition to being the fashion expert regularly featured on the daytime talk show Steven and Chris, and becoming the face of St. Laurent Centre, Erica is now being recognized nationwide as a fashion contributor for ET Canada.

Erica’s stylish touch has made an impact on the décor of the new condo she shares with longtime boyfriend, Corey Laurysen. The pair met and grew up in Carp and infused some rustic charm from their roots into the slick downtown condo. Their home serves as Erica’s office, so hints of fashion are found throughout, with the terrace serving as a go-to spot for photo shoots, as well as rolling racks at the ready to showcase the latest fashions. The couple, who have been together for over 12 years, both

had their roles when it came to decorating their new condo. Erica is quick to point out that although they had equal input on the design of their new home, they each have their own strengths. Corey works in his family’s business, Laurysen Kitchens, and was hands-on in the structural aspects of the design, while Erica took the lead in the decorating and styling. However, they worked together to make sure that every decision had an outcome on which they could both agree on. Even though Corey’s strengths are in the details FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 33


STYLE LUXURIES THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: THE COUPLE SPLURGED ON HIGH-END LINENS FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM, FROM SUITE DREAMS HOME EMPORIUM, WITH BIRCHES WALLPAPER FROM RANDALLS; A READY-TO-WEAR RACHEL SIN DRESS HANGS ON THE CUSTOM CLOSET DOOR; PLENTY OF SHOE SHELVING WAS A MUST-HAVE FOR ERICA.

STYLE TIPS — ERICA 1. GREY: JUST LIKE IN FASHION STYLING, IT’S A GREAT BASIC FROM WHICH TO WORK. 2. METALLIC ACCENTS: FUN ACCENTS IN SILVER, PEWTER OR METALLICS ARE VERY SEXY AND ERICA PREDICTS THEY WILL BE A BIG TREND FOR FALL. 3. FAUX FUR: THROWS, CUSHIONS AND BLANKETS ADD STYLE AND COMFORT AND ARE EASY ON THE BUDGET. 4. FLOWERS AND GREENERY: THE KEY TO A REALISTIC-LOOKING FAUX FLORAL ARRANGEMENT IS TO KEEP COLOURS NEUTRAL AND BRING IN LOTS OF GREENERY. OR BUY PLANTERS THAT WILL LAST LONGER THAN CUT FLOWERS. 5. JEWELRY: DISPLAYING JEWELRY IS FUN AND CHIC – LOOK FOR A CLEAR JEWELRY CASE. ERICA ORDERED ONE ONLINE FROM POTTERY BARN AND SET IT ON A TABLE FOR PEOPLE TO ADMIRE. 34 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2013

and design, he understands the importance of colour and the value of classic design versus fads. Erica made sure that Corey was involved in choosing everything for their new home, from the paint colour to the wallpaper to the bedding, to ensure that the space was equally theirs. This is a key element to their home. Along with Erica’s brother Tom, Corey constructed three custom closets for the couple with one set in the front hall and his and hers closets for the


master bedroom. Mixing materials such as glass, wood and fabrics, including leather and suede, helped Erica to incorporate her personal style into their living space and create the “rustic meets urban” feel that they were after. “I really mixed and matched a lot,” says the fashionista. “We ended up doing beautiful birch tree wallpaper as the accent wall behind the bed in the bedroom. I really wanted to bring an element of where I grew up so you really see accents of the rustic feel in our home.” As an expert who knows when to splurge and where to save, Erica employed these tactics in designing their home. They invested in key furniture pieces and then added more affordable accents. Staying on top of trends helped the duo to create a stylish interior that will take them to the next stage of life. Corey utilized his insider knowledge of kitchen and bath design, while Erica relied on her style expertise - and their look is a tribute to their talents.

