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CONTENTS Fall 2012
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10 DESIGNER AT HOME: Practical
glamour for condo living
12 RENOVATION: Family values
from the ‘50s to today
16 COVER STORY INSTYLE: A heritage building is
20 INSPIRING PROJECTS:
When a renovation becomes the classroom, the results are inspirational
22 STEP INSIDE: The eclectic
home of one of Ottawa’s most respected decorators
26 LIVING MY WAY: Bringing work
home to a chic bachelor pad
home, in the name of décor
27 PROFILE: Defining decorating
39 FOOD THOUGHTS: Fusion soup 40 LET’S DISH: Cooking school
kitchen that’s high in style
42 EATING OUT: Taking a peek
at the diverse decorating styles of Ottawa’s dining spots
44 FRESH BITES: New local hotspot Union: local 613 brings foodies together
46 END NOTE: Iconic style
34 NEW & NOTABLE: Stay current
on the local style scene
37 LIVING DESIGN EXPERT: Jodi Gilmour shares her colour knowledge
39 GIVING BACK: A little confidence
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here are some things in life that we take for granted – personal style is one of them. How much time do we spend defining our style and categorizing it to make shopping trips easier? Not much! But, with the launch of our Naked Room contest in the summer issue, I started to think about the importance of identifying tastes before tackling a decorating project. My personal style trademark is that of a rebel. I like to break the rules ever so slightly, and my friends have all heard me say many times: “It works because I say it does!” It’s a bold statement, but one I can pull off because it is said with confidence. But, as much as I like to think of myself as unique, I can be defined, even categorized. My style is transitional and perhaps a little eclectic. And although both incorporate blending and are the least influenced by rules, they still fit a mould. In our profile feature we interview four designers who are known for a certain style. They offer expert opinions and guidelines, but also maintain flexibility about rules. Following rules to a T is the number 1 faux pas in the design world because if they’re used with too much obedience, the talent gets lost and the result is boring. So break the rules and get playful – the results will be much more intriguing. A case in point is our visit into the wonderfully stylish and eclectic home of interior designer Michael Courdin. Understanding where your eyes, heart and head are going, then figuring out how to put them all together, is the key to success for most things in life. And in the world of design it is essential. Take time to consider the many choices you make each day: the food you eat; clothing you wear; the music you listen to; all of these things are influenced by personal style. I like fusion cooking, mixing colour and pattern, and I love loud music. I’m an eclectic, transitional kind of gal with the bold confidence to make it work. Ottawa At Home is fine-tuning its personal style too. We have a new look that shows our sophisticated side and commitment to keeping up with the inspirational looks that our readers aspire to attain, as well as the lifestyle issues they need to stay on top of. Our entire fall issue caters to defining style. May it help you classify and embrace your unique look! Define your personal style by determining what you like, embrace it and wear it with confidence, because this is who you are. Still confused? Join me Sept. 28-30 at the Home & Design Show where I’ll be offering seminars on how to find your individual style.
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HOME Designer at Home budget to lifestyle before digging into a project, and knows the importance of interpreting clients’ needs. “I must understand what my client likes in terms of style preference, as well as what he or she is hoping to achieve as an end result,” she says.
An important part of the design process is establishing how the space will be lived in and for how long. Buying quality flooring, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and tiles is an investment that will get a good return when it’s time to sell. Rnea advises clients to decorate one room at a time, focusing first on areas that will be used the most, and to splurge on quality furniture for a well-used space. Adding drama with interesting artwork and lighting also offers an opportunity to showcase personal style.
THE ART OF
Listening WRITTEN BY MARY TAGGART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
Designer Rnea Garrah pulls her personal decorating style from all aspects of her life. She is charismatic with a cool sophistication that shows off hints of glamour. Her condo in Little Italy combines all of these qualities and serves as a 10 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
good example of her talent for making efficient use of space while maintaining a stylish look. Rnea has a knack for creating chic looks for her clients, but always stays in tune with practicalities by listening carefully to what they say. She researches everything from
Look at the space and create a floor plan. Measure the area and draw it on graph paper to determine the scale of furniture. Purchase the most important furniture first. All other pieces can be added to the plan after the necessary ones are in place. Determine which colours make you happy and create a colour scheme. If you have a difficult time selecting colours, choose some base colours from your favourite artwork or fabric. Accessorize by using fun decorative pillows. Co-ordinate accessories with artwork and fabrics, as well as mixing in a few patterns and textures for visual interest. Contact Rnea Garrah at 613-366-2149, www.myjealousneighbour.com
“I must understand what my client likes in terms of style preference, as well as what he or she is hoping to achieve as an end result.” — RNEA GARRAH
FACING PAGE: FRAMED IMAGES BY PHOTOGRAPHER JASON KWAN; SOFA FROM MOBILIA. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE: NEUTRAL WOOD TONES LET THE KITCHEN BLEND EASILY INTO LIVING SPACE; RNEA EMBRACES GLAMOUR AND DRAMA WITH A BLACK TILE DIVIDING WALL MOVING INTO THE BEDROOM; OVERSIZED MIRRORS ENHANCE SMALL SPACES.
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HOME Home Renovation
A MODERN Revival of the 50s WRITTEN BY JANE WHITING PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
1950s design has been renewed for contemporary living in a perfect family home in Rockcliffe Park. History not only repeats itself in the renovated design, but the new owners share the same dedication to creating a true family home as the original residents who moved in as newlyweds in 1951. Tani and Gregory Sanders embraced the heritage status of their older home and carefully preserved the organic feel of the building, while modernizing it for their active brood of four. For background information on the property, Tani contacted the family who had the home built and was intrigued to discover they had much in common.
