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RENOVATION & RESTORATION ISSUE Guest contributors: Colin & Justin share their own restoration project DESIGN PRECISION IN GATINEAU

GOING FOR CHIC IN THE WEST END

RESTORING CHARACTER ON THE CANAL

PRESERVING HERITAGE IN WESTPORT

STYLE DEVOTION IN THE BYWARD MARKET

The Sindy Hooper Story: Marathon running with cancer ‑ and hope


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CONTENTS Spring 2015 8 EDITOR’S NOTE

34 BACKYARD

H O M E S D E S I G N L I V I N G S H O P P I N G F O O D

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10 RENOVATOR AT HOME

36 STEP INSIDE

50 DINING OUT

On-trend must-haves

Precision executed

14 RESTORATION Preserving a canal-area gem

18 COVER STORY

NEW BUILD Sophisticated glamour in the west end

24 INSTYLE

Special guest feature with design duo Colin & Justin

30 PROFILE

Kitchen and bath special

RENOVATION Making a big splash with a small space

RENOVATION & RESTORATION ISSUE

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The Bordeleau family in harmony with the law

DESIGN PRECISION IN GATINEAU

GOING FOR CHIC IN THE WEST END

RESTORING CHARACTER ON THE CANAL

PRESERVING HERITAGE IN WESTPORT

45 NEW & NOTABLE

40 STYLE & BEAUTY

Dramatic transformations

> FOOD

42 MY WAY

47 FOOD THOUGHTS

Running marathons and battling cancer

44 GIVING BACK

Behind the restoration scene

A quirky shop with community spirit

52 FRESH BITES

COVER PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

> LIVING Ottawa’s style guru Christine Shaikin

Vintage-inspired dessert

48 INSPIRING PROJECTS

Renovations and additions on the restaurant scene

STYLE DEVOTION IN THE BYWARD MARKET

The Sindy Hooper Story: Marathon running with cancer and hope

Andrew Downward prepares to renovate his master bath

32 STORE RESTORATION

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Checking out the revamped Parkdale Food Centre

Creating a rooftop garden

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Shedding light

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EDITOR’S NOTE

‘A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST’ —

English Proverb

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MUST-HAVES Stay current by incorporating metallic and natural elements into your décor

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believe that change really is as good as a rest! I’m always ready to move forward and stay open to making improvements in any aspect of life when it seems fitting. Renovation is synonymous with progression in my eyes, so working on the spring issue is always a thrill for me. The chance to see the improvements that other people are making within their homes feeds my desire for a fresh take on décor and design. And when I get the chance to apply this on a grander scale, the feeling of excitement is heightened! I recently attended a luncheon to learn about big changes happening at the National Arts Centre. It’s a renovation that will turn the nondescript, 1970s-influenced structure into an inspiring building worthy of the creativity that it showcases. The focal point of the NAC is being repositioned to look towards the Parliament Buildings to allow for a new outlook from within, while the building is enhanced in a way that will pay tribute to the architectural beauty in Ottawa. The new look at the NAC highlights what successful renovations are all about: restoring old to new and leaving the best qualities alone, while bringing out more of the underused aspects. This facelift is also indicative of the change that’s taking place throughout the capital and serves as a sign that the city is moving towards being a major player on the sports and arts/ entertainment scene. As you pore over the pages of this issue of Ottawa At Home our hope is that you be inspired by the trends that are featured. Perhaps it will come from the cool factor of a newly built home in the west end, or the attention to detail with a lovely restoration in the Rideau Canal area as well as within a Gatineau home. Two amazing backyard projects will show how to improve your existing yard to get the most bang for your buck and maximize 8 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

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DETAILED DECORATION FACING PAGE: SIMON FRIGON, DINING ROOM FURNISHINGS, RESTORATION HARDWARE. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: AVIATOR CHAIRS, RESTORATION HARDWARE; SPIRAL STAIRCASE, CONCEPT PRO- MÉTAL; MAPLE SHAKER DOOR CABINETS COMBINE TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY STYLING IN THE KITCHEN.

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he attention to detail is evident from the moment you pull into the driveway of Simon Frigon’s home in Gatineau. Meticulous details such as the copper chimney, gutters and roof accents heighten the anticipation of what awaits inside. As the founder and CEO of cdrg+REDTEAM, Canada’s largest co-operative of property

design and rebuild craftsmen, Simon is committed to building, renovation and restoration with a dedication to detailed design. It’s fitting of his roots as he comes from a line of quality craftsmen who have turned their passion for fine building details into a thriving renovation and restoration business. Simon’s grandfather started in the business working SPRING 2015 ottawaathome.ca 11


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independently as a stone artisan, but his father saw the benefits of gathering a team of specialists and thus began his family’s BALANCED DESIGN building legacy, which ABOVE: ARCTIC WHITE GRANITE COUNTERTOP. Simon and his brother FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE: CUSTOM CONCRETE SINK AND COUNTERTOP; ENSUITE Erik have taken to even TILE FROM EURO TILE & STONE; MASTER BEDROOM FLOORING, EIGHT-INCH ENGINEERED greater heights. They have R/Q WHITE OAK FROM NORTHERN WIDE PLANK. a firm belief in the idea of many hands making light work, and through their business have assembled a team of highare stunningly reflected in his quality craftsmen who value the concept of “RockCopperGlass” home, which features working together for a greater outcome. all three elements balanced beautifully throughout. Stone and timber detailing add A PERSONAL PROJECT a rustic quality to the décor, but with the The planning stage of Simon’s newly built use of glass and metal the overall feeling home took more time than the building has contemporary influences, further stage and included the integration of a 3D enhanced by an open-riser staircase. design concept to ensure that every detail A touch of modern is combined with would be executed with precision. Simon vintage-inspired furnishings to present a believes that his careful planning process juxtaposition of styles that create intrigue brought him cost savings in the end, as throughout the 5,500-square-foot of space. the building stage ran smoothly thanks Simon has established a relationship to a well-thought-out, workable plan. He with Restoration Hardware so his clients recommends “aligning with a powerhouse can work remotely with designers to create team of experts,” who he says “by design inspiring living spaces from plans and will prevent errors at the building stage and concept drawings, as he did for his own save money in the long run.” home. His affinity for classic restoration The key to building a custom home, is honoured through pieces such as the according to Simon, is the balancing of aviator chairs in the living room, which practical design within its environment. reflect the idea of mixing elements with The results of a well-executed plan striking results. While the chairs offer


“The key to building a custom home is the balancing of practical design within its environment.” —

SIMON FRIGON

a vintage vibe, the sofas have a modern tone to help balance the overall rustic contemporary feeling of the home. While relief renovations are a mainstay of his business, Simon is also well-respected for his cottage building and incorporates the archetypical characteristics of Quebec cottage design into his own home. Timber beams and even a

metal spiral staircase, leading to an office loft off the master bedroom, all exemplify this style. His home pays tribute to his grandfather’s quest to begin a business honouring the family’s affinity for quality craftsmanship in the 1950s. Simon carries on this tradition while also keeping up with modern technology to ensure success within a competitive industry. SPRING 2015 ottawaathome.ca 13


HOMES Restoration

FAMILYFRIENDLY THIS PAGE: DINING CHAIRS AND LIGHT FIXTURE FROM MIKAZA HOME. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE: FAMILY PIZZA PARTY; A MOSS GIRAFFE IS A WHIMSICAL FEATURE IN THE LIVING ROOM; CUSTOM STAINED ASH CABINETS WITH TCE STONE QUARTZ COUNTERTOP.

