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54 FOOD 67 FOOD THOUGHTS Fiesta!

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70 LET’S DISH Canada’s Great Kitchen Party

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76 DINING OUT A fresh dining option in Almonte 79 PAULA’S BITES Dressing up olive oil

DEPARTMENTS 6 EDITOR’S NOTE The home as a sanctuary 8 ASK THE EXPERT Pendant light guidelines

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15 CONTEST ALERT Get featured in Ottawa At Home magazine

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45 ASK THE EXPERT When precision counts

48 ART Displaying children’s artwork

47 ASK THE EXPERT Creating an entrance

16 KITCHEN DESIGN An award-winning kitchen renovation in Kanata

50 NEW & NOTABLE New ownership; Tapping into the skills of veterans; Colin & Justin’s new show

53 HIGH/LOW Put your design skills to the test

19 COVER GET THE LOOK Glamour in the bathroom

54 FALL FASHION From floral to animal prints

20 NEW BUILD Winning style in Westboro

57 FIT AT HOME Staying fit as we age

28 DOWNSIZING Transitioning to condo living

59 STEP INSIDE Graham Richardson talks challenges and joys of media

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12 DESIGNER AT HOME Brian Gluckstein on the comforts of home

32 IN STYLE Space for entertaining 41 CAPITAL COLOURS Colourful carpets 42 ON TOUR Tour a contemporary home with community spirit 4  ottawaathome.ca FALL 2018

74 ASK THE EXPERT Solid countertop solutions 84 BACK STORY A notorious outlaw

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EDITOR’S NOTE

The home should be the treasure chest of living”  — L E CORBU SI E R

Show & Tell In today’s world, we live a “show & tell” life. I am not convinced that we aren’t more show than tell as society operates on visuals and sharing the images of life that we come across minute by minute. And, let’s face it, it’s exhausting and generally not precisely very telling of who we really are. Never has the idea of home become so important. The place where we end and start our days can offer a retreat from life’s hustle and bustle. And, if done right it can be the real reflector of your soul. Creating space that connects you to your true self is a trend! I have long been a believer in the refuge of home and am happy to know that everyone else is jumping on board to carve some sanctity for themselves from the place we call home. There is no better way to feel comforted in your space than to feel connected—and looking around a room and feeling a sense of self is comforting. In this issue, Canadian designer Brian Gluckstein is featured within our Designer at Home section (page 12). Brian brings readers into his own space which he designed with soulful purpose to create an environment filled with style that echoes his personality. We hope this feature encourages you to rethink your own bathroom space! Throughout our pages, readers will be inspired with features that showcase the home as a treasure chest of living, honouring the sentiments of famed Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. Creating a home filled with intrigue and delight will present a place more telling of who you really are, rather than a showplace of what you think you should be. Welcome home,

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Island lighting serves the important functional purpose of providing task lighting. These fixtures are often the ‘jewelry’ of the kitchen and the aesthetic focal point of the space. The abundance of choices for style and function make choosing the right lights for your space a challenge. But there are factors to consider which will help to eliminate some options while casting a favourable glow on others. The type of illumination required from an island pendant will depend largely on the amount and type of other light sources in the kitchen. Is there natural lighting coming in from windows? Does the space also include recessed or under cabinet lighting? Pendant lights function to compliment the other sources of illumination as well as filling in the gaps for lighting. Height of the pendant lighting is an important consideration. Slim fixtures that are intended primarily for task lighting are usually hung 30 to 36 inches above the counter. The more decorative statement fixtures should be hung higher to sit above the sightlines so that they don’t overpower yet low enough from the ceiling to ensure the elegant appeal is maintained. This will need to be guided by the eye and based on ceiling height and other elements within the space. CONTACT MARINA: marina@astrodesigncentre.com 8  ottawaathome.ca FALL 2018

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Seasoned with Personal Style BY MARY TAGGART

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s a highly-respected Canadian designer and proponent of living life in well-designed spaces, Brian Gluckstein is known for his elegant, tailored interiors. Gluckstein Design, launched in 1986, continues to thrive as one of Canada’s most-esteemed design businesses. Brian can also add author to his list of credentials with his newly-released book.

The dashing designer is warmly regarded for his annual efforts on the lottery showhome in Oakville, Ontario for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. His work takes him around the globe, including Ottawa where he recently finished the sales pavilion for Mizrahi Developments’ condominium project at 1451 Wellington in Wellington Village. The décor is modelled after the developer’s Hazleton building in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Brian claims that he didn’t see any reason to change the overall look of the Ottawa project as the buyers are both well-travelled and sophisticated, similarly to Toronto’s upscale-market buyer. The privilege of working with high-end buyers with discerning tastes isn’t lost on Brian. He respects privacy and works discreetly, but also relishes the opportunity to share his work with others. His book, Brian Gluckstein: The Art of Home, offered him this opportunity. “Many of our clients don’t even want their homes photographed or

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TEXTURE & INTRIGUE Brian’s own home showcases his philosophy. Comfortable furnishings dressed in elegant, neutral-toned fabrics dominate throughout. He often works with a neutral background to allow individual personality to come in the way of artwork, textural elements and objects of interest.

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documented, so being allowed to present them in a book is very special to me,” says Brian. The pages of the beautifully curated hardcover book reveal stunning images of well-dressed spaces along with anecdotes to inspire readers. Brian also brings readers into his own recently-renovated Toronto home. The century-old house had undergone a poor renovation when Brian bought it, but with his skillful eye he managed to come up with a plan to bring it back to its architectural roots. At the same time, he updated the space with modern conveniences and his signature style of comfortable elegance. Creating comfortable space is essential to the thoughtful designer who states that, “thinking about comfort within a space is a given to me,” adding that he is often bewildered by the lack of comfort in so many of today’s furnishings. His clients are always offered the opportunity to put furniture to the test as most pieces are custom. “There is a very bespoke attitude to interiors,” says Brian about his approach to design, where he gears each project to the client’s personal and physical attributes to ensure that furnishings function ergonomically.

RETREATING In his ensuite bathroom, the texture comes by way of literature. The walls are covered in books and the grand room offers him an escape. “I like taking baths and reading in the tub. It’s a space to close off the world,” says Brian who often decorates an ensuite with a retreat theme in mind. He uses terry-cloth fabric in a variety of ways to enhance the spalike environment, and keeps the room uncluttered with as much cabinetry as the area allows and employs a “no pedestal sinks in the ensuite” rule.

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DETAILED that showcase his talents. Like any labour of love, he admits it was hard work to bring it all together, but he believes that the timing was finally right for a project of this magnitude and states, “I think I was finally seasoned enough to be able to do it!”

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His kitchen takes on a slightly different look with open shelving and display, allowing for dishes and cookware to be easily accessed. Although Brian claims his partner is the cook and he is the “eater,” he still relishes time spent in the kitchen. The overall look is more detailed than other areas of his house. The space is layered with a variety of cabinet styles and several areas of intrigue that include colour and European influences. The long-admired work of Brian Gluckstein and his own space both reflect his working philosophy and his personal style. His book offers the chance to step into a variety of personality-filled homes

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WHERE DID YOU USE STONE TO TRANSFORM SPACE? Calling all designers, contractors and DIY’rs we want to see before and after photos of stonework inside or outside the home! The winning project will WIN AN iPAD and be featured in an upcoming issue of Ottawa At Home magazine! ITS TIME TO GET YOUR WORK NOTICED! Send an image of your work (include a before shot if possible) to contest@ottawaathome.ca before November 30th. Winners will be notified via email but please include a phone number.

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HOME Kitchen Design

KITCHEN GOALS BY MARY TAGGART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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home built on what was once lush farmland in the lost village of Hazeldean, owned by the Young Family, is now known for its awardwinning design in the south end of Kanata. The unique bungalow was one of a few homes built for the Young family, among the Hazeldean area’s early settlers, after their vast farmland was sold. The current owners had eyed the house in the Young’s Pond neighbourhood for many years and when it came up for sale their dream of ownership was realized. Julianna Dykstra, a kitchen and bath designer with Distinctive Bathrooms and Kitchens, was brought in to renovate the existing dated kitchen. Her goal was to: “Create a kitchen space that would become the heart of the home for a couple who had recently purchased their dream home.”

BONUS SPACE Julianna carried the kitchen design into the back hall, just at the edge of the laundry room, to create a space that functions like a butler’s pantry. A microwave and storage unit has become a stylish use of space with awardwinning appeal. Today, a home with a rich history in Kanata has been brought up to date while maintaining the integrity of its roots through the clever use of design. It’s a feat which is certainly worthy of recognition.