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PLACE DE LA GARE EXPOSITION A permanent cityowned gallery where artists work on-site and show and sell their work. Local artist Michel Normandeau, pictured here, paints within the spirit of the moment to capture nature in its true form. 1886 chemin du Village

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JACOBSONS A gourmet lover’s paradise, Jacobsons is a food shop that caters to fine tastes in everything from cookware to cheese. Find decadent desserts and takeout frozen meals along with gift items. 764 rue St Jovite, St-Jovite QC

sEb L’ARTISANAL CULINAIRE This award-winning restaurant is a dining experience for guests looking for a “culinary journey” that takes them away from the ordinary. Local seasonal food prepared in an artisanal fashion makes this a unique and worthwhile dining spot. 444 rue St-Georges, St. Jovite

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Rustic sophistication is the feel for this full-service design boutique in the old village. Find carpets, original artwork, upscale furnishings and unique accessories in the front and on the second floor, while a full design service is run out of the back. 2052 chemin du Village.


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Even in 1891, our founders thought a great round of golf shouldn’t take all day.

Located just 10 minutes from downtown Ottawa, The Royal offers members the option of playing the historic 18-hole Championship course in four hours, or the full-sized Royal Nine in about two—leaving them ample time to spend with friends and family before carrying on with their day. If you’re looking for considerably more from your golf experience, join the Club. Start the conversation by contacting membership@rogc.com or visit www.rogc.com/new

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HOMES New & Notable

What’s new ON TREND FOR FALL

From colour to painting techniques and shopping solutions, we target what’s on trend for fall. Stay on top of what’s new on the local home, food and living scene. Know about something new & notable? Contact us: editor@ottawaathome.ca. WRITTEN BY SANDY CONNELL

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Malenka Originals, located in Britannia Village, can help transform furniture into contemporary, beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces. Owner and operator Katrina Barclay, a do-it-yourself mom with a passion for refinishing furniture, offers workshops on techniques for painting furniture. Attendees spend a day with Katrina working to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece and leave with a huge sense of accomplishment! Learn how to work with Chalk Paint and Milk Paint. Finishing hobbyists will appreciate that no stripping, sanding or priming is required, as Chalk Paint will bond to almost any surface, including varnishes and lacquers. Workshop schedules and booking are available online at malenkaoriginals.com.

Beaver Canoe, part of the Roots Canada family, offers a new collection of home and apparel items that can be found in Target stores. Not surprisingly, the apparel and home décor collections are inspired by the Canadian outdoors, specifically Algonquin Park. The fall collection offers a mix of rustic and modern, so that a cozy cottage vibe can be felt year-round. The new Beaver Canoe home collection incorporates a balance of style and purpose, combining chic home décor items with functionality at an affordable price. It is made up of more than 65 pieces, including furniture, pillows, lighting, frames, vases and candles with prices that range from $7.99 - $99.99. Look for Beaver Canoe at Target stores opening in Ottawa in late fall.

COLOUR AND COFFEE

Making a bigger commitment to servicing retail customers, Sherwin-Williams has opened its newest Ottawa location. The new store offers a comfortable shopping environment, including a colour selections area with a coffee bar. Savvy staff is on hand to help make home décor selections from a wide range of products. The Bank Street store offers Sherwin-Williams’ latest products, such as enhanced Harmony Paint and Emerald Paint, as well as a broad selection of wallpaper and painting supplies. For those customers who would prefer to get the work done by someone else, the “Need A Pro” Wallboard offers recommendations for painting contractors, wallpaper professionals and designers. Find this store at 1440 Bank St. in Ottawa. FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 41


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LIVING Events

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The third annual Dancing with Easter Seals Stars, presented by Tamarack Homes, takes place Friday, Oct. 25, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Co- Hosted by Mary Taggart and Kurt Stoodley, the local star-studded night is all glitz, glam and entertainment.

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Cub Carson is a 15-year Ottawa radio veteran and an active supporter of various Ottawa charities, including CHEO, The Bell Walk So Kids Can Talk & the Ottawa Humane Society. What is your first memory of dancing? When I was about 3, I used to grab a little toy guitar and dance along to the songs on the old Irish Rovers TV show. What is your most embarrassing dancing moment? There is a tradition in family weddings where, if the younger child gets married first, the oldest, unmarried sibling has to dance in front of everyone in homemade knee-high socks, festooned with feathers and bells. Right in the middle of Rod Stewart’s Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, in front of about 250 people, I tried a grand flourish and ended up landing right on my buttocks.