BLAST FROM THE PAST THIS PAGE: ARTIST SARA CARACRISTI PAINTED THE PIECE ABOVE THE FIREPLACE; KITCHEN DESIGNED BY NICK SEMANYK AND BUILT BY NIGEL BOWERS. RIGHT PAGE: THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT INFLUENCES
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Mrs. Genevieve Laidlaw raised four children in the home as well, and told Tani that she especially liked having them walk to school in the neighbourhood. “She was thrilled to hear that we were enjoying our home,” reports Tani, who also moved to Rockcliffe to be close to schools and reduce family commuting time.
> HOME OF A FOUNDING FAMILY As a wedding gift from Frederic Bronson to his daughter Genevieve on her marriage to Archie Laidlaw, the home was built by James Moore from house plans drawn up by his son. Still a student architect, Bill Moore was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and wanted a design that allowed natural light and brought the outside in. The design maximized window space and included light-enhancing
soffits under a flat roof, which was a very novel and controversial feature in the village at the time. However, both the flat roof and the design have withstood the test of time, notes Tani, who gives full credit for the graceful facelift to Nick Semanyk of Urban Keios. “Nick pays so much attention to the meaningful details and kept the authentic ‘50s style of both the flat roof and side
entrances of the home.” Without changing the basic footprint of the building, the home expanded to create a garage with a new bedroom and office on top, plus extra family space at the back. The household needs of another era – the maid’s entrance, butler’s pantry and their back-stairway – have all been cleverly incorporated to function for a modern family.
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“ Nick was very cognizant of us wanting usable space that evolves as the family grows up.” — TANI SANDERS
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> MODERN FAMILY HOME The Sanderses are the third family to move into the home and as parents of Harry (12), Hanna (14), Kefir (16) and Ethan (18), they could probably use some domestic help. But the former servant’s quarters now provide a discreet side entry into a big mudroom with a laundry chute and wall-towall closets. It allows for easy removal of clothing and dirty sportswear, with a quick skip up the private back stairs. “The home already had a good feel to it and was built like a bunker,” says Tani. “All we had to do was make it more kid-friendly and accommodate big, informal gatherings of family and friends without wasting any space.” On the other side of the house, the main entrance opens into a living/dining
FAMILY AFFAIR THIS PAGE: FORMER MAID’S QUARTERS NOW FUNCTION AS THE MUDROOM; CUSTOM PILLOW MAKEVANCOUVER. COM; LIME GREEN COUNTERTOPS ADD FUN TO THE CHILDREN’S BATHROOM. FACING PAGE: AFTER DINNER ON THE BASKETBALL COURT; THE SCREENED-IN PORCH OFF THE MASTER BEDROOM IS A RETREAT FOR TANI AND GREG.
room with a remodelled floor plan at the front, and a hallway that leads to the busy kitchen and family area at the back. Here, Nick put his talent for finding out how the family functions to full use. He transformed the existing dining room into a spacious kitchen with a long expanse of windows overlooking the pool and patio. Tani’s preference
for natural, yet durable, surfaces is met with honed-granite countertops and easyclean wood cabinetry. On the kitchen side of the mudroom area, the butler’s pantry became a series of customized sections that include a walk-in pantry, an area for food prep and extra kitchen storage. The new bumped-out space off the kitchen has
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a great-room style, with a wall of patio doors that slide open to create a seamless indoor/outdoor transition. A two-sided fireplace is all that divides the eating area from the family room, where an eight-seater leather sectional makes for comfortable and cozy get-together time. While neutral “noodlecoloured” walls favour the monochromatic look of the ‘50s on the main floor, upstairs is a different story. In each of the five bedrooms, everyone got to choose their own personal decorating colours and themes. Three impressive bathrooms emerged from the renovations, in addition to giving Hanna a new bedroom, an office with a private deck for Gregory, and creating a cottage-style cedar retreat with treetop views. Both inside and out, everything has been redesigned to fit the family lifestyle, while respecting the history of the home and the vision of the original builder. “Nick always collaborated with us and the contractor to keep a clean and timeless design in harmony with the environment,” says Tani. “He was very cognizant of us wanting usable space that evolves as the family grows up.” The home has definitely grown up too. From one that was built to suit the Laidlaw family in the 1950s to the modern-day Sanders family and, no doubt, for generations to come!
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KITCHEN FROM IKEA
CHARACTERISTIC STYLE WRITTEN BY ARAINA BOND • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
f you ask Rob Imbeault about the lovely shark statue in his foyer, he will casually tell you that it reminds him of the time he swam with great whites sharks in San Francisco. Luckily, the world-travelling philanthropist and entrepreneur has a closer (and safer) oasis of calm in his newly renovated Ottawa condo. Not one to sit still for long, Rob is often found juggling work for his successful company 10Count with social networking and charitable 16 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
initiatives. Swimming with sharks and raising funds for cancer research were just two items on Rob’s long bucket list. “I came from a pretty humble background,” he explains, sitting at a beautiful glass table in his open-concept space. “So when all the success didn’t lead to happiness, I decided to pursue it in more meaningful ways.” And his condo is the perfect home base for all his adventures. Designed by his ex-wife and friend, Rnea Garrah, the condo
is a seamless blend of modern, minimalist style set within the quirky charm of a beautifully restored heritage building. Built in 1873, Wallis House boasts a rich and varied history. It has served as a hospital, a seminary, and an army barracks during Second World War, as well as an armoury and housing for veterans. After being slated for demolition, the building was purchased and brought back to its current splendour by local heritage restorer Sandy Smallwood with Andrex Holdings.