GOALS Both the homeowners and designer were adamant about honouring the original integrity of the architecture. Features like classic crown molding were appealing, and the style of the new kitchen respects this. Incorporating both the living and family room space into the kitchen area was a must-have.

THE DETAILS Julianna chose transitional style cabinetry in MDF flat panel, with the addition of a sophisticated beveled profile. By incorporating marble into the backsplash, and then carrying on a grey scheme into the quartz countertop, the designer blended the new kitchen to flow beautifully within the existing space. An oversized island seats four and overlooks the living room to create enhanced entertaining space. The island is now the main food prep area with both the sink and dishwasher integrated into it. A smooth flow of space is likely what made this kitchen a winner at the 2017 NKBA Ottawa Chapter awards gala. The space not only achieved its goal of being the heart of the home, but it is also highly functional. The kitchen also transitions smoothly into the more service-oriented areas of the bungalow.

ABOVE DESIGNER JULIANNA DYKSTRA WORKED WITH HER CLIENTS TO CREATE A SPACE THAT FLOWED THROUGH THE LIVING AREA FACING PAGE (TOP) GREY QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS TIE IN WITH THE COLOUR SCHEME THROUGHOUT (BOTTOM LEFT) A DEEP STAINLESS SINK SITS IN THE CENTRE OF THE ISLAND (BOTTOM RIGHT) A SHELF BELOW THE MICROWAVE IS A USEFUL ELEMENT

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Bathing In Glamour BY MARY TAGGART

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HOME New Build

THIS PAGE THE DINING TABLE IS MADE OF A METAL CAST OF AN ACACIA TREE ROOT FACING PAGE (LEFT) SOFA FROM CADIEUX INTERIORS, PAINTING ABOVE CONSOLE IS AN ISABELLE GAUVREAU (RIGHT) THE HEIGHT OF EACH STAIR TREND WAS SHORTENED FOR EASE

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WINNI NG WAYS BY JANE WHITING PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

A new, modern home that now sits on a mature street in Westboro already has quite a history! It replaces a turnof-the-century home that was boarded up for 20 years, became infested and was then condemned by the City of Ottawa. After tracking down the owner and convincing him to sell, the couple who bought the property were interested in restoring the old brick home, but were not allowed to because of its dilapidated state. So, they decided to go in a completely different direction and build a contemporary home that recently won a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) award for its sleek kitchen. Three years ago, Stephanie Toste and her husband wanted to move from the suburbs to a walkable downtown location that was more similar to the areas where they grew up. His childhood home was in Ottawa’s Little Italy and Stephanie’s was a Victorian townhome in Montreal. Stephanie was also motivated to live closer to her Ottawa business, Dermis Advanced Skin Care.

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HOME New Build “We looked and looked to find the right neighbourhood, and once we found it, we put notices in the mailboxes of some houses that faced the sunny side of the street,” says Stephanie, who was targeting houses to buy and renovate. It was important to her to wake up with the morning light at the front of the home, and relax at the end of the day with the sun setting in the backyard. Through the process of exploring homes in the neighbourhood, the couple discovered Alex Diaz of Art House Developments, a full-service design and build firm. They were impressed with the architect’s beautifully designed urban homes with modern, open-concept layouts that maximize living space. Yet, with over 30 years of home-renovation experience under their belt, they were also well-informed about what they wanted. “We worked pretty diligently with Alex and changed the interior quite dramatically from the original design,” explains Stephanie who had no need for multiple bedrooms, or additional small rooms. With her husband as the general contractor for the project who supervised the daily construction for eight months, Stephanie got exactly the home she envisioned.

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We looked and looked to find the right neighbourhood, and once we found it, we put notices in the mailboxes of some houses that faced the sunny side of the street” — STEPHANIE TOSTE

SPECTACULAR SPACE Right from the front door, the home soars upward and outward, with the sightline flowing from one end to the other. The open dining area leads into the kitchen and living room in one large space that is united with a predominantly white décor on grey-stained flooring. The 10-foot ceilings are enhanced with floor-to-ceiling windows at both ends that fill the home with all-day light. Anchored in the middle of the room is an impressive 15-foot waterfall island encased on two sides and topped with distinctive Cambria quartz in a marble pattern. Stephanie had the home designed around her adored waterfall island which contains a built-in Thermador induction cooktop as she is an avid cook and baker. The NKBA award-winning, sleekwhite kitchen was a design collaboration between Alex, Stephanie and Michel Seguin of Sebo Woodwork, who constructed and installed the cabinetry. Stephanie has worked with Sebo before and praises their terrific craftsmanship noting, “They are very good at what they do.”

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LEFT THE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE BLENDS SEAMLESSLY WITH THE INDOOR AREA FACING PAGE (TOP) LOCAL ARTIST GORD COULTHART CREATED A THREE PANEL ART PIECE FOR THE UPPER HALL (BOTTOM) THE FRONT HALL TABLE MIMICS THE DINING ROOM TABLE WITH A COHESIVE STYLE THROUGHOUT THE HOME

Winning first place in the contemporary kitchen category in the upper price range, Michel describes the high-gloss lacquered cabinetry as offering, “Clean, pure lines with its elongated horizontal design.” He adds that the big-panelled, minimalistlooking cabinets and drawers are handlefree and open with a press touch, while the upper cabinets are opened electronically like a garage door. Stephanie especially likes the “no wasted space” cabinets with tons of smart storage features and specialized drawers, including one for dog food. The built-in Gaggenau wall ovens also open sideways for better access and a backpainted, mirrored-glass wall replaces the traditional backsplash for an even cleaner look.

Throughout the monochromatic main floor, Stephanie infuses the décor with soft lilac accents, modern Canadian artwork and striking metallic elements with a whimsical flair that brings a smile to her face. An intriguing glass dining-room table is set on a metal cast of an acacia tree root, and matches a smaller hallway table. An outdoor patio is linked to the inside by a wall of windows and sliding doors. The cleverly-designed space is an integral part of the house and has a compact synthetic grass area made from recycled rubber that looks and feels very real. It fits into the low-maintenance lifestyle of a professional couple whose winning ways allow them to relax and enjoy their stunning new home.

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HOME Downsizing

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fter enjoying many years of busy family life in a 2,000 square-foot heritage house, Albert Melanson and his partner Michel Beaulieu decided that it was time to make a change. “Our two daughters had moved out to start their own lives and Michel started a job requiring him to be in Montreal throughout the week,” says Albert. “Our home, once a source of great happiness, was starting to feel quite lonely and overwhelming to take care of.” Youthful, but close to retirement, the couple made the decision to downsize by purposefully taking a year to slowly purge the contents of their stately home, “so that the transition would not feel too sudden.”

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They selected items for gifting and donation, allowing each other three boxes of impractical memorabilia to be put into storage. When their property sold, time was allotted to grieve its loss and validate all accompanying emotions before excitedly embarking on the renovation of a gorgeous two-bedroom condo, in the heart of Ottawa’s downtown area. Featuring an enormous wraparound balcony, a must for the couple, the partyperfect patio is outfitted with a hot tub and multiple seating areas. It showcases magnificent views of the city, including the Museum of Nature’s glowing “Jellyfish” which becomes even more impressive at night.


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Our home, once a source of great happiness, was starting to feel quite lonely and overwhelming to take care of.” — ALBERT MELANSON

Employing the expertise of Andy Rioux Design, architect Sam Cox and contractor Joey Benoit to tailor and execute their vision, work included the creation of a large open-concept main room complete with kitchen, dining and entertaining areas. To create a seamless visual flow to the light concrete of the 900-square-foot outdoor space, white engineered flooring was installed, and floor-to-ceiling windows were fitted with filmy sheers to allow movement and diffuse light to filter through. Industrial background elements such as a cement ceiling with open duct work, and high-hanging light fixtures to enable unobstructed views, now mix nicely with elements of wood and low, comfy furniture. In keeping with Albert’s belief that, “every home should have some treasured art,” a large 1964 art print called Jackie by Andy Warhol sets a whimsical tone, along with a collection of prized

Inuit polar bear sculptures perched and dancing on surfaces throughout the home. Mirrors are used creatively throughout the condo to reflect cityscapes onto opposing walls and to trick the eye into perceiving a much longer hallway. Delightfully unexpected colours are used such as the orange hue of a Veuve Clicquot champagne bottle label, and a deep turquoise repeated in accent pieces. The soft glow of an exquisite chandelier, designed by a Canadian architect, and retro-looking chairs covered in quilted vegan leather add to the vibrant décor. At night, the condo transforms easily into the look of an upscale New York-style lounge. By choosing paint, cabinetry, appliances and countertop colours in shades of black and charcoal, including wallpaper for texture, the working elements of the kitchen virtually disappear with the downing of the sun.