REMARKABLE restoration BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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hen Josh Zaret and his wife Jen first saw the place they now call home, it was in a sad state. On the outside, the century-old brick dwelling in Old Ottawa South retained a touch of its former elegance, but inside it was literally sinking into ground. “The previous owners were a lovely older couple with a collection of over 500,000 books and the house was sagging under the weight,” says Josh who, as vice-president of Gemstone Developments, knows about quality building. “While it probably would have been cheaper to knock it down and rebuild, there was something special about this house that made us decide to restore it instead and preserve a gorgeous piece of architecture.” What they’ve achieved is a remarkable transformation, reviving a grand old home that serves as a pretty, traditional counterpoint to the many sleek, stylish infills in the area. Cramped rooms and tiny windows have given way to an open, welcoming place that is flooded with natural light and is perfect for their two young children, ages one and two. Architect Barry Hobin captured and translated Josh and Jen’s vision. “We love the idea that while the outside looks very classic, when you enter the house you immediately realize that you are in a thoroughly modern space.” Barry helped them create a spectacular contemporary dwelling loaded with high-end features, including a gourmet kitchen, ample living space on four floors and a lavishly appointed yard. One of the best aspects of the way this renovation was executed was the flexibility that was purposefully built into the design. “For our young family, the open-concept main floor is ideal for toddler play, with the kitchen in the centre serving as the hub,” explains Josh. “As the kids grow older, they are starting to transition into the basement space that is ideal for a ton of toys and will be great for teens too, allowing us adults to then enjoy the main floor spaces for relaxing and entertaining.” SPRING 2015 ottawaathome.ca 15


OLD & NEW CLOCKWISE: PERONDA VESTIGE TILE FROM EURO TILE & STONE; BOOKSHELVES ARE INCORPORATED INTO A BUILT-IN UNIT IN THE MASTER BEDROOM; MASTER SITTING ROOM CEILING; THE ORIGINAL STAIR BANISTER WAS RESTORED.

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Every corner of the house has been put to excellent use, from the efficient mainfloor powder room through to the reclaimed third-floor space, ideal for a nanny suite. The master bedroom, incorporating a sitting area in the hexagonal turret, is a welcome sanctuary with massive walk-in closets. The efficient second-floor laundry area has been strategically located by the kids’ bedrooms, while gleaming hardwood floors, new windows and doors blend seamlessly with the heritage brick and millwork. Accents such as a lavishly carved oak banister have been carefully preserved, serving as an esthetically appealing reminder of the home’s grand past. Outside, a huge wraparound porch leads to an expertly planned yard that boasts play space, a lounge area, a small swimming pool and a double garage, all of which is tucked behind an attractive privacy fence. Strategic exterior lighting bathes the iconic turret in a warm glow at night. “It feels great to have respected the integrity of the original house and focused on enhancing the dwelling in as many ways as possible,” says Josh. “We were very mindful of the character of the home and its surroundings and wanted to be sure we could capitalize on its prime location right by the canal. Having huge windows on three sides helps us feel really connected to the outdoors and inspires us to get out and walk everywhere. Inside, the functionality of our home actually exceeds our expectations – we are loving it even more than we had anticipated.”


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HOMES New Build

STRIKING DÉCOR THIS PAGE: BENJAMIN MOORE’S JET BLACK HAS DRAMATIC RESULTS IN THE DINING ROOM FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE: GLASS, WOOD, LEATHER AND METAL ALL COME TOGETHER IN THE LIVING ROOM; NATURAL STONE WALL FROM OTTAWA BRICK & STONE.

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uilding a customized home with super-cool features gave Michael O’Connor everything he wanted. Well almost! While the luxurious 4,500-square-foot space on a one-acre country lot in Nepean is a gleaming model of contemporary design and automated-home technology, it didn’t include an indoor ice rink for year-round play. At least, not yet! That’s coming next after the recently finished home theatre – and then the

place will be perfect for Michael, Carla and four-year-old Grayson and Jade, who is eight.

PERSONALIZED BUILDING PLAN “When I started to look for a home in the Cedarview area, there was nothing for sale under a million dollars, and then they still needed major renovations to suit my tastes,” says Michael, who owns a software company in Toronto. Explaining that even some of the newer homes

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Katy Belanger Q. With the increase in popularity of cork flooring, many people are asking why would we should choose cork over other flooring options?

A. Cork flooring is the perfect combination of beauty, comfort and durability and can be utilized in both residential and light commercial applications. Cork is a sustainable resource that offers durability and strength as well as a wide range of other benefits. Benefits include the ability to reduce noise transfer and act as a thermal insulator. Cork also offers a natural resistance to mould and insects, providing a wonderful alternative to people who suffer from allergies. New trends in cork include flooring as well as wall coverings that simulate natural stone and can be installed above, below or on grade. Cork can be used in any part of the home including kitchens and bathrooms with the new water-resistant finishes. Manufacturers of cork constantly update their product offerings each season, debuting new colours and textures that fit with any design scheme. One of the best features of cork flooring is its low-maintenance requirements. Cork requires only sweeping, vacuuming and the occasional damp mopping using a cork cleaner. From hotels and restaurants, to libraries and hospitals, cork flooring can be found all over the world including the homes of the top designers and architects. 20 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

DRAMATIC SPACES THIS PAGE: THE GRAND FOYER LEADS INTO THE LIVING ROOM, LIGHT FIXTURES FROM THE MODERN SHOP. FACING PAGE: BLACK WALNUT OFFERS A STRIKING CONTRAST TO THE PRIMARILY WHITE KITCHEN.

seemed dated to him, Michael wanted an extremely modern and open design with a clean, minimalist style. After searching for an architect, Michael combined ideas with Tony Segreto from Miroca Design and they came up with a floor plan. “I sat on it for about a year before we put any shovels in the ground and found that the more input you get from other people, the better.” He hired a general contractor for the build and although he describes it as a fun experience, it’s not one he wants to have again any time soon. So, he plans on staying put for a long while … The open bungalow design features a commanding entry with black walnut doors and a metallic globe chandelier hanging from the 15-foot ceiling. It leads into a stunning great room with vaulted

ceilings, high white walls and glass panels that border the sunken family room. At one end, the space is highlighted by a long, low gas fireplace set in grey stone, and at the other by a sleek white kitchen anchored by a massive island and high-end Thermador appliances. This huge, light-filled open living area is Michael’s favourite space and emphasizes his fondness for uber-modern styling. He particularly likes the folding glass door system that allows a seamless transition to the deck and pool in the country-sized backyard. “It’s a great space for getting people together – it can easily fit a group of 60 or more inside.” All three bedrooms have a full ensuite, and the master is magnificent. Although the original plan called for a Jack and Jill


bathroom between two bedrooms, Michael decided to give the kids their own and says it was easy to do at little extra cost.

DRAMATIC DESIGN ELEMENTS A mainly white décor is contrasted by the use of natural stone and glass, together with generous helpings of warm wood. The distinctive grain of black walnut provides a unifying element utilized throughout the home for the customized coffee tables, kitchen-island cabinets, bathroom vanities, bedroom doors, bed frames, shelving and desks. This cool, dramatic style was envisioned by Rnea Garrah of RAI Design, who was given full creative control of the interior. “I’ve always wanted to design a white home with natural elements coming inside – marble, exterior stone and lots of

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“The lighter the bathroom the airier it feels. Often a warmth is created with the various textures when multiple products in different shades, sizes and shapes are used.” —

Caroline Mitchell

Showroom assistant manager

Mondeau Bathroom & Kitchen

Q. We are planning a bathroom renovation; can you offer advice as to how we can make the most of the process?

A. It is a great idea to carefully plan your renovation, taking into account the many possibilities for upgrading your bath and shower system before you start the process. Consider future needs and have the groundwork for potential upgrades in place now, even if you don’t implement all improvements at once. Think ahead to where you might position grab bars. While you may not install them now, having the backing done for future use is more cost-effective in the long run. A two-person shower system will make the most of out everyday shower functionality. Adding a fixed head as well as a hand-held is perfect for rushed mornings when two people need to get showered and out the door in a hurry. Hand-held units do double duty as shower cleaners and even come in handy for bathing pets! High-functioning additions like seating and shelving are practical elements that are often forgotten in the initial process and become costly add-ons. Spa elements like steam units offer the benefits of Chromatherapy and aromatherapy and enhance the value of your renovation. Finally, be sure that your faucet and fixture selections are timeless so that your recent renovation will move easily into the next decade. A showroom designer is exposed to multiple products and can help sift through the trendy and classic choices to get the right look for your renovation. 22 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

RNEA GARRAH, INTERIOR DESIGNER

exotic wood – but never had a client give me the go-ahead until Michael came along. I am thankful for the trust he put in me to achieve the final outcome and fulfil my vision of the ultimate home.” It took six months of preconstruction planning for Rnea to present her ideas to Michael, who admits he had to find a happy medium with some of the contemporary elements, but is thrilled with the way everything came together. Rnea’s influence is particularly evident in the striking chandeliers and pendants on the main floor in modern designs by Moooi, Robert Abbey and Flos, plus the space-like kitchen lighting by Luceplan. She also designed the custom-made kitchen and bath cabinetry by Exotic Wood, which features unique hardware from Germany. When it comes to the supreme man-cave and the three-car garage, which is finished in panels of light architectural block to offset the home’s natural grey stone exterior – it’s all back to Michael. He proudly describes how the polished concrete in the basement has under-floor heating from the boiler system that extends to the garage. Having the same substantial footprint as above, the 10-foothigh basement level easily accommodates an extensive gym, lavish home theatre and the soon-to-be ice rink. Michael expects it will be a very popular feature!