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“I was really drawn to the uniqueness of it,” explains Rob. “The enormously wide and high hallways with tons of exposed brick gave a sense of history and stood out from all the new concrete, steel and glass cookie- cutters out there now.” He likes it when all his guests describe the building in the same way, saying: “It has a lot of character!” However, the character of an old building can come with a few strings attached. The impressive soaring windows that extend all the way up to the second floor loft-style bedroom can let in a little too much light in the early morning hours. It was also a long and challenging task to gain approval from the heritage board for the gas fireplace, but one that Rob feels was well worth it. A red oval sofa is a bold pop of colour against a mainly white background and is also a favourite hangout spot for Rob’s white Persian cat, Logan. His friends have dubbed it the “nest.” “There have been some fun nights where they try to see how many can fit comfortably in the nest and I think they landed at five,” he says. “I found the pod couch very odd in the store, but once I sat in it I was sold. I insisted on the couch, but because it was red, I had to sacrifice the bright orange leather chairs I liked for the dining area. The nest won.” The mix of comfort with style can be seen throughout, with clean lines and monochromatic colour schemes played up with furniture chosen for lounging and socializing. A tweed and leather sofa from Mobilia and colourful pieces from local artists soften the stark chrome and glass lamps and gleaming countertops. “I love my couch! It’s funny because I don’t have cable or watch TV, but the couch is huge and very comfortable – perfect for winter nights with the fireplace on.” Upstairs in the master bathroom, a stand-alone bathtub and splash of mosaic tiles add a touch of whimsy to the simple light wood cabinets and white countertop. The open space and welcoming atmosphere of the condo are perfect for Rob’s impromptu gettogethers. Whether he’s swimming with sharks or relaxing in his stunning home, Rob is clearly a man who does it all with boundless energy and style.
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HOME Inspiring Projects
from the inside out WRITTEN BY MARY TAGGART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
High-school students learn the practical side of homebuilding outside theclassroom… PRACTICAL RENO CLOCKWISE: KITCHEN BY DESLAURIER CUSTOM CABINETS; FLOORING AND BACKSPLASH FROM WESTBORO FLOORING AND DECOR; IAN CHARLEBOIS.
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here are some school subjects that need to move beyond the classroom. Homebuilding is one of them. This trade subject is offered at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Orleans and relies on relationships with local builders to help put the curriculum in place. But when the fit with the usual developer wasn’t right, teacher Ron Toews found his students without a project and was facing the possibility of trying to teach a hands-on subject within the confines of the classroom. When past student and local realtor Ian Charlebois heard about the struggles Ron was having, he stepped in to help. Ian is a community-minded entrepreneur with a background in development and, as the son of one of the owners of Metric Homes, he was aware of the complexities of the building industry and the need for trained workers. The time of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s program needs fit in with a renovation project Ian was personally undertaking. He had just bought a 50-year-old house on Smyth Road that was in need of renovation. After careful consideration, Ian offered his project up to Ron for his students to work on. Thirteen students obtained both interior and exterior knowledge and learned about building from a renovation perspective by working alongside skilled trades. Outside, they helped build a retaining wall, gutted and repaired a garage, and worked on soffits, siding, windows and landscaping. Inside, they learned how to read floor plans and understand the complicated process of creating new from old by opening up walls on the main floor to create an open-concept plan that updated the kitchen and living space. Ian looks back on the experience in a positive light: “It was a great experience for me and a learning process for everyone involved. The circumstances were so unique that every day was different, and dealing with the students was a pleasure.”
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DIVINE DESIGN THIS PAGE: MICHAEL IN FRONT OF HIS COVETED MICHAEL EPSTADT PAINTING; BROWN MOHAIR COVERS A 1940s AMERICAN METAL CHAIR IN THE LIVING ROOM; PAINT COLOUR IS PRATT & LAMBERT 32-25 “DAWN MIST”; THE ‘60s RETRO STYLE DINING ROOM; FIXTURE WAS A FLEA MARKET FIND.
THE SIGNATURE DESIGN OF
Michael Courdin WRITTEN BY VERA CODY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
ravelling to Italy a few years ago, Ottawa interior designer Michael Courdin visited the Vecchia Murano Glass Factory on Murano Island in Venice. On a shelf at the back of the store he spotted five grey-textured vases, prototypes for Giorgio Armani’s Home collection. Michael bought the vase that Armani had rejected for its shape, and now it has tripled in value and become his prize possession!
Looking for the unusual and distinctive is his signature design sensibility. At the age of 20, armed with art and design courses from the Ontario College of Art & Design, he was initially unsure of his career path. His father wanted him to be an architect, although extensive testing and counselling at the University of Ottawa confirmed that 22 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
interior design was his future. With that comfort level established, his design career evolved. At his first job with Taarn Torontow Interiors, he met his mentor Bruce Summers, who guided him through the complex process of successful interior design. More than 30 years later, with clients all over
the world, Michael creatively incorporates timeless and eclectic design in all his projects. WHAT WAS THE DESIGN WORLD LIKE IN OTTAWA WHEN YOU BEGAN? At that time there was a design company called Raintree Interiors on Bank Street and they were true designers. Some of the shops were
create a spa-quality feel to your home with the tranquility of things, and don’t be afraid to introduce some colour influences. Take a retro fixture and throw it into a traditional setting. Be distinctive. WHICH CELEBRITY’S HOME WOULD YOU LOVE TO MAKE-OVER? Wayne Gretzky’s California home, which was featured in Architectural Digest. ARE THERE EVER ANY DESIGN NO-NOS? Overpuddling of drapes that drag on the floor.