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Music Director at MAJIC 100, and behind the microphone weekday afternoons from 3-7 pm. What is your first memory of dancing? Going to the local community centre with my mom to sign up for ballet classes. I remember seeing the stage with all the chairs piled up and starting to cry. I grabbed on to my mom’s leg and said “no” because I was too scared to do it. I’m finally ready, after almost three decades! What is your favourite song to dance to? Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO.

JEFF HOPPER

Host on CTV Morning Live, Jeff is an active outdoorsman who keeps his eye on the sky as CTV’s Weather Specialist. What is your first or best memory of dancing? or Best dancing memory? My favourite memory of dancing is the first dance with my wife Louise at our wedding. We were both pouring with sweat our wedding was in Barbados. Even though we were beyond overheated, we both had a blast dancing together. What is your most embarrassing dancing moment? My most embarrassing dancing memory is trying to do a dip with a girl in Grade 8 and dropping her.

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LIANNE LAING

Co-host of CTV Morning Live, Lianne is an avid supporter of local charities. The mother of two is passionate about healthy living — which includes a glass of wine and a long bath! What is your first memory of dancing? Dancing as a clown with my best friend at the age of five in a recital. We forgot the dance! We looked ridiculous and you could hear our parents hysterically laughing. What is your favourite song to dance to? I love to move and I need a great tempo to get me going. Put on a Top 40 dance mix and I can go for a while. As soon as the music turns slow, that’s when my husband will make his way to the dance floor to take over.

RICHARD VALENTE

Co-owner of Fratelli Restaurants and president of Loparr Holdings. The father of two turns 50 this year and figures that it’s a good time to start showing off his moves on the dance floor! What is your first memory of dancing? Dancing with my parents and grandparents at traditional Italian family functions to La Tarantella. What is your favourite song to dance to? The Dirty Dancing song from the movie with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, with my wife. What is your most embarrassing dancing moment? My first school dance ...enough said.

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LOUKIA ZIGOUMIS

An award winning blogger at www.loulousviews.com and the shopping expert for www. yummymummyclub.ca, Loukia is a popular MC for many local, style-based events. What is your first memory of dancing? I started dancing when I was four years old. I always loved ballet and jazz; the costumes, the music, and being on stage. Last summer, I had the chance to dance with the Rocketts at Radio City Music Hall. I learned the beginning of their famous holiday dance, Toy Soldiers. It was not easy at all!

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LIVING My Way “She’s amazing. Offering experiences to children and letting them run with whatever sparks their interest is the way to do it. So many children in music end up being forced into it and really waste their time when they could be pursuing something they really love.” — BRYAN WAGORN

MAKING IT HAPPEN

Talent, humility and mothering WRITTEN BY ALEXIA NAIDOO

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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n an evening in 2009, Deb Wagorn sat in the audience of one of the world’s most prestigious music venues. She had made the long drive from Ottawa to New York to attend a concert by a bright young pianist. The place was Carnegie Hall and her son, Bryan Wagorn, was on stage. For a “music mom” and her musical son, this was a pinnacle moment, representing years of hard work and dedication, the ultimate badge of honour. But both Deb and Bryan speak of it with notes of humility. “As a musician I spend so much time working at the piano alone; it’s nice to experience sharing the music with people in the audience,” said

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Bryan in a phone interview from New York. “He just always was a great kid,” says Deb. “Bryan is a hard worker. If he didn’t have the piano in front of him, he was always doing something related to music.” Carnegie was just one of the highlights of what has already been a stellar career for Bryan. He’s appeared in major concert halls and music

festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Bryan’s work at the piano began when he was about seven years old. Deb believed in giving her kids the opportunity to try a bit of everything and letting them see what they liked doing. “When the kids were small, we’d go to the NAC, we’d take music lessons, we’d go skating, go to museums, do all kinds of activities,” she says. “I didn’t say you have to do this or you have to do that. I have four children and they’re all different. I think that’s part of the way they grew up, being exposed to different things and getting to see what they liked. But with Bryan, you just knew that music was his passion.” “She’s amazing,” says Bryan about his mom. “Offering experiences to children and letting them run with whatever sparks their interest is the way to do it. So many children in music end up being forced into it and really waste their time when they could be pursuing something they really love.” At about eight years old, Bryan had been taking lessons for a while and practising on an “apartment-sized cheap piano you make do with.” Some money came when his grandmother passed away and they were able to replace it with a grand piano. Deb recalls how he really took off shortly after that. “He just loved it. You’d never have to tell him to go practise, because he’d just do it. As he got older, if he wasn’t practising, he’d be listening