SIMPLY LUXURIOUS TOP: THE MASTER BATH COMBINES LIMESTONE, QUARTZ AND MARBLE. BELOW: A WALL OF BIANCA QUARTZITE IN THE MAIN BATH CREATES STUNNING DRAMA IN A SUBTLE WAY. THE MIRROR WAS ETCHED TO BE FLUSH WITH THE QUARTZ.


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HOMES InStyle

Colin & Justin’s

COTTAGE BY COLIN MCALLISTER & JUSTIN RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDON BARRÉ

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h, the cottage. That wonderful sanctuary unto which we escape for rest and recuperation. That place where clocks run slow and wine runs, well, faster. And that’s just how we like it: Cab Sauv, if you don’t mind, preferably New World Argentinian. In our world, with a schedule that propels us between Canada, Britain, and most recently Australia 24 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

as design experts on lifestyle show The Living Room, we’re always searching for somewhere to catch our breath. That said, we love our job, so you’ll hear no grumbling from us. Yes indeed, we’re happy with our professional mission: to make ordinary homes extraordinary for style-challenged homeowners across three continents. Two years past, however,


LUXE LODGE FACING PAGE: YELLOW ADDS PUNCH TO LIVEN UP THE FAMILY ROOM; AREA RUGS FROM THE C+J HOME COLLECTION, FOUND AT HOMESENSE, MARSHALLS AND WINNERS. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: THE FAUX ANTLER CHANDELIER ABOVE THE ROUGH HEWN TABLE CONJURES THE SPIRIT OF RESTORATION HARDWARE; KITCHEN CABINETRY FROM BATEMAN FURNITURE; WOOD, LEATHER AND GREY LINEN ELICIT A SOFT RELAXING VIBE IN THE LIVING ROOM; BEFORE SHOTS.

we met the trickiest clients we’ve ever worked with: ourselves. Having purchased a rundown cottage in Muskoka, the race was on to transform it into a chic bolthole before our nerves – and our budget – got the better of us. To compound matters, we’d been invited to film the transformation for the Cottage Life television network. And they’d suggested a three-month deadline... Yes: three months. To rebuild a collapsing sunroom, refurbish a basement bedroom, tackle a large family room, install a new kitchen, create two new bathrooms and knock together two small bedrooms to create one killer master suite. Aye, it’s fair to say we had our work cut out. The kitchen, updated by Bateman Furniture in Oro-Medonte, is a handbuilt triumph finished in rich grey with Caesarstone detailing and nickel lighting. Slick Euro styling is important to us, so we discreetly concealed fridge and freezer separates behind doors: yup, the former in the left tall tower and the latter in the right, effectively sandwiching the built-in stove and cooker. Reworking the entire ground floor, to be honest, was simple, being that the biggest job (short of inserting triple French doors to afford better lake sightlines) was removing threadbare carpet and installing a slick wooden floor. Dressed with an outsized sofa and a leather ottoman, the scene is anchored by a large grey rug that seems to float, like an

island, in front of the stone fireplace. To the other side of the room, modern black Windsor and grey leather chairs gather around an outsized wooden table while a faux antler chandelier floats proudly above, providing atmosphere and adjustable illumination at the twist of a button. Upstairs, in the house bathroom, we replaced dated tile with acres of slick Caesarstone wrapped across main wall areas and around a deep soaker tub. Above this, a rain-head shower cascades high-pressure jets while fixed glazing protects the room from SPRING 2015 ottawaathome.ca 25


“To say we were pedantic with each other – and our team, for that matter – is an understatement. At all times, however, we had the best interests of the cottage close to our hearts.” — COLIN & JUSTIN

MAXIMIZING SPACE THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: RED ACCENTS AND MIRRORS ENHANCE A SMALL GUEST ROOM; AN INHERITED TABLE IS REPURPOSED AS A MAIN BATH SINK; CAESARSTONE ADDS STOICISM TO THE WEDGE-SHAPED WASH ZONE.

water splash. In the master bedroom (the result of combining two smaller rooms) we created relaxed atmosphere with a creamy painted scheme to minimize the overpowering V-groove pine. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter was our weapon of choice, and paired as it is against the joists (which we left unpainted) the resulting esthetics are dramatic yet soothing. For the most part pattern was limited, though we conceded a spot of Robert Allen Ikat fabric for drapery (and toss pillows) and geometric weave rugs from the C+J Home collection; find our line in stores like Homesense, Winners and Marshalls. A large custom headboard stretches along one elevation, its soft nickel pins visually balanced by pale lumber nightstands and dressers. Opposite the bed sit two comfy chaise longues that we found in Ikea: our schemes, as aye, are peppered with affordable detailing that helps moderate spend. It’s just how we roll… In the basement, after “opening” the space to make it eminently more livable, we created a large double bedroom and a comfy family room, each clad in pine and connected via a large barn door that slides along a slick black rail. The focal point in the family room is the oil-burning stove which sits in front of a granite-clad feature zone, while the focal point in the bedroom is 26 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

the large padded headboard, custommade for the project. Both rooms feature double French doors, dressed with grey plaid drapery, that lead to a large sunroom rebuilt in the footprint of its near derelict predecessor. The rebirthed sunroom boasts WeatherMaster Plus windows with plastic memory glass that’s virtually impervious to scratches or indeed breakage, and bug screens to protect against entomological invasion. Dressed with weatherproof wicker, and embellished with Robert Allen toss pillows, the sunroom is a climatic joy (even in cooler climes) thanks to the memory glass, which helps insulate proceedings. And finally: the downstairs bathroom. Accessed by another rolling barn door, its primary esthetic is grey-scale via “cement” toned tile and graphite grout that enlivens basic subway tile. To add flair, we custommanufactured the outsized trough sink in conjunction with Dare To Be Different, a vibrant young company with products that can be sized to suit your application. The results, we hope, speak for themselves. Looking back, it’s hard to believe we made the changes described in just three short months. Sure, we have a brilliant team, but it was a monumental transformation, nonetheless, given the window of opportunity. As each other’s fussiest clients, we drove one another crazy:


COSY & STYLISH THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE: URBAN BARN FURNITURE IN THE MASTER BEDROOM WITH DRAPERY FABRIC FROM ROBERT ALLEN; CUSTOM SINK IN THE ENSUITE FROM DARE TO BE DIFFERENT MUSKOKA; A BARN DOOR SEPARATES BASEMENT BEDROOM FROM TV ROOM; GREY BED LINENS FROM IKEA.

on a daily basis, it should be reported, we’d hone ambition … and then start from scratch. To say we were pedantic with each other – and our team, for that matter – is an understatement. At all times, however, we had the best interests of the cottage close to our hearts. So would we do it again? In another cottage? Could we actually deal with our “most demanding” clients ever … in a second location? Well, as a matter of fact yes, we could – during Season TWO of

Colin and Justin’s Cabin Pressure which starts this spring. And this time the drama is even bigger and the makeover even more astonishing. Yup, get ready for our “slanty shanty” in Haliburton: the worst property we have ever corrected. Hey, you’ve been warned – prepare for decorative liftoff as the Cabin Pressure lid finally pops!

COLIN (LEFT) & JUSTIN

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OttyWoods.com Perth, Ont.