retail decorators and some were retail design. Eventually it became more sophisticated as clientele became more demanding. You had to perform bigger tasks. Design furniture. Do renovations. It evolved into true interior design as opposed to decorating. WHAT REPRESENTS GOOD DESIGN TASTE TO YOU? I don’t like the American show home mentality featuring automatic decoration achieved with one-stop shopping. My style is more eclectic and this is what I try to do for my client. The client becomes a personality as opposed to a stage set. WHAT QUALITIES SHOULD A DESIGNER HAVE? Really
good designers are born with an understanding of how things work to make something unique. They pull things together without worrying about everything being perfectly matched to create interesting environments. I like to be a little more daring and change a client’s mindset by throwing in something strange. Once they understand, they love it. A good designer also doesn’t push their own personal esthetic on a client. WHAT’S EXCITING NOW IN THE DESIGN WORLD? The volume and diversity of new things is amazing. The Americans are coming out with more contemporary design – I prefer higherend designs. You can
IS THERE A MICHAEL COURDIN SIGNATURE STYLE? I prefer a fairly neutral palette and let art and objects stand out individually. It’s important to understand the client’s personality. The objects in their home speak of the person. It is not the sofa or the drapery, although they can become part of the theatre. Some people need the background of a lot of style because of their personality and I do that as well. WHAT HELPS YOU STAY CURRENT? Magazines inspire me and if I like something I see in a magazine room setting, I want to try it. Just walking down a street can trigger you subliminally. An exhibit, watching a movie, viewing an art show – these are all influences. Travelling also pushes me to try different things after I have immersed myself in a different culture.
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LIVING My Way “We were blessed with the gift of sight. The bonus of the gift is that we get to see it in colour.” — MICHAEL GENNIS, OWNER MICHAEL GENNIS ART GALLERY
HIGHER LIVING WRITTEN BY ANDREA DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
t’s one thing to admire a piece of art in a gallery. But can the prospective art buyer think outside the box and “see” how that same piece of art will look at home? For Michael Gennis, it’s a skill that comes naturally. Sure, he knows the significance of the piece, or the meaning behind it, or even the process involved in the art form coming together. But Michael makes it sound simple when he refers to the design and art placement strategy in his own home: “It’s got to look nice,” he says very simply. That’s an understatement for his stunning place, particularly when you consider his impressive art collection, with a few pieces “on loan” from his gallery. Clients can sometimes see works displayed in Michael’s home. Small wonder that when he was busy opening the new Michael Gennis Art Gallery in November, and moving into his equally new “double” condominium directly above the gallery in December, he sometimes wondered just which space he was in. The European-style gallery in trendy Westboro Village, with its 20-foot ceilings and glass storefront, is a work of art in itself. But equally impressive is Michael’s home seven floors 26 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
EYE CANDY CLOCKWISE, FACING PAGE: FIREPLACE TILE, EURO CERAMICS; FIXTURE BY GALLERY ARTIST ALEX ANAGNOSTOU; DINING ROOM FURNITURE FROM ROCHE BOBOIS. CLOCKWISE, THIS PAGE: PAINTING ABOVE CHAIR BY PETER MONAGHAN; PAINTING ABOVE BED, JOHN BARKLEY; WATERCOLOUR-INSPIRED TURKISH MOSAIC TILE IN MASTER BATH; DRAMATIC COLOUR IN WORK BY DAVID GERSTEIN; KITCHEN BY DESLAURIER.
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LADIES DAY Sunday, September 23rd Findlay Creek Village
A Day Devoted to Food, Decor & More Join us from noon to 4:00 pm in our beautifully decorated model homes at Findlay Creek for a day of learning and fun. Tosca Italian Ristorante Featuring true Italian fare Epicure Selections Food Sampling with Edith and Norm Kelly Nails by Joanna, Make Up tips, Fashion by 3 Wild Women Cake creations…. for all occasions Sherrie Turcotte Design by LaZBoy Furniture Galleries and Elite Draperies Art by Flying Colours, Jewelry by Stella & Dot, Massages by Back on Track. Design by Unique Spaces and M.Y. Homes Sushi by the Bambu Restaurant, Cake decorating by Wilton School Make Up including Lips and Nails, Smashbox, Perfume selection, Jewelry by Silpada Natural products by Arbonne PLUS The Jazzmutants will be playing in our Sales Centre with coffee, sweets and treats.
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INSPIRATION PART OF THE CHARM OF CONDO LIVING IS THE VIEW, MICHAEL AND ROBERT (RIGHT) ENJOY EVENINGS ON THEIR BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE OTTAWA RIVER AND GATINEAU HILLS, WITH SWEEPING VIEWS OF THE CITY LIGHTS.
above. It features: floorto-ceiling windows, light streaming in everywhere, space, colour, artwork, and magnificent views north towards the river and east towards the Parliament Buildings. Michael and his partner Dr. Robert Birnbaum put as much thought and energy into their living space as an artist would put into his work. They worked with an architect to “stitch” two condominiums together. The resulting in a showcase condo that also shows off their extraordinary art collection. The colour in this beautiful home comes not from the furniture or from the walls, but rather from the décor objects and the art. A
breathtaking centrepiece is the floor-to-ceiling fireplace wall, finished with inlaid mosaic glass tile in vibrant, fiery reds and oranges. It’s eye candy for the art lover. The kitchen is a simple yet functional design that features slab doors in cherry wood, a handy eating bar across the front, and a hidden gourmet pantry towards the back. It’s all high-end and magazine- worthy, yet as Michael likes to point out, “You still feel like you can live here.” That’s if you can get beyond the idea that if you’re using the master bath, you’re also sharing it with a Chagall. And there’s another Chagall in the dining room. (They’re not for sale.) However, if you’re in the market for a one-of-
a-kind, non-traditional chandelier, the one in Michael’s dining room is on the market. It’s brilliant – what better way to display a functional piece of art than in the gallery owner’s home? It’s all about simplicity and contemporary design, accentuated by beautiful artwork. Not exactly traditional, but not really “out there” either. Accompanying the treasures are the framed family photos – also priceless. It’s a home that exudes an eclectic, yet comfortable and happy vibe, which is demonstrated as Michael gets down on his knees to clean cat “mistakes” out of a $7,000 carpet. “Welcome to my life,” he says. A life filled with art, with family, with passion. A life dedicated to pursuing dreams and living them.