to a CD. If we were travelling to a competition, he’d have the score and he’d be reading through it. I bought older scores from the late 1800s so he could study the editing. He wasn’t just playing the music, he was thinking about why the piece was written.” She adds, “There was a lot of travelling and a big time commitment, but you just make it happen.” Bryan went to Bell High School, where he played saxophone in the band and accompanied the school choir on piano. He then did his bachelor of music degree at the University of Ottawa. “It takes a lot of support for everything you have to do and I had a lot of support from people in Ottawa,” says Bryan. Scholarships, connections, building up confidence and the experience to play in front of audiences were all opportunities he got in Ottawa. “A lot of it is being in the right place at the right time and Ottawa is a great music city.” With praise for the great teachers at uOttawa, Bryan says, “It was a very nurturing environment and a very good experience for me.” He still keeps in touch with professors there and adds, “It’s like family.” He also gives credit to the experience he had at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, both as a student and now as a faculty member of the NAC’s Summer Music Institute, which is directed by Pinchas Zukerman. “The NAC has been great and I’m paying it forward now by helping young kids coming up. Seeing the spark of talent in younger people reminds me of the experience I had as a kid. They really inspire me with their enthusiasm.” Bryan has been living in New York for several years now where he received a master’s degree in music from the Mannes College The New School for Music. He’s currently working toward a doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music while playing piano at the Metropolitan Opera House. However, Bryan still visits Ottawa and says it’s nice to come back and stay connected with his family and his Ottawa roots. “I’m so grateful for everything. I just want to keep working and keep striving to do better.” FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 45


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LIVING Giving Back

The voice of

OPPORTUNITY WRITTEN BY CATHERINE CLARK

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never told anyone,” begins Cynthia Bland, the founder of Voice Found, a non-profit sexual abuse prevention organization based in Ottawa. And what she never told anyone almost destroyed her life. “I was sexually abused from age five to seven by a trusted neighbour,” says Cynthia. But she was 47 years old before she disclosed it to anyone. “I minimized it, I pushed it aside,” she continues. And the consequences rolled in. “I suffered my first panic attacks at eight, followed by depression,” she recalls. “Despite a genius-level IQ, I dropped out of high school, and then I became a cocaine addict.” However, she managed to maintain a successful career and, after kicking her addiction,

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raised four kids. “Nobody would have known the personal demons I was battling every day.” But her world came to a crashing halt in 2003 when her father died suddenly. “I had been clean for 20 years, but I felt like I would start using again, so I went to Amethyst (Ottawa),” she remembers. It was there that she revealed to a therapist that she had been sexually abused, beginning the long, difficult path towards healing. Having finally found her voice, Cynthia was brave enough to use it she says, “I decided that prevention was an area where I could actually make a difference.” This is why she started Voice Found (voicefound.ca), a small volunteer-led organization that offers child sexual abuse prevention workshops, as well

as resources for adult survivors. “Our program is focused on adults, so that they can recognize and react to signs of sexual abuse in children,” explains Cynthia. “It is not effective to expect children to look after themselves, even if we’ve taught them ‘good touch versus bad touch.’” Voice Found’s statistics on sexual abuse are staggering: One in three girls and one in five boys have suffered some form of sexual abuse; 95 per cent of those children know their perpetrator. And, disturbingly, Cynthia notes that one of the highestgrowth areas is youth sexually abusing other younger, more vulnerable youth. “We have to shatter the illusion that ‘it won’t happen to my kids’ because the reality is that sexual abuse is everywhere, affecting all walks

“We have to shatter the illusion that ‘it won’t happen to my kids’ because the reality is that sexual abuse is everywhere, affecting all walks of life.” of life.” It’s a frightening message! But, through Voice Found, Cynthia is offering people the tools to do something about it, so that all the children in our community have the opportunity to grow up healthy and fulfilled.