TOP A DRAMATIC BLACK KITCHEN BY KITCHEN BY DESIGN MIDDLE EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF THE CITY SWEEP THROUGHOUT THE SPACE BOTTOM (LEFT) A BLACK GRANITE VANITY IN THE BATHROOM (RIGHT) THE FRIDGE IS INCORPORATED INTO THE CABINETRY FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  31


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FRI ENDS & FAM ILY BY MARY TAGGART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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professional couple, with a stylish approach to life and a penchant for entertaining, built a home to suit their lifestyle in a familiar neighbourhood. She grew up in Westboro and he works there. So, when it came time to build, they were very attracted to the established area and found a vacant site to build a house that incorporated their lifestyle needs.

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Hints of glamorous touches are found throughout the home and pay tribute to some of the formal elements that the homeowners incorporated to honour their personal style.

Aesthetics and function were a must for both homeowners. He was looking for enough space to include a threecar garage, and she wanted to have an outdoor living space that flowed easily from indoors. A blend of traditional space with contemporary elements has resulted in a home ready to welcome friends and family.

WELCOME The airy entrance is open to the living room and dining room, where a neutral colour scheme is the ideal backdrop for their vibrant art work displayed throughout the home. A walnut and glass staircase is both a focal point and the stepping stone to imbue the ambiance of the home. A colourful collection of Canadian artists is represented on the walls. Local artist James Lahey’s work hangs prominently above the family room fireplace—a stunning floral still-life that balances the elegant vibe throughout the home.

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FACING PAGE (LEFT) THE FRONT ENTRANCE COMBINES MARBLE AND PORCELAIN FLOOR TILES WITH A WALNUT AND GLASS STAIRCASE (RIGHT) A MIELE BUILT-IN COFFEE MAKER BLENDS IN BEAUTIFULLY BELOW THE TUFTED OTTOMAN FROM ELTE DOES DOUBLE DUTY AS A COFFEE TABLE

GATHERING SPACE The large kitchen area, directly across from the fireplace, calls for casual gatherings, sharing good food and conversation around the kitchen island. Designed by Irpinia Kitchens, it features high-gloss white cabinets to add a contemporary element combined with a chocolate/grey painted island that warms up the space and creates an elegant feel. A beautiful white Neolith counter with grey veining is incorporated into the backsplash, which produces a dramatic effect. Glass pendants from Arevco Lighting inject an element of modern glamour that ties the look together. Hints of glamorous touches are found throughout the home and pay tribute to some of the formal elements that the homeowners incorporated to honour their personal style. Velvet fabrics combine with tailored furnishings, and glass shelving offers a personality-filled display in the family room, where most of the family entertaining takes place. Across from this space, the 12-foot kitchen island is often transformed into a “kids” table for holiday meals. In warm weather, the grand space opens to a patio area for even greater crowd-gathering enjoyment. FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  35


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RETREAT Upstairs the master bedroom area functions as a retreat equipped with his and her walk-in closets leading to a luxurious bathroom fitted with a chic tub designed for relaxation.

STYLISH SERVING A butler’s pantry was high on the priority list, and has been incorporated into a space that flows easily from kitchen to dining room. It’s a stylish and convenient feature that enhances entertaining when serving more formal meals in the dining room and enables wine to pour freely into the glasses of friends and family. Yet another welcoming aspect in a home built with a heart for gathering people together.

LEFT LUXURIOUS BATHTUB FROM PRESTON HARDWARE, CABINETS FROM IRPINIA ABOVE A BUTLER’S PANTRY OFFERS ENHANCED ENTERTAINING SPACE BELOW (LEFT) THE BARCART FROM ELTE BRINGS THE PARTY TO THE LIVING ROOM; PAINTING ABOVE BY DANIÈLE ROCHON BELOW (RIGHT) A LOUISE HOUDE PAINTING ON THE LEFT WALL OF THE DINING ROOM AND ÉLÈNE GAMACHE ON THE RIGHT

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BY MARY TAGGART LIFESTYLE & DECOR EXPERT @maryktaggart @ottawaathomemag

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rea carpets play a leading role in décor and have become a top choice for flooring as homeowners prefer the look of tile and hardwood over broadloom. A well selected rug can dictate the décor of an entire space where furniture and artwork selections are based on the carpet colour and pattern. Go ahead and fall in love with your carpet; the floor can work like wall space and become a platform for an artistically-inspired carpet.

Pull colour, not the pattern, from within the rug to bring it into the décor. Ideally, walls will offer neutral décor to let the floor do most of the work from a style perspective. When a decorative carpet holds court in the room the rest of the space needs to honour the look. Let the décor influence start from the ground up. Bringing just one or two colours from the carpet to go into furnishings will ensure that the look is tastefully pulled together. Trying to bring in too many elements will just cause chaos within the room and the carpet will get lost within the décor. For the greatest impact make sure that the area rug is big enough for the space. Bigger is better when a carpet

is a statement piece. In a dining room, the carpet should never be less than 60 centimetres from all sides of the dining table. Ideally it will extend 91 centimetres so that chairs sit on the carpet when pushed back. In the living room, there are a variety of options; a large space is best suited to a carpet that sits under all pieces of furniture, or underneath the middle of each piece to “float” within the room. A smaller room can handle the look of a carpet that floats under a coffee table. An area carpet should never touch the walls. For your next decorating project consider planning around an artistic area rug to create grounded intrigue within the room. FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  41


HOME On Tour

CONNECTING SPACE & COM M UN I TY

“WE’RE BOTH VERY BUSY, SO COMING HOME TO THE NATURAL MATERIALS IS SO RELAXING” —KATIE GAUTHIER

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A short drive from downtown, 269 Royal Avenue is the perfect family retreat for urban professionals Allan Alguire and Katie Gauthier. Designed and built by architect John Donkin in 2009, this Westboro Beach property caught the couple’s eye when it went on the market in 2014. BY ALEXIA WILKINSON-NAIDOO PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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When this house went up for sale we saw it was very close to what we would have done ourselves. So, we moved here and just put our stamp on it.” — ALLAN ALGUIRE

“We had a property on a street nearby and our intention was always to build there. But we completely underestimated the time it would take to build a house with architects, builders, and designers,” says Allan. “When this house went up for sale we saw it was very close to what we would have done ourselves. So, we moved here and just put our stamp on it.” The contemporary home which spans three floors is built into a sloping landscape, giving each floor a connection with the outdoors. “What’s unique about this is that it’s about a 3,600 square-foot house on a 50 3 100 lot, but because the house is built into a slope you get access to the outdoors on all levels while keeping the mature trees,” explains Allan. “Usually, to get that many square feet, you’d need to max out the property lines and lose the trees. That’s why we absolutely love this place.” The couple went to Jonathan Hoffman, a natural stone landscape specialist, to re-envision the front and back yards. Hoffman hand-chiselled the natural limestone elements to create different levels and zones to the space, creating even more exterior living area. The home connects seamlessly with its surroundings, both through the thematic use of natural materials and the soaring windows drawing the view outside. The generous use of windows, including skylights, invites in the light and avoids any overshadowing by the massive trees. In the distance, the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills tie the urban home to a relaxing vista.