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If you like garage sales and bistro glasses, your style leans toward urban country, and if you drink martinis and dream of clearing clutter from book shelves you have modern tastes....
Style DEFINED SONYA KINKADE, INTERIOR DECORATOR, SONYA KINKADE DESIGN.
You’ve got style . . . now it’s time you learn how to use it! Ottawa At Home interviewed four local experts to discover how style has adapted to incorporate today’s lifestyles, and learn what defines each unique decorating style. WRITTEN BY MARY TAGGART • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
PHILLIP VAN LEEUWEN BOOMKAMP, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PHILLIP VAN LEEUWEN.
URBAN COUNTRY Sonya Kinkade, Interior Decorator, Sonya Kinkade Design. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE ELEMENTS OF URBAN-COUNTRY DÉCOR? An eclectic mix of salvaged materials, such as antique or reclaimed wood, mingled with industrial architecture. WHAT SHOULD A WELLDRESSED URBAN COUNTRY SPACE INCLUDE? Reclaimed wood floors, tables, beams, and salvaged architectural items including metals. A mix of leather and fabric, favouring naturals such as linen. Lighting includes crystal chandeliers, architectural pendants. Currently, metal apothecary lights are popular. WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT
REPRESENTS URBAN COUNTRY DÉCOR? A piece, like a dining table or coffee table, that uses both reclaimed wood and salvaged metals. WHAT COLOUR SCHEME WORKS BEST WITH URBAN COUNTRY DÉCOR? A soft white to highlight the furnishings and keep walls looking clean and fresh. HOW DOES URBAN COUNTRY DÉCOR STAND OUT FROM OTHER DECORATING STYLES? It combines both country and city living elements.
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NEW TRADITIONAL JP Paquette, Design Consultant, Cadieux Interiors. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE ELEMENTS OF NEW TRADITIONAL DESIGN? High style, refined furnishings with textured fabrics and lowsheen wood finish. Space can be jazzed up with “bling” without being too serious or formal. WHAT SHOULD A WELL-DRESSED NEW TRADITIONAL SPACE INCLUDE? A beautiful large rug, either a Persian or a more updated wool/
silk, with calm and muted patterns such as geometrical. It must be large enough so that most of the larger scaled furnishings are on the rug. Resist the urge to overaccessorize; select larger items and less of them. WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT RESONATES WITH THE TERM NEW TRADITIONAL DESIGN? A black baby grand piano has presence and anchors a room. WHAT COLOUR SCHEME WORKS BEST WITH NEW TRADITIONAL DESIGN? A
JP PAQUETTE, DESIGN CONSULTANT, CADIEUX INTERIORS.
TO BE? Clean lines and smooth surfaces without intricate details. Today’s updated contemporary design is a blend of comfortable, livable elements that create a sophisticated fresh look and feel. WHAT SHOULD A WELLDRESSED CONTEMPORARY SPACE INCLUDE? Metals like stainless steel, nickel and chrome are very popular because they they distort the contemporary look. Avoid elaborate patterns and clutter; they distort a clean, 30 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
contemporary look. WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT BEST REPRESENTS CONTEMPORARY DESIGN? Most furniture designed by Le Corbusier. WHAT COLOUR SCHEME WORKS BEST WITH CONTEMPORARY DESIGN? Neutral colours typically offset contemporary design. HOW DOES CONTEMPORARY DESIGN STAND OUT FROM OTHER DECORATING STYLES? Fewer limitations.
LUC CRAWFORD, OWNER, LUC CRAWFORD DESIGN.
monochromatic palette combined with dark woods, ivory walls and neutral textured fabrics, is the ideal recipe. HOW DOES NEW TRADITIONAL DESIGN STAND OUT FROM OTHER DECORATING STYLES? It’s timeless and warm, while still appealing to a younger audience.
TRANSITIONAL Luc Crawford, Owner, Luc Crawford Design. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE ELEMENTS OF TRANSITIONAL DECOR? Shape, texture (pattern), and colour. Shape is found in the furniture – the back of a Louis XV chair with its ornate curves. Texture (or pattern) can be found either in the woodwork or upholstery fabric. Then colour, which are typically neutrals – greys and beiges, mostly with blacks and browns. WHAT SHOULD A WELL-DRESSED TRANSITIONAL SPACE INCLUDE? Great design should include an anchor or feature piece. In transitional design, it would be a traditional piece of furniture with a contemporary fabric. WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF FURNITURE THAT BEST REPRESENTS TRANSITIONAL DECOR? A late -1800s lounge chair covered in a fabric with a large print, with mostly neutral colours. WHAT COLOUR SCHEME WORKS BEST WITH TRANSITIONAL DÉCOR? A neutral palette of grey, beige, black, brown with a hint of colour like purple, deep red, yellow, orange. HOW DOES TRANSITIONAL DÉCOR STAND OUT FROM OTHER DECORATING STYLES? It’s a harmonious balance of the soft elegance found in contemporary décor with the bolder shapes of traditional.
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September 28-30, 2012 CE Centre
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TO DRESS YOUR SPACE!
La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries is giving away $10,000 worth of furnishings and in-home design services to dress your bare room and turn drab décor into fab space.
DO YOU HAVE A ROOM THAT IS EMBARRASSINGLY NEGLECTED OR SIMPLY DOWNRIGHT BARE? Ottawa At Home’s most exciting contest can help. Choose your decorating style online at www.ottawaathome.ca, or visit one of Ottawa’s La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries to fill out a ballot between June 11 and Sept 27 to win $10,000 worth of furnishings. Then head to The Home & Design Show at the CE Centre, Sept 28-30 for the reveal of one lucky winner’s well-dressed room. Ballots will also be available at the The Home & Design Show until noon on Sept 30.