Whether it’s a weekend hideaway or a restful retirement retreat, many of us imagine a beautiful custom-built cottage or home in the country. Being able to enjoy a wooded sanctuary with year-round access to both recreational paths and one of Eastern Ontario’s largest, most pristine lakes might sound too good to be true, but this dream is now an affordable reality with the release of a collection of exclusive lots outside beautiful Perth, Ont.

Living the Dream Consisting of 27, two-to-five-acre lots nestled along the south shore of Otty Lake, Otty Woods was originally Crown land in the early 1800s and was later farmed by the McKay family for well over 100 years. Today, it represents an unparalleled living and leisure opportunity unlike anywhere else in Ontario.

“We cherish the natural beauty of Otty Lake and want others to enjoy it as well.” — Stephan and Richard

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The Value of Tranquil Grandeur Despite its large size, Otty Lake is relatively quiet, with limited boat traffic, explains Richard Hofer, who is co-owner, along with Stephan Katz of the land now available for purchase. “Otty Woods offers country living 10 minutes from a lovely small town with all the modern conveniences, including

restaurants, shops, golf courses, art, theatre, festivals and excellent medical facilities. You can live in the woods and enjoy access to the water along with convivial neighbours. Best of all, because of our careful approach to developing this exceptional piece of land, your property values will stay strong.”

Retreat or Retire “We have strategically situated the roads and pathways to make available a diverse selection of lot sizes that also bring out the best natural features of the wooded lots,” says Stephan. “The development includes a nature preserve, recreational reserve and a communally owned and maintained

waterfront area featuring a covered gazebo, a picnic area, barbecue pits, swimming area and raft, a boat dock, and small boat storage racks. We want everyone to enjoy all the benefits of country living without the burden of all the maintenance.”

Eco-conscious Ethic “We believe that encouraging environmentally friendly building practices benefits everyone,” notes Richard. “Green exterior building materials will ensure that all homes or cottages reflect a homey, lakeside atmosphere. Other green features such as solar panels, passive solar design and greywater and rainwater management will be encouraged and each owner is required to retain an appropriate amount of trees to maintain privacy and a healthy ecological balance.”


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To facilitate the creation of your dream home, Richard and Stephan can recommend a list of preferred architects and builders who can provide a Tarion home warranty, although buyers are welcome to engage the talents of their choosing. Among their valued collaborators are builders Kevin and Andrew James, Gibson Timber Frames and architect Laszlo Mohacsi. In addition, the developers have established some straightforward planning and design guidelines. “Our intention is to ensure that Otty Woods is an enhancement to this beautiful area and emerges as a development that respects the natural habitat,” says Stephan. “By having plans confirmed by our design review committee, we can ensure every home

built here is appropriate and harmonious to the setting. We also want to confirm that homes are well sited to take advantage of passive solar gain and summer shading. Not only does this make the development as esthetically pleasing and functional as possible, it also serves to protect everyone’s property values.” You know an area holds lots of appeal if a builder wants to live there himself. Andrew James of K. James Construction, a wellknown homebuilding firm in Perth and the Rideau Lakes area, was the first to jump at the chance to establish his family in the new development. “We looked around at many other lots and other subdivisions and what drew us to Otty Woods was the nice treed lots, the layout, and the lake access,” says Andrew. “On top of being so close to Perth and just an hour from Ottawa or Kingston,

“We love living here – it’s been beautiful in the winter and we are so looking forward to our first summer. It’s so quiet and we are out enjoying nature every day thanks to the walking trails, the nature preserve and easy lake access. It’s fun to have deer walk right up to our house and we’re definitely anticipating the first loon calls of summer.” — Andrew James

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we really appreciate the natural setting and a generous amount of privacy. In addition, the shape of the lot we purchased gave us a number of options about where to site our house.” Andrew is confident he’s in a community that is only going to become more vibrant and esthetically pleasing as it grows. “As a builder when I first looked at the lot development and building design guidelines for Otty Woods, they appeared stringent. Upon closer inspection I quickly realized that the intention behind them is excellent,” he explains. “The guidelines have been created to protect everyone’s investment and ensure that we all build homes that are appropriate to this unique, natural setting. Once I submitted a plan, the review process was very straightforward and positive and we ended up with the house of our dreams.”

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HOMES Profile

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Ottawa At Home highlights four of this year’s contenders from the award ceremony of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Ottawa Chapter, to look at the style and detailing that makes for awardwinning kitchen and bath design.

MODERN EDGE > Paula Moxon of Laurysen Kitchens combined white high-gloss thermofoil upper cabinets with horizontal rift-cut oak in a dark custom stain on the lower cabinets for a kitchen renovation in a home that offered contemporary architectural detailing. The purposeful lack of ornamentation lends itself to the home’s crisp, clean detailing, including glass railings and an open staircase. A stunning waterfall-edge island enhances the vertical awareness of the space and functions well by providing ample workspace and the practicality of seating for three. Careful attention to detail helps to make this kitchen remarkable. Upper cabinets feature bifold hinges to create the sharp lines throughout the space. Hardware running the full length of the drawers and doors create horizontal continuity.

< EUROPEAN RUSTIC Designer Dawn Tite of Muskoka Cabinet Company brought in rustic influences for a guest bathroom in a modern lake house. The actual inspiration came from an old washbasin. A wall of reclaimed barnyard wood from Logs End further enhanced the look. The nine-inch horizontal planks were planed to offer a smooth finish, in keeping with the more refined rustic décor. Plumbing fixtures and a trough sink from Mondeau help achieve the client’s goal of a rustic European feel to the space. Cabinetry in cardamom-stained cherry wood with leathered graphite granite from Urban Quarry adds the perfect touch, with a slick chrome towel bar to finish off the look.

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CLASSICAL WHIMSY > Dean Large from Astro Design Centre was inspired by his client’s children’s love for literature in choosing the décor for this powder room which includes a passion for pink and purple within the colour scheme. The substantial elements are traditionally classic with black and white hexagon floor tiles, reflective of eras past but back in vogue today. The console sink with chrome fixtures, available through Astro Design Centre, carries on the classical air. The industrial-influenced Hudson Valley light fixture adds a touch of vintage-modern to co-ordinate perfectly with the literary-inspired Osborne & Little wallpaper, available at Cadieux Interiors. This powder room is an impeccable example of how a small space is the perfect spot to add a touch of whimsy within a home to inject personality into décor.

< TRANSITIONAL ELEGANCE A traditional home in the process of a progressive revamp got help from designer Charline Beaulieu of Beaulieu Design and Brent Young of CKC Group to update the main floor with a tasteful kitchen renovation. While the clients were looking for contemporary styling, their home’s architecture didn’t lend itself to the slick look of modern décor. Going with transitional-style décor was the right compromise to work perfectly with the home and client’s tastes. A shaker door with moulding detail, combined with a contemporary drawer front, offered the perfect balance. Mixing wood, high-gloss lacquer and white quartz countertops offered the right amount of intrigue to make the space a showstopper. The use of glass and metal to reflect the light coming in from the large window enhanced the dramatic effect of playing with reflective surfaces. A neutral colour scheme helped to create the feeling of space within a relatively small footprint and the addition of a walnut butcher block table injected a touch of warmth, making this kitchen an inspiring space.

