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4 EDITOR’S NOTE Celebrating Canada in Ottawa

> HOME 8 DESIGNER AT HOME A design team with two very different styles 12 HERITAGE An Alta Vista home honours its architect and heritage in true mid- century modern style 14 ASK THE EXPERT Bathroom renovation 16 COVER HISTORIC Preservation with finesse in Centretown 18 ASK THE EXPERT Welcoming change 20 RENOVATION A century-old home in Appleton, Ontario finds a family that cherishes its roots 25 ASK THE EXPERT Real estate advice 27 CAPITAL COLOURS Embracing green 30 BEFORE & AFTER Two spaces with challenges become highly functional thanks to stylish renovations 2 ottawaathome.ca WINTER 2017

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48 33 DIY Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault turns a ceiling fixture into a terrarium 35 GET THE LOOK Chalet chic 37 BUILDER’S INSIDER Taking a look at how an historical Old Ottawa South community is being re-developed

> LIVING 38 STEP INSIDE Outstanding Canadians: Kevin Newman shares his journey throughout an exceptional career in journalism 40 WINTER ROAD TRIPPING A day in Chelsea, Quebec 43 STREET STYLE Winter dressing for the dogs 45 NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE MOVE Vanier then and now

47 ASK THE EXPERT Rental unit expertise 48 NEW & NOTABLE Vintage finds, imaginative doughnuts, Crashed Ice and a Mom & me workout 51 FIT AT HOME Working the legs and abs with discs 53 GIVING BACK Restoring the Canadair North Star 64 BACK STORY Andrew King finds Ottawa’s first ice slide

> FOOD 57 FOOD THOUGHT Decadent Canadian flavour 58 DINING OUT A stunning renovation on Sparks Street Mall 61 LET’S DISH Meet the founders of BeaverTails® 63 PAULA’S BITES Chic winter vegetables

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Local pride The winter issue of Ottawa At Home marks the beginning of our tribute to celebrating Canada’s 150th here in Ottawa. First, take note of the new patriotic logo created by our clever creative director Tanya Connolly-Holmes. I love the simplicity of showing pride with creative flair. This Heritage & Restoration issue, our first for 2017, brings some exciting new features. The Outstanding Canadians feature focuses on high-profile Canadians with ties to Ottawa, with journalist Kevin Newman as our first subject. Vera Cody shared brunch with him to collect his stories and bring readers on a media journey (read more on page 38). We also exchange End Note for The Back Story in 2017. Local artist and history buff Andrew King shares local historic treasures that he has dug up: his first column takes readers on a wild ice slide ride dating back to the 1920s, on page 64. As always, in our pledge to showcase inspiring design and décor, we visit homes in this issue with rich histories and owners who are committed to preserving them. You will find patriotic pride woven through the pages of Ottawa At Home as we highlight the best of living in the Capital Region with our intriguing features and impressive photography from Mark Holleron. I am proud to be at the helm of a magazine that works hard to feature all the amazing people and places that make Ottawa such an interesting and dynamic city. Now we dig deeper to unearth stories

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HOMES Designer At Home

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Denise Hulaj and Jason Bellaire are the team behind StyleHaus Interiors, a fullservice design firm that combines the duo’s passion for grand-scale renovations and high-style design. They each bring unique experience and expertise to projects, with different personal styles that create a dynamic partnership. Denise offers great strength with several full-sized renovations under her belt, and Jason’s fine arts/interior design background and passion for good design allows them to fulfill a range of needs. 8 ottawaathome.ca WINTER 2017

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“I love the mix of antique and contemporary pieces as my home is a reflection of my experiences over the years.” — DENISE HULAJ Facing page: Six limited edition Czechoslovakian prints from 1967 hang above Denise’s living room sofa; Jason (left) and Denise in Denise’s stylish basement. This page, clockwise: Antique dining set from Denise’s first renovation project; colourful inspiration in the home office; Denise’s son Blair made the rustic side table; Artist Rick Filler’s “For a Moment” reminds Denise of her husband’s stories of childhood drives to the cottage.

DENISE HULAJ Denise got her start when she and her husband Steve renovated a triplex, previously owned by a hoarder. The hard work they put into cleaning and refurbishing the structure earned them the opportunity to build their first home and began a journey into designing and renovating. She saw the significance of a relationship between good design and smart real estate investment that included Muskoka cottage properties, which stirred her passion for lake life. Water was the catalyst for the purchase of their house in Kanata Lakes. “We were looking for a home backing onto the Beaver Pond as we loved the feel of being at the cottage, while being part of CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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a family-friendly neighbourhood with good schools for our two children, Kristen and Blair,” states the enthusiastic decorator. The home was in dire need of repair and renovation, and while some people may have been discouraged, Denise, was energized. Her eclectic style incorporates contemporary elements and reveals a passion for travel, art and found treasures. The antique dining set in her current home was discovered in the attic of the triplex where her path to renovation and design began. “I love the mix of antique and contemporary pieces as my home is a reflection of my experiences over the years,” says Denise who finds inspiration through designers like Peter Marino, Victoria Hagan and Thomas Pheasant.

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Jason’s interest in design started with a subscription to Architectural Digest at the age of eleven, and continued when he studied art history prior to obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Algonquin College in 2008. He apprenticed at a design firm in Ottawa before launching J-Squared Design. In 2009, he was invited to Denise Hulaj’s Halloween party and was impressed with her renovation and style. A friendship began and led to their business partnership and the launch of StyleHaus Interiors. The condo Jason shares with his partner Ramzi is the culmination of their passions for entertaining, travel and colour. Their style incudes touches of glamour, warm metal, stone, exotic wood, marble, and soft textural elements like fur and velvet. Jason believes in the power of colour and its benefits to getting through the darker winter months. Entertaining plays a starring role in the condo’s décor and the living room is styled around conversation without the distraction of technology. “I love hotel bars and wanted my condo’s living room to feel like a lounge,” says Jason. The thoughtful decorator has brought in many collected elements with sincere meaning, including a steel piece from Africa as a nod to Ramzi’s roots (he was born in Lebanon, but raised in Kenya), and a Sokolowski piece reflects their fondness for colour. Jason is inspired by the work of international designers Jean-Louis Deniot from Paris, Martyn Lawrence Bullard from L.A, David Collins Studio from the UK, and Kelly Wearstler from L.A.

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“I love hotel bars and wanted my condo’s living room to feel like a lounge.” — JASON BELLAIRE

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HOMES Heritage Mid-century design combines functional elements like this built-in storage and banquette and set the tone for the living room dÊcor. Feel the sixties vibe from the accessories and furnishings in a room that begs for cocktails and a hi-fi stereo. Local artist Andrew King’s painting blends in beautifully.

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Preserving mid-century modern Ottawa

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Tucked away on a residential street in Alta Vista, the Fischer House is almost unnoticeable, and that is the point. Designed by famed Ottawa architect James Strutt, the 1965 bungalow conforms to his modernist ideals of blending into the natural environment with a flat-roofed, low-profile exterior in concrete blocks and wood siding. As an intact model of mid-century modern architecture, the home was designated a heritage property and a plaque at the front door testifies to its unique status. Together with other classicCELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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modern homes and buildings across the city by progressive architects of the day, the designation protects the era of Modern Canadian Architecture in Ottawa with limitations and strict regulations regarding renovations.