TOP LEFT CHAIR BY GERVASONI, ARTWORK BY BRUCKMAN TOP RIGHT OPEN OFFICE SPACE IN THE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY MIDDLE THE ALL-WHITE KITCHEN CONTRIBUTES TO THE OVERALL AESTHETIC BOTTOM LEFT ALLAN ALGUIRE BOTTOM MIDDLE SECTIONAL SOFA FROM ALTERIORS BOTTOM RIGHT THE NURSERY FEATURES AN OVAL CRIB

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No matter how old or new a home is the walls will never be precisely straight which means not all sections of the wall will measure exactly the same when fitting in countertops. With a laser templating process, we can offer multiple reference points along each wall to see how it relates to cabinetry with every curve of the wall, no matter how minute that might be. This digital precision technique offers the latest technology in countertop installation. There is much less cutting done onsite when the stone is cut to exact specification which means less mess. This offers a much smoother process for both the client and the contractor. With greater precision, there is heightened insurance that the counter top will fit exactly and is more likely to stay in place. Customers will be able to see renderings of the countertop fitted with their sink and are able to get an accurate feeling for the function of the space before they commit to the stone and design to create a feeling of comfort right from the start. CONTACT KARINA: kierullo@stonedesignconcepts.com FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  45


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The couple enjoy the design process and did all the renovation planning themselves, leaning toward a blend of mid-century modern and contemporary Scandinavian themes. They updated the home’s finishes, putting in light and naturally-finished maple flooring on the two upper levels. At the ground level, there are heated concrete floors where a new media and playroom open the space for family entertainment. Allan and Katie say they love working with natural materials and, indeed, nearly every design element was carefully chosen to include wood, stone, or natural-fibre textiles including some fabulous wool felt accessories. The home is furnished with pieces that were custom-ordered through Alteriors and favours works by Italian designers such as Gervasoni, Bonaldo and Society Linens. The walls, cabinetry, and lighting are all now in the crispest of whites, with the lighting done in 4000K (colour temperature of neutral white) LEDs to brighten this effect even more. A collection of watercolour paintings provide subtle splashes of colour in the living spaces and add to the tranquility. For the couple’s toddler, a beautiful bedroom with windows looking out onto the trees makes for a “treehouse” feel. Similarly, the master suite has the vibe of a spa retreat with clean interior lines and a natural vista from expansive windows. “We’re both very busy, so coming home to the natural materials is so relaxing,” says Katie. The neighbourhood is a perfect location for Katie who commutes to her law practice downtown, while Allan built a bespoke studio on the home’s main floor for his personal training business, End Result Fitness. “We wanted to create a unique environment that felt more like a home and less like a traditional gym,” says Allan. To give an opportunity for a first-hand look at this tasteful family residence, Allan and Katie have generously agreed to open their home for this year’s Homes for the Holidays tour, taking place November 16–18. The Royal Avenue home will be on view as one of eight properties and two popup shops in this year’s tour. The event, now


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ASK THE EXPERT in its 16th year, is one of the Hospice Care Ottawa’s major fundraisers, typically attracting nearly 2,000 visitors, and raising funds to support the Hospice at Maycourt, the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata, and the community program at La Maison de l’Est in Orleans. “We are tremendously grateful for the people who open their doors for three days, allowing so many others to see and enjoy these lovely homes,” says Susan McIntosh, Manager, Fund Development at Hospice Care Ottawa.

Tickets for Homes for the Holidays are available online at hospicecareottawa.ca, or by calling 613-260-2906 ex. 222. Tickets are also available at the tour homes during the weekend of the event.

Erica Saikaley, Boutique Workspace Consultant, Ceragres Ottawa Boutique Workspace

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How to dress up your entry way with tile?

Consider the entrance area of your home as an opportunity to sweep guests off their feet. The entrance is often overlooked by homeowners and is not given the attention it deserves. There’s never a second chance to make a first impression, so ensure that your entrance is as spectacular as the rooms that follow. Floors in general take a lot of abuse, but your entryway begs for beautiful, high-traffic flooring. Porcelain tile is durable, easy to clean, low maintenance and can be environmentally friendly. It’s an affordable choice, and the style, pattern, colour and format options are endless; with something out there for everyone and every entrance. An eye-catching patterned tile can add interest to a smaller space. Patterned tiles come in a range of styles from contemporary geometric patterns, to Moroccan-inspired or more traditional styles. Consider laying smaller format tiles in a herringbone pattern, or choose to mix it up by adding visual interest with a hexagon shaped tile. From rustic to traditional or modern, wood-look tile is another option that is perfect for any decor. They are available in a range of tones and textures that properly emulate the look of real wood, with very minimal maintenance and worry. These are just a few ideas to spice up your entrance and to get you inspired for tile shopping!

THE WHITE LOG SIDE TABLES ARE FROM GERVASONI

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LIVING A  rt

outside the box BY LOUKIA ZIGOUMIS   @MrsLoulou PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

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f you’ve been keeping years’ worth of children’s artwork in boxes and not quite sure what to do with them, how about displaying those beautiful masterpieces in your home? Creating a gallery wall with children’s art is a simple and affordable way to fill up a wall with colour, memories and personality, while letting the kids know how much their work is valued. There are many ways to create a gallery wall, although it can be intimidating if you don’t know where to begin. Ottawa parenting expert Julie Findlay (@momintheknow) offers tips for creating a beautiful wall featuring children’s artwork and believes, “Creativity is in all of us, so let your little artist shine! People will see something unique in each piece of art displayed.” Don’t be a perfectionist. Hanging art doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t have to look perfect. Often, we think art should be hung in a certain uniform way, but the more creative you get, the more your walls will pop with personality and feeling. It’s fun to let the children get involved in this project too. Gather the artwork and lay it on the floor in front of you so you get an idea of how much wall space you need. Next, choose a wall in your home that would work best to display the art (a living room wall, up a staircase, or over the family room couch). Get your tools together. You don’t need much to put your children’s gallery wall together, but you do need some essential tools to get started. This includes the artwork, of course, different styles of frames, (or other material if you’re doing something different) paint, a hammer, and nails. Frame it up. You can go the traditional route for an elegant look, and hang the artwork in frames. The frames don’t have to be the same size,

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but painting the frames all one colour will really make the wall pop and bring the entire look together nicely. Black-coloured frames work best. Choose one frame (usually the largest one) that will act as the main attraction piece, and organize the other frames around this piece, spreading the artwork out. If you’re looking for a more unique, fun way to display your children’s art, try hanging the art on a wire or string, using clothes pins or shower curtain rings to hold up the art work. You can also use a magnetic or cork board as your backdrop; use matching magnets or thumb nails to keep the wall looking tidy and cohesive. Once you’ve completed your children’s gallery wall, stand back and admire your work. If you have leftover pieces of art, use the art as greeting cards or wrapping paper—another fun way to showcase the work of your little Picasso!

JULIE’S TOP FIVE CHILDREN’S GALLERY WALL TIPS: 1. Embrace your child’s artwork! If you can’t use it right away, put it in a safe place for future use. 2. Write the name of the artist along with the year on the back of the art work, and have your artist sign their work. 3. Add a photo of the artist in a frame to add to the gallery wall. 4. Include a chalkboard in one of the frames. This allows children and friends to add their creativity to the wall. 5. Transfer your children’s prized artwork to canvas for everlasting appeal.

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LIVING N  ew & Notable

EYE FOR DETAIL

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GROWTH DEVELOPMENT BY SANDY CONNELL

Veterans Enterprises Corp (VEC) is a local construction company founded by a group of Canadian military combat veterans providing employment opportunities for ex-military, veterans and civilians. Founded two years ago, VEC’s philosophy and work ethic is based on the best systems and elements of military training and work. Their team of experts includes some of the best in the business when it comes to planning, excellent craftsmanship and execution to match each veteran’s combination of skills, attributes and training with trades in building and renovation. According to Laura Pelkey, CEO of VEC, they are passionate about helping other veterans find fulfilling work after leaving the military. Veterans bring a unique skill set to working in construction, including an eye for detail, a disciplined attitude, a strong work ethic and an ability to get things done. The company also partners with local craftsmen like John MacDonald, to mentor veterans in specialty trades such as timber-frame construction. From general contracting, new home construction, roofing and landscaping, VEC offers a range of services primarily serving Ottawa and Renfrew County. Visit veteransenterprises.ca

PHOTO BY JEREMY HOHM

COTTAGE COUNTRY Design Duo Colin & Justin tour cottages around Canada, including The Opinicon resort on Opinicon Lake in their latest Cottage Life series. Great Canadian Cottages airs October 18th. For details, visit www.cottagelife.com

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PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

TAPPING INTO THE BOOM Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, a local leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of cabinetry in Ottawa and the surrounding area, is undergoing some exciting changes. Two of Ottawa’s most well-known sports executives have purchased an ownership stake in the local business. Cyril Leeder, the cofounder and former president of the Ottawa Senators, and recently retired Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group CEO Bernie Ashe, are among the new shareholders at Deslaurier. Other shareholders include James Maxwell, entrepreneur and CEO of Investment Partners Group and Tyler Leeder, CPA previously of Deloitte. Mike Deslaurier, son of the company’s founder Jim Deslaurier, and current Director of

Operations rounds out the group. Mike’s father will remain in his current role as vice president of business development and has no plans to leave the company. According to Bernie Ashe, the new ownership team plans to focus on company growth and expansion for the future as the market for renovation and new home construction continues to boom in Ottawa. He emphasizes that customers can expect the same commitment to provide exceptional quality products and design solutions that are tailored to their individual needs, which has been the cornerstone of the family-owned business for the past 35 years.