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La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries’ in-home Design Professionals and Ottawa At Home want to know:
What’s YOUR Decorating Style? Traditional, Transitional or Contemporary? HOMES
Good Decor happens when personal style is well defined. Ottawa At Home’s Editor-in-Chief Mary Taggart will help you discover and fine tune your own style. Attend her seminar 1pm Friday Sept. 28 and 3 p.m Sunday Sept 30 at The Home & Design Show.
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LIVING New & Notable
What’s new Stay on top of what’s new on the local home, food and living scene. Know about something new and notable? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org WRITTEN BY SANDY CONNELL • IMAGES SUPPLIED
DECORATING SOLUTIONS One of North America’s premier in-home decorating companies has arrived on the local scene. CPI Interiors, owned by Jerome and Catherine Pulcine, has converted to a Decorating Den Interiors franchise. From custom window treatments to designing entire home interiors, they offer talented decorating professionals who will come to your home, discover your taste, style and budget – and create your perfect interior decorating solution.
CALLING ALL CHOCOLATE LOVERS!
Ottawa’s Drew and Erica Gilmour have spent their careers working with farmers in developing countries around the world. Combining their love of chocolate and their access to specialty cacao beans seemed natural. They began slowly, making chocolate for themselves and their friends, and then became truly obsessed with finding and sharing the incredible and differing tastes of cacao. Organic sugar is the only thing they add, which means their product is dairyfree and gluten-free. Find Hummingbird chocolate Sundays at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Brewer Park.
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CLOSET ENCOUNTERS We start each day standing in front of our closets wondering what to wear and feeling frustrated. Too often our closets become cluttered with out-of-season, out-of-style items that are no longer suited to our lifestyle. Inside Out is a new twist on an old idea. Sisters Amanda and Angie aim to inspire by reorganizing your closet to be more functional. In collaboration with you, they will evaluate your wardrobe, offer ideas about how to wear different items and help decide if items are no longer useful. Discarded clothing is donated to various charities. Alternatively, lightly used designer items are consigned online. Find more info at shopinsideout.ca
ORGANIZED CHAOS Get the whole family organized with notebooks, binders, expanding files, pencil pouches, wall calendars, and portfolios from Hilroy’s back-to-school collection. The multi-purpose calendar keeps track of what’s happening with colour-coded entries that offer a fun and easy way to see who’s doing what.
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COLOUR CODE This fall, colour is making a strong appearance. The key is to create a well-designed backdrop in space that is positioned to take on the latest colour trends. WRITTEN BY JODI GILMOUR • IMAGES SUPPLIED
Every colour has an attitude. So when you put the right tones together you create a dynamic impression. You can set the mood and start the conversation. If you love wearing a colour combo, you’ll probably like living in it. When heading out to the hardware store to buy paint, tools and accessories,
make sure you take your two favourite scarves for inspiration. Don’t fixate on an exact shade of any colour. Colour matching is for doing touchups, not decorating. Be precise and choose exactly the colour that works for your room’s light, size and décor. When you assemble a variety of tones, in any colour, you’ll create a casual, livable look.
That happy medium colour that sits between not-quite-right beige and boring grey, “greige” is perfect for common areas and hallways. Use it in sofa fabrics or as a stain on a wall unit or dining table. But, don’t get carried away – this elegant shade does need to be balanced with warm whites and darker tones like chocolate, and then complemented with a punch of colour. Don’t overdo the greige or you will find yourself stuck in neutral! Pair it with a coral, like shrimp mousse (OR-203 from the new Origins by Benjamin Moore line) or almost any shade of yellow.
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LIVING Giving Back
Of STRONG MIND and body Facing bullying with confidence and compassion WRITTEN BY CATHERINE CLARK • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
hil Nguyen was an easygoing, well-liked and hardworking kid who got along well with his classmates. But despite that, he endured the fear and distress of being bullied.
“As parents, our number one fear is that our children will be harmed, physically or emotionally, and our number one goal is to care for and protect our kids.” — PHIL NGUYEN, BULLY BUSTERS
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Now a father of two, a respected martial arts master and a successful Ottawa-area entrepreneur, Phil has turned the tables on bullies. Together with his wife Amelia, they run a program called Bully Busters that has trained more than 3,000 local kids on how to stand up to bullying in a peaceful, non-violent manner. It’s a shocking fact that 80 to 90 per cent of the elementary school kids that Phil and Amelia teach have been bullied themselves, or know someone who has been the victim of bullying.
And this is what motivates the Nguyens to keep offering the Bully Busters program. “As parents, our number one fear is that our children will be harmed, physically or emotionally, and our number 1 goal is to care for and protect our kids,” says Phil. But the reality for concerned parents is that bullies almost never attack when an adult is around to intervene. So Phil and Amelia designed a program that helps kids learn how to take care of themselves. “What we teach in Bully Busters is a martial arts approach to responding to bullying,” explains Phil. “We emphasize assertiveness, verbal communication skills and non-verbal communication skills.” This means that kids learn to walk with confidence, use proper eye contact and assume an assertive stance, all of which help to discourage bullies from picking on them in the first place. They are also taught how to de-escalate a situation using appropriate language. Phil and Amelia believe that a child who looks self-assured and in control is much less
likely to become a target for bullies, so they work to instil confidence and self-discipline in their young pupils. However, Phil and Amelia have taken the program a step further. They begin by talking with the group about how bullies make their victims feel, so that any bullies in the audience can understand the consequences of their actions. Then, they also discuss the personal situations that might make someone turn in to a bully, which is an exercise to help kids develop some compassion for the bullies in their midst. “This is our way of giving back to our community,” Phil concludes. “Our job is to teach kids that with a strong mind, body and spirit, anything is possible.” For more information on the Bully Busters program, visit www. blackbeltexcellence.com
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FOOD Food Thoughts 6 grape tomatoes, diced to garnish, optional In large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté onions, celery and jalapeno for 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Stir in cayenne pepper and squash, sauté 2 minutes or until squash is coated with cayenne pepper. Add broth and coconut milk; bring to boil, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes or until squash is fork tender. Remove from heat; puree using hand immersion blender or working in batches with your blender or food processor. Serve immediately; garnish with 1 tbsp Cilantro Cashew Crème (see below) and 2 tsp of diced tomatoes.