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A HIDDEN GEM While these restrictions deterred some potential buyers when the home came up for sale four years ago, it inspired the new homeowners with an exciting sense of challenge. It was a perfect project for Diane, an experienced realtor and her husband Jeff Allingham, a talented contractor. The duo had already successfully completed two older-home renovations. “When I showed this house to a client, we had no plans to move after just finishing renovations on our 1930s house in Old Ottawa South. But I walked in here and just loved it,” explains Diane, a Royal Lepage broker. Fortunately, her client wasn’t interested and she went straight home to tell Jeff, the House Guru. She was hoping I wouldn’t like it, but I did even though it was going to be a lot of work, recalls Jeff, who became aware that in addition to the usual heritage protection of the home’s exterior style and footprint, the restrictions also involved the interior of the ground level. Yet, this did not deter them. They were still intrigued by the three-bedroom home, on a deep 220-foot lot, hidden behind a double carport that cannot be removed or enclosed. “We like to keep the character of a house, and as we were both born in the sixties, it was like coming home,” says Diane. “A lot of people refer to the house as the bunker, but I would drive by and often wonder what was behind the front wall. Some local kids have gone by and said it looks like a prison,” adds Jeff with a laugh. The big surprise inside is an attractive, spacious home with a functional flow that Diane notes is great for entertaining. The open living space wraps around an inner courtyard which is a very private outdoor spot. It’s one of the protected areas of the home and a favoured one that plays a significant role in flooding the home with incredible light.

restoration process. Amazingly, the halfcentury old house had been preserved in excellent condition by the one-and-only original owner, but with very few updates. Jeff pulled up two layers of white vinyl on the floors, levelled them and installed light maple wood. He removed a kitchen door, gutted bathrooms and insulated walls, while carefully preserving what had to remain to keep the sixties vibe alive. The front entry maintains its original, heritage form, with a refinished cedar door that unconventionally opens outward. In the generously-sized kitchen, a mix of old and new blends well with the help of Tanner Vine, whom Diane credits as a great kitchen designer with a very modern approach. He installed all-white cabinetry with a wall of teak panels to harmonize with an original unit of lower wood cabinets. Adding a white quartz counter, the cabinet unit connects the kitchen to the dining area which features retro cedar screens and a row of stunning mahogany windows that were custom made to fit the former architectural style and shape. The large living room fully embraces mid-century design with its original built-in storage cabinets, bookcase and banquette seating, plus a brick fireplace. The couple happily kept these mandated elements and elected to buy some of the sixties furniture, refinishing the retro coffee table and repairing the vintage sofa. A big must-do on their list was to bump out the small ensuite in the master bedroom, which has a great view over the newly-landscaped back yard. The redesign improved the bathroom layout and allowed Jeff to install a new double-sized shower. They opted to keep a funky metal fan and added a skylight. Jeff and Diane agree that renovating a heritage home is not like anything they have done before and they still have work to do. “But, it’s really been a fun project and we enjoy coming home to this house,” say Diane, who loves the home’s lightfilled and tranquil spaces.

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“We like to keep the character of a house, and as we both were born in the sixties it was like coming home.” — DIANNE ALLINGHAM

Furnishings throughout the home are a combination of store bought finds incorporated with built-in furniture and various pieces that came with the purchase of the house. In the basement a slick fireplace is set into a slate grey wall to add stylish warmth. Pops of colour like the hot pink wall in the ensuite enhance the sixties vibe. Vintage collections fill the built-in shelving unit in the living room.

Retro nostalgia Classic collections are displayed on the living room shelving unit. Collected National Geographic magazines conjure nostalgic memories for anyone who grew up in the sixties and seventies.

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Everything old is new again BY CHLOE E. GIRVAN @MOM_INTERUPTED PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Upon entering a quaint century home in Centretown, the chilly Ottawa night is easily forgotten. As the beautifully refurbished front door closes, the well-appointed space of new handcrafted and restored heritage features offers a warm welcome to a home redesigned to suit a modern lifestyle. Homeowner Stefani wasn’t looking to buy when this property went on the market, but after her real estate agent suggested a tour, she was smitten. “I loved the light and original features like the front door, trim, CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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CLOCKWISE: Trudeau (left) and Gus have made the living room sofa their own; the original brick is updated with a whitewash to blend into the restoration; Stefani and John are planning further enhancements; the once drafty backroom is now a home office.

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The Ottawa region boasts many stunning, century homes and heritage treasures. A home that has been around for multiple decades or longer offers unique charm and character as well as exquisite architectural details, impossible to find in new builds. Unfortunately, these houses that have stood the test of time can also become a headache for the owner. As attached as we may become to the quirks of our beloved homes, eventually leaks and cracks may cause the need for a renovation. When renovating an older home, it is crucial to be respectful of the building’s architectural and interior features. However, it is equally important to find one’s own unique style and aesthetic. More than ever, today’s interiors are seeing a resurgence of very eclectic styles: unique combinations of various design features that are completely customizable; to diverse homes and their owner’s distinct tastes and requirements. Do not be afraid to marry ornate paneling and crown mouldings with high gloss flat slab cabinets and sleek fixtures. Careful and intentional balance of old and new, heritage and contemporary can create stunning visual results. Contact Marina: marina@astrodesigncentre.com

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stained glass window and floors. It felt right for me the moment I walked in. Like home.” Recent electrical and plumbing upgrades, a bedroom renovation and new windows further bolstered her decision to purchase. “It meant a lot that the home was old but cared for,” says Stefani, who laughs when asked if she was nervous about buying a structure built around 1900. “No! I think the age is a benefit. If this house has been standing for 117 years and hasn’t fallen down, chances are it won’t.” Although delighted with her new investment, Stefani continued to envision further improvements, including a custom kitchen and improved use of existing space. Her ideas soon turned to plans during a visit with John Le Blancq, founder and design lead of Historic Building Co., a group of talented artisans committed to conservation, preserving Ontario’s heritage and improving communities. John’s first reaction to Stefani’s house was – wow! “The details in these types of houses are irreplaceable and handmade. Fashion will come and go, but homes like these will always be in style and hold their equity.” Together they embarked on a renovation designed to enhance the historical essence of the home, yet customized to Stefani’s needs. As John notes, “A home has to be designed to fit your real life.” Work commenced to refresh the stately front door, revealing an exquisitely carved hinge, hiding under layers of aging paint. The drafty backroom, likely a mid-century addition, received insulation, new terrace doors and flooring. Removal of the existing drywall exposed a brick wall complete with a charming milk delivery box, which Stefani closed in on one side to construct a recessed shelf. A large slab of inherited butcher block was fitted to a steel frame and given a fresh start as an eye catching workspace and dining table. An actual former tree trunk serves as the perfect coatrack next to a rustic bench with baskets stowed below. A weathered beam from an antiquated barn perches above to complete the look of what Stefani calls her new favourite room. After completing the backroom, the kitchen renovation began. By moving the existing kitchen sink and counter, and adding a wall designated for art, the sightline from the front hall now includes a bright and colourful painting. A long family and personal history of boat building instilled John with the need to ensure that every inch of newly-built space be useful. After the Original floors and woodwork blend with the new kitchen, painted in Benjamin Moore Cloud and a custom turquoise shade that John created. OTTAWA 2017

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HISTORIAL DETAILS Original heating vents were refreshed with a coat of paint.

The original stained glass window is now an eyecatching detail

Original ceiling medallions with modern lighting from Vice Versa, Gatineau

The milk delivery box is now a decorative nook

Careful restoration went into every detail on the front door

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delightful discovery that the kitchen ceiling could be raised an entire foot, wood-lined cupboards were crafted with hidden interior storage space extending all the way to the nine-foot top. Stefani chose the black marble slab for her countertops with enough left over to make a matching windowsill. The curves of a hand-built range hood add a touch of softness to the completed space. To keep the fresh look, the living room floors were stripped, scraped and lightly stained. The staircase newel, balusters and handrail were also treated to a shiny black finish. The main renovation goal for John was Stefani’s happiness, and she confirms that this was achieved. “John is an artist. He has great vision and attention to detail. He is meticulous and kept a close eye on budget and timeline. The product was above and beyond my expectations.” John also credits a positive relationship between designer and client as a necessary factor for a successful project. “Any good design must be symbiotic with a client or it fails. It was Stefani who had the genius to recognize what had purpose and could be useful.” In addition, John emphasizes the importance of teamwork and praises the expertise of contractors, Emerald Tile & Marble and Flying Colours Painting, for contributing to his satisfaction of seeing another historic house preserved for the future. “We are custodians of these homes and entrusted with their care. They will live on after we are gone and it is our duty to preserve them for generations ahead.”