ABOVE (LEFT TO RIGHT) TYLER LEEDER, MIKE DESLAURIER, CYRIL LEEDER, BERNIE ASHE, JAMES MAXWELL

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HIGH STYLE ROOM on a BUDGET Luxury fabrics like leather and silk will cost more! Details make a difference to the price of furnishings and accessories.

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LIVING F  all Fashion

FALL FLORALS Expect bold, dramatic floral patterns over darker solid colours like black, burgundy and hunter green. BACKPACK: INDIGO (PINECREST) SKIRT: MARC CAIN

l l a F n o i Fash BY MARY CIANCIBELLO   @MARY_CIANCIBELLO PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIA MACPHERSON

FALL IN FULL “BLOOM” DRESS & COAT: GRAYES.COM SHOES: ALDO BAG: INDIGO (PINECREST)

Fall is every fashion lover’s favourite season. Unlimited layering options coupled with pumpkin spice lattes is our version of fashion heaven. This season’s trends are more daring than ever, with unexpected colours, prints, and florals.

IT’S ALL IN THE BAG Complete your outfit this fall with a statement bag. Stylish backpacks, luxe hardware, colour block and geometric shapes—there’s a bag to suit every style at every price point. PURSE (LEFT): MARC CAIN PURSE (RIGHT): INDIGO (PINECREST)

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COAT DRESSES

MAD FOR GLEN PLAID

Meghan Markle stepped out with a trench coat dress and the whole world took notice. Look for coats that can also be worn as dresses for a major dose of double-duty style!

Move over gents, the ladies have taken over…classic prints like glen plaid, houndstooth and herringbone formerly associated with men’s wear are dominating the female fall fashion scene.

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BLAZER: RW & CO. (BAYSHORE) PANTS: NORDSTROM.COM

COZY CLASSICS

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Layering Fall wardrobe staples like felt floppy hats and long, cozy scarves is always on trend. HAT & SCARF: INDIGO (PINECREST)

SEEING RED Darker neutrals will always have their place in fall fashion, but bright colours like reds, pinks and even pastels are a refreshing change to an otherwise darker season. COAT: MARC CAIN BOOT: ALDO (ST. LAURENT SHOPPING CENTER)

JUNGLE FEVER Ready for adventure? The fashion jungle is waiting for you. Animal prints like leopard, snakeskin, cheetah have never been so easy to wear. DRESS: ROXY EARLE FOR LE CHÂTEAU PURSE: ALDO (ST. LAURENT SHOPPING CENTER) FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  55


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Weight-bearing exercise & resistance training is the best way to prevent osteoporosis, especially for women:

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HELPS BOOST ENERGY, BUILD BONE DENSITY, DECREASE BODY FAT AND LOWER

SQUAT TO PRESS Squat as though you are sitting in a chair, and then as you stand up, bring the weight overhead. Repeat 10–12 times.

THE RISK OF CHRONIC DISEASE, WHILE ALSO IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH.

BY LIANNE LAING   @liannelaing PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK HOLLERON

LIANNE’S ADVICE: Take a walk, go for a run. Swimming and cycling improve cardiovascular fitness and build muscle strength, but are not as effective at preventing osteoporosis as weightbearing exercise.

Falling is a major contributor to hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. To help improve your balance, work on it every day:

BALANCE Stand on one leg and hold it for as long as you can; use a chair or counter to help if needed. Try reaching forward and touch the opposite hand to the ground while standing on one leg. Remember to work both sides; one side will be weaker than the other. Stretching helps increase your range of motion and slows down joint degeneration:

CHEST & SHOULDER OPENER Standing with your back to the wall and arms up and bent at a 90-degree angle, glide your hands straight up, without lifting them off the wall.

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he chief news anchor for CTV Ottawa, Graham Richardson, knew from the age of fifteen that he wanted to work in television news, cover politics and become a network anchor. After graduating from Queens University with a B.A., Graham attended the University of King’s College in Halifax to obtain his Bachelor of Journalism in 1993. His first job was as assignment editor and reporter for CBC Calgary. For eight years Graham covered Calgary and Edmonton during the early years of Premier Ralph Klein. He was then hired as the Queen’s Park bureau chief and anchor for Global News in Toronto in 2001, eventually becoming the national correspondent, and later a reporter for CTV Toronto. In 2005, he was appointed the bureau chief for CTV National News in Los Angeles. Returning to Canada as parliamentary correspondent for CTV National News, Graham was hired as the chief news anchor for CTV Ottawa eight years ago. The momentous events in his twenty-fiveyear career include covering the Michael Jackson trial, space-shuttle landings, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, G-8 meetings, and he has reported from around the globe. What event that you covered has stayed with you? I will never forget the smell after the category 5 Hurricane Katrina (August 2005), which hit 90,000 square miles off the Gulf Coast and caused $125 billion in damages. We went into Houston the next day and saw thousands of desperate people with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The social order disintegrated quickly within 24 hours as there was no electricity, clean water, gas, and no access to cash or credit cards. People’s lives were completely turned upside down by the force of Mother Nature and it was truly shocking. How do you stay informed about the news? I subscribe to the New Yorker and read as much as I can online, consuming

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GRAHAM RICHARDSON’S FAVOURITE THINGS: Leisure activity: Biking Place to escape: Champlain Lookout Food: Steak and beer Ottawa restaurant: Beckta Dining & Wine Guilty pleasure: Craft beer Musical artist/band: Bruce Springsteen

the New York Times, The Washington Post and watching CTV National News. I record all three American newscasts at supper hour, and watch NBC Nightly News every night. I subscribe to the Ottawa Citizen and strongly believe that one should pay for good journalism. What is the most challenging part of your job? Convincing the sceptics that no one is pulling our strings and that we are tough, but fair. No one is telling CTV News what to report and what not to report. In this time of information everywhere, I believe that the mainstream media—the broadcasts of record, the people who employ professional journalists—our role is to sift what is important, what matters, what is relevant. What is your take on fake news? President Trump is very good at getting attention and cutting through noise using this label. Journalists make mistakes but they don’t make up stories, and if they do they are fired. When there is a negative story about him his defense is to label it fake even if the facts are accurate. I think Richard Nixon would call Watergate fake in 2018 and it certainly wasn’t. Fake news people argue that there is an industry-wide practice to mislead the public for partisan reasons and it is absurd. There is incredibly tough coverage on an unconventional President who is breaking all the rules and revelling in it. This label is designed to shut down hardhitting questions and coverage. What does your future hold? My future holds this for the foreseeable future, and if we are covering local news, I am thrilled to be here. Journalism has changed as consumption is at an all-time high. Business models have been squeezed and there are fewer reporters on the streets than ever before. That is not good for democracy and for what is happening in our cities and our towns. As much as the industry is challenged, people still want to know what happens around the corner, in City Hall and in their city. FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  59


OLD OTTAWA SOUTH

BY TED SIMPSON   @TED_613 PHOTOGRAPHY BY TED SIMPSON

THEN Old Ottawa South is an older, established neighbourhood with a history that goes back to 1814. Populated by settlers from America, England and Wales, the Rideau Canal was dug through this area and created a natural border when it opened in 1832. By 1867 a canal bridge enabled the neighbourhood to grow as a suburb, eventually becoming part of Ottawa in 1907. After the city extended the streetcar lines into the community, it grew rapidly into an urban neighbourhood over the next few decades. The term Old Ottawa South came into vogue in the 1990s, as the southern reaches of the city extended much further past this little community over the years.