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LIVING Store Restoration

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ohn Riley has been a passionate renovator and builder since 1975. Primarily working on cottages and homes in the Rideau Lakes area, John would occasionally include a commercial project in the mix. However, there is always a dedication to the preservation of character to honour the project’s environment. With no website nor any form of advertising, the business has grown primarily from word of mouth and the

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referrals still keep the whole crew busy. As one project finishes, another starts, all on the recommendation of a satisfied client. Now with John’s son Steven coming on board, changes are in sight, starting with the switch to the new name of Riley Construction Inc. from John Riley Construction. Heck, maybe even a website will come in the near future! Still more forward thinking is evident in a recent store renovation and restoration in Westport, Ont. While

PURPOSEFUL REPURPOSING ABOVE: JOHN RILEY. BELOW: ACORN POTTERY SELLS A VARIETY OF POTTERY AND GIFT ITEMS. FACING PAGE: THE AGE OF THE BUILDING IS REFLECTED ON A SIGN OUTSIDE.


still respecting the stable traditions of their business and highlighting a fine reputation to get them the job, friendship also played a role for the Rileys. Steven had gone to school with the shop owner, pottery artist Angie Christy, and knowing his personal character gave her the confidence to hire him for the work. Angie’s passion for authentically displaying her pottery is evident in the choices she made for restoring the shop in a heritage 1859 stone building on the town’s Main Street. Salvaged materials are found throughout to blend the new elements with the old. A stone pathway was also constructed so that heavier traffic could be kept off the repurposed wood floors. John was so impressed with the quality of the original structure that he felt obliged to reuse the materials, not as a cost-saving measure but as a way to preserve the character of the building. “Once we started tearing out the old and saw the value in the materials, we knew we had to repurpose,” he states. Ceiling boards were salvaged and have become the new floors for Angie’s shop, Acorn Pottery. An old tongue-and-groove wall injects instant character behind the store’s reception desk, with layers of wallpaper still showing through in a funky vintage style. The whole effect is very pleasing to Angie, who says she likes the funky side of the restoration. She comments, “When you live in a small town that values heritage and character, it’s important to honour the traditional artistic elements.” Contact John Riley at: rileyconstruction@outlook.com Visit Acorn Pottery at 39 Main Street, Westport, Ont.

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HOMES Backyard Renovation

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f you’re dreaming of enjoying a backyard oasis this summer, turning those dreams into reality might seem daunting. However, bringing in a pro to capture your sense of style and implement a coherent design, you’re more likely get a space that works both esthetically and to enhance the value of your home. Landscape architect John Szczepaniak walked Ottawa At Home through two distinctive projects. Although both backyards are roughly the same size – between 2,600 and 2,800 square feet – the results are exquisitely unique.

to recreate the backyard so they and their daughters could entertain their friends. “When I listened to them it was all about recreation, so I really pushed that envelope. I told them, ‘We’ve got a kidney-shaped pool, so let’s transport ourselves to California!’ They got really excited about that, and the daughters were excited because it was going to be fresh and young.”

THE CHALLENGES

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John explained that with the backyard’s elevation, there were few strong elements on which to pick up and the dimensions were tight. An aging wooden deck was in poor condition, there were no big trees or shading for the summer heat, and the stairs into the existing in-ground pool were too small and not very usable.

THE PROJECT

THE FINISHED PROJECT

Although the backyard had always been about family fun, it was in serious need of an update! John said the homeowners wanted

The redesigned backyard is now sleek and modern. Although it’s the same pool, the update has created the illusion that it’s much

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FRESH FUN TOP: THE EXISTING KIDNEY-SHAPED POOL SET THE TONE FOR A LIVELY BACKYARD OASIS. ABOVE: THE STORAGE SHED IS INCORPORATED INTO THE OVERALL ESTHETIC.

bigger. A bench and larger steps have been added to provide perfect seating in the water, plus a spa with a waterfall feature. Next to the pool, a large storage shed with resin panes shines like a glowing light fixture at night.


CONNECTING SPACES THE HARDSCAPE CONNECTS BEAUTIFULLY WITH THE LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE TRADITIONAL HOME.

Part of the wood deck area is now reinstated, broken up by natural stone. Ultra low-maintenance plantings – mostly ornamental grasses, some yucca and smaller trees – combine with beautiful planters to create a minimalist palette. River rock surrounds the greenery so that dirt cannot blow into the pool. With no room for planting next to the garage, John designed funky screens and detailing on the fence. He also found a solution to provide much-needed shade. “We added the canopy and came up with a really creative sail-like shading pattern.” The clean lines and fresh colour create the feeling of a backyard resort.

TRADITIONAL REDEFINED THE PROJECT Built in the 1930s, the house was beautifully landscaped in the front, but needed a fresh entertaining space in the back. A new pool was also on the must-have list. As one of the homeowners is an avid gardener, John developed a more complex design and planting palette. “They relied on me getting them a really strong concept with the right proportions. Once the framework was set they could take over and personalize things,” he said.

THE CHALLENGES The biggest challenges came with a driveway that wasn’t integrated into the overall design, plus the homeowners’ plan to add a pool. “I said, ‘The space here is really small, so we have to be creative and blend the driveway

as part of the back garden,’” said John. Fortunately, as the garage was only being used to house a plane the homeowners were working on, the driveway didn’t have the wear and tear of a conventional one. As for the pool, finding the right spot to capture the available sun was key.

THE FINISHED PROJECT The homeowners’ new yard is now a perfect sanctuary for relaxing and entertaining. John designed the pool with broad steps for entry and located it to catch optimal sunlight by pushing it toward the back of the property. A trellis detail, surrounded by a generous range of perennials, creates a year-round backdrop for the pool in addition to planters that can change with each season.

Strategically placed stone pillars help to visually separate the garden space from the driveway, which now has grass and interlock paving designed to reflect the vintage of the home. While the overall space is now updated and livable, it stays true to the architecture of the home. The structure that connects the garage to the house and along the back blends the elements with the feel of a garden room. “I think I’ve done a really stunning job when I see how people are enjoying the space and how their daily lives are made so much better,” said John, who concentrates on functional gardens with dimensions for entertaining and lounging. “It’s not just about choosing plants or picking out a pool, it’s really creating a total experience.” SPRING 2015 ottawaathome.ca 35


HOMES Step Inside

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harles Bordeleau met his future wife Lynda while they were both working at a local McDonald’s restaurant at the age of 16. His smile and sense of humour captured her heart. As native Ottawans they shared similar family values of respect, integrity and compassion. Growing up in a police family, Lynda became interested in criminal law and this passion led her to become a lawyer. Today she practises labour and administrative law in the police sector and is fortunate to be able to act both as general counsel to the Peel Regional Police – her dream 36 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

job – and to continue as a partner in her law firm. Pursuing his interest in business, Charles attended the University of Ottawa, and obtained an MA in disaster and emergency management from Royal Roads University. Stories his father-in-law told him about life in law enforcement motivated him to join the police force, and after 28 years of active duty he was sworn in as Chief of the Ottawa Police Service in 2012. In recognition of his philanthropic efforts as an energetic community volunteer and sought-after public speaker who sits on numerous boards, Charles was awarded the Dean’s Philos Award from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. He also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution towards building a safe and inclusive community. Family time is precious for this busy career couple and they enjoy attending concerts with their 20-year-old daughter Marie, travelling and jogging. To unwind,

IN HARMONY MUSIC IS A DAILY PART OF LIFE FOR CHARLES AND LINDA BORDELEAU, SEATED AT THE PIANO IN THEIR LIVING ROOM.

Lynda likes listening to Bon Jovi and doing yoga, while Charles relishes gardening, watching House of Cards and playing the drums. Their private oasis is sitting on the dock at a family cottage that Lynda’s father and uncle built more 50 years ago in Ladysmith, Que.

LYNDA, WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING THE DAUGHTER OF A POLICE CHIEF? My father is my biggest inspiration and supporter. He was a police officer for 40 years in this community and to this day he meets someone almost daily who will recognize him as a police officer or retired chief. That includes people he had arrested, and they are actually happy to see him. He treated everyone with respect, and that was instilled in my brother and me from an early age. He is a hero.


KNOWING YOUR HUSBAND’S CAREER SO WELL, DO YOU EVER WORRY? I’ve lived all of my life in a policing environment. My father was taken hostage in a bakery in Ottawa when I was 16, and Chuck was in a serious accident while on patrol when we were first married. You learn not to think about it. I’m no longer a spouse of a front-line officer, but when I was I took comfort in knowing that officers are welltrained and supported when on duty. The worries are different now.

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CHARLES, WHAT IS YOUR PLATFORM AS CHIEF OF POLICE? Everyone matters. Each member of the Ottawa Police Service adds value and contributes to our mission of keeping our community safe. Each member of the public deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, no matter their circumstance. From an operational perspective, it is tackling the issue of guns and gangs, ending violence against women and improving traffic safety.

WHAT STYLE OF LEADERSHIP IS CRITICAL IN LEADING A POLICE DEPARTMENT? It was an honour being appointed Chief of Police for the nation’s capital. You need to be able to adapt your leadership style to the situation. It’s important to be patient, open-minded, driven, make decisions and show empathy. In policing, situations are very fluid and dynamic. You have to be flexible and adapt quickly. The women and men of the police service motivate me and the passion they have to help our community is inspiring.