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“We feel it has become a reflection of our family life- coming into the home as two separate individuals with separate pasts, and choosing to build one single life together.” — MÉLANIE CHRÉTIEN, MV DESIGNS

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Modernizing history

Clockwise: The desk and side board are from A Fine Thing Antiques, Somerset St W; Mélanie, Jean Michel (seated at counter) and Joe enjoy the casual warmth of their open kitchen; leather sofa, Upper Room Home Furnishings. Facing page: Kitchen table from Upper Room Home Furnishings

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Located in the small, picturesque village of Appleton, the family home of Mélanie Chrétien and Joe Kember is one of the oldest in Mississippi Mills. Constructed in 1834, the home represents the first of three historic Georgian mansions built by the village’s founding settlers and mill owners, the Teskey family, who came from Ireland in the early 1820s. “I remember sitting in a café in Almonte, while Joe and I were in the process of buying a home and deciding where we would like to live and raise our family,” says Mélanie. “I could feel the charm and sense of community around me and knew I wanted to be there.” CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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Two of Mélanie’s own paintings hang above the door on the gallery wall in the dining room; a nook that was once the servants’ breezeway into the home is now a stylish vanity area off the main floor powder room.

Once they settled on the location, they had to find a house. They kept their eye on the listings, with a focus on older homes. “I always wanted an older home,” says Joe. “When I came across the listing, I shared it with Mélanie right away and we both knew that this was meant to be our house. It embodied everything we were looking for: a serene space with plenty of livable room, and a story, or two.” CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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It’s been said that a house with a past needs an owner who can imagine its future, and this home was found by the perfect pair. They purchased the house in December, 2012. Across the street, the Mississippi River was frozen and the expansive gardens were under snow and ice, but both Mélanie and Joe could still feel the inherent warmth and accumulation of experiences. Originally an impressive main home and nearby carriage house, the two structures are now joined by a breezeway. The four-bedroom home features thick, stone walls, deep windowsills and wide plank floors. “Our friends and family all loved the size and location of the house, but definitely not all understood why we would want such an old home with all the work that comes along with being new caregivers,” explains Mélanie. The house was in need of some modernization, and Mélanie was also pregnant with their son, Jean. Fortunately, the house had good bones. “It felt so incredible for us to bring him home with all the history of the families that preceded us,” recalls Mélanie. “I remember rocking my son and wondering how many babies would have been rocked in the house over the years, and how many cries and giggles the walls would have heard.”  With a degree in French Literature and a background in art, the key for Mélanie was to create a harmonious scheme that would unite the rooms of the house with a sense of balance and beauty. She began by selecting a calming and comforting colour palette. Warm whites, creams and browns echo the

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neutral tones of the stone and woodwork throughout the house, while layers of warm textures and luxurious finishes complement the original Georgian style. Next, they went to work on the floors, installing new fixtures and remodelling the bathrooms to fit the needs of a growing family. They pulled up old shag carpet to discover original flooring in the library and guest suite (previously the servants’ quarters in the home). The extensive renovation work also involved demolishing walls to create a second floor laundry; refinishing kitchen cupboards and installing new countertops; painting ceiling beams; and designing a wine

cellar from field tiles that Joe found in the home. The electrical system needed replacing in much of the house, as did the furnace and roof. With a background in architectural millwork and custom moldings, Joe built closets in each room with original wood repurposed from the carriage house, and did much of the restoration work himself. In addition to new furniture, the couple scoured antique shops and designed custom accessories, including a gallery of Mélanie’s own oil paintings in the dining room. Over the course of five years, Mélanie and Joe have created their dream home. It wasn’t without its challenges, tears or laughter, and the work isn’t finished yet. They have more projects already planned, including converting space in the carriage house to a playroom, adding a mudroom, restoring the exterior porch and columns and working on the gardens. “We feel it has become a reflection of our family life – coming into the home as two separate individuals with separate pasts, and choosing to build one single life together,” reflects Mélanie. “Sometimes the challenges were overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable, but the fact that everything that has been done has been a joint effort, adds such meaning to the home for us.” 

Luxury and warmth envelop the upstairs bedroom and bathroom area with faux fur and silk fabrics in the master and a completely overhauled bathroom. The marble tiles coordinate with the warm neutral colour scheme used by Mélanie throughout the home.

ASK THE EXPERT

John King, Broker of Record with Engel & Völkers Ottawa Central

is the 2017 forecast QWhat for Ottawa real estate?

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Homeowners in Toronto and Vancouver have done extremely well in recent years. While Ottawa has missed out on much of the recent euphoria, there are many factors that suggest 2017 will reward local homeowners and investors for their patience. 1. The “Trudeau effect” of an expanding federal government will increase public service jobs in the national capital. A growing federal workforce is the biggest factor that will positively impact demand for local real estate. 2. Commercial developments are making Ottawa’s downtown a better place to live and shop. Projects like the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park and the proposed redevelopment of LeBreton Flats will make Centretown-West neighbourhoods more vibrant. 3. The effect of Light Rail Transit (LRT) on local real estate will begin to be felt, as Phase 1 will open in 2018. Like other cities with mass transit systems, Ottawa properties located within walking distance of an LRT station will inevitably become more valuable in the future, making them an attractive investment to buy now. 4. As Vancouver and Toronto become more expensive for foreign investors, Ottawa will increasingly be on their radar. Putting all of these factors together makes Ottawa an outstanding place to invest in real estate in 2017 and beyond. Contact John King john.king@evcanada.com 613-422-8688

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Going green Lifestyle & decor expert maryktaggart @ottawaathomemag Colour trends for 2017 breathe vibrancy and optimism with Pantone’s selection of Greenery as their Colour of the Year. This year’s hue offers a variety of options for bringing the trend into your personal style. Tropical prints are popping up on fabrics for home and fashion to create a lively, feelgood approach to style. Colour trends ease on to the scene in an effort to blend in with the lifestyle environment to complement moods and desires. The current atmosphere asks for some uplifting, and green is just the colour to do this. Suddenly the world becomes open to the optimism this shade CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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offers when we look outside to find nature’s greenery to bring a hopeful approach to being on trend. Adding pops of green to neutral décor is the ideal way to bring the trend home. Warm greys and creamy whites work well with greenery, and the beauty of this shade is that it’s always in style. Hints of green belong in every home. From plants to accessories, the natural tone breathes life into any space. There is the right shade of green for every décor and colour scheme. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 is a great contrast to last year’s selection. The style world struggled to see the lasting quality of adding the pastel shades of Rose

Quartz and Serenity when Pantone selected a rare combination of two colours for 2016. Not only does the colour green bring an air of positivity into the environment, but houseplants also help to naturally purify the air and remove toxins in the home. For a more luxurious approach to going green, you can wear an emerald stone to preserve love and to stimulate creative energy. The continued trend towards eating greens also indicates the power this colour has in every aspect of lifestyle. Greenery is a strong choice and plays up the need for finding a sense of confidence within the style world when there is a global environment of uncertainty. No need to wait for spring’s arrival ‑ head to the local florist and start to create your own green oasis to bring a sense of optimism into your décor. WINTER 2017 ottawaathome.ca 27

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HOMES Before & After

Fantastic & functional renovations BY JANE WHITING PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Unless your home was built within the last ten years, it’s likely to have some areas that are showing their age. Or perhaps, you’ve never particularly liked the layout or style of a certain room and are looking for a change. Whatever the reason or the scale of the renovation, any project can effectively transform a tired, dated space into a stylish one that fits the individual needs and demands of your lifestyle. Here, two traditional family homes have undergone key renovations in high-use areas that improve the functionality of everyday living and look amazing. The first is a significant redesign to boost the entertaining factor to a lavish level with a sparkling new kitchen, and the second is a makeover to provide a modern laundry and mudroom that keeps everything in its place, clean and tidy!