Catherine Clark, COMMUNITY VOICE

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FOOD Dining Out

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AUNTIE LOO’S TREATS

“Ottawa is a very intimate town in many ways and it is exciting to think that our baked goods are a part of so many celebrations. I love that.” — MANDI LOO

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hether casual or formal, it can be a lot of work to put together a menu for a dinner party. After planning décor, drinks, appetizers, mains and music, dessert can sometimes become a distant afterthought. The simple solution? Visit one of Ottawa’s many fabulous bakeries and pick up an impressive dessert. Ottawa at Home visited three local bakers to gather their thoughts on sweet endings.

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LOO’S TREATS

One of the biggest dessert dilemmas can be accommodating dietary preferences. As local vegans have long known, there is an easy answer: Auntie Loo’s Treats. Baker extraordinaire Amanda “Mandi Loo” Lunan, who has been called the mad scientist of vegan baking, has been sharing her passion for perfection for nine years. Now she’s supplying her delectable goodies to Farm Boy stores along with various other retail outlets, and the small Centretown shop is moving to a larger downtown location this fall. Visiting her shop – the first vegan bakery in eastern Ontario – is like a trip to a sugary wonderland. Staff whip up at least two custom-ordered birthday cakes each day, along with scores of other treats. Offerings include squares, cupcakes, whoopie pies, icecream cakes and more. “We have loads of flavours for cakes and cupcakes from which to choose,” says Mandi Loo, “including banana split, lavender-vanilla, chocolatepeanut butter and pumpkin spice, to name but a few.” Their s’mores whoopie pies fly off the shelves, as do their sinfully sweet and tasty Nanaimo bars. One of Auntie Loo’s most decadent treats is a chocolatecoffee cake filled with dulce de leche sauce and topped with dulce de leche icing. Most items are available in gluten-free versions. Specialty cakes are as inventive as they are delicious. Given that 80 per cent of Auntie Loo’s customers are not vegans, it’s obvious that taste trumps all at this delightful little bakery where customers quickly become friends. As Mandi Loo observes, “Ottawa is a very intimate town in many ways and it is exciting to think that our baked goods are a part of so many celebrations. I love that.”


> TOP OF THE HILL BAKERY Imagine having an award-winning pastry chef create something exquisite especially for you and your guests. “It’s my pleasure,” says Jeff Stoveld, executive chef and owner of Top of the Hill Bakery in Orleans. “Custom cakes – the more unique the better – are my favourite things to make. I like to think of them as edible art.” Cordon Bleu trained, Jeff took over the popular bakery in 2011 and has refined and improved its delicious offerings. The preservative-free treats are so popular and reasonably priced that it’s best to call ahead to enjoy your favourites. In addition to gorgeous cheesecakes and tarts in a variety of flavours and sizes, Jeff and his team have a particular passion for chocolate. Top of the Hill’s glutenfree Grandpa’s Fudge Brownies are best-sellers, and perfect when paired with a scoop of artisanal

A TRIO OF TEMPTATIONS FROM TOP OF THE HILL BAKERY

ice cream like Adriana’s. One of their prettiest items to put on a dessert plate would be CocoaBella, a layered treat composed of chocolatealmond dacquoise, strawberry coulis, bittersweet chocolate cookie crumbs and milk chocolate caramel, dipped in dark chocolate. A similarly impressive finale would be the equally decadent J’adore Chocolat; a chocolate sablé cookie covered with fresh raspberry compote, topped with their fudge brownie and wrapped in chocolate glaze. With his extensive culinary background, Jeff can easily recommend the perfect dessert, both in terms of flavour and richness, to complement any menu. “Our goal is to provide a dessert that enhances your event or occasion,” says Jeff. “We’ve actually had clients with tears in their eyes when they see what we’ve created just for them. As a baker, that feels pretty special.”