CILANTRO CASHEW CRÈME
designed for seasonal transition WRITTEN BY KOREY KEALEY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
A fusion of summer to fall flavours, this soup embraces the harvest season while hanging on to summer with Caribbean spice.
SPICY COCONUT SQUASH SOUP PREP TIME: 10 minutes | COOKING TIME: 27 minutes | SERVES: 6
KOREY’S TIP Soak cashews in water for 1 hour before pureeing for a creamier, smoother texture!
1 medium white onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 stalk celery, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
ONE Gather ingredients
1 tsp cayenne pepper 4 cups peeled, cubed butternut squash (about 2 lbs) 3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth 1 can (355 mL) light coconut milk
TWO Simmer soup in pot
Prepare while the soup is simmering. PREP TIME: 5 minutes MAKES: 1/3 cup 3 tbsp cashews 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tbsp water 1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves Sea salt, to taste Using a small blender or food processor puree cashews and garlic; add water and puree for 30 seconds or until almost smooth. Add cilantro; puree 1 minute or until well-blended and bright green. Season to taste, with sea salt.
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FOOD Let’s Dish
GOURMET Life WRITTEN BY PAULA ROY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
fter many years of living in Westboro, Le Cordon Bleutrained Chef Andrée Riffou chose to move downtown and renovate a stately older home to accommodate both her family and C’est Bon Cooking, her culinary business, which offers gourmet food tours and hands-on cooking classes. She happily shared some kitchen design tips with Ottawa at Home as well as dishing on what she enjoys about living and working in the heart of Ottawa.
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Urban Quarry supplied the Cambria quartz countertop, which I love as it’s durable and so beautiful. We also installed a high counter for plating that does double duty as a work area for tall people. WHAT DID YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE IT WORK AS A FAMILY SPACE AS WELL AS YOUR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING KITCHEN? We designed it with space to store all the cooking school equipment so it stays out of sight and the kitchen can easily revert to family use. That was tricky because I have so many pots, bowls, utensils and more for the school, but we have spacious cupboards in the island for them. We also needed a six-burner gas stove, specialized venting, lots of extra, multi-level lighting and more electric circuits than usual for the induction cook plates used during classes. AS SOMEONE WHO IS PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD, WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR NEW HOME AND NEIGHBOURHOOD? We now enjoy more of a European lifestyle in that we walk everywhere and I am able to shop for fresh food every day at my favourite spots in and around the ByWard Market. I can also take my cooking classes there to learn about ingredients – it’s a lot easier to be inspired by what’s fresh. In terms of the house, we felt it was time to get rid of the excess in our lives, so moving to a smaller space forced us to do that. We’ve renovated to make it a comfortable home for us for decades to come. DID YOU WORK WITH A DESIGNER TO PLAN YOUR NEW KITCHEN? We made an initial plan, then worked with a process expert to refine precisely how I was going to use the space. After that, Gerry Conlin of Dimension Cabinet & Millwork designed, built and installed the island and cupboards.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN COOK COMFORTABLY IN YOUR KITCHEN AT ONE TIME? We’re able to easily accommodate eight cooks at one time and a few more for demonstrations. I like the classes to be warm and personal so everyone has a good view as we explore key elements of classic French cuisine and prepare dishes such as Basque-style chicken, ratatouille, brioche or puff pastry. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE INCORPORATED FEATURES? I have a pull-out rack where I can hang folded table linens. I also put butterflystyle pull-out shelves in the corner cupboards to maximize storage, as well as a pull-up shelf for my stand mixer so it doesn’t have to be hoisted onto the countertop. I have a row of small drawers beside the stove to keep all my working tools accessible without cluttering up the counter space. On the other side of the stove I have two pull-out, easy-toclean, wire-rack shelves for oils and vinegars.
> Chef Andrée’s Ratatouille This is a classic French dish that is ideal for late summer’s bounty. It serves eight and can easily be halved or doubled. 1/2 zucchini, diced 1/4 eggplant, diced 1/4 yellow bell pepper, diced 1/4 red bell pepper, diced 2 sprigs basil 2 sprigs thyme 1/2 red onion, diced 5 garlic cloves, minced 4 tomatoes 1/4 cup olive oil Salt Freshly ground white pepper Pinch of sugar • •
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Blanch the garlic in boiling water (to remove the bitter taste). Drain. Separate the basil leaves from their stems, setting aside damaged leaves and stems. Refrigerate good leaves to use as garnish. In a pot, add olive oil, basil stems, damaged leaves and simmer. Add garlic and infuse over low heat for 40 minutes. Transfer garlic-infused olive oil to a large sauté pan, add red onion and let it sweat over low heat for a few minutes. Remove and set aside. Repeat the same process with the red and yellow peppers, eggplant and zucchini. Season each vegetable with salt and pepper as you cook them. Blanch tomatoes in boiling water and cool in ice water. Peel tomatoes, cut in quarters, remove the seeds, dice and reserve. Sauté tomatoes and add all reserved sautéed vegetables, plus sugar. Cook together for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with minced thyme and basil leaves.