THE KITCHEN Ramona Helal, who partnered with Paula Leclair to form Designed Interiors, was tasked with creating a new kitchen from a relatively small space in a single family home built in Barrhaven in 2000.

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Ramona Helal and Paula Leclair worked with Kitchen Craft to create a kitchen that created an elegant feeling to the open concept space which functions for both casual and formal entertaining. Kitchen pendants from Feiss; dining room fixtures from Bethel International.

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The homeowners, who love to entertain, wanted to enlarge and open up the kitchen to make it a fully-functioning and welcoming area. It involved removing kitchen walls between the hallway, living room and dining room to blend them into one big space. Rick Pugliese was the main contractor. The interior designer worked closely with Alicia Genyn at Kitchen Craft to come up with a transitional style of kitchen that now occupies over 570 square feet. Ramona describes the cabinets as bone-white with a raised edge stained in grey for a subtle, antique look. They are combined with a white subway-tiled backsplash for extra texture, and the sleek undermount sink and faucet were supplied by Boone Plumbing. An island was added with a granite countertop, speckled with light-coloured hues to complement the cabinetry and designer-grey décor. Pendant lighting by Feiss illuminates the island, which includes a cook-top with a direct down-draft vent that enables obstruction-free entertaining and encourages everyone to gather around. “We removed all the flooring and installed an exotic hardwood that is multi-toned, and extended the cabinetry all the way from the kitchen into the dining area to create a beautiful buffet for entertaining,” says Ramona. She adds that the dining room was also treated to a new table and chairs by Canadel Furniture, which allows a customized mix of different materials, styles and colours. Ramona reports that the homeowners were thrilled with the result and could not wait to have their friends over for dinner. “Even though it’s a much bigger kitchen, the transitional style gives it a warm, comfortable and cozy feel.”

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Algonquin College Interior design student Hanna Levett created the working drawings for her contractor dad Jeremy. Contact Jeremy jblhomereno@gmail.com

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LAUNDRY & MUDROOM Two major renovations have been carried out over time on this 30-year-old home in Rothwell Heights. But there was one last area that had not been touched and desperately needed work, explains homeowner

Sheryl Green. “My main renovation goal was to get a more functional, updated and attractive laundry space and mudroom,” says Sheryl, who hired Ottawa contractor Jeremy Levett to do all of the work. She presented him with drawings of her idea to take out a smaller closet area off the laundry room to create a mudroom entry with room to sit and remove boots, store gear and get organized. He ripped out the existing closets and cabinets in the laundry room and installed new white cabinets from IKEA, along with a quartz countertop. A new closet door that blends in with the existing doors was also added. “The counter provides me with a place to fold laundry without losing socks behind the dryer,” exclaims Sheryl happily, who wishes that this had all been included years before during their last renovation. In the mudroom, Jeremy built a new bench with hooks for hanging jackets, bags and dog leashes with cubbies for storage where the old closet used to be. The smaller project only took three weeks to complete and Sheryl confirms that it exceeded all their expectations, even those of her perfectionist husband Martin Parizeau. “It turned a nonfunctioning eyesore into a great new space!” WINTER 2017 ottawaathome.ca 31

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ventilated place and cover the work surface and surrounding area with drop cloths to protect them from over-spray when painting. Step 3: While wearing disposable gloves, wipe the metal of the glass light fixture with a lint-free rag and Krud Kutter Gloss-Off to prep the surface for paint. No rinsing required.

Chic indoor gardens

BY LEIGH-ANN ALLAIRE PERRAULT PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL CARSON

The introduction of fresh plants and greenery to your home is a sure-fire way to put a spring in your décor step – especially on days when winter is still packing a frigid punch outside. From stylish fiddle-leaf fig trees and cacti, to sculptural succulents and air plants, trendy foliage has become the latest must-have accessory for interiors. And as chic as the plants themselves are, how they are displayed requires some design consideration as well. Terrariums are a simple way to contain and curate tabletop collections of petite plant life. With a little upcycling ingenuity, it’s easy to create and customize your own using something as simple as an old, flush-mount light fixture. Aged-brass faceted fixtures, such as the one used for this project, make the perfect base to create your own chic indoor DIY garden. They can be affordably found at thrifty resale locations such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

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Flush-mount glass light fixture Scissors or wire cutters Rocks and pebbles Air plants and moss Drop cloth Painter’s tape Disposable gloves Lint-free rags Krud Kutter Gloss-Off Prepaint Surface Preparation

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INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Remove any loose wires from the back of the fixture with scissors or wire snips so it will sit flat on a table surface. Step 2: Move the glass light fixture to a well-

Step 4: Once completely dry, use low-tack painter’s tape to cover the glass part of the light fixture and coat the metal base with Universal Metallic Spray Paint in the colour of your choice. Hold the can 25-30 cm (10- 12”) from the surface and spray with a steady back-and-forth motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Repeat if necessary and allow to dry thoroughly as recommended on the can. Step 5: While the light fixture base is drying, coat the large decorative rocks with Specialty Mirror Effect Spray Paint in gold. Apply two or more light coats a few minutes apart. For best results, apply multiple light coats versus one heavy coat. Once your topcoat is dry, flip the rock and paint the other side. Step 6: Once everything is dry and the painter’s tape has been removed, fill your terrarium with pebbles, the painted rocks, moss and air plants and enjoy! Join Cityline expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show as she discusses the real ROI on DIY for staging your home to stay. Saturday, March 25 at 4:30pm and Sunday, March 26 at 1pm.

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Respecting heritage BY ALEXIA NAIDOO PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Greystone Village is a 26-acre development project in the heart of Old Ottawa East between the Rideau Canal and the Rideau River. Settlement in the area, which used to be called Archville, goes back almost 200 years to when the Catholic monastic community, Les Oeuvres Oblates de l’Ontario, built the main building on the Édifice Deschâtelets land in 1885. This was three years before the Village of Ottawa East was incorporated. Ottawa At Home chatted recently with Josh Kardish, Manager of Land Development at The Regional Group, about the historic land they purchased from the religious order. They are working with EQ Homes and architect Barry Hobin on the project and he discusses how the developers had a significant obligation to create something that would fit into the community and respect the land’s deep history.

HOW DID THE PROJECT PLAN COME TOGETHER? The Ottawa East Community Association and the previous landowners created and approved a Community Design Plan, with a list of objectives we used for the project. For example, there’s a maximum level of development and a maximum height of nine stories. The previous landowners were supportive of the retention of the building, Édifice Deschâtelets, and the tree-lined allée. And the Old Ottawa East Community Association especially wanted a plan with principles of environmental sustainability.

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sidewalks, room for bicycles, and so on. Currently we are one of two LEED-ND communities in the city, Lansdowne is the other.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO REPLACE THE TREES YOU HAD TO REMOVE? There will be a major replanting and we’re making an incredible investment in trees and how they’re planted. We’ve devised a series of engineering solutions that allows us to get bigger, more robust trees with a greater canopy and additional barrier systems to protect the tree roots from the building foundations.

WHAT IS PLANNED FOR THE RIVERFRONT? The Rideau River Conservation Authority has been a great partner. They were involved in the sitedesign plan so we knew they wanted to keep that corridor completely natural – and that’s what we’re doing. But there were those who wanted to see the waterfront used and integrated into the development. That’s been the biggest single hurdle.