LIFE OF PIE’S RUSTIC BLUEBERRY PIE

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It took a stint as a personal chef to make Kerry Duffy realize that what she really loves is baking – particularly pies. She launched Life of Pie as a home-based business eight years ago and now occupies a cheery storefront in Old Ottawa South where her sweet and savoury treats fly off the shelves. Rustic-looking and packed with flavour, Life of Pie’s creations include custard tarts, fruit pies, carrot cakes, brownies and more. For fall, Kerry and her team are looking forward to reintroducing pumpkin and pecan pies, and will happily be making up to 500 pies per day at Thanksgiving. They love coming up with unique combinations to keep the pie-making interesting and fresh. “Sometimes our new best-sellers come as a result of customers’ suggestions and we are always experimenting.” Some of their innovative

creations include currant crumble, pear-vanillabrown butter, Rocky Road and triple berry crisp pies. They’ve also had a lot of fun playing around with cupcakes – intriguing offerings include pina colada, lime coconut and blueberry pancake with maple syrup icing. “I don’t love cupcakes, personally,” explains Kerry, “so they have to be truly outstanding or we won’t sell them.” Life of Pie offers a rotating menu of flavours which is available online. They bake by request with advance notice and you can order a pie to bake at home. “I have never tasted pie this good,” is a comment Kerry hears most often and one that makes her enormously proud. “I learned how to make pies from my mother and have always loved to feed people. Whether you make it yourself, or purchase it, serving handmade food is like giving a gift to your guests.” FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 49


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aintaining the exterior appearance of your vehicle is essential maintenance that can extend the life of your automobile – it’s not just about having a shiny car. Tops Car Wash has become known as Ottawa’s best full service car wash by offering a complete and customizable range of wash services to effectively and safely clean vehicles of all sizes. Not only does a clean car look more appealing but thorough cleaning is also a great way to protect your investment and can result in higher resale value or reduce end-of-lease charges, explains Keith Henry, owner of Tops Car Wash. “Just like keeping a house tidy, if you stay on top of auto cleaning it doesn’t take as much effort to maintain that level of cleanliness.” Keith notes that today’s cars suffer the effects of insufficient cleaning more rapidly than their predecessors. “The paint used nowadays is a lot more fragile, for example. Everyone knows road salt can be a car’s worst enemy but tree sap, bird droppings, road sealant and other materials can be just as harmful to your vehicle’s finish. Without adequate cleaning, it doesn’t take long before your vehicle looks shoddy.” One of the key advantages to a Tops’ wash is that it is comprehensive while being very quick. “You could spend three hours at home and still not get it as clean as we do,” says the company’s hands-on owner. “We offer benefits beyond the touchless facilities elsewhere which rely on chemicals that don’t address all cleaning requirements. Our closed cell foam system

is thorough but gentle and the pads don’t retain any grit or dirty water so each vehicle comes out perfectly clean. We also use only biodegradable soaps and waxes. All wastewater and debris are treated on site in special settling pits that remove the solids; the water is then returned to the sanitary sewer for further municipal treatment. Our process actually uses less water and is more environmentally friendly than washing your vehicle at home.” TOPS CAR WASH’S many services include exterioronly wash and dry as well as a complete full service wash with carpet vacuuming and window cleaning. Additional offerings include protection and cleaning enhancements like waxing and upholstery cleaning as well as express detailing services. “Our staff are trained to assess the condition of your vehicle and explain what services are most appropriate and what you can expect in terms of results,” Keith states. Tops’ new Unlimited Wash Club lets you visit as frequently as you want for one low monthly rate; it’s a great value even when used for as few as two car washes per month. You’ll save both money and time in the convenient, dedicated line for Unlimited Wash Club members.

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FOOD Food Thoughts SIMPLE PUMPKIN CREAM WITH CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CRUMBLE PREP TIME: 20 minutes FREEZER TIME: 20 minutes SERVES: 4-6 CHOCOLATE CRUMBLE: 225 g (1 cup) dark chocolate 12 graham crackers, broken into pieces (about 1-1/2 cup/375 ml) 1/4 cup (50 mL) SKOR bits PUMPKIN CREAM: 225 g mascarpone cheese 1 cup (250 ml) canned pumpkin purée 3 tbsp (45 ml) pure maple syrup 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp (3.75 ml) ground nutmeg Pinch of ground cloves and allspice 1/4 cup (50 ml) SKOR bits In medium bowl, melt chocolate in microwave and stir in broken graham crackers; spread onto parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with 1/4 cup (50 ml) SKOR bits and freeze or refrigerate until hardened (about 20 minutes in freezer). Remove from freezer and chop into small pieces. In large bowl combine cheese, pumpkin, maple syrup and spices until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Just before assembly, stir in half of the crumble mixture and 1/4 cup (50 ml) SKOR bits.