IS OTTAWA A SAFE CITY? Absolutely. Like any big city, we have some challenges, but our crime rate and our crime severity index are very favourable. Our community surveys also reflect the fact that people in general do feel safe.

LYNDA, DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LANDMARK IN OTTAWA? Parliament Hill. I’m so proud to stand on the lawn on Canada Day at noon with Marie and watch the Snowbirds pass overhead. I can’t believe I’ve actually practised yoga on the lawn of the Hill in the summer. It’s those feelings that make the (Parliament Hill shooter) attack of Oct. 22, 2014 so emotional.

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HOMES Capital Colours

Renovation

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lthough we love the finished product, a renovation of any kind requires nerves of steel, a lot of thought and a hefty line of credit. There are so many steps involved in any renovation that any misstep can prove to be frustrating and costly. Due diligence is essential as renovations are expensive. So it’s really important to make good decisions right from the beginning. This year my wife and I decided it was time to renovate our much-used and much-hated master bathroom. We moved into our present home in 2005 with the understanding (on my wife’s order), that the ensuite would be immediately gutted and redone. Well 10 years later – like any good husband – I’m all over it!

need to factor everything in, including labour and material costs, to give you a better understanding of your overall budget. A wish list is a great way to start as it can give you a quick reference for the potential cost and will help in determining a final budget for your project. Next, plan the perfect design and layout. Remember, a chic renovation will impress you neighbours, but practical function is much more important – especially if you have kids. Having a first-class design concept as well as detailed and accurate drawings will take the guesswork out of your project and make estimating your renovation much easier.

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Use a licensed, registered and reputable builder. Go online and search some of the sites that grade contractors and their work. Often a disreputable contractor is well documented. Ask your friends and neighbours. Good contractors are hard to find, so be prepared to pay a little more for a good reputation. Fortunately, my Markam-based designer Silvera Designs provides drawings and has worked with highly reputable contractors that will provide an estimate of the work. Look for relationships like this one. They are efficient and allow for greater continuity. This fall I’ll reveal my brand new ensuite. Wish me luck – I’m going to need it!

Presenting detailed and accurate drawings to contractors allows for much more accurate estimates. If each quote you receive is based on the same set of drawings, you will have a really good understanding of fair value for your renovation.

BE PREPARED Getting renovation-ready is a step-bystep process: Start by poring over design magazines to help visualise the space; look for the latest trends and fixtures you might like to have in your space; and begin adding up the costs. Trust me, they will add up fast! Eventually you will

Remember, a chic renovation will impress your neighbours, but practical function is much more important — especially if you have kids. @andrewdownward

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LIVING Style Reinvention

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hristine Shaikin is arguably one of Ottawa’s most respected style gurus. She has been a fixture on the local fashion scene for more than 30 years, but don’t think for a moment that she has become fixed! She is ever-changing, just like the style scene – she evolves, modifies

and adapts, while still honouring her passions. She opened her first ByWard Market boutique three decades ago, making Justine’s on Sussex Drive a reflection of her love of theatre and set design. “I wanted it to feel like backstage at an opera in Paris,” says Christine, who closed that store in early 2013. Her son Michael Shaikin then took over her lease for his furniture store, The Modern Shop. After taking a break from retail, Christine discovered that she missed it dearly. She knew she wanted to be on York Street and to begin with a fresh, more streamlined approach to style. She states that her new boutique, Justine, is very much reflective of her current lifestyle: “I have taken a more

“This year, women are looking for florals and prints to connect with a touch of nature and also lace and cutout fabrics to connect with a sense of romance.” —

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minimalist approach to this space, more of a Japanese feel.” Christine has also adapted her merchandising philosophy. “In the beginning, I used to look for designer labels and buy everything I loved,” she says. “Now I buy more thoughtfully with my clients in mind. It is now more about the fabric and the design and not about the label or a huge price tag – it’s more about a look.” In addition to often buying in capsules so that her clients can pick pieces that work together, Christine also looks to unknown designers who are similar to her favourites. The look is comparable to Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel and Dior without the prohibitive price tag. She favours well-priced Canadian, Italian and French designers that lean towards clean, classic lines, including Michi, Kollontaï and Dennis Merotto. “I now know that my woman loves the choices and she likes to look like she has spent a fortune without having to,” she affirms. With the belief that women are looking to fashion to fill the void of what our culture is missing or what emotion is lacking in our world today, Christine states: “This year, women are looking for florals and prints to connect with a touch of nature and also lace and cutout fabrics to connect with a sense of romance.” She notes that for 2015 it is easy for women to reinvent their wardrobes each season with just a few key pieces. “Just look to add lace, a pop of colour, interesting accents or pieces with an architectural design, square-heeled shoes, a flat shoe or wedge, and pattern or animal prints, trees, grass or floral.” Understanding her clients and how they live and work is what the poised fashionista feels is her key to success. Despite the growth of big-box retailers and online shopping, Christine says that women still want a small store where they can connect with the owner and her vision. “Women want a place that is private and where someone will sit and listen to them. I’m a stylist, a therapist, a friend.” Christine strives to see her customers develop their own style and states that this comes with “confidence, intelligence and attitude. To have style, you must truly believe in yourself.”


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LIVING My Way

RUNNING on hope

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hen Sindy Hooper ran her first Ironman in the summer of 2012, she was in the best shape of her life. She finished the endurance race, which includes a four-kilometre swim, a 180-kilometre bike ride and a marathon, in 11 hours and 38 minutes, just narrowly missing qualification for the world championship by two slots – pretty impressive for her first time out! In December that year, Sindy celebrated her 50th birthday and was already working toward her next Ironman. But nagging symptoms – abdominal and back pain, diarrhea and stomach cramping – were slowing her down. Going out on a 15-kilometre course one day, she found she could barely run. She went home and slept and when she got up her husband, Dr. Jon Hooper, saw her jaundiced eyes and knew something was wrong. He booked her in the next day for an ultrasound and blood work. It was during the ultrasound that a large tumour was discovered on her pancreas and the radiologist gave Sindy the news: she had cancer. “As soon as she said ‘cancer,’ that got my attention. I asked Jon if it’s a good one or a bad one to have. He said, ‘It’s a bad one.’ He told me if you can have surgery you have a much better chance of survival, but if you can’t you’re looking at three to six months to live,” says Sindy. Only 25 per cent of people are able to get surgery. “That should send a very strong message to everyone out there to live your life to the fullest,” Sindy says. “Everybody thinks they’re invincible. You plan for your retirement, you think about your kids’ weddings and getting to see your grandchildren. But here I am, a person in top shape, in top health, with no family history of cancer, and I get probably the worst cancer you can get.” 42 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

AMAZING RACES CLOCKWISE FROM THE TOP: SINDY FINISHING THE 2013 IRONMAN CANADA RUN WITH HUSBAND JON HOOPER, JUST IN TIME FOR THE MIDNIGHT CUTOFF; 2011 SURF CITY HALF MARATHON; 2010 TIMBERMAN IRONMAN 70.3