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FOOD Dining Out < CONTEMPORARY:
The décor at ARC speaks volumes for its dining experience, long before you’ve ever tasted a bite. Trendy, sleek and modern, it creates an upbeat atmosphere that reflects the food. “We work to keep the menu modern as well,” says executive chef Jason Duffy. “We keep pace with new trends in plating, such as movement, height and colour, while also sourcing out unusual elements to incorporate in our local, fresh and seasonal fare. It’s a multi-sensory experience and there’s often an element of surprise; it’s a lot of fun.” ARC The.Hotel is at 140 Slater St.
DINING by Design When food and decorating style come together, the results are delicious WRITTEN BY PAULA ROY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
hen décor and food are in sync, the dining experience is much more enjoyable, and you’ll likely be tempted to linger just a little longer, savouring both the food and the surrounding environment. Ottawa at Home has found four local restaurants whose decorating styles are in perfect harmony with their cuisine. 42 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
The Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa
As the only inn located inside Gatineau Park, the historic Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is a food lover’s haven and the perfect destination for a scenic autumn adventure. Chef Romain Riva is inspired by both the building’s thick stone walls as well as the natural beauty that surrounds it. “I like to showcase local products, including honey from our own hives, bison and freshwater fish such as pickerel and trout.” The Wakefield Mill offers upscale country fare that truly befits the property’s rustic elegance. The Wakefield Mill Hotel & Spa is at 60 Chemin Mill Rd., Wakefield, Quebec.
“Sumptuous” is the first word that springs to mind when you step into Hy’s. With an abundance of dark wood, accented with gilt-framed pictures, plush banquettes and comfortable armchairs, the aura is very old-school; a place where deals are made and special occasions are celebrated. “We’re all about being classic, not pretentious. We’re not trying to be trendsetters – we simply use the best ingredients to elevate every plate,” says general manager Craig Stevenson. “The space is intimate and pleasing; the food is prepared and served with great care.”
With its Venetian plaster walls and dark hardwood floors, Absinthe represents a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary in both its décor and its menu. The bright green foil accent wall typifies the wow factor for which Absinthe’s food is famous. “I like to use classic techniques to prepare contemporary Canadian soul food,” explains chef/owner Patrick Garland. “While we change things up regularly, a dish like our very popular steak frites will always be on the menu. Just as our space is warm and comfortable; our food is timeless and will never go out of style.”
Hy’s Steakhouse is at 170 Queen St.
Absinthe Café is at 1208 Wellington St. W.
Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
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FOOD Fresh Bites
Diners Unite at
UNION: LOCAL 613 WRITTEN BY PAULA ROY • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON
ttawa’s restaurant scene continues to flourish and diversify, and local diners are the richer for it. Fans of the Wellington Gastropub will be excited to know that three of its talented alumni have recently set up their own restaurant – the unique and inspired Union: Local 613. With a philosophy based on celebrating the brotherhood of cookers, growers and eaters, Union offers a satisfying dining experience thanks to topnotch food in a casual setting. At the front of the house are Ivan Gedz 44 ottawaathome.ca FALL 2012
and Matt Fantin, with Chris Lord leading the kitchen brigade. Part of their venture’s success stems from leveraging established connections with local farmers, fishmongers and other suppliers, a process that can take new restaurants months or more to develop, explains Ivan. Union’s menu presents dishes inspired by the cuisine of the southern United States, a genre that’s become very popular in New York City. However, this is no mere barbecue joint – the dishes are complex and
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creative. Braising, smoking and grilling are among the kitchen’s attentive techniques that, along with judicious seasoning, make each dish flavourful and pleasing. The food is complemented by house-made sodas and juices, craft beers, a solid wine list and nice selection of whiskeys and bourbons. “We feature southern staples like fried chicken, pig’s ear, crawfish, oysters, catfish, collard greens, cornbread, grits and even boiled peanuts in several forms,” explains Chris. “Our varied menu also includes vegetarian items as well as some larger dishes meant to be shared by two or four diners.” Union also plans to tap into the late-night crowd, offering food service until 2 a.m., seven nights a week. Whether you dine there early or late, you will likely be forgiven if you temporarily ignore your dining companions to take in the atmosphere of this slender space, created by Shannon SmithersGay of One80 Design. From funky copper-pipe bookcases to inviting banquettes, with a select use of barnboard and an eye-catching mural, there is much to admire. There’s even a two-person Chef’s Table, located right in the kitchen, for those who love to be in the centre of the action. The bold step of including mostly communalstyle tables echoes the convivial theme that is at the heart of all that happens at Union. Union: Local 613 is at 315 Somerset St. West.
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Iconic STYLE PRODUCED BY TANYA CONNOLLY-HOLMES â€˘ IMAGE COURTESY OF CASSINA
Designed for relaxation by a legendary pioneer of modern architecture and furniture design, Le
Corbusierâ€™s LC4 Chaise Lounge is considered a work of art. The
chaise is symbolic of the contemporary furniture movement that evolved within the late 1800s and early 1900s and incorporated cleaner lines with the use of steel in varying forms. This chair should take a prominent place in a contemporary room setting. The pony fabric adds pizzazz to the sleek design.
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Duke of Devonshire
On Carling Avenue steps from the Civic Hospital
Overlooking Lansdowne Park And The Glebe On Bank Street
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T he Duke of Devonshire and the Lord Lansdowne…
two of Ottawa’s most exceptional all inclusive retirement residences for discerning seniors who’ve earned the right to be pampered and live retirement life to the fullest. Our residences offer exquisitely appointed private suites and grand common areas. Our highly trained and attentive professional staff are at your service around the clock to provide focused attention on your personal needs. Our executive chefs serve only the finest cuisine, and our onsite spa, fitness, recreation and entertainment facilities are the envy of the City. Get ready for the Royal Treatment.
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Published on Oct 18, 2012