NOW Old Ottawa South is a fairly small and compact neighbourhood, nestled between the Rideau River and Rideau Canal on the south and north sides and stretching from the campus of Carleton University to the eastern border of Avenue Road. It is now an uppermiddle class area that maintains a number of heritage buildings and homes, with a traditional main street and a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment. 60  ottawaathome.ca FALL 2018


LIVING Neighbourhood on the Move

FACING PAGE THE MAYFAIR LOOKS THE SAME TODAY AS IT DID IN 1932 THIS PAGE (ABOVE) VINTAGE LIGHTING AT YARDLEY’S ANTIQUES (LEFT) THE CAMERON INCORPORATES THE OTTAWA TENNIS AND LAWN BOWLING CLUB INTO ITS SETTING

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER’S DREAM The stretch of Bank Street that runs through Old Ottawa South has been referred to as “Antique Alley” for the density of antique stores that once dotted the streetscape. Today, only three of these shops remain due to a continuing downward trend in the antique business, but there are still some spectacular options to be found. Yardley’s Antiques is an eye catcher, set in a large heritage building with a classic facade and storefront strewn with treasures that show only the tip of the iceberg. Not a store for the claustrophobic shopper, but the serious hunter will find three floors packed to the brim with potential treasures. The Ottawa Antique Market—the largest in Eastern Ontario—offers a less chaotic approach, occupying a large, open hall that offers up a wide selection of furniture, fixtures and dinner ware. Champagne dit Lambert has specialized in high-end antiques since 1991, with a collection that is curated, cleaned and restored by the owner Peter McGregor.

For the forward-thinking designer, there are just as many options for modern furniture here as well. Alteriors on Bank Street, owned by Jacob Visutskie and Monika Durczak, specializes in contemporary luxury furniture. Alteriors moved from Westboro to Old Ottawa South in 2013, and will be merging with sister store Ligne Roset (currently located just across the street) in October. Ligne Roset is a contemporary line of furniture made in the countryside of France, and will be offered alongside a wide selection of unique and original Canadian brands and other furniture lines that are exclusive to the Ottawa area.

GOING OUT The Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club has been a staple of the neighbourhood for 137 years. Forget any lawn bowling though, as the greens were replaced by beach volleyball courts a number of years ago as the club evolved with modern trends. The modernization included the opening of a top-quality restaurant in the club’s second floor. The Cameron is

headed by Adrian Vezina, the creative force behind The Belmont—a popular (yet tiny) foodie fixture of Old Ottawa South. Vezina embraced the tennis club’s cottage feel with a bright, open dining room and airy balcony, set with classic picnic tables that seat 200 people. The menu boasts vintage, club-style meals (steak frites, fish and chips, burgers, etc.), backed by high-quality local ingredients, sourced from the Glebe Meat Market and Rideau Pines Farms. The club is currently gearing up for a multimillion dollar restoration that will return the heritage building to its original glory, including a high arched, wooden ceiling for The Cameron restaurant. Nightly entertainment is never far away thanks to Ottawa staples like House of Targ, a retro arcade bar featuring pinball and classic video games, which serves handmade perogies and features live music several nights per week. The Mayfair Theatre is another heritage building that shows classic films and new releases in a vintage theatre that has remained practically untouched since it was constructed in 1932. FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  61


LIVING N  eighbourhood on the Move For drinks, check out Quinn’s, a cozy pub with a great atmosphere and a must try for the craft-beer lover. The Belmont is another cozy establishment that offers a long list of fun cocktails alongside snacks, small plates and dim sum.

LIVING HERE Housing in Old Ottawa South is pretty similar to the nearby Glebe, having both been built as suburbs in the early 1900s. The houses are large, with healthy frontages, backyards and driveways. Most dwellings are occupant owned, with a fairly small rental market mostly taken up by students from nearby Carleton University. There has yet to be any significant condo boom in this community, and residential streets are fairly quiet with low traffic, thanks in part to a traffic-calming plan that was implemented in 2014.

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very and Rowan Parkinson are two sisters on a mission to make Ottawa a better place—a mission that started with a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis and a belief in the power of sandwiches. When the girls’ grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Rowan, who is now in Grade 9 at Elmwood School, committed herself to raising both awareness and funds for research into the disease. For her part, Avery—now in Grade 6 at Elmwood—was particularly moved by the cause of homelessness in Ottawa. So, she set about making hundreds of sandwiches for the residents of The Ottawa Mission. Out of these small acts of empathy and generosity was born the idea for a non-profit organization called the

MapleWishes Foundation, where the motto is “Inspiring one another to leave positive and enduring footsteps in our wake.” Through the foundation, the girls fundraise, volunteer their time and motivate their peers to support eleven distinct causes in the Ottawa area and beyond. In addition to their commitments to raise $50,000 for the Parkinson’s Research Consortium at the Ottawa Hospital and to providing food to The Ottawa Mission, some of the other projects supported by the MapleWishes Foundation include QUAIL House—a home in Chelsea for developmentally-challenged adults; More Bees Please, which aims to help restore the bee population in the Ottawa area; and Bookmarked, which builds and renews the collections of local libraries.

The girls are also deeply committed to diversity and to providing a welcoming environment to Ottawa’s immigrant youth through the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization Youth Program, known as YOCISO. “We want to ensure that Canada is as open to immigrants as it was to our grandparents,” says Avery. “Giving back to the community has been an underlying theme of our family,” says Rowan. “Our grandfather’s Parkinson’s diagnosis emphasized it, but we were always taught to help other people in need.” “As citizens in general—and as kids— we have a responsibility to help the community we live in,” she adds. “It’s essential to be dedicated to a cause bigger than yourself, to help make the world we’re going to live in better for everyone.” “In the short term, doing things for the community makes us feel very good,” says Avery. “But it’s also nice to know that we might be inspiring others to do work that’s important to them,” she concludes. “It’s nice just to know that we’re helping people.” FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  65


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ne of Canada’s most prestigious culinary competitions, Gold Medal Plates, has been rebranded as Canada’s Great Kitchen Party. The expanded mission is to provide young Canadians the opportunity to be extraordinary through participation in sport, music and food. This fall, chefs in eleven cities will vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals of the Canadian Culinary Championships in their regions, with the winner in each area going on to compete at the national championships in Kelowna next February. Ottawa At Home caught up with Ottawa’s competitors to find out how their preparations are coming together for the local event, taking place October 11 at Shaw Centre.

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JAMES BRATSBERG— MeNa Chef and co-owner for the past four years at MeNa, James brings 15 years of culinary experience to the table. This is his second appearance in the competition, in addition to having assisted another chef previously. Any lessons learned from previous experience? This time I feel less daunted because I understand how the competition works and the restaurant is better prepared to support the financial commitment that it takes to participate. As a team we have a different outlook and feel ready to showcase our true capabilities. How are you preparing? Recipe testing is well underway but I like to leave myself room to transform an initial idea and refine it often. Once the competition is closer I’ll let the season dictate the final dish, with summer produce still fresh and local root vegetables and winter greens coming on strong. On competition day, what will you focus on? It’s all about logistics. The circumstances under which we have to prepare the food are quite limited so it impacts the ideas that we can execute. I’m still planning a bold approach to my dish but keeping in mind the time pressure and modest cooking setup. JAMES BRATSBERG

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DAVID GODSOE— RESTAURANT E18HTEEN A fourteen-year industry veteran with two years at restaurant e18hteen under his belt, this is David’s first time participating in the culinary competition. What does the competition mean to you? I was super excited to get the invitation as it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I look at the history of chefs, including many friends and former colleagues, who have participated and it’s a pretty impressive list. I feel like it’s my turn. Does the gold medal win in 2009 by Matt Carmichael, former chef at e18hteen, put extra pressure on you? Not really as that is part of the restaurant’s history, not my history. My time is now. I’m happy to be a part of this successful restaurant group and build on the foundation that was laid by chefs before me. I’m going to make this experience wholly my own. On competition day, what will you focus on? The biggest thing for me is to try not to make things too outrageous and unfamiliar. I plan to offer something familiar but prepared in a really innovative way to blow people’s minds. Part of being a good chef is understanding your audience.

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KRISTINE HARTLING

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STEVE HARRIS— TWO SIX {ATE}

KRIS KSHONZE— SOIF BAR À VIN

A ten-year veteran of the food industry, Chef Harris is co-owner of two six {ate} on Preston Street, which opened in 2012. He made the podium in his first Gold Medal Plates appearance in 2017, securing bronze. What does the competition mean to you? It’s definitely a huge honour to participate. I like to use it as a platform to push our culinary agenda, which is to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. This means upcycling the byproducts of other dishes, using new-style ingredients and injecting a little whimsy. How are you preparing? Just like I did last year, I was eager to start experimenting as soon as I got the invitation. I’m working on aging and fermenting some ingredients for our dish so I knew I had to start early to get them ready for October. Any lessons learned from previous experience? Time management is key and you really need to be incredibly well prepared because everything happens so fast on the day of the event. I plan to work at being even more organized than last year so things will go as smoothly as possible.