CREATED BY KOREY KEALEY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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he seasonal flavours of pumpkin capture the essence of fall cooking! A simple recipe for a no-bake chocolate crumble, enrobed in a creamy pumpkin filling, blends in sweet, smooth and soft mascarpone cheese without using eggs to offer a new twist on the traditional taste.

ONE Spread crumble onto parchmentlined sheet.

ASSEMBLY: In stemless martini glass, spoon 1/4 cup (50 ml) cream mixture and sprinkle with desired amount of reserved crumble, taking care to press along outside of glass. Top with 2 tbsp (30 ml) cream mixture and then additional crumble topping. Garnish with cranberry & mint leaf.

TWO Stir pumpkin purée into cheese.

KOREY’S TIP

Tip: Use your favourite shortbread cookie in place of the graham cracker.

THREE Assemble into serving dishes.

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FOOD Paula’s Bites

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GLAZED DOUGHNUTS with Custard Filling PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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aked rather than deep-fried, these doughnuts are delicious and sure to delight anyone you serve them to - don’t be surprised if they ask you which bakery they came from! They’re best enjoyed on the day they are made. > CUSTARD FILLING (PASTRY CREAM):

Paula Roy,

FOOD EDITOR

2 cups (500 ml) milk 4 egg yolks 3 tbsp (24 g) cornstarch 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar, divided Pinch of salt 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) vanilla • In large bowl, whisk egg yolks until smooth. Combine ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch and salt; whisk vigorously into egg yolks. • In medium saucepan, heat milk and remaining ¼ cup sugar

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over medium-high heat until almost boiling. • Scoop out ½ cup of hot milk mixture and pour it slowly into egg yolks, whisking continuously. Add a second ½ cup of hot milk to eggs in the same fashion. • Return milk and egg mixture to saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it bubbles and thickens to a pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. •Immediately pour into

a bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap (pressing it down onto the surface of the custard). Refrigerate until well chilled (at least 2 hours).

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DOUGHNUTS:

2/3 cup (155 ml) milk 2 tsp (10 g) active dry yeast 1 tbsp (15 g) butter, softened 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar 1 egg, beaten 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 g) salt 1-3/4 - 2 cups (225 g – 256 g) all-purpose flour • Warm milk briefly in a pot or the microwave until it is warm but not hot. • Put milk and yeast in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast is frothy. If yeast doesn’t froth, start over. •Add butter, sugar,

salt, beaten egg and 1 cup of flour; blend. •Add 1/2 cup flour; continue to blend until the dough comes together in a ball. Add flour in one tbsp increments as needed to make a sticky dough that comes away from sides of bowl. •Turn dough out onto a floured counter and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic and just slightly sticky. Sprinkle additional flour as needed during the kneading process. •Transfer finished dough to a clean bowl that has been lightly greased with butter. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until the dough has doubled (about an hour). •Scoop risen dough out of bowl and place on lightly floured counter. With your hands, pat


dough out to about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick. Use a 3-inch (7.5 cm) round biscuit cutter or a drinking glass to cut dough into circles, as close together as possible. You can fold up the scraps once and press out again for a second cutting – 8 to 10 circles in all. • Place dough circles 2 inches (5 cm) apart on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cover with clean tea towels; let rise again until doubled in size (45 minutes to 1 hour). While doughnuts are rising, make the glaze.

> CHOCOLATE

GLAZE:

1/4 cup (60 ml) whipping cream 1/2 cup (90 g) dark chocolate chips • Heat cream in a small microwave safe bowl at medium power until very hot but not boiling. • Add chocolate chips and stir vigorously until smooth. • Refrigerate the glaze for 20 to 30 minutes until it’s like a thin frosting that can be spooned onto doughnuts. If it gets too thick, microwave on low power for 10 seconds at a time to melt slightly.