WAS THERE A LOT OF SOIL CLEANUP REQUIRED ON THE SITE? We’re a little past the halfway point on what is currently the largest approved brownfield remediation application in the history of the city of Ottawa. It’s a benign and inert chemical in the ground, but we needed to go through the process and we went in eyes-wide-open about the expense and the timeline. We’re proud that we’re using the backfill from the Confederation Line pit, which saved greenhouse gas emissions from trucking that out of the city.

WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE? We’ve planned for a base population to support existing commercial services. We’d like to find a grocer for the community, and perhaps a restaurant or pub. And we’ve had interest from coffee shops, doctors, dentists, and so on.

IS THERE A LOT OF WORK TO BRING SUCH AN HISTORICAL BUILDING UP TO DATE? The religious order had been there for over a century. It was an educational facility and monastic residence. The outside is designated heritage and will stay as is, but the inside will be taken down to studs and rebuilt. (Items of historical value, including the doors to the chapel, were already removed.) This was a building that was the centre of the community but few got to use it. The plan right now – we have a letter of intent signed with the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation and we’re hoping to work with the City of Ottawa – is to repurpose the building and turn it into a public community centre, non-profit housing, and some space for the Sandy Hill Health Cooperative. These new communityanchored uses will carry the building for another century or more. WINTER 2017 ottawaathome.ca 37

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A media journey BY VERA CODY PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

Kevin Newman studied politics and economics at Western University, where he co-founded the campus radio station CHRW and launched his career in media. The Emmy and Gemini Award-winning anchor has enjoyed a successful journey in broadcast journalism which started in 1981 with Global Television Network as a Toronto reporter. His success continued with both CTV and CBC as a parliamentary correspondent, reporter and news anchor. At the age of thirty-six, Kevin was thrust into the media spotlight when he was hired by ABC in New York City as the third male co-host for Good Morning America. Instant fame followed with his face on bus ads and buildings in Time Square, being a guest on Larry King Live and profiled in People Magazine. But, not prepared for the grand scope of the experience led to a crisis of confidence. When ratings waned, Kevin switched over to World News Tonight as a correspondent and worked with Peter Jennings, as well as Ted Koppel on Nightline. A new opportunity came from Global National which hired him in 2001 as its chief anchor and executive editor. This became Canada’s most-watched national newscast and the highest-rated evening news program. Eager to embrace the digital age, Kevin founded NewMan Media Ltd. (a digital broadcasting and consulting company that creates documentaries), and in 2012 he returned to CTV as substitute anchor and host for CTV National News. The 57-year-old news junkie is currently host and managing editor for W5, the popular current affairs and documentary program that explores major issues and hot topics. Ottawa At Home chatted with Kevin at the Lieutenant’s Pump on Elgin Street, one 38 ottawaathome.ca WINTER 2017

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of his favourite brunch spots.

WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK? During my entire career, layoffs in media have been a consistent problem. When I was twenty-two it worked to my advantage when they laid off the higher-priced talent at Global. They needed people to report and gave me a chance. At that time my discounted price was right. I started

reporting sports, but an opportunity opened to transfer to news where I always wanted to be.

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fly zone and I was smuggled in the back of a blacked-out SUV traveling sixteen hours through the desert with several checkpoints. Working for an American broadcaster and looking American was not advantageous. I learned how to remain calm and not show my apprehension. When I was anchor at Global National, I went to Afghanistan and learned much later that I had nearly stepped on a landmine when walking near an operating base.

HOW POWERFUL IS SOCIAL MEDIA? It is very powerful as a form of distribution and in dissemination of opinion. The problem is its lack of curation. We are learning that with a lot of the fake news on Facebook. We need to fight for journalism and for truth in the new media, or we are going to lose it. We fought for this before and it looks like we are going to have to fight again.

WHAT LIVE EVENT CRISES HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT IN YOUR CAREER? The death of Princess Diana opened people’s eyes at ABC. When Global National started, we were one week into a new show when 9/11 happened. The Parliament Hill shooting, I anchored for seven hours of live coverage. I learned from Peter Jennings to never get ahead of a story and to remain calm and focused, be reassuring and give people a sense of context. Most importantly, an anchor’s job is to emphasize that there is still more to learn with a breaking news story.

WHAT IS YOUR OTTAWA CONNECTION? I was raised mostly in Toronto, work in Toronto now and live there with my wife Cathy, but Ottawa is home. That is where our children Alex (30) and Erica (27) were young. We have lived in many places, but returned here four different times. Ottawa is hard to forget and it has been fun watching it grow. I don’t know where retirement is going to happen, but Ottawa is top of my list as it has always been my touchstone and where I have the most and deepest friendships. People are surprised when it consistently ranks high on liveability, but it is incredibly liveable. You have to sometimes not live in Ottawa to appreciate that. For the upcoming Sesquicentennial, I booked hotel rooms last year and am looking forward to bringing my family for the celebration. CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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OUTDOOR FUN Chelsea is a popular year-round destination in Quebec for outdoor enthusiasts, but in winter seems particularly enchanting. To explore its charms, start the day by checking in with the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre at 33 Scott Rd. Head out for a ski, snowshoe or hiking experience. Trail passes are sold at the Visitors Centre, or can be borrowed through Ottawa at Outaouais region public libraries.

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BISCOTTI & CIE This gem of a café is a majestic find! Charming hand-written notes surround the front door of Biscotti & Cie and welcome guests to taste assorted hot beverages, decadent desserts and freshly-made lunch items. Out back, find an authentic Yurt with more inspiring notes dangling from the ceiling. Comfy cushions and chairs surround a wood burning stove to invite conversation or mediation. Book a yoga class or a night out with friends in this space that attracts the likes of the PM’s wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, who occasionally brings her husband too! Visit at 6 Chemin Scott, Chelsea.

EVERYONE WELCOME The National Capital Commission (NCC) encourages new Canadians to get into the woods with a free program that helps teach newcomers how to embrace winter in Canada. The new initiative includes a guided tour in Gatineau Park with snowshoe rentals and an end-of-tour hot chocolate. Invitations are sent out through a variety of English and French second-language programs. Approximately 1,000 new Canadians will take part this season.

TASTY FARE The Chelsea Pub, built in 1875 when Chelsea had only 819 taxable residents, is one of the oldest houses in town. Today, the building retains its heritage with the addition of modern amenities. Chef James Spinnewyn comes from northern France and creates an up market pubstyle menu. Taste it at 238 Old Chelsea Rd.

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A SWEET SPOT Le Vignoble de Chelsea offers a variety of ways to celebrate the flavours of winter in Quebec. A weekend dinner show runs Friday and Saturday nights. An authentic sugar shack opens for eight weekends throughout March and April, and brings the sweet taste of their produced-on-site maple syrup. Visit them at 1582 Route 105 or www.vignoblechelsea.com

HIPPY DIPPY Bruce Langer met a “wax genius” at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto’s Kensington Market back in the ‘70s when it was a popular “hippy hangout.” Bruce learned everything he needed to know from the candle maker, and took the knowledge to develop a business that has weaved its way in and out of Toronto and Ottawa locations. It now embraces a prominent spot on Old Chelsea Road under the name of Bougie Doozy Candle. With a unique method of creating eye-catching, food-grade paraffin candles, Bruce and his business partner Greg Brayford are enjoying the success of being a popular tourist destination as well as serving a worldwide, online clientele. Pick up a celebratory Canada 150 candle this spring at 181 Old Chelsea Road. 42 ottawaathome.ca WINTER 2017

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Dressed to the Canines PHOTOGRAPHY AND TEXT BY KATIE HESSION

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Once Old Man Winter hits Ottawa, the struggle to stay warm and fashionable is real. That’s not the case for these stylish dogs and their equally stylish owners who certainly wag a couple of tails as they walk on by. We asked these sartorial pups to share their favourite spots to enjoy the city when they’re not busy turning the sidewalk in to their catwalk…or should we say dogwalk?