With more than ten years’ experience, this is Kris’ first time competing although he has supported several other chefs in the past. He’s been at Soif for three years. What does the competition mean to you? I was initially very excited to be invited then I started to feel a bit nervous too. It’s a great fundraiser and for me it’s wonderful to see our team having a chance to come together and do something out of our normal routine.

KRISTINE HARTLING— OZ KAFE With fifteen years of experience, Kristine happily joined the team at Oz when it relocated to the ByWard Market 18 months ago. This is her first appearance at the event. What does the competition mean to you? Getting invited is definitely a bit of a validation of skills and effort. I am passionate about what I do but I don’t come to work to compete; I come to provide the best hospitality. I think it will be a fun night. How are you preparing? I have taken a look at a few dishes on our menu that are standout customer favourites and I’ve been reimagining them with different flavour combinations or presentation. I want our dish to be truly representative of our kitchen. On competition day, what will you focus on? We do a lot of events already at Oz Kafe several nights per week so we are already comfortable with organization and speed. I think being located close to Shaw Centre will also be helpful in case we need to bring more supplies from the restaurant.

This fall, chefs in eleven cities will vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals of the Canadian Culinary Championships in their regions, with the winner in each area going on to compete at the national championships in Kelowna next February.

YANNICK LASALLE— RESTAURANT LES FOUGÈRES A ten year industry veteran, Yannick has been at Les Fougères for the past seven years. Having assisted co-owner Charlie Part at previous competitions, the 2017 event was his first time as a participant and he secured the silver medal. What does the competition mean to you? It is definitely an honour for me and our whole team. It’s fun, but there is pressure too as we all feel a responsibility to maintain the standards that our owners, Charlie and Jennifer Part, have maintained for 25 years. Charlie won gold in 2008 so that’s a high standard too. How are you preparing? I started by visiting a vineyard and talking with local farmers for inspiration. We want to present a dish that really speaks to Les Fougères’ local roots. I’ve brought up ideas for the dish and then tested the results with the whole team to gather feedback as their input is very important. Any lessons learned from previous experience? The whole week is very stressful with lots of work to be done at last minute so I want to have a solid game plan and make sure everyone knows exactly what their responsibilities are. I plan to stay focused and calm so I can enjoy soaking up the great atmosphere at the competition.

DANIELA MANRIQUE— THE SOCA KITCHEN

How are you preparing? Right away, I started thinking about products I wanted to work with. I realized that our biggest asset is having sommelier Veronique Rivest on our side. There can be a lot of creativity that goes into a dish but what we often crave is structure so her beverage selection will really help with that. On competition day, what will you focus on? I will have planned a dish that we know we can execute well at the event. On top of that, I want to be as well-organized as possible and make sure everyone on the team knows exactly what they have to do.

This year mark’s Daniela’s second time competing, leveraging over ten years of experience including almost four years as chef and co-owner of The Soca Kitchen. What does the competition mean to you? I am so honoured, humbled and grateful to be invited back. The first time in 2016 was amazing and terrifying at the same time so now I feel much calmer since my team and I know what to expect. I am feeling more confident since we will be able to prepare much more effectively. How are you preparing? Testing has been a process of trial and error, having lots of friends and family taste our experiments. We are having a lot of fun as we work towards our final dish, but we are also taking it seriously because we want to represent our whole team well. FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  73


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FOOD Let’s Dish Any lessons learned from previous experience? We are really focusing on going back to our roots and what we are as a restaurant, specifically the Spanish and Latino influences that our guests love. We also plan to be better organized so we won’t be scrambling and we can enjoy the overall experience more.

JASON SAWISION— STOFA As chef and co-owner of the almost one year old Stofa, Jason is leveraging fifteen years of experience in his first appearance at the competition, having previously supported two time national champion Marc Lepine of Atelier. What does the competition mean to you? The whole team was very excited when we got the invitation, especially coming just a few months after we’d opened. I am really pleased to participate and am glad that others in my kitchen have experience with the competition as well so know what to expect.

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How are you preparing? We’re still thinking about several different ideas for our dish, but haven’t committed to anything yet. We might approach it by refining something we already are doing, but we definitely want to implement enough creativity to make it a true competition dish, working off elements and techniques that we know. On competition day, what will you focus on? It’s been a very collaborative effort from day one and key to our success will be assigning distinct roles to our team members to capitalize on good advance planning. We’ll organize our service to construct something that we can translate well in that environment and meet the time pressures.

 DAM VETTOREL— A NORTH & NAVY Twenty years of industry experience, including three and a half as chef and coowner of North & Navy, makes Adam the most seasoned competitor this year. It’s his second appearance, having supported other chefs in four previous competitions. What does the competition mean to you? It’s a great honour to support important charitable work. The format presents an interesting challenge in that higher-end chefs are asked to serve hundreds of people all at once. I expect I’ll enjoy it more because my dish this time will be fully representative of North & Navy and also in my comfort zone. How are you preparing? We started thinking about the dish a few months ago, basing it on something we’d previously offered on our menu. The approach has been to break it down and then elevate each element on the plate. Now we’re practicing using induction burners to mimic the context of the competition. On competition day, what will you focus on? I plan to just treat it like a normal dinner service at North & Navy. I’ll have my team with me, if we stick to what we’re good at then we can serve up the best food possible and give ourselves the best chance to win.

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FOOD Dining Out

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ne of Ontario’s most charming and historic towns just became a much more delicious destination with the recent opening of The Lobby Bar at the Almonte Riverside Inn. Tucked beside the Mississippi River, the upscale, six-room inn is a luxurious retreat, with The Lobby Bar serving up inventive cocktails and inspired dinners every day of the week. Proprietors Hunter and Angie Little, worked with the Inn’s owner, Rod Prior, to come up with a fresh, new concept for the cute and compact restaurant that now seats twenty. A personal connection through their sons’ hockey teams drew Rod together with Lisa Poirier, owner of Westyle Interior Design, who was instrumental in transforming the space in under two months.

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FOOD Dining Out Hunter, who served most recently as sous chef at the acclaimed Riviera restaurant, is excited to be putting his own unique culinary spin on the ever-evolving menu at The Lobby Bar. An abundant garden right outside his kitchen influences many dishes, as do the classic cocktails which Angie helps create, having worked at Fauna prior to giving birth to their daughter last year. As Angie explains, “We had a vision for the space but Lisa really refined it and pulled it all together. She helped us maximize the bar so there is room for guests to eat and drink with a view into the kitchen.” Although she doesn’t typically do much restaurant design work, preferring to focus on home design and renovation projects, Lisa says she was eager to take

on this job, despite the compressed timeline. She confirms that making good use of every square inch of the small room was a key objective, as was creating a bar that offered visual appeal along with functionality. “It helped that they really had a solid vision so we could get things done quickly and that their vision fit the space,” says Lisa. “I would not have taken on this project if I couldn’t work within their timeline, but as soon as I saw the Inn I got really excited about the possibilities for transformation, to create a unique restaurant that suits the heritage building and really reflects the client’s aesthetic and style.” Lisa coordinated the trades including Christian Guibord of Millstrong Cabinets in Hammond.

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The design aesthetic is rooted in the traditions of an old English country inn, confirms Hunter. “We wanted a classic style incorporating a hint of florals and a little bit of an old-world flair to create a space that feels instantly relaxing and welcoming.” The look incorporates the natural environment of trees, rocks and water visible from the windows and the adjacent 12-seat patio. Hunter’s seasonally-driven food is similarly European inspired, promoting the vegetable-focused, farm-to-table movement which is rightfully so popular now. “What we can’t grow ourselves, we purchase from local farms so the menu will evolve accordingly, moving from brighter summer fare to heartier fall options,” he explains. “As befits the traditional hotel lobby bar, we also feature timeless hors d’oeuvres and bar snacks.” The atmosphere of The Lobby Bar is complemented by using vintage glassware and silver trays sourced from local antique shops. The flexible space is ideal for special gatherings and both Hunter and Angie are enthusiastic about hosting events such as their popular trivia nights. They are looking forward to chef takeover dinners, winemakers’ dinners and more.


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3. Bring a pot of water to a boil then add the basil leaves. Blanch for one minute then immediately drain using a colander or sieve. 4. Transfer the blanched basil leaves into the bowl of ice water and let cool for 3 minutes.