> TO PREPARE DOUGHNUTS • Once doughnuts have risen, preheat oven to 375 F. Bake doughnuts for 5to 7 minutes until uniformly light brown on top. Immediately transfer to cooling rack. Let cool at least 10 minutes or up to 4 hours then fill and glaze. • Poke a hole in one side of each doughnut with tip of a knife. Carefully put a finger into the holes and wiggle around to make room for filling. • Scoop custard filling into a ziplock bag. Snip off one corner and insert tip into doughnut. Gently squeeze bag to fill doughnut cavities with custard. • Drizzle tops of the doughnuts with chocolate glaze and serve. Makes 8 - 10 large doughnuts. FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 53


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WHEN TRUST IS A PRIORITY

...FENDOR IS YOUR CLEAR CHOICE! Some of Ottawa’s most attractive homes owe their good looks to Fendor Glass & Aluminum. Founded in 1941 as a manufacturer of wooden garage doors, the company next became well known for its top quality aluminium windows. These successes were followed by Fendock, their aluminium dock and accessory system that has become the gold standard in Eastern Canada and beyond. Current owner Greg Westwell is pleased to carry on his father’s legacy and equally proud that Fendor is still a family business, employing his wife, sister and three sons in addition to many others (son Kurt pictured). The company’s extensive product line now includes commercial and residential windows, entranceways, garage doors and more. Fendor’s success has been built on the quality of its

products. “While we place tremendous emphasis on maintaining the highest manufacturing standards, being innovative in terms of product development is equally important to us,” attests owner Greg Westwell. “Offering the best customer service possible has helped make us a leader in a very competitive industry and I think it’s one of the reasons we have so much repeat business, particularly among contractors. Some of our installers have been with us for decades; I think that speaks volumes about the kind of company we are.” Fendor’s low-maintenance, energy-efficient windows are among its most popular products, favoured in both contemporary-style homes and commercial buildings as well as by those seeking to replicate the character of older homes under renovation. “We

choose to offer a broad range of styles, including a new line of high quality Martin products, so that customers do not have to sacrifice on appearance to achieve the value and environmental savings offered by new windows. We are always on the lookout for new products to bring to the Ottawa area,”offers Kurt. Greg notes that replacement doors are an easy way to dramatically enhance your home’s curb appeal. “Having an attractive entranceway is important because the front door is the first thing everyone visiting your home sees, up close. Doors now come in lots of different styles and colours; everything can be customized in terms of size and we also have a wide variety of glass packages to choose from. It’s easier than ever to transform your home’s front entrance into a real

statement, and if you wish, we can create a custom garage door to match.” In addition to offering tremendous aesthetic appeal, today’s doors provide enhanced safety as well. From multi-point locks, built in security plates and more, it’s no longer necessary to compromise on looks to have a secure front door. Whether you are looking at replacement doors, windows or even a new garage door to complement your home, Fendor’s skilled staff always visit your house to assess the specifics of your installation and recommend the most appropriate products, before taking multiple, detailed measurements. “We offer many different kinds of glass, window trim and more so it’s important for us to consider the home’s overall appearance and

orientation when determining the right products for you to get the best look and maximum energy efficiency,” Kurt affirms. “Every time we install new doors or windows, we are as thrilled about the transformation as the homeowner. Most people are just amazed with the improved appearance as it makes the house look so fresh and new,” says Kurt. “People are generally quite surprised at how inexpensive updating doors and windows can be, plus it is an investment that pays dividends for so many years. With the calibre of our products, new windows or doors will easily last you twenty to thirty years, or more.” After decades in Westboro, Fendor relocated last year to a larger space on Auriga Drive in Nepean, home to both a gorgeous showroom and a modern manufacturing facility. Visit them soon to view their extensive range of products and have them help you plan your home’s transformation.

FALL 2013 ottawaathome.ca 55 Fendor Glass & Aluminum is at 46 Auriga Drive; 613.722.6581. www.fendor.ca and www.fendock.com


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