“I’m a big fan of the ‘loop’ - a walk I relish along the banks of the Ottawa river crossing over the Alexandra and Portage bridges. It’s a perfect one hour stroll with spectacular views of parliament, the locks, the Canadian Museum of History, and Victoria Island. I also hang out at Happy Goat in Mechanicsville enjoying the smell of coffee, live music and a great made to order sandwich by the friendly crew working there!”

“My human and I live and work in the heart of the nation’s capital, the Byward Market. Every day when we go for our walk, we bump into locals and tourists who always tell me how cute I am. I work in customer relations and security at my human’s boutique and it’s always nice when other humans come in asking for me and give me a treat. When I’m not working, Major’s Hill Park is one of my favourite places to play ball.”

WHO: Montecristo the Long-Haired Chihuahua with owner Stefan, civil servant WHERE: Canadian Museum of History WEARING: Custom dog harness by Kiki Hamann on Montecristo / jacket from L’Hexagon, pants from Simons, vest from Moores, Louis Vuitton scarf, Ben Sherman boots from Nordstrom Thomas Sabo lapel pin from True Bijoux on Stefan

WHO: Pearl the Cockapoo with owner Mandy, owner of Stunning! Fashion Accessories WHERE: ByWard Market WEARING: sweater from Cricket & Company on Pearl / Mackage shearling coat and Le Canadian boots from Schad, American Eagle jeans, toque and mittens from Stunning!

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“Before we moved out to the country where I now have endless room to run wherever and whenever I want, I always used to hangout at David Bartlett Park in Manotick. It’s still one of my favourite places to play with my dog-squad, though. I get to chase squirrels, point at ducks, and as a bonus I even get easy access to swim and cool down in the Ottawa River on hot summer days!” WHO: Mackenzie the English Pointer with owner Aneeka, physiotherapist and editor of Getting Ready Report Beauty Blog WHERE: Manotick-North Gower WEARING: Wool sweater by Chilly Dog on Mackenzie / coat from Aritzia and leather ankle boots from Zara on Anneka

“My happy place? Outside. I like outside. I really like when my dad takes me to a place called ‘the pitch’. There are sometimes other dogs there, but there are many other many humans. It’s so fun! We run in the grass, wrestle, play in the mud, bark a lot and chase after a delicious leather thing called a rugby ball.” WHO: Hugo the Doberman with owner Lori, proprietress at Showpony Hair WHERE: Patterson Creek WEARING: Shed Row K9 Aspen coat on Hugo / UGG boots, L.A.M.B. for Burton hat from Sporting Life, Treasure & Bond jeans from Nordstrom and cape by Katherine Barclay on Lori

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THEN The area of present-day Vanier was first settled in the 1820s by a group that included the notable Ottawa families of McArthur, Sparks, Clarke and Cummings. The village of Eastview was the first official title given to this community, established in 1909 with a population of 3,000 people. The working-class village adopted their own coat of arms, which featured the rising sun of the East, a schoolhouse to represent knowledge, and a black hammer crossed over a silver feather to represent skill. The village motto was “Labore et Honore” which translates to “Work and Honour.” In 1969, the village of Eastview took on the current name of Vanier to reflect the Francophone majority and was named after Georges-Philéas Vanier, who was Canada’s CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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first French-Canadian Governor General. At the time, two- thirds of the city’s population identified as Francophone. The city of Vanier was absorbed into the greater City of Ottawa in the amalgamation of 2001.

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served by the Quartier Vanier BIA; the north side of Beechwood is in New Edinburgh and the south is in Vanier. Rideau-Vanier city councilor Mathieu Fleury says, “The objective is to make Beechwood Avenue a safe main street where businesses can thrive, where people feel that it is friendly to walk and where it is safe for cars and bicycles.” It is one of the last traditional main streets to be developed in the city, and is set to take on the “complete street” model with raised cycling tracks, widened sidewalks and narrowed traffic lanes. Looking to the Montreal Road side of the ‘hood, this strip is set to receive its own makeover starting in 2018. Councilor Fleury notes that the renewal plan for the street is a major departure from the current design, especially in regards to housing. “In the old city of Vanier bylaws, you couldn’t build more that 30 per cent residential along Montreal road. What we’re looking at now is ground-floor commercial with residential up above that could be in the ranges of 80 per cent residential.”

PEOPLE & HOUSES As of 2011, the population of Vanier sits at just over 16,000 people. Interestingly, the Francophone population has fallen considerably, from over 60 per cent in the 1980s to less than 40 percent today. With an abundance of relatively inexpensive housing and its close proximity to downtown, Councilor Fleury has seen an increasing number of young, first- time homeowners in the neighbourhhod and notes, “If we look at the schools in the area, Trille Des Bois for example, there’s a long waiting list, and for me that’s a sign of stability. When you have schools that are well populated, you don’t have high turnover, you have established families.” Available housing in Vanier is mixed with plenty of older, detached homes, and an increasing number of new infill homes that reflect the modern and minimalist open-concept design. A unique aspect of the area is the amount of space still available for development with more land up-forgrabs in Vanier than any other central neighbourhood. New housing projects indicate the start of a boom in residential building.

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The timeline of selling a home and moving into a new one can be stressful. A great way to simplify your move is to find an apartment developer who has a new project under construction. Not only is their project a ‘sure thing,’ but you get to control your move-in date giving you peace of mind and the time you need to ensure you receive the most value from the sale of your existing home. Quality construction should be top of your list of must-haves. Make sure the builder uses the latest in concrete construction to create quiet suites with high ceilings and large windows. Treat your search for the ideal rental apartment in the same way you would if you buying a quality piece of realestate.

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new menus that draw on creativity and the highest quality of ingredients. Restaurateur Ion Aimers launched the famous Works burger franchise on Beechwood 15 years ago, and recently opened Muckleston & Brockwell, a fine butcher shop on that same strip. “As someone who lives here (Beechwood), I really welcome the continued explosion of food business,” says Ion. “We’ve got some real leaders on this street, Sue Jacobson (Jacobson Gourmet Concepts) who’s been here a long time, and new people like Lauren Power who opened the Red Door.” Coffee is the real queen of Beechwood, with a number of cafes dotting the streetscape. Locally owned Bridgehead Coffeehouse has a prominent spot on the

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New Edinburgh side of Beechwood as do Scone Witch, a delicious coffee and lunch spot and newcomer Red Door Provisions offers high-end boutique coffee, a beautiful selection of preserved fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh-baked goods. Long-standing pizza place Louis Pizza on McArthur road has recently been dressed with one of the notable Vanier Murals to capture attention and pay tribute to the multicultural aspect of the community. Find a number of wall murals in the Vanier area depicting the history and diversity of the community, just another eye-catching aspect of this up-and-coming area.

In the same sentiment as the home buying mantra “location, location, location,” a new apartment home should offer similar conveniences. A building strategically connected to local businesses and outdoor green spaces is essential to creating sustainable communities that provide value for years to come; to you, your family, and to your city. Find a conscientious builder who understands that your new home’s location is a very important part of serving you well and providing a carefree lifestyle. Contact Francesca, francesca@lepineapartments.com

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Jordan O’Leary and Ian Harrington of Morning Owl Coffee have created a lunchtime winter oasis behind the popular coffee shop at 536 Rochester Avenue. Snow-covered coniferous trees are dotted around a 10-foot fire pit where your homemade rice noodle bowl is prepared in cast iron woks. Open Monday to Friday from 11 am - 1:30 pm, enjoy a chicken, pork or vegan bowl for $10.