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Fresh herbs offer a quick and easy way to brighten up the flavour of almost any dish. To maximize their versatility, blend herbs with oil then drizzle on salads, soups, fish, meat, cooked vegetables, bread and more. You can even add a drop or three of oil to cocktails for an unexpected and delicious twist! This recipe offers tips to make an infused oil that retains the vibrant green colour and intense flavour of fresh basil. As an added bonus, you can freeze the oil and enjoy all fall and winter, long after you’ve put your herb garden to bed.

5. Place the leaves in a single layer on paper towel laid out on a work service; put another paper towel on top and press down to completely dry the basil. 6. Place the blanched basil, olive oil and salt into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. 7. Let it settle a little then pour into a glass container. If you want a smoother texture, strain the oil through cheesecloth or a fine-meshed sieve. 8. Oil can be used immediately though flavour will be more intense if it sits for 6–12 hours. 9. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for longer storage. Makes 1 cup (250 mL) of infused oil. FALL 2018 ottawaathome.ca  79


DYMON IS… STORAGE REFINED It used to be that storage facilities were just places where you dumped things you didn’t need or want anymore. Well, Dymon Storage changed all that with its state-of-the-art facilities that are popping up all over town.

“Our guests look to Dymon as an extension of their home or business, for those things that need to fit into their lives but can’t fit in their current living or work space,” says Steve Creighton, Dymon’s Senior Vice President. Stop by one of Dymon’s attractive, contemporary designed facilities and you’ll see a steady stream of guests dropping in to pick up something from one of their Dymon suites or buying boxes or moving and packing supplies from Dymon’s fully stocked retail stores. Dymon’s facilities are impeccably clean with brightly lit interiors, and offer full humidity and climate control. This means you can confidently store with Dymon and not worry about your belongings and collectibles warping or becoming damaged due to mildew, mould, insects or rodents. With all that it has to offer, including its highly trained “Concierge” staff who are available during extended retail hours, Dymon has created an unparalleled experience and peace of mind for its guests.

“Dymon is really like a hotel for your stuff,” adds Creighton.

MORE THAN STORAGE Most people will tell you that Dymon is the place to be for storage in Ottawa. And based upon how busy they are, and how quickly their new facilities fill up, Dymon does storage very well. But Dymon is much more than just storage. They offer a whole suite of services, all for the convenience of their guests. Things like drop-off shredding to dispose of your confidential personal or business documentation, as well as photocopying and scanning services, receipt of courier deliveries, mailbox services for your business, and safety deposit box rentals for your smaller valuables, key documents or back-up computer files, and the rental of eco-friendly plastic bins that are great for personal and office moves.

“At Dymon, we have entirely refined what storage is about with the many products and services that are available, and we are continually responding to the needs and wants of our guests, by enhancing their in-store experience”, adds Creighton.


AT DYMON, YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS Every Dymon guest can feel confident that their belongings are safe and secure. Each Dymon facility offers state-of-the-art security with 24/7 monitoring to provide peace of mind. Every guest is provided a customized access code to enter into the facility as well as an individualized lock for exclusive access to their Dymon suite.

DYMON MEANS GREAT VALUE In addition to its premiere storage space and its wide variety of products and services, there are many other benefits of being a Dymon guest. Dymon offers a FREE truck and driver at move-in to make it even easier to get your belongings into storage, FREE contents insurance coverage of up to $25,000, 8 hours of FREE executive boardroom use per month, a FREE lock at the time of move-in, receipt of courier parcels at no extra charge, and access to the facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no extra cost.

WHAT’S NEW? Several new Dymon facilities are under development across the City, including an exciting new store on Carling Avenue just west of Lincoln Fields. This is set to open late this fall. Other convenient locations will open in 2019 including on Clyde at Baseline, at the Ottawa Trainyards, and in Barrhaven. These stores are in addition to a very significant expansion into the Greater Toronto Area where Dymon plans on building 80 of its industry leading facilities. Later this fall, Dymon will also be expanding the assortment of products available in its retail stores across all of its locations. Over 1,500 new home décor products will be added to what they currently have in-store including closet organization systems as well as Dymon branded products to help guests maximize their space.

“Dymon’s retail stores are not just for our storage guests”, says Creighton. “In fact, the vast majority of our retail guests are people simply looking for great value in boxes, and moving and packing supplies. We are very excited about the launch later this fall of our new expanded retail products that will offer even more storage solution products to our guests”. Dymon has certainly changed the way people think about storage, by simply refining what storage is all about!


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n a parcel of land on a flat field, south on Greenbank Road in the NCC Greenbelt, into the NCC Greenbelt an annual crop grows up from the soil and marks its place in history as a spot where something else grew—Chris Evans, the biggest outlaw in Californian history. Chris came into the world on February 19, 1847 to parents Thomas and Mary Ann Evans, residents of Bells Corners. He was raised to work their family farmland on the same property now owned by the NCC. Young Chris worked on the farm until the age of sixteen, when he decided that he wanted to “seek out his fortune.” He headed south to the United States and soon joined the Union Army fighting against the Confederate forces in the U.S. Civil War. A natural sharpshooter Chris stayed with the Army as a talented scout after the Civil War ended and served alongside American legend Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, of “Custer’s Last Stand” fame. He later deserted the Army and headed to California and the emerging Wild West. Once in California, Chris met and married a girl by the name of Molly Byrd, and settled down on a farm of his own in Visalia, California. Here in the quiet hills of San Joaquin Valley, Chris worked as a miner, teamster, lumberjack and railroad employee. He hired a young man named John Sontag to work on his farm; John also worked the railroads with the Southern Pacific Railroad. John was injured on the job, then fired by the company, forming a contempt for the railroad industry. Chris and John became close friends with a shared dislike of the Southern Pacific Railroad,

a sentiment shared by many in the area since the railroad company expropriated many properties for less than market value. They went into a livery business together in Modesto, California, but a 1891 fire left them both bankrupt and forced a return to Visalia. It was at this time that an unusual number of train robberies occurred, perpetrated by two masked men. After a Southern Pacific Railroad train was held up near Fresno in August 1892 by two bandits who made off with $50,000, authorities followed the bandit’s tracks to Visalia. Suspicions led railroad detective Will Smith and Deputy Sheriff George Witty to Evans’ farm where Chris and John appeared with shotguns. During a firefight they blasted their way out, wounding both lawmen and killing another who arrived on the scene. This began the largest manhunt in California’s history. Now on the run, the two bandits had a posse of dozens of lawmen, 300 armed civilians and a score of bounty hunters looking to claim the $10,000 reward for their capture, dead or alive. The pair was well liked in the area, and the locals provided cover and hiding places which enabled them to avoid any confrontation for about a month. One day in September, a posse tracked the fugitives to a cabin in the mountains where an eight-hour shootout resulted in the killing of a Marshal and another posse member. Chris and John escaped and camped in the mountains for the winter. In the spring of 1893 a new Marshal was tipped off that the outlaws were planning a visit to Chris’ wife, Molly, in a cabin northeast of Visalia. Marshall Gard and his posse of three men headed to the Stone Corral, next to the Evans home, and waited until the pair showed up on June 11. During the gunfight at Stone Corral, John was hit in the stomach and in the right arm. The dying man begged his friend to leave him and eventually Chris made his

escape from a haystack under darkness, but was hit in the face and arm from the blast of a bounty hunter’s shotgun. Despite this, he managed to get away. Left for dead, John was found almost lifeless the next morning by the posse. A photograph of him appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, as he was hauled away to prison in Visalia. Although badly wounded, Chris walked six miles up Wilcox Canyon to another cabin and was bandaged up by the owners who later informed the police of his whereabouts. The fugitive surrendered without further resistance and was jailed in a cell next to John, who soon died of his wounds. Chris Evans’ trial was held in Fresno, CA and on December 13, 1893, he was sentenced to life in Folsom Prison. Despite an amputated arm and losing an eye due to his injuries, Chris escaped from the Fresno jail with a fellow prisoner on December 28, wounding another Marshal. He was captured again visiting his family in Visalia, and remained in prison until May 1911. He was released under the condition that he would never set foot in California again, and he moved his family to Portland, Oregon. Here, he lived without incident his remaining days. The Ottawa native and the greatest outlaw in the history of California, maintained his self-defense claim stating, “I am guilty of no crimes. I killed men who were trying to kill me.” Chris Evans died in 1917 and is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. His parents’ graves can still be seen today in the Union Cemetery in Bells Corners.

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