Luckily, Sindy was able to get surgery. After recovering for several weeks, she also had to undergo 18 rounds of chemotherapy and 28 days of radiation. Since she was already registered for the Ironman that was coming up in Whistler, Sindy decided to go anyway and see what she could do. When she told her doctor, he was concerned. Typically, people on chemo don’t even want to get out of bed,

let alone run, bike, and swim. “All through spring and summer I had this routine where I’d go for chemo on Monday and come back and feel horrible. Wednesday I’d feel a bit better so I’d go for a swim. Thursday I’d go out on my bike. I couldn’t run at the time, but I’d go for walks and jog a bit,” Sindy says. “I always felt better when I was outside, biking and walking. It made me feel


healthy and normal, as opposed to being a cancer patient.” In Whistler, her husband stayed with her throughout the course. “We decided to go from one aid station to the next and stop if I couldn’t do anymore,” she recalls. “The swim was amazing and I did it in an hour and 15 minutes, which is a decent time for my age. Then we got on our bikes. The last 20 kilometres were all uphill, so I’d get partway and have to stop. I was worried we’d miss the cutoff, but we made it by 20 minutes. “We got to the transition area. I said we might as well go on the marathon course. We had seven hours to finish, so let’s see how far we get. We kept going and going. The cutoff was midnight and we made it in at 11:30,” Sindy finishes. She adds: “We were coming down the finishing chute and I was bawling. There were two things that seemed incomprehensible to me – learning that I had cancer, and then finishing this Ironman.” The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only six per cent. For all other cancers, the average five-year survival rate is 60 per cent and for breast cancer it’s 88 per cent. A recent CT scan showed a spot on her liver, though a further MRI didn’t detect the spot. So now, Sindy says, “that means three to six more months of healthy living, until the next scan!” But last spring, she heard about Dr. John Bell, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Bell is developing a virus therapy that could replace chemotherapy, with fewer side effects. In the lab, it’s shown to kill cancers, even tough ones like pancreatic cancer. He’s started clinical trials. “I had this idea to start a marathon team called Marathoners Gone Viral. My hope was to find 100 people who would run the Ottawa Marathon with me on May 24 and to raise $50,000 for Dr. Bell’s research,” Sindy says. So far, she’s managed to recruit 124 people and has raised $32,000. “Fear has been a big part of my life over the last couple of years,” Sindy notes. “With the statistics this cancer has, it’s very, very hard to stay hopeful. But when I heard about his research, it’s the one thing that has given me some hope.” Anyone interested in joining the team or donating can find information at goo.gl/qKCD85

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LIVING Giving Back

GOOD CONVERSATION LEIGH (LEFT) AND KAREN TAKE TIME TO ENJOY A COFFEE AND CONVERSATION

Being

NEIGHBOURLY BY CATHERINE CLARK PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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he next time you find yourself on Catherine Street in Ottawa, keep your eyes open for a little house with a sign outside the door that reads “highJinx.” If you were to stop and go inside, you would find yourself in a home unlike any other – one that combines a shop, a social enterprise and a haven for those in need. Karen Nielsen and Leigh Reid run highJinx, and together they’re helping their most vulnerable neighbours achieve a better life – one donated toaster, table or fresh-baked muffin at a time. Karen and Leigh sell enough donated items to pay the rent, and the rest they give away to people who need it most. They also offer warm meals, home visits and help with landlord negotiations, to name but a few of their services, and they do it all with a smile. 44 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

Both women used to work in social services and got tired of a system they felt was broken. The idea for highJinx was born out of their desire to donate items and services directly to people in need. “It’s so simple to help people,” Karen affirms. “We offer food, furniture, clothes, compassion, laughter … a lot of laughter!” she says with a hearty chuckle of her own. “We provide a place for neighbours to help neighbours, and we help people from all walks of life.” At first, Karen and Leigh collected pre-loved items from their friends and family, which highJinx would sell or give away. “But then the whole community chipped in,” says Karen, who admits that keeping an enterprise of this kind going comes at a personal cost. “It’s a huge sacrifice, and our friends

and family sacrifice for us too because this is our only gig, but we’re in year number 4 now and it’s still chugging along,” she says cheerfully. “Sure, there’s no job security, but there’s no job security for anyone anymore, and this is just the right thing to do.” In fact, her philosophy about the people that she and Leigh are helping is pretty simple: “They’re our neighbours, and we want our neighbours to be happy because that makes us happy too,” says Karen. “We give them food, furniture, the truth, some love … we just want them to live the best life they can, because that’s how you build a community.” To donate items, money or your time to highJinx, please contact Karen or Leigh at highjinxottawa.com.

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LIVING New & Notable

ARTFUL BUILDINGS , clothing and letter writing Know about something new & notable? Contact us: editor@ottawaathome.ca. BY SANDY CONNELL IMAGES SUPPLIED

DRAMATIC FACELIFT > The National Arts Centre (NAC) is launching its own renewal project this May. Almost 50 years after its opening in 1969, the NAC will get a facelift to the tune of $110 million, thanks to the Harper government’s recently announced $5.8-billion infrastructure scheme for federally owned assets, from museums to defence buildings. By reorienting the direction the NAC faces, patrons will soon have sweeping views of the National War Memorial, Parliament Hill and Elgin Street. In addition to a more welcoming façade, the renovations include a wraparound glass enclosure and a multiple-storey glass tower that will feature projected images. This will even include exterior projections of live performances taking place inside the centre. Venue capacity for meetings and events within the

NAC will increase to 18,000 square feet from 7,500 square feet upon completion in 2017, in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary. For the most part, the existing

building structure will not be altered in the renovation and performances will take place as usual throughout the construction period.

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After relocating to Ottawa, Alicia noticed that Ottawa was lacking a high-end designer consignment service. Alfred & Co. caters to fashionistas of all kinds, specializing in hard-to-find high-end maternity and bridal items. Lovers of designer items can visit Alfred & Co. online at shopalfred.ca or at various events, such as their upcoming fashion show at Santé Restaurant, 45 Rideau St. on Saturday, May 30, 12 – 2 p.m.

Spring is the time to renew your wardrobe and a great place to start is at Alfred & Co. Alicia McCarthy, a Queen’s University graduate, launched this high-end online designer consignment store last April. While living on Alfred Street in Kingston with five girlfriends, she was inspired by the life one article of clothing can have by sharing it, lending it and reusing it.

SIP N’ SCRAWL > Reviving the almost lost art of writing letters, Julie Gauthier and Dawn Walker of Covet & Co., a boutique letterpress studio in Almonte, are hosting Sip n’ Scrawl at local area coffee shops. These monthly events will be held at independent coffee shops across Ottawa monthly this spring. Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and

everything you need to write your letter: lovingly printed letterpress stationery, an envelope, a pen, and postage. Recently opened, Covet & Co. designs luxury paper goods printed on a hand-operated antique press and specializes in greeting cards, personalized stationery and wedding invitations. Visit Covet & Co. online at covetpaper.com for more information. Covet & Co. also offers one-on-one introductory letterpress workshops on weekends at its Almonte studio, 112 Queen St. SPRING 2015 ottawaathome.ca 45


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Retro desserts are being updated and revised! The classic upside-down cake is typically baked in a square pan with pineapple rings, brown sugar and candied cherries. PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN BUNDT CAKE PREP TIME: 15 minutes BAKE TIME: 55-60 minutes STANDING TIME: 10 minutes PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 3 minutes THE RENOVATION: Remove brown sugar and candied cherries, use a Bundt pan and add fresh berries after baking. The refurbished version makes an elegant finish to any spring meal.

INGREDIENTS: 6-7 fresh or canned pineapple rings, drained 1 cup (250 mL) butter, softened 2 cups (500 mL) granulated sugar 4 eggs 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour 1 tsp (5 mL) sea salt 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) baking soda 1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk or soured milk 2 tsp (10 mL) pure vanilla extract

METHOD: Preheat oven to 325F. Grease well or apply cooking spray to a 10 x 4 inch / 25 x 10 cm Bundt pan (fluted tube pan). Place 6-7 pineapple rings beside each other on bottom of prepared pan. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each addition. In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sea salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Turn batter into prepared Bundt pan. Gently tap the bottom of the pan on counter or with palm of hand to settle the batter heavily on pineapple rings and release any air pockets. Smooth out batter on top. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until firm to the touch, golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes. Turn out onto cake stand or plate. Garnish with fresh berries as desired. Serves 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12.

In glass measuring cup, add vanilla to milk. Add half the flour mixture to butter mixture followed by half the milk mixture beating well after each addition. Repeat with remaining flour and milk mixtures.

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FOOD Inspiring Projects

FEEDING community spirit

ENGAGING SPACE LYNDA (LEFT) AND KAREN WORKED TIRELESSLY TO CREATE THE WARM AND WELCOMING SPACE; BESPOKE GANANOQUE BUILT THE BARNBOARD PANTRY DOOR.

BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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f you’ve ever built a new home or embarked on an extensive renovation, you know what a difference it makes to have a space tailor-made for your needs. The Parkdale Food Centre in Hintonburg was recently able to fit up a bright, welcoming new location from which it is now delivering food, comfort and support to thousands of people each year. The PFC’s co-ordinator, Karen Secord, saw an incredible opportunity when space became available in the same building that houses the new Rosemount branch of the Somerset West Community Health Centre. “We knew right away that co-locating with other essential social services would help us 48 ottawaathome.ca SPRING 2015

towards our goal of being a true community hub for neighbours in need,” says Karen. After a few months of planning and securing grants, a whirlwind five-week renovation took place, enabling the PFC to occupy the space in early December. “We envisioned a place which was open and warm, with a large kitchen as its main space,” explains Karen. “Handing out food is one of our mandates, but educating people about food security and preparing healthy meals in a communal fashion are equally important aspects of our work here.” PFC board member and architectural technologist Lynda Hansen was instrumental in the creation of the centre’s new home. She

and Karen served as project managers and Lynda’s expertise was essential in liaising with the design team from KWC Architects, as well as all the various subtrades and volunteer labourers who worked swiftly to get the space ready. “So many people literally dropped what they were doing to help us. And we are so grateful for groups like the Keller Williams Foundation for Giving, Brigil and the Taggart Parkes Foundation, whose contributions


made not only this space but our new leased van possible.” Numerous cheerful features contribute to the homey atmosphere in the PFC, from the barnboard bookcases that house a library of donated cookbooks, to the bright curtains, photographs of local landmarks and the large canvas painted as a tribute to Ottawa’s Hidden Harvest program, with which the PFC is involved. Lynda says that allocating the largest amount of space possible to the kitchen was intentional. “We love that it doesn’t feel institutional and it gives us more opportunities to engage people in the process of making and sharing food,” she explains. “We have so many cooking activities that go on here, including having local chefs donate their expertise while clients learn new techniques and nutrition tips, and then sit down to share the meal they’ve prepared. In addition, sports teams and business groups cook in the licensed kitchen, preparing baked goods and other items to distribute to clients.” Food distribution is handled in a caring manner. Volunteers slide open barnboard doors leading to the large pantry, where clients are helped to select their own food based on a curated list of proteins, grains, vegetables, snacks and perishables. The only downside to the PFC’s new location has been that the increased visibility is leading to increased traffic. “Since December, our numbers are up by 30 per cent,” says Karen. “People love what we are doing here, but it is hard to keep up with demand.” The PFC will hold its second annual gala on May 7 to raise funds and awareness. “One of our primary goals is to maintain a place that helps to break down social isolation,” adds Karen. “When we see volunteers coming in early and clients lingering to visit after they pick up their food, we know the new space is working as we had hoped.” sproutingcommunitygalapfc.eventbrite.ca

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FOOD Dining Out

Refreshing local

RESTAURANTS BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

“ Norm’s talents and positive influence have brought a whole new feel to the Empire menu. We are excited to be working with a chef of Norm’s calibre.” —

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INNOVATIVE TALENT

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hen the Empire Grill’s owners John Borsten and Dave Mangano decided it was time for a comprehensive makeover, they looked for some new energy and creativity in the kitchen to complement their refreshed décor. Enter chef Norm Aitken, known and admired by many in Ottawa for his innovative dishes at the now-closed Juniper Kitchen and Wine Bar. As Norm explains, “the Empire team wanted a chef who was

interested in developing an innovative new menu. It’s a great opportunity for me that came at the perfect time.” While he won’t classify his latest cuisine as being of any particular genre, Norm admits that it is very much like what people would expect from his previous work. “The new menu is a little more casual and laid-back than what the Empire had before. We’re emphasizing solid, Canadian-inspired flavours with local and seasonal being showcased in unique ways. My Maritime roots are definitely reflected in this menu as well.” The interesting new food offerings represent a blend of some of Norm’s traditional favourites as well as some delicious, intriguing new elements. While the Empire is no longer branding itself as a steakhouse, steaks are most definitely still on the menu, says Norm. “Steaks will never go out of style, but I hope guests will also give some of my signature dishes a try, like crispy beef short rib nibs or braised curried lamb dumplings with preserved tomato. I’m very excited about our lentil-raw nut taco with basil slaw. We’re also getting fresh pasta and flatbread dough each day from our sister restaurant, The Grand.” Norm is confident the new and improved ByWard Market area Empire (Grill has been dropped from the name) will appeal to a broad range of diners. “We’ve got a great kids’ menu, and we’re mindful of food sensitivities and the increased interest in vegetarian dishes. This menu is more fun, packed with bigger and bolder flavours than before. I am excited for everyone to taste what’s going on here.”


“The restaurant dining room is mixed with rustic and modern refinements and in the kitchen I take traditional recipes and add an equal dose of modern techniques and touches”. —

CHEF ADAM VETTOREL

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o complete a restaurant renovation in just three months requires vision, determination and ingenuity. Fortunately for Chris Schlesak and Adam Vettorel, owners of the new North & Navy on Nepean Street, they clearly have an abundance of all three, plus a boatload of talent to boot. Serving as their own designers, the two have breathed new light and life into a mid-1800s Victorian brick house that has been a restaurant for decades, most recently home to Beckta Dining & Wine. Chris’s background as a photographer is evident throughout; his artistic eye has zeroed in on details both large and small. A charming collection of family photos graces the entranceway, while antique prints decorate another wall. An arresting gilt-framed mirror expands the main dining area and ornately decorated tiles add visual interest to the wood floors. Sure to be a favoured spot at North & Navy is the expanded bar area at the back, with its view of the now-visible kitchen. A pretty, private dining nook is tucked into the side of this open area, with bar stools and a hightop table offering pleasant perches to watch all the action. Dark blue-grey walls provide a soothing backdrop and carefully curated antique furniture provides interesting accents throughout the restaurant. The upstairs private dining room and washrooms have also been given fresh treatments. Inspired by the wine bars or bacari of Venice, North & Navy offers an environment in which the food experience is enhanced by the pleasing atmosphere. “Adam and I are really happy with not only the way the space works, but also how it feels,” says Chris. “It is a great representation of us – touches of luxury in a casual, comfortable environment.”

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FOOD Fresh Bites

TOP FIVE Chef Kenton Leier’s tips for the novice kitchen gardener: 3 Start small; it can be more work than you realize.

3 Focus on four or five things and grow them well.

3 Think about how you like to cook – plant things you are going to use.

3 Companion plantings can increase your success.

3 Talk to local experts at the farmers’ markets for advice.

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HERBS APLENTY POTTED HERBS AND VEGETABLES GROW PLENTIFULLY IN THE ROOFTOP SUN

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traditional potager or kitchen garden is both esthetically appealing and highly functional, serving as a cook’s convenient source of herbs, vegetables and possibly fruit and flowers. With modern living, opportunities for a spacious kitchen garden plot might be diminished, but the possibilities for a useful, attractive container garden are many. The Westin Ottawa’s executive chef Kenton Leier has ready access to a lovely rooftop garden that is purposefully planted to suit the needs of his busy kitchen. “We have about 20 large concrete containers

forming the perimeter of our sixth-floor patio outside our health club. We started this garden three years ago and have expanded it every year. I love sending my cooks up in the morning to clip some herbs or harvest peppers and tomatoes; the guests in the health club enjoy watching them gathering the day’s ingredients.” Because of the rooftop’s fullday sunlight, Kenton knew that tomatoes would likely grow well and his hunch was correct. “We grow a lot of cherry tomatoes as those plants have a terrific yield – we have Romas and beefsteaks as well. In terms of other vegetables, lettuces, kale and

peppers were very successful, although this year we’ll likely plant fewer jalapenos as we had more than we needed. We also experimented with Brussels sprouts last year but they didn’t grow very well; they’re likely not suited to container gardening.” Kenton agrees that having an abundance of fresh herbs close at hand is one of the best reasons for having a kitchen garden. “We plant about 20 different varieties of herbs, all of which find their way into our dishes. We enjoy working with several varieties of basil and thyme as well as chives, cilantro, rosemary and more.” This year, Kenton says he’d like to see more lettuces in his rooftop garden. “I love going up to the patio every day to check on things and see how all the plants are growing. Working in a garden is so serene, and of course we have an incredible view from up there.”


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