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RED BULL CRASHED ICE The wild sport of ice cross downhill racing is gaining popularity in North America and Europe, and makes its way to Ottawa on March 3 as part of the 2017 celebrations. Red Bull Crashed Ice will compete in the final showdown in the heart of Ottawa near the Rideau Canal locks, Chateau Laurier and Major’s Hill Park. The extreme sport features heats of four skaters careening down an ice track filled with twists, turns, and jumps at speeds of more than 50 km/h. The Chateau Laurier Hotel Ballroom and terrace offer up a VIP area with a direct view of the track. Info at redbullcrashedice.com/ottawa/2017.

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MOM & BABY ON THE MOVE In collaboration with Fitness with Jules, St. Laurent Centre is hosting Mom and Baby on the Move. Jules Sherlock is a Can Fit Pro Trainer of the Year, and a personal training and post-natal specialist. “It’s a fun way for new moms, who can often feel isolated, to get out of the house, meet other parents and enjoy the benefits of exercise,” says Jules, a mom herself. Participants are often treated to surprises and give-aways from St. Laurent retailers as well as enjoying educational speakers and demos each week. They meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:15 am at the Guest Services Kiosk in front of Toys R Us. Contact Kristina Sparkes at St. Laurent Centre at 613.745.6850 ext.308 or ksparkes@morguard.com .

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Looking for some retro inspiration? Vanier Moderns, owned and operated by Jeff Watson and Tina Tolgyesy, has a wide selection of all things vintage and mid-century modern, including furniture, lighting, decorative objects, clothing, jewellery and fine art. Tina and Jeff also offer design consultations with clients to help bring a vintage vibe home. The selection of items is ever-changing, so it’s a good idea to check in regularly or visit the Vanier Moderns Facebook page for updates.

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Five local Ottawa businessmen are capitalizing on the donut craze sweeping North America. Partners Dominic Santaguida, Geoff Vivian and Harjeet Singh from Vittoria Trattoria, and Kyle Hector and Jake Ellis from Lapointe Fish, were inspired to create a modern, openkitchen-style donut diner with a twist at Maverick’s. Taste buds run wild while creating your own unique treats with delicious fresh donuts with a huge variety of glazes and toppings. Those not feeling creative will be tempted by daily pre-made flavours from which to choose. Located in the Blue Heron Mall, the store is open Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 7:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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Gliders, and/or sliders, depending on your floor of choice, have become some of my favourite tools for at-home workouts. Keep in mind that as long as the Lego pieces and popcorn kernels have been picked out of the carpet, you should be good to go!

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TOOLS Gliding discs, or alternatively, plastic plates or Frisbees on carpet, and hand towels on hardwood or tiled floor. ABS: Do “mountain climbers” by gliding the knees forward towards elbows. Aim for 30-45 second sets. Increase the intensity and speed for a cardio boost. Another great variation is holding a plank position to move legs side-to-side to target your oblique muscles. Opt to do both legs at the same time, firing the inner thighs. Burn lower abs by bringing legs from a plank stance to a pike stand – all while the legs glide into position.

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LEGS: Looking to wear those tight shorts in the back of the drawer by summer? Target legs through lunging – front, back or side. Instead of picking up the leg, you can slow down the momentum and pull legs in or out, sliding and gliding your feet along the ground. Aim for deep movements.

As the body adapts, you need to constantly change up your workout and your movements to see results. These are a fun ways to try something new – be creative and enjoy getting fit at home!  

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Peter Trobridge left behind a successful career in high tech in 2007, and was looking for a fresh challenge when a chance encounter on a golf course set him on a new path. A mechanical engineering technologist by training, Peter started a conversation with a group of men at an Ottawa-area golf tournament who turned out to be volunteers for Project North Star, a program which helps the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to restore the lone surviving military Canadair C54-GM – also known as the North Star. CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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The aircraft has a long and storied history as a military transport plane for Canada, and saw active service in the Korean War. Peter was intrigued enough by his conversation with the North Star volunteers that he joined their program and hasn’t looked back. “I had never worked on an aircraft before EVER,” admits Peter with a laugh, “so at first there was a bit of nervousness working on something that is the only one left in the world, from the Museum’s understanding.” However, Peter quickly fit in with a group of volunteers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, all of whom do a little bit of everything to get the plane ship-shape. “We do fuselage repair, cleaning, refurbishing, reinstalling, painting and polishing” says Peter. “We try to keep as many of the original parts as possible, putting them back into the condition they

would have been in when they were new.” “We’re trying to put it as close to a finished product as it can be, even though it won’t fly again,” he explains. One of the goals for the volunteers this year is to get the fourth and final engine of the aircraft refurbished for Canada’s 150th birthday. That milestone has special symbolism because today, a flight from Ottawa to South Korea would take approximately 17 hours. “To do it during the Korean war was at least 24 hours in very harsh conditions,” notes Peter. “What Canadian men and women went through during that war in terms of air travel was tough and it’s important to reflect on that as we move forward as a country.” “This plane was built for Canada, and it was built in Canada,” Peter says. “We all take great pride in getting this special piece of aviation history back to museum quality and into the museum collection.” For more information on Project North Star please visit www.projectnorthstar.ca.

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Classic Canadian Foodthought by Korey Kealey @foodthought

The famous Canadian smoked meat sandwich translates beautifully into a breakfast or brunch dish. Simply using the bread as a cup changes the format, while highlighting the slightly salty, delicious smoked meat, cheese and egg filling.

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375F Filling: In medium bowl combine eggs, cheese and parsley; set aside. Crust: In food processor, finely process bread until mixture is crumbly; add 1 egg and melted butter; pulse until well combined and mixture sticks together when pinched between fingers. In large muffin tins, press 1/4 of the mixture to form a cup being sure to press up the sides of the muffin tin. Repeat 3 times with remaining mixture. Bake for 15 minutes: remove from oven; brush 1 tbsp (15 mL) mustard on the baked cup then layer and press 2 pieces smoked meat to stick to sides of cup; fill with egg mixture; repeat with remaining 3 bread cups. Return filled bread cups to oven and continue to bake 35 minutes or until egg is set. The filling may puff up in the center. Serve immediately.

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FOOD Dining Out

“Riviera is everything I ever dreamed of.” — JORDAN HOLLEY

Art Deco gem transformed into a culinary hotspot BY PAULA ROY

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Any renovation involves not just money, but also a leap of faith, and this is particularly true in the restaurant business. If you build it, will they come? Despite having worked with business partner Matt Carmichael on two previous restaurant renovations and openings (El Camino and Datsun), Jordan Holley admits he was initially skeptical that the former CIBC branch on Sparks Street could be transformed into a gorgeous place to dine. Thankfully, Matt had both vision and the power of persuasion, while Andrew Reeves and his team from Linebox Studio had the 58 ottawaathome.ca WINTER 2017

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talent to execute on their collaborative design plan. The result is Riviera, the newest darling of the Ottawa restaurant scene. It took just over a year to convert the narrow space with a soaring ceiling into an attractive gem that offers an inviting, come-as-you-are vibe. Diners in fancy dresses and power suits comfortably rub shoulders with those in t-shirts and jeans. The atmosphere is lively and the food superb. Jordan says that he and Matt enjoy working with Linebox because the awardwinning designers are able to take an initial

vision and propel it to the next level. “Andrew listens well and if he’s making adjustments it’s done very respectfully. I was looking at some drawings from two years ago and the end result is pretty close to the original 3D renditions Linebox had prepared. I know the renovation was successful because we have had a lot of people come in and say they don’t feel like they’re in Ottawa. Many have said Riviera seems like it could be in New York City because it’s just such a different vibe from anywhere else in town.” Riviera’s graceful, grand space has been updated without eliminating the original Art Deco touches that make it so unique, including marble flooring, Doric columns, huge windows and travertine walls. “Andrew told us the hardest thing about this project was striking the right balance to do this place justice,” explains Jordan. “We wanted to be sure we didn’t take too much away and didn’t add too much either.” The lengthy brass bar provides one stunning focal point, offset by cozy OTTAWA 2017

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banquettes clad in a colour scheme that pays homage to the traditions of banking. Art selections have been carefully curated by Guy Bérubé, formerly of La Petite Mort Gallery and now LPM Projects. Standouts include several quirky mixed-media works by UK artist Rowan Corkill, which serve as intriguing conversation pieces. At the front of the restaurant, offering a commanding view of the whole space, the glass-walled former bank manager’s office is now a lovely private dining room for ten to twelve guests. Towards the back, the open-concept stainless steel kitchen affords diners an excellent view of the culinary choreography necessary to turn out a high volume of plates in a relatively small space. Great lighting is one of Matt’s passions and Riviera is no exception. An array of eye-catching pendants hang over the bar, complemented by bankers’ lights on the bar itself. The tables are adorned with rechargeable, dimmable LED lights from Australia, sourced by Matt. The former bank vault on the main

floor has been subdivided and repurposed as a dish pit, a small lounge and unisex washrooms equipped with vintageinspired, mint-green sinks. The lower-level vault serves as Riviera’s wine cellar as well housing a prep kitchen. Jordan notes they plan to add a second bar down there this spring, to be accessed via an Art Decoaccented marble staircase. “We’re thinking about one long communal table and several high tops plus eight to ten seats at the bar. We see this new lounge as a bookable space for private parties as well as a nice little wine and

cocktail lounge offering great drinks and fantastic food.” The food at Riviera is definitely inspired and influenced by the space it inhabits. Matt and Jordan wanted to give the menu a somewhat vintage, retro feel while still keeping in tune with Canadian influences and seasonal elements. Plans to update things include a new pre-theatre table d’hôte dinner menu launching soon. As for post-renovation regrets, Jordan has none. “Riviera is everything I ever dreamed of,” he says. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Linebox Studio, a local architectural firm, redesigned the old CIBC bank branch on the Sparks Street Mall to transform it into Ottawa’s hot new dining spot. The slick space is helping to put Sparks Street back on the map in Ottawa.

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As creators of the iconic pastry often cited as one of the most popular sweet treats in Canada, Pam and Grant Hooker helped put Ottawa on our national culinary map. The original ByWard Market BeaverTails® location opened in 1980, but you can now find their delicious pastries at over 100 locations across North America as well as in Japan, South Korea and Dubai. Ottawa At Home spoke with the Hookers about their sweet success.

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE BEAVERTAIL® RECIPE? The pastries we call BeaverTails® are pretty true to my German/Ukrainian grandmother’s recipe. She served them to us as a breakfast treat and as kids we could eat as many as we wanted, typically devouring four or five in one sitting.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO START THE BUSINESS? We sold our first BeaverTail® in 1978 at a community music and crafts fair in Killaloe that we had helped organize. As was the case in my grandmother’s kitchen, people just couldn’t get enough of our hot, fresh, delicious new food item.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WERE ONTO SOMETHING REALLY BIG? After experimenting with BeaverTails® at a few other small community fairs, we moved to Ottawa, and in June of 1980 opened the booth that you can still see in the ByWard Market. It was a slow start there, but that winter we built another booth on Dow’s Lake for Winterlude. We had the same reaction we’d CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

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Grant and Pam Hooker, founders of BeaverTails near their original location. Tempting pastries prepared fresh onsite.

had in Killaloe and our faith in the possibility of a BeaverTails® business was renewed. Our daughter handpainted a sign inviting people to visit our ByWard store in the spring, and it paid off.

the ByWard Market, things were ticking along. We met Robert Libbey and felt he could successfully package our experience for others. BeaverTails Canada Inc., our franchising company, was born and in a few years we had 40 franchises. In 2002, three young people who had been working for us in Montreal for over a decade wanted to purchase controlling interest in the franchise company. They continue to amaze us and have grown the company to 118 stores.

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ARE YOU STILL INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY? We hold a significant

had no formal business training. We chased permission to be part of our first Winterlude because our ByWard store was closed for the season and we were in debt. We just started climbing step by step, always making sure that the product we served was hot, fresh and offered with a touch of friendliness.

WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO START FRANCHISING? After over a decade on the Rideau Canal Skateway and in

minority position in the franchising company, but play a minimal role. We retained exclusive rights to the business in and around the National Capital Region and are still passionately involved with our stores in Ottawa, plus booths at major local festivals and fairs. We’re fortunate to have brought Andy Cullen back to help run our local operations so we can spend time enjoying our 30-year old boat in Florida, our 40-year-old motorcoach on the west coast and our log house in the woods where we first prepared BeaverTails® dough. WINTER 2017 ottawaathome.ca 61

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Named for the shallow French Provençal earthenware dish in which it’s usually prepared, a tian is a delicious way to showcase vegetables during the cold winter months. Using any vegetable combination you like – just be sure to slice everything thinly – you can make your tian in a large casserole dish or as individual tians in small oven-safe ramekins. This dish can be assembled and refrigerated a day or two ahead and baked just before serving. INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 1 large apple, cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 green zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 yellow zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1 slender (Chinese) eggplant, cut into 1/4 inch slices 1/2 cup (125 mL) thinly sliced butternut squash, cut to same size as other vegetables 1 shallot, minced 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) coarse salt 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) ground black pepper 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) dried basil 1 tbsp (15 mL) balsamic 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 1 tsp(5 mL) maple syrup 1/4 cup (125 mL) each shredded Gruyere and Parmesan METHOD Preheat oven to 375F. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of approx 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) shallow, oven-proof dish. Arrange alternating slices of apple and vegetables in the dish, standing them up on their sides. Sprinkle with minced shallot, salt, pepper and dried basil. Whisk together balsamic, maple syrup and olive oil; drizzle over top. Cover dish with a lid or piece of aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes (25 if using smaller dishes. Remove foil, sprinkle cheese on top and bake for another 30 minutes (20 minutes for small dishes). Remove from oven and serve hot. Serves 4 and can easily be doubled or tripled.

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Slide a mile Andrew King @twitandrewking

Now well within Old Man Winter’s icy grasp, many residents of the nation’s capital embrace our consistently cold weather with the thrills of ice

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skating, skiing or other winter activities throughout the region. However, these winter activities seem to pale in comparison with the daredevil style of winter activities enjoyed by Ottawa’s

past residents . . . back when their winter activities bordered on the downright dangerous. The year was 1922 and Ottawa was preparing for the first ever Canadian National Winter Carnival, a week-long celebration of winter that started on January 28 and included such attractions as giant skating rinks and a 66 foot-high Norman castle replicated in ice blocks. Perhaps the most unbelievable highlight of this Winter Carnival was a ridiculously steep ice slide beside the Chateau Laurier. Dubbed “The Slide for a Mile,” this ice-covered wooden structure would take brave riders who paid ten cents to careen down an icy chute at speeds reaching 100 kilometres an hour, before they were rocketed out onto the frozen Ottawa River underneath the Alexandra Bridge. As Ottawa celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday, the spirit of this hair-raising ride beside the Chateau Laurier is being resurrected in the form of the “Red Bull ‘Crashed Ice” event set for March 3 and 4. Helmeted and padded ice skaters will plummet down a massive ice track, filled with dips and hairpin turns, reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h. As dangerous as this sounds, remember that Ottawans in 1922 rocketed down an ice chute on a slab of wood without any safety gear. As the saying goes, “Times sure have changed!